A Sitting Room Refresh {client work}

Oh my goodness, summer snuck up on me. Well, not so much snuck up, more just happened faster than I was prepared for it to happen. Preschool ended before Memorial day, we headed out of town over the holiday weekend and I've had my little "helper" with me ever since. And, now, elementary school has come to a crashing end with the stomach flu! Today, our first official day of summer break, the kids and I are already exhausted. Remember when summer was a relaxing time? Yeah, me neither! 

Well, before the summer schedule takes over even more, I thought I'd share a recently completed client project.

This space was created for another repeat client who happens to love the beach and all it's colorful influences. In an adjoining room we used seafoam as an accent, in this room we really embraced it - complete with a new couch and rug!

Loved creating this little vignette as the first resting spot for your eye when viewing the room. 

I'm still not sure what the details are of the piece we found to act as the media cabinet. It's tall and narrow, three doors across - I think English in origin - beautiful, no matter the function.

Drapery and wall color were a big influence on how the room and design plan came together. 

Love the contrast between light and dark, new and old. 

What a treat to work in this space! As I've said before, I love mixing old with new and this space is a true testament to how this design practice can create a unique, lived in, layered look in your home. So happy with the results!

Thanks to the Cowan family for inviting me into your home and working with me to create this beautiful space. 

More to come...

A Vintage Industrial Inspired Front Room {Client Work}

While work continues on our back porch refresh, I wanted to share a recently completed client project with you. Some of you may have seen this image on my Instagram page...today I thought I'd share the rest of the story. This front room is in a beautiful older home here in Charlotte. The client has a wonderful vintage - industrial inspired style with loads of fabulous pieces, they just needed help bringing the room together. 

Here we are in on our initial consult...the room has super high ceilings and big beautiful windows, but the overall space is not large and serves as both an entry to the home as well as a pass through to the less formal areas at the back of the house. 

While they had great pieces, most where too large in scale for the space. Fortunately, we were able to come up with a plan to utilize some of what they had while adding a few key pieces to open up the room and make it more functional. All while keeping the budget in check, of course!

The initial plan took cues from the era of the home, updated the look and maximized seating. We removed the overscale sofa, but kept the love seat and wing chairs; added a new rug, light fixtures, occasional tables and accents. Of course, some things change along the way - as they always seem to do. 

Here you can see that we flipped the lovesest away from the front door and into the alcove of the bay windows. The large sofa was relocated to an upstair playroom and the wing chairs were moved to the far wall. Their tall backs and dark upholstery help to anchor the design and frame the window beautifully. We also upgraded the rug with an all wool, neutral option and added a brass and glass table to lighten the overall feel of the room and allow the rug to really shine. 

A couple of new low back chairs open the view to the front door and work well with their vintage-industrial style.  A new-to-them vintage light fixture and simple accessories finish off the space. Note: new fireplace tile surround coming soon!

I really enjoy working in older homes (there aren't many here in Charlotte!) and this project was no different. So much fun, especially when it's for such a great young family. There's one more room to go in this project, and so far it's coming together nicely. Can't wait to share more, soon!

PS. you and I both know that these pictures are not doing this project justice. I really need to stop with the iPhone shots and bust out the big camera or even (never gonna happen) invest in a true photographer. It's on the list, people. On the list!

More to come...


Recent Projects

It's been awhile since I've shared progress on some recent project - so today's the day! Aren't you lucky!

This moodboard is the inspiration for a front sitting room in a historic home here in Charlotte. Working with the homeowners existing navy sofa, gray wing chairs and love for antique industrial style we've reworked the layout to maximize seating while making the most out of a somewhat awkward (yet very charming) space. Almost all the main pieces are in place now, just awaiting finishing touches. Loving how this space is coming together to create a functional, cozy entrance to their home. 

This moodboard is the inspiration for a family room space in the same historic home. With both pets and children in mind, we've chosen durable items that can stand a bit of use like warm weathered leather, slipcovered furniture and highly patterned rugs. Personally, I love combining antique or vintage textiles with more modern elements to create a layered room. This space is in the very beginning stages, now I can't wait to see how it all comes together. 

This moodboard is the inspiration for a beautiful formal dining room filled with family heirloom furniture for a repeat client. In an effort to lighten, brighten, and modernize the existing dining set we've gone with a neutral yet statement making rug and modern art. I love the juxtaposition of the traditional and modern elements. This space is, also, nearing completion - I'm hoping I'll be able to share the final images with you soon.

The final project we're sharing today is another front sitting room from the same house as above. This particular space is used as a music room/secondary TV watching/library and all around family space. The client loves and takes inspiration from sea-inspired colors, instead of reinventing the wheel we've re-imagined some similar concepts from their family room (which we completed last year). The original plan included similar toned upholster furniture in velvet and linen to offset their existing leather chair. This space is still very much a work in progress, I'm excited to see it evolve. 

I hope you've enjoyed this little peak behind the scenes of our design process. 

More to come...

A New Master Bedroom {Client Work}

Yeah, it's reveal day! By far my most favorite days. Especially when it's a really big transformation like today's Master Bedroom project. 

A simply stunning and elegant bedroom transformation.

The before...we've come a long way, baby!

The original inspiration...

And the after...

Featuring new upholstered bed and bedding, side tables, lighting, window treatments, seating area and accessories.

The intimate seating area offers a quiet spot to curl up with a good book or take in the views of the wooded surroundings. The feminine floral chairs provide a nice balance to the more masculine navy upholstered bed. 

His side with room for plenty of space for books and subtle storage.

Their traditional dresser was shown a little love and style makeover by pairing it with a new contemporary metallic mirror, beautiful storage and living greenery. Always a must in the bedroom, in my opinion!

Before and After

Before and After

I'm in love with how this room came together. The balance of masculine and feminine styles, as well as traditional and contemporary, work with each other to create a space that suites both of their likes and needs. It's not too fussy, but not too stark. A wonderful compromise.

Such a fun project to work on. Thanks to the Valentine Family for inviting me into your home! 

More to come...

Good-bye 2016, Hello 2017

I may be a little late to the "sum up the previous year" game, but I'm doing it nonetheless. To be fair, I did start this post and make the picture montage before New Years Eve,  but with 2 weeks straight of house guests, I'm just getting to it now - that's just how it goes sometimes. Life.

2016 was a great year. We were so lucky to work on a variety of client projects...including these four rooms in one home. Spoiler alert: We've recently made some changes to one of these spaces! More details to come...

We also completed this lovely master bedroom - the quickest, most motivated client I've worked with to date!

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Curating this English pub space could be one of my favorite projects to date...

This sitting room makeover was also one of my favorite projects of 2016 - featuring an incredible rug from HomeGoods - the find of the century!

There were many more projects over the course of the year, some that were featured on the blog and some not, but all of them special to me in their own way. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that invited me into their home and trusted me to create a space they would love. I am forever grateful.

In addition to our many client projects, we also tackled a variety of projects on our own home - a front of the house makeover including new paint, front door and lighting (I haven't gotten around to sharing the lighting, just more to look forward to) as well as new landscaping and walking path!

And two updated baths...

We even managed to finish off a refresh of our bonus room bath just before the holidays - can't wait to share all the details with you in an upcoming post. (Sneak peek in the first picture!) 

Yes, it's been a good year! 

In fact, 2017 has some pretty big shoes to fill. It's going to be a big year, full of many milestones including 40th birthdays and 15 year wedding anniversaries. We have several client projects in the works already! And I recently accepted a position at a local design boutique, where I'll be submerging myself in our design scene even more. Don't worry, though, I'll still be taking on new clients :)

Yup, it's shaping up to be a good year and I'm excited to jump right in and get it started!

Thank you to everyone...family, friends, supporters and clients for sticking with me throughout 2016 and here's to a great 2017!

More to come...