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...

5 Chaise Lounge Under $500

Now that I have my inspiration down for our bonus room makeover, one of the elements I am most excited to add is a pair of side by side chaise lounges.

Check out how nice and cozy and comfy this looks...

Just imagine the amazing movie watching that can happen in this space...

Yup, double chaise lounge is the way forward. But, you know, double the chaise = double the price! Time to find some affordable options and lucky for you - I'm willing to share my findings!

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Spoiler alert...I've already decided on my favorite and made a purchase. Sadly, I learned the hard way that the massive box didn't fit in my car, I'll be resorting to old fashioned delivery for the mate. Ugh, I'll miss the lack of instant gratification. 

The good news is that we're getting closer to finishing the space and closer to sharing it with you! 

More to come...

Bonus Room: Design Plan and Moodboard

Ok, so ... I'm excited.

After pouring over all my inspiration pictures I've come up with a plan for our bonus room. 


Here's the plan:

1. Cozy up the space by adding a vintage patterned rug, hanging drapery and incorporating lots of fun textural elements.

2. Increase seating by adding in a chaise or two (um, budgets!), beanbags and occasional chairs to the existing dining table. Might even bring back the kid chairs, TBD.

3. Shed a little extra light on the space by incorporating paper lanterns. 

4. Add some much needed greenery to give it a true lived in feel. 

5. Obviously already touched on the textural elements, but it's worth repeating, there will be loads of textural pillows and throws. 

I'm so excited - have I mentioned that? I've already started moving toys, actually using the toy closet (what? craziness!), and sourcing items. I can't wait to get started and show you what I've accomplished so far. 

I'm really hoping this is the change our family needs to actually use this space. Yeah!

More to come...


Next Up...

Ok, so here's the thing - every year when we put the Christmas decorations away (which are stored in our attic, accessed via the bonus room) I am drawn into what my husband refers to as "our annual bonus room reorganization". Hmmm...that does't sound good. 

I just can't seem to figure this room out! It is the biggest room in our home (and possibly the most awkward with half walls, dormer windows, and alcoves) and I want to utilize every inch. For all of us. That means play space for the kids and rec space for the adults. As a result, this space has seen a lot of changes over the last 3 years...

stage 1

stage 1

stage 1

stage 1

Our first go around had mostly toys, a bit of seating and a home office in the corner. 

Then we bought an IKEA fold out couch (shockingly, just after Christmas 2 years ago) and switched out the rugs. The couch made its way from the big alcove in front of the double windows...

stage 2

stage 2

stage 3

stage 3

to the far corner (sorry not proof of that one!), to the center of the room.

stage 3

stage 3

stage 3

stage 3

Somewhere along the line we moved the home office to the other alcove too. I mean, things were happening!

But, yet, it never felt right.

How is it possible that I haven't figured this space out? It's beyond my comprehension.

Stage 4 - how it looks today

Stage 4 - how it looks today

Over the course of the last year or so, we've moved the furniture again and finally believe the couch to be in the best possible spot - back in the far corner (figures) - and the TV has found it's long term home, too. All good things, but still not feeling finished...ugh!

Just when you think there can't possibly be any more changes, we decided that the seldom used home office should really be in our bedroom. Truthfully, it shouldn't be anywhere because no one uses it, but we love the desk and can't bare to part with in our bedroom it has landed. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet! 

Of course all these changes have only made me feel like it's time to finally, once and for all, finish off this space. So I've been pinning my little heart out and this is your favorite image thus far...

Hard to believe this is even a bonus room - designed by Charlotte's own Amy Vermillion - this space looks as if if could be a spa or even a master retreat. I don't blame you for loving it! What's not to love?!?!

I have lots to think about! But mostly I'm excited (and hopeful) to finally sort out this space, incorporate it into our daily use, and make it as whole-family friendly as possible.

More to come...

Porch Inspiration

Pollen season is almost over and our new metal roof should be installed next week, which means it's almost time to officially open our back porch. Last year we were very fortunate to receive a  slew of wrought iron furniture from my parents - this year, I can't wait to style the whole porch with all our new additions. 

Not that this should be a surprise to anyone, but we're focusing on a blue, green, black and white color pallet with natural accents and loads of plants. We'll be incorporating some of the items from last year as well, although some did need to be replaced due to our leaking roof. Think new rug, cushions and pillows! I can't wait to share all the details with you sometime next week. In the meantime my fingers will be twitching in anticipation of all the styling coming my way. 

until next time,