Clients Reading Room Before & After

  

We recently completed a quaint space for our clients.  They have officially named it “the reading room”.  The space was small and a big concern was how to fit enough furniture pieces for the whole family to enjoy without it feeling cramped.  The space measured 12 x 13, with one wall full of windows (with great natural light), and the other wall a fireplace.  We set out to create something intimate and serene, but also funcational and not just a pretty space to look at.

 

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

Sitting Room ACI

 

We had a custom settee made to perch right in front of the windows.  Our client has children and a sweet little dog so we made sure the fabrics were kid & pet friendly.

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Custom Settee

 

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Because a coffee table would have crowded the space we opted for these custom ottomans to function as a coffee table and extra seating for guests.

Custom Ottomans

 

The black granite fireplace face was replaced with a beautiful hexagon marble.

Fireplace before

 

Fireplace after

 

We picked a beautiful pair of chairs to sit opposite the settee.  The fabric has a subtle metallic sheen that adds a little glamour.

pair chairs

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*Out of respect for our paying clients we do not share sources, thank you for your understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

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Client Entry Before & After

  

Hello friends!  I wanted to share a quick update we recently completed for a clients entry.

 

BEFORE:

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The entire downstairs was freshened up with Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter.  We switched out the chest with this beautiful bone inlay console and added some tufted ottomans that work double duty for storage.

 

AFTER:

Entry Bone Inlay Console

 

We have lots of fun before & afters of this home to share with you in the upcoming weeks!

 

***Out of respect for our clients we do not share sources, thank you for understanding.

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Hooked on Hexagon

  

Hexagon

Concrete tiles from SmithField Market in London

 

As a designer I see patterns and shapes ALL DAY LONG.  Even without realizing it, my subconscious sees shapes while I’m going about daily mundane tasks.  Like starring into my mug of tea and realizing after I had added my creamer it made the most beautiful concentric circles ever.  Or how the shadows from a shade tree made perfect linear lines on the ground.  And a recent favorite happened late one evening last week when my daughter and I were driving to get fro-yo.  We were at a stop light and she instructed me to squint my eyes at the traffic light and then tilt my head from side to side and watch the cool shapes the light made.  A girl after my own heart!  Just watch, your all going to try that the next time your at a stop light!

So today lets talk about Hexagons! I’ve been seeing them everywhere lately.

 

Patterned tile is hot, hot, hot right now.  In bathrooms, kitchen backsplashes, entry floors, you name it.

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New Ravenna

 

This new pattern from New Ravenna has me weak in the knees.

hex black and white tile

 

 

kitchen hexagon backsplash

Tonic Living 

On floors

hexagon floors bathroom

At Home in Arkansas

hex carpet

Hotel De Seze

 

Hexagon on the ceiling and Octagon on the floors!  WOW!

Hotel Istanbul

House Hotel in Istanbul

wood hex ceiling

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And of course in wallpaper.  The famous David Hicks pattern we all know and love.  I prefer this larger scale pattern rather than his smaller scale one.

David Hicks Grand Hexagon

David Hicks Wallpaper

On some built-in cabinetry.

*EDITED* One of our readers kindly pointed out that this was an Octagon.  Now I think we need an entire post dedicated to Octagons, no?

hex built ins

Cote de Texas

So how about you?  Are you hooked and hankering for some hexagon?  Here of some of my favorite picks of hexagon pieces that you can incorporate into your own home.

Hexagon Collage

Cocktail Table | Hex Tray | Chest | Side Tables |Hexagon  Hardware

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Client Breakfast Room Before & After

  

Hello friends!  I have been so behind on sharing updates of our recent projects.  One of our clients whom we have been working with for a couple of years now, recently hired us to update their kitchen and breakfast room.

They had grown tired of the golds, reds, wrought iron, and warm woods of the space and wanted a fun and fresh feel.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Johnson Breakfast Room ACI

We knew this space would be well used by the children so we had all the seating upholstered in kid friends fabrics.  The space is now lighter and brighter,  but with no worries for Momma when it comes to having all the family at the table.

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Thomas Pheasant Interiors

  

I recently received the Thomas Pheasant design book “Simply Serene” for my birthday.  He is hands down one of my favorite “living” designers.  His classic, serene, and sophisticated designs speak to me with such a deep intensity. Although his spaces are predominatly neutral, his well executed use of  layers, textures, and architectural details keep these spaces from being dull and devoid of life.

 

Thomas Pheasant book

 

Thomas Pheasant Entry

Thomas Pheasant

Thomas Pheasant chair

Thomas Pheasant

Thomas Pheasant Bedroom

Thomas Pheasant 

Thomas Pheasant Dressing table

Veranda

Thomas Pheasant Living Room

Veranda

Thomas Pheasant Breakfast room

Veranda

Thomas Pheasant Blue Bedroom

Thomas Pheasant

The Thomas Pheasant Collection from Baker Furniture exudes classic form and modern luxury.

Thomas Pheasant

 

 

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Master Bedroom- Decorated for Christmas {with sources}

  

I loved adding a little holiday cheer to our bedroom.  After a long day I enjoy crawling into my bed and turning on the Christmas lights on the tree and enjoying the soft twinkling lights.

 

***Photography via Laurie Perez***

 

bedroom full shot

 

We add faux garland above the bed (no worries of sap or falling needles landing on your head at night!)

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Dress up your night stands with a small wreath or stocking.

mirrored nightstand with wreath

 

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Fill small bowls or trays with ornaments and place them on your nightstand or dresser.

Mirrored nightstand with ivory stocking

 

I love the smell of fresh greens during the holidays- we added this fresh mixed green wreath (Lynch Creek Farms) and tied it with silk ribbon to the floor mirror.  The smell is divine!

large mirror with wreath

Mirror- Restoration Hardware

 

On our dresser I filled a coral shell with greens and ornaments.  Simple and classic.

 

ornaments in seashell

Coral Shell- LADCO

Ornaments- Target

 

I found this small compact flocked tree (its called a half-tree) at a local nursery years ago. It’s meant to be tucked into a corner, but I placed it in between the chairs in front of the window.  The urn gives it a little more presence.

christmas tree bedroom

 

 

Christmas Bedroom Details

 

christmas wrappings and ribbon

Gift Wrap- The Container Store

Ribbon- Blue Silk- local craft wholesale- similar here 

 

Christmas Tree detail

All ornaments- here

 

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12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes Wrap-Up

  

I hope you all enjoyed the 12 Days of Christmas Home Tours these past few days. In case you missed any of the tours, you can click on any of the days below. And don’t forget that on Tuesday the 16th you can link up your own home tour!

Merry Christmas!!

 
   

 

 

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Dining Room- Decorated for Christmas {with sources}

  

Holiday greetings friends!  Today I wanted to share some details of my dining room holiday decor.  Last year I was shopping our local HomeGoods and stumbled upon these gorgeous peacock salad plates and knew they would be perfect for my Christmas table.

***Photography via Laurie Perez***

Dining Room Christmas table peacock plates

Peacock Plates-HomeGoods

Gold Rim Dinner Plate- Mikasa Crown Jewel  (my wedding china)

Greek Key Chargers purchased 2 years ago- Z Gallerie

Gold Flatware- One Kings Lane- similar here

Black & White Chevron Runner- Fabric.com

Dining Room Christmas Decor

Gold Candlesticks- TJMaxx-years ago and I spray painted them gold

Faux Boxwood Balls- HomeGoods-similar here

Glassware- some vintage and some from HomeGoods

Chandelier- Currey & Company Demure chandelier (sadly it’s discountinued)

Dining Room Christmas agate centerpiece

The agate centerpiece was a DIY.  I used an old rectangular container that was water tight, applied gold leaf to the outside and attached blue agate coasters to the front using E600 adhesive.  Fill with water and fresh tulips! Easy-peasy!

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Dining Room Christmas table

Dining Room Christmas table overhead shot

Dining room Christmas chandelier

Dining Room Buffet Christmas

Lamps- Eklektik Interiors

Mirrors- Vintage shop- similar here

Boxwood wreath- Target (years ago)- similar here

Dresser-Vintage and refinished in a gray wash stain

Wall Color- Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

Dining Room seashell with greenery and candles

Clamshell-Z Gallerie

Fresh Greens- Lynch Creek Farms

Mercury Glass ornaments- Pottery Barn (years ago)

Ribbon- Gold Silk from a local craft wholesale shop- similar here

Battery Operated Candles- Pottery Barn These are my go-to for flameless candles, they have a great “flame” look and are programmable so you don’t have to worry about turning them on & off.  Tons of great sizes too!

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Pantone’s Color of the Year | Marsala

  

Well Pantone announced the Color of the Year yesterday afternoon and boy was I off.

Marsala

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It’s described as:

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” Eiseman said in the release. “This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

* ABC News

 

I say if your going to name the color after a food or drink- let’s call it was it really looks like………… Refried Beans

Pantone's Refried Beans

 

But the good news is that you can create your own interpretation of this color.  I am not a big fan of color trends or really trends in general. I think you should dress and decorate with the colors you love and colors that speak to you.  That being said I have been collecting some inspiration on my Pinterest Board with MY interpretation of Marsala and how I plan on using it in interiors and in my outfits.  And let’s leave the refried beans to our dinners, shall we?

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Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year | My Prediction

  

As we all know Pantone is about to announce their Color of the Year for 2015 this week.  I am quite hopeful that this year it will be some version of BLUE.   Last year I really felt that blue was going to be it, but instead they picked Radiant Orchid.  So this year I am once again thinking that 2015 will be the year of Blue,  Indigo Blue or maybe even a Cobalt Blue.  I do love the dark inky, richness of indigo and its such a easy color to introduce into your space.  It pairs well with almost any other color.  I love it with gray, green and magenta!

 

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So what say you?  Do you think 2015 will be the year for blue?

 

blue shells

 

blue bowls

 

 

 

 

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