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Before & After: My Living Room

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I’m living the dream in my new living room! What started as a beautiful light gray color palette is embellished with bright cobalt, deep plum, and a little bit of leopard print. Seriously, everyone needs a bit of Leopard print.

We ditched the dark 70’s wood paneling and covered up the brick fireplace to wrap the room in a beautiful light gray and bring some life and light back into this space.

As you can see, 1970’s was alive and well in this “Before” space. The paneling was dark, the brick, while cozy, felt heavy with the dark beams and minimal lighting. Even the floors were dark! I covered the brick fireplace for a few reasons. First, I felt that adding a wood panels would help the space feel more modern. Second, this is the only place for the TV to live in this space, and the brick did not provide somewhere to hide all of the wiring needed. So all of that now lives neatly tucked away behind the panels! We added a beautiful surround and hearth top from Dekton by Cosentino to give it that little touch of glamour.

Now the floors are a lighter wood with a chic grey octagon rug in a David Hicks pattern from Prestigue Mills.

If you remember from my New House Diaries blog posts, my living room is long, and best suited for multiple seating arrangements. Here you can see a handsome area with the white sofa, newly upholstered tub chairs in my Duralee Spencer fabric, and someone can easily pull up one of my cobalt blue India ottomans from CR Laine to join the conversation! The floral drapery and ikat pillows bring the bright cobalt in without being too bold, and those custom, silk, plum-colored lampshades layer in my accent color on this end of the room.

You see that little pass-through to the wet bar with those charming shutter doors? Yes, I closed up that lovely hole in the wall and I’m not the least bit sad about it!

Now I have the perfect place to hang this original piece by Jane Booth that heavily inspired my color palette! My dogs and I love to sit on this gray velvet sofa which creates a second seating area where once again, you can pull up one of those great India ottomans to rest your feet and see the TV perfectly from here!

I removed those large open bookshelves and replaced them with smaller built-in units with octagonal detailed doors with antique mirror  to house all of the AV equipment on one side and provide great storage on the other side. Making those units a bit more narrow allowed for more space around the window so I could create yet another seating (and work) area!

These lounge chairs and ottomans are a great place to cozy up for a conversation, and during this time of year, to open Christmas presents!

And behind the chairs I tucked his great oval desk and pair of klismos chairs. Perfect for doing a little bit of work on my laptop in the morning with light streaming in from the window, and even better for putting together a puzzle or a mean game of scrabble on family game night!

I couldn’t be more thrilled with my new living room! And if you include the fun retro cushions I made for the hearth, I can seat at least 20 people comfortably in this room for holidays or entertaining friends. The color palette feels effortlessly chic and everyone can really spread out and take advantage of this large space. I’ll be walking you through more of my before and after reveals in my home soon so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

Before and After: A Country-Chic Family Room

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One of my favorite gathering spaces in a home is a family room – especially when there’s plenty of seating for everyone in the family! In my farmhouse project – featured in the April issue of Traditional Home – I wanted my client’s large family to feel right at home in a chic and sophisticated country space.

One of the first elements to go into this gorgeous space were reclaimed beams for the ceiling and big beautiful windows that would take in all of the natural light. I loved working with architect Carolyn Lindsey of Yeary-Lindsey Architects on this project. She helped make these architectural details a reality.

Above is another view of those beams after they got their gorgeous stain application. Against that off-white ceiling, they aren’t just playing a starring role, they are really the star of this room!

The navy and cream palette was highlighted by touches of red, which is also a color I included in the connecting kitchen and breakfast area.

And we built a natural stone fireplace that also helps bring the outdoors in, and adds a chic country style to the room.

Because a big family can also mean lots of games and toys, I also had cabinets built in on either side of the fireplace to help hide any clutter.

What do you think of this big and beautiful family room? I like that it makes a grand statement, but still feels cozy and welcoming for family and friends! Tell me what you think in the comments section below!

xo,

 

 

 

 

Before and After: Updated and Edited

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I love starting a project where the “bones” of the house are all in place, but it just needs an update to bring the design into a more modern look. My clients for this project were moving into a fabulous new home, with gorgeous windows and beams in this living area. Look at that view through the windows in the photo below!

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But the floor left something to be desired, and the fireplace was a visual mess. The clients told me they wanted a gorgeous space that reminded them of their favorite boutique hotels – very clean and edited.

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The blue in the modern art was a jumping-off point for me, so I layered in gorgeous blues that were only slightly lighter or darker, and added in neutral tones in the tables and rug.

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The dark and dreary fireplace and mantle you see above got a major update, which also lightened and brightened this wall of the room.

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And a bit more color was introduced with another stunning piece of art over the fireplace. I love how it draws the eye up with that pop of pink! And then on the opposite wall I added another original artwork, framed by stunning white lamps. The two lucite tables also keep the room serene and edited.

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So what do you think of this modern update? I loved the blue tone-on-tone vibe in the room – and so did House Beautiful! This project was featured on its cover just a few years ago. Let me know what you think about the redo in the comments section below!

xo,

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Before and After: All About the Art

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I love clients who come to me with a great starting point for inspiration, and are fearless about color and pattern! In the living room I designed above, the clients collected a lot of art, which gave them pieces for me to design around, and also made them really appreciate how mixing patterns and colors can make a room come alive.

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This is the painting that they wanted to keep in the room, and to inspire my selection of fabrics, patterns, and colors for the room. It’s a great piece that definitely gave me a fabulous jumping off point!

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They also had a gorgeous mantle that they wanted to keep – the photo is a little dark, but you can see it above in the “before” photo. And this is the room that they gather in to watch TV, so they needed a spot for that, as well. But the cabinetry they had built in was dated, and also the furniture in this room was heavy and a little tired.

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As you can see in the close-up “after” photo above, the mantle and the art are at the heart of this room! The TV has a more sophisticated home, and the colors in the room complement the painting, highlighting its beauty without distracting from it.

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The room before was also a little cluttered, and the light coming in from the windows was gorgeous, but way too bright for watching TV. And there were no window treatments to help darken the room when needed.

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I added color, pattern, updated and refreshed furnishings, and gorgeous window treatments that can be closed for TV time, or opened to allow in all that lovely natural light! I do love to mix pattern in a room, and here you can also see that I followed my rule of letting one pattern be dominant, while bringing in other supporting players in varying scales.

So what do you think of this colorful living room? Do you like to design around art in your rooms? Let me know in the comments section below! I’ll have more before-and-afters coming soon!

xo,

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New House Diary: The Fireplace Question

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The one debate that I kept having with myself over the master bedroom design in my new house is whether or not to add a fireplace. The master bedroom is really my living room in the house. I know that sounds weird. My hubby actually uses the other living spaces a lot and I do, too, when we have company. But on a day-to-day basis, my bedroom is “MY SPACE” – it’s where I hang out. So I want that room to be as cozy and inviting as possible, like the room you see below from Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Architectural Digest.  There’s nothing like that glow and warmth.

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Speaking of warmth, I do get cold easily, so a fireplace would be perfect for those chilly mornings or cold winter evenings. I would have to use a ventless fireplace in the room, since there isn’t already a chimney. But it seemed worth it for the cozy factor.

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And then….I remembered my storage. Storage is really what makes me go to my happy place, and it would have unfortunately been the thing to go if I added a fireplace. As you can see in the drawing above with my notes, there isn’t room for both. So the storage won, and I’ll be in my happy place once the master bedroom is complete. I’ll just have to continue to use my electric blanket over half the year (and sorry to my hot-natured hubby!).

What would you have done? Would you have chosen the fireplace or the storage? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

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