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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!


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.


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.


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


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.


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!







Before and After: Divine Dining Room

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So many of my clients who travel find their inspiration in their favorite boutique hotels, where things are usually a bit more glam than they are at home. My clients in this before-and-after project definitely loved those fabulous getaways, and they really wanted to have a chic dining room where they could entertain guests in style.

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The dining room we started with was very formal, with a lot of details and ornamentation. I wanted to go more luxe and less fussy in the new design.

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The room also had a grand scale, so it was definitely large enough for a long table for 10. The tufted wall and ultra-glam light fixture added those chic details from the finest four-star boutique hotels!

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There was also an odd inset area in one wall of the room before, with a slab of marble serving as a sideboard. I wanted to use that space in a new and more sophisticated way.

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I had a banquette built into the wall, offering a sitting area for pre-dinner cocktails or conversations over coffee. And there’s hidden storage right beneath that chic seat. The draperies and luxurious materials take this space from ho-hum to va-va-voom!

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So what do you think of this divine dining room? And what luxe looks would you love to have in your own home? Let me know in the comments section below!







Before and After: First Impressions

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I love to think about the entrance to a home as the perfect chance to make an amazing first impression on guests and family. This is the first thing most people will see in your home, and you want them to get a good idea of the gorgeous house they’re about to see, right? So no matter if you have a tiny foyer or a grand entryway, you want this space to speak volumes!

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The entry in my client’s house above already had good bones. The front door had gorgeous windows around it and there was a beautiful sweeping staircase. It just needed an update to give them a contemporary look rooted in traditional pieces, something they loved from all the boutique hotels they’ve stayed in around the world.

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And they really wanted that first impression to make a bold statement that showed their style and personality. The one piece from the original space that they did love was the brass light fixture that you can see below.

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To give them that bold but fashionable look, I used a Nina Campbell wallpaper, and I took it up all the way to the top of the two-story entry, giving them a sweeping entrance that complemented that fabulous staircase.

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We also removed the black flooring and replaced it with a much more sophisticated marble tile, which also took advantage of all the fantastic light from that front door.

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Finally, I added some lovely color with the turquoise glass lamps, and highlighted the subtle gold in the wallpaper with a mirror and a demilune that had the same color in its details. The result is a chic space that says a lot about what guests will see in the rest of the home!

So what do you think about this bef0re-and-after? And are you also inspired by boutique hotels? Let me know in the comments section below!







Before and After: The Spa Life

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A master bathroom should really be an oasis, a place to wash away the cares of the day, or to get you ready for the day in a relaxing atmosphere. I love to create spa-like bathrooms for my clients to give them that calming space!

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One of my clients really needed that redo in their master bath. As you can see above, it was dark and dated, with a lot of brown tones in the cabinetry, the wallpaper, and the counters. It had a totally ’80s feel that made it seem dreary and out-of-date.

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We reworked the floorplan to take advantage of the windows in the room, and that really made a huge difference! Especially when I also made the color palette lighter and brighter, too.

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The original shower, above, was an awkward shape, and it had more of the heavy tile with those brown tones that weighed the room down.

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I added a touch of those beautiful spa colors in the new tiles, creating a fun stripe on the shower walls. And, as you can see below, we also made a bit of an outline around the floor with the same color.

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And of course every master needs dual sinks, and I also wanted to give them much more counter space and storage. The result, below, is a great counterpoint (pardon the pun!) to the lighter colors in the room.

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So what do you think of the spa-inspired bathroom I created for my clients? What is a must-have in your master bath? Let me know in the comments section below!







Before and After: A Blend of Old and New

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Sometimes life throws you a curveball when you least expect it. And that’s exactly what happened to one of my projects right in the middle of our design process. My clients had inherited a lovely house from the husband’s grandmother, full of antiques and memories. There were a lot of things that he wanted to keep for sentimental reasons, but he and his family also wanted the house to feel modern and updated for their children — someplace they could live in for a long time.

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The original dining room, above, was one of those rooms that had some stunning pieces. A few of them just needed to be refinished or recovered, but they were beautiful. And here comes the curveball – a few weeks after we had removed the antiques that he and his family wanted to keep, the house caught fire due to some old electrical work in the sunroom.

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The good news is that we had removed so many precious things. But the bad news is that the gorgeous millwork and wallcoverings in the dining room above were completely destroyed.

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As you can see, what the fire didn’t damage, smoke and water definitely ruined. It was sad, but we were thrilled that we’d saved so many wonderful pieces that meant so much to my client’s family.

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I wanted to not only blend the old and new in a seamless way, but I also wanted to give them a bright and happy color palette for the room, making it a place of celebration and family once again. So I used a gorgeous Schumacher trellis wallpaper and painted the ceiling in Enchant from Sherwin-Williams.

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The result is a room that glows, and a great gathering place for friends and family! So what do you think about this transformation? And how do you blend your family heirlooms into your modern lifestyle? Let me know in the comments section below!