Projects

HAPPY NEWLYWEDS 

It’s not every day you get to set up the home of a darling couple soon-to-be married.  When the opportunity comes around, I step into my role with a more keen awareness of the honor I have to create spaces that people will “do life” in.  Knowing I’ve been given the privilege to participate in their beginning and the significant contribution to what will become their home.

kara-family-room-backwall

These clients purchased a beautiful home that just required some cosmetic updates.

kara-family-room-before

 After a fresh coat of paint and new carpet, we were off the the decorating races.

kara-fireplace-wall-finished

kara12kara-shelves

Below are photos showing views from around the room:

kara-kara

kara-9

This room is an intentional mixture of transitional pieces with classic glam.  Warm, cozy, and  inviting but also very grown up.

kara10

kara19

kara11

kara16

kara-foyer-wall

  A kitchen also receives a fresh coat of paint and some decor centered around FAMILY and FRIENDS.

kara-kitchen-wall

BEFORE PHOTOS

kara-coffee-wall

This unused wall space provided the perfect opportunity for a WINE BAR.  Any buffet or credenza would of worked but we happened to find a wine cabinet that fit perfectly.

kara-coffee-bar

LONG walls are always a challenge but this couples’ love for entertaining family and friends supported the idea of a photo wall. Photos are a great way to instantly connect people to your life and having personal photos hanging over this gathering table will provide a warm and comfortable atmosphere for their guests.

kara2

Coffee beans in a glass container not only ground the candle but fill the room with a lovely aroma!

kara-3

 

***********************************************************************

A TOUCH OF TUSCAN

This lovely couple took the plunge and remodeled the entire first floor of their home.  It was now time to address the final space…the front living room.  We had an overall soft Tuscan inspiration reflected in all the finishings and wanted to bring that feel into this room, while incorporating all their existing furniture and art pieces.

We started by addressing the dated window treatments.

nancy-window-before

After selecting beautiful fabrics and complimentary hardware, the finished treatments set the tone for a new look.

nancy-window

nancy-window-closer

Next, we updated the mirrored hutch by switching out the mirror for bead board, a fresh coat of paint and pretty crystal knobs.

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

 

An

 

 

 

 

 

 

An accent paint color on the small return wall behind the hutch brings added dimension and interest to the room while supporting the color of the hutch and causing it to be noticed.

The client had a treasured coffee table that belonged to the husband’s mother.  We decided to repurpose it into a bench seat.  To do this, we created a pillow cushion and placed it a location that made since and added accent pillows as the exclamation point.

nancy-bench-2

nancy-bench-3

The room lacked a FOCAL POINT when entering the room from the foyer.

nancy-feature-wall-before

We decided to create one using molding and wallpaper.

nancy-molding

Not only did we accomplish a focal point for the room, but it provided a place to highlight her most favorite heirloom pieces (candle sconces, carved table, armed dining chairs and antique mirror).

nancy-final

Yes…this room is missing a rug!  The right rug will be a crucial element to pull this room together as the furniture currently looks like it is floating on a sea of cream.  Sometimes you have to be patient in order to find the “right” piece and that is what this client is doing as we continue to search for just the right rug.

nancy-vase-2

Purposefully placed lamps and a few floral arrangements is all this room needed to allow the furniture and art to be the STAR!

nancy-floral

We turned their family room into a large dining room which now needed a few finishing touches.

nancy-dining-room

We updated this buffet table by painting the top black.  The oil canvas tapestry and stone candle sconces anchors this large and long wall.

nancy-dining-art

The client purchased new fireside chairs, however, the wood accent on the chair was a light oak which did nothing for the chair. Painting the wood black causes the fabric to pop and allows the chair to relate to the other black accents in the room.

nancy-fireside-chairs

Florals and art serve to finish off this room too!

nancy-dining-flornancy-corbel-florals

Success for me is knowing that I was able to create a design that would preserve this clients’  precious heirlooms and allow them to enjoy the things that are most valuable to them!

***********************************************************************

A LOVE FOR COLOR

This next project stated out with a front room that was tired, dated, cluttered and in need of a lift.

kelly-tv-before

kelly-fireplace-before

The client loves color and was excited to make some big changes so we focused on updating the fireplace wall.  By simply drywalling over the existing wood paneling and creating a new mantle, this entire room was transformed.

(A new wall color and painted trim throughout the room provided the finishing touches.)

kelly-fireplace-demo

kelly-fireplace-after

The next change was to give her the “color” she desired.  Since we did not want to take any attention away from the fireplace wall, we chose to address the foyer.

kelly-foyer-beforekelly-foyer-after

A little color goes a long way and this small foyer is the perfect opportunity to make a statement without overpowering the room.  We pulled the color from the accent rug that was chosen for the  TV sitting area.

kelly-rug

kelly-picture-wall

The old TV sitting area (left) gets redefine by creating a mock sectional using the existing black leather love seats.  (below)

kelly-tv-after

We refreshed her existing furnishings with updated art and accessories using as much “color” as possible.

img_0021

kelly-picture-wall-after

kelly-tv-2nd-view

kelly-drapes-before

 The client was initially opposed to any window treatments since they did not want to affect the beautiful view from their large picture window.  Once they saw the finished room, she stated the linen grommet panels were one of her favorite features of the room.

kelly-drapes

Knowing you have created a beautiful space for a family to gather and make memories is truly a priceless experience.  I am so blessed to be able to do what I do!

*******************************************************************************

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

I love client’s that give me the complete liberty to create something new. This client wanted a “statement” window treatment on her sliding glass door since it was the focal point when entering her kitchen. Her decor style is victorian but for those of you who are not familiar with that, I would say it is a classy shabby chic. Her only request was to incorporate a wrought iron accent piece into the design. As soon as I saw the accent piece I was able to envision the finished treatment.

blog-tina

I created a box out of plywood to hide the mounting pole inside. I put some joint compound on the outside of the box to create texture and to make it a bit more interesting, then painted it with white chalk paint. We selected a classic damask pattern but in an updated pattern to complete the project.

blog-tina2
I created coordinating balloon valances over her kitchen sink windows to pull the two spaced together.

     blog-tina-4          blog-tina-3

***********************************************************************

The Beauty of a  TRADITIONAL DINING ROOM

One of the many aspects that I love about my job is learning about my client’s and their family.  It was a joy working with this next client because of her love and appreciation for TRADITIONAL design.  Her home is lovely and as you walk through it, you can see that she put much thought and intention into the selection of furnishings, art, etc.  When she hired me to refresh her dining room, I knew I wanted to search for some interesting pieces that she would enjoy rather than just fill the room with what was easily accessible. Mixing some old pieces with the new creates credibility and interest and really made the finished room feel welcoming.

lori

Burgundy walls were primed and ready for a fresh coat of paint, chair rail, wainscoting and a lovely WALLPAPER!!!  (So excited that she wanted to use wallpaper!)

She purchased this amazing sprawling table and chairs from Stanley Furniture that set the tone for this Traditional Dining Room.

lori 17

Fast forward a few months … and the finished room emerges.  Every detail in this room makes a significant contribution to the TRADITIONAL feel and works harmoniously together towards that goal.  Below are some highlight photos showing some details as well as the part of the room not revealed in this photo.

lori 2               lori 5lori 6

lori 7

loiri 3

lori 9

lori 16

lori 15

lori 13

A two-tiered antique pie table sits along side a brand new replica Louis XV chair to provide the perfect reading opportunity by the beautifully styled bookcases.

blog-lori-direnzo

The bay window is dressed in lovely champagne colored faux silk drapes to perfectly complete this TRADITIONAL inspired Dining Room.

********************************************************************

TUSCAN BAR and WINE CELLAR

This customer did a complete overhaul in their basement resulting in this AMAZING Tuscan bar and entertainment room for their family.  A small room is turned into a wine cellar.  The project is enhanced with our custom wall plaster and color wash treatment.

Decorative Wall Plaster and Custom Color Wash completes this dramatic basement renovation

 

Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

***************************************************************************************************

PROBLEM:  CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE

I love solving problems for my clients and this project was no different.  When I first met them they were overwhelmed with a quote given to them by another company and were hoping to get window treatments and shades within their budget.  The first step in solving problems is LISTENING to your client.  After a lengthly consultation, I was confident I would be able to get them what they wanted AND make it affordable.  Here are some photos from the installation day:

room2

This wall of windows needed shades and window treatments.  Our installation team set up scaffolding to get the job done.

room1

We used BALI motorized cellular shades to provide privacy and custom cornice panels to dress the windows in an elegant yet modern way.

room3

Here are close up views of the cornice panel and tassel tie backs:

room4room5

We installed the same BALI motorized cellular shades to the foyer french doors and a swag treatment using an exquisite glittery fabric and crystal hardware.   Below are the BEFORE and AFTER photos:

foyer1

foyer3

Custom window coverings ARE affordable for most budgets.  If your windows are in need of an update, or perhaps you have never properly addressed your windows….please give us a call!  We will create a custom solution just for YOU!!!

**************************************************************************************************

IKEA TO THE RESCUE:  JIMMY’s BEDROOM MAKEOVER

My son Jimmy left for college this year so we decided to take advantage of this season in his life to give his bedroom a makeover. [I had my work cut out for me!!!]jimmyAfter purging the room from 19 years of childhood memories, we gave the walls a fresh coat of paint (Glidden – Basic Khaki) and cleaned the carpets.

IMG_5526

The ONLY item I reused was his king mattress set so I had a lot to accomplish on a very limited budget.  I knew a trip to IKEA would provide many cost efficient solutions, so off I went to find some anchor pieces.

IMG_5529

I selected the IKEA MALM 6-drawer dresser in black-brown.  The engineering of IKEA products is so easy that anyone can build their furniture pieces.  I built this entire piece in under 2 hours with only hand tools.  I also opted to add some sleek hardware for design and function.

IMG_5610

My son is over six foot tall so sleeping on a king sized bed is a must.  There is only one option for the placement of the bed, so I chose to make this the accent wall.  I found a headboard at a local furniture store and this AMAZING pulled canvas art at IKEA.  (Assembly was required but as previously mentioned…the instructions were simple and I was finished and able to install the canvas in under 30 minutes.)  IMG_5599

The bedding was another great find at IKEA.  I also purchased (2) sets of BLEKVIVA curtain panels in charcoal to match the bedding to which I customized by adding grommets and a decorative panel to highlight the stripes from the accent pillow.  The grommet drapes were mounted much higher than the wood blinds so I needed something to cover the exposed blind header rail. I made a mock roman shade out of a woven roller shade that I had left over from another project.  This woven wood material picks up on the rope in the canvas art.

What do you do with an outdated ceiling fan?

IMG_5528

Paint it!  I removed the paddles and spray painted them matte black (using a primer+paint product).  I hand primed and painted the motor and light fixture using a small sponge brush.  Looks brand new!!!

IMG_5602

I found the perfect accent chair at a local thrift store, however, it was in a ugly burgundy fabric. I followed instructions I found to paint upholstered furniture  and I am super happy with the end result.

IMG_5620

While shopping at IKEA I saw this trellis and knew I needed to find a way to incorporate it into the space.  Positioning it between the two windows adds texture and interest to the wall along with a functional place for Jimmy to display his collection of ball caps.

IMG_5601

I can’t shop at IKEA without buying their great photos shelves and picture frames.  I mounted them on a few walls to provide a place for photos and memorabilia to be displayed in a cohesive way.  shelves

These industrial lamps, a large mirror over the dresser and a few significant accessories completes this makeover.

IMG_5609

IMG_5608

**************************************************************************************************************************SUNROOM MAKEOVER

This client recently closed in their sunporch to create an open kitchen/family room.  We took their desire for comfortable furnishings and love for local landmarks as inspiration.  Although small, this area provided the perfect opportunity to create a “comfy section” to gather the family. family room 1

(Angling the anchor pieces slightly allowed all the pieces to fit and created some depth and interest.)

The opposite side of the room created an opportunity to set up a dining space. dining 1

The framed art featuring a local landmark mounted above an interesting serving buffet provides the “accent wall” for the room.  [Tip:  It is important to try to have a wall or feature in every room that is set up to grab your attention.  This allows your eye to immediately go somewhere when you enter a room and sets the tone for the space.]

dining 3

A few interesting accent pieces and a gathering table completes this space.  [Although I am a big fan of dressing every window, in this case (5 windows in a very small space) we decided to keep the window treatments simple by installing top-down bottom-up cellular shades.  To provide privacy and a little softness, we did install my favorite go-to linen panels from Bed, Bath and Beyond over the sliding glass door.]

dining 2

What would you do with this awkward wall transitioning the dining area into the kitchen?

tv wall

We decided to provide a special space for the family dog, REGGIE, to relax and bird watch.  I think our idea was a hit!!!  tv wall 2g

Filling their new shelves and fireplace mantle with personal art and collectibles not only makes it more interesting but reflects the personality of the homeowner.

fireplace 2

A little something extra here and there made our client feel special!

accents

accents 2

Creating a comfy and personable space was the objective for this client….I think we accomplished the task!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

RELAXED MODERN was the desire of this client. Starting with the foyer, we created a warm and welcoming entrance with a leather tufted storage bench and interesting accent table and mirror. The bench provides extra storage for blankets, hats, gloves, etc. as well as a temporary landing place for groceries, etc. when coming in from outside.foyer2
Let’s take a peak at their living space.IMG_0141Intentionally positioning their large sectional in the center of the room creates two separate spaces: One centered around the TV and the other centered around conversation.
living2
The sawhorse sofa table serves both rooms: back lighting the sectional and a nice focal point for the front sitting room.
front2Never underestimate the power of window treatments. These great linen panels from Bed, Bath and Beyond add texture and warmth to the space. Hanging them significantly above the window trim creates an allusion that the walls are higher than that actually are. Some great artwork and modern accessories provided the finishing touches for this RELAXED MODERN makeover!

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s