Monthly archive for July 2013

Simple is Best

One thing that I have learned while doing design projects is that when it comes to the big pieces, simple is best. Don’t get me wrong, my favorite part of design is picking out beatifully patterned fabric and the perfect accessories. However, when it comes to the more expensive, bigger pieces…the sofas, chairs, bedding, etc….simple is best. This does not mean that everything in your home has to be white or cream with no pattern or color. Just find ways to infuse the color and patterns with pillows, paint, and fabulous accessories. In doing so, all you will have to change when the Ikat and Trellis patterns of today are out of style are your accent pillows. This tip can save you thousands of dollars! Here are some examples:

This is the bedding we plan to use in a master bedroom at the lake. They want clean with pops of funky patterns and color:
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You may be wondering how this fits the description of “pops of color”. It doesn’t…but this is just our simple, classic back drop that will be able to last for at least 10 years without going “out of style”. The plan is to insert the pops of color with our pillows. The duvet shown will be folded at the end of the bed. A classic white PB pickstich quilt will go underneath the duvet. We will use the Ikat pattern shown for Euro shams, use the standard shams from the bedding shown, and finish off with a green PB classic button pillow in the front. The classic striped pattern shown will go on a bench at the end of the bed. The striped pattern on the bench should pass the test of time as well, but I do think the bench could be a funky accent piece that you could recover in the future if you prefer.
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Here is another example. I used a cream colored quilt from Anthropologie and a timeless ticking stripe duvet at the bottom. The bed is accented with Ikat and Trellis patterned pillows that I can change whenever I feel like I want a new look.
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Simple brown leather couch with color and pattern in pillows:
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Cream slipcovered sofa accented with patterns in pillows:
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Khaki couch with pillows and accents:
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Classic white bedding dressed up with pillows and accessories:
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White linen couch/chair with color and pattern in accent pillows:
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A Trip to Lewis and Sheron

Yesterday, Emma Rose took her first trip to my favorite fabric store in Atlanta, Lewis and Sheron. Emma Rose rarely cries except when she is hungry, so I decided that she was a good enough baby for me to venture into the great unknown of fabric shopping with a three month old.  I made sure that her belly was full and pacies were on hand. I had this image of myself running through the warehouse like a crazy woman with a stroller and crying baby. Although she was awake the entire time, Emma Rose proved me wrong! She smiled at all of the employees and babbled to herself as we walked up and down the aisles. In fact, this is what she looked like when I told her we were going fabric shopping! Please excuse my spacing again, I am determined to figure out what is going on! Be sure to scroll all the way down:)

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We went to the fabric store so that I could get some samples for a couple of clients. I am currently working on the master in the lake house that I wrote about last post. They love a mix of modern and traditional fabrics with a splash of color…LOVE!  We will be using a simple white duvet from PB with a navy border, along with these two patterns. So much fun!

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The other fabrics are for a client who wants softer colors with a traditional, yet updated feel. Her kitchen and living room are one larget space. Nothing is final yet, but we have gone with a gray/khaki/gold color palate. Most of the house is already painted a goldish tone, so we will paint the kitchen and family room a light gray, and bring in these patterns to tie everything together. I really love this color palate.

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I am also working on their formal living room, which will serve a dual purpose of a relxaing reading room and a room for entertaining. It is the first room you see when you walk in the house. Large windows and tall ceilings with wood floors.  The room will include a round, skirted ottoman surrounded by four cozy, yet tailored chairs. We will also have a buffet for entertaining purposes. We will use some soft blues/grays/browns to give a welcoming and relaxing feel. There are two options for this room. Option number one (and my favorite one)….

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Option #2: This option uses more gold tones:

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Ignore the jute table runner that snuck into the picture!

Such a fun day of work with my peanut…I think she might already have a love for design:)

 

Come and Get Me!

I have a fabulous dresser that is still for sale! It is going to make its new home at a local antique store next week at a higher price, unless somebody wants it from me now! This piece is from the 1940s. It is in awesome condition inside and out. The drawers have been lined and well taken care of. They are dovtailed, and constructed well.  This piece is perfect for a beach house. lake house. or in your home! Definitely a conversation piece. I will be coming to Jacksonville next month, so I can bring it there if you’re interested! Here are some pictures. Please forgive the word spacing in my recent posts… I am trying to figure it out! Keep scrolling down to see all of the pics:)

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I need a new home! Come and get me!

Summer Fun

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer! I have been busy with decorating projects and this sweet girl…

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I cannot believe that Emma Rose is already 3 months old! Time is flying by, and I am loving every minute of being a mommy to this sweet pumpkin!!

I have also been working on a decorating project for some friends over the summer. They built a beautiful lake house at Lake Oconee, and asked me to design for them. We picked out paint colors, light fixtures, furniture, rugs and fabrics to make this lake house thier home away from home. While we are still waiting for our tables and tv console, as well as a few accessories, the upholstered pieces of furniture arrived this weekend, and I could not be more excited about how they turned out!

The clients wanted a bright and welcoming, yet rustic feel. Whenever I hear that someone wants “bright pops of color”, my mind immediately things of the coral and blue combo. The mixture of the cool and warm tones is so eye catching. I especially fell in love with it when we used it in the bunk room at the beach house last year.

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A muted version of this color scheme came to mind for the lake house. We did our couches and chairs in neutral creams and grays, but added funky pops of color with the fabrics. The jute lighting and wooden ceiling beams bring in the rustic feel. Our future tables to be delivered and burlap lamps will add to our look once they arrive! The gray Dash and Albert rug pulls the gray from the walls and grounds the room. Here are some sneak peeks of the project! Forgive the picture quality…I left my good camera at home and had to use my phone.

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In love with the wood ceiling beams and foyer light against the gray walls. We used Dovetail Gray by Sherwin Williams.

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Funky coral ikat with traditional powder gray houndstooth and button pocket pillows.

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A close up of our patterns. Love the modern and traditional mix.

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One of my must have living room pieces….a floating ottoman. Always get them in pairs, or the single ottoman will look lost in the space. The friend to this guy  is floating around somewhere in the room! Love the classic seafoam stripe on the ottoman. It is called Fritz Spa…20.00 a yard on Warehousefabricsinc.com! You can also see the Dash and Albert rug here…. diamond pattern in “platinum”. Durable and stylish, and they come in 12×15!

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We purchased two of these skirted beauties. They will flank our tv console against a long wall when it comes in! The console is a seafoam bluish green color…distressed with mirrored doors, I might have to keep it for myself! I think it will be my favorite piece in the room.

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These rustic stools surround the large island in the kitchen. Glass chickenwire pendants hang above.  There is also an aged bronze lantern above the kitchen table. Pictures to come!

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This is future foyer. We have the fabulous jute chandelier (from Ballard Designs), and the vibrant, earthy rug (from Rugsusa.com). A natural wood console with a pair of oars and burlap shaded lamps to the left of the door will complete the look. I cannot wait to see everything come together, and share some pictures of the finished product! I loved working with such a nice family with great design taste.

I am currently working on their master. Loving the plan and will be sure to share!