Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Client Crisp & Casual Bedroom Makeover

I have a new client who has come to the all too familiar crossroads in home ownership: love it or list it?! They have a five bedroom home tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac. It is an incredibly charming home with built-ins, a finished basement and an outdoor pool and living space that is a get-away all it's own. Sounds too good to leave, right? Their problem is useable space. A dining room that no one dines in and a family room that functions mainly as a toy room for their 18-month old twins. We are in the midst of coming up with a game plan for the main level that can accommodate the toys, home computers and family living space needed for four children ranging in ages from tweens to tots. 

In the meantime, they've asked me to design a master bedroom oasis for maximum comfort and relaxation. For me, the most relaxing rooms are those that feel clean, uncluttered and crisp. 

I started with light gray walls and crisp hotel bedding for a clean feel and then added crisp pops of color and gold accents for texture. 

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

I recommended they add simple trim work to bring a focal point to the room. 

I also recommended they mix up their furniture shapes by adding round end tables.

I looked at two lighting options for the room. Wall-mounted sconces such as these from Ikea and West Elm. 

And hanging pendants to frame out the bed. 

My client has existing bedroom furniture they would like to use. There is a matching bed, dresser & mirror (shown), tall dresser and end table in the room. I recommended that they have the drawer fronts painted on the two dressers and add new hardware. 

And accessories for color and texture: 

I'm so excited to see this room transformed for two very deserving parents. I'll show you renovation ideas for the master bath later this week!

Happy Day! {Erin}

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Outdoor Facelift! Lakeside Renovations Underway!

Laura and I are lake babies of sorts. Our dad was an avid sailor and our family piled into the old conversion van every weekend of the summer and made the pilgrimage to Northern Michigan to be on the water. 

This is our family sailing somewhere on Grand Traverse Bay. And yes, that is my dad looking like Crockett and Tubbs from Miami Vice should be chasing us! Ah, the 80s!

My husband also grew up on lakes around the northern Indiana area, so we always knew that the lake experience was something we wanted our kids to have as well.

We bought our lake house together the summer before we got married and it has been a work in progress for the last 10 years. We have redone most of the interior, but the cosmetic exterior has always been last on the list of things to update. We've done many of the things that you have to do to maintain the exterior. . . new roof, fresh paint, etc. But now it's time to do some of the fun stuff! 

Here is where we are starting from. We like to call it our box with a crooked triangle on the top. Another casualty of the 80s! 

We wanted to make the place look more symmetrical and "cottagey" without tearing the roof off and starting over. We also have two sliding doors on the bottom, lakeside level. The right side is a bedroom and the left side is a small living room and bar. It has never made sense to us to enter and exit through a bedroom, so we wanted to replace that slider with a window and make the actual entrance more prominent. From this wish list here is what our builder came up with. . . 

And here is the best part - the entire front is a facia. We don't have to tear into the actual roof line. The facia will correct the roof line from the front and most visible side of the house without any major construction to the existing roof. This is a slightly different rendering but you can see the facia. 

Our other plan is to update the landscaping. We live outside and we use our place pretty consistently from early spring to late fall. These are both great times of the year for evening bonfires so we wanted to incorporate a fire pit and more outdoor lounging space. Here is the direction we are taking. 

We plan to have the existing patio stamped with an overlay. Here are some of the options I like so far. 

And then we will add natural flagstone around the firepit. 

Renovations are starting at the end of this month. Stay tuned to the progress along the way!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

REVEAL Top Secret Nursery-It's a girl!!

If you have been following along, my client (& friend) enlisted my services to plan and install a top secret nursery behind closed door! No problem, right?! 5 weeks ago she gave me "the envelope" with the gender of the baby inside and I swore not to breathe a word to anyone, including them! I've been bubbling over not being able to give any peeks at all as to what I was planning as everything screamed girl! So you wanna peek!? Well here you have it! Just a little one before I make you get into the details... It's all about the details, I know you agree!!
When I started I decided on my color scheme and had the idea almost immediately that I wanted to paint all the doors, trim and window casing the more dramatic accent color. I chose a soft subtle peach color that almost has a golden hue called "Champagne" for all the main walls in the room. Then I used "Certain Peach" for the baseboards, window trim and doors. The green and the deep coral were used on accent furniture. Can you see the fabrics in the background?! 
I love the fabrics for this room! There is both a modern and vintage feel which I think every little girl should have a good mix of. There are only so many years you can pull off a really soft vintage look for a little girl. Knowing my days are numbered with my own daughter's eclectic room makes me sad as she points out jeweled light up "Peace" signs with hideous colors...Lord help me! But the truth is that although I do listen to what my clients want, I always have some selfish motives in my designs, that's what you get with me!:) Speaking of that, I am happy to share many sources with you but not all as a courtesy to my clients who pay for me to give them a unique design. Make sense?! I am happy to say that I sourced several Etsy shops to comes up with my bedding design though. I love Etsy and I always looks there first, for everything! I also hate most of the bedding sets that they have out there! I always want to change something. I had this problem with my own kids but Etsy wasn't as far along as they are now and they have some super cute baby linens! The sheet and changing cover were hand made and the fabrics were from one shop. The skirt was from another Etsy shop. 

The crib was in her son's room and was chocolate brown. I love this crib and although she gave the option to get a new one if it was a girl, I knew this one had not yet seen the end of the road (it is also special to me as it was my daughter's crib that they got when they found out they were having twins and needed two cribs the first time around)! So I had the lady that painted my other client's china cabinet come and match the crib paint to the new dresser I got for the room! 
We also used a gold paint to highlight some of the details on the crib! You know how I love gold and gray together! They are a perfect combo!
I know you saw the little peek of pom pom garland above! I used a whole bunch of these as a sort of new age crib mobile. I love these for a party or for decor and they have gained much popularity in all the colors and patterns you can get now. I tried to marry all the shades of coral and gray in one happy cluster to pull everything together in the room. These were fun, but a tad time consuming as each one comes flat and it's assembly required on these babies! 
 As to not take away from the drama of the cluster of poms I hung a semi-flush mount light in the center of the room. With me it is usually the bigger the better on the chandelier but this light was very well priced at under $150 and it made the perfect statement... fancy and sophisticated but not fighting to be the center of attention! 
To the right of the crib sits a rocking chair that she already had. It is a darker gray fabric so that is partly why I chose to do the crib and dresser in light gray as to draw attention away from the chair color which was intended to go with a whole other nursery decor and to make it feel like it was chosen for the room from the start. When you are playing up the colors in the room and playing up pattern, best to only let some accent pieces be in color and the bigger pieces more neutral. In my opinion, that is! 

This little wicker table is a antique shop find and was only $30 so I used the green to have it sprayed. We had little space so the table had to be small and delicate looking with just enough space to sit a bottle. 
Here is the table in its "before" state! Needed a tad of color!
Also found at the antique place was this little rocker! Can I get an "awww"?!? That's what I did when I saw it! I was like "that is so stinking cute, I wish my kids were little enough for it..." then I was like "wait I'm doing a nursery here"!! If you don't know me I'm a stitch absent minded and this makes perfect sense! 
OK well now you have seen the curtain panels. Probably my most favorite thing in the nursery and where most of the inspiration came from. These mint colored marvels were the ones when I spotted them. The color is even more gorgeous in person! The ruffles are perfectly frayed. The only problem was they are linen and slightly sheer... Although there are wood blinds on the windows my client's request was darkening panels!! What to do?! Well, I will tell you! I decided to do a double rod and do the reverse of logic. Hang the "sheers" up front and a blackout panel in the back! I almost died when I found a white blackout panel with a ruffle edge to stick out on the sides!! These are the kind of things we dream of people! And by "we" I mean, me! 
Anyway, on we go and then I will show you it all together!! For the dresser my client wanted function too. Now I am all about using and painting vintage dressers in kids rooms! You know this to be true! However, with the old comes the limited functionality (e.g., drawers not as smooth and spacious etc.). When it comes to Rachel (I don't usually mention the client by name but she won't mind me razzing her a bit) you don't mess with the function! She had made mention of liking the drawer sizes on this Pottery Barn one I landed on. Of course, I couldn't let PB win, I had to change it a little to make it look more vintage:) 

Here is it as it was...
A few decorative knobs on top...
We probably need to change the hardware color too... Gold, of course!
And done!
The mirror wicker scroll mirror above the dresser was painted to match the rocking chair and some decorative accents for the dresser. I loved this lamp as it matched the ceiling light perfectly and I got to have my "chandelier" looking fix with it! 
Lastly I found a cute book about what little girls are made of and had the idea to fill several frames with pages from the books to do a corner gallery wall above the rocker. I went to Hobby Lobby, picked out frames that were 50% off (as they almost always are at Hobby Lobby). Then if you pick their frames then they will do the labor for free so you just have to pay for the mats to be cut! I chose a soft gray mat and gold frames. Go figure...right?! Since they are glass frames I never had a good picture up close without a glare so I am posting these before ones in hope you can read the little print on them!
Here is the best I could do on a close up with all the glare... I know, the room looks yellow and you can't read them but hey, I tried on these limited photography skills!

OK so I think I covered it all! You ready to see some final pictures?! And of course I couldn't help but to do a before and after of the main wall view:)!
Congratulations to Team T on baby Quinn! What a fun and exciting project this has been! I'm kinda sad to have it all over with! I guess I need another baby's room to do!! Who's next? It can't be me....that ship has sailed...so so far away:)! 


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