Posts tagged ‘interior design’

March 26th, 2014

Project Breakdown: Lady Library

 

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When it came time for the Mercers to finish out their home’s full renovation, Caroline knew she wanted a dedicated space for both her and her youngest daughter Louise to spend time together. The last round of design work gave the oldest daughter, Margaret, a hip bedroom of her own with an adjacent playroom for hanging out after school with friends. As round two came to fruition, it was time for the youngest to have a perfect place for crafts, homework, and an after school escape. The mother and daughter team envisioned a feminine, creative space where they could bond over glitter and popcorn, with the one requirement to infuse the color pink. The result is a Lady Library; a girly yet sophisticated study for both work and play.

Apart from a place to lounge and hang, we designed a streamlined desk surface that seamlessly extends from one of the flanking, open etageres. This allows for a craft-worthy table surface with enough room leftover to house a computer and hidden drawers below for when homework time strikes. Opposite, a fully custom cabinetry system with minimal leather pulls to house bulky storage bins along with narrow pull-out drawers; perfect for large sheets of colored paper.

Check out our creative process below as well as the sources you need to get the look:

 

lady library process

 

Sources:

1. Nailhead Sofa – Bunny Williams / 2. Varese Fabric – Designers Guild / 3. Chenonceau Wallpaper – Schumacher / 4. Harlow Nesting Tables – Madegoods / 5. Fineas Table Lamp – Robert Abbey / 6. Calvin Chair – Arteriors Homes / 7. Jacques Cocktail Table – Jonathan Adler

 

 

 

January 29th, 2014

Mantle Mantra

 

With all this talk of a “Southern Freeze”, we have our minds wandering to warmer places. What better way to catch up on good conversation and even better company than around an open fire? Take a look through some of our favorite fireplace settings to date and learn a few tricks on how to turn your hearth into something worth bragging about.

 

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We pulled home accessories that bring out the deep violet tones of the ceramic tile surround. Offset dark hues with a tertiary color like this subtle mint green to keep the space looking fresh.

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Go bold with a stark white mantle, bringing pops of color in through a surround or dark hearth. The stacked fireplaces in this historic downtown home left this room with a quirky, off-center surround. We then played off this asymmetry by centering the mirror to the actual opening and filled the empty wall space by hanging a collection of fun finds. With a room this poppy, keep greenery simple and clean like a basic fern to keep the space from getting too busy.

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If your fireplace has great architectural features like this one, we suggest matching the trim color to the walls to tone down the drama of traditional elements. By using a neutral palette, we balanced the wall as a whole and allowed the natural brick of the fireplace to take center stage.

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A well-curated mantle is the usual focus, but don’t forget about the wall space above the actual fireplace. Instead of flat sheetrock, we added mirrored side panels and sconces to bring the focus upward. Other ways to draw attention to this space can be through wall art, TV, or mirror.

July 31st, 2013

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Rye celebrated his first birthday this month with the official kick-off of the “Camp Rye” tradition. With a few strips of wood, a canvas drop cloth and iron-on transfer, we were able to make a simple A-frame tent to help commemorate the first year of little man’s life. Photographer Izzy Hudgins captured the weekend’s celebrations and got some great shots of Rye inside his very own “man cave”. The plan is to make a new tent every year and eventually have enough to fill the yard for one big birthday bash – Camp To Campus party, anyone?

 

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Full tent DIY here. 

 

June 13th, 2013

Behind the Scenes: Custom Feather Wallpaper

Custom Feather Wallpaper

We had the opportunity to do some really fun, custom designs for our latest downtown project – from upholstery and furnishings down to the artwork and wallpaper. The powder room on the first level is no exception. Using a patterned graphic wallpaper, we were able to transform a small hidden space into an inviting conversation-starter that guests will enjoy using. Like any custom project, this feather wallpaper had a lengthy design process that began with inspiration and slowly transformed through stages of manipulating and tweaking into the final design our clients see today. To give you an idea of how the process works, we’ve broken down a few key elements that led to the ultimate installation of this completely unique powder room:

 

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Would you let a small space in your home go from boring to bold with the help of our feather wallpaper? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

April 16th, 2013

Project Breakdown: Gabby

Today begins the first full reveal of our most recent project! Located in the heart of Downtown Savannah, this four-story townhouse is now home to a family of four who longed for a place to reflect their unique personalities all under one (conveniently located) roof. When we first entered the space, the top floor was similar to the rest of the house: traditionally painted rooms with dark wood floors and millwork in need of a little TLC.

3RD floor hall before

With a little paint and some elbow grease, we transformed the third floor into an airy London-esque flat that gives the two teenage girls a loft-like place to escape.

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The first top floor space belongs to Gabby: an active girl with a love of all things bright and poppy. We gave her a neutral canvas with hints of bright turquoise for a sophisticated room that puts “boring” on the opposite spectrum.

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Bedroom 2

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1. We let this bright, geometric chandelier from Shine determine the accent color for the rest of the room. We recommend pairing with round white bulbs for a vintage glam look.

2. Three frosted glass cylinders atop the mantle help bring the pop of turquoise down to eye level. Use as a set of candle holders or place plant cuttings inside to bring the space back down to Earth.

3. The ornate frame on this mirror from Homegoods still makes a statement against white walls. Hang this low enough so that it appears to be resting on the fireplace.

4. Add a well-traveled feel to a new space with this large tortoise shell from Target’s Nate Berkus line. We added two coats of high-gloss black spray paint to make it seem right at home.

5. We scored this slim pair of white plaster table lamps from Circa Lighting and added two large black drum shades from Fenchel Shades. As a general rule, the shade’s greatest diameter should not be larger than the total length of the lamp’s body.

6. Bring texture into the space with these cow hide and linen throw pillows. If using two to dress the bed, always make sure the length doubled does not exceed your total bed width.

7. Use textiles instead of paint to turn a plain wall into a statement. Kravet’s Velvet Gate Drapery in Tuxedo keeps the space fresh without getting too busy. Rather than flanking windows, continue the drapes from wall to wall to make the bed the center of attention.

8. The silhouette on Bungalow 5′s Jacqui bedside tables would work well in both a traditional and a modern space. Keep the pulls an antique brass or choose to powder coat them a bright color for an entirely different look.

9. Take a step up from the traditional white sheets with an embroidered black bow-tie duvet cover from West Elm.

10. Etsy seller WWBDesign fabricated this pair of mid-century inspired gray felt ottomans with white linen piping. We love the size and versatility: one alone makes great additional seating and two in front of a bed provides a makeshift bench.

11. The true showstopper of this bedroom is the John Reeves Design Louise Bed from ABC Home. The crisp white frame acts as a backdrop for virtually any bedroom scheme and the curved posts give just enough femininity to this grown-up girl space.

Bedroom 2

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1. Set the mood before you enter the room with floor to ceiling drapery in the hall. Designers Guild’s Mazan – Saraille ombre pattern gives the space an airy feel while paying tribute to the fun and poppy girl’s room to come.

2. We found this vintage wingback chair in an aged velvet fabric that had seen better days. With a few coats of high-gloss black paint and Ernest Gaspard’s China Seas linen, this once-sorry chair became a contemporary statement.

3. This slim side table features a quatrefoil top, giving just enough character to the space without trying to steal the wingback’s show.

4. Two glossy white side tables from One Kings Lane become a dresser with the addition of a custom-built wooden top. We powder coated the once-gold handles a shiny black to further accent the piece’s curves.

5. Vintage lighting is always a fun addition to any space, like this white ceramic lamp. Here we updated it with a white shade to not only complement its fresh surroundings, but also to highlight the lamp’s black accents. When purchasing vintage light fixtures keep in mind to check all cords, plugs, and lightbulb specifications.

6. West Elm’s elephant ceramics give just the right hint of color while still paying homage to natural elements. We typically recommend a set of three, but not when placing next to another large object (like our lamp).

7. Pick up on the space’s color palette when picking art for the walls. In this case, choosing this Tylinek Zebra print from Natural Curiosities was a no-brainer. We had this print hung in a clean custom frame with a deep profile to let the art speak for itself.

Source List

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Super White (Regal Wall Satin / Latex Flat)

Trim Color: Benjamin Moore Super White (Oil – Semi Gloss)

Picture Rail Color: Benjamin Moore Palm Coast Teal (Regal Wall Satin / Latex Flat)

Floor Color: Benjamin Moore Super White (Oil – Semi Gloss)

Fireplace Tile: Winchester Tile – Marine Blue

Drapery Hardware: Vesta Techno Track Collection 1-1/8″ Diameter, BL Finish

Check back soon for a tour of Sofia’s room!

See more of our latest project on our website.

Photo Credit

Gabby + Sofia: Christine Hall Photography

Interiors: Richard Leo Johnson

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