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The Best Family Patio

This patio was previously used for a swing and bike storage. That’s pretty much it. You can see  that this porch provides amazing picture windows along the front of the home, but all you could see was a swing, some bikes, and anything else that found itself on the patio when people walked into the house. That made for a sad mom. We aim to make moms happy around these parts, especially ones who work from home and have to see their houses all day long!

The patio was divided into 3 parts – work, chill, and storage. We united the three parts of the patio with coral and indigo. Wood, rattan, jute, and the plants all seek to bring the natural elements in that live on the other side of windows. The use of metallics, especially in the table base, accessories, and side tables dress the entire space up and bring it far from its storage room origins.

Let’s begin with the portion of the patio dedicated to work. Mom has taken up residence at the table so she can work from home, see the outside world walk by while they long to be in there with her. When she doesn’t want to see the world walk by, inexpensive white window panels keep the light coming in while keeping the patio private. The custom Roman shades can keep light out on super bright days, but they also serve as a gorgeous artistic element that sets off the entire room. The clear chairs don’t take up any visual space, so the room still feels open and airy, taking advantage of all of the light coming from the windows. The natural woven rug anchors the space and mirrors the texture of the natural material that forms the shade.

The middle section was for relaxing with friends or a book at the end of the day (read: CHILL). The little girl of the family has taken over the bench for drawing in the sun (I love this so much) and the custom funky cut velvet chairs are small but fit dad perfectly.

Finally, and most importantly for any family (and the original function of this room) we focused on KID STORAGE. We got old lockers off Craigslist and color blocked them to look awesome (I might be in love). Kids shoes, backpacks tennis rackets and coats fit perfectly HIDDEN AWAY. The bikes found a new home in a room off the back of the house.

We framed the kids’ self portraits above their own, personal locker. Balls stay fly and contained in their wire bin (I definitely just bought one for my son). The hanging macrame planter brings a bit more nature inside (and the 1970s are coming back in a big way right now, so this isn’t the last macrame you’re going to see, friends.)

This transformation is the perfect example of how EVERY.SINGLE.SPACE. in your home can be beautifully designed to reflect your family’s personality and function to meet its needs. This room, once a place to simply drop items on the way into the house has become a new office, a new sitting room, and an organized space for kids items. It operates as an integral part of the home, rather than an attached, forgotten space. As more and more of us begin to work from home, its so important that we love the space where we’re living and working. We can start talking about your space — just give me a call!

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Mother-Daughter Living and Playroom

The client for this beautiful transformation is a single mom who wanted to claim her space for herself and her daughter. It was so special to be a part of this process, and completely indulgent to focus on designing a completely feminine, luxurious space for these fine ladies.

Like most homes that house small children, let’s go ahead and own it: the dining room is the playroom. If you’ve got small kids that need a playroom, you probably aren’t spending your days entertaining in a formal dining room – so it’s the first space to be sacrificed. My client wanted a space for her daughter to play that seamlessly transitioned into the living room.

We coated the walls with a beautiful, neutral gray that served as the perfect launching point for the brilliantly feminine pink rug which inspired the color palette in the room. Swapping the ceiling fan for a chandelier, we set a very girly, fancy tone for the room without being too stuffy. The lux tone is carried through with the brass and copper metallic finishes and accessories dotting the room. We incorporated the TV into a gallery wall by hanging some feminine art, and filled the room with fake plants as my client has a black thumb (don’t we all?). A small console table was added in the entry to provide a place to drop keys, purses, and other items as you enter the house.

The magic of the playroom space is the clever storage we used to replace the plastic storage bins previously used in the space. The credenza not only stores the toys attractively, it transitions into a functional dining room piece when the playroom is no longer needed and she’s ready to start throwing those formal dinner parties again. The bench provides additional seating, and the storage baskets provide easy access to toys and add natural texture to the play area. The table and kid-sized ghost chairs are a wink and a nod to the dining room space, and provides a space for her daughter to play and draw. Messes are not an issue here; the rug is inexpensive and the pattern hides spills.

Her daughter’s pink play kitchen blends seamlessly into the space, and we used family pictures to further personalize the area. Are you in need of incorporating your play area into your living area with some flare? Is it time for you to redesign your space to tell the story of the people who live in your home? Contact Gina Sims Designs today. Let’s get started.

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Living Room Transformation

Sometimes it can be difficult to decorate when you have a space filled with lots of your current possessions, hand-me-downs, and things inherited from others. It can be daunting to decide what to keep, and how to incorporate it all to communicate your personal style. This is when a call to Gina Sims Designs is a very good idea.

My client had a living room that was ready to have a fresh look. We started with a conversation about what she loved, what items had an appropriate scale for the room, and even brought a professional organizer in the mix! The room design became a collection of “what makes me happy” and sentimental items that helped move the design forward. Here’s how the space began:

We defined the room with light blues, orange, beiges, whites, and wood tones. The room got a fresh coat of paint after the ceilings were repaired and repainted.

It’s always lucky to have a client that can supply inspiration with items from their travels, and due to her many trips to Italy, we had plenty to showcase. We reframed old art, including a grouping of maps, so they presented better. Grouping them in the entryway and lighting them up with scones sets the tone for the entire room: a warm space, showcasing family memories.

The fireplace was completely redone: we removed the tile and heavy screen and added a brilliant marble herringbone tile. A mirror was added to reflect more light into the small space, while classical busts, African beads, and a rosary showcase this new focal point of the room.

(Psst: see that dining room? See that transformation here!)

A bright, comforting living room that showcases the individuality of the client is one of our favorite types of projects. Call Gina Sims Designs to begin on your living room today.

 

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Master Bedroom Update

My client had recently completed a beautiful renovation in her kitchen, living, and outdoor space and Gina Sims Designs was lucky enough to design the interior decor in beautiful and fresh blues (click HERE to view this awesome project). In the Master Bedroom, inspired by her current bedroom rug, we focused on a neutral khaki and charcoal color scheme with subtle accents of red and green.

She never knew what to do with the window behind the bed. She had covered it in decorative tiles to make it disappear – however, we decided in this bedroom redesign, we’d actually make the window the focal point of the room. This was done by making the window appear larger by flanking it with beautiful buffalo check curtains, hanging from a brass curtain rod that adds interest and glam to the space. The curtains add warmth, drama and a graphic element.

We lightened up the room by painting it a lighter brown and added large, inexpensive art. New side tables serve as nightstands and we emphasized the warmth and coziness of the room with layering various textures in the bedding — including this fantastic duvet that takes a fresh interpretation of a chevron print.

This wasn’t the complete renovation that she had done in other areas of the house: this room is a brilliant example of how small changes and a modest budget can make a big difference in any space. Is it time to update your bedroom? Contact me now!

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Kitchen Update

When there are small children in the house, you keep them close — and when there are four kids under the age of four, you keep them very close. This usually means that they, and the stuff that comes with them, takes over all of the communal (formerly adult) living spaces. My clients were no different: the play kitchen and the kids had taken over their space. Their main need was a space that was still useful for the kids, but styled for adults.

We created a playroom in another area of the house. We removed the kid-sized furniture and kid-themed clutter in the kitchen, swapping it out for adult-sized (and styled), functional pieces.

When the kids dominated the space, their toys were on the floor and their art was all over the wall. We replaced the kids’ art with a large, floral print. With five males and one female in the house, the print needed to be feminine and floral to balance that universe. While we’re unseating the children, we can’t entirely kick them out of the space: it’s just fit for the adults now. We can maintain our style while also encouraging childhood creativity, so we stored all of the art supplies in a simple, modern console. Friends: furniture doesn’t have to be from the kids section at IKEA to be functional.

We installed a wine rack to keep the wine out of arms reach of the kids, while also being well within arms reach of the adults. Speaking of coping mechanisms, we selected an inexpensive rug with a pattern to hide spills and the molded chairs are easily wiped down after mealtime. We framed the windows with graphic, black curtains and lit the space with a funky rattan pendant that provides a natural element (and is very on-trend as the 1970s visit us again).

Brilliant kitchen restyling: a functioning, kid space that’s styled for the adults.

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