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Let the Pattern Puzzle Begin!

I love a new project! The new ideas, the possibilities… the intricate puzzle begins! Every room and every family has different needs, goals and tastes. The family I started working with this week are so fun and on the cuteness scale, their kids are 10+. Way too much cuteness.

When I meet with a family for our initial consultation, they show me images they have gathered from Pinterest, Houzz, blogs, magazines, etc. We discuss what they like about each photo and the feeling and pieces they want to influence their room. After some initial planning, I go to the fabric store to hunt for textile inspiration. Truly my mother’s daughter, a fabric store to me is like a chocolate store (although if there happens to be a chocolate store nearby, I’ll go there afterwards, let’s be clear).

On my recent visit, I found these pieces. I put different colors and patterns together and see what jives, what sticks out and what just generally makes me giddy. I’m not sure what combinations we will settle on but these are making me happy this week!

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I’ll keep you posted on if we go with one of these or another combo entirely!

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My Dining Room

This table is where art is made, work is done, vegetables are tried, papers are read, milk is spilled, jokes are told, arguments begin, and forgiveness is granted. This is where life happens in the Sims household.

And a bit about the design…I adore my wallpaper on this focal wall! It’s a charcoal background with the silver pattern that sits on top of a teal grid (you can’t see from this shot) which matches the teal in my kitchen. It’s from Sherwin Williams. My wooden mid-century chairs I picked up at Kudzu Antiques and the table and silver farm chairs I bought off of a movie set (pays to have relatives in the biz with the sweet hookups). The awesome light fixture was picked up at a yard sale in Arizona by my brother (who has killer taste). I love the spaceship look of it.

Photography by Christina Wedge www.christinawedge.com

Photography by Christina Wedge www.christinawedge.com, (squirrel cred: Meredith Story Williams)

To the right of my kitchen table, this shelving unit that displays some of our favorite things. The France print was from an old Starbucks calendar, the flower watercolor is my own and the vintage photo I picked up at a flea market. The fan was an eBay find and the radio was my family’s when I was a kid. Those wonderful little brass owls belonged to my husband’s late mother and are a treasure to me. The rest of this is vintage pottery and our wonderful cookbooks and cooking magazines. Again, life!

Photography by Christina Wedge www.christinawedge.com

Photography by Christina Wedge www.christinawedge.com

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Don’t Knock the Tchotchkes

What is an outfit without accessories? A shirt and pants. What is a home without accessories? A place to sit. BLAH!!

I often hear people say that tchotchkes are just more things to dust (and yes, I did have to look up how to spell that). I say if that’s true, get rid of them. Then replace them with items you love, that have meaning or are just plain beautiful and make you happy.

In Jonathan Adler’s Manifesto, he states, “I believe that minimalism is a bummer. I believe handcrafted tchotchkes are life-enhancing. I believe that tassels are the earrings of the home…” Oh yes, J. Oh yes.

I mean what would this room look like without the carefully chosen accessories, pillows, tables? Also, you should know as you can see below….brass is back. It’s not your mama’s brass. It’s bad-ass brass and it’s gorgeous.

From Better Homes & Gardens

From Better Homes & Gardens

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Big Tex Designorama

This week, I was flown to Texas for a design extravaganza of momentous proportions! Hey, nothing is small in Texas, baby. My clients moved into their beautiful Dallas home in the mid 90’s. Now that their kids have been out of the house for awhile, it is time for the house to get some attention. A facelift is needed (mere make-up is for sissies). The entire first floor needed to be addressed in some capacity and I had 3 days to make a phase 1 plan….GO!

The first thing we did was walk through the home discussing their needs, the quirks of the house and style preferences. They inherited priceless French antiques and other family heirlooms and wanted to incorporate them into the house in a way that respected their authenticity and beauty but was modern and fresh.

Then we “shopped the house” and changed furniture layouts, stealing from other rooms for pieces that had more appropriate style or scale. Because my client loves furniture and used to be an antiques dealer, she had MUCH to choose from. It was incredibly fun to snoop in closets, the garage and other rooms and find the perfect piece already in their home!

Day two was spent running around town searching for fabric, wallpaper, furniture, lighting, rugs, and meeting with a contractor to get all our options on the table. Also we worked almost 20 hours straight that day. Whew (see “extravaganza of momentous proportions” comment above)!

The last day was tying up loose ends and making notes on each room; everything from “raise bathroom mirror 3 inches” to “knock out kitchen wall” to “upholster Louis XVI armchairs in green dragonfly print”. In the end, we had a phase one game plan for their kitchen (brown toile with blue accents), family room (layout change, new rug and drum shade ceiling mount), living room (below- refresh everything!), entry (wood floors, ceiling mount lighting), dining room (black walls, gold ceiling), piano room (knock out wall, arc floor lamp, wallpaper), guest room (rearrange furniture, refresh accessories), a bar (paint and paper) and 2 baths (paper and lighting)…and everything in between!

It is going to take months, if not years, for the complete transformation to take place, but at least now we have a plan to go from. What a fun week it has been!

We love turquoise, but in this room, it completely takes over. Time for an update!

We love turquoise, but in this room, it completely takes over. Time for an update!

Design Planning

Here we lay out our favorite finds and see what looks good together and what needs to change. Looking at this, we decided the pink and green stripe needed to go. (Also, coffee is a MUST).

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Dining Drab turns Dynamic: Before & After!

I am working on this dining room right now and it is turning out beautifully! The ‘before’ picture is drab and completely dated. We painted a cool grey and dark blue, added a beautiful wood cornice board with raw silk steel grey drapery. We kept the old table but changed the chairs out. We upholstered inexpensive chairs and a bench (not shown) with a gorgeous grey and tan ikat fabric and tufted end chairs. And what a difference a beautiful chandelier makes! The brass sconces sitting on the table  in the ‘after’ photo I found on Ebay and put on the wall on either side of the mirror. I’ll show you that wall…later.

And after… Gorgeous!

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