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Color Boost, The Sequel

When I first worked on this beautiful house for this lovely newly married couple, they liked the back living space of their house but did not know what to do with the front dining room, entry and reading room. When we finished that, they loved it so much, the living space now needed to catch up!

This year, we were fortunate enough to do that to complete the first level of the house. When we go through the design process together, I am always thrilled to be invited back into their lives! I love repeat customers. 

The house was a new build and they were figuring out what they liked when they built it. Often, our initial style might look a lot like our parents’. It is a gorgeous home but they might do things a bit differently today. Common story for a lot of us, right?

They did not want to modify the kitchen since it was practically brand new, but accessorize and address the easy parts to make it flow with our other interior changes. We added new island lighting and a great Roman shade, art, aqua upholstered stools and added fun accessories to make it feel warm and full of life.

The living room got a jolt of awesomeness with a whole new color palette, carried in from the previous design job. We painted the mantle a warm dark gray and painted the coffer ceiling with a gorgeous pale aqua blue. The sectional is a beautiful navy and we accented in coral and aqua with our pillows, rug (layered on top of our large jute) and accessories. I had fun with the mantle vases and art up the staircase.

The tile detail in the before picture in the back bar area was copper and not conducive to our design, so we had a wood insert made and painted navy to match the front entry way, creating a lovely back drop that does not take away from the room.

The bathroom got gorgeous wall paper in the color of the living room coffers and a new chest, lighting, bold art and vases and the existing vanity was painted gray to modernize the look.

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Urban Farmhouse

If you do not know much about Nashville, Tennessee, let me sum up for you: It’s amazing. You have to go. Everyone in the world is moving there. I lived there for a few years and met my husband there. We go back to visit family on the regular and it holds a very special space in my heart.

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My client moved into her home back when everyone wasn’t trying to move there. It was a great home on it’s own, but since then, the neighborhood has boomed and her house value has, well, done well. Here’s what we started with:

A few before pics of the Nashville project

A few before pics of the Nashville project

 

After a recent divorce, as with any significant life change, she wanted her house to reflect the new direction for herself and her kids. There are many beautiful things about my client. Beyond being a wonderful mother and friend, she is adventurous and quirky and has a passion for the earth. It’s her work and her play. She has chicken coops in the back yard and has used her yard to grow gorgeous flowers and crops.

Our design inspiration for the house was her friend’s art. Megan Lightell’s work is nothing short of breathtaking. We visited a gallery in Nashville and selected the painting to place above the mantle and it truly is the center of the home. We selected colors, textures, furniture, fabrics and lighting around this piece and it turned her beautiful home into a serene and lively place to grow a family (and some herbs).

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To enhance the farmhouse feel, we had the beam wrapped in reclaimed wood hung our gorgeous, simple light fixture from it. Table and bench by local artist and builder Heidi Weimer.

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We built a window seat for extra storage and seating, trying to make sense of an oddly shaped window.

Grandma’s pie safe was in a sad room by itself loaded with kids clothes and games. Now it’s in the middle of everything, and a gorgeous place to store linens and dishes (and games!) and the amazing hammered copper plate grandpa made sits atop. Southern Honey Workshop did a great job with this custom color. We think Grandma would approve.

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The orange rug in the living room was picked up on her travels but was too small for the room. We solved that problem by layering it on top of a larger jute and it’s just perfect! #protip #youarewelcome

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In the kitchen, she had this great exposed brick wall behind the stove (don’t we all wish for this?!). I hung a pot rack for storage (and mostly because it looks awesome) and displayed her tomato art collection above it (as well as around the kitchen).

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The TV in the living room was just sticking out of the wall. Initial plans called for a built in, but we reigned in the budget and decided to make a seating area below it. We loaded up our green-thumbed mama with tons of plants inside to bring life and a breath of fresh air, literally.

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French Antiques Go Modern

My dear aunt and uncle have lived in Dallas, Texas for decades and in this beautiful house when two of the kids were still at home. Now that they’ve been out of the house for awhile now, it was time that their home had some love.

They love to entertain and frequently host music clubs and other large groups. The space needed to be functional so that they could move furniture to focus on singers in the piano room or center in the living room or the perfect flow for a dinner party. The floors were replaced, walls moved and the decor was completely reimagined. My aunt is artistic and musical and has a love of antiques. In fact, she was an antiques dealer for years. Many of these precious pieces were the inspiration for our design. They wanted to display their prized pieces they have collected through the years but wanted a dose of modern elements – acrylic, pops of coral, bold patterns, lines and art.

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BEFORE

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Wallpapered in leather, painted white cabinets, added granite, tiny so I added this sunburst mirror. Shelves for often used glasses and a display for the antique crystal decanters.

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Living Room
This formal space was the apex of our design. We had antique chairs reupholstered with bold fabric. The bold elements juxtaposed with the luxury of the blue silk window treatments designed to look like ball gowns. Her daughter, my cousin, is a wonderful painter and we begged and begged her to let us use a couple in the room.

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We painted the cabinets white, papered the walls with this gorgeous blue country toile and added a chocolate tortoise shell backsplash and new granite countertops with copper accents. The brick floors were original, worn down and absolutely perfect for our aesthetic. Country French is the name of the game in this room.

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We added a new silk rug, chocolate grasscloth walls, motorized shades, accessories and toile pillows to match the kitchen and a fabulous white French sofa.

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Kitchen Inspiration: Cheery Pie

My clients pulled out a picture of lemon meringue pie on a stick and said, “This pie is the inspiration for our new kitchen.” I knew this would be fun.

They are keeping true to the 1920’s integrity of the house with their alley kitchen renovation (yay!) and doing white cabinets, large windows and original-style moldings. For the soft design elements, they wanted to mix 1920’s classic style with youthful energy.

I took the inspiration pie picture, sampled colors directly from the image and added a pop of orange to create the general color scheme.

Cheery Kitchen Color SchemeHere’s what we have so far. The cabinets and moldings are white and the backsplash will be this long gray neutral tile, so we are adding color and pattern in the fabulous schoolhouse lighting, stools and fabrics.  I am still playing with fabrics for window coverings and the eating nook but I’m loving these bright bold graphic patterns.

Cheery 1920s Kitchen RedoCouldn’t you just sit down in this fabulous kitchen, enjoy a slice of lemon meringue pie and chat with friends for hours on end?

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Kid’s Bright & Lively Art Station

The walls of my home are relatively neutral, but I chose this bright teal for an accent wall in my kitchen. I was inspired by the kitchen wall in Will & Grace’s apartment. You know the one, right?

I bought this table from IKEA and painted a pearlized metallic paint and covered the top in a vintage looking oil cloth I picked up at my local hardware store. It’s practically indestructible and a super cute place for my kids to create their masterpieces! The little nook is finished with old photographs and vintage pieces.

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Photography by Christina Wedge Photography

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