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Traditional Refreshment

As spring melts into summer, like me, you may be dying for a change, even just a little one. Perhaps you want a new haircut, a new outfit, to try a new restaurant. When it comes to your home, you can undergo a major change with just a few awesome tweaks.

My client’s traditional living room had great furniture “bones” but still felt empty. Adding a rug brought warmth and defined the space. Gorgeous new side tables, color in the draperies, a gallery wall of family photos and a beautiful mirror to bounce the light around, delivered the warm, cheery room they were looking for!

My, how refreshing!

Traditional Update

Traditional Update

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Travelled Industrial Chic

My clients are cool, successful, and new parents to a gorgeous little boy. They insist on quality and have a great love of industrial, mid-century and modern design.  They just couldn’t agree when it came to making decisions on the decor of their new house! They hired me to help them define their style and project that into a warm, welcoming living room they can be proud of when they throw the great parties they love to have.

I am always happy when clients are happy and this is was their awesome response, “I AM IN LOVE! Your vision gave me goosebumps and quite LITERALLY made my eyes swell with tears. You have captured it. Truly. I really really really love it! I’m going to go back now and have my mouth drool at the fact that my living room is going to be AWESOME, thanks to you.”

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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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Wanted: Skyline View and Chic Interiors (sense of humor, a must)

I assisted behind the scenes with a photo shoot for Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams at the W Atlanta Downtown this week. The view was amazing outside and inside. Photos will appear in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Jezebel.

If you see them you might even see yours truly. I’ll be playing the part of “blurry girl walking with glass in hand” or perhaps “blurry girl talking to man across the counter with dogs roaming about.” If there is a market for blurry modeling jobs, I think I may have a new career. I just hope my blurry passion comes through in print.

MG + BW furnishings are drool-worthy, all of them. The people are great too. Brian Waidelich (a.k.a. “blurry sophisticated man playing with dogs”) is the regional head dude (unofficial title) and is a lot of fun to hang out with. Here’s a sneak peek of our shoot with interiors photographer, Christina Wedge.

The view of downtown Atlanta from the W Hotel atop a reclaimed wood dining table and upholstered chairs.

The view of downtown Atlanta from the W Hotel atop a reclaimed wood dining table and upholstered chairs.

Behind the scenes!

Behind the scenes!

I adore this smooshy nosed dog collection by Georgia designer Sugarboo Designs for Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Love love love.

I adore this smooshy nosed dog collection by Georgia designer Sugarboo Designs for Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Love love love.

This cow made photographer, Christina Wedge, very very happy on the day of our shoot. I love the way the neutral palette was hit in the gut with aqua accents. Nice.

This cow made Christina, very very happy on the day of our shoot. I love the way the neutral palette is sucker punched with aqua. Nice.

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Look up here!

Yesterday I visited the Inspiration House at the annual Atlanta Cathedral Antiques Show. Proceeds went to a wonderful organization and a population dear to my heart, Refugee Family Services.

The rooms were lovely but I couldn’t help being most awed by the ceilings. There were beautiful rough wood paneled ones, installed beams, and some great paint techniques: neutral walls were outlined with rich slate blue moulding with the color extending across the ceiling and this one below showcasing clean white walls punctuated with a bright pop of hot pink! So unexpected and fun.

Decorating ceilings is not a new design concept (ahem, Sistine Chapel). What was great about these designers, however, was that they made it fun and accessible for those of us who do not live in manor or who are not destined to marry a prince (I already have, points for me). And with that, all of a sudden we have an unexpected focal point…up! I’m looking at my ceilings now and wondering how a pink sky would look. Maybe some cherubs on cell phones telling jokes?  Hmm, the possibilities are endless.

Designer:  Parker Kennedy

Designer: Parker Kennedy

Check out more great photos of the Inspiration House from The Painted House.

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