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Southern (California Inspired) Veranda

This veranda serves as an extension of the amazing basement space we unveiled here. After we were done with the basement, this space met us outside:

We were definitely channelling California for the inspiration of this space. I grew up in California and it always has a huge effect in the way I see design – the function and style of a space. California style to me is all about lounging. It is relaxed, timeless, and has organic lines and lots of plants.

We did wide white panels on the ceiling to finish the look and did beautiful glass pendants (easy to wipe clean) that featured a metal floral sculpture underneath the glass cloche. Gorgeous!

A mirror reflects the yard and brings more natural light into the space. A seating area with custom chairs across from the swing is the perfect conversation area.

My client had that amazing swing but it was upholstered in really bright fabrics. We took it down a notch to stone grays with punches of strong black and white prints and a touch of soft pink.

All our fabrics were high performance and perfect for the outdoors. We love Perenials!

We had the dining room chairs – an iron cane beautiful chair to begin with, but we upholstered it in a grey aztec print with a black piping that won’t show dirt and grime for years to come. We decided to ditch her old matching table and we worked with a local woodworker to source the perfect stump as our table base. It’s perfect!

We used old shutters as a backdrop for the table and hung planters for them that my client can use for flowers or air plants. California is ALL about the plants and the cactus is king. Don’t be afraid of plants! You can always buy more if they die. I swear so many clients feel deep personal shame for not being able to keep a plant alive. It’s a plant. You are a good person.

A stylized zinc console with plants and candles on top rounds out the vignette and Voila!

Now the choice is up to you: Call a friend or grab a book, but either way, you’re not leaving this space. This is a space where veranda dreams are made. Leisurely afternoons with lemonade and neighbors or alone with a book. When I dream, I am here.

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Big Boys’ Bedroom

Last week, we revealed the playroom for the FOUR boys UNDER FOUR. Today, we reveal the “Big Boy” bedroom update for the oldest two brothers. When we started, the walls were bare, both mattresses were on the floor, and there was storage for clothing. Pretty much your basic kids room. Here’s a brief peek into the space:

A functional, well-designed kids room always starts with storage. We started with IKEA storage beds: this provided storage for clothing and toys while anchoring the room, getting the beds off the floor. Book storage between the beds and lights above them give them easy access for nighttime reading with mom and dad and on their own as they get older.

The “Big Boy” elements are expressed in the wall decor, graphic window panels, and the reading nook – providing them with a stylish retreat from their little brothers.

Like most kids, they love Legos. The storage table provides them with an area to sort and store their legos by color when they’re finished playing on the top (and keeps them from spreading all over the house!). Special Lego builds can be displayed on the wall shelves overhead until they’re ready to take apart.

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A Playroom for FOUR under FOUR

When you’ve got four boys under four, it’s pretty important that you’ve got a playroom space that is well organized and designed to contain all that four little boys can do to a room. My client wanted the floor to be used for playing, so we were charged designing around the perimeter of the room to maximize the play space for the boys on the floor.

This is the playroom BEFORE. I dare you to tell me that your kids’ playroom doesn’t look like this right.this.moment.

It was important to make the space bright and colorful. We chose bright curtains and had custom pop art images made of each of the boys (which their mom took on her cell phone!). The boys were provided with a large space to display their works of art and a custom magnet board was created by Gina Sims Designs team member Joe Killebrew. This is a perfect place for them to practice their letters and numbers.

A custom cushion provides a seating area in the room while the supporting bench hides toys. If you’ve got a playroom, you need double-duty storage. Art and accessories round out the storage area and provide another opportunity to light this fun and bright place.

Now that they’ve got a great playroom, read about the oldest boys’ bedroom transformation!

Need some function, order, and brightness in your kids’ playroom? Give me a call!

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BeltLine Reboot

Two technology companies share office space in this refurbished industrial office off the Atlanta BeltLine: a sustainable redevelopment project that, when completed, will connect 45 intern neighborhoods via a 22-mile loop of trails and parks. The entire BeltLine is based on railroad corridors that formerly encircled the city of Atlanta.

New life is brought to these renovated commercial spaces as runners, bikers, and dog walkers can be seen strolling by the office lounge windows. The area is full of the amazing life and culture that Atlanta has to offer.

When they took me back to the lounge the first time, they said, “no one really uses this space.”

With a large table and one office chair and an old couch in the corner, it was a little less than inviting. This incredible space existed for employees to reheat their food and maybe host a yoga class if you move the table. Immediately, I knew that we had to add functionality and purpose to this space: a transformed lounge would bring the vitality and function of the BeltLine indoors.

I wanted to honor the roots of the building and the area with nods to the past. Here’s the reveal:

Let’s begin with the seating and entry area.

This multipurpose seating area is steeped in the look of reclaimed wood, iron, leather, and industrial-themed accessories. These layers add texture and warmth to the previously one-dimensional, industrial space.

Because they host events, we made a custom moveable bar with reclaimed wood and a zinc-wrapped top that’s cool and easily wiped clean.

The leather-clad bar stools not only provide additional seating, they continue the comfortable, warm texture of the seating area while also providing employees with a place to gather around the bar area.

This design not only creates function in the office space, it increases productivity and heightens their professional identity for corporate events. Your company (or your personal office!) can benefit from great design. Contact me today to get started.

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Looks Like Teen Spirit

These awesome Decatur teen girls share a room and were desperate for better use of their space. Their mom got them these double loft beds but did not know where to go from there. They were so massive in the space and seemed to take over.

The colors we took from the moroccan rug and I decided to give them a boho glam cool girl vibe with a capiz shell chandelier, wooden beads, baskets, colorful art and shine in the mirror and window treatments.

For teens, (as with all of us!) design is all about self expression. I learned what they liked but I also gave them a wall with empty cork boards and magnetic chalk boards so they can fill it up with memories and their favorite rock star heartthrob (or educational pursuits).

I talked to the girls about their interests and went from there. One of them is studious and a swimmer. She got a desk area and art and pillows focused on swimming. The other girl is all about climbing and when she isn’t doing that, she is lounging hard. She loves everything soft and plush. We gave her a bean bag chair and fur.

They love their new room. And when we were done, it looked like teen spirit.

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