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The kids are saying I’m amazing

My client’s little girl had a gray room that needed a high-voltage shot of life. Here is how I found it:

And here’s how I left it:

We did an accent wall in a bold teal with a lighter shade on the rest of the room, bath and closet. We focused on art and books to bring our color and accented with that awesome colorful rug. She now has a great little reading corner with light up stars to make it feel nothing short of magical. Painting spice racks hot pink made inexpensive shelves she can easily access. The mirror and basket will be a great area for her as she grows into wanting to play dress up. The art are all images her moms knew she loved. When she saw it, I KID YOU NOT, she said “Amazing” for the first time. My work here is done.

Living Room

My clients had purchased this large, beautiful piece of metal art but it felt oversized and out of place, the only color in the room.

We balanced the color throughout the room by adding window treatments, a vibrant rug and pillows full of texture. The shelves are accessorized to bring balance to the art, making it picture perfect!

Master Bedroom

My clients did not like their master bedroom. I feel strongly that your bedroom should make you happy when you wake up and be restful, cozy and essentially be a big hug when you go to bed. Their favorite color was purple and we decided to use green as an accent.

The current pieces were too severe all together, so we went for a gray upholstered bed and kept the side tables and dresser. Botanical prints in greens and purples graced the walls along with an abstract over an abstract print chair. Saturated purple on the floor provided a good foundation for a crisp, clean white bed and an accent pillow in our colors. Mirrors behind the lamps added a touch of easy glam and reflected the light in a beautiful way.

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Modern Dining with the Fam

This house has a beautiful and unique layout. The dining room was at the base of a wide set of stairs in the heart of the house that has the feel of an art gallery. (And… that’s how we treated the space — we added beautiful art and it absolutely made the space.)

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Before we move into the dining room, why don’t you pin this post?!

The kitchen table, like most of ours, is where everything happens – from homework to important discussions, from food fights to mom’s famous fettuccine alfredo. So why not make your dining room a well-designed, thoughtful, and art-filled space to set the stage for family activities? That’s exactly what we did at this beautiful home in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.

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Let’s check out the original dining room set-up:

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We changed the orientation of the table and decided to honor the modern house with modern elements, warmed up with rustic touches. We designed the table to have a modern shape and feel and selected each of our boards by hand. They came from an old cotton mill in North Georgia. The rustic top will make it perfect for a family with rough boys who would might like to see how far their forks will jam into the top of the table (or maybe that’s just my son? Thanks, Caleb). The molded white chairs are perfect for wiping down spills and give a crisp white modern feel that makes the gorgeous art simply pop. And the light fixture! We were in love with this immediately and because of how it’s made, we were able to manipulate the arms for a great organic feel with the light angled just how we wanted it.

Bright, artful and ready for food fights. Just no red sauce, please!

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Hodgepodge Basement turns Hostess with the Mostest

My client had a basement that was filled with a hodgepodge of furniture from her previous house. It was comfortable and lovely but she wanted it to have a lot more life and be a space that was much more condusive for her family of 6 and their friends to have movie night and play games.

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Ready for it? Here’s the big reveal:

Cati Teague Photography

Cati Teague Photography

It started with the sofa. It had to be a big, fabulous sectional. Check! We love this one and even though the upholstery is light, it will withstand stains and jumping without a problem (if you haven’t looked at upholstery recently, know that technology has jumped leaps and bounds beyond what it was just a year or two ago – we poured red wine on this just to check!).

Our color palette was army green, blue and yellow with a touch of coral. With that, we had a blast with fabrics – that dot on the ottoman made us swoon from the start, so we reupholstered her ottoman in that and added a big tray for drinks and a plant and whatnot (#protip: always leave room for the whatnots).

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The media center needed to be big and amazing. The TV on the floor wasn’t going to do. We designed this with industrial elements – iron and wood and had it made for us by a wonderful craftsman in Texas.

I was strolling my favorite local antique store when I came upon this turn of the century antique carousel sign/light and I immediately texted a picture to my client. She agreed it was perfect.

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The carpet was replaced with this beautiful neutral wool check, just a bit of pattern that adds interest, will hide stains and looks great under that colorful vintage rug!

THAT CHAIR. Did you notice THAT CHAIR?! Let’s take a closer look. I’ve wanted to make this chair for awhile and I knew this was the client would be all about it. We found a gorgeous yellow velvet and put the stripe down the center in blue belgian linen. It adds so much fun and light to this corner!

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Ship lap! We had the walls of the basement and the stairwell to the main level shiplapped and painted white for so much amazing texture. I’m in LOVE with it (hi, Chip and JoJo).

We redid the mantle and fireplace and had custom art made – three swiss crosses in our gorgeous colors laid over maps of places important to the family.

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Fresh, Blue, and like Kelly Ripa

When my client called, she was knee deep in construction dust. She had her architect draw up plans to open up the house, add a porch with a skylight to the house with gorgeous doors and transom windows to let as much light in as possible. The interior of the house had the fireplace moved and added a banquette window seat for the dining area.

When I arrived to look at the house, construction had already started and my client was nervous. She realized that putting her old furniture in her newly renovated space would simply mean that it looked like her old space, but lighter.

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She decided to make the most of her renovation by letting Gina Sims Designs complete the transformation! (And you can too! Go ahead: hire me.)

We had a blast going through the attic looking for art and hearing stories of pieces she loved but were tucked away in corners or guest rooms instead of where she could look at them everyday. We were able to tweak some of the design to go with the direction we were headed. She gave me a magazine picture of a story done on Kelly Ripa’s house that she loved and a design plan was hatched. She has a teenager and big dogs and loves to entertain, so that was the starting point – that the house should be enjoyed, hard.

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In the kitchen, we painted the cabinets white to lighten everything up and then painted the island blue to create some interesting contrast. We kept the blue moving through the kitchen with a roman shade above the sink, blue glass tile backsplash, a runner and some blue accessories: a tray with a blue pitcher for flowers.

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Given that we wanted the space to be livable and enjoyable, a window seat was added providing storage while pillows keep it comfortable. The cafe curtain and new lanterns provide control lighting and privacy. I love integrating items that my clients already have and love. We kept her original table and chairs, but utilized some amazing plates she scored on a trip to Spain.

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In the living room, we chose upholstery fabrics that could handle rough and tumble activity and defined the space with a textured rug.

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The neutral palette set off the art we chose for the space. Above the piano, I grouped together pieces painted by relatives and those that she picked up traveling for maximum impact.

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We also defined a new reading corner and added shelving.

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In the outdoor area, she wanted it to look more like a living room than a patio. The walls were screened in, so we had to use all-weather finishes in all the furniture and upholstery. The wood is teak, upholstery is Sunbrella and cushions can be remade in a few years when she’s ready. The inexpensive blue chairs were covered in an all weather spray on the fabric and legs. Utilized plants to complete the feel of bringing the outdoors in and making use of all that great light!

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The rug was outdoor and the rest of the furnishings can be easily wiped clean or hosed off but it still feels cozy and fresh. She does yoga on the patio and entertains there on the regular when the weather is nice.

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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.

You’re going to want to file this away — go ahead and PIN IT before reading on.

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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