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Office In Progress

Today, I wanted to share an office design in progress. An attorney that works in the same firm as a client of ours (see her beautiful office transformation here) wants his office to have a “men’s club” feel – but he isn’t afraid of color. Our inspiration? The Dartmouth library. The office will be anchored by a very special gift: a burl wood desk from his father, also an attorney.

Office design is about function and inspiration. If an office fails to function for the specific needs of its occupant, it’s useless, no matter how beautiful it is! I am a firm believer that your work space should inspire your work. Some people feel free and inspired by white, blank spaces. Others want to have beautiful art and plants to breathe energy and life into their work every day. Are you ready to start your office transformation?

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Rustic, yet Refined Dining Room

We continue our home tour, moving from the ship-lap clad foyer to the dining area. Here’s the space before we began the design process:

Dining Room: Before

The changes to the dining room were simple, but strategic. The paint was refreshed and window sashes were painted a dark charcoal (need new windows but can’t afford them? #protip: consider painting them!). Instead of finding new art, we “shopped the house,” moved things around, and completely changed the feel of the room. New chairs were the biggest investment. The side chars were swapped for modern aged brass and leather ones by SunPan Modern Home, and the host chairs are now a charcoal tweed with nail head trim detail.

Dining Room: After

The real showstopper is the gilded leg on that classic, traditional mid-century line by Hickory Chair. Masculine, curated, and lovely. It’s time for a dinner party!

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Bright Foyer

I am so thrilled to share today’s foyer transformation. This is the first in a series for this amazing house (stay tuned for more!) – so I thought we’d go right through the front door and begin in the foyer. Here’s how I discovered the space:

To brighten up the space, everything was painted white. The shiplap was added to add architectural interest to an otherwise standard foyer. An antique rug anchors the space, and a new runner was added to the entire length of the stairs.

The console table was constructed from a falling, dying tree in New York. It’s organic twists and turns contrast with the lines of the shiplap. The custom painting was done by Lucy Reiser, hailing from North Carolina. We worked with the Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery and they were absolutely wonderful to work with and helped us score this amazing piece that breathes life and color into the entry.

The owner’s dog, Callie, was super impressed by the space and now feels that the foyer is an appropriately styled location for her to wait for her owner to get home every day.

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The Waddell Project

My photographer, Cati Teague (find her here and here), and I have worked together for several years. I ADORE WORKING WITH HER. She’s got a cool style and a great eye for design – I was absolutely thrilled to help her transform her kitchen. Cati is #livingherbestlife in a fantastic loft and she walks her dog on the Atlanta Beltline daily. She needed a bold, updated kitchen that reflected her creativity and her urban lifestyle.

Inspired by succulents, brass, copper, green, and contrasting finishes, this kitchen is really a showcase for this breathtaking, artisanal Seneca tile: an 8-inch fan (color way: water lily) each one is hand made when you order it. You can’t just show up at Floor & Decor and get some of that. #benefitsofhiringadesigner
Dove Studio crafted the cabinet designs. We used a gray and white quartz countertop that topped gray cabinets with copper hardware. The island is a soft celadon green with brass hardware and a custom cement top that was made in Wisconsin. Cati’s photography is featured on within the kitchen and the room is rounded out with a beautiful, vintage brass fixture and a vintage rug.
If you see a happy lady walking her dog on the Atlanta Beltline, tell her that you love her kitchen.

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