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Ocean Inspired Master Bathroom

There are basic, builder grade bathrooms all over this country that are crying out for inspiration. This is a tale about how Gina Sims Designs is taking on those bathrooms, one Octopus-loving client at a time. Here’s the original state of the master bathroom (extra points if you can find me in the images):

My client’s inspiration starting point was a decorative Octopus hook: it referenced the ocean without screaming THIS IS A HOOK FOR A NAUTICAL THEMED BATHROOM AT A BEACH HOUSE.  We adopted it as the project’s spirit animal and kept the ocean and the beach in mind while drenching this space (did ya see what I did there?) with inspiration and character.

The Octopus print over the newly tiled bath makes a subtle nod to our inspiration without being cheesy, thematic, or VRBO-beach-condo-bathroom. This is a sophisticated print that makes the space personal and interesting. We anchored (I’m so good at this) the space with a gray-toned, tile with a driftwood appearance.

Instead of a traditional bullnose tile trimming out the edges of the tub (and as you’ll see below, in the shower), we used a black schluter to give this traditional space a modern edge. (#funfact: a schluter is a metal border profile that can be used to create decorative designs in tile fields on walls and floors)

Moving on to the vanity area, we replaced the traditional lighting with these brilliant brass wall scones that bring a fancy-boutique-hotel-bathroom feeling to the space. Just that extra bit of special that everyone needs in the master bath. The vanity has been painted Indigo Batik and topped with quartz. The black framed mirrors echo the clean lines that the schluter creates in the tile. The orange runner provides a great pop of contrasting color against the deep blues in the room.

Another basic, builder grade bathroom has been thoughtfully redesigned: but the best part of my job is seeing this expression on my client’s face when its all done!

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Proper Scale, Increased Function

Today, my dear friends, is a lesson is the importance of scale.

My clients had a living space that was dominated by a large sofa. They were in need of a guestroom, an office, and an extra place for the family to watch television, read, and relax. However, the room couldn’t function to meet the family’s needs because there wasn’t any space to do anything in the room but lounge on the couch.

Inspired by their travel photos that chronicled their adventures before children, we started transforming the room by scaling down the furniture and gaining all.the.function.

This Rowe sofa, upholstered with the child-friendly and stain-resistant Crypton fabric, folds out to provide a comfortable guest bed. The family’s design-savvy four-year-old picked out the fabric for the couch and he was THRILLED to see how well it turned out during the room’s reveal. The rug is also made out of child-friendly polypropylene and is extremely easy to clean. The midcentury lamp provides targeted light to the sitting and work spaces in the room while work is tackled.

The buffalo check side chair and leather ottoman provides additional seating when guests are in town. To provide the kids (and adults) with a comfortable place to binge Netflix, we placed the television on a simple IKEA cabinet that provides additional storage in the room.

The family’s need for an office space is satisfied with this simple, modern desk and olive and walnut midcentury desk chair. When there’s work to do, the french doors can be closed for privacy.

Simple changes, especially the selection of properly scaled furniture, added multifaceted function to this room. It’s not only comfortable, its a personal reflection of the family’s journey and they are so excited to share this space with family and friends.

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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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Krog Street Loft

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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Lady Boss Office for a New Partner

Repeat clients are some of the BEST clients. Since completing some beautiful bathroom renovations (check those out HERE), my client had become a partner at her law firm and needed to design a new office out of a blank conference room.

The entire office is filled with dark mahogany desks and carries a very traditional feel. We intentionally went in a completely different direction: a polished, modern, bright, airy, feminine space. After presenting my client with some different options, she chose this as the winning design. Once the space was emptied, we removed wallpaper from one wall to keep the room feeling brighter, and the office lighting was reworked (as a part of a larger office-wide renovation) and the flooring was replaced.

Sign me up for an office with that view! We flanked the view in floor-to-ceiling navy and white drapes. The large scale art over the desk and standing desk sets a modern tone for the office, but also brightens and enlivens the otherwise drab corporate space. We brought EVEN MORE LIGHT in with this classic urchin chandelier, and the brass finish provides a feminine and professional polish to the space. Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re not done with the light yet, because we chose to reflect all of that light around the room with the large scale hexagonal mirrors along the back wall. The brass finish is again picked up in the glass table base which takes up very little visual space while providing a very large work area for meetings with clients, colleagues, and fellow partners alike.

Cati Teague Photography for GSD.

The real workhorse of the room is the gorgeous textured shagreen desk. It brings richness and texture to the space, provides storage, and a very large workspace. Seating for office visitors and clients is provided by these modern side chairs in a refreshing aqua tweed, bringing the bright blue tones from each art print directly into the space.

Cati Teague Photography for GSD.

The result of this project is a bright, professional space that exudes confidence: perfect for a new partner. We celebrate your achievements with you today! Do you have a professional space that needs to communicate your story? It’s time that we get started. Give me a call.

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