5.19.2016

Install of the Day !

Hi !

It's back to business.  Just got back from our annual ICFF / Kips Bay trip.  Fun was had by all, especially the youngest of the group - Kate.  Loving this new tradition.  There's nothing I want more than my kids to be City savvy and noticed a growing fearlessness in this one.  Maybe she will go to school up there, finger's crossed.

What I really love is just walking the streets,  Kate amazes me at what she notices, shapes, colors, shadows.  Hard edges and angles.  She wants to live in a brownstone but it has to have a courtyard, "for a little a little bit of color and nature to break it up" she says.  Smart kid and I feel the same way. We just finished an install in Dilworth for one of my more edgy clients, LT Brady.  Recommended by our favorite lover of all white,  LT is a lover of all black.  After meeting and seeing her home I noticed she was also drawn to straight lines and angles with a color cohesive black (and white) style. When pulling options I stuck with just those two colors and gradated in between the two.




From the front door back the palette carries you from room to room.



We accessorized and shot these spaces just before we left town and with the "courtyard" in mind I brought over a few things to break up the rich, strong, edgy black palette and add a little depth.  Having recently re-designed my own home and office in all black and white, I was certainly in the black and white zone.  It can be so dramatic and strong and this client is just that. 

I particularly love this front office.  It's rich semigloss charcoal walls with new molding are brought to life with touches of lighter grey, warm earthy tones and a touch of navy - which I filtered in at the last minute and the verdict is still out on that !


I love the details in this space, the mismatched side tables, the layered rugs, the functional yet unique bookcases, the eye catching wall sconces and huge juju hat.  It's coziness draws you in right at the front door.  When designing this space I kept the dining room in mind - just across the foyer.  LT has the most gorgeous dining table with a live edge leg.  That one texture inspired the pieces I chose for this room. Embracing natural elements:  woodgrains, feather, leathers, horns !






Spinning around completely to the dining room the vibe continues.  We looked at several black and white wall papers and landed on this ombre.  It's pretty gorgeous and is really set off with the white woodwork.  Simple dining chairs with the all conversation inspiring dining table, by our fav - Josh Utsey.  LT found the sideboard and I topped it off by layering one of Keith's new pieces, a Slate find and the tall wood banana leaf to bring the wood up to eye level.  Always love a "collected" feel.






A last minute grey driftwood centerpiece filled with succulents completed the zinc top table.


The foyer also has a small powder room.   Enter one of my favorite papers, filling my foyer, it was a must have for LT.  Rather than your typical overhead light we pulled in a floor lamp !  This chrome piece stretches to the ceiling and creates a totally unusual look which we both love.


From foyer to main living and kitchen space the color choices continue for the utmost in a cohesive palette.


Touches of straw and wood (inspired by the dining room table) help warm up the hard lines a bit.  I love the fireplace color already chosen by LT, we just added a grey grass cloth to give it even more depth and texture.


While shooting the space, Brutus followed Mekenzie from room to room.  It was hilarious.  He was seriously positioning himself in each shot - #brutushambrady.  He matches so ok !


A few more warm details . . . 


and the always needed dose of nature.  


Working (and shooting) with LT - first of all - completely stress free.  This type A always has a spotless kitchen - woman after my own heart !


She, like me, loves a clean counter.


This new build has the best breakfast room just off he kitchen and opens to an awesome porch.  I loved the light fixture she had chosen, one of my favorite things.

We didn't need to really touch this space.  Had a few floater shelves made for her photos and art and that's it !




Love this sunny spot.


And that's a wrap.  Black and white at it's finest.











5.18.2016

Install of the Day !

Hey There !

Was so excited to see Mekenzie's images done and uploaded this morning while in New York at the ICFF and Kips Bay! Was anxious to share this gorgeous install, so being the one up early, per usual, I thought I'd share this post over a cup of coffee.

The McEwen's contacted me recently to help finish off their family room, tweak their foyer and ponder their dining room. Their home is near the office and after a drive by I immediately knew I could help.  They have great taste and fun things to work with, making my job easy!

We installed before we left and absolutely love how it tuned out.  I started with the foyer ceiling actually.   With the colors they were using in the adjacent office I wanted to continue the vibe in the foyer and into the family room.  Take a look at this fab paper we put up first on the ceiling. L O V E it.  A new company we are working with who creates the best papers.  Juju Papers is a company out of Portland, Oregon which we actually had the pleasure of meeting in person yesterday at ICFF. Each roll of paper is printed by hand which I love.  All available through us ...

Take a look!


So Emily did such a great job on this home office, I used her inspiration moving forward into the rest of the downstairs.  The perfect deep charcoal wall color with pops of coral.  Great, unique furniture and art finds.  A bit of a mid century feel.




So for the family room I had a sectional to work around.  Large neutral "L" shaped.  This one pillow, which we all loved, dictated the colors I chose to use.


For a pulled together look I found two metal cabinets to flank the fireplace and house all the electronics.  With their mesh fronts there is no problem using the remotes through them.  The color also adds a little weight to the space.

We layered both a sisal rug in grey with a Moroccan inspired one over top.  The bits of black in the rug were repeated in the art and pillows for a pulled together look.  I love this rug and have the same one at my house.  A new leather chair, pillow pops and wall groupings . . .


Working with their art, I added a few pieces to create a grouping to fill two walls.


I particularly love this one !  Found on One Kings Lane, just thought it was whimsical and fun!



The room was screaming for a little color and texture at walking eye level !  We had these gorgeous panels made for both the family room and kitchen windows. 





And a new ottoman finished it off !



Such fun working with this young couple, can't wait to jump into the Dining Room !







5.09.2016

Install of the Day !

Happy Monday

What a fun weekend - it was so, so nice, on Sunday to chill a bit after a crazy 3 weeks.  Installing a whole house in High Point, going to Market for three days, coming home to leave for this install in D.C. meanwhile getting my house ready for the Plaza Midwood Home Tour.  Needless to day I was in a bit of a fog on Sunday, thanks to the kids and Keith, I got to zone a bit !!

I wish I had had Mekenzie with me in D.C.  This Master Bedroom install turned out so pretty, I wish my photography skills could have captured it... not so much... but wanted to show you a bit of it.

Eve and Greg Besant.  I have been going up to D.C to help them with their home now for a little over a year I think?  We started downstairs in the Family Room, moved onto the Kitchen and Dining Room.  It was not time to do the Master Bedroom and touch on the Basement Man Cave.

They have been such a delight to work with.  Game for anything and open to all my design choices which I love.  This Master needed everything and it was time to get the paper off the windows and bed off the metal frame !!!  Why is it that we always leave our spaces to last?    I did as well.  My Master was the last thing I did and ... embarrassed to say still haven't touched my Master Bath !! Well the time had come.  I pulled the colors from the first floor, but instead of bold color, I used the teal as my pop color.  I wanted this Master be be soothing and grown up !





How much do I love this dresser wall.  The paper is killer as is the dresser.  When I came across this owl piece at Slate Interiors I had to have it !  I layered the all these pieces and so happy with how it turned out.



The bed, we had made to fit in the window and not be too high.  Loaded up with gorgeous pillows.


I love this room.  Moving the bed into the window with a wall of gorgeous curtains to pull across created quite the focal wall.   A lot of subtle texture and patterns.




Keith created a little art for me as well to give it a little pop !



D.C. is such a great city and this time I chose to stay at the Hotel Palomar in Dupont Circle.  Great place !  


The rooms are huge and beautiful - a must stay !


As well as the Master Bedroom, I ventured downstairs to start Greg's Man Cave !  We added an accent wall paper on two walls, filtered in a leather chair, lighting and a few side tables to compliment his existing sectional.  Gave it a little style !


And again.. pictures not so great.. miss you Mekenzie !



Have a few other fun installs kicking in this week ! Stay tuned.