Install of the Day !

Hey There.

We had another fun install a week or so ago with this family room remodel.  Received a call from a great new client who had recently completed her kitchen remodel.  She did a great job on that but wanted help with the room just off that (as well as thoughts on all the other main floor rooms).  I love playing with an entire design plan for multiple rooms even if we phase them.  It helps so much with a visual and for planning purposes !

Great clean kitchen remodel.. she did good.  

We added a few leather, counter stools to complete the room and tie back to the new family room.

So here was our biggest change.  The dated fireplace had to go.  I just wanted a simple stucco fireplace.  The grand plan has metal doors leading to the back yard, so I popped images in there and we simply painted black for now.

Step no 1 . . . demo - Step no. 2 . . remove rock  - Step no. 3 . . . frame out

Step no. 4 backer (actually kind of like the black !) - Step no. 5 stucco

Voila.  We painted the entire space, took down all the dental molding, took out the dated fireplace and dated built ins and brought in new furniture.

Simple design board to give them all a visual for a new custom cabinet with floaters, big comfortable leather chairs and all new additional pieces for the room.

These are my current favorite casual swivel.  These in leather, but have also done in a warm tweed.  Love them.

New sofa with chaise and coffee table.  With the metal doors as phase 2, we painted the existing black and added non-functional romans to give the elusion of taller doors.

Simple floater shelves and this gorgeous new built in.

Take a good look at this cool art piece by Charlotte native Annaliese, creator of Stone & Strap.  I fell in love when I came across at Cotswold Marketplace .  Stay tuned .. doing a little post to follow on her gorgeous work.... but it's leather !!

photos by Mekenzie Loli

While working on the family room I jumped into the main living room and foyer to make sure it would all jive when we get to it.  With 4 green velvet chairs to work around . .  and my client loving a bit of a collected, eclectic look as well as this clean, modern feel, we played with these options.  

Stay tuned to see the next phase continue !

Install of the Day !

Hey !

I love a good banquette and in this install it was all about that... our favorite part and the focal point of this long narrow family room that was to serve several purposes.

My client downsized to a townhouse here in Charlotte and called for our help in changing up their style (and the fact none of their previous furniture fit from the big house).  This room is the main living space on the first floor and we wanted a dining area as well as comfortable TV watching space to accommodate a lot of company.  It was a challenging space but I think we nailed it !  I was thrilled with how we managed to fit so many "zones" and so many pieces of furniture in one room without being crowded.

Take a look at my favorite little spot. We designed and had made a long banquette, table and ottomans at the far side of this long room.  Being narrow but long to we still have a clear passage to the back door but room for 8 to eat comfortable.  For these empty nesters it's the perfect spot for casual dining as well as a little lap top work in the main family room .. or even a game of cards while still being able to clearly see the TV across the room.  I am so grateful to my A team of upholsters and carpenters for bringing to life what I had in my head.

This leather banquette swoops up and around two sconces.  Tall at 58" at it's highest.  Easy clean being leather.

Take a look at the entire area.  So happy with the soft colors and textures.

photos by Mekenzie Loli

Turned out so great !  Everyone happy  !!


Install of the Day !

Hey All.

Early Saturday morning here.. and I need a minute to shut my brain off "detail wise."  With 3 installs prior to Thanksgiving (it's always this way) my head is spinning to say the least !! It's quite at the moment though and I'm sitting still to take a minute to  really look at these gorgeous images Mekenzie took last week of a big install we've been working on for a while.

Gorgeous home to begin with,  just needed "finishing."  The details, a little design fluff, a new breakfast area and home office.  I particularly love all the neutral colors and texture layering on this one. 

Take a look and I'll walk you though . . . . . 

The heart of the house, the great room, luckily had these gorgeous big doors and a clean and modern fireplace.  With only 2 sofas we needed to add a few unique pieces to really bring it to life.  Accessories are always key and the layering is my favorite part of any install.  I collected numerous pieces I found at Market all in like colors and textures.  I carefully thought this one out and just brought my favorite pieces.

Try to always add different heights to a room, especially a vaulted room.  A floor lamp and large potted plant helps to bring down the ceiling a bit and fill that dead air.  If everything is visually at eye level it feels unbalanced. Large art, tall lamps also create visual balance from ceiling down.

Try to always add different heights to a room, especially a vaulted room.  A floor lamp and large potted plant helps to bring down the ceiling a bit and fill that dead air.  If everything is visually at eye level it feels unbalanced. Large art, tall lamps also create visual balance from ceiling down.  Rather than your typical fireplace side pieces these large antique mirrors and benches add that artistic edge I love. 

I love an accent chair, something different.  This one is one of my favorites.  Interesting legs and covered in a hide it strikes a conversation.  Adding a few small cocktail tables at the arms of a sofa give company a place to set their drink.  I love the layered textures and shapes, keeps things interesting for sure !

Different metals and shaped add more texture as well.  This marble side table is another favorite.

I love the impact this makes when entering for the foyer.  That fiddle fig could not be more perfect, balancing the height of the art and bringing the outside in.   Definitely warms up the space.

When stying any flat surface, think about height as well - varying it.   Each of these pieces have such beautiful texture.  The ottoman is great for additional pull out seating.

The dining room needed layering as well.  Having just a table and chairs when we started - I wanted to pull in a subtle but patterned paper, a big statement chandelier and art with a little weight to it.  I love the depth of these 2 pieces incorporating the black with a little brass.  Every dining table needs a center pieces and this casual black bowl brings what can be too "glam" down a notch.  Gorgeous arrangement by Nectur here in Charlotte.

By adding this casual rug it again brings the formality of the space to a more casual and inviting level.  A darker sideboard coordinates with the table and again adds much needed weight to the space.  Simple tone on tone curtains on a lucite pole softens things up.

Thanks again Nectur for these beautiful flowers.

Who doesn't love Kelly Weastler lamps?!

Directly across from the dining room is the home office.  I love the way this space turned out.  Light pieces against the black wainscoting add a pop and contrast.  A hair on hide rug and off white leather Eames chair creates a space to work but also just relax.  New art by Scott Kerr and custom file cabinets bring it all together.

Invest in a good office chair please people !!

Lastly in this phase we created a curved breakfast area complete with custom pleather banquette made to fit perfectly.  New free form Josh Utsey dining table and, statement chandelier. 

Keeping the family together with a comfortable place to sit while dinner is being made and just off the family room - I could sit there for hours.  Keeping the color cohesive with the other spaces, your view from the main living room and family room is easy to the eye.  Nectur created this gorgeous center piece as well in a long platter I found at market.  I love this piece !

All very cohesive color wise yet comfortable.

all photography by Mekenzie Loli

Such a fun project to shoot and after days of rain the beautiful sun streaming in made for such beautiful shots !  Thanks Mekenzie.