Install of the Day !

Hey There !

It's been so beautiful and warm here in the sunny Carolina's this past week.  If you didn't get out and enjoy it you missed it ! Rain's coming in next week.  I spend the other day on my back porch working outside and soaking up the heat.  It was delightful ! 

Another little delight was to shoot this project last week with Mekenzie.  Classic home on Colville Road here in Charlotte, I was asked to help tweak some things and that weren't the new owners style and bring it to a look they love.   A simple, clean, somewhat monochromatic, classic feel.  A lot of white on white which I love with pieces that stand the test of time.

The house itself is filled with charm, architectural detail and previously belonged to an older client of mine, so I know the house !  I was thrilled when I got the call to help.

This place grabs you right at the front door with it's Spanish tile and English ivy climbing the sides.  The metal casement windows and stucco all elements combined to create classic beauty.

We started by painting most everything a soft off white.  The previous owner was a huge art collector with pieces covering every inch so if there was one, there was a hundred holes to fill !

This foyer greets you with it's beautiful curved stairwell and classic, graphic Stark runner (a keeper).  It took a few attempts but found the perfect chest as you enter.

A vintage, fringed rug the perfect size.

From the Foyer you have a clear view into the dining room where we did the most work.  The wall paper had faded considerably with the previous owners so we painted over as oppose to removing to keep the texture on the walls but clean it up !

A new live edge and lucite table by Josh Utsey and dining chairs with a pretty brass base.

Wandering back to the kitchen and family room, fresh paint and new white linen curtains all play off the white and neutrals and ...

... one of my favorite walls papers !  

This view from the family room to the master bedroom is one of the prettiest with the metal windows and killer sconces.  The arched passage and antique armorer now styled with just a few big white urns for a pretty focal.

The master we transformed to a neutral white on white oasis.  Starting with a new fixture and new bed and bedding.   I then filled in a bench and side tables and lamps.

Styling the bookcases with all white in different shapes and sizes.

all photos by Mekenzie Loli

All just a clean and tranquil space to rest and look out over one of the prettiest courtyards and pools.


Working Weekend !

Hey !

So when I want to really focus on something I come up to the woods.  This place in Brevard is perfect for that.  Quite, great wifi and well.. pretty.  I came up this weekend to work on 6 bathrooms for a big, big project in the works for the coolest of clients.  After spending a day looking at plumbing with our contractor I needed a plan - and he's barking for plumbing ! The entire house is torn apart and underway with a design plan for each room (see earlier post here) so pulling these bathrooms together was pretty fun.  A cohesive look was the goal.

I started with the 1st floor powder room with a look that I felt worked with what's going to happen in main living room, kitchen, piano room and foyer.  Our colors are neutral, a lot of black and white which I love.  Wood to warm up and a bit of brass.

This powder room has a wall of tile behind the sink, a custom vanity - furniture like - and two wall scones I have always loved.  Clean and simple is the name of the game.

A nice tie back to the family room colors and feel.

The master bathroom will keep the same current layout but we've gutted it.  Working again with the look and feel of the house and the plan for the master bedroom we picked this killer black and white tub.  I added wall tile half the way up.  A white subway but its long 3 x 12 and slightly irregular as not to look "new."  It has a old feel to it which I love.  

The vanities - a wood with white quartz counter tops, drop in sinks and pretty brass Newport Brass faucets.  More tile up the wall with a black accent piece.

When it came to mirrors and lighting I wanted something simple but "vintage." Love these.  The floors also have a slight vintage feel and great pattern.

 My client loved the heart detail on the wall in one of her inspiration images so let's put in the shower in white and black penny tile.  To keep it from being to much a simple charcoal tile on the floor.

I feel it ties back perfectly with the master bedroom.

On to the upstairs.  There is a jack and jack bathroom connecting the two boys rooms.  We picked a black faucet and I worked my way around that.  A floating wood vanity to fill one wall with lower shelf, grey quartz counter top and drop in sinks.  One large black metal mirror and two brass and black sconces.  This wall tile is a budget friendly one 3/4 the ways up and a little more charcoal slate... keeping an eye on the budget !

Should work well with their rooms !

Now we have their oldest daughter's bath.  She has great taste and ... and an opinion.  We are doing primarily whites in her room with a little touch of blush.  This bath will have a blush vanity and a more vintage faucet in brass.  The lucite and brass mirror ties to the bed and I love these new sconces with their curve.  

The wall is a tile, to the ceiling with a marble look.  With small gout lines it feels like a slab.  Rather than grey I chose the warmer version.  Fingers crossed on this one !

Bathroom no. 5 is brand new.  What once was just a bedroom will be a large walk in bathroom shared by two other little girls.

I started my design in here with the striped penny tile on the floor.  Love that..  A long vanity in wood with again white quartz counter and 2 drop sinks.  My client loves these sconces so I thought this space would be good for them !  

Opposite the sink wall I thought about adding a little paper.. love this but we may opt for a little more color in there !!!  Forget the towel bars.. hooks are way better.

and ok.. I thought the bunny was funny !

Lastly the basement bath.  Small and simple off the large TV room and sliders to the pool.  Very simple with a wood tile floor in a white washed faux wood.  Floating vanity with a combination of white and wood and a little more wood detail on the 1 walls.  Wall mount faucet and fun mirror finish it off.  

With 5 kids.. really love the inspiration of the no 5.. think maybe we'll have to paint that on the side walls.

Um... what a fun time playing with all this in the calm, pretty mountains.  Guess it's time to head home before everyone thinks I have ditched them for good.

Happy Monday !


A Snowy Week in D.C.

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Just got back from a long week in snowy Bethesda.  It was all hands on deck to install a multi-room home of one of my favorite clients.  I worked with Eve and Greg Besant about 6 years ago and they recently moved to a new place.  Deciding to change it up quite a bit and having the trust of these fab clients to really make all the decisions, I started in the family room and worked my way around that.  I wanted a light, airy space using neutrals with a touch of navy, fresh and collected feeling.  They are color people so this was a big change from their previous place.  I did, however, give them their dose of color in other spaces visible throughout.   This living space is almost there and I can't wait to go back in a few weeks to receive the two key pieces on either side of the fireplace and dining room chairs to finish it all off and shoot .. for real.

Take a look a the design boards I created to give them an idea of the overall look.

I adore the pieces flanking the fireplace, totally worth the wait.  They fit perfectly and with the brass mesh fronts they are perfect for electronics.

I really love this new rug and coffee table...  so much so I added the same rug to our office space.  The coffee table is an amazing black and white marble stripe and so dramatic. 

One thing I love to do is an a folding screen in a dead corner.  Keith made this one for me adding silver leaf with a black pattern detail.  Kinda love it.  

So we put a major dent in the living room,  a few new pillows and those blasted sideboards I am still waiting for will complete the look.

The hall powder room was pretty blah, but had a good sink.  We added paper and big ole mirror and a drop pendant.  It's dramatic now.

This paper I brought in late in the game in a dry bar from the kitchen to the dining room.. It's loud and gorgeous and gives eve the color she wanted.  It's perfect in that it combines the navy of the dining room chairs and the teal of her existing chesterfield we placed in her home office.  Perfect way to combine the colors.

Moving into the dining room my challenge was to dress up their rustic wood dining table.  Adding a rustic sideboard with marble top did that as well as a new dramatic chandelier.  I also decided to have Keith paint a pattern on the walls.  Love the drama this will create.  The new upholstered navy dining chairs will complete the look as well as a splashy piece of art in all Eve's favorite colors.

I didn't ignore here love of this fabric and incorporated it in curtains and pillows in her office across the hall from the dining room !  

Keeping her teal velvet sofa the other nearby colors bring it all together and Eve can work in a space filled with her favorite colors.

Even though it never got above 30 outside we installed the back porch and come spring those french doors will be open wide for a little outdoor lounging.,

It was all about a more neutral palette this time with dollops of color in places here and there, just enough to get the color point across !

Stay tuned for our big shoot in a few weeks of all these rooms and a few others upstairs and down.. it was a big, big project.... 

Can't wait to take Mekenzie up to shoot..