7.10.2018

The Wet Bar Moment . . .

Hey !

The Wet Bar is getting more and more attention these days.  It can certainly be a moment to do something special.  Tile, wall paper, dramatic paint color, drama lighting, just like a powder room it can be a small spot that people will talk about, and want themselves.

In the past couple of  posts we included Wet Bars.  One Maggie did, and another I worked on so I thought I'd write a bit about the Wet Bar.

In Maggie's space (see post here) she opted to go monochromatic and paint the walls and wet bar the same color. We chose Farrow & Ball Hague Blue which never disappoints.  It's rich navy hue is deep and saturated and in most spaces compliments most anything.  Navy is one of those colors that can be mixed with warm tones and cool.  With that chosen it was on to the drama of a little paper and lighting as well as hardware.




Dark, saturated colors in a bar area is something we are loving these days. We are all about bright, white, sunny rooms but when it's a small confined area create a little " jewel box".  Here are some great inspiration pictures pulled from our Pinterest files.

Design by Matthew Quinn Design

Design by Chango & Co.

Design By Coats Home

Design by Whittney Parker Design

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One of my absolute favorites,  I wish I knew the designer to credit !  How gorgeous is this !!

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Another top of my list . . . Simple, clean and oh that marble !

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A little touch of "glam" with the mirror tile.

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Design by Stephani Buchman

Design by Calla McNamara


Design by Lucy and Company

Design by Megan Orrell

Design by Lucy and Company & Lindsey Heitman

Styling will make or break it !

Design by Lucy and Company

Design by Lindsay Ferguson . . . with a little help from Lucy and Company !

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Design by Studio DB

A few tips for the perfect wet bar . .

+ Create a drama moment with paint, paper or tile
+ Accessories purposefully
+ Pay attention to hardware
+ Splurge in an amazing faucet
+ Stock the good stuff !












6.24.2018

What's Maggie Up To . . .

Morning !

I have some news . . . Maggie is starting a new venture . . "Crandall Haus."  What's this you say?  I have no idea (just kidding), but she's been recruited by Nate Berkus and leaving me in the dust.



Ok, so no . . . but she is entering the world of "calling all the shots and making all the decisions on her own."  All us creatives do that at some point in our career journey, oh how I remember that well.

Let me give you a little history first.  At 24 Maggie joined me at Lucy and Company as my assistant, which lasted about a week because I knew she was good.  It didn't take long for me to realize she was dying to work on a project from start to finish on her own.  Us designer types have egos, we just do, and want to create something completely from start to finish because we have a vision for sure and want to tell the whole story.

She worked her tail off for the first couple of years on many, many of Lucy and Company's projects learning a lot along the way.  She began developing a look and style that was to become somewhat of a signature look.   Light, bright, usually with shades of blue but always unique and fresh.  One of her first big solo projects was featured in Charlotte Home + Garden (here), I was very proud of her.  That job was a full home which lead to a lot of great referrals, as many do in this business. 

Over the years we went on many a inspiration and install trip to NYC, LA, San Diego, Richmond, Nashville and countless trips to Market.  We have not only fed off each other but have become great friends.  I truly admire her drive, work ethic and creativity.  She has grown tremendously with her style.

We are such a busy firm and both have been slammed with bigger projects, hence the introduction of our much needed new assistant Morgan who has really lessened the load of our endless running around !!  Maggie and I would, unfortunately go days without seeing each other, busy with our individual projects - but always came together in need of bouncing ideas off each other, inspiration research or just to take a breath.

We are both wired the same as I am sure most designers are.  I remember wanting to make my own mark when I was her age and it's time for her to do the same.   While working under the "Lucy and Company umbrella" may be changing as she goes out on her own, we plan to get together to work on a few projects (a huge one in motion at this moment).  The trips will continue for sure.. it's always so much more fun with someone who appreciates the same things design wise !!

So . . . follow her on Instagram (here).  She will be very involved in promoting great finds, pop ups, and the latest thing and well as residential and commercial design projects.

Speaking of commercial - she has worked on a few recently which both have turned out gorgeous.  One being Kenna Kunijo in South End, which turned out adorable  !  Love the overall feel and that wall paper - so good. 



Pulled from her instagram page . . . 




Another project - QC Social Lounge who had their soft opening a week ago I believe.  Very cool place, big and incorporates so many beautiful techniques in wood, metal, wall paper, etc etc... we plan to have Mekenzie take some interior shots soon - stay tuned !



I pulled a few of my all time favorite installs she worked on with us over the past several years
Take a look . . . and . . .








. . . to see more images of her work from here Lucy and Company portfolio - check it out  (here) !!


Good luck Maggie and remember your sounding board is right down the street . . . xoxox
Love you !



















6.12.2018

The Forever House

Hey !

I am literally sitting in a yard chair on the deck in Brevard watching my subs this morning.  It's early and as my Mom would say, the air is "delicious."  We have concrete counters going in the kitchen, more tile happening in the bathrooms and my Charlotte painters are on the way to tackle the entire outside - picky as I am I wanted to make sure the color was right, meet the gas guy and watch this concrete counter procedure, it's amazing !! 

While Mudwerks in Charlotte are the best around, getting on their schedule is next to impossible so I was thrilled when they recommended Eli Orling of Orling Interiors in Asheville.   Check out his site, he's quit the artist and I'm thrilled.  Both he and Eric (of Mudworks) trained and worked with Stephen Balser of Art in Construction out of Brooklyn, who is pretty amazing as well... Ok, I am getting sidetracked, I'll get into my love of plaster and concrete later..

So while I am eagle eyeing everything happening at the house I am firmly planted on my porch so I thought I'd write this little post about an upcoming job I am working on.  What prompted this post was the fact that Eric, of Mudwerks did the concrete hood in the kitchen as well as the fireplace surround.  It was worth the wait.  All the messy part is done on this project on Fenton, now it's time for the pretty stuff - though I will say all the carpentry and mill work they did in the house is pretty fab ...

This home belonged to a designer in Charlotte and was featured in Southern Living I think back in the day.  For it's time it was pretty perfect style wise.  Architect, Frank Smith incorporated so many timeless elements which we embraced and certainly didn't want to change, just freshened up, painted everything in sight, reconfigured the kitchen island a bit and worked on the bathrooms.  The entire house is classic and timeless.




Now this client has great taste to begin with, so it's been fun pulling this together.  We have very similar styles and with all the options out there we have been back and forth a lot fine tuning.  After meeting and tweaking on Friday I think we have it nailed down.... 

Per usual... I started at the front door and worked my way back.  

The entire first floor with the exception of the Powder Room, Wet Bar and Dining Room we painted Ben Moore China White.  What a huge difference it made.  The entire house is cleaner and brighter.

My plan is to keep the Entry Foyer clean and simple with a new console, lamps and mirror.  Simple lines, interesting pieces . . 




The Front Living Room has the same clean and simple feel with two new dark charcoal velvet sofas underneath a gorgeous wood beamed ceiling original to the house.  Pulling in a few high texture pillows and rug and mixing in some of her art.  Simple and comfortable.



The view from this room into the Dining Room was important to me and needed to blend perfectly.  After a little debate (lol Lindsay) we decided to go slightly more formal in there, yet not overly dressy.  I have always been obsessed with this paper from Windy O'Connor and being printed on a grass cloth was the selling factor.. it's gorgeous.  Great view into the this space.


Take a peek at the texture on these sofa pillows...


Just off the Living Room, a small but pretty dramatic office.  Painted a dark grey, almost black we lightened it up with light furniture and this pretty killer chandelier called "Banana Husk."





An off white Eames chair and a touch of Malachite in the side table as well as the hardware on the built ins.. pretty yummy.




I found these two art pieces just today and want to show Lindsay.  Love the introduction of books in a modern, artistic way - we'll see.



Onto the Dining Room with this show stopping wall paper.  The pattern is perfect and when printed on a grass cloth it's pretty amazing.


The view from the this Dining Room back into the Living Room I love.  Very cohesive.
Two black metal side cabinets with white backs will break it up a bit and the waffled glass chandeliers will dress it up as well.  A light, light seagrass rug custom to fit and 12.. yes 12 dining chairs in an off white faux leather. 



Recently completed the Wet Bar area just off the kitchen.  We added ship lap in a dark grey and Lindsay had these custom cabinets made complete with floating shelves with brass brackets and a little more Addison Weeks hardware.  It's a pretty party spot tucked back into the space.


It's located just off the kitchen which got a big face lift with new paint and a new island.



New pendants . . . 

. . . which we are STILL waiting on after being bumped not once but twice.  If I didn't love them so much I'd reselect.. good grief Visual Comforts !!!

Take a look at the site visit shot from the other day . . .

This is the hood I was talking about earlier.  concrete with vintage wood lip to tie back to the wood used in the Living Room.  Check out the pretty ceiling, original to the house.  We didn't change much except painted everything and re-worked the island with new marble top.



If you spin around you see the Family Room.  Reworked existing sofa and chair with a few new additions, lighting, coffee table and curtains. 



I proposed this gorgeous rug, theirs works .. we'll see but I do love this one !


Looking back into the Kitchen, again the cohesion is good !


Heading upstairs the Master Bathroom needed a big overhaul.  Lindsay and I worked on a few of the details together, but honestly she has great taste and I was just a sounding board.  Love the finish product !


We are still working on the Master Bedroom a bit, dresser and rug being debated ! 

I am obsessed with this house and cannot wait to get it underway.  Should be a showstopper . . . stay tuned.