8.31.2011

A New Room for Gus . . . install of the week no. 1

Hi all . .  put together a quick face-lift today.  A young couple, who’s nursery we did last year came to me recently wanting some help the main living space in their small bungalow.  Small room, small budget - no problem.  Just a few quick fixes help transform this neutral room, which my client felt was “not as young and fresh” as they were (and they were right !) to a brighter, younger and color-filled space suitable for them, a young baby and their Great Dane.. Gus !!!

Take a look at the Before …


I first wanted to tackle the lack of storage for their TV equipment, then I infused the color. Working on a budget, I decided to spend almost all of it on a new rug! Something full of color and punch !!  I then took the remaining $ and hit the vintage shops.  The funny part was, I would have probably done this on any budget because I was mixing their existing vintage pieces and wanted to incorporate another BUT in a way that was similar in style but more updated!

I found this great piece, removed the door, and called the painters. The size was perfect to house the cable box and receiver as well as a few decorative pieces in a crowded corner.   We pulled the colors from the walls - which we changed from tan to light grey, sprayed the piece but added the peacock blue from the rug to the inside for a nice pop and of course a new pair of knobs.


I repositioned the sofa for better TV viewing and to leave room for their new painted piece, moved the chairs to the other side of the small room and filtered in a few new pillows.  Now while typically I would face the sofa to the TV to create a “foyer” by the front door where there was none, a Great Dane needs some space to move around.  It works, looks open airy, clean and crisp.




The had some great side chairs in a neutral which worked and a lot of fun accessories I just moved around for a new look !


I think Gus is happy !!!


Thanks Luczc’s it was fun !!!

- Beth

8.28.2011

Spotlight . . . Shawna Robinson's Happy Chairs !

Happy Sunday Morning  … and hope all my northern friends faired well with the visit of Irene !

You might have noticed some very unique and whimsical chairs on our site lately. These are the works of art of Shawna Robinson, Owner and creator of “Happy Chair” www.shawnarobinson.com.  I met Shawna a little over a year ago when I helped her with a nursery she was working on for the Newman’s. For all you NASCAR fan’s that’s Ryan Newman and his wife Chrissy.  It was a great collaboration and shot beautifully by Ashley Goodwin (www.ashleygoodwin.com) We put our heads together and produced our version of “cabin chic” that was calm and peaceful for their new baby girl! Take a look …





Shawna, herself was a driver and in the business for some 20 years, but a driver with a love for design which goes back even further !  Her unique style and creativity amazes me, not to mention her shop and showroom chalk full of fabrics, trimmings, projects and a staff of talented seamstresses! Her pieces are such one-of-a kind gems and add that “something special” to any room they are placed !  Meet Shawna.



I made a visit recently to her workroom and design studio.  I was blown away at all the inventive, creative and unique pieces I was seeing in production and thought I would give you a visual tour of her shop.












These pieces are in the works.  Shawna chooses all the furniture pieces herself and hand stitches all the beautiful details …



I have incorporated, recently, two custom chairs in rooms I have created. It has been fun pulling the fabrics to use as well as describing but then deferring to Shawna to find just the right size for the space. Each piece is distinctive, individual and truly special. Remember these . . from out previous post.  I described my colors and she ran with it and I could not have been happier !


Photo’s by Beth Keim (www.lucyandcompany.com)


Take a look at some of her creations …







Thanks Shawna and look forward to working together on our next project !

- Beth

8.21.2011

NY IGF !!

Hi All . . .
This time every year NY hosts the International Gift Fair.  I love going up there for a quick get away before school starts for a little R & R and inspiration.  Love staying in the Flat Iron District,  just wandering around window shopping as well as seeing all the newest things my vendors and new vendors have to offer. Took a few inspiration photos from my favorite city in the world and thought I’d share …







Lots of great new lighting and rugs at the show.







I love pink cows !



Great new metal room dividers!


Quick stop at abc carpet & home !! 888 broadway, east 19th street.




Fantastic new fabric and wall paper source !! Stay tuned, ordered amazing wall paper for an up coming installation !



Fishs Eddy in NYC (www.fishseddy.com) Great dinnerware shop in the city ! These are old glove molds.  Would make a great art piece, or maybe jewelry holder !

Best Burger in Town !!!


Meet Amy Bulter (along with Grace Bonney of Design Sponge (www.designsponge.blogspot.com)



Take a look at some of here unique designs …





She has a new line of wall paper available through Lucy and Company !  Here’s a few . . and her book Midwest Modern has recently come out, very inspirational !









- Beth