We are back on the lake, and thrilled to be wrapping up the first floor for one of my favorite clients. It went off perfectly last Thursday. My thanks to Bree and Maggie for going ahead of me to meet our various subs and transform this empty, painted room, filling it with new, much anticipated goods ! The designing is the fun part, the work is the installation and I am so grateful for the crew that makes it happen.
The design . . .
It was time to get ride of the dated window treatments, wall paper and fixtures from the previous owners and bring the color scheme I started throughout that floor into the master bedroom and bath. Where did we start? Fabric. In the living, dining, foyer and family room on this floor I used a cohesive combination of grey, navy, Wedgwood blue, white, cream and a touch of kelly green. In this space we continued the palette, but added a bit of yellow in place of the green.
I worked on the design boards, to give Joan an idea of the overall look. The dresser and side tables are pieces that will stand the test of time. Beautifully made and styled, high quality with looks as well as function. Joan and I met and played with various fabric combinations. We wanted a sophisticated look, yet not too too serious.
I arrived with Mekenzie to this . . . thank you Maggie and Bree.
I love this space. We flipped the bed in the design to the wall between the two short windows. While putting the dresser on that wall would seem like the obvious place, your options in softening that up would have been more difficult. No long curtains on short windows, just don't do it ! So we flipped it and designed a headboard shape to scoop around the windows. The two side tables fit perfectly under those short windows. Very symmetrical and the first thing you see entering the space.
We now have the long wall for the large dresser and flaking chairs.
I layer rugs. The floor is your fifth wall.
This is one of my favorites ! We splurged a bit and covered to occasional chairs with it.
Fun, eye catching side lamps atop these gorgeous side chests !
The windows overlook the lake. Beautiful. If you have to work a bit, this is the perfect place for it. Calm quite, with a peaceful view. Hum... maybe that would be a total distraction ! The great part about this desk is the ability to look out or in.
I chose, yet another pattern for the coverlet on the bed. I do like a multitude of patterns!
Two large king size boxed shams, two 22" decorative pillows with applied capiz shells, and a bolster of the same window fabric.
Just off the living room, the transition compliments.
The slightly more formal living space walks into this family room with like colors, and . . .
The dining room, with it's amazing pattern Ikat grass cloth add just a little whimsy to this floor.
We did a little tweaking to the master bathroom as well on this install. Originally covered with a dated vertical striped wall paper, we mudded the seams, primed over and painted it a simple cream. That color matched the cabinet and tile work which instantly made the space seem bigger. Don't kill yourself striping paper. The oil based primer acts as a sealer and does the job.
We added new sconces, this adorable side chair, new blinds and cornices.
I made them large and hung them high to give the windows even more drama.
photos by mekenzie france
Great day, the sun was out, the lake was gorgeous and there were no glitches.
Master bedroom . . done. Stay tuned for a little transformation we also did that day.