Install of the Day !

Howdy . . 

Maggie, Mekenzie and I headed back to Hickory the other day to shoot Amber Black's main living space, breakfast room and dining room.  I was being weird about wanting the chandelier in the space before we shot it and, of course, it was back ordered.  This was one of the first jobs I really pulled Maggie in on for help.  I knew she had the skills and taste but this was her first full-blown install. Amazing job she did!  She spent many a day out there in Hickory with all our various subs.

Take a look at her design boards for this project . . .

This past weekend we were on a mission to find the perfect small details for the shoot.  We found these Crate and Barrel blue and white dinner plates and loved them for the space.   I wanted to mix them with something more interesting than everyday stemware.   I have a set of William Bernstein's glassware.  These were my first big purchase back in the late 90's.  My first piece of "real art" I love them so much and wanted to show Amber just how they would look in her dining room.  Hoping she'll want a set !  I love a well set table.

When designing this space, we were asked to help make a "traditional" home look a little more modern and fill it with color and whimsy.  Mother of young triplets, and a full time trainer, her life is a little crazy, but she seems to have it well under control.  We all think these colors, furniture  and accessories now fit her energetic personality to a T.

Take a walk through her open concept living, dining, breakfast and kitchen space ! 

The dining room, just off the front door, opens into this long living space.  With the colors visible into each room we wanted them all to jive.

The main living space has a long wall with a large piece of art Amber already had.  We chose to take all our colors from that piece.  Maggie pulled the pillow fabrics, amazing occasional chair fabric and wall paper while I worked on what to do with that long wall.   I really wanted a little symmetry mixed with storage and wanted to float the sofas as oppose to putting one on the "obvious" wall.  Our original plan was to upholster the doors and add a center fabric trim piece, we decided to move forward on just painting them and add the trim detail in the way of a cut out as oppose to fabric trim.  Chris created these pieces for me.  This design now offers balance as well a tons of storage for video equipment, games and books.  Not your typical bookcase,  which I love.

This open concept kitchen and breakfast room could not be ignored and had to work with all the new pieces.  we added new bar stools and three large new pendants.  Love their size.

In a effort to modernize this traditional space, we suggested taking off the fireplace mantle and tile from floor to ceiling a tile with the look of distressed wood.  I have used this product int he past and love it, here's a close up.

These two new chairs, with their modern, mid-century lines, are covered in a gorgeous velvet with the look of hand painting.  An occasional cement stoop and floor lamp finish off this area and create such a pretty visual.

Upholstered ottoman, kid friendly.

Take a closer look at the details.

We moved over into the kitchen breakfast area with a new custom banquet (I have been on a roll with those as of late) covered in a kid friendly vinyl, two upholstered chairs, a new 6 foot distressed wood with metal leg table, coordinating wall paper and new lighting.

We all love this area, so pretty.

Amber really needs a piece of art on this wall, we pulled a piece at Slate by Artist, Heather LaHaise (who is being featured this month).  Crossing fingers.  Art is such a personal thing, I like to pull pieces I think work in the hopes my clients do as well, but art should really be a personal choice.   I love the color combination in this piece. Be sure and check out all her pieces in the following post !

all photos by mekenzie france

Amber's main living space is now ready for the holidays.  While working on this big space we also pulled wall paper options for her master bedroom, just off the great room.  We installed while up there.  I brought fabric options for bedding and windows that continue the color palette and plan to tweak that space soon.  Having a full plan really helps with the visual.

Pretty space, Amber enjoy and Maggie - great job !

All pieces available at www.lucyandcompany.com

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