Install of the Day !

Hey All.

Early Saturday morning here.. and I need a minute to shut my brain off "detail wise."  With 3 installs prior to Thanksgiving (it's always this way) my head is spinning to say the least !! It's quite at the moment though and I'm sitting still to take a minute to  really look at these gorgeous images Mekenzie took last week of a big install we've been working on for a while.

Gorgeous home to begin with,  just needed "finishing."  The details, a little design fluff, a new breakfast area and home office.  I particularly love all the neutral colors and texture layering on this one. 

Take a look and I'll walk you though . . . . . 

The heart of the house, the great room, luckily had these gorgeous big doors and a clean and modern fireplace.  With only 2 sofas we needed to add a few unique pieces to really bring it to life.  Accessories are always key and the layering is my favorite part of any install.  I collected numerous pieces I found at Market all in like colors and textures.  I carefully thought this one out and just brought my favorite pieces.

Try to always add different heights to a room, especially a vaulted room.  A floor lamp and large potted plant helps to bring down the ceiling a bit and fill that dead air.  If everything is visually at eye level it feels unbalanced. Large art, tall lamps also create visual balance from ceiling down.

Try to always add different heights to a room, especially a vaulted room.  A floor lamp and large potted plant helps to bring down the ceiling a bit and fill that dead air.  If everything is visually at eye level it feels unbalanced. Large art, tall lamps also create visual balance from ceiling down.  Rather than your typical fireplace side pieces these large antique mirrors and benches add that artistic edge I love. 

I love an accent chair, something different.  This one is one of my favorites.  Interesting legs and covered in a hide it strikes a conversation.  Adding a few small cocktail tables at the arms of a sofa give company a place to set their drink.  I love the layered textures and shapes, keeps things interesting for sure !

Different metals and shaped add more texture as well.  This marble side table is another favorite.

I love the impact this makes when entering for the foyer.  That fiddle fig could not be more perfect, balancing the height of the art and bringing the outside in.   Definitely warms up the space.

When stying any flat surface, think about height as well - varying it.   Each of these pieces have such beautiful texture.  The ottoman is great for additional pull out seating.

The dining room needed layering as well.  Having just a table and chairs when we started - I wanted to pull in a subtle but patterned paper, a big statement chandelier and art with a little weight to it.  I love the depth of these 2 pieces incorporating the black with a little brass.  Every dining table needs a center pieces and this casual black bowl brings what can be too "glam" down a notch.  Gorgeous arrangement by Nectur here in Charlotte.

By adding this casual rug it again brings the formality of the space to a more casual and inviting level.  A darker sideboard coordinates with the table and again adds much needed weight to the space.  Simple tone on tone curtains on a lucite pole softens things up.

Thanks again Nectur for these beautiful flowers.

Who doesn't love Kelly Weastler lamps?!

Directly across from the dining room is the home office.  I love the way this space turned out.  Light pieces against the black wainscoting add a pop and contrast.  A hair on hide rug and off white leather Eames chair creates a space to work but also just relax.  New art by Scott Kerr and custom file cabinets bring it all together.

Invest in a good office chair please people !!

Lastly in this phase we created a curved breakfast area complete with custom pleather banquette made to fit perfectly.  New free form Josh Utsey dining table and, statement chandelier. 

Keeping the family together with a comfortable place to sit while dinner is being made and just off the family room - I could sit there for hours.  Keeping the color cohesive with the other spaces, your view from the main living room and family room is easy to the eye.  Nectur created this gorgeous center piece as well in a long platter I found at market.  I love this piece !

All very cohesive color wise yet comfortable.

all photography by Mekenzie Loli

Such a fun project to shoot and after days of rain the beautiful sun streaming in made for such beautiful shots !  Thanks Mekenzie.


Gucci Gucci Louis Louis Fendi Fendi Prada........


I am a Gucci fan.  Gucci, Channel and Alexander McQueen for that matter.  Now that is not to say I dress in any of their amazing attire simply because I am not that cool, but I do have a weakness for purses.  While I should be updating my master bathroom I am collecting purses.  It's a ridiculous thing I know but I don't care.

But the reason for this post... Gucci's wall paper line.  Ummmmm love it.   Let's get inspired shall we?

Take a look at both "Tiger Face" (here) and "New Flora" (here)... heeeellllloooo.

What about "Tian" (here) ? !!

And I saved the best for last - "Heron" (here).  Available in the most beautiful green and salmon.

Just a little eye candy today !

Install of the Day !

Hi !

This month's column in Home Design & Decor (check out here) features one of my favorite projects. The home of Mandalin Phillips and her adorable, music-loving husband Hunter.  This home, located near mine was not only so much fun to design, but a joy in the sense they were so trusting and agreeable !  Letting us "do our thing" and basically surprising them with all the bells and whistles made for a smooth, quick, crowd pleasing experience.  I had so much fun not only creating an overall, color cohesive look, but shopping for all the must needed accessories to finish the spaces. (I'll say it again.. do not cut the accessory budget !)

Take a look at the first space you hit when you walk in . . . . 

This space was, at first glance, used for your typical sofa/chair .. don't quite know what to do with, space.  Wanting a "bar and lounge" in a smaller space, I suggested using this room for that very purpose.  Redesigning the fireplace with new tile, adding a floating mantle that tied into the new bar and killer wall paper now creates a conversion spot, and sets the tone right when you enter the home.  I love this room !

Black and white was the current theme of their house, and Mandalin has great taste to begin with, I just helped her amp it up a big, big notch !

The bar area I love.  We custom made the cabinet and our contractor took off the old mantle and added tile to the ceiling in dramatic fashion.

The wall paper is busy in a good way, very graphic and cool for sure.  I incorporated a few new art pieces (this one by my hubs Keith.. one of may favorites).

But hellooooo.... found these Peter Keil originals at Slate  Interiors just down the street on install day.  I had to get them.. AMAZING... and how perfect !  My big thanks to Mandalin for saying OK!

Chandelier yummy.. big and dramatic.

Just off this space are two small rooms.. Hunter's music room and the guest room.  I continued to colors in the guest room with the to die for paper.  I adore it's fresh feel.  Anchored with two black metal side tables and tall lamps. It's perfect.

Hit up Windy O'Connor for the perfect accent pillows in a equally yummy velvet.

Not a lot of stuff.. it's all about the paper !

Across the hall.. Hunter's space.  He's a guitar playing music junkie and we just wanted it all to be about that.  A little more Kelly green and a few stand out pieces.  The oversized floor lamp, chair with great lines and textural shag rug.  Love Love Love.

So happy he's happy !

Heading to the back of the house one of my all time favorite powder rooms.  The paper is so so good and so so fun.  Powder rooms should be fun - why not !  To have it stand out that much more we painted all the tile dark charcoal.  Added a new mirror (love it's wonky shape) and killer light.  I really adore this little space.

photos by mekenzie loli

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