1.05.2020

Big Doings Coming Down the Pike in 2020

Hi There !

I can't believe it's 2020.  I can remember not too long ago thinking about my girls turning 16 and 21 and that year is here.  What happened !  To celebrate those two big milestones I have been planning a summer trip back over to Europe, Ireland / London / Paris.  The planning part is one of my favorite things to do.  I'm a planner, the hotels, the side trips, cools restaurants and as many must sees as I can discover.   This past year was so busy we didn't really go anywhere big so really looking forward to making the trip this year ! I have been really fortunate to be able to travel with my girls and show them the world a bit.   My parents moved us to Ireland when I was a teen and while there we traveled as much as we could so my biggest goal as a Mom was to be able to do the same for my kids.  So... the planning I love.

Planning, planning, planning is something I do on daily basis.  All these homes I am working on are in my head daily and I would be lying if I said I shut it down at night.  I think about all the details on each and everyone one constantly.

This biggest one is coming up in February.   A new build on Radcliffe,  here in Charlotte.  Cannot wait. Having pretty much "free-rein" on the design so I am loving everything!  We are painting this week which always means the end is in sight.  Long time client with a lot of trust.  Lately I have been obsessing over the details, art and accessories mainly.  The big stuff is done and easy.. it's all the little things that really pull it together.  (see earlier post here on some of the details)

Stay tuned !



Two other projects will go into motion around the same time.  We are finalizing the design at the moment but it's game on shortly !

The first is a gorgeous house in the Foxcroft neighborhood.  Wide open with lots of winding hallways, and interesting spaces all designed in a U shape overlooking a fabulous pool.  



One of my favorite spots is right at the front entry.  You step up into the dining room and then can wander back towards a sitting room and master and to the right a large kitchen, scullery and family room.  The goal for this dining room, a table that seats 10-12.  I started with a large 72" square with matching chairs on the sides, bench on the back and different chairs on the front.  We are working with Josh now to come up with a table top shape that keeps you from feeling too far across from each other daily, my client's request after reviewing these boards.



Also plan to create a similar but different chandelier that wanders, visually across the space and table.  We created this one not too long ago and I always like to change it up for each client.


Love the mixture of styles !



And need some good art for the niche visible right when you enter !  Pondering all that.

Have a powder room to work on as well.  Created 3 designs . . . all very different in feel.

The first having a fabulous wall paper, keeping the current sink and sconce.


The second option introduces a killer Walker Zanger Tile.


And the third option is a cement tile and more organic, casual elements.



Just off the dining room is a sitting room that I would never leave.  Cozy and close to the master bedroom.

The goal here is a comfortable chaise, interesting paper and simple desk.  


While the master bedroom might wait until phase 2, I did a design anyway.  Ok so I just did these pendants in a recent install, I FELL IN LOVE with them and wanted them to have an encore.  With floating side chest and a long upholstered headboard I am really digging the clean look.

Ron Royals, a photographer I adore showed this piece of art at last market.. really want to use !


With a love of Scandinavian furniture we are playing with the breakfast area using black and simple.  Starting off with this, but I am sure we will end up with a black table. 


The scullery needs some love.  A new tile back splash and floating shelves.





Lastly the back family room... needing everything. Rug, sofas, chairs.  Playing with all the options I chose for this room will be fun as we do tend to love the same things !




Another project in the works as well is just across the street from the Radcliff project.  How convenient !  Older house needing interior face lift for sure.


I love that they want a little punch in the foyer with this fan favorite F. Schumacher wall paper.



We are going with a dark charcoal in the dining room but brightening it up with art and curtains, a light stone top table and chairs... Love this space.



The front living room will repurpose some of their current pieces with new additions.



Now the kitchen... good layout and bones but need to deal with the kitchen cabinets.  

There are three ways to go with kitchen cabinets.  (1) Replace (2) Spray the right way (3) Brush.  Waiting for the quote to come in from Fine Grit on painting them the correct way !

Love owner (and her crew's) work.  Katie is a perfectionist and if you want you cabinets to come to life, she's the one to do it.






With a great entrance to the back porch we are placing a small banquette and round table just under the window for a little breakfast area.


The master, as well as our other project will be a phase 2 project, but worked on the look.  I tend to get into it !



So one big install coming up in February and two others in between.  Starting off the year with some good looking projects !



12.23.2019

All About the Charcuterie

Happy Holiday !

It's that time of year . . . and for all of you it's party, party (for us is work, work !)  We are always crazed from Nov to Dec (22nd).  Last minute installs, getting orders in before all our vendors close and catching those 2019 prices.  But tomorrow it's shut down time.  I look forward to it every year.  From Christmas til about Jan 6th silent. Time to catch my breath, spend time with family and clear my head. 

I could live off snacks.  They are my favorite part of any party.  Just the other night I took Kate with me to a party at Sub Zero's showroom where the baby food reined.  Small bits everywhere.  We love them.

Creating these popular charcuterie boards has become quite the thing and frankly I could just do this every night for dinner.  Take a look at some of my favorite elements and the "How To" I created for inspiration.












Now what you need first is a good board.  I prefer vintage, but there they are hard to find.  I snagged a few at Market this year and am having a hard time letting them go.  

I scooped up these beauties for a favorite client for an install we had not too long ago.


Got lucky on Etsy and found a few of these.


One of my favorite vendors does do a collection of boards as wells as other fabulous kitchen goodies.  Take a look.








Get your party food on, and let me know if you have to have one of these !








12.21.2019

Install of the Day !

Hey There !

I love this Master Bedroom almost as much as I love these clients.  One of my favorites, I have been working with them for years creating something in keeping with their fun style and personality.  It's always a good time to hang with them.  Now, first of all.. I shot these on my phone.. not as typically perfect at Mekenzie's images !!!

This was one of those projects that being on site was key.  Involving about 5 different sub contractors the placement of everything was so important.  Everything needed to line up.  The trim on the walls centered over the detail on the floating bedside tables, lining up with the pendants and switches.  I was happy to camp out for a few days, it's always fun and I always get fed.

Laure loves to hide in her bedroom, which I can totally relate to.  She wanted a hotel feel, calm and soothing.  De cluttering was my goal.   We took out the heavy wood bed, side tables and dresser and brought in the new upholstered bed and custom woodwork.   I have Jacob Wolfe to thank for that.  He's amazing and jumped right in.  Using the best takes so much stress out of my life.




We started with the rug.  One of my favorite by Stark.  Wanting simple we kept the pattern on the floor and used Alabaster White everywhere else, the walls, trim and all the custom furniture.


This floating shelf has a hidden drawer inside but the goal was more of a visual look to stack a few accessories, art and a mirror.


The fixtures and side floaters are my favorite.  Just love.





Can't wait to get Mekenzie in there to really shoot once the custom daybed is done !  Stay tuned.

all photos by my and my new iphone