Color in the Sunshine State!

i had the pleasure of taking a trip down to west palm beach not too long ago, and  surprise; i couldn't put my camera down. on a day like today in charlotte with 100% chance of rain, i pulled out my pictures to revisited my trip.  take a look, the colors were delicious. check out the peach, mint, blue and yellow, everywhere i turned.

(all photos by mekenzie france)

passez une bonne journée!

Channeling the 1920's

Hi . . .

I am jumping on the band wagon of Tiffany's, The Plaza, all things Deco inspired, glitter falling, cloche wearing, marble inlay ed, jazz playing, graphic patterned and DiCaprio gazing.  If you are following my drift, on May 10th you'll be in line to catch The Great Gatsby.  Now it's going to be a hard, hard thing to bump Robert Redford's 1974 Nick Carraway character from my Top 10 -  don't mess with a classic list - but I've always had a little crush on Mr. DiCaprio and I am a huge sucker for the look of the 1902's Deco style.  From the trailer's I have seen, F. Scott's Fitzgerald's classic looks to be a visual explosion of glamor, glitz, style and drama.  I plan to escape for an evening of inspiration, and mundane though diversion !  I have decided to get myself in the mood . . . and of course got carried away as usual.

Found inspiration from a few of my vendors for fabrics and wall papers as well a lighting and furniture.  Kelly Wearstler, of course, and various architecture favorites in Manhattan are also thrown in and don't forget  1st Dibs is also an amazing go-to for anything vintage.  This is what I do on a rainy Sunday . . .

Like I said.. got a little carried away !


Install of the Day !

Hey . . 

Wrapping the week up - the last of 3 installs . . . back at Shari Grams !  We had a guest room to take care of just prior to the Wachovia Tournament . . . brings back memories of my dining room install last year that wrapped up I think the day before the tournament !  Shari and I are working our way through the house and I have to say, Shari is getting into design and I am pretty impressed.  She has become a Houzz and Pinterest junkie and we managed to figure out her powder room, guest and bathroom renovation (as well as upcoming family room and lake house) in record time.  I have gotten to know her and the house and we've been moving throughout to update colors and furnishings for a more updated look with color cohesion !  This small project was all about her guest room.

I took the colors I used in the dining room (and her existing living space) and filtered them back into the guest room.  It's all about the robin's egg blue, latte and a touch of gold.  Shari did a complete remodel of the guest bath using inspiration from her Houzz files and I jumped in to help with the adjoining bedroom.  She needs a new bed, sides, lamps, windows, rug - well basically a complete update.  Take a look at the direction I suggested.

The early stages of the design in my head included a large floor screen behind a headboard . . an idea I'll save for another project . .  but I changed my mind and suggested a larger headboard going as high as I could go proportionately in a much more modern, staggered look.  Shari's home has a traditional feel in general, but we have started introducing a few more transitional pieces and it's coming together beautifully.

Take a look at her new guest land-o-slumber !

We have such a nice new tie back to the formal dining room from last year.  Our colors are now jiving and both rooms have a traditional feel, with a few new more modern touches !

We also tackled the Powder Room, right off the main hallway .  . . stay tuned (when I get the mirror installed . .  just like last year, at the 12th hour) I'll give you a full look.   I recently I posted images of Phillip Jeffries new paper introductions . . and this is the space I got to use it !!!  It's amazing.

Happy Weekend . . .  Happy, I don't have to be anywhere, Saturday.  Forgive me if I turn my phone off til Monday!

Install of the Day !

Hi There . . .

It seems a lot of my clients are in the mood for a little face lift, a color change, a new look.  A cleaner, crisper, less-fussy look. Beth Hecimovich is one of them.  Having helped with the rooms of all 4 kids, their playroom, and their amazing outdoor space, it was time to face lift the family room and kitchen to have the same feel as the spaces we had already done.  She wanted the colors lighter, monochromatic with a little dab of color.  A rustic, comfortable, chic look.  I think I converted her to pale grey when we made over the playroom, so this was our color direction (I played off the rock fireplace!)  She was now ready to face lift this centrally located, somewhat dark, space to have a similar feel to her new outdoor space and the new design style she was embracing.   

Take a look at the before shot.

She wanted to neutralize the entire room then add just pops of color.  In this space, that's just want we did.  Shades of grey were used in all the furniture,  as well as the new wall and ceiling color.  To give her a visual I created a simple board and plugged in all my thoughts.  Having worked together on 6 successful projects, I had earned her trust and was thrilled be able to choose and surprise !  Take a look at my starting point . . .

Beth loves the art of Sugarboo Designs, a vendor of mine.  The room has two pieces we chose to reflect her style (and love of dogs !)  I rarely design a room around art (I take that back, Rebecca Brook's home was completely designed around her art - she does own a gallery and is a huge collector), but in this case I found the art first, then worked in the colors and furniture !  Art can be very personal.  I often give my clients a direction of art I would use, but it's ultimately up to them and should speak to you!  I knew she loved the look of all their pieces and I wanted the room to take it's feel from the art. 

Take a look at the finished product.

We took out one of the three sofas and replaced it with two new, large, swivel chairs. It opened the traffic pattern a bit and I am sure this family of 6 will be staking claim to "their chair."  We then re upholstered the sofas and remade the seat and back cushions, as well as removed the skirts.  If your legs are good - it will give you a whole new look to expose them!  There's nothing I hate more than back cushions that don't have structure.  Great job by my upholster Darren Ingle !

Our pops of color came in the art, one large table top bowl, and the pillows.  

A large, wood plank and metal bases coffee table, sits on a gorgeous, Jenny Jones 9 x 13 rug.

This rug is one of my favorite elements in the room.  Designed by Jenny Jones, her Global Series interprets the classic motifs into hand-knotted wool and eco-friendly bamboo silk.  Contemporary yet classic with a range of styles and diverse palettes and colors from subtle neutrals to vibrant blue-greens and hot pinks and oranges.  Take a look up close at these lustrous and timeless patterns, all hand-carved and hand spun in wool and silk.

Jenny stated her collection in 1995 focusing on Turkish rugs (having lived abroad with her husband Dennis and falling in love with hand knotted rugs).  Custom size, pattern and colors is available.  A rug is the foundation of a room and defines the space and design in most cases.  All available at www.lucyandcompany.com

Take a look a few more of her gorgeous designs !

photos compliments of Jenny Jones' site

As I mentioned above, Sugarboo designs was another key element in the room.  Take a look at a few other favorites of mine.  Their collection includes art, pillows, and paper . . . all with a timeless folk art appeal.

Rebecca Puig of Sugarboo Designs holds a Studio Art degree from the University of Georgia and after graduating in 1996 worked in a folk art gallery while developing her designs in ceramics and painting.  She developed her signature style over the years and in 2002 launched her company Sugarboo (the name a combination of the two nicknames of her two loves Jake and Sofie).  She, and her husband Rick had a mission to create art to remind us all of the love for family and friends.  Their use of everyday materials is what appeals to me as well !  These sentimental, yet simple designs have such a broad appeal and work in numerous applications.  I have incorporated their art in both kid's spaces and adult living spaces.  When they are not at market or shooting for various publications including Home & Garden's you can find them at Sugarboo Farms!

photos compliments of Sugarboo's site

It was a fun project, working with Beth and Paul again, my thanks for the creative license and room to play with ideas !!  What's next . . ? !