Install of the Day !

Morning . .

Happy Memorial Day . . .  off.  Thought I'd share with you one of my favorite projects, recently completed on Queen's Road West.  Home of a Top Gun pilot, thought it was fitting to post today.

Let me take you through  !

This home has a classic layout and (was) traditional in style and furnishings.  Our goal was to add a contemporary edge and give it a new, more modern feel.  I took my lead at the front door with a gorgeous rose and taupe dyed vintage rug.  I wanted to pull those colors thoughout the first floor but add the more masculine touch of navy to counterbalance it.

I love this image, their new front door is gorgeous, in a dark navy.

Knowing I wanted to keep the wall paper in the Dining Room and a solid paint color in the front Sitting Room, I chose a modern, graphic wall paper for the Foyer, stairwell and Upstairs Landing.  The Foyer should always have a little drama and set the tone I think !

And yes.. you certainly can add art to a busy paper!  This piece I totally love, snagged it at Hidell Brooks Gallery.  Artist Amanda Talley has always been one of my favorites, so much so we incorporated more than one !

I chose this Foyer fixture to compliment the existing chandelier in the adjacent Dining Room and a new fixture we were on the hunt for in the front Sitting Room.  Particularly love the shape.  Even with it's  more traditional materials, the shape itself gives it a more modern feel and quite elegant.

From the Foyer you walk straight back to an area perfect for a piano facing the back yard and visible to the front door.   I wanted to have the piano and artwork be the major focal point in this space.

Was lucky enough to come across this large piece by Andy Braitman at Shain Gallery.  Perfect !
Mixing all our colors and by being a landscape as oppose to an abstract, the more modern furniture pieces and Stark rug would really have a presence.

This mirror, side chest and lamp all a bit more modern, don't fight the art just compliment it perfectly!


One of my favorite things are a pair of upholstered doors we had custom made.  I wanted something interesting and they turned out to be a little bit of art themselves.  Replacing the panty door and basement door, they are just more interesting.

Check out a few more details in the Piano Room.

Backing up and to the right of the front door is the Dining Room.  With a gorgeous wall paper already in place and more traditional Sheraton style sideboard, we added elements to modernize the space.  Two new lamps, a round table with graphic antique brass base and upholstered chairs with a slight touch of our rose color mixed with taupe and cream.

This paper has a bit of gold leaf underlay.

Another perfect art piece, from Hidell Brooks as well, this artist - John Folsom is a mixed media artist who combines his photography with oils, seals and wax.  This piece, similar to his Billboard Atlantic series is truly gorgeous, and it's touches of greys, blues and rose.. kinda perfect !

Found a few other accessories to pop in opposite the art wall.   These simple and elegant touches complete any space.

Opposite the Dining Room and off the Foyer you'll find the Sitting Room and Sun Porch.  When working on the boards the first thing I wanted to do was take out completely the very traditional fireplace and add a new one.  I went with a large scale tile to run from floor to ceiling for a clean, modern look.  Rather than your typical sofa / two chairs configuration we opted for four chairs creating the perfect conversation spot.   With multiple rooms to lounge in, this space was designed more to just sit and have a chat or a cocktail.

The chandelier took a few tries !  Having some shipping issues with the first chosen and the second being just too small - we were all happy with this stunner just installed last week that completely finished off the space !!  I am all about mixing metals and styles and was completely happy with the final product.

The room is primarily tone on tone off white and a cream.  Knowing I wanted a dramatic navy Sunroom, my first choice was to bring in Kelly Wearstler's Channels linen on the windows in the cream and navy.  I have always loved this fabric and knew it was the perfect place for it.

We then filtered in four matching chairs in a slight taupe and white strie, ombre fabric and clustered two tables as oppose to one large one in a stone color.

We repurposed a dresser from the master bedroom to this space in a dark wood for a little weight and my husband Keith did a custom art piece in dark navy's and white's framed is a dressier gold leaf floating frame.

This more formal Sitting Room leads to an amazing window filled Sun Porch (as well as a Lounge). In the Sun Room I really wanted to paint the entire space navy - windows and all.

Taking it from white to navy gives the space plenty of warmth (and drama).  To brighten back up the spot, we had made a large bookcase on the side wall in a graphic pattern with a grey wash finish made.  Perfect for books and accessories, it fills the spot floor to ceiling.  A mid-size white sofa and light Moroccan inspired rug also lightens the space.

I filtered in the rose touches in one pillow and this small but perfect art piece by Charles Walker, from Hidell Brooks as well.

Take a look at a few more details, including a brass leg / burl desk, antique wood antler, custom covered side chair and tribal inspired occasional table.

Also off the Sitting Room is a cozy wood paneled Reading Room.  Newly painted the perfect color, we added a new custom sofa and chaise combination, table console behind, sconces and roman shade.  That's all the room needed !

That's the thing about having something made.. a perfect fit !

I am a big fan of large scale accessories.

Lastly in this first floor update, the back Family Room.  Off the kitchen this space is larger and needed to be comfortable and good for TV watching - yet I still wanted it beautiful while cozy.

We kept the wall color and stained wood ceiling and started filtering new furnishings with cleaner, modern lines.

This style of art familiar?  Amanda Talley made a comeback in this space - pulling in the rose color.  It added such drama as you walked in.  I love art shopping.

We added another Kelly Wearstler fabric to the windows, large chesterfield grey sofa and two swivel chairs with gorgeous velvet patterned pillows.

Take a closer look at the detail in these window treatments !

Stark's popular Antilocarpa carpet now comes in new color ways and this was the perfect choice to add wall to wall.  A slight grey with silver blue undertones.

This TV console is lighter with a little of the antique mirror detail.

We also re purposed an Asian inspired storage piece on the back wall.  Works perfectly to house visiting grandkid's toys and such !

This project was such fun.  I particularly love taking a traditional space and added those pieces to modern it up a bit and with agreeable clients who are game, it makes my job that much easier and fun!

all photos by mekenzie loli