1.29.2022

Install of the Day & Hot off the Press

Happy Saturday !

I am dying .. I love this house (and client) so, so much !  Oh how it started... A few years ago, pre-covid, we were going to remodel their previous house.  Had that pretty much figured out.. but then covid hit and things got put on hold .. in this case it was a happy set back !  Fast forward to earlier this year, they decided to sell that previous home and bam.. found this killer house in Myers Park.  Originally built in 1938 and then renovated in 2013 by Architect Ruard Veltman.  Hillary Rondero having done all the original interior design work it was a score on all counts.  Hillary's choice of colors, perfect.  We didn't need to change a thing, color wise just freshened up... Several of her light fixtures and details, also perfect so we kept all those !  The stars all a lined and I stepped in with all new furniture as the style of this house was so very different from their previous home.  What fun !!!!  These client's were game for everything I chose, which I love, love, love.  

Let's take a look !!

With an all white house, we decided to add a little fun moment in the foyer with this dramatic paper, a Designer's Guild show-stopped. The runner we also changed to something darker and dog friendly!


This is a fun detail right by the door... inside you access the mail slot !  We reworked the look of it but kept its function.  Thanks Jacob for the new look.  Added a big new knob from Nest and filtered in a new wall sconce.  Love it.


You swing right into the front living room.. All new pieces.  Loving the new Verellen chairs !  We overlaid the rugs and mixed in a few favorite pieces I have been dying to use.



Like this killer framed art piece.. old books, a plaster side table and Oly coffee table.  The fireplace prompted my to redo my own at home.


Now.. this wall, opens to a hidden powder room.  We took down the fabric, nail head panels and installed these hand painted leather ones.  All created by Avo in Brooklyn


Mixed in a few Romo pillows with a vintage one from John Derian in NY.


Loving the eclectic vibe.


So speaking of the hidden powder room.  It was perfect as is !!  We negotiated all the artwork with the sale.


Gorgeous table, and great rug find !


This little moment houses a liqueur cabinet with vellum doors and a brass base.  


John Derian horn .. had to have and a small piece by Ron Royals to remind my client of their place on Bald Head Island.


Across the way a smaller sitting room, just off the kitchen.  Great for a little morning coffee.  Incorporated a chaise and leather swivel over top of a stamped hide.  Fringe on the leather accent stoop and new metal console tables.





This dining room .. besides the fact I'd like to pluck it out and place it in my house !  We kept the original color because it was perfect.  Also kept the original chandelier sold with the house, it was perfect too !  Filtered in all the rest.  A 60" round wood table with really cool base, and chairs we managed to snag before the lead times got stupid long.  The burl sideboard is a beauty and I really wanted these stubby resin lamps.  The art (Baja Man) by Ron Royals, one of my favorite photographers.  We just loved him and with various forms of art throughout the home, it added a little whimsy.   Killer room !




Just love the back of these chairs ...


.. and how pretty is this sideboard !



Another great piece over the fireplace.



Round the corner and you are in the kitchen and breakfast area.  We kept this fixture as well but moved it from over the island to this spot.
Simple yet again striking ... hand painted wallpaper.. particularly love. 



I have been dying to do these dining chairs, but no one has bitten until now !!! So happy when I got a yes on the chairs !


The kitchen opens into the family room and it was perfect as is.  We added these gorgeous pendants and a fresh coat of paint.




Jealous, so jealous.



 

From the kitchen you pass through the family room ....  we were able to repurpose their old sofa, but added new pillows and this fun mirror, coffee table and side chairs



Stay tuned because these doors to the back yard are changing to larger doors and a beautiful new back patio.


Upstairs we had fun playing with the guest room and two (adult) kids spaces.  We did focus primarily on the master bedroom... 


New bed, side tables and lamps.


And this gorgeous new chandelier and accent chair.  A cohesive mix with the downstairs.

all photos by mekenzie loli

Such an amazing project I couldn't be happier with the outcome.

Big thanks to QC Magazine for the feature on this home !  Great your copy today, just came out for Jan/Feb 2022























1.26.2022

Bring it Home !

Happy Wednesday All !

I love when it's my turn.   With all the amazing installs we've had as of late, it was nice to come home to my own install - and updated kitchen, bedroom and a tweak to the living room and master bathroom ! Shooting it with Mekenzie gave me a minute to fluff and enjoy before the truck pulled in the driveway with the dumpster to tear off the once "make-shift" porched (turned small back room in our 100 year old house) to start the foundation of a real room.  This space will have the most amazing 8 foot windows on 2 sides (stay tuned !)

But for now... I love the wood cabinets in my Brevard house (here) so much that I wanted them in the Charlotte house.  Out with the white cabinets, was totally over them, and in with the wood .. and even more excited over the new counter top.  Waaaaayyy bigger upgrade from what we installed 14 years ago.  A gorgeous leathered quartzite (thanks Harkey Tile).  It's amazing.

So we kept the black tile on the wall, I still LOVE it, but the new counter tops are a showstopper.  I also switched from a brushed chrome faucet to this gorgeous unlacquered brass by Rohl.  


Smaller wall sconces switched out with larger black and brass, and new wood floaters much thicker than the previous.


Loving the entire look on this side... but....


Take a look at the opposing side !!!! Where once the old fridge stood, I tore into the wall and flipped the space for the fridge so we could install this new pretty pantry.  Metal and glass doors in the middle and "hidden" storage on either side, push to open.  I really loved the ribbed wood that Jacob and team of Das Wolfe created.



Shallow as not to dip too much into the space, but perfect for pretty stuff and not so pretty on the sides.


I took that ribbed idea around the side where the new fridge now sits.   Wanting a sleek look he created two "hidden" doors to access the living room and basement you push to open.  The island was extended to meet the wall and another slab of that gorgeous leathered quartzite stretches 11 feet long.   I adore it all.

Nice renovation, definitely love the new look and warmth.

Now you decide.. old white or wood ?


Finished up my room as well...  Take a look.  

You access through the framed out "door" which is really a piece of art by one of my favorite vendors.  From the top of the stairs and when it's open in the bedroom it's one large piece of art as oppose to just another door.

All white, soothing and clean (and it smells delightful if I do say so myself). Canopy Bed with white linen bedding, a found large round wood table for stuff I love, and a little reading chair moment with the most comfortable chair on the planet.. Herman Miller.


There are so many personal things in this space I love to look at, this art piece for example.  Artist Brenda Rehrig though Hidell Brooks Gallery here in Charlotte.  It's the perfect little place for it.


I've said it a hundred times... Samsung's Frame TV is the only TV to have.  They should give me one for the number of ones I've suggested to clients (and the number of ones in my house.. that would be 5). Yes I am a TV junkie.  I need the background noise, and these are gorgeous.... Look how good this one looks in the space with the perfect piece of art selected !  SOOOO good.  


Have been holding onto this vintage sideboard for years, love it's new home in my space.


And always love an odd side table.


The master bathroom is something I have been waiting for ... forever.  Waited to do it just right and I love the outcome.  Counter to ceiling Walker Zanger Barcelona tile, new white oak cabinets (Jacob - Das Wolfe) Lighting by Kelly Wearstler.  Amazing and huge in wall "medicine" cabinet framed out like a huge mirror and all Waterworks plumbing.  Love.




Mixing your metal, yes I say.  Black, chrome and brass.


Decided to turn a small side bedroom into my walk in closet.  All papered up, ceiling included.  Since I plan to die in this house, who cares if it doesn't make sense.. I love it.


While doing all this renovation, I had to change things up in the living room.  It started with the fireplace.  Completely changed it to a tall stucco finish.  Got rid of all the furniture and brought in new chairs and new layered rugs, one large natural fiber with a vintage on top.  Haven't had "drapes" for a while, added these gorgeous Romo semi-sheers.



Tired of Fiddle Figs, opted for Ficus Daniella.  A little less hard to care for.


Another Samsung Frame TV mixed in with the art, and a new slightly wacky sideboard.

all photos by mekenzie loli


Stay tuned for the new small addition on the back of this wacky little house ! 

Happy Day . . .