Thursday, December 31, 2009

Redesigned Rooms Of 2009

I have been taking some time off with my family at the
beach house.

For the first time there is an internet connection at the house. So I decided to put together a post...I've missed hanging out in blog land!

Here is a recap of some of the spaces I worked on in 2009. I trust I am as fortunate in 2010, continuing to have the opportunity to work on interesting projects. And I hope you join me here as I blog about them!

As the new year was about to be rung in I completed the first redesigned room in our new home.

Master Bath Redesign

With the new year I began my biggest project of the year,
the kitchen.

Kitchen Redesign

At the same time work was done on the adjacent family room.

Family Room Redesign

A wonderful summer project was Isabella's bedroom.

Girl's Dream Bedroom

During the summer I also enjoyed working with a client on
her master bedroom.

Master Bedroom Retreat

Another project was creating a functional space in the
unused living room.

Living Room Redesign

And now the year comes to a close with the start of the
Home Office Redesign.

Home Office Redesign

It was been a wonderful year, in part because of you!
Thank you, thank you!!
Happy New Year...


Monday, December 28, 2009

Musical Chairs...And A Happy New Year!

This slipper chair was moved...

to the Entry, making room for the...

Christmas Tree.

I liked the chair in the entry so much it's staying.
So after the holiday...

the second slipper chair from this pair will be moved out of the
Girls Dream Bedroom...

to the empty spot left behind once the tree is taken down.

What chair will fill the then vacant spot in the bedroom?
Do you recall these two chairs from the Master Bath Redesign?

I have a third.
It has been waiting patiently for its turn to get a makeover.

Well today was the day.
The frame was refinished with this delightful color.
Watery 6478,
by Sherwin Williams.

Afterwards the seat cushion was recovered with a colorful print.
Venice found at Calico Corners.
This fabric will create a fun mix with all the existing prints in the room.

It was such a quick transformation,
the chair is already sitting pretty in the room below.

I'll post the steps taken for the redo and the final result
when I get back from a little break.

It has been a busy year.
Twelve months full of work on my own and client's homes,
in addition to all that goes along with having a young family.
There were so many high points and a few low...
but that is life, right?

So, I'm off for a bit of R&R. Knowing me, however, I'm certain as I catch a nap my mind will be dreaming up plans for projects scheduled in the new year as well as ideas for this blog.

See you back here real soon! And Have A Happy New Year!!


Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Snowflake Tree Skirt

In the end,
the Snowflake Tree Skirt project turned out fairly well.

We had trouble cutting through the thick layers,
(Not as easy as cutting a paper snowflake I discovered!)
and I'm not crazy about how bright the pink is...

But after the tree was placed in the center...

with presents covering the majority of the skirt,
so that just a bit of its edges are showing...

It looks pretty.

And most importantly,
ready for the kids on Christmas morning!

Are you ready?!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

In Between The Holiday Rush The Office Redesign Got Painted

I found a couple hours this past weekend to finish painting the Home Office Redesign. Dreary weather continues, and with it less than stellar photos. But I am loving the color, SW 7026 Griffin.

(In the midst of all the Holiday Cheer,
working on a room design is my Sanity.)

The color is not tremendously different from the original color, see the slice of SW 6146 Umber remaining at the right? (This area will be covered with fabric or wallpaper.) But as I often find myself saying, little changes can add up to significant differences.

I have also started thinking about drapery hardware, what finish it should be. Mixing metals in a space can create interest. The room has a black lantern and door hardware, the chair has a steel base, so can I bring in a warm brass? It might just be too much.

The PB Standard Rod with Endcap, shown below in Warm Brass, would show up beautifully against the wall color. This finish would also be gorgeous with the Turkestan drapery panels and grass roman shades.

A pewter finish would pick up flecks of gray in the roman shades and fabric, while showing well against the wall color. This choice makes sense given the steel base of the chair and ottoman.

The Antique Bronze finish would tend to get lost against the wall color. However, with a lot of similar drapery hardware throughout the house and the black finishes in the room, this choice would offer consistency.

It comes down to selecting the look that appeals to me. (Oh...and the client.)Really, we can't go wrong with any of these options. But I'm curious, which finish would you choose?

Monday, December 21, 2009

2009 Holiday Mix

In our home we love to have music playing!
Along with beautiful color and decor,
music can add another layer of interest and enjoyment to a home.

Here's some of what we are playing this season,
Our 2009 Holiday Mix.

It's become a tradition to put together a CD
as a gift to our neighbors and friends.
I thought I'd share it with you...
My current favorite is Viva La Vida by Coldplay.

What music do you enjoy this time of year?


Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Stella & Dot Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of the Stella & Dot Giveaway!
You are...

Infarrantly Creative
who wrote,
"Simply stunning...enter me."

You have won the Bloom Flower Necklace!
(send me your address & I will ship it right off to you...)

Happy Holidays!


Friday, December 18, 2009

Sparkle Happiness

Okay, it's not the best time of year to be purchasing
furniture & accessories...

Or is it?

Exactly because most people are buying gifts,
suppliers of items for the home are hosting some fabulous sales.
And just wait until January, when stores start clearing out their floor models.
Their making room for new styles
is your opportunity to walk away with a steal!

While browsing online for a "Favorite Find of the Week" I remembered a pendant fixture I have had my eye on at Horchow. Off I went to get the link, only to discover a substantial discount being offered, along with free shipping. So, is on its way to my home just in time for the holidays. Merry Christmas to me? I am feeling nearly giddy!

I am not certain where it will be hung...
but I do have a couple ideas.
Stay tuned, you know I'll be blogging about it!

And finally, in the spirit of the gift giving season,
I'm hosting a Stella & Dot Giveaway.

The winner will receive this Bloom Flower Necklace.
ending tonight at midnight, PST.
All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post!
The winner will be announced tomorrow...

Good luck!


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Paint & Drapes - Purchased Before "Client" Could Change His Mind

It has been very dark and gray around here the last two days, a lot of rain has been falling. Virtually impossible conditions to get decent house photos, and I really wanted to show the progress on the Home Office Redesign. I managed to get at least a few that will do for now.

Despite the busy season I did find a moment to run to the paint store. Afterwards, I quickly brought in my Gorilla Ladder, painting part of one wall and mocking up a bit of a drapery panel with the Turkestan fabric header. I decided to move quickly while "the client" was in agreement with me.

(A side note: my ladder is a rock star. Nearly literally. Before it came into my possession it belonged to Brent DeBoer of the Dandy Warhols. Isn't that "So Bohemian"? Until recently he lived next to my parents, but a move downtown rendered having a ladder unnecessary and across the driveway it came to my Dad's house. Ha, not for long. When I needed a ladder and this one showed up at my house I knew it wasn't leaving. Sorry Dad...)

But back to decorating. It proved very helpful to have some paint sampled on the wall along with the bit of fabric hanging beside the window. Now my husband was able to visualize these selections clearly.

In another post I mentioned SW 6153 Protege Bronze might be the wall color. After studying the fabric with various colors, however, I selected SW 7026 Griffin, a paint on the gray end of the spectrum. Moody, I love it. The paint color picks up on a trace background color in the Turkestan fabric, so the two coordinate but do not match. More interesting that way, I think. Both the paint and the fabric look striking with the grass roman shades, already hanging in the room, which are tan but have a fleck of smoky blue gray in them.

Having this little "mock up" also showed showed me the ceiling color can stay. That is a relief! It was painted SW 6150 Universal Khaki awhile back, as the original white ceiling was just so stark against the dark chocolate walls (painted by the builder) and creamy trim. I can't express how happy I am that this task is being crossed off the to-do list, painting a ceiling is a pain! Seriously, I could paint two rooms in the time it takes to paint one ceiling. If I ever need a ceiling painted again I'm calling in my favorite paint crew to do the job!

I don't know how much more will be accomplished in the next couple of weeks, but the fabric has been ordered, the paint is sitting there if I find time and next I'll look for drapery hardware.

In the meantime,
I'm celebrating the season with a Stella & Dot Giveaway.
Enter by leaving a comment on this previous post!