2.27.2013

A Precious Powder Room: Before and After

The next space on the list was the powder room - this is the only bath on the main level, and since this cute little family as well as their guests use this one the most, it needed to be more special. Here's the BEFORE:
- walls needed lightening
- mirror needs replacing 
- a colorful rug is needed too

AFTER
The walls are now a pale bluish gray - much lighter and brighter. I recommended painting the walls and ceiling all the same color to really feel like the small space is larger than it appears. 


A bright rug was brought in for added color!


And a classic bamboo shelf was placed over the potty to hold a few accessories and other essentials. 


Bright artwork in simple white frames mimic the happy feel of the powder room, and bring in the color from the family room.


Also on the list: Painting the hallway and handrail to make it feel a bit more modern. 
BEFORE


BEFORE:
New rugs were needed in a maja way



AFTER:
A pretty gray is now on the walls, the handrails are painted black, and precious family photos now hang.
Oh, and a super fun indoor/outdoor rug lays on the floor  - to add some color and to withstand heavy traffic from the little ones and other guests too.



Stay tuned for a precious little girl's room soon!

2.25.2013

A Darling Den: Before and After

A few months ago, I began working with a client who's got a young family with two little girls. This busy mom of two and her hubs work hard and manage to keep their house running smoothly - its amazing! But they lacked the finishing touches on their home. Keeping in mind they could move over the next year, I helped with things that could be taken with them and would work in another home as well. With mostly neutral backgrounds on the upholstery, we decided that the art and fabrics would bring in our color. 
The main spaces we concentrated on were the family room (top left on the collective mood board), the powder room (top right), the older child's room, and the master bedroom. 

First on the list: The Family Room
We were working with a neutral sofa (keep), a dark rug (go), the man of the home's comfy recliner (keep, for now), and two club chairs (to recover). 
The walls had recently been painted a deep chocolate - one of my favorite colors - and we decided to leave them this way. 


We also needed to dress these windows a bit as they are the only source of natural light here. 


Artwork above the sofa was desperately needed - we needed a better scale, some centering, and something with color.


Lamps were on the list too - a pair for the two accent tables in the room.
A coffee table seemed apropos as well.


And here's the {if I do say so myself} adorable family room AFTER. 

A neutral rug grounds the space and withstands the traffic of two little ones, while the coffee table gives an anchor in front of the sofa. 
The bright pillows and artwork make the room feel like a young family lives here too!
And those club chairs got a much needed neutral makeover. 


I love the fabric we chose for the windows - fun but could work in another space too. I made them extra long in case of a move, so they'd be able to be used in another house. The gray ikat pillows pull from the kitchen window treatments - you'll see those later in this post.




I loved these mirrors and simple pottery flanking the TV....again, they can certainly work in another space down the line.


I took an abstract cue on the art and broke out my watercolors for craft time. :)
Love the colors.


The coffee table makes a big difference here too. The painted gray finish is nice and neutral, and can withstand little hands too.





The pillows I brought in pulled our colors together...they are fun and fresh without being too trendy.



The family room is in a long shared space with the kitchen, so it needed some love too. Valances on the windows were on the list as were cushions for the breakfast table chairs.
BEFORE


AFTER







Hope you liked this fun before and after! I loved working with this young family, and can't wait to show you more later this week! 

2.20.2013

Valentine's Dinner Party

Over the weekend, my husband and I hosted a post-Valentine's dinner party! 
It was nice to be at home for the weekend, so we invited a few friends over for a fun dinner.

My darling hubs gave me gorgeous roses and a fabulous potted pink hydrangea for Valentine's day! Along with his sweet gift, I knew I wanted to use my pink camellias in my dinner party's centerpiece. 
I've got three large camellia bushes in our lower yard. They are literally covered in buds! And have been blooming for about a month now. 




A few weeks ago, I gathered the fresh blooms to use in my mustard yellow tulipiere. I just love the combo!


During those dreary January days, this arrangement was keeping my entry lively and fun!




Camellias aren't the most dependable bloom on the block - they brown quickly and whole heads fall off! But when in bloom, there's nothing prettier! 
I loved these images on Pinterest.

I'd love to be a guest at this luncheon!
Camellias arch over an outdoor dining table draped with a Clarence House linen, Dahlia. "Crisp hemstitch linen napkins, candlelight, jasmine in a 19th-century bowl--these are simple and refined luxuries," Reid says. Chairs are vintage French.

One simple bloom looks so pretty a midst your every day items!

rosemary in a jar

But en masse, they're divine! 

The flowers would be too tall for a seated dinner, but a mass of camellias like this could be amazing on a winter table set with a holiday buffet or placed in an entryway. ANITA SARSIDI STYLING

Pink Camellias and Jasmine buds in a short vase

On Friday morning, the day after Valentine's, I scooted to the grocery for my menu supplies. And got first dibs on the leftover 1/2 off flowers! Score! 

White hydrangea, my pink camellias, and lovely pink roses graced the table in simple glass containers low enough so as not to interfere with conversation the following evening. 


The small cups housing the camellias were a Christmas gift from my sister in law. I love that they're etched with a "G"  - and have so many uses! Votives, dessert, flowers, candies, cordials....


I loved an excuse to use these fun gray and white straws. Thanks Etsy!
And they looked cute with my gray and white chevron dinner napkins.


Santa sent gorgeous monogrammed place mats - lucky girl, right?
They continued my color scheme of white, pink, red, and gray.


I'm a fool for pink and red on any day, so perhaps a holiday devoted to all shades of these two hues is why I was so thrilled to set my table!



Along with the white linen place mats and the fun straws and napkins, my everyday Juliska dinner plates paired perfectly with a simple red salad plate from Pier One.




A few more roses from my {sweetheart}


In addition to the loveliness of my Valentine's tablescape, I wanted to share our new dining room chairs! You may have noticed they're slip covered. 
I love them.
I kept being drawn to images like the ones below on Pinterest. There's just something inviting about a slip covered chair around the dinner table.

Pale, slipcovered chairs around the dining room table epitomize easy, beachy chic

Wonderful dining room features a heavy-beamed vaulted ceiling and varied wood flooring, with slip-covered dining chairs adding a soft, feminine touch  (via Sutton Suzuki Architects)

And I just had to have them monogrammed with our initials for a touch of the South

monogrammed slipcovers for the dining room

Pretty wall color and cute monogrammed slipcovers on chairs

And here they are! 
I chose a linen slipcover that is super comfy on a wide-seat chair. The monograms are done in an off-white thread. I absolutely LOVE the way this space has taken shape for us! 



My grandmother's chandelier got a mini face-lift by removing a good portion of the dangling crystals for a more modern look. 


Next on the list:
I am holding out and saving up for these guys for the heads of the table....quite stately, don't you think?