6.30.2014

5 days of Mi Casa: Day One


I've made some fun updates around here lately, and I thought a week of fun, short posts would be just the trick in sharing them with you guys!

But first, this is what I've been doing:
{insert maja swoon eyes from this mommy}


Back to our week of posts....

Today, Day One, is the back hallway in our home leading from the kitchen to our garage. We use this hallway numerous times a day, and its fun for Henry to look out of the low windows. He chases our dog down the hallway, out the doggie door and finds this endlessly funny! 

When we bought our home (2 years ago last week!), this hallway was bland and cold. Not to mention a hazard with all the step-ups and step downs and a super hard tile. 

See the before pic by clicking here.

And then here's the hallway before the latest improvement.

And here's the hallway NOW:







I am THRILLED with the outcome! I love wallpaper, but I also like to change things. I compromised with myself and decided to stencil the look of wallpaper instead. And the talented Molly Brannon helped me achieve my wishes. She did a beautiful job, and I highly recommend her! 

With Molly's help, I chose a large paisley medallion. I took a cue from a House Beautiful article, and went from there. I really love the brick floors, 3 lanterns, and the cappuccino-hued paisley walls. 

Hope you like the change as much as I do! 
Have you ever stenciled a wall in your home?

6.25.2014

Shades of soft pinks and white...a gorgeous June wedding


I had a ball working with this bride! It was so fun to help the vision of her wedding day come to life! 
The wedding was held at the gorgeous Robson Center here in Gainesville. The venue provided an historical backdrop to the event - I LOVE the exposed brick walls! It was both rustic and chic, both historical and modern. Ah. The perfect balance. :) 

The amazing team at Happy Everything Co. here in Gainesville captured the night beautifully. Check it all out here

Back to my job. :)
For the flowers, we decided on shades of white and green for the larger arrangements with a hint of pink and grey for the bouquets.  For the alter, a simple console table was weighted with large mercury urns stuffed full of large white hydrangea blooms, hanging amaranth and delicate orchid stems. 
Swoon.





The bride's bouquet was comprised of white hydrangea blooms and white peonies - is there anything more bridal or beautiful?


I loved the shades of taupe-y pink gauzy chiffon that made up the bridesmaids' dresses. The girls looked so feminine and delicate in their gowns, and the soft flower bouquets accented them beautifully. Not to mention the knock-out, glam bride herself! That's one gorgeous group of girls! 


The handsome groom had a simple orchid bloom pinned to his lapel, while the groomsmen had soft pink tulips and dusty miller. 


The new Mr. & Mrs.


Here are a few more of my photos from around the venue, before the tables were set and before the cake delivered.  The smaller arrangements were done in simple glass containers. I had roses, hydrangea, and a bit of dusty miller tucked inside. 



The dining table centerpiece containers were large silver compotes, ice buckets, urns, and vases. They were filled with white hydrangea, green amaranth and even more white orchids. 




Congrats again to the bride and groom!
Off to your "happily ever after!"
xo


6.20.2014

A Breath of Fresh Air for this Beautiful Bungalow: Before and After


This client of mine and I have been friends, sorority sisters, and semi-co-workers over the 10 years that we've known each other. When she called to ask for a bit of design help, I was thrilled to not only see her after a few years' time, but to help achieve the goals for her interiors. 

Recently married, and with a few college pieces still in play, she set out to make her newlywed house a home. Her cheerful, super laid-back personality made my job very easy, and I am thrilled with how her home has transformed! 

Here is a BEFORE collage of several places in need of help. :)
Top Row: guest room, dining room, master bedroom
Bottom row: sun porch and living room

First up on the home tour, the living room:
Now made brighter, and lighter with a bit of a furniture re-do, addition of new pieces, and a space plan switcheroo. 
I love her antique rug, so it was staying. We pulled the lighter colors from the rug, and lightened the wall color too. Some of her mom's old wing backs got new life and a little skirt action. 
Add two toss pillows, and they now have a completely different look. 



A zinc-topped coffee table loaded with some fun, styled accessories is perfect for guests on the leather sofa or the chairs. 



Window treatments add so much to a room. I love the softness and height they immediately add. 
We went with custom, soft gray and cream striped drapes for a neutral, classic feel.


A few detail shots around the room:









The dining room had a bit of an overhaul as well. 
The light makes a HUGE difference - I love it! 
We painted the chairs white and added pattern and texture with the seat fabric, a large table skirt, and an octagonal jute rug. 



A fabulous set of botanicals now surrounds the antique china cabinet. 
Everything really pops with the new wall color too! 





The client also wanted to pull the guest room together. I was thrilled to have the pretty antique bed and secretary to work with! 
Crisp bedding in white and periwinkle, carried over into the window treatments, now make this a guest room that's both inviting and fun. 



The client's sister painted the fabulous artwork.


We updated the old secretary with a coat of periwinkle paint, and updated the walls with a fresh coat too. An old wing back got some love with new fabric - a large scale putty, cream, and periwinkle ikat. 




To coordinate with the guest room update, the guest bath saw a little love too. The prints, wall color, and fun window treatment gave this room a maja facelift. 




The master bedroom is separated from the rest of the house by a charming, short hallway. It seemed to be yearning for lovely framed photos of the clients'  recent wedding. 


The master bedroom is such an awesome size. And the fireplace adds insta charm and sophistication.  All I needed to do was make it feel a bit more grown-up and polished. 
A few bedding pieces, artwork, and window treatments pulled everything together!





The clients' mom had these incredible chinois cornices in her stash. 
I fell in love immediately. 
Instead of re-covering them, I wanted to keep the existing fabric and also add some fresh, new ones to the room. We did so in the way of the linen panels peeking underneath, the bolster and new table skirt, and a crisp bedskirt. 



Here are a few more shots around the room:






Perhaps my favorite room in the house is next, the master sun room. This adorable little space is tucked at the back of the house and seemed to be the perfect place to make a serene spot for the homeowners. 


Soft colors of gray, linen, and white with a bit of aqua and green - my heart pitter patters! 


The creme de la creme of family hand-me-downs: A gray washed caned sofa and TWO chairs! eek! 
I fell in maja love! 
I chose a gray and white lattice for the cushions, and did linen blackout panels on the windows as it can get a bit warm in this room. As a nod to the other chinois influences in the house, a mini-pagoda lantern now hangs in the center of the room. 



A linen table skirt fits snugly between the two chairs, under nine gold-framed fern watercolors. 



It was a pleasure to work on this home, and always a little bittersweet for me as I love my clients and working with them. 
I do hope you've enjoyed this home tour! And hope you all are enjoying your summer so far, too!