11/21/2014

Clay Project Update

So the Clay project is moving along nicely. The sofa has arrived. And what a sofa it is. I'm mean wow, showstopper much? In all honesty, I was a little concerned it would be a little too royal blue as opposed to the rich navy I was after. But it showed up and as you can see...it's perfect. PERFECT! I'm truly liking the sculptural coffee table too.
The chairs (terrible pic, I know!) that are opposite the sofa ...
will be reupholstered in a lovely white faux croc...
I haven't decided if the layered sheepskin rug is staying yet. It's feeling a little dinky and out of scale to me. Luckily it wasn't crazy $$$. So, we'll see. A set of these...
...will be in front of either window with something fantastic atop them. Still deciding on that one. I'm thinking maybe some antique vases/urns or maybe some large crystals (my clients are really into rocks/minerals.) Also for the back of the living room...
...these glorious monsters will be flanking the window.
So that's where we are at present with the living space.
Hope you liked the little peek. It's rolling along nicely. Soon, I'll let you in on what's happening in the media room. Dramatic and yummy. 'Til next time!

9/25/2014

Save A Life



Because this is a cause that is soooooo near and dear to my heart, I had to post this.  Today is Remember me Thursday.  For all those pets who are still waiting for the loving arms of their forever parents.  I had no idea that the percentage of pets adopted from shelters were so few.  It's heartbreaking.  So, this post is for them, to bring awareness to people for those who cannot speak for themselves.  If you are looking for an unconditional love in the form of a pet, I urge you, go to a shelter and find one.  I promise you won't regret it.

9/10/2014

Clay Project

So we will officially be calling this the Clay Project.  Just so we can keep things straight.  We've gotten off to a bit of a slow start, as my clients are mullers.  They like to mull things over prior to purchasing anything.  Which can be good and bad.  Good, they get exactly what they want.  No impulse purchasing here.  Bad, sometime we miss out on the one of a kind things.  BUT, it's just different ways of doing things.  I'm learning patience.  Which is important, I'm not a patient person by nature, so, this is definitely a good lesson for me. 

This is what is happening so far in the living room...












Yum.  Right?
It's turning into a lovely, soft, interesting space.  A  lot of texture happening.  Which I adore.  It will be glamorous and yet comfortable.  I am in love with the massive artwork that will be happening in there too.  Can you say statement piece?  Much more will be built on these basics, but all in good time my pretties.

The dining room is also coming into it's own....






That table was a booger to decide on.  The space is large and they wanted an extension table for when they needed the table to be even larger for shindigs and such.  It's walnut and I really like the sculptural quality of the base.  I'm thinking lucite for the chairs to modernize it a little, but you never know.  That's one thing about the way I work, essentially I just offer options...the client does the choosing.  Which makes it personal, and allows them to emotionally invest in each piece going into their home.  It's not just a bunch of things picked out by a virtual stranger.  It's special, and unique to them.  


So there you have it.  Thought you might like an update.  Hope all is well on your side of the screen.  

Til next time...


8/27/2014

New Client Intro

So, I thought I'd introduce you to a new client I just picked up.  I am completely and thoroughly in love with their home.  In fact I would move in tomorrow, given the opportunity.  It's that lovely.  Now all it needs is a little design love provided by yours truly.  Would you like a tour?  Thought so.  I do apologize in advance for the poor pics...an iPhone can only do so much.









This is the Library looking into the foyer.  Isn't that tile delicious!  I mean really.  The plan in the Library is to go black on the walls with one of these....



...on the ceiling.  Dramatic indeed!  So excited to see which one the client chooses. 



The living room is long, and there happens to be room for a lovely antique piano.  This is looking into the library from the back of the living room.








 Here's a shot from the living room looking into the dining room which will be having a bit of this action happening.....  




 Next up, a little living room fireplace action.  The lighting is kinda fabulous, right? Allllso, this is kinda fabulous...


...and it will be going into the living space.  Yum!


Tell me this kitchen is not insane!




Ummm yeah!

And now the media room.   
The chandelier is crazy special, not to mention that original fireplace...it's seriously a work of art!  The color looks a little reddish in this pic, but really it's more eggplant.  Rich!

I can not tell you how thrilled I am to have been given this job.  It's going to be a ball!  I'm also looking forward to sharing it with you as we go along.  Sound good?

Til next time...

8/18/2014

Watery Beauty





Not sure you know this about me, but I have a thing for underwater photography.    A big thing.  It's just so moody and ethereal.  So, when I came across a photographer by the name of Katerina Bodrunova I got a little excited.  I'm a fan.  I big one.  Can you imagine the impact that having one of these in your space would make?  

Aren't they lovely?

Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday.

Til next time...







8/13/2014

Before/Afters Springfield Client



Quite a difference ehhh?  

I promised befores and afters for this project quite a while ago.  I'm not even sure where to start, as there was so much done.  I guess I'll start with the lighting, which was non-existent before.  It was a very large room with a ton of wasted space so I decided to use some of that space and make an entry (to the left is the front door) where there was none before.   We put a spectacular chandelier over the table to further differentiate the space.  Next, I decided there needed to be a light in the living area.  But, not just any light, a major over-sized statement.  I assured my client that it would be over a coffee table (vintage lucite and glass) so no one would be hitting their heads.  Its a showstopper for sure.

The sofa is a custom piece with Thibaut fabric from 1st Dibs.  We reupholstered the chairs (hers already,) and the daybed looked like this when I got it....
























Can you believe how well it turned out? 

Next space...the stairs...


Much better, right?  Who doesn't love a little leopard?  

The dining room was another major undertaking.    



She already had the table and chairs, but I wanted to make it a little less matchy, matchy. So, we painted the chairs black and reupholstered them in a faux white croc. Mission accomplished.  We also painted all the woodwork in Benjamin Moore's Dove White (my favorite white) to make it lighter and brighter.  Something else that makes a huge difference is the lighting.  There was only one chandelier originally.  This room is huge, as is the table, so, I decided that 2 is better than one when it came to the chandelier situation.  It makes the room feel so much more grand.  The rug was hers already and adds that "something old" feel to the space. 

So I think that covers most of it.  Hope you enjoyed the break-down as much as I enjoyed designing this space...or at least close. 

Til next time...

8/08/2014

What I've Been Up To, and Pics of the House

Hello all!  So, if there is anyone still out there reading, I thought I'd pop in and reconnect.  It's been a very busy 6 months for me.  Hence, the blog hiatus.  Hopefully, you can forgive me.  I've gotten emails asking when I was going to return to blogging.  I'm going to try to update a couple/few times a week from here on out.  But first, a little peek into what has taken my attention away from the world wide web.....



Yup, I went and done had a baby.  This is Roman Alexander.  He is a little over a month old, and already quite a handful.  Who knew something so little could be so much work.  But, he's a good one. 

Not only have I brought new life into the world, but we also have officially made the move to Chicago.  I've been here about three weeks now, and am trying to settle in.  I'm covered in cat hair and spit up most days.  Forget to brush my teeth on a regular basis.  And, don't even get me started on the house.  Yikes.  But, overall, I think I'm going to like it here.  Life is good. 

So I hope you can understand what has kept me from you all these past few months.  I hope not to repeat it.  

I thought I might share a few pics of the house in Kansas City I took before it was disassembled.  I have to say I miss it.  Mostly because it was together and done.  I'm a long way from done in the new place.  But, hopefully I will remedy that over time. 

Sooooo a little bit of pretty for your Friday....










And, there you go. I know it doesn't quite make up for the lost time. 
But, hopefully it makes a little dent.  I'll be back soon with before and afters of the project I posted about last which was a home in Springfield, MO.  Love, love, love how it turned out.  The transformation was really crazy fab.  Til then...

It's good to be back.

3/10/2014

Client Living Reveal




So, here you go.  As promised.  
I am so happy to reveal a project I have been working on for a few months.  This is a beautiful old house owned by a woman with oodles of style.  She was such a pleasure to work with on this living space.  And, it was one of those projects that just fell together beautifully.   
  
I'll give the details in a future post, and break down how it all came together.  
So, what do you think?  You like?








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