Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pushing the Limits

A little teeny rant, but all meant to help you understand that it's all so good for you in the end.

Read the rest of the post on CK's Nest Tumblr page.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sneak Peaks

I have a client that I love love love to work for. It's been fun making over her living room, dining room, powder room and now kitchen. All of the rooms have been done on a budget (somewhat). We kept the dining room furniture and just made the room pretty and updated. Here's a small before and after of one wall:

I took that chest from the living room, took the mirror top off and used it here. The marble is practical for serving food, so it seemed like a good idea!

We did deconstruct and make a new mantle in the living room, but we did not buy all new furniture in here either, choosing to reupholster the sofa and add a big leather ottoman and a few small pieces. Same drapes as before and everything. The new, handmade mantle is quartersawn oak and I took that picture as soon as the staining was done, but nothing was touched up yet. Client loves warm woods and was not getting to expose the hardwood floors (lost battle to husband) so this seemed like a good way for her to get her wood, eh?

The powder room definitely could be completely reno'd but budget budget budget- we just had to make do and disguise and play down what we didn't like (gray and burgundy tile). Cosmetic touches to make the house feel good, without performing full surgery with anesthesia. I actually don't have any after pictures of this room yet but here's the before (client is going to kill me):

We actually took off the wallpaper in the foyer and painted. I swapped out the old foyer light with a new Swarovski crystal flushmount. Nothing dramatic here, but the sparkle is so nice. That mirror top I mentioned before? That went in the foyer. It looks so cool there, this big old wood frame. Do I have a pic to show you? Uh. No. Note to self: don't start a blog post without the necessary photos.

The kitchen was not part of the original plan but... my client's HUSBAND actually said said to her, can we update this too? That took all of 3 seconds before the email with that request landed in my inbox! We took out the floral paper and the window treatments. Changed the dining table and chairs as well as the light above it. A little insight:

We ended up ripping up the hardwood floor that was not looking so hot anymore and installing this awesome tile (that's the grout sample).

We ran the tile through the kitchen and down the back hallway that connects to the living room. The new floor has colors from the dining room and the living room, and of course, the kitchen!

So, there are a few "sneak peaks" of one of my projects. I think the client is loving it, and things have been done in babysteps so it's never been overwhelming. Now I just need to get my good camera out and take some more pictures!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Everything but the kitchen sink (but I could've put that too)

Trying to gather my thoughts regarding the kitchen renovation. Many links later, I think this is a good start. I know I should have inserted the pictures here with notes, but I am just trying to get it all in one place first. Bear with me, blog critics.

start here:


I love this granite. It looks almost black but has cool flecks and fissures like marble. Of course, it's at the wrong end of the price spectrum, and it's about $2400 OVER MY BUDGET!!!  (I got it). This is an example of how it looks in a kitchen:


chandelier over dining table:

fabrics (again... to see with rug below):

rug (for dining room or for family room, but not both. Probably family room):

stools for family room (or living room):

might do something dramatic in the living room now that it's a little separated:

lights outside french doors (which is 6' wide):

possible wood floor color:

 miscellaneous details:
There will be a small wine fridge with a glass door. I couldn't afford to get a wood paneled cover fridge, so it's french doors on top and freezer on the bottom in stainless. Big 6 burner range with a second oven under the island. A microwave also in the island with a cool "oven door" type opening, not a swing out door like a normal one, and not a drawer like a lot of people are getting now. A flip down oven door!  The island will have extra cabinets on the other side where you sit so there's tons of storage. The cabinets will go all the way to the ceiling so there's vertical storage too. The kitchen window is 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide and is one big pane that will crank open. There will be under cabinet lighting and lights in the glass door cabinets. All have slow-close feature, no slamming!  

My goodness, what else is there that I didn't cover? Oh yeah, the sink! (it's extra wide and deep, stainless, mounted under the granite)...haha...


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Baby Steps

And so it begins.

Rooms cleared, walls bare. Ready to go. (Anyone want to buy that light?)
A little progress. 

And that's all I can show from this angle until the work is done, they covered this wall in plywood to keep the dust out of the living room, to the right in the photos (which is now our temporary kitchen).

Friday, February 18, 2011

Now You See It, Now You Don't

Here is a dining room I'm working on. This is the BEFORE of the walls. Lots of blue and red.  I thought we could do a little better.

So I changed it to a soft gray-green, freshened up the trim color to a nicer white, and added a beautiful natural woven wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries. But it gets better....

Because when you are standing there, it looks like a nice and simple grasscloth but move a little, and you catch a glimpse of some sparkle...
Yes, the backing of the grasscloth is GOLD. You barely notice it, but it really adds such dimension to walls, bumping this up a notch. I love how it's so subtle.  There are several different colors and they are all beautiful. Check out the Metallic Weave Collection and see what I mean! Be sure to click on the "installation shots" to see some of the beautiful examples.

I hope to have more photos to show you soon. Everything is so scattered (in my brain) right now, but I hope to have it more organized shortly (ha).

Friday, February 4, 2011

It's Friday! That means Leather Ottoman Day!

Exciting, no?

I am narrowing down leather ottoman options for a job.  Here are the final contestants (imagine they all have a yummy, soft, saddle color leather):
Century Furniture

Calico Corners


Fine Furniture

Lillian August for Hickory White

So, what do you think the verdict is?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blogging in Bits and Pieces

Seems like the blog is not getting any love from me. I have been so busy (and distracted) lately, and I have been neglecting (and avoiding) a lot of things. Things I don't want to do, as well as thing I love to do. Things that are important to me, and things that are not.
So, in between shoveling snow, ice, and all that blah blah stuff, trying to get my house in order, keeping my 3 kids school and sports schedules organized (I am still going to the wrong place at the wrong time at least once a week), and actually WORKING more than I usually do... I am going to try to post a little something once in awhile. Maybe more than once a month! Imagine that. 

Without further adieu...BAM. Two pictures.  Hey, it's something. I'll get better, I promise.

This sofa wasn't making my client happy. She told me about it over the phone and I thought, "it can't be that bad".  It was.

This sofa was totally NOT working.  What's with the multiple, headache inducing florals that don't even match? She said SHE PAID A DESIGNER for this.

So I had it redone in a soft, velvety chocolate.  I found this fabric and fell in love. It looks so expensive, and it makes you want to stroke it over and over, but it's...MICROFIBER.  It's not that micro-suede look, but more of a mohair look. Swanky.

You can see a glimpse of the new carpet, new wall color, and that yellow wallpaper is gone in the doorway.  I quickly put the old tables and lamps there so I could snap a photo of the sofa. 

More (better) pictures coming soon!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

dining chairs getting makeover


You can see a glimpse of the old dingy carpet and blue walls

Can you see the new carpet and the grasscloth?? More on that to come later...