Thursday, September 3, 2015

Designer Profile | Katie Ridder



Katie Ridder's extensive portfolio speaks for itself. I really don't need to give her an introduction, however you like know her for more than her interiors; her wallpaper and fabric lines are as chic as her spaces! I'll let you take a scroll through some of my favorite Katie Ridder-designed rooms:



Drama in the powder room is always necessary:






Love the use of chartreuse below!!



This navy dining room really caught my eye, I think it's the fact that the entire room including the ceiling, is enveloped in this jewel tone:





Love the drama in each of these rooms; the impeccable choice of furnishings and fabrics add such sophistication! To see more from Katie you can hop over the La Dolce Vita blog today, where I dissect 4 key elements that the designer uses in her home office/den spaces. And to see more from her complete portfolio head over here.
 
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

House Tour | A Masterful Mansion



The room above has had me drooling for the past week - did you see it floating around on Pinterest? It's those black paneled walls, the gorgeous white chaise lounges, and piles and piles of books! So of course I chased it down and came up with a few other images of the space:




Turns out the space belongs to a 23,000 square-foot Nashville estate! And the rest of the home is not too shabby either (design by Chad James Group, photographed by Alyssa Rosenheck):







Quite stunning! I love the overall black & white palette, it's very soothing and timeless. Too see more you can head to Elle Decor's website.
 
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday's Favorites To Follow



Happy Friday everyone! Thank you for all of your feedback & kind words on my reno progress and special announcement this week :)

I'm ending off your week with a visual treat from the NYC based interior design firm Kapito Muller Interiors. Alyssa and Vivian post the prettiest photos of their projects and their day to day surroundings in one of my all-time favorite cities. I mean, just look at that stunning lacquered door!!






Hope you have a fantastic weekend planned! Enjoy these last fleeting moments of summer :)
 
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Updates to Our Reno Project | The Family Room & An Annoucement!


Hi everyone! I've finally put together some reno updates for you today. It seems every room in this 1989 home comes with a bit of a challenge and a backstory - the greatest of which would be the family room! As I mentioned to you before, this room was the one stumbling block that almost prevented me from putting an offer on the house! So needless to say I've been determined to fix that. Here's a reminder of how dated and cramped the space originally was:

So if you look at the blueprint above, you can see that the space is cut with really awful angles - the angled fireplace on one side, and the angled step down on the other. This made for a tiny amount of space & an awkward plan to place furniture. Then we discovered a needless storage space directly behind the family room - with an exterior door! And we thought, JACKPOT! Knock a wall down and easily expand the space. Easy? No, nothing with a reno is really easy. With a closer look we found that the storage space did not go the full width of the family room ... a bump out with the furnace and hot water tank takes up the far corner (who places the utilities THERE???). So I knew we had to get creative.

We started by riping out the railing by the step down:


There's hubby working hard to remove the yucky brick fireplace, don't let that cute smile fool you, that was one crazy hard job!


Carpets all ripped out:


And now you can see the back exterior door once we removed the wall to the storage room that was once behind the fireplace. See that bump out? In a perfect world I of course would say move the utilities!! But alas, too pricey to move the furnace so we needed to improvise!


One helpful improvement - increase the flow of the space by raising the floor and getting rid of that darn step down!



Next thing on the list, more light!! TA DA - a nice new window in what will soon become the back corner of the room:



So in the space with the bump-out, we chose to create a built-in with a new gas fireplace that goes back into the storage space rather than into the already small family room. This way we don't eat up any of the gained space. This will also be nearly flush with the bump out in the left corner, hopefully blending it in on the back wall:


New linear fireplace came in yesterday! Woo hoo! Now I've got to design up a mantle and surround.


I plan to do nice built in shelving on either side of the fireplace something like this, shelves above and cabinet doors below:

 
The previous view from the foyer - a peek of the old brick fireplace:
 
 
And now - nice and bright sightlines from the doorway! So what do you think so far?
 

Oh and one more added room to the reno project I've been dying to tell you about (if you follow along on Instagram you've likely already seen this):


Eek! I sort of can't believe that everything is happening at once, it was a lot to wrap my head around at first but we are super excited and I actually hit the #20weeks mark today :) Stay tuned for some serious nursery planning! I've already got lots of ideas up my sleeves. Thanks for reading the whole way through this long-winded post ;)

 
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