Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday's Favorites To Follow

It's almost certain you have run into a decadent room or two proudly displaying hand-painted wallpaper by Gracie. These wallcoverings are the epitome of bespoke design and can be created with custom colored backgrounds. The history of the wallpapers is equally exotic; their website explains that Gracie was established in New York in 1898 by Charles R. Gracie and continues to be a family-run business to this day.

During the 1930's, a friend of Mr. Gracie's, returned from a visit to China with a roll of exquisite hand painted wallpapers that he had discovered in Beijing. Mr. Gracie immediately felt that he had a market for this product; fast-forward to today and Gracie's studio in the orient has been managed by the same Chinese family for fifty years. Now that's impressive history! In a modern-day twist, their social media presence through instagram is a constant inspiration to me:

The hand-painted nature is what really makes these papers works of art, just to think of the time and talent going in to every design:

Just imagine receiving a gift wrapped in Gracie wallpaper - too pretty to open in my humble opinion!
Follow Gracie studio on instagram for a dose of inspiring high-end design, and view their collections on their site here. Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Heavenly (Dental) Office Design

I know, I know ... you read the title of this post and quickly concluded, 'Ok, now Nancy has really gone and lost her mind.' A chic dental office? YES! Designed by Summer Thornton, Jennifer Burge Heller's Illinois-based Family Dentistry clinic is a space I could literally move into. Kudos to Dr. Heller for taking the stark uncomfortable medical office environment we typically envision and turning it on it's head!

Just look at that sweet play area for the kiddos! It's nursery-worthy with the Fornasetti Nuvolette on the ceiling, just stunning.

This is the only shot where I can (barely) tell that it's a dental office. And still, so chic and classy, can you imagine your dentist installing brass wall-mount traditional faucets?

Can you even imagine? I'm jealous of her patients. You'd almost want to book an extra dental visit each year in order to visit this lovely space! Summer is so talented, visit her website for a look through her stunning portfolio, and follow along on IG for all of her behind the scenes design inspiration.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

One Room Challenge Week 3 | All About The Tile

This weeks One Room Challenge update is ALL about the tiles going in. If you're just joining in the fun, check out my before's from week 1 and demolition from week 2 to get caught up on this insane 6 week journey to complete a room! I know, I know ... a master ensuite is a pretty ambitious room choice. But truth be told, as I've mentioned before - we pre-planned extensively and ordered EVERYTHING well in advance. I honestly don't think it would be possible any other way! Here's a quick reminder of our inspiration board:

The marble is such a key to accomplishing this look. So you can imagine my excitement when the tile started to go up. It looks like we really are getting somewhere now!! What you see below is our porcelain tile in a 'marble-look' (for durability's sake) laid in a subway pattern on the perimeter of the floor and shower walls. The empty boxes are waiting for mosaic insets:

We came across a wee problem with the pattern on the floor - there would have to be 1 piece of tile that ended up being cut into a weird sliver of a size in order to accommodate the rooms measurements. If we didn't lay this out and literally measure EVERY tile we could have ended up with this weird mismatched tile size right in the entry to the room. Luckily after drawing it out in detail we were able to hide that smaller tile right where the toilet will sit on it! Lesson number 1; it pays to carefully plan.

And in went the basket weave:

One more problem (with a reno you simply can't avoid them)! Once the inset of hexagon Calcutta marble went up, all I could see was a grey-er tone in a select few of the sheets. Lesson number two; it also pays to be picky! With natural stone you can't fully control what you are going to get, so hand picking out your sheets could honestly be worth it, and mention to your tile installer that if any piece looks too dark/light or too grey etc. to discard of those if you think the difference would bother you.

Out came those sheets for a better match from the same batch of tile, because I'm OCD and that would bother me! Much better:

And now all grouted, it looks amazing!! I am so excited with the results. We had 2 corner shelves put in, which had to be made from Carrara marble as porcelain would have an awful exposed edge and would not be as durable. I do have to say, I'm impressed by how well the natural stone mixes with the porcelain.

Here is a better look at the shower base, a moonstone mosaic we chose for it's darker and thus more durable appearance.

And here are the walls where the stand-alone tub will go! I finished the edge on the wall with a Carrera marble pencil trim.

Let's not forget what once was here only a short time ago ... so much better already!

I'll be able to share the tub install in the next post, this beauty is coming soon:

And in other news, the vanity has been designed and will also be ready to show next week, after a few design options the lady of the house chose the bottom drawing as it gives her nice wide drawers in the center of the unit.

That's all of my updates for this week! Next week a few more fixtures will be in and I'll share lots of the accessories that have already begun to arrive. In the meantime, be sure to follow along on Instagram to see sneak peeks along the way :)

And don't forget to check out what the other 19 amazing designers are up to this week, as well as the guest participants tomorrow. I cannot believe what all of these talented people are accomplishing!


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

10 Interior Design Quotes To Live By

I came across a few design-related quotes in my reading last week, and they were so good I wanted to write them down so I wouldn't forget them! So I figured, why not share them with all of you? I threw in a few favourites I had pinned to round it out to my top 10 décor quotes to remember, alongside rooms I am currently swooning over. Hope you find a favorite or two as well!

Room design by Summer Thornton
Room design by Meredith Heron
Room design by Sarah Bartholomew
Room design by Alyssa Katz
Room design by Scott Yetman
Room design by Bria Hammel
Room design by Maya Nairn
Room via Waterworks

Room via Luxe Interiors
Hope you found a tidbit of inspiration here for any of the projects you currently have on the go!
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