Thursday, October 27, 2016

Design Inspiration | High Point Market

Mark D. Sikes new collection for Henredon | Photo via Paloma Contreras

If you are anything like me (ie. design-obsessed) then you were closely following your favorite designers and taste-makers on social media during last week's High Point Market. Market week is like fashion week for home decor, art, and furnishings. I would love to attend one year, but for now I lived vicariously through others and here are a few of my favorite things.

Of course I goggled at all the goodies at Henredon for the new Mark D. Sikes collection, Also fell for that beautiful blue & white abstract by Kaycee Hughes just below:

Mark D. Sikes new collection for Henredon | Photo via Paloma Contreras

Loved the pop of color in velvet at Theodore Alexander:

Photo via Burlap and Lace

I could not get over the luxe look of this marble vanity! Couldn't find the source but if you know please comment below!

Photo via The English Room

Blue & white forever at Thibaut - looks so dreamy:

Photo via Erika Ward

Wow - this ultra long pink tufted sofa at Century Furniture! And if you look closely, my guess is it's leather. If so, this is leather done right!!

Photo via Burlap and Lace

My most favorite booth to see photos of this market was by Suzanne Kasler, the space created below was heavily-photographed and rightfully so. I could move in even though it's a corner of a showroom!! I think it's all the layered neutrals and curated art that really capitvates me:

Photo via Suzanne Kasler

Photo via Paloma Contreras

That gallery wall on ledges is fantastic. It's the carefully selected colorways that keeps it looking so sophisticated.

Photo via Tori Mellott

Hope you enjoyed my gathered highlights! Did any of you attend? If not, would you consider attending?


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

One Room Challenge Week 4 | Tub & Shower Install

And just like that we are in week 4 ... the claw-foot tub fairies came for a visit and "poof!" we have a pretty bathing corner:

I love all the vintage-inspired finishes, and my most favorite thing is how much more spacious this tub makes everything look compared to the previous oversized built-in!

And speaking of pretty fixtures, the plumber has installed the rain head and shower head. Notice the slits cut into the crown molding? This was our solution to 'retro-fitting' the new shower walls that will go to the ceiling. A little bit of caulking and in the end you likely wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't mentioned!

Here's how the new glass walls will work - we made a side panel that the new door will meet with, allowing us to switch from a right-swing out to a left swing-out door for easier towel grabbing!!

And the door & walls installed!! I should mention these had to be measured and re-measured 3x before they arrived in the right fit - I may have been sweating a bit with nervousness on that one. But it was worth the wait, isn't it lovely?

A side-by-side to remind you how far we have come already:

And the last piece to be installed was the vanity, still waiting on the counter top but I think it's looking mighty fine! Can't wait to see these mirrors hung above it.

And soooo many goodies are rolling in for all the pretty styling, follow along on Instagram and I'll be giving you more sneak peeks this week & will post them here in week 5 as well.

Gold beaded mirrors (LampsPlus) | Vintage style faucets | Aurum Sand No. 3 art print (Minted) | Roman blinds (Tonic Living) | Grey-banded cotton towels (Annie Selke) | Pyne Hollyhock pillow (Arianna Belle) | Orchid Cache pot (Jill Rosenwald) | Brass & marble lamp (Bellacor) | Tub caddy and Tissue holder (ATGSores) | Claw foot tub | Turkish towels and Faux Ostrich navy stool (Joss & Main) | French accent chair and blue & white garden stool (ATGStores) | Marble hexagon & basketweave tile 
What's left:

- Quartz counter, vanity hardware, faucets, and backsplash install
- Toilet & tissue paper holder install
- Hang mirrors and artwork
- Hang and steam the Roman shades
- Clean and seal all tile
- Doll it up with all the pretty!

Next week is pedal to the metal. We have to be ALL done several days before the final reveal in week 6 because we have our professional photos being taken by the amazing Tracey Ayton (to say I'm excited about working with her would be a severe understatement - I've been a huge fan of hers for so long!). I'll share sneaks of the final installs in week 5 and then we will be almost camera-ready for the BIG reveal. Fingers crossed!!!

Don't forget, go see all the other amazing designers & what they are up to this week - I'm going to spend all morning doing so myself! And check in tomorrow for the massive inspiration coming from all of the guest participants - if you are on IG just search #oneroomchallenge :)


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!

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