Monday, May 23, 2016

One Room Challenge | Nursery Reveal | Spring 2016



Well my dear friends, it's a week and a half late, but I'm going with the 'better late than never,' perspective! The nursery for my ORC is finally complete!! Maybe a bit ambitious to commit to 2 spaces while caring for a newborn, but I still say that taking on the One Room Challenge was the only reason I got these two spaces done at all ;) (see the breakfast nook ORC reveal here).

Before I take you through the whole tour of the nursery, I want to take you WAY back, to what this space actually looked like when we purchased the home:


And by the look of the original bunny rabbits & pink bow wallpaper that we had to painstakingly remove bit-by-bit, it probably was a nursery in it's former 1989 life too!!


We smoothed over the awful textured ceiling, and removed the dinky chair rail and baseboard and swaped them out for some fantastic baseboards and door casings from Metrie's French Curves Collection, new beefy crown, and we got a little creative and utilized this chair rail for the window sill (where there was none before!). Just because you are working with a small room doesn't mean you have to use tiny trim, in fact I think these substantial pieces really helped to show off the angles of the space.


And this was officially my starting point for the 6 week challenge, Metrie trim installed, window was swapped out for a new modern shape, the Cole & Son Nuvolette wallpaper from DecoratorsBest was in place, and the lovely little brass chandelier from Shades of Light was installed.

So now without further adieu, some side by side before and afters, I'll let the photos do the rest of the talking!



 


The day bed with it's brass hardware and Hudson's Bay throw was very Nam Dang Mitchell inspired, I just love her style!






I love love love all the artwork from anewall, and I jazzed up the Ikea RIBBA frames below with a quick and easy touch of gold paint.



Because this was a more 'personal space' we tried to be mindful of adding personal touches all around the room; things like the pharaoh below, a nod to Marcus' Egyptian side, and a pillow with French script for his French side. We added my hubby's favorite car as well as art to represent his love of flying model airplanes, a children's book about my favorite scientist Louis Pasteur, and even a teddy bear in a lab coat and glasses to remind Marcus of his mama's Biochemistry background!



Source List:  French Curves Collection (Scene I) door casing, and baseboards, crown, and chair rail c/o Metrie | Garnished Medallion rug c/o Rugs USA | Cole & Son Nuvolette via DecoratorsBest | Artwork c/o anewall (except the DIY horse canvas) | Buffalo check and Paris pillows by Old Lake George | Chandelier via Shades of Light | Roadster and crib throw blanket via Indigo | Point Blanket via Hudson's Bay | Daybed and shelving via IKEA | Daybed hardware via Lee Valley | Crib via Shermag | Dresser via Craigslist |

Oh yah, and one more really important thing to show you, the inhabitant of this room! Who surely is going to throw everything for a loop in here once he gets mobile, but for now mom can enjoy all the pretty :)


 
You can view my full moodboards, and all the previous weeks of planning and prepping in weeks 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | and 5. Thank you to all of you who visited week by week, a huge hug for taking this crazy journey with me and I hope you enjoyed the results as much as I am loving them!
 
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

House Tour | Kerrisdale Design Inc.



What a treat to see inside a designers own home! This past month Style at Home magazine featured one of my favorite designers, Karla Amadatsu, principal of Kerrisdale Design Inc. Lucky me, I've had the chance to visit this home before Karla recently sold it, and I can say it's truly a stunner. The family abode enjoyed a recent second publication and we got to see even more gorgeous details and angles, all of which were shot by the talented Tracey Ayton of Tracey Ayton Photography. Here's a closer look:





 
 
 

It's all so bright and beautiful! Karla truly did a stunning job on this home, and I look forward to following along to see what she does next. Love her new traditional style! Be sure to view her full portfolio here, follow her inspiring instagram here, and check out my previous Friday Fav's to Follow on Kerrisdale Design here.

*all images by Tracey Ayton Photography. Images 1, 5, 7 and 8 as published in Style At Home magazine. Images 2, 3, 4, 6 and 9 as published in Rue magazine.
 
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Photographer Q&A | Alyssa Rosenheck


Design by Laurel Powell
 
Today I am honored to share a little conversation with the talented Nashville-based Interior Design and Architectural photographer Alyssa Rosenheck. I adore her work, and how she is able to capture the fine details of a room, showing us angles and perspectives that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. Every image is so bright and crisp and invites you to step in. Her work has graced the pages of Elle Décor, Domino Magazine, and Rue Magazine to name a few. The images speak for themselves, but I was quite thrilled to have the chance to interview Alyssa and find out a bit more about her career in interior photography (all image credits - Alyssa Rosenheck Photography):


Nancy Marcus: What do you love most about your career?
Alyssa Rosenheck: I love the sense of gratitude my career provides me. I enjoy being able to walk into a space and feel challenged and inspired at the same time. I am beyond grateful to be able to say my career is my passion. I never in my wildest dreams thought I could earn a living doing what I love. It took me years in the corporate world and a leap of faith to prove myself wrong. There are so many facets to being an interior and architectural photographer, but there are two things I adore most. First, I love collaborating with authentic people, and I gain a tremendous amount of fulfillment being able to provide my clients with images that bring them success and emphasize their talent. And second, capturing spaces and sharing them with the world allows me to invite and connect people to my heart, which is vulnerable for me and rewarding. 

 
NM: What led you to the field of photography?
AR: Photography speaks to my soul and has from an early age. My eye has always gravitated towards clean lines and negative space. When I walk into a new environment, I look at the light and how it transitions from room to room. I owe so much to my mother as she has been such a strong source of creative inspiration for me. I can remember as a little girl spending summers at museums, as she encouraged us to explore our curiosity with the arts. ​
I feel like I always had a camera in my hand growing up and if I didn't, I was the little one exploring artists like Richard Avedon and Annie Liebovitz. In my twenties, I played life pretty conservatively. I silenced my creative side and thought success meant earning an admirable living while climbing the corporate ladder. I worked for 2 global Fortune 100 companies, and one day I took a step back and recognized how unfulfilled I was. I was eternally grateful for the invaluable business experience I gained, but I needed to seek a more nourishing and soulful path for myself​. I decided then to take a leap of faith and pursue my passion for photography. I was in my early 30's at this point, recovering from a recent cancer diagnosis with nothing to lose. I am so grateful I invested in my dreams because photography speaks to my soul. I try to encourage others to pursue the things in life that scare them the​ most because ​life is too short​ not to live out one's passion. ​
 
 
NM: How would you describe your personal style? And do the interiors you shoot influence your own décor choices? 
AR: My personal style is very reminiscent of how I photograph a space. Light, simple, and composition based. I am a lover of white and neutrals. You will often find me in ripped boyfriend jeans, ballet flats, a ponytail, and a white collar shirt. Our house is all white with soft linen tones and warm textures. I gravitate towards minimalism and simplicity. My home is a visual relief for me at the end of a long day. I think of it as a peaceful retreat for our family, which is very important. I'm a firm believer that your home should be a reflection of you. Although, I am constantly inspired by the interiors I shoot, my home is very reminiscent of me and my supportive husband. We have created a soft and peaceful environment that has a casual and inviting appeal. 
 
Design by Chad James Group
 
NM: What has been your greatest professional influence?
AR: My 12+ years in the corporate world have been incredibly influential for my photography business. My experiences provided a strong foundation of business skills, which many artists don't initially possess. I am incredibly fortunate to implement this skill set while having the opportunity to be creative and authentic to my craft every day.  

Design by Chad James Group
 
NM: What project are you most proud of?
AR: This is a difficult question to answer. I constantly approach my work thinking that the best shot has yet to be taken.  I push myself to deliver a product that tells a complete story. I am most proud of projects that elicit strong emotions from my clients. I have also really enjoyed recent projects with Country Living Magazine and traveling from coast to coast for clients.
Design by Chad James Group
 
 
NM: What is your next career venture?
AR: My next goal is to publish a coffee table book highlighting the creative individuals with whom I’ve been fortunate to collaborate. Each day is a new adventure and I am grateful for each opportunity that comes my way.

 
A huge thank you to Alyssa for being so gracious and generous with her time. What an amazing career she has already had, and I can only imagine what's in store. Alyssa, I think we would all be in line for a copy of that coffee table book ;)
Be sure to hop over and check out more of Alyssa's impeccable work on her website here, and do be sure to follow along on all the behind-the-scenes action on her projects on her Instagram account. She has honestly introduced me to so many fantastic designers, her own home is drool-worthy, and her personal style is on point, so you won't want to miss following along with Alyssa!
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

One Room Challenge | Nursery Update | Spring 2016



Happy Sunday everyone! Just checking in quickly to say I haven't forgotten to post my now WAY overdue ORC nursery - we've been delayed but we are almost there! The artwork is (mostly) hung & awaiting only the rug! My one DIY for this space was the horse watercolor with an Hermes inspired orange canvas wrap, which pairs perfectly with the gorgeous print from anewall.

Oh, and I should make mention that the cute little inhabitant of this room had a little something to do with its taking so long as well. I'm learning to expect everything takes approximately 3-5 times as long as my head thinks it should! Full reveal in the next few days :)
 
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

One Room Challenge Week 6 | Breakfast Nook Reveal | Spring 2016


 
We did it! We made it through the 6 weeks, and sure there were a few hiccups here and there but overall I got more completed in these 2 spaces than I EVER would have done if I had not taken on this challenge. By far. Before I take you through the reveal I wanted to quickly take you WAY back, to what this space looked like when we moved in a few months back:


The biggest change to this room, which took place before our 6 week count-down, was to remove the railing between the adjoining room, get rid of the step down and level the entire space with new flooring.




There's no way we could have done those initial reno's in the 6 week time-line, but I thought you would enjoy seeing how far a room has come from it's original 1989 state! Ok, so with a few side-by-sides for dramatic effect, here are the before and after shots (drumroll please!!):




 

Something that was super important to us was getting the foundation right - everything builds off of here! So adding substantial baseboards and doorcasings with Metrie's French Curves Collection, plus some crown moldings, and the shaker style door by Masonite (brought to you by Metrie), and a lick of Chantilly Lace (Benjamin Moore) was just what this space needed to start with a clean palette.


 




Love that this space connects with the outdoor space on the patio so well, so I decided to take the blue & white theme right outside!


 
Source List: Door casings and baseboards from the French Curves Collection (Scene I) and crown moulding  c/o Metrie | Pantry door from Masonite - brought to you by Metrie | Rustic pedestal table and blue & white garden stools c/o O.co | Vanderbilt pillows by MotifPillows | Rattan chairs via Craigslist | Darlana lantern via Circa Lighting | Blue & white tableware via Bombay & Co | Placemats via IKEA
 
There were definitely a fair share of hiccups; we didn't quite get the artwork in time and had a couple of issues with framing, so I had to use one of my own pieces as the oversized piece for the reveal. The one DIY that we didn't quite get completed in time for the reveal was the placement of the Self-adhesive glass frost panels (c/o d-c-fix) that I am going to be showing you how to apply in a dedicated post (coming soon!).
 
You can see my full moodboard and step by step planning in weeks 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | and 5. Thank you so much for following my ORC spaces, huge hug for taking this journey with me :) Don't forget to hop over to Calling It Home blog to view 200+ guest participant rooms and the stellar spaces completed by the 20 featured designers!

Be sure to check back shortly for the final reveal on my nursery, I'm literally sitting by the front door waiting for the artwork to arrive so I can post my second space. I just couldn't fathom posting without it in the room so I'm hoping I'll be getting a knock on the door any moment!!
 
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