Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Reno Project Reveal | Living & Dining Room

Here we go everyone! A post LOADED with before & after shots for you today (finally!). I want to start by reminding you of the beginning of the story for the living/dining space (see the original post here) - a large scale room that you see immediately to your right when entering the front door of the home. Here are the 1989 (and basically untouched since then) befores, the real estate photos we viewed when purchasing the home back in May 2015:

Notice the awkward step down in the photo below, and the pony wall separating the two spaces, the big bare-ness of the vaulted ceilings with zip-zero soul or personality. I think that was the point that bothered us the most, this was a large space, with loads of potential but it appeared so bare and boring with a complete lack of architectural detail.

So adding architecture quickly became our main plan and priority for the room! In our last home, we saw that the efforts we put into panelling a few feature walls was a huge appeal, and a major selling feature that we strongly believe got us the most bang for our buck. So first, we quickly got rid of the pony wall to open up the space:

We rebuilt the step going all the way across the room:

The gas fireplace insert was removed. Lucky we pulled it out as we discovered a water leak in desperate need of repair all the way up the old chimney (lots of time & money spent there sadly). We were able to conserve the old mantel with a little bit of tweaking.

Notice how far apart the sconces were on either side of the mantel? It was too widespread for my liking so I had our electrician bring them in closer on either side before we closed everything up with drywall again:

There are so many things you can do with a vaulted ceiling, and I wanted to try something a bit different. After searching for loads of inspiration photos (you can see several including an amazing space by my fav Colleen McGill in my before post), I decided to paint out the ceiling, create a tray ceiling that breaks up the wall with crown, and go heavy on the trim and moulding on the lower portion of the wall - these were just the interior finishings we needed! This was my original moodboard I created:

No. 1 - Metrie French Curves Collection Scene I, 7 1/4" Crown, Panel Mould, and 5 1/2" Baseboard | No. 2 - Crate & Barrel birch logs | No. 3 - Circa Lighting Symmetric Twist sconce | No. 4 - Benjamin Moore's Escarpment for the ceiling| No. 5 - Circa Lighting Classic Ring Chandelier | No. 6 - Lamps Plus Convex mirror

So we had the core of our plan, and we set out to execute it using the French Curves Collection from Metrie. Scene I of this collection suited exactly what I was looking for; neo-traditional style with a perfect mix of ornate and contemporary elements. It paired perfectly with the pieces we chose for our entry way which you can see from the living room and vice versa. We chose a large-scale crown (7 1/4 inch!!) to encircle the entire room and began to panel the lower half with panel moulding. So for dramatic effect, remember it without any trim:

And now that same space, voila! (All 'after' photos were taken by the talented Tracey Ayton Photography unless otherwise noted).

We added a little bit of framing detail above the fireplace similar to what you see in the photo below, I think that is the fun of planning and creating with trim and moulding, you can really let yourself get creative!

Benjamin Moore Escarpment on the ceiling, Chantilly Lace on the panelling, convex mirror from Ballard Designs

The Ikat's Meow pillow in the perfect shades of pink from Plum furniture, lacquered coffee table from Kathy Kuo Home, orchid cache pot from Jill Rosenwald

We decided to leave the fireplace non-functional but pretty for now, and with the sconces and birch logs it feels very prim and proper (antique log-holders were a Craigslist score for $30):

And then the adjacent dining room got the full treatment as well:

You can see more of my $80 Craigslist bamboo dresser makeover with FAT Paint here.

Beach Sunshine print from Artfully Walls, Jean Baptiste Geometric print from Kerrisdale Design Inc

Now I love the view toward the dining room from the living room, I just love the pink on those Ikat pillows:

Floral arrangements by Flowers & Company 

And now that the pony wall is gone, and the millwork is in, I actually don't even mind the step down between the two spaces! It sort of gets highlighted in a special way with the trim:

photo by moi

Thank you so much for taking this crazy reno ride with me! More to come soon, but in the meantime you can hop to my mouldings how-to post, my entry way reveal, main bathroom, and my kitchen reveal in case you missed them. Please leave any questions you have below and I will do my best to answer them :)


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

House Tour | Bill Ingram Architect

This stunning little home in Birmingham Alabama by Bill Ingram Architect and featured by House Beautiful is a perfect example of proper proportions and scale. I am really drawn to the 3 gables on top and the shingled facade. I love all of the details and the overall clean look with touches of antiques and mixes of texture:

I remember being very smitten with these wood cabinets and brass campaign hardware the first time I saw this photo of the kitchen:

The bathroom is stunning as well, and these rooms aren't huge! It goes to show that you can work with any size of space and create something of beauty. Just look at that simple subway tile wrapping the ceiling:

And it's the soothing bedroom that is probably my most favorite space. It's just pretty:

I've also included a few of my favorite shots of some other homes Bill Ingram has included in his extensive portfolio, I am so drawn to his exteriors! The neo-classical details are simply breathtaking:

Even his own studio facade is so eye-catching, Bill has an incredible sense of space and creativity. Very aspirational:

To see more of the work of Bill Ingram Architect, hop to his site here and be sure to follow him on instagram as well.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Latest Obsession | Matching Upholstery & Wallpaper

Everyone knows that the mark of a talented designer is the ability to mix patterns, but I'd like to convince you that one matching pattern throughout a space can have just as much (or even more) impact. Often dubbed 'camouflaging' a room, it creates a bold statement with a unified look. Using the same pattern on the upholstered pieces and the walls may be thought of as an older look, very Dorothy Draper perhaps, but if you take a look at these spaces I think you'll quickly see the modern versions are stunning and fresh.

To keep the look modern, using large scale prints, fresh color palettes, and a maximum of 2-3 upholstered pieces in a space ensures the look is not overwhelming or too 'matchy.' The examples above and below from some of my favorite designers illustrate this so well. I also have to admit to being totally in love with the examples where the paper and the fabric are intentionally and perfectly aligned with each other (this really illustrates the camouflaging effect where the furnishing almost disappears into the backdrop), as in Shelley Johnstone's space here:


Stunning, non? Let's not call this one a 'trend,' truthfully it's a look that never left and I believe no matter how it's modernized or modified, it'll be here to stay.

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