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A Fresh Family Room

I’ve been busy with all sorts of projects this year. This is a home for a doctor and his busy wife and mother of 3.  They wanted to upgrade their family room, from forgotten to fabulous! This space was shot by the talented photographer Stephanie Wiley.

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Swivel chairs allow the family to face the TV when needed but in their regular position they face the sofa and fireplace for a more balanced, social composition. 

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They love the fall season and I wanted to bring those colors into their home while complementing it with a rich turquoise.

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The drapes are a wonderful fabric design from Celery Kemble for Schumacher. The sofa and chair fabrics are by Kravet and Duralee.

Adding natural elements, such as a branch or a plant, adds warmth and life.

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By adding a valance I was able to hide the very functional, yet unattractive hardware.

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A rug grounds a room and can pull it together. For this space I choose an oriental rug that subtlety ties all the colors together. 

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The family wanted a bar so I choose an exciting piece with an Asian influence. It is a multifunctional piece that can be used as a buffet or set up as a bar for parties. While not in use it remains a beautiful focal point in the room.

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Lastly, incorporating accessories that speak specifically to the family personalize the space, such as the first letter of their last name.

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Tile File

For my clients spa inspired master bathroom, with a nod to Spanish, and reminiscent of  a favorite strand of pearls….

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We are using 2 different slabs, one for the tub deck that matches the limestone on the floor and in the shower, and a travertine with beautiful movement and subtle gradation of colors that tie the tile in with the  sinks and tub.  The tile is a glass mosaic that has the vibe of mother of pearl.  The shower will be floor and bottom 1/3 glass mosaic, next 1/3 limestone subway format tiles, and the last 1/3 will be glass mosaic.

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Here is the travertine in the slab yard.  Why is it always so windy there?

Right now the bathroom is just framed and everything is on order, nickel faucets, a deep soaker tub, a rain shower, hand held and spray with temperature control.  The bathroom connects to a wonderful walk in closet.  More to come…..

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In the Pink

Every year Pantone chooses a Color of the Year…

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I’ve always loved pink, and as we say at our house “we love all the colors of the rainbow”.  I think pink is going to be an auspicious color for 2011.  First of all it’s happy!  It’s also fresh, vibrant, witty, and a little outside the box.

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Love Pink in Art

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Pink Walls

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Pink Wall Paper

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Pink Accents

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A Pink Project I did for an “outside the box” family.  I call it my Rockin’ Ranch.

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And doesn’t every little girl (and big girls too!) want some pink in their bedroom.

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So….What do you PINK about it?

 

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Abstract Paintings and Interior Design

I love the look of large format abstract paintings and how all the colors can really pull a room together and create different moods, from bright and energizing…

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dark and moody,

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contemplative,

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warm and colorful,

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punchy and chic,

sensual,

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classic,

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whimsical,

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ethereal,

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and many other moods too!  I love all types and styles of art, but one of my favorite aspects of abstract art is that you can get lost in what ever you want to see at that moment.  It’s like listening to music with out words.

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Design Philosophy

Interior spaces should reflect the personalities of the people that inhabit them.
I love creating one of a kind client and character specific interiors and sets in a wide variety of styles.
Balance, proportion, scale, color, and texture are always important.  So is an unexpected touch of whimsy,and personality.


 

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