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Fun and Fabulous Family Room Room ... Before and After

I think this is the first time I'm sharing these pictures with you. This room was completed awhile back. 

I don't have any "before" pictures of this space but I do have  progress shots I'll share below. This family room is in an old, stately stone Tudor house located in a gorgeous main line neighborhood.

Our mission for the room was to make it fun, colorful and comfortable for a family of six. They're huge sports fans (hockey is their fave) and there is a ginormous TV to host family and friends and watch all kinds of sporting events.

The original trim throughout the home was stained oak. You can see the original trim below to the left. 

I suggested we paint all the trim, fireplace, windows and interior doors of this room a high gloss black to keep it sophisticated and the walls white for a beautiful neutral back drop. 

Here are the french doors painted high gloss. This was back in 2014 now its most definitely on trend as I told my client we were way ahead of our time:) 

There are two gorgeous large windows in this room that were also painted a rich black.

It was a STUNNING transformation.

 Loved it. 

It also helped make the TV disappear in between the two large freshly painted windows. 

The color scheme we chose was black, blue and white and pops of orange and pink. My client wanted FUN, not stuffy for her kids so that was what we went for!

There is a TON of seating in this space which I love. You can have a large group in here and there are so many places to sit you would never have to run to another room to grab a chair (those with large family parties know exactly what I'm talking about).

We chose a sectional and two chairs by CR Laine , a pair of x- benches, two ottomans and two chippendale chairs flanking a console table. All pieces had to have durable fabrics. The sectional is covered in a gray sunbrella and the other pieces in very durable fabrics as well. 

Here's a good look at the room

sectional and chairs by CR Laine

coffee table by oomph

side table Noir

sconces Visual Comfort

console table society social

cache pot Dana Gibson

There you have it!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Before and After-- A Teenage Boy's Bedroom

Here I go again with another before and after ... no matter how hard I try to blog about all these awesome decorating ideas I have in my head I just never get around to writing about them... someday. 

So I hope you enjoy these little before and after updates! Here's a quick refresh of a teenage boy's room.

I have a client who I adore working with and when she asked me to refresh her son's room I was pretty excited. I'm rarely asked to do a guy's room...I think boys are typically too sloppy or just don't care even the slightest about their surroundings. 

I can relate I have a few of those living in my house:)

Anyway -- here is the before of this teen's

 room. Classic boy.

Here is the after

So... what did we do? We repainted the whole room london fog by Benjamin Moore and added a wall of Thibaut wallpaper to add a little texture/industrial feel to the space. I actually wanted to purchase the faux wood stick on pieces from West Elm but they don't sell them any longer. I know where to source them but frankly I was going to get the same look with this wallpaper -- and it was much easier to apply:) ha!

We took down the loft bed and created a custom navy headboard with a gray linen welt (that fit perfectly) to coordinate with this fabulous West Elm bedding and custom pillows. 

We also placed the bed close to the wall so we could leave some open space in the middle of the room for his friends to hang out on the floor and play xbox.

We removed the posters and sporadic artwork and added a few new fresh art pieces to give it a bit of a coastal feel. We added under the bed storage for his collections, a new desk with hutch and black floating shelves ----which for some reason I did not take pictures of:(

We combined both gray walls and wallpaper with the current beige carpet (which will be changed out at a later date) and beige/white washed modern furniture. The overall feel of the room is kind of beachy/"west-elmy" I purchased a lot of items excluding the furniture from them... we have to get our inspiration from somewhere, right?

We didn't spend a whole lot of money yet created a fresh new look for this young teen!



Thanks for reading!! xoxo

What a difference a little awning fabric can make ...

If you follow my blog or the One Room Challenge you know that I'm renovating a client's entire first floor.
I'm not going to spoil the entire week four update but I had to share this itty bitty chair makeover. Because it's simply stunning and the chairs arrived today!

Before Picture of chair


Now here's the after
Now that's a crazy good makeover. This chair used to sit in some corner of their house --not no mo'!
These chairs will be used as host and hostess chairs for their breakfast table --nobody is puttin' these babies in the corner. They're simply just too good.
Do you know what's even better?
They're covered in awning fabric. You can bleach them and wash them with soap and water and for kicks stick them outside during a hurricane and they'll look like you just bought them yesterday.
When I decorate rooms I ALWAYS take into consideration who lives in them and these cool cats have four busy kids with tons of friends -- these chairs are INDESTRUCTIBLE. They will look as crisp and clean five years from now as they do today.
Here's some other fun stuff going on in this reno...
And even more...
Can't decide if I'm going to style the shelves in all white plates as seen here.
or with this funky new collection from Crate and Barrel.

What do you think -- all white or incorporate the blue?? Of course will get rid of the grandmomish-looking white plates.
Feedback please!!

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The Pink Pagoda Blue and White Par-tay!

I so wanted to participate in the blue and white link party hosted by Jennifer over at the Pink Pagoda. If you're a fan of blue and white I suggest you click here to check it out!
Here's a recap of three projects that I'm working on in the wonderful world of
you guessed it ....
Blue and White.
Blue and white family room:

The middle geometric fabric is going to be used on the windows of the family room. We are recovering an ottoman with the fabric on the right (Brunchwig and Fils LesTouches) and the Blue pagoda fabric will be used on the large pillows for the sofa. The window treatments are almost finished and I promise to share once I get them installed!
Here's the fun rug from Dash & Albert we are considering for this room:


Blue and white first floor reno fabric scheme

with pops of raspberry:

This is the fabric scheme for a first floor reno I'm working on.

 The trellis fabric will be used for kitchen window roman shades.  The large wide stripe fabric is an indoor/outdoor fabric that I'm using on  two wing chairs that will be used as host and hostess chairs at the kitchen table. The John Robshaw fabric will become window panels in that same room.
The living room will house these blue and white chairs from Serena & Lily
Along with the diamond pattern fabric that will cover two ottomans in the same room. On the windows? White linen panels with navy greek key trim.
Where will the raspberry come in? As accent pillows and piping of course!
All of these pieces are being fabricated right now and can't wait to show you the end result!
Blue and white bedroom:
Remember this bedroom?
Here's the latest piece waiting to be hung in this blue and white bedroom
We have a mirror people!!! but still waiting for window treatments to be finished and pillows to be made. Will keep you in the loop as things progress over there!
Anyway that's my blue and white recap so I'm clicking over to the Pink Pagoda to check out the other blue and white posts... why don't you join me?
Thanks for reading!