Inspired By...

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Last month over the 4th of July holiday, Adam and I enjoyed a mid-week getaway to New York City.  We hopped a train early Tuesday morning and found ourselves in the Big Apple just in time for brunch.  Our travel style is pretty flexible, with a few key things we want to see, and plenty of snack breaks in between. We spent most of our time touring the main building of The Met and The Cloisters at the Met, and especially loved the Heavenly Bodies exhibit which explores the relationship between high fashion and the Catholic Church.  The exhibit was more impactful to both of us that we expected and we left with a renewed curiosity and appreciation for fashion.  I was also inspired to think about how some of the elements of the exhibit could be translated to interiors.  The buildings of The Met are beautiful, and the fashion displays seemed to be just as much as part of the environment as the structures of the buildings themselves.  One of my favorite pieces by Versace inspired me to design a room around the piece and the lovely surroundings of The Cloisters.  This design pulls from the warmth and elegance of the black velvet contrasted with the textures and variations of the stone walls punctuated with touches of brass and the arch motif to create a soothing and elegant collection.  I hope you're inspired to create a space that is a reflection of your experiences, or maybe pull some inspiration from this one.  And as this is my inaugural post into this type of content, I'd love to hear your feedback on more of these types of posts in the comments below.  

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SOURCES: 

1. Zickafoos Artwork

2. Thumbprint Artwork 

3. Annetta Round Chandelier 

4. Shiloh Floor Lamp 

5. Crosby Mid-Century Sofa

6. Bennington Mixed Materials Coffee Table 

7. Arched Metal Framed Mirror 

8. Parlour Crisanta Blush Chair 

9. Betania Side Table 

10. Metallic Gold and Ivory Leather and Jute Woven Area Rug 

11. Palm Leaf Pillow 

12. Delany Linen Pillow 

xo, nicole

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One Room Challenge Spring 2018-Final Reveal

Photography Credit: Rebecca McAlpin Photography

Today's the day my friends!  I'm thrilled to reveal the nursery that I've been working on these past six weeks.  For those who don't know me, I'm Nicole Cole, a full-time Interior Designer and Stylist living in Philadelphia.  This is my second time participating in the One Room Challenge as a guest participant and I'm so excited for the *almost* instant gratification that having a six-week design challenge brings.

If you're just tuning in, you can see the progress of the space here: 

Week One   

Week Two 

Week Three

Week Four 

Week Five 

Over the last six weeks this space went from an office/guest room/catchall room to a nursery for this family's newest family member set to arrive next month.  The new mom to be (Jessica) asked for a peaceful space. So I went with a lot of soft and almost ethereal (like a newborn babe) palette with some warm woods and charcoals thrown in to keep it grounded.  The house has a colonial feel architecturally, so I took that as a starting point for the colors and paint treatment and then incorporated some modern, clean lined touches because a little bit of tension in a room makes for good design. 

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Sources: Paint, Crib, Rocker, Rug1, Rug2

Let's just revisit where this room started, shall we? 

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Can you believe how much bigger this room looks?  This is almost the exact same framing in the before and after.  It's so bright and fresh! Even with more furniture pieces in it than before!  Goodness I love design (ahem, ok, I'm done geeking out for a minute).

Since the space is long and narrow, we ended up going with two layered rugs as a standard size wouldn't fill the space enough and we didn't want to go with something custom.  A soft wool woven ivory one laid the base while the geometric jute blend adds interest and pulled together so many of the other colors from the room.  Farrow and Ball's gorgeous paint colors set the stage for the walls.  I chose Farrow & Ball No. 22 Light Blue for the lower portion and for the upper portion of the wall I chose Farrow & Ball No. 266 Mizzle.

Most of the work we completed on the room was more on the decorating side of things....paint, furniture, accessories...but one construction project we took on was the built in daybed.  I went into more detail on the construction process during the Week Five post and now she's all dressed up and ready for some serious lounging.  Even before baby Oliver arrives I think mom and dad are gonna wanna curl up here for afternoon naps and book reading (I know I want to).  

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Sources: Wall Lamp, ABC artwork, sheets

This built in daybed adds more functionality to the space in between the closets than the previous freestanding one.  We added a huge drawer for storing extra bedding below as well as a bookshelf and little cubbies for secret stashes.  A heathered grey fitted sheet covers the twin mattress and is easy to just throw in the wash if needed.   

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The The ABC artwork from Jenny's Print Shop was an inexpensive and easy way to add artwork to the wall, and the wall lamp is perfect for late night reading (and comes with a dimmer!) I added a low maintenance snake plant that gives some height to the space and a brass elephant because no matter how hard you try, animals of numerous sorts just seem to make their way into a nursery....the little fox print was something Jessica had picked up prior to the project and I love how the orange tones play with the blues and purples in the room. 

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We couldn't resist adding one more little nook on the mattress side of the bed....I can't help but think this will be filled with plastic race cars or maybe a bug collection someday...

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A comfy rocker is a must for late night soothing or a comfy spot to nurse.  This one has great lines for tucking right back into the corner. The pouf from Article brings in more of that grounding charcoal color and can transfer to other areas on the house as well.  It's perfect for putting up tired feet at the end of the day and will be nice and soft when Oliver starts toddling around.  The lamp adds a modern feel and also doesn't feel exclusively "baby", it has a foot operated switch which is great for when mom and dad's arms are full with babe.  The bookshelf was a piece that Jessica's dad made for her in one of her first apartments in Philadelphia and fits perfectly under the window.  We painted it a warm charcoal grey (Sherwin Williams "Black Fox")  and it will serve as the perfect spot for a glass of water, some baskets for other smalls to keep close at hand as well as toy and book storage.

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The room wouldn't be complete without a few vintage/antique touches.  The mirror has been in my stash since I found it down in Jacksonville, Florida about a year ago...it pulls some of the dark wood tones from the changing table and is especially pretty with a little bit of the de-silvering from age.

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This simple Ikea crib is perfect for adding a minimalist vibe to this space.  A beautiful green throw knitted by Jessica's long time friend, Nicole (hi Nicole!) works perfectly with the room's color palette. The ceiling light is a simple, understated drum shade and draws you eye up to the ceiling which we painted the same color as the upper portion of the walls. 

I had seen a delicate looking mobile with ships on Pinterest but all the sources I looked for on Etsy felt too heavy to me.  So I decided to make my own version as a gift to these new parents-to-be.  I partnered with Stephanie from Share Studios to use her beautiful handmade paper for the sails because I love the way the light shines through it, plus, she's an incredible artist and I love supporting other creatives when I can.  The boat hulls are carved from Catalpa wood I had laying around the workshop.  I hope this trio of ships gently "sailing" above Oliver inspire him to pursue adventure and curiosity.

This vintage French dresser was THE PERFECT size for a changing table.  We made a wood frame to hold the changing pad.  It can easily be removed when Oliver outgrows it and transitions to a dresser with display space on top.  The three drawers provide tons of storage for all the baby accoutrements. A shelf above give some good display space for decor items.  The lion head is a beautiful wool felted handmade piece from Groh Artifact.  I'm smitten with all their pieces and would love a collection for my own home!  The lion symbolize courage, bravery, and leadership, all great inspirations for a little one coming into this world. The wall basket is a thrift store find and keeps wipes and burpy cloths close at hand.  

Well, that's it for this round of the ORC, thank you so much for all your kind words and support along the way!  Thank you to Linda of Calling It Home for putting on this inspiring event and for House Beautiful and the Home Love Network for supporting us along the way as well!  And be sure to see the final reveals of the other incredible guest participant rooms here as well as the featured designers here. 

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One Room Challenge Spring 2018-Week Five

It's the hooooooome stretch! Last week of the challenge and we decided to tackle probably the largest component in this nursery, the built in daybed! We had planned all along to do it at this stage in the project because we knew the homeowners dad was going to be in town.  This daybed project turned out to be a family affair, with the grandpa, uncle, and dad to be all spending a weekend tackling this project like champs!  

As a refresher, here is the nook in between the two closets as it stood before.  The homeowners had a freestanding daybed in the spot before, but there was a lot of wasted space and it didn't match the style of the new design. 

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I drew out a rough plan of the concept. 

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And first thing Saturday morning everybody got to work! I'm still in awe-I mean, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?  These homeowners and their family MADE this bed...and not all of them are seasoned woodworkers, but they dove in and did it.  So cool. 

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The cubby portion took the longest to build, so many measurements!  But totally worth it to have some good storage as well as add a little whimsy to the piece.  There is an arched cubby on the front and a smaller one that will sit just above the mattress. Many, many hours later after all the pieces had been cut we brought everything upstairs and started the install. 

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This was where we were about mid-day Sunday.  Ian, the new dad-to-be spent the next three days finishing the left side of the bed, installing the big drawer and whitewashing the wood to keep it almost looking like it has no finish on it, we use Rubio Monocoat which provides a durable finish (it's designed for flooring).

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We decided to veneer some of the unfinished edges (thank goodness for Amazon Prime!) the veneer arrived last night and we applied it this afternoon...finally done and ready for the mattress! 

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We're letting the finish cure another day before adding the mattress.  We also got the alphabet print in from Jenni's print shop.  I love how modern and crisp this looks against the blue walls.  

The new wall light for the daybed area also arrived! I promise it will look better installed rather than me awkwardly holding it up on the wall :) 

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I'm also working on a little handmade mobile for over the crib using some of Share Studio's gorgeous handmade paper.

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That's a wrap for this week!  Next week is the final reveal so be sure to check back and see the finished space with all the pretty accessories.  And be sure to follow along with the other guest participants and featured designers.  Looking forward to seeing everyone's finished spaces! xo, Nicole 

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One Room Challenge Spring 2018-Week Four

It's week four of the One Room Challenge and things are getting real serious up in here folks!  Other than the initial painting in the room, things have been fairly mellow with the updates, these last few weeks are bringing some of the biggest changes to the space-so exciting!  This week we added some new lighting.  A new ceiling light that more closely matched the vibe in the space was installed, and of course a dimmer, because in my opinion, almost ever room should have a dimmer so you can adjust the lighting as the mood dictates (including bleary eyed sleepy mom/I don't want a bright light shining in my face mood).

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As you might have noticed in the photo we also got the changing table in the space.  It's a vintage chest of drawers from France and has the coolest rounded corners....and is the PERFECT size for the changing pad.  We'll be creating a custom changing pad box for the top and making some repairs to the top where the veneer has peeled away but other than that it's the perfect height and size for the space and it balances out all the modern pieces that we've been adding to the space. 

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How cute is that hardware?! 

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And those rounded corners!  Be still my heart! 

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The great thing about this piece (and what so many of you mentioned as well) is that once the little one is out of the diaper stage, this piece can easily be converted back into a dresser, it would also be equally at home in a foyer/entry as a drop spot with storage, it's a really versatile piece overall, always a plus. 

Also in lighting we received this sexy little new floor lamp from Article. It's the perfect height over the rocker and operates with a foot switch, perfect for parents with a babe in arms. It has a great copper accent to it and I love how the modern lines are juxtaposed against the more traditional feel of the paint and moldings. 

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We got the rocker in place as well, this one is great because it has a tall back for the tall parents to be and the ends of the rocker legs are very minimal, which allows it to tuck nicely into this corner of the room. Article's bamba pouf gives some subtle texture to the space and a place to prop up your feet, and it's another versatile piece for when kiddos get older. 

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Since I'm writing this post a bit late, we just completed the built-in daybed that was in the original plans, I'll be sharing the progress on it coming up later this week, it's looking so good!  The final reveal will be May 10th, so stay tuned!!! Be sure to stay up to date with behind the scenes Instagram Stories and be sure to check out all the other incredible projects going on with the guest participants and featured designers! Thank you so much for following along!  xoxo, Nicole 

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One Room Challenge Spring 2018-Week Two

Week two was productive as we dove head on into the project with painting the space.  But before I show you the progress on that I wanted to share a bit of the design plan with you.  If you missed week one, you can catch up here.  As I provide with most of my clients, creating a 3-D model of the space is the first step, this allows us to see the pieces in proportion to everything else and play around with different layouts.  Here is the plan for the space as seen from above. 

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And here are some perspective shots of how the space will look from inside. 

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If you remember from the first week, the nook had a freestanding daybed in it.  In it's place we'll be building a built in daybed that can be converted into bunk beds in the future if another kiddo comes along into the family. This will better utilize the space and add some extra storage. 

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The design concept for the space is a peaceful "modern colonial" vibe.  The house is a brick center hall style colonial, and this is Philadelphia, so we're playing a bit of homage to some colonial references but with some modern twists to reflect this young couple's vibe. The pieces that I've selected allow room for growth and change in their family and many of the pieces will be able to be used in other areas of their home as their needs grow and change.

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Soft, light colored woods will add a modern element and the pale, blue-green two tone walls give a peaceful feel.  Charcoal and marigold accents will ground the space and give it more of a grown-up feel.  

We're going with two beautiful Farrow & Ball colors for the wall, the lower portion is in Farrow & Ball No. 22 Light Blue and the for the upper portion of the wall I chose Farrow & Ball No. 266 Mizzle, which we took all the way up to the ceiling.  The ceiling is a bit shy of 8' in this room so painting them the same color as the walls is a great way to extend the eye up and create a sense of a little more height in the space.  We used the Estate Emulsion finish for a beautiful chalky matte finish. 

Once we had the room primed we measured out where we wanted the line where the two colors would meet, that way we knew where to paint up to.  Using a 4' level all the way around the room is a great way to make sure your lines are nice and straight. 

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We started with the lower portion before taping off the upper portion with the best trim tape for a clean line. 

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The photo above is after we finished the lower portion with the tinted primer above. After three days of painting we were rewarded with the following...

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We painted all the trim and doors in the Light Blue to keep the eye moving around the room without a contrasting trim disrupting and as a nod to the colonial vibe we are going for in the space.  

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This soothing palette has set the stage for the peaceful vibe in the space and is going to be gorgeous with the light wood tones and charcoal accents.  Next week we'll be adding the crib, new overhead lighting and an heirloom piece from the homeowners so stay tuned!  Be sure to follow all the other incredible guest participants on the One Room Challenge website as well as the featured designers there's so much design goodness to see over the next six weeks! 

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One Room Challenge Spring 2018-Week One

Whew, can anyone tell me where the year has gone?  It seems that not so long ago I was finishing up that big green beauty of an office space that was the last One Room Challenge and here we are again kicking off the next one!  So not only is it exciting times with springtime and warm weather on it's way (at least that's what we're telling ourselves), I'm starting on another room design that you are going to see progressing over the next six weeks in real time, so hold on to your hats folks, here we go! 

For those of you who may not know me, my name is Nicole and I'm and interior designer and sometimes woodworker living in Philadelphia.  You can learn a little bit more about my creative journey here.  This is my second One Room Challenge as a guest participant and I can't be more excited!  Last season my room was selected by House Beautiful's editor Sophie Dow as one of the finalists for the guest participants, an absolute honor!  I'm looking forward to stretching my creative muscles this round and creating an entirely new kind of space.  

This spring, I'm working with some great friends of mine who are welcoming their first child into the world, and as such, this little guy is gonna need a room!  So NURSERY it is!  I'm taking a bit of a different approach and creating a space that doesn't feel too "baby" and can hopefully grow with them as their family grows.  For the first few years these parents may be spending just as much time in the space as their kiddos are, so I'm designing a space that will feel just as welcoming and chic to the adults as the kids. 

Ian and Jessica bought their house about two years ago and have been using this front bedroom primarily as an office with overflow for guests .  

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The room is south facing and has TONS of incredible light and those deep windows that you see so often in Philly (also, the perfect place for plants). There are two closets in the room that bump out into the space, which creates this nook area where there is currently a daybed. 

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The plan includes using the nook created by the closets to create a cozy area with something that utilizes the space a bit more efficiently and can grow with their family.  There are hardwood floors in the room, which is a plus. Also, check out the beautiful hardware on the door handles (!!!) gosh I love old houses...  

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Ian and Jessica cleared out the room this week so we can get going on the painting, which is going to begin tomorrow, here's a couple snaps of what the room currently looks like. 

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So much potential here right!?  Can you feel it?

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All I'm thinking is bye-bye beige.....

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Next week I'll be revealing more about the details of the design plan, layout, etc. A little sneak peek of what I'm planning is below.  Until then, stay tuned for some sneak peeks on Instagram and Instagram stories and if you're a parent I'd love any input on what has worked for you in a nursery/child's space, what are your must haves in terms of functionality/design?  Let me know in the comments below! 

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Also, be sure to follow all the other incredible guest participants on the One Room Challenge website as well as the featured designers there's so much design goodness to see over the next six weeks! 

 

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A simple bathroom refresh with big impact

As an essential, everyday use kinda space, bathrooms can be tough when it comes to renovations.  Especially when you're in a home where there is only one bathroom for showering.  In addition to finding alternative showering locations, complete bathroom renovations can be messy, dusty, expensive, and long.  This bathroom in particular had been partially updated by the previous owners with new floor tile, vanity, toilet and fixtures.  Unfortunately, the original wall tile had been painted with some sort of tile paint that may have covered up the original peach color but has proven to be less than durable in the shower area.  But despite these misgivings, it's not currently an option to do a complete tearout of the space.  Instead, we focused on increasing the functionality of the space and giving it a bit more character with some new fixtures and finishes to spice up the builder-basic renovation that was previously completed. 

Below was the state of the bathroom when the home was purchased, while clean and maintained looking it was Boring with a capital B. 

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The first steps were to install a ventilation fan, because we knew that we were going to be installing wallpaper and also, it's just a darn good thing to do, because despite having a window, you really don't want to be opening that during a shower when your neighbors windows are directly across from yours (!).  The next step was to make space for a new medicine cabinet that we picked up at Restoration Hardware Outlet for a great price.  The traditional style of the cabinet is probably close to what would have originally been installed in this space. 

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Upon opening up the wall we could tell that there had previously been a medicine cabinet in the space, something bit smaller, but the remnants of the spot were there. We also found a signature on the wall stud with the year dated 1925, the year the home was built-so cool! 

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We had the electricians swing by and install an outlet in the medicine cabinet.  I encourage all of my clients to do this (and we've done it in several of our own homes), it's a great place to plug in toothbrushes and other personal care necessities that you may not want out in the open.  The electricians made the line a little longer since we hadn't yet done the wallpapering, that way we could remove the cabinet for the wallpapering rather than try and cut the paper perfectly around it.

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We also wired up the new light fixtures and primed the walls in preparation for the wallpaper. 

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The next step was installing this gorgeous wallpaper from local Philadelphia artist Carla Weeks.  It added the character we needed for this monochromatic space and was especially affordable since we needed to only paper above the tiled wainscoting. 

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And now for the reveal...we added a couple kokedamas for plant life and swapped out the handles on the vanity for some more interesting and substantial pulls

 Photo Credit: Kyle Smith Born 

Photo Credit: Kyle Smith Born 

The new brass sconces really pop against the patterned wallpaper 

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Photo Credit: Kyle Smith Born

Kokedama's add life to the space, I like to think of them as suspended art, and they just require a once a week soak in the sink. 

 Photo Credit: Kyle Smith Born 

Photo Credit: Kyle Smith Born 

I added in a curved rod to make the shower area feel more spacious and the shower curtain is a subtle grey stripe fabric, because stripes pair so nicely with just about every other pattern. A vintage wonky legged stool holds some spare towels, a glass of wine during the bath, or magazines on the daily. 

 Photo Credit: Kyle Smith Born 

Photo Credit: Kyle Smith Born 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this refresh.  Would you attempt something similar?  You can find more of my work in my portfolio, or more before and afters here. xo, Nicole

A Cheery Florida Beach House

Nothing can give you a little leap in your heart or teary eyed feeling than when a client calls you up after living in their space for three years and asks if you'll do it again for them in their new place because they loved what you did before THAT MUCH. 

Never one to shy away from a road trip, the concept of driving down to Florida from Philly to help my clients with their new house on the beach seemed like a managable task.  I mean, just get on I-95 and head south, that's it, right!?  Plus, it was January and the thought of escaping briefly to sunshine and palm trees sounded pretty appealing.  

So south I headed and found myself in this sunny abode, a blank canvas with a peep views of the ocean from the top floor living spaces. 

BEFORE

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We talked about what the clients were looking for: a warm, cozy space with modern touches that worked for their busy lives with two young kids.  They had a few things from their old place that they wanted to reuse if possible, items from our first project which included a living room rug and velvet armchair, and a great coffee table that we scored on Craigslist three years past.  Other than that though, they were ready for some new pieces and a simple layout that would work for them and their two kiddos. 

We talked about going with a soft grey on the walls and I started in envision a palette that echoed the soft tones, layers, and textures of the north Florida beach landscape. 

My clients had mentioned wanting to have a grown up looking play area for the kids where they could keep an eye on them while cooking in the adjoining kitchen.  They also entertained a bit and were having a large group of friends and family coming in for memorial day weekend. So flexible seating was on my mind.  I developed a plan for breaking the the room into different zones for kids space, dining, and kicking back in the living/TV room and put everything together into a 3-D model. 

After some follow-up meetings with the clients they loved the layout and furniture selections but had decided to forgo the grey walls.  They had been living with the yellow for a while and it had grown on them.  They had also been experimenting with some new artwork and were beginning to be drawn to some brighter colors and they asked for those colors to be incorporated in the space.  So I worked to bring some more color and pizzaz into the space in a tasteful way that wouldn't overwhelm. 

In May I traveled back down to Florida, with a dining room table and loads of accessories in the back of my SUV ready to complete the install.  Lucky for me my parents live just a couple hours away from my clients house, so I had the added benefit of the world's best assistant for the day, Mom :) and so in a whirlwind of a day we brought months of planning into fruition. 

Considered pops of color with kid friendly fabrics, flexible furnishings, and custom details like a Horse Chestnut dining room table that I built for them (can't forget the woodworking!) and original artwork, photography, and ceramics to create a warm and welcoming space for this family.  You may notice that there are no photos of that glorious pink chaise that I specified in the design plan above.  It unfortunately did not make the delivery in time for when I was in town, so I wasn't able to capture it soft, velvety deliciousness.  I've heard that they're loving it though, and kudos for folks willing to go out on a limb with a pink chaise! 

Interested in seeing more spaces that I've worked on?  Head over to the portfolio.