Our client had downsized to a townhouse, but she had brought some beautiful furniture pieces and accessories with her.However, the only items in the living room were a baby grand piano and a beautiful antique tallboy chest. The space was not very large, so she wanted to move the piano to the upstairs loft. With the piano gone, we were left with an almost empty area to fill.The room is narrow, so we brought in a loveseat and a lounge chair with matching upholstered ottoman.Our client wanted a fireplace, so we contacted a contractor to add a gas one with a carved French surround in limestone. She loved the insert that we found (so do we!), and the contractor constructed a box frame for the wall-mounted TV so that we could add the custom frame surrounding it. We had custom silk draperies made to correlate with the paint color and the fabrics we had selected for the upholstered pieces. Crystal wall sconces, a small French antique table, and a glass table lamp were purchased to complete the room.We then extended the wall color with stripes up the staircase wall leading to the loft area. The soft peachy tones work well with her existing Oriental rug and create a lovely, soft glow.
We were called to assist a very busy couple in updating their kitchen.They did not want to replace or paint the cabinets, which were a peachy-beige color.After talking with them and asking many questions, we suggested painting the main walls a soft gray, with the wall that leads to the family room painted aqua, because gray and aqua play well off the cabinet color.We found a Suzani-like fabric in colors that complemented the cabinets for the window and patio door, along with blinds to block the afternoon sun. A dark gray honed granite countertop was added along with a glass tiled backsplash.We then added under cabinet lighting to make the tile sparkle and the clients purchased new stainless steel appliances.The finishing touches were glass and stainless pendants and a few aqua accessories.Our clients loved the result!
We did some simple updating to this generic “builder’s special” kitchen.The changes were just cosmetic, but they made a huge impact. A rich deep blue wall color looks great against the white cabinets! We added a solid surface counter, new backsplash, and changed the knobs. The blues and golden yellows are so French which was something the client really wanted!We found a beautiful plaid fabric and a toile to re-upholster her existing wing-back hostess chairs and to have the custom window treatments and pillows made for her bench.It was fun to find these items to complement her beautiful collections and two Oriental rugs.
Our very busy clients turned to us to help them remodel the kitchen in their twenty year old home. While the layout was good, and the cherry cabinetry looked fine on the the surface, they wanted to make some important updates. The cabinets were starting to show some wear and tear and did not have any of the bells and whistles they desired (soft close drawers, pull-out shelves, a wine rack, and file drawer storage). Dated laminate countertops, an inefficient island, lack of a suitable backsplash material, and a need to replace appliances led them to this remodel. While the kitchen was basically gutted, we did not need to reconfigure the space other than making a slight change to the island. We enjoyed helping our clients select creamy maple cabinets, a gorgeous Quartz counter by Cambria, neutral stone backsplash in a linear pattern, and striking dark hardwood floors throughout the first floor. Finishing touches included cabinet pulls, lighting (we especially love the oversize lantern above the table), and custom valances and chair cushions. Now, the kitchen is not only functional but beautiful!
This room is an extension of the townhouse living room we also updated.In this room, we did suggest a new Oriental rug to complement the living room colors.While beautiful, the client’s existing rug did not work quite as well.We did reupholster the dining room chairs in two correlating fabrics.We used the main fabric on the host chairs and used that one along with the small-scale plaid for the side chairs. Aren’t those side chairs cute with their knife-pleated skirts?It was a fun way to refresh a very traditional dining room set and give it a bit of a more modern look.
Dining Room 2
Our client had moved to a new home and brought along existing traditional dining room furniture and an Oriental rug. We suggested adding picture molding and deep blue paint below the chair rail to work with the client’s love of all things blue and white.Adding the new host and hostess chairs, Chinoiserie wallpaper border, and elegant window treatments were the only things that needed to be done. We chose a lovely blue and white crewel fabric for the drapery panels and for the seat and inside backs of the two new chairs. For the outside backs of the chairs, we found a velvet fabric in the perfect shade of blue.
Our client had very traditional furniture, including a beautiful antique four-poster bed as well as a lovely Oriental rug.Our task was to use the colors that she loved from the rug and make the master bedroom into a romantic retreat.The first fabric we found was this beautiful embroidered silk.When we showed it to our client, she pulled out a magazine picture that she had clipped with the exact same fabric!Clearly, she loved it and wanted to use it for window treatments and bed hangings, but it was very expensive.To make it work and stay within her budget, we found a much more reasonably priced solid shirred fabric in a beautiful color to pull out one of her favorite shades in the silk.Using the wonderful silk sparingly, we were able to create the bed hangings, dust ruffle and window treatments in a much more economical way, while still achieving the desired rich look. We added finishing touches with pillows and by re-upholstering a bench and vanity chair with several other beautiful fabrics and trims. Swing arm wall lamps attached to the tone-on-tone striped walls, plus a mini-chandelier above the client’s desk, complete this master retreat.
This bathroom was stuck in the 80’s!The biggest change was the wallpaper and matching fabric to frame the tub and shower.The short rods that were chosen swing to allow the shower door to open.The shiny gold shower frame was repainted a bronze color and new bronze faucets were added to the shower, tub and sinks. Matching bronze towel bars were also installed.A new Mirror Mate frame (we are also dealers for Mirror Mate) was added to the large, plain mirror above the sink and the old lights were exchanged for antique brass and crystal.A crystal chandelier was installed above the tub.The dark red arched cabinet is the centerpiece of the room. It, along with a Mahogany Chippendale style shelf that the homeowner already possessed, are perfect to display some of her lovely collectibles. The final result is absolutely a reflection of the woman who lives here.
There was just a little to do in this townhouse loft. The client had already purchased wallpaper and re-upholstered two host chairs with skirts which worked well with her antiques, some African-inspired artifacts, and zebra-print window blinds that she had made. Our challenge was to find correlating fabrics and trims for the custom drapes, piano bench, and side chair.We suggested a painted wooden cornice to finish off the window treatments. The total effect in this space is very traditional with somewhat of a British Colonial feel, yet there is still a bit of quirkiness and fun.
All the walls in our client’s dining room were builder's white and the only items in the space were a piano and a hutch that had been built by the owner’s father. We transformed this boring and barely used room into a comfortable music room. The couple’s two children now have a cozy space to practice their piano and trombone. We created a rich, warm color scheme with reds, browns, and golds for the walls, small sofa and ottoman, and flowing custom-made drapes. Our inspiration for this palette was the Oriental rug we initially selected. Our client desired a Tuscan look, so we chose Impressionist paintings depicting scenes of Venice and the Tuscan countryside. Working in this small space did present us with some challenges, but we were able to overcome them. We sourced small-scale furniture, but wanted to make sure the pieces were comfortable and still allow enough room for moving around. We sacrificed a coffee table in the center of the room because it would have taken up way too much space, but we made sure to provide enough reading light with a small side table between the sofa and chair and another lamp on the lovely hand-painted striped chest of drawers that we placed between the windows. Our design allowed for the most important thing in this music room – practice space for the children. Yet, the rest of the family clearly can enjoy this comfortable space for reading, relaxing, and playing games. Losing the dining room did not concern the family since they prefer to eat in the eating area of their large, airy kitchen. We agreed with them, believing that formal dining rooms which are only used once or twice a year are a waste of space.
We worked on some other spaces in this home, but the powder room really captivated us! We always believe that design should be a personal reflection of the homeowner, and this powder room epitomizes that. Because the client had a number of photos and barbershop memorabilia that were meaningful to her, we incorporated them into the powder room design. We installed a chair rail at a height to accommodate the pictures that we had printed in sepia tones and all framed in dark wood. White beadboard was installed below for a more old-fashioned feel and the walls above were painted in a soft golden tone. Finishing touches were the old barbershop cabinet filled with the items that were so meaningful to this client.