Friday, March 21, 2014

A Spring "Refresh" for A Sweet Girl's Homework Nook

Spring is officially here! What better way to welcome the new season than to do a little freshening up around the house?  Typically we talk about making changes to our own living space, but what about the kids?  Why not get them on board with sprucing up their own space too?  Just as adults need a retreat after a day at work, kids often require a place to decompress after longs days at school. 

This was the idea behind a simple "refresh" I did for my clients' sweet daughter.  My clients wanted to create a comfortable space for their daughter that would inspire her and make her feel special.  My client and her husband each have home offices but wanted a designated space in the house for their young daughter to work. They wanted to create a sense of ownership for their daughter, an area she could call her own.  After a conversation with the client's daughter, we decided to carve out a space in their daughter's room where she could do homework, read, write, stash keepsakes, be motivated and be inspired. 

Here are the results: A fun, light, airy, happy homework nook!
Here's what we did:

Step 1 Update the look.My clients already had this great desk and hutch, but after years of being exposed to the kids, it had seen better days.  We added a fresh coat of paint to the desk and hutch and replaced old and missing knobs with gorgeous vintage glass drawer knobs. 
Step 2 Make the space functional by adding cork board to the hutch and then covering the cork board with  a modern patterned chevron paper.
Step 3 Incorporate cute usable storage by adding the storage ottoman that's perfect for tucking away toys and books and can double as extra seating.  We also bought in some faux leather keepsake boxes from HomeGoods to store her precious photos and jewelry.
Step 4 Repeat design elements.  The glass ball table lamp goes perfectly with the glass knobs on the drawers.
Step 5 Personalize the space by adding ribbon, in her favorite colors, to the lampshade.  Monograms are a great way to personalize a space. Painting an over-sized initial "A" (the first letter of her name) reinforces the idea that this space is just for her.
Step 6 Add a touch of whimsy to keep things fun and youthful!  The bright colored paper flowers, furry pillow, custom painted desk chair and overall happy color scheme of the accessories were a hit with my client's daughter.

We didn't stop there.  We decided to add some spring flair to other areas of the room as well.  Below is a shot of the dresser I painted and topped off with bright yellow tassels for a fun touch.  We used a porcelain cake tray to hold her strands of beads while the vintage silver cup serves as a landing spot for her bracelets.

Both my clients and their daughter loved the look.  The look is simple enough to build upon with accessories and personal touches as my client's daughter gets older.

 What spring touches are you adding to your space?  Need help with ideas for welcoming spring with your decor, contact me at

Friday, March 7, 2014

PROJECT REVEAL: Sophisticated Family Dining Room Makeover

My client, a busy mom of 4 wanted a simple, elegant and "adult" update to her dining room.   She'd been wanting a dining space she and her husband could entertain guests in but would also easily service the needs of their modern family.  Like many families today, their dining room is used for kids' homework and projects and regular Sunday dinners.  However, the room also used to accommodate the occasional adult dinner party or brunch. Based on our conversations about the family's personal style, color preferences, likes and dislikes, we came up with these 2 design plans.

My client fell in love with the design elements in option #2. She loved the energy that the infusion of rich orange, of one her favorite colors, would bring to the space. She also liked that we incorporated more functional and traditional pieces like the large dark wood dining table. The table is huge and would allow ample space for both hosting grand dinner parties and helping the kids homework.   Here are the results of the dining room transformation.

The table, which seats 8 comfortably, is perfect for dining parties and entertaining.
Brass nailhead trim, gorgeous lines and curves, rich color and texture..What's not to love about these chairs?

I think my favorite piece in this room is the chandelier.  The fixture's iron frame combined with the delicate strands of crystal are what make this piece such a unique beauty.  It's simply stunning when lit and is totally worth every minute I spent assembling those gorgeous strands of crystal!  It is sure to be the topic of conversation when guests are gathered for the family's next dinner party.

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