Today marked a really fun milestone for my career – my very first magazine cover! I’ve been fortunate to have some of my work recognized by The Boston Globe in the past but I’ve never been on the cover of the Sunday magazine and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the project they chose to feature.
Almost two years ago my business changed forever when I met Jessica Delaney. Jessica is a fabulously talented interiors photographer who reached out to me on Instagram about working together. I had never had any of my work professionally photographed by someone who specialized in interiors photography and I was a little intimated by the prospect. That was all put to rest when I met Jessica. We could not have hit it off faster and have since developed not just a working relationship but a real friendship. We support each other, learn from each other, laugh together, complain together…she really is my soul sister in this crazy interiors world and I owe so much of my success and recognition to her and how her talented lens captures my work. But today, I’m going to throw it waaaaaay back to the very first project we worked on together – her own girls’ bedrooms and shared bathroom which were featured in The Globe Magazine. You can read the general gist of the project scope here but I wanted to show you some of the shots that didn’t run in the feature (because afterall they can’t run them all!)
The project included the design of 3 girls’ rooms and a shared bathroom. I’ll share as many sources as I can at the end of of the post! I’m going to start with the bathroom because it’s one of my favorites EVER and I am so happy with how it turned out. Before the project the girls all shared a very small, single vanity space so getting more counter surface and storage and just more room in general was key. And of course I wanted it to be beautiful and cost effective at the same time. Tall order but I think we did it!
Bathrooms are expensive to renovate but they are ESPECIALLY expensive once you start moving plumbing, particularly the toilet stack. For that reason, everything is in the exact same spot it was before, just expanded. We kept things super simple with a calm backdrop and simple materials but played graphic shapes. Those mirrors are everything right? Jessica already owned them – they were hanging on either side of a window in her breakfast area and I suggested we paint them and move them upstairs. They ended up being my favorite part of the room. I will never stop being amazed at how you can transform things with just a can of spray paint. The vanity is something I posted about before here as one of the things I buy over and over again from Amazon. Yes, Amazon! If you’ve shopped for vanities you know once you buy the vanity, the sinks, the faucets and the top, you are into it for like $4,000. This one is $2,200 (buy it direct from Kitchen Bath Collection) and includes a Cararra marble top and backsplash with pretty edge detail, both faucets, and both undermount sinks. We swapped out some of the hardware for those cute pink crystal looking ones. For another graphic punch, the floor is simple, inexpensive penny tiles but grouted in really dark grout. A snap to keep clean and it really makes the round shape of the tile stand out. The shade is custom made from a fabric of my own design (here). Sadly that great shower curtain from Serena & Lily and bath mat from Garnet Hill are no longer available but I’ve tried to link a substitute.
(all photos courtesy of Jessica Delaney Photography)
One of the most fun parts of this project was designing such different rooms for the different sisters’ personalities and hobbies. This is Teagan’s room, a hard space to layout because of windows and radiators and needing to keep access to the walk up attic but I think we did a great job! We painted all the walls this pretty coraly pink and then did the wall behind her bed in Serena & Lily’s coral lamu wallpaper (which by the way is on sale form $60/a roll right now…STEAL!) Let this just be a lesson to you – if you have a room that’s got an odd layout, lacks architectural detail, etc do not underestimate the power of a few rolls of wallpaper and some oversized art. Distract, distract, distract! And do you believe that fabulous Windsor style desk chair was a roadside pickup?! We painted it that lime green and it’s the perfect unexpected color in Teagan’s LEGO building corner. The dresser is from The Land of Nod and it fit like a glove in that corner to the left of the window. And those roman shades…I can’t get enough of them!! That fabric is from one of my favorite Spoonflower designers and it’s just perfection in every colorway.