This past Monday, I checked a major career goal off my list – one of my projects was featured in Domino! You can see the feature here but per usual, there are SO MANY MORE great images that were not shown in the story. I wrapped the majority of this project up over a year ago and while we’re still working on some small bits of the house, I wanted to share the rooms we had shot professionally. This was a huge renovation and addition – pretty much the entire second floor of the house was ripped off and rebuilt with a good bit of the first floor reconfigured.
Here’s the before…
And after! Yay construction!
When I started working with them, they had already moved back in and the bulk of construction was behind them. Tile, cabinets, counters, overall layout, etc was set. My job was to add that final layer – lighting, color, textiles, pattern and furnishings that make a house a home. That sounds so cliche but it couldn’t be more true. We started with a beautiful, mostly new, mostly neutral shell and over the course of a year made it something really befitting this young family. This house is so full of so many of my favorite patterns, colors, furniture pieces and art. I can’t wait to show you!
all photos below courtesy of Jessica Delaney Photography
The kitchen, family room and breakfast nook banquette area are a good chunk of the first floor and where the family spends the majority of their time. I selected the pendant lights in that gilded finish to warm up all the cooler tones of the stainless steel and the gray island. The stools have the perfect, wipeable seat while still adding a little color and pattern. And they tuck completely out of the way to keep a clear pathway to the family room. Sadly they don’t carry this chevron pattern anymore but these striped ones are a good alternative.
This photo makes me so happy. It’s like all my favorite things in one image! This bar area is directly across from the island and I wanted to make the cabinet feel different and special on it’s own from the other cabinets. Wallpaper to the rescue!
I wanted to keep this side of the room (the breakfast nook) light and kid friendly but still give it some personality and color so it tied into the kitchen and family room. All it took was one amazing pendant light, some pillows and a beautiful piece of art to do just that. Seriously how good is that light? I am crazy about it! I had it custom made and it’s a showstopper.
The starting point for the family room and what really what brought it all together was that spectacular rug. It had all the colors I wanted to integrate into the room via the other textiles and accessories and is so strong on it’s own, you really don’t need to add much else.
Upstairs in the master, we started completely from scratch which is always exciting (for me at least!) One of the things they weren’t able to incorporate into this new space via the addition was a sitting room off the master but the room was large enough that I sort of faked a sitting room by using a small settee at the end of the bed. This works particularly well because the TV is mounted on the wall across from it so it’s a totally natural place to sit. This room is DREAMY. The light and bed are still available here. The settee isn’t but this is a good substitute.
I never like to leave a tv mounted on a wall by itself, especially in a bedroom. It always just feels like it’s a black hole floating there. In this case, I anchored it with a console and a big gallery wall of prints, photos and some three dimensional pieces. Now the TV feels a little more like it’s part of the whole arrangement instead of THE main attraction.
The kids bathroom had a vanity, fixtures and tile when I started but that was it. It’s amazing what you can do with just a few pieces. I added the lights, mirrors and wallpaper and drew color inspiration from it for the rest of the room. Originally I was going to paint those mirrors but I ended up really liking how the gold finish looked instead. Too many of the same finish (ie. paint or flat, not metallic) are fare less interesting than when you mix it up. And everyone please stop freaking out about mixing metals. The faucets are chrome, the lights and accessories are matte black and the mirrors are gold and IT’S FINE. Pretty great, in fact, if you ask me 🙂
This is their little girl’s room and another room that started from scratch. When I started this room she was actually the only girl but now she’s a big sister and this is her big girl room! The story behind this room is a little strange/creepy. I had just started working on the design and was in hyper “looking for inspiration” mode when I saw a little girl at the pool wearing this bathing suit. I became totally OBSESSED with the idea of turning this darling suit into a little girl’s room. I just felt like it had all the elements – the preppy stripes, romantic florals, the hints of navy. I KNEW this was the girl’s room that belonged in this house. My client was totally on board so off I went!
Squeal!!!! Isn’t it so fun? I know lots of not-so-little girls that would love a room like this (me included!) Instead of interpreting the bathing suit literally with pink stripes, I decided to make it a navy stripe and use that on the rug. I think the darker color on the floor really helps ground the light, bright space overall AND it let me play with pink for the bedding (pink on the floor AND on the bedding would have been too much for me.) I tapped one of my favorite artists to interpret the floral part of the bathing suit into a piece of that I could then turn into fabric (and then drapes). I love how they turned out and they’re totally custom which is always so special. They’re literally art as drapes!
This light is one of my favorites right now. I used it in my own house and am getting ready to use it in a really amazing master suite. And that lamp! Oh my goodness I love that lamp and that bright pop of citron. It’s like an energizing jolt to that corner.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour as much as I enjoyed working with this sweet family. Clients who trust you and let you do your thing always get the absolute best out of me I think. And it certainly doesn’t hurt when those clients have amazing taste in and of themselves!