Practicality Meets Panache

Project Location: Nashua, NH.

I was recently tasked with designing a space that can be used in multiple ways: for relaxing moments, a non-traditional work-from-home space, and for a more formal dinner space…challenge accepted!

My clients provided me with a “blank slate” meaning no previous furniture, no desired layout, no set color-scheme, etc. So based on our initial consultation, I knew yellow was a color they would like to see accented in the room, accompanied by mid-century design.

Knowing the room needed to include furnishings that would be practical in multiple ways; I picked out a dining table that could also function as a desk. The specific set included below comes with four chairs; however I included only three chairs to give it more of a desk look, while keeping the extra chair stored somewhere else for when they need it. By the bay window, I positioned two large chaise lounges, which can be used to relax, read, use laptop, etc.  

To add some panache, I went with a timeless and classic color palette of yellow, gray and ivory. For the furniture and lighting, options were narrowed down by the mid-century style previously mentioned, which aligned and was complimentary with their more modern living space I had previously designed.

See below for two options I created and presented. My clients chose to move forward with the second option, so stay tuned for updates and before/after pictures coming later this fall.

Floorplan - Dining/Office/Sitting 

Floorplan - Dining/Office/Sitting 

Option A Design Plan

Option A Design Plan

Option A Design Plan

Option A Design Plan

Custom Furniture by Yours Truly...

Project Location: Pelham, NH.

I am always looking for new and inspiring ways to grow as a designer, and recently I have been dipping my toes into the custom designed furniture pool.

My client was looking for a farmhouse style table that was narrow, yet long enough to fit in their kitchen dining space and the options that existed were not "perfect", so I decided to design one that was! 

Typically, dining tables are 38-42" W x 64-72" L and this one is 30" W x 84" L, aka completely customized and fitted for a specific space. 

By creating a custom design from start-to-finish, it allowed everything from the size, stain color, base paint color, top style, antiquing levels, etc. to be exactly what the client was looking for.  

It was a huge success all around!

You can find the furniture maker, A Vintage Wren on Custom Made

Pro tip: when picking out the table's stain finish, make sure to not only coordinate it to your hardwood flooring and other wood finishes; however make sure if you're doing a painted base, that it works well with the home's trim color.

Officially Open for Playdates!

Project Location: Andover, MA

While I know most of you are used to seeing my before & after re-creations more suited for adults, I want to share with you a playroom I re-designed for a client who wanted me to transform the space for her active sons.

My main goal for this room, was to create a space that would look presentable even when it was actively played in. To achieve this, I replaced their small area rug with carpet tiles, which covers and protects most of the wood floor, while creating a larger space for the boys to play on and contains all of their toys without it looking cluttered.

My client requested a sitting area where she can host other moms and children for a comfortable play-date so I knew a loveseat near the bay window would be the perfect addition. By adding this loveseat in this particular location, it created a nice frame around the drapery while simultaneously creating a relaxed comfortable social area. I also picked a dark and textured fabric for the loveseat, so it would be able to withstand any inevitable stains that occur. I then added fun patterned pillows to add a pop of color to the room (so fun!). 

For storage and organization, I found stackable bookcases which hold smaller toys and games (legos, hot wheels, puzzles, etc). For coloring and playing I found a long desk to go against the wall with base storage compartments for paper, crayons, and markers. For a finishing touch, I added a bulletin board which neatly displays the kids’ newest works of art. Since task lighting was needed I found cute and inexpensive desk lamps for each side, which adds a flash of red.

Music to My (Clients') Ears!

Project Location: Littleton, MA

I always enjoy working on a room that relates to my clients' favorite things, hobbies, collectable items, etc.

My clients love going to concerts and playing guitar, so I wanted to create a wall that was the focal point of their living room that featured posters as well as their beautiful arrangement of guitars they have collected over the years.

I had their music posters reframed by a local gallery, designed the layout, and hired an art installer to hang everything to match my vision and...voila! This wall is a statement in their house and also very functional and convenient for whenever someone wants to have a jam session.

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California

I flew out to California last week for a 4 day install. I styled 6 model apartments and common spaces in a four-story luxury senior living facility. It was a lot of fun and so rewarding to see all of my selections come together with the buildings finishes, furniture and fabrics.

I will have photos to post soon of the actual spaces! But here are some non-design photo highlights :-)

Views from the plane - flying across the midwest to California

Views from the plane - flying across the midwest to California

Gorgeous live succulents outside of a coffee shop, taken on a mid-day coffee break walk

Gorgeous live succulents outside of a coffee shop, taken on a mid-day coffee break walk

YUMM! Avocado toast - a true California breakfast

YUMM! Avocado toast - a true California breakfast

 

 

Shipping off to California!

These 6 pallets of product have shipped and are on their way to California!

The pallets include accessories for community common spaces, hallways, dining rooms and 6 model apartments. All accessories were carefully selected and curated for each piece of furniture.

Pictures to come in a few weeks, as I am flying there to do the installation!

Granite Shopping

Today I went shopping with my client, who is building a new home in Newton, MA. We went to LeaMar in Marlborough, MA to select the slabs for their kitchen.

We elected granite for it's durability and natural characteristics. There are only a few granites that I really really like. This is one of them - it goes by Royal White, Cold Spring and probably a few other names depending on the supplier.

It has so much natural beauty and character. I love granites and stones where you can see the mica and quartz crystals inside. Those tiny clusters add so much beauty, a touch of glamour and luxury to any space.

The kitchen will have bright white cabinets and the flooring is going to be stained in a warm brown finish.

I can't wait for it to be installed...!

Royal White Granite

Royal White Granite

Up Close Royal White Granite

Up Close Royal White Granite

Emerald Green

I always enjoy working on a project where my client requests that his/her favorite color(s) is incorporated into the room. I see this as a positive challenge to subtly feature the color(s) within the furniture and accessories. 

In a recent project in Dunstable, MA, I worked with emerald green as the dominant color and in order to successfully incorporate this into the room, I kept the rug, ottoman, and end tables very neutral. I also added some floating shelves to provide an extra element where family photos could be displayed.

Family Room Floorpan - Dunstable, MA

Family Room Floorpan - Dunstable, MA

Option A - Interior Design - Dunstable MA

Option A - Interior Design - Dunstable MA

Pillow Options - Interior Design - Dunstable MA

Pillow Options - Interior Design - Dunstable MA

Pillow Options - Interior Design - Dunstable MA

Pillow Options - Interior Design - Dunstable MA

Plenty of Tables!

Project Location: Andover, MA

The "Andover Family Room Design" post below is updated with this photo. You can read that post for the background.

I think four coffee tables are better than one! What about you? They fill up the space so nicely with all of the seating around them and they allow plenty of surface area for her two twin boys to play their games on, while storing a lot underneath.

Before and after pictures coming soon.

Family Room Design -Andover, MA

Family Room Design -Andover, MA

It's coming together!

Project Location: Bolton, MA

Today my client had their furniture delivered from Ethan Allen, where we ordered 2 sofas and an end table. Their new rug that I had sourced was also set up in the room - it's looks just as I imagined and works so well with their art. Their motorized window shades and luminette sheers were also installed for an updated and modern look.

I am so happy with how everything's coming out! We are still waiting on their coffee table ottoman and new accessories for their built-in. More pictures to come!

Family Room Design - Bolton, MA

Family Room Design - Bolton, MA

Custom Window Treatments - Family Room Design - Bolton, MA

Custom Window Treatments - Family Room Design - Bolton, MA

Family Room redesign

When working on a redesign, I always welcome my clients to bring me something they'd like the new look to be inspired by, and most recently I used a larger piece of artwork which allowed me to pick out the fabrics from Ethan Allen (solid beige chenille, textured beige/navy chenille, navy suede leather, and a geometric light blue) shown in this picture. I am very excited about this transformation and will debut the new room coming this April!

Fresh Paint

Project Location: Andover, MA

The area rug and drapery panels came in for a dining room I recently redesigned, and now it's time to select a new paint color to complete this fresh new look!

An important tip to keep in mind when repainting is to choose the paint color after the new furnishings are decided, so then it's easier to coordinate a new color that also compliments the new features.

Laying Out Tile

Project Location: Concord, MA

This morning I worked on a tile layout which was a porcelain tile with a marble pattern for a custom shower and floor I designed for my client.

The shower tile will be staggered/brick style when installed but it was easier to lay it out this way for the installer.

Picking a graphic tile like this one invites creativity since I can move around each tile until I get the perfect look!

Tile Layout for a client in Concord, MA

Tile Layout for a client in Concord, MA

Here are some updated photos of the progress!

Kids Playroom

Project Location: Andover, MA

A huge advantage to doing what I do is having the opportunity to work on a wide variety of rooms which also allows me to showcase on my blog for your viewing pleasure!

I recently designed a playroom for a client who wanted me to transform the space for her active sons. My main goal for this room was to create the space that would look presentable even when it was actively played in. To achieve this, I recommended a very large area rug to cover most of the wood floor to break up all of the hard surfaces and to keep the floor scratch-free (for the most part!) 

My client requested a sitting area where she can host other moms and children for a comfortable play-date. Given this request, I decided a loveseat near the bay window would be the perfect addition and would nicely frame the drapery while simultaneously creating a relaxed comfortable social area. The loveseat fabric options that I recommended are darker and textured as they would be able to withstand any inevitable stains that occur. Also, fun patterned pillows are a great accent piece and will add a pop of color to the room.

For storage and organization, I found stackable bookcases which hold smaller toys and games (legos, hot wheels, puzzles, etc). For a work surface for coloring and playing, I provide two options for the client to decide on: a small square table and a longer desk to go against the wall with base storage compartments for paper, crayons, and markers. For a finishing touch, I added a bulletin board which will neatly display the kids’ newest works of art. 

These few furnishing additions will transform this space into a playroom both parents and children will enjoy!

Playroom Floorplan for Option A & B

Playroom Floorplan for Option A & B

Playroom Option A - neutral scheme

Playroom Option A - neutral scheme

Playroom Option B - colorful scheme

Playroom Option B - colorful scheme

Playroom Floorplan for Option C

Playroom Floorplan for Option C

Playroom Option C - colorful scheme with different work surface option

Playroom Option C - colorful scheme with different work surface option

Playroom Option C - Double Desk

Playroom Option C - Double Desk

Playroom Window Treatments

Playroom Window Treatments