Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my ADID followers! 

I am especially thankful and grateful today and I know I wouldn’t be able to have my dream job if it weren’t for my amazing network and support system ranging from my family & friends, and of course my clients.  I hope you all have the most wonderful day with your loved ones!

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Entry Design

What is better than providing two options to my clients? How about three! Check out a recent redesign of an entryway for a client in Haverhill, MA. These options allow for a freshened up space that is functional and casual with a touch of rustic style. Which one is your favorite?

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Burberry - Chicago

The Burberry building and store in Chicago showcases how an iconic print/pattern can also translate into a beautiful and architecturally show-stopping design. Hands down my favorite building in this city! Check out this beauty!

Exterior of Building

Exterior of Building

Exterior of Building

Exterior of Building

Exterior of Building

Exterior of Building

Interior - 5 stories of glass dividing wall

Interior - 5 stories of glass dividing wall

Interior - 5 stories of glass dividing wall

Interior - 5 stories of glass dividing wall

Andover Open Concept

I’ve been actively working on a new redesign in Andover, MA which includes a complete kitchen renovation, new dining space and family room!

Here are some fabrics I am using from Ethan Allen which were inspired by my clients beautiful art.

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Here is the final design board, highlighting most of the furnishings that will be in the space.

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Stairway Gallery Wall

[before & after] of an easy yet personalized way to liven up an open stairway wall by adding photos and/or a collection of artwork 🎨🖤📷Tip: don't feel rushed into filling the wall - take your time with adding to the collection. Start in the middle and add on each side.

The New Feng Shui

How do you mix positive energy with decor?

With these crystal sculptures of course. I am loving these accessories from Homegoods and creating all the positive vibes possible with these beauties.

If my clients are open to this idea, I will incorporate crystal accessories on their bookshelves, end tables, nightstands, coffee tables and more!

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Bath Tile

I love this installation of the Glazzio Tile picked out for a hall bathroom I designed in Newton, MA.

The shower/tub side walls will be finished with a white porcelain tile and the floor will be a gray 12x24 porcelain to match the gray in the accent tile.

Final pictures of this bathroom in the coming months!

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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!