Design Show in the Concrete Jungle

I attended the Boutique Design Show in NYC over the weekend, which is a trade show held for designers to experience first-hand what all of the upcoming trends will be relating to furniture, fabrics, finishes, décor, and more!

It was very inspiring to see works of art across multiple products and finishes, such as stone tiles and wood and how both can be used in unique and innovative ways…all of which I look forward to incorporating these new concepts into 2019 projects.

I also discovered a unique softgoods company, which I have been looking for, so I can further expand my options to clients. More bedding, drapery and pillow options are here!

Here are some highlights:

Exploring with a fellow Interior Designer

Exploring with a fellow Interior Designer

Wall & Floor Porcelain Tile - consisting of 97 options including wood looks, metal, natural stone, and solid colors. that can be fabricated into any design or pattern

Wall & Floor Porcelain Tile - consisting of 97 options including wood looks, metal, natural stone, and solid colors. that can be fabricated into any design or pattern

So many new throws options!

So many new throws options!

A preview of some new pillow options

A preview of some new pillow options

Porcelain Slabs - to be used for countertops, showers and more…

Porcelain Slabs - to be used for countertops, showers and more…

New Modern Lighting

New Modern Lighting

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

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.

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

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

Andover Family Room Design

When I work on designing new floorplans for clients, there is a basic action plan I put into place which I wanted to share with you so you can have a deeper insight into how I transform bland into glam.

In a recent project for clients in Andover, MA, I worked on a Family Room where existing furniture had been collected since my clients’ college days, and they were ready for a room that felt more sophisticated and reflected their mature style, while also being durable for their very active five year old children.

My first step for all floorplan re-designs is to scale the room using my CAD program, which allows me to figure out the best way the room will function and determine the size/scale for all furniture, rugs, accessories, etc. so that I know exactly what I can incorporate into the room without making the room feel too crowded or too empty. Then…I shop!

I had free rein for the most part, however my clients did request that I modeled the re-design based on existing artwork (see below) they wanted in the room, which is what I ended up using as inspiration and compiling two subtly different looks (one soft & light and the other more playful & masculine) for the client to review. The biggest task was finding a rug that was child friendly (polyester/polypropylene material is generally the best bet) that didn’t throw off my entire vision. After sourcing online and narrowing it down to a couple rug options, I went to a local furniture store to source the upholstery and casegood options for the rest of the design plan.

I generally select casegoods which are very versatile, so “mixing and matching” can be done within all design options. The fabrics showcased below are also one of many color and material options to best fit the clients’ personal preferences.

Below are the two designs I proposed and *updated design with what we are moving ahead with. Feel free to comment which design you like best and why!

Inspired by client's existing art, which will be re-framed for new design plan

Inspired by client's existing art, which will be re-framed for new design plan

Floorplan Option A

Floorplan Option A

Living Room Design Option A

Living Room Design Option A

Floorplan Option B

Floorplan Option B

Living Room Design Option B

Living Room Design Option B

Casegood Options

Casegood Options

UPDATED*

They went with Option B! We swapped some casegoods from Option A, added a floor lamp and new kid friendly table lamps.

Decided floorplan: all but end tables next to sofa and area rug size have changed

Decided floorplan: all but end tables next to sofa and area rug size have changed

They went with Option B! We swapped some casegoods from Option A, added a floor lamp and new kid friendly table lamps.

They went with Option B! We swapped some casegoods from Option A, added a floor lamp and new kid friendly table lamps.

Here is an updated photo of how things turned out - still more to come as things get delivered and installed!

Combining Old with New For the Perfect New Condo!

Project Location: Concord, MA

I am excited to share another example of how I can help downsize, and this particular project is different than others since my clients are not only downsizing by almost 4,000 square feet (wow!), but they are also looking for some fresh new designs in their new condo.

This project consisted of carefully selecting the perfect pieces to allow their new (and smaller) condo to incorporate everything they wanted and needed, without feeling cluttered.  

My client's existing furnishings include a classic leather sofa with matching chairs, and beautiful wood furnishings that I incorporated into their new space. I also added: accent rugs and pillows, a coffee table ottoman, a vintage looking chandelier, contemporary kitchen stools, monochromatic window treatments and a brand new bedroom set.

Below you will see the floorplan and all of the new furnishings I just mentioned, which also includes some alternative options (pillows, rug, etc.) as I often include a few varieties, fabrics, etc. for clients to feel their personal preferences are also met. 

Due to the success of this, I am now renovating their bathroom, adding new closet organizational systems, changing out the bedroom carpeting and picking out new paint colors for the entire condo...and I am so eager to get started! Please stay tuned for updates. 

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