Oh hi. Popping back in from the depths of blogging obscurity. Life has been particularly crazy this past month, but more on that later. For now, let’s ease back into the swing of things by reveling in all the whimsical glory of my new Mario Lopez Torres giraffe lamp found at a favorite new Raleigh haunt: Urbage.
The jury’s still out on whether it’s normal to buy pieces for the future nursery of your yet to be conceived children, but I’ve come to realize there’s no greater regret than a one-of-a-kind piece left behind, so until he’s needed elsewhere this guy will be dressing up my desk. Smiles all day long guaranteed.
Other items of note: the custom storage ottomans just back from the workroom in a vibrant Guatemalan striped woven. There is a serious lack of attractive storage furniture out there and pieces like these are so versatile!
I’m considering having a few more made in my favorite fabrics, any interest? We’re all about form and function over here.
After a busy fall and winter of presentations and paperwork, we’re reaching the finish line with several projects both here in Raleigh and back in DC. Eagerly anticipated custom pieces have been trickling in and I’ve been all too excited to introduce them to their new homes. Here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to:
In Raleigh, my clients heeded my call for a colorful sofa in their very first home. We love how it pairs with their beautiful chinoiserie panel and can’t wait for their custom navy swivel chairs we dressed up with some pretty trim at the hemline to finish off their living room. They’ll definitely be housewarming ready!
Another Raleigh couple welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby girl into this recently completed nursery. It’s such a sweet space and whether its new homes, or new babies it’s always so rewarding to have the opportunity to work with clients during major milestones. Looking forward to sharing professional snaps of this one soon!
Back in DC, a favorite Raoul Textiles fabric was the jumping off point for the living space of this charming row house. I love the shot of apple green against the blues and aqua. Custom Roman shades scheduled to be installed in the next few weeks and a big piece of art for above the sectional will finish off the space.
In NoVA, the bachelor pad’s powder bath got a major upgrade. It’s a teeny space but we punched it up with a new washstand sink, marble herringbone mosaic floor tile, an oblong hexagonal mirror, and an overhead double sconce with black trimmed shades. We’re selecting a few pieces of black and white photography to dress up the walls and are gearing up to kick off the kitchen reno ASAP!
I hope you enjoyed a few behind the scenes peeks at what we’ve been up to lately at LSID (albeit via iPhone photo 😉) I’m super excited about everything in the works for 2016–this funky space and many more not pictured included!
When we first moved to Raleigh, as thrilled as I was to get my hands on a new space to decorate, I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything new for the apartment because–fingers crossed–we’d only be in it a year before finding a home. Well my friends, patience is definitely not one of my virtues.
We’ve hit the sixth month mark and living in an unfinished (un-started would be more accurate) space has been killing me. I’ve been determined to keep my eye on the prize (a whole house to decorate!) but my resolve is slipping. Working from home in disarray while pulling together beautiful schemes for clients seems all too ironic (and mildly embarrassing!) The cobbler’s children have no shoes.
I’m a big believer in the power of our surroundings to affect our moods and mindset, and as I’ve been watching the market and starting to worry it may take us longer than six months to find our perfect home I’ve decided to compromise. No major purchases (i.e I’m still dealing with the cheapo sofa we had to build in our DC apartment to get a full size past a tight corner) but I am going to zhush up our bedroom so we have one finished space with the thought that it will transition to a guest bedroom in our future home.
I mentioned last week that I picked up a big painting of an original textile design in Dallas and that has been the catalyst for our bedroom design. The background of the above photo is the painting (very Paule Marrot, right?) and the fabrics are some favorites I’ve always wanted to use but haven’t had the occasion to. After six months of living without nightstands (I do not recommend) I had a vintage pair lacquered in Benjamin Moore’s Newburg Green–coincidentally before I bought the painting–so I’m glad they work!
Next up, deciding on the headboard shape, finding a pair of lamps, sourcing a rug, and possibly updating our mattress–has anyone used Casper or Tuft & Needle? I’m intrigued by their models…
For the past ten months or so I’ve been working with a wonderful young family on the renovation of a historic row home in Georgetown. The home has a unique layout that many buyers would have been put off by–a kitchen on the lower level–but thankfully my clients saw its potential and we’ve renovated to make the space more functional for modern living, while still honoring the integrity of the home.
We’re in the final stages of construction, and as pieces are coming in I’m getting more and more excited for installation. The before & after photos will be a complete 180! Check out these gorgeous open shelves we had made–blackened steel frames with walnut shelves. That wood grain, right?!
Since it’s a small space, I suggested forgoing upper cabinets in favor of open shelves to keep things light and airy. The lower cabinets are black shaker style cabinets with un-lacquered brass bin pulls which will patina over time. Faux-wood porcelain tile laid in a herringbone pattern on the floor will give us the look of wood without the concern of moisture that the basement level presented.
I’m headed up to DC tomorrow for a few presentations and meetings and can’t wait to check in on this project. It’s always so rewarding watching the pieces come together!
Last week I shared a feminine and sweet progress peek, so let’s swing back to the other end of the spectrum with a bachelor pad update. If you’ve been reading for a while you might remember the bachelor pad as one of my very first projects.
In phase one renovated the first floor living space (you can read more about that project and see the before & afters in this Domaine feature if you’re interested) and now we’re moving into phase two which includes renovations of the powder bath and kitchen which will be completed in time for my client’s birthday this summer. Last we’ll tackle the downstairs bedrooms, office, and bathrooms.
In keeping with the modern masculine vibe of the rest of the home I selected a white marble with black marble mosaic in a herringbone pattern for the floor tile. It’s a narrow space that was thankfully just wide enough for a polished chrome washstand base with a carrarra marble top that we’ll top with a simple hexagonal mirror and a double sconce with white shades with black piping.
The last choice I need to make is paint color. We had all the interior doors painted Benjamin Moore Onyx last time around and I’m debating whether to stick with my black and white palette with white on the walls, or perhaps do a pale gray like Horizon or Oystershell.