Our New Master Bedroom

If you’ve been reading along, you know that we are moving in a few short weeks. I revealed details of our new living room in last Monday’s post and while we’re keeping a few main pieces, I’m adding some new pillows, art and decor pieces. One of the best parts about moving is that you get to totally refresh your space! Our master bedroom  has needed a makeover for a long time but I was waiting to move because we are upgrading to a king bed (finally!). I’m still on the search for a new mattress but have been narrowing down the rest. In fact, I’m torn between two design options so I would love your input!

Option 1:

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Option 2:

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As you can see there area  few similar pieces but a lot that is different. We have set of grey campaign nightstands that I want to keep – they’re simple, versatile and functional. I also want to use this round mirror that we have – it’s heavy & really pretty in person.

For the bed, I’m debating between a classic upholstered cream bed and this wood upholstered beauty. Either way I will stick with all white bedding but add some color in with the pillows.  I’ll likely do some gray, white and blush.

One main piece that we definitely need is  a new dresser. We’ll have one long, big wall across from our bed that will hold this piece – one large enough to fit two sets of clothes (lucky for us we have a huge walk in closet as well). I’ll either go classic white – with a muted gold hardware – or a light grayish-brown RH lookalike.

The room has a lot on natural light from two large bow windows and an overhead lights, so I’ll stick with two simple lamps – either mercury glass ones that I have or a ceramic white. Not going crazy on lighting here, if you can’t tell.

Whichever design I choose will dictate my rug choice as well, but I’ll keep it relatively neutral either way. I am leaning towards this silver faded fringe, this gray & white Moroccan trellis and this jute braided rug.

Okay, so now that you’ve seen my options…what’s your vote: 1 or 2?!

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Our New Living Room

I hinted at some exciting news on Friday and here it is…South End Style is moving! We’re not going far but we are headed back into a through-floor brownstone in the heart of the South End, my favorite neighborhood of Boston. We’ll be a few short blocks from all of my favorite local spots, including Picco, Hudson & Blackbird Donuts. I can’t wait!

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the adorable front staircase at our new home!

So with moving comes…you guessed it, redecorating! I’m actually selling a LOT of items so you local folks be sure to check it out (armoire, tufted bed, wood bed, tripod lamp, kitchen table, kitchen cart, gold side table, set of lamps, round mirror & nightstand)

We will be keeping some of our current living room furniture, selling a few pieces and adding a few to the mix. Our new living room has beautiful 13′ ceilings with detailed crown molding, a large fireplace, three huge windows & a whole lot of opportunity.  I’ll share more about our master bedroom & back deck (finally!) later but for now here is my design board for our new living room:

I’ll be keeping our current setup with this sofa, these two chairs, this coffee table & my new favorite rug (mine is similar and a killer Safavieh steal from Homegoods!). I’ll be switching out our current ivory/tan/gray pillows for a pair of velvet navy + some contrasting blush pillows for a little more color. I’ve also got a great neutral faux fur blanket that I’ll add just in time for cold weather. A gold + glass accent table will go in between the two accent chairs for additional surface space.

Our TV will be mounted on the wall (not above the mantle) so I’m still debating putting a thin, white console table to balance the space. Above the mantle I’ll likely style this round, gold mirror with a pretty vase and some eucalyptus branches to add some color. I’ll fill in with various white, wood & marble pieces.

To the right of the fireplace is a pretty large alcove (about 6’X13′) where I’d like to put a bar cabinet. I’m not sure which one yet but I’m liking this midcentury modern piece, this green glam piece and this classic, natural piece. Atop the cabinet, I’ll style with a pair of lamps and some bar accessories, like this mixer set. Above the cabinet, I’m debating between an oversized framed fabric piece or a light aerial beach print (I have one framed in white – will decide once I pick a cabinet).

So what do you think? Any suggestions for bar cabinets?

Baby Boy Nursery

Lately, I’ve been helping a couple design the nursery for their third child – a sweet baby boy. You may remember my gender “neutral nursery design” post or my “one nursery, three ways” design (<<– I still love this design SO much, I’m going to be stealing these ideas in the future for myself!). While both of those rooms were gorgeous, this one is going to be a bit different. I’ve actually helped this couple with their entry way, living space, and dining room so I’m very familiar with their style. The home has a lot of charm and the interiors are mainly monochromatic – classic with a twist, if you will.

Here are a few inspirational spaces that we pulled – take note of the color pallet, patterns, key furniture pieces & overall style.

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animal prints + neutral color pallet

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 glider + wall detail

3 arrows and rustic feel

 rustic vibes + patterns

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 accent wall + natural elements

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From these images, we had a few key takeaways for baby boy’s new nursery: a color scheme of gray/navy/brown (the crib & dresser are ones they already had & wanted to use again), a rustic/natural feel (rope, wood, etc) and a few nods to animals and patterns (hence the artwork and bedding). Here is the design board I presented:

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{ accent paint / main paint / ottoman / mirror / bedding / animal prints / glider / pillows }

What do you think?!

I’ll be sure to share more pictures as the room is installed.

White Painted Fireplace: Before & After

Fireplaces can be one of the most beautiful, anchoring pieces in any room. They’re grand, warm, inviting & often the centerpiece of the room. While there are many styles of fireplaces, we often find that when doing a home renovation, the fireplace has to be updated as well. An inexpensive, but impactful option for updating a fireplace is to paint it white. Now this certainly isn’t the best option for every space but if you’re trying to update your traditional home to a more modern, bright feel – this may be just what you need. For instance, take my most recent home renovation project with a family in Georgia. See this beautiful white washed fireplaced with shiplap all the way up to the ceiling:

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cabinets still need doors (going on this week) & shelves need to be styled

Well, this was the before:

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That tv is blocking a half-built shelf. And that undersized mantle? This room was screaming for a makeover!

What a transformation, right?! When my clients wanted to make their large, vaulted ceiling living room feel more modern & bright, while keeping it family friendly, I knew exactly what to do. For starters, we painted the entire home interior (yup, every last bit) SW Repose Gray (the perfect greige!), added crown molding where needed, evened out those massive bookshelves shelves, also painted them white, and then revamped the 1990s looking fireplace. We first added shiplap the entire way up (and wrapped it around the sides), we added an 8′ reclaimed wood mantle & lastly, we had the fireplace white washed. The clients are so, so SO pleased with the finished product. And we had the entire project done in under 1 week!

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 Progress pics of the shiplap – don’t you love the dark bookshelf backdrop we did?

Here are some more examples of beautiful white brick fireplaces – there’s a mix of white wash and full white paint.

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What do you think of white painted fireplaces? Are you impressed with this before & after?

Sister Bedrooms – Ages 3 & 5

We’re in full demo mode down in Atlanta at #proejctwatershineway. The homeowners move in about mid-September and in the mean time we are replacing flooring, adding a mudroom, renovating the master bath, painting the entire interior/exterior and getting the nursery ready for child #3, due a mere 6 weeks post-move in. Are we crazy yet?! HA!

This lovely family has two beautiful girls, ages 3 & 5. As most sisters that age are, they are the best of friends and want to do everything together. They are also in the stage of “I want what she’s having” so when one says she wants pink walls, the other wants more pink walls…you get what I’m saying. So in order to keep the rooms “separate yet equal”, we’ve decided to not have any overlapping colors. This way there is no room for comparison and they can each have a darling space, individual to them.

Additionally, the parents wanted a space that the girls could grow into a little bit. You’ll notice that neither is overly-girly or overly-baby. They’ve got some key pieces that can be mixed & matched in between the two rooms, as well as bedding & art that can be updated as the girls grow. All in all, I’m really pleased with how these design plans turned out and I can’t wait until 6 short weeks from now when it’s all installed!

Sloan, Age 5

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We decided on a gray/white/purple theme here in the 5 year old’s room. She’s getting a “big girl bed” so this adorable gray wooden full bed from PB Kids did the trick (comes in 4 colors!). Her walls will be a light purple with a deep purple accent wall where the bed is. She’s got fun, ruffled purple & silver bedding and a giant polka dotted bean bag to round out the space.

{ bed | paint + accent paintart | rug | bean bag }

Brooklyn, Age 3

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The 3 year old’s room is a little more playful & girly. We’re opting for a very, very light blue on the walls (almost a faint robin’s egg blue) with an accent wall of fun gold polka dots. Her ivory bed will be covered with a pinch pleat blush comforter and some cute elephant print accent pillows in blue & pink (mama is an Alabama fan, after all!). She’ll have some cute canvas bins for her toys and some cute, personalized art on the wall.

{ paint | bedding | pillow | gold dots | mirror | art }

Since the two share a Jack & Jill style bathroom in between their bedrooms, we’ll be sure to incorporate pink and purple into it so that it really feels like a mix of the two.

What do you think?!

An “Adult” Living Space Under $4,000

When I moved in with my fiancee husband (<– still SO weird to say!), we went through the typical “combining of pieces”. This meant his frat-house looking dark green sofa would be adjacent to my cute, tufted cream colored sofa. The dart board got the boot, but the surfing picture stayed. Compromises were made, but now that we’ve been in the space for well over 12 months, I am o-v-e-r it. As in, every time I walk into the living room & see that damn green sofa I get a serious case of the skeevies. Old stained sofa be gone!

So, we are currently plotting how to redecorate our space while (a) keeping it gender neutral (b) purchasing spaces that we can repurpose in the future and (c) stay within budget. Here’s what I’m thinking:

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Put together by these pieces…

 

Of course, we’ll keep a few art pieces we have (especially this one and these frames with our black & white Paris pictures) as well as my favorite candle, ginger jar & pillow. Add in a few good coffee table books (this, this & this) and we’re done!

{rug | sofa | chairs | lamp | coffee table | mirror | vases}

What are your tips for redecorating a space while staying within budget & gender neutral?! Any amazing pieces out there right now for the living room?!

Blue Dining Room


Happy Friday Folks!

Today I’m sharing a really fun post with you. I was recently inspired by Arhaus with an interesting challenge that I couldn’t refuse. The task? To create a design board based on one of their seven different Color Guide graphics in hopes to inspire others on how to design a dream room around their favorite shades. Since we all know color is key when it comes to design (and I usually choose neutrals!), I thought this would be fun! They provided me with seven color guides:

 

At first, I was tempted to go with black (I still may do another one – bathroom with black walls…could be ah-mazing!) But for this go around, I chose the blue. I consider blue to practically be a neutral (we all know my love for BM’s Hale Navy) and it’s a real calm, serene, gender neutral color that’s versatile in practically any room.

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For some reason, I was drawn to designing a dining room (though I came real close to choosing a master bedroom). Maybe it’s because we’ve been unwrapping gift after gift from Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel and we have no place to put it. Basically, I’m dying to host a dinner party in a new non-existent dining room.

Nonetheless, here’s what I came up with:

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What do you think? I am IN LOVE with it all – the classic chairs & rug, mixed with the abstract art and that KILLER chandlier (I know y’all have seen it before – it’s a show stopper!) Tie it all together with this moody blue wall paint by Farrow & Ball and I just can’t even handle it. Someone let me bring this vision to life in your home please! Check out more dining room furniture here.

{ paint | rug | dining table | chandelier |art | chairs }

Your turn! Which color would you choose? What’s your favorite way to incorporate blue into home design?