Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beautiful Room of the Day!

I have come across this room before and it always stops me in my tracks! The skillful use of color makes this room inviting and just gears me up for autumn colors and the cozy feel of crisp air like we are having this morning in NJ!

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Few Small Project Updates!

I wanted to share a few small projects that I have been working on with some clients. There are some BIG reveals coming shortly and that is what has been taking up my time lately. Just putting the finishing touches on rooms can take months. In the meantime, my husband and I collaborated on the craft room in the photos below (don't you love the wallpaper my client picked out!) and I also designed this small powder room. Enjoy the photos and I will posting shortly a few more projects! These photos were sent to me by our clients, sorry for the lack of clarity but you get the picture!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Board and Battan Siding Yes or No?

The house we have been renting is going back on the market......we have lived in the house for just about 9 months now and we love many aspects of the house like the beautiful lake view especially now and the close proximity to outdoor activities that we love like paddle boarding, hiking and biking. There are some things that would definitely have to go and/or be changed as well. One on top of our priority list is the windows, exterior doors and siding. We would tackle this job right after a new garage/mudroom and master bath spaces get framed. So we have been crunching numbers and ideas and I think we have decided on the direction we want to move in if we decided to make an offer. I envision an organic, simply clean palette with contrast of light and dark with wood tones. These photos are so inspiring and if things go the way I am feeling, this will probably be very close to the style and color scheme we want!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Client Design Board and Mansion in May Event 2014

I wanted to share with you a recent design board I worked up for a client in Warren NJ. We incorporated their existing beautiful wood bed into the design and everything else was designed around it. After meditating on her inspiration photos which exuded a soft neutral palette, this is what I came up with. I always love clients that give me a lot of feedback and even suggest certain items they may love. This was definitely a collaboration on both our parts!

 There are many finishing elements left to decide on like art work and additional pillows for the bedding but so far so good, we love how the room is coming together!


If you have never attended this event that comes around only every other year, then I must say you need to attend this year. In fact, my husband is there working on one of the designs todays and work is fully underway to be ready for the opening on May 1,2014.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Some Client Updates and a Little Update in Our Guest Room!

We are just about to finish up a gorgeous and I mean gorgeous study install this month! The wallpaper is up, the room is painted and some furnishings have been placed. We are awaiting the window treatments and window seat cushion and pillows which will arrive soon! My client and I are discussing art options and decor details now and I am so happy with the results so far.

This photo shows the wallpaper chosen and some of the fabric and trim choices we are considering!

Here is a sneak peek of the corner of the study, I can't wait to show you the rest of the design when we are done!

I was shopping around in one of my favorite NJ towns, Lambertville. If you are ever visitng the NYC area, take a day and drive out into the country and spend some time visiting the many quaint boutiques and restaurants in Lambertville. You will not be disappointed!

We added a couple of little touches to the walls in our lake house guest room, the antlers I found in Lambertville this weekend and I love how they look!

Have a great weekend!!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Gorgeous One Kings Lane Vintage Finds Today!

I love One Kings Lane for finding that one of kind piece to add interest to a room. Recently, we found a beautiful black and gold desk and rattan stools for two different rooms I am working on. Wait until you see the final reveals coming soon. Today, I was browsing like I always do and just wanted to share some great pieces that might make it worth taking a look for yourselves! Enjoy the day!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Back to Blogging and a Client's Laundry/Mudroom Room Reveal in Summit NJ!

It has been over a month since my last post, the husband and I flew to the Philippines and helped with disaster relief work. We were able to erect in total with our group close to 25 simple pre-fabricated homes on the island of Panay. It was an amazingly rewarding experience and we are so happy to have done it!

Just before we left, it was a crunch to finish up a laundry room I was working on with my husband Briant General Contracting together. We don't always get to work on projects together, so it was really awesome to do this together!

Here is a before photo of the space in the walk out basement before we started construction.

We took this end of the room, reconfigured the bathroom and added the laundry room/mudroom.

The client in Summit NJ, really wanted a herringbone pattern brick floor. So we got a few selections from Morris Brick and Tile and settled on Trainstation. We applied a high gloss finish to the floor to give it a shiny/wet look that would protect and seal the bricks. My husband built the cabinetry and painted them Benjamin Moore's Cloud White. We used antique brass as the finish on the hardware, faucet and lighting. To save some mula, we decided on a silestone counter top from Home Depot that we are very happy with. All in all the room is great! Sorry for the non professional pictures, I took these quickly and without any styling done. Hopefully, sometime next month we will new photos done!

Here are the afters, hope you love it as much as we do! Who wouldn't want to do laundry in a vintage inspired laundry room like this?