A client asked me to put together some accessories for her gorgeous white on white kitchen. And his is what I came up with! Here’s the deal. I’m emphasizing three key details: Jadite, lemons, and natural wood. These will add depth, warmth, and color, but still keep the kitchen airy and fresh. I love accessorizing kitchens with practical, useful things. Nothing bothers me more than a cluttered kitchen so why not decorate with an attractive version of something you will see and use everyday.
Let me explain the lemons. Lemons make great fillers. Instead of flowers, fill up a bowl with lemons. Not that I’m saying don’t have flowers, but in this case, do have lemons. Maybe even a dwarf lemon tree?!? Also, that’s Gwynnie’s cookbook cover. My collage program won’t let me zoom out of the image. I’m not suggesting you have GP in your Kitchen (although that’s not a terrible thing to have in your kitchen), it’s just representing the addition of a fun cookbook or two (or three…) that we’d leave out on the counter.
Collage credit: Me.
It’s hard to think that far back, but just a few months ago, DC was in a super slump of a winter. It was cold. It was long. It was just miserable. It was about that time that David and I were desperately trying to make last minute plans to go somewhere warm. And as luck would have it, the two of us were invited on a trip to the Bahamas with some friends**.
** You see, I had recently met Meg Biram through work (more on that soon!) and we instantly hit it off. Days later (yes days) we began planning a trip together. With our husbands. Who did not meet until we landed in the Bahamas. It’s this kind of weirdness that makes us all good friends. And made the trip a whole lot of fun.
This is our beach. The sand wins the best sand award. It was silky soft and a gorgeous shade of blush.
Our cute little house.
Our first full day on the island was spent deep sea fishing. I caught the first fish. No big deal. That’s me and the deck hand (and my best friend) Mitchell.
We ended up catching eight tuna. Again, not a big deal. Just dinner for the week! We could probably be on “Survivor”.
Our house was just down the beach from this great bar, Nippers. Beyonce and Jay-Z have been known to hang here (before the elevator incident – thanks a lot Solange). We also checked out another cool place called, Grabbers, the first night. The Cloon (that’s what I like to call George Clooney) frequents that place. His fancy tequila is apparently behind the bar. I like the fruity drinks, myself.
Go Jo! Real American hero.
David and I love to travel, and we’re always up for a new adventure. This was no exception. We spent our days at the beach (or on a boat), and played lots of cards by night. We came home well-rested (plenty of reading and napping), tan, and with a boat load of amazing memories.
Be sure to check out Meg’s blog for more info and photo fun!
Photo credits: Me and Meg Biram.
We finally have a stretch of nice weather here in DC, so I’ve been thinking a lot about being outside. And my favorite place to be these days is our new back porch. It’s truly a porch, but we call it the fire escape because it’s really not that big. But it’s bigger (and better) than it was so I’m happy. Let’s recap.
Here’s a picture from our White Party last year that shows our old porch. The steps were so shallow and steep. Dangerously shallow and steep. And the metal awning was just the pits. It would rattle in the wind and echo even the tiniest of raindrops. Plus, it was just plain ugly.
So, we ripped both off and stared fresh. At first we were going to build a landing of about the same size, but at the last minute we decided to go bigger. The landing was 3′ x 3.5′ and now it’s about 5.5′ x 6′. Just enough for a chair (and to squeeze in a second chair). Gus likes it too. It’s getting painted tomorrow, P.S.
It really is a great spot for a little chair, so I’ve just got to find the perfect one. I’ve been looking for a lightweight, comfortable chair that will sit up there year round. So far these are my four favorites and I think chair #2 is taking home the gold.
In addition to the back porch, we’re also going to make a few other upgrades to the front portico. Here’s a little collage of things I’ll be using/would like to use on both porches.
1. I’d love to find something like this for my little herb garden (that continuously dies). Or maybe some hanging plants?
2. My brother is going to make us a new address plaque like this one. I found this one on Etsy. That is not our house number.
3. All the lights around the house are going to be replaced with this Lyndon sconce (in varying sizes) from Kichler.
4. We already have a few of these outdoor pillows from Whitlock and Co. and I’m thinking about getting a few more. And maybe one to sit on our new chair.
Photo credits: David Abizaid and Me.
Here’s where we are today. These were taken on my iPhone so don’t expect too much. Professional photos (and styling) coming this spring.
I totally forgot to tell you about the floor. We removed the carpet and installed this distressed, wide-plank, pre-finished, grayish hardwood floor throughout the suite. It can be seen in the photo above, along with the euro shams, standard shams, and duvet cover that I left out of the previous post.
Close up of the window treatments (with JF Fabrics hardware) and a clearer shot of the mirrored GLAM nightstands.
I actually don’t have any photos of the vestibule YET (that goes for the chair too) but I did have this picture that my wallpaper installer, Michael, sent me while he was putting up the paper. He deemed this one of the best of 2013. I couldn’t agree more.
I spy a gorgeous piece of art over the bed. Take a good look. More on that custom, original, one-of-a-kind artwork (and the artist… and the commission process…) coming up in another post.
And just to keep you on the hook, here are some other details that aren’t pictured and/or aren’t in yet. From left to right: Chair with matching ottoman in custom Jim Thompson No.9 fabric, area rug that’s much prettier in person (not in yet), and Crystorama lighting fixture and Worlds Away console table in the vestibule.
In case you missed it, check out the design plan and before pictures here.
Photo credits: Yo.
So, full disclosure, I’m trying to figure out more creative ways to name my blog posts/projects. “Master Bedroom Update” or “Kitchen Remodel” just sounds lame after awhile. Jeff Lewis uses street names, so I think I’ll try that. I’d never share last names or even cities/states, so good luck trying to stalk my clients. Seriously, though. Don’t. The reason I want to label these projects with individual names is so that I can hashtag them on Instagram. Wouldn’t it be fun to categorize my pictures so you can see all the progress shots I post? I think so. And if you don’t follow me on Instagram, I’ve got you covered. I just added a feature sharing my latest Insta photos on my blog. Look on the righthand side. Now scroll down. A little bit further. Stop! There! Right there! Take a look. And follow me if you want!
Okay, now back to my What I’m Working On (WIWO) post: The Mill Street Master Bedroom (#clinerosemillstreet) project. We’re like 98% done but before we talk about where we are today, let’s go back. Back to the beginning. This is where we started…
My clients asked to keep the bed (everything else could go). Other than that, they really only wanted a true retreat. Some place they could come home to at the end of a busy work day and feel relaxed. And they wanted a little glitz. So, I got to work blending the two ideas together.
You walk into the room through a small vestibule. Bedroom to the right and bath to the left. You can see the entrance in the picture above. My plan from the very beginning was to use a really fun, bold, bright wallpaper here to set the stage for the rest of the suite. From there, with the color scheme set, I would layer in softer, more natural fabrics and decorative elements. And of course a little glam. Here’s my plan.
1. The wallpaper that started it all. I found this wallpaper from Romo’s Black Edition and immediately knew it was the one. My clients liked it too, but still asked to see a few more. We looked a couple other options but ultimately came back to this one. I was happy.
2. Lamps are a great way to add some glitz and glam. These Arteriors beauties are no exception.
3. My original plan called for these raffia covered nightstands from Bungalow 5 (more of that natural feel), but ultimately, my clients wanted something with a mirrored finish. And we could get away with a larger size, so we went for it.
4. After testing NUMEROUS paint colors, I ended up using Mt. Rainier Gray from Benjamin Moore on the walls and a shade lighter on the tray ceiling. Mt. Rainier Gray is the perfect blend of blue, green, and gray which is something we needed. It looks way off in the picture but it’s not.
5. Most of the fabrics we used came from John Robshaw’s collection for Durlaee (one of my all time favorite collections) and Jim Thompson’s No. 9 line (one of my favorite fabric companies). This is a John Robsahw fabric that we used for the custom coverlet. The back of the coverlet is a solid natural linen (without the embroidery) from Stout.
6. Accent fabric from Duralee/John Robshaw that was used for the oversized bolster.
7. The window treatment fabric from John Robshaw’s fabric collection for Duralee. Such a pretty fabric.
8. A last minute addition of a velvet chartreuse pillow from Villa Nova that sits on the chair. (Please note: The chair frame and upholstery are not pictured above).
Finally, here is a picture I snapped during the presentation showing some of the design elements together. This photo shows the striped upholstery fabric (top middle) from No. 9 that was used on this chair and ottoman.
Please note: The euro sham fabric from No. 9 is also not pictured (update your website, Jim!), nor is the duvet cover and standard shams from the Malu collection from Legacy Linens. You can’t see them here, but you will see them in the after pictures!
Photo credits: Me.
A million years ago, I asked you to fill out a survey about where you wanted me to take this blog. And 100% of you asked to see more of my work. Which is totally amazing. Thank you. So, I’ve been trying to shift my focus to that. It’s been way harder than I thought (which is why you haven’t seen much of me). After spending the day working, it’s hard to turn around and well, work some more. The blog used to be a outlet for me, a hobby, but now it needs to become more of a way to document what I do. And that ain’t easy. Blah, blah, blah. I won’t go into all that. Don’t you hate when bloggers complain about things? Like being busy? I know I do. We’re all busy. It’s not about me. It’s about you, my lovely readers. So, today, I want to get back into my “What I’m Working On” posts (“WIWO” for short). Starting with this Dining Room make-over.
So, this isn’t really the true “before” picture. When I was hired to begin work on this project, there was no rug. This was one of the first things we added to the existing room (including the existing table, chairs and china cabinet). The chairs and the faux-grasscloth wallpaper in the existing Dining Room are very similar in texture and color. Both woven and both yellow. So, the idea was to introduce some other earthy tones to compliment all that yellow. And blue. The gray/blue is key.
A few close up shots of the rug.
But then we took it a step further by layering in more pattern (and more importantly color) with the fabrics. See all that blue/gray. Here’s an explanation of my plan to finish off the room.
One. When we redid my client’s Family Room, we used an awesome graphic print from Thom Filicia’s collection for Kravet for the pillows. My client really wanted to recreate that detail in here too. So, I found this fabric from Duralee to recover my clients previously owned wood arm chairs from the Family Room. The plan is to use them as Captain’s Chairs.
Two. Sample of the existing Dining Room chair fabric. This is not the exact fabric, but it’s pretty close. It’s more yellow in person. Have I made that clear?
Three. This fabric tied it all together for me. It’s a printed linen from John Robshaw’s collection from Duralee and it’s on my favorites. We used this for soft shades on the windows. Not pictured: A solid blue linen that I used as a 1.5″ banding along the bottom of the shade.
Four. This striped fabric from Vanessa Arbuthnott’s collection for Lucy Rose Design was used for the window seat cushion. Love the stripe and the colors.
Five: We are still debating on what fabric to use on the Foyer bench cushion. These are two contenders from Quadrille.
Speaking of the Foyer, we also added this console table from Kellogg and this mirror that was found online at Bliss Home & Design. The Foyer is right off the Dining Room, and very open to each other, so it was important that these two spaces worked together. Which I think they do. I’m really happy with the results and plan to have the space professionally photographed in a few weeks. But I’ll be back to show you the snap shots I took on my phone at the time of the install. Stay tuned!
Photo credits: Me. Board created by Cline Rose Designs.