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Has anyone stayed at the Dean Hotel yet?!? I came across this guy and have been trying to figure out a reason for me to go to Providence, R.I. just so I can check it out! It’s a hotel that was transformed from a historical building and now houses just over 50 rooms. It’s filled with custom and unique furniture and found objects from around the world – exactly what I like! I absolutely love the attention to detail throughout and hope I’ll get to see it with my very own two eyeballs one day.

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“crushing on” – natural wood dining chairs

I’ve got a little crush…on some natural wood dining chairs. They just seem to look so darn good all the time! I pulled together a few inspo pics of these beauties in action. I also gathered a few of my own faves for you to see – check it out!

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Client Freakin Fabulous: The Guest Bath Reveal

Here is another informative and juicy post from my appropriately named  Client Freakin’ Fabulous. This time around I’m showing you some of the thought process that went into renovating their guest bathroom.

1 // I wanted to do something kinda cool in this cute little space. One of the first things that came to mind when we were pulling this baby together was adding a little visual interest to the floors to draw your eye away from the small space. PLUS having rad floors scores you double points when you can provide your guests with a rad floor for them to take a pic of their feet on for social media! I blame @ihavethisthingwithfloors !! HA!

2 // Add storage!!  Ya see….it was pretty little, and in my opinion if a bathroom is little, you really need to get creative with both storage, AND making it interesting with fixtures etc. so that it doesn’t just end up looking like an updated boring bathroom when your all done. We created this unique floating vanity out of walnut and added leather pulls for interest…and a touch of manly, masculine vibes.

3// To lighten up the room I painted the walls with Dunn Edwards white and changed the shower tile to a simple subway to keep everything bright and clean-looking. Instead of going with basic “silver” shower fixtures, we went with a matte black finish on all the shower trim and shower glass pulls. It was a lot more sleek and fit in with the whole vibe of the house.

4 //  We didn’t stop at the matte black though… Just a touch of brass was added with their faucet and some fun pendants to bring back elements of the kitchen and the rest of the house.. I love the look of it contrasted with the dark vanity and wood built out.

5 // Instead of just mounting a mirror, I wanted to do something a little more unique. We created a shelf out of walnut above the sink that would house the mirror and allow for a fancy Aesop soap and a cactus…or something a little less glamorous…like a curling iron?! 

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“after” photos by Tessa Neustadt

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//Before and After: Client Sandy Castles//

Obvs I have said it a million times…but I love a good BEFORE + AFTER and guess what…..It’s time for another one!!!  Can I just say I absolutely loved working with and adored these easygoing clients that I dubbed #ClientSandyCastles! This house was such a huge transformation turning from a dark and dated space into a light and airy breezy beach pad. I was lucky enough to get to work with architect extraordinaire Eric Olsen and dream contractor Luke of  Showalter Construction who made this project SO great to work on. I have said it before and I am saying  it again, working with talented trades, and really trusting and easy-going clients make for the BEST projects, and Sandy Castles was no exception. It was a really amazing job from start to finish.

So what did we do? Well this house was completely renovated. New kitchen, new layouts, new floors, removed walls, added rooms and a bathroom for their sweet little kiddos. I love how every part of  this home turned out – especially the kitchen and the adorable kids’ rooms. Take a looksie and tell me what y’all think!!

//ENTRY BEFORE//

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//ENTRY AFTER//

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//FAMILY ROOM BEFORE//

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//FAMILY ROOM AFTER//

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//KITCHEN BEFORE//

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//KITCHEN AFTER//

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//DINING ROOM + MAN CAVE BEFORE// 

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//DINING ROOM + MAN CAVE AFTER//

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//MASTER BEDROOM BEFORE//

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 //MASTER BEDROOM AFTER//

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//THE GIRLS’ ROOM BEFORE//

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//THE GIRLS’ ROOMS AFTER//

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//THE LITTLE DUDE’S ROOM BEFORE//

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//THE LITTLE DUDE’S ROOM AFTER//

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photos by: Tessa Neustadt

There is still some other parts of the house that we will reveal….but for now this is the majority of the inside. Hope you like it!!!

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New Office Space Update

Wooowwwzeeerrr! When I say my “cup runneth over”….I am not freaking kidding around. I am so freakin’ crazy excited about our new office space…and as much as I wanted to hold out and wait till it was all done and ready for you, I couldn’t control myself. I MUST  show you where it’s at right now and what my big plans are for it.

We have had a few hiccups with getting things going, mainly because of all the permits we had to pull, coupled with the lack of urgency from anybody but myself, but it has happened. All is swell and we are in the full swing of things.  Demo is done and we are starting framing tomorrow, which I can’t wait to see….maybe I’ll have to sneak in another update before it’s complete.

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We have done a lot of knocking down and there is bucket loads to do. I can’t wait for the building back up part to now start… I only hope I can pull it all off …wink wink

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Get the Look // client freakin’ fabulous // family room

I know some of you have been wondering where I scored certain pieces for Client Freakin’ Fabulous and although I can’t give you my direct sources, I can definitely share a ‘get the look’ with you!

Happy Wednesday lovers!

// 1 Peggy Mid-Century Terminal Chaise Sectional // 2 Colton Coffee Table // 3 marmotinto rug // 4 shoppe pillowsjoyce, cape, fergie, davey, alexis, alexander // 5 vintage african indigo throw // 6 mid-century turned leg planter // 7 womb chair medium // susila rattan ottoman // 9 gypsy sundance print // 10 white palms print //

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pillow combo of the weekend

Happy FriYAY friends!!

Thought I would kick off your weekend with a little pillow combo…enjoy!!

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Client Freakin Fabulous: The Kitchen Reveal

I have been waiting patiently to get into the nitty gritty of Client Freakin’ Fabulous and all that went down in their sweet pad overhaul. I figured we should start with a little kitchen reveal. I am gonna go through the whole process – beginning to end – showing you how we achieved an open and airy vibe for the heart of this home.

1 // The first thing I wanted to do when I saw this space was knock down the wall separating the front room and the kitchen. I wanted to bring more light into the space and make it feel more open to the rest of the home.

2 // I painted the island a darker color and added panelling to the side of it in order to make it feel a little more modern. I also wanted to tie in the panelling from the fireplace and bookshelf in the family room and the island seemed like a perfect place to do it!

3 // The backsplash tile was changed to a 2″x8″ subway instead of the traditional 3”x5” size, giving the backsplash a more unique look. A custom mixed dark gray/brown grout was used to really make the tiles stand out.

4 // Brass was added. Yes, I know it can be a bit much sometimes to add brass when there are tons of stainless appliances, but I am a believer in the mixing of metals and frequently do it myself. I think it turned out fabulous…freakin’ fabulous! ha!

5 // To really make a statement with the island I added a 3″ thick Calcutta top. However, in order to save some dough and have a surface that was a little more durable we used organic white caesarstone for the back counter.

6 // The ceilings are a little low, so I decided to forgo hanging lights above the island and instead just focused on finding a super rad light fixture to place above the dining room table. 

I love the feeling of the finished space! It’s exactly the look we wanted to give our fabulous clients. 

Check it out!

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Designer quick tip

While I sit, sunning myself on the lovely island of Turks and Caicos,  I thought it seemed the perfect time for another designer quick tip….here ya go!

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FYI: Quick Tips for Choosing the Right Sofa

I often get asked about the sofas I use in my designs. “Where did you buy that sofa?”, “How do you determine the size, scale, and fabric and fill?”  My answer is always “I dunno it depends” ha! Ok, I don’t really say that, but the answer to the “how do you pick the right sofa?” question, is that it’s not really such a simple black and white answer. There are a ton of factors to think about. I decided to give you all a little guide and devised a couple of steps on how to pick the right sofa for you.

// STEP 1: Determine how your sofa is going to be used //

If it is a family room sofa that you’ll be using for lounging, it’s likely you’ll want a deeper sofa.  Standard sofa depth ranges anywhere from 36 to 38 inches. If you anticipate using the sofa for curling up and really getting cuddly, or if a family member is particularly tall, opt for a deeper version.  You’ll thank me for this when you’ve plopped down on your sofa watching Netflix for hours on end. We create custom sofas for the majority of our clients, so they receive their perfect comfort level. Typically we use a 40″-42″ depth to get that cozy and cushy vibe.

If the sofa will be used as part of a more occasional sitting area that won’t necessarily be used as your main lounging area, consider a smaller sofa like this loveseat from West Elm.  You can pair it with a few occasional chairs and an ottoman to create a seating area conducive for conversation where people can sit across from one another rather than side by side on a large couch.

Also, consider the logistics of getting the new piece into your space. Be sure that your new purchase is physically able to fit through your home’s doorways, especially if you have an older home. Measure twice to be safe and avoid a big headache! You don’t want to get the perfect sofa home and only be able to get it as far as your front yard! Check with the retailer for delivery and clearance specifications, as it may have a quick reference tool such as Restoration Hardware’s Delivery Brochure. I know this sounds super “formal” and a little over the top “informative” but seriously…I have made this mistake before. It sucks!

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// STEP 2: Identify Your Personal Style //

Seems like a no brainier, but really Knowing your personal style can help big time when trying to narrow down your quest for the perfect sofa and help you choose a style that reflects your lifestyle. If you lean toward the more formal and fancy, or have a “traditional” design aesthetic, a sofa with tufting or a tailored upholstered piece with exposed legs may be a good option, such as West Elm’s Montgomery Sofa pictured below.

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This style of sofa was perfect in the living room of my client freakin’ fabulous lovelies.

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If you tend to be more casual, a slipcover sofa makes a less formal statement and is especially perfect for high-traffic areas or families with small children because you can quickly throw the slipcovers in the wash. Pottery Barn’s Catalina Slipcovered sofa is a great, classic shape with a nicely tailored slipcover. Check out the Louis sofa that I just started selling over on our very own Shoppe page for another cool slipcover option.

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This causal cool loveseat was a perfect fit – size and vibe – for this cute master bedroom.

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If you have a large enough space and want a big ol’ sofa, you need to get yo’self a sectional! I love using sectionals in my client’s homes – it really makes the room feel uber comfy and cozy. You can customize or buy a sectional as is like the Restoration Hardware’s cloud cube sectional pictured below.

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 Dr. client clients fell in love with this sectional that’s just calling for the whole family to jump on and lounge away!

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// Consider Comfort & Fill //

The sofa’s placement and how it will be used determines the type of fill you want in the piece. Sofas are traditionally made of a dense polyfiber wrapped around a foam core, but many retailers offer upgrades such as down-feather cushions instead, for an additional cost.

Obviously, comfort should always be a consideration, but if you can’t afford upgraded fill in each of your sofas, determine where you’d like to splurge on fill by weighing which room receives more traffic. You will likely want to choose an upgraded fill in a TV room where you and your family spend a majority of your time. A super cozy cushy sofa that is a “go-to” for me is the Donato, which I also now sell through Shoppe!!

// Choose a Color That is appropriate for the Space // 

The fourth consideration when choosing a sofa is determining what color you will choose for the piece. If the piece is intended for the main living space, I usually like to recommend you choose a neutral fabric such as an oatmeal or charcoal gray for a couple reasons. One you won’t get sick of it as you may if you choose a pattern, and  color that is timeless and will fit with any décor style. Then furnish the room with colorful accessories such as pillows, an ottoman and art to add color to the space.

If the sofa is to be used in a more occasional sitting room, you can go bolder with your fabric choice, as these pieces tend to be more aesthetic than your staple sofa in the main living area.  You can go with a bright color or a fun pattern, like this one from Anthropologie or this loveseat from Sundance.

Happy Hunting!

 

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/ehow-home/blog/4-tips-for-choosing-the-right-sofa/#ixzz347LLzAPv

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