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Mod Cottage Before & After

Well, I’ve got a yummy post today.  Everyone loves before and afters, and since I’m so tardy posting anything at all that is going on around here- and there’s been a lot, I figure a short and sweet feast for the eyes is in order.

My client hired me to help finish out three rooms in her home: the living area, master bedroom, and turn a third bedroom into sitting room.   She recently painted the home, and that was our jumping off point. She also wanted to reuse much of the existing furniture while layering in some new pieces.   The living room did end up with a new light and neutral wall color (Ben Moore Spanish White) to allow the new eating area, window treatments, and accessories to shine.  I dubbed this project mod cottage as we mixed clean lined modern pieces into the mix while retaining the cottage feel of the home.  This also helped blend some of the new construction a.k.a contemporary aspects of the home with clients transitional style.

I also owe a huge thank you for photographer Sean Litchfield’s  great talent!!

Enjoy!

 

 

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April 7, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Holly Gruszka - Hi Meghan, I’ve enjoyed following along with you on Instagram so I thought it was time I hop over to check out your website since it seemed like I’ve always identified with many of your posts. And indeed I do right down to your design philosophy. Keep up the great work and these before and after photos are incredible. Again, such a nice job.

Spring Gardening

I’ve got landscaping on my mind.  With warmer days settling in,  along with the final details coming together for the sunroom/playroom addition, we are also trying to incorporate a new patio connecting to the the sunroom.

We have a cute garden path right next to the sunroom as well, and the new addition will actually come out 3 feet closer to the path:

It will be brimming with plants in the months to come.  Besides the bulbs coming up and the Hydrangea vines against the fence, I’m not sure whats there.  I’d I like to imagine it could look like is something like this (ok, perhaps I need a warmer climate):

Photo credit: DK- Garden Design

Or this (more to New England climate):

Photo Credit DK – Garden Design

I’ve been reading up on Piet Oudolph, a landscape architect who is somewhat new to me.  I really love his philosophy of incorporating many perennials, and indigenous plants in a landscape.  His gardens are wonderfully wild and structured all at the same time.

Some of Piet’s work:

 


His gardens are meticulously planned and organized yet they really feel natural.  Hiring a landscape architect is not on the horizon for us, however, I was happy to learn that Mahoney’s garden center in Winchester will provide a landscape plan customized for your house for a very affordable fee.  Similar to the type of interior design services I provide, they can make a plan, and you can implement it yourself, or for an added fee they will do it all for you.

I’m not one with a green thumb- its somewhere between green and black, but I do like to garden.  Since we didn’t move into our house until September of this past year, we missed nearly all of the flowering season.  From what I can remember, there are ALOT of plantings.  I am pinning away ideas on my Pinterest boards, see here and here, but I don’t plan to do much this year in the way of landscaping.  I will focus on getting a vegetable and herb garden going, and wait to see what sprouts up in our front and back yard over the summer.

I will be following my own advice though, which is to get a plan nailed down, and to purchase the right the first time.  An overall vision will keep us from purchasing or doing things that will be a waste of time and money, or really don’t make sense in the long run.

Also, I found a useful gardening tip sheet on getting your spring gardening on. Check out the link below.

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/7915493/list/Northeast-Gardener-s-April-Checklist w=300

Happy Spring planting!!!

 

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Lighting Options

I’ve been making alot of different lighting decisions as of late both for my clients and myself. To me lighting is like the jewelry of a room, and like accessorizing an outfit there usually is more than one choice that can work well.  Do I go vintage and give a little patina to the room, or do I go clean and simple and modernize the room?  I have agonzied over some of these decisions!

For a pilates studio I’m working on I find myself trying to source interesting lighting that will replace all the awful flourescent lighting yet feel appropriate and functional to a large space.  I think simple track lighting is the answer, but I found these and L-O-V-E the possiblites they offer:

They are a bit like track lighting AND chandelier-like……hmm mulling still.

For a Florida beach house, I want to walk that fine line of selecting table or floor lamps that instill that down south beach vibe without being themey.   My client made some suggestions of her own. I like them all, but feel each one can hold their own and would compete if grouped together: (all from Regina Andrew)

In my own house, I find making a final call on my bedroom overhead light has been impossible! I have time to think this through since it likely won’t get installed until our master bath/sunroom addition is in the works. Our ceilings are pretty low. Only 7.5 feet,  but our room is pretty long at almost 20 feet.  This makes selecting any sort of “pretty” light a difficult task.  It can’t be too big or it will nearly be at eye level, but it also can’t be too small and look…well dinky.   Lets face it too, there just aren’t too many large semi-flush mounts out there!

Here is our room again (light will replace fan):

 

Here are some of the options I’m contemplating:

This one leans modern against the more trad paisley of my drapes.

This one- adds a lot of character with its aged metal but still seems really graphic with the white glass and black edging detail:

This one, which is definitely a flush mount with style and substance:

or this one which is elegantly understated:

We’ll see what the final turn out is!

 

 

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Yes! Wallpaper….

Today I thought I would touch on something that I have found to be a bit of a difficult sell for most of my clients.  As the title of the post clued you in to, it’s wallpaper!!!  I can tell you I’ve probably introduced the idea to most of my projects in the last year, and I can honestly say my suggestion of wallpaper has been knocked down by my clients about 70% of the time.  Most of the time my clients even say “Its not the wallaper, its the idea of wallpapering”. I had one such client meeting last night, and I sucessfully sold them on papering their dining room (it will be stunning, see here), but they are still contemplating the entryway which I suggested a grasscloth for.

I think many people still have wallpaper phobia from the horrid wallpapers many of us grew up with- that is: A) you grew up with wallpaper that had lived on your walls since the 40′s or B) you had the country bumpkin with borders stuff from the late 80′s early 90′s.   Let me yell loud and clear that the wallpapers out today have some serious style, and most are now made to come down pretty easily too.

I think designers are using them much more strategically as well.  I often suggest a small dose of wallpaper in spaces that don’t have alot going on otherwise i.e. a dining room, powder room, or entryway.   They add instant texture to rooms and keept them from feeling flat.

Following my own advice I have papered my dining room and entryway.

Here is the dining room before:

And after in light colored grasscloth (I do have window treatments in the works for those wondering):

The entryway is quite small and I didn’t take a photo of it before the paper went up (new flooring in their TBD).  I wanted something to envelope you as you walk in, so I even papered the ceiling!  To me papering the ceiling was unexpected, and adds a little wow factor.   The paper even picks up on the exterior colors of my house.

I hope some of you might reconsider wallpaper for a future project!

 

 

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