One Room Challenge // Week 3

18 October 2017
It's Thursday again so you know what that means -- time for One Room Challenge updates!


We are barreling into this week with LOTS of big updates to share. However, with these updates come some major changes to the design plan. Honestly, the only way I can think of to explain it is that my initial design for "Bathroom to Best Room" is having a major existential crisis. 

Huh?! You ask.
Let me explain. I say.

Here's the deal. 
Brian has been working very hard to get the tile installed (floor last week and wall subway tile this week), and now that I see these major design elements coming together, I fear that the artwork I had originally selected for the bathroom is all wrong.




Now, art might be an afterthought to some but to me art is such an integral part a room's design. It's the soul of the space. And as we know, I absolutely love the Beachside Lady painting and I wanted to showcase it in our "Bathroom to Best Room" as a way to bring in bold colors to an otherwise white and neutral space.


However, now that the wall tile is up, I just have this gut feeling that the Beachside Lady, with its dramatic black frame and stylized lines, is too harsh and that I need to soften the "institutional" feel of the subway tile pattern with more feminine artwork and finishes. Does that make sense?

So, I'm swapping one beachside lady for another. 


The watercolor painting has softer colors and the feminine frame compliments the natural wood vanity.

Below, I've simply cropped out the artwork above the toilet in my concept illustration and I already feel like the room makes more sense and blends with the rest of my house, which at the end of the day is most important to me: to create a beautiful bathroom that fits into the style of our home. This is just the nature of the beast with interior design- sometimes design concepts change as your vision becomes real life and you just gotta role with the punches!



Commence the domino effect: these changes will affect my choices for the area rug and linens. Yikes. Is anyone else experiencing an ORC Existential Crisis during Week 3? If so, please comment below. It's nice to know I'm not alone in this totally non-existent problem!


Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for mid-week updates and check out the other participants' Week 3 updates here!

One Room Challenge // Week 2

11 October 2017
It's Week 2 of the One Room Challenge and I definitely have a lot of updates to share!


First I'd like to announce the unofficial ORC hashtag for my bathroom update, since the #worldsokayestpowderroom was already taken.

Inspired by the beachside lady in her teeny-green-bikini who is living her best life, I'm ready for this bathroom to be living its best life.

Therefore,
#bathroomtobestroom
it is.

One Room Challenge // Week 1

04 October 2017
Oh boy, here goes nothing! I'm back again for the One Room Challenge!
This is my second time joining in as a guest participant in the biannual six week challenge to design and finish a room of your choice. Linda of Calling It Home started the ORC 12 seasons ago and these days it has become so popular that House Beautiful has become a media sponsor for the whole shebang!

Last time we madeover our powder room. Originally dubbed the "World's Okayest Powder Room," it is now my favorite room in our house. This round we will be finishing the upstairs bathroom. At this point the upstairs bathroom is used by our whole family and when we moved into our 90 year old colonial the bathroom was a plethora of mauve and polished brass and diamond-motif-painted ceramic and ... as I write out these items I realize I AM currently loving mauve and brass and diamond-shaped-motifs in 2017... but believe me when I say this bathroom was totally 80s outdated and all "gag me with a spoon."

So let me spare you the ugly. This is where our journey begins:


Over the next six weeks, I'll be selecting the fixtures and finishes for the bathroom including floor tile, wall tile/shower surround tile, paint colors, vanity, lighting, hardware and accessories. My lucky husband, whom we will refer to as "Bri-Guy," will be installing said design decisions.

Makeover Monday: Cali-Cool Teen Bedroom

28 August 2017
It's Makeover Monday and since the summer is coming to an end (frowny-face) I thought I'd share one last taste of summer decor with this Cali-Cool Teen Bedroom I recently designed.


My client is a 16 year old girl with great style and she and her mom felt her existing beige bedroom was not reflecting her vibrant personality. So, we started brainstorming.


During our initial meeting, my client told me loved the look of her Lilly Pulitzer weekly planner and this Lilly pineapple pillow. We decided to use these pieces of direct inspiration for her bedroom design.


I was thrilled to learn that she didn't shy away from bold colors, so we just went for it. And when I say "went for it," I'm referring to the very bold (and oh-so-beautiful!) deep pink ceiling that we painted in Benjamin Moore "Peony".  For balance against the vibrant ceiling, we painted the walls a crisp white.


For graphic effect, we used this oversized 30"x40" pineapple art print from Minted and custom-framed it in a deep pink. (Tip: while custom framing can get pricey, it can create a "wow" moment in your space. We opted to frame this without glass, saving a bit of $$ while still getting the look we wanted!)



 Fittingly, when we installed the finishing touches on this bedroom, my client was away on a West Coast trip that was wrapping up in LA. I love this Los Angeles print from Rifle Paper Co. right above her cozy reading nook and our next step is to add some of my client's own photographs from her visit to Rodeo Drive and Hollywood!



 This project was such a fun one and I love my clients! You can find more ideas on my Pinterest boards and Instagram.

Now, onto the next season!

Cinema Room Makeover at Ronald McDonald House

02 August 2017
I am so very excited to share a very special design makeover project with you!
I've been hinting on Instagram for the past couple months that I was involved in a special project at the Albany Ronald McDonald House and now that it is complete I can show you the results.


A bit of personal background:

This October I'll be celebrating 15 years of being in remission from Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer of the lymph nodes. It's an exciting anniversary to celebrate and I feel so lucky to be in good health. This project came up at a time when I was looking for a way to provide design in a charitable way. When I heard that a group called Leadership Tech Valley through the Capital Region Chamber would be renovating the basement "fun rooms" at the Ronald McDonald House of Albany as their 2017 class project, I jumped at the chance to donate my design services.


The rest of the Victorian house is beautifully finished and it was now time to transform the tired and dark basement into a state of the art movie theater to be used by the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Our goal was to provide a fun, exciting space for the families to make happy memories in during an otherwise trying time.

I met with the LTV design committee and together we came up with concepts for the space. From there, I generated design boards with inspiration images and detailed drawings with fixture, furniture and finish selections along with technical drawings for millwork designs.

And without further ado, let's get to the before & after photos. The transformation is pretty incredible! 







I designed a faux ticket booth out of trim that is applied directly to the wall. The ticket booth is directly across from the bottom of the stairs, so it is the first thing the families will see when entering the space.





We included gold and brass details to create warmth against the dark walls.


We layered rich textures and colors, including the faux-tin ceiling and velvet drapery. Applied picture molding around the brass sconces creates a finished look. And how about that tin ceiling? It's acoustic tile designed to look like classic tin and it's definitely a showstopper in this space!


And it wouldn't be a movie theater without a fully-stocked concession stand and working popcorn machine, would it?



Thank you so much to the Leadership Tech Valley team for trusting my vision and allowing me to help create such a special design at the Ronald McDonald House! I so hope it brings smiles to the families staying there.

Wisteria + Dwell with Dignity Contest

14 June 2017

Wisteria + Dwell with Dignity are challenging designers to create conceptual dream rooms using only inventory from the Wisteria collection. I'm back with my second entry for the #wisteriamood contest using only products and images from wisteria.com.

To set the scene: imagine waking up and sipping your morning coffee in this Breezy Breakfast Nook while enjoying ocean views in Newport or Nantucket or Southampton (it's your fantasy after all; you choose the location!)

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Wisteria has long been a favorite of mine for product sourcing. Their global-inspired products add a unique touch to any space. And after following Dwell with Dignity for awhile now, I am so inspired by a company that is devoted to using design for the greater good by providing interior design as a new start to families who are overcoming homelessness and poverty. 

Winners of the contest have the chance to collaborate with Wisteria on a product where part of the proceeds will go towards Dwell with Dignity.

Thanks for the opportunity, Wisteria + DWD! 
(Love always, Your Biggest Fan)

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