peg board in a tiny kitchen

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his tiny kitchen is used a lot by this very talented cook but was lacking accessible storage. We were thinking a couple high shelves on the brick wall, but since she’s 5’2″ tall, not a great option so we opted for a large pegboard. To make sure it didn’t make the space feel cramped I held up a large pan and let her walk around; we both agreed it was fine… and it is!

She painted it red which looks great with the rest of the apartment.

entry: before + after

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his amazingly huge hall was quite sad when I first arrived. These clients just moved in, and the 2 large bookcases were left by the previous tenant. Since this apartment doesn’t have a coat closet I treated the space like a large walk-in closet. 

To keep it simple, we installed four 7-peg wood racks and reused the existing bookcases; the wider one is at the end (not pictured) holding hats, gloves, scarves, etc, and the skinny bookcase is now on it’s side along the floor under the hooks to hold shoes and water bottles on delivery day.

The finishing touch is the art above. These pieces didn’t work anywhere else in the apartment and are perfect in here.

 

entry: before + after

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I really love this entry hall. My installer created this lovely display of art and a mirror (an absolute for any entry). She’s still looking for the perfect bench to sit along the wall underneath to finish the space.

A double row of hooks are great for kids so they can learn to hang their coat on their own. We originally thought of having the hooks where the art is but then you would see if from the playroom and the living area so we put them on the side wall instead. 

chic sophisticated yet fun playroom

This client’s new apartment has this room just off the living space which they’ve designated the playroom. Their goal was to create a fun and inspiring space for their 2 kids to play but to also keep it clean, organized, and as stylish and chic as the rest of their space.

The chest of drawers, baskets, and toys are all from their previous apartment. We installed floating shelves for displaying toys and small picture ledges in lieu of a bookcase. The 2 smaller picture ledges are for a few beautiful and delicate books. She’s shopping for a floor lamp to sit in the corner, just right of the chest of drawers, otherwise the room is just about perfect…

pots + pans storage

I’m helping this young family settle into their new apt by reusing what they have including these simple Grundtal rails, one of my favorite products from Ikea.

Before installing them we were concerned that having the pots and pans on this wall would make this corner feel cramped so we held it up to make sure and it wasn’t a problem. They’re both tall so we placed the top bar as high up so things are out of the way yet still easy to access. We placed the deeper pots on top with the pans below so nothing is in the way when you’re at the stove.

This simple idea has made them both really happy to be able to easily access and store everything without taking up precious cabinet space and they love the way it looks.

the weekend house: beach chic

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This is the final paint colors for the house. The client’s didn’t want to do one color throughout, they wanted each room to be different while making sure each had the same overall feeling which we’re calling beach chic.

Before we met they showed me the colors they were leaning towards and from there we worked out exactly which color would work best. Slight variations make a huge difference and can only be truly seen in the space you’re painting; what looks best at the paint store isn’t always best. I simplified the colors (they had about 8 different colors throughout) and recommended painting the ceilings the same colors as the walls in most of the rooms instead of using a standard Ceiling White. The open living/dining area has tall sloped ceilings which means they have a very large surface and I wanted to make sure that line wasn’t broken making the space feel smaller.

Here’s the plan:
– living/dining area walls and ceiling Benjamin Moore Metropolitan AF-690
– living area accent wall Farrow + Ball Downpipe #26
– bedroom walls and ceiling Benjamin Moore Cloud White OC-130
– bedroom door and trim Farrow + Ball Downpipe
– kitchen ceiling and walls Benjamin Moore Barely There
– guest room ceiling (shared ceiling w/kitchen) Benjamin Moore Barely There
– guest room walls Benjamin Moore Picnic Basket

I always recommend matte or flat finish for walls and ceiling, eggshell or satin for trim and/doors. Most walls aren’t that perfect and eggshell just highlights every imperfection, but with a matte/flat finish, the walls recede and give a cleaner look.

the weekend house: floor plan

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After studying the pictures, and thinking about their needs, here’s the proposed floor plan. Working with this and the budget, I sourced pieces, some temporary (dining table, sofa, living area rug) while others are hoped to be kept long term (dining chairs , dining area rug). The budget is nice but modest so the goal is to make it look, feel, and function nicely as soon as we can so they can really start enjoying the space.

They sent me the progress shots (shown). The next step is to finalize choices of the pieces we’re missing and figuring out new solutions for those pieces in the proposed floor plan that didn’t work once they measured things out in the actual space (which you MUST do before buying anything) like the desk in the back room and the dresser in the bedroom.

The next post will show you the paint colors we selected. From there, then we can talk about the details like pillows, window treatments, etc. Oh! they tossed a sheet over the bay window in the dining area since it looks directly into their neighbors house.

the weekend house

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I was so happy when former clients, a married couple, called to say they purchased a small weekend house in Jersey and wanted my help getting the place together.

The showed me pictures of the home (with the former owner’s furniture, shown) along with about 100 images on pinterest they gathered for inspiration. We discussed budget, how they wanted to ‘live’ there, and the overall feeling they wanted to space to have. We decided ‘beach chic’ summed it all up and took it from there.

After giving me a floor plan with dimensions, I created a furniture plan to figure out what pieces they needed and what sizes would actually fit the space which you’ll see it in the next post!!

my inspiration board

I had a cancellation the other day so I spent the morning changing up my inspiration board. I switched out a few images I was bored with and added some new ones. Lots of these are pulled from magazines but there are also images pulled from the web that I printed on photo paper. The pink drawing in the last image is a my nephew’s signature penguin.

stone fox bride entry wall: before + after

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After helping her with her apt (sorry, no pics) this client asked me to take a look at her showroom. While I loved just about everything she did, the front door lacked something. It wasn’t bad, but you can see it from every angle of the space so I felt it needed a bit more punch. I suggested painting the door and framing it with pictures.
 
We settled on Farrow & Ball‘s Pink Ground, the perfect subtle pink. If you don’t know Farrow & Ball they’re a small company out of England who make superior paint and wall coverings. And since they only have 132 colors as opposed to the 10,000+ colors offered by other brands, it makes picking the perfect color easy.
 

We bought a ton of simple white frames and she picked some of her favorite images from books and magazines. My art installer and I pieced it all together, image by image… It took most of the afternoon but was worth it. . .