Friday, 4 July 2014

#projectindianroad Part #3 - The Entry

I can't believe it's Friday already, this week flew by like no ones business!

The final space I'm working on for  #projectindianroad is the entry.

This space is tiny & there is no closet for this family of 4. I needed to come up with storage solutions & create a welcoming area for the homeowners on a daily basis & their guests.

Here is what we're dealing with.

I came up with this design.

First & foremost I'm suggesting that the existing carpeting on the stairs be removed & have the entire staircase be painted in a combination of my go to black (Benjamin Moore Midnight Dream) & white (Benjamin Moore Oxford White). The walls will be painted in the same warm white, Benjamin Moore Dune White, as the living room. I would also love to see the interior side of the front door also be painted in Midnight Dream. 

I love the idea of a black & white galley wall on the long wall leading into the kitchen. All of the frames are to be the same size & hung in a grid pattern. I believe they have more impact & look much tidier arranged like this, especially in a tight space.

A colourful overdyed rug from Rugs USA will ground this pint sized traffic zone & cleaver shoe storage cabinet from IKEA will be able to house up to 18 pairs of shoes & not take up much room. 

Do you have a tiny entry? How did you deal with the space & storage?
I'd love to hear you ideas.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

#projectindianroad Part 2: The Dining Room

Good Morning.
Yesterday introduced you to a new project & shared my plans for the living room. Today I'm spilling the beans on the dining room space.

My clients have recently inherited an antique dining room suite. A table, 6 chairs & a hutch. Although they love the the suite as do I, it needs to be split up. 

Here's a peek at the space in it's current state.

Here is my direction for the dining room.

The walls trim & baseboards are going to be bathed in Benjamin Moore CC-700 Smoky Green. When the trim in a space is nothing to write home about I like to just paint it all out. 

We are going to be using both the table & the hutch. The hutch is going to be painted in a high gloss white. The back wall is becoming Benjamin Moore 2146-30 split pea & the wooden shelves are being replaced with glass. New antique brass hardware will be the finishing touch.

The dining chairs are going in a more modern direction. A large piece of black & white photography will hang on the main wall.

The shutters are to come down, they kind of get in the way of the french door & replaced with wall to wall drapery that I will paint myself & have them hung on a simple & sleek rod.

I have opted not to use an area rug in the dining room, that being said, the floor is a very pale maple with a pinky undertone. My idea is to limit the amount of wood in the space,  use a toned down blue green that has been greyed down on the walls, add plenty of white & in turn the pinky tone of the floor will not be as noticeable. 

What do you think about this old meets new dinging room?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

A New Project Introduction #projectindianroad

I met with a new client last week who is looking to refresh their living room & dining room. I'm also going to make a few suggestions to make the for the foyer / entry a little more functional. Today I'm going to share the Living Room plans. The requirement for this space were that it must kid friendly & have plenty of storage for all of the toys that migrate upstairs from the basement. I know this game all to well.

Here's glimpse of the room in question.

There is a 4th wall that is pretty much completely open to the dining room, but I'll share that tomorrow.

I'm so glad this client decided to take me on a tour of the rest of the house because hidden in the basement were a pair of these chairs. Unbelieveable, right! I love these, so they  will be coming up to the living room & replacing the existing love seat in front of the window.

I typically dive straight into the fabrics when beginning a space.  I knew that I wanted something fun, fresh but still be sophisticated for this young family. Once I came across this David Hicks fabric I knew this was going to be the scheme - cream, grey, chartreuse, teal & aqua.

Here is the full fabric & paint selection.

The linen embroidered dot is for the drapery, green leather for a large custom tufted ottoman. The textured grey fabric, teal paint & Turkish Flower are going to transform the basement chairs into greatness!

The side table / chests are actually the Rast dresser from Ikea that we are going to hack, by using a walnut stain on the sides & top, glossy white drawer fronts & some pretty ring pulls. Not only will these look great they will also serves a storage for toys. I love the wall mounted sconces that I found from the Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. as an option to a traditional table lamp, that being said I do enjoy this shapely lamp with the sleek barrel shade. The Stockholm sideboard, also from IKEA, that will be placed below the sofa will also act more toy storage but also hide all the cords, DVD player, etc. that goes along with the TV. 

Well there you have it. Tomorrow I'll show you the dining room.

Stay cool my friends!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014


Remember a few weeks ago when I IG'd this pic of some fabric painting that I was doing for my friend Christine. Well I can finally tell you that it was for her master bedroom makeover, which she reveal last Friday. Here are a few images of the completed drapery. You can also see Christine's master make over here.

I am so happy with how the plain IKEA panels were transformed. I painted & had the tabs removed, created a proper hem & header, adding a lovely white lining to the back & created a simple ripple fold pleat.  

In other new's I met with the super sweet & lovely Nina from Black Rooster & I am beyond honoured that she feels that my hand painted pillows are worthy of her amazing shop. I had 10 designs to choose from & she selected 4 to be sold in both the store & online.  I've got a few great seasonal items up my sleeve that will be exclusive to Black Rooster, but you'll have to wait!

On a side note I need this black pleated lounge chair. It is so amazing in person & beyond comfortable. It's definitely going on the list of new pieces I must have when we move.

Have a great Tuesday.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

#projectmapleavenue The Library & Family Room

Welcome to another Thursday.

I thought I would share the design direction of the library & family room at #projectmapleavenue 

First up is the Library

The beautiful antique desk is going to remain, however we will be replacing the chair with one that's going glossy black & upholstered in a zebra fabric. I'm torn with keeping everything in this room all black & white or is one hit of colour just over the desk. Thoughts? There also needs to be some type cart / hidden something for the printer to go to the left of the desk.

This back wall is getting hacked - an IKEA Billy bookcase hack more specifically- 
In the end it should look something like this. We've toyed around with the idea of wallpapering the back of the book shelves, in a soft black & grey hand painted looking floral with a white background?

The french doors are also going glossy black for some added drama. In front of the window we are placing an antique chairs lounge that is being covered in a black faux snakeskin- I can't wait it see how it turns out. The window are going to have the same sheer treatment as the living room but we will be adding white stationary drapery with black ribbon banding down the lead edge. 

The family room received a pair of newly upholstered chairs - I love them big time! A lovely linen with a sliver thread.

This fabric is for pillows.

The faux croc is for a pair of cube ottomans.
This is just one small area of the room we are still awaiting the 2 custom sofas that are being upholstered in a lovely shade of chocolate - yummy:) 

Art work & area rugs, still need consideration but hopefully we'll make some headway on that front soon. We have a July 16th deadline - aaahhhh!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

DVF for Kravet

I was so excited when I heard that Diane Von Furstenberg was launching a fabric collection with Kravet.
I her effortless style, energy & her unabashed use of colour.
I had high expectations & this textile collection did not disappoint, I was blown away. The colours, textures & patterns are so up my alley.
Anyone out there want a design scheme based on these fabrics as inspiration?

Come feast your eyes.

All of the fabrics are so gorgeous & luxurious. The black & white herringbone velvet is truly to die for - I must have it - maybe on a pair of Milo Baughman chairs - which I am also wanting in a bad way!

I have a big meeting today - I'll fill you in tomorrow.