Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cozy Moments

To spread some warmth and camaraderie with my brothers and sisters in the Northeast, I decided to share some cozy, snuggle worthy images, because sending photos of sunny/warm Miami would just be downright evil. Evil ain't cool.




Stay warm. Stay Safe.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas to Drool For.... And a Little Powdergate

bertoia barstools ; harry bertoia . knoll. "harry bertoia's 1952 experiment bending metal rods into practical art produced a revered collection of seating" .

Kitchens, are perhaps, our favorite room in the home to design, so it's no surprise that they make up the bulk of our design portfolio. It also means we are always in search of the latest products to incorporate in our design work. This week we are looking for backsplash inspiration for an ultra modern kitchen we have been hired to renovate. Come see the images we're swooning over.
Kelly Deck Design for Aya Kitchens. Photography by Rosa Pearson.

Be still my heart for this new found love of using full slabs of marble as a backsplash. The dramatic veins of marble make a bold statement don't they?
Amazing mosaic/tiled wall. Pamir glass in Quartz and mirror.

Shimmering mosaic tile? Yes, yes, yes!


the september issue / sfgirlbybay
Don't sleep on that glass tile. She will not be outdone. Especially when she's all dolled up in black. 

2014 Kitchen of the Year - Kitchen of the Year Steven Miller - House Beautiful....cool backsplash!!

We see you metals of all hues.

kitchen in Cameron Diaz' Manhattan apartment. Emerald cabinets and a brass backsplash

{décor inspiration | pale roses & glittery walls in vogue living australia}

I died and went to the disco in this kitchen. And it was a good thing. Cue the Donna Summers? I'd cook up a storm in this here kitchen.

Wallpaper? You guessed it. Vinyl wallpaper is best for ease of care. Or cover regular wallpaper with plexi glass to protect the wallpaper without losing the drama. 

Dress Up a Kitchen Backsplash

This one always makes me smile.

And the mother of all mosaics goes to this backsplash, chillin in the home of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. *Disclaimer. I'm a HUGE John Legend fan. I once got heckled for loudly blurting out all the words to his songs at a concert. Bite me I said. Our dear friend Kevin sang this Legend song at our wedding. And I was a reporter at the VMAs a million years ago when he made his first red carpet appearance and was so shy he never said a word. Yep. Me and John go way, way back. I'd like to invite myself over to John and Chrissy's house for tea, or wine. Anything just to see this damn kitchen. 
Anywho, now I wanna do over my own damn backsplash. What backsplash has you all hot and bothered?

In other breaking news, the kid is growing way too fast and getting into all sorts of trouble. 

Exactly how does one clean this much powder from a room? Lord help me. Ok, so I was hella mad at first. Then the hubs and I had a good laugh. As did our Instagram followers. How can you stay mad at this kid? Pray for me peeps. Cheers to a great hump day!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thirty Days To Design a Winter Home? No Problem.

This gem of a South Florida condo belongs to a French Canadian couple,  completed in under 30 days. Madness? I know. Did I mention that the couple speaks French, and very very little English? So how in the world did we get this done? Here's the tea:

They have an amazing sister/sister-in-law who, fluent in English, found us via our favorite fabric store Designer Discount Fabrics. They were driving down from Montreal a few days before Thanksgiving to finally see the condo purchased months before. They needed everything including beds, lots of seating, a dining table, sheets, towels. You name it, they needed it. 
We were already drowning with projects to complete before Christmas and I honestly wasn't sure how we could pull this off. But how could we say no once we discovered that all they had were those sad folding chairs? And a penchant for offering us wine at any hour of the day? I relented. 

We whipped together a plan of action for each room making sure to only source items with at least a 7 to 10 day delivery option. Wishful thinking right? Of course there were a few shipping snafus but nothing we couldn't overcome.

We settled on Option 1 for the Living Room with some tweaks of course including moving the desk and chair to the screened in patio and ditching the wallpaper idea in favor of a striped wall for immediate impact.

The paint color, though a neutral, was simply too dark for the light and airy feeling we wanted in a winter home. We settled on some lighter neutrals, and though initial scared to try a striped wall, they relented and fell in love with it once completed.
Our sectional is from Crate and Barrel, always a great price for great quality with a quick turn around. The rug is from West Elm and adds just the perfect splash of color. 

Amanda scored the oversized piece of art from Z Gallerie. It kinda steals the show.
Home Goods never disappoints for throw pillows and accessories. Ditto Target where we also snagged this coffee table/ottoman. Lamps and end tables are from my online fave, Overstock - hands down the best customer service in the business.

Goodbye folding chairs! And hello comfy accent chairs. We managed to load in lots of seating in this living space and they needed it. They had quite the party the day before heading back to Canada.

These little foot stools from Target are the cutest! And sturdy as all hell. Trust me on that.
Lots more seating at this dining table from West Elm. We reupholstered the cushion for the bench to add some interest and much needed softness to the padding.

That striped wall makes my heart sing every time. Done by the uber talented Shaggy, who never ever uses tape.

 And even the tiny foyer got some love. We found this fab 12" deep entry table at Overstock and this fun mirror from West Elm.

All photos by Circle Ten Media
We added some interest with these timeless gift boxes from Target, and added texture with this gourd from Home Goods. 

And there you have it. A project from concept to completion in less than 30days. And this is how we ended our reveal.

 It was an emotional reveal that left even moi in tears. They'd seen pieces of furniture here and there as the deliveries trickled in. But to return home that evening to see it all come together, a home they'd long dreamed of having, was more than they could handle. Wine, lots of wine was necessary. We remain truly humbled that they trusted us - complete strangers - to transform this condo into a home. Merci beaucoup

Wanna see how we transformed the bedrooms? Head over to our Facebook page to see the before and after photos, plus bonus pictures of the rest of the condo. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hello 2015 - A Year of Purposeful Planning

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It's another year people! CANNOT believe we're in 2015. That means we've been blogging for almost four years. Where, oh where, has the time gone? 
Truth is I've missed chatting in this space on the regular, missed hearing of all your musings, your joys, triumphs, cheering you on through pain. So, among the handful of goals I've set for this year is to  spend some more time on these pages. Writing, even in the midst of chaos, still fuels my soul.
So what have we been up to?
A LOT! 2014 was our busiest year yet. The hubs and I bought a house. Renovation is never ending. My clients are all snickering at the irony! I took a selfie. Shocking. I know. There were lots of fun design projects, and a handful of challenging ones that drove us to drink an extra glass of wine every other night. Design, my lovelies, is not for the faint of heart. But who am I to complain about sipping more wine? 
In the breaking news division, we got published in a national magazine - a huge deal that still has me pinching myself. 

We tackled our first model unit....

Three vacation homes


A modern vintage bathroom 

And took part in my very first One Room Challenge which made my home office very, very happy. 

There was even a major moment for the Human Resource department aka the department led by moi. After years of swearing off interns (because we'd had too many moments of horror with past interns) I decided to give it another shot with Amanda of The Homebody Interiors and guess what? She was so amazing that we hired her. Yep, sometimes you gotta give things one more try.

Lots of changes in store for this year and we're insanely excited. I'm always trying to push myself as a designer/business owner and I'm looking forward to seeing where that push takes me this year. I'm also challenging myself to be a more purposeful planner as our first image in this post suggests, and to chatting with you more on these pages. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Style Tips For Your Holiday Table Decor

How are you peeps? I know we've become scarce around these parts, but it's for reasons rooted in being blessed with a bounty of design projects.
This of course means we have lots to be thankful for, including the purchase of our new home. Even though we are many, many moons away from completing all the necessary renovation work, we wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving with dinner at our very own table.

This would be a simple affair with just two great friends and my cousin Lisa who visited from Jamaica as our guests. If you follow along on Instagram you'll know that this was the hubby's first attempt at cooking a turkey and he stayed up all night making a special brine for the poor turkey. 

 Let's just say he was pretty pleased with himself, and man oh man you should know it tasted oh so good!  

Anywho, back to some styling tips for your own tablescape. The table setting was an easily pulled together affair. Our dining table is a white tulip table, we have a mix of old and new chairs and this modern banquette bench. My point: no need to shy away from hosting dinner because you don't have a fancy matching dining table and chairs. The more mixed and eclectic the better.

I snagged the napkins and brass napkin holders on clearance at my local West Elm over the summer, and by snagged I mean I raided that clearance bin and really stocked up because they were about $1.50 a piece. 

The Ikat printed placemat is actually a napkin folded to add a punch of color and pattern to the table. Again, no need to panic because you don't have fancy placemats.

So y'all know I'm a lover of all things Target and purchased this sparkly gold Joy sign weeks ago with no plan in mind. I just loved it and I mean, who doesn't want joy sprinkled throughout their lives every freaking day. 

The irony is that I also purchased the gold, black and white pitcher weeks ago, not even knowing it was part of the Oh Joy collection. Joy and Oh Joy? What a perfect match. A round tray by Nate Berkus, candle holder and serpent candle holders also on clearance from West Elm, rounded out my center piece. White hydrangeas from Whole Foods are my go to florals so course they needed to hold court center stage.

Gold and white table runner? Yes please. Also from West Elm. I loved the hammered detail of these gold chargers from Target. And yes I doubled up on the napkins because hmmmm why not? It's your soiree have fun with it, break some rules, or better yet, ignore the rules.

And that's all folks. Our first Thanksgiving in our new home and we had a great time. And yes, we still have leftovers! The hubby really threw down.

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