Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Black and White Kitchen With a Surprise Pop of Pink - Yum

This is a story about perseverance and faith. 

Our client Janeka has spent the last five years saving and dreaming of her new kitchen. We first transformed her master bedroom here and have done worked on most of her home over the years. But the kitchen was the big spend and she paced herself, something we encourage clients to do often. Wait, save your coins and get it done the right way. 

We hatched a plan. Her dream was white cabinets and since she's a bit of a diva, I knew she'd be okay with bold black accents. But these pink bar stools were the last thing we settled on! We argued about bar stools for weeks, so much so that I had nightmares about barstools and I even ordered some that were clearly made for the tiniest of people on the planet. Anyway, one day while sourcing for another client, these pink beauties popped up and I knew we had a winner. Janeka was sold and the rest is history. 

Tiny people bar stools! No words Target. No words. 

Here's a reminder of where we started. 

Pet peeve: bar height counters. I hate em and always take em out. Always.

Anywho, here's how she's living and entertaining these days. Counter height always for the win. Much more comfortable. 

Janeka wanted a hood and a microwave. I typically do a base microwave when we have a hood, but she hated the thought so we found this happy medium.

This dramatic backsplash was a home run from the start. 
Love. Love and more Love. 

Love the pink and warmth the walnut wooden legs add to the black and white. Again, a win!

No standard cabinet hardware around here. No maam. 

Those black pendant lights and pink barstools though!

Black sinks are my new obsession! We'll be using them a lot this year. Ditto on the black faucets. We love the black/chrome combo. PS, no one ate those cupcakes - lies, lies and more lies :(

Because a girl needs to pair her cupcakes with wine, we created a little wine area in this little corner next to the refrigerator. 

And that's all folks. Another glammed up and functional kitchen for a client fave. 

Shoutout to our photographer Ricardo of RMS Studio Corp and styling genius Amanda at The Homebody Interiors for another fun photoshoot.  

Happy client = Happy designer. Happy cooking Janeka! Thanks so much for allowing us to design another space in your home and please note, we MUST be invited to all your brunches and dinners because ....

Sunday, April 8, 2018

We've Spread Our Design Wings To California - Via Virtual Design

I shed a tear when our clients Meagan, hubby Dwayne and little cutie Dylan moved to California almost two years ago. We’d spent years working on their South Florida home here and here but alas, Cali was calling and they were outa here. 

But Meagan was clear that we would still need to work together to bring some glam to their new home, so we decided our virtual design service would be the perfect way to get the project done. 
Meagan sent detailed measurements, photos and videos of her combined living/dining room, foyer and family room and we hatched a plan.

his is where we started. The paint color was fine, but the carpet had to go so we recommended hardwood floors, baseboards and new molding details for all the walls.

The vision was for a soft glam for Meagan, who is quite the fashionista and the queen bee of the home. 

We also wanted to give the soaring walls loads of character so added moldings all around. 

And as always, we recommended window treatments all the way to the ceiling to frame those very awkward small windows some developer thought made sense #nowords

Why sir, why? 

The kind of manic details we sometimes have to send with virtual designs, especially when your client is in a different time zone and we aren't there to oversee the installation. Meagan wanted it all done in a few months, which made me laugh hysterically. I mean, did you see those windows? Finding a trusted work room to make them,  in a new city would take some time. Let's just say those were installed early this year.

Anywho, it's finally all done! And here are all the pretty images Meagan snapped and sent our way. I'm envisioning some very grown and sexy dinner parties in this dining room.  

These black and gold chairs were a splurge but oh so worth it! 

Double pendants for the win, even if emergency chain links from Home Depot were needed to suspend from those tall ceilings! In shocking news, Meagan and Dwayne weren't sure about ghost chairs for the dining room but this is where I had a design diva moment and insisted they had to happen! We needed chairs to balance out the boldness of the black and gold chairs and I also didn't want to completely block the molding details since that's the all everyone sees once they enter the home. Win, win. 

But ooooh lord let's feast our eyes on this living room! Quite the stunner isn't she?  

The mirrored console is the same one we used here in their South Florida home. And Meagan and little Dylan did the artwork that sits above it themselves after I told her it needed some custom artwork. Gotta love clients with that kinda skill!

A stylish yet comfy sofa, paired with two statement chairs - I wasn't sure Meagan's hubby would tolerate these but amen for men who trust the vision!

Because real books are a must in my design world. 

And how fab are these accent chests with extra storage instead of the traditional end table on either side of the sofa. 

 And there you have it folks. One high styling space for a very high styling family. We'll share the family room in another reveal but yes people, this amazing design project all happened via emails, texts and FaceTime! And since most of our followers live out of state, clearly this service is just the option to consider if you love our work, live far away but want us to add our magic touch. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Much Needed Patio Refresh via The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge? Yes Please!

* This post is sponsored by The Home Depot 

It's been two years since we first transformed our very bland backyard to a true outdoor oasis for the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge. So I was thrilled when they asked me to participate in yet another outdoor project. 

We whipped up this design plan. 

Which was kinda inspired by this very dress, featured here in a recent blog post. And voila, our patio is once again looking like the outdoor oasis it deserves to be. All the step by step details are shared over on The Home Depot Blog so please go forth and read!

Photos by Ricardo of   RMS Studio
 As for moi, I'll be out back sipping wine every evening. Cheers. 

*I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this patio challenge program. As part of the program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services for promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post also complies with the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Trade Commission Guidelines.    

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Our 10K Followers Giveaway!

Holy yikes! We've hit over 10,000 followers on Instagram, perhaps our favorite social media site, and wanted to show our followers some love! Thank you for your thoughtful comments on our design work, my love of wine and coffee, travel, fashion and all the major love for the little man, Xavier Q. 
To show some serious love, we are hosting a raffle to give away 10 gift items as our own special thank you treat. Click the link below to enter, follow all the entry rules, and share your thoughts on how we can continue to engage you as a follower. We'll announce the winners next week. Enter Raffle Giveaway

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Wine Lounge That'll Make You Green With Envy

One of the joys about being an interior designer, is designing to the specific taste of each client. This happens when you listen carefully, and pay close attention to a client's style and needs. And so, when we first met our client Stephanie, whose kitchen we revealed here last week, we knew she had major style and was open to the unconventional aka a green velvet sofa!
But, in the most serendipitous discovery, we learned that she is also in the wine business via Plum - be still our wine loving hearts! She wanted to create a wine lounge in her very own home where copious amounts of wine could be poured without schlepping back and forth to her kitchen - even as fabulous as it now is :) 

So here's where we started. Stephanie hated the floors so we tackled those first with an upgrade to a white/grey porcelain tile. We loved the molding detail so those would stay for sure, but some fresh paint was sorely needed so we painted all walls and molding in Olympus White
The biggest challenge of course was how to include a large wine refrigerator and her Plum machine without making the space feel like an extension of the kitchen.

 A custom wine bar would be the way to go but oh my word, the details on this gave us some sleepless nights. But in the most shocking development, the black we first chose for the unit, Inkwell by Sherwin Williams had a deep blue undertone which we all missed until it was too late. This was some next level agony because it meant dismantling the entire piece (it includes quartz countertops) and having it repainted with the magical black we now love, Tricorn BlackA painful and pricey fix, that had to be done because black was a major part of the room's color story. The lesson learned - not all blacks look alike!

Oh, lord those cabinet pulls gave us new life! Talk about a scene-stealer. 

Anywho, with that saga behind us we could finally breathe easy and soak in the other design details of this lounge. 

Ummm, like these black and gold chairs! So sassy and sexy it hurts! Still glam, but definitely a great way to add some masculine balance for Stephanie's hubby, Arad.  

But let's get back to that green velvet sofa! When we pitched it and she agreed, we knew we would have a stunner of a space. 

 A space to be loved the most by Dexter, her pomeranian who strutted around like the boss of the domain - that was until brother Theodore came along. 

Here's some more behind the scenes intelligence: we had chosen a very stunning black and white coffee table for this design. But it went out of stock permanently, causing tears all around. But oh what a blessing! Because we definitely needed this wooden table to bring some warmth and balance out the  green, black and gold elements. Lesson number two: sometimes you gotta lose something you love to find what was really meant for you. 

And there you have it folks. Our very first wine lounge and one we are insanely proud of! Major shout out to our style queen Amanda of The Homebody Interiors for working her magic, to Joseph of Miami HomeCrafters for the custom wine bar and smiling through the debacle and our photographer Ricardo of RMS Studio for these amazing pics. 

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