Vickery Guest House | Project Reveal

This spring and summer has been so busy over here, and I can't wait to reveal some of my latest projects-starting with this contemporary Vickery Guest House. My clients had recently moved to a new property and had big plans in mind!

They had a large outbuilding and wanted to turn it into a guest house for their friends and family. What a great way to maximize space! With essentially a blank canvas, we went to work and began designing the layout. Because we were working with an existing building the footprint was long and somewhat narrow. With a shotgun layout, I soon learned that it was plenty of space for a roomy guest house, complete with kitchen, full bath, living room, master bedroom, and walk in closet. 

While interviewing our clients, I discovered that this project was truly a labor of love. They wanted to thank two of their good friends by giving them a place to stay during the summer for an extended period of time. Stepping back from their personal design aesthetic, they handed over the reigns and allowed me to take control of the overall design and gear it toward their friends' more modern preferences. I was so EXCITED to know that they trusted me enough to have the honor of surprising them with this gift and my design work. 

| DESIGN PROCESS

My clients and I decided on a bold color palette full of blues! From navy to teal, I incorporated several hues to give the space a fresh and modern appeal. I then filled in the rest of the areas with neutrals and lots of texture to balance the space and add textile interest. 

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I love mixing metallics and finishes. The rustic wood, metal side tables, and contemporary furniture makes for an eclectic mix that is inviting and interesting. 

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Because this space was meant to appeal to many guests, I wanted to bridge the gap between masculine and feminine. The clean lines of the wood pieces and industrial lighting, paired with the soft upholstered headboard and printed pillows makes for a great balance. The dark navy acts as a neutral along with the off white carpet, making it a great backdrop for the deep red and mustard.

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Once we had the floor plan decided, I was able to move on to the final selection process. I wanted something bold with lots of personality, since the kitchen is the first thing you see when you enter. I went with a bold gray for the cabinet color. This contrasted nicely with the light quartz counters and allowed us to have a bright kitchen with out being white on white. My clients were learning toward a contemporary look, but nothing too "trendy". I think we hit the nail on the head with this mix of weathered wood, glass mosaic, and chic lighting.

| AFTER

WOW! Can we take a moment to admire that amazing ceiling? Not only did we do engineered wood throughout the living areas, but we also carried it overhead to make for a dramatic ceiling treatment. Nothing says the only application is for underfoot...so don't be afraid to think outside the box! This was one of my favorite things about this space and kept it from feeling too modern. I just love the warmth wood brings to any project. 

We carried the same cabinets, counters, and backsplash into the bathroom for continuity. We then added a simple mirror with more GREAT lighting to give the space it's own identity. Knowing that we wanted to keep the project neutral in style, meaning not too masculine or feminine, we have kept many of the details simple and clean to allow for the accents and art to shine!

The Living Room was  a great size and we needed to maximize seating. The focal point and inspiration piece for this room was a DREAMY blue velvet sofa. I mean, seriously.... I still can't get over how much I love this! Not going to lie, I have been wanting to use a sofa like this for a project FOREVER, and I finally had the perfect application!

I anchored the room with an abstract print rug that was the link between all of our colors. Then, I balanced with space with a pair of great low profile chairs on one side and a large swivel opposite them. The chairs were all neutral with a subtle texture to add warmth and ground the space. To bring the color evenly throughout the space, two large format prints were centered above the sofa, and pillows with throws adorned the chairs. It's always important to keep your eye moving fluidly around the space. By adding color and interest at varying heights, it keeps everyone engaged and connected to the space. 

The last room was the Master Bedroom. It was placed at the back of the guest house and came complete with it's own walk in closet! What lucky guests! I wanted to continue the color story into the bedroom, but rather than limiting myself  ALL blues, I added a mix of warm, intense colors to break things up. The accent pillows and drapery were a brushstroke inspired print and added the PERFECT amount of pop. Also, can we take a moment to admire this headboard! Who doesn't want to lean up against that with coffee and a good book? What a cozy spot to wake up to in the morning. 

After getting the basics down, I began adding in the layers of accessories and hardware. I have to say, this may be a somewhat small space, but I did not let that stop me from big ideas and statement pieces. Some of my FAVORITE lighting is featured in this master bedroom and the kitchen backsplash would make anyone swoon!

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Once all of the draperies were hung, and the final accessory was placed, we were left with a space that felt comfortable and inviting, while still having the vibe of an upscale boutique hotel. My clients were thrilled and the reveal was a hit! 

I can't wait to work with these clients again on their personal home. It is in the early stages of being built, so stay tuned! 

For more information on this project or to start the conversation about planning your own reno, please contact me. I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Holly

Wallpaper is making a big come back | Find out how to choose, use and remove.

Wallpaper has made such a splash in the home décor industry. The polarizing paint alternative and longtime decorating stigma has returned to fashion thanks to super stylish prints, dimensional fabrics, and new materials that make it easy to install and to remove. Offering more drama then paint, it’s a fun way to transform a room and reflect your personal style without breaking the bank.

Why has wallpaper made such a comeback one might ask? A few things had led to the renewed interest in wallpaper. First, people have grown tired of the grays-whites-neutrals and are looking for change. Wallcoverings offers that changes with its personal touch, many contemporary designs and colorways. People want their homes to feel special and unique and wallpaper is the perfect way to do just that.

The new wallpaper designs are much different than the old school. The new digital printing technology offers prints that are oversized and whimsical. The colors are richer and brighter. The fabrics are textured and sometimes three-dimensional. The design choices endless, like Boheme Blossom

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The Innocence Duck Egg wallpaper design is subtle enough to use across an entire room whilst still making a real color statement.

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Let’s not forget the geometrics designs. They range from classical curves to ultra-modern block designs with an urban flavor. From subtle creams and beige combinations to bright bold colors.

Kelly’s Ikat White & Soft Grey Wallpaper

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Installing and removing wallpaper used to be a time consuming and tiring process. However, modern technology including new adhesive residue – has made wonders to simplify this process. There is no more scraping and streaming. The new wallpaper goes on easy and comes off even easier without any damage to the walls. Watch the video provided by Graham & Brown to see just how easy wallpapering has become.

Today’s wallpaper has never been more affordable and more convenient. It gives your room that special touch, depth and design that paint just can’t achieve.  Check out Graham & Brown’s full wallpaper selection here.

Find one that you can't live without? Now through November 1st you can use code SHIPSFREE for free shipping! I just know there will be a perfect pattern for your room. 

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Holly

Misty Meadows Kitchen Reno | Before & After

Another kitchen reno is in the books! And I am loving this one! It has a young and hip vibe, playful backsplash, and oh-so-much storage! Because, let's be real, we all have WAY to many fun (and cute) kitchen gadgets and ALWAYS need more places to put them! Tell me that's not just me....

Keep scrolling for all the details on our Misty Meadows Kitchen Reno!

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My clients came to me with a story that is not unfamiliar. They wanted to update their 70s kitchen, keep the same footprint, add more storage, raise the ceiling, and create a unique space that is a little outside their comfort zone. They wanted a nod to traditional and a stainless steel apron front sink was a MUST. 

| BEFORE

These pics may look familiar to some of you. The low ceilings, dark lighting, laminate, where do I even start. We wanted to keep the footprint the same and make the most of the space. The "afters" are almost unrecognizeable!

| DESIGN PLAN

In order to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary, I mixed a lot of mediums. The raised panel cabinets are timeless and elegant, but I brought things into the 21st century by doing a two tone scheme. The rich dark wood would ground the space on the lower cabinets, while the white uppers would make it feel larger, brighter, and new! Because they wanted to be pushed a little outside of their comfort zone, I selected a multi-tone pennyround tile. It has classic appeal with it's shape and size, but a more contemporary attitude with the graphite, gray, and off white hues. The quartz is a newer material, but in a marble pattern which again is the perfect transition from old to new. Add in some bling with the lighting and cabinet hardware and you've got yourself the perfect recipe for a stylish kitchen update! (pun was most definitely intended!)

They also wanted to add storage to their adjoining dining room and create a place to serve large dinners. I designed a built in buffet to accommodate lots of storage for linens and serving platters, while allowing for a buffet in the center. It tied the two spaced together and made the dining room more functional for entertaining. 

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| AFTER

What a transformation! I was beyond thrilled with how this one came together and how it completely changed the space! 

And don't you just love how the dining room turned out? I would love to host dinner parties for friends and families in this space! The hint of pennyround with the dramatic cabinets and lighting are such a gorgeous focal point and really tie everything together!

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Kitchens are the heart of the home and such a smart place to invest. If you are thinking about a complete overhaul or just a small update, don't hassle with the stress of doing it alone. For more information on this project or to start the conversation about planning your own reno, please contact me. I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Holly

Tealicious | My Current Color Obsession

After wrapping up my latest modern beach house project (keep your eye out for more details), I have had teal on the brain! This color is so versatile and I cannot get ENOUGH of it! From modern to traditional, subtle to intense, this color is so classic....and right on trend!

For those who are brave, try a bold teal tile in the kitchen or bath, like our Mid Century Master Retreat shown on the bottom left. If you want something inviting yet not so permanent, go with a sofa or accent chair in a rich jewel tone. And if those are still too daring, add in an accent wall in one of our favorite teal colors with a couple of accent pillows and succulents to liven up an existing space. 

Keep in mind the intensity of the color can also dictate the mood and style. If you are traditional at heart, stick to deeper, more muted shades. If you want a more lively and modern space try going for a lighter hue. If you seek airy and bright, think seaglass tones for a beachy aesthetic. 

For more tips and guidance on how to modernize your space with fresh color, please contact us to talk more about the possibilities!

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