7.24.2014

Taming the Two-Story

My client contacted me for help with drapery for her family room. She was perplexed about how to dress the windows in her family room with a very high ceiling:
While I knew that she was only asking for window dressings, I had to suggest more to help with the soaring ceiling.
We added a simple wood molding to separate the bottom story from the top. Then, I convinced her to add some color above the molding to add more contrast. Once the separation was established, we were able to address the windows.




Here's another before view of the room -- the photo of her beautiful children is dwarfed by big blank wall.




Here's what it looks like now!
Okay, we went a lot farther than windows......added more color with a gallery wall and painted behind the bookcase too. Oh! And we hung a huge light fixture my client had already purchased.

Hanging simple panels on the lower windows adds the needed finishing touch.
My client chose a fun bright print that pulls out the colors in the rug. Fun throw pillows and a turquoise throw break up the neutral sectional.
The room is bright and cheery, but more cozy too.
A big improvement, don't you think?
Need help finishing your Charlottesville home?
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Ami Smith
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434.465.0738                               434.295.3367

6.20.2014

Vintage Glam Living Room

I know I keep saying it.....but I really mean it -- I get to work with some fabulous clients! I truly enjoyed getting to know these homeowners and am excited to share this makeover.

My client wanted an update to his living room area. He takes care of his mother at home and was looking for a room for both of them.

I was immediately inspired by the gorgeous photos he had enlarged at Stubblefield Photo. These gorgeous pieces of art are of my client's mother and family, providing nostalgia for both my client and his mother, allowing her to remember people in her past when the present is difficult to remember for her.
 I couldn't wait to get them up!
The decor of the room was inspired by the photos - vintage, glamorous. We painted the walls a french grey and added accents of black and light blue taken from the shading in the largest photo. Reflective surfaces throughout the space give sparkle -- on the walls and the media cabinet.


Time for an update:
Gorgeous photos intermixed with black-framed mirrors fill the walls and comfortable seating allows for guests too. Lamps with black shades add to the glamour and a globe on the console behind the sofa was added for the well-traveled homeowner.
A beautiful secretary already in the room got a new upholstered chair with grey piping to match the sofa.

To provide ample seating and a special spot for his mom to sit at the window, we chose a sectional sofa with a chaise. A rotating table allows for storage and a place for a drink to perch.
A dramatic transformation!
Another amazing vintage photo of my client's family hangs in the entry.

It was a pleasure getting to know this mother and son and such a thrill to see them pleased and excited about their new space!

Need help updating your decor?
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6.16.2014

Blank Bedroom

My clients had very little furniture in their master bedroom. We started with a mattress and sidetables from the spare bedroom:
No furniture to hold clothing!
New everything! Green and tan bedding, an upholstered headboard and matching storage bench at the foot of the bed, striped window treatments and beautiful lamps finish the room.

A new dresser for storage and capiz shell accessories on another wall.


Bookshelves for even more storage and a pretty pinstriped chair for relaxing on another wall.

Much more relaxing!
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6.11.2014

Blank Slate

My clients moved into a new home and brought very little furniture with them. When I came, this was their living room:
We chose a soothing green-blue accent to the neutral walls and chose furniture to seat the family of five and guests.

Family photos on the back wall personalize the space -- their two year old proudly showed me the photo of her "as a baby".
Much more comfortable now!

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5.12.2014

Decluttered Kitchen

In helping my client with the move to her new home, it was important to consider the utility of each space specific to her and her family. The previous owners used the seating area in their kitchen as a lounge space with upholstered chairs and had a lot of clutter on the countertops.
With a family of 5, my client needed to use that space for a table. And despite the number of children, there is no clutter. Seriously. Everything has a home and gets put away.
The new lighting makes a big difference. We replaced the two pendants above the island for a more streamlined single fixture. Potlights in the seating area were changed to beautiful pendants above the table. A new soothing paint color on the walls and the island adds sophistication.
And the island is almost unrecognizable uncovered!
The windows are softened with simple linen panels we could use from my client's old home.

Much improved!

Need ideas for your kitchen?
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434.465.0738        434.295.3367

5.08.2014

Accessorizing!

Ah, the entryway -- such a small place to make a first impression! It should reflect who lives in the house, but not be cluttered. It needs to be functional, but not too utilitarian.........

Case in point:
 This family is way cooler than this entry indicates.

We gave the walls a new coat of grey paint and I went shopping.
Now it looks like:

Makes a great first impression!

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at 
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434.465.0738                      434.295.3367

5.07.2014

Big Changes for a Big Dining Room!

I am so excited to share this gorgeous dining room.....and it's not even finished!  One of my amazingly awesome clients moved into a new home. I loved her old space so much, it was hard to see it go, but this one's even better!! And her beautiful things are fitting so well!  Check out the transformation:

Here's what the room looked like when she bought the house:

And here it is today:
You might recognize some of the furnishings in the photo at the top of my blog -- that's her old dining room!

Love it!! 
The Anna French wallpaper and fabric is to die for. Gorgeous drapery by Custom Interiors.
The hardware matches the finish on the chandelier chosen by the previous homeowners like they were made together!

Thanks for checking it out.

Looking for a transformation in your own home?
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Embellish Interiors
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434.465.0738