New Construction Bathroom

Bathrooms are really difficult to photograph! I don't think this picture does the space justice, but want to share it anyway. Here's a basement bathroom in a newly completed basement finish. It turned out pretty cool!


Maya Wood and Company

I just got a Facebook reminder that 4 years ago today, I posted about Maya Wood. Ironic that my plan for this morning was to post about him again this year! Maya Wood and Company has grown a whole bunch since the last SHE Design House and I am so grateful he was so generous with his help again this year!

Maya and his team are extremely talented in construction and renovation. Maya has a great vision and philosophy and I have had the privilege to work with them on several projects, including one where they made these awesome barnwood doors for me:
Photo  by Jen Fariello

Maya put more barnwood to good use with the custom daybed I designed and he built for the Design House. Here's a peek at my design:
He has turned this scribble into a masterpiece. You'll have to come out and see it!

I'm heading out this week to do the finishing touches -- my favorite part. The Design House opens May 2 and runs through May 17 at 810 Fray's Ridge Rd in Earlysville. Hours are daily from 10-4. They are open until 7 pm Wednesday and Thursday and are closed Tuesday. Please let me know if you're coming out -- I'd love to see you!


Reclaimed Goods

Hello again.

Just wanted to share a little more about the SHE Design House and one of my terrific sponsors AND give an update on our progress.....

First off, for those of you who are not familiar with the event, the Shelter for Help in Emergency has held this fund raiser since 2010. You may remember way back (can't believe it's been 4 years!) when I participated in the 2011 Design House. Area designers take on the design of a room in a house that is on the market and tickets are sold to tour the home and see the designs. Everything is done on a volunteer basis. All of the items in the rooms are loaned or donated. It is a terrific cause and wonderful way to build community within the designer-world of Charlottesville and those who are interested. I am very excited to be a part of it again this year.

Even more exciting for me is the wonderful group of people I am working with. I recently stumbled upon a new company called Reclaimed Goods who split their time and talents between C-ville and Rockport Massachusetts offering custom furniture and decorative items. Their website is being updated, but you can find some of their awesome creations on their FB page. Becky and Marcus have been so great to work with. They have generously offered several gorgeous pieces for my outdoor space that I know are going to grab a lot of attention.
Marcus and his bother/assistant assembling shelves on the hutch for our outside bar. The back is comprised of vintage doors and the wood is from a local barn. It's gorgeous!!

I'm headed to the house again today to hang another amazing custom piece. So excited to see it go up! I'll keep you updated. And please, if you're coming to tour the house, let me know. I'd love to see you!



Design House 2015

Hey there. I know it's been a while. I finally have fun news to share and am inspired to write -- let's hope it lasts!!

I'm in! After a 4 year, hiatus, I accepted a spot in the 2015 Design House. I say a spot because it really isn't my typical room. I'm collaborating with Maya Wood and Company , Reclaimed Goods and Patina Antiques, Etc. to create a fabulous veranda overlooking the mountains at the SHE Design House in Earlysville this year. It's truly a labor of love, but I am really excited to get to work with these wonderful people and plug back in to the spirit of this fundraiser.

Stay tuned for more information, and in the meantime, if you aren't familiar with the Design House, check out their website:http://www.cvilledesignhouse.com/

And revisit my crazy tween room from the 2011 Design House:
Looking forward to posting again soon!


Getting ready for guests

It's a room that sometimes doesn't get much use, but when you need it, you want it to serve its purpose well: the spare bedroom. This is the time of year that I get the most inquiries about finishing bedrooms from clients preparing for the holidays. Thankfully, this client caught me just in time for a quick redo before her company arrived.

We started with a very blank slate.
My client already had a duvet cover with great color to use as a jumping off point.

I found a quilt in a fabulous deep magenta that matched the bedding exactly and some earthy throw pillows to soften the bed (a new upholstered headboard is in the works).
We used the warm gold color for the walls and linen window treatments.
Wall sconces provide light without taking up space on the narrow nightstands.
The room is now warm and inviting.
We relocated a mirrored armoire from elsewhere in the house and added accessories that provide texture and interest.

Ready for company!
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Guest Cottage

This cottage is such a terrific place for guests to stay - it has a full kitchen, even a washer and dryer! But it was mostly empty when my client needed a place for guests to stay.
This is a view of the main room. My client wanted to be able to use this space both for guests and as a home office for her husband.
Here is the same view today. By rotating the desk, the user has a much better view than the wall. We relocated shelving from her previous home and added a seating area for the kitchen.
Here's a better view of the multi-purpose table area.
The banquette seating is actually a sleeper sofa - it opens up to make a double bed.
The chairs can be used for seating at the table or for guests at the office.
A fun beaded chandelier adds some character and more light.
We customized the kitchen area by opening up the center cabinets and adding a beadboard backsplash.

 I'm excited to share the bedroom and bathroom transformations too.
Stay tuned!

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Making it your own

My client this week just bought her first home -- such an exciting and intimidating experience! She contacted me to help make her living room reflect more of her personality. The windows were dressed from the previous homeowners, the fireplace surround was dated and the furnishings were leftovers and hand-me-downs.
We discussed options for updating the fireplace including changing out the dark marble for something more neutral. But as it often is with buying houses, the leftover budget did not allow for that big of a change. I suggested she try painting it. Yes, this brave new homeowner painted the stone around her fireplace! Using Annie Sloane Chalk paint, she completely transformed the surround. And it looks amazing!
So much better, right?!

We took down the fussy valances and hung simple turquoise panels that enlarge the windows and make the room seem even bigger. New accent chairs in soft pastels coordinate with the new large abstract floral painting above the fireplace.
Love the pop of pink from the new upholstered ottoman too.
I'm still trying to convince her to soften the walls with a light turquoise, but changing wall color can be scary to a new homeowner!
Now this room reflects who lives there!

It's a big, bright change for an Embellished new place.
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