Inspiration in the Studio

Project Reveal :: Cary Classic, Part II

Today on the blog we are revealing Part II of our Cary Classic project! These are the secondary, yet essential spaces that make up the home. They are the unsung heroes of daily domestic life: the bathrooms, laundry room, and these days the more popular home office.

Most clients desire an elegant, calming master retreat and we feel like the results in this house were exactly that. A bold patterned bolster and window treatments are complemented by the surrounding soft color palette.

This quiet sitting area is full of cozy textures perfect for a moment of rest.

The master bathroom continues the overall color scheme with touches of metallic for a bit of glamour in the wall covering and lighting.

We added some excitement to the laundry room with our selections for wall covering and tile! Who says chores can’t be fun?

As important as home offices have become this year we really wanted to make this bright room shine! The blue walls and patterend window treatments make a statement for your next zoom background.

We so enjoyed this Cary renovation for a beautiful family! We hope we’ve given you inspiration for making a classic design timeless, yet fun!

Photography: Stacey Van Berkel

Contractor: Asbury Remodeling

Winter Wonderland :: Check out FLOWER magazine!

We are so excited to share!  Last year (yes, we’ve had to wait an entire year to share), our gracious clients and friends gave us creative freedom to turn their beautiful home into a winter wonderland … southern style. We began by partnering with Weston Farms and Bowerbird Flowers to bring their magical touch to the design.

After a visit with Erin Weston at Weston Farms, we decided to flank the gorgeous fireplace with two non-traditional, magnolia Christmas trees! The simplicity of white florals and sparkling lights add to the elegance.

Natural wreaths and delicate florals by Bowerbird Flowers elevate this formal dining room for the season!

Who says a soft color palette can’t be holiday?  Adding layers of natural greens and florals, whether simple or elaborate, will always add that special touch.

 To see the entire feature, please visit FLOWER magazine for more beautiful images and inspiration. The decorations may be a bit different in 2020, but the wish for peace and joy this holiday season is the same.

Photography: Catherine Nguyen Photography

Full feature: FLOWER magazine

Project Reveal :: Cary Classic, Part I

We recently completed a renovation and install for a beautiful family – all completed during the height of the pandemic! Demo began on the main living space the week before the statewide stay at home order so they had a front row seat to the whole construction process.

This traditional family home was remodeled into the ever-desirable open concept floor plan. Without dividing walls between the kitchen and family room, gathering for the holidays will be a little more enjoyable this year!

A modern take on the classic blue and white duo gave this great room space a fresh face lift!

We carried this calming palette throughout the main floor also updating the dining room, music room, powder bath and office.

With finishing touches of silver and gold we think the results are pretty special!

To read more about this beautiful renovation, check out the latest issue of STYLE + SOURCE!


Photography: Stacey Van Berkel

Contractor: Asbury Remodeling

Bringing Vision to Life :: Sconce Lighting

The recent time change has us exploring all the additional lighting needed to really illuminate a home! Sconces and picture lighting over bookshelves are two examples of accent lighting that are best incorporated into a home during the construction design phase of a project.

Planning for the proper placement oftentimes requires a multitude of decisions.  For example, determining the placement of sconces in a bathroom, require the exact dimensions of the fixture along with the mirror and vanity selection.

Getting the dimensions just right can make all the difference in the overall design (and, of course, we believe the results are well worth the effort).

In the case of bedside sconces, consider the dimensions of the entire wall, add the furniture dimensions, and then select the appropriate height for the hardwired fixtures!

Designer tip: the sconce height should always fall below the top of the mirror or headboard for optimum function.

Like so many design decisions, early planning during a project always produces the best results.  It’s these details that make all the difference!

Simplified :: All are Welcome...

This week we are simplifying what to do with that empty entryway space! Your foyer space (however small or large) is the first impression your home makes and in a year of less entertaining we want our guests to feel a special invitation. While we may miss gathering in large groups we want to help you welcome your guests and family home (air-hug!).

Much like a mudroom, your foyer should be equal parts style and function. Curating a vignette should start with the overarching theme of the home and infuse personal touches to spotlight your personality! Choosing a piece of art, mirror or a statement light is a great place to start.

Next add a piece of grounding furniture. Whether a family heirloom chest of drawers, a practical bench or a sleek console all are good options! What form would fit you most depends on the function you need out of your home. Do you need extra storage to hide junk? Do you need a place to perch to put on shoes on your way out the door? Do you have extra space to simply showcase style?

Add your personal touches to leave a lasting impression. Whether coming or going, what do you want your guests to remember about your home? A signature scent in a beautiful candle vessel, family photos in a fun frame, or a collection of poetry or favorite reads can all be great options to inspire.

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