Family Room Refresh- Small Changes = Big Impact

I recently completed a family room redecorating project where my client didn't want to completely overhaul the decor, just wanted a refresh. Objects and art she had collected over time weren't being showcased to their potential or at all, being kept in a storage room. One request was the use of burnt orange and copper hues. The decor was very European traditional- (out of my comfort zone haha) but I knew I could help with the pieces that were existing and a few small changes.

Here are the befores:

The room is warm and inviting however needed more contrast since both walls and floors are pretty light- I suggested 5 small changes:

  1. Make the fireplace more dramatic and become the focal point as it is the first thing you see upon entry of the home. The fireplace frame was very similar in tone as the walls, just seeming to just blend in and disappear as you can see in the first and second pictures (Im sorry about the blurriness!) so I decided to have the fireplace tiled with small black hexagon penny tiles and glazed, then add the very dramatic black framed mirror that was hiding in the corner plus 2 other orange matted frames that were hiding in another corner 
  2. Reupholstering the very light and outdated chairs in a thick stripe pattern- a very traditional pattern used in Parisian decor. 
  3. Switching out the too big glass coffee table for a bench that was in a bedroom, not being used. 
  4. Replacing the current throw pillows with new burnt orange and copper hued pillows.
  5. Making a gallery wall with the most treasured art my client wanted to showcase. 
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While completing the the gallery wall ( yes. I do this personally lol ) I suggested we take out the large green chair and my client remembered she had a chair in a room that could work. The proportions and colors worked and so it stayed. She entertains a lot so we needed the extra seating. We switched out the glass side table and added another existing piece on the opposite side- added another lamp with a black shade and well...here we are! Tres chic! My client is the sweetest and had some amazing works of original art. I'm grateful I was able to help in showcasing her treasures and make her home express her refined and traditional style. 

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DINING ROOM IN ENTRY- ECLECTIC AND ELEGANT

This dream client was overwhelmed and frustrated with the lack of flow in her multi generational household. She has a 10 year old son which brings many other children into the home at times, but was also a caretaker to her father in law now living in her home too. She also entertained quite often- bringing guests for drop in visits. Obviously she needed help designing functional spaces for all these needs.  We came up with a unique solution to this design dilemma- Flip flop the dining room and family room, meaning = dining room will now be in the front of the home. This isn't anything new, however still isn't as common nowadays. It was the perfect solution. In addition, my client is an avid art lover and vintage store shopper her amazing finds and art pieces were used all through out.

UPDATE- This project was featured on Houzz. Read that article here!

On to the good stuff! The befores: 

Former Living Room

Former Living Room

After

After

Opposite wall 

Opposite wall 

After- 

After- 

Former Dining Area

Former Dining Area

After the switch!

Former Dining Space

Former Dining Space

Former under utilized space

Former under utilized space

As you can see my client was in the middle of editing and organizing, "spring cleaning"- They love color and there were few heirloom pieces that I had to design around. As well as making sure her father in laws music collection had a space, and make these kid friendly. The dining table seats 10 so I had to make sure that the switch into the front living room was even viable. Exact measurements here were crucial to this project since we had limited amount of space. Here is a basic space plan to be sure there would be, to allow for comfortable foot traffic flow from the front entry through the dining space and into the family room and enough seating for 10 with the pieces we wanted. 

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Here is a preliminary rendering:

Rendering of the family room:

I made the fireplace and shelving the focal point here as well as divided the long room by turning the sofa to face this. Light was a big issue in this room- Installing 2 sconces and a sputnik chandelier versus recessed cans just made more sense for this family. These sconces add not only much needed light but also interest. 

A treasured piano was one of the pieces that had to stay so I moved that over to the opposite wall of the fireplace, a chair and side table define this as a separate space making this room seem bigger and adding extra seating. Now it's a space for anyone wanting to read quietly or play some tunes!

So that completes this switch! I'm so happy with how things turned out, eclectic, elegant, and colorful. My client and family is thrilled. Mission accomplished. Happy Day! :)

BARCART MAKEOVER

I have been doing tons of purging around my house as of late and use the system I see home organizers use on "Hoarders" (my guilty pleasure, please don't judge haha)

KEEP, TRASH, DONATE

After getting all my bags of donation clothes together, off I went to my local Goodwill to drop them off. Of course I had to peruse what was in the store and stumbled upon this adorable little gem of a cart for $5.99. As the bohochic and 70's bohemian inspired looks are evermore popular and pretty much everywhere now- I instantly saw this carts potential!

Photo: homedit.com

Photo: homedit.com

Photo: Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo: Brian Patrick Flynn

Here is theBEFORE pic after I cleaned it with Murphy's wood soap.

 

I knew I wanted to go bright white with the frame to really freshen it up, but was a bit stuck with the top- after a few options, I decided to cover it with fabric, then cover the fabric with the thinnest clear vinyl the fabric store had to protect the fabric from spills and stains. I saw 2 choices in fabric that I Ioved:

Although I really like the bright green palm leaf print, I felt the cart might look a little too "Golden Girls" haha. My aim was to freshen it up with a modern twist so I went with the geometric print. I love how it turned out.

The casters make this an ideal multifunctioning cart for small spaces and apartments. It can be used as a rolling bar cart, a microwave cart in the kitchen, under a window you can keep your indoor succulents happy, books, or as an entryway table.  

 

 

Updating a Closed Vintage Kitchen

While on an estimate a few weeks agoI was asked to create a brand new layout for a vintage kitchen- the catch being the client wanted to keep it a "closed" kitchen. Meaning no tearing out of walls, no open space concept. After spending some time in the space and listening to the clients needs and wishes, I went straight to the drawing board. When I design any space, I try to get into the heads of the people that will use the space...the flow, the function, then the beauty. Designing to me is about finding solutions to make their lives better and easier in a really beautiful way.

Here are some before pictures: 

Fist thing is cutting off an awkward peninsula that housed the range. This creates MORE counter space (NOT LESS) and breathing room overall, the fridge in the corner gets moved to the other side of the room where the double oven was so now- a another food prep area is created with an under cabinet microwave, open shelving or a plate rack and 2- 3 sconces on the wall to illuminate that dark corner. The large 48" range stove gets moved across from where it was, creating an efficient working triangle. A kitchen this size should have a proper eat-in area so I created a banquette that would seat 6 people comfortably under a beautiful row of windows starting from the sink over- not pictured in the rendering. 

On the other side of the kitchen I'm keeping the long row of existing lower cabinets and glass uppers. I felt this element should stay however updated with new bases and counter tops. The client wants a rolling cart island instead of creating a permanent one. The one pictured here was just to give me an idea as to what size would fit comfortably.

 

In terms of style, they wanted modern farmhouse; Joanna Gaines. I created a public Pinterest board with a few of my material and fixture options here Simple white shakers, matte black or ORB hardware and light fixtures with edison lights. 

The contractor has now taken over the project and I'm confident this project will turn out amazingly in their capable hands. 

Where Do You End a Backsplash?

Ive been getting asked this question lately at the office so here is my opinion- In an ideal world, all upper cabinets would line up perfectly with the lower cabinets, naturally ending at the same point: 

However not all cabinetry is built that way so I like to keep splashes ending where the cabinets end not the counter so that the splash doesn't look like it's hanging off in midair.... 

I found an instance where the subway tile splash was extended out diagonally.  My approach to this would be to end the splash where the cabinet ends and extend the chair rail to meet  at the backsplash:

In terms of bar areas, butler's pantries, vanities, I like keep the back splash contained to just the main facing wall not the sides. LIKE THIS:

NOT LIKE THIS:

Again, I prefer things to look cleaner and more buttoned up so in this case I would've installed the splash along the main wall (not the sides) so that the tile doesn't look like it's just "floating" out into the next wall.  So that's it. My take on this tiny but important detail. Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

YAY FOR BANQUETTES!

One of my favorite things to see in a kitchen besides a built in fridge haha Is a cozy banquette.  Not only do they save space, there is something unique and charming about them.  It makes one feel like you are having a meal at your favorite restaurant. Banquettes are a pretty easy DIY- simply broken down, all you need is a box deep enough to sit comfortably on and some sort of backing. Here are standard dimensions and measurements you want to follow if you are attempting this on your own:

 

You could try this look out by putting a bench against a wall in your dining area and adding some pillows for a backing, however below here a few to feast your eyes on!

Photo Credit:Homedit.com

Photo Credit:Homedit.com

Photo Credit: Benjamin Vandiver

Photo Credit: Benjamin Vandiver

Photo credit: unknown

Photo credit: unknown

Photo credit: unknown

Photo credit: unknown

Photo credit: Better Homes and Gardens

Photo credit: Better Homes and Gardens

Gorgeous, right?! Thanks for visiting! If you would like a banquette like these pretty ones and you are in the Riverside, CA area let me know! I can help you customize one for your own kitchen.  Til next time, friend!

3 EASY WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR BATHROOM ON A BUDGET

I've been a little obsessed with bathrooms lately.  There's something about using a clean, fresh, polished bath and yet- it can be the most forgotten space in the home. How many times have you cringed when you had unplanned house guests ask to use your restroom? Or unplanned sleep over guests? No one wants to wake up to a dated and dingy bath, not even you! Here are 3 ways to update this space, big or small- to avoid those ugly feels. 

 

#1- SHOWER CURTAINS

A dated, frosted, metal framed enclosure can look dingy. Take those doors and metal frame off and replace with a fresh new curtain! If you can't or don't want to install a rod into the wall, a tension rod will do the job just fine! I always steam or iron out any wrinkles before putting up. Even a plain white curtain does the job here:

#2- HANGING ART AND FRAMES

Since bathrooms are a small part of the home, you can get really bold and fun.  Art on the walls, even just 1-2 frames you probably already own, will make your bath look polished, clever, and express your personality!  Here is where you can get creative. You don't even have to spend a lot. I like to hang some of my 3 year old's "paintings" that I have framed. I have taken gorgeously patterned scrapbooking paper and framed that. Fabric is another medium. Frame a couple of favorite fabrics, find a spot and put them up!  

#3- DECORATE WITH PLANTS

Lastly- Putting just one plant in the bathroom really exudes the feeling of freshness and connects back to nature, a feeling most people crave in our hustle bustle concrete jungle lives. If you have a black thumb like me, even a faux plant will do. I love succulents in the bathroom!

That's it! Your bathroom is a welcome retreat and a place of respite...make it feel that way for you and your guests!  And remember, if decorating your bathroom is a frustrating ordeal- save your sanity and order my BATH STYLE BOX KIT! The simple, peaceful way to a polished, and inviting bath! 

Take care! I hope these tips help you along your DIY bathroom design adventure! 

XOXO,

Lisette

White Walls

White Wall Trend

As much as I was delighted to see an emergence of very dark even black accent walls and whole rooms- Maybe it’s just me but I’m noticing white walls coming back in a fresh new  way- as a backdrop to punches of color, interesting pattern mixes,  and also in neutral, monochromatic spaces. I think the idea of white walls being sterile or  boring have maybe created the overuse of beige paint which can have the same “blah” effect and even worse- the wrong toned beige can make walls look dingy- but I digress-

Whites innately feel fresh, clean, and crisp that as I mentioned before- is a wonderful background to make your colors, finishes and patterns really pop- creating contrast without the use of a lot of black. Contrast = interest.

Gorgeously layered room by  Noemi Stein of DesignManifest

Gorgeously layered room by  Noemi Stein of DesignManifest

Bright airy fun by Mandi @ Vintage Revivals

Bright airy fun by Mandi @ Vintage Revivals

Classic and traditional with large bursts of bold color by Jen Langston

Classic and traditional with large bursts of bold color by Jen Langston

In the form of a monochromatic/neutral space (white on white on white) this creates a clean “fresh out of the dryer “ calming effect that is so perfect for a bedroom:

Photo credit unknown

Photo credit unknown

Far from boring neutral space by Coco Republic

Far from boring neutral space by Coco Republic

My favorite is a white room with wood pieces- there's something so warm and natural about this combo that I love:

Photo by Amber Interiors

Photo by Amber Interiors

I guess Benjamin Moore was totally right in naming Simply White (#OC-117)their 2016 Color of the Year! What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Scared of it? Let me know!  

Next post will involve a simple DIY so stick around! Thanks for reading...XOXO 

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