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My New Digs Progress Report

My New Digs Progress Report

With each trip to our new home in North Carolina, more editing is completed, a few more backorders have arrived, and it begins to feel more like home. I partnered with Bernhardt for the most part in the great room, for chairs, sofas and tables. This trip, I was able to replace the mis-sized art with the oversized pieces (40×60) on either side of the fireplace. This abstract art brings the accent color of hot pink into focus, along with some navy, white and citrus colors. After searching several major markets for the perfect art, I took this custom piece and had one framed in the opposite direction, giving the impression of a coordinating pair. It’s a great trick.

I also decided on the final mix of pillows, including hot pink linen, white tibetan lamb and a fabulous dip-dyed ombre pink and white. The sofas are extra long (106″) and a bit deep for my almost 5′ stature, so loads of pillows give the comfort I need. I love the exaggerated profile of the two wing chairs, and the profile is what greats guests as they enter the room. The 10×14 rug gives comfort to the room. White, soft and striated with gray threads, it is the perfect contrast to the 7″ hand scraped chocolate/gray floors that run throughout the first floor.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like home. *sigh*

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Over the last few trips, I’ve tried several different mantle designs. While I am often retained to design mantle-scapes, this one presented its own set of challenges: 1. Wide screen TV;  2. Very important (!) sound bar;  3. Only 8″ or so for height.

The design I finalized on is this one: The theme of white vessels, assorted sizes. I arranged them with some unpredictability in depth, clustered some, and then added single stem blooms of my contrast color. hot pink, as well as a few simple stems of greenery. As a last layer, I added tiny mercury vases with succulents. I. Love. Succulents. I’m pleased with the end result on all accounts!

In this shot, you can also take in one if my favorite pendants, Robert Abbey’s Penelope. I choose the high gloss white paper shade with an interior liner of chrome finished paper. It’s a keeper. Eventually, I plan to have the room painted in a high gloss white lacquer. I’m still looking for the right painter to do the job.

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Here’s just another shot, showing the Penelope pendant, along with one of my preferred fabric choices from Kravet Fabrics. I used a 2″ highly polished nickle rod with beautiful rings to hang these panels with a unique top pleat. Next visit, I should have window screens installed that will allow the view, yet protect from sun glare and give UV protection. I’ll keep you posted!

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In this screen shot from my phone camera, you can see that I am making progress in the master bedroom! I’ve decided on this metallic grasscloth for an accent wall behind the bed. The mirrors will be hung once the paper is installed. I’m a complete convert to my phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. I can annotate on a screen shot to make notes for future use, for contractor notes, or to help with any market search for myself or a client! I’m a big fan. Here, I have recorded the size of the back wall so that my skilled paper hanger in Bucks County will be able to quote roll counts for me to order.

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We hung this large-scale favorite piece of art this trip! Soft gray/blues, and a street scene that reminds us of some of our favorite European trips. It’s soothing and commanding at the same time. Love.

You’ll also note another Robert Abbey favorite, the largest Bling chandelier. Three tiers and close to 36″ in diameter, this beauty took Sneelock more than a day to dress in lead crystals! The Bling comes in assorted finishes and sizes, including a flush mount. It works in powder rooms, master bathroom, hallways…many places!

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I’m really in love with my acrylic legged Tibetan lamb bench too! It adds texture, glamour and function to the room.

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After several months of sourcing a third fabric for a pillow for the master bedroom bedding ensemble. I used several high end Schumacher beauties (above) and have reveled in the luxury of the fabrics, never sorrowing over the expense! I’ve finally found the winner. This textured, open weave, metallic accented choice will complete the bedding. Can’t wait.

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My last High Market yielded this rare pale gray hide rug. I love the size and subtle shading. Here’s a “Susan Tip”: Always try to find an angled placement for hides. Unexpected, classic, hip. And that’s how we design!

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I’ve had this authentic French bergere chair for many years. I loved it in my last master bathroom, and it fits perfectly in the large master bath of our new home as well. But, the leopard fur doesn’t do justice to the carrara marble coloring of the countertops and floor. I’ve decided to paint it with our new Paint Couture Paint, in high gloss white or maybe even silver.

If you look closely on the tub, you’ll see a fabulously chic Pindler fabric, white with metallic silver animal print. I’ve had this on my “want to use” list for a year, and I think this is the perfect application for it! I’m excited to proceed, and, I’ve demonstrated once again in the following photo, the use of my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 android phone. I’ve taken the measurements that will be sent to my upholsterer to make quoting yardage from afar a piece of cake!

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Another place I made progress was in the master hall. Although I have family photos framed in the original old world style (some vintage ones too!), they will bring joy to me each time I pass. Never mind these boys are nearly grown men now.

I suggest laying your grouping out on a nearby floor. Use masking tape or a tape measure like I did to identify your limitations in space. Now begin to play. Sometimes symmetry is pleasing; sometimes something a bit unexpected and unique is better. As you begin to play, you’ll settle on the right thing that makes you happy for the space. If you aren’t a convert to my phone by now, take a photo on your phone, print it and record the measurements. Then, it is ready for your installer to begin. If the installer is you, you’ll be happy about the prep work too! Sometimes, I have to leave a project and come back to it later. At any rate, these notes are invaluable to complete the project.

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I’ve Instagrammed this wall of my silver platter collection previously, but this is an example of change and revolution of design. I had hung a favorite portrait of my daughter here the first go around. I decided this time to use her in another generational photo gallery, and additionally, I was having trouble finding the perfect placement for this important and tender favorite. I’m liking the change so far…we’ll see if it becomes permanent.

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THIS is the project I will tackle next! Ok, I love the small hide rug. Love. I installed that simple and horrid pedestal sink as a temporary measure to enable me time to design and ponder. I’ve got some ideas…floating vanity….tiled accent wall…and a favorite lucite radial mirror.

You’ll have to stay tuned for that one! Come see the magic. I won’t disappoint.

A new look in Avalon

A new look in Avalon

Who would have thought that a lightweight turtleneck and leather vest would be the perfect wear for a day at the beautiful Jersey shoreline of Avalon mid April?!! The highway was snow covered much of the way. Good grief!

Cold winds and blustery weather did not deter the delivery of two room of furniture for the complete makeover of our long time clients, Pat and Kathy Beach. Both Pat and Kathy were excellent assistants and Kelly, the Black-eyed Susan retail manager was my right hand today. The day was rewarding and the end result delightful!

The project began months ago with a new plan with included an entire change of palette for the main floor. We selected the wall colors, new fabrics and patterns-an entire new look! Walt got busy transforming the rooms with deep navy and orange walls and ceilings last fall. Since then, the rooms have been waiting this day of delivery and we were not disappointed at the end of the day!

 

Cutest rug ever! Global Views, a wow vendor with plenty of style! We re purposed the coffee table and smaller accent tables with a favorite paint color. Chevron patterned chairs and this oh so Susan chevron navy and white vessel just make me smile!

Cutest rug ever! Global Views, a wow vendor with plenty of style! We re purposed the coffee table and smaller accent tables with a favorite paint color. Chevron patterned chairs and this oh so Susan chevron navy and white vessel just make me smile!

 

Now this is what I call a stylish recliner. Orange. Oh. Yes. Comfort. Oh. Yes.

Now this is what I call a stylish recliner. Orange. Oh. Yes. Comfort. Oh. Yes.

 

Coffee table magic. Succulents, tiny wood cuts, moss...what more could one want?!

Coffee table magic. Succulents, tiny wood cuts, moss…what more could one want?!

 

Take a close look at these coolest ever chairs! Delish. And they are super comfortable too!

Take a close look at these coolest ever chairs! Delish. And they are super comfortable too!

 

The plan all along was to replace this navy Corian countertop, but after the addition of pure joy (orange vases!) and these framed navy sea beauties, we are all on the fence. It all seems to make sense now!

The plan all along was to replace this navy Corian countertop, but after the addition of pure joy (orange vases!) and these framed navy sea beauties, we are all on the fence. It all seems to make sense now!

 

Those of you who are followers know that I always admonish painted ceilings. Here is proof positive of painted walls and ceilings in semi gloss, no less! Again, that rug is just fabulous! (Take note of the pillows with fish motif!) Orange pillow accents to come...

Those of you who are followers know that I always admonish painted ceilings. Here is proof positive of painted walls and ceilings in semi gloss, no less! Again, that rug is just fabulous! (Take note of the pillows with fish motif!) Orange pillow accents to come…

 

A broad view of our cute room! Can I just say that recliner is the perfect union of style and comfort?! It's a keeper.

A broad view of our cute room! Can I just say that recliner is the perfect union of style and comfort?! It’s a keeper.

 

Now let's turn to Pat's office. Reverse the colors for the family room...now, orange walls, navy rug! This graphic flat weave grounds the room with punctuated pattern. And look at this art! Oh. My. This room would draw anyone in to sit down to pay a few bills!

Now let’s turn to Pat’s office. Reverse the colors for the family room…now, orange walls, navy rug! This graphic flat weave grounds the room with punctuated pattern. And look at this art! Oh. My. This room would draw anyone in to sit down to pay a few bills!

 

In case you are ready for a comfortable place to read or a long chat with a friend, here are a pair of delightful zebra linen chairs! Warm Stone adds that bit of warmth to the room and just look at the perfectly colored wall clock! (Although I was a bit surprised at the time of day!)

In case you are ready for a comfortable place to read or a long chat with a friend, here are a pair of delightful zebra linen chairs! Warm Stone adds that bit of warmth to the room and just look at the perfectly colored wall clock! (Although I was a bit surprised at the time of day!)

 

Definitely a room to love. Who wouldn't want to go to work here everyday?!

Definitely a room to love. Who wouldn’t want to go to work here everyday?!

 

We took this existing display cabinet and painted it our impact color with the warm stone interior. I had this manzanita branches delivered yesterday from my wholesale florist and Patti (queen of the Black-eyed Susan stockroom) cheerfully painted them white for me! I had the vision of mostly white objects to fill the interior. The manzanita branches really made for the perfect look! White vases, succulents and miniature frames complete the look. Great re-purpose! I recommend it!

We took this existing display cabinet and painted it our impact color with the warm stone interior. I had this manzanita branches delivered yesterday from my wholesale florist and Patti (queen of the Black-eyed Susan stockroom) cheerfully painted them white for me! I had the vision of mostly white objects to fill the interior. The manzanita branches really made for the perfect look! White vases, succulents and miniature frames complete the look. Great re-purpose! I recommend it!

 

This is the top of the display cabinet. I really didn't relish selling this favorite mirror...somehow, I always imagined it at my house! Our covered books, more white vessels and Kathy's shore bird + a small white globe make an interesting vingette. I. Love. This.

This is the top of the display cabinet. I really didn’t relish selling this favorite mirror…somehow, I always imagined it at my house! Our covered books, more white vessels and Kathy’s shore bird + a small white globe make an interesting vingette. I. Love. This.

 

Step into the house in this foyer. Kathy had the tennis rack vessel painted orange (!) and I suggested painting the treads and banister in a high gloss black! So perfect.This collection of tennis rackets are Kathy's since she was a young girl! How perfect.  The homeowner, Pat, stepped in to be my painter's assistant and he did this himself!   As long as I have known Pat, he can't resist getting his hands in the work. He is a man of industry and don't try to hold him back!

Step into the house in this foyer. Kathy had the tennis rack vessel painted orange (!) and I suggested painting the treads and banister in a high gloss black! So perfect.This collection of tennis rackets are Kathy’s since she was a young girl! How perfect. The homeowner, Pat, stepped in to be my painter’s assistant and he did this himself! As long as I have known Pat, he can’t resist getting his hands in the work. He is a man of industry and don’t try to hold him back!

The day was a complete success. Color, pattern, style. New Look. Good friends. Good help. What more could a designer ask for? Perfect day. Perfect client. Thanks, Kathy and Pat.

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