Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Fall at The Feathered Nest

One day last week when I should have been doing something constructive - I instead went browsing at one of my favorite shopping spots. The Feathered Nest in Warr Acres near Oklahoma City.
 This place never disappoints. Here is their Facebook page.
Lots of pretty fall displays to get you in the mood for cooler weather.
It's still in the 90's here.
 Love that gray cubbie.
 
 Lots of cream, greige and wood tones in this booth.


 
 

 
I considered buying that little alabaster lamp for my kitchen but in the end left it. It was too yellow.
 I'd never seen this china pattern before. It's Spode. I love that it has dogs on it!
 If I had money to burn this would have come home with me to set a Thanksgiving table!

 That mossy green ribbon really does it for me in this vignette.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

A Modern Townhouse

So this is what I worked on last weekend.
My client who lives here and needed help accessorizing her townhouse.
She'd bought most of her furniture already but needs help pulling it all together. 
I'd helped her at the furniture store one day when she came in trying to pull together her dining room wall and buy some lamps.
She came in with some little gold starburst things she bought at Hobby Lobby and wondered how to use them.
She liked them but didn't know what to do.
She had three.
I immediately thought of the starburst mirror we had that would look great with them and suggested she go buy six more of the starbursts. I had her send me a photo of her dining room. It has these cool navy stripes painted on one wall. She wanted something to sparkle and add to the splendor of the room with its baby grand piano.
This was the mockup I did for her in power point at the store. The only program I had to work in at the store other than a floor plan program.
This is the after as I photographed it when visiting her home a couple of weeks ago.
 It did turn out to be just the right thing for her wall. This led to her asking me to come accessorize more of her townhouse. 
Starting with the entry. That's the before.
She likes to shop online because she works full time and does not have time to go around town shopping. So I picked out everything online. Mostly Wayfair. I looked other places but Wayfair had what we needed! Isn't that their slogan?
Wayfair We Got What You NEED!


Here is my mockup done in photoshop of what she should buy to add to the space.
I sent her links to everything and she ordered on Tuesday.
I can't wait to see for real photos.

Living Room Before
 These are living room before. As you can see she has the basics. I helped her with that lamp a couple of weeks ago. She picked everything else.
This is all Lazboy furniture. That sofa reclines but doesn't looks like it does.
 And here are my suggestions for accessories and a cocktail table. She has already ordered the cream colored glider with my approval. She has a new grand baby, so she had to have.

I did several layouts with different tables but these were our favorites. I still don't know which she will go with. She has not decided.

I suggested these shallow gold shelf/boxes for the walls in this room. I've seen these in person and they are really nice. Understated and gets pretty things up on the wall. 
 And this is her Thomasville sideboard from her old traditional home. She is doing everything modern in this house but didn't want to get rid of this. 
I suggested painting it gray and adding a little gold leafing.
The lamps I helped her pick several months ago...bringing some modern onto the traditional piece.
I love having just a splash of gold leaf on the corner like this piece below.
 Or if she wants to play it safer...a gold dipped look.
We'll see if that happens. 
I also did a few things to the baths and the master bedroom. 
And gave lots of suggestions for remodeling the kitchen. The kitchen is very nice but it could be amazing with a little work. 

When I would do presentations to clients at the store I always included accessories in the mood boards. Because accessories make the room. 

I'd be busy cutting and pasting from the internet. It always helped the client visualize how it actually would look in real life.

Today I am having lunch with some of my favorite designers that I used to work with.
We always have a good time together. 

But I'll be back here working after lunch and this coming weekend.
Still hot here but Fall is coming I know it is. Really it is.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Texas Gypsy Style


 I ran across a piece of furniture on Pinterest the other day that led me to the Etsy store for a very talented lady. The shop owner for Texas Gypsy Style is Krista Mulkey. This furniture just wowed me! Look at all the layers of color!
 I have a thing for these old Jacobean style sideboards anyway. I have one myself I painted mine a creamy white. I love it but oh...my these are jewels! These are something else!
  The depth of color is amazing! Let me tell you it takes a lot of time to get this effect.
 This is the first piece I saw that made me stop everything and go through all of this Etsy shop.
 The layer upon layer of color is so scrumptious!
 Yummy!
This one's a little more simplified but still beautiful. Still fun.
 I'd love to paint some furniture around my house like this. But afraid it's a little bold for my cottage.
 Amazing
 
One more for good measure.
I can't get enough of this furniture.
check out the Etsy store.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TexasGypsyStyle?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=689996992
I hope you all had a nice Labor Day Weekend.
I worked. My Mom is car shopping and I went looking with her three days last week.
Ugh...car shopping...it's the worst. 
Her little pickup got ran into a month or so ago and it was totalled.
She is trying to figure out what she wants now.
Three days of walking many car lots while she tried to decide.

I think she has it narrowed down to three.

So that put me behind. 
I didn't get much done during the week so I had to work a lot Saturday night, Sunday and today.
I've just about got it all wrapped up.

On to the next thing!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Open House Sunday

built 1929
If you can believe that! But totally redone 2019.
Here is the before. 
This house might not have been the finest example of 1929 design but I would have rather seen a renovation that paid tribute to its origins rather than making it into a house that looks brand new. But that's just my opinion. Yes, placement of windows is odd. I wouldn't object to adding widows. Modern farmhouse is still very hot around here. Problem is...this house will look dated in a few years. If they had gone with a more classic renovation it would not look dated. That said...they did a good job.
Nice open foyer. Simple pretty staircase.
 Fireplace is cute. But will look dated in a few years.
Although, that said my own fireplace is of course very dated to 1931. I like that it's antique looking. But I'm sure people living in 1961 hated it. But you give something some time and it becomes cool even if it isn't in style. That's why I like antiques.
This house is staged and they did a good job. I love those bobbin chairs. I like the light wood color.
Classic Chesterfield sofa. When I was working in furniture stores - people always came in wanting a Chesterfield and we did not keep them in stock. They had to be ordered. I always wondered why they wouldn't just keep a leather chesterfield in stock and one in a neutral fabric. I could have sold them over and over. Now you'd think the store owners would ask us designers what people came in asking for. Nope. They did not. They let the merchandisers pick what was on the floor even though those merchandisers never had contact with the public. Very frustrating. 
On the inside you'd never think this house was built 1929. It looks like new construction except the ceiling you can see where walls were taken out.


Very nice kitchen and dining. A little too masculine for my taste but I know buyers like all of this.
Do you like the stacked subway tile? I prefer the traditional brick pattern. But this is more modern. Everyone says they are over white subway tile that bolder patterned tile is the way to go but I still love it. Love these countertops.



I imagine this used to be a den rather than a bedroom. And must have been an addition. I love a fireplace in a bedroom. 
This room looks huge. 
I really like this. Those lights are very pretty. 
I love the floor in here but not crazy about that large tile in the shower. It's practical, I suppose.
 
Love the tub.

Another bath
Oh...see you can see that the master bedroom was an addition. 
see the full listing here