Featured Project: Little Girl's Bedroom + Bathroom

Every little girl needs a space to grow and flourish into a young lady.

Fine furniture, such as the Hickory Chair poster bed and night stands are classic pieces that are timeless and can be adorned with other linens down the road. Simple, velvet ruched coverlet from Pottery Barn Kids, along with fun, playful pillows adorn the bed currently along with another coverlet from Pine Cone Hill. 

The windows are dressed with a cream eyelet silk fabric from Robert Allen and the
lavender silk Roman shades are by A Shade Above in Charlotte, using the
specialty line by Hunter Douglas. The chandelier was customized with pale
pink crystals and a silk shantung shade.

The bathroom's custom vanity is actually a soft white. The pale pink walls
reflect giving the illusion of a hint of a pink cast. Fine lacy filigree
silver and crystal sconces are by Schonbek. The vanity top is fabricated in
a Botticino Marble. The vanity faucet with large crystal knobs play up the
feminine feel to this bathroom but also allow for a bit of playfulness. The
tub surround and shower listello (not shown) is from Renaissance tile's
handmade tile collection and the beaded trim pieces are from Walker Zanger's
hand glazed and handmade collection. The water closet boasts a very pale
pink soft swirl wallpaper from Thibaut with a pleated cream Taffeta silk
accented by tiny crystal beads along the hemline.

Featured Project: Grand Lantern in Stairwell

Art changes a beautiful home into a living organism.

I’ve been blessed to work with a client who not only appreciates fine design but also embraces the world of art. We purposefully designed the house with a neutral palette, concentrating on textures and minimal color so that the eventual art collection would become the shining star of the home. Still adding to the collection the homeowner worked with The Jerald Melberg Gallery to procure most of their pieces.

Given, not everyone is able to purchase fine art. Do not let that deter you. Purchasing from local artists is a wonderful way to enhance your home more affordably and give back to your local art community as well. I frequently assist with this process and locate artisans who can be commissioned to create pieces for your soul. When traveling it is also fun to bring home a piece of art or blown glass that catches your eye and you will always have the memories of the trip in your home as a reminder. Take your time and do not try to fill a wall just because it is blank. Wait for a special piece to speak to you.

Featured Project: Guest Bedroom

Pamper your guests and they will return; forgo clean sheets and towels and they will leave.

This luxurious bedroom sports a King Jacque Garcia bed from Baker, piled high with silk and down from Ann Gish fine linens. The bed was repurposed from the master bedroom of the previous home, along with the gorgeous neoclassical-style chest boasting gold gilding complimenting the bed. The Roja marble top is soft in color and adds a nice accent with the soft beige tones and textures of the linens. Also repurposed in the bedroom is the Corbett chandelier in a live brass finish showcasing a glorious patina and complimenting the JF drapery hardware in gleaming brass with Swarovski crystal finials. A softly colored pale green and cream damask silk pull closed with a crystal wand.

The adjacent bathroom features a custom top design with a shelf for extra toiletries for your guest, crafted from Silver Sienna Travertine. A Juliette balcony steps out onto the front of the house. Practical but lovely doubled sheer drapes give privacy for the shower, which is graced by tile from Walker Zanger.

Original art combined with prints from the Portfolio Collection and a wall-hung TV provide a luxurious retreat that is glamorous enough for a princess, but masculine enough for a prince.

Featured Project: Media Room

Media rooms are moving away from the single-use home theater style to provide more cozy and inviting flex space for hanging out or entertaining. This luscious room is comprised of several designated spaces. Three TVs are in the space, but you could easily curl up in the down-filled sectional by Hickory Chair for an afternoon nap, or rock a baby to sleep in the rich leather swivel rocker from Hancock and Moore. A custom-made cocktail ottoman means everyone can prop their feet but also provides ample room for a tray to hold snacks and beverages. The space is made even more inviting by a Sea Grass rug from Stark carpet over a wool and silk hand knotted rug, also by Stark.

A recessed live triple dormer is perfect for two high top tables by Swaim accompanied by swivel stools from Hancock and Moore upholstered in rich velvet from Scalamandre’ fabrics. The shutters are custom painted in Black Fox by Sherwin Williams to match the trim throughout the large space. A High Gloss finish was used to reflect light and is an ambiguous black/brown/charcoal color that pairs perfectly with the granite of the bar and game table and chairs by Lorts Furniture. 

The bar is glam and sexy with barstools again by Hancock and Moore, and custom cabinets in rich walnut that frame the large screen TV. The backsplash is a coppery/bronze wavy tile that brings out the mica in the yummy granite. Drawers have been custom-designed to hold all the needs for a well-stocked bar with sink and under counter refrigerator and beverage center.

Although a collector of fine art, the homeowner had an ingenious idea of framing their favorite CD covers to show off their taste in music.

The media powder room is commands attention with a custom-designed vanity with vessel bowl and gleaming brushed bronze faucets. Tile wainscoting brings out both the Black Fox paint and hints of the golden metallic in the wallpaper above. The light fixture accentuates the harmony of the transitional space and still gives off an elegance that is befitting a fine, long-established, elite Gentlemen’s club.

Featured Project: Tiny Cabin

Nestled near the Blue Ridge Parkway, a tiny 12 X 10 rustic pine cabin sits along the banks of a pond. With cows grazing in the adjacent pasture and goats scampering along, a donkey braying in the distance one can escape the hustle bustle of city life into a picturesque bucolic scene. Open the doors of the cabin and step inside to a European respite.

The design of the cabin began with the client’s discovery of an old mirror which had once been part of a hall tree. Painted in a rustic white finish, the orange pine walls of the cabin were painted by the home owners own hand using a sock and rubbing paint with a light hand so that the knots would show clearly to achieve the look of a lime-washed wall. 

The antique French iron bed was located on line and brought in from California. The peeling paint shows the layers of age with French blue, white and rust tones peeking through. Layers and layers of handmade linens by Bella Notte adorn the bed with lofty piles of pure down comforters and pillows providing the ultimate comfort for chilly evening nights. The artwork displayed in the cabin was purchased by client in Hawaii and features thousands of rabbits.

A custom vanity was fashioned to match the details on the antique mirror and a textured iron vessel sink sits atop. Polished nickel faucets, cast iron tub, and old fashioned toilet are from Herbeau. An iron chandelier adorned with Strauss crystal and created by Schonbek hangs from the ceiling and matching sconces are fastened into the mirror. Handmade linen and lace from Ireland adorn the windows that overlook the lake and pasture.