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Long Distance Design: From Chicago to NYC

I had so much fun working with on this project.  My clients were awesome.  They purchased a gorgeous apartment in an iconic, turn-of-the-century building in Manhattan...and there was a lot to be done.  I came up with a living room/dining room design and a master bedroom design, as well as new lighting for the entire apartment.  Long Distance Design usually means one or two room designs, so it was fun to get more involved from a distance.

The couple prefers a more traditional style, but with clean (yet warm) lines.  Not a lot of harsh corners, overuse of glass or all white rooms.  They love warm neutrals and greys shot through with soft blues.  I like spaces in a room to complement each other so that flow from room to room is natural.  

I can't wait to see the "after" pictures from this project!

If you have any questions about any of the items, just let me know.  If you're interested in Long Distance Design, click here to find out more information!


DIY Grommet Curtains

When we were laying tile I linked to my Bathroom Inspiration Pinterest page.  I ended up selecting the Strada panels from ZGallerie (which, sadly, are no longer in stock!).  They were rod pocket panels, meaning the curtain rod slides through the entire top of the panel not showing any of the pretty bamboo, which isn't my favorite look.
As I mentioned, we ended up reusing our old bamboo rods, spraypainted silver, so we needed something that would easily slide over the uneven parts of the bamboo.  Enter: grommets.  Here are the supplies I used.
You can buy packages of grommets from any fabric or craft store.  I picked these up a Jo-Ann's, which I've used before and felt comfortable using again because they are so easy!  Included in the package is a little plastic guide that you use to trace an outline that you'll then cut around (I recommend small scissors for this part!).  
Let me just show you the steps, it is pretty self explanatory!
Once your circles are space out, drawn & cut, you just pop the back side of a grommet on the back side of the curtain, the front on the front & press them together - instant grommet!

Since these are essentially "dummy" panels - i.e. just there to make the bathroom look pretty - I only bought one panel and cut it in half.  A full panel on each side definitely would have been too much, but looking back I wish I had bought two and just trimmed off a few inches from each.  They are a bit narrow, but overall I am happy with the outcome!

You might notice we also installed a new vanity light fixture as well - it's peeking out from the upper right corer of this picture.  Good riddance, apartment standard, globe bulb, Hollywood makeup style lights!

Hello pretty, modern, cylinder lights!

There's only a couple of things left to do - new vanity & mirror (coming up next!) and ceiling light fixture (which we still haven't done).  

It's hard to believe that we started with this!


Before & After: Wicker Park Master Bedroom

My clients have such a beautiful home.  Their master bedroom was the last room to be completed, and it now flows seamlessly with the rest of the gorgeous house.  Finally, it was time for the parents to treat themselves to the master bedroom they've always wanted!

Before, we had a queen sized bed that was just too small - scale wise & for their family!  Dated window treatments hung under the dormer windows, which didn't provide the light blockage needed (this room gets a TON of daylight).  Bedding & lighting were needed to add a better sense of style & design.

The only existing furniture that stayed was the dresser, bureau and mirror (which we flipped on its side in order to fit in with the scale of the room).  A new king sized bed was added, along with a great tufted, leather upholstered headboard (i.e. easy to clean with little kids jumping around!).  We wanted a combination of masculine and feminine elements and this was successfully achieved.  Dramatic, glam crystal column lamps sit nicely beside the gridded headboard, soft color blocked bedding and dark accent pieces.  

Adding a large rug was perhaps one of the most important steps in the room design.  Rugs help ground large rooms and keep it from feeling like the furniture is just floating around the space.  If that makes sense (it does in my mind!).  We selected this GORGEOUS slate Dash & Albert rug, which again fits into our masculine/feminine design.

My clients also wanted a small seating area & due to the size of the room, it was easy to find a spot for this swoop armed chair.  A pillow in a coordinating bedding color completes this corner.

Due to excessive amounts of light coming in through their wall of windows and doors, we added ceiling-to-floor, wall-to-wall silk window treatments the filter the light without completely blocking it.  They're around 3 inches longer than the height of the wall, which gives us this nice pooling effect.

I've featured this design on my portfolio page, but hadn't properly blogged about it.  I am excited to share another "After" bedroom design!  Check out another dramatic before & after bedroom design here.


Teeny-Tiny Side Tables

oomph is a cute online retailer that has several lines of little side tables that I've been crushing on for some time.  They also have bright, fun pillows...and we all know how much I love pillows.  But I am here to talk about tables! They come in a variety of shapes, sizes & colors (lots & lots of colors) and are just so sweet that I can't help wanting one of my own.  I am especially drawn to the tini ii & just may have to invest in one some day.

Did I mention the colors?  The colors!

They range in price and are definitely worth checking out!

No, oomph did not pay me to write this post or gift me a tini ii side table!  It would be nice, though. ;) 


Tangerine Tango-ing Into Your Home

Following the announcement of Tangerine Tango as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2012, I thought I'd highlight some of my favorite inspiration images that feature this brilliant color.  It's easy to go very bold, but I think layering it in with other colors is what really makes orange shine.

Kelly Wearstler

This room design is pretty well know across the blogosphere (I even wrote about it almost a year ago!), but this is the first time I've seen a wide angle shot of the room, which also feature a gorgeous sleeping area.  The creamy whites framed by that dramatic black + shots of blue and orange make me want to move right in.

Tobi Farley

I also like this take on blue and orange, paired with a rich neutral wall color.  

Christopher Grubb

Orange also looks great paired with varying hues of gray, as seen in this modern living room.

Ron Marvin

And this bedroom design shows how easy it is to incorporate an accent color into any room.


So, let's add a little bit of orange to your life, shall we? 

1. Geometric Vase/Tray/Mug / 2. Parson Bookcase / 3. Damask & Dot Pillows / 4. Side Table / 5. Bonjour / 6. Cylinder Lamp / 7. Candle 

We added orange to our living room through a piece of large scale art (pillows, window treatments to follow!) - it looks great & I can't wait to tell you how we came about the piece and how I DIY "framed" it.