Here is a project we recently finished. It is a lovely house on the James River – and these preliminary photos were shot this winter on a bright sunny
day. There is so much wonderful light in this house…….we wanted to see it’s effect when there were no leaves on the trees and it was just magic!
Here is the room 16 years ago! There is a sisal rug, green tone on tone patterned wallpaper with matching curtains, a faux finish on the ceiling
and a ceiling canvas above the chandelier.
A couple of other views of the room.
Here is the room 10 years later!
The rug is gone, replaced by bare floors stained in a pattern (so much better with dogs, food, wine, etc.).
After all the years, the walls and curtains remain the same.
The table is dressed for two different events.
The chairs take off and put on slipcovers depending on the season.
The floor change was huge – everything looks crisper, fresher by simply changing that one element.
Bigger changes here........This is the room today – after almost 17 years of family events, dinner parties,
luncheons, holiday buffets – lots of laughter and fun - friendship and love.
The green walls are a constant - they anchor and allow all of the other changes to take place.
No ceiling canvas – the ceiling is actually a light amethyst (Farrow and Ball - Calluna).
New curtains - pretty panels on a bent rod – really updated.
Plates down from the wall – large watercolors up.
Chairs dressed in new fabrics – linen and chintz – the mix is wonderful.
A new/old bar - recent mid century antique shop find.
And the biggest change……..The Audrey Lantern! (from www.coleenandcompany.com)
Here are small spaces from our portfolio and website. I hope you enjoy these fabulous little gems!
Here is an entrance hall in an apartment on the upper west side of New York City. It is welcoming, interesting
and really personal. You immediately feel at home – among cherished things. It is a tiny hall with a big personality.
Here is my entrance hall closet. I gutted it, painted the floor, wallpapered the walls and ceiling and had some
cabinetry made to store just what I needed to keep in there. I couldn't believe how much space I had – and
I had lived with the old closet for 15 years!
This room took four rolls of wallpaper, and it looks fabulous. It serves as the back entry into the house – not exactly a
mudroom – but not exclusively a laundry room either! Good incentive to keep those clothes folded and put away – as if
This is a Butler's Pantry. These spaces are found in many older homes and are wonderful to have. They can be
used as a wet or dry bar – for china storage – or as a quiet place to catch up on your laptop. Dressing them up with
wallpaper – custom made in this pantry – and a pretty window shade makes them appear as special as they are.
Here is a genuine mudroom. It is off the side street and almost everyone enters this home through this door. We
painted the cabinet a high gloss blue and put up a pretty shade and the room came alive. There are boots and coats
and a dog bed within a cabinet on the other side...This room is really practical yet pretty at the same time.
Here is a tiny corner of the room in our office that functions as a library. I needed more office space but I also needed
to have a space for guests to stay. This day bed from Ikea is a great solution. It provides me with storage – a pretty vingette
in our work space and a bed for guests.
Here is a charming little back hallway. There are 6 doors off this little vestibule! The Brunschwig et Fils Bibliotheque
wallpaper was designed in the 70's by Richard Lowell Neas - a classically trained trompe l'oeil artist. I think it makes this
space so special - and the work on paper - "Bundle" by Richmond artist Cindy Neuschwander looks fabulous hanging
here. The floor is stained to outline this quirky little space.
This is a little vestibule off of a living room. It leads to a guest bedroom wing and creates a visual and physical pause
between public and private spaces. The door to the living room is open most of the time - but guests can close
their area off for lots of privacy and also have a light filled sitting area as part of their space.
This is an interior hall space. It is between the entrance hall and the rear hall off of which are the french doors leading to
the yard behind the house. Off this hall is a darling powder room with a mirrored door to make the most of the natural
light coming from the front and back. This little area feels cozy and crisp at the same time.
With my sisters Lee and Charlotte........
And my daughters Charlie and Lindsay......in Charleston, South Carolina for a Christmas jump start!
SEAMUS (2 1/2 ) AND PRUNIE (4?)
SEAMUS AND PRUNIE OUT TAKE!
Here is a dining room we just finished at the beach.......bright, crisp and lovely
This is Mr. Harvey. He lives in the home of a wonderful friend and client. Mr. Harvey was brought back from Burma in the early 70's by her grandmother and has been in her living room since the early 80's.
He was the inspiration for the original living room scheme as well as the recent redecoration.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Here are some photos of bedrooms we recently completed for great clients and friends!
Wishing you a long and relaxing holiday weekend!
"All houses have a soul. They speak to you. They say, Do this, do that. It's a sensibility I feel when I walk into a new space. I hear with my eyes. The day I moved into the lodge I had an enveloping, welcoming feeling. It's the sort of house that as you put something in, it says thank you. Nothing seems to annoy it. It's a combination of taste and memory and a capsule of everything I've ever done: my parents' house, things I've picked up on holiday. It all flows together in my mind and becomes a blur." Nicky Haslam...
Here are the women I work with every day……and every day they inspire me. They are smart, talented and really fun to be with. We make a great group - we work really well together which is a blessing! They bring different skills and sensibilities to our projects. We are all collaborative by nature and I think that makes what we do so much more interesting. We learn from each other. I'm REALLY lucky. Here are their homes, their voices and their……Personal Style
What I find to be important in my home are beautiful, colorfully printed fabrics, a mix of artwork, furniture that has either been a good find or passed down through family or a friend, and anything special that Scotty and I have collected along the way or picked up in our travels. We like to be able to look around our house and for everything to have meaning - my favorite celadon lamp from my grandfather, our collection of matches gathered from everywhere we go, the printed fabrics I can't live without, and the Richard Crozier painting given to us as a wedding gift from Suellen are just a few examples. Scotty and I love our house - it's a happy, comfortable home where we love to entertain and a place where we've made lots of wonderful memories. And of course our house wouldn't be complete without our a big, sweet ole dog…Scout!
I am a homebody at heart, so making a house a home is a priority to me. I share my house with my husband, a born collector, and my 16-month-old daughter, a born explorer. From the miniature baby carriage my daughter and I push up and down the hall for hours at a time--to the passed-down art from family, our house is filled with the things we love…old black and white photos of childhood memories to stacks of puzzles, piles of Eric Carle books and baby dolls galore! Formerly my grandparents' home, the walls of this house are filled with cherished childhood memories. Today, these memories are coupled with newly formed memories as our daughter grows into a little girl, discovering new things each and every day. Our house is welcoming yet calming, livable yet lovable...We love it and hope you do, too!
My personal space is a bit ironic. On the one hand, I am often hired to help people simplify and edit, yet I am only happy in my own space when my eyes are always full of the things I love...and LOTS of them! When Suellen asked me to write something about my space for this post, it hit me like lightening - there has been a recurring theme over the years in our discussions about design projects. When we talk about clients and how to help them make sure that their home conveys their own personal style, the same word comes up over and over again - CONFIDENCE. Personal style cannot exist without confidence. I may not be confident wearing my skinny jeans at this particular moment, and I may not be confident about my housekeeping abilities, but what I hope is evident in the photos of my space is that I have absolute confidence in my personal style, and I can honestly say that I truly love my things. I don't make excuses, and I know that not everyone will love my "look," but what matters is that I DO. The most challenging yet rewarding moments for designers come when they help a client realize their own personal style.
We are in The Scout Guide Richmond! It is a local advertising publication full of wonderful businesses here in Richmond… they have published guides
for fabulous cities including Charleston, Charlotte, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Palm Beach - and many more. Their website gives you access to all of their
advertisers, the guides for each city and their blogs. We follow all of them! You can too……..www.thescoutguide.com
With winter upon us we are dreaming about a wonderful Florida project we did last winter.
Our clients were wonderful – adventuresome – color loving! It was such a treat to work there……..wish we were there right now!
Hoping you and yours had a joyful holiday season this year.
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2013!
Here is a project we did this summer for a wonderful client and friend. She is adventuresome – fun – and loves color.
Entry – Really welcoming!
Dining Room chair seats – each one different
We selected the linoleum ( yes lino ) for the floor and had the Galbraith paper colored to match
Pretty Bedroom Cabinet