Reclaimed Goods

Hello again.

Just wanted to share a little more about the SHE Design House and one of my terrific sponsors AND give an update on our progress.....

First off, for those of you who are not familiar with the event, the Shelter for Help in Emergency has held this fund raiser since 2010. You may remember way back (can't believe it's been 4 years!) when I participated in the 2011 Design House. Area designers take on the design of a room in a house that is on the market and tickets are sold to tour the home and see the designs. Everything is done on a volunteer basis. All of the items in the rooms are loaned or donated. It is a terrific cause and wonderful way to build community within the designer-world of Charlottesville and those who are interested. I am very excited to be a part of it again this year.

Even more exciting for me is the wonderful group of people I am working with. I recently stumbled upon a new company called Reclaimed Goods who split their time and talents between C-ville and Rockport Massachusetts offering custom furniture and decorative items. Their website is being updated, but you can find some of their awesome creations on their FB page. Becky and Marcus have been so great to work with. They have generously offered several gorgeous pieces for my outdoor space that I know are going to grab a lot of attention.
Marcus and his bother/assistant assembling shelves on the hutch for our outside bar. The back is comprised of vintage doors and the wood is from a local barn. It's gorgeous!!

I'm headed to the house again today to hang another amazing custom piece. So excited to see it go up! I'll keep you updated. And please, if you're coming to tour the house, let me know. I'd love to see you!



Design House 2015

Hey there. I know it's been a while. I finally have fun news to share and am inspired to write -- let's hope it lasts!!

I'm in! After a 4 year, hiatus, I accepted a spot in the 2015 Design House. I say a spot because it really isn't my typical room. I'm collaborating with Maya Wood and Company , Reclaimed Goods and Patina Antiques, Etc. to create a fabulous veranda overlooking the mountains at the SHE Design House in Earlysville this year. It's truly a labor of love, but I am really excited to get to work with these wonderful people and plug back in to the spirit of this fundraiser.

Stay tuned for more information, and in the meantime, if you aren't familiar with the Design House, check out their website:http://www.cvilledesignhouse.com/

And revisit my crazy tween room from the 2011 Design House:
Looking forward to posting again soon!


Getting ready for guests

It's a room that sometimes doesn't get much use, but when you need it, you want it to serve its purpose well: the spare bedroom. This is the time of year that I get the most inquiries about finishing bedrooms from clients preparing for the holidays. Thankfully, this client caught me just in time for a quick redo before her company arrived.

We started with a very blank slate.
My client already had a duvet cover with great color to use as a jumping off point.

I found a quilt in a fabulous deep magenta that matched the bedding exactly and some earthy throw pillows to soften the bed (a new upholstered headboard is in the works).
We used the warm gold color for the walls and linen window treatments.
Wall sconces provide light without taking up space on the narrow nightstands.
The room is now warm and inviting.
We relocated a mirrored armoire from elsewhere in the house and added accessories that provide texture and interest.

Ready for company!
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Guest Cottage

This cottage is such a terrific place for guests to stay - it has a full kitchen, even a washer and dryer! But it was mostly empty when my client needed a place for guests to stay.
This is a view of the main room. My client wanted to be able to use this space both for guests and as a home office for her husband.
Here is the same view today. By rotating the desk, the user has a much better view than the wall. We relocated shelving from her previous home and added a seating area for the kitchen.
Here's a better view of the multi-purpose table area.
The banquette seating is actually a sleeper sofa - it opens up to make a double bed.
The chairs can be used for seating at the table or for guests at the office.
A fun beaded chandelier adds some character and more light.
We customized the kitchen area by opening up the center cabinets and adding a beadboard backsplash.

 I'm excited to share the bedroom and bathroom transformations too.
Stay tuned!

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Making it your own

My client this week just bought her first home -- such an exciting and intimidating experience! She contacted me to help make her living room reflect more of her personality. The windows were dressed from the previous homeowners, the fireplace surround was dated and the furnishings were leftovers and hand-me-downs.
We discussed options for updating the fireplace including changing out the dark marble for something more neutral. But as it often is with buying houses, the leftover budget did not allow for that big of a change. I suggested she try painting it. Yes, this brave new homeowner painted the stone around her fireplace! Using Annie Sloane Chalk paint, she completely transformed the surround. And it looks amazing!
So much better, right?!

We took down the fussy valances and hung simple turquoise panels that enlarge the windows and make the room seem even bigger. New accent chairs in soft pastels coordinate with the new large abstract floral painting above the fireplace.
Love the pop of pink from the new upholstered ottoman too.
I'm still trying to convince her to soften the walls with a light turquoise, but changing wall color can be scary to a new homeowner!
Now this room reflects who lives there!

It's a big, bright change for an Embellished new place.
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Taming the Two-Story

My client contacted me for help with drapery for her family room. She was perplexed about how to dress the windows in her family room with a very high ceiling:
While I knew that she was only asking for window dressings, I had to suggest more to help with the soaring ceiling.
We added a simple wood molding to separate the bottom story from the top. Then, I convinced her to add some color above the molding to add more contrast. Once the separation was established, we were able to address the windows.

Here's another before view of the room -- the photo of her beautiful children is dwarfed by big blank wall.

Here's what it looks like now!
Okay, we went a lot farther than windows......added more color with a gallery wall and painted behind the bookcase too. Oh! And we hung a huge light fixture my client had already purchased.

Hanging simple panels on the lower windows adds the needed finishing touch.
My client chose a fun bright print that pulls out the colors in the rug. Fun throw pillows and a turquoise throw break up the neutral sectional.
The room is bright and cheery, but more cozy too.
A big improvement, don't you think?
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Vintage Glam Living Room

I know I keep saying it.....but I really mean it -- I get to work with some fabulous clients! I truly enjoyed getting to know these homeowners and am excited to share this makeover.

My client wanted an update to his living room area. He takes care of his mother at home and was looking for a room for both of them.

I was immediately inspired by the gorgeous photos he had enlarged at Stubblefield Photo. These gorgeous pieces of art are of my client's mother and family, providing nostalgia for both my client and his mother, allowing her to remember people in her past when the present is difficult to remember for her.
 I couldn't wait to get them up!
The decor of the room was inspired by the photos - vintage, glamorous. We painted the walls a french grey and added accents of black and light blue taken from the shading in the largest photo. Reflective surfaces throughout the space give sparkle -- on the walls and the media cabinet.

Time for an update:
Gorgeous photos intermixed with black-framed mirrors fill the walls and comfortable seating allows for guests too. Lamps with black shades add to the glamour and a globe on the console behind the sofa was added for the well-traveled homeowner.
A beautiful secretary already in the room got a new upholstered chair with grey piping to match the sofa.

To provide ample seating and a special spot for his mom to sit at the window, we chose a sectional sofa with a chaise. A rotating table allows for storage and a place for a drink to perch.
A dramatic transformation!
Another amazing vintage photo of my client's family hangs in the entry.

It was a pleasure getting to know this mother and son and such a thrill to see them pleased and excited about their new space!

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