Fabulous Farm House, Part 3

In this final look at our farm house transformation, I am featuring the kitchen area.  Unfortunately, I had nothing to do with the kitchen appliances, cabinetry or countertops in this space, so as amazing as they are, I had to leave them out of the photos!

The kitchen table and chairs were dwarfed by the size of the room and the light fixture was equally small.
This solution was quick and easy; we added the leaf to the table, recovered the chairs, put in a larger chandelier, dressed the windows and softened the floors with a rug.
 A new dramatic color change sets this area apart.

Another view of the beautiful open space.  The red chairs tie in with the red walls.

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Works in Progress: Spring Fabrics

Putting together fabrics for a new client.  Floral shades, geometric drapes, upholstered chairs,and a striped rug in fresh coordinating fabrics.  I've put together 3 options.

Which combination would you choose?
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Fabulous Farm House, Part 2

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with this family on their beautiful home.  Lat week's post featured the family room of this open floor plan.  Today, I am featuring their dining room, which is in an unusual location.

Before, this space was empty.  Located just as one enters the home, it was a completely blank slate.
 With the addition furniture and an overscale chandelier, the room now has a purpose.
A drop-dead gorgeous mirrored buffet holds beautiful buffet lamps with shades that tie in with the black mantle in the living room.  An heirloom desk is used as a sideboard with family portraits above.  Upholstered chairs in durable gold fabric add softness.

Reclaimed shutters handpainted by Maryvonne La Parliere with a scene from the homeowner's family farm serve as art above the mirrored console.

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Fabulous Farm House, Part 1

This post is the first of 3 posts from the same open home.  The homeowners had just moved into the home of their dreams, but realized their furnishings did not work well in the new space.
Before, the sofa was dark and small and the room lacked personality.
We started with painting the mantle a glossy black, giving it weight and depth.  Above it, a handpainted fresco by Maryvonne La Parliere is illuminated by new lighting.  Silk drapes with citron green dragonflies soften the windows and dramatic red leather chairs add a pop of color.
Before, the colors were monotone.

Now, the fireplace and windows are features.
A touch of whimsy with embroidered dragonflies serves as a backdrop for a dramatic silk chaise.
What a stylish place to sit back and read!
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His and Hers Bath

This Monday Makeover isn't about huge changes; the homeowners were satisfied with the basics of their master bathroom.
A new wall and ceiling color, new soft furnishings and accessories and the bath looks brand new!

Baskets hide clutter and apothecary jars make ordinary objects look beautiful.  Floating shelves give vertical storage and places for display.
 The water closet got transformed too.

A floating shelf ties in with the rest of the bath and allows for more display. 
 His and hers details:

His sink gets leather and wood.
                                           Hers in chrome 
                                                  and mirror.

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2011 Design House

I've been referencing this for some time now, so this announcement will be no surprise.  I am still so excited to be a part of this project!  Embellish Interiors is participating in the 2011 Shelter for Help in Emergency Design House.  The Shelter for Help in Emergency provides refuge and resources for victims of domestic violence.  Last year was the first year for the fundraising event where local designers create and implement their designs in rooms of a house and tickets for tours are sold to view the house.  The theme for the project is "home" and the sense of comfort and refuge that it should evoke.  It is heartbreaking to imagine being denied that haven for the individuals the shelter serves.

The event runs from May 7 - 22 and the house is open from 10 - 4.  The house is closed for private viewings on Tuesdays during that time.  This year's home is a gorgeous manor in Crozet, Virginia at Mint Springs Farm, 1687 Mint Springs Road.  I hope you can find time in the month of May to view some amazing design work and contribute to a worthy cause.
 Hope to see you there!


Inspiration - Firefly

Photo courtesy of opentable.com
Took a little road trip this week with some fabulous ladies and happened upon this great restaurant in Dupont Circle, DC.  Firefly -- delicious, traditional American fare with an earthy vibe.  Loved the ambiance - lots of stone and beautiful wood, a large tree holding flickering lanterns in the center of the bar area and my favorite: uplit birch branches along the wall. 
Photo from lunchinginthedmv.blogspot.com
If you're looking for a good bite (or design inspiration like me), check them out!


Striped Cotton Happiness!

I've fallen in love with Dash and Albert cotton striped rugs.  They're colorful, practical and inexpensive -- right up my alley!