Functional Family Room

This makeover is for a busy family with three beautiful boys who have finally reached the age where they don't need a lot of floorspace to play.  The home has a large family room that was in need of revamping to fit the homeowner's lifestyle.

Before, despite having plenty of seating, this space is not appropriate for conversation and the large television blocks the beautiful corner window.

Now, there is still plenty of space to sit, but all within talking distance.  The television above the fireplace allows for viewing from the large sectional and the windows get simple panels that give the space height and warmth.

The family chose a very large sectional that gives plenty of seating but does not make the room seem cramped -- proof that furniture can be moved away from walls!

Here is another view of the room before.  The homeowner needed a place to take care of her home-based business.  By bringing the sectional forward in the room, away from the wall, we were able to add a desk area.

Newly reupholstered chairs flank the fireplace. 
Wall sconces add lighting and make for great spots to read on the sectional.

Red accents provide a splash of color:
Red Lanterns at the fireplace,
Red lacquered fleur de lis mirrors and 
a big red ottoman that provides storage too!

Family photos are displayed in the desk area, making this room feel like home.

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Sneak Peek

So funny how having so many awesome projects leaves so little time to share them!!   Finally posting a little view of one of the many.......a farmhouse in a beautiful grey and green palette.  Lots of beautiful custom touches to come -- a vintage fireplace mantel, reclaimed wood countertops and furniture.  Window treatments went up today.

Ikat chairs and gorgeous Anna French fabric on the shades in the kitchen

More Anna French drapes and a greek key on the ottoman

                                                     Can't wait to see it all together!!


Savvy Shopper: Rustic Cabinet

Hello, Readers!

Just wanted to share with you another good deal I came across while shopping today!

Weatherered Cream, Grey Aqua Chest
+$45 Shipping
$334 Total

Weathered Coastal Cabinet
+ Free shipping to store

The savings gives you $114 more to spend!

It comes in a chest of drawers option from both vendors with the same savings too:
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Another assisted living make over

Last week, I shared with you a semi-private room I turned into a model for the assisted living facility in Front Royal, VA.  Here is another Embellished space in that facility, this one is a private suite.

While this room had already received carpeting, it was still very institutional.
More warm neutrals were added with lots of texture to provide interest and comfort.
A much more welcoming place to stay!


My worlds have collided!!

So funny the turns life takes!  As most of you know, I am an occupational therapist and have been working primarily with geriatrics in facilities and home health for the past 12 years.  Imagine my surprise receiving a phone message from an assisted living facility requesting services from Embellish!!

Here's my latest project:  2 model rooms in a soon-to-be refurbished assisted living community in Front Royal.  Today, I am featuring a semi-private room.  My goal:  to create a comfortable, calming environment that is more home-like.  I hope I met the mark!

This room looks like it belongs in a hospital
Here it is after a little rehab:
Soft cream on the walls and soothing neutrals make this look like a retreat.

Another view:
Removing the curtain, outlets and lighting and adding carpeting really changes the feel of this room:
A seating area:
Little details:
A new, calming place to rest.

I hope to get the opportunity to make more improvements in this space in the future.
Stay tuned!


Savvy Shopper - Paisley Rug

Shopping for a neutral rug for my client and I found this I thought I'd share:

Livonia Indoor/Outdoor Rug
3'6" x 5'6"
$20.95 shipping
TOAL: $219.95

Hand-hooked grey-green area rug
3'6" x 5'6"
$2.95 shipping
TOTAL: $93.89

$126.06 = Significant Savings!!


In Remembrance; Hickman Home

Driving down the tree-lined street, I was reminded of many childhood trips for family holiday celebrations, excitedly anticipating the treats in store from my grandparents.  This is Second Street in Marietta, Ohio - one of the first settlements along the Ohio River and where my mother grew up. 
With nice wide sidewalks (perfect for riding bicycles and pulling wagons), big trees with lots of squirrels, and gorgeous turn of the century homes, I have great memories of this place.
  This is the home where my grandparents lived:
I can still see my grandmother sitting on the front porch, drinking her tea.  I can still feel the pride my grandfather took in his garden; his tulips and hydrangeas.

Interior decor has always been an interest to me and I'll fully admit, I've spent many nights dreaming of how I'd change this old home to make it the beauty it could be, even as a child.  But this weekend, as I walked through the rooms where we gathered to celebrate my grandfather's life, I was so grateful for the things that were the same as my childhood memories.

The kitchen was renovated in the 1960's and still reflects the state of the art changes that were made for that era -- dropped ceilings with flourescent lighting and the best amenities of the time.
My most vivid memories were formed around this table:
Avocado green, gold and burnt orange with the most awesome green vinyl swivel chairs that were well worth the trouble we got into for having spinning contests during dinner.  This is where the kids sat for every holiday meal.
And this is the oven used for many a Thanksgiving turkey, still working today:
The awesome built-in paper towel/aluminum foil/plastic wrap dispenser:

My grandmother's tea cup collection

 And her Fenton glass display
 (there was usually candy in one of the dishes).

Amazing woodwork up the stairs where we took family photographs
And the balcony we used to "fish" for toys on strings
Amazing fireplaces

 And the electric organ.
Many hymns were played on that thing, backed by a mean Bossa Nova beat.
I'm going to miss hearing Grandpa play it.
I know they're just 'things'.
I realize what I do is not a matter of life or death.
But our homes truly reflect our selves and create memories for those who visit.
What memories will you create in yours?


Office Spruce Up: Art

I was given the opportunity to use so many great images from Kristin Moore Photography and this office space had so many blank walls.  I wanted to share with you what I did with the hallway.

Company initials in floating frames are interspersed with more photos of Charlottesville spots.
Striped cotton rugs coordinate with the wall color and color in the photographs.
Another Embellished space!


Modern Family Room

Today's post features another room in the home of a wonderful family, the Guptas.  They love the home they built, but wanted to make it more their own with a contemporary feel that they like and wanted to start with all new furnishings.

We started with the fireplace.   Removing the white dental moulding builder's mantel, we used large tiles with a bronze metallic glaze from floor to ceiling.
  Knowing what wonderful hosts my clients are and imagining all of the delicious treats that could be served, I suggested adding a banquette to the space for entertaining.  We chose a velvet in a taupe color to compliment the tiles in the fireplace and added a sparkly chandelier.  The tufting in the custom banquette shows off the sheen of the velvet.  It is truly glamorous!

We added a desk area for the children to do homework and above it, the kids helped to create three large canvas paintings with a pop of fuschia.
Mirrors behind the floating shelves on the opposite side of the fireplace balance the room and add more depth, making it look even bigger and multiplying the light provided by the windows.
A chocolate brown leather sectional seats the whole family and handles accidental spills well.  The rounded coffee table has hidden storage as does the entertainment console.
Love the aubergine accents with the silver scroll drapes, throw pillows and chairs.
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