give me liberty

Liberty London, that is! I’ve always coveted the Britain-based Liberty’s iconic floral prints, and now that they’ve gone and partnered with Anthropologie on a line of very anthro-esque, whimsical-retro, unapologetically sweet home furnishings, a part of me can die happy.

This chair is my absolute favorite. The barrel shape, the mid-century legs, the wood trim, the tufting, and that large-scale English floral — be still my heart ūüíě

Liberty For Anthropologie Strawberry Thief Bixby Chair

But my husband would flip out if I brought another chair home (I have a thing with chairs, like some people and stray cats), so I might have to just get the Bonnie Bloom duvet cover. And the sheets, too, because you gotta go big or go home when it comes to Liberty London.

Liberty for Anthropologie Bonnie Bloom Sheet Set

The entire collection, which includes more upholstery, other bedding patterns, tableware, notebooks, aprons, and this darling table and bentwood chairs, is available online here. If I don’t snap everything up first.

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Golly, it’s¬†a busy year! One project that I am especially proud of is a family home in Needham. I’ve been working with this family for almost nine months, and the house has already been transformed. A few rugs and accent furniture pieces need to be finalized, and the finishing touch of accessories has not even begun, but I can’t help but give you a sneak peek.

The living room and dining room are the first rooms you see once stepping into the foyer of the house. We had originally decided on a soft neutral taupe for the walls to keep it simple, but once the painting began in the other rooms, my clients were so inspired they wanted to go more dramatic.

Living Room - before
Living Room – before
Dining Room - before
DIning Room – before

We had already ordered the sofa in a red herringbone texture, an armchair in a cream-and-tan woven ikat, and the window treatments in persimmon trellis embroidery on pale linen. Their dining room chairs were recovered with a kid-proof cayenne Ultrasuede. With so much pattern and color in the furnishings, I was thrilled to be able to bring drama to the walls as well.

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Fabrics with our original wall color — meditation AF-395

After perusing Houzz for inspiration, we decided on a deep chocolate brown with a hint of red: Fresh Brew 1232 by Benjamin Moore.

Living Room - after
Living Room – after
Dining Room - after
Dining Room – after

I am in love with the way it turned out! And more importantly, so are my clients. I can’t wait to show you the finished space in a few months!

emerald

How do you feel about Pantone‘s pick for Color Of The Year?

2013 Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald 17-5641
2013 Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald 17-5641

Personally, I’ve never been huge fan of green — I don’t think I look good wearing it. I did paint a bathroom a spring green once. I also spec’d an army green for a boys room. And I do adore lime and aqua together.

There’s no denying that this is GREEN. Here’s what I found as the closest Benjamin Moore paint color:

Benjamin Moore Emerald Isle 2039-20
Benjamin Moore Emerald Isle 2039-20

I’m warming up to it. Pure glam when combined with peacock blue, gold, plum… As an accent color in a mostly grey room…Or glossy emerald cabinetry in an white and black kitchen…. Maybe emerald isn’t so bad.¬†After all, I think I would look STUNNING wearing this.

Tiffany Emerald Ring
Tiffany & Co. Emerald Ring

 

my design process

Nothing is more exciting than designing a space from scratch! I’m a lucky girl: this project is a finished garage that had been used as a woodshop by the previous owner. My friend wants to turn it into a space where her very active 6-year old daughter could burn off some energy. The space is perfect: square, open, high ceiling with exposed beams and a skylight, two sets of double doors to the patio that let in tons of light.

There is already a 6′ trampoline in here for my busy young client:

The blank wall was begging to become a climbing wall, but they also needed space for mom to chill out while daughter was being busy, and an area for some quiet activities. The last thing I wanted was for this space to look and feel like a gym! Where to begin? For me, it was a quart of lime green paint that they had bought but never used. It made me think of this Marimekko fabric, which became my inspiration piece.

Marimekko’s Kaiku fabric, via alwaysmod.com

The wheels turn, the pencil draws, erases, draws some more, and I do seemingly endless research online, and VIOLA! A fun, functional, yet stylish play room with 12′ climbing wall, monkey bars, trampoline, art wall framed by birch tree wall decals, reading loft, homework area, and a loveseat for mama.


I present my boards, samples, and budget to my client, we work through the details and make adjustments.¬†Copies of the concept board and drawings, along with product spec sheets, resource guide, timeline for completing the project and an itemized budget, all get neatly organized in a nifty binder for easy reference.¬†And that’s what you get in a DIY Design Guidebook.

For this project, I’m providing execution and installation services as well, so I will have more fun things to show you in a month or so!

inspiration: bedroom walls

I’m working with a client who shares a common problem with many families in urban areas — a small master bedroom without much natural light. Here are 5 bedroom decorating tips to avoid feeling like you sleep in a cave.

1. Keep it simple: cream walls paired with white bedding & window treatments.

via Amoroso Design

2. Soft, gold-toned walls that mimic sunlight. Like the room above, the dark furniture keeps the room grounded and sophisticated.

via Haut Haus

3. Defy common sense and go dark, but keep the rest of the room light. The quirky, vintage furnishings and graphic coverlet have enough character to stand up to the strong color.

via Apartment Therapy

4. Patterned wallpaper, but not so busy it isn’t restful. My rule of thumb: Imagine waking up with a hangover. If the mere suggestion gives you a headache, tone it down.

from Belle Maison via Design Your Walls

5. And finally, my favorite design route: take the walls to the bright side. Only for the brazen who are not afraid of color.

via House Beautiful
via House & Home Media

Here’s what I chose for my own bedroom walls. In addition to being small, my bedroom does not get much natural light. This orange is warm, cozy and inviting. When I use an intense color like this in a small space, I go with a satin or eggshell finish, so that the walls reflect the light, rather than absorb it.

Benjamin Moore Buttered Yam AF-230

What color is your bedroom?