Friday, July 29, 2011

Project Sneak Peek

Ok, I've given you various sneak peeks into this amazing project, but there are so many exciting and beautiful things going on that I just can wait to share them.
This week the custom railing that I designed went in and the gorgeous, stunning, amazing new windows were installed in the solarium!!! Aren't they beautiful?! We replaced very dated, floor to ceiling solid sheets of glass, that had been added to this 1920's home sometime around the 70's.
Lot's more to come from this historic beauty soon.
Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Blake's Bath

Blake is a pretty cool cat! In fact, he's one of the coolest kiddos I know! Soo, naturally, we had to design a super cool bedroom and bath for this super cool kid :-)
Blake loves baseball and so we took his bath on a little vintage baseball spin.
I, of course, love the vintage tiles, but that paired with the metal and wood ballpark signs of yesteryear and I do believe we have a winning combo!
The wooden Boys' Locker Room sign is pretty cute, huh?!
Bin pulls, pinwheels and a gooseneck faucet all complete the look.
The honed carrara bianco slab is absolutely perfect! We used a traditional subway tile in the shower, but created a favorite graphic of mine by pairing it with gray grout. The graphic is continued in the horizontal stripes of the shower curtain fabric.
The awesome sconces that we fell in love with! These are one of my favorite specifications for this bath.
Blake's bedroom will make an appearance a little later, as it still has some finishing touches that need to be done.
It is fantastic and ALL boy!
I hope you're having a great start to the week :-)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Elegant in Austin

My Austin baby is finally coming to a close. After many, many months of planning and planning...and yes, blood, sweat and tears...this home has come together beautifully!
This darling client and I have designed 3 homes together and over the years, have developed a very close friendship. Her family is delightful and we always have tons of fun together. I truly cherish client relationships that develop into friendships and it makes me love what I do even more.
Together, she and I built this home from the ground up and there are so many wonderful things that I am dying to show off... I can't possibly fit them into one post.
Let's start with the dining room.
Many of the beautiful things in this space are pieces that we have been gathering over different homes. It is a true testament to what I always tell my clients and that is "If you buy what you love you will always have a place for it". In fact, the drapes are from her very first home and have continued to work in every home since. Aren't they gorgeous?! The fabric has since been discontinued. Such a pity when they do that to such fabulous things.

The fun architectural element to this space is the slurried stone wall that showcases the art. It is Austin stone with mortar slurried over it- stunning. These photos don't really do it justice. The bronze windows are another favorite specification from this space.

Did you know that I am obsessed with nailheads? My client is too. When we are planning together we have to be careful not to make EVERYTHING with nailheads and tufting :-)

This simple table arrangement works so well with the simple elegance of the home.

Ah, tufting, see, we love it!
I would like to say a very special thank you to the Campbell's for trusting me implicitly with your most personal space and always being a joy to work with. I adore you guys!
Stay tuned for more to come from this Austin beauty.
I hope you're having a great start to the week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What I'm Loving...

This amazing duvet from Anthropologie! This is gorgeous on the bed but how cool would it be to hang on the wall behind the bed like a huge tapestry?! Love.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Project Sneak Peek

If you haven't noticed, I LOVE vintage design!!!
This project is actually the best of two worlds, it is brand new construction (by an outstanding home builder, Shelly Home Company, that I've been working with on several custom projects) but it looks like an old home. I love that! All of the modern conveniences, with everything new and working well, but with the image that it has been there for years and years. For the kitchen above, I specified honed cararra countertops and simple but classic beveled subway tiles.
This house is so charming. The architecture of this home is done in the Arts & Crafts style...but NOT in a kitschy, too many Tiffany light fixtures and Stickley knock-offs sort of way. The bright, airy colors give the craftsman style a fresh look that isn't generally characteristic of the aesthetic.
The above detail is an inset v-groove ceiling in the entry with one of my favorite bell jars.
Utility below. I love vintage schoolhouse pendants. I think I use a version of one in almost every project!

This is the son's bath. I love the vintage pinwheel tile! You will see versions of this pop up from time to time in my projects as well. In fact, I used it in another boys bath in my Austin project (I just got final photos of that project and I'll be showing it to you soon).
Don't you just love the cool doors that we selected?!

I used a gray limestone for the son's countertop. It is masculine and sleek and we love it!

This is the daughter's bath (below) and is one of my favorites! The Calacatta slab that we selected for her makes me want to hang out in here and pet the countertops :-) Isn't it a gorgeous piece with that beautiful vein running through it?!!

For the master bath, we opted for more gorgeous slabs of cararra and a vintage octagon and dot floor (another personal favorite!).

The watercloset.

We are loving how my fireplace design turned out. This fireplace drawing is a little glimpse into the technical side of my job. This is part of the CAD drawings that I provide for the cabinet maker.

Didn't he do a beautiful job realizing our vision?!
More gorgeous cararra on the surround.

We'll be installing furniture, drapes, etc. soon...
I hope you're having a great start to the week!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy Belated 4th!

...and happy belated birthday to me :-) I totally took the day off yesterday for my birthday...oh yeah, and that other holiday that everyone else celebrates ;-) We seriously had the most relaxing weekend around here. I layed around in my jammers until about 4:00 in the afternoon, which was awesome! I played a marathon session of Angry Birds and watched movies. I listened to birthday phone messages and looked at facebook and felt loved by all the well wishers on my birthday. It was perfect. I know that our days like this are numbered and it makes them so much more precious! I'm aware that they will soon be precious in a completely different way :-)
Work has been so crazy lately that a weekend like we had was exactly what I needed. We had a maternity photo session with one of my insanely talented friends. You have to check her out, pure talent! If you are looking for a good photographer, she's your gal. Check out her amazingly complimentary and completely undeserving blog post about us here. I heart her!

I baked, which is relaxing to me. Our favorite, Georgia Peach Pie!
We made fresh bruschetta from the tomatoes and basil we've been growing in our backyard, delish!

We grilled hot dogs and made them "gourmet"...which basically just means we added a bunch of stuff to them and I like to steam the buns.
These are Frank's franks below ;-) I prefer mine "Dallas Dog" style (I stole that from Wild About Harry's), which is my favorite place to go for hot dogs.

We played frisbee with Blackjack (our guppy). It's completely ridiculous that we call him that but it's his nickname and that's what he comes to. It was a great weekend. I hope your holiday weekend was relaxing as well.
These next couple of months are going to be crazeee, as I wrap up projects (I can't wait to show you all the fun things I've been working on this past year) and prepare to take some time off to be with my girl.
I hope you're having a great start to a short week :-)