Friday’s Photo: Industrial loft living

I don’t know if living in an industrial loft is in my future but if it is…I  want a blue leather swing chair in the living room.

Haniford Design/Holiday House Hamptons

Haniford Design/Holiday House Hamptons

Pretty sweet don’t you think?

Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone!

Boston Magazine Design Home 2013

Recently I was invited to tour the Boston Magazine Design Home located at the newly constructed Concordia in Swampscott MA.  If you live anywhere near Swampscott this home is a must see and even if you don’t, it is worth the trip. Not only is the home BEAUTIFUL but 100% of the proceeds of the tour go to support Children’s Hospital.

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Ocean side of Concordia image via Boston magazine

The home is right on the water and although it was foggy the day of our tour the future homeowners will have incredible views. The design and decorating of the home was coordinated by Jerry Rippetoe and Tony Sienicki. They did a fantastic job of creating a beautiful color palette of blues, creams and complementary neutrals that flowed seamlessly from room to room. There is so much to take in and share but the highlights for me was the lighting, the color palette, the window treatments, the artwork, the ceilings, and the carpets (I guess that’s pretty much everything).

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Foyer

The front entrance set the tone with beautiful teal and gold wallpaper that was carried up onto the ceiling, spectacular sparkling lights from Lucia Lighting, a beautiful carpet from Landry and Arcari and artwork from Kensington-Stobart Gallery.

Just around the corner from the entrance was the kitchen, designed and build by Family Kitchens. Here the designers chose a lighter version of the blue/green and white color palette.

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The kitchen had every conceivable amenity and the white cabinets paired with the green Costa Esmeralda granite and coordinating tile back splash felt just right for an ocean side home.

The adjoining great room flowed seamlessly with the kitchen. Don’t you just love the blue ceiling? Another bonus is that a full wall of windows looks directly out to the ocean.

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Great Room

The great room is filled with one of kind accessories and museum quality artwork such as the painting over the fireplace.

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 For me the highlight of the great room is a 100+ year old carpet from Landry and Arcari. Talk about artwork for the floor! It was one of the most beautiful carpets I have ever seen. Interwoven throughout the entire piece are animals and fanciful creatures. By looking at the colors it was most likely the inspiration for the designers chosen color palette.

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 Look closely and see how many animals you can spot (I see at least four in this tiny detail).

The house has three bedrooms and my favorite is the master.

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master bed room

SO relaxing and soothing with the beautiful blue and silver wallpaper and that gorgeous silver bed.

The house has four bathrooms and each one is different and beautiful but they all have luxurious finishes, lighting and window treatments.

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master bathroom

Even the closets are decked out and are a space to linger in.

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Her closet

This is “her closet” and below is “his closet”

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HIS closet

The house is open for tours Sept.12th through Oct.7th. For those of you who are local and would like to see the whole house I have two free tickets I would love to pass on. Just let me know if you would like to attend by commenting below. If more than one person wants them I will randomly pick a name on Wed.

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For more information about the home and the many fabulous sponsors or to buy tickets to tour the home click here.

I would love to hear what you think of the house and what your favorite room or feature is.

 

 

Before and After Photos and Lessons Learned From My First Show House

This past Saturday I participated in decorating a kitchen, Great Room, and Mud Room for a FALL Holiday Home Tour. Although exhausting, it was a great experience and I learned so much about the whole process. This tour was challenging because as I wrote about here, the homes on the tour were all occupied by families who only vacated minutes before the tour started. Two valuable lessons I learned were:

#1. No matter how small the decorating job seems, it will take WAY LONGER than anticipated. It took over 7 hours to set up, even though I thought it would take only a couple of hours.

#2. Things will not go as planned. We assumed our occupied home would be empty the few hours before the tour started but when we arrived with fresh flowers and last minute details to do, the Mom was cooking breakfast, Dad was vacuming and 3 young kids were under foot asking all sorts of questions. I had also planed to take good quality “After” photos but there was absolutely no time so the photos that follow are quick snap shots from my point and shoot camera.

 

Kitchen Before

 

 

Kitchen After

 

My color inspiration was a Lavender, Blue and Orange Pashmina used as a table runner. Three pieces of original art work by my friend  Susan Siefer of MadPatter Art Design  were hung above the table with the same colors.

Here are a few more views of the table.

Table Setting

 

I made the flowered pumpkins from a photo I had seen on Pinterest (it took 6 Mum plants to cover the two pumpkins). I found the bird’s nest in my back yard, and all the colorful vegetable dishes I own. (My challenge to myself was to spend under $100  on this  project). Although you can’t really see in the photo, the “eggs” in the bird’s nest are tiny pumpkins. I also painted some pumpkins in the same colors as the art work and you can just see a peak of  two of them on the window sill.

 

 

I also added a few natural elements to the chandelier.

Purple, and Orange Seed Pods with Bittersweat

 

The kitchen also had a bar area that needed a little something.

Bar Area Before

 

 

I added a pumpkin ice bucket…an idea I saw in Country Home and some more decorative plates and napkins.

Bar Area After

 

The Great Room Before.

 

Great Room Before

 

The home owners asked that I not touch the book shelves or candles on the mantel which are actually electric and wired in. I placed  a wicker tray and a few gourds and books on the Ottoman and used more of  Susan’s art work above the mantle and added a tall vase of fresh pumpkin flowers. I also added some sprigs of Red leaves in test tube vases under the TV.

Family Room After

 

During the tour there was a fire burning in the fireplace but of course I didn’t get a photo of that but the room really did feel cozy.

 

Change of View Art Work

The 4  paintings by  Susan are from her Change of View series. The paintings themselves peal right off the  canvases and can be changed out with any number of different colors or designs. I think it is brilliant and you should check out her Etsy Store if you want to see more.

The tour visitors exited through the Mud Room and this was the room that took the most time and work. Susan and I have started a side business of  hand painting furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Our business is called Chalk It Up! and the mud room is where we displayed some of our pieces.

(We are in the process of setting up a Face Book Business page where we will be offering items for sale.)

Here is how the mud room looked before.

Mud Room

 

And this is how we styled it up for the tour.

Chalk It Up! hand Painted Pieces

 

 

Now that it is all over I have a whole new appreciation for how much work and time goes into organizing and participating in a show house.  I would love to hear your comments and feed back.

 

 

If you would like help with choosing Color, Staging or Interior decorating, please give me a call.

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