1.10.2018

Chinoiserie Inspiration

I have long been a fan of Chinoiserie style (my home is full of Blue Willow, Asian inspired toiles, a bamboo chandelier in my daughter's room) but lately I have become infatuated with Chinoiserie panels and wallpaper.  They bring a breath of life and color into a room, and with the extreme cold and gray days we've already had this winter, we could all use a dose of spring.  Our home doesn't get much natural light, and I feel like some colorful, nature-inspired art could help bring a little brightness to the gloom that can pervade on cloudy days.

Just a few of my favorite images:

Amie Corley Interiors (IG)


Amy Berry

Mark D Sikes

Nick Olsen

Society Social (IG)

Summer Thornton


My grandparents loved to travel the world, and my grandmother, an impeccably stylish woman and one of my design inspirations, decorated their home with finds from their trips and pieces from my grandfather's work as a furniture sales rep.  Their home was a beautifully collected space that I did not fully appreciate until I was older (as a kid, I just thought they had a lot of neat stuff to play with and explore).  It was full of pieces similar in inspiration to the images above, which may also have to do with my infatuation - it feels like little pieces of home and childhood.  :)



1.05.2018

Home Tour (Our Old House)

Happy New Year, y'all!

2017 was a year of big changes for us.  Most notably, my husband started his non-profit for military veterans, Act6 Missions, and we moved from what we believed would be our "forever home" into our current house.  These two events caused joy, stress, excitement and hope for the future, tears and grief for the past, and all other sorts of emotions.  I am hopeful that 2018 will be our year of rest and reflection as we learn where our journey will next take us.  But that is all a story for another time.

Once we realized we would be moving, I hired a photographer to take pictures of our home, specifically the spaces we had worked on the most to make our own, as well as pictures of our girls playing in their rooms.  I wanted for them to be able to look back and remember this house, and how much we loved it - it was the house in which we became a family of 4, and it was the first house that felt like home to me after my mom passed away.  We have moved several times over the last 14 years, and while we have loved them all, this house was special.  We spent many late nights working on projects, painting rooms, dreaming up plans for the future, etc.  It drew us closer together, and deepened our connection to our home.



Our kitchen was one of my favorite rooms.  I sure am missing all that counter space! 

We were lucky that the previous owners did the major renovation work, so all we had to do was come in and make it our own.  The major changes throughout the house were:

  • paint (the entire exterior, most walls, some cabinets, our daughter's ceiling)
  • lighting in all rooms (including my favorite Sloane pendants, shown above the kitchen island)
  • custom woodwork (board & batten with a picture ledge in the nursery, beadboard in the laundry, pantry, & garage entry, and a faux shiplap mudroom nook)
  • the addition of built-in bookcases in three rooms (the living room, the dining room, and my oldest daughter's room, seen below)
Some of these changes were due to our participation in the One Room Challenge.  You can see the befores and afters of our dining room here, laundry room here, and guest bedroom in the basement here.


DIY Canvas Art in our oldest daughter's room 

One Room Challenge Basement Guest Bedroom

One Room Challenge Laundry Room

One Room Challenge Dining Room






Thanks for taking the trip down memory lane with me! We loved so much about that home that it is still bittersweet to see these pictures and write this post.  The fun part is looking back at what I would have changed if we had stayed long term, and then applying those insights to our new home.  Most important are the other three people who live within these walls, and that together we have made each of these houses a home.  ❤






8.17.2017

Southeastern Showhouse 2017

I am writing this post as much for my benefit as for anyone else; this home was incredibly inspiring, inside and out, and a recap of my visit seems a great way to remember all the little details.

First, yes, the Showhouse happened in the spring - my husband and I visited in April (home tours are one of my favorite types of day dates).  But! Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle's September issue is all about the Showhouse, so I figure it is still a timely topic.

It was really fun to see the work of so many designers I follow on Instagram and Pinterest (including a few whose paths I have crossed in real life as well).  As lovely as all those little IG squares can be, seeing their work in person was such a thrill. Atlanta, & the South in general, is full of talent and I loved seeing rooms that both inspired and encouraged me. Some of the rooms were so similar to my style and taste (albeit on a different budget lol) that they provided reassurance to continue to trust my gut in my own projects, my personal home included.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get pictures of all of the spaces due to the crowds (yet another reason to check out AH&L) so I'm not able to share every room, but here are some snippets from our visit (prepare for a barrage of iPhone photos):


 

Anna Braund's hallway - the colors felt both fresh and comforting at the same time.  And I always love it when books pop up in unexpected places; a home that is full of books brings me so much joy.   Anna is from my hometown, and completed one of my favorite local projects (check it out, here).  I would often pass it during walks with my babies while it was still being built, and I was excited to find the interior tour on her website. 



                                                 










The bedroom by Tristan Harstan ranks as one of my very favorite bedrooms of any showhouse, ever.  I have used these same colors in my own bedroom multiple times in the past, and my design for our new home has many similar elements: checks, florals, blue and white, neutral rug with a hint of blue, pleated lampshades, touches of black and brass, etc. (you can see a hint of it in this IG post), Seeing it all put together so beautifully kicked my plans up a notch.  I absolutely ADORE all of the gorgeous fabric in this room.  I really could have stayed in this room for hours, taking in every detail. 








As I mentioned, the exterior/landscaping details were just as fabulous as the inside of the house.  We took lots of notes as our new yard is pretty bare.  The home overlooked a nearby school/athletic fields; it seemed like it would be fun to sit out on the patio and enjoy the muted roar of the crowd during games.








Tracery Interiors, located in our favorite place to escape (30-A in NW Florida), designed this fun room at the very top of the stairs.  I loved the built-in and the double beds around the window that provided extra room for sleeping/reading.






Sarah Bartholomew's bedroom was a gorgeous example of attention to detail.  I loved the peek of the contrasting fabric on the window treatments, and the use of the red trim throughout the room - especially in the arch of the window area!



Gordon Dunning had a little hideaway spot in one of the home's nooks and crannies.  I thought about taking that rug home with me ;)  These ladies excel in bringing fun and color into all of their spaces, and this room was no exception.





Lauren DeLoach's kitchen was probably the room I was most anxious to see before our visit, and it did not disappoint! The color, fabrics, built-ins, lighting - all just so, so good.  It was traditional with a twist, modern and classic at the same time.  Her portfolio is full of some of my very favorite kitchens; I don't know if I can pick a favorite.

To see more, check out the Showhouse website, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, or the websites of all of the talented designers, including (amongst many others) Tammy Connor, Huff-Dewberry, Phoebe Howard, Chad James, Margaret Kirkland, and Jackye Lanham.



7.27.2017

Master Bath Renovation


This master bathroom was so much fun.  The clients are precious, kind people and we worked really well together.  The project was mostly e-design (aka text design 😉) with a few home visits sprinkled in, and we are all thrilled with the results.  Their style can best be described as one that favors warm neutrals with touches of industrial and farmhouse.  I tried to stay true to their aesthetic, and made sure to offer choices that fit at least one of those three categories; my client would then make the final choice (sometimes with my input, sometimes without) and acted as project manager for the entire job.  I think she did great!

I was first hired to simply update the master bath.  However, once the ball started rolling, more & more changes were made until the clients ended up with a completely new space.  What is it that they say...if you give a mouse a cookie?  This was definitely one of those cases, but it was so worth it!

They had painted the bathroom cabinets & the walls years ago, but had not touched the space since then.  Some befores (excuse the iPhone quality):






The shower was too small & too short, tub was taking up valuable floor space, and the overall room felt dark, in spite of the light wall color.


Requests included more storage, a larger shower, and a standalone tub.  We decided on a monochromatic look, spurred by the beauty of the mushroom colored subway tile we both loved at first sight  - and which was of course discontinued right before we placed our order.  Such is real life, and we found a happy second choice that still brought character and warmth to the room.  I also adore the shiplap tub surround.








And after:





Painting the large picture window trim a dark color brought the outdoors in; adding a beautiful chandelier over the tub ensured this special area became the focal point of the room.  I also love the warmth that the tile floors bring in; they look so much like real wood flooring but are perfect for a wet space like a bathroom.


To address the need for more storage, we kept the base cabinets and had custom countertop cabinets made for each vanity area.  No more baskets of products taking over the counter space!



We also focused on the closet hallway connecting the master bedroom and bath.  New paint, new lighting, and custom mirrored sliding doors give a glimpse of the beauty that lies ahead. 


I am grateful for the chance to work on this fun, beautiful space and blessed by the nicest clients.  If you would like to update a space in your home, please contact me at hcbinteriors(at)gmail.com


Photography: Jon Cox Photography
Design: hcb interiors