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As my style evolves, I itch to complete projects that push me out of my comfort zone and involve more care to details and depth than my previous work. I took some design risks with this latest project in the twin bedroom at Tye Street Project, and it turned out to be one of my favorite results to date. The whole concept started with a beautiful shade of pink from Behr Marquee® called One to Remember. As you'll see in the before pictures below, with the room's tall ceilings and ample natural light, the all-white walls actually felt a little cold. I never really felt like the room had enough details to really make the space feel full and welcoming, so I went with this stronger yet playful and warm pink hue for the walls. I am absolutely in love with the results - it completely changed the feel of the room, and inspired a whole new approach to the decor. See all of the details below!
I am so excited to share the reveal of the bold new dining room at Tye Street Project, completely reimagined with a dark high-gloss blue on the walls and a new approach to the dining layout. As you saw in the previous layout of the room, a huge table dominated the room. While it was perfect for entertaining (which my dad often does), I always found the table to be just a bit too big for the room, and prevented me from imagining any improvements to the space. We decided to move that table to my dad’s spacious sunroom and replace it with a smaller circular table. Now he can entertain larger groups in the back room and keep things more intimate in the dining room! We also made room for a few pieces that had moved out of his bedroom – the armchairs and area rug. All of the new red in the room was begging for a dramatic navy backdrop, so I channeled an old-world club vibe (perfect for the club chairs) with a modern edge (hence the striking chandelier) for the new look. Continue reading for all the details!
P.S. Just a few days left to enter to win $250 towards custom window treatments from Alva, the generous sponsor of the beautiful white Belgian linen curtains in this room!
Thanksgiving break was a great recess from school and a wonderful escape to the warmer South, but it was definitely non-stop madness with (my favorite kind of) work – designing and photographing new projects for the blog! I am so excited to share a sneak peek of the Tye Street dining room‘s fabulous new wall color (and high-gloss sheen) and the custom white Belgian linen curtains I ordered from Alva to frame the window in the room. These two details (and the corner of the new/old rug and chairs in the photo above) give you a sense of the new dynamic red and blue color scheme. And not only do you get a peek at the final design, but Alva is generously hosting a $250 giveaway towards custom window treatments of your choice to give a bespoke upgrade to a room in your house… Seriously, window treatments transform a space!
Like in the master bedroom, I used the trick of ordering curtain panels much wider than the window to give the illusion of a larger window and also show off more of the beautiful linen and the great contrast between dark blue and white in the room. It’s a large room, so expanding the weight of the single window helps balance the entire space. While linen is often used for sheer curtains, these custom panels are lined so they provide privacy or light-blocking if needed. I chose inverted pleats for the top for a tailored look that would complement the more contemporary pieces in the new room design. See more details and enter the giveaway below! Read More
When I decorated my father’s house, we definitely spent more time and energy on his living room (it is my bedroom when I’m there, after all), and while I loved how the dining room came out, there have been several pieces I’ve been itching to replace in that space after living in it for a while. The dining table is a super interesting piece, made from reclaimed bowling alley wood on an industrial base that my dad found at Paris on Ponce, but it’s actually a bit too long for the room. It seats lots of people which has been a huge plus when my dad entertains, but it just dominates the room. I also don’t love the existing chandelier in this room and have been wanting to replace that piece for a while. Once I started imagining a sleeker chandelier, a new vision of the room started forming that was a bit more dramatic and cozy. Remember the rug and armchairs in my father’s bedroom before the spring 2016 One Room Challenge? We’re bringing those pieces back via the dining room, and balancing all that red with some deep blue walls.
This post was sponsored by KILZ® Complete Coat™ Paint as part of an Ambassador program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
The front porch could be considered the most important room of the house at my dad’s place, a kind of open-air public living room. Cabbagetown is a neighborly kind of area, where people still spend time honoring the old tradition of hanging out on the front porch and chatting with their neighbors and friends as they walk by or come to visit. In the transitions of seasons and the day it’s a lovely place to spend time. Since it’s the face of my father’s house too, I knew that eventually I’d have to get around to making it shine as much as the interior.
The first step was to refresh the paint – a great tool I like to start with, in any project. I used KILZ® COMPLETE COAT™ PAINT that I picked up at my local Walmart to get the whole job done in a single step. This was especially perfect for the ceiling, which hadn’t gotten love in years and was difficult to reach too! As an interior and exterior paint, we also won’t have to touch it up for a while. Read More