Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Photo Shoot- Fayetteville Residence

This home was a addition and total remodel. The original home belonged to the husbands grandparents so keeping the integrity of the house was really important to this family. With 4- very active kids involved in hockey and all sorts of school activities the original house was too small and not functioning. Ed Harrington was the architect on this project and did an amazing job tying in the new structure with the old.

Before Exterior

Exterior After
Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Kitchen - I wish I had a picture of the before kitchen because it was a non functioning I do not think had been touched since the 1950's

Living Room- New Part Of House

I love this Chandelier in the Powder Room

Mudroom - Each child has their own space

Guest Room Bathroom- New Section of House

Upstairs Master Before- Now One of the Boys RoomsBoys Room After

Youngest Girls Room Before


Before the Bathroom Upstairs

After- Now Boys Bathroom

Oldest Girls Room After


After- Youngest Boys

What a great project this has been, we are still working on rooms! We really had fun bringing each child's personality into their rooms. Organization was one of the most important things in this project to the owners. We used a lot of built-ins in the bedrooms and gave each child their own space when walking into the house. To give the house even more uniqueness and personality we also did a lot of faux painting which came out amazing. The Dining room panels are all glazed and then a decorative muralist came in and did the floral detailing. It really came out amazing.

Photo Shoot -Lake Ontario

I am finally getting the pictures up from the photo shoot I did.

These are all from a house on Lake Ontario

It is a new construction that was just finished this Winter.

There are amazing views from this house. Looking out the windows you almost feel that the house is on the water. The exteriors ( not shown yet) of this home is wonderful with wrap around porches a heated pool and a guest house above the garage.
When designing this house some of the goals were to make it comfortable for 2 people or a whole house full of people. Trying to get as much light in as possible was really important along with utilizing the view from as many rooms in the house as possible.

Guest Room with loft

Same Room

Guest Room

Guest Bathroom

Living Room

Kitchen/ Dining


Master Bathroom

Master Bedroom

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer Tablecloth

Summer is all about simplifying.
This tablecloth is a great idea and easy project to do.


A table cloth that will work on a really long table and is user friendly is not something that is easy to find.

Summer is plain just too short to deal with ironing.

I think this is a great inexpensive solution for a easy to maintain table cloth. I bought 4 beach towels at Marshalls for $12.99 each. I seamed 2 beach towels together, I have done this with 2 sections. I thought seaming 4 beach towels together maybe too much to deal with and you have more freedom this way . When you need both sections for large family functions you can tie them together with clothes pins or safety pins. Another way to bring the 2 sections together is to add ties with ribbon or cut up a towel for ties. To dress it up I thought about adding grosgrain ribbon in navy blue along the edges or you can border it with a fabric.
Walla you have the ultimate table cloth for a lobster bake that you can through in the wash when you are done.


Monday, June 9, 2008

Powder Rooms Wallpaper and Color

Powder rooms are one of the most used rooms in the house it is the one area that you really can go all out and experiment with your style. The nice thing about powder rooms is the size, because they are generally a smaller room it is one of the easiest rooms to make a big statement while staying within a budget

Wallpaper is one way of really make a big statement. There are so many amazing wallpaper prints and color. I recommend that you go out of your safe zone and have fun.

This is a before and after

Fun Wallpaper in Powder Room

Photo Southern Living

I love the elegance of this Powder Room. The chandelier and mirror really make this room sparkle. I really like to use an unusual vanity in powder rooms. It is a really fun way to do something unexpected.
Better Homes and Garden photo
I am working on a house now that we are using an urn like this as a sink. It should be really cool when it is done.

This is such a glamorous wallpaper. I can see this in a powder room with tented upholstered ceiling with a gorgeous petite chandelier. For the sink you could either do a piece of furniture or an amazing pedestal sink.

photo House Beautiful

One way to do a great looking sink that is cost conscious is to take an inexpensive pedestal sink and add a fabric skirt to it.

When you are thinking about color once again go out of the box and use a fun color. I really like corals they make your skin look fabulous.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Window Treatment Before and After

I want to share a window treatment job that was just installed this week. Window treatments are one of my favorite things that I get to work on. There are so many amazing designs that can be used on windows. I love looking at the space and designing the perfect treatment. Each design will create a totally different look and feel to a room. Fabric is a incredible way to warm up a room and with so many wonderful fabrics to choose from you can really have fun.

The window treatments shown are in a home that is in a wonderful old 1920's neighborhood in Syracuse. I have been working on the project for over 4 years. We took the existing house and added on a huge family room and garage to the first floor. In the living and dining room we opened up doorways to give it more of an open feel. The kitchen was completely gutted and more space was taken from a hallway to make it a family room/ kitchen. Upstairs we created a master suite out of 2 bedrooms and added on a sunroom. In the attic we created a guest suite with a full bathroom. The attic was originally a maids quarters with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom . The bathroom was really cool because every thing was original in mint condition.

OK enough of the history of the project.....

Window treatments before and after in the living room and dining room.

The fabric used in the dining room is a beautiful muted coral with gold ferns I used the reverse side of the fabric. The color picks up the tones in the rug and a Asian screen that is not pictured

The living room I used a Navy Blue silk that has a great little trim in the same color as the dining rooms fabric

I used the same drapery hardware in both rooms. It is a fabulous line called Paris Texas Hardware they have such a beautiful finish on the rods, finals, arms, and rings.

Overall I can't believe the difference in the two rooms just by putting window treatments in. The nice things is that the treatments are really simple and do not take anything away from the view but overall gives a finished feeling to the room.