Sunday, September 26, 2010

Parade of Home Loft

This area in the house that would be a great spot of kids to hang out and do home work or cozing up with a book. The 2- upstairs bedrooms flank this room so it is a nice buffer space.



Desk area in the loft.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Meadowood Farms

I have to take a break from the parade and share this.  My son and I have been going to the Skaneateles Farmers Market this summer and have come across the most amazing farm, Meadowood Farms. We have been hooked on there sheep's yogurt in maple flavor. My son who is allergic to milk loves it and he is the pickiest 2 1/2 yr old eater and will eat his entire bowl of yogurt.

Welcome to Meadowood Farms

Tonight we tried the lamb sausage. I have to say it is one of the most spectacular dishes we have made in so long. The sausage is amazingly lean but full of flavor. We cooked  it very simply with pepper and onions that were sautéed together.

Ewes grazing

Please check this farm out it is well worth it and eat local.

Parade of Homes – Mudroom and Laundry Room


Great built in space in the mudroom. Fun upholster bench that lifts up for storage.


Laundry room window treatment.

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Parade of Homes- Master Bedroom

The Master is a beautiful simple serene room.


The colors are soft and ceiling faux painted in recessed part a turquoise color to pick up the other accent colors.

The bed is a simple upholstered headboard and all the amazing bedding is from Bella Notte.


The Shams and the dust skirt are whisper weight linen that is sheer with a ruffle. Euro shams are a burned out velvet that is also a sheer fabric with a backing. The coverlet is so soft and gorgeous, it is a cotton velvet that backed with satin. All bedding is for sale and can be ordered in differnent colors please contact us for more details.

The window treatment is a silk roman shade that is gathered on the edges.


Master Bathroom -Over the vanity is Creative way to let natural light in and not lose mirror space. Walls are the same color as the ceiling in the bedroom. Tile is a varying colored slate with dark brown accents. Once again simple and serene space.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Parade of Homes- Living Room

The open style living room is a fabulous space with tons of sunlight, which over looks a beautiful patio.

DSC_0015The fireplace and window trim features beautiful Craftsman's style details.  Ultra flat screen TV mounted over the fireplace.

DSC_0175Living room window treatment were tricky, we did not want to cover up the beautiful molding detail but we needed to added warmth and detail. The route that we chose is stationary ceiling to floor panels on short rods and sheer Romans.

The panels warm up the room with color and pattern. Reason why we choose to mount panels on short rods  is due using a drapery rod for the whole spans of the window is very distracting to the eye and unneeded,

The relaxed roman shades are very simple but elegant. The shades are made from a beautiful very sheer linen. The shades soften the window and add another textural layer in the room.

DSC_0019 Stationary Panel and Roman detail. Flop top  header with ties.


Furniture in the room are from the Sawyer Collection from Raymour and Flannigan and the side tables and coffee table are also from Raymour and Flannigan. Lamps, rugs, accessories, and window treatments are available through Elan Interiors.

Detail Photos of Kitchen

Additional detail photos of the kitchen:



Love the details of the seed glass cabinet doors and the varying upper cabinet heights.  Backsplash has scattering of glass and metal 1x1 tiles to give pattern and interest. Framed area above stove has a continuation of the glass and metal tile liners.

One comment I hear over and over how hard it is to accessorize above upper kitchen cabinets. In this Kitchen with the varying upper cabinets heights it actually lends itself to accessorizing. You only need a few pieces to draw the eye upwards to give detail and interest.  The hit of blue paint color adds a lot to the cohesiveness . I feel that it is better to be understated and simple when accessorizing upper cabinets.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Parade of Homes- Kitchen

The kitchen of this home has a great layout! It is open to the living area but it is still separated with the use of moldings and color.

My favorite design item in the kitchen is the large island that is free of any appliances. We usually try to incorporate a large island similar in all kitchen designs. Another great feature is the cabinets heights are staggered which give more interest to the over all look of the kitchen.


Eating nook-


In the nook area we changed up the paint color and did a beautiful tan that carries down the hall. In the kitchen above the cabinets we used a blue color that transitions well into the dining rooms grass cloth wallpaper.

Window treatments- shutters and valances. Shutters added privacy from the neighbors however we felt like we needed more color and excitement so we added a very simple valance. The valance  application was a bit tricky due to the way the windows laid out and the beautiful molding which we did not want to hide. We designed something that has a simple shape with a great pleated ribbon detail. The valance itself is Velcro on just below the window trim which frames the treatment.

Over all effect is beautiful with the unique placement of paint colors, colors and interesting cabinet design.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Parade of Homes 2010 - Foyer

Foyer at the Parade of homes we wanted to go high impact and picked a graphic wallpaper that has a huge scale. This paper is wonderful because it is a traditional damask pattern that has the size amped up and it gives it a modern feel.


We had the ceiling faux painted to the same color as the dining room wallpaper and it takes on the same colors as the painting over the tables water.

The builder we are working with Eldan Homes pride themselves on the exquisite arts and crafts details that they are known for in their homes. When we showed this pattern to them I think everyone in the office just about had a heart attack. We are trying to show that just because you have and arts and craft style house it does not mean you have to be all Stickley  arts and crafts. The fine molding details still come through.

Console table is a custom table that we have had designed and made exclusively for us. The legs are custom turned down in North Carolina. This table is completely customizable and we can do different style legs if you choose. If interested to purchase contact us and we can give you more information.

The house has a 2nd foyer that we needed to tie into the 1st foyer but needed to be a bit more subdued.





Here you can see how the colors flow through the entrance.

Table skirt is a cream linen with a contrast border.

Tomorrow Kitchen…

Monday, September 13, 2010

Parade of Homes- Dining Room

Wow a wedding one weekend the next the Parade of Homes opening. I don’t think I have ever been so tired. Now that I am feeling some what human I can’t wait to share.

If you have a chance in the next 2 weeks please come out the the Parade of Homes in Mallards Landing in Manlius.

It has definitely been an adventure.  I have to give a ton of thanks to Erica Berhardt Pigula she is a talented designer who has helped me tremendously and I could not have done this with out her.

We actually started  late in planning the house with Eldan Homes. We managed to get everything done in 2.5 months. Thanks to the staff at Eldan Homes they really had a lot of it under control before we started.

I thought I would give you a room a day:

The Dining room is my favorite room in the entire house. I love how it came out. It is traditional with some modern and funky twists to it.


  • Wallpaper is an aqua grass cloth that is just amazing how it adds so much texture to the room.
  • Chairs are custom with initial embroidered on them.
  • Table is a custom pine table that has a stylized French cabriole leg. Elan Interiors is the exclusive dealer for this exciting new line of furniture that we are developing. This table is completely customizable including the finish. Contact us for more detail and pricing
  • The draperies are just heaven in a plaid silk hung on a silver rod with crystal finials. The header of the panel is a runched top that is awesome.
  • Accessories are a European inspired with a garden quality.



This photo you can see the floor plan and how it flows. The awesome large scale wallpaper is the Foyer.

If you are interested in any of the pieces we are selling them at a great show price.

Friday, September 10, 2010

New Website

Today is the exciting launch of our new website. Please take a peak Elan Interiors.

I can’t believe so much time has past this summer with out a post. I have been straight out with lots of exciting new projects to share

  • New Website
  • We have added event styling to our list of creative endeavors. More to come on a fantastic, fun wedding we just helped with. Posting pictures soon.
  • Parade of Homes –Launch of it is tonight. We will be posting pictures soon!
  • Plus finishing up a few other jobs before and after photos to come.