Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year’s

 

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I can not wait for 2014!  Maybe more than I have in  past years. 2013 has been a year full of ups and downs but when I look back at the year I have to say all the downs have been really positive. I started 2013 with a bang and spent the next 6 months running around with my head cut off. In July I decided things needed to change as I was not at my top performance. So I a took a deep breath and made some changes.

The changes have been super positive in my world and let me clear my head and I was able to tackle some things personally and for my business.  One accomplishments that I am really  proud is I started training last summer for a 50K mountain bike race. I raced it together with my husband in Lake Placid NY,  it was so nice to work together with him on a goal. When I started I was so out of shape for biking after not being on a mountain bike since before I had my son (7 years ago) I had my work cut out for me.I was not sure it was possible to be in race shape in 2. months. I am happy to report that we finished 2 in our class and I did it. My son started kindergarten this past fall and that was a big realty shocker  for me that he is in school and not a baby any more. So I been try to spend more quality time with him and making it count.

On the business side I have a taken a deep look at my business and started changing some ways of doing things that seemed to be out of date and get really organized and put procedures in place. I have been looking at the way I have been charging my fees and coming up with some alternatives that I hope will benefit everyone. It is a still a work in progress and some times I get over whelmed and bogged down but taken a step back and a deep breath seems to be working.

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I thank my lucky stars for all the wonderful clients that I get to work with. I  worked and started some really great projects in 2013 and will be finishing up some of those projects towards the  beginning of 2014 and I can’t wait to see the finish results. One of my big projects that will be finished in the next few weeks that is Tailwater Lodge. I have been working on since Tailwater since 2012 and I am ready to see the final product.

A few of this year highlights were meeting Alice Patterson and collaborating with her on photographing some of my work. Alice is amazing and extremely talented and look forward to working on more projects in the new year. Having Erin from House of Turquoise feature a dining room that we did. And of course all my clients who let me work with them.

In the next few weeks I will be letting everyone in on another project that I have been working on for the past 6 months that is a little different.

Happy New Year’s

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

House of Turquoise

A huge thanks to Erin from House of Turquoise for the great post on Elan Interiors.

I have been a big fan of House of Turquoise for at least 4 years and I am so thrilled she featured our project!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Historic approach to design

I am working with the loveliest client who owns a  wonderful old 1900’s home in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. The house is actually a dream as it really has not been touch,  we think the original paint is still  in many of the rooms. The house has one the best butler’s pantry I have ever seen and I can’t wait to get my hand on it but that’s another day.  The jumping  off point is  the dining room and foyer. We are trying to keep the historic integrity of the home but add some pop and life that reflects the home owners personality.

This is what I am working with

Dining room

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Entrance/ foyer

 

This is what I am proposing:

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My client’s favorite color is purple, she loves toile and mixing fabrics is her idea of perfection.

What we  are planning in the dining room: Aubergine walls that are highlighted with lots of trim color( soft white) and just a hint of a color that is similar to radiant orchid. Dramatic window Treatments will be sunshine yellow silk drapery panels that look like ball gowns. The toile and plaid fabrics will be made into darling chair covers and a pale lavender rug will tie things together.

The foyer will tie in the yellow either in a lovely wallpaper or paint on the walls.

This photo below show the 2nd scheme that I presented to her at the same time as the above. The  scheme  has similar  principals to the above but a safer color choice with soft blue on the walls, purple silk draperies, purple toile for chair covers and brings the duck egg blue  into the foyer with an amazing large scale damask.

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She has chosen the more daring scheme and I will share more as we progress through the design process.