Although February was quiet on the journal, it was a busy month behind the scenes. Here is a little update on my current projects. The South Orange house is moving along. The design plan for the living room is above. The client's inspiration images were full of bohemian touches, lots of color and creativity, but they also wanted to marry that with their traditional house and make good investments with their time and money. As usual we started with the function and floor plan and then plugged the inspiration into that. I really like the plan and we just need to purchase a few nore things for this room - the rug, settle on the chair upholstery, the pillows and some lamps, but most everything here got the A-OK. The amazing Minorca rug is also in the dining room now and I am DYING to see it. I am going out next weekend, so will try to post some images on Instagram, if you want to follow along. Here is some progress on my other projects, which you may have already seen on Instagram. My apologies for photo repetition if so.
Here we have the latest from Project Peter Cooper Village. I am excited to say that it is really shaping up. We are moving slowly at this point, compared to the initial chaos, because that is what fits the family's life best right now, but most of the big work has been done, so I guess you could say we are leisurely tweaking. The beautiful blue velvet sofa from ABC Home is in place and I love it. It reads a little dark, especially for the camera, so I keep my fingers crossed that it will look good with my better camera (Luckilly I don't shoot my work with my iPone!!) It looks good in the room though. I asked my client to pull out this Mexican blanket I remembered she had in the boy's room on my first visit. I initially wanted it to possibly recover or drape it over an ottoman/coffee table - because we are still deciding on the right piece for there. Then I had the impulse to layer it over the sofa and it just worked. I think especially with the three young boys roaming the place this will also be easy to maintain worry free for now. This client also loves a lot of color. The room already has colorful furniture, so when it came time for a rug I thought we needed a more neutral base. I love these rugs from Land of Nod. I used an indigo one in the Brooklyn Heights office and it is really pretty. This one has bits of all different color, but overall is natural - and the price for an 8 x 10 cannot be beat. On to the next . . .
The Long Island City bachelor pad is pretty much done. This low quality pic I snapped at dusk doesn't do the paint job justice. I know black walls are super trendy and I don't recommend them gratuitously - I have even tried to sway clients away from them, as you may recall here - but I just felt this was right for the room and client. I was willing to also do a navy or dark gray, but the client decided to wing it without testing and chose the Wrought Iron from Benjamin Moore, just a shade lighter than black. It turned out really nice. He also went rogue on the desk legs and bought the chrome instead of the iron (this is why I like to manage the purchasing!!). Now he doesn't like the awesome vintage brass task lamp - because it is not chrome. I wanted brass accents in the room, the nailhead on the West Elm headboard is kind of an aged coppery brass, so . . . what are you going to do. Well, I am going to take the lamp home with me I guess. We ordered classic chrome wall sconces instead. It should be fine. It will all be fine. Sometimes it is really hard to convince clients to wait for the big picture, for the whole room to be pulled together, because then your eye has other places to land and you won't keep thinking about it. Although I did want brass accents, I am okay with mixing metals, as long as the overall look is good. I think when we embrace the imperfection, or let go of the ideal image in our head a little, things can sometimes look more real and more interesting. During my renovation I lost sleep over little details that I now don't even notice on a day to day basis. These are homes we live in after all, not museums.
And uptown at the Inwood job, paint saves the day again. These guys didn't test swatch either - again, that is why I like to be in charge ; ) - but I gave them a short list of some pretty fail proof grays, so I was confident. I kept asking, what gray did you choose? They were nervous about gray being too cold, but I assured them we were going with mid to warm grays and avoiding cool undertones. I even suggested they swatch a warmer gray like Balboa Mist, which I also would have been happy with. They have an awesome big loungey blue sofa, but still this big, beautiful red family heirloom carpet and the warm wood credenza also dominate and could take a hit of gray for sure. So, it was a game changer folks. I've said it before, but paint is amazing. I still don't even know the color they used. One half of the newlyweds has been in LA since January for pilot season and the other half has been flying out to visit, so it has been a little hectic. Most of the living/dining room is done here, we recently ordered a beautiful blue overdyed rug for the foyer, the bedroom is almost complete and everything else will have to wait. This project is now on hiatus until everyone is back in NYC and demo starts on the bathrooms.
I am not so great at keeping the journal updated, but as you can probably guess, I do my fair share on Instagram, so follow along there if you like. If you have a design project you'd like some help with, feel free to get in touch here.