Designing A Floorplan That Works

 

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The little house that could

Last post I told you about a cute little fixer upper that my Daddy and I are working on. Today I am going to share with you the floorplan as it existed when he bought the house and the evolution of the plan as it exists today. I will attempt to explain my thoughts  throughout this process as I worked my way not only toward a plan that functioned well but that was aesthetically pleasing AND was easiest on the budget.

So this is the floorplan we started with.

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There is a nice, big living room that you walk in to with a formal dining room on the left.

Off the dining room is a small very ill-configured kitchen with a rotten floor and rotten cabinets.
My biggest concern was with the bedrooms and bath. We are expecting to rent this to three college girls.
Biggest issues?

 

1. One bedroom is very small with no closet and it opens directly off the living room.
2. Second bedroom is a good size but the door from the carport opens into this bedroom. Say what? And the closet is tiny.
3. Third bedroom is a thoroughfare from the kitchen to the hallway which leads to the only existing bathroom.
4.There is no laundry room and no place for the water heater.
 As you can readily see, all of these issues had to be addressed first before we could even think about aesthetics.
My first idea was this:

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PLAN A

I will post this several times so that you don’t have to keep referring back to see the floorplan. I tried to leave

most of the walls in place and work with what we had. I did remove the wall between the kitchen and dining

so that the kitchen could extend farther down thus creating a space for a dishwasher and the refrigerator.

I tucked the toilet into a little existing linen closet, did a small walk-in shower which left enough room to

tuck in a water heater. I closed off the old closet in the bedroom, opened the back side of it and put a full

size stack washer dryer in there.

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PLAN A

I then stole some space from the carport creating a good sized bath and two nice closets to serve

bedrooms 1 & 2.

To the right on the tub is a built-in chest on chest to make up for the lack of storage in Bedroom 1.

A large linen closet left of the tub provides space for cleaning products, bath supplies etc.

This was OK but I still wasn’t happy.
Then in the middle of the night….. it happened.
AN EPIPHANY !!!
I love it when that happens. I suddenly realized that I should re-think everything and that by doing so

I would

eliminate everything that bugged me AND it would all fit within the existing footprint of the house which

means money saved.

Let’s back  up and look at the original floorplan again:

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ORIGINAL

PLAN B
 PLAN B
Let’s analyze all of the problems that were solved:
1.All 3 bedrooms are the same size and all have a large double closet. (easier to rent -no fights among tenants!)
2.No bedroom has an exterior door.
3. No one has to walk through a bedroom to reach another room.
4. By creating a hallway from bedroom three to the laundry I made sure that laundry washing could

still take place even if the bathroom was occupied.

5. We now have a nice second bathroom with double vanities and a tub to serve bedrooms 2 and 3.
6. I shortened the original hall way and took in the original bath linen closet to create the closet for

bedroom 2 thus eliminating the door to the hallway and making it a private space.

7. The original bath now just has a large walk in shower but serves only one bedroom and doubles as

the guest powder room.

8. There is now a beautiful U-shaped kitchen just off the great-room. The open concept allows for great

casual entertaining and opens the space up for more people to perform multiple tasks while occupying

the same area.

I really think this is a great solution and one that saves us money and time. I also love that because the

laundry is right by the back door the girls are close enough to campus that they could literally run home, throw

the clothes in the dryer from the washer and be back  at class on time. By moving the back entry steps to the side,

it makes a more graceful entry into the home and means that you aren’t immediately looking down a hallway

into a bedroom.

What do you think? There is still a tiny bit of time left to make changes if you see something that

would make

it even better!

Next up:
color and finishes!   I’m excited.
Cindy
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Fixer Upper Time

I have had fixer upper fever for a while now. I was just itching to get my hands on a pitiful run-down something that I could save. Then my Daddy called.

“Hey Baby. When ya comin’ to see me?”

“As a matter of fact, I need to come next weekend if that’s okay. I have a client moving in just north of you and I need a place to crash for a few days.”

“That’s awesome. I have just bought a little house close to campus and I need your help turning it into a rental.”

“Okay! What shape is it in?”

“Weeeellll……..it has a lot of potential.” (nervous laugh)

“Yippeeeeee!!!!! A fixer upper!!!!”

(laughter) “I’m glad you are excited!”

Be prepared…. this is not a “pretty picture” post…..not pretty at all…..YET.

Here she is in all of her glory.

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I made a video as I did a walk through but it was too long to fit on the blog. If interested you can jump over to my facebook page and check it out to get the full effect… especially of the back side. Gulp.

Here are the bedrooms: yes, the door off the carport opened directly into this bedroom. Say what?

 

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This is the second bedroom on the carport side. It is  substantially smaller than the other two bedrooms which might cause conflicts with three female renters.

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The floors are in great shape. That’s a plus!

This is the front door leading into the large living room. Dining is beyond the “holey” wall. Why?

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Here is the opposite end of the living room  with a door leading into bedroom number 2. All windows in the house are rotten and have to go. That’s sad.

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Dining Room

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This is the kitchen. The door leads out onto a little concrete porch that is about 8′ x 12′. Steps lead into back yard from there.

While inspecting the condition of the cabinets Daddy fell through this floor. THAT was not a good day. Angels, please protect him.

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This is the hallway that leads from bedroom 1. Door on left goes to living room. Door on right goes to bathroom. Door at end leads to bedroom 3 and then into kitchen.

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This used to be the bathroom.

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Apparently an entire nation of squirrels had taken up residence under the tub years ago. Anybody want to buy a few million acorns? I can fix up you.

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Appliance wall in kitchen.

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Bedroom 3

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And now, gulp, for the back view.

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Jeff and I measured every inch of the space and I drew a plan to help us visualize where we were starting and where we needed to go.

Next up, I will share those plans and the evolution of the finished plan that we are now working from. It involved a middle of the night epiphany. I love those!

Come along on the journey of this fixer upper . It will be fun!

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Renovation Magic

Even though they are  messy and always filled with surprises (often unpleasant ones) renovations are exciting to me. It’s like taking a person who thinks that they are washed up…that life has passed them by…and helping them find purpose again. I like to think of the transformation as renovation magic.

It is hard to see your own home the way that others see it. Because we walk through rooms every day, the familiarity blinds us to what is really there, I think. I know it is true for me. As an artist, I am a messy; so, when papers and paints and inspiration photos are covering every flat surface I just think, “wow, exciting stuff is about to happen here.” Everyone else thinks, “is she ever going to clean this place up!” LOL It’s what makes the world go ’round.

Sometimes, a room can be filled with good pieces that don’t need to be replaced but because of their age or the colors used, the room feels more like a museum than an inviting place to sit and visit. It is my job to see through the visual clutter and breathe fresh life.

Such was the case with this living room.

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It has great bones and lovely family pieces that hold sentimental value but it was so dark and “stiff” that no one really ever used the room. My challenge is to lighten and brighten without significantly changing the layout or the furniture pieces used.

I started by stripping away the dated sheers and heavy window coverings, allowing the space to be flooded with natural light. The window and door flanking the fireplace open into a beautiful sunroom that we re-decorated a couple of years ago so there is no reason to have heavy drapery covering them. That change alone makes a huge difference AND saved the client the expense of new custom drapery and hardware for two windows, a considerable savings when you have 12′ ceilings.

Without really realizing what I was doing I actually just flipped the wall color and the ceiling colors.

The blue walls became white and the white ceiling became blue. Blue ceilings always feel like you are inviting the sky to come inside and bring its sunny effect with it. I am getting very happy!

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The only “before” picture of the foyer I could put my fingers on was one snapped in the process of decorating for Christmas last year but you can see the important stuff. The bones are fantastic but the dark brown and burgundy of the wallpaper and the niche felt a bit like Grandmama lived there. (Did I just say that out loud?) The marble floors were a bit dingy from 90+ years of feet walking on them. Hey I would be a little tired too wouldn’t you?

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We carried the same color scheme through to this area to create a lovely visual flow that automatically makes everything feel larger. A soft cream and blue paper replaced the original everywhere except for the front half of the foyer where the walls were left white to open it up and allow it to breath.

The marble floors were cleaned up and no longer have a yellow tint. The wall niche was marbleized by Marilyn Heard to match the paper and now feels much more authentic to the space.

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The transformation of the library speaks for itself. Sorry about the grainy before.

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Stay tuned as this Southern Belle gets dressed up for the ball!

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Ugly Switch Plate Covers And Renovation

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We have been working on the renovation of this grand belle of the ball and ran into the age old problem of what to replace the ugly switch plate covers with. You know, the cracked ones yellowed with age that scream, “look at me”!

As you can see from the below picture, some of the original walls have hand painted paper that is staying and for those I brought in an artist to paint the plates to match the design. But what if the job is too far away to fly an artist in to paint a bunch of switch plates? Surely there is another solution!

 

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I think I may have found it!

There is a company called   Forbes & Lomax that makes replicas of the old high end switches that you can still find in period hotels and some homes.

Established in London 20 years ago, Forbes & Lomax have created an elegant alternative to the ordinary light switch. They realized that the elegant glass, nickel and brass switches of the 1930’s were no longer available and what was being made to use for high-end projects were unsuitable.  So Forbes & Lomax launched an aesthetic light switch, in which they pioneered the screwless, flush to the wall plate, creating a sleek look. The toggles and buttons come in many finishes, including unlacquered brass, nickel silver, brushed stainless steel and antique bronze switches.”

I love the antique bronze toggle. And the buttons remind me of the push button ones I used to see a lot.

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This brass one allows you to fully automate your home, opening blinds, controlling night lights etcetera from one master control.

 

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I might stand around playing with the light switches if I had these unlacquered brass toggles.

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But the ones that really captivated me for my project were the clear acrylic ones.

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Even if you cover the old plates in wallpaper matching the pattern across the wall (now that wallpaper is back in a big way) it is still messy sometimes and you have those two screws to contend with. These are screwless!

 A 3mm thick clear acrylic face plate with a 1mm thick primed aluminum under plate make up the assembly. You affix your wallpaper to the backplate (or paint it if wallpaper is not being used) and the o ring that goes around the switch screws onto a mechanism on the switch box to hold it securely. The plate is then almost invisible. Love it!

It also comes as convenience outlet covers but these do use screws.

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This is how it would look installed over wallpaper.

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Sooo much better, right? And the best part? They now have a showroom in New York.

To see more visit http://www.forbesandlomax.com/invisible-lightswitch-usa.html

or contact them at ussales@forbesandlomax.com

Happy Day!

Cindy

 

 

 

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Beautiful Doors Are The First Step Toward Hospitality

Beautiful doors are so important to me. They are almost the first design element that I consider when planning a new space. Doors invite our family and friends into our offered hospitality. They set the tone of the home. Doors weigh on me until I get them right.

We have been in the planning stages for a design/build for a family we have known since college days. Basically, I was asked to take the plans for their existing home which sits on a large lot in a neighborhood and re-work it so that it would fit on a pie-shaped lot that has amazing water views on three sides.

I can’t wait to take you along on the construction journey. We just came out of the ground last week!

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Of course, I immediately started talking about the doors. I knew that I would be using them to add character and a sense of age to the new house but I needed to explore several style options to see what resonated with everyone. The first one considered was the door shown above with lovely old stained glass and a rather modern styled wood panel at the bottom. It reminded me of doors at Huntingdon College, a local university here in Montgomery, Alabama. I have wonderful sources for fabulous architectural salvage so I am always confident that I will be able to find what we need.

Then I found this one:

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a completely different look… basically just a badly painted French Door. haha  That one didn’t last very long on my mental board.

This one I love.

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The proportion and scale, the way the arched transom hugs the door, the wavy glass and the finish all stopped me in my tracks. The fact that it is in on a French house didn’t hurt either.

I am always a sucker for Tudor especially if it looks like it came out of an old church like this one does. I probably would have roughed it up a bit though so that it is not so spit polished… know what I mean?

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Doors by Decora

My friends at McAlpine Home never disappoint. This is from one of their projects.

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Just that one simple curve added to the bottom made all the difference.

In the end, my choice was the one with the arched top and transom and happily the clients agreed so the mill-works folks will be starting on it tomorrow. Can’t wait!

Next up: stair talk. See you soon.

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The Difference Between Men And Women

The difference between men and women is real y’all. Seriously real. LOL Several months ago we had the need to move my work table from the mezzanine of the shop to the main floor. My first thought was to round up a bunch of guys from the neighborhood and “make er happen”. Right? Wouldn’t that have been yours?

Not Jeff’s. Nope. Don’t ask for help when you can engineer a wildly creative way to do it on your own he always says.

So I left and he got creative. Wildly.

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It all started with an giant extension ladder and some rope.

 

 

 

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Looks scary to me.

 

 

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He covered the ladder with a packing blanket so the table wouldn’t get scratched. He is always thinking.

 

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The rope held the ladder securely to the iron railing.

 

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Don’t ask me how he lifted the front end of that heavy heart pine table over the railing. I don’t want to know.

 

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And yes after each step he did actually run down that spiral stair and snap a picture to show me how real men do things.

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Said table was eased over the rail and voila!  it floated to the ground with the greatest of ease.

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Men and women are different. Very.

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Southern Style Magazine Features

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There is absolutely nothing better professionally than walking up to a newsstand and seeing your work validated by being on the cover of a national publication.

Thank you Southern Style.

The room chosen for the cover is the dining room of Max and Sally Byrd of Brantley, Al and it has struck a chord with people from all over the country. Calls and emails continue to pore in asking about the paint colors, the fabric on the chairs, the light etc and we are happy to oblige.

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The walls are 1566 Stoney Brook by Benjamin Moore in case you, too, were curious. It is a lovely smokey grey blue that shifts throughout the day with the fading light. It really shows off at night under candlelight.

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I knew that I loved the library but this image stunned me.

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Behind the scenes images still make me giggle. The headboard arrived in the wrong color (the day before the magazine shoot) and I had to faux finish it as the photography team was pulling into the driveway. Never a dull moment!

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Bathrooms rarely make it into the magazine but these are two of my favs so I had to show you.

 

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You can see the rest of this house on pages 63-74.

We also had the inside cover which was a teaser from the dining room of the Alford Home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl.

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That home covers pages 6-18.

 

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Photo shoot days are my very favorite even though they are some of our longest days.  You wouldn’t believe how hard we work to get the shot and how much patience it takes.

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Marcy Black is my height. Ladders are our friend.

 

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We loved it when the sun broke though the painting illuminating the colors of the sunset.

 

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Go grab a copy today while you still can and see the rest of the features. Available at most booksellers, Walmart,Publix etc.

Thank you to Stephanie Welbourne, photographer for In With The Old, and Lisa Frederick for the text.

Thank you to Marcy Black, photographer for Seaside Serenity, and Elizabeth Bonner for the text.

Also, a big thank you to Editor Kathleen Whaley and Becky Goff.

 

 

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2016 Southern Living Inspired Home


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This week I was invited out to Hampstead to tour and  write about their 2016 Southern Living Inspired Home. The house was designed by Matter, the brain child of Anna Lowder and Harvi Sahota.  Harvi explains the theory behind the house this way, “We approached the design of this house by focusing on its location in the Hampstead community. Located on a corner lot overlooking the lake, it was important to create a serene, private space that remained a connected, focal point in the overall community. With this as the stating point, the balconies and courtyard quickly became the central focus of the exterior.” I have to tell you that those areas are pretty awesome.

Most photos courtesy of Grace Photography.

 

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Matter’s Interior Designer, Brooke Johns (who thoughtfully gave me my tour), worked with Harvi to create an interior focused on  the interaction of graphic pattern, color, light and spatial design. Harvi and Anna then filled the home with art and wares from Southern Makers. I will highlight some of those as we walk through.

I was especially enamored with the lighting throughout the house starting with these stunning pendants in the kitchen from Restoration Hardware Modern Collection. I love the way the gold interior echos the gold cabinet hardware, and how about that herringbone wall?

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Creams, grays and whites were the repeated palette throughout with occasional hot accents of  orange.  Note those gorgeous Alabama Chanin pillows on the sofa!

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I love the Kevin Reilly chandelier in the dining room.

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The dark and moody library is the perfect place to curl up with a good book on a rainy afternoon.

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I actually thought this wall was tile but it is a beautiful graphic wallpaper in a deep rich navy. It is the perfect balance to the library.

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The master bedroom is a serene escape after a long day.

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Really wonderful, current tiles stole the show in the master  bathroom. This tub feature wall was one of my favorite aspects of the entire house! Stunning.

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Sara Pittman provided the art for the girls’ room.  Bedding was provided by Serena & Lilly.

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My “littles” would be all over this fun bedroom but the play would not be serene… more like leaping off the roof into the campfire if I had my guess!

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What’s a campfire without s’mores? Land of Nod killed this one.

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The  playroom wallpaper mural is  by Anthropol0gy.

 

 

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Furniture in this room, provided by Ashley Gallion.

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Sorry for the fuzzy picture. Those one was snapped on my phone.

 

It is hard to beat this view with a glass of wine.

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The house is open for tours through June 26. Head on over and tell them I sent you. 🙂 Cost is $10.

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ADAC Video

Just as I hit the publish button yesterday on Behind the Windows, ADAC published this video so I decided to share it with you since it has snippets of all the windows and tells a little about all of the designers.

I hope you enjoy.

 

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.

Cindy

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Behind The Windows

 

 

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Some of you have asked for more pictures and the story behind the Behind The Windows event.

Every spring 7 designers from across the South-East are selected to create a very large window display that kicks off Design ADAC and the spring market. The window stays up for 6 months and people from all over the country come to visit the market center and check out the displays.

 

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I was honored to be a part of this esteemed group. Only 5 of us were able to make it back for the reveal party. You must check out these peeps!

Hutton Wilkinson with The Tony Duquette Studio,Julian Taylor from Taylor Burke, Matthew Quinn, Dee Simmons, John Hall Nelson and Rivers Spencer

This is Hutton. It’s really too bad he couldn’t come back for the party. He IS the party. LOL

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So we arrived that afternoon and I was thrilled to see that an image of my design work had been chosen for use on the poster advertising the event.

Thank you to Layla Palmer for the photo.

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And then it was time to rip off the paper and reveal the windows.

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This is the photo ADAC chose to use for the vertical.

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And for the horizontal.

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A bit wild for me, right? It was fun to step outside the box… OK LEAP outside the box and have fun with a commercial space. That is why hospitality design work is so exciting because you are expected to surprise and inspire.

Obviously the wow factor was the floor. We literally had designers on their hands and knees feeling of it and trying to figure it out. Jeff and I painted it. And we have the bruised knees to prove it. And it is plywood. Yep. Thank you for partnering with us Home Depot on the wood and Benjamin Moore on the paint. I think we make a pretty great team!

The pattern was based on a new fabric design.
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My favorite aspect was the upholstered doors to nowhere. They theoretically led to a high end restaurant while the actual window was the area where you waited, drink in hand, for your name to be called. The doors are covered in our newest fabric called Stonewalled. Those gorgeous handles are horns that I worked with Gowan Iron to fabricate into handles. Jim Gowan came in on a Sunday morning to finish those bad boys so that we could get them installed on time. Thank you Jim!! You are a pretty awesome partner also.

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The hanging lights were fashioned from drum shades covered in “Glory.”

 

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The art is a gallery wrap of our fabric called Autumn Rain which is Jeff’s design.

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This was a crowd favorite. We cut three sections out of the fabric “Sipsey” also a Jeff collaboration and made a triptych from it and hung as art.

I love how it looked.

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Jeff left first to join the party while I tweaked. Soon he sent me this text and I decided I was missing out on all of the fun.

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These two got the cutest dress award from Moi.

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It was a very fun night that continued for me for 3 more days and nights.

Jeff, on the other hand, hit the road the next morning leaving the city to return to Montgomery to represent us at another event.

 

 

 

 

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We launched our line of art created from the textile line at Art In The Courtyard in Montgomery on Friday night. I will try to get better shots of that soon.

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So there you have it.  Behind The Windows At ADAC is in the books.  FYI. The exhibits are open to the public so if you are in Atlanta drop by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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