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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renovation BEFORE

 

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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renovation BEFORE

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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renovation BEFORE

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

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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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Lococo Architecture- Before and Afters

 

I love a good before and after image of design projects. As a matter of fact, my own before and afters are some of my most popular posts (see the Maxwell AFB renovation here); second only to surprise reveals. A week or two ago I stumbled upon a Washington based architectural firm that I was not familiar with and found some real gems.Please join me in a tour of homes by Donald Lococo Architects -before and after projects.

This is renovation done righ

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Talk about adding curb appeal! That went from ice cold and scary to “Please! May I join you for porch time?”

 


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This house had great bones but its talented team took it from a house that could be found in any of our neighborhoods to a house ready to grace the cover of a magazine. Replacing the windows with French doors gives  the home a friendliness while visually increasing its size. The mortar wash and stone headers continue the effect. Best of all, the addition of the small walled garden makes you forget about the street which seemed way too close to be able to enjoy the yard. It now feels like a sanctuary somewhere in France.

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Amazing what color can do. Watch this outdoor living space transform before your very eyes in its before-after reveal.

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Talk about a room I don’t want to spend time in.

 

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Not any more. Just give me some tea and a good book and I am here for hours.

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Great job Mr. Lococo. Thank you for allowing me to share your work with my readers as a shining example of how it is done right.

To see more of their work or to hire them for your project go to http://www.donaldlococoarchitects.com

Until next time,

Cindy

 

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A Step By Step Guide To Renovating A Kitchen

If you missed the last post on how to begin a kitchen renovation go here to get caught up.

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Now that we have a plan in place and have agreed on a budget, it is time to start the serious business of renovating a kitchen.

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How To Plan Your Kitchen Renovation

We are about to start on a couple of major kitchen and bath renovations and it suddenly occurred to me how many people are involved in that process and how overwhelming it could be to someone who doesn’t do it every day. I thought it might help some of you if I simply documented the steps that we go through just to get through the estimate phase. If you can conquer that beast you are good to go.

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This will be a two part post so that you don’t fall asleep reading. I will throw in some pretty pictures for good measure.

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Bath Renovations

I am working on a dozen bath renovations at the moment. There is no time to write about it but these are some inspiration photos that I will be presenting this week. If you find some great ideas…. send them our way. I am never above asking for a little help. It makes the projects better… every time.  Enjoy.

 

 

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From Homebunch blog

 

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From Houzz

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From remodelista blog

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From Pinterest

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Flower Arranging Day

Wish me luck and say a prayer for me today. I love fresh flowers so much but these shoots are intimidating. I have buckets and buckets just waiting to be arranged and placed. They are so beautiful but we left home on Monday and we are shooting on Wednesday. Oh PLEASE still look fresh. Heck, just please still be alive! eek

 

(Thank you Pinterest for the lovely images of what the back of my van looked like)

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Trending, Painted Stairs

One of the many things trending at the moment is painted stairs. The styles are numerous and they keep popping up on my feeds.

I really like this crisp blue. It feels like it’s leading you right into the ocean. It also feels very “Mykonos.”

 

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From Holiday Feed

The subtle tones of greige works also.

 

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From Apartment Therapy

Centsasional Girl got very ambitious with a striped runner. She did a great job. It somehow looks like it would have the course texture of the real thing.

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From Centsasional Girl

 

Not feeling quite that accomplished? You could use removable wallpaper like this designer did. The paper is by Hygg & West.

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From Hygg & West

 

Apartment Therapy strikes again with a stain and stencil version.

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From Apt Therapy

 

 

You could get your Boho on with these but you will have to ask Nomadic Decorator how in world they did it.

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From Nomadic Decorator

Back stairs are a fun play to hide some reminders that we all need as we go through life. I think my favorite is “we give second chances” but the one that applies to our littles at the moment is

“we do really loud”….. like reeeeeally loud. Really. 🙂 Love them so much.

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Feel like stepping up to the plate? Oh, that was bad. Sorry.

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Photoshoots And Move Ins

I am up to my eyeballs right now in another photoshoot (you should see the van!) but wanted to share with you a peek at what’s to come with a future move in.

We have been shopping, shopping, shopping and after months of dreaming and scheming have finally filled in the blanks on many of the rooms for our scheduled March move-in. The following is a snippet of what was ordered last week. I will be writing more and more about this in the following 8 weeks.

 

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