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Feb 4, 2015

CARLEENE


Hi Carleene,

Thanks again for your patience.  I didn't intend to be so late getting back to you!  We had a little family emergency come up on top of everything else... I will tell you about it when we get together...

So, I wanted to say I really liked your lovely home - 
Your issues were just cozying it up a little and making it comfortable
The furniture is nice and neutral, and we need only do a few things to pull it all together...

LIVING ROOM
I would suggest adding a rug, however; this being a high traffic area, most rugs won't hold up.  Sea Grass is quite durable and an attractive alternative.  While it is not very soft, it will add texture and define this seating area.   

It is also very economical.  

Behind the sofa I would bring in color and also some of the nature that you and your husband love, by using some natural history illustrations of birds or vintage style botanicals.  



I have collected many of these images and being over 100 years old, they are public domain and we can print them ourselves or send them to a lab for a more professional print.


I like to use a simple frame with a mat surrounding  the image, and hang them in a grouping of six or nine images, hung closely together so that they read as one art installation

 I have birds, florals, ferns, shells and butterflies - so we will have a variety to choose from.


On the lamps, I would like to break up the matching set.  I'd change out the table lamp.  The table can be painted, or replaced as we discussed, but it isn't bad in this spot and could actually stay as is.


The biggest change I would make here is to add curtains - stationery curtains are all that are needed - in a nice linen or print - they don't need to close across the window because you have the plantation shutters, but they will soften the room, and frame the windows and a finishing touch.

I would like to hang them from a decorative rod with rings.  This is the simple way to hang, but we can also do a pinch please curtain hung the same way.



I would add a further set of nature inspired prints over the T.V. or perhaps some of your lovely plates.  

Here, again, I would copy the curtains from the other side of the room to finish this space and cozy it up.  The leather chair needs a lumbar shape pillow and I would add a large basket to the hearth to hold throws or magazines - baskets add warmth and texture.  The wall behind the floor lamp is crying out for a larger sized nature print or two (one above the other).

We talked about adding an ottoman to the leather club chair so that your husband could put his feet up and be comfortable while watching television.   I don't think we could do both a cocktail table and ottoman in this space and still be able to move through the area easily.
I think that an upholstered ottoman could serve both as a cocktail table with the addition of a tray, and allow him to put up his feet.  
A round would allow easy passage through the traffic areas.  This is an example only to show you some styles that would work.  We would find one of these styles in the right color and tones for your space.



This style below allows both a hard surface and ottomans to pull out for footstools or seating if needed.  


A second option would be to use a long bench as the coffee table, sort of the same scenario you have now, except the top would be upholstered and allow him a place to put his feet. 
Alternatively, you could use two smaller bench type ottomans so he could use one for his feet, and the other could remain for the sofa.


I would change the table next to the chair to something with a little more substance or weight to it.
  A few accessories and pillows will cozy it up...

The mantle accessories -  I need to play with this area a little to soften it and make it a true focal point in the room.

KITCHEN

Love what you've done here, but have a few suggestions to cozy it up a bit.  Kitchens are a lot of hard surfaces and so need a little fabric here and there to soften and cozy it up.  Here are a couple of things to consider:

1. Add draperies over the blinds to frame the windows and bring in color and soften





2. Change the chairs to slip-covered or upholstered chairs to soften things up a bit.
(examples only - color would be changed)









3. Add a larger accessory to the island top.  A large wooden tray or basket as a base will be a nice focal point on the island top.


4. More substantial valance at sink window. I'd create a valance out of the same fabric we use for the curtains on the other side of the room which will soften the hard edge of the marble around the window

5.  Re-do or Re-arrange the wall art. Although I love your blue and white plates, I feel like a framed collection would do more for this large wall, and the plates could go somewhere else - perhaps to surround the chalk board.?

6.  Add a rug -  a rug under the table and chairs will define this area and help soften all the hard surfaces in this room.  Sea Grass would be an excellent choice as it will add texture as well, but any flat weave rug would work in the proper color and design.





THE REST OF THE HOUSE...

You told me this room best reflects your personality - and its adorable.  Looking at my notes and thinking back, I got the impression you were not ready to address the master bedroom yet.  When you are ready, I have a few ideas for you there, as well.


Overall, I love the improvements you've made, and you have done some lovely decorating touches as well!

LOVE your little deck with a view!


Next step, let me know what suggestions you would like to move ahead.

Talk to you soon!

Nov 22, 2014

ROCHEL EPSTEIN

LAVENDERS

BENJAMIN MOORE:  CROCUS
MORE INTENSE COLOR

BENJAMIN MOORE:  LAVENDER LIPSTICK
MEDIUM COLOR

BENJAMIN MOORE : LAVENDER MIST
SUBTLE COLOR

BENJAMIN MOORE : LILY LAVENDER
SOFT COLOR

BENJAMIN MOORE : VIOLET MIST
LIGHT SOFT COLOR
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Hi Rochel,
So nice to speak with you about your new home and improvements.   You told me you like a modern look, and favor grays, and I believe you were not liking the warm undertone of the Revere Pewter or the blue or green undertones of Gray Owl and the Silvery color you tried.  

The paint is that there are nearly always undertones that are not always visible on a computer screen or in a tiny swatch.  It will react with light, ceiling height and room size.  I like to paint the samples on a white poster board with a good 2-3 inch border of white around it - so that it isn't influenced by the current wall color.  Bear in mind that paint will look different when all walls are painted as it will reflect and bounce light differently.

Here are some recommendations for you to consider:

In the ENTRY / STAIRCASE area, the color would change depending upon if you keep the dark wood (Restained and polished) or elect to paint the woodwork. You favor keeping the wood, but I promised to show you both so that you could visualize both of the looks.

SEA SALT OR MUSEUM PIECE


USE THE LIGHTER COLOR - SEA SALT IF YOU ELECT TO PAINT

USE THE DARKER COLOR MUSEUM PIECE IF YOU KEEP THE DARK WOOD


Whether you decide to paint staircase area or not, 
I would definitely paint the other woodwork in the house.  


Especially in the hallway and around the doors - 
Dark finishes tend to dissect the space, when what we want is to create a feeling
of spaciousness and flow


LIVING ROOM


This was my inspiration photo for this room.  The victorian and modern combined.  White woodwork, deep modern wall color.  When you purchase furniture for your living room, use this photo to help you select a nice low modular style to enhance the contrasts.


CHELSEA GRAY (Benjamin Moore)



DINING ROOM
This room is going to shine with medium gray walls and white wainscoat
ANTIQUE PEWTER
Benjamin Moore
Inspiration Photo


KITCHEN
Expanding by removing a wall.
Keeping cabinets
Repainting
New countertops
New floor (vinyl)
I found some vinyl flooring applications that look more high end and modern
I thought you might like.  They will add a graphic design pop to your kitchen.



All are done with vinyl tiles in 3 colors
great way to add design without a lot of expense.
color used on the wall may be determined by the color you use on the floor - 
BM COSMOPOLITAN

BM MUSEUM PIECE

I also like the idea of grounding the kitchen more by adding color to the bottom cabinets, using Chelsea Gray or Kendall Charcoal.


GIRLS BEDROOM #1
Let me know if your daughter has a different favorite color...
I used pink, but this room can go any color...
Inspiration:

BM Sea Salt

If you want to add an accent wall color, I chose two soft pinks...
BM Heather Pink

BM Pink Orchid

GIRLS BEDROOM #2
May keep carpet.


wall color and pink inspiration
BM Cosmopolitan

I tried to find a pink that would go well with the carpet if you decide to keep it, but I can't rely on the photos and computer screen, so you will need to let me know if it is close enough.

Accent wall
BM TOFINO SUNSET
so cute!

 BOYS BEDROOM #3

Inspiration photos:  
Recommend:  Gray with Deep Blue and Apple Green Accents

I think a deep blue accent wall would be amazing in this boys room...

this blue looks great with the gray

and I love the pop of apple green too







BM VINTAGE PEWTER

BM NEWBURYPORT BLUE

 Loved these - couldn't resist showing you...



MASTER BEDROOM
Good light in this room - so you can go dark if you want to!

You decide.... dark and dramatic...

BM KENDALL CHARCOAL

BM STREET CHIC

 or soft and serene...
 BM CAPE MAY COBBLESTONE



BM VINTAGE PEWTER



BATHROOM


BM PIKES PEAK GRAY

BM CHELSEA GRAY


Rochel,
Hope these help and get you started.  Call me anytime and definitely let me know if we need to look further - or if you have any questions!

I recommend flat or eggshell finishes on walls and ceilings.  Semi gloss on woodwork.
White Dove is the recommended white for trim - especially with grays.

Best wishes,
Claudine