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Project Renovation: Study Fireplace

Today’s sneak peek  is a look at what has been going on in the study/home office in our new house.  This room is much larger than the one in our previous home.  A coffered ceiling, paneled walls, &  a fireplace are a few of the architectural details I love about this space.  However, it really needed a pick me up in the design area.

Here is the fireplace before.  It’s nice, but not exactly what I would pick if I were building this house today.  It needs a fresh feel.  It seems sort of dated, right?  The marble on the fireplace surround was really too taupe & brown for the vision I had in mind for this room.  Notice the wood paneling.  It’s red oak with lots & lots of grain showing through.  I have a plan for that!

First things first.  The fireplace surround gets rejuvenated with 12×12 Carerra marble tiles.  There is also a credenza opposite the fireplace where I used a slab countertop of the Carrera marble.  It’s already starting to take on a new look.


My original plan for this room was to lacquer the walls in a rich black that read midnight blue when the light hit it.  I consulted several paint professionals & they all talked me out of using it in this room.  Most of them told me that the lacquer would eventually crack on the wood paneling.  Big BOO!  I have used lacquer a million times on furniture, but never on walls.  I was willing to take the risk since it was my own house, but after extensive research on the products available I decided there had to be antoher way to get me the look I was after.  SO, onto Plan B.  I still wanted the walls to have a VERY high gloss almost wet looking appearance.  So, I chose to go with Farrow & Ball’s Off Black in high gloss.  We started with 3 coats of primer.  I wanted to cover up the grain in the red oak as much as possible.

3 coats of primer & 3 coats of Off Black later, I am really starting to dig the new look!  I painted the inset of the coffered ceiling Benjamin Moore’s White Herron & the beams are contrasted in the Off Black.  This effect really highlights the ceiling detail without making the room dark & cave like.  We had all of the floors in the house refinished to a warmer richer brown with more black & less orange red in it.  The paneling still needs the final clear coat on it, but the room is really becoming the chic space I had in mind.

 My husband often works from home & I just love the layout of this room so I want to pull out all the stops in here!  I see this space as a wonderful area to showcase some beautiful design & make it a room we will sit in & enjoy.  There is plenty of room for a sitting area.  I am still on the hunt for the perfect arrangement for that.  I have found a desk that I am dying over (more on that later), but it is clearly not in the budget for this room.  I have an alternative selected & I think it will give us the same look & fit in our budget.  I plan to use Lee Jofa’s Chevron patterned fabric from Oscar de la Renta’s collection for the drapery fabric.  The chevron pattern is on the diagonal & features the midnight blue/rich navy & a slate blue.  The white silk background will create a stunning contrast to the Off Black walls.  Unfortunately, the fabric is backordered until April.  However, good things come to those who wait & I think this is worth waiting for!  I can’t wait to see it all come together!  Stay tuned for more updates!

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Project Renovation: Playroom

You may remember that in our current house I designed a stage for our daughter to dance & sing on.  It’s provided us hours of entertainment & created quite the budding little popstar.  SO, naturally I had to come up with a way to incorporate it into our new house.  We’ve got another little girl on the way & Jaylie has promised, as part of her big sister duties, to teach Brooklyn how to fully utilize the dance stage!  It’s still a work in progress, but check out the progression of this project below. (Click on photos to enlarge)

During renovation:  There was a built in desk, closet & a half wall that overlooked the back staircase in this area before.  We tore out the built in desk & covered up the half wall.  We learned very quickly that this was going to be a hazard with the kiddos & decided it had to go!  When we first went to look at the house, Jaylie sat up on the desk & leaned over dangling & peering over the back staircase.  No bueno!  Unfortunately, when we went to take the closet out, we discovered that the left front side of it consisted of 3 support beams that were part of a load bearing wall.  The closet had to stay.  Mama was not super excited about this.  We had to come up with a plan to conceal it in the design.

During renovation:  I enlisted the help of my handy contractor, who also built the last stage, to tackle this one too.  I love how I can just throw my ideas at him & we formulate a way to turn it into something really cool.  Because of the layout of the room, this stage will be in the shape of a triangle instead of a baseball diamond like the last stage.

Mural Day 1:
You would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when I sat around with the artist (Kris Perry) & muralist  (Dewayne Sheppard) I work with.  The energy & excitement were infectious as we bounced ideas off of each other to create the perfect stage backdrop for the Geyer girls.  Did you notice the load bearing problem closet?  We left one side of it open & added some can lights in the ceiling.  We are going to place hooks inside for the girls to hang costumes on & make it a “secret backstage dressing room”.  We’re concealing it by incorporating the angles of the walls into the mural.

Mural in Progress:
The mural theme is based off of a compilation of scenes from the nutcracker (Jaylie’s favorite ballet).  Bright colors, dancing ballerinas, candies & sweets & a palatial setting will set the tone.  I think Dewayne may be as excited about this project as Jaylie is.  He keeps coming up with more fun ideas to incorporate into the scene.  I just can’t wait to see the finished project!

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2011 is Tickled Pink!

If you follow me on Twitter, then you probably already know that the 2011 color of the year is Honeysuckle.  I announced it after receiving the press release from Pantone back in December.  The reddish pink hue was selected by Pantone, the global authority on color, as the “It” color for 2011.  While I think the color is fabulous, I think it has it’s limitations when it comes to interior design. Although, I could see interior designer Jonathan Adler having some fun with this color.   It’s vibrant & it’s bold.  I foresee this being more of an accent color than a color one would want to live with in abundance.  I think my husband would straight up give me the *side eye* if I told him we were painting any room in our house this color or using this color for our family room sofa fabric.  That wouldn’t fly in my house & certainly not in most of my clients homes.

Where it could work in abundance:
1) Teenage girl’s room
2) A fun vibrant nursery
3) In the home of a very creative person with a playful side that most likely lives alone
4) a very chic & girly closet (see Barbie’s closet below)

jonathan adler, honeysuckle, 2011 color of the year, pink, pink interiors Colors to pair Honeysuckle with:
1) Gray ~ any shade of gray would be breathtaking with the color!  Gray is a fabulous neutral and can definitely take on the task of grounding this “look at me” shade of pink.
2) White ~ for a fresh approach, contrast this color with a bright white.  Honeysuckle would really “POP” against a white like Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White or Gardenia.
3) Turquoise ~ The color of the year for 2010!  This 2 colors would be fabulous together!
4) Black ~ Black would also act as a grounding color for Honeysuckle

Where to use it as an accent:
1) Art
2) Pillows
3) a rug
4) lamp

Check out Honeysuckle in action in some of these interiors!


image from Elle Decor

Barbie’s closet in the real life Barbie Dream House in Malibu.  Interior Design by Jonathan Adler

Barbie’s Malibu outdoor living area ~ interior design by Jonathan Adler

Barbie’s Malibu Dream House ~ interior design by Jonathan Adler

So, what do you think?  Is honeysuckle a good fit for your home or a better fit for your wardrobe?