Before and After

Friday, August 3, 2012

Junior League of Hartford Show House 2012 — AFTER

I've been remiss in main­tain­ing my blog — I plead the crazi­ness of sum­mer sched­ul­ing! Here are the after pic­tures from the Junior League of Hart­ford Show House, pho­tographed by the tal­ented Michael Partenio.

The space was called "It's a Boy's Life". From this angle, you can see the ceil­ing and wall tent I cre­ated. The pan­els are tied together with leather cord through the antique bronze grom­mets. The ikat drap­ery set the color palette for the room. The neu­tral can­vas pan­els and wall color are a calm back­drop. The cus­tom queen bed cov­er­let is denim, sim­i­lar in tone to the ani­mal print on the plush arm chair. The glass drop lamp is a fun shape and doesn't take up much visual space.

junior league show house boys bedroom tented

Junior League of Hart­ford Show House boy's bedroom

Oppo­site the read­ing nook, at the front of the house, a small dormer was designed as a micro work space. The drop-down desk is large enough for a lap­top. Even an adven­tur­ous boy needs a place to do home­work! The drawer pulls I designed for the built-in draw­ers were a huge hit — lit­er­ally, sticks from my yard, cour­tesy of Win­ter Storm Alfred! On the walls, favorite quotes from Tolkein and St. Augus­tine speak to this boy's love of travel.

junior league show house boys bedroom tentedThe dormer as workspace

A close up of the cus­tom bed with wing head­board and bed­ding. These pieces could eas­ily fit into any adult mas­ter bed­room! (miss­ing from the pic­ture is the cus­tom bol­ster, seen in the next non-professional picture).

junior league show house boys bedroom tented Cus­tom fur­ni­ture and bed­ding is not just for adults!
junior league show house boys bedroom tented In this ama­teur pic­ture, you can see the bol­ster and the full shape of the bed
Oppo­site the bed, the cus­tom mural by Patrick Ganino expands the boy's vista and the bound­aries of the bedroom!
junior league show house boys bedroom custom mural

So much fun to look out of the tent at this vista!

This Junior League of Hart­ford Show House boy's bed­room was so much fun to design! I hope you had a chance to visit the show house — it will be 3 more years before you have another chance!

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Junior League of Hartford Show House 2012 — BEFORE

There is so much great media cov­er­age com­ing out about the Junior League of Hart­ford Show House 2012, it's almost hard to remem­ber how bad the before pic­tures looked! And believe me, the pic­tures don't do jus­tice to the amount of dirt, bugs and gen­eral dis­ar­ray the major­ity of the spaces con­tained. My third floor bed­room space was not as bad as most, but still needed an amaz­ing amount of work! See these before shots? Yikes!

Junior League of Hartford Show House 2012 - Before

Junior League of Hart­ford Show House 2012 — Before

Junior League of Hartford Show House 2012 - Before

Junior League of Hart­ford Show House 2012 — Before

Junior League of Hartford Show House 2012 - Before

Junior League of Hart­ford Show House 2012 — Before

Notice the floor? The pre­vi­ous rug pad was down for so long, it dis­in­te­grated and stuck to the floor! That white-ish rec­tan­gle is waffle-weave bits, melded into the paint. Ugh!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

cmi in the news: on forbes.com

What a won­der­ful plea­sure, for both myself and my client, to see her home office on Forbes.com! It's truly a sophis­ti­cated and fem­i­nine office space, for a sophis­ti­cated and fem­i­nine lady!

Here's a link to the home office in the slide show. It went online this morning:

and another to the main story:

Thank you Mar­celle Fis­chler for includ­ing my work in your article!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

before & after: the blank slate

Ask any inte­rior designer this ques­tion: "Which is harder — to start with an empty room or to start with some­thing a client already owns?" I would answer that a blank slate is often the more dif­fi­cult assign­ment. When start­ing with a piece that a client already loves, be it art, a rug or some­thing else, the designer has clues. And clues are always help­ful in deci­pher­ing the mys­tery of someone's taste and style! Color pref­er­ences and styl­is­tic ten­den­cies can be read in a well-loved piece.

But some­times you don't get clues — you get a blank slate. In this case, a large beige box. A per­fectly ordi­nary room with absolutely no char­ac­ter whatsoever:

the blank slate home office
the blank slate home office

The charge for this space — cre­ate a home office for the lady of the house. She wants a com­puter work­space, sump­tu­ous fab­rics, lush col­ors and a place to put up her feet and chat with a girl­friend. Oh, and there needs to be some glam!

As I final­ize the design, the client and I do a lit­tle gallery-hopping and bring home this fash­ion­ista from local artist Sandy Welch:

Sandy Welch painting

Sandy Welch painting

Although she's out of frame in this next pic­ture, you can visu­al­ize how she now takes pride of place in this glam­orous home office:

the blank slate home office - transformed.

the blank slate home office — trans­formed. photo by Michael Partenio

The Bar­bara Barry desk is the state­ment piece for this room, with the Robert Allen ottoman in a divine blue vel­vet a close sec­ond. Creamy whites, deep blues, char­coal walls and sil­ver silk drap­ery are the per­fect com­ple­ment to the fash­ion­ista who lives here!

 

 

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