November 9, 2010

Client Update

by Shelly

I just LOVE getting updates on my e-decorating projects! Since I’m not there in person, I rely on my clients to send me photos of the progress. Unfortunately, some of my clients (you know who you are ladies!) are not too good at this.  However, my first e-decorating client in Massachusetts is a doll! She just posted photos of her lovely redone dining room and I am thrilled with the results. Here are some before and afters of this project…



The one thing I love about this client is she is NOT afraid of bold pattern.  Many people are so scared of prints, pattern and color that it makes it difficult to design a room for them!  She wanted to keep her heirloom mahogany dining room table and chairs, as well as the fabulous Bettina drapes and chair cushions which she made herself. Go Jessie!  The rest of the room needed to be revamped…so that’s what we did!


My little DIY’er client was a rockstar…she and her hubby built the skirted buffet after I suggested she add something like this to soften all the hard edges in the room.  The piece is also perfect for storing serving pieces and/or wine!  The crystal lamps and the gilt mirror add more glam and a touch of modern to the otherwise traditional room.  The chandelier made the biggest inpact on the room though!  It instantly updated the space and gave it a strong dose of design!


We kept the color of the walls, since I thought by bringing out more of the navy in the botanical print fabric would help to tie it in with the room better.  However, I suggested adding some drama to the room by painting the ceiling a high gloss bright white.  Just that little touch really helped to make the light in the room more dramatic and glamorous! Here is an older snapshot of right after the ceiling was painted in the high gloss AND we switched out the rug to a more neutral one…


The only thing we can’t see in these photos are the new navy wing chairs we added to the head of table. Adding more upholstered pieces again, softens the hard edges, makes it feel more cozy, brings out more of the navy in the fabric and updates a very traditional dining set.  All in all, I am just pleased with the outcome and happy that my clients have a room they are proud to entertain in!

*If you need help with creating the home of your dreams, then please contact me!  I would love to work with you!*


July 23, 2010

Dining Room E-Design

by Shelly

I’ve been continuing work with an e-design client in Massachusetts the past month or so. It has been a fun process as well as a total learning experience for me! Working online and over the phone ONLY, makes it definitely a challenging endeavor!
The client likes traditional furnishings, but with a more funky contemporary twist. Although she sent me lots of inspiration pics with ultra modern lighting and furnishings, we were not able to go AS modern because she has a inherited, super traditional mahogany dining set. Here is what we came up with….

The room will have an updated, younger feel to it with the sleek new chandelier, the eye catching large convex mirror and the glass accents and lamps. Her current dining set has eight all wood chairs, so to break up some of those legs we are putting two upholstered wingback dining chairs at the heads of the table. The dark navy fabric brings out the navy in the existing Bettina fabric that is already on the window panels and the dining chair seats.

The existing fabric really gives the room a lovely garden..but funky feel to the room. To play up that element a little more some fun topiaries are to be added to the dining room table, as well as two sleek, modern hurricane holders. The table will sparkle during dinners in the evening.
A skirted console will replace a mahogany buffet that is just a bit to small for the wall it is currently on. Also, adding more fabric to the room will soften the lines going on with the table and chairs.  The console will not only be made larger to serve as a nice buffet area during dinners, but also under the skirt lots of entertaining dishes, glasses and serving pieces can be hidden away.  The two gorgeous blown glass lamps will rest atop the console on either side of her existing cut crystal decanters she currently has. The beautiful gilded gold convex mirror will go over the console wall.
I can’t wait to see the room once everything is in! I think it’s going to be just the place my client was looking for…inviting, warm, traditional but updated, and just enough glitz to impress guests.
If you are interested in e-design packages please contact me here!  I work with all budgets and projects…big or small.
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!!


April 10, 2010

Jessie’s Living Room

by Shelly

Recently, I started working on an e-decorating project for a client in Boston.  She and her family live in a beautiful late 1800s Victorian home. They have been painstakingly bringing the old girl back to her old glory one project at a time. You can read about their home here.

Since I have a soft spot in my heart for older homes, I was thrilled to hear from Jessie that she would like some decorating help, starting with their living/family room.  So I just wanted to share what we’ve come up with for her room.  Let me tell wasn’t easy! The room is definitely not a modern room…lots of doors, weird walls and not a solid wall to boot. But its cozy and unique and I think its going to look WONDERFUL! Here is the fabric that started the whole look…

Laura Ashley for Kravet Tilbury-Lapis
You may have seen it in the first issue of Lonny featured in the dining room of Kate Simpson (from dearly departed Domino).


Well hopefully once Jessie’s room is complete..or near completion, she will share images! I can’t wait! Here is what we came up with:
I still need to fine tune some things like art and more lighting, but its got a great feel!  Happy Friday to you!