Styling, Rugs, and small transformations

Oh man.  I’m back from Puerto Rico with so much to say and the blog gods are just not smiling upon me right now.  I’ve been working on 4 different posts to share with you and none of them are coming together at the moment.  The hour is turning later and later and I’m really just starting to hate the internet and computers in general.  So please forgive the post with lack of thougtful words and grainy pictures, but I’m just shooting from the hip here.

This is a little bit of Design Manifest, unfiltered.

Yesterday I finished another room for a longtime client.  It is a this small pass-through room that connects this living room…

1 living room- wide

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with this family room

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(image by courtney apple)

Challenge number 1 is that these two rooms are pretty different,

so the middle room had to somehow tie the two together.

Challenge number 2 is that the room is small, with lots of openings.

BEFORE

study before 1

study before 2

The window opening above looks onto this table and chairs in the family room…

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(image by courtney apple)

Small space needed a little drama, and my client was down for some color on the walls.  The common color in both the family room and living room is blue, so we chose a bold hue to unify the three rooms…  {Don’t have a source for the blue, sorry!}

study empty

This room needs to function as an office and also a bar/ staging areas for gatherings.

We decided on minimal furnishings- a glass desk and a bookshelf.

Why overcrowd a small space?

With clean modern selections for furnishings, I knew I needed to find the perfect statement rug.

Luckily, my client shares my passion for gorgeous rugs.

These are the rugs we have sourced and purchased for her house.

design manifest rug sourcing- tribal, overdyed, flatweave

Oh baby.

For the office, I found a vintage tribal rug in the most exotic pink tone.

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This modern bookshelf does a nice job of filling the one long wall.

bookshelves empty

I sourced a few accesories for my client and also shopped the house to fill in the blanks.

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We also filled in with a few accessories in the bedroom.  It just didn’t feel finished with out them.  Sometimes its really subtle, but the right accessories can really make a difference in a room.

Lonely, naked console table

bedroom console no styling

Console table with a few pretties

bedroom console styled

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Lonely, naked dresser

bedroom dresser no styling

Dresser with a few pretties

dresser styled

dresser top

bedroom 4

Sometimes its just a little thing, like a basket under a nightstand to hide wires and messy stuff.

green and blue bedroom design manifest

Sorry for the cruddy pictures.

I’m curious if you enjoy these “real life” decor updates, or if you think it is more impressive to wait see the finished the professional shots.

Petite Hall Bath Makeover

Hello Lovers!  As you read this I am in the midst of a week-long Puerto Rican Vacation with my beau.  This is a much needed break for the both of us and I can’t wait to report back on what I hope is a fabulous adventure.

Here’s a quick little post for you.  Courtney Apple snapped a few photos of this teeny bathroom we remodeled last year and I never got around to sharing.    Remember the petite master bathroom I revealed several weeks ago?  Well this is the same house and this bathroom is even smaller than the last.  There were no new layout options, so we simply updated fixtures and mechanicals.  New wallpaper, lighting, tile, faucets and fittings and boom! its a fresh new space.  Sorry for the lack of angles- this room is just too small.

BEFORE

guest med cab

guest sink

Here’s the plan I showed my client…

petite hall bath

I started with the wallpaper- a delicate ginko -

and then layered on some extra green with a Ming and Thassos basketweave marble tile.

We lightened up the walls with a classic white subway tile.

We added a border of ming marble on the walls for a little intrigue.

A mix of brass fixtures and lighting warm of the crisp room.

 

AFTER

hall bath with paper up

hall bathroom wall sconce- design manifest

faucet detail design manifest hall bath

I typically like a widespread faucet, but in a sink this small, a single handle faucet allows for more counter space.

guest tub and window wall

floor and wall detail hall bath design manifest

Small bathroom, short story!

See you next week… hoping to keep the reveals coming : )

Really Cute (And Reasonable) ART on One Kings Lane

Do you shop on One Kings Lane?  It’s one of those sites that I will completely forget to check for awhile and then I’ll head over and be blown away by the selection.  Over this past weekend I found myself drooling over the art collection.  They have some really beautiful prints and photographs and they come framed (and ship cheap!!)  I LOVE using original art in my client projects, but sometimes the budget doesn’t allow for every piece to be a custom creation.  I love the idea of mixing in a few of these pieces with a few original pieces of  and creating an amazing art collection.

Some of my Faves (All Under  $375 Framed)

Design Manifest Loves One Kings Lane Art

Horses / Sunset / Skirt

Flowers / Feathers Triptych

Nude / Black White Scribble / Pink Gold Abstract

Ballerina / Nude / Balloons

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Why are we so Afraid of Color? {In Kitchens and Bathrooms}

As much as I love decorating (textiles, chairs, lamps, mirrors oh my!) kitchens and bathrooms continue to be my favorite spaces to design.  Perhaps it’s the blending of architectural elements with more decorative softer touches.  I love specifying millwork with special details, laying out tile patterns, accentuating lighting with the perfect pendant or sconce.  Compared to a living room with lots of textiles and furnishings, these spaces usually have less materials, making each selection more profound and important.

Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be more “permanent” renovations.  Remodels are lengthy, messy and expensive.  I find that people tend to be much more risk adverse when remodeling these rooms.  There is a much greater concern over creating a timeless look vs a trendy design.  After all, changing out a pillow in a living room is no big deal, but swapping out a tile backsplash in a kitchen is not so cheap or easy.  I totally GET wanting a kitchen that will look classic in 10 years, I wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money to then have it look dated within a decade.  Buttttt does classic have to mean a white kitchen?  I often wish I got more calls to do more colorful kitchens.  People are open to color in other areas, so why not in the heart of the home?

pink and orange bathroom

As much as I love a bold statement of color and pattern,  you can add a special punch to your kitchen or bathroom without going 110%.  I adore the bathroom above…. but not for my home.

So how do you add more color into these functional rooms in a smart and dare I say “safe” way?  Here are tips to be classic yet colorful in your kitchen and bathroom.

 

#1 A colorful base cabinet paired with classic white backsplash tile (or light wall.)

I think of this as updated classic.  Keep the architectural lines clean and let the color on the cabinets do the talking. The light walls keep the room from feeling overly saturated.

blue base cabinets

I love this kitchen so much!  The choice of a navy blue base cabinet is so rich and warm.  White counters, subway tile, a traditional beaded inset cabinet all give this kitchen a classic look.

green base cabinets

orange vanity

Hallie Henley Design

#2 Mix white perimeter cabinets with a bold colorful island

When the majority of the kitchen is clean and crisp, you can go a little bolder on the island!  You can even pair the white perimeter with a special tile or wallcovering that ties into the island.  The white cabinet will help balance the space and keep it from feeling too busy.

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Our Bedroom Update {85%}

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated you on the progress of redecorating our bedroom.  What was supposed to be a 6 week makeover (remember the ambitious One Room Challenge plan? hahaha) has turned into a never ending, ass-dragging, spare moment kinda renovation.  Unfortunately free moments are few and far between right now.  Between interior design, custom furniture and construction projects, both George and I have our hands full day and night.  I feel super guilty nagging him about things like closet door handles when we both have so much on our plates.  But you know what?  Forget the aesthetics of wanting a pretty closet, its hard to open doors without handles.

Luckily we have made some real progress (including the door handles!) and we are almost done.  85% looks good to the unknowing eye, but to me it’s still missing so much to be a pulled together “finished” room.  Photographing the space actually helps me look at the space with a more critical eye.  What is needed? What is missing?  What should I take away?  Oh and then there’s George to consider…. I suppose it’s his room too.  I tolerate sharing the design process to a certain point.  Actually I really enjoy collaborating with the boy.  But I also like to believe I have the final say.  What can I say, its the control freak decorator in me.

When I last did a proper update was had just painted the whole room BLACK.  My initial design scheme (see it HERE) was mostly  white with a bit of black and coral, but  I had to adjust the textiles slightly when we changed the nightstands to green.  That was an impulsive yet defining moment in the design planning.  Adding just a bit more color does feel more true to my style.  Its easy to get seduced by a look that you want, but isn’t necesarily you, but I find I’m happiest when I do ME.  That seems especially important in the bedroom, right?

design manifest bedroom- green nightstand, curtain wall

I added in my fave black floral pillows to unify the scheme.

George hates these pillows, but I adore them, so that was a battle I won.

I just thought it was necessary to bring the green into the room and I love how pillows have so many great colors.

Plus I love the balance of the more girly floral paired with the tribal mucloth and faux fur blanket.

(Floral and White Pillows will be available in our shop we are opening soon!)

green nightstand black floral pillow coral fretwork pillow design manifest

This is my side of the bed and due to the ceiling slope, there is no room for a table lamp.  I may hang a light or use a floor lamp to the left of the nightstand…. still working that out.

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