Thursday, March 31, 2011

Custom Table

Believe it or not once in a while I can't find a piece of furniture I'm looking for. We have wonderful resources at The Mansion with very diverse options. But once in a while I'm looking for a particular style and can't seem to track it down. This recently happened to me. A client of mine feel in love with the coffee table in the picture above. She saw it in a movie and decided this would be the perfect coffee table for her house. I was able to find the brand but it was discontinued. After weeks of searching I couldn't find another table or one similar anywhere. The other problem is we couldn't find one that was the size we needed. So, what's a designer to do? I'm sure not going to tell someone NO! So, we had it custom made. The Mansion has a few options for this. We have a few companies that can custom make furniture to our specifications. I've done this many times and it works great! For this particular project we decided to have it made locally. A very talented trim carpenter built this for us. We then went to a local granite supplier and picked out the marble slab to go on top. It's a beautiful piece of furniture and works out perfectly for this house! Here's our result:

Monday, March 28, 2011

Re-Creating a look

Do you love this room as much as I do? If so I have some of the key pieces to help you re-create this look:

Photos: Products available at The Mansion, Atlanta House & Homes

Can't stop thinking about

I am immersed in beautiful furniture pieces all day everyday! I see a lot of unique designs both in person and as I am flipping through catalogs for clients. As I research for clients it is easy to be inspired by pieces for my house. One that I can't stop thinking about for me is the Hallings Secretary from Hickory Chair. I have a niche to the left of my fireplace and it would be the perfect spot. The only problem is my niche is 3" too small! Bummer! It is such an elegant piece and I know could use it forever in so many different places. I love how they've paired it in the bedroom as a nightstand. I hope this beauty makes it into my house soon!

Pictures: Hickory Chair, Tobi Fairley

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tea Time

To me this setting calls for a perfect tea time. I think I will try that today! Perfect idea for a cold Friday! Enjoy!

Photo: Canadian House & Home

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Serene Master Bath

I am in love with this master bathroom. It has it all! A little elegance, glamour, & romance! Plus who wouldn't love a fireplace in their bathroom? The creamy cabinets with gray glaze is very lovely. I especially like the soft curve of the sink cabinets. Then, the mirrors are just stunning! The layers of mirrors creates a very elegant look. This bathroom is going into my personal file for my dream bathroom. All that is missing is a ball & claw tub. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Harmonious Living

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Green in the home!

For an Irish girl like me I'm not just wearing green today, I'm decorating with it. Green is a great color and looks so good in the home. I've included some of my favorite green products of the moment. All are available at The Mansion. Whether green is your favorite color or you'd like to use it as an accent in your home, here are some fabulous pieces for your home.

Photos: Safavieh, Somerset Bay, Global Views, Currey & Co, Zoffany

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Painted Trim

Most often when it comes to trim color people do a standard white. While this look is classic and is most often what I do in my projects. But I really love the look of colored painted trim. It's a very unique look and can add a little drama in the room. I think it looks great to just blend in with the wall color and paint the trim the same color. I also love it when you pick up a coordinating shade in the room and paint the trim that color too. This is a look I love but need to do more often in my designs. Here are some great examples:

Photo Credit: Canadian House & Home

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A New Purpose for a curio cabinet.

Have an old curio cabinet that you aren't sure what to do with? Well why not show off the best collection you own? For some that might be the traditional china but for many fashionistas out there it might be their shoe collection. I think this is a very pretty way to display your shoes. I think this might be my sign to go buy a new pair of fabulous shoes.

Photo Credit: The Decorista

Monday, March 14, 2011

A busy start

It's a busy start to the week! But the good news is the sun is shining and warmer weather is upon us. Have a great day!

Photo: Canadian House & Home

Friday, March 11, 2011

Looking Forward

I'm looking forward to seeing some green! I am so ready for the pretty colors of Spring and summer to surface. Wishing I could walk through this garden right now!

Photos: Atlanta Homes Magazine

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Children's Rooms

I have been working on a few kid rooms for clients as well as designing a new room for my niece! It's been really fun as I don't get to do kid's rooms all that often. Since I don't have any kiddos yet decorating children's rooms isn't always on my design radar. But, I thought I would share a few pretty children's rooms!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Weekend Project

A couple weekends ago I updated our guest bedroom and today I put the finishing touches on it. I wanted to do a completely different look than our master bedroom and I'm pretty happy with it. I love the classic look of black & white and thought this was the perfect space to do this. I've never been that into the color orange but lately it has been calling my name. I think it is the perfect punch of color for this room. The bedding was love at first sight and is black with a white crewel on it. Now all we need is our guests to arrive! Soon!!

Not as exciting but this is the other side of the room. A college of random things. My husband is a hunter so the antlers are for him. Then the other picture to the right is the puzzle he did for me the day he proposed. So the grouping becomes a mix of memories as well as things we love!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Runway to Room

To re-create this Michael Kors runway look all you need is a little glam, a little gold, & sleek clean lines. What a sophisticated look!
Photo: Elle Decor, Michael Kors