Many of my projects are older homes that haven’t been updated yet to best fit the needs of today’s modern family. A lot of these homes have unused, outdated built-ins, and I thought it would be fun to look at a few ways I have recreated this type of space. It’s amazing what a little thought and creativity can do to update and make a space work for you. Here are a few examples: AFTER: We thickened the wall opening into the room so the new cabinetry reads more as a true built-in.
With the start of a new year (and being home for three weeks after my surgery), I found myself looking for ways to improve how my home works for my busy family. Ways to accentuate living well in my home. And while my to-do list grew quite long (turning my old office into a lounge space for me is near the top), I thought I would share a few easy ways to improve a home and hopefully your quality of life..
Since the new year, a fewpeople have reached out to me about the 3.5 hour consult I offer. While my firmworks mostly on full room or turn-key projects, this one-time service is for the clientwho needs direction and help making decisions with their home but wants to implement the detailed plan as their budget and time allows. It has gone over really well, and I have even flown across the country a few times to offer this service.
With two of my girls off at college and my last one leaving soon, I find my house starting to feel a little too big. I love my location in Mountain Brook, AL, and my home that I put so much of myself into, but I hate the idea of unused space. I realize this is probably not my last house. And like my empty nest clients, my next home will be one that will need to carry us through the final stage of life.
We were recently asked by Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles to design the Mudroom for the 2017 Southeastern Designer Showhouse. Our goal was to create a livable, functional space the family will use on a regular basis. As you readhere,it was important the room blend into the rest of this gorgeous home. The YouTube video of the showhouse was recently released, and I thought you might like to see our thoughts behind the spaces we created for this stunning home.
With as many homes I am in and out of, I see recurring problems that come from everyday life and living. I love seeing a home transform from one that’s cluttered, dark, and doesn’t work for a family to one that allows them to Live Well in their home. And while your definition of Living Well may be different than mine or your neighbors’, I’m giving a few tips to solve some common problem areas. Clutter: Organizeyour home so everything has a place.
I’ve always been proud of how our designs change how people live- because they do. I’ve seen time and time again how a beautiful, well-functioning home can add to the quality of a family’s life and save them from costly mistakes. While the reason we do what we do hasn’t changed, we gave it a name in early 2017. We added to our Vision Statement “To change people’s lives through the art of Living Well in their home.
There is nothing I love more than when friends and family stop by at a moment’s notice. Whether it’s catching up with a neighbor or an impromptu girls’ night, I savor these moments. The key to being prepared for unexpected company is to have a few easy tricks. It’s not about stressing over how clean your house is or the fact that you may still be in your workout clothes from the morning.
Do you ever wonder how we use so many beautiful, neutral fabrics in our projects and question how they look after a busy family lives in the space? Many times when we are in the furniture and fabric phase of a project, clients immediately want to steer clear of anything that remotely looks too ‘light’ in color because of children, dogs, and just life. They have valid reasoning for being concerned; I’ve raised three daughters and know how that goes. But like everything else, technology with fabrics and their durability have come leaps and bounds from where they used to be. Here are four ways to make neutral upholstery more durable in your home:.
The foyer is the first impression of your home when someone walks in, so it needs to make a good one. After all, whether family or a visitor, you want guests to feel welcome. We recently began working on the foyer of a current project. It is a beautiful home and while we have finished up several rooms in the house, we are now focusing in on this space.