Monday, January 21, 2013

Gulfstream, FL Cape Dutch Update....Before and After!


After a few weeks, things are taking shape at the Cape Dutch project!  Here are a few pics of the driveway paver "puzzle" being installed.  It was quite a lot of work as you can see....

Each paver was placed by hand in a recurring pattern... 

LOTS of huge bags of pavers waiting to be installed...

After the paver install

Now let's go inside!

Foyer stair with molding, grasspaper and lighting installed.... 

Foyer stair before...

This ceiling at the Roger Vivier store in Bal Harbour was the inspiration.... 

In the family room we reupholstered and painted the client's vintage Baker chairs and consignment find table to update them and meld with the new lighter-brighter color scheme.



The other side of the room isn't quite complete yet as you can see...
(And the bear rug is NOT staying!)



I love framing things!  
Add a textured linen mat and complementary fillet that matches the frame finish to give an ordinary print a custom look that coordinates with the rest of the room.  

In the dining room we lacquered the ceiling a pale blue to reflect light off of the intra-coastal waterway and the effect is magical!  
In fact it is mesmerizing if you gaze at it long enough....but no rest for the weary as they say!

Dining room after....curtains not ready to install yet :( :(

Dining room before - prepping for lacquer paint is a laborious process....but totally worth it!

The bar has the same color cabinetry as the dining ceiling in a matte finish.

The kitchen features two Sub-Zero refrigerators for a busy family and a large u- shaped island topped with exquisite marble in cream, white, beige and blue tones.   

  
A few touch ups need to be completed as the blue tape indicates....

The driftwood mirror is a favorite of the client and myself and we had to display it prominently!


In the breakfast area we again reused existing pieces - a Henredon table and Baker chairs -  but painting the chairs white updates them instantly.  The seat cushions have not yet arrived as you can see. 
The cabinet was also a vintage find and houses crystal and silver heirlooms perfectly.  

The original house featured a living room fireplace which the new owners kept so we updated it with a new mantle and a marlin.....


This set of 4 mid-century chairs was reupholstered in one of my favorite geometric fabrics.... 

In the master bath we created a serene escape for the mother of three boys using pale celadon hues and adding a luxurious tub.



I love the tub back-splash....such a simple detail adds so much style!  Another vintage chair - now repainted and reupholstered - will sit at the soon to arrive makeup vanity.

This chair was left in the original house so of course we HAD to rescue it!

Here is the facade of the house landscaped with large live oak trees.  Mature trees make such a difference if you can splurge on them - making a newly remodeled/constructed home feel not as new....



  Whew!  That's enough for today....more to come in a later post! 

XO
t

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mary McDonald does it again.....


We all know and love Mary McDonald and 
today my inbox held news I just HAD to share...

Mary at a book signing looking lovely....

Schumacher and MM have introduced a new fabric and trim collection I'm sure you will be thrilled to know....  


Beautiful Chinoiserie linen panels in luscious color palettes...

Chinois Palais in Lettuce

Chinois Palais in Tangerine

And another favorite: versatile appliques which can be applied to pillows, sofa skirts, chair backs, drapery panels and more!

Madame Wu applique

Madame Wu applique

Various Appliques shown on pillows

Vivid blues and whites 

To see the full Mary McDonald collection
click HERE


 

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