Dual Purpose Room: Nursery/Guest Room

I have received a lot of inquiries about making a dual purpose room.  Many of my clients and friends still live in a city and need a way to use their space creatively.  A few tips!  I first ask the client about how the plan on using the room most.  I look at it from a percentage perspective and that helps me understand how I am going to divide and treat the space.  Then I measure, make note of light and windows, etc.  From there we decorate.  I choose things that are neutral or a little less obvious.  I also pick a lot of items that can be used two ways.  For example, ottomans can be turned into a luggage stand for guests.  Or end tables with drawers can be a space to put clothes.  Below is a nursery/guest room I am working on.  80% of the time it will be used as a nursery so I didn't want to take away from that feel but at the same time wanted to make sure if a guest is staying in there, it felt comfortable and grown up.  We decided on a crib with wheels so it can be rolled out when a guest comes to stay and went for some more mature accent furniture.  See below!

 

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Runway to Residence: Palm Leaves

This is my second "Runway to Residence" post and the inspiration comes from my recent girls trip to Bermuda.  First, yep, I said girls trip which also means no kids!  Second, I did say Bermuda...did you know it is only a 2 hour flight from Boston? Why did I not know this before?!  With that said, the trip was short and I was back in New England dreaming about Bermuda life.  Winter can seem never ending in New England, so here is a little fun project I put together to get you through the next few weeks of on and off chill.

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Making Exterior Feel Interior

A friend recently asked me if I would do their outdoor space.  An interior designer doing exterior? YES, PLEASE. I definitely wanted in so I could add this to my resume but I also felt like I needed to be completely transparent in my lack of outdoor space skills.  I would not be doing flowers or plants, just furniture and decor.  I am beyond lucky as they have an incredible wrap around porch, a patio and a large covered area with an outdoor fireplace.  The house is a new build "modern farmhouse" AKA my dream home.  I am fairly certain I moved into this career so I could use all of the ideas in my head for my one day dream house on other peoples homes!  Here are some concepts I have done for them.

 

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Gold the new Neutral?

I find wallpaper to be intimidating.  It feels more permanent than paint and it definitely is more daring.   It can be risky however if it goes well, it goes REALLY well.  Because of the wallpaper trend, I have found myself hunting for neutral styles that have character.  When I mention wallpaper to clients, most times they shudder and give me a look of absolute fear.  I try to calm their nerves by showing them beautiful examples but many times they find it hard to imagine.  I figured out that if I introduce a more neutral selection, it breaks down that barrier and the client realizes it can be done tastefully.  No more 90's style border wallpaper!     It occurred to me that every "neutral" style I picked had gold tones to it.  Gold metallic shimmer will definitely add a little pizazz to a room without distracting from items within the room.  Also, any color can partner with gold well making it feel more neutral.  Gold can make a room feel more formal or could make a bathroom have a more glamorous vibe.  I am a big proponent of spicing things up but in a tasteful non intimidating way.  Above are just a few of my favorites!  

I find wallpaper to be intimidating.  It feels more permanent than paint and it definitely is more daring.   It can be risky however if it goes well, it goes REALLY well.  Because of the wallpaper trend, I have found myself hunting for neutral styles that have character.  When I mention wallpaper to clients, most times they shudder and give me a look of absolute fear.  I try to calm their nerves by showing them beautiful examples but many times they find it hard to imagine.  I figured out that if I introduce a more neutral selection, it breaks down that barrier and the client realizes it can be done tastefully.  No more 90's style border wallpaper!   

It occurred to me that every "neutral" style I picked had gold tones to it.  Gold metallic shimmer will definitely add a little pizazz to a room without distracting from items within the room.  Also, any color can partner with gold well making it feel more neutral.  Gold can make a room feel more formal or could make a bathroom have a more glamorous vibe.  I am a big proponent of spicing things up but in a tasteful non intimidating way.  Above are just a few of my favorites!  

Zara Home Gold Accent Picks

A gold accent adds a sense of glamour while still providing warmth within a room.  It is one of my favorite depths of color.  Gold can be dark, light, shiny or matte and mixing them is totally awesome in my book.  Now, I know, the rules say all of the metals SHOULD match however I guess I am not one to follow the rules when it comes to home decor.  Nothing makes me happier than the mixing and matching of gold accents with different finishes.  Zara Home has some wonderful and affordable options.  See below and enjoy!

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Zara Gold & Blue Planter $89.90

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Zara Gold Cutlery $7.90-$9.90

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Gold Accented Lamp $179.00

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Gold Accent Table $249.00

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Gold Candelabra $49.90

Arrowhead Mountain African Nook

Creating this space for my client in Colorado required me to stay traditional while adding some modern elements.  The client still wanted a mountain feel yet did not love the traditional deep reds, browns and animal prints you would find in a traditional mountain home.  The client also has some amazing photographs taken from their recent trip to Africa that they wanted to feature.  I used those images as the anchor for the room.  I found ways to incorporate deer antlers to hit the animal touch while incorporating a grey blue couch based on the customers color preference.  I added a leather ottoman to create some textural differences.  It was important to have some color in the rug to really pull in some warmer colors.  The bench with the faux fur accent created a warmer texture in the space.  The accent table has beautiful carved woodwork on the front and the baskets underneath tie in the African touches to pay homage to their trip.  This nook is warm, cozy and has pulled in memories from a once in a lifetime inspirational trip.

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