We've been planning and scheming for months and we're finally finished...as finished as you can be after a week long out of town installation. Of course we have just a few details left to tweek.
Our client contacted us in late January. We had never met. She lives in Fayetteville, 3 hours from Little Rock. She had been searching for a designer for a while, and googled interior designers in both the Fayetteville and Little Rock areas.. She came across our website and not only liked what she saw, but felt a connection with us through our blog... so she emailed us.
After a lengthy phone conversation Talena and I made the trip to Fayetteville to view the house and meet our potential client. We hit it off instantly and were hired that day to turn her newly renovated historic house on the corner of Washington Street into her cottage inspired home.
Amazing...but that was the only time we were in the house until we returned for the installation last week...6 months later.
The home had already been renovated and bathrooms and kitchen updated. Our client had chosen the paint colors and purchased a distressed painted white table and red chairs for the dining room, as well as a turquoise painted armoire for the Master bedroom. She had also recovered two love seats and a chair for the study in a bold red fabric. Red is her favorite color. These pieces along with a large French buffet and a couple of chests and chairs were what we started with...
Grab a cup of copy...this is a long one!
A look at the BEFORE pictures...
We've set the stage.
As I said, we were in the home one time. Sister and I came back to Little Rock with lots of pictures and measurements and thoughts in our heads after spending a couple of hours with our client on how we would turn these spaces into a comfortable cottage inspired home.
We started with fabrics and put together inspiration boards for each room. Three weeks later our client came to Little Rock for us to present. She loved everything...I mean everything. We had paid close attention when she described the type of home she desired and worked very hard to pull together her vision.
Furniture and accessories evolved as we moved through the actual research and ordering process. These boards were just our inspiration.
We'll start with the Family Room...
In each image the before is on the left and after on the right...
Lot's of details, but one of our favorites is the Dash and Albert cotton rug. Anything else would be just too heavy for the space. Being an historic home there is a lot of dark wood trim,dark bookcases and floors...we wanted to lighten things up and achieve that cottage feel our client desired without compromising the integrity of the home.
The architecturals that we hung as well as all of the accessories in this room really add to the comfortable lived in feel. Most of the things that we added were vintage, so it appears like a room that has evolved over time.
The Piano Room.
A very small space but absolutely one of our favorite rooms now.
We removed the dark rug and added a pair of industrial iron mirrors...there is a matching mirror on the opposing wall that you cannot see. Look closely at the mirror and you will see other added details to the room reflected in the mirror that were hard to get a picture of because of the angles in the small room.
The Dining Room
This was a real challenge. It's a small space. We had to work with the existing round table and chairs. It's an old home so we needed more storage for china. It's also the only dining space so we needed to maximize seating. There are 6 chairs but they are quite big. It doesn't work to leave them all around the table and there is no good place for them in the dining room so we flanked a sideboard in the kitchen with the extras.
We added the bench in the window overlooking the garden and added a pair of tables at each end. This is a unique way to add more seating and really adds some charm to the room. It's another one of our favorite things...and the window treatments absolutely make this room.
We also changed the chandelier out...
As you can imagine a gallery art wall is a lot of fun to hang...glad we had help.
The Study...and Office...
There is a small office off the study. Our client desperately needed storage all through the house so we kept this in mind with almost every piece of furniture we purchased.
Rather than add built-ins in the office we found a louvered door tall cabinet at Restoration Hardware that completely fills the space. And I mean completely. We had about an inch to spare. It looks great. We added a two drawer file cabinet in the base. It also houses her printer and shredder all behind closed doors. We had all the wires run and tucked away. Her tiny office is now a powerhouse...and functions beautifully. We also had an almost floor to ceiling fabric bulletin board made and framed that doesn't show in the pictures. It's tucked around the corner so you can';t see it when you look into the room. You don't have to be quite as particular with how you use it that way.
Love this desk chair...although I see a wrinkle we missed on the skirt, Ha!...I told you earlier we would have a few tweeks...
Hard to believe but we looked and looked locally for the perfect desk chair and rolled out of town without it on the truck. We found this one at a local shop, Sarah Kathryn's. It's upholstered in a beautiful grey Sunbrella fabric that is beautiful with the wall color. Notice the fun print fabric on the window shade. We also did pillows out of this linen fabric for the study to go with the fabrics our client had already chosen. It's a really fun print. We still need to add some art in this room.
We rearranged the love seats to face each other...reupholstered her existing ottoman and used it in the family room and had a custom oval ottoman in a red and white herringbone fabric made for this space. We also added the woven wood shades and changed out the rug. Sister spent a lot of time redoing all of the bookshelves.
We brought the chest down from the Master bedroom. The lamp is a custom piece we had made from an old wood architectural piece from one of our favorite resources in Little Rock, The Shade Above Lighting...the square candle between the shade and base is authentic dripped wax. It is a real art piece.
We didn't do much in the kitchen, so sadly I didn't get any pictures. You would love the kitchen, though small, it has an old small tile white floor, new Viking stainless full range with vent. Painted white cabinets and grey concrete counter tops with white marble on the island. We did some fun things with fresh lemons and limes and pitchers for fresh flowers on the island literally as we were walking out the door, thus no pictures.
But...one of the best things we did all week was work on the television wall in the kitchen...and we do have a before and after...Yeah!
Sister found the shutters at a flea market for $60. We showed up with them and the guys that we had hired to help us for the week, that we had never even met before built a frame, matched the paint and attached and mounted them.
They are awesome...What a difference!
Don't give up on us now...we are moving upstairs, and the transformation is pretty incredible. Don't forget, we have only been in this house one time, and have worked on it along with other projects we have going on. I know I keep telling you that...it's just a reminder that online design and long distance relationships do work!
The Master Bedroom...
This may be our favorite room in the house...
The room was already painted this pale blue and the painted turquoise armoire from Ballard Designs was on order. We brought in even more turquoise in the fabrics and accessories and it took the "sweet" off the pale blue. The bedding is a mixture of Pine Cone Hill and custom. The custom headboard is fabricated with a two tone linen stripe. My i-phone pictures just don't do this room justice. It is a very tranquil sophisticated space, that makes me want to come home and re-do my bedroom.
Double doors reveal the beautiful veranda off the bedroom...
The armoire has a mirror on the front that is reflecting the draperies...it does not have a fabric panel.
More storage needed in the master bath. This is the perfect piece that we found literally the day before we left town. It boasts both shelving and drawers inside and almost reaches the ceiling. Though a challenge to get in the room, it is perfect. We framed some of our clients own original art while we were there to complete the space. She is very talented..
We are all really pleased with how this room turned out. We primarily used furniture the client already had with the exception of the painted cabinet for the coffee bar. The corner cabinet is a laundry chute...bookshelves are on the opposing wall filled with books our client loves. She will add a Keurig, and coffee in the morning will be a breeze without having to go downstairs first. We also plan to add a rug.
The last minute framed poster print turned out great...
Spare Bedroom Number One...
We mainly did new bedding and accessories in this bedroom and will probably add a new chest later...we also did a custom shower curtain in the bathroom and added storage on either side of the pedestal sink.
Love the Dash and Albert cotton runner beside the bed...we did another big cotton stripe rug in the other spare bedroom, and a tone on tone all wool cream rug in the Master. They have wonderful yet very affordable rugs. We ordered these from Cobblestone and Vine . In fact we purchased a lot of the furniture from this wonderful resource.
Just love that blue and white fabric...
The second spare bedroom and sleeping porch...
We had the bed painted white and found new night stands. Love this little lamp.
We are having the mirrors above the bed painted white this week.
The sleeping porch is located between the two spare bedrooms. Another one of our favorite spots in the house. We had the iron daybed made from a twin. We are going to add a mattress topper and dust ruffle. The fabric is on order.
I didn't get a picture but there are two of these lamps we had made from old balustrades. The other is beside a rocker at the other end of the bed. We love that they are over sized. We are not a fan of dinky lamps.
We added wicker chairs and concrete tables and lanterns to the front porches...
DK Design is re-doing the beds and some major landscaping. We can't wait to see it all finished.
There are so many more details...but I have worn you out already, I feel sure. I also apologize for the i-phone pictures. We hope to have professional images taken soon.
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