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Gebhardt Guest Room/Office

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You’re in for a treat today!  Aren’t room transformations THE BEST?!!

If you have been reading the blog for awhile, you have already seen two rooms come together in the Gebhardt home – the formal living and the casual living.  Since Sabrina is a beautiful photographer, she needed an office that would be colorful and happy and inspiring.  But because this room would do double duty for guests, it needed to be accommodating and inviting, too.   Of course, I was happy to help!  (repeat clients are my biggest compliment!)

Sabrina deemed this room “her hot mess”, and it was full of hodge podge furniture and…stuff.  (after moving two years ago, I still have a space – or two – like this, sigh)

Here are some before pics.

The room could use some love, but the dog is cute, right?

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Sabrina bought the desk super cheap off of CraigsList when they got into their new-to-them 1920′s home; mainly out of desperation for a workspace amidst the chaos of moving.  We pondered getting something different but ended up with a “is that the same desk?!” transformation.

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Because this was essentially Sabrina’s space when guests were not in town, I was given permission to “girl it up” if I felt so inclined.  Carefully listening to my clients is very important to me, so I made sure I fulfilled her requirements of “pretty”, “lots of color”, and “functional”.  Of course, I needed a jumping off point, some inspiration, and I knew immediately what it was.

Designers Guild, Orangerie Rose Fabric

Designers Guild, Orangerie Rose Fabric

Ah, the ever-spectacular Designers Guild “Orangerie Rose” pattern.  I have loved this watercolor-y floral fabric for years.  It runs about $150 USD a yard so it was merely a dream.  Until…I snatched up four yards on Ebay for around $200.  I was so excited!  I saved it for just the right client, and I knew when I saw the room, and pondered Sabrina’s color story for the space, that she would love it.  Therefore, with this fabric in mind, I designed the room, and presented Sabrina with this design board.

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We started from scratch with this room except for the french provincial side tables, a brass swing arm floor lamp, a mission style bench, and an old Ethan Allen wing chair.  Sabrina did a lot of the legwork on this room herself, taking the board and running with it, but I really enjoyed working out all of the details with her and styling the room.  So without further adieu,

Welcome to the Gebhardt Guest Room/Office.

I have to tell you, this is one of my favorite viewpoints of the space.   You get a little sneak peak from the hallway, and I think one just feels drawn into the room.

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The gorgeous campaign dresser is a Scout Design Studio find, and we painted it in Rustoleum’s Safety Red, a high gloss orangey-red hue.

AStoriedStyle.comIt turned out pretty killer.  One of Sabrina’s main storage requests was somewhere to put all of her kraft paper boxes she uses for presentation of her client’s photos.  This long but narrow depth dresser fit the bill perfectly.  Brass hardware like this slays me.

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Besides the fabric, my favorite feature of the room is this interchangeable art/photography wall.  Using vintage frames Sabrina already owned, plus a few purchased from a local salvage store, we fashioned this interesting collection by nailing large metal binder clips into the center of each frame.  It will be so easy to alter the photos and artwork as desired.

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The vintage bamboo pair of chairs are one of Kristen’s Gypsy Soul Interiors finds, and we had the seats upholstered in the Orangerie fabric.  They. are. stunning.  The green and white flocked trellis pillow is from Etsy.

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Sabrina says this is her favorite photo of the space, and I love it, too.

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The vintage round ottoman was a CraigsList purchase.

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Since the bed was in front of the pretty windows, I didn’t want to cover too much sunshine.  Therefore, I searched for an iron bed until I found this one (from Pottery Barn) at an estate sale for $150.  We sprayed it in Rustoleum’s John Deere Green.  (I’m loving that little cutie’s pjs in this photo!)

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This little princess likes the bed, too.  How precious is her little dolly sleeping next to her?!

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The bench at the end of the bed looked like this before.

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Using some not-being-used-by-me-anymore World Market gray velvet curtains I had edged in white linen, we had it reupholstered and tufted.  How very Maria VonTrapp, ha!

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The beautiful Orangerie fabric was used for long pillows for the bed and a bolster for the bench.  Yellow silk fabric was used for piping.

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Are you loving the rug as much as I am?!  There is nothing like an old rug to bring a wonderful sense of age and character to a space.  Found on Ebay from this seller whom I have used many a time – I highly recommend him!  (I can hardly look at his rugs without wanting at least twelve!)

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We used one of Sabrina’s french end tables she already had on one side of the bed, and placed this grasscloth one (another Gypsy Soul Interiors find) on the other side.

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The lampshades were edged in pretty trim.

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Sabrina had previously purchased this curvy shaped Ethan Allen chair for a great price off of CraigsList, and we had it reupholstered in this crisscross gray fabric (“Hector” from Cutting Corners).  The pillow is another Etsy find.  The curtains are linen from Ikea, edged in a yellow Greek key trim.

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For printer and office supply storage, this bamboo shelving unit was purchased off of CraigsList.  I love to make useful items display nicely.

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The desk turned out so great!  We painted it in Benjamin Moore’s Wedgewood Gray reduced 50% and added the dainty brass knobs.

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The corkboard was purchased at Home Goods, and Sabrina painted the frame gold, and added the chevron fabric (Premier Prints) and red trim.

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Light, bright, and beautiful, just what Sabrina wanted!  She sent me these thoughts about her new room, and it made me so happy!

Oh Grace. I cannot even describe how perfect my office space is. It is my new favorite room in the house. And I am so glad that it is because I spend so much time in there! Even my daughter says, “Mommy, I love your new work room”.

Before we started, this space was a complete hot mess. It was the office. The guest room. The unorganized catch-all. It was ugly, stressful and the most unproductive and unwelcoming room in our home. I spend 3-5 hours a day in my office and I just couldn’t handle it anymore. I wanted to love the space. I wanted guests to love the space. I wanted to get organized. I wanted to feel good about walking into the office and not an overwhelming sense of dread.

When we started the project, I told you that I wanted color and inspiration but that it also needed to have a calming effect so that our guests would feel comfortable too. I basically gave you free reign on a lot of things and your ideas blew me away again. This room is so perfectly me in every way. I love every single thing about the space. The color. The patterns. The texture. The organization. The coziness. The drama. All of it. And most of all I love that you were able to wrap it all up into one perfect space.

Again, thank you so much for your vision and patience and creating such a wonderful space for our family to enjoy.

It is truly my pleasure to create spaces that are loved and lived in.  A big thank you to Sabrina and family!!

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What is your favorite feature of this room?

If I can pull it together this weekend, I should have some of the “troubled spaces” up next week!

**many many thanks to Sabrina of Sabrina Gebhardt Photography (head over to her site and check out the GORGEOUS family and child photos on her blog) for the lovely images in this post**

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Greek Key Trim

Greek key.  A timeless geometric pattern.  It is nearly foolproof, and adds instant glamour and chicness to a room.  Nice 1 1/2″ to 2″ Greek key trim can run you around $20 a yard, but as I was making a return to Joann’s yesterday, something caught my eye.

From Left to Right: Ivory/Spring Green, Red/Gold, Brown/Tan, Ivory/Khaki, Powder Blue/Chocolate, Black/White, Black/Gold, Silver/Chocolate

Oh yes!  Greek key trim in a myriad of colors!  Normally $6.99 a yard, it is 50% off right now which brings it to $3.49 a yard!  If you have a boring pair of drapery panels in your home you want to glam up before the holidays, this is your answer!  This doesn’t even have to be a sewing project – grab some fabric glue while you are there, and go home and glue the trim to the edge of your drapes.  No one will know – it can be our little secret.  (wink, wink)  You could do this on a pillow, too!

The trim is 1 3/4″ wide.  A nice size, and actually, an incredible size and feel for the price!

Need some inspiration?

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Is there room for Greek key trim in your home?  What can you do with this fabulous, chic-on-the-cheap idea?

Have a fabulous weekend, see you back here Monday!  (I will have some great Christmas DIY’s up next week!)

Gebhardt Formal Living Room: Design Board to Final Reveal

Sabrina’s formal living room was a bright beautiful canvas waiting to be filled with and life and color.  If you read the post yesterday, you saw her casual living room transform, and we wanted this room to be just as special.  Pretty, pretty, pretty is what we were going for; plus comfortable, inviting, and entertaining.  Since it is the first room you see when you come into the house, we wanted it to be “WOW!” when you walked through the front door.

Here are some before pictures.

This is the wall you see when you walk in. They added the shelves on either side of the fireplace.

Looking into the formal living from the dining room.

Looking out from the fireplace into the back of the room and casual living room.

Like the casual living room, the room has tons of natural light so that was a big plus.  It also holds charming details like this Greek key detailing around the tile floor surrounding the fireplace.  (When they bought the house, they didn’t even know this was there!  After they refinished the floors, the dirt and grime was scrubbed away to reveal this lovely woodwork.)

We wanted these rooms to be friends so we carried the main accent color of navy through both rooms.  For the formal living room, I felt especially inspired by this crazy beautiful painting that belonged to Sabrina’s grandmother.

The colors are so so vivid, so I knew when I saw it, that painting needed to be a focal point in the room.

Say hello to the design board.

This room’s design board contained more “options” than the casual living room simply because I had a few visions in my head that could work.  As with any inspiration board, we changed our minds on things and tweaked things Sabrina wasn’t crazy over.  I originally thought we would paint the walls surrounding the windows at the front of the room the same navy as the gallery wall in the casual living, but we decided to keep the walls all light.  Sabrina had already purchased a white Ektorp sofa from Ikea, an 8×10 plain jute rug (I planned to layer an antique rug on top to give some interest), and an oval bamboo coffee table from Gypsy Soul.  A pair of antique French-looking armchairs needed to be upholstered, and we also were on the hunt for a chair and lamp for the corner of the room.

Because I was so crazy over the yellow blouse in the painting, I was inspired to bring that color out in some way in the room.  When I found this amazing pair of vintage petite legged stools at Scout Design Studio (thanks Tiffany and Britt!), I knew a lovely textured yellow fabric would be incredible on them.

And I found it.  At Childress Fabrics in Dallas.  A perfect-shade yellow raised velvet on a linen-y background.

The room was coming together.

And it turned out truly beautiful.  Just like we wanted.

View from the Dining Room…the curtain fabric is “Mercy” in ivory from Cutting Corners, and we edged it in two-inch navy grosgrain ribbon.  The result is light, airy, and chic with a hint of moroccan flair through the pattern.

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View from the front door.  Pretty wow, right?!

Something I love about these old homes is they have picture rails!  Hang a pretty chain from a hook that holds onto the picture rail, and voila, your art is hung.

Looking into the Casual Living Room.  Do you spy a birthday party about to happen?

All the pretty details…

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The Gypsy Soul coffee table on top of the antique persian rug is sooo lovely.

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Isn’t this rattan stool too cool?  Found on CraigsList for $75!

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Since there is no true entryway in the house, we created one by using a piece they already owned, plus a tray, sunburst mirror (Home Goods), and lamp (Home Goods).

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A funny story about the sweet little vintage tole tray…I found it on Ebay and sent it to Sabrina on her shopping list.  It said it was 20×24, I think.  When it arrived, it was so tiny.  I couldn’t believe it!  It was 20 centimeters by 24 centimeters.  HA!  It worked out though, we had a bigger chest planned for this space originally, and went with the smaller one instead, so a tray that big wouldn’t have fit.

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The chairs were recovered in a Greek key fabric from Premier Prints.  I had the pillows custom made with a beautiful indigo velvet frame surrounding a piece of Schumacher’s Chiang Mai fabric in the aqua colorway.  The backs of the pillows are a vivid red.  I chose the Chiang Mai because I loved how the colors mimicked the painting, and the pattern brings a modern vibe.

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The layered rugs turned out so nice!

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And the stools…oh how I love those stools!  They are so elegant.

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The fireplace is non-working so I originally thought we would make it architectural by stacking wood and exposing the ends, but Sabrina saw a picture on Pinterest of books stacked, and I loved the idea!  It looks charming, and she can add more over time.

Shelf styling is rather therapeutic for me.  I really enjoy it, and I rearrange my own shelves often.  For Sabrina’s home, we kept them fairly simple. We utilized many items she already owned, plus some interesting things she picked up at various antique stores around town.  Sabrina is a photographer (check out her lovely work here!), and she has started a little vintage camera collection to display.

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The ikat pillows are from Home Goods, and we had some extra yellow stool fabric we made pillows from.  Do you love the monogrammed pillow as much as I do?  I had it custom made based on a monogram I love from Leontine Linens, and had it embroidered on the same indigo velvet that frames the Chiang Mai fabric on the side chair pillows.

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For the mantle, we kept it simple and sophisticated.  A few ferns mixed in with her grandmother’s crystal bottles.  She can add more over time if she wants to.

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This corner needed some oomph, and we breathed some colorful life into it!  (not to mention it is now a useable space!)  Using Chiang Mai wallpaper remnants I had from a previous project, I framed them using Ikea’s Odby frames. (a GREAT alternative if you are tired of the Ribba!)  The rattan chair and pillow seat were Gypsy Soul finds, the stunning brass floor lamp is from the Restoration Hardware outlet, and the wooden stool was Sabrina’s.

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Doesn’t it look amazing?

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View from the casual living room.  Love the french doors!  Love that painting!

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What impressed me so much about both of these rooms was how layered, and collected, and natural they looked after such a short amount of time.  (Sabrina and her family had only lived in this home for three weeks at this point!)  Both rooms turned out light, bright, happy, elegant, functional, and inviting.  They look beautiful, and they are fit for family and friends.

I asked Sabrina to write a few sentences about how she felt about the rooms, and I got this – so so sweet!

Dear Grace,

To say that we are happy with our new rooms would be a complete understatement. We are above-and-beyond thrilled with them! They are more than we could have asked for or expected and we are enjoying them so much. Our formal living room is absolutely stunning. I finally feel like I have a beautiful room that is welcoming to guests, is inspiring to be in and is a complete reflection of my taste. In our previous home, I was never proud to have guests over or to entertain but now I am and it is all thanks to you.

As for our casual living space, it is so peaceful and comforting. My husband and kids love it as much as I do. The best thing about the space is that it is beautiful and functional. My kids have places to play and store their toys. My husband has a comfortable space to watch football and I have a space to relax in. I love our gallery wall and it really does completely mask the television…even when it is on, your eye goes to the photographs and not the screen. It is amazing.

Thank you again for your hard work, vision, attention to detail and to listening to what I wanted. I could not be happier!

Sabrina

Thank you very much to Sabrina and her family for letting me be a part of creating their home!  Enjoy your home and the fruit of your labor, Gebhardts!  Love.

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Gebhardt Casual Living Room: From Design Board to Transformation

Don’t you love seeing transformations?  Me too.

Sabrina contacted me about doing some design boards for her, and I knew from our first conversation, this project was going to be fun.  She had just moved into a 1920′s home, and needed two living rooms to get situated before her son’s birthday party: a casual living room and a formal living room.  The great thing about her home is its ample amount of windows/light and tons of old house character. So much potential here…

Looking from the back wall out to the formal living room

Left wall when you walk into the room

Back Wall

Right wall when you walk into the room

She wanted this room to be casual, but still pretty.  Relaxing, inviting, and FUNCTIONAL for her family.  It needed to house some toys, be conducive to play for her two little ones, and be a room you wanted to be in.  Sabrina also had another major request:  “I don’t want the television to be the first thing you notice about the room!”  Something I loved about her:  she wanted color!  Since the walls were gray, she wanted color in the fabrics and accessories, with navy being a main accent color for the room.  With all this in mind, I put together this design board.

Sabrina had already purchased a pair of fluffy comfy couches off of Craigslist for the room so that was taken care of.  She also bought the chic bamboo chest to use as a media console, and a pair of upholstered benches from Kristen and I via Gypsy Soul.  To disguise the television, I proposed to install a large panel on the long windowless wall, painted in Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy and trimmed with made-to-match custom molding.  Since windows frame every other wall of this room, I wanted the long wall to also have visual interest.  White and black frames would surround the television, drawing the eye from the big black box to the photos.  I felt the white bamboo chest would really pop against the navy, and I liked the idea of the television being off-center.  For more “teleguise” ideas, you might like this post.

If you read yesterday’s post, you know what the benches looked like before, and their transformation story.  When I created the inspiration board, I had the wrong impression about the amount of toy storage their family would need, so in the end, we went with a smaller antique chest they already had with two rattan baskets underneath.  She was not crazy about the curtain fabric on the board, so I went on the hunt and found an awesome ikat-y fabric for $3.00 A YARD at my favorite secret fabric store, Home Fabrics & Rugs.  There are not many of them, and only one in Texas (where I live), so if you don’t have one near you, I am very sorry.  It is crazy what you can find in there.  Once I found a bolt of the same fabric Pottery Barn was selling for $58 a yard for $12.99 a yard!

Without further adieu, welcome to the Gebhardt’s beautiful, comfortable, inviting, and happy casual living room.

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The pillows on the sofa and loveseat are mostly from Home Goods.  White lamp from Home Goods also.

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Still loving how the benches turned out!

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Furniture like this is so handy when you need more seating, and it is comfy to put your feet on while watching football games.  Also, I liked that the benches didn’t take up very much floor space to allow some room for the kids to play.

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The pillows you see there in the corner (you can see the mock-up/idea on the design board also) are floor pillows for Sabrina’s two little ones, a boy and a girl.  I loved the idea of them having their own space in the room, something they could snuggle with, and lounge on.  I had the covers custom made with a zipper (yes, they are washable!), and they are stuffed with two 30×30 faux down pillows from Cutting Corners.  The covers are 52″ x 27″ for those of you who like to know details like that, or you want to replicate the idea.  Red ticking stripe fabric is called “Timeless” in crimson from Cutting Corners, and the floral fabric is called “Tanda” also found at Cutting Corners.  (We had extra floral fabric left over – it has this wonderful linen-y feel, and the colors are sooooo pretty – so we made extra pillows for the couch out of it.)

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While we originally pondered getting the West Elm Andalusia rug, we decided to stick with what Sabrina already had, this diamond jute 8×10 rug.  I think it looks terrific in there!

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Just a reminder – this fabric was THREE DOLLARS A YARD!!  I loved the watercolor-y feel to it and the varied shades of blue.

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Can you believe how awesome this wall looks??!!  I think Sabrina and her hubby were a bit nervous about the idea at first, but they went with it, and they love how it turned out!  It makes me so happy to look at it.  It is like a storybook of their life on the wall.

P.S.  If you live in the DFW area and need a wonderful newborn/child/family photographer, check out Sabrina’s work here.  Lovely!!

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This is probably my favorite picture.  I love making my little clients happy, too!

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What do you think?

Come back tomorrow for the formal living room reveal!

P.S.  If you have any questions about the space I didn’t answer, feel free to ask them in the comments!  Also, if you are interested in a design board(s) and/or other interior design services or consultations, please use the contact page or email me at submissions @AStoriedStyle .com.

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