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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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Pent Living Room: Modern Color, Modern Comfort

So happy to see everyone’s comments and emails yesterday on the Pent Dining Room.  If I haven’t responded to you yet about specific colors or fabrics, give me 24 hours, and I will get all of the information to you!

Today we are taking a look at the Pent Living Room transformation, and it is a big one!  This room originally was “The Land of the Misfit Furniture”.  The couch was broken, the chairs had been very loved on by pets, and nothing really went together.  Have you ever had a room in your home waiting to be loved on?  I know I have one  or two right now!

Aesthetics was pretty much the name of the game again here.  The wall color did not change, and though the Pents would like to change out the carpet eventually, they wanted to wait on that.  A major problem with this room was its low, dark feeling.  It is a step-down which I really like, since it gives a sense of coziness, but it felt closed in, even with the windows.  Quickly, I realized a big part of the problem was more beige molding.  Everywhere.  I knew the room would brighten dramatically with some bright white molding.

The fireplace is going to get some sort of makeover, but in the end, we tabled that project for now.  The fan was something the clients really wanted to see changed.

This bookshelf is a bit traditional for their taste, but I knew we could update it with some paint, wallpaper on the backs of the shelves, and hardware.

Ah, meet Marge.  (Something so funny and rather adorable about this couple is they name their furniture.)  Marge belonged to the wife’s grandmother – the wife wanted to keep it, the husband loathed it.  I had faith we could turn it into something awesome.

These lamps were a garage or an estate sale find, and they are humongous and awesome.  A little lacquer, and I knew they could be special!

We needed all new upholstered furniture, and the Pents like to entertain, so I knew ample seating was important.  Then of course, there was that little factor of marrying Domino and P.Diddy.

With all that in mind, I created this design board.

Of course, like every design board, we mulled over the ideas, and tweaked details.  We ended up going more bold, and I have to say, I think the Pents did an amazing job of compromising, and being brave with color and pattern; therefore, they have a pretty spectacular result.

The big reveal!

The incredible chesterfield sofa was a Scout Design Studio find (if you are in the DFW area, you should go visit this incredible store open Monday though Saturday 10-5!  Hint:  this is where our Gypsy Soul finds are!), and we recovered it in this gorgeous peacock blue Sunbrella velvet.  This fabric is cozy, rich in color, and virtually indestructible, so of course it was perfectly suited to a family with a baby and pets.  The chrome nailheads are the ideal finishing touch.  A major wow factor in the room, it is truly an amazing specimen.

The plinth-base loveseat was recovered with a charcoal grey and white Greek Key pattern found at Childress Fabrics in Dallas.  How amazing is that yellow silk pillow?  Would you believe that was what the husband wanted?!  He is high style, I tell ya!  The yellow silk was found at J&D Interior Fabrics – if you are in the DFW area, you should stop by, and ask for Patty.  She is amazing and can help you with all of your fabric needs.

You can see a little of the fan we chose in the picture below.  It is sleek and modern, and I love it!  Best of all, it is a lot of bang for your buck.  I even ordered one in white for my home – it is so hard to find a good fan!  Fan found here.

I love the little corner in the back left of the room.  The wife envisioned it as her little reading nook and enjoyed choosing the fabric for her little chair.  Isn’t their baby adorable?  Mirrored table is from Home Goods.  Driftwood lamp seen here.

 

Didn’t the built-in turn out great?  It’s amazing what paint and wallpaper can do!

The chrome tub chairs are a Gypsy Soul find, and we recovered them in this beautifully aged camel leather.   Love the fiddle leaf figs in each corner of the room, too!

My favorite part of the room, however, is this beautiful painting by my good friend and Gypsy Soul comrade, Kristen Dowd.  If you are interested in her custom artwork, you may contact her here.  Her work is stunning!

Old Marge didn’t turn out so bad either.  I. love. lacquer.  Something we discovered about Marge previously unknown is her old stereo parts work!  A fun realization!

Shiny garden stools from West Elm.

Lacquer went a long way with these lamps, too!  We have replaced the shades since these pictures were taken, but the glossy white takes these eclectic lamps to a whole new level.  Chrome and brass console from Gypsy Soul Interiors.

 

Here’s what the Pents had to say about their new rooms:

Previously our living/dining rooms felt hodge podge, unstyled, and the pets had taken over my furniture! The rooms were nice but not working well as we often enjoy entertaining and relaxing as a family. Now, we enjoy every inch of our living spaces, because they’re not only well styled but super functional without sacrificing either mate’s style. P. Diddy would be proud. Thank you, Grace!

It is such a good feeling for me to think of my clients enjoying their homes.  Using them, living in them, and loving them.  Growing their families in them.  Thank you so much to the Pents for the opportunity to be a part of that!

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Pent Dining Room: Three For Dinner (and two dogs…and a cat)

I love this family.

The husband and I went to rival high schools, the wife and I went to college together, and they have one of the most beautiful baby boys I have ever seen.  Seriously!

The Pent’s home is old and lovely, and the dining room especially has lots of natural light.  Because the previous owner put it through a bit of a lackluster reno, the home needed some pizzazz.  Our first challenge was marrying the styles of the couple and combining both of their visions, plus keeping in mind there is a baby in the house and two large dogs.  Oh, and a cat, you can’t forget the cat!

Besides the pretty sunshine coming through the windows, this room houses the husband’s (a talented pianist) gorgeous glossy white baby grand piano.  Here are some before pictures – the dining room is the first room you see to the right when you walk in the front door.

Looking in from the Living Room.

Pretty fireplace.

At the back of the room, there is a bit of space for a small lounging area which I think is really cozy to have in a living room.

So as you can see, with the pretty floors, natural light, fireplace, and incredible piano, all this room needed was to be revamped into something both owners would love.  When I sat down with them, it was pretty clear there was a bit of a style difference.  Asking about the husband’s style, I was told,

“Think P.Diddy.”

Still makes me laugh.  Definitely a first.  The wife loves the Domino look, and is more of an eclectic vibe.  Overall, they are both fairly modern and very fun to work with.  The plan was for all of the furniture to leave the room except the buffet and the settee (which was to be revamped after some unfortunate incidents with the cat), and the curtains are also new and pretty, so they were going to stay.  Since I was having a bit of a hard time figuring out what dining chair would work for them, their design board had a few chair options.     

Our first matter of business was wall color.  We finally arrived at a deliciously rich gray – it is a Valspar color, and I cannot think of the name of it.  If you really love it, leave a note for me in the comments section, and I will find it for you.  A major component of brightening this room was painting the trim a bright white to match the piano.  It was painted beige before, which lended a drab feel to the room.  The ceiling was painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Collingwood”.

After a few pow-wows with my clients, this is what we created.  Take a look.

The dining table is the “Emmerson Table” from West Elm, and I love it.  The wood is reclaimed, and I think it is the perfect modern farmhouse table.  It is a truly beautiful piece.  Look at that thick wood top!  The chairs are from Z-Gallerie, and they are now discontinued; however, for those of you that like to know, they are called the “Concerto Dining Chair”.  Pretty perfect with the piano, right?  The white leather will be easy to wipe clean, and the polished nickel nailheads add some sparkle.

The little settee at the back of the room was recovered in a plum Sunbrella velvet, and is now cozy and comfy.  Wood and chrome side tables (aren’t those sleek?!) are from West Elm, the ikat pillows are from Etsy, and the center lumbar pillow was custom and designed by yours truly.  White gourd lamps from H-to-the-Goods.

Love the mid century art piece featured above the sofa!  It’s a Gypsy Soul find!

I am crazy for this rug!  It is vintage, in perfect condition, super soft, and the colors are so vibrant!  It really ties the room together.

The fireplace received a fresh coat of trim paint, and we replaced the art that was there with the agave art from the kitchen.  Don’t the colors look beautiful together?

You know I love x-benches, and this vintage Milo Baughman pair was recovered in an ikat fabric (Robert Allen “Khanjali Peacock”), where they now flank the fireplace.

The buffet got some new jewelry in the form of brass ring pulls, and we added some pretty sparkly items to the top.

Although our original plan was to replace the lighting fixtures as they felt too “contractor”, we ended up painting them this amazing green, and they. look. awesome.  I have a new appreciation for them, and they add some serious punch to the room.

You will laugh when you find out what color they are – about as far from P.Diddy as you can get!  We painted them with Rustoleum’s John Deere Green!  But hey, the look terrific, and that’s what matters.

Looking at these pictures makes me happy all over again.  Doesn’t this room look incredible?  Modern, comfortable, artistic, and definitely has the wow factor.

Come back tomorrow for the Pent’s Living Room reveal!

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My Dining Room

I have been laughing finding photos for this post!  Ah, my dining room.  It has taken a couple of tries to get things right…One of the funny things about doing design work is that sometimes my home ends up being a bit of a lab.  Through some trial and error, I will finally end up with something I think is beautiful and suited to the space.

Join me on the journey.

This is what the dining room looked like when the previous owners lived here.  I like the space, and I like grey, but this room felt very dark and low to me.

We started pondering what we could do to brighten it up in there.  One of the problems was the amount of natural light reaching the room.  The space is long and narrow, and there was one single chandelier trying to fill the space.  Because of how our home is set up, you cannot put recessed lighting on the first floor so we had to come up with a different solution.  And then we found it – though it is no longer available at Pottery Barn, we put up the Edison Chandelier, and we love it.

Pottery Barn

The arms allow you to position it any way you like so it was simple for us to stretch it mostly the length of the table.  It gives us so much more light, and though we loved the crystal chandelier that was in there (it is original to our home), we moved it to the island in the kitchen so everyone is happy.

Now that lighting was tackled, we moved on to the aesthetics.  I love painted molding, and I would like to have them in this house somewhere – white walls, color on the molding.  I painted the molding first – Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue – but it just didn’t do it for me.   (Take note of the small buffet piece in the photo for its later transformation).

It still felt lifeless.  It just wasn’t right.  Then I got to thinking…I would love to have a beautiful wallpaper in there, something that fits the home but still has a modern flair.  But…the kids.  We have lots of kids that would be walking through and touching it and leaving their sweet little marks.  That’s when I thought of this…

Beadboard!   It was the perfect answer.  It’s durable, it’s wipeable, the creamy white would brighten the space, and it looks original to the home.  You can see we took the texture off the walls to get to the smooth plaster surface below.  Also, check out the “before” on the ‘Mad Hatter’ vintage chairs I picked up on Craigs List.  I love love love the shape of them and knew they would make terrific host/hostess chairs.

We were on our way, but I knew the wallpaper would seal the deal.  I quickly fell in love with this wallpaper.

Anthropologie

A little more research led me to the discovery that this is a Cole & Son wallpaper called Hummingbirds, available at Anthropologie, and also at Decoraters Best.   Obviously, this is expensive wallpaper, but I didn’t need much since I had a small space to fill.  (another positive of doing the beadboard)  Once I saw the paper and pattern in person, I knew this was it.  I love the colors, and it has such a lovely almost hand-painted texture to it you can’t see in the photograph.  (it was totally worth the money!)

So without further adieu, welcome to my dining room.

We love this room.  It is light, bright, elegant, and full of character.  It’s interesting to look at.  I like to create rooms you can’t take in with one swoop of the eye.  Rooms with depth.  Something I really like about this room is all of the special touches and details that make it us.

You can see the buffet makeover below.  Didn’t it turn out beautiful?  I found this piece at a garage sale forever ago for $15.  The wood was in pretty bad shape except for the curved insets on the sides of the piece and the drawer fronts.  But I loved the shape of it and knew I cold make it into something special.  This project ended up being one of my, “woops!  I stayed up all night” projects.  I started painting it, and then it was morning.

I painted the frame in the same creamy white as the trim and beadboard in the room.  Then I painted the detail with a bronzed gold leaf paint, oiled the exposed wood, scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed the hardware, and voila, it looks like something from a high end antique store.

The collection of blue and white china has come from various sources.  The darling “let them eat cake” vase I adore was gifted to me and is from Anthropologie.  Found here.  The large bowl belonged to my husband’s great Aunt Grace.  The lucite lamps are vintage.

What doesn’t belong here?

The abstract painting was a Salvation Army find  - it is a bit unexpected, and I like that about it in regards to the room.  It was $24, and it is actually a real-deal painting!  A little research revealed it is by a mid-century artist who signed his pieces “Cien”.

On the right side of the room, you can see the etagere filled with my china collection, terrariums, and other treasures.  Found by my sweet friend and Gypsy Soul comrade, Kristen Dowd, the vintage gold leaf frame with glass shelves adds a unique element to the room.

A year or so ago, an antique china store in my city closed.  They had a huge sale, and I decided to get twelve sets of china.  They are all different, and it gives such a collected feel to the space.  So lovely to look at and study, the patterns range from the 1800′s to the 1930′s.

The gigantic light bulb is original to the house!  We found it when we moved in.

The terrariums are easy to care for (a cup or two of water every couple of weeks) and lend some softness to the overall look.  Glass containers were all purchased at Home Goods.

The crystal candy dish was our first wedding present given to us by Kent’s grandparents – it was their first wedding present!  They have been married over sixty years!  The “Dish” book (Christmas gift alert!) is a very fun read if you like looking at vintage and antique china patterns.

Love love love wallpapered doors.  We put wallpaper inside the frames on both sides.  (this door is open quite a bit)  The door stop is original to the house.  If you missed the post on how I put up my plate collection, it can be seen here.

The vintage host and hostess chairs were recovered in a wipeable diamond textured fabric for the front, and a beautiful silk on the back.  You can’t tell the  diamond fabric is vinyl until you touch it!

For curtain rods, I used my DIY Acrylic Curtain Rods, and they turned out just as lovely in my dining room as they did the living room.  Dining rooms need a little sparkle!

I don’t normally prefer plain sheer drapes, but I do like a pretty pattern on a sheer.  We didn’t need the privacy so the simple sheers work great.  The fabric is from Cutting Corners – “Newman” in Ivory.

The diamond backed chairs are vintage and another Craigslist find.  I had them lacquered and recovered in a faux ostrich.  (I love using faux ostrich in homes with kids – it always looks chic and any spills are easily conquered with a wipe!)  My husband will probably shake his head when he reads this, but I am pondering using a different color of faux ostrich.  I was trying to branch out with the pink color (it picks up on the coral-y pink hues in the wallpaper and hostess chairs), and…I don’t love it.  But it will work for now.  I recently picked up a bolt of aqua ostrich fabric on clearance and may take on the recovering project myself.  We’ll see.  Crazy about the chairs though.  (You can also see on the other side of the french doors is the playroom.)

  One last before & after.

Hope you enjoyed my dining room makeover!  Tons of work, tons of hours, but very very worth it.  This is our only eating area so it gets loads of use, and it makes me so happy to look at it.  I think it’s a great example of layering to create something comfortable, elegant, and unique.  And also a true illustration of trial and error, ha!

Many many thanks to Kat Phillips (featured in this month’s Coastal Living – woot woot!), of TheGrayAttic.com, for the lovely images of my dining room featured in this post.

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