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Bradford Pond Project Reveal

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Bradford Pond Project Reveal

Hello! Happy June! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Spring so far! It's been a whirlwind here getting everything wrapped up as I prepare for the arrival of our daughter in the next few weeks. I am meeting with all our in process clients and all our fall client renovation projects before heading on maternity the end of next week. We are still going to be designing away during that time but not taking on any new clients until mid fall.

Good design takes time, it's nothing that is instantly created (sorry to be a broken record but this concept is so very important to understand). With that being said I am sharing with you our Bradford Pond Project. We photographed this home back in April with Freebird Photography and am finally sharing it with you all.  

This home is occupied by an amazing family that are the first owners of the home. The got into the home during the building stage and although this home is a few years old, the clients realized some of the selections that were made really weren't their style. They reached out to me to help create the feeling they wanted in the home.  

Take a peek at one of the rooms before.

The homeowners purchased furniture prior to bringing me in. Unfortunately the furniture was the wrong color and scale for the space. The rug was the wrong size and colors as well. The room felt empty even with furniture in it. These clients agreed that they didn't want more furniture but wanted the room to feel cozy. My first suggestion was to get a new sofa that was the right scale for the space. They had just spent quite a bit of money on the sofa/love seat and really wanted me to work around what they had. After several different renders and ordering only a few new pieces (coffee table, rug + console) they realized that they infact needed to take my advise. No matter how much furniture they added into the space they wouldn't ever get the feeling they wanted and would end up spending more money in the long run. 

A new oversized sectional was ordered and that added with a few new accessories created the modern cozy feeling the clients wanted and with less furniture than they had when they started.

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The family room is open to the spacious eat in kitchen and we wanted to make sure the two spaces flowed well together. It's a great space for entertaining and having a home that they are proud to show off yet are still comfortable in on a day to day basis was very important to them.

Another element we changed in the project was the hardwood floors. When they were working with the builder they had ok'd a stain selection suggested. A golden honey red undertone stain that really didn't flow with their design style. One of the first things we did was to have their floors refinished. We created this warm walnut gray finish in a custom mix. The home instantly transformed. 

The home office is one of the first rooms you see when you walk into the home. They wanted it to be relaxed but still flow with the rest of the house. It turned out to be one of their favorite spaces. Modern yet comfortable and it incorporated many personal pieces.

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The master bedroom went from cold to cozy with a few updates. No new furniture was purchased we just worked with what they had because their foundation in this room worked for the scale of the space. 

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If you want to see more images from this project please head over to our portfolio! 

What is your favorite element or room in this home?

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The Rug Edit | Layering

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The Rug Edit | Layering

We all want our homes to feel more cozy and welcoming don't we? Being drawn to a room is all about feeling and I have never heard they were drawn to a cold, sparse bare room no matter how contemporary or industrial your style.  

The best way to add instant warmth into a room is by adding a rug and even more so by layering rugs! Yes layering rugs!  Many people that have carpet in their homes feel that adding an area rug is not necessary or will look wrong but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Wall to wall carpet can be heavy and make your furniture feel lost in a space. Adding an area rug on top of the carpet will help draw your eye to the space you want to accentuate. 

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Whether you are adding rugs to hardwood floors or over carpet the same rules apply. 

You must select the proper size in order for it ground the space. For example if you are grounding furniture in a living room you don't want a small rug that will only fit under the coffee table, instead you want a rug that will be large enough for your sofa, chairs, table etc to fit on. If your room isn't large enough for all feet of furniture to rest on it then rule of thumb is the front legs of chairs + sofas should at least be on it. Most living spaces and bedrooms can handle and 8x10 rug but in the instance your space is just shy look for off sized rugs, 7'xx9'6 etc can give the perfect size. Need a larger rug? I like to have rugs custom cut and add a serged edge or binding. 

Even better than one rug is two layered on top of each other. Now it doesn't work in all spaces but if you can add that extra layer, do it.

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When layering be sure to size properly. You always want the top layer to be smaller than the bottom. The bottom rug should peek out on all four sides. For 8x10 bases, the top layer should be either 4x6 or 5x8 (depending on layout of space you may be able to fit a 6x9) large size bases should have larger layer tops. I have selected a few base and layer rugs to help you. Bases should be a solid or light pattern. If you select a solid don't be afraid for it to have lots of texture. My favorites are sisal, jute, wool and braided bases. Subtle patterns can also be colorful but the layered rug should be the one with either a fun shape or texture. You can add pattern on pattern but it's tricky.  One of my favorite looks as of recently is a textured solid rug with a vintage style atop. 

Left Top Base rugs (top to bottom) ONE TWO THREE FOUR

Right layer Rugs (top to bottom) ONE TWO THREE FOUR

 

Here are a few more gorgeous rugs to choose from

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