A big thanks to Jodi Helmer and The Charlotte Observer for interviewing me for an article on painted furniture and showing my work in the Home & Garden Section today.
These chairs were unfinished when we bought them and then had them painted Benjamin Moore Hale Navy.
I thought navy was a great color to incorporate into the kitchen.
You can see more of my work with painted furniture in their online article click here.
Photography: Chris Edwards
I had about a month between closing and moving in to do some work in our new house. One of the rooms I gave an uplift to was the kitchen. It initially felt quite dark with mustard yellow cabinets, brown granite countertops and not enough recessed lighting. The lighting in this “before” picture is very enhanced for the real estate listing…
In person it felt more like this:
The breakfast area (also with enhanced lighting) and adjacent family room had brown wallpaper, which didn’t last long.
At this point the brown wallpaper was gone and the trim was about to get painted.
Prior to painting I added recessed lighting which helped tremendously.
I switched the countertops to a dark green granite called Uba Tuba which I love and installed a simple white subway tile on the backsplash. All the cabinets and trim are now white with brushed nickel hardware and the walls are Benjamin Moore Classic Grey. The fabric on the roman shade is from Kravet. I love that the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling! I purposefully did not add a fixture over the island as I like being able to have an uninterrupted view across the kitchen.
We added a super fun piece of art by my friend and New Orleans-based artist Amanda Talley. My husband is from Louisiana as well so he was happy to have some of Amanda’s work in our home.
I love the colors and organic shapes she uses in her paintings. See more of her work here.
I hope you like the changes I made in my new kitchen. It’s so nice to have a happy and bright space to cook in!
Photo Credits: Carolina MLS (1, 3), Laura Casey Interiors (2, 4, 5-6), Amanda Talley (7-8)
The next few weeks and months I am going to try to share some of the work I’ve done with our new house. The below picture is our entry hall BEFORE we moved in. I can’t say I was a fan of the brown upholstered walls or drapes. In some applications I like a two- toned floor stain but decided to have this one lifted. I wish I had a before picture of the opposite wall but it was very heavy looking.
This was the fabric on the walls. I wish I had taken a picture of the surprise wallpaper that was underneath…
We raised up the door casings in much of the downstairs and took out the doors and heavy molding leading into the dining room and living room. This work was done back in November, somehow we made it into the house for Christmas!
All of the rooms feel much more open with the higher casings. Blue is my favorite color so I decided to put it in the entry and I love it.The wall color is Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue HC-155. If you look past the hallway in a few of the pictures you can see the living room and dining room had orange and gold colored walls. I’ve lightened them up which is a nice balance to the color in the entry.
So here’s where I am now….I need to look for a rug and a few other pieces.
I’m lucky to have some of the beautiful artwork my mother painted hanging in my house.
Here is the pretty view out my front windows right now.
It’s an early dismissal day here….I’m off to get the boys.
I’ve been neglecting working on the blog during the evenings in favor of reading lately…I’ve just finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt which was very good. I am now reading The Constant Princess by Phillipa Gregory about the life of Catherine of Aragon. Today it’s raining and I’m at my desk working. Even though we got out of town to get a little sunshine this past weekend, I am needing a mid-week boost.
I can’t help but be brightened up by this cheery yellow paper designed by Amanda Nisbet for Quadrille.
I hope spring is right around the corner, though my boys would love another snow day…
The SoGood is a new iPhone app that was created by two friends who wanted a place “to discover the best local providers based on trusted recommendations from friends”. It features local businesses in many different categories who have been positively reviewed by people in your area. Currently the SoGood is featuring businesses in Charlotte and Charleston.
Launched in November, The SoGood features florists, artists, caterers, and interior designers among many other vendors.
I am proud to be profiled as one of the designers on this great app!
You can recommend and leave comments for your favorite vendors and read tips from previous clients.
Here are the types of businesses that are provided.
Nashville and New Orleans are next on the list of cities added to the app.
Check out The SoGood on their website or download the app here.
Photo Credits: Olivia Rae James for The SoGood
I caught up on some magazine reading over the holidays. I loved seeing this kitchen in House Beautiful (designed by Caitlin Wilson). What a pretty combination of stone, calcutta gold subway tile, colors, fabrics and brass hardware.
I’m such a fan of the herringbone floors and pretty fabric from Osborne & Little.
There’s a little skylight over the sink as well to add in extra daylight.
The kitchen cabinetry is white and dark grey, and the two colors help to break it up.
I’d be happy to cook in here!
Images from House Beautiful December 2o13