Decor

Marietta Traditional Project: Family Room

Starting from scratch is not alway necessary in design. In fact, sometimes the nicest results come from blending together new and old and updating the old to feel like new. That's just what we did with the Marietta Traditional Project and I love the results! 

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BEFORE

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As you can see, the room was not bad! It has good seating, solid, good quality furniture, and lots of storage. BUT, it also has dare I say too much storage and the built-ins with the large cabinetry visually overlap one another (their lines do, not physically overlapping). This space is just off of a porch so the window is shaded and there is not much natural light at all. Because of that, it feels dark and the darker colors on the furniture feel even darker than they are. 

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My client did some smart things to try to get more light in the room with lighting and a mirror to bounce light around. There are 3 points of light (table lamps, overhead, and floor lamp) but it still felt dark and the cabinet on the left feels heavy and a little oppressive for the space. 

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As you can see here, the window is a little odd. It's sort of a bay window but the wall does not follow the shape of the windows at all. The crown moulding all around makes the walls feel shorter with the vaulted ceilings being minimized by the horizontal line of the crown. 

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Yes, the cutest family ever lives here. This area is technically a part of the family room but feels almost more a part of the breakfast room. Just off the backdoor and between the family room and breakfast room, this space did not have much function. The kids have grown up a lot since this portrait, and while they're still small, they're not using a tiny table this small anymore. This space needed functionality and purpose. 

THE PLAN

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The plan started with electrical. We needed to get more light on the subject so I drew up a plan for the layout of the room and added can lights across the ceiling to distribute more even lighting. We kept the existing wiring for the ceiling fan and swapped the fan out for a really pretty light fixture. In the South, we need fans. They're not pretty but they're often very necessary. However, in this room, due to a very good HVAC system and a nice shady situation thanks to the porch, a fan was not needed so so we could ditch it in favor for something much more attractive!

You'll notice a few other pieces have changed in this floor plan, more on those later. 

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Next, we devised a plan to address those windows. This expert drawing above (ha!) shows the plan: to make the window feel like it was supposed to be that way with drapery. I determined that the layout of the space was actually the best layout to use in this case, so the sofa was to stay put. We selected this gorgeous fabric with some embroidery detail to span the space as both a valance and drapery panels on either side. Now, I know most of the time a valance is used, it's over the top of the panels and hardware but I really wanted that pretty hardware to show and to put the valance as flush against the wall as possible to minimize the look of that gap between the window and the wall. 

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My clients really like their existing rug, so we kept it and used it for the basis of the color scheme. The walls were yellow with white trim and a popcorn ceiling. To start, we selected a very soft neutral with a bit of pigment in it. It's not a great idea to paint a dark room too white--it will look sad and lonely and cold. SO we chose Sherwin Williams Conservative Gray. We used this color on nearly the entire first floor of the house to create a nice flow from room to room. The color has a little blue, a little green, and is a nice neutral backdrop that still holds its own. The painters took down the crown moulding, skimmed the ceiling, and painted the walls and ceiling Conservative Gray and WHAT A DIFFERENCE!

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Like I said earlier, you don't have to start from scratch. While we were making some big changes in this space, we did not replace and of the upholstered furniture! When you buy good quality pieces, they'll be an investment up front, but you'll have some serious quality that lasts you for years and years. If your tastes change, great--just re-cover it! And that is just what we did. Using the rug as inspiration for the color scheme and our new soft neutral walls, I selected a beautiful tan and cream stripe for the wingback chairs, an animal print for the ottoman in a hardwearing stain-resistant material, and some splashed of green on the pillows. Pretty trims tie it all together for a complete look. 

The sofa is a nice leather that was still in great shape. However, the cushions had taken a bit of a beating of the years and were looking a little sad and saggy. My awesome upholsterer came to the rescue and reformed the cushions with a nice foam interior that will stand up to lots more sitting and maybe even a little jumping! After that, the sofa looked as good as new. 

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Remember the little area with the tiny table? Well, to make it functional, I suggested we create a little mudroom. As you can see in this hyper realistic drawing ;) we did just that with a piece of custom made furniture. It has hooks for coats and hats, baskets to keep shoes in, and cubbies for homework and mail so that it can be hidden away and off the kitchen countertops. For comfort when taking shoes on and off, we added a cushion on top. 

AFTER

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Now we have a smoothed ceiling, more light throughout the room, new decorative light fixture, reupholstered ottoman and wingback chairs, all new pillows, new chair in corner, basket for blankets, new side tables, drapery, media cabinet fitted to the room size in a dark finish to balance the color of the sofa, restyled bookshelves, custom artwork over the mantel, moulding and large cabinetry removed, new hardware on the doors of built-in cabinet doors, and a very functional family space. 

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Our gorgeous custom piece for keeping shoes and coats and homework serves its purpose well and keeps things tidy and functional. The cushion is upholstered in the same material as the wingback chairs across the room to create some continuity. We actually had these baskets custom made to be stained in the same finish as the wood on top of the cubbies and fit perfectly into each cubby and I love them! It's so satisfying how perfect they are. 

As you can see, it is very possible to take what you have and make it work for you. Use a little imagination, be willing to make big changes, and be honest with yourself about what is working and what is not in your home. Is it too dark, too crowded, too hot, too cold, too loud? Whatever the issues are that are bothering you, use that to begin your redecorating and then let your favorite pieces inspire your look going forward. We loved all of the furniture my client already had, it just needed a fresh look. They love their rug, so it was the inspiration for the color scheme and just like that, we were on our way to creating a beautiful and well loved space that is the heart of the home for this sweet family and you can do the same with your home. 

If you need help making the best use of what you have and you want your home to be the best it can be, contact me today to schedule your consultation!

Design, concepts, and written content by Susie Mae Design.

All completed room images by Christina Wedge Photography

Citizen Supply: A Truly Unique Retail Experience

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Have you been to Ponce City Market yet? If you haven't, YOU NEED TO GO NOW! It's a gorgeous selection of shops and restaurants and beautiful things. Take a moment this weekend to wander the hallways and stroll through the shops. It's really an inspiring location.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Citizen Supply is one of the awesome shops located at Ponce City Market. They're a unique store featuring all artisan goods. Here's what they're all about:

"Citizen Supply is an artisan marketplace that brings quality handmade and small-batch goods to Atlanta’s urban shopper in a truly unique retail experience." 

Pretty cool, right?! they feature many of our favorite vendors like East Atlanta's own Brother Moto which is a super cool shop with a unique take on the motorcycle experience. 

"Our goal has always been to provide those with a DIY spirit like ourselves the necessary tools, environment and knowledge to work on their motorbikes themselves. We believe in empowering riders with a space to learn how to fabricate, experiment and repair within a community of really really good people."
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Remember the post about the drapey cardigan and the super-soft-really-want-one-t-shirt? Welllll, the love affair continues! So Worth Loving is a vendor at Citizen Supply! Go on and feel the shirts. I dare you to even try to resist their siren's call! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Whether you're looking for housewares, decor, clothing, or gifts, you'll find beautiful, unique, and handmade pieces lovingly created by artisans and brought to you at Citizen Supply

So stop by, shop, and enjoy the beautiful pieces available at Citizen Supply. You'll love it, we're sure of it!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Choosing the Right Rug Size For Your Room

Rugs are a wonderful way to tie a room together. With texture, color, and pattern, you can really make a big statement and also bring more coziness and comfort to both your indoor and outdoor spaces. One challenge that many people have when selecting a new rug is size. It's the classic Goldie Locks situation--this rug is too small, this rug is too large, this rug is juuuuust right! So, what rug size do you need to make your room look just right? 
Here are a few visuals to give you an idea of the size rug you will need for your living room.

This is typically what you see when someone is using a 5x7 rug in a living space. The rug seems to be floating and none of the pieces are connected as they should be. 

This is typically what you see when someone is using a 5x7 rug in a living space. The rug seems to be floating and none of the pieces are connected as they should be. 

This look is typical of an 8x10 rug in a living room. It's comfortable, and the rug anchors the space, creating a real harmony in the room. 

This look is typical of an 8x10 rug in a living room. It's comfortable, and the rug anchors the space, creating a real harmony in the room. 

This look is typical of using a 9x12 rug. You'll get more of a statement from using a larger rug. It often even makes rooms look larger to use larger rugs! Just be sure that you have at 18 inches or more around the perimeter of the rug so that your room does not become cramped.

This look is typical of using a 9x12 rug. You'll get more of a statement from using a larger rug. It often even makes rooms look larger to use larger rugs! Just be sure that you have at 18 inches or more around the perimeter of the rug so that your room does not become cramped.

Comfortable, Peaceful Interiors: How to Achieve the Mood

I've told Christina this many times, but the way she captures the light in a room makes me want to nap in all of them. Perfectly lit dining room? Perfect place for a nap! However, the napability (I'm pretty sure that's a real word) of a room is not just about the capturing of soft, serene light, but is a result of the designer's careful selection of colors, textures, and patterns to weave together the perfect room. 

napability: nap-uh-bill-uh-tee - the quality of being a comfortable, beautiful, space that causes one to feel at home and at ease when in the room

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Let's take these spaces by designer Jennifer Schoenberger Christina shot earlier this year. They're just stunning. The use of patterns and colors throughout the connected spaces tie them together and make the home feel like one continuous, harmonious space but with a few distinct characteristics in each room to keep them interesting on their own as well.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

First, let's look at the fabrics. You'll see the colors on the fabrics echoed all throughout the spaces and a variety of textures layered on top of one another all over. Layering textures creates such a rich, inviting setting. When freshening up your own place, don't be afraid to mix patterns to achieve this warm textured appearance. Here's a handy guide for pattern mixing

Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

Jennifer got these beautiful lamp bases from Scott Antique Market which I adore! I love mercury glass and Scott Antique Market. It is a wonderful place to go if you enjoy the hunt. This brings me to another design element to consider. Metallics. Every room has a little, but making a statement with a metallic goes a long way. Aren't these lamps beautiful?!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Neutrals become more than a backdrop when they are also a bold pattern. See how beautifully one room transitions into the next above? The neutrals ground the room with pops of color moving your eyes through the space. I love an unexpected bright color splash like the painting and stool.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

This may be my favorite part of Jennifer's spaces. The light blue in the backs of the cabinets is so lovely and the touches of tomato red are so charming amidst the calm neutrals with the bold patterned wall.  

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

This stenciled wall has me considering a nap in a bathroom, too. So beautiful and serene! A bathroom is a great place to do an impactful wall that may be a bit more labor-intensive since generally you will not have super large walls to cover. 

Thanks to Jennifer Schoenberger for sharing her beautiful work with us! 

UnEggspected Easter Eggs

I apologize for the pun but I just couldn't help myself! It was an eggcellent opportunity to make a corny yolk. OK...I think I have that out of my system now. 

I always loved decorating Easter eggs as a little girl, but now that I'm all grown up, I wanted to come up with a few new ways to make Easter eggs that are a little more modern and suitable for the centerpiece at a posh brunch. Christina and I gathered some supplies and made some really unique Easter eggs you can easily make yourself for your weekend gathering. The kids can even help with this fun DIY project, too!

We're going to use some unconventional materials to achieve a truly unique look.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Follow these four easy steps to create beautiful and unique foliage eggs!

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

First, collect your materials.

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

You can use leaves you find in your yard, flowers, or even herbs like cilantro or parsley!

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Place the eggs where they can dry until the mod podge is clear and shiny.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Next up, mossy Easter eggs! If you've got little helpers, they may need a little extra supervision with the mossy eggs as they use spray glue which is not suitable for young children to use. 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

First, collect your materials.

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

I got my supplies at Michael's. Look for dried moss that comes in many varieties of colors and textures. 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style & Design by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Let us know what you think of these fun DIY and unconventional Easter eggs!

Spotlight On: Lori May

Happy Monday, everyone! Today, we're turning the spotlight on Lori May, interior designer and owner of Lori May Interiors here in Atlanta. Let's get to know her! 

Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

How did you get your start?

I have always loved making my surroundings beautiful.  Before my interior design career, I was a corporate buyer and product designer.  International travel was a huge part of my job.  I loved the travel, but once we started our family, I no longer wished to be away all those weeks each year.  I had also always wanted to have my own business.  I made the decision to leave the corporate life and start my own company.  I was able to create my own boutique design firm that married a high level of customer service with my feeling that everyone deserves a beautiful home. It has given me the best of both worlds, the ability to do what I love and the flexibility to spend more time with my family.
Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

 

Was there one job or contact that set the course of your career?

My job with The Bombay Company changed my life.  I grew up in a town of 2500 people.  I had not been on a plane until I was in my 20’s.  With The Bombay Company, I traveled all over the world.  I designed my own product.  My love of interiors was expanded by the flavors and colors of all of the places I visited.  Paris, London, New York, California, Hong Kong, Beijing, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and India 
Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

What is your favorite/most successful way to advertise?

We provide an incredibly high level of customer service and work hard to create long term relationships with our clients.  It is our goal to create an unparalleled experience for each client.  Because of this, our clients are our best advertisements. 
Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

If there was one thing you could change about your career, what would it be?

I would have started my design firm earlier! 
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Photo via Christina Wedge

What is your favorite stress reliever?

My favorite stress reliever is a cup of Jasmine tea on my back porch.  
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Photo via Christina Wedge

What is your favorite destination?

It is so hard to say!  I have so many favorites.  There is a sweet cottage in the mountains that we try to get to at least once a year.  There are very few places that I find as relaxing as this place.  Simple, beautiful, serene.  We hike, we visit the small mountain towns and we just relax.  It helps that I get no cell service there at all!   I always leave incredibly invigorated and inspired.  
Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

Thank you for joining us while we put the spotlight on Lori May of Lori May Interiors! If you'd like to know more about Lori, get in touch with her via her blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.