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Sleek Modern Bathroom by Susie Mae Design

When we bought our 1960s house in January of 2017, we knew we had a lot of work to do. There were a lot of things that took priority like a new roof, HVAC system, insulation, and water mitigation. Naturally we wanted to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms immediately, but that just wasn't in the cards. Now, a year and a half later, the kitchen and both bathrooms have been renovated and IT IS SO GREAT! 

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Before we started any work the to the house, this was the view in the dining room, looking at the front door and the closet that was once in the dining room. 

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Next, we painted the walls white, Sherwin Williams Alabaster to be exact. The door and windows were replaced and that closet had to go! The closet backs up to the end of the master bathroom. If you were to knock on the back wall of the closet, you'd be knocking on the end wall of the bathroom/shower. We didn't want a closet in the dining room and we really did want some room to move around in our bathroom, so we decided to close up that closet and take it for the shower. We made plans to move the plumbing down so that the shower could take over that closet space. 

Dining room, looking through the demo'd closet and into the master bathroom. You can see the master bedroom drapes just beyond the bathroom doorway. 

Dining room, looking through the demo'd closet and into the master bathroom. You can see the master bedroom drapes just beyond the bathroom doorway. 

The wall gets framed and then drywall goes up. 

The wall gets framed and then drywall goes up. 

Sanded and painted to look like a regular wall.

Sanded and painted to look like a regular wall.

Here are the BEFORE photos. The bathroom was small and cramped and had haphazard storage "solutions" that were not really working for us. The toilets in our house also had tanks about 2xs the size of the bowl. Wasting water is not something we're into, so we opted for a dual flush water saving option instead along with other more green solutions. 

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It's unclear if the bathroom had ever been updated, but from what we could tell, the only real change since the house was built was adding new layers of floral wallpaper, and then painting over that in recent years. Frankly, I'd have preferred the wallpaper to the paint job in there. Paint all over the tiles, toilet, and ceiling...what a mess. There was nothing we wanted to salvage about this bathroom, so the sledgehammer and Victor got to work smashing and trashing. I had to be at a baby shower that morning, so I got to skip some of the demo labor. But really, demo can be fun so I would have liked to help more.

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A cast iron tub doesn't move easily. The best choice is often to break it up with a sledgehammer. It's messy and LOUD work, but it's effective. 

A cast iron tub doesn't move easily. The best choice is often to break it up with a sledgehammer. It's messy and LOUD work, but it's effective. 

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As with the other bathroom in our house, there had been a slow, continuous leak for who knows how long in the pipes between the bathrooms. Some patching had been done, but nobody had actually fixed the issue in years past. We don't want to do any project half-assed so to speak, so we made sure to replace all of the pipes that needed replacing, and replaced joists and sub flooring. This was the subfloor when the tile flooring came up. Shocking that we didn't just fall through to the crawl space--it was paper thin and crumbly with some areas of no sub flooring at all. 

Now that everything is out, let's look at the design plan. 

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This was the original plan which did change a little, but it started here. We knew we wanted a wall hung vanity in a warm wood tone, a dual flush/modern toilet, round black frame mirror with black sconces, herringbone stone tiles, black ceiling, white walls, and large white body tiles on the sides of the shower, black faucet, chrome shower fixture and towel bars. 

Here's a look at how things would lay out once we took over that closet and where the different tiles and colors will go. 

The Sketup plan. 

The Sketup plan. 

The first step after demo was pocket door installation. Even after we expanded into the closet, the bathroom was still only 10ft long x 5ft wide, we needed to save as much space as we possibly could. When Victor and I are both brushing our teeth or getting ready at the sink, the door being in the way just doesn't work. So, this in-swing door gets the boot. 

We went to an outlet for building supplies in our area and found this solid wood, unfinished pretty 5-light door with ribbed glass. Most bathrooms would not benefit from a glass panel door, but this bathroom in our master bedroom, and you can't see through the ribbed glass so it's still very private for us and that extra light coming in makes the bathroom feel larger, too. 

I sanded, stained, and finished the door with Sherwin Williams English Chestnut and a clear satin varnish. It's so nice to have the extra space this door gives us! In the 1960s houses, pocket doors were everywhere. I'm not sure why they fell out of favor, but I'm a fan and love to use them in tight spaces in particular. They're a great solution for small spaces and are often a much better choice than the super popular barn door, depending on the location and architectural style.  

Next up: the plumbing gets moved. I was working in my office as the plumber was sawing into the new subfloor to relocate the shower drain and pulling the new pipes to the correct heights for the new fixtures. All of a sudden I see Weezy out of the corner of my eye. 

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I guess she thought the new subfloor smelled good so she sneaked in behind the plumber and got this disc of wood to play with. It was so cute! I let her play with it for a little bit but eventually it started to splinter so I had to take it away from her :( This is not design related, but it is incredibly cute so I figure everyone should see it. I love it when she acts like a puppy still, even in her gray-faced years. 

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New drywall and durarock went up, and then the entire shower got thoroughly waterproofed. This is an essential step! If there is a void in the grout, or a crack ever occurs, water can wreak havoc but with proper waterproofing, it wont be so tragic. 

The other side of the pocket door wall in the bedroom needed some drywall patching at the same time to make it smooth and as if the pocket door had always been there. While we had the wall opened up, Victor moved the electrical so that the TV which hangs on this wall can be plugged in without any dangling, ugly cords. He's good. 

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I wanted the tile to flow from the entry up the back wall, and then up onto the ceiling of the shower with the remaining ceiling area finished with black paint (Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, which you can see on my bedroom walls below). Ideally, we would have had no shower curb and a linear drain so I could have had this herringbone pattern on the shower floor as well, but that is $$$ soooo we selected a different shape tile in the same stone for the shower floor. 

Pattern time!

Pattern time!

Painted ceiling in Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, semi-gloss finish

Painted ceiling in Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, semi-gloss finish

Side walls get large format white body tiles, stack bond pattern. Stack bond is straight up and down, not in a brick pattern.

Side walls get large format white body tiles, stack bond pattern. Stack bond is straight up and down, not in a brick pattern.

The reason we had to go with a pebble style tile for the floor is because of the angle of a shower floor. A 3" x 3" tile is the largest you should go in a traditional shower pan so that the pitch to the drain can be achieved without risk of cracking tiles or sharp corners sticking up. We did use the same tiles from the herringbone pattern on the curb and rounded by sanding to keep the corners from being sharp. This is another important thing to remember in bathroom remodeling. Either use a bullnose trim tile if available, a trim like Schluter systems to cap the end of tiles with no pencil or bullnose option, or, if it is a natural stone, have it rounded by a professional tile installer. 

The sconce boxes shown here. The mirror will go centered between them. 

The sconce boxes shown here. The mirror will go centered between them. 

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I selected Pewter Gray grout so that the pattern would show up, but it would not feel too stark and high contrast. We had enough contrast with the white walls and black ceiling and floors. The same grout was used for all the of the tile. You can see in the above photo that we had 3 niches built into the end wall. I did not want shampoo bottles to show when you look into the bathroom. The showstopper tile wall would be interrupted with bottles and it just wouldn't be right. The bottom niche is perfect for leg propping and shaving. It's really great because it works just like a step without creating a break in the herringbone design.

Vanity is hung, toilet is in, almost all of the shower fixtures are in.

Vanity is hung, toilet is in, almost all of the shower fixtures are in.

Finally, we hung the mirror, lights, and the shower glass is installed. We selected just one piece of frameless glass from floor to ceiling with a comfortable 24in opening. Since we are using a rain shower head, this works really well. I wouldn't recommend this same arrangement for someone using a traditional shower head as the amount of overspray could get out of hand in that situation. 

The finished bathroom feels serene, modern, clean, and super functional. It feels so much more high end and spacious, even though we added only 24 additional inches to the length of the space. 

Someday soon I hope to have Christina Wedge photograph this space to really do it justice. I am so happy with it! We have SO MUCH more space, and the function all around is exactly what we need. It's amazing when storage and function is considered in a design, how easy it is to keep it organized and clean :)

Tell us, what's your favorite part of this renovation? What does your dream bathroom look like?

 

Marietta Traditional Project: Piano Room

Right this minute the joists and subfloor in my guest bathroom are being cut out to be replaced. My poor house was left to rot into the ground over the years by owner after owner neglecting to take care of leaks, water mitigation, and just general upkeep. Sometimes, buying a fixer upper is a pain in the you know what. At least we have a good contractor who is doing the work for us so we don't have to go too long with our home in shambles because we just do not have the time to do the work ourselves. I'm excited to share all of that progress soon, but for now, it's just sawdust and loud banging and buzzing. You can follow along with the progress of that project and other of my home projects on my Instagram, @susiemaedesign. 

Susie Mae Design

Susie Mae Design

Let's talk about something that doesn't involve saws, joists, OR water damage! How about a serene family space? Here's a lovely, recently completed multi-purpose family room that has come a long way at the Marietta traditional project. It started out as sort of a catch all storage space with very little light and no real purpose aside from housing old toys and a piano. This family of four needed this space to work for them as more than a storage unit. It's just off the front entrance of the home so it needed more presence for sure, so we had to make sure it said "Welcome! Our home is pretty, and cozy" and really set the tone for the rest of the house. We affectionately call this "the piano room". It's a play on a formal living room, but updated for current life.

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

This room spans the length of the home, from the front of the house to the back, so it's a long room and needed zones to create a cohesive space with multiple uses. It also needed to be lightened up, both in terms of paint color and actual electrical lights. We added a series of 8 can lights (4 sets of 2) down the length of the room and later on added more localized lighting once furniture went in. After that, the ceiling got a fresh coat of white paint and the walls went Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray. This gray has a good bit of blue in it so while it is a neutral it also serves as a soft wash of color. I've decided to call this type of color "bluetral". A mashup of blue and neutral because blue really does act like a neutral quite often. Like blue jeans, neutral blues go with just about everything.

Susie Mae Design

Susie Mae Design

Susie Mae Design

Susie Mae Design

Next, we pulled together a furniture plan. To get those zones, we created a game/homework table that can double (or would it be triple?) as additional dining space for parties and larger family gatherings, as well as a sitting room centered around the piano, and storage console at the entrance to provide a natural focal point.  

Susie Mae Design

Susie Mae Design

Next came selecting fabrics and finishes for each piece of furniture and for the drapery. We had custom functioning drapery made so that the family could enjoy privacy at night without the need for blinds or shades, allowing more natural light to come in during the day. This color palette is a dream! The rose tone we used on two skirted swivel chairs, stain-resistant taupe on the ottoman, a super strong Crypton on the loveseat, beautiful cream linen on the drapery with a nice tape edge trim, and pulling it all together, a watercolor inspired print for the throw pillows. 

Susie Mae Design

Susie Mae Design

This is one of my favorite parts of this space! This gorgeous cupboard is filled with board games, homework, and craft supplies all while looking uncluttered and refined. What a victory! Just above the cupboard is a beautiful piece of art my client found through Atlanta Artist Collective. It has the right scale, mood, and palette to complement the space without looking "matchy". In this case we selected the art towards in the end of the planning phase, but I love how it looks like we planned the room around this piece rather than the other way around. 

Susie Mae Design

Susie Mae Design

Since the children both play piano (and it's a pretty upright!), it was important to keep the piano a key figure in the room. The piano anchors the sitting room area and gives focus to the space. We had custom frames made to house portraits of each child and a whole family photo on this side, and landscape photos from their travels mirror this arrangement on the other side of the space above the loveseat. We kept the piano top simple, but decorative. Since it will be frequently used, overdoing it wont work. 

Susie Mae Design

Susie Mae Design

See the landscape photos above the loveseat? We used some repetition throughout the space to create balance and symmetry with those images, color, texture, and pattern. The rose colored chairs swivel to offer options for conversation or to enjoy a piano concert. We chose a large ottoman to offer foot propping access for everyone seated around the space as well as extra seating when larger groups gather. This rug is another favorite part for me. It's a stunning hand knotted wool rug with an antique feel. The colors are muted, yet still colorful. I adore the thin fringe on the ends as well. 

Susie Mae Design

Susie Mae Design

While the room is not particularly formal, we wanted to be sure the game/homework area felt decidedly less formal than the other side. To encourage family time and fun without feeling fussy, we selected a natural weave rug with a subtle pattern and again, gorgeous fringe detail to anchor the space and not compete with the rug on the opposite side of the room. A family style solid wood table resists scratches and dings from pencils and Monopoly pieces, and Crypton covered seats finish off the pretty ladder back chairs. 

I loved designing this space! It's family friendly, yet refined. Neutral, yet colorful.

BEFORE AND AFTER

BEFORE AND AFTER

We hope you will feel inspired to create a space for your own family that works in a variety of ways. Find a place where there is wasted space and make use of it. If lack of space is your issue, create multipurpose solutions to make your home work better for you! 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

A Funky Kirkwood Cottage by Susie Mae Design

Hello everyone! I'm finally posting about this master suite and guest bathroom that I promised I would post about a million years ago. I'm getting preeeetty good at this protracted posting schedule :) 

Christina and I are both in the midst of renovations. Which, as you may have experienced yourself, typically uncover some fairly interesting issues. So, we've been sorting through stacks of wood, dust, cans of paint, tile samples, and plenty of stress. In times like this, it's nice to look back on finished projects that are clean and pretty and don't have stacks of junk everywhere. 

I'm very lucky for several reasons (and here are just a couple). One, because I have a job that I love and clients who are really great to work with. And two, because I get to work with Christina who so beautifully captures interiors and graciously agrees to photograph my work for our blog. 

I love the calm white bedding and cool neutral walls with the more active prints and colorful accessories. This client lives in a fun Kirkwood bungalow and is not afraid of color and pattern mixing--I love that! 

We chose to anchor the room with touches of black, including this fabulous table by Jonathan Adler. It's such a gorgeous black laquer finish and the pagoda style is classic and modern all at once. We had to wait a while on this one as it was custom ordered, and the finish and hardware we chose is no longer available. But it was worth the wait! 

Now, for my favorite part of the room. The fabrics!!!! On this king sized bed, which is a Beauty Rest Black Hybrid (plug for my hubby's company), we used 3 Euro shams in the same style as the duvet cover. In front of that, we had two custom king shams made with the most sumptuous and beautiful Laura Kirar for Highland Court embroidered material with green backing and piping. From the moment I saw this material in a presentation by the Duralee rep at Miko + Boone Home, I knew I HAD to use it! More specifically, I want a dress made with it but I figured something beautiful in my client's home was more appropriate... for now ;)

Let's not overlook the drapery material, which you will see again in the master bathroom. It's a white background with black polka dots that get thicker and thinner to create stripes. So, pattern mixing in one material? Oh yeah!

We finished the space with a simple gallery wall in soft colors. 

For the master bathroom, my client was very adventurous! I suggested we paint the walls black and she said "Sounds good!". It's a bold statement, but it works since the tile and countertops are light and reflect a lot of natural light coming in through the window. The master bath is also just off the bedroom, so it connects the two rooms with that anchor black color we used on the drapery, side table, and rug. 

My client had these gorgeous, colorful prints of birds. They were the perfect addition to the bathroom walls. Large, white mats were used with white frames to make them pop off the wall and add a little more light and bright to the bold bathroom walls.

The bathroom has plenty of good storage, but for a little extra towel storage and decorative appeal, we added a simple white cart. This could be used as a bar cart, but they don't have to be used just for bars! 

Perhaps my favorite part of the bathroom is the towel rack. Acrylic antlers! Aren't they cute? The layout of the bathroom doesn't have enough wall space just by the shower for an easily accessible towel just after a shower, so now my client has a place to keep her towel and she doesn't have to get water all over the floor. 

Ok, ok, so I may have another favorite part of this project. This wallpaper!!!! It's a block printed grasscloth in a natural tone with white zebra print. It's important to have a good wallpaper installer for grasscloth, especially the kind that needs to be trimmed first. There's something so spa like about this bathroom, and yet also funky-cool.  

Again, my client already had this artwork and it is the perfect style for the room being that it is a bathing lady.  

This was such a fun project to do! My client and I have just started two other rooms and we've begun ordering, so more from this fun house to come in a bit! 

 

 

Design by Susie Mae Design. All photos by Christina Wedge Photography. Written by Susie Prince. All photos by Christina Wedge Photography. 

Drapery Solutions for Difficult Windows

Window coverings make a HUGE difference in the way a room feels and functions. They provide privacy, energy efficiency, softness, and beauty. If you happen to have a window that is a different shape or surrounded by unusual moulding or built-ins, what do you do? This is when custom draperies are especially important. They hang better, look better, and are way more functional than a one-size-fits-all ready-made drape. We're going to highlight some lovely solutions to unique windows with gorgeous window coverings by some of our favorite designers and we know it will inspire you to take on your next home design project! 

I love Roman shades! They are simple and elegant, and most of all, super functional. This design by Cristi Holcomb Interiors features both Roman shades and drapery panels. The window seat would feel incomplete without a window covering of some kind, but obviously drapery panels would not do the trick in this built-in and seating area. I love the addition of the pink trim on the edge to tie everything together.

How pretty is that valance on the right?! I love the use of the same material in such different ways in this design by MBG Interiors. Since the fabulous ceiling and beams come down lower on one side than the other, a valance is the perfect solution for creating height and continuity between the windows and doors on the opposite wall. I am really digging the fabric in this design!  

This open-concept space by Julie Montgomery Interiors features several different types of window coverings, all of which solve a different problem for different windows. This one creates height and warmth and feels a little like a headboard when there isn't room for one. And how cool is this bed? Built into the wall with storage below. Such a smart solution!

I love big, dramatic windows. But sometimes they can be an energy suck and make the house really hot, particularly here in the South. I adore these drapes designed by Lori May Interiors! They are so fabulous and luxurious and they solve that problem by creating a barrier between the hot outdoors and the cool indoors, while also framing the windows and highlighting their beauty. 

Miko + Boone Home 

Miko + Boone Home 

What do you do when a bay window needs to be softened and you need to add height? You do what Miko + Boone Home did in this lovely dining room. These drapes are so pretty. Without them, the room would feel incomplete. They draw your eye upward and create height in the room while also adding texture and a little bit of color. Just gorgeous!

There are so many more complicated windows and creative solutions by designers, it would take forever to even scratch the surface! If you have a design dilemma, let us know! We'd love to hear from you and would love even more to work with you.

Master 'Sweet'

Sometimes there are clients who are more than just clients. They become friends and people who make you smile with each Bitmoji* they send. I've been extremely lucky so far in my career. So lucky in fact, that almost all of my clients feel like this to me, though not all of them send me Bitmoji...yet... But honestly, my clients are great people who are fun to be around and generally make me love my job even more! My client, Shannon, is one of those sweet people (see why I spelled suite like that now?). 

*If you do not yet have Bitmoji, do yourself a favor and get it now. It's ridiculous and wonderful.

When we first met to discuss this project, Shannon wasn't sure what her style was or how to achieve what she wanted, but we worked together to narrow in on what she really likes. We determined a palette of wine, mint and gold. While that may not make a delicious flavor combo, it does make a very pretty color combination! Thank you, Shannon, for trusting me and for being bold with the purple! 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

To start with, we added crown moulding. The ceilings in this master are nice and high, and the crown helps to draw the eye upward. We painted all of the trim in the room a dark wine color and the walls a cool neutral hue. Before we started the project, the ceiling was a deep tan in high gloss....yikes. And the walls were a combination of blues and greens and the color differences were hard to detect because the light was only coming from a small light in a ceiling fan hung way up high. So we ditched the ceiling fan in favor of a large chandelier in gold with glass hurricanes. It casts beautiful light throughout the room and is much more interesting than the ceiling fan. The ceiling in now a fresh white and the walls are all the same color. For extra trim detail, we hung ceiling medallions painted in the same color as the trim.  

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

To repeat the geometric pattern and gold accents from the chandelier and other accessories, we chose these Nate Berkus side tables with a marble top. To my delight, the marble has a little purple in it! 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

We repurposed a few pieces Shannon already had, like this bench which we recovered in a beautiful mint and gold greek key fabric which is repeated in the giant round lumbar pillow. More geometric gold pieces and mint floral tie things together.

Shannon has a great art collection and some pieces that already had purple in them--perfect! A custom headboard in a deep purple linen with nail heads by Craftmasters Upholstery. The guys at Craftmasters lovingly named this headboard "Barney" while it was in their warehouse and they definitely thought I was crazy for designing this, but they came around once everything was in place. The name Barney has kind of stuck, especially since he has been making a bit of a comeback on the internet lately. 

I saw this rug at the Mart in January at Noa Living and it stopped me in my tracks! It's handmade with recycled silk saris. The women who make these rugs live in Africa and are paid fair wages for their time and talents. I love learning more about companies that are fair trade. It's not common, but it's good! They sort the silk and hand tie each piece! Because it's silk, the color changes depending on the side of the rug you're on--it's incredible. 

 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

How about that window?! I love it! It's shape inspired Barney, the headboard.

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

Custom drapes make such a huge difference in a space! These drapes were made by Martha & Ash, company out of South Caroline making pillows, dog beds, and mostly, drapes. Their turnaround time is insanely fast. I'm not sure how they do it, but I'm glad they do! We wanted the drapes to feel relaxed and casual. The room has gilded pieces and some "fancy pants" fabrics mixed with linen and more lived-in fabrics, so the goal with these drapes was to tie it all together in a casual, homey way. I love how the color blocking turned out! If you are interested in drapes like these, check out Martha & Ash. They have readymade and custom options as well. 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

This dresser by Phillips Scott (my new favorite company) is so pretty! Pictures don't do it justice. It feels like butter and the drawers glide like a dream! Phillips Scott, if you need a z-list non-celeb spokeswoman, I'll take a meeting ;)

The ottoman in the reading nook is one of my favorite pieces in the room. Shannon had the oversized chair already and we didn't think it needed to be reupholstered, so to tie in the ottoman she already had, we used a tone-on-tone cheetah (I <3 animal prints) and a contrasting piping in the same material and color as the chair. I just love how it turned out! It reminds me of the ottoman/dog in Beauty and the Beast only less fringe and barking. 

Photo by Christina Wedge,&nbsp;Design by Susie Mae Design

Photo by Christina Wedge, Design by Susie Mae Design

And last but not least, I adore this floral fabric! It has little hints of gold and I absolutely love it. The gold and marble lamp for reading gives me major lamp envy! Shannon has a comfy nook with a lot of style and now she has the master suite of her dreams! I'd love to help you achieve the master suite or any other room that you desire, too! Contact me via Susie Mae Design today. And if you have a gorgeous room you want photographed, Christina Wedge is a straight up genius and also is a lot of fun!

 

New Orleans Show House

Last month, Christina had the privilege of traveling to beautiful New Orleans for the Southern Style Now Showhouse to shoot several rooms for some of our favorite designers who created gorgeous and unique spaces in this stunner of a Southern house. It's dripping with Southern charm before you even set foot in the front door. 

If you're a design lover, a showhouse visit is a must! Designers get a chance to really stretch and turn an already beautiful home into an awe inspiring pin-worthy experience. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

This room by Lisa Mende is a preppy, Palm Beach style wonderland! I mean, this ceiling!! What a fun space and a great way to really play with color, pattern, and drapery. I am loving the pattern play on those chairs in the foreground!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

While we're on the topic of bright, bold colors, take a look at this lovely dining room by William McClure.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

This bathroom by Laura Burelson! Gimme! That shower is everything. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Michel Boyd's spaces are also so very luxe and full of rich texture. This space in the Southern Style Now Showhouse is no different. Also, he once complimented my hair at an Atlanta Showhouse shoot, so I'm a fan ;)

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Ware M. Porter is timeless and classic. A little playful, a lot of soft, Southern textures. Check out that photo of the statue and the little boy--pretty much sums things up!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

I'm bookending this post with Palm Beach style and tons of color. That can only mean one thing...up next, Parker Kennedy! Their style is unmistakable, bold, colorful, and fun. Each space designed by Parker Kennedy has a feeling of history and family, a perfect fit for an old New Orleans home.

We hope you enjoyed this tour of only a small portion of the Southern Style Now Showhouse from New Orleans, LA. Are you feeling inspired? Which space is your favorite?

Spotlight On: Studio M

We at Ends In Style love to support and highlight other creatives in the Atlanta market. We love to see other people succeed in their chosen field and to be inspired by their work. Today, we're turning the spotlight an inspiring girl power design duo, Studio M Interiors! Just try not to be inspired by their work in the photos below. Just gorgeous and vibrant! 

Let's get to know them a little better:

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Which of your career milestones make you most proud?

Marni: The upcoming 10 year anniversary of Studio M Interiors. I saw a quote recently that said 'I once went job hunting. Hired Myself. Never looked back'. Growing my own company and making a name for it has been incredibly rewarding. We're proud of the awards we've received including several 'Before and After' Contest awards and we were excited to be nominated for an IIDA BOB award this year for our Cambria Showroom project. Also, several years ago I was recognized as one of The Atlantan's 'Women of Power and Influence.’
Jennifer: Being able to stay busy during the downturn of the economy is a ‘milestone’ that we are very proud of. We are a unique firm in that we do a combination of projects ranging from residential, multifamily, and boutique commercial which means that we are able to flex with the markets in the Southeast depending on which sector is busiest at the time. I have also participated with several charity organizations to offer my design skills and time to help others which is the biggest blessing and accomplishment I can think of.

 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

 

How did you become a designer and where did you learn your skills?

Marni: I always knew I wanted to be a designer. When I was 10 years old I wrote a paper on what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said 'a successful residential designer in Dallas, TX.' I used to shadow an interior designer cousin of my Mom's for fun. Coincidentally, I ended up going to The University of Texas at Austin. Unlike most of my friends, I knew from day one what my major was going to be and actually stuck with it through college. Somehow I persevered trying to land my first job at a design firm during a very bad economy and the rest is history!

Jennifer: Being an interior designer is just something I innately knew I wanted to be, even as a child. My parents were often displeased at my incessant need to rearrange my room, whoops! I attended Valdosta State University to study interior design, embarking in design immediately out of school in 2010 after moving to Atlanta. I began working as a designer at a high-end home furnishings retailer until I was offered a full-time position at Studio M in 2011. So many of the skills I’ve acquired have been learned in the field while practicing. Design is ever-changing and your roles can range from pillow-fluffer to full-on counselor, so being able to think on your toes creatively is crucial.

 

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

 

What's your secret for running a business and maintaining your personal life?

Marni: This is a loaded question! Seriously though, it's a constant process of trial and error. Mainly, I have to set boundaries and stick with them. I try my best to remember to make time for myself. Sometimes I go as far as blocking out an appointment with myself in order to make it happen.
Jennifer: The world of design is very tricky. It has a way of blending into your everyday life, sun up to sun down, particularly in a small business such as ours. There is always something to be done and never enough time in the day to do it all. I have tried (successfully, after much trial and error) to set a schedule each day and stick with it. Having a regimented work time schedule means nights and weekends are mine to spend on other things without feeling guilty. I do frequently attend industry events and am on the board of Design Collective Atlanta, but I always try to leave myself enough time and energy to do things that I enjoy outside of design. 
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Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

 

What's your favorite destination?

 

Marni: I am enamored by Rome, Italy. I find it inspirational from a design standpoint and I love wandering the streets aimlessly. You never know what you are going to stumble upon.

 

Jennifer: Although my list of future places to visit is extraordinarily long, my favorite place I’ve visited thus far is LA. It has such cool blend of historical sites, outdoor landmarks, and a great food/music scene that we end up doing completely different things each time we visit. On our last trip, we stayed in a early 1900’s Bungalow right off Abbot Kinney which meant we were within walking distance to the beach, wonderful food, great art galleries, amazing coffee shops, live music bars, and the fun people-watching on Venice Boardwalk. 

 

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Photo by Christina Wedge

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Spotlight On: Paige Minear

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If you follow design in Atlanta at all, you've probably already heard of Paige Minear. She writes the design blog, "the pink clutch" which is a great read and you should definitely subscribe now! Paige has a style that cannot be denied in all of her work. It's colorful, vibrant, bold, and inspiring! We have the joy of taking a peek into the perfect reflection of Paige's design style--her own home! And we're bringing you with us! 

Join us as we turn the spotlight on Paige Minear! 

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Photo by Christina Wedge

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Define your personal design style and perspective.

I am most definitely a preppy chic girl.  Most everything I am drawn to in fashion leans toward traditional with an edge.  It is the same in my style for our home. Very classic and preppy with an edge.  Lots of color with texture and pattern. 
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Photo by Christina Wedge

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Which of your career milestones make you most proud?

The past year has been out of control.  My brand has tripled and the opportunities that have been offered to me blow me away.  Being an invited participant in the One Room Challenge was the biggest opportunity so far and definitely the one I am most proud of. Growing my Instagram following has really been exciting.  I love my followers and their incredible support!
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Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

How did you become a design blogger and where did you learn your skills?

My passion and background is fashion.  For me I see our home as an outfit needing to be put together.  You start with a piece that inspires you and you grow from there.  In our dining room it was the pink walls and an antique table that my in laws received as a wedding present.  The table provided the traditional and the pink the edge and it just grew.  I don't think it is hard to transition from fashion to design, it just seemed to be an easy transition.  I have been blogging since 2007 and love the creative outlet it provides.  I get to write about all the things that inspire me. 

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What's your secret for running a business and maintaining your personal life?

I have learned in the last six months to pick and chose projects.  I say no a lot and I am good with that. Saying no also allows me to pick the right projects and opportunities for me.   I can't do everything and when the day is done I have to be true to me.  My family always comes first and that gives me the greatest comfort and joy. 

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What's your guilty pleasure?

My love language is quality time.  Any time given to me by those I love fills my soul.  All my best friends know that I love their time and of course a fabulous meal! 

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Photo by Christina Wedge

What's your favorite destination?

New York and Palm Beach.  I think I was meant to live in both.  I could have an apartment in the city and a home in Palm Beach.  It might be the perfect combination! 
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Photo by Christina Wedge

Leave a comment below and tell us which of Paige's rooms we've featured is your favorite! Like what you see? Follow Paige Minear on Facebook, Instagram, and her blog!

We hope you enjoyed this spotlight as much as we did! 

Six Interior Design Trends to Look for in 2016

If you're planning any changes to your home in the coming year, check out these trends to get inspired before you begin working. 

Photo of a version of my dream home...

Photo of a version of my dream home...

 

From state-of-the art kitchens to smart appliances, prefab modern modular homes to airstream trailers, this year’s Dwell on Design conference was not to be missed. Everything from the latest in smart home technology to the latest innovations in textile manufacturing could be found in this 650,000 square foot venue celebrating its 10th anniversary. For the rest of 2015 and beyond, here are the trends that will be driving retail globally:

Interior Design Trend No. 1: Bringing The Outdoors In

From decorating compact apartments with greenery to turning expansive backyards into glamping adventures, consumers are experimenting with how to bring nature into every aspect of their homes. HGTV’s David Bromstadexplained that this means that consumers will be buying furniture they can use indoors and outdoors. In terms of interior decor, lifestyle expert Justina Blakeney shared that wall decor, accessories and small plant life inspired items are going to be hot. Great resources include Grandin Road and Apartment 2B.

Interior Design Trend No. 2: Source Artisan Goods

From tassels and basketry to macrame and crochet, weaving is in. To embrace this trend, lifestyle expert Justina Blakeney advises consumers to be inspired by local finds. LG Studio artistic advisor Nate Berkus encourages shoppers to buy locally made and globally crafted goods. Berkus also states that consumers should not be afraid to mix vintage and artisanal items with mass produced goods. Consumers should not miss the opportunity to pair a Mongolian lambskin pouf and Moroccan rug next to a Target coffee table, for example. Great resources are for the design trade to explore include Nova FiberSource Art, YP.com, Deny Designs, and Saatchi Art.

Interior Design Trend No. 3: Minerals Are In

While polished geodes attached to lucite bases have been all the rage, minerals are going au natural now. Watch for bowls of pyrite on tables, big chunks of quartz used as display pieces and unpolished semi-precious stones turned into door pulls. Great resources include Lost & Found in Los Angeles or Casa Forte Studio.

Interior Design No. 4: Tiles Are Going Geometric

Decorative backsplashes have gone strong for a long time. Designers are expecting to see consumers gravitating towards more geometric patterns that feature fluid movement. Cement and even wood are going to play a significant role in achieving this. Whether it is a backsplash, an intricately patterned floor or a countertop, fluid geometry is coming in strong. Great resources include Astek Wallcovering by Thelma Valenzuela or a design professional from Decorist.

Interior Design Trend No 5: Mix Metallics and Metals

The 1950s and 1970s are hot trends in fashion design collections right now, and it is no different in interiors. Midcentury Mod with brass, gold and metallic finishes are popular right now. Get ready to embrace some retro bling. Great resources include Midcentury LA or Urban Colony.

Interior Design Trend No. 6:  Make it Sustainable

From the foam in our couches to the the foundations that prefab homes are laid on, Dwell president Michela Abrams noted that sustainability is at the heart of anything that is being manufactured today. Recycling, repurposing, reinventing and reusing are all things that consumers are beginning to consider when they make purchases today. Great resources include Resource FurnitureCustom Comfort Mattress and Living Homes.

 

Today's post is reblogged from Macala Wright. I added photos to illustrate, but all text (aside from captions) after the first photo come from Macala Wright's blog. Click through images for sources.

The Recipe for an Inviting Home

You know when you open the pages of a design magazine and find yourself face to face (or face to page, rather) with a home that is so thoughtfully curated and put together that you just want to walk right in? The vibe in a home like that feels collected and handed down, and yet somehow still cohesive. This is my very favorite type of design work! It's hard to achieve a look that appears like it's been 20 years in the making even if it only took a designer a matter of weeks to pull off.

This, friends, is why you hire a designer! It's easy enough to walk into a store and buy everything that goes together or that comes in a set, but to have a home that feels so inviting and warm, one that has been very thoughtfully crafted with pieces that may not even be in the same specific style but create that inviting appeal, that's something a designer can help you achieve with their expertise, time, and talents!

Today, I want us to take a tour together of a home by designer Mary Margaret Nevin of Nevin Interiors to illustrate the recipe for an inviting home.

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this recipe:

  • Texture
  • Pattern
  • Cohesive Color Palette (plus pops of others!)
  • Rhythm
  • Eclectic Mix of Styles
  • Something Funky
  • Something Playful
  • Something Serious
  • Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Bl...wait a minute, wrong recipe!
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Photo by Christina Wedge

This room has each of the ingredients needed for your recipe. The rug has a soft pattern, as do the pillows. There's a rhythm created by the warm straw tones in the side tables, rug, and upholstered pieces. Texture is found in the rug, side tables, window treatments and upholstery. The eclectic mix of furniture is the real hero in this room! Bringing in elements from different eras of design in an intentional way makes the room look like a worldly collection, lovingly gathered over the years. The design isn't obvious in its newness, but is obvious in its success.

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Photo by Christina Wedge

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PATTERN! PATTERN! PATTERN!

RHYTHM! RHYTHM! RHYTHM!

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Photo by Christina Wedge

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Something fun and a pop of color are both represented in this painting. Artwork is a great way to bring in one or both of these ingredients AND support local artists. Original artwork cannot be beat and sets a much more personal and unique tone in a space.

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Speaking of something fun, a light fixture isn't a piece that has to take itself too seriously. Lighting that is a little custom and funky gives this breakfast nook a little oomf! Who knows? Maybe oomf in a light fixture is just what we all need to wake up a little while eating breakfast.

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Photo by Christina Wedge

A well-appointed and thoughtfully put together home is possible! We suggest hiring a designer as it will save you time and money in the long run, and will leave you with a home you'll love for years and years to come!