Interior design

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. 

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?

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! 

Frugal Friday: Interiors, Winter Warm Sunroom

Do you guys remember Lindsey Hene, the beautiful designer we did the Spotlight on a few weeks ago?  

Now you do, right?  Well Lindsey shared with us this awesome sunroom makeover she did on budget.  We thought with the onset of this frigid weather, it was a great time to show you a sunroom makeover, and of course being Frugal Friday, it is on a budget.  We hope this inspires you to find a sunny spot in your home and create a cozy space from which to soak in some vitamin D during these cold winter months.

Before

Before

Paint is always a major room changer, and when done right can totally make the room.  As you can see, the doors and windows, a light stained wood; the walls and ceiling, a dull neutral, didn't do anything to beautify the space.  By painting all the trim a bright, cheery white, the walls a nice light neutral and the ceiling a sky blue white, the entire feel of the room was transformed.  By choosing paint colors that complimented the existing floor, the homeowners saved a ton of money by not replacing it.

The wicker that was once was black, was painted the nice soft blue ceiling hue to bring the color down and throughout and finish out this refreshing pallet.  The best part of this part of the transformation it only cost the paint which was a couple hundred bucks.

To address all of the windows in a cost saving, yet stylish manner, simple black rods and ready-made panels in soft blue from Bed Bath and Beyond were added.  The two white chairs are slipcovered chairs from IKEA with West Elm throws and pillows for accents. We embellished an floor lamp was original to the homeowners and with a little bit of red grosgrain ribbon it received new life.  

The cute little end table is from West Elm, and the red gourd lamps from Homegoods.

Custom-made cushions and pillows of the refinished wicker furniture were a splurge, but really added that custom, finishing touch to the space.  A small ottoman from Homegoods in the middle of the room allowed spatial flow while still offering a little perch for a tray and goodies such as hot chocolate and a book for the winter months.

We hope that you take these bright and cheery images and create a warm, wintery oasis somewhere in your own home!