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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

Coachella Style Inspiration

The country is buzzing about Coachella.  It is a massive music and art festival going on now, held in the Coachella Valley of California. A mecca for music and art lovers alike Coachella has a famous great lineup and awesome location. Coachella Valley is just a short drive to the Joshua Tree National Park, only 30 min! So this is pretty much the setting where this music festival is going down. Beeeautiful!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

I've got to admit that usually I'm annoyed with "music festival style" because I've never really understood why those headbands were something one needed/wanted to wear ONLY at a music festival and why are people wearing very warm boots and the tiniest shorts imaginable at the same time?? I swear I'm still in my 20s and am not actually an 80 year old woman shaking my finger at the young whipper snappers with their new fangled fashions. So, instead of focusing on the typical bikini top and frayed shorty shorts with a fedora and boots that I so clearly do not like and that is so common, I'd like to take a look at some unique outfits that you can modify for your everyday life, inspired by Coachella looks!

Image via Google

Image via Google

This first inspiration is unique and cool actually seems pretty practical while still looking ready for the festival fun. H&M is a great place to look for Coachella inspired looks without spending much money. Also, check stores like Zara or Forever 21 for affordable printed pants like these above that wont need to last too many wears. How do you make it work for regular life? As is would be fine for some functions, or add a cami under the top for a little more coverage and you're ready to go!

Image via Google

Image via Google

Crochet pieces are everywhere right now and they're perfect for music festivals and real life alike. Crocheted pieces are breathable and are fantastic for layering. Also, in this case, I love the flower crown and don't find it the least bit annoying. It makes sense with the look and seems super appropriate. Layer a see-through crochet dress over a snug top and shorts, a smaller dress, or over a bathing suit and use as a cover-up.

Image via Google

Image via Google

I'm sold on this look! A bold floral print maxi skirt with a super-cropped top is seemingly quite uncommon at Coachella. It looks so pretty to me when the volume of the outfit is balanced with a lot more weight in the skirt so the top can be skimpy and she still looks like a lady. Add on the hat and you've really balanced out the look AND have minimized sunburn by probably 25%! So long, sun damage! To make this work for regular life, if you've got the confidence, go for it as pictured! If not, lengthen the top but make sure it is very fitted with an open neckline to maintain the proportions of the outfit.

Image via H&M

Image via H&M

H&M has a line of Coachella inspired looks in stores right now that check all of the boxes. Off the shoulder? Check. Shorts? Check. Crochet? Check. Floppy hat? Check. Long, draped wrap? Check. Take each of these pieces out of the Coachella setting and you can truly bring a little Bohemian flavor into your everyday wardrobe by mixing and matching with what you already have in your closet. Before you know it, you'll have a really interesting and fun look for your next brunch or date inspired by your favorite music festival looks. Maybe your new outfit will even put you in the California state of mind.