interior design

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

Traditional or Transitional?

Knowing what your style is goes a long way when it comes to making your house feel like your very own home. What about if you don't know what the names of different styles mean?

For today's post, we're reblogging from Laurel & Wolf about learning the difference between Traditional and Transitional. Enjoy!

Laurel & Wolf Explains: Traditional vs Transitional

Ever wonder what makes a traditional or transitional design? We’ve got the 411 on a few tricks for detecting the differences between the two!

TRADITIONAL

Traditional design has its roots in 18th century England and French countryside. The style is known for its warm, inviting interiors that scream comfort.

Bronze accents, a rich chandelier and luxe drapes gathered loosely are common in traditional interiors.

A wall sconce with an ivory shade and detailed millwork create a warm, inviting feeling in the bathroom.

Traditional color schemes typically include neutral tones with warm, rich woods.

This traditional office features a Persian rug, dark wood tones and coffered ceilings.

Symmetry is important to traditional design. The furnishings are balanced to create a room that invites conversation. Accents include plump cushions, plentiful pillows and silk flowers in a gorgeous vase.

Traditional designs feature soft, curved edges and natural stone, such as granite countertops.

Walnut railings are a common feature in a traditional space, and detailed millwork can be found on the staircase and the wood molding.

TRANSITIONAL

Transitional design combines the best of traditional and contemporary styles to create a timeless interior that everyone will love! Together, the perfect balance of masculine and feminine results in an elegant, classic design.

Transitional designs are known for their subtle, clean color palettes, which create a relaxing and uncomplicated room.

Accents of rich wood range in shades from white to chocolate are typically added to create a sense of warmth.

With transitional design, soft-colored carpets (or warm wood floors) and a textured rug are generally used.

Clean lines and rounded profiles keep the room feeling fresh and comfortable. The result is a room that is not too manly and not too frilly.

 A signature light fixture, minimal accents and solid-colored drapes exude a sense of simplicity and sophistication.

A neutral backdrop allows the exquisite traditional millwork to have a powerful impact in the space.

Geometric tile patterns in natural tones on the floor provide a subtle contrast to the traditional settee.

Check out our Pinterest page for more examples of traditional and transitional designs!

xoxo, Laurel & Wolf

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.

 

Photo by Christina Wedge

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. 
Photo by Christina Wedge

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. 

 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

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.

Take A Peek Into a Modern Vintage Cottage

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Whether you are moving to a new place or looking to add some style to your current nest, it's always great to get inspired by others. It's easier than you think to come up with some really clever ways to decorate. From classic books flying wildly on a wall to a T-Rex's head watching ominously (but in a fun way) over your flossing routine, you can easily transform a room into a truly unique space that captures your own personal vision.

Today's post gives you a peek into the home of our guest blogger and stylist Jen. You've read her tips on fashion choices, but here's a chance to see how a stylist decorates her own home. It's a little bit sweet, a little bit Smurfy, with a hint of pinup vintage and a side of cozy comfort. 

At just under 1,000 square feet, Jen's little cottage is chocked full of fun style. It's not hard to see why she became a stylist; she’s great at seeing the potential in people, clothes and old furniture –- even using fashion to decorate (check out her hat collection as wall art). So, without further ado, here are some of her interesting and clever home decorating ideas and her beautiful mini Sex-In-the-City style closet. 

 

We asked Jen how she defined her style. She said: “I like what I like. I like old and new, and making something old new again. A couple cans of spray paint go a long way, especially when it's red paint. I like textures and cute things, bright colors and fun patterns. Mostly, I think your home should make you feel as beautiful as your clothes do, and it should be styled to suit your lifestyle. I feel like my home is my very own modern vintage cottage. It evolves. I change things and move things around. At the end of the day, I love it here and the way I’ve decorated each room inspires me a little every day.”

We hope you enjoyed the tiny tour and you find great ways to make your every day stylish. 


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! 

St. Patty's Day Interiors

With St Patrick's Day coming up, we thought we would select some of our favorite interiors in emerald green. Emerald green rejuvenates the mind and gives a feeling of balance, harmony and a connection to nature.  It is a jewel tone so it also gives the feeling of luxury and elegance.  Of course we love this color all year, but during this week in March we love it even more!

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Frugal Friday Interiors: Neutral Bedroom

We all love color, but sometimes there is nothing more refreshing than a monochromatic palette of whites, creams and off whites.  What better room to inject tranquility and a soothing palette into than your bedroom?

This week we are showing you how to get this upscale look for less. 

Just remember; when implementing a monochromatic palette it is important to vary texture and finish.  All of the soothing white fabrics you see here, there are many textures including quilted, gathered, linen, tufted, etc.  There are a varieties of finishes including a mirrored nightstand and sconce accompanied by an upholstered headboard and benches with dark wood legs.

Now go forth and neutralize your master suite on a budget!

Designers' Pick, Our Favorite Stores for Decorating the Home

When decorating your house, half the battle is knowing where to shop.  I can't tell you how many clients I have who have great taste, but just lack the knowledge of where to go buy the things they see in their head.  

Despite the popular belief that all designers shop at the Mart, ADAC, or only order straight from the vendor for their clients, I am here to tell you that a lot of items are not sourced this way.  In order to purchase this way, designers must meet a price tier of minimums, shipping costs and storage fees.  

For the designers who run a smaller business or have clients with smaller budgets, retail actually is more cost effective for both parties.  So I am here to tell you where to get the goods, for the best price and the best designer look.

Home Decorators Collection:

A lot of people don't know it, but this little gem is actually an entity of The Home Depot.  Having backing by one of the largest companies in the US gives them the ability to order a lot of stock and extend great prices to the customer.  Their regular sale rotation and free shipping deals allow you to jump on or easily wait for a great deal.

This catalogue company does most of their business online, however they do have a showroom off of Northpoint Parkway in Alpharetta as well as a few others around the country.  Home Decorators Collection is a great source for the large item portion of your decorating adventure ( i.e. furniture, rugs and lighting, and bath vanities).  

Don't be overwhelmed by the thousands of options in rugs, furniture, and lighting.  Sometimes the website can be a little confusing, but stick with it because it is totally worth it.  For example, the table pictured in this shot is...wait for it... only $310.00!  With multiple style options, and deep discounts, it is a no brainer for the stylistically traditional mom and her modern daughter to shop together to decorate their respective homes.

Home Decorators Collection Strengths:  Furniture, Rugs, Bath Vanities, Mirrors, Lighting.  All Styles

West Elm:

West Elm is my go to for the modern to transitional client.  While the store offers many options, there are even more online.  In my opinion West Elm is best for pillows, textiles, accessories, lighting and mirrors.  

Lighting is also a great value for the look, you can score some really unusual pieces without breaking the bank, with table lamps like this one for only $69.00.  Rugs and draperies are also a great way to add some spice to your space from West Elm, especially when you are looking for a world beat or graphic stylistic flair.

The furniture at West Elm, is also very nice, but for the price point, in most cases you are not getting the most bang for your buck.  Which leads me to our next place to get a deal... IKEA.

West Elm Strengths: Bedding, Draperies, Rugs, Decor Accessories, Lighting.  Style: Modern, Transitional, World Beat

IKEA

I use Ikea for multiple levels of clients, anywhere from the DIY client who just wants a few a-la-carte selections, to the entirely custom, full service client.  Ikea is a great resource for furniture staples, like seating and tables to really affordable draperies and lighting.  

Another thing that I hit up Ikea for on a personal level is kitchen wear.  Believe it or not, Ikea has great knives and their kitchen organization tools are top notch and extremely affordable.  If you are like me and only purchase white dish wear so that when one breaks you don't have to match the set perfectly, Ikea is an endless resource for white dish wear and serving pieces.

IKEA Strengths: Kitchen accessories, basic furniture pieces, inexpensive draperies.  Style Modern, Transitional, some Traditional

Ballards

Last but not least is Ballards.  This is a great resource for all things custom (well semi-custom).  Not only is their website very user friendly, but the price points are very competitive on custom upholstery and drapery. 

Ballards Indoor/Outdoor Sofa

Ballards Indoor/Outdoor Sofa

My favorite part of using Ballards for upholstered pieces of furniture is how they show very piece online, in a neutral fabric.  This way you can really compare the bodies of the sofas and chairs, and then select your fabric.  The selection of fabrics is quite robust for furniture and draperies.  Its also a plus to notice whats rated indoor and outdoor.  A surprising amount of furniture is indoor/outdoor which is a real plus for those who have munchkins running around.  All in all Ballards is winning the custom upholstery category for selection and price.

Ballards Strengths: Custom Upholstery and Draperies.  Style: Traditional to Transitional, Rustic Chic.

 

Hope this helps on your next decorating endeavor!

 

Spotlight on: Sherry Hart Designs

It's time to let you guys know about yet another great local interior designer!  An Atlanta based designer for over 14 years, Sherry Hart offers great insight when you're looking for some classic inspiration.  

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As you can see, Sherry Hart is the definition of classic style through and through.  This is the place to go for design cues in sophistication.  Her blog, Design Indulgence, gives you a sneak peak into where you can find the treasures she uses in her high end designs (she's is an avid visitor to Scott's Antique Market, and you'll be pleasantly surprised that so much of it is affordable to you and me).  Sherry's Instagram is also filled with a wealth of creative inspiration @sherryhdesigns.

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One of our favorite Sherry Hart designs is this project in Rosemary beach, where she was able to tastefully accommodate multiple children in one space.  I think a lot of people can relate to this great spatial solve!

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Thanks, Sherry for showing us some classic inspiration and Atlanta charm!