Client Update

This summer, we’ve been working with a wonderful family in Evanston on a full-home renovation. They want their home to be transitional with some fun details, but timeless.  Nothing is complete (and you know we’ve been terrible at shooting our final projects anyway so don’t keep your hopes up!) but here are some less-than-stellar iPhone progress pics.

Kitchen lights are in and amazing. David Hicks pendants you never disappoint!

Two of their three girls are sharing this bathroom. Because it’s a bathroom for young kids, we didn’t want the choices to be too expensive so we used affordable materials in a fun way. A great porcelain tile was laid herringbone style, simple subway tile got a dark gray grout and for a little fun we did marble bubble tile on the shower nooks.

In the master bathroom, they really wanted their shower to be a statement so we did a gorgeous accent wall with a marble mosaic tile.  SO pretty!  The floor is a large hex which contrasts nicely with the tighter swirl on the accent wall. And who doesn’t love a statement light in their bathroom?

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The Look for Less: Affordable Entry Rugs

A reader contacted us last week asking about an alternative to the Restoration Hardware rug that I included in the last post about entry way design. Surprisingly, she didn’t want to have to sell a kidney to get a new look for her foyer. Come on!

Here’s the original from my design:

Perfectly antiqued look with shades of taupe, gray and blue that will look classic yet still contemporary in any home (no I didn’t just take that directly from the RH catalog copy–it’s true!) But at $4000 for a 8×10 ok it’s not the most practical choice I’ll admit that. So, how do you get a similar look for a much lower price? Here are four good options we found…

This Vintage looking light blue rug (5’3 x 7’6) is darker (could be good thing with muddy boots!) but at under $200 for a 5×7 you might be willing to compromise slightly on the color. It’s also available in other sizes.

Safavieh Vintage Light Blue Viscose Rug (5'3 x 7'6)

Also in the blue family is this Safavieh Vintage Grey Rug is under $500 for a 9 x 12. The viscose in it will give it a nice shine almost like a patina.

Safavieh Vintage Grey/ Multi Viscose Rug (8'10 x 12'2)

Or, if you want to go with warmer tones, this Vintage Warm Beige Rug is a great option. For under $400 for a (almost) 8 x 10 it’s a great price point for an entry so you get a high-end look, but still allow people to walk into your entry!

Safavieh Vintage Warm Beige rug

Or, this one in stone also available in multiple sizes at super affordable.

Safavieh Area Rug: Vintage Stone 4' x 5' 6

Remember when buying off of sites like Overstock to look at the reviews/comments for additional information on feel, comfort, color, etc. We all know the color of something on your computer screen isn’t necessarily what you’re going to see in person and often in the reviews section people will make note of specific color information.

Like in the design board, we suggest pairing rugs like this with more contemporary pieces–clean lines, a little acrylic, you know the things that will keep these rugs from feeling too stuffy.

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Welcome Home: Five Musts for any Entry

A great foyer is key in a well-decorated home because it sets the tone for what you’re about to experience in the rest of the house. Here are three very different entries from which we can take inspiration.

Amazing wallpaper, check. Amazing pendant light, check. Bench, check. Mirror(s), check. Giant shell, check…ok, well that last week seems a little stagey, but whatever the rest is great!

Heather Garrett Design

The clean simplicity of this foyer is so inviting. Layered lighting, a wide console (in my world to gather lots of crap…not the case here), statement mirror and inviting rug.

Shirley Meisels

Shirley Meisels

This last one is obviously beautiful, but not Two Inspire Design-ish in its traditional formality, but the fab tufted bench and artwork saves it for me. I’ve spent a surprising amount of time in my entryway waiting for someone or something and I’d love to have done it sitting on this lovely.

Meyer & Meyer, Inc.

Meyer & Meyer, Inc.

So, how do you get a great entryway? Start with the basics. Here are five pieces that set the foundation for any gorgeous, functional foyer.

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1. A great light like this Sputnik Pendant will get people excited about the rest your home has to offer.

2. A mirror might feel cliche, but it just makes sense in an entryway! Who doesn’t like to quickly check their teeth before they head out the door! With lots of clean lines and muted colors, I like pulling in a little rustic wood like this Pearwood Ring Mirror to add some warmth.

3. This Besta console from IKEA is one of our little secrets–clean lines, great size and totally affordable.

4. With the modern lines of the console, I would pick a more traditional rug like this one from Restoration Hardware to add just the right touch of sophistication. Plus the color will hide so much! But, if that scares you, a trusty indoor/outdoor rug like this one from Pottery Barn would be safe and good looking.

5. A place for people to sit down and put shoes on is important in a foyer. This banquette bench is a statement piece and the dark color just makes sense in a high-traffic area. If you don’t have room for a bench, use an occasional chair that can do double duty in the dining room for extra dinner guests.

Welcome home.

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