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Snippets, II

Here are a few snippets of all my “things in progress.”

Project 1:  Front entry/laundry room renovation.  This has been in design development for a while now, but it looks like construction is right around the corner!

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Project 2: Kitchen reno.  This active family can’t wait to tear down the wall currently separating their kitchen from the dining and living room areas.

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Project 3: New office space.  I recently helped a business get settled into their new office.  These chairs worked perfectly with our palette.

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Project 4:  Another mudroom/laundry renovation.  I have to admit, the storage solution for this mudroom is spectacular!

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Project 5:  Commercial restoration.  The Endicott Hotel has been under major construction since their groundbreaking ceremony. Today will actually be the first time the ladies and I have been able to enter the building for almost a year. Can’t wait to see the progress!

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In other news…  I’m working out.  Excercise has always been one of those things that I’ve struggled to prioritize.  With the wedding on the way, I have been following through pretty well on a morning exercise regime.

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I’ve been practicing up-do’s.  With a DIY wedding, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to at least entertain the thought of doing my own hair.  While I am not 100% which direction to take, it has been fun learning how to style my hair differently.  You’ve got to check out thesmallthingsblog.com.  She’s fantastic!

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I have a super productive day on tap so it’s time for me to go.  See you soon!

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Groundbreaking!

No, I’m not referring to the oh-so rare earthquake that hit Maine and neighboring New England states last night (though it was an experience I won’t soon forget). Today was the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Endicott Hotel!  To refresh your memory, this is a reno/ refurbish project transforming a historical property into a unique apartment building for downtown Concord, NH.  

While plenty of pictures were taken, I sadly did not have the foresight to snag my own to share.  Shoot.  I will be sure to keep you posted on further developments!

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At your service

Looking through pages of older posts, it occurred to me that I write quite a bit about STUFF that I like, but I don’t often talk about what it is that I DO.   Sometimes it can be tricky to explain my services because they can be applied in so many ways.

On the “small project” end of the spectrum, I help my clients pick out color(s) for the interior or exterior of their home or office.  It may simply be the paint color for their front door or a stain for the deck.  This type of color selection process has countless applications as well (selection of tile, countertop material, flooring, etc.)  An example would be the local bank I worked with several years ago. They were going to update their wall to wall carpeting and had decided on a replacement product.  Trouble was they couldn’t decide on a color.  Consulting with a design professional allowed them to have piece of mind and confidence in their decision.

Another type of “small project” includes general consulting for DIY’ers.  Lots of people love to work on their home and find satisfaction in doing it themselves. Right on!  I’m all for it.  I only wish that more people would consult with a professional before breaking out the power tools.  I hate to hear about DIY projects gone bad, especially when they could have been prevented.  Sure there are places out there that offer “you can do it, we can help”, but are they coming to your home?  Are they seeing things that you forgot to mention?  Are they presenting alternative options that might provide a better solution?  A little bit of advice from the right source can save you time, money, and headaches down the road.

An example of a mid-size project would be what I call a redesign.  In other words, we give an existing space a new look or function.  Looking to jazz up your living room?  Sure!  Turning the guest room into an office?  Absolutely. Dreaming of an organized and functional mudroom?  I’m your gal.  A redesign may include new furniture, new colors, new accessories, and minor construction. Contrary to popular belief, not every designer is bound and determined to reinvent the wheel that is your home.  I love to incorporate existing pieces and achieve the desired results as efficiently as possible.

On the more elaborate or involved end of the project spectrum, I work with homeowners and building professionals on new construction and major renovation projects. There are oodles of decisions to be made with these types of projects, and an interior designer provides a unique and priceless perspective to the process.  I work hand in hand with the client to help them understand the choices and decisions they are making, while doing so in a manner that facilitates the contractors in carrying out a smooth and efficient build.

As mentioned, there are countless applications and scenarios where hiring an interior designer would prove to be beneficial.  If you are interested in working together or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Adorable

I’m currently helping my prego bestie reno her kitchen - all while she is 8 months pregnant with twins!  While I could share some fun kitchen imagery, I’m itching to “research” nurseries instead.  Granted, her nursery is pretty much taken care of at this point, it’s still fun to look.  Aren’t they adorable?!

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Improving downtown Concord

Earlier this spring I became involved with a project in downtown Concord.  The Endicott Hotel, located on the corner of Main and Pleasant Street Extension, will soon be renovated/ refurbished to full retail apartments through CATCH Neighborhood Housing.  Along with three other graduates from NH Institute of Art, we selected the materials, finishes, and lighting as well as offered other details to the design of this renovation.

After several months of hurdle jumping (of which I was fortunately spared), I am very excited to say that things are moving forward.  In fact! not only are we nearly ready to go to bid, but the 1st floor retail space is now giving credit to those involved.  Even more exciting, the snazzy illustration shown was created by yours truly.

To give you an idea of the history behind this building, here is a picture I found of the Endicott Hotel circa 1930.

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Here is what it looks like today.

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And here we are!

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