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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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A recipe for change

Hello, hello!  Wonderful to see you again :)  And just like that – it’s September.

A popular project this time of year is what I like to call a redesign.  This is when we give an existing space a new look or function.  Examples may include breathing new life into a living room, turning a guest room into an office, or improving the organization of a mudroom.  A redesign may include new furniture, a new color palette or accent color, flooring, lighting, window treatments, accessories, and possibly 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. Most importantly, I work with each client to develop a recipe for change that best fits their needs and goals.

So what project are you looking to tackle in the coming months?  Fall is an excellent time to create order after a chaotic summer as well as plan ahead for holiday entertaining.  Let’s start the conversation – call or write today!

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Pleasing pantries

Beg your pardon while I pause to peruse these pictures of pleasant pantries :)

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Marvelous mudrooms

I’ve been wrestling with writers block for months. So rather than write, let’s explore some fantastic spaces, room by room.

Our adventure begins with what is typically the primary entrance to the home – the mudroom.

Essential characteristics for a successful space: durable/easy to clean surfaces, oodles of storage, and a strategy to stay organized. I like a variety of open (shelves or cubbies) and closed storage (i.e. drawers, cabinets or closets) for easy to access items and the flexibility to hide my mess.

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Bookshelf Styling

I know what you’re going to say…  How’s the house coming along?  My answer: Slowly.

The last month has been wonderful, getting settled in.  Grilling dinner just about every night, hanging out, and loving life.   Normally I would feel a sense of guilt for taking it so easy, but then I remember that we went from wedding planning straight into packing and moving.  A month of reprieve was well deserved and much appreciated!

Now that I’m ready to jump into home improvement, I thought I would get my feet wet with a smaller project – styling the built-in bookshelf.  To be honest, I was preparing for this to take the whole day.  A bookshelf can be more complicated than it sounds. Yes, I am being totally serious.

I wanted the bookshelf to be functional (similar subject matter grouped together) but aesthetic and artistic too.  Here are some images I used as “research”.

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