This was a fun project with an older teenager, ready to ditch all the old white furniture pieces and create a refuge and space for study, reading, music, and relaxing. It’s chockfull of thoughtful and personal details, with colors and finishes that were selected with intention and purpose!
This space had a former life as a pass-through hallway. It was made possible by closing an opening that used to sit right where the mirror is, and also by moving access to the adjoining powder room just around the corner. What we gained was invaluable space to perch with a laptop, sort mail, pay bills, and act as a tech hub for the home. Aren’t the gorgeous exposed shelves amazing? And we love the juxtaposition of the quartz countertop with the black penny round tile backsplash that clads the entire wall.
Here’s a good look at the tile after installation, but before grouting. We made sure to add plenty of outlets for easy charging access!
This picture shows the exposed plumbing of the adjoining powder room on the left, and the prior opening to the laundry on the right, now closed.
Here you can see a “birds eye” view of the powder room in the middle and the tech nook on the right. Lots of wood repair and replacement for the floors before they were given a gorgeous walnut finish at the end.
This was a “bucket list” item for me and I dragged my family along when we had the opportunity last month. The house itself is not incredibly large, but I was in it for the history and the design choices and it did NOT disappoint!
First up, the Jungle Room! This room is not in the basement as I assumed from the “Walking in Memphis” lyrics, but instead simply along the back of the house, behind the kitchen. Green carpet on the floor, some of the walls, and the ceiling! The peach-lit stone on the left was built as a indoor waterfall feature, but wasn’t running when we saw it. The furniture here is very specific and in fact, we saw some of the receipts for the custom furniture throughout the home.
This room was the only bedroom we saw, as the upstairs is not open for tours. This is a bedroom on the main level, behind the living room, and was created for Elvis’ parents, who lived with them. It was cool to see the adjoining bathroom and closet as well.
This was the front, formal living room, just off the entry way. Lots of mirrors here, and custom glass feature shows a bit of the music room beyond, where you can spy a white grand piano!
The walls and ceilings in the stairwell to the basement were very trippy. Had to take a picture of the mirrored effect!
This is the basement screening room — he had the ceiling mirrored here too with lots of yellow and black accents. 3 tvs are built in to the wall here, a nod to the 3 major networks at the time. Look at all those toss pillows on the ginormous sectional.
This is his manager’s office, located in a small building in the backyard, just a short walk behind the attached carport. His dad was his manager and it definitely had the feeling of an office, with harsh overhead lighting and lots of brown metal furniture!
We are thrilled with the final results of this beautiful conference room. The main goals were :: (1) add more light, (2) add more color, (3) update the storage pieces along the perimeter of the room, and (4) come up a cohesive plan for art. Mission accomplished!
Here are a few “before” pics to see what everything looked like before we got working on it!
This is a memoir unlike any you have read. It is told by a masterful storyteller, recounting his terrifying, awe-inspiring and gritty coming of age in New York City in the 1980’s. He is a musician, actor and writer fully aware of his abilities but often unable to live up to them. The writing is at once simple and straightforward but takes you for such a ride through not only NYC but all over Europe and leaves you laughing and cringing and outright horrified in equal measure. Even if you have never heard of John Lurie or only think of him with vague awareness – this is an enthralling book that is sure to entertain.
This was a fun project we just completed in DC. We chose a simple Parsons table from Room and Board, and then added an assortment of chairs. We used a trio of bookcases to set into a nook on one side of the room, and styled it with books, office supplies, and other useful items. The bookcases are also sourced from Room and Board — they are called Foshay. We’ve used them in other projects and find their price point, color and sizing options, and versatility to be helpful in many design scenarios!
Here’s the same room :: a “before” pic before we got started!
We are so pleased with the intentional changes we’ve made in our study. It’s a well-used space, combining an office with a music room. The most expensive thing we did was to remove the old wall-to-wall carpeting and extend the luxury vinyl plan (LVP) flooring from the adjoining dining room. We also replaced the old ceiling fan with an updated fixture, and replaced the knobs on the bookcase with square matte black ones. We also installed FLOR in a fun pattern with blues and greys.
Here’s 2 “before” pics :: the space with the awful carpeting (with the old linoleum underneath) and the dated ceiling fan.
When we moved into this house nearly two years ago, this room was the only one where I really didn’t like the paint color. I decided to punch up the color and instead of painting, it made sense to select a wallpaper in a pattern I’ve always loved from Thibaut. It’s called Turini Dots and I chose the orange colorway — it comes in several options. My goal was to “warm” the space, as we have an existing tile floor and vanity base/top that has warmer neutral tones. I also purchased a few new towels😎. I’m happy I took the plunge!
Here’s a “before” picture of the pale lilac color that I didn’t care for. It looked a little “institutional” for our home. I’m quite pleased with the change.
This book is a can’t miss! Read it! I am blown away by the meticulous detail, the characters’ development, the subject matter, and the author’s adept use of plot twists. Wow! It opens with a scene set in New York City in March 2020. I haven’t read a book this quickly in quite some time.