MIXING PATTERNS FOR TRANSITIONAL DINING

"Transitional" -- what exactly does this term mean? Especially, when describing interior design. Transitional style design, usually means that you have characteristics of both modern and traditional in your space. You kind of fall in that even middle ground between both styles.  

For this dining room, our client was just that. However, she wasn't aware of it. She was trying to pair multiple traditional elements together, but it left her feeling unhappy. The space was feeling dark, filled with heavy furniture and nothing was popping or even uplifting. She knew she liked to mix patterns and textures, but was also unsure of how to achieve that.  

As I looked around her home, I realized that their art collection definitely leaned more on the modern and colorful side of the spectrum. This was a big indicator to me, she wasn't fully traditional at all, she was more transitional! That was my que, and we got to work and this is the result:

 

A beautiful monochromatic wallpaper pattern on the wall really set the room off, the ceiling is finished with a lovely blue-ish grasscloth featuring an intertwined golden metallic. When the sun hits it just right, it sparkles ever so gently, slightly mimicking the salt water just outdoors.  

A little bit of ikat, a healthy dose of stripe, paired with geometric and zig-zag and finished with a dash of damask. This makes for a stimulating balance of pattern and color. The eye gracefully travels throughout the dining room touching each element.  

And of course, you know me, we must talk about the chandelier! This particular chandelier is a fun choice, it dances gently above the dining table. It is reminiscent of a handcrafted bracelet, something that would adorn the wrist as a statement piece, this chandelier does the same over the table. 

Overall, I am so pleased with how this dining room turned out! Wait until you see with the way we transformed a few of the adjoining spaces throughout the residence.  

How do you feel? Would you love a dining room mixed with so many patterns and textures? 

 All Photography by Native House Photography

COLOR ME FLORAL!

Spring has sprung, and it's kissed us right in the face! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the cool breeze is flowing and the flowers are blooming.  

I love this time of year. I will be driving down the road and feel like pulling an immediate u-turn when I see an amazing tree in full bloom. This time of year in St. Petersburg is quite lovely. However, for the sake of my fellow drivers, I keep driving straight ahead.  

When I see all these blooming buds, I can't help but feel energized and ready to use lots of color in my design work. I mean, just take a look at these beauties!  

 

Bougainvillea exploding with cheerful color! 

Bougainvillea exploding with cheerful color! 

I love the shape and texture of this flower, although I'm not sure exactly what it is. 

I love the shape and texture of this flower, although I'm not sure exactly what it is. 

All of this spring in the air has me thinking of ways to incorporate blooms and bright colors into our projects. Of course, fresh flowers are always an instant spring pick-me-up for your space. However, don't be afraid to take your floral beyond the vase. Here are some great ways to freshen up your space with a powerful floral print.  

 

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Kate Spade for  

Kate Spade is well known for preppy colors, bold patterns and floral with a punch. I love how they grounded the space with a great floral pattern and topped it with an amazing collection of art.  

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Thibaut  

You can take a traditional pattern, enlarge the scale, make it two-tone and instantly you have an updated and more modern approach. With a classic palette like this blue and white interior, you have a timeless approach to a floral design. 

 

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Maybe bright and bold isn't your jam? That's okay, have fun with a dark moody palette. There is something about this rich pattern that I just love. Paired with the brass bed, perfection!  

Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture  

Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture  

Think outside of the box with your floral thoughts. I'm a bit smitten with this writing desk that Cynthia Rowley designed for Hooker Furniture. This is also the perfect example of having fun with mixing patterns and textures. The floral paired with the graphic black and white stripes, then softened up with the texture of the sheep skin on the chair. Although, I must say, I'm not feeling that snake lamp, Cynthia. Sculpture or not, I don't like those slithery things!  

 

How are you feeling the spring? Are you eager to inject some cheerful colors and patterns into your space? Or you leaning more saturated and moody? Would you dare to decorate with a snake? Tell us what your spring decor plans are shaping up to be! 

LIVING COLORFULLY

There is just something about a colorful environment that makes my heart so happy. Combine that with pattern and other fun elements and I am one happy designer!  

Sometimes I let my imagination run wild and just create spaces to feed my design cravings.  

 

A colorfully chic entryway  

I personally love the idea vibe of this space. Black and white stripes, paired with leopard print and floral, pops of bold color, including the ceiling. Regal furniture pieces mixed with more modern elements make this room exciting and not too traditional or too modern.  

So what do you think? Would you ever dare to live this colorfully? Share your thoughts! 

GLAM LAKEHOUSE:: BEFORE | AFTER

When I start a project, it's really such a new beginning with every client. Styles, timelines, budget and scope all vary. Then, there is the whole "getting to know you phase," building trust with each other and learning how to communicate effectively. Every new project is like a new recipe just waiting for all the different ingredients to be mixed up and served as the perfect design for its inhabitants.   

This project (like most) grew very close to my heart, as I look back at the before photos, I find myself in disbelief! It's truly an incredible transformation! I'm so excited to share this lovely space with you. A labor of love, which started as a few bathrooms to remodel and rooms to decorate, quickly turned into an entire (seriously, not joking) house renovation.

My client's are a lovely young couple, and when we met, they had a four month old sweet baby girl (keep that age in mind as the story continues). They dreamed of living on a lake, and finally found the perfect home for their family. I instantly fell in love with their inspiration of crisp and modern lake living, with a healthy dose of glam...And we all know...I love any dose of glam! 

So without further ado, here is quite an amazing (in my opinion) before and after residential renovation  photo tour.

Formal Living Room  

Before: Boring, bland and lacking style

BEFORE

BEFORE

After: Fresh, relaxing and inviting, the perfect spot to entertain guests. Bold art, refreshing blue and white colorpalette with pops of nailhead, and let's take a second to admire that lucite cocktail table.  

AFTER

Before: There was this awkward in between space, and did I mention how this house really embraced the 1980's mantra of "Hey, let's throw an angled wall... Everywhere." Well, we decided to squash that mantra, so we blew some walls out. 

BEFORE

BEFORE

So we came up with this, a custom bar area, an extension to the formal living room and just off the dining room. We also really maximized the lake view by cutting back as much of the walls/soffits as we could. 

AFTER

In the dining room, we had a silly little wing wall that blocked off things as you walked in, we said adios to that.  

BEFORE

BEFORE

We decided to really pull in the glam factors here. We were so excited about this chandelier going up, myself and the homeowner, literally squealed. A lot.  

AFTER

AFTER

In the kitchen, we really shaked things up. Remember those awkward angled walls I told you about? Well, the kitchen was full of them. So we tore out the entire kitchen and started from scratch.  

BEFORE

BEFORE

Being a family that loves to cook and entertain, we made the kitchen truly the heart of the home. A place to relax, mingle, cook amazing meals and also not give up the view.  

AFTER

AFTER

Notice how the space is completely open and all the spaces connect beautifully?  

AFTER

The kitchen nook also got some TLC, before it was pretty basic and nothing exciting. We pulled some walls back further, opened it up and also designed a custom banquet to fit perfectly.  

BEFORE

BEFORE

I think this has turned into the perfect spot to enjoy coffee and time with family. 

AFTER

In the family room we cleaned things up quite a bit. We designed new built-ins to flank the existing fire place, and doctored up the beams on the ceiling amongst other things.

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER

I absolutely love all the pattern and high contrast of white, cream and navy.  

AFTER

In the master bathroom, we saw a dramatic change as well. You see, it had a lovely mauve-ish color palette, true to 1980's character.  

BEFORE

BEFORE

Let's pay a little respect to the bird of paradise stained glass window... 

BEFORE

BEFORE

A much more modernized approach, beautiful marble and dashes of polished nickel.  

AFTER

A magnificent double shower, complete with steam and all the luxuries you could hope for! 

AFTER

This home turned out truly breathtaking. When I walk in I instantly feel relaxed, happy and refreshed. It was a long journey to get to the completed project, but worth every step.  

Adriana and Jay, thank you for inviting myself and my team into your life to design your dream home. Your dream home has helped my dream stay alive and I am truly grateful. It's been such a pleasure and I am so proud of how it turned out.  

Oh yeah, and remember the adorable little four month old baby I told you about in the beginning? She just celebrated her second birthday in her precious little room, (which was also so much fun to decorate!) 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this space as much as we did designing it! What is your favorite part of the home?