FURNITURE

DESIGN PROJECT:: THE PENNY HOARDER HQ

Every once in a while, we get really lucky! We meet really fabulous people who invite us into their homes to design the perfect environment for them, then they ask us to do their workspace. This project was nothing less of that. A while back we completed the private residence for the CEO of The Penny Hoarder (photo tour of that beauty in the near future!). So, without question, I was more than thrilled to accept.

 

This space is a really cool space, earlier in the year, it was rehabbed and brought back to life by Boyd Construction. The building was on it's last leg (and rumored to once have been a brothel.) They took it to it's bones and made it shine, without loosing it's character of being a 100 year old building. It was a widen open blank canvas. That's where the LG Design team got to work.

Kyle, CEO of The Penny Hoarder, explained he wanted an open work environment. Places for people to collaborate, brainstorm and feel creative. He also wanted to incorporate cozy little spots for people to relax and have conversations. He believes in a healthy balance of work and play, to produce top knotch work. All while having a modern tone.

So we got to work... 

A bright and sunny conference room overlooking Central Avenue. 

An open writers area with individual desks. We decided to design the space with half walls to house all of our electrical needs while creating separation. We finished them off with old brick to bring in that 100 year old building vibe. 

If you know me, you know we are going to try to sneak some wallpaper in somewhere! This time we decided to dress the long hallway with a plum/purple geometric pattern. I absolutely love how it looks with the copper accents throughout the space.  

We also lined the hallway with tourqouise chesterfield sofas, the art was inspired by what started The Penny Hoarder -- couponing! So we had custom acrylic boxes made and filled them with millions of coupons. Okay, maybe not millions, but a lot! You get it... 

While working in an open space is fun, we understand that sometimes you need some quiet spots to get your ideas out and pen to paper. That's where these glass "pods" came into play. Sleek, simple and efficient.  

We mentioned Kyle likes to have a healthy balance of work and play, right? Well if this isn't proof enough... A shuffle board for those much needed breaks! 

Just what would The Penny Hoarder HQ be without some fun with pennies? We love this coffee table featuring Lincoln made out of nothing other the copper pennies! 

More creative writing and collaboration areas throughout the space...

A modern kitchen and break room featuring a stainless steel backsplash in the classic subway style.  

 

Aren't these copper chairs the coolest?! 

Last, but definitely not least, we had some fun in the bathrooms with a bold wallpaper and paired them with funky mirrors. 

So what do you think? Isn't The Penny Hoarder HQ such an invigorating space? I feel like my creativity would constantly be flowing.  

Tell us your thoughts below! 

 

All photography by Native House Photography.  

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! 

3 TIPS FOR PICKING THE PERFECT COFFEE TABLE

We've all been there, in the furniture store, aimlessly wondering looking at furniture and trying to plan how to make it all work perfect. Finally, you found it, the coolest coffee table that you think will be perfect for your space. Then you get home... And...  

It doesn't work.  

Instantly disappointed, you feel defeated and still not loving your space.  

Here my friend, are three tips to help you pick the perfect coffee table, for your room.  

 

1.) SHAPE - The shape of your coffee table place a large role in finding the perfect one. It really depends on what else you have going on in your room.

So take a look around your room.

Do you have a lot of square boxy furniture? If so, you should consider a round or oval piece.  

Does your room have more curves than straight lines? For example, chairs with curved backs, round end tables? Then going more square or rectangular might be the better choice for you.   

And then, there is the oversized sectional which many people enjoy in their family room. If your sectional is perfectly even on each side, (in length) I suggest going with a square or round piece, it really balances the space well, then everyone has table in front of them to put down a drink etc.  

However, if you sectional just has the little chaise lounge sticking off the end, and isn't perfectly symmetrical, then really you can do either of the shapes! 

 

2.) SIZE - Figuring out the size of your coffee table, is really pretty simple. Don't let the size be under half the size of your sofa or over 3/4 the size of your sofa. Take a look at the illustrations above, it might help you understand what I am saying a little more. A whimpy little coffee table just makes a room sad and understated, while something too large does the exact opposite and they tend to hog up the space.  

 

3.) MATERIAL - This is the fun one. You can really bring out your personality with coffee table. There are so many options these days, wood, metal, glass and fabric. Really think about the functionality of your room to make the appropriate choice. A room with lots of kids and pets is not the proper place for a glass table, something more sturdy is your choice.  

Also, please, please, please I beg of you, do not try to match the wood on your furniture to another wood in your room. That is so, um, 1990's. Boxed set furniture is about as boring as your could be! Curate your look, mix it up. If you have a lot of wood, throw in a metal piece, or a painted wood piece.  

Lastly, you can always have fun with fabric. Find a local upholstery shop and have them build an ottoman to your exact specifications that you need. You can really have fun with pattern and texture with this option. Also, if you have little ones, this is a great option, for no hard surfaces, while practicing those first wobbly steps.  

 

Here are a few coffee tables that catch my eye and can get your wheels turning: 

 

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Campbell Coffee Table, Metal, 39" Dia X 17.5" H  

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Harlow Coffee Table, lacquered wood, 47.5Wx24Dx18H

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Custom ottoman and room scene from CR Laine.

Marble Fret Table, 41"l x 41"w x 18"h

THE BELOVED OTTOMAN

Ottomans. They are popping up everywhere. Large, small, round, square, single, paired. You name it and it can be made into an ottoman. 

Well, truthfully, myself personally, I love those little (or sometimes big) fellas! You can bet, if I'm your designer, and if I can find a spot for it, you're getting an ottoman. One of the best things I like about ottomans is how you can truly customize your space with them.

And don't even get me started on the functionality factors of an ottoman. Storage? Check. Extra seating? Check. A place to put your feet up after a tired day? Check. And excuse to use an extra fabulous textile in your space? Double check. 

Here are a few spaces that I trusted in my beloved ottomans. 

Covered in a golden velvet and garnished with a leather damask, this over sized ottoman does not spare beauty for it's functionality.

For this media room, we had a large space to fill, so we had a custom ottoman covered in extremely durable metallic snakeskin, comfy and stylish for movie nights!

A velvet geometric is the perfect oval addition to our clients sitting area in her master bedroom. 

Pairing a pop of pink in this super chic space made for a great floorplan for an entertaining space in this formal living room.

Once again, a lovely pair. This golden velvet texture plays so nicely with the area rug. We were smitten! Not only is is extra seating and a spot to prop your feet, but these ottomans also double as storage too. 

So what do you think? Do we have you considering ottomans in every nook and cranny of your home? Have fun with them, pair them, tuft them, put sexy feet on them. Whatever your heart desires!