Progress on our Short Hills project

We’re so excited to share some before and after shots of our Short Hills project! (Please excuse our iPhone snaps! We’ll share styled professional photos later.)

Some details about the project:

The client’s home is a seven bedroom classic center hall colonial that was built in 2006. The house has large rooms, high ceilings and detailed millwork but also some very outdated features that were not exactly our client’s style. Our goal was to update the spaces with some light renovation and create a cohesive decorating scheme that is both comfortable and elegant. The family had lived abroad in Asia and had several pieces of art and collectibles that they wanted to incorporate into the design.

DINING ROOM BEFORE

The dining room had an uneven and unsightly oval cove that instantly dated the room. The chandelier and other furniture were in need of freshening and the walls were a boring beige. Luckily, the client had this gorgeous vintage mid-century modern dining room set passed down from family that had lovely lines and caning but just needed new fabric and refinishing. The client wanted this room to feel light and a little bit glamorous.

Dining room before . . .

Dining room before . . .

DINING ROOM AFTER!

We removed the oval cove and replaced it with a clean lined rectangular coffer. A beautiful chinoiserie mural was installed as well as an elegant beaded chandelier. We removed the top cabinet from the credenza so that the furniture is not so matchy-matchy. Now there is space for these stunning deep blue ceramic lamps and a round antiqued mirror to reflect the light from the chandelier during dinner parties. Our master furniture refinisher repaired and refinished the dining room table and chairs. Finally we recovered the chair cushions with a luxurious cut velvet fabric that was treated to resist stains from the inevitable wine spills.

Dining room after . . .

Dining room after . . .

Detail of chair with cut velvet cushion and mural behind

Detail of chair with cut velvet cushion and mural behind

Linen draperies with a custom embroidered border complete the space, and a peony pink velvet window seat cushion adds a jolt of color.

Custom embroidered linen draperies

Custom embroidered linen draperies

POWDER ROOM BEFORE

The powder room had a very dark and heavy wood vanity cabinet with black marble top, outdated sconces and a blah mirror. There also were awkward alcoves that did not serve as functional storage. Our client wanted this to be a whimsical and fun room for her guests to use, and also wanted to make better use of the space.

Powder room before

Powder room before

Before - heavy dark cabinet, wall mounted faucet too high

Before - heavy dark cabinet, wall mounted faucet too high

POWDER ROOM AFTER!

We removed the vanity cabinet and replaced it with a console style sink with chrome legs, white quartz countertop and custom designed decorative backsplash. Pretty sconces with crystal details and a bright blue lacquered mirror create a fresh and modern look. Hand printed birds and butterflies wallpaper add the perfect amount of whimsy! The alcoves were closed to create closets with shelving and now provide functional storage. A new linen shade with blue grosgrain ribbon to match the mirror ties it all together.

After - light and airy!

After - light and airy!

Functional storage

Functional storage

New Scoop!

Hi - Hope you had a wonderful summer! In case you missed it, here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to!

We were featured in Schumacher’s new book!

We were thrilled and honored to be included in Schumacher’s new book, “One Hundred Rooms to Know and Love.” Our client’s powder room was a favorite project of our’s and features this stunning wallpaper, Octavia Sisal.

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In small spaces you can really go all out with a luxurious and colorful wall covering. Our client, who has great taste, already had this beautiful faux bois mirror and the lines of it fit perfectly into the wallpaper pattern. We added pops of hot pink with the hand towel and flowers, making this small gem of a room a true delight to use!

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Fun Interview with Addison Weeks

Addison Weeks is one of of our favorite hardware companies, so we were super excited when they asked us to participate in this really fun interview for their blog!

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Click the link below to read the full interview about what inspires us, things we are loving right now and some fun facts.

It’s so easy to change out your hardware to create a whole new look or update a vintage piece of furniture. For this dining room we didn’t want to use the pulls that came with the piece. Instead we specified these gorgeous dogwood knobs by Addison Weeks in collaboration with the talented designer Barrie Benson. We chose the brass finish with rose quartz centers. We think they look gorgeous!

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