Another sweet family ready to make their house a home. After renovations completed with Thomson & Cooke architects, I came in to furnish and finish the main living areas and master suite. Blues, grey, greens and durability were the main components we worked with and a mix of new and old mixed with textured grasscloth and fresh lighting brought this space to life.
This home was and still is such a pleasure to work on! Talk about a fun family and realistic, style savvy clients. They purchased their home in Chevy Chase and were eager to start making it a home room by room. Functional, comfortable, stylish and able to withstand kiddos and cocktail parties alike! Our initial focus was the family room and office and we are now making our way through the living and dining room. More to come!
FAMILY ROOM BELOW
FAMILY OFFICE BELOW
LIVING ROOM IN PROGRESS BELOW
Y'ALL. We had a baby! We have a baby! His name is Tucker Manning Matthews and he is the most precious chunk of rolls and love. We cannot get enough. Everything everyone says about parenthood is true. It's exhausting, there will be tears (for days) and it is the biggest heart bursting love you cannot even imagine.
Blog posts over here will remain all about everything decorating, that's what you came for after all, but I dried my hair and put on makeup and EARRINGS for one of the first times in weeks so it deserves to be documented. And the kiddo deserves to be debuted because I'm biased and he's the cutest kid in the world and I married the greatest guy in the world. I mean, emotions, people, emotions. Pouring out all the time.
And since we put the baby in a bucket for a bath, I had to share. He was optimistically cautious about the whole experience.
Okay one more, and then a nursery tour from the iPhone.
We moved into Casa Rodman, as I lovingly refer to our abode, in late June while construction was still happening. Finishing touches and installations continued all the way up to the day before Tucker was born and there are still many holes to fill in (rugs/art to be hung/decorating in general since I am my own worst client and have commitment issues when it comes to our home) but I was sure to finish the nursery before anything else. And it evolved into the cutest little jungle space.
Above is obviously a glimpse through the iPhone - I need the professional touch of Anna or Laura to really show it off one day. And speaking of those two ladies, tomorrow I'll be featuring my favorite shots that they've captured over my years of working with them as part of Jana Bek's #CameraReadyInteriors series. Along with 24 other designers and bloggers, I'll share the gorgeous shots they get time and time again. Check back mañana for more!
Ah, the ground level playroom of the my client's townhouse. As you have probably surmised from all reveals thus far from Project Gray all the Way, our priorities were: gray, child friendly, not obviously child dominated. The goal was to create a sophisticated, fun home that leaned toward modern and allowed for a few kids to run around freely - all while not looking like a house dominated by kids. So we used durable fabrics and creative toy storage throughout so that when the little one was away in his beautiful nursery, the parents and their friends could play! Without stepping over leggos.
FAMILY ROOM BELOW
all photos by anna routh barzin
Project Gray all the Way was dubbed such because these fabulous clients of mine were comfortable with modern elements of gray and gray and...gray. It was my job to introduce new elements and take this homeowner on a design adventure filled with education and even a few color risks. The result? My sweet client saying, "Okay, I'm going to let go, and let Anna" (hilarious - I loved that) and a house based on warm grays and livened up with lavender, green, blue and as a surprise, even some HOT pink ikat pillows. I know, we got real wild.
This kitchen required a LO ofT paint and some new finishes. New countertops, appliances, furniture, an island and a custom roman shade freshened this space right up. For dramatic effect, let's look at the before:
So. Much. Better.
The living and dining area, right off of the kitchen, had the same sad yellow vibe as the kitchen. Yellow walls actually make spaces more drab than happy, so out came more paint and lots of layering. Here's the before as seen through the ole iPhone.
And after! Carpeting, curtains, a big velvet sectional, all with a hint of mid century modern and inspired by the gorgeous colors in the Gray Malin photo hanging in the dining area.
This home really was such a pleasure to work on. We took our time in decisions and getting things just right until we hit go and dove in to create a space that felt complete and cohesive! More to come!