We are preparing for the end of the year around the Studio and that means tons of organization and prepping for 2014! We have been going through our project files and making sure everything is buttoned up. I am in love with this dining nook that we recently completed for a client’s new home. I love the turquoise and coral mix and pops of bright white and bold pattern in this space. Since it is part of the open living space, we needed everything to feel cohesive by using color and texture. And now that we are planning our own casual dining nook, I feel inspired to get going and finally pull the trigger on a few pieces! Why is it so challenging to plan details for my own home?
SHOP THE LOOK
1.White Lacquer Trellis Mirror 2. Capiz Chandelier 3. Dining Chairs 4. Round Wood Dining Table
Images Via: Melanie Johnson Photography for Studio Ten 25
Here is a look at the small room before we started on the design plan. A putty colored wall made the space feel dark and even smaller than it is. We updated the walls with a sophisticated soft grey, changed out the lighting and brought in all of the fabulous pieces you see! Sometimes you don’t need a major overhaul in a room, just a plan to make it function and become part of the home! Using a mirror in smaller dark spaces is a great way to open it up and bounce the light around, so don’t be afraid of an awkward dark space, there are always ways to bring it to life.
A little paint and a few mirrors always make for an easy update with a few chic touches! Our client’s new home is going to be the perfect girly glam place for her but since the hardwoods and existing cabinets are all a dark brown, we needed to brighten it up a bit. This built-in entertainment cabinet fits the scale of the room but because it is so dark, it takes over a bit more than we would like it to.
BEFORE: Heavy, dark and in serious need of an update.
DURING/AFTER: I love love love the fresh coat of white paint. We just used the same paint color as all of the doors and trim in the home for a cohesive look. The oil based paint will provide a durable finish for the cabinet too. The center four doors were once a speaker fabric…but we decided to add mirrors to accentuate the mounding on the door fronts. Now we have a bright, light and chic built-in ready to be girly girl styled!!
I love seeing rooms come together and wallpaper can make the biggest impact in a room. We recently had wallpaper installed in two little girl’s room, the back of shelving in a dining room and an entry at one of our client’s homes. I thought it would be better to show the paper up (AFTER), before the sad (BEFORE) images of the room. This house had major Dynasty decor…seriously can’t wait to show those pictures off soon!!!
This little one LOVES everything pink and I am pretty sure she is Barbie’s biggest fan. We went with an adorable floral pattern that is a bit funky and fun but looks great with her glitzy chandelier. Seriously, a 6 year old that requested a chandelier! I love this girl! How about that nice faux “design” on the walls before…hmmm….still trying to figure that one out!
The formal dining room has fresh coat of paint, trim and fabulous new hardwoods. This room wasn’t too bad, it just had a bit too much brass and with the new geometric wallpaper on the back of the cabinets it feels fresh and open! I’m sure there will be plenty of fun evening parties in this space!
If I were 13 I would have totally wanted this wallpaper! Christian Lacroix wallpaper in turquoise…yes please! One the new draperies are in, this room will be the envy of ever junior high girl around! So fabulous.
And finally, the entry hall. It has gorgeous moulding detail but just needed a little extra something to break it all up. So we selected a tone on tone Greek Key pattern from Clarke & Clarke to keep from being to aggressive with pattern and color. I love the tonal color story in here and it makes coming home a bit more fabulous!
On the to-do list…Clean lines, masculine neutrals on the basic pieces for him and tons of bold colorful accents for her! Oh, and mongolian fur was a must too! Here are a few before and durning…almost after shots of our latest installation!
BEFORE: A little bare and in need of a ton of sprucing up and fun pieces! This young family of three…four as of last week (welcome baby Levi!) needed a fun new look and cozy pieces for them to lounge around and hang out as a family.
DURING..ALMOST AFTER: A fabulous new sectional and barrel back chairs from Duralee, a killer media console from Shop Ten 25, custom drapes and tons of fabulous colorful pillows are a better reflection of this fun family! The art is being installed and we still have a few tricks up our sleeve as we finalize the overall look! Looking forward to sharing more soon!
After posting a few Vine videos of our recent sorority house installation, we received a few questions about that fabulous turquoise zig zag chair and where it came from . So we thought we would fill you in on all of the details.
BEFORE: The fabric is beyond “not happening… ever” but the chair has a great shape and price! Sometimes you get hung up on a fabric that you know is perfect for a specific room, but once you began to break down the budget it doesn’t always make sense to spend $1200 or more on a chair that isn’t going to see much action. Now understand that you will get what you pay for. A chair discounted under $300 just may be the perfect piece for a little makeover! This project’s budget was a little challenging because the construction cost were a majority of the budget that we had.
AFTER: Turquoise was the color that my client had to have so once I spotted this fun zig zag pattern at Duralee, it was our jumping off point for the room so it was time to work a little magic on this chair. We pulled all of our fabrics together and headed over to JC’s Upholstery to watch the transformation!
For the past few months I have been watching a client’s home go from blah to beautiful. The home needed lots of love, repairs and updating to help them create the home they have been dreaming of. The dining room is actually on of the rooms that received the least amount of changes but I wanted to share a few pictures of the changes and now the almost finished look! Not long ago I shared a few before and after pictures of the chairs, the transformation from burgundy upholstery to turquoise velvet helped them to become one of my favorite additions to the room.
BEFORE: The walls were the standard peachy beige, the light fixture was a tad too traditional the floors needed to be refinished. In order to tone down the large scale that the room has, we added a turquoise metallic wallpaper on the ceiling with a fun little trim detail. I love how the room feels contained now and how the turquoise paper compliments the velvet dining chairs.
AFTER: The bold ikat linen drapes bring in some much needed color without taking over the room as well as competing with the wallpaper. A fabulous branch chandelier, driftwood table and mirrored console are a nice mix and keep the dining room from going over the top formal. I love the casual feel, yet the room is perfect for entertaining guest no matter how fancy the party!
Yesterday I shared a few peeks at one of our latest projects and I just couldn’t wait to show you the before & after shots of the home! I can not wait to have this charming and chic bungalow photographed!!! Stay tuned!
BEFORE & AFTER: A blank palette and that is the way I like it. My clients are young, super hip, refined and have the most adorable puppy dog! They totally deserved to have a home that would wow friends and family and reflect their fun personalities. We started with pretty much no furniture so pulling the plan together was fun! A blend of teal, pale turquoise and pops of coral and off we went!
THE MAIN FAMILY ROOM…
THE FRONT SITTING ROOM…
THE MASTER BEDROOM…
When we began working with our client on the update of her home (already gorgeous P.S.) the #1 item on her “to-do” list was to re-finish the original hardwood floors throughout the home. We are going to be bringing in tons of fabulous new updates throughout the home but the yellowish hardwoods were going to cramp our style.
So, we decided to veer away from the typical “coffee” stain that we see so often and mix it up a bit. We used a mix of ebony and beechwood to create the gorgeous grey that we were after. We loved the floors in this inspiration image but wanted it to be a touch lighter.
BEFORE: We have BIG plans for this sitting room. It is the first room you see when you walk into the home so it has to be beyond fabulous. The existing rug is gone but that fabulous acrylic x-base coffee table is not going anywhere! This room will look completely different with the floor updated too!
You think you know what you want….then you see all of the options. Since we are working with red oak, we needed to make sure that we had a good handle on how the stain would look. We didn’t want the red undertones to take over like they can do when you are working with red oak. We selected the top right option of course, but each sample had a % of the grey mixed in.
DURING…the stain has it’s final coat of polyurethane and is looking so good! I can not wait to get all of the design elements in place!! The home looks and feels so much more updated and chic!! I promise to share the updates as we move along!
When we started working on this client’s new home, construction became the priority. Now that we have all of those details approved and in motion, it is time to get all of the furniture updated. My client had tons of great furniture that they are going to use in their new home, but the pieces just needed updating. These dining chairs have been one of my favorite transformations!
Before, we started with the standard outdated classic Louis style chair. They were in pretty good shape so we decided that a makeover was indeed in order!
We ripped off the fabric and updated the frames with a fresh coat of soft white paint! I love how paint can instantly update the look of dated pieces, it is an affordable way to do so and it also covers any imperfections that may be on the legs etc. We decided to go for a fun turquoise velvet too, I love how vibrant they look now. They will be in their new home so, I promise to share the updates!!
Mark your calendars! Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio preview party is 4/18 at the Dallas Design District. Come support a great cause and shop for treasures from some of the best designers in Dallas and special sponsor One Kings Lane.
Tickets at thriftstudio.com.
I am so honored to have been asked to design a vignette this year for the second time! My space is huge (30″ x 15″) and I had a lot of ground to cover. The before and after pieces have been my favorite part of the design. Taking something that looks absolutely pitiful and seeing it transformed into a gorgeous piece that someone can bring home always makes me smile.
Here is a little bit more of a sneak peek of the overall space from our VINE app showing details that help pull it together. I can’t wait to share all of the final images of the space on the 18th!! If you are in Dallas, you must snag a ticket so that you get first dibs on all of the gorgeous pieces!
Sneak Peek Dwell With Dignity – Studio Ten 25 from Abbe Fenimore on Vimeo.
I recently shared the BEFORE & AFTER of the wingback chairs. You can see more HERE. I can’t thank Megan Adams enough for donating the fabric. Today, I wanted to show off the transformation of the round back chairs that are being used in my vignette.
BEFORE: They were a ratty yellow fabric, torn to shreds and in need of a major overhaul! But I loved their shape and knew that with a little love they could be come something chic.
AFTER: We snagged this textural ivory linen fabric from the donation fabric pile in the Dwell With Dignity warehouse but the chairs were screaming for a little something extra! So when we had a little extra navy fabric left over from the sofa update, I knew it had to become the contrasting cording….