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Of Interest – Fresh New Look

Another recently finished project…… another pass at a wonderful home we have worked on for several years.  New wallpaper…..fabric……..
accessories……in a few rooms……. fresh new look!

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Of Interest – Lovely Project

Here is a lovely project we’ve been working on – we have worked closely with our client who has an amazing eye for color and who has
wonderful books and treasures. We feel lucky! pink-heart

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Of Interest – Crisp & Bright

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Here is a project we recently finished. It is a lovely house on the James River – and these preliminary photos were shot this winter on a bright sunny
day. There is so much wonderful light in this house…….we wanted to see it’s effect when there were no leaves on the trees and it was just magic!
Enjoy!

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Of Interest – The Green Dining Room

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Here is the room 16 years ago! There is a sisal rug, green tone on tone patterned wallpaper with matching curtains, a faux finish on the ceiling
and a ceiling canvas above the chandelier.

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A couple of other views of the room.

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Here is the room 10 years later!
The rug is gone, replaced by bare floors stained in a pattern (so much better with dogs, food, wine, etc.).
After all the years, the walls and curtains remain the same.
The table is dressed  for two different events.
The chairs take off and put on slipcovers depending on the season.
The floor change was huge – everything looks crisper, fresher by  simply changing that one element.

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Bigger changes here……..This is the room today – after almost 17 years of family events, dinner parties,
luncheons, holiday buffets – lots of laughter and fun – friendship and love.
The green walls are a constant – they anchor and allow all of the other changes to take place.
No ceiling canvas – the ceiling is actually a light amethyst (Farrow and Ball – Calluna).
New curtains – pretty panels on a bent rod – really updated.
Plates down from the wall – large watercolors up.
Chairs dressed in new fabrics – linen and chintz – the mix is wonderful.
A new/old bar – recent mid century antique shop find.
And the biggest change……..The Audrey Lantern! (from www.coleenandcompany.com)

Of Interest – Transforming Small Spaces

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Here are small spaces from our portfolio and website.  I hope you enjoy these fabulous little gems!

entrance

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Here is an entrance hall in an apartment on the upper west side of New York City. It is welcoming, interesting
and really personal. You immediately feel at home – among cherished things. It is a tiny hall with a big personality.

closet

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Here is my entrance hall closet. I gutted it, painted the floor, wallpapered the walls and ceiling and had some
cabinetry made to store just what I needed to keep in there. I couldn’t believe how much space I had – and
I had lived with the old closet for 15 years!

laundry

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This room took four rolls of wallpaper, and it looks fabulous. It serves as the back entry into the house – not exactly a
mudroom – 
but not exclusively a laundry room either! Good incentive to keep those clothes folded and put away – as if smiley

butler

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This is a Butler’s Pantry. These spaces are found in many older homes and are wonderful to have. They can be
used as a wet or dry bar – for china storage – or as a quiet place to catch up on your laptop. Dressing them up with
wallpaper – custom made in this pantry – and a pretty window shade makes them appear as special as they are.

mudroom

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Here is a genuine mudroom. It is off the side street and almost everyone enters this home through this door. We
painted the cabinet a high gloss blue and put up a pretty shade and the room came alive. There are boots and coats
and a dog bed within a cabinet on the other side…This room is really practical yet pretty at the same time.

guest

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Here is a tiny corner of the room in our office that functions as a library. I needed more office space but I also needed
to have a space for guests to stay. This day bed from Ikea is a great solution. It provides me with storage – a pretty vingette
in our work space and a bed for guests.

hallway

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Here is a charming little back hallway.  There are 6 doors off this little vestibule!  The Brunschwig et Fils Bibliotheque
wallpaper was designed in the 70’s by Richard Lowell Neas – a classically trained trompe l’oeil artist.  I think it makes this
space so special – and the work on paper – “Bundle” by Richmond artist Cindy Neuschwander looks fabulous hanging
here. The floor is stained to outline this quirky little space.

vestibule

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This is a little vestibule off of a living room.  It leads to a guest bedroom wing and creates a visual and physical pause
between public and private spaces.  The door to the living room is open most of the time – but guests can close
their area off for lots of privacy and also have a light filled sitting area as part of their space.

center

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This is an interior hall space. It is between the entrance hall and the rear hall off of which are the french doors leading to
the yard behind the house.  Off this hall is a darling powder room with a mirrored door to make the most of the natural
light coming from the front and back.  This little area feels cozy and crisp at the same time.

 

Of Interest – Before and After

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This is Mr. Harvey. He lives in the home of a wonderful friend and client. Mr. Harvey was brought back from Burma in the early 70’s by her grandmother and has been in her living room since the early 80’s.

He was the inspiration for the original living room scheme as well as the recent redecoration.

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