I realized I never shared this article that came out back in May in the LA Times about our apartment (!!!!). We moved to LA on somewhat of a whim back in 2013, and spent nearly 4 years there. It was such a wonderful, creative, difficult, and crazy time. Amy Preiser wrote this article that so perfectly encapsulated what our family is about—I was so moved when I read it the first time. So special!
A few months ago I began working with a super talented client who is creating a co-work space here in Nashville. The idea is to have an office for people involved in all types of media production, so this space will have recording studios as well as offices. There will also be a lounge for communal working, and a kitchen.
The client and I got together and discussed the vibe he wanted for the space, and I presented some options for direction. He was really into a Wes Anderson/Ace Hotel coziness, but with a good dose of Scandinavian added in there. He had already planned on plywood for flooring and desks, which was a perfect way to incorporate the more minimal Scandinavian look. He's also into taxidermy and animal imagery (think Natural History Museum), which I thought was a perfect nod to the South (hello, taxidermy at every estate sale I've been to in Nashville).
We began with a palette I chose based on some of the inspiration images we both liked. The main colors will be black/white/plywood, and then natural colors like green/blush/yellow.
We began designing the kitchen and bathrooms first, with an overall direction for the main lounge area. Here are a few of the images we loved for inspiration. I loved these particular images for the black and white combinations, with added warmth from the wood, and art on the walls. We wanted to lean very Scandinavian but still with that touch of Wes Anderson/Ace Hotel.
Here are some Before photos of the kitchen, lounge area, and two (very green) bathrooms.
And finally, here are some shots of the progress that's been made on the buildout. Even just this small snippet shows signs of life!
We've made some progress on the den at Novella Farm, in Orlando, Florida. I posted the original plans for the den, which was the final room to complete in the renovation of the home. I visited Orlando and shot some photos of the space as it's starting to come together. The back half of the room is still being used to store books (they named their farm Novella for a reason!) so the game room portion isn't complete yet.
Here's a recap of the original plan:
The Lawson-Fenning Thin Frame Lounge Chairs got switched out for a slightly more family-friendly West Elm option. The Cara sofa from Mitchell Gold Bob Williams is just dark enough to hide spots, but still feel bright in the room. Pillows, rug, and coffee table from Anthropologie. (Pillows and rug were purchased last fall, but similar here and here.)
The homeowners have an actual farm, with cows, goats, chickens, and plenty of other birds all around. I know them well so when I suggested a peacock table, I had a hunch they'd go for it. I like how it adds some whimsy into this room. Table from Anthropologie. (Wooden and brass bowl are vintage.)
I love the details on the coffee table with the combination of wood, brass, and marble.
We're still working on the rest of the space but it's fun to see it come together with the placement of all the new furniture.
At the end of December, our family moved across the country from Los Angeles to Nashville. Before we left, I styled and photographed a few areas of the Topanga Canyon home I designed.
The whole house went through such a transformation with gorgeous new flooring, and bright white paint. It helps that the clients are the owners of a high-end flooring company, so they know their stuff! We chose a wide plank and a very natural finish. It's so beautiful in person. Here's the tour, with before and after photos at the end.
In the kitchen we removed a cast iron wood burning stove and added a bar. The cabinets are all new and painted Farrow and Ball's Pavilion Gray. The marble is Calacatta, and we used lighting and hardware from Schoolhouse Electric. Brass schluter adds a pop of shine and completes the edges of the backsplash. The open shelves are walnut, and the rug is vintage. On the refrigerator side, we took the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling and added crown molding for a finished look.
In the living room, the original rock wall was overpowering and heavy. Out it went, and the whole living area felt so much better. To add just a touch of modern farmhouse, I showed them inspiration for a shiplap fireplace wall. The walnut mantle ties into the kitchen's open shelving, and the black Schoolhouse Electric sconces look so great with the petite granite stone on the fireplace and bench. I wish I had a closeup of it--it looks like there are little fossils in the stone, so cool. The fossils and variations in color help the black not feel too heavy and dark. Due to the shape of the room (which is hard to see here), there was nowhere for a TV to go besides above the fireplace. We discussed various ways in which to hide it but ultimately ended up with the TV visible. The fireplace itself is off center on the wall, but we knew the furniture arrangement would be centered; therefore we decided to center the TV on the wall instead of directly above the fireplace.
We reconfigured the master bath to fit both sinks on one side of the room. Previously the bathroom had been split up, with a vanity on either side of the room. The tub felt like it was in a cave, with all the tan tile and rock surrounding it. We added an additional skylight so that it would never feel like a cave again! This bathroom has a romantic feel, with the brass accents, marble backsplash, and the lucite and gold pulls from Restoration Hardware. The shower is done in a white herringbone pattern.
Here are the before and afters from the project.