A Summer Refresh

I'm almost done with a fun project and wanted to share a few progress photos with you.  My #skipperproject is what I like to call a "refresh" job - which means we use most of the client's existing furniture and just freshen up the room with new accessories, fabrics and wall decor.  It's quicker than our full-service design and is definitely more cost effective, BUT only works when a client has most of their furniture in place.

This home was only built about a year ago, but the clients never felt like the interiors really reflected them.  They had purchased things that "matched" but it wasn't personal.  So, here was our plan...

The family room had a red sofa and a pair of recliners that were relatively new, so keeping them was a priority.  They also had a lots of accent tables, but they were all dark brown stain.  They had pretty lamps, but they were dark bronze.  They had art, but it was all from Kirkland's and it was all flowers! :)  

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Our first suggestion was to replace the accent tables.  Because of the open floor plan and all the white cabinetry and trim, I said we need to go light on the coffee table and end table and then change up the finish on the sofa table.  Remember, not everything has to match.  And because my clients like to eat in the family room on occasion, the top of the coffee table actually lifts up!

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The next place we could make a big impact was with the built-ins on each side of the fireplace.  Almost every home I work on has these and they are one of my favorite things to re-design!  My clients had a ton of books (which is uncommon these days) so those had to stay, but we needed accessories.  Bigger accessories!

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This progress shot shows what a little styling can do for your bookcase!  Everything here belonged to my client except five new accessories.  This is how I can take what clients already own, add a few new touches, and create a fresh look!  

I'm going to finish up with some shots of the master bedroom.  We decided to paint the walls in here (since the whole house was painted the same color) and update with new bedding.

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I go back in a few weeks to finish up and promise to share the final photos.  I can't wait to show you what we did in the study.  It's the smallest room in the house, but turned out to be my favorite!

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Armistead

My Armistead clients are finally back in their home after a year long remodel.  It doesn't seem fair to call this project a remodel, because we literally created a new house.  The existing home was totally gutted and two bedrooms were added onto the back.  I knew this 60's gem had amazing potential and I was right!  Trusting clients + a flexible contractor = AMAZING RESULTS  

I'm super bummed that I didn't get very many before photos.  But here are a few teasers...

Jennifer Taylor Design - Tallahassee, Florida  BEFORE
Jennifer Taylor Design - Tallahassee, Florida BEFORE

The original floor plan was three bedrooms, two baths and lots of tiny rooms.  Oh, the changes we made to that floor plan.  

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We literally touched every surface of the existing home and today I'm sharing the new kitchen and bathrooms.  I couldn't be more proud of how it turned out!

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Jennifer Taylor Design - Tallahassee, Florida

If you want to see more, including the blue laundry room sink, check out my Houzz page.  

Broomsage {take two and three}

My lack of down time has meant blogging has not only taken a back seat, but it's been put in the trunk!  But my new website has inspired me to make writing a priority as I love sharing what I'm working on with my readers.

I first shared my Broomsage project in May, but the project actually started in November 2015.  There have been a number of starts and stops, due to client decisions and long delivery times on a few furniture selections.  But, we are back on track and ready to get this project photographed.  Since my {first look} post a ton of things have happened.  Furniture was delivered, window treatments installed and lighting changed, but it's the final touches that are still left to do.  The wall decor is very important to this client, so it has taken time to find just the right pieces.  

The dining room is on track and we have a few final details.  I can't decide what I love more - the new chandelier or the orchid prints?  

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In the master bedroom, we kept almost all of the client's bedroom furniture.  But, since I'm not a fan of everything matching, we decided to replace the night stands.  They were perfect with the crystal lamps that belonged to my client's grandmother.  Oh, and did I mention the beautiful draperies!

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The built-ins in the family room got a total reset.  99% of what we used, the client had.  I love using personal treasures to tell a client's story!

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I'm looking forward to getting professional photos taken very soon and sharing them on my website.  This one is definitely portfolio worthy!

Another Welcome Change

Five years ago I never would have imagined my business would be where it is today.  In January 2012 Jennifer Taylor Design was started purely out of necessity.  I had found myself without a job and needed to to support my small family.  I knew I wanted to work for myself again, but the timing had never been quite right.  Well, God's timing is always right and I trusted he was creating the path I needed to follow.  So, I ordered some business cards and prayed.  My first job was booked a few weeks later and the rest is history...

When I first opened Jennifer Taylor Design, I blogged pretty regularly as I had a lot of time.  It was a way to share my design inspirations, photos of the projects I was working on or a personal story now and then.  Here's how my very first blog post looked back in 2012.  

Then, in 2014 it was time for a real website with professional photos.  I was super proud of my work and really wanted to share it with potential clients.  How little I knew about branding!

So today, I'm so excited to introduce my brand new website.  It was a long process and it's not over, but I honestly couldn't be more proud!  A huge shout out to my website designer (who also happens to be my sister) Hannahill Photography for all her hard work and patience.  Not only did she design the site, she helped me create a logo and took the photos of my Plaza Tower project.  We also have a few videos we'll be adding soon.  Those were tough!  In the meantime, here's the first one featuring our latest project.  

Thanks so much for reading and I encourage your comments below!

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Plaza Tower {first and final look}

  I'M STILL HERE!

I know it's been a while since I've visited the blogging world, but there's been a lot happening at Jennifer Taylor Design.  We recently finished up a great project and I'm excited to share.  These clients called me as they were purchasing a condo in downtown Tallahassee.  They love FSU football and wanted a place to gather, with their entire family, and share their love for the Seminoles.  Not only were we hired to furnish the entire unit, but we had to finish it out.  This included flooring, paint, trim and lighting upgrades.  Cabinets and counters were in and could not be changed.  There was a lot to do and not very much time as October 10th was only a few short months away!  As with any good blog post, let's start with the BEFORES...

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Did I mention my clients lived in South Florida?  That meant the entire selection process was done remotely.  After two boxes of samples and many emails and my client's TRUST we had a design plan in place and the work began.

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I only had two face-to-face meetings with my Plaza Tower clients.  One when we signed the contract and the second was when they walked into their beautifully furnished home in Tallahassee for the first time.  It was an HGTV moment for sure!  During our initial phone conversation, "mister" client said he wanted old south and quail hunting and "mrs" client said she wanted light and airy.  We succeeded in giving them both what they wanted.

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In addition to lots of great projects, we are moving into a real office space in Midtown Tallahassee.  The place needs a lot of work, but I'm up for the challenge.  Can't wait to share more.

The Modern Farmhouse

I sometimes think if I see another kitchen with white shaker cabinets and white subway tile my mind will explode!  But then when I look through my portfolio, some of my favorite projects are just that.  So, what is a designer to do?  Embrace the trend of the modern farmhouse and give my clients ideas on how to make it their own. For this project, we used real brick for the splash.  Not only did it bring in some much needed color into the room, but the texture is amazing.  I love seeing my client's photos on Facebook cooking in this kitchen with her children.  This was designed in 2012 and still feels like it was designed yesterday.

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This is a classic, all-white kitchen.  White cabinets, white counters and white back splash tile.  But, what I love the most about this kitchen is the x-design we used on the glass front doors.  I use the hashtag #designisinthedetails a lot on my Instagram posts and this is a perfect example of how important those details are when designing a modern farmhouse kitchen for your family.  My biggest piece of advice - make it your own!

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One of my favorite kitchens was one I designed a few years ago for a sweet family moving to Tallahassee from Atlanta.  As you can see, we did white shaker cabinets and white subway tile, but my client wanted a wood counter.  We opted to do the raised bar out of a stained wood.  A great idea that I still love so much today!

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Jennifer Taylor Design - Tallahassee, Florida

Last week I presented finishes for a builder's spec home.  This means I had to design a kitchen that would appeal to the masses.  So, I'll give you two guesses to what they wanted.  Right!  White shaker cabinets, but I am mixing it up a bit and instead of white tile, we are doing gray.  Oh, and wait until you see the tile we are doing around the fireplace.  Greenbriar is a brand new project in Tallahassee and I can't wait to share more about it on a future post.

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{First Look} at Broomsage

I began working with my Broomsage clients about six months ago.  They recently moved back to Tallahassee, with three young children, and were ready to personalize their new home.  It was a builder "spec" home, which means the home wasn't built with any particular client in mind.  Luckily, this family bought it early enough to add a few personal touches before moving in.

Broomsage is full of shiplap!  It's in the entry foyer, study, dining room and master bedroom.  As we have moved through the selection process, I've learned my client wants a more formal look in a few of these rooms.  Instead of seeing the shiplap as a design limitation, I am embracing it.

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I consider it a positive thing when a client has existing furniture they want to incorporate into the design.  It gives me inspiration when creating a space.  Here is the family room rug we are going to use.

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Our design plan touches the entire house.  We've got formal spaces, family spaces, sleeping spaces and playing spaces!  It's going to be a great project with installation scheduled for the middle of June.  Can't wait to share the final photos.

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Dillard {final look}

I'm so happy to be sharing the final look on my Dillard project.  This was a really BIG project and that meant THOUSANDS of details.  No exaggeration!  We touched each and every room in the house with the exception of the kitchen, but that renovation is coming soon enough.  We are still doing a few more things, but overall I can say we were done enough to have professional photos taken. To me, the biggest transformation happened in the living room.  We kept a lot of the client's furniture, but by adding colorful fabrics, a larger rug and the right accessories everything looked new.  My client had recently inherited many beautiful items and including them in the space was very important to her.

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Each bedroom served a different purpose.  The front bedroom is my client's office.  She wanted it to be "French and feminine" and we definitely achieved that.  Again, by incorporating some of her special pieces and adding new, we created a very personalized retreat.  I love the framed tapestries from her trip to Paris!  The corner bedroom is for her special guests.  The existing built-ins got a fun makeover and house all kinds of treasures.  Finally, the master bedroom's highlight was the bed we created.  Each fabric was carefully selected and the attention to detail shows.

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Unfortunately, my photographers were devastated to tell me that the photos of two rooms were corrupted and couldn't be retrieved.  So, we'll be back soon to get those taken again.  If you want to see more of Dillard, check out my photo album on Houzz.  Also, if you type "Dillard" in the search bar over to the right, you can see my progress posts I've done this past year.  Have fun!

Kitchens, Kitchens and A Place for Baby

There must have been a lot of cooking, in a lot of bad kitchens over the holidays, because January has brought a ton of kitchen renovation projects to JTD!  Each day has been filled with contractor meetings, showroom visits and lots of emails to make sure every detail is covered.  Things have gotten so busy that I've brought in a great friend (and designer) to help me a few days a week and it's been great to know I can be in two places at one time. Since I don't have any exciting or beautiful photos to share of any of the kitchen projects quite yet, I wanted to share a few details about another project we have been working on.  A nursery!  I love designing little spaces and this one is going to be spectacular.  My client is a baby girl and her super busy parents.  They only had two requests for the nursery - that we have pink somewhere and I find the perfect spot for this guy...

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Here are some of the ideas we presented...

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Nursery Presentation - Jennifer Taylor Design, Tallahassee, Florida
Nursery Presentation - Jennifer Taylor Design, Tallahassee, Florida
Nursery Presentation - Jennifer Taylor Design, Tallahassee, Florida

And this is what we are going to start ordering next week...

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Nursery Presentation - Jennifer Taylor Design, Tallahassee, Florida
Nursery Presentation - Jennifer Taylor Design, Tallahassee, Florida
Nursery Presentation - Jennifer Taylor Design, Tallahassee, Florida
Nursery Presentation - Jennifer Taylor Design, Tallahassee, Florida
Nursery Presentation - Jennifer Taylor Design, Tallahassee, Florida

It's going to be a wonderful space of pink, gray and a some sweet animals mixed in.  We are really looking forward to getting it installed in March and taking this huge task off these parent's list.  They now can concentrate on enjoying their last few months of sleeping through the night.  :)

Breakfast Room Makeover

A breakfast room is so much more than a place to eat breakfast.  It can be a place for homework, to play games, to have important family talks or enjoy an early morning cup of coffee.  I recently finished a new breakfast room makeover for a great client and her review on my Houzz profile said it all... Screen Shot 2015-12-27 at 8.49.44 AM

My clients were "empty nesters" but having a comfortable place for the family to gather was at the top of their wish list, as well as a new wet bar and a window seat.  We took a very plain space and made it amazing!

Breakfast Room - BEFORE

Breakfast Room - BEFORE

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Trusting the Process

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I've been an interior designer for 21 years!  And for 16 of those years I've worked for myself and for that I am so thankful.  It's taken me about 15 years to finally put together a {process} that works for my business, my clients and me.  I've read a lot of books, attended countless seminars and have made a lot of mistakes to get to this point, but it was all part of the journey. My biggest piece of advice, when working with any interior designer, is to trust their process.  A good designer will be up front about how they work and will explain it during your initial meeting, as well as in their design agreement.  This should include how the selection process works, what to expect during presentations and how much their services will cost.  Following the process will result in exactly what you hired your designer to do - create a beautiful space that reflects you!

Good design is truly multi-faceted.  Of course there is the room design, but there's also all the behind-the-scenes work a client doesn't see.  Putting together a workable budget, placing all the orders, working with the seamstress to make sure your window treatments are the perfect size, keeping the warehouse updated on what's arriving, making sure the table that arrived broken is replaced, scheduling the painter, picking the perfect wood stain color for the sofa legs and keeping those hundreds of notes they have taken organized.  All of these "details" are an important part of the process.

My other recommendation is that you let the designer do what you paid them to do.  Trust that they understand your vision and will bring it to life.  Trust that they will only suggest good quality products that fit in your budget.  Trust they will deliver a room you will be be proud of.

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Girl Cave

Lately, my son has been asking for a "man cave" and my answer is when you grow up and become a man, you can have one.  This all leads me to one of my recent installations.  My clients (mom and daughter) needed a new space that could function as an exercise room, guest bedroom, a place to watch television and do homework.  Tall order for a room that is only 11 x 13, but I was up for the challenge.  My first step (in almost every room I design) is a furniture plan. Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

That unusual looking device in the top corner is a treadmill and my goal was to hide it.  I found a great open shelf unit that functioned as a screen and a place for storage - which was greatly needed.  As you can see in my BEFORE photos...

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One presentation, one site visit with the painter and a few emails later - this is what I installed.

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Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

You may have noticed that we had to tweak the original furniture plan a little.  The client had a vertical filing cabinet that just had to stay, so we made a few adjustments during the installation to make it all work.  And make it work, we did!  We still have a super cute chest coming.  It will go in front of the window to hold the television.

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I love these kind of projects!  We didn't have a huge budget, but I had clients who trusted the process.  They knew I understood the needs of the space, the wishes of the client and would deliver a functional and beautiful room.  The email I got that night telling me how much they loved the "girl cave" was all I needed to hear!

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Classic Design, Distressed Vintage and Bright Color - Market Recap!

High Point always brings two things - inspiration and tired feet!  After three days, I'm happy to report that I am back to work and full of inspiration.  I not only picked up some great new vendors, but I learned a lot.  High Point is definitely the premier place to shop, but it also provides great access to educational seminars. My goal was to find a new furniture vendor who offered well-made, classic design at affordable prices.  I'm tired of crappy furniture and with furniture - you get what you pay for!  Cheap furniture isn't going to last.  It's that simple.  Cheap furniture is most likely to arrive damaged.  Cheap furniture isn't worth it.  So, I am confident I found a new vendor in Jonathan Charles and can't wait to place my first order.

Distressed vintage was still everywhere!  Painted pieces, distressed wood, rusted metals, etc.  Even though it's not my personal favorite, I'm embracing it and found some great pieces to bring back to Tallahassee.

Finally, my favorite trend at market was bright color.  Even in showrooms that were full of antique reproductions, I would find bright colors.  I'm looking forward to designing rooms that embrace this trend, including my own house.

So without further delay, here are some of my favorite finds!

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If you want to see more, call me!  I would love to talk to you about your project.

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Guest Bath Remodel {phase one}

Thinking of remodeling your bathroom?  The first step is to put together a plan.  Not just a floor plan, but a design plan.  I encourage all of my clients to put together a complete design plan before hiring a contractor.  This includes a floor plan and all of the selections that would be included in a contractor's bid - tile, plumbing, lighting, counters and cabinets.  The reason this is so important is that it gives all the contractors a level playing field when putting together their bids.  Labor costs will vary, but the materials budgets (aka allowances) will be the same.  Oh, and always get two prices when doing any type of remodeling. Today I'm sharing a few details on a design plan I put together for a client who is now in the process of interviewing contractors and obtaining bids.  We are actually hoping to do the master bathroom as well, but here are the details on the guest bath.  As you can see from the photos, it's a pretty common layout.  Single sink vanity area with a separate tub/toilet room.  Our plan is to open it up to create one large space.  This bathroom is a true guest bathroom.  Not only is it used by overnight guests, but anyone who is visiting.  There is not a powder bath, so we really wanted to amp up the design factor in this space.

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The wall dividing the two areas is coming down, a new large vanity and a true walk-in shower with a single pane of glass.  Because the shower isn't used very often, we really wanted to keep it as open as possible and see all the beautiful tile we have planned.  Which is lots of marble!  French gold is the metal finish on both the plumbing and shower glass frame, but then we add a little rustic flair with the wall sconces.  I love mixing bronze and gold!

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Once all the contractors submit their bids, we will make any changes we need to the selections (as we may have to bring the budget down) and then the contractor has everything they need to get going.  The only finish we will have left to finalize is the paint color!

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A Favorite Find for Your Closet

  I know most of my posts are about interiors, but I have to share with you about my most recent favorite thing.  Stitch Fix.  This is an online service where a personal stylist selects clothes (and accessories) based on your personal preferences and delivers them to your door.  I've received 4 deliveries since the beginning of the year and I love it!  Everything they send is something unique and that I would never even think to try on, much less buy.

So, here's how it works.  First step is to fill out a style profile.  They ask you tons of questions to help narrow down what would work for you.  It takes about 10 minutes.  From there, you select the date you want to receive your first shipment.  Right before your items ship, they charge you a $20 styling fee - which you get back even if you only keep one thing.  There's no cost to ship the clothes to you or return them.

I get a shipment every few months or so.  You can get them as frequently as every few weeks or every few months, it's totally up to you.  I move my dates around a lot, depending on what I have going on and how my budget it looking that month.  This shipment, I requested only tops and dresses through a personal note you send the stylist before she starts selecting your items.  I've learned to be very specific about what I need and so far, they have listened.

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When I opened my box, I loved what I saw.  Great patterns, colors and fabrics!  Included with each shipment is a price list (very important) and a style card with a note from your stylist and suggested ways to wear your new pieces.  I rarely have the other pieces in my closet they suggest, but I'm slowly getting there.

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As I mentioned before, this is my 4th shipment.  Only once have I ever kept everything and when I went through my current box, I thought they hit the mark again.  But once I tried everything on, I realized that a few things just weren't meant to be.  Stitch Fix gives you 5 business days to try things on and check-out.  During the check-out process they ask you lots of questions about the items you are keeping and returning.  They use this information to better help the stylist with your next fix and it takes less than 5 minutes.

Jennifer Taylor Design Favorite Find

I was really excited about the blue print wrap dress (far left), but the length just wasn't right for my height and the lining hung out about 1/2 in the front.  I'm sure if I wanted to keep it, they would have quickly given me a replacement because of that issue.  The second dress was a keeper.  I loved the trendy southwestern print and I'm a big fan of the maxi dress.  Cool and comfortable for these hot Florida days!

I'm not going to lie, when I saw the pink check blouse "tablecloth" immediately came to mind.  But, I tried it on and it looked really cute with jeans and a few other things I had.  The other two blouses were also ones I normally would never try on and I loved both of them.  I had to try them all on twice, just to be sure.  In the end, I decided only to keep the maxi dress, the pink check blouse and the floral top.  Because they give you a 25% discount if you keep everything, it wasn't cost effective just to return the dress, so I returned the black top as well.

Being 43, I've struggled with wanting to dress current, but not looking like I'm trying too hard or dressing too young.  It seems like most of our local boutiques are geared toward the younger crowd and I'm sure that has to do with having a university in town.  Stitch Fix has definitely helped me feel more confident in my fashion choices and allowed me to take some chances I normally wouldn't have.  FYI...I paid $75 for the three items I kept.  If I had kept everything and gotten the 25% discount, the maxi dress would have been free!

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Dillard {take three}

My Dillard project is really coming along.  Slow and steady wins the race, right?  We installed the first phase a few weeks ago and even though I've gotten a lot done, my to-do list is continuing to grow.  My client is really happy and that is the most important thing to me. Here are just a few of the progress photos I took between unpacking boxes.  I'm bad about not wanting to post too much until it's 100% done, so I promise to share more after we come back for another round of installations in a few weeks.

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Balmoral {final look}

They say you should never work with family, but that is a rule I have never followed.  When my sister announced they were moving to Arkansas, the only reason I didn't kidnap her children so they would stay, was they bought a great house that needed a design makeover.  So, who else would she call, but her designer sister!?! I've done a number of posts this past year showing the progress and on my last trip I took some final photos that I want to share.  We still need some window treatments in the dining room, the master bedroom needs to be finished and we have a number of fans that need to be replaced, but you are never truly done with a wish list.  Everyone is thrilled with how it has turned out, even my 13-year-old niece (and that is saying a lot).

Since everyone loves a good before and after, I am starting with one of those.  As you can see the interiors were very traditional with lots of stained wood and heavy light fixtures.  Well, we took care of that!

 

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Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

 

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

 

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

 

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

 

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

 

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

Please visit my Houzz profile to see more of this great project.  Even from over 800 miles away, I was able to create a home that truly reflects this family's style.  The best part is that we did a complete makeover using only paint, lighting and new furniture - not one wall was moved.

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