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Everett {take two}

  This week we started the family room installation at my Everett project and I couldn't wait to share the update with you.  Before I share photos, I first need to make a correction.  On my first post about Everett, I made an error when I said my client's husband was a triathlete.  My client AND her husband both compete in triathlons.  They both train hard and deserve the shout out!  Now, back to the family room...

Over the Christmas holidays, the room was cleaned out and the completely painted.  The wood paneling became the perfect shade of gray and the tan trim turned a crisp white.  That alone made a huge difference.  We also had a design challenge that needed to be addressed.  We needed an area for a stationary bicycle and some type of locker/drop station for the kids back packs and shoes.  So, I designed this wall divider to keep the bicycle "hidden" from view and provide much needed storage.  It's a floor to ceiling shelf unit with open shelves and closed areas for hooks and shoe baskets.  My cabinetmaker delivered exactly what I had envisioned and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

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Still need to add the shoe baskets and more accessories, including these "designer books" that will be delivered next week.  I can't wait.  I'm using them with the custom bicycle bookends I found on Etsy.

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On the other side of the room is sitting area, complete with comfortable furniture, a colorful rug and these amazing gear mirrors (a slight nod to the bicycle we are trying to hide).  This is just a progress shot.  Wait until the draperies and sofa pillows are delivered.  The fabrics are amazing!

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On more detail I want to share.  My sister, who happens to be a very talented photographer, took a series of bicycle photos for me.  I placed them in acrylic frames with posts and we hung them right by the bicycle.  I loved them, and so did the client.  A win, win!

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Nip and Tuck

My Appleton project can best be described as a house that just needed a little nip and tuck.  It was a great house, but just wasn't my client's style.  They brought me in at the very beginning and we made a plan!  This included paint colors, lighting changes, a new bathroom, kitchen updates and some much needed personality.  The biggest structural change was closing in a portion of the ceiling in the family room.  It was open to the second floor and was a total waste of space.  I also saw a ton of potential on the fireplace wall and had to close in that opening as well. Jennifer Taylor Design

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What a difference, right?  We closed in the ceiling, added trim and gave the fireplace wall A LOT of personality!  Oh, but wait.  Let's look at the kitchen.  It got some design love as well.  The island was small and not functional; so we replaced it, painted all the cabinets, replaced the counters and added the best tile on the splash.  The tin behind the stove just wasn't working for us.

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I don't know what I love more about this project.  My clients were a dream to work with and I can't wait for them to get all moved in.  I also can't wait to share more with you once I take some final photos.

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Chez Sois {take seven}

It's been a while since my last update on the Chez Sois project, but that doesn't mean we haven't been making some great progress.  All good things come to those who wait, right? The exterior is complete and it is stunning!  We didn't do anything structural to the actual townhouse - paint, new door, lighting and mailbox - it was the landscaping that made all the difference.  My BEFORE photos aren't that great, but you should get the idea.  The stucco was light green with dark green trim and a brown front door.

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The AFTER is definitely a transformation!  We painted the stucco a light gray, the trim went white and a navy blue front door.

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Now, onto the inside.  We've gotten all the upholstered pieces in the family room and just finalized all the pillow fabrics.  Those will add some much needed pattern and bring the space together.

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We've also installed a window treatment in the kitchen and delivered a few goodies in the master bedroom, which includes a custom, tufted headboard.  More to come, so the photos are just detail shots.

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Balmoral {take three}

  I'm sitting here in Arkansas, writing this post, with the doors and windows open.  It's 70 DEGREES OUTSIDE!  I've been in heaven this week as I'm normally a hot mess on installations.  Especially in the summer.  This trip has been very exciting as new furniture and lighting has started to arrive.

If you want to catch up on this project check out this post and this one to see where we started.  We still have lots to do, but it's been a rewarding trip and my clients couldn't be happier.  I'll be back in August to get most of the rooms finished and I can't wait!

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The Parade at Bird Dog Point

  The annual Parade of Homes is finishing up this weekend and I strongly encourage everyone to go out and support our local home builders.  There are some beautiful houses out there and if you are thinking of building or remodeling, this is the perfect way to "interview" some of the best Tallahassee has to offer.  I teamed up with White Oak Construction and their clients to build a new home on Bird Dog Point in Centerville Conservation.  I've posted some progress photos on the blog, but now it's 99% finished and ready to show.

My clients are a young family (with two small boys) relocating to Tallahassee.  That posed a challenge as we had very limited face-to-face time together, but it was one of the smoothest design projects I've every had.  They made quick decisions and were very trusting in my vision for the house, which made it easier for everyone.  The results speak for themselves...

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We are currently getting furniture and window treatments ordered, so a more professional photo shoot is on the way once they are all moved in.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

EGGcited for Easter!

I have so many childhood memories of Easter.  Some mornings it was so cold and we'd have to rush through finding the eggs that I'm sure my parents hid that morning.  There were also many Easters spent at my grandparents' house with the cousins.  We'd search for eggs, attend Easter service at their church and have a wonderful lunch with ham and deviled eggs.  The "quirkiest" memory I have is being a teenager and my grandmother deciding she wanted all of us to attend a sunrise Easter service - in the freezing cold, at actual sunrise, in a cemetery!  We still talk about that crazy morning, amongst the headstones celebrating the resurrection.

Now that I have a child of my own, there are two things I make sure we do on Easter Sunday.  Celebrate the resurrection of Christ and have a great Easter basket.  I'm not too hip on the whole egg thing - the dying, the hiding, the finding.  I'm also really bad at trying to sell the idea of a rabbit doing all of these things to my child.  Now that Wes is 9, putting together a basket has become more challenging.  Here are some ideas I think are great if you have an older boy, age 7 to 10.

  • Summer Fun - bathing suit, summer shoes (flip flops or Crocs), swim goggles, disposable camera, sunglasses, beach towel and a kite.  For girls, just add in some fun nail polish!  
  • Movie Night - movie tickets or gift card from your local theater, boxes of movie candy, a few DVD's from the bargain bin, temporary tattoos and some comic books.  For girls, instead of comic books find a few magazines.
  • In the Kitchen - recipe card and some of the ingredients for their favorite meal, fun apron, a kid themed cookbook, personalized notebook, kids watch and a few card games.  What a fun night this would make!

Here are some super cute Easter products I've found.  Most of these are for the younger set, but I loved them and couldn't resist sharing.

The tutorial for making these felt bags, from Martha Stewart, isn't on her site anymore, but I love the idea of using a bag instead of a traditional basket.  This is a great idea for an older girl.

  

These wool felt baskets from Etsy are adorable.  There are tons of options as to color and design.  When you're not using them at Easter, hang them from a cute hook in the bathroom and fill with stuff.

These metal buckets from Etsy can be personalized for your little one.  I love the colors on this one and the matching ribbon is perfect!

These personalized plates from The Polka Dot Press are so fun and can be used every day of the year.  Lots of patterns available.

I just loved how this photo made me feel.  The pink and green colors are so fresh.  Pink carnations in a white pitcher?  How easy and perfect is that?  The idea of using glue and glitter to create polka dots on the eggs may make me want to actually decorate eggs this year.

Another great idea from Martha Stewart for the table using real grass.  You could use boiled eggs you might eat or dyed eggs if you wanted more color.

By using real glass blades on standard candles, we continue the theme from above.  You can still keep these out after Easter.  Green and white, with a punch of yellow is a perfect color scheme for an Easter meal.  Find out how to make these, here.

I hope you are able to spend some time with your family this weekend as we celebrate this amazing holiday.  I pray for warm weather and for everyone to understand the real reason for Easter.