chez sois

Chez Sois {final take}

Almost two years ago, I received this message on Houzz: "Jennifer, I found you on Houzz and like what I see in the photos of your work...I have lots of ideas (on Houzz) about what I'd like to do, but need a good designer with an up-to-date aesthetic to help me expand some ideas and refine others...and just keep me from making those costly mistakes...My style is grounded in traditional, but I've moved away from total traditional to a more European, elegant feel that says "today." I'm single now and want a totally feminine home."

Little did I know what a wonderful and collaborative project this would turn out to be.  I'm always a little nostalgic when a project comes to an end, but this one will always hold a special place in my heart.  Chez Sois was a total renovation and there wasn't a surface we didn't touch.  The result was EXACTLY what my client wanted when she sent that first message to me.  Before you continue, please take a minute to read my first blog post so you can see exactly what we started with.  The transformation is beyond words...

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

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

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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.

Duggan Before Exterior

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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Chez Sois {take six}

My client is in!  The remodeling phase of Chez Sois finished up last month and my client has officially moved into her new place.  I received this email from her after her first night..."It's just amazingly gorgeous to wake up to, and I do appreciate all of the talent and knowledge you have put into making it an incredible place to live." How great is that?  It's just a wonderful reminder of how blessed I am to be doing a job I love.  

I wasn't able to get in to do any formal "after" photos as she started moving in before everything was 100% done.  But, I was able to get a few shots with my phone that I'll share today.  I plan to have professional ones done as soon as all the furniture is installed.  I promise, it will be worth the wait!

The fireplace wall turned out better than I imagined.  We added some beautiful trim details.
The kitchen is a perfect mix of design and function!
The powder bath is definitely a jewel with it's cobalt wallpaper.
The new master bath is a delight in travertine!
The staircase sets a tone for the rest of the house and you get a peak at the new wood floors.
This isn't the best picture of the balcony railing, but it's all I have at the moment.
Here is a little BEFORE shot of the above window looked before we created the balcony.

Chez Sois {take six}

Well, it's almost finished and anyone who has ever been a part of a construction or remodeling project knows there are always a few "hiccups" along the way.  Even with the best laid plans, things don't always come together as you hope and Chez Sois is no exception.

The kitchen selections were all done, but then the inevitable back order happened.  The accent tile wasn't available and the company couldn't even tell us when it would be.  With the counters already ordered, we made a safe decision by going with the mosaic version of what we already selected for the field tile on the splash.  This ended up being a much better choice than our first!

Here is what we originally picked out...

The quartz counters were white with a warm neutral veining, cabinets were white, main field tile was a white/gray marble and our accent tile (the sample leaning against the cabinet door) was going to tie it all in together.

Once everything was installed, my client just wasn't happy with the white counters.  She waited until everything was done before deciding, but it just wasn't working.  I'm proud of her for not just "living with it" and regretting it years later, but it was definitely a delay and expense we weren't counting on.  So, gray counters were ordered!  Thankfully, we were able to use the first set of counters on another project.

The new counters were installed last week and I took a quick picture before they had finished up...


And this is the only photo I have showing the original counters...

With all that was going on with our counters, the contractor made great progress on some of the trim details we had planned.  He was very patient with us in laying out the mantel and paneling on the walls so my client could envision everything he was going to do.  Here's how the mantel literally came to life this week...
Pencil drawings to get all the measurements worked out.

Then, the marble tile surround was installed.

And we are almost there.  Just needs a coat of paint and the new logs!
I will leave you with one last photo of the powder bath progress.  These rooms always end up being my favorite and I can't wait to show you the finished space!