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!


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

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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Balmoral {take four}

My Balmoral project has been a labor of love - literally!  This home is in Arkansas and belongs to my sister and her family.  They moved from Tallahassee at the beginning of the summer and this is my fourth update about their new home.  Wes and I were there last weekend and it is our last visit until Christmas.  I don't know how we can wait that long, but I better get used to it.

In the meantime, I couldn't wait to share some recent photos of all the progress that has happened.  To truly appreciate the changes, you should check out some of the before photos.  All we have done to the actual house is paint walls, cabinets and some trim, add wallpaper and change out the lighting.  That's it!  This home is a true example of how colors can totally transform a space and make it your own.  I'll be back in December to get the final shots, which includes a navy blue sectional sofa going in the family room.  I can't wait!

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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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Balmoral {take two}

Sorry for such a delay in posting.  I can honestly say, I've had zero free time to blog these past few weeks.  I've been finishing up a few projects, moving forward with even more and starting new ones.  Who said summer was the time to slow down? This week I've been in Northwest Arkansas helping my favorite client (who happens to be my sister) move her family into their new home.  We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  The first few days, I swore those boxes multiplied at night and the paper is out of control!  Before she moved in, we had almost all the walls repainted, but the biggest change was in her kitchen.  We turned a very traditional kitchen into one that is more modern and definitely lighter!

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We are replacing most of the furniture, but I wanted them to get into the space before we ordered anything to make sure our choices were perfect.  After a few discussions and some painter's tape to visualize the new sectional, I have a long list of new things to order on Monday.



In addition to new furniture, ALL of the lighting is going.  After we walked through the first day, it was apparent that only two rooms could stay (the master vanity lights and the guest bath light).  Between the two of us, we have spent hours finding just the right pieces for each room and I couldn't be more thrilled with the direction we are going.

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balmoral 2balmoral 1One of my favorite rooms (so far) is G's room.  She is 12 and we spent a lot of time selecting fabrics and paint colors.  We decided on pale pink walls with a teal accent wall for behind her bed.  Then, we painted all her doors navy blue!  So unexpected and fun.  Like everywhere else, her room is a work in progress, but here is a sneak peek.

Still so much to do...

I'll be back in Arkansas in July to start the furniture install and supervise the lighting installation.  Until then...

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