Everett {final take}

This week we delivered the final piece of furniture to our Everett family room project.  It took a while for it to arrive, but it was totally worth it.  Every piece of furniture was carefully selected to create a welcoming and comfortable room for this very busy family.  When I look back on how it looked before, I am truly amazed at the transformation in not only how it looks but how much better it functions.  Nothing says "satisfied client" more than hearing they will be calling you back at the end of the year to start on the next room.  I can't wait! So, here's a little reminder of how the room looked before...


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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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Everett {a new project}

I've been working on a new project called {Everett} and presented the design plan to my clients this week.  They loved everything, so I'm excited to share the direction we are going.  The room used to be a garage that the previous owners turned into a large family room.  My clients have two young children and the husband is a triathlete.  This means, he has to train on his bicycle.  Sometimes inside.  In this room.  It sits on a special rack and is used like a stationary bike.  Pretty cool, but not necessarily a great design feature.  I saw it as a challenge and figured out a way we could "make it work" - insert Tim Gunn from Project Runway reference.  Here is a furniture plan we are considering... Plan D

As you can see from the photos, this room is currently being used for lots of different things - watching television, hanging out, playing with toys, paying bills and exercising.  It's also the family's main entrance (the double doors), so we need to create some sort of drop station for backpacks and jackets.  Wait till you see what I have planned for that!

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The flooring is staying, but everything else is changing.  New paint, new window treatments, new furniture and a new light fixture.  Here are a few pieces we are considering, along with the upholstery fabrics for the sofa and chair.  Next week we firm up the selections and get the ordering process going.  If all goes according to plan, this family will have a new room for Christmas!

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