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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.

Jennifer Taylor Design - Study Inspiration Page
Jennifer Taylor Design - Dining Room Inspiration Page

New Vendors, New Clients, Busy Summer

I love getting new vendor catalogs.  I do most of specifying online, but I really enjoy thumbing through beautiful furniture catalogs.  The feeling takes me back to design school and the excitement I had when manufacturer's would send me brochures or samples to use on projects.  I know, it's weird...but it was the little things!  Here are a few pieces I loved that were really thoughtful in their design and price. Jennifer Taylor DesignAvailable through Jennifer Taylor Design

Available through Jennifer Taylor DesignSummer officially starts in our house next week and I've got one excited 11-year-old counting down the days.  We have some great trips planned and I have to say that I'm pretty excited, too.  With that said, I'm starting to feel the pressure of work as I schedule meetings around camp schedules and vacation.  We've started the ordering process for my Dillard project and if everything goes according to plan, we should be installing at the end of July.  In addition to a huge remodeling project that started a few weeks ago, I'm meeting with a new client next week to start selecting items for the house they are building in one of my favorite neighborhoods.

I'm also putting the finishing touches on a new breakfast room presentation and wanted to share a few inspiration photos I'm using to convey my ideas.  She seems really open, so I'm hoping to to get an approval and get the install on the books before her daughter takes her table to college.

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Photo Credit:  Nat Rea Photography

So, here's to summer and enjoying every second!

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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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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.

DINING ROOM

KITCHEN

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...

Thanks for Reading,

Jennifer