family friendly design

Everett {Round Two}

There's no better feeling than hearing from a previous client "we are ready to start on another project".  This means you did your job so well the first time, they are ready to jump in the interior design pool again.  It's even better when these clients trust you completely to deliver a room they will love for years to come!

Our first Everett project was a family room for the ENTIRE family.  I created a space that included a cozy spot to watch television, a desk area for homework, a creative drop zone and even a hidden place to practice for bicycle races.  It was a super fun project!

This time they were ready to create another family room, but this time for the hard working parents.  So we took the room directly off the kitchen, that no one ever sat in, and gave them a place they could use every day.  And since it was open to each other, we decided to include the breakfast room.  Another room no one ever used.  

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My before photos are always so dark!  But the room was dark and lightening things up was on the top of our list.  First came a new fireplace with new tile and mantle surround.  Then, my painter went to work on the walls and trim.  Finally, it was time for the furniture.  

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My clients wanted a more "adult" family room they could relax in and watch television.  I found a pair of colorful cabinets for each side of the fireplace and added floating shelves above.  The television eventually was installed on the right side.  We kept the sofa neutral, but went dark to create a contrast with the fun pillows and colorful swivel chairs.  I really love the accent chair, with the green houndstooth fabric, in the corner.  It's unexpected, which you want sometimes.

It's been almost a year since we installed this project, but seeing these photos still makes me smile.  

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Lighten Up!

When I first met with these clients, she said she really wanted to lighten things up and I couldn't have agreed more.  Here was my client's wish list...new lighting, sofa pillows, coffee table, dining chairs and accessories.  We had to work with the new sectional the client had just purchased, the existing family room rug, arm chairs and the draperies.  I love working with things a client owns, but it can be challenging.  This project was no exception.  Here are a few photos from my initial consultation.

First, we replaced all the existing lighting in the main rooms (entry, dining and family room) and what a difference that made.  Then came pillows and new chairs.  Finally, we delivered the new tables and the finishing touches.  Small changes with BIG results!

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If you are looking to lighten things up in your home, please give me a call.  I'd love to help you!

Jennifer

{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.

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Classic Design, Distressed Vintage and Bright Color - Market Recap!

High Point always brings two things - inspiration and tired feet!  After three days, I'm happy to report that I am back to work and full of inspiration.  I not only picked up some great new vendors, but I learned a lot.  High Point is definitely the premier place to shop, but it also provides great access to educational seminars. My goal was to find a new furniture vendor who offered well-made, classic design at affordable prices.  I'm tired of crappy furniture and with furniture - you get what you pay for!  Cheap furniture isn't going to last.  It's that simple.  Cheap furniture is most likely to arrive damaged.  Cheap furniture isn't worth it.  So, I am confident I found a new vendor in Jonathan Charles and can't wait to place my first order.

Distressed vintage was still everywhere!  Painted pieces, distressed wood, rusted metals, etc.  Even though it's not my personal favorite, I'm embracing it and found some great pieces to bring back to Tallahassee.

Finally, my favorite trend at market was bright color.  Even in showrooms that were full of antique reproductions, I would find bright colors.  I'm looking forward to designing rooms that embrace this trend, including my own house.

So without further delay, here are some of my favorite finds!

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Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

If you want to see more, call me!  I would love to talk to you about your project.

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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!

 

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Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

 

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

 

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

 

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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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Don't Be Over{dis}Stressed

Distressed furnishings are everywhere and from what I saw at the last furniture market, it's not going away any time soon.  I do understand the popularity of it, but sometimes it's used too much.  You really don't want every piece in your room to look like it's from a flea market or your grandmother's attic.  There is an art to mixing it with pieces that are more modern and even with pieces that feel formal. One example of getting the mix right is this family room I designed.  Overall, the room has a more modern feel with the rug, upholstery pieces and wall decor.  But, then I added a television cabinet that was made using old elm wood as well as this great coffee table that was the perfect mix of modern and rustic.

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These table accessories are how I mixed rustic with a more formal feel.  The tables themselves had a distressed finish, so I decided to bring in more refined accessories such the onyx base lamp and brass tray.

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

Here are some pieces I found online that would make a beautiful dining room.  Each piece has the perfect mix of rustic and formal.

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I used some of my favorite sources to find the dining chair, dining table, cabinet, sunburst mirror and chandelier.  I really like the combination of the lacquer side chairs with the distressed gray table, as well as the gold sunburst mirror with the antique mirror chandelier.  If you need help with bringing some distressed pieces into your space, please give me a call.  I'd love to help you!

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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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Final Look at Bird Dog Point

There are some projects that I hate to see come to an end and Bird Dog Point is one of them.  With the sadness, comes the silver lining of having your project professionally photographed.  A few months ago I did just that and am so excited to share some of the photos with you today. Jennifer Taylor Design

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Want to see more?  Visit my Houzz profile to see Bird Dog and many of my other projects.

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