Tried and True Design Elements

Over the years, I have noticed definite solid design decisions that are always in style. There are some elements in particular, that stand the test of time and become classic must haves for almost any home. As I have been getting completed designs photographed or even when I talk to clients about potential new projects, I have found some recurring topics and accessories discussed time and time again. I have rounded up some of my favorites for you today!

Warm Gray Walls

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_106_DSC08593Project Classic Living, Sarah Heppell Photography

Whether they have a tinge of green or blue coming through, a soft gray base wall color is a great jumping off point in a space. It allows the colors and patterns to come through in the accessories or also allows the showstopper to be in the ceiling color or the lighting.

Gourd Table Lamps

project vg 39Project Vintage Gem, Sarah Heppell Photography

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_019_DSC08451Project Classic Living, Sarah Heppell Photography

Oh my goodness, my love for gourd lamps runs deep! I have even been known to use this style of lamp in more than one room in a design project. I love oversized table lamps with large shades. This style allows you to bring either a neutral or bold base color to the lamp. It also has a nice sculptural shape to it, which helps to bring interest and dimension to a room.

Patterned Rugs

Why This Works 1Project Vintage Gem, Sarah Heppell Photography

{There’s another gourd lamp!!} Patterned rugs are a great way to bring an artistic touch to a room. It can bring color and texture to the mix, while also reinforcing your color palette. In this loft space I designed, the blue plaid rug brought in more of the favorite color and also softened the room and design.

Built In Shelving

windsong project studio mcgee

Design by Studio McGee

Whether this is achieved with a furniture piece or actually built in to the home, the look of custom shelving always takes your room to the next level. I am currently {and always, for that matter} loving the look of white built ins with either a color or grasscloth added to the back of the unit. #beauty

What design elements do you love and feel will always work, even through ever changing design trends?!?

Lighting Tips in Your Home

An eclectic, collected over time style is popular, but can be tricky to pull off when making most of your purchases at once. You instantly want the look of having a space that has evolved, but how do you do that with lighting that has to be purchased all at the same time?!? That’s the topic we’ll cover today. My favorite trick is mixing finishes when purchasing lighting. Just because one lamp is brass, does not mean that they all have to be that way… even in the same room. You can mix metal finishes with wood and with lamps that have a painted base. And you can also mix different metal finishes within that space. I love doing that!

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_006_SHP_3636

Photo by Sarah Heppell

When I designed the living room for Project Classic Living, you can see the the wood spool floor lamp by the fireplace, in the same room with the antique brass floor lamp near the windows. Mixing wood and metal in a room brings an eclectic, collected over time feel to the space. These two lamps also have different styles and shade types. That’s important to think about, as well. The metal apothecary style lamp works in a small area where task reading is done. And the oversized drum shade on the wood lamp base brings a softness to the room with its fabric shade and is great for overall lighting.

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_019_DSC08451

Photo by Sarah Heppell

In this same room, I went with a pair of lamps for this console, to bring symmetry to the space, which was not done with the other two floor lamps. I like to mix symmetrical and asymmetrical in one room, for that contrast and balance. These fabric shades work well against the wood table, while the base has a brass detail that ties in with the apothecary floor lamp. I also love the look of having floor lamps in the same room with table lamps. For me, it’s never all floor or all table.

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_042_DSC08481

Photo by Sarah Heppell

In the foyer of the same home, I have mixed wall sconces with table lighting. The sconces were already there when the project began and adding the blue and white ceramic table lamp brought color and additional lighting to the table surface.

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_080_DSC08546

Photo by Sarah Heppell

In the dining room of the same home, I loved adding a pair of lamps to the buffet. It creates a great mix with the overhead chandelier. In this space, there was a lot of wood with the floors and furniture. So, I went with a brass chandelier with soft linen shades and then paired that with painted gourd lamp bases with a similar soft shade. All of the lighting in this room really pops against the other features, which was our goal.

So for a quick recap of fun tips for your home’s lighting, here is the breakdown…

-Mix your finishes and shade styles {task lighting vs. overall room lighting}

-Mix symmetrical with asymmetrical and floor lamps with table lamps

-Mix sconces with table lamps {great for a foyer}

-Mix overhead chandeliers with table lamps in a dining space

I hope these lighting tips helped! If you have any to add, please leave them in the comments! Happy Friday!!

Before and After: Project Classic Living {The Bathroom}

We are now at the final day of the before and after series from Project Classic Living. To catch up on all of the previous posts for this home design, visit HERE. I love this house and working with these clients. We have other future projects in the works, so this is not the end of this gorgeous home tour. My clients had already been working with a contractor for the bathroom and brought me in for the finishing touches and to bounce off ideas for the overall design aesthetic. I actually created a pinterest board for this design and you can view it HERE for comparison between inspiration and final result. We discussed a couple of different flooring options and patterns and they ultimately decided on the hexagon tiles, which work so well with the home’s traditional charm and character. There is a dramatic difference between the before and after, since plumbing was moved and the space was completely gutted. The after pictures are by the talented Sarah Heppell. Enjoy!

Before

IMG_2132

 

IMG_2133

 

IMG_2138

After

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_152_DSC08674

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_147_DSC08665

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_156_DSC08679

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_151_DSC08672

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_146_DSC08663

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_149_DSC08669

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_153_DSC08675

After Photos by Sarah Heppell

I hope you enjoyed the home tour and the before and after series! It was so much fun for me to look back at where we began and then how we finished. And this bathroom, even with its deeper and longer vanity, looks bigger now than before! I love when that happens. We added function and the appearance of more square footage. Win, win!!

 

Before and After: Project Classic Living {The Nursery}

Welcome back to another before and after. This is a favorite of mine from Project Classic Living, because today… it’s all about the nursery. I love designing kids rooms and with two kids of my own, I know how important function can be! It’s also important to include the style in there as well, and there are so many great products out there now, so you can have both. I also love to design a nursery with future years in mind. Instead of picking a particular theme, I wanted the room to grow with their daughter and be a space that works even ten years from now. The only item in here that would need to be changed, is the crib! The changing pad can easily be moved off of the dresser and it will look like a regular furniture piece. This nursery was the first project my clients and I worked on together, about a year and a half ago. We have moved on throughout the house and it’s so fun to be able to bring that similar style and look to other areas of the home. Of course you can have more fun in kids rooms and divert from the plan a bit, but we also stayed true to the home’s charm, character and overall design aesthetic. All after pictures are by Sarah Heppell.

Before

001

 

004

 

006

 

After

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_123_DSC08629

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_140_DSC08655

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_121_DSC08626

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_125_DSC08634

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_134_DSC08645

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_113_DSC08612

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_136_DSC08648

After Photos by Sarah Heppell

We went with a light, delicate wall color for this nursery… Halo by Benjamin Moore. It is the same color we used in the living room and dining room. That is the way that I tied this space to the rest of the home. It was fun adding more soft, delicate colors to the room. I framed two pretty floral fabrics in mirrored frames, beside the crib. My clients already had the crib, rug and dresser. We also used their existing ceiling light fixture, which we believe to be original to the home. I selected the art, seating, window treatments and accessories. It has been so much fun working with them! Their kitchen was featured on Ballard Designs Instagram page yesterday. Thank you, Ballard Designs!

 

ballard

 

Tomorrow, I’ll be back with a Why This Works post and then back with the final before and after on Thursday… the Bathroom!

Before and After: Project Classic Living {The Dining Room}

Hope you all had a great weekend! My Mother’s Day was wonderful, being spoiled by my kids and husband. They are amazing! We had my mom over for dinner on the grill. It was absolute perfection! I am back today, with another before and after to show. Today, it’s all about the dining room. To catch up on all things Project Classic Living, visit HERE. For this space, we kept all of the existing furnishings. In time, we will replace the wood end chairs with light, upholstered pieces and also add a bar cart. The main change in this room was with the paint! We added a deep color to the back of the built ins, allowing the white kitchenware to shine. We also lightened up the walls, added art, accessories and new window treatments and lighting. And don’t miss that new pink ceiling! I just imagine my clients having a dinner party, with the lights dimmed. Everyone will have a glow to their face! As always, the amazing after photos are by Sarah Heppell. Enjoy!

Before

Project Alison 001

 

Project Alison 010

 

Project Alison 008

After

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_080_DSC08546

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_082_DSC08548

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_090_DSC08565

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_087_DSC08555

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_093_DSC08570

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_089_DSC08560

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_091_DSC08568

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_109_DSC08600

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_106_DSC08593

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_105_DSC08592

After Photos by Sarah Heppell

Thanks for stopping by! I love the brass accents with the drapery fabric color and with that pink ceiling!! Up tomorrow, the before and after pictures of the nursery.

Before and After: Project Classic Living {The Kitchen}

Welcome back to the before and after series from Project Classic Living. Up today… the Kitchen! As I have mentioned in previous posts, the kitchen was already beautifully renovated when I came into this space. The gorgeous white cabinetry, quartz counters, back splash and lighting was already chosen. I came in for the window treatments, dining area furniture and wall accessories. All of the after pictures taken by the wonderful Sarah Heppell. Here is the kitchen when I started…

Before

040

 

041

 

043

{I had forgotten that the kitchen counters were not in yet, when I started with the design plan. But they had already picked out a gorgeous quartz counter that resembles marble. Perfect choice!!}

After

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_065_DSC08522

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_062_DSC08519

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_025_SHP_3678

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_073_DSC08534

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_024_SHP_3676

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_023_SHP_3674

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_020_SHP_3661

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_021_SHP_3662

After photos by Sarah Heppell

And one more quick comparison…

Before

040

After

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_061_DSC08518

I love that this kitchen eating area has a relaxed vibe, to balance out the more formal feel in the dining room. Which, by the way, is the next room to show!

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there, especially to my wonderful, amazing mom! Thank you to my sweet, wonderfully awesome kids for giving me the amazing privilege of being their mom! :) Have a great weekend!

Before and After: Project Classic Living {The Foyer}

Welcome back to another fun before and after! Today, we are focusing on the foyer. This is the first impression upon entering through the front door, so we really wanted this space to set the tone for the house and connect the other designs. We added a meaningful gallery wall going up the stairs, added function with an entry rug and vintage coat rack and also updated the foyer furniture with a new demilune, lamp and accessories. Let’s first take a look back at where we began. And of course, the gorgeous after photos are by the talented Sarah Heppell. Enjoy!

Before

Project Alison 014

Project Alison 016

 

Project Alison 012

After

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_042_DSC08481

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_058_DSC08511

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_052_DSC08502

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_051_DSC08498

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_060_DSC08515

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_055_DSC08506

After photos by Sarah Heppell

We kept the wall color and sconces, but the rest is new. And we are not finished! We are currently in the works to install a stair runner. Wait until you see which option they chose!! Thanks for stopping by. Up tomorrow… the before and after of the kitchen. The eating area was a clean, blank slate, which was fun to design!

Before and After: Project Classic Living {The Living Room}

As promised from last week’s posts, I am now ready to show the before pictures of the living room from Project Classic Living, as well as some new after photos! It’s always fun to show how a space began, so we can appreciate how far we have come. The before pictures are taken by myself and the really pretty after photos are all from the very talented Sarah Heppell. For the living room, they wanted a light, neutral space that was a blend of traditional and modern, while also working with the character of the home. Here we go!

Before

Project Alison 019

 

Project Alison 035

 

Project Alison 024

We really wanted to try out a sectional in this room. We were so thrilled when we found one that was a perfect fit! We lightened the walls, added new furniture and accessories and were able to keep some existing key pieces. We kept the beautiful media cabinet, mirror and wall frames.

After

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_002_DSC08423

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_019_DSC08451

{This is the mirror, above, that we kept. It was on their mantel. We just changed the orientation and hung it vertically.}

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_022_DSC08455

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_014_SHP_3652

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_015_DSC08445

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_016_SHP_3656

 

And one more time, for comparison…

Before

Project Alison 019

 

After

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_002_DSC08423

All after photos by Sarah Heppell Photography

I hope you enjoyed the before and after! Next up… the foyer!

Project Classic Living Reveal {The Nursery and Bathroom}

Showing the reveals from Project Classic Living has been such a blast for me this week! I want to give a huge thank you to my clients for allowing Sarah and I to come into the home and photograph the spaces. It means the world to me to have this project shown in its best light. The nursery was where it all began! My clients found me through a Houzz search and the rest is history! We first met about a year and a half ago and I am so happy to have met such a wonderful family! Thank you to Sarah Heppell again, for making this home shine into a light, bright space on such a cloudy day. Of course, the rest of the week had beautiful blue skies! But it didn’t matter- Sarah made it appear as if it was the sunniest of days. :) Have fun viewing the nursery, followed by the hallway bathroom!

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_113_DSC08612

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_121_DSC08626

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_123_DSC08629

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_125_DSC08634

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_132_DSC08643

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_134_DSC08645

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_140_DSC08655

And now the hallway bathroom…

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_152_DSC08674

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_150_DSC08670

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_151_DSC08672

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_156_DSC08679

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_147_DSC08665

So there you have it… Project Classic Living! We will be working together in some more spaces in their home, so stay tuned. I will definitely show more of these rooms in the future, including the before images. The contractor did an amazing job with this bathroom. Plumbing was relocated and it is a completely different space. I hope you enjoyed the reveals this week. This is the most I have posted in one week, in a long time. 😉

Project Classic Living Reveal {The Dining Room}

Today is another reveal day! To catch up on all things Project Classic Living, visit HERE. We are now moving on to the dining room! I planned to have this space flow with the rest of the home, but it is a bit of a diversion. It doesn’t have any of my signature blue in it, but the drapes are the same fabric seen in the living room. I went soft and neutral in this room and layered on the textures. Don’t forget to look at that pink ceiling! It’s a subtle pink, but one that brings a soft glow to the room. We kept all of my client’s existing dining furniture and buffet. The rest is new! In the future, we plan to add upholstered end chairs to the table and a sleek brass bar cart. Enjoy the abundant pictures, by the super talented Sarah Heppell Photography.

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_032_SHP_3697

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_080_DSC08546

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_091_DSC08568

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_082_DSC08548

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_087_DSC08555

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_093_DSC08570

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_097_DSC08579

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_100_DSC08585

 

SHP_Proj_Classic_living_105_DSC08592

Images by Sarah Heppell Photography

Drapes made by Windows by Melissa, Drapery Fabric by Tonic Living

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed today’s stop on the tour. Up tomorrow… we finish with the nursery and bathroom!