Thursday, March 30, 2017

Design Show House: The Before

We had a meeting at the house this week, which officially kicks off the date we are able to take over the space and begin the transformation.  I was able to get a couple of pictures of the space before we get started.

Here is the design board:

1. Light, 2. SW Paint Color, 3. Mirror, 4. Shelf, 5. Kohler Purist Widespread Faucet, 6. Radiator Cover, 7. Succulent, 8. Fabric , 9. Mornings Away Art Print, 10. Towels






The homeowner doesn't want the tile walls or flooring to be removed so that created a bit of a design challenge but that soft blue tile coupled with a rich dark charcoal wall will give this room a completely different feel. Switching out the fixtures for brushed gold versions and covering the radiator will give the space more of a finished look.  I can't wait to get started!

To read about the whole process start here:


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Design Show House: MY DESIGN IS SELECTED!


The design boards were submitted and it felt so good. The amount of time and effort that I put into both of them was a true labor of love. We were told that designers would hear back if they were chosen on Friday so imagine my surprise when I heard back on Wednesday!  YOU GUYS! I was blown away at the response.  The judges loved my design board for the Sophisticated Bathroom and couldn't wait to see the transformation!  Not only did I get chosen but I also got my first choice room! Most of the designers who bid on the house are established firms who have been designing for years. I'm thrilled to get to work along side them to turn this house into an amazing work of art. I have a feeling I will learn a lot through this process and am grateful you are along for the ride.  

We have a design meeting at the house in a few days, after that we can get in to our space and begin working our magic. 


To read about the whole process start here:


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1. Light, 2. SW Paint Color, 3. Mirror, 4. Shelf, 5. Kohler Purist Widespread Faucet, 6. Radiator Cover, 7. Succulent, 8. Fabric , 9. Mornings Away Art Print, 10. Towels

1. World Map Wall Mural, 2. SW Paint Color, 3. Telescope, 4. Lego Head 5. Light Fixture, 6. BB-8 Pillow, 7. Bike Pillow, 8. Dot Desk, 9. Floor Cushion, 10. Sailcloth Storage, 11. Sign

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Design Show House: Adventure Awaits Reading Nook

Hello there and thanks for following along as I write about the experience of submitting for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 40th Annual Show House.  You can see previous posts about it here and here.

The second room I felt inspired to design was a small nook on the 3rd floor.  It was barely large enough to stand up but perfect for a small boy and his dog to get away for hours plotting great adventures together. I imagined the boy reading aloud to his dog, scoping out the stars, and dreaming of exotic far away places that only pirates can find.

The nook is the 1/2 circle window at the very top of the house.


Here is an image of the nook (it was hard to get a good image because of the size):

Isn't that huge window dreamy?
Below is the design board I submitted:

1. World Map Wall Mural, 2. SW Paint Color, 3. Telescope, 4. Lego Head 5. Light Fixture, 6. BB-8 Pillow, 7. Bike Pillow, 8. Dot Desk, 9. Floor Cushion, 10. Sailcloth Storage, 11. Sign

I have to admit, I felt inspired by my 6 year old son when designing this room.  Some of the items in the design board above are his favorites.  The letterpress box is an antique and holds all his little treasures from lego men, sea shells found on the beach, to that random robins egg found on a walk. He loves his adventures!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Design Show House: Sophisticated Bathroom Design Board



The BSO allows each designer to submit design boards for up to 3 rooms. I decided to submit for a bathroom and a small nook on the 3rd floor.  If you look at the picture from the last post of the front of the house, the nook is the semi-circle window at the top.  It's a perfect hideout for a small boy and his dog to daydream about all the adventures they will take together (more about that coming soon).

My first design submission was a small blue-tiled bathroom. The moment I entered this room I had an idea to transform it from it's current condition to something with a bit more wow-factor. The challenge in this space is that the designer is not permitted to change the tile wall or the floor.  I found a way to incorporate them into the design.

The view of the bathroom from our first visit to the Mayfair House:












Here is my design board showing the concept:


1. Light, 2. SW Paint Color, 3. Mirror, 4. Shelf, 5. Kohler Purist Widespread Faucet, 6. Radiator Cover, 7. Succulent, 8. Fabric , 9. Mornings Away Art Print, 10. Towels

This space was envisioned as the spot where a sophisticated woman gets ready in the morning and wants to start her day inspired by her surroundings. Updating this bathroom with a dark wall color above the blue tile along with modern French gold fixtures and accessories melds perfectly with the painting, titled 
Mornings Away.  A fabric roman shade and matching shower curtain would be added to bring diverse texture to the space. 

I am excited for the opportunity to work on this project. Wish me luck!