After working in marketing for nearly 18 years, I still can’t believe it’s been four months since I left my full time office job. If you’re wondering, I don’t miss it at all! 😉
Some of you may already know this story, but when I was in high school I took CAD and architectural drafting…and LOVED it! They were my favorite classes. I looked forward to going and enjoyed putting in the work for the class. I wanted to go into architecture so I toured a local college and fell even more in love with the program. Well…my guidance counselor in school, that is supposed to help and guide you, let me down. They convinced me that architecture was a dying career riddled with red tape and difficulty, that I wouldn’t succeed and that I should go into computer science instead. Without any other guiding influence in my life in this regard, I listened to them and went down a path of computer science.
Well, I failed…and not just figuratively…but literally!!! 😂😂 My first year at college I took fortran, turbo pascal and discrete mathematics and it was horrible. D’s, wow, was that definitely not my calling. So at 18, with D’s on my permanent transcripts for college, in classes I shouldn’t have been in to begin with, where does one go from there? Well, I got involved with the business department and happened into marketing. This happy accident led to a long and very successful career in marketing. Within my marketing life, I met this guy who was interviewing at the company I worked for on a day when I was eating the best grapes I had ever had. Well, I offered that guy some grapes and he said ‘no thank you’!!
That same guy, a few years later took me to dinner…married me…opened a construction company and now, I am partner to a construction and design company doing exactly what I should be doing!!! Designing houses…❤️ The roads we take…right??!! Haha!!!
Now, I am finally doing my dream job and I am grateful for my rabbit trail because if I had not been where I was…I wouldn’t have met my best friend in the whole world. 🥰
This next project was so much fun to work on! It took a little longer than we expected or wanted, but a lot like how our lives came together, the finished product makes it all worth the journey. We designed and built the fireplace surround, bookshelves, desk with waterfall desktop and upper cabinets. I also selected all the furniture and decor, put together shelves using their real life belongings and completed the interior design of this beautiful craftsman style home.
Every project starts with a little inspiration, and this project was no different. Below is the idea board I designed which we utilized throughout the project to complete product selections.
The cabinets are shaker style and the color is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, though we always use Sherwin Williams Pro Classic for our cabinets. We love our Sherwin Williams store in Hamburg!!
I really wanted to tie-in the existing wood trim color with the built-ins, so I incorporated a 3″ stained waterfall desktop. Shelf decor were mostly items the homeowner already had, but I incorporated a few new items like the terra cotta tall vase from Anthropologie (unfortunately this can’t be purchased anymore), and the mini plants and frames from Hobby Lobby. The Gray Casanova Arm Chair is from Joss&Main and the 5″ Center Bar Pull in Oil Rubbed Bronze handles for the cabinets are from Wayfair.
The walls in the main living areas are Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl, but we used Sherwin Williams ProMar 400 flat for the walls and flat white for the ceilings. The desktop stain is chestnut.
For the fireplace surround, we carried the same shaker style white cabinetry with 3″ wood mantle accent. We also built a decorative wall above the mantle to hold the television.
The ledger stone around the fireplace is Alaska Gray from Home Depot and installs very easily. No grout needed!!! It’s made out of marble and so it has little flecks of shimmer and crystal. It brightens up the living room.
This Byholma wicker chair is from IKEA and is the perfect reading chair for the area. The Thornaby Flocked Together Birds pillow is from Joss & Main and the Herringbone Soft Touch Throw in Dark Horseradish monogramed blanket is from West Elm.
The couch and ottoman are from Sans Furniture in the village of Hamburg. The couch is by King Hickory and the fabric is a light gray diagonal pattern. We love getting things from local small businesses. They are always so welcoming and helpful and the team at Sans are top-notch.
The Durham Bunching Tables are from Ballard Designs and are perfect together or apart. Curtain rods and tie-backs are from Pottery Barn, the light gray curtains are from Anthropologie (and sadly no longer available) and the Copper Solid Basketweave Throw is from West Elm. The West Bridgewater Pleated Lumbar pillow in Egret is from Joss & Main and the bright patterned pillows were purchased online from a fabric store.
I can’t even believe the transformation before and afters of this project. Absolutely beautiful. And…there is one more section of the project (dining room) that I didn’t share here…that one is coming soon once I can grab some pictures of it.
We had so much fun working with this family on their home remodel project. They opened their home to our family and were so gracious to let our kids come play on non-school days!! From craft projects to playing in the backyard to Just Dance competitions, we truly have the sweetest clients ever!!!
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