Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Grant's Park Bedroom

Our client's daughter, Lucy, was in need of a bedroom update. At 17, she felt her bedroom looked too young and wanted the design to reflect her age. She had a lot of "stuff" (as most teenagers do) with nowhere to store it, resulting in an overwhelming amount of clutter.  Our approach for the design was to keep the aesthetic youthful, but add sophistication. The client requested that the paint stay the same, so we developed a striking, yet playful palette around the wall color.  To add elegance, we replaced her existing fixture with the chandelier from the dining room, (a family heirloom). Using a circular rug and some seating, we created a small reading/conversation area in the center of the room.  The room lacked storage and a space for doing homework. We worked with Jason Crawley Woodworks and carefully designed a built-in to maximize storage and work space, without overwhelming the room. To create a cohesive look, we matched the existing molding and styled the cabinets after the renovated kitchen. A large pin up board sits above the desk to display pictures, notes and mementos.   

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Alameda Craftsman

Wise Design helped this young family space plan and furnish this stunningly renovated home in the Alameda neighborhood. Main goals for the space were to provide modern furnishings with flexible seating and a kid-friendly play area. Space planning was solved by pulling the furnishings out from the room and introducing larger pieces to match the scale of the space. By mounting the TV on the wall, we eliminated the need for a console and instead, placed an accent chair underneath creating a conversation area. In leiu of a regular coffee table, we designed a small accent table that sits atop two custom poufs, which can be pulled out for more seating. A kids zone was created to the right of the french doors by adding a small play table and chairs, flanked by an industrial rack for toy and book storage. We brightened the space with a fresh coat of off white paint to provide a slight contrast from the trim.  A sleek custom sofa and chaise were designed with a tufted bottom cushion and soft, textured fabric. The vintage rocker was an amazing client find from Beam and Anchor, which set the tone for the space. We paired it with a classic Saarinen side table. To compliment the yellow rocker, navy was introduced to enhance and balance the palette. The poufs were upholstered with a navy herringbone fabric to add subtle texture.To bring in some warmth, the accent table was designed with a live edge out of Bastogne and beautifully made by Black Rabbit Builders. The dining room features a large custom walnut slab table surrounded by french industrial chairs.

 Photos by Kevin McConnell.