As we welcome a brand new year, I thought it might be fun to share with you some of my favorite projects from 2018. Every one of our clients comes to us with their own unique design dreams, visions and hopes. It is truly our privilege to work a little Marcia Moore Design magic and help make those dreams come true. Here are a few ways we created magic in our clients’ homes last year. We are excited and ready for new design challenges in 2019!
PENNY TILES, PRETTY PLEASE?
DREAM: We fell in love with this penny tile. Can we find a place to use it?
COME TRUE: No problem – and let’s make it an entire wall that highlights the color in this fabulous granite countertop we chose. We’ll use it as an accent in the shower too and repeat the circle in our plumbing fixtures.
DREAM: This bath is so dark and dreary. We want to lighten it up and make it happy!
COME TRUE: Let’s start with a happy floor and use that as our color palette–pale gray, green and blue, with scalloped acrylic accents.
DREAM: I saw this awesome hanging chair online. I have to have one! But where?
COME TRUE: Let’s put it in the sunroom where you can pretend you are outside while you swing.
Photo by Suzy Gorman
DREAM: This is such a small dining area – how do we create a functional and interesting space? Oh, and we have a large floor mirror we want to reuse somewhere.
COME TRUE: We need some fantasy here! Let’s make a table out of this slice of a tree root, add acrylic chairs for an open, airy feel, and then use the mirror to make the space look larger. We’ll faux paint the wall as a dreamy, darker backdrop and use the same paint on the mirror so it blends in. An acrylic and brass bar cart will sit against the wall but can be pulled over for serving.
DREAM: We purchased this house to fix up and sell. We need help finding products that will really stand out but still fit in a flip house budget.
COME TRUE: The front entry is very important for curb appeal, so let’s use a bright color and interesting lighting. Walking inside to a gorgeous slate floor and distinctive Jonathan Adler chandeliers sets the stage for potential buyers. In the kitchen and bath an interesting grain on the cabinet wood looks very rich, while tile in geometric shapes adds unique interest. The brushed brass fixtures are like jewelry on a little black dress. Spend just a little on painting the fireplace tile and then add black glass “coals” and a cool screen.
“OH NO!” TO “OH YEAH!”
DREAM: We really hate the traditional fireplace. There isn’t enough lighting, we need space for this enormous TV we just purchased, we need space for guests, and OMG those drapes have to go!
COME TRUE: Let’s go for a total contemporary fireplace transformation – very sleek with a minimalist design so as not to overwhelm the drapes next to it. We’ll cover up the curved section of the window and use a more contemporary window treatment– a cornice with some glittery fabric, sheers for daytime privacy and blackout drapes for TV viewing. Then we’ll purchase a large cabinet to hold the TV and add much needed storage. Rather than a chandelier in the dining area and a ceiling fan in the living area, let’s use three identical pendants to unify the space. In the sunroom, we’ll add a table where guests can enjoy snacks while watching TV and movable small stools can act as a coffee table, drink tables or extra seating.
BE OUR GUEST
DREAM: We have an existing bed and dresser but want to make the room inviting for guests.
COME TRUE: How about some dynamic accent wallpaper, new night stands with acrylic stacked-stone lamps, a small chair and some colorful pillows? Oh, and let’s top it off with a hot pink throw just for fun.
DREAM: We want a swanky, sophisticated and moody kitchen, reminiscent of the 1920s – the era in which the home was built. Can you do that?
COME TRUE: Black is the way to go for sophistication. Let’s start with black cabinets and range hood and add a soapstone island countertop with white and pink veining and black barstool seat tops. Let’s paint the baseboard and window trim black for a “moody” vibe. Nothing says “swanky” like brass, so we’ll add in brass shelves, light fixtures, cabinet hardware and stool bases. The small-scale white tile backsplash in a herringbone pattern adds wall protection and interest without drawing attention away from all the other features.
GLITZ AND SIZZLE
DREAM: We don’t cook much so we want to keep the existing cabinets and just make the space look more contemporary. We do love to entertain, though, so we need wine storage, a bar area and countertop space for the caterer to lay everything out. And did I tell you how much I love glitz?
COME TRUE: Painting the existing cabinets in a very pale grayish white and sourcing reasonably priced appliances saved money for us to splurge on all the pretty stuff. We started with a stunning, glitzy quartz countertop, added geometric tiles and a brass light rail at the base of the upper cabinets. Moving the refrigerator to the end of the bank of cabinets created a larger span of countertop, perfect for the caterers. Distressed mirror tiles set off the bar area, with a wine refrigerator in handy proximity. We added under cabinet and above cabinet lighting, all on dimmers, to set the mood for entertaining.
A closeup view of the beautiful quartz detailing on the countertop.
A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
DREAM: I’m a shoe-a-holic! I need to find extra storage for my shoes. My closets are all full of my clothes – okay so I’m a clothes horse too! But I really need shoe storage.
COME TRUE: For a couple who don’t cook much and didn’t have a large supply of kitchenware or keep a lot of extra food in the house, this kitchen had plenty of empty cabinets that we could turn into shoe storage.
DATED TO DELIGHTFUL
DREAM: Our master bath is small, has an awkward layout and is totally blah. There isn’t any way to change the layout or size but can we do anything to make it function better and look nice?
COME TRUE: We think that creating a restful, peaceful spa-like atmosphere will make the space feel larger, function better and psychologically overcome the awkward layout. Using vertical elements such as hanging pendants, tall skinny mirrors and a backsplash set on end to look like a city skyline will make the ceiling feel taller, hence making the space feel larger. Neutral colors and simple shapes will mask the awkward layout. A plain white countertop, acrylic stool and tray and walls sans any art or other decoration all add to the feeling of spaciousness and peacefulness. The addition of a heated floor is the ultimate spa amenity.
PERFECT FOR HIM AND HER
DREAM: You know I like glitz and glamour, but we also need to make sure the room is masculine enough that my husband will like it too. There is a sidewalk just outside the window, so we need privacy during the day and drapes that will darken the room for sleeping, and I need to find someplace to hang a full-length mirror.
COME TRUE: A wallpaper accent at the head of the bed adds pizzazz to the room but is not distracting while you are trying to fall asleep. Drapes from floor to ceiling have sheers for privacy and blackout drapes for sleeping. Dark wood nightstands and dresser anchor the room and add some masculinity, as do the dark blue accents. The bedframe is very glamorous, and the lamps add glitz. The melting diamond shape to the lamps is repeated in the fabric used for shams. A shimmering shag rug on the floor is heaven to walk on. A contemporary barn door with a built-in mirror serves as the entry to the master bath.
Check out the gorgeous fabric on the headboard.
The shimmering shag rug is sink-in soft.
DREAM: This will be where my husband hangs out to read and watch TV but he is not a man cave kind of person. I want this to look more like a masculine library. This is also the only way into the rest of the house from the garage so there is a lot of foot traffic.
COME TRUE: Let’s clean and stain the old paneling so it has a dark, moody masculine feel. The fireplace is the focal point for the room so it needs to act like a focal point, rather than just blending in. A bold-patterned granite does the trick. And we need to add a sturdy, patterned carpet to help deaden sound and stand up to the foot traffic. Now we just need a humidor and a bar cart.
DREAM: This powder room is right inside the front door and just off the living room so it needs to be dressy enough to fit the space.
COME TRUE: Let’s create a dark, moody space that disappears when the lights are off but is elegant when the lights are on. The wallpaper is so eye-catching that it draws your eye away from the necessary bathroom fixtures. Add a black bamboo mirror and unique sconce for interest. Brass accents will highlight the gold tones in the richly colored hardwood floors.
PUMP IT UP
DREAM: We want to be able to work out at home rather than going to a gym.
COME TRUE: You don’t need this room for a home office, so let’s turn it into a gym. Floor mats will protect your existing floor and wall-to-ceiling mirrors will keep it from feeling cramped. A ceiling hugger light fixture on the vaulted ceiling is too high to be hit by any equipment.
Turning design dreams into design realities is my absolute favorite thing to do! No matter what you are imagining, our team can make it happen for you. Give us a call today at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to contact us, and let’s make your dreams come true in 2019. We specialize in whole house renovations, custom builds and kitchen and bath design.