Horse Shoe Way

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by! Today I have a short but sweet post to reveal the Master Bedroom at Horse Shoe Way. I had an amazing client to work with which made the project that much more fun!

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I knew I wanted my decorative painters talents put to use with the watercolor feature. I am not one for feature walls, but I will let it slide this one time! She did an amazing job (as always)!

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Check out the bed! I mean what a showstopper. I love the scale.

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Below are some before and afters. Enjoy!

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Lake Road Cottage

I have been so excited to share this latest reveal! We took a small cottage and turned it into an explosion of color and usable space. What began as a kitchen remodel, quickly morphed into the first floor. When walking into the kitchen, the first thought most people had was to tear down the wall separating the kitchen and dining room. After some discussion with the homeowners, we agreed that is not the approach we wanted to take. We wanted to keep the cottage feel, but create a space that would still function while entertaining.

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Cue the pass-through. By creating an opening between the two rooms and extending the countertop into the dining room, we were able to keep the wall for cabinetry and allow for a great space to place food or drinks for guests.

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The 1st thing I fell in love with for the space was the Schumacher wallcovering on the back of the bookcase. This was my inspiration for the entire design.

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Custom cabinetry was essential in this space as we needed to use EVERY inch possible. We created a tall spice cabinet where the chimney would not allow us enough depth for a standard cabinet next to the range. We also added pullouts that serve different functions for each side of the range.

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The pantry area was lacking before this renovation, by adding lower cabinets, shelving, a broom closet on the opposite wall with the refrigerator and upper cabinets, the storage space doubled in this area.

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We wanted white walls in order to compliment all of the pops of color and pattern. Check our some before and afters below:

I hope you enjoyed this weeks reveal! Until next time…

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📸: Caitlin Antje LLC

Hunting Hollow Master Bath Reveal

Whats better then a room reveal? A room reveal with before and afters!

I feel like its the year of bathroom remodels and this one is a great example of how a great floor plan can really enhance your space. Before the space had a tiny shower that was only meant to fit my eight year old in it, now the space is the perfect size and we even fit a floating bench inside!

On the opposite side of the spectrum from the tiny shower comes a HUGE waste of space with the tub. An area to sit down and get ready in the mornings was very important to my client, so we did some rearranging and gave them a great vanity area.

As most of us know, gray and white are very popular, and to make this bathroom stand out from others, the tile design was extremely important. We ended up using 8 different tiles, many of them are porcelain that looks like marble.

Check out some more b&a’s below!

I hope you enjoyed this reveal, until next week!

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Traditional Master Bath Reveal

I am so excited to share this before and after reveal of the latest master bathroom remodel. This bathroom had a TON of planning to get all of the many details just right. Below is the original list that the homeowner was hoping for:

  • storage
  • traditional to match the home
  • a large tub deck
  • more lighting

First up is the storage situation, or the lack there of.  By adding functional storage in the vanity, as well as the vanity tower, we were able increase their usable space.

Hidden storage and the glass shelving in the tub area also helps!

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We kept the traditional feel to compliment the home. I love the wood tone against all of the white molding paired with the antique mirror.

The tub area is now a stunning feature that showcases quartz and moldings galore. I love everything about this!

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Lighting had to be just right as I did not want to over power the room. The delicate nature of the chosen fixtures adds just the right amount of jewelry!

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I hope you enjoyed this reveal!

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Surviving High Point Furniture Market

Whether you are a new designer heading to High Point Market for the first time, a seasoned designer who would like to switch up their routine or someone who is interested in what designers do two weeks out of the year, this post is for you! I have lined up some of the industries most talented designers to give you the best tips, tricks and advice in order to get you through the best two weeks of the year!

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When designers mention they are heading to Market, we usually receive one of two remarks. The first is “What is Market?” and the second is “Oh, I’ve been to High Point, such a large store”. In fact, Market is an entire city dedicated to two weeks out of the year. There is millions of square feet of showrooms, entertainment and classes throughout the entire city. Planning is essential to this trip so lets begin!

With millions of square feet of showrooms, you will be doing a lot of walking! Stacy Garcia from Stacy Garcia Inc suggests attendees to “wear comfortable (yet stylish) shoes! While funny, this one is super important if you want to get the most out of your experience at High Point.” Amy Vermillion from Amy Vermillion Interiors agrees that comfortable shoes are a must! “Wear comfortable shoes! I’m constantly surprised seeing gals limping around by 2 pm in heels. You walk a lot!”

Along with planning comfortable shoes for your outfits, Michael Strauss from The Design Haus suggests layering your outfits. “The NC weather can be freezing in the AM and then warm up 30 degrees by the afternoon.” Amy also agrees with this advise and suggests checking the weather before heading out.

Along with your clothing and shoes, what to pack in your bag is essential. I know I carry my lightest bag possible due to the amount of catalogs and info you gather throughout the day. Zachary Luke from Zachary Luke Designs and Michael Strauss both agree that water is essential. Michael also likes to “stash protein bars or trail mix in your bag so you can work through hunger pains without slowing down.”

Also in your bag you may want to pack business cards. Michael suggests plenty of them! “The last thing you want to do is run out of business cards. You never know who that one person who can connect you to someone or something bigger.”My number one thing to pack is also on Michael’s list, a phone charger! You will be taking photos and using social media all day long in buildings with poor reception.

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One of the most common themes with all of these designers tips is to plan and, as Amy suggests, “Have a plan. Market is huge. Like several square miles and millions of square footage in many buildings. Map out where you want to go (which vendors) and stick to your plan. Group the showrooms according to what part of town they are located. Make appointments to see the reps when possible. You will get more attention and have all of your questions answered instead of walking in.” Michael likes to “print a spreadsheet of all the showroom spots they need to visit and color code them. If you go without a plan you will accomplish nothing.” Stacy agrees with making a plan “Market can be quite overwhelming for first time goers, so map out a plan of must see showrooms and leave time for yourself to roam the market. Remember not to be disappointed if you’re unable to see everything!”

When visiting showrooms, Michael also suggests bringing “a digital copy of your business credentials. You will need your EIN/Tax info to open up new accounts. I find if we don’t complete the account opening papers while on site it tends to get pushed to the back burner once we get back to work.”

Food is something that can be easy to come by if you plan for it. Many showrooms offer a breakfast with mimosas. Amy also mentions that you should “take advantage of luncheon invitations and seminars.” Lately they have been parking food trucks outside the Showplace building which has came in handy many times!

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When it comes to exploring, Julianne Taylor says that “a High Point Market visit is not complete without spending a day at Suites at Market Square/Salon and the Antiques & Design Center. There are always new brands to discover and usually no or very low minimums. It’s a great option for designers that are looking for those special boutique brands.” Stacy also agrees with this statement “Don’t be afraid to explore! HighPoint market expands much further than the main hub and some of the best gems are found on the outskirts of the market. One of my personal favorites is the Antique & Design Center at Market Square.” Zachary has a path he likes to follow when it comes to planning your showroom visits. “If you’re a beginner, then start with IHFC. This is the central point of market and a good starting point. You’ll see accessory lines when you start and move on up to furniture. You could spend your whole first day here. Take your time, look around, and connect with the people in the showrooms that you’re interested in. Head to Showplace after that. It’s across the courtyard, take some insta pics in the courtyard too, great place for some photos and take a rest if need be. Showplace has other great lines and plenty to see. I like heading to suites at market square after this. Lots of smaller, interesting lines here. You can open an account with almost all of these lines here without a minimum opening order. 🙌🏻 C&D building is right across the street and has some higher end lines here, but DEFINITELY worth the look.  If you still have time at market after all of this, then go roam the streets. You’ll see lines that have a different look, like GJ Styles, and you don’t want to miss out on those!”

The last part of this post has to do with one of the best parts of market, the PARTIES!! It is also the toughest part. Michael seems to agree with me “Stay late into the evening parties even though you may be exhausted from starting at 8:00AM. You will enjoy relaxing but networking with others is a huge part of the biz and often at the parties it’s a more laid back environment. During these showroom event parties it’s less about the product and more about the people.” Zachary loves to also network during these events “Find as many evening events as you can and try to hop around to them. You never know who you’ll see or who you’ll meet. Great to connect with other designers and people with your passion in this industry at those events.”

This was a lot to take in, but I have also listed some additional tips below:

  • I know comfortable shoes was stressed in the beginning, but I urge you to NOT wear new shoes to Market. Break those babies in long before they hit the pavement at High Point. You are either walking outside or standing on hard floors inside. You will thank us later. I have even been known to carry band aids and shoe inserts to add throughout the day.
  • Where to stay? This can be the hardest part of planning. Lately we have been enjoying renting homes in High Point, but if this is not an option, most designers stay in Winston-Salem or Greensboro. If you are staying in Greensboro, try to get a reservation for Print Works if you have a free evening. The food and atmosphere are fantastic! If you are near Jamestown make sure you check out Southern roots.
  • Planning for the weather. If rain is in the forecast, plan to visit the main building (IHFC) for that day as you will be indoors the entire day and can avoid the rain.
  • Parking. If you are driving to and from market everyday, try to find out which vendors offer parking passes. This will save you from hefty fees for parking.
  • Evening routine. After a long day of eating, drinking and walking the last thing you will want to do is an evening routine, but this will only help you the next day. I like to ice my feet, drink a TON of water, possibly use a hydrating face mask and sleep in order to prep for the next day!
  • Learn the transportation. High Point offers a few ways to get around, buses will be going the entire time, some showrooms offer free shuttles, taxi’s and ubers can also be found around town and my favorite way is to hop on a rickshaw if the weather is cooperating!
  • Keeping track. All of the products can quickly become overwhelming. Some showrooms do not allow photographs, but for those that do my number one way to keep track of the products and what showroom they came from is to first take a photo of the showroom itself showing the signage. You will then know all of the photos that will follow will be from that showroom. After you take a photo of the product, take a photo of the tag so you can reach out to the rep for info on the product. Another way is to have the showroom create an HFC for you (Hold for Confirmation). They can scan all the items you are interested in and email you the copy. This is especially helpful for the showrooms you have appointments with.
  • Look up the entertainment provided. Sometimes you get lucky and get some great concerts and events to attend.
  • HAVE FUN and try not to stress!

I hope this came in helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments!

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10 Best Tips to Style Your Home

Choosing the best pieces to style your home to create that final layer can be a timely task but one of the most important! Below are my 10 favorite tips that I use when styling a project!

1. Artwork:

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Artwork can be a very personal item that is selected for a home. One mistake that is often made is hanging artwork too high. My rule is to hang artwork at eye level or 57″ off of the ground.

2. Baskets:

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I love baskets. I often place large baskets throughout a home to store throws in and smaller ones to serve as an attractive “catch-all”.

3. Groupings

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Everyone has heard of the “Rule of Three”, which is a good rule to know, but I love to use groupings more then anything. Grouping are a great way to show off a collection of unique items. Pay attention to height and scale when grouping. Varying heights add interest.

4. Books:

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Books may be the best accessory of all. They add color, interest and height. You can stack vertically, horizontally, or place a vessel or candle on top for a layered look. Speaking of layering:

5. Layering:

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Layering is a trick that many designers use to create a curated look. Using different heights and colors of art, accessories and even pillows is a great way to achieve the layered look.

6. Rugs:

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Rugs can add texture, pattern and color to any space. When purchasing rugs for a seating area, try not to “float” the rug, purchase a rug large enough to cover at least the front legs of your furniture.

7. Necessities:

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We all have to live in our homes so when styling your home, remember to style the necessities as well! This included, soaps, lotions, produce, oils, spices and pet food dishes!

8. Flowers/Plants:

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I have had a blog posts on this topic and feel passionate about how much flowers or plants can transform a space. See How to Incorporate Flowers in Design and Plants in Design by Ashley Moyer .

 

9. Trays:

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Everything looks better in a tray! You can place a tray on your counters, ottomans, beds, tables and bars.

10. Pillows:

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Pillows can add color and texture to any piece of upholstery or bed. Use different shapes and don’t forget to karate chop those square pillows!

I hope you enjoyed my top 10 tips for accessorizing your home. If you are like many others out there and feel this still seems like a daunting task, give me a call and we can set up a consultation (near or far)!

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Treeside Reveal Part 1

Hey guys, thought I would show you the most recent design project. I started this master bathroom last December and I am excited that my clients are now able to enjoy it!

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I have worked with this family in the past, completing their lower level and main floor, this time it was all about the master bath! I am thrilled with how the bathroom came together and I thought I would give you a tour today.

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A little bit about this project: The homeowners loved the blue we chose for their family room and wanted to achieve the same calming effect for this space. We wanted to maximize storage, create a larger shower, a private room for the toilet and a vanity area for makeup.

We started out by completely changing the layout. The shower was always an important detail to the homeowners. I laid out the space a few ways, landing on an option that not only increased the shower size, but also allowed for a better layout for the fixtures.

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I commissioned my glass guy to create large mirrors that look like they are almost floating with ambient lighting behind.

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The contractor was a saint. The amount of tile detail in this space could make any installer start seeing red, but he took it like a champ and showed pride in it! Even the smallest areas did not go unnoticed.

The vanity and linen closet are custom made from a local shop. The ability to custom make this allowed for more storage and a great design!

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So that’s part 1 of the Treeside project. I will share the bedroom transformation as soon as it wraps up. Stay tuned!

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