Interior Design, Interior Styling, Living Beautifully, Master Bedrooms

New Lake House – Serene Master Bedroom with a View

The homeowners and builder, MWG Custom Homes, made sure to take advantage of every opportunity to view the lake in this newly built home. The master bedroom was no exception.

The soft coastal color palette creates a relaxing vacation-home feeling that they enjoy each day.

The homeowners said they enjoy coffee in the morning and a glass of wine in the evening in the extremely comfortable chaise loungers, which during the winter are faced into the room… come spring, they face outward towards the beautiful sunset.

The wall of windows mirrors those in the dining area at the end of the kitchen – adding balance to the exterior of the house facing the lake.

It was my pleasure to work on this stunning home. Special thanks to MWG Custom Homes and the Vann’s for including me in this beautiful project!

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New Lake House… Family-friendly Great Room

When our homeowners were designing their new custom-built lake-front home, they had family and friends in mind.  Spaces were well thought-out, including the great room, where they would spend most of their leisure time with their two small children.

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Located right off the kitchen, this great room is convenient for large family gatherings.
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This family-friendly sofa, purchased by the homeowners, was the start of a super-comfortable space… perfect for movie nights with the kids.
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The great room is designed for family living with a comfortable sectional and round reclaimed wood cocktail table – easy for toddlers and young kids to maneuver around. Custom details like the stone fireplace, custom built bookcases and coffered ceiling were designed based upon the customer wishes.
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The gorgeous custom-built stone fireplace and bookcases, styled with personal family photos and finds, add warmth and personality to the space. Light and crisp paint colors are bright, fresh and on-trend, while the wall of windows frame the view of the lake. Truly a “great room” to come home to!

 

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Photo Shoot Day for this Lovely MWG Custom Homes Lake House

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I had the pleasure of working with Heidi Ferguson of Simply Heidi Photography on the photo shoot of this gorgeous new custom built Cross Lake home.   I’ve watched this MWG Custom Homes house develop from studs to completion and had the pleasure of working with both the builder and homeowners through the process.

It’s always exciting to see a finished design project – even better through the eyes of an artist!

Cross Lake House I brought in additional accessories and decor to style the spaces, working with what the homeowners already had in place – making adjustments as needed to prep for the photographer… then Heidi did the magic with her camera – bringing out the best in every room.

All and all it was a fun and productive day… Stay tuned for photos soon!

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick & Easy Kitchen Updates… #1 New Counter Stools

The holidays are over, most of the decorations are put away and many of you are looking at your living areas and kitchen through fresh eyes. Your heart might be saying “Let’s remodel the kitchen!” – but your head is telling you that’s a bit too ambitious right after the holidays. Fear not, there are several easy weekend projects that will update your space in a snap.

Ready for a mini kitchen design refresh?.. Tip #1 – Bring in new counter stools.

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Model Home by MWG Custom Homes, North Syracuse, NY. Interior design & styling by a la Maison Home & Lifestyle, Baldwinsville, NY.  Counter stools by Ashley Furniture.

Choosing a new style of counter stool can update your look, bridge design styles, add texture and even add a pop of color, depending upon the look you are going for.

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Counter stools by Uttermost. Available through a la Maison Home & Lifestyle, Baldwinsville, NY.

From casual to formal, today’s style and material options are plentiful so take time to explore new designs and materials including metal, wood and upholstery – both ready-made and custom.

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Design and interior styling by a la Maison Home & Lifestyle, Baldwinsville, NY. Counters stools from a la Maison Home & Lifestyle.

Whether your taste leans towards clean & contemporary, rustic, industrial or farmhouse, your sure to find something new and exciting for your space.

 

Decorating, Floral arrangements and Interior Landscaping, Living Beautifully

White Peony Hoop Wreath – For your garden gate… or the bride?

I love the look of a beautiful hoop wreath adorned with fresh flowers – great for summer special event decor, but their life is short lived in the summer heat.

I decided to work on creating the same look with high quality faux greenery and flowers. The challenge is creating the same airy look and movement of fresh greens – artificial greens often can appear stiff.

I settled on white peonies with soft greens and white accent flowers.

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Because this wreath would be out in the summer heat.  Hot glue was not an option so I used floral wire to wind the greenery around the 14″ wooden hoop.

Peony hoop wreath 1Then, used floral tape to create clusters of white peonies and peony leaves together before wiring them on the bottom of the hoop.  The final step – adding a bit of willow green organza ribbon at the top.

peony hoop wreath 3The completed piece truly looks like the real thing… minus the wilting worries. This is a great summer garden accent – perfect for the front door, garden gate or porch.

It would also make a lovely decorative addition to a garden wedding, or even a unique and contemporary alternative to a traditional bridal bouquet.

Happy Summer, all!

Michele

 

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Kitchen Redesign – Correcting Dated & Dangerous Design

Moccasin Path - Kitchen 4 beforeThis kitchen at first glance was pretty nice – quality wood cabinets and already updated with granite countertops.  You almost don’t notice that the cabinets go straight across the gas stove – only 18″ inches above the open flame burners.  Definitely not a safe distance for cooking – nor built to code.

With the recent addition of two spacious pantries on the right wall of the kitchen, storage wasn’t an issue, so the cabinets over the stove had to go.

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An added bonus was the opportunity to also update the dated tile backsplash that was used throughout the kitchen.  We made quick work of removing that as well.

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An off-white distressed subway tile with a dark taupe/gray grout was selected to coordinate with the existing granite.

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We decided to take the tile all the way up to the ceiling on both walls, which created height and really brightened up the room.

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I always think of installing the grout as the easy part of the job, but it is really a workout for your arms when you’re grouting this much tile all at once!

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With the messy grout job complete, it was time to install a new stainless steel hood vent, and reclaimed wood floating shelves on the new tile wall.  The existing wood cabinets got a good cleaning and new matte black pulls for an updated look.

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Then the fun stuff begins – styling!  Wired bottles, cookbooks and cooking essentials are both practical and pretty – bringing a touch of updated farmhouse to this kitchen.

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The overall feel is spacious and bright.  Pair that with the tons of storage, ample work surface and multiple seating areas, I’d say this is a pretty great kitchen for both cooking and entertaining.  A win win!

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Kitchen Redesign – Adding Storage & Style

kitchen wall afterThis kitchen was big on space – however it was wide open space that was under utilized.  The entire back was open. The homeowner previously had a small kitchen table just beyond the peninsula, but we had other ideas as there was also open space at the other end of the kitchen.

We decided to move the table to the right end of the kitchen opening, which opened up a huge space – perfect for pantries that would provide a huge amount of storage.

kitchen wall before 3Next step was building out two pantries – one to hold food items and a second to hold kitchen appliances and essentials.  So much storage – a home cook’s dream!

Originally we considered installing matching kitchen cabinets and granite in the space between the pantries, but decided on a piece of furniture and art which dresses up the kitchen and ties nicely to the reclaimed wood & iron bar table at the other end of the kitchen.

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Reclaimed wood console add stylish storage. Wall art selection is an unexpected treat (especially if you’re a horse lover!)

kitchen wall after 2Phase One is complete and the pantries look like they have always been there!

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Our Favorite Things… Spring Stems and Greenery

This polar vortex is really grabbing a good portion of the country. Here is Central New York, we woke up to below zero temperatures with a wind chill factor of -24 degrees!

However, I’m focusing on what’s going on inside – a new shipment of beautiful spring stems and succulents!

Nothing chases the cold away like a room full of flowers and greenery. There’s no time like the present to bring the look into your house – whether fresh or faux. Plants and flowers bring warm and happy thoughts of spring and summer.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Floral branches in white and green. I love a brimming vase of all white and green flowers. It’s so organic, elegant and feminine. Fill a vase and see what it does for a room – just lovely!

Creamy cabbage roses.
White peonies arranged in a rustic green metal can.
Faux Queen Anne’s Lace with ferns.
White and green floral stems ready and waiting for an afternoon of flower arranging.
A mantel decked out for spring with white and green.

Succulents and ferns. Both succulents and ferns are typically easy care options for fresh indoor plants. However, if you are really busy, faux is the way to go. Today’s faux greenery is gorgeous and hard to spot.

Faux succulent and boxwood spheres in various sizes and styles.

Faux succulents arrangements work perfectly on a interior stone wall. No watering required!
Potted ferns are always ready to go at the store. Tuck them in anywhere for a quick pop of green.

Greenery adds a pop of color to this black and white tablescape.

Options abound, so don’t let winter get you down… just bring in the green!

Before & Afters, Furniture & Accessories, Living Beautifully, Redesign & Interior Style

Interior Style… Layering with Vintage Art

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I’ve been very into using classic artwork in new ways. Using vintage doors, windows and architectural pieces layered with wreaths, greenery and art as wall decor opens so many styling opportunities.
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I had a print of a 1920’s Maxfield Parish piece that I loved put onto canvas.
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Layering it over a pair of antique doors added color, dimension
and unique, eclectic style.
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