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FURNITURE FACELIFT

Finding the PERFECT piece for your space can be challenging. We try to focus on the shape and function of each piece and envision the possibility in the final look. Sometimes the best solution is to FLIP IT! These are some of our favorite furniture flips to date. 

Big and Bold

This hutch went from formal to FUN with some cobalt blue chalk paint and Annie Sloan  wax. Click for more images.

This client needed a functional piece in her office that fit in with the rest of her decor. We spiced things up with an animal stencil in a pop of color as added interest.

A retro beach inspired vibe gave these Ikea pieces new life for a client moving to the West Coast. Click for more images.

Classic

Classic doesn't have to mean boring. Here are some beautiful pieces that add a touch of elegance. Click for more images.

Just because it's classic on the outside doesn't mean it can't have a touch of color on the inside. Click for more images.

This armoire was given a classic look to coincide with this client's zen bedroom. Additional molding and beautiful door pulls were added as a touch of interest. Click for more images.

This nursery set was refinished for a new baby girl. Pink and white beaded accents added a touch of whimsy to the bookshelf. Click for more images.

Antiqued/Eclectic

Aged is in! These pieces got updated with a beautiful but worn exterior. It can be fun to get an updated piece with the perfect loved look. They can also add a lot to a space that has a more eclectic feel. Click for more images.

Refurbishing is not limited to wood pieces. These metal stool were sanded to create a more lived in look. The mirror was hit with an acid solution for a more antiqued feel.

Another great way to create an eclectic look is to mix patterns. By keeping with similar color palates and metallics these pieces will go with the others around the home, while being fun statement pieces as well.

Upholstery

When the fabric is not just right or has been worn out, upholstery is the answer! Give your pieces new looks with your favorite fabric. Whether bold or neutral these pieces were updated to fit their new homes with the perfect textile. Click for more images.

UPPER WEST SIDE RETREAT

Our latest clients, who are busy professionals that spend a lot of time on the road, came to us hoping to update their upper west side retreat turning it into a beautiful space they loved to come home to. Despite the time they had been in a relationship, their schedules hadn’t allowed them to merge the space into a home that represented the two of them. Our goal was to consolidate their things, and give their entire space an update that reflected both of their tastes.

We started with paint.  The best way to transform a room is with the right paint color.  A warm, neutral gray was used in the main living space and hallways.  It gave the room new life and opened up the space.  

The Living and Dining Room

 

The floors were being refinished days before the installation so we had a blank space to work with.  After paint had dried we moved furniture back in and began re-staging.  An antique trunk that had been at the foot of their bed was moved into the living room to serve as a coffee table. It opened the bedroom up quite a bit and created a nice place to rest a glass of wine while lounging on the couch. A gallery of personal photos took shape on an empty wall bringing a personal touch to the living area.  The couple’s collection of sheet music and paperwork needed to be consolidated and we repurposed a pair of their existing storage cubes, painted them and added doors to create a console for closed off storage. 

Entryway

A mirrored entry way table brought in some glamour and a elegant way to catch mail and keys. A large hutch was replaced by a custom painted bar and was topped off with a fun piece of art and a few quirky accents.

The Bedroom

 

The clients had wanted a more modern restyling in their bedroom as well. Their inspiration was Bill's office from True Blood. Changing the mauve colored walls to a rich, dark gray was the first piece of the puzzle. Heavy damask curtains were added for drama and a blackout effect at night, as well as custom made accent pillows and Euro shams for contrast. Mercury glass lamps and wooden nightstands were accentuated by a hand stenciled wall. Rustic marquee lights displaying the first letter of the couples' names brought in a fun element of light.

Their master bathroom and hallway powder room were given the same charcoal paint that really brought in a new level of sophistication. Mounted boxes built a space for their cologne that had taken up valuable counter top real estate and glass terrariums were spaced throughout to bring a low maintenance bit of greenery to each room. 

We really wanted to give the clients a clean, neutral space that they could add onto as a couple. Something cohesive and personal they could build on in the future.

A KANSAS MAKEOVER OF GRAND PROPORTIONS

Our very first client’s mother visited New York recently and was floored by the work we did in his space. She joked that she would fly the three of us out to work on her house and thus begins our story. These empty nesters who have raised 5 successful men, needed an update to their family home in order to reflect a more current and sophisticated style they could relax and entertain in. The wife actually was considering moving in order to get the home of their dreams. The largest challenge we faced was that only one of us had seen the space for the consultation, all communication after the initial consultation was limited to phone, email and an idea board and that we only had 8 physical days to completely transform the upper floor of their home.

The Living / Dining Room

 

The largest transformation of the top floor of the home was the main living area. All of the blonde pine was stained an antique walnut to create a richness to the existing wood. All the kitchen cabinets, base boards, window casings, and doors on the upper level were stained to create a beautiful through line the moment you walk in. The sitting room was completely transformed. The couple’s old couches were replaced with smaller, more structured sofas. Glass top round tables and octagon leather stools helped to break up the squareness of the rest of the furniture. Crisp white drapes were added to elongate and brighten the rooms. A Hollywood Regency-esque mirror was mounted to clear the top of the mantel which also received the antique walnut stain to tie in with the rest of the updated wood. Modern chandeliers were installed in the kitchen and dining room as well as a new fan to the sitting room.  Using mixed metals and leather accents we created a sophisticated yet cozy glamour to the room.  The couple’s collection of  antique radios and family photos were added to personalize and round out the space. 

 

The Master Bedroom 

The antique walnut finish continued through the wood work in the house to the back bedrooms. Unlike the living room, the remaining rooms that we redecorated kept most of their original furniture. The couple were intent on keeping their master bedroom set. We used a fresh, sage green paint to brighten and lighten the room. From there it was about simplifying patterns and creating crisp, clean lines to showcase the furniture and the wood work on each piece.  The arched window was framed with cream black out drapes and sheer privacy panels to elongate and add height to the room. The walk in closet received floor to ceiling shoe shelves to house a beautiful collection of shoes! 

The Master Bathroom

 

The master bathroom was made into a spa oasis.  A warm, tan color was chosen to compliment the existing tile giving it a new sophistication. Everything else was kept simple and clean using creams, whites and ivories to accent the room. Candles and decorative accents of glass and ceramics were added to bring a feminine, airy touch to the whole room. A crisp white bathroom cabinet was added for more shelving and storage above the commode. The cabinets and laminate were given a fresh coat of white and ivory paint to keep with the spa like theme. Finally a tall, elegant drapery was added above the standing shower adding a level of drama.

The Den and Guest Bedroom

When first looking at the den the space seemed closed off and out of balance. Most of the furniture in the room was on one wall and covering the window and it was in opposition of a huge dual recliner. The room was in need of a cozy coat of paint to warm up the room. The room was rearranged to expose the window, which received more colorful, patterned drapes. A pair of single recliners with a more structured look replaced the larger piece to completely update the space. Family portraits and achievements were hung around the room as a gallery. A new lamp and side table along with pillows and blankets puled the space together as a place where the family can hang out together. The guest bedroom was added at the last minute. It’s amazing what new bedding and new drapes can bring to a room in a flash. A neutral navy and cream patterned bed spread updated the black and white bedding. Complimentary navy drapes and a cream privacy panel added just the right amount of color while keeping things simple. A few cream and white throw pillow and the space is ready for any guest or family member to stay.