25 October 2010

update on projects & winner of Ikat fabric!

Here are some fun pictures of a few updates on some projects.

I say fun...but I know that decorating online was more fun for me than for Katie and her husband in Mobile, Alabama.  They worked their tails off to make this space a comfortable, beautiful and practical room for their girls.

Here is what it looks like now....

And before the custom built-ins, the cushions (so easy to wipe clean!) and pillows

(the little sweeties were a little cramped)

Now they have a place to study, play and watch movies.

Katie already has some crazy good skills, though.  I was really only someone to bounce ideas off of and to help source furniture and fabric.  She knew what she was doing!  

She said the girls are loving their new space.

And we have had so many ideas that we have moved throughout the house...

to the breakfast nook...
(I have posted this before--the addition of the fabric to the back of this cabinet)

To the living room:
moving things around and Katie bought some fabulous new pillows...

To the entry...
instead of spending a fortune, we (I say "we" lightly) repurposed the bench she had (and disliked a lot) by giving it some sanding, priming, and high gloss white paint.

all new fabric, too...

Her chairs were given new life with some new chocolate linen...
(sconces will most likely adorn both sides of them)

And the dining room light got a face-lift...
(All Katie!)

Next we are working on some new bar stools for her kitchen...perhaps something natural, rustic and modern like these:

(her kitchen is almost all-white, so wood really adds some warmth)

Lighting adds warmth, too--and here is the new Arteriors pendant in my client's kitchen:
(yes, just phone pics)

The matchstick blinds replaced the wooden shutters, and new cotton panels add a little softness to the nook.

Okay, and since I'm on a project theme, I just have to share how much I think our basket light that Chris and I reworked looks like the one from Mrs. Miller's home from House Beautiful.

Don't you think it is close?

I also found it quite similar to this one from Candelabra
(but this one is close to $400)

You have been patient!  The winner of the three yards of fabric is:
#5--Abby & Her Boys!!!

Have a great Monday....Julie


  1. All the projects turned out great!! Katie's home is amazing!! Love seeing your work. And that basket pendant is fabulous!!

  2. REALLY, nice work Julie! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Everything looks wonderful! I love seeing sneak peeks of work....


  4. Wow. Her place looks amazing. I love the built-ins and practical/stylish fabric for the girls. Great work!

    HURRAY! I can't believe I won!!

  5. Julie, what a great little nook!! Looks like you covered the cushions in some type of vinyl? Genius! Your client's home is beautiful!!

  6. Great photos and ideas - love the newly envisioned kids area - much cleaner and better organized.

  7. Wow! Everything looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing it all!

  8. Oh my goodness- I don't even know where to start! I love Katie's eating nook - the cushions are prefect and the little room for the girls work area is so pretty. I adore the sconces in her hallway- I had my eye on a set just like it on Etsy a few months ago and now am kicking myself for not getting them. I love your bar stools idea as well. I am crazy for the zebra print banquet and the new chandelier is perfect! And yes, you basket light does look like the one from HB!

  9. I just don't know how you guys do this long distance decorating!! That takes talent. And...look how good it turned out! Love a good DIY project and you rocked that one......the basket lamp!

  10. Wow, Katie's place is amazing! Love the built-in benches and she has so many beautiful classic furniture pieces - a great place to start and build onto with her gorgeous fabrics! Love your basket fixture :)

  11. This looks really great! I bet Katie feels such a sense of accomplishment now that her whole house has gotten a face lift! Those subway signs look like aidan gray but smaller? Hard to tell in the picture but the dining nook looks awesome!

  12. Katie's house looks fabulous! You both have obvious talent! And your light fixture looks great!

  13. Oh gosh girl! Everything looks so amazing! I especially love the built in seats in the girls space. Love your new light too! Way to go!

  14. always love seeing your work...that hangout spot for your client's daughters is fabulous. those built in are so fun and great (smart) fabric choices! Love it all!

  15. I bought a basket lamp off craig's list awhile back for $25! But I'm stressing over where to put it..and if it's too small for our dining area. I love yours! Maybe Ill spray paint mine white!

  16. Love what you did with the space...fabulous!!

  17. ooooh, well done. love the basket light (looks very similar - good job) and the wood and metal stools. I heart them pretty bad! xo

  18. Great room...just found your blog, and I can't wait to look through everything.


  19. So fun to see your projects come to light. Speaking of light - yes - I very much like what you did with yours!

  20. I love that white hutch!! The large chandelier is amazing!! I love your site!

    PS) I would love for you to stop by and

    *Enter Camille Beckman Luxury Give-Away Here*

  21. Talented Julie, I love seeing your style fingerprints in your own home and in your clients' homes. Always so inspirational.

    Love the white bench, the built-ins, your light (fab!) and I can't wait to see which bar stools you chose. (Really like the one you show). I need some new ones myself!

    A warm hug to you.

    ox, Mom