Friday, May 11th, 2012
I can’t believe we started the design process for the ASID Showcase Home way back in August 2011, and it’s finally (ALMOST) here at last!
The kick-off Gala event is May 18th, and then general tours begin May 19th and continue through June 10th. The house is open from 10am to 4pm Wednesdays-Sundays each week, plus additional dates and times for special events. See here for more information about each of the Special Events.
I’ll be hosting the Culinary Event the evening of May 19th, the Designer Led Tour Tuesday May 22nd, and staffing the house from 1-4pm on Sunday May 27th, 10-1pm Friday June 1st, and 10-1pm Sunday June 3rd. Beyond that, whenever I have free time (ha) I’ll be at the home hanging out in the 3rd floor Gift Wrapping and Sewing Room I designed with Jennifer Thompson Horstman.
To get a bit of background on our space and see how it all started, check out my blog post from January here. You can find more information on our design vision in the current MSP Home magazine (here’s a sneak peak from the magazine for those of you outside the Twin Cities).
The sketch was our first concept design we presented to the clients at the first ever meeting with them. We’re thrilled with how close the final design is to the original concept, especially because we love the changes even more than the original version.
I’m not going to give the finished design away until the show is over, so you can all come and be WOWED by what we’ve created. (And if you are moved to vote for us as your Favorite Room, we’d be honored!) But I can’t resist showing you a few sneak peak detail shots to peak your interest.
How fabulous is this orange afghan throw Jennifer’s grandmother made? So perfect with our bold color palette!
The storage closet in this room is a crafter’s dream! So much storage space, and REALLY clever storage systems that fit the homeowners’ collections of supplies. What would you do if you had to organize 40+ rolls of wrapping paper and 100+ spools of ribbons? We’ll show you a brilliant solution.
We hope to see you at the Showcase Home! For more information, ticket sale locations, maps, etc. visit www.mspmag.com/hometour
Have a great weekend enjoying the first sunny weekend in ages!
Friday, January 20th, 2012
Since last July I’ve been working on designing a room in the 2012 ASID Showcase Home with my partner in crime, Jennifer Horstman of Sky Flower Designs. We’ve been having a blast and the homeowners were giddy with glee when we showed them our concept for their Gift Wrapping/ Sewing Room at the end of August. It’s been a fabulous experience working with such creative clients who like going outside the box and think our crazy ideas could always get even crazier.
Our final design is pretty close to the original concept, and while I’m not going to give much away yet, I wanted to share a sneak peak with you of the mural we designed for the room since we’ve spent this week laying it out and starting the painting process.
This is what the corner of the room looked like the first day we visited back in July. This is the definition of raw bones. An ability to visual the finished space is key for a designer in moments like this.
Months later the walls are up and painted our base color so we met with the homeowners on site to finalize colors for the custom rug and the wall mural. (It was a working lunch for the busy homeowners.)
Since large scale graphics like this are hard to translate from paper into 3D, we figured the best way to layout the exact design was to work together to draw it out on the wall using pencil. (He doesn’t have 4 arms, those are my arms blurring behind him.)
Thanks to a construction light, our trusty tape measures and a lot of pointing and gesturing, we were able to come up with an outline for the overall design that we all were excited about. Then we had to make sure to tell the painter NOT to paint over our crazy pencil lines on the walls! This is our “Charlie’s Angels” in action photo.
This week Jennifer and I started bringing the full graphic to life. We began by using Frog Tape to lay out the outside lines. Then we used lengths of tape to design the varying widths of each stripe in each section until we felt it had a dynamic balance overall. Not nearly as easy a process as you might think. The hardest part? The optical illusion of lines carrying across all the planes on the door and trim. Jennifer was a rock star and adjusted each line section by section until it looked “right” from across the room. I’d say taping took about 4 hours that day. If one of us had tried to do it alone? I’m sure there would have been tears and maybe even a temper tantrum. I’m just saying… don’t attempt this alone.
By the end of day 1 of taping and painting (I started painting while she finished taping that darn door), we have this dramatic beginning! Of course it would look even better if I hadn’t gotten confused while painting around all those angles and started painting the wrong section green at the left end. Oops. Oh well, it’s just paint.
Speaking of which, we’re using Benjamin Moore Natura paint for this project, which has been wonderful because it has no VOCs, so there are no fumes to give us headaches as we work. The home is going to be MN Greenstar certified, so when you add up all the decisions like this (which paint base to use) across the whole remodeling process, you can see how they make a difference for the homeowners and their health.
Here’s how it looked with the door open. The room beyond is seasonal storage, so it won’t need to be accessed often. But just in case, the design still needs to look right!
And after a couple more coats of paint the colors are looking more saturated and the weird double green band has been painted the proper shade of gray.
We still have plenty of work to do on this, getting full saturation on the colors, removing the tape and cleaning up all the edges, and painting the white and gray stripes in between. But we’re so excited to see it this far, and we can’t wait until it’s done and the rest of the room is furnished and everyone gets to see it in May. But regardless of what the general public thinks, the homeowners are already thrilled with it and the rest of the design, so that’s all we need.
Set your calendars for the 2012 ASID Showcase Home this summer, open to the public May 18th – June 10th, so you can experience this dynamic Gift Wrapping and Sewing Room in person. The home is located on Lake of the Isles and the homeowners are doing an amazing job turning a large old home with traditional details into a home for modern living that embraces the past and present all together. You’ll have to see it to understand what I mean. Look for the preview of the whole project in an upcoming issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.
Photo credits: Photos 2, 3 & 4 were taken by the homeowners. The rest were taken by Fox Interiors.
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Here are the living room floors after the old carpet was removed, before the subfloor was evened out.
And here are the new wood floors with the newly painted walls before the new baseboards were installed. Quite an improvement, eh?
Here are the guys hard at work installing the cabinets in the kitchen. It was gray t-shirt and jeans day. Accessory of choice? A pencil behind the ear, of course.
And here it is with the majority of the cabinets installed. We relocated the sprinklerheads above the cabinets today to allow them to sit flush in the trim above the cabinets to maintain their full functional range. (This change is not visible in this photo which was taken the day before.) Those are the types of details that can really make a difference on a project if you don’t factor them into your design from the very beginning of the process.
I can’t wait to show it to you again after the tile has been installed. It’s inspired by their time in Morocco and it’s gonna inject a huge dose of colorful personality into that kitchen!
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
I thought I’d give you a quick update on the construction project.
Here is the kitchen now that the walls have been primed and painting has started.
When you see the finished project you will see how dramatic the change is from this angle looking from the entrance. The angled wall to the right of the doors leaning against the wall will be covered in Moroccan tiles. A custom bookshelf will extent off the column in the foreground providing great display space for the homeowners’ vast collection of beautiful objects from around the world.
Look at this side by side comparison with the room pre-construction. Removing that wall allowed us to reconfigure the space and provide a modern flow.
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
I’ve always focused on inspiring you with images and color palettes on this blog, but I realize I rarely include my own work. After the reaction I got when I posted a couple of sneak peak photos of some bathrooms I did this fall, I realized you might enjoy seeing more of the process involved in my remodeling projects for clients.
Since I have a fun remodel in process right now, I think I’ll share a few photos with you so you can see how the space is evolving as we move through the construction process.
This is a view of the kitchen from the living room on my first visit to meet with the clients.
Here is a wrap around view of the kitchen, moving from the left side to the right side.
And a view of the wall between the kitchen and the living room (to the left) and the entry (straight ahead).
The challenge with this space is that all the walls and openings between the kitchen and the rest of the unit chopped up the sight lines and hid their amazing views of the Cathedral and the State Capital. We wanted to open the space up, increase the functionality of it, and provide a better flow for both entertaining and hanging out at home alone.
Here is the kitchen on construction day #1, all cleared out and ready for demolition!
And after a bit of demo (to say the least) the walls are opened up, the electrical work is exposed, and we get to come up with solutions.
The view from the kitchen to the living room and dining room is suddenly vastly improved as sight lines are opened up.
A few days later, a new half wall opens up the kitchen to the rest of the unit even more. All the electrical has been rerouted to maintain an uninterrupted view from the kitchen all the way to the State Capital.
Isn’t it amazing how different it looks once the drywall is installed? The beams conceal the electrical work and accommodate new pendant lighting over the future raised breakfast counter. Now when guests walk in the front door they won’t be trapped in a narrow hall with no view – they’ll walk into a open space with views in every direction.
Next steps: painting, installing flooring, installing cabinetry, installing countertops and appliances, finalizing updates to the bathrooms, installing new blinds, and installing new lighting. (You don’t want to see the actual super detailed list of steps involved in each of these tasks, but trust me, we’re so on top of it!)
We still have a lot of work to do, but you can see how much work has been accomplished already. The messy phase is almost complete, and now we get to start bringing in the color, texture and patterns. I can’t wait to see it all pulled together!
Did you enjoy this sneak peak behind the scenes of a construction project? Would you like to see more?