Thursday, January 28, 2016

DIY Sweater Pillows

Sweater pillows are a fun and unique way to add character to any space, not to mention cheap and great for the environment! Whether you are a DIY amateur or pro, these tutorials will show you how to create these cozy pillows.

For a no-sew tutorial:
Three bed pillows made from an old sweater and two shirts

For those who feel comfortable with a sewing machine:

For the craft pro:
pottery barn

How do you use your sweater pillows in your space?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fireplace Remodel

As promised here are some more behind-the-scenes photographs of my most recent project.

The final design featured a custom fireplace and shelves in the main customer area. This created a residential feel within the main space.

The original design on the right wall was a built element.

After determining the needs of the client, a custom built-in element with a fireplace was designed.

This elevation shows the fireplace designed with shelves and cabinets to provide additional storage and visual interest.   


The original built-in was first demolished.


The construction involved many different stages and professionals.

In the end the fireplace and surrounding shelves became a pivotal element in the design.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winter in the Spring
Winter has come late to Florida this year! We were picking our Christmas trees in shorts and spending our New Years at the beach sipping lemonade. Now we find ourselves packed into winter clothes and craving hot cocoa. While it is great to break out the boots and scarves, you might feel like you missed your chance to decorate for the season. With stores transitioning to spring merchandise, incorporate elements of both seasons for a space that is equally fresh and cozy. Rich textures in pastel colors, natural pieces, and bright greenery speak to winter and spring.

How are you transitioning from winter to spring?

Friday, January 15, 2016

An Insider's Look into Interior Design

I just finished a project that I am excited to share with you.  The concept that this company embodies is old-fashioned service in a space that feels like a residential study. This post features behind the scene images and photographs of the design and construction processes. The focus is the main space, although the project included the entire building.  If you want to see more photos feel free to look at our webpage, see link above.

The Teller's Window 

This building was used as a bank previously (a different owner) and this was the previous teller's windows, (to be demo'd).

 Progress shot: Demo, I love this transition stage when everything you don't want goes!  You can see we didn't keep too many details.

Above: Concept sketch of the custom ironwork and millwork for the teller/customer area.  I wanted a sophisticated, yet simple elegant traditional element that reflected the bank's character.

Concept Development: Rendered Elevation

The final design features solid wood custom built windows with granite countertops and custom ironwork. The design of the teller window is reflective of the company's logo.

Ceiling Development/Progression

The original ceiling consisted of ordinary commercial acoustical tiling and a level change. To create a more elegant residential environment, I integrated a custom coffered ceiling.

Ceiling Demo: The first stage in the coffered ceiling detail includes removing the dropped commercial ceiling grid and preparing the ceiling for supporting the coffered beams.

The framing for the coffered ceiling includes a central circular element. This is framed with flexible metal framing.  

The finished ceiling includes two contrasting paint colors to add depth and drama. Custom molding, which accentuates the ceiling pattern, also adds a level of refinement to the space.  I love this lobby, so cozy and inviting...feel free to stop by, they are a great bank with a great staff!  Alachua is lucky to have them.

If you want to hear more about this space I will posting about the details of the custom built-in fireplace element next Friday. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Our Latest Project: Before and After

We are proud to share some before and after images of our latest commercial project, we hope that you enjoy them.  This new Gateway bank branch is located in the charming city of Alachua. The goal of this project was to create a warm inviting enviroment that had the essense of a residential study. 

To see more pictures from this project, including some from the construction process, be sure to check back next week!!