Every project has its own small details that make it unique and personal. Working with clients who care about these details as much as I do makes every day fun. Here are a few stories to show what I mean:
When I first met one client one of the first things she asked me was could we put fabric on the walls in her Music Room. It turns out that other projects got priority along our journey together, but now the Music Room has our attention. The fabric we selected with a small modern check print works beautifully with the warm cherry wood wainscoting and the modern artwork. The fabric installation now works like acoustical panels. You can notice the difference in the sound quality even with your own voice the minute you enter the room. Her stunning harp, a very special Christmas present, has become the focal point of the room.
It was hard to photograph the finished product because of the reflection off the sides and fronts of the mirrored frames from the lighting nearby, but the picture will show the solution to the dilemma. The trick to a successful collage is to unify the spaces between frames.
“I couldn’t resist letting you know how many times I walked into the front room tonight to see your work! (6 or 7) Thank you again!”
The fabric for the draperies had to work with all the Deco patterns in the room. I created Roman shades using a Larsen fabric that I thought was just right to complement the room details. When they are closed, the shades appear as artwork on the walls.
“We love them” was her response.
Once the bathroom was complete she told me, “I just go in there to stare at the fixture. It is one of my favorite parts of the whole renovation.” S.D. Lexington
I did some research and found a beautiful old picture of Malta harbor. In addition I found an authentic antique map of Malta hand done by the cartographer that did all the maps for King Louis the XVI. I framed them both in matching burl wood frames and placed them one above the other to the right of one of the glass pieces. Now the wall is more symmetrical, interesting and appropriate.
“Just wanted to let you know how beautiful the house looks!!!...And the Malta pictures. We stood in front of the wall and gazed at them. We can hardly wait to have Dad see “the wall”. Love those frames!” F.O. Lexington
A client needed a re-do to her cluttered third floor family space, which is primarily used for reading or watching TV. Replacing several small pieces with a sofa was the solution to the clutter. The difficulty was that most sofas would not fit through a very narrow doorway and staircase. The area had a lovely curved wall that provided an opportunity to make it cozy and welcoming. I designed a custom fit sofa that flowed with the curve. The legs were made so they could be removed to allow the sofa to fit through the door.
This is a bathroom where the main area and the toilet area are divided by a pocket door. So when one of the two matching light fixtures arrived miss-aligned, it had to be replaced. The grout in the shower did not dry properly at first even though there were no dampness issues; the tile company had to be brought back to ensure the grout set properly. The countertop for the vanity in the toilet area arrived with a rough patch on the surface that needed to be smoothed. The custom mirror in the main area was hung only to find that when you looked into the bathroom from the entrance door the top of the mirror distorted the reflection. There was nothing that could be done about it, and the manufacturer had to be brought in to replace the mirror. It seemed like so many things had some kind of issue. All of this in the face of time constraints on finishing the project.
Inevitably there will be the occasional product defect. It takes a level head, and maybe a nip or two at night to recover from these setbacks, but in the end a beautiful bathroom is the result.
Work proceeded when she went to school each day. We finished on time even with a few obstacles one must expect to find when you open walls….. The room was done with lots of glam and delicious accessories including a pop of chartreuse (yellow/green) in a sweet little Prada bag as the striking accent in the room or to be used as an accessory on the arm!
The studio turned out to be just what she wanted so she submitted it to a national magazine and lo and behold, it became one of the “25 most inspiring studios.”