Making a home light, bright and inviting!

I wrote about part of this project recently, so now let's look at the whole thing.  It's quite a change:


Above is the Before of one corner of the Family Room...


...and here's the After!  The room was always attractive, but it was time to lighten things up.  


I showed you this entertainment center in this previous post, but I can't get over the difference between then....


...and how that same wall looks now.   Are you loving that accent rug?  Me too.  Meeee-yow!


Here's another camera angle of the room.  Since these photos were taken, the coffee table has been replaced.  No pretty objects have been placed on it yet, but I want to include it:


Pretty fandabulous!  The metallic finish on the top makes my heart beat faster!


We took down the sheers on the back windows and replaced them with my favorite roller shades that go up and down with the touch of a finger.  When rolled completely up, they just disappear.


Such nice nailhead detail on the Sherrill sofas!  Custom accent pillows, window treatments and that fab rug add color and pattern to an otherwise neutral room.


The Family Room is open to the adjoining Kitchen.  Above is a Before that gives you an idea of how it looked.  I need to find a pic that shows the old light fixture....

Found it!



Here's the After:


Morning coffee in here will really put you in the right mood to start the day!  


We used french returns on the metal rods for the custom cafe curtains.  Tres bien!

Then we tackled the formal dining room.  The Before will show that it was already a gracious, traditional space with lively colors, custom window treatments and a gorgeous table.  These clients were just ready for a change.  A general updating with a calm vibe was the goal.

Here's the Before:


And here's what we did:


The heavy top treatments came off the windows, a new custom rug was designed and the dining chairs were reupholstered.  This room is still formal, but in a lighter, brighter and more modern way.


I always try to use 2 upholstery fabrics on dining chairs.  It's a subtle touch.  When you're in the room, I want you to find little design surprises slowly but surely.

This entire project was a treat to work on.  We were able to make big and small changes that added up to a refresh that flows from room to room and really reflects the personalities and lifestyle of the clients. 

Life is good!



A Family Room Goes From Tired To Terrific!

Before - back wall.

Before - back wall.

It was time for an update in this beautiful home in Chapel Hill, NC.  The owners are well-traveled art lovers and wanted their home to provide respite in between trips and be an easy place to entertain in.

Before -  side wall.  

Before -  side wall.  

Let's cut to the chase:  here's what we did to maintain the warmth and coziness, but also give it a terrific update that will last for many happy years!


The walls were painted in a cooler color, the ceiling got a touch of warmth and we headed to Furnitureland South near High Point, NC, to gather up a few new key pieces (the entertainment center and coffee table).  At the same time, we reupholstered sofas and 2 chairs that were lanquishing in the basement.  New window treatments and other accents finished the room off beautifully.  


There was a lot of furniture in the basement.  The recliner above is the Mr.'s favorite chair. The Mars and Venus war about recliners wages on, but I embrace them--as long as they're not the huge, pillowy version. We decided to surprise him by using it.  But first we gave it a new upholstery.


I kept those curvaceous arms, the lovely tufting and nailhead trim. Then polished them all up a soft, neutral fabric with leather contrasting welt.  I'm the self-proclaimed queen of contrast welt and I wear that crown with pride.  


Before nails go into walls to install new arrangements of shelves or art, I "draw" out new arrangements on the computer, usually giving the client both symmetrical and asymmetrical options (I do love asymmetrical arrangements, but they still have to be balanced).   The arrangement shown above was the winner, but then we laid everything out on the floor and tweaked until it was just right. We also added awesome LED recessed cans to properly light what's being displayed.  You can see the resulting wall next:


The art wall now has a great mix of favorite, meaningful pieces.  There's a pretty sofa table right behind---the sofa!

Beautiful blue paisley fabric was chosen to replace the dark plaid on this chair and it's matching ottoman.  Fabulous upgrade!

Beautiful blue paisley fabric was chosen to replace the dark plaid on this chair and it's matching ottoman.  Fabulous upgrade!

We usually hide the arm covers under the seat cushions, but somehow they were left on during the photo shoot, which is okay.   My upholstery guy makes the most beautiful fitted arm covers.  They've got contrast welt on them too!  See the nailhead trim at the base of the sofa?  Little custom details are everywhere.    Like the lamp?  That came from Home Goods!  It was a score. 


I wish I had a good photo of the desk we put in the corner--it's a beauty.  We kept the artwork on that wall--it's all paintings of their former homes.  Karen and I love those cushy animal print pillows so much that we had some made for our own sofas!


Here's a peek at the Ralph Lauren accent lamp in a blue and white chinoiserie pattern.  Can you make out the titles of the books?  I have fun picking those out from my collection for photo shoots.


The blue and white color combination was so easy to work with.  We kept the window treatments simple, but not boring (never boring!).  See the little buttons on them?  And the lovely blue welt at the top?  Micropiping on the curvy bottom edges, too.  


I love meeting the pets of every client and this one was no different.  Sweet Riley was always happy to see me and even agreed to pose for the photographer.  Good dog!



Color Comes To The Workplace!

Boy oh boy, have we been busy bees here at DeCocco Design!  Remember how I introduced you to Karen, my amazing assistant, back in April (click here for that post)?  She's been hard at work keeping the office humming and organized and her herculean efforts have paid off in spades.  No matter how busy we are, nothing piles up, gets forgotten or falls through the cracks. Life (and business) is just better when you have help!

I'm catching you up on some of the projects we've been working on.  Click here if you missed yesterday's post.  Today we'll visit an office project that is ongoing, but started receiving rave reviews from the employees very early on.  


Every office in this project has two of these comfy chairs for visitors.  They're designed by Eero Saarinen for Knoll.  Lovely lines and upholstered in the nubby, neutral, commercial fabric often found on mid century modern furniture.  


Nubby, neutral fabric.  Can't get much more neutral than this.  The texture is nice, but I wouldn't want to stare at these chairs across from my desk every day.  The client (Ms. D) told me that it was time for a BIG change.  She loves color and isn't afraid to use it!


Using a rug as a jumping off point, we found commercial grade fabrics that say "Hello Gorgeous!" to everyone walking by.  That makes them smile.  Smiling employees are nice to have.  Good goal.  So we started with 3 chairs.


Here I am on delivery day with the newly upholstered chairs.  It was so much fun to see how great they looked--the upholsterer I work with is absolutely the best.  I wanted to sneak them back into the elevator and haul them to my own office!  But there's no sneaking bright orange, magenta and yellow. 

Surely you want to see them close up:

workplace_ color_kravet_fabric_durham_design

Then we moved on to other offices.  Everyone had chosen colorful desk accessories from Poppin, so we used those to coordinate the colors for their chairs.

Some of the   Poppin   colors.  Aren't they great?   Such an awesome change from the typical black stuff (that most of us have--why?  why?!).

Some of the Poppin colors.  Aren't they great?   Such an awesome change from the typical black stuff (that most of us have--why?  why?!).

When we're done, 27 chairs will have been reupholstered.  Let me show you the original again--then I'll show you how fantastic they look now:

The Before.  

The Before.  



Look at me!

Look at me!

Come on in!

Come on in!

It boggles the mind (well, the Work Order did anyway)!  We've got 6 more coming.  Every office has wonderful natural light, so walking down the hall is a real treat--it's one sassy, happy combination after another.  With smiling employees, which is the real treat.

I'll show you the rest when they come.