Project Reveal | La Maison

In January of 2017, Channing and I were approached by Kyle Miller of Paramount Property Development to assist with some interior design work.  Little did we know that this would turn into one of the best projects we have ever touched.  When we started working on this project 7 months ago, La Maison was a complete construction war zone and didn't have any sort of branding whatsoever.  

This property was an old private school back in its prime, and Paramount decided to breathe new life into the building by renovating it into 25 residential apartment units.  As a nationally registered historic place, Channing and I knew we would have to create a design vision that gave a true nod to the building's history while also rejuvenating the property to attract future tenants.

We were brought on board to lead the design strategy in collaboration with Paramount.  Not only did we assist in the selection of materials and overall vision of the interiors, but we had the unique opportunity to create the branding aesthetic for the building, including the name 'La Maison'.  In the French language, 'La Maison' means 'The Home'.  The area of St. Louis that the property resides in is relevant to historic French roots, and we felt this name would have historic significance as well as a pleasant and intimate name for future tenants.  We wanted tenants to walk into the building for the first time and feel at home.  


The fourth level of the building was home to the former school gymnasium.  Original hardwood floors were sanded and refinished, while sleek and simple light fixtures, furnishings, and artwork were installed to finish off this grand hallway. 


Commissioned photography, benches, and unit numbers were all specially implemented for this project to achieve a specific brand and vision.


In order to create some visual interest to the stairwells and hallways of the building, we included a seven foot high grey and white stripe.  With sharp angles and change of direction in the stairwells, the continuous stripe creates an interesting visual as you ascend and descend from each floor.


Most of the units feature original refinished hardwood floors and bright, classic paint colors. The kitchens all have dark cabinetry and contrasting white quartz countertops.  Each level of the building has large windows which fill the units with a great amount of natural light.


The fourth level of the building is home to stunning lofts, accented by dark metal and warm wood.  Contemporary fixtures were used throughout the units while also paying tribute to the historical features of the building.


We had an incredible time working on this project and cannot thank Paramount Property Development enough for giving us the opportunity to contribute our time to such a beautiful project!  

La Maison is currently available for lease.  Studios, 1 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms, and loft units are available through Lindsey Miller.  Lindsey can be reached at (314) 610-0363.   

-M

Artist Spotlight | David Cervantes Designs

Up next on deck for the Artist Spotlight series is David Cervantes from David Cervantes Designs. We met David through my mother of all people (she is the woman who has opened up most of the doors in my life by chatting up everyone she meets) and he has been a great fit for our clients ever since! We have worked with David on multiple projects for some custom pieces and he has blown away our clients - David has a vision that aligns very well to ours and we have loved working with him. So we thought, he's basically an artist, why not include him in the Spotlight series!! Check out his Q&A below:

What is your education and background? I Graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2010 with BFA in Industrial Design, with a concentration on Furniture design.

What is your favorite resource to work with? Favorite resource to work with, People. When you begin a creative dialogue with an idea that was yours, then you voice that idea, with someone else. It's at that point in which it has now faceted into a spectrum of ideas, each unique and probably wouldn't have been achieved if that conversation didn't collide with another individual.

When was the first time you saw yourself making custom furniture? What made you think this was something you wanted to pursue? First time I saw myself making furniture was in high-school, always tinkering and modifying things or up-cycling items to decorate and sculpt a room. I think it all began when I was an apprentice in a stained glass shop, making lamps and chandeliers. I envisioned myself creating items that will make its owners space truly theirs with items that are as unique as the clients.

What is a day in the life of David Cervantes? Starting when your feet hit the floor in the morning! My day begins at 5AM-7AM, I head to the gym and shower, 8AM-5:30pm teach and instruct at the TechShop, a maker-space in which members create, engineer and prototype their ideas. All through-out the day I am sketching, fabricating, building, teaching and monitoring so no one gets hurt using heavy machinery. 5:30-9:30 on some days during the week I instruct and teach the use of laser cutters, metal and wood cnc machinery, 3D printing, Vacuum forming, machining and powder-coating. The days I instruct, classes end at 9:30 pm. I will work till 12-1 AM on custom furniture fabrication.  The days I don't instruct I fabricate custom furniture from 5:30PM to 1AM. On the weekends, I sleep in till 9am and work on custom fabrications, whether its drawing sketching, creating renderings, engineering or building.

How would you describe your work?  As of right now, its very client driven, its mostly what the client has in mind with little notes of my design style sprinkled in. But when I make things that are more open to limited productions, I would say its very stark, sharp and contemporary. Lots of rectilinear lines and sharp angles with mixed media of sorts. A lot of material combinations of wood, metal, composites like carbon fiber, plastics like Acrylic and 3D printed joinery.

What drives you creatively? What drives me to create is the thrill of seeing my clients and customers gleam with happiness when they enjoy their items. Pushing the envelope of intelligent, sustainable and creative design.

Do you have a favorite piece or installation?  My favorite piece so far is hard to distinguish. All of the items I've worked with are a learning experience and all come with their own challenges and quirks. If I had to pick one, I think the item I'm most proud of is more of a sculpture, a geodescic dog house. Getting all the angles right, it was a puzzle in its self. The item was then donated to be auctioned benefiting Gateway Pet Guardians.

Where is your favorite place to work and why?  My favorite place to work is in my basement, sounds super creepy? Typically all my design begin as sketches and ideations, so listening to DJ Mark Farina, some real loungey blues/hip-hop while I engineer and lay down the preliminary groundwork before the raw construction begins. Typically it's down in the lab where its dark, quiet and lonesome until its figured out, to which then I emerge and head into the woodshop, welding bay or where ever I need to start.

How would you say your work has evolved from when you first started David Cervantes Designs? My work has become more 'tame' progressing. A lot of clients and customers aren't too keen on owning furniture that is sculptural as well as functional. A lot of folks are tuned into a Restoration Hardware, West Elm, Pottery Barn look which is ok, but its what they're accustomed to seeing. So when they see something that's a little more unique and new, they're very hesitant because that design hasn't been rung through mainstream retail yet. So its a fun challenge to sprinkle in little flavors that I'm tuned into while creating and tailoring creations for specific needs for customers.

Who do you look up to in your field why?  I look up to Frank Lloyd Wright for his stark vision and attention to detail, he's kicked the bucket almost 100 years ago and he's still fresher than most designers. Designers like Prouvé, Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, artists like Picasso, Banksy, Frida, Lichtenstein, and of course Leonardo Da Vinci, all these men broke conventional thinking, reshaping structures and ideas in various fields and mediums. 

So. . . If you have made it this far, and still want to know more, head over to his Instagram and website where he showcases his progress and more!! For now, that's all folks!

- C

 

C&M's Summer Decor Must-Have's

Finally, we can all take a deep breath and relax.  Summer is here!  Who doesn't love tan lines, the smell of sunscreen, and that first mouth-watering bite of watermelon of the season?  Summer is such a fun time of year when everyone takes the time to smile a little more and enjoy life.  Channing and I have already done our summer home shopping, and we wanted to share our must-have summer decor with our readers!  


1. Orange Blossom Table Cloth, Kate Spade

Isn't this linen just darling?  We love the orange citrus and green leaves against the white cotton field color.  Give this as a hostess gift this summer or use it for a backyard barbecue!


2. $10,000 A Day Needlepoint Throw Pillow, Jonathan Adler 

How true is this pillow?  It's so hard to get yourself up on a gorgeous summer day and get to the office on time, all while being motivated.  Maybe this fun pillow will be a hint to your boss that you deserve a raise; am I right?!


3. Sandira Dishtowel Set, Anthropologie

One of the quickest and easiest ways to spruce up a kitchen to reflect the appropriate season is with dishtowels.  Hang a couple off your oven or dishwasher bar and you automatically have a fun sense of style reflected in your kitchen.  Anthropologie has some pretty fabulous summer decor, and we can't get enough of these fun-trimmed dishtowels!


4. Fearless Soulmate Tray by Alexandra Von Furstenberg, Barney's

This gorgeous blue acrylic tray would look absolutely stunning on a marble coffee table. Being acrylic, this piece would make a great surface for some fun and fruity cocktails. Not to mention, easy to clean and wipe out!


5. Extra Large Watermelon Candle by Sunnylife, Nordstrom

Okay, this one may be a little bit cliche.  But c'mon, how precious is this?!  Set this on a neutral backdrop such as a white kitchen or simple coffee table and you've made you're summer mark on your home.  Let's just hope it smells as good as it looks!


Well that does it for our top 5 summer must-have's.  We would love to hear about some of yours as well.  Feel free to email us or message us on social media to share some of yours!

-M

Artist Spotlight | Darcy Campbell Art

We have recently been working with more and more local artists to try and incorporate their artwork in to the spaces we design. We were particularly jazzed when a young local artist approached us and pitched us her work. She was chic, stylish and the best part, our age - so of course we had to show support in whatever way possible! Then we had this idea about putting a spotlight on local artists and craftsmen here on our blog - first up is Darcy Campbell Art.

We sat down with Darcy and asked her a few questions. . .

What is your education and background? I have lived in Saint Louis my entire life and have just recently graduated from Webster University with a BA in Studio Art.

What is your favorite medium to work with and why? I'm really in to glitter and glue at the moment. The process is grueling but the results are incredible.

When was the first time you thought to yourself 'I want to be an artist' - What made you think this was something you wanted to pursue? Art has always been second nature to me, I've always had such a strong passion for it. It was my sophomore year of college and I had to declare a major. I called my Dad asking for help and he simply asked me what I was good at, when I responded "art" he said, "okay do that". That's when I knew this was something I could truly pursue.

What does a day in the life of Darcy Campbell Art look like? Starting when your feet hit the ground in the morning! I start my morning with a workout at Shred415 which pushes me out of bed and gets me energized for the day. Then I make my rounds to my favorite art store (Blick, Art Mart, Michaels) to get supplies. As soon as I get back to my studio I work work work. I'm typically making multiple paintings at once so it's go go go. I'll usually only take breaks to eat so if I'm not eating, I'm painting. 

How would you describe your art? Bold, Unapologetic, Modern. In my pop art pieces, I often marry iconic and provocative imagery to provoke a conversation among my audience.

What drives you creatively? My biggest goal is to be a well known and well respected female artist. The hunger for that dream drives my passion and creativity. Achieving this goal takes time, sacrifices and diligence but it allows me to be the best possible artist I can be.

Do you have a favorite piece or installation? My favorite piece is "Albert", even better is it's installed in my Dad's house so I get to visit it whenever I want.

'Albert'

'Albert'

Why is it your favorite? I had just started experimenting with spray paint. Typically my paintings begin with an overall concept and colors evolve from there. Uncharacteristically, with this piece the colors came first and the visuals came last, which was a 180 for me. 

Where is your favorite place to work? Outside on a warm summer day. Not only is it my favorite place but it's my favorite state of mind.

How would you say your artwork has evolved from when you first started Darcy Campbell Art? When I first started I was still trying to find myself but now I've learned to capture elements of an accelerating pop culture. I've had the ability to increase my individual expression and embraced new materials and have placed more value with experimentation and exploration.

Who is your favorite artist and why? Andy Warhol, it seems like a cliche but his work is a huge inspiration for me. His colors and subjects have always captivated me and he founded the genre that I now embrace (pop art.)

To check out more Darcy Campbell Art visit her Instagram @darcycampbell_art and to purchase pieces you can contact her directly!

Cheers!

C

Shoes to Fill | Interior Design Intern

Come August, C&M Interiors is ready to open the doors to a new pair of shoes.  We're so anxious to have a knowledge-hungry design intern around to join in our beautiful madness!  Our intention is to interview candidates for the next couple of months and officially begin working with us in August when our new studio space becomes available.  We are hoping to hire an intern from any of the Saint Louis area interior design schools to support local.

Channing and I already know we're going to be rather particular when it comes to making the final selection.  We know that being a student means you're in the process of learning, but we are still learning each and every day too!  This being said, it's incredibly important that whoever we hire can mesh well with our process and really take an interest in learning from us.  We don't want this to just be a job for a student; we want it to be a career stepping stone. 

Listed below is an ideal 'wish list' of what Channing and I are looking for in an intern.  However, we encourage any design student to take the opportunity to interview with us, regardless if all requests are met or not.  There's always room to grow and learn, and we want students to feel comfortable meeting with us to practice their interview skills.  After all, we're in the same boat on the opposite end.  Being a new business, we want to practice our interviewing skills as well!

Intern 'wish list':

  • Personal Qualities:
    • Trustworthy
    • Respectful
    • Open-minded
    • Passionate about design
    • Genuine
    • Strong work ethic
    • Honest
    • Cooperative
    • Personable
    • Professional
    • Fun!
  • Skill Set:
    • Knowledge of interior finishes
    • Knowledge of fixtures and furnishings
    • Proficient in AutoCAD (Revit is a plus)
    • Proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite (specifically InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop)
    • Ability to find creative design solutions
    • Ability to sketch and/or hand render
    • Ability to digitally render spaces
    • Ability to space plan
    • Ability to think through the design process on a critical level
    • Photography skills (this is a bonus!)
  • Duties:
    • Assist in AutoCAD and/or Revit drawings
    • Assist in selecting interior finishes
    • Assist working on digital and physical client presentations
    • Assist with the bi-monthly blog content
    • Assist with social media platform posts
    • Order finish samples and/or fabrics and materials
    • Join in client meetings to take notes
    • Run design errands (ex: picking up fabric, send Fedex package, etc.)
Example Floor Plan Drawing

Example Floor Plan Drawing

  • Intern Benefits:
    • Gain valuable hands-on experience
    • Freedom to speak your design voice and share in a collaborative environment
    • Learn residential and boutique commercial design
    • Experience fun and exciting project work
    • Work with incredible finishes and materials
    • Opportunities to gain client facing experience
    • Build resume experience
    • Gain internship credit/hours

At the end of the day, we want a team player to join in this crazy world of design with us.  We want to invest our time and energy into giving someone the knowledge behind residential and boutique commercial design.  Preparing for the 'real world' can be daunting, and we want to nurture and guide our intern while assisting in their career growth.  We're a creative duo full of imagination and wild design dreams, and we want to share that with someone who is just as passionate as we are!  If you are interested in interning for C&M Interiors, please send your resume and portfolio to maria@candmstudio.com and channing@candmstudio.com.

Join our team!

Join our team!

Project Reveal | Conway Springs, Private Residence

It's finally here - Our Conway Springs project reveal that we have been teasing you with for the past two weeks!! These photos are hot off our photographer's desktop and we couldn't be more excited to share them with you. We started this project less than six months ago, and pulled off concept to completion in a snap since this family of 4 was quickly becoming a family of 5!

Our primary goal was to lighten and brighten this young family home by focusing on the renovation of their kitchen, master bathroom and kids bathroom.

The Kitchen

Low ceilings were our biggest struggle. How were we going to make this space feel larger and taller without busting through the roof? First, we opted to go with open shelving on one wall and only overheads above the cook top. Visually this felt more open and in turn made the ceilings feel higher. Another trick was LIGHT colors. We used a large scale white subway tile on a portion of the walls and a very light gray paint on all of the other walls.

We are only sharing a peek of this project here on the blog, for all of the images and details head on over to our projects page here!

This custom table was built by David Cervantes of Cervantes designs specifically for this client's space. They had limited space for an eat in kitchen but really wanted a place for quick meals. David built this table to fit perfectly within the space and also added casters to roll the table over the custom bench when it wasn't being used! Talk about a space saver!

The Master Bathroom

Our clients were ready to be adventurous with this space. They let us go with a periwinkle gray rather than your standard gray subway tile and we think it makes a serious impact. This bathroom says 'I'm young and fun and I'm not afraid of color' - which is so true about these clients. The truth is, they kept asking for more color, so we kept on giving! The space turned out to be so elegant and refined but not in a boring way.

The Kid's Bathroom

Designing this bathroom truly brought us so much joy. We had so much freedom to be playful but also incorporate some classic elements, like the white subway tile. We like to call it classic turned upside down (get it?)! How many kids do you know that get to grow up with royal blue penny rounds on their floor? Not many... And the wall paper, we just can't get enough of that wallpaper...

All in all these clients are so pleased with the end result and that is what this is all about. Happy. Smiling. Faces. Have a beautiful weekend everyone and don't forget to check out our project page (by clicking here) for even more smile worthy photos (thanks to Corey Hogrefe - Maria's dashing and EXTRA hardworking fiancé)!! Cheers!

C

American Kitchen Design Through the Decades

There are countless ways a kitchen is used at this day in age.  The kitchen is a central gathering space for families to share a meal together or socialize during a party.  Perhaps it even becomes an at-home office and homework center from time to time.  Sometimes it's more for show, and sometimes every square inch of space is used to create that one perfect dish.  The way a kitchen is utilized depends on a variety of factors such as layout, functionality, and your personality. 

We learn best through examples in history.  Whether it be the most positive and groundbreaking peaks or the most devastating and iconic disasters, we find value in past examples.  Kitchen design is a prime example of how humans have become more and more in touch with the functionality and ergonomics of their living environment.  We're going to take our readers on a little journey through time addressing certain times in history that once had the most innovative kitchen.  It's pretty amazing to see how far the design industry has come in just one hundred years.

1910's/20's - Freestanding furniture pieces were a staple of this era.  The 'hoosier cabinet' (furniture piece pictured on the right) was a cabinet that created an efficient work space, having flour-lined bins and other organization tools.  Kitchens were often very neutral in color tone, as the kitchen was strictly a place to work and cook.  During this time, all walls were closed off from the gathering spaces with a separate entry door, as the host would never want their guests to see the food preparation areas where the house staff worked.

1930's - As the great depression begins, the art deco era begins to become prominent in middle-high class families.  Housewives would select bright and cheery colors to decorate their homes.  We begin to see more interest in functionality, noticing the different drawer sizes used for utensils, towels, etc.. Built in cabinets also become more popular in this era, while freestanding cabinets and hutches start to feel impractical and outdated.  Another important part of kitchen design becomes highly utilized and coveted in the 30's...electronic appliances!

1940's - Bolder primary colors and two-toned themes were a big hit of this era.  Aluminum countertops and cabinets were desirable because of the clean-ability factor, as the nation was still very concerned with sanitation since diseases were still floating around.  Wallpaper and window treatments finish off the space, as crisp white cabinets create a clean contrast.

1950s - The Mid-Century Modern era is known for the smaller home footprint with the introduction of the open floor plan.  The kitchen was considered the heart of the home, where fun pastels were complemented by a bold pop or two of color.  Interior design grew to be more efficient and focused on the functionality of how a human would use the space.  Frank Lloyd Wright is undoubtedly one of the most known architects and designers of this era.

1960's - Still very reminiscent of the 50's Mid Century Modern style, the 60's became even more clean-lined.  Minimalist furniture and accessories were all the rage, while more subdued colors made an impact on the finish materials on the time.  A big push in this era was to move more toward a 'warm' aesthetic, often times by implementing wood or white cabinetry.

1970's - Again, an even more modern approach was sought after in this time period.  Many changes in self-awareness and other political issues caused Americans to start thinking in a more progressive manor.  Many odd colors such as brown, orange, and shades of yellow made a strong appearance, and sometimes a bold floral print was seen as an accent wall in a kitchen. A well known interior designer of this era is David Hicks.

1980's - Pastels, pale colors, and floral prints were undeniably major trends from the 80's.  While some homes were strictly shades of pale pastels and having a shabby chic appearance, others could have been funky, abstract, and bold.  A lot of variety started showing through in the aesthetics seen in homes, but heavy, chunky furniture was almost always seen.  Needless to say, the 80's was an awfully unattractive period of time for the interior design world.

1990's - Can you say brass fixtures? McMansions became the norm to middle and high class families around this time.  The bigger the house, the better.  Kitchens really started to expand in size, as many floor plans started providing an open plan combining the kitchen with the adjacent hearth room.  Granite countertops became increasingly more popular, and stainless steel appliances were really taking off.  White kitchens were also a huge hit in the 90's, and we're definitely seeing that come back around now.

2000's - A more casual aesthetic became popular at the turn of the century.  The focus was on a more minimal approach, as the kitchen was the heart of the home.  Maple cabinets and granite countertops with a lot of speckling were common, as were quartz countertops.  Stainless steel and oil-rubbed bronze were definitely the two finish choices when it came to metal finishes.

Present Day - Needless to say, A LOT has happened in the interior design world since the last major design period, the early 2000's.  It's already been 17 years since the turn of the century.  If that doesn't make you feel older, I'm not sure what would!  HGTV, Pinterest, and Houzz have become increasingly more popular for home owners as they attempt DIY renovation projects and such.  Major nods to this era include element such as shiplap, open shelving, and shades of white and gray.  While some of these elements will potentially stand the test of time, there has definitely been a huge push toward a cleaner, fresh, home-y feel.  There are so many clever and ergonomically friendly organization systems in kitchens now, from pull-out spice racks to built-in tray dividers.  At the end of the day, people want their kitchen to be unique and stand out.

Hopefully this little journey through time has educated our readers a bit on the history of American kitchen design.  I think we can all agree that we've come a long way from the first kitchen image from the 1910's/20's.  We're anxious to see new design elements continue to grow in this decade, and would love to hear of any additional comments from our readers about today's kitchen design or past eras!

-Maria

Ways to Instantly Update Your Home

I had planned to start this off with some witty comment about the beautiful weather and the early spring we have all been so grateful for, but then winter decided to show back up at the party...sorry, I jinxed it. Regardless, as the weather begins to change, people are starting to think about making changes to their life and homes. Now, we can't give away brilliant life advice for free ;) but we can share four easy ways to revamp your home.

1. New Hardware

Change out some or all of the hardware in your home keeping in mind that hardware can be expensive but even this small detail can make a huge impact. The word 'hardware' includes everything from drawer knobs and pulls, faucets to toilet paper holders. Try to find unique pieces, not everything has to match - if you can manage to dig up antique, go for it!

2. Counter Top Change

If you're not prepared for a full kitchen or bath remodel, swap out those laminate counter tops for a marble or quartz. For more information on the pros and cons of either material check out our previous blog post Countertops: Marble or Quartz?

3. New Pillows

New pillows are the most 'no brainer' update you can make as the seasons change. They are an inexpensive way to update color in your home. Work with a designer to get custom pillow covers or head on over to your favorite design shop to find this seasons favorites!

Maharam, Toostripe Alexander Gerard Pillow 

4. Paint or Wallpaper!

This is an obvious one, but it's also the most inexpensive while having the biggest impact. I guess you could say you get the most bang for your buck. Paint is an easy do it your self solution while wallpaper will take some extra skill and is best if done by a professional. Paint one wall or wallpaper an entire room, you won't be let down by the impact.

...Now hopefully soon the warm weather will re-appear and everyone can start jammin' on making changes to their home...and lives. :)

- C

The Benefits of Indoor Plants

It's undeniably common for many of us to feel disconnected with nature frequently throughout our lives, especially during the brisk winter months.  We don't want to spend time outdoors unless it's comfortable, and who can really blame us?  Lucky for us Midwesterners, this winter has been abnormally mild and quite a few of us have made time to go on long walks with our dogs, hike, or whatever other outdoorsy type of activity you like to do.   According to Time Magazine, research has linked spending time outdoors with improved mood and mental health.  

Regardless of what anyone says, we all already know that it's highly beneficial to spend time outdoors, and we should all try to make more of an effort.  But what about the truth and reality of it all?  At the end of the day, we still have to go to work each morning, take care of our families, pay the bills, etc., etc..  I think what I'm trying to say is that it's easier said than done.  Channing and I have been doing a bit of soul searching striving to find ways to better our positivity and increase our mental functions.  One of the ways we have embraced so far is by implementing the use of indoor plants.  

Healthline and SGOX Blog tell us that indoor plants can benefit us in a variety of ways:

  • Provide cleaner air (filter out toxins)

  • Lower your risk for illness 

  • Boost your mood

  • Enhance concentration & memory

  • Promote healing (especially in hospitals)

  • Decreases stress

  • Aesthetically pleasing to the eye

Check out some of our favorites below!

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree: A little tough to take care of, but creates a wonderful pop of vibrancy and energy to an indoor space.  Used more for visual purposes.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree: A little tough to take care of, but creates a wonderful pop of vibrancy and energy to an indoor space.  Used more for visual purposes.

Chinese Money Plant: Said to be a sign of luck & happens to be a fabulous air purifier!

Chinese Money Plant: Said to be a sign of luck & happens to be a fabulous air purifier!

Aloe Vera: Also a great visual for interiors, but can be used for personal health reasons such as a sunburn.

Aloe Vera: Also a great visual for interiors, but can be used for personal health reasons such as a sunburn.

Spider Plant: A natural non-toxic air purifier (great for bathrooms or baby nurseries, too).

Spider Plant: A natural non-toxic air purifier (great for bathrooms or baby nurseries, too).

Lavender Plant: The scent from this plant is said to boost mood and brain function.  Clip some off and place it in a vase by your bedside for a great night's sleep, too.

Lavender Plant: The scent from this plant is said to boost mood and brain function.  Clip some off and place it in a vase by your bedside for a great night's sleep, too.

Happy (indoor) gardening to our readers!

-M

Project Progress

Back in November we wrote up a post about a fresh kitchen renovation in a split level home that we were deep in to the design on. Well, due to the fast paced nature of this particular project we are well in to construction. We realize that this blog probably makes design seem like roses and sunshine but before it becomes an immaculate completed project, things must get messy and ugly... and ugly do they get. So we thought we would share with you some (horribly awful) i phone photos of this project mid construction.

We told you. Messy. But you can see the potential right?? We have been working with Terra Nova Construction who have been wonderful and easy to work with. Thus far they have satisfied all of our clients needs and they couldn't be happier with the crew. This is one of the most difficult things to accomplish, happy clients who are living in a construction zone. 

We worked with Beck/Allen Cabinetry's Shiloh line for these custom cabinets which turned out more beautifully than we could have imagined. They are simple, clean lined and well constructed.

My favorite detail of most projects is the hardware and I certainly think we nailed it this time around with hardware from Immerse.

For now, that's as much mess as we can show you. Stay tuned for the big reveal coming up in the next few months! :)

C