this semester of school has by far been my favorite. we’ve moved into a realm where designing everything from the layout of the space to the wall materials to the light fixtures really count. looking to my past and being inspired by the coffee shops i loved in nashville, i took a spin on an empty space in arlington, massachusetts and recreated a bakery cafe with a nashville feel.
I began with pulling inspiration images, wanting the space to feel rustic yet welcoming. a place where one felt comfortable pulling their feet up on the sofa.
Restoration Hardware - chalkboard wall, reclaimed wood floors, light fixtures
Reclaimed wood stairs
Marble display cases
we were given the empty floor plan and the requirements (number of display cases, kitchen square footage, handicap accessible bathroom, etc.) and had free range from there.
i wanted the space to be one in which people could learn and share knowledge between sips of coffee. a large chalkboard wall, comfy leather sofa and lighting worthy of an art gallery lit the stage. hatchprint, a signature style of nashville, led customers from the front of the space to the back. and my love of geometrics shaped my kitchen.
Because furniture was limited, each piece had to make an impact
Arteriors ziggy pendant Arteriors Wyndham Swivel StoolJayson Home leather sofa
Arteriors Adele Pendant
many drawings later, the space came to life. boston is in need of more off-brand coffee shops, and i wouldn’t mind one that marks my lattes with a heart.
Posted in Architecture, Art, Interior Design, School work, Tennessee
Tagged arteriors, BAC, bakery, Boston Architectural College, cafe, hatchprint, master of interior design, masters program, Nashville, school project, Tennessee
I am completely obsessed with this home designed by Lonni Paul for Giuliana and Bill Rancic. The photos do not do it justice compared to the episode of Giuliana and Bill that revealed a walk through of the home. Soft, neutral and a bit feminine, just like I like it.
And their baby’s name is Duke… so good.
Posted in Architecture, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Black and White Design, Interior Design, Living Rooms, White Interiors
Tagged Baby Room, Duke Rancic, Feminine Interiors, Giuliana and Bill Rancic, L.A., Lonni Paul Design, Neutral interiors
On a trip to London last week, I spent some time sourcing the delicate rows of Fortnum & Mason. With so many beautiful jars, tins and bottles waiting to be plucked up and brought home for the holidays, I made sure to bring a few sweets home with me.
Sugar crystals too pretty to eat
Champagne fit for the New Year
Pop in for a sweet
Sugar stars to top your cupcakes
Color coat your spreads
Save the tin once the tea is gone
Shop with gold
Pretend you’re at Hermes
Fancy yourself a Brit
Look back when you walk out
I’m of the mindset that your interior affects your mood. When your home is well designed, it can create a sense of completion and satisfaction. A serene, muted home can be calming while a colorful, engaging home can be energizing. These soft interiors are just what I need.
Where do I even begin? The floor, the petit settee, the chevon pillow, the powder blue inlay box… pure beauty.
The french daybed, the french doors, the gilded mirror… french design at its finest.
The exterior block elements brought inside, the black double doors, the black and white detailing… clean and crisp.
Posted in Antiques, Architecture, Bedrooms, Interior Design, Living Rooms, White Interiors
Tagged Chevron Pillows, Foyer, French daybed, Painted Floors, Settee, White living room
Surprise, surprise… I’m obsessed with Bobby McAlpine. His oak leaf wing chair first caught my attention when it graced the glossy pages of Veranda Magazine’s March-April 2012 issue. For more details on the chair, see here.
McAlpine’s kitchen with the chair sitting strong to the left.
My re-affinity with McAlpine’s chair all started because I was looking at chairs on Restoration Hardware’s website and came across this one above (see here) which reminded me of the oak leaf wing chair. The wood sides that encompass the body and the traditional wing back style being treated in an untraditional manner is exactly what I like to see in design.
Read about McAlpine’s secret sources for home furnishings in Veranda Magazine here. Reason #1 million I should move back to Nashville.
The ugly green carpet that used to haunt my dreams is gone. The lighter carpet completely brightens up the space and is such a welcomed change. More house updates in the future…
The architectural creativity that went into these stairs is so amazing. I would expect nothing less of Susan Ferrier of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier. The way the firm plays with natural wood elements, soft furnishings and serene accessories, their portfolio is filled with enviable interiors. See more from this project here.
Posted in Antiques, Architecture, Bedrooms, Interior Design, Living Rooms, Tennessee, White Interiors
Tagged Architectural details, Cool Stairs, McAlpine Booth & Ferrier, Nashville Interior Design, Susan Ferrier
There’s nothing quite like a block of houses where each one is more amazing than the next… there was definitely a sense of cohesion to these homes, and they were so picturesque that I didn’t seem to mind the competition between which one was more attractive than the next. Spotted while walking around Chicago in this area. Check out the street view here.