New Orleans Penthouse Design | Interior Design by Cara McBroomUncategorized
New Orleans Penthouse Design | Interior Design by Cara McBroom
Well, taking on a job in The Big Easy shouldn’t be considered work. Actually, it was a lot of work, but entirely enjoyable! This is a penthouse I redesigned for a client, inside One River Place, overlooking the Mississippi River.
Before I began adding color and life to this place, it underwent a major facelift. The previous owner ran an antique shop, and had the place filled to the brim with antiques; walls were knocked down, and every surface was lightened and brightened. My clients wanted to maximize the view, the light, and the space!
I mean, look at this view! Watching paddle boats go by, and hearing the sounds of jazz while working, was definitely a perk! This is the reason I placed this shimmering silver leather Lee Industries chaise in this spot. I wanted seating that would be open to everything–conversation, or view.
I will talk more about my design concept, the elements and principles of design, and why I chose certain details, but for now, let me gush about these Platner Easy Chairs, by Knoll. These iconic sculptured chairs were created with hundreds of welded, curved steel rods. I loved the mixture of soft fabric and metal, and especially the softness of the lines, and the wide comfort.
In designing this unit, I wanted my main canvas to be a beautiful, bright soft white. Therefore, the walls, floors, and upholstery and rugs were all mostly neutral. I brought color in with art, pillows and accessories. The client wanted bold colors, and for me to not be shy. We decided to paint our accents with cobalt, purple, and orange! I wanted these colors to dance and play, and move your eyes across the room, with the same flair that jazz music echoes down the streets. This was how I paid homage to the location. Instead of aiming for traditional French elements and aged old world European flair, the bold, fun and striking colors were an abstract interpretation of the “feeling” of jazz music, and the city.
They did not want a typical design, they wanted something designed especially for them, tailored to their tastes, and needs. Having things remain light, spacious and open, allows the view of the colorful city to shine. The modern style provides a welcome contrast to all the historical architecture of the city. After a night on the town, they can come home to their clean, spa-like atmosphere and have total relaxation!
My shoes matched!
In the Dining Room, I chose a round table to mimic the curve of the windows. You will see I used curvilinear lines throughout. They help move the eye around the room, and it allows the architecture and the furniture to “have a conversation”, if you will. It’s also a way of softening a contemporary look.
These klismos chairs by Vanguard had such an elegant shape. I loved the idea of doing the upholstery in a cobalt vinyl, so that I could create a graphic effect, like dashes circling the table.
I chose these modern place settings, because of its unique shape. The plates mimic the backs of the dining chairs.
I divided the Living Area into two areas, with two different functions. This is the media seating arrangement. Below, you can see the white glass barn door leading to the office.
This is the Office. It has ample space for both clients to work, and I did my best to work magic on the display shelves! The office chairs are from Century furniture, and I covered them in a luxurious, soft cream leather, for maximum comfort.
You’re looking at a murphy bed door! This side of the Office would have looked pretty blank, had I not thought to paint a mural on these doors. This way, the doors are like an art piece hanging on the wall, disguising the functional bed. Pull it down, and voila:
This marble fireplace mantel is the only design element we kept from the previous design. I liked how it looked against all the modern lines around it. We were stoked to capture this dog jumping on the television, during our photo shoot! haha
The Master bedroom turned out beautiful. I chose a high, plush velvet upholstered headboard, some fun artwork, and a rich, soft rug to anchor it all! I love painting a room with color!
This project was featured in a 2017 issue of Vie Magazine. Click here to read my interview, and learn more about my process and the project!
Here are some behind-the-scenes photos:
Colleen Duffley took most of these gorgeous photographs of the project. I threw in a couple of my own photos, but they are mostly her work!
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High Rise Luxury| Design by Cara McBroomUncategorized
High Rise Luxury | Design by Cara McBroom
This is another fun condominium project from Grand Dunes! I had so much fun working with this client, who is a local realtor, and who has such fine taste! We loved pushing the envelope, by combining so many opposing finishes, such as gold and silver, warm and cool, colors and neutrals, sparkle and texture, modern and traditional, rich decadence and bohemian charm. The most striking theme throughout, however, would be the use of TEXTURE! Combining textures is such a wonderful way to create warmth and welcome.
Grand Dunes Coastal Remodel | Design by Cara McBroomUncategorized
Grand Dunes Coastal Remodel | Design by Cara McBroom
This is a precious design I put together several years ago, for clients that love color. This condo unit had all the basic builder finishes and fixtures, and all neutral colors. We needed to add some interest, color and wow factor! We replaced all the countertops with lighter quartzite, painted the cabinets and walls, added all new light fixtures and some new plumbing fixtures, and accented rooms with interesting wallpapers. In this rare occasion, the clients specifically asked for a different color scheme for each room, to create different experiences for people who stay there! We have a nautical room, a butterfly room, a coral room, and a completely adorable bunk room, created for young boys. Enjoy!
Our Nautical room! I mean, how adorable is this roman shade, with its chevron print and button trim?
Design Featured in Cottage Style | Interior Design by Cara McBroom30-A Style, Coastal Design, Destin Design, Interior Design
Design Featured in Cottage Style | Interior Design by Cara McBroom
I am proud to show off this cute article, featured by Cottage Style magazine! This is a project I completed in Watercolor, FL, on the beautiful beaches of 30-A. A few of you may remember other pictures I posted of this project: Click here to see!
Here is the cover of this Fall/Winter 2015 issue:
And, without further adieu, here are the first two pages of my feature! (I’m so excited!)
See more rooms, and more details in my first post about this project. I hope you enjoy! All these bright colors are sure to lighten your mood!
Burnt Pine Redesign | Cara McBroomUncategorized
Burnt Pine Redesign | Cara McBroom
I couldn’t resist the rhyme! This is a project I finished two years ago. I never claimed to be a punctual poster, but better late than never, right? This home had some beautiful features, but they were overshadowed by darkness. That’s all–just a lack of light! My job was to furnish this beautiful home, and add a little brightness and contrast!
This may be my favorite Master Bedroom design, to date! I wish this were MY room! We replaced the patterned carpet with hand-scraped wide plank wood. I chose the most beautiful creamy paint color for the walls to brighten things up! All of the walls had a faux plaster finish in a goldish tan undertone–I wanted to KEEP the texture, but amp up the lightness so that the wood floors and other wood pieces would have some contrast! So, the paint has a pearlescent finish that’s very subtle, but emphasizes the texture, and is so much richer than flat or satin.
Chalk painted nightstands help to lighten and balance the dark, carved wood king bed. Crisp cream drapes brighten the dark shutters, and light, crisp, fluffy bedding screams “get in!”. The large mirror helps to reflect light back into the room, but is also a jewelry cabinet! A girl’s dream!
In addition to painting the walls for crispness, we added cream window treatments, and an assortment of creamy painted and upholstered furniture. One gorgeous faded Oushak rug anchors the seating arrangement, and a custom-built entertainment cabinet tames the cables and wires from before.
I spent a lot of time holding cream paint chips up to the stone in every room. I wanted the color to blend well with all the stone, but not go gold or yellow. I am so happy with the final result! I love how the brick seems so textured in contrast.
I had a vision for the entertainment console, but couldn’t seem to find anything long enough to anchor this ginormous framed television! I commissioned Armored Frog to build me this beautiful cabinet, and then paint it a beautiful, crusty antique white.
In the boy’s room, we brightened the walls, added some color to the ceiling, and finished the windows off with some soft drapes.
In the second guest bedroom, we painted the walls a slightly less reddish camel color than the pumpkin color that was there before. This made the room a tad lighter, but provided a rich backdrop for my white painted headboard.
Next, we have a cute little attic room! We turned this room into a small media viewing area, with a daybed and some built-in cabinet storage.
Lastly, I can’t talk about this project, without giving kudos to my amazing painter, who hand painted each square behind the ceiling lattice in the kitchen! I actually felt bad asking them to do this, but they executed it flawlessly!
Contact me if you need help furnishing your home!
Silver Beach Towers Lobby Redesign | Cara McBroomUncategorized
Silver Beach Towers Lobby Redesign | Cara McBroom
I was chosen to create a vision for both the East and West lobbies of Silver Beach Towers, a little over a year ago. This was a pretty big undertaking, not only for the sheer scale, but also for the fact that my ideas were under scrutiny of an entire homeowners association, as opposed to a couple of homeowners. Luckily, they loved my ideas, and decided to hire me!
This was a fun transformation! The style was about 10 years old, with its palm tree and monkey themes. My main goals were to:
- LIGHTEN things up.
- Create a TIMELESS atmosphere.
- Keep things CLEAN and STREAMLINED.
My first step taken in “operation lighten-things-up” was changing all the paint colors! I wanted to neutralize all the gold tones, so I chose a pale warm gray for the walls, a new fresh white on the trim, and a soft blue on the ceilings that helps add depth, and also emphasizes the architecture of the ceiling. I removed all the black iron railings, painted the newel posts and rails white, and added suspended glass panels, for an unobstructed view of the ocean when you walk in the lobby doors. I replaced all the dark carpet in one lobby, and all the gold tile in another lobby, with this beautiful, soft gray porcelain tile. Finally, I updated the furnishings, added some “wow” factor lighting, hung some large-scale colorful art, and brought in some live plants.
What a difference!
Being the first thing you see when you walk in, I wanted our center table and chandelier to really make a statement! First, I added a silver leaf faux finish to the dome ceiling, so that the lighting would twinkle and glow. Next, I chose an ethereal trickling glass globe chandelier. Each globe has tiny crystals in the bottom, so that they catch light, and resemble trickling rain drops. I drew up a design for this center table, and commissioned Armored Frog to build it. Made out of reclaimed wood, with a mitered inlay top and a chrome banding on the top and bottom, this table took my breath away when I saw the finished product! I couldn’t be more proud! It’s not every day I get to design a piece of furniture and see it come to life! I feel like a proud Mama!
I covered all the upholstery in soft, buttery vinyl that looks like leather (easily wiped clean!). The backs of the slipper chairs are upholstered in a blue 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabric, that is resistant to stains and sun-fading. The pillows are also covered in solution-dyed acrylic Sunbrella fabrics. Although practicality and function were a main concern, I think these new furnishings added some much-needed warmth, sophistication and welcome!
This new entry console is a thing of beauty! Above it is a textured giclee art that packs a colorful punch, and some simple, elegant accessories.
I commissioned local artist, Mary Hong, to paint these 8′ tall acrylic and glass abstract panels! (In above picture, to the left). You can see a hint of the track-and-pendant system I installed in the part of the lobby that overlooks the pool level.
You can see in this BEFORE photo, that the lighting occupying the expansive ceiling and 2-story space was rather small in scale and nondescript. I wanted to utilize the entire ceiling, while still only needing my one central electrical source (concrete ceilings in high rises always force me to be creative!). Here is what I did:
I used a bendable track, and hung crystal pendants at varying heights, for a trickling effect. This design took advantage of this prime, empty real estate! It drew the eye towards the beach view, and added some much-needed visual interest to this area.
This story and design was featured in the current issue of Condo Owner magazine:
Click here to read the full article: Latest Issue Condo Owner (This link will only work until the newest issue comes out!)
Want to see some more photos from the installation process? Read on!
Pat’s company, Heroman Services, is the leading Interior Landscaping firm along the Gulf Coast and is ranked as a Top 25 Company nationwide. He was amazing to work with! I told him my design concept for the lobbies, we talked about placement of plants, and style, and he ran it with it! He provided photos of our spaces, with images of his proposed plants and containers photoshopped into the room! Click here if you want to read a blog I wrote about biofilia, and the importance of living, green plants and flowers in interior spaces.
Mark and I worked together before, in a photo shoot for Condo Owner magazine! Click here to see this project! If you want to see his amazing photos, click here to see that issue of Condo Owner magazine.
Contact me if you need help coming up with a vision and plan for your home or lobby!
80’s Houston High-Rise Before and After | Design by Cara McBroomUncategorized
80’s Houston High-Rise Before and After | Design by Cara McBroom
This high-rise condo in Houston, Texas was stuck in the 80’s, with its plethora of hallways, closed-off spaces, laminate cabinets and colored toilets. My clients know good bones when they see them, however! We enjoyed working together on their Panama City Beach remodel so much, that they called on me to help them visualize the potential in this gem! We knew we wanted a transitional look that would marry their traditional accent pieces with their contemporary affinity. We began by reworking the footprint of the condo, and doing everything we could to maximize the openness and function of every space. Then we focused on lighting, making sure we had ample recessed l.e.d. lights, mixed with accent lighting and correct electrical outlet placements. Next, I started drawing/designing all the bathrooms!
The next step was for me to fly over to Houston, 7+ months pregnant, during a classic Houston heat wave (one day my client’s car said it was 109 degrees, and my feet were ginormous!!! I waddled everywhere). But, in three days, we were able to choose every tile, cabinet, cabinet hardware, flooring, light fixture and plumbing fixture! Having the bathrooms already planned and drawn-out made the selection process much more organized and streamlined (and helped us avoid any pretty, sparkly tangents, or “squirrels”, as we laughingly called them. What’s a “squirrel”? Watch the movie UP.)! Anyhow, without further ado, here is the awesome transformation:
The first thing we decided to do is open up the doorway leading to the rear entrance. This allowed us to extend the kitchen some, and brighten things up a bit. We also opened the walls that separated the kitchen from the living and dining areas. We replaced the living room wall/wet bar with an open counter-height bar, and accent lighting. I chose almost-white cabinets for a bright contrast against the cherry wood floors. The shining star, in my opinion, is the stainless steel backsplash tile! This took a little convincing, but was well worth it! It reflects light, adds texture, and creates the illusion of depth, much like a mirror would. We wrapped the structural column on the bar with stainless steel so that the column looks integrated and weightless.
In the dining room, my clients needed a little bit more storage, so I designed this narrow buffet/hutch built-in, with beautifully stained wood, sparkling hardware, antique morrored doors, and grasscloth textured accent in the middle. I wanted this piece to look like a transitional piece of furniture (not like an extension of the kitchen). This helps to define the space and keep things from being too matchy. Pewter and blue silk drapes add some warmth, softness and drama!
Here you can see what a dramatic difference wood floors can make, as well as a bit of color on the ceiling! In this case, I chose a gray paint for the walls, and a slightly bluish gray for the ceiling. The color scheme is a mixture of rich cream, gray, and powder blue. Above the sofa is a commissioned piece of art painted by the Emerald Coast’s Allison Wickey. You can see how I mixed her traditional fauteuil chairs with some more modern upholstery, and recovered the chairs in a clean, masculine gray, with blue fabric in the outbacks.
Bye, bye, generic doors and sad floors! Hello, beautiful wood panel doors and custom tile “carpet” design. I created the most durable, inviting entry rug “look” out of this beautiful gray damask inset tile. It mirrored the new custom recessed tray with cove lighting that I designed to give the entry some “wow” factor. Not seen in the photos is a drop-dead gorgeous rectangular crystal chandelier—decadent, yet still modern. The stainless penny rounds I installed in the recessed tray reflect the crystal lighting and twinkle, like stars!
I CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW YOU ALL THE BATHROOM BEFORE-AND-AFTERS!:
We removed the wall, which was creating a small linen closet, and expanded the bath vanity. I aimed for all white in here, to maximize the brightness. The asymmetry of the cabinet works well, with the waterfalling counter top and opening adjacent to the toilet, to prevent any cramped feelings. Some unique tile application, a horizon band mirror, and some effective lighting give this bathroom the right finishing touches.
The Master Bathroom nearly tripled its size!! Not just in square footage, but also visual lightness! I chose a porcelain Carrera marble (beautiful and white, but without the porous stainability and upkeep of real marble) for the main floor and wall tile. I accented with a blue art glass mini-mosaic tile, and added transitional rectangular panels in the shower area.
I hope you enjoyed your walk through this Houston remodel, as much as I enjoyed designing it!
A Cozy Home in Watercolor | Design by Cara McBroomUncategorized
A Cozy Home in Watercolor | Design by Cara McBroom
Welcome to a super fun project I had the privilege of designing in 2013! These clients wanted something bright, colorful and boldly, but tastefully, coastal.
The living room is mostly subdued, with bold color appearing through art and pillows. Long ethereal drapes soften the wood walls, and emphasize the height of the room. The sofa and swivel chairs are slipcovered in washable linens, perfect for salty bodies, and sticky fingers! The large square wood cocktail table is virtually indestructible–ready for toy banging and foot propping! Comfort and livability were important considerations.
The dining wall was prime real estate for some large, impactful color! I liked the idea of having a variety of chairs, so I paired a turquoise settee with some French burlap chairs, and some slipcovered host & hostess chairs. This amazing table is solid bleached pine! Incredibly beautiful, and incredibly heavy, and perfect for this beach family.
The Master Bedroom began with a canvas of soft gray in the bed, drapes and coverlet, and was finished with splashes of bright turquoise, lime green and orange!
For the bunk room, I chose a wide array of colorful, mismatched chevron patterns, and tied them together with one central, colorful print. The twin-over-twin bunks offer some swing arm sconces, storage drawers on the bottom, and quaint picture framed “windows” that look out into the main room (alternately providing openness, while the wall itself is providing privacy).
I’ve never been afraid to play with bright colors, so I was glad to have met these playful, daring clients, who were willing to go bold with me! This project was a joy to design, and I think it shows!
A Seagrove Beach Cottage Design | Interior Design by Cara McBroomUncategorized
A Seagrove Beach Cottage Design | Interior Design by Cara McBroom
This design takes place in Tre Viste, a 3-unit Condominium in Seagrove, with a secluded beach cottage feel. This condo was actually beautifully furnished before, but the sellers could not part with all of their goods, so my clients called upon me to fully furnish the entire place in a matter of weeks! Let me tell you, I had to put on my comfy shoes, for all the shopping up-an-down the Emerald Coast that this required! Luckily I had the help and companionship of my lovely summer intern, Anna! She and I had so much fun shopping together, and we were able to see our design come to fruition in a matter of weeks!
We had so much fun putting all this together! Although it was a lot of work, I am up for another challenge like this! I finished just in time for this family to enjoy their new beach residence for the summer!
Most clients want a complete custom design, and are willing to wait, but If anyone is facing time restraints, hire a designer, (hire me!), to make sure you get the look you want, in the right time frame!
A Princess Pad | Interior Design by Cara McBroomCoastal Design, Destin Design, Interior Design
A Princess Pad | Interior Design by Cara McBroom
Come and see this fun room I had the opportunity to design for a client’s teenage girl, in their vacation condo! When this client told me their little girl loves pink, I got so excited, because I NEVER get to use pink!! Everything is always blue, blue blue, green, blue, and other variations of this. What did I come up with? An explosion of magenta, coral, and purple, contrasted with pale ice blue!
My inspiration began with this fabric, by Romo Fabrics:
From this, I was able to envision the walls in the background blue color, as I knew this pale cool color would allow all the bright pinks and corals to shine!
Other bedding fabrics followed suit:
Designing this little room was a breath of fresh air! Being able to use pinks and corals freely had me feeling liberated as a designer! It was FUN, even though it was only a small room. I am now in the mood for Spring! Beautiful flowers, clear blue skies, and Easter dress shopping! Who is up for making me a dress out of this Eden Amaranth fabric? Anyone?
Cozy Beach Cottage in San Destin | Interior Design by Cara McBroomUncategorized
Cozy Beach Cottage in San Destin | Interior Design by Cara McBroom
This quaint little rental house in San Destin was in need of a major facelift! We wanted the design to be more toned-down. I love bright colors, but for this project, we thought the house needed to be quiet, relaxing and charming! I brought in some coastal flair, and some cottage casual, as well as some light French influence.
Although the kitchen was not a separate room, it sure felt closed off from the rest of the space. I sought to explode this barrier and open this space up, so that the entire room felt larger! We didn’t want to replace all the cabinets, so what I did, is I replaced the upper cabinets only, and painted everything a new, fresh white. I placed glass cabinets above the bar to allow more light to spill into the kitchen. I placed some faux doors on the other side of the range hood vent so that we didn’t see a strange patch of drywall, like before. I replaced all the appliances with stainless, and installed a gorgeous slab of White Ice granite. I tiled the backsplash with ice blue glass tiles, which matched the wall color, and helped to hem the two rooms together.
In the dining area, I chose a small farm table, with some ladder back chairs, and a fabulous rope chandelier!
This small bathroom received a minor facelift, with major effect! Because the walls are blue in the main Living area, I decided to let blue be a small supportive role in this story. Instead, I painted the walls a rich camel color that blended with the shower drape fabric. There are hints of blue in the drape fabric that I reinforced with this painted vanity sink. One way to instantly make your bathroom look more custom is to hang a shower curtain that is taller than the standard 72″. This one is about 84″ long. Applying beadboard is another inexpensive way to add a lot of character to a small space. We replaced the toilet with a more efficient one, added some cute art, and voila! A whole new space!
The Master Bedroom received new carpet, new grassweave window treatments, a fresh coat of paint and new furnishing! I centered the bed between two of the transom windows so that the placement made more sense. I flanked the bed with matching white twig sconces, and added some plush, inviting bedding.
The Master Bathroom needed rescued from the 80’s “Florida” look! I raised the vanity sink on the left to be 36″, like the one on the right. I installed one solid slab of granite, replaced the pink tile floors with some wood tiles, and polished the look with a nautical riveted mirror, some jute pendants and large art around the tub. New cabinet hardware from Restoration Hardware also did wonders for the new look. I almost forgot to mention what a difference paint makes! Bye-bye, pink walls!
3rd Floor Loft:
The loft turned out so pretty! The first thing on my list was to paint all the pink-undertoned wood paneling! This paneling covered the walls all throughout the hallways, and all the way up the 3-flight stairwell. The ceiling of the 3rd floor loft even had the same paneling. The wood is pretty, but in order to open things up and feel more coastal, I needed to paint all the boards white. The wood ceiling received Palladian Blue paint, to mimic the sky and draw the eye up. I kept their wooden daybed, and simply painted it an ice blue color! I added a burlap skirt, some new bedding and some navy end tables!
Wow, where do I start? New everything, that’s where! There are still two twin beds, but I implemented a much more toned-down design. The floor-to-ceiling burlap panels help to dramatize the small windows. The bedding is actually ready-made duvet & coverlet from Bed, Bath & Beyond. The bedskirt is from Ballard Designs, and the toss pillow is from the Lovelace Interiors Showroom! The reclaimed wood chests at the foot of the bed are a great place for toys, shoes, bedding, etc. They also make a great place to sit and put shoes on.
The second floor guest bathroom was a simple redo: new countertop, cabinet hardware, toilet, mirror and sconces! This made a great difference!
I thoroughly enjoyed working on updating this rental! Call me if you have a rental you would like updated! Facelifts like this will raise the value of your rental, and pay for itself!
St. Thomas Condo Remodel | Interior Design by Cara McBroomCoastal Design, Destin Design, Interior Design
St. Thomas Condo Remodel | Interior Design by Cara McBroom
This project took place inside the St. Thomas tower at Silver Shells in Destin, Florida! We aimed for a modern/transitional style, with a soothing, masculine color scheme. Neutral taupe, hemp and gray color tones were livened up with the occasional splash of coastal ice green and powder blue. You may recognize this unit from one of my previous posts, titled, “Diary of an Install” (click to read!), where I chronicled the ups and downs of installing a custom design. I know I promised professional photos, but I’ve been busy! My home-made photos will have to suffice for now!
Let’s start with the main Living areas:
I balanced sleek chrome and high gloss floor tiles, with natural, coastal elements, such as a jute rug, soft linens and a large, custom television console, with an antiqued powder blue finish (Thanks for the beautiful craftsmanship, Armored Frog!) I opted for a low, modern sectional layout, with a seat-height corner table, which enabled a more open feel. This optimized on the wrap-around view of the beach, while still providing comfortable seating for entertainment, or conversation.
For the Dining Area, I opted for curvilinear lines to help break up the square seating arrangement I designed in the Living room. My reclaimed wood oval dining table by Restoration Hardware was the perfect anchor for this area! The modern, industrial chandelier is by Arteriors Home, and the square-back chairs are by Vanguard Furniture. I decided to play a little blue “peek-a-boo” with the backs of these chairs, to liven them up, and add some color to the area:
The Master Bedroom maintained the feel of the rest of the condo, with a little more mood and intimacy. Adding a sheer panel to a canopy bed is a quick, easy way to create intimacy and drama in a bedroom! In this case, I chose a taupe shimmering sheer fabric, and banded it in a turquoise sheer, with a small geometric pattern on it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to gut this Master Bathroom and start over from scratch!
Stay tuned for a post about the daughter’s room! It is so different from the rest of the condo, that I want to post separately! Thank you for visiting, and please follow!
Sweet Malachite Dreams | Cara McBroomUncategorized
Sweet Malachite Dreams | Cara McBroom
A Panama City Beach, FL project.
Guests coming to stay at this guest room might expect chocolates on their pillow, and room service! I had the pleasure of renovating this client’s beachfront condo about five years ago–all except this one room, that is. It was time we gave this room the treatment it deserved!
I utilized the same soft aqua and gray from the rest of the condo, but added in a fresh dash of malachite-inspired emerald green!
These Zeugma ombre glass lamps I found fit the room perfectly! The softly flared headboard gives the room a master suite feel, though the bed is a queen.
The whole room was inspired by this gorgeous malachite Cowtan & Tout fabric (Malachite Emerald)! I accented with Cowtan & Tout’s Tiana Turquoise/Nattier, which resembles geodes. This green and pale aqua combination evokes a very soothing, cool, relaxing feeling, much the same as water.
Love malachite? I’m not the only one inspired by this beautiful mineral. Check out this eye candy:
Anyhow, back to my malachite-inspired creation:
…and now, for some shameless efforts for ratings and reposts! (If commercials and brands can do it, why can’t I?)
Look at these cute, furry design helpers!!!!
My client loved her newly-furnished room so much, that she is ready for me to come back and “refluff” the rest of the condo! So, stay tuned for before-and-afters of the rest of this beachfront condo!
Signature Beach Remodel II; Interior Design by Cara McBroomUncategorized
Signature Beach Remodel II | Interior Design by Cara McBroom
If you follow my blog, you might realize that this is my second remodel project in the contemporary-style condominium building, Signature Beach, which is right next to The Back Porch in Destin. This unit had the same footprint, but we implemented different furniture layouts, colors and furniture!
Inviting layers of texture help to define this space as the “Lounge”. Grasscloth and linen bring a natural element, while a plush area rug, layered with a cowhide add softness. The dropped ceiling was texturized with a venetian plaster, which resembled shiny concrete.
I had the pleasure of working on this fun remodel with fellow designer, Joey LaSalle. We were allowed to use some bright, vibrant colors, which is always refreshing. I even had a handly little helper during the installation!
I hope you enjoyed touring this project! To see another Signature Beach remodel we designed, CLICK HERE!
Call or email me if you would like any help with your design!
“After purchasing a new high rise home in Panama City Beach, my husband and I wanted a designer who knew the area and could appreciate our beach setting but with a unique twist. We wanted a clean, elegant look that would be timeless but current. After interviewing several designers in the area, I chose Cara McBroom.
From the very start, I felt comfortable with Cara. Her pleasant attitude and sense of responsibility are only exceeded by her skill and talents. I’ve worked with numerous designers and without hesitation I would say she is, by far, the very best I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. My husband is an engineer, and he’s amazed at the documentation, attention to detail, and organization she shows with every job.
Cara taught me what having a vision for a design plan actually means. She took each of my desires, my picky details, my weird requests and knit them into a whole cloth, using her own sense of flair. Even when I wasn’t convinced something would work, I learned to trust her, and each time, the result was far better than I could have imagined. This wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t had that vision that ‘wholeness’—firmly established.
As wonderful as Cara is, what she doesn’t have is even better. She isn’t a diva; my visions are her visions, only much, much better. She doesn’t consider the sky the limit; my budget is always respected. She isn’t stuffy; we have code words now for everything, including things-we-can’t-do-without and things-we-would-never-consider! Most importantly, she isn’t inflexible; when I want to display my own bad taste, she lets me and still, miraculously, manages to make it look good…
Out of all of this information, however, the bottom line is the most telling. Cara has done three residences for us, one of which was a year-long total remodel of a high rise apartment six hundred miles away from her office. She made one on-site visit and did the rest by phone, text or email. And I absolutely could not be more pleased. It’s the most wonderful home we’ve ever lived in. I only have one regret; it may be a awhile before I get to work with her once more. Then again, my real estate agent is begging me to let her sell the unit because it’s so fabulous. Cara, are you up for number four?”
~Carla Luan–Houston, TX
“Gosh Cara, I wake up every day pinching myself in my beautiful home—your ideas and project direction were nothing short of amazing and totally transformative! I still cannot believe what you accomplished in a single month on our most recent project… on time and on budget!
Working with you has been a pleasure from start to finish– you are such a great listener! Somehow you really understood the feeling we wanted for our interiors and took our initial input and ran with it. The end result was not only what we love, but more beautiful than we could have ever envisioned! (Guess that’s why people hire great designers like you!)
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the options and great ideas you presented and your attention to the fine details! You came up with so many creative solutions for all the architecturally challenging issues in our condominium…they are now dim memories!
Cara, we’ve really put some miles on together…from rugs to paint to kitchens, bars, bedding, furniture, accessories, window treatments…and I can honestly say, there is nothing I would change. It has truly been a pleasure working with you…and I look forward to our next project!”
~Tammy Pierce– Scottsdale, AZ
“Harry and I were beyond pleased with your remarkable talent. You made our home sparkle and your ability to listen to our choice of color palette and our desire for beach contemporary was beyond measure.
You, young lady, have put a tremendous smile on our faces and we were both so delighted with your choices. Your professionalism clearly was demonstrated in our home.
Thank you again for bringing the joy to our home.”
~Harry and Nina Avant–Shreveport, LA
Peaceful Watercolor Retreat| Interior Design by Cara McBroomUncategorized
When I first laid eyes inside this home, I was so excited for how beautiful the home is, and for how I could imagine it looking after I got my hands on it! I knew my clients loved contemporary and rustic, as well as ice blue! All the wood on the floors, walls and ceiling set the tone for a dark, rustic, natural environment. I aimed to lighten this up and add a modern, sophisticated flair through the use of light fabrics, modern furnishings, reflective finishes and well-placed unique accent lighting. Except for the occasional organic or sculptural wood piece, the main furnishings are light, clean and modern to contrast nicely with all the dark wood. I added some lightening sparkle through the use of glass, and chrome and silver leaf accent pieces. Shimmering, plush area rugs provide a light, inviting anchor for each furniture arrangement, and also provides a dramatic contrast from the dark pine floors. I used mostly natural grays and creams in my color scheme, with splashes of cool, ice blue that complement all the wood so nicely, as well as bring the coast to mind.
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Silver Shells Condo | Redesign by Cara McBroomUncategorized
This is a 2000sf 3-bedroom condominium in Silver Shell’s St. Barth tower. This unit had some great bones to work with! The application of stone everywhere, including all Carrera marble bathrooms, along with interesting ceiling details and a great view, of course, made this unit fun to work with. The first thing I wanted to get my hands on was the colors! The client loved gold, but the yellow-gold color that was on the walls everywhere was just not current, bright, or chic. In fact, all of the inspiration photos the client gave me consisted of NO color–taupes, creams, browns and golds! Very neutral, very rich, sophisticated and elegant. This is what I strived for in redesigning this unit.
Please contact me if you need any help furnishing your home!
Grand Dunes | Interior Design Unit #1120Uncategorized
This condo in Miramar Beach’s Grand Dunes is a model that I had a blast getting to furnish and redesign! I wanted to go for a bright, fun and contemporary design, with some natural elements to ground it. I wanted to use my current favorite color (because this changes often): chartreuse! I love the citrus, or tropical flavor it adds! When paired with aqua and green, then contrasted with white, it creates a refreshingly vibrant color palette. This model is
currently on the market and up for grabs, so if you are interested, call one of the numbers I’ve listed at the bottom of this post! SOLD!!!
This kitchen was given a simple facelift, with a paint job, new hardware, and new lighting.
I dressed my dining area with more painted wall panels! I hung a large giclee art piece in the center, with silver leaf driftwood sconces on each side. For my finish palette, I mixed white lacquer, with raw teak wood, burlap and bright color pops.
This room is the epitome of sand and sea to me! The walls, bedding, headboard, and wallcovering are all a tone-on-tone soft sand color. Then, I came in with some bright splashes of turquoise with my pillows, foot blanket and pillow trimmings. Finally, I added a rich pool of turquoise to the ceiling for an element of surprise! Because the room is so white, the bright color on the ceiling serves to liven the room up and add some tropical flavor. Sometimes you have to just go for bold color!
Guest Bedroom 2:
This room has a view of the bay and San Destin Marina. I chose a color palette with darker color accents that complements their window view. The star of the show is the Schumacher printed fabric I used on the Queen shams. The accent blue color on the bed wall was pulled directly from this fabric, as well as the varying shades of green and blue used on the striped bolster, wall bowls and accents. The off-white upholstered bed, coverlet and duvet allow these colors to shine!
Please contact me if you are interested in design services: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Don Williams (850) 688-0444 or Derrick Ballard (850) 585-6068 at Grand Dunes if you are interested in
owning this unit for yourself! owning any other Grand Dunes units!
Watercolor Interior Design | Virtual Tour!Uncategorized
I am working on individual photos of this design, but I could not resist sharing this virtual tour made by MoonCreek Studios!
I would describe the design style as rustic modern with a coastal flair.
All the wood on the floors, walls and ceiling set the tone for a dark, rustic, natural environment. I aimed to lighten this up and add a modern, sophisticated flair through the use of light fabrics, modern furnishings, reflective finishes and well-placed unique accent lighting. Except for the occasional organic or sculptural wood piece, the main furnishings are light, clean and modern to contrast nicely with all the dark wood. I added some lightening sparkle through the use of glass, and chrome and silver leaf accent pieces.
Shimmering, plush area rugs provide a light, inviting anchor for each furniture arrangement, and also provides a dramatic contrast from the dark pine floors.
I used mostly natural grays and creams in my color scheme, with splashes of cool, ice blue that complement all the wood so nicely, as well as bring the coast to mind.
I am so proud of this design, and I hope you all like it, too!
Signature Beach | Interior Design by Cara McBroomUncategorized
This condominium was a delightful project that I had the pleasure of working on with fellow designer, Joey LaSalle! Our mission was to take this beautiful condo, which had some rather generic finishes and features, and remodel it in a way that would play up its best features (mainly the views!) and update the rest. We wanted to remain in keeping with the architecture of the building, which is more modern, and bring in some coastal elegance, with touches of rich luxury! The result is very beautiful, rich and restful…