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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.

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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!

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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I chose these modern place settings, because of its unique shape.  The plates mimic the backs of the dining chairs.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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

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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!

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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:

Hey guys! The boots come off almost before I even come in the door! I don’t care how comfortable they are.

Laying out my plan for the Master bed wall, piece by piece. I’m sure the guys LOVE me and my ideas! They did a perfect job, though!

Here comes my beautiful headboard!!!!! Following them like a lost puppy as they bring this in.

At this point, the task seemed daunting. Accessorizing these shelves had me sweatin’ at the thought, but all I had to do is get in there and start playing.

Colleen Duffley, working her photography magic!

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!

If you are in need of design services, please contact me:

cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

Come into the Lovelace Interiors showroom Monday through Saturday to see the latest design trends!

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High Rise Luxury | Design by Cara McBroom

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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.

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In the Entry, we combined mica wall covering, gold, marble, antique mirror and neutral art to help balance all the texture.

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Kitchen:                                                                                                                                                                New counters, new paint, and some twinkling silver seafan pendants help to brighten the kitchen.

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Dining Room:                                                                                                                                                    Let me make my heart calm down first… This room turned out so dreamy! We started with a shimmering grasscloth wallcovering, which added the warmth and intimacy we wanted. Next, we installed a drop-dead gorgeous leaf block paper to the ceiling. This gold just glows and reflects all the lights, and balances all the gray! The furniture was next, then the smoke gray crystal pendant chandelier. We decided that some silver driftwood sconces would add some element of nature, and a large gold mirror would balance its rusticity. The clients added artwork from their own personal collection, and viola!  I feel that magic was created in the room!

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Living Room:                                                                                                                                                      This room is very chic, with its clean-lined sectional with bench cushions, and fur accent chairs! Pillows are always a prime opportunity to bring color into a room, in an easy, non-committal way. Two-sided pillows are always fun! You can change your pillows from a seafan print to solid quiet teal, just by flipping them around!

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First Bedroom:                                                                                                                                                   Talk about texture! This room has it all: grasscloth walls, a chenille bed in a rich teal color that shows light and dark, lambswool pillows, velvet and silver sparkle!

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Master Bedroom:                                                                                                                                                We indulged in coral and aqua in the Master Bedroom, for a rich culmination of color and texture!

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Second Bedroom:                                                                                                                                               This room can be described as refreshing, with its cool mint and emerald green!  

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…and here is one last adorable bedroom! I hope you enjoyed! Please email me if you want to have fun combining ideas, creating, and building something beautiful!
cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

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Grand Dunes Coastal Remodel | Design by Cara McBroom

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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!

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We opted for a lively explosion of turquoise ombre wallpaper, with silver leaf foliage in the Entry.  We felt this provided a happy “reset” for anyone entering the unit, and sets the tone for the rest of the home!

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Our Nautical room!  I mean, how adorable is this roman shade, with its chevron print and button trim?

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Second Bedroom: This butterfly room is a mix of orange, and soft greens.

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Master Bedroom: This coral room has the perfect coastal flair with pops of aqua blue.

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Burnt Pine Redesign | Cara McBroom

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Living Room:

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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.

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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.

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I wanted to find something dark, but open and rich to sit behind our light linen sofa!  I love the way the scrolled ironwork stands out!

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Media Wall BEFORE

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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.

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Here’s the new cabinet in Armored Frog’s Studio, before delivery!

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In the boy’s room, we brightened the walls, added some color to the ceiling, and finished the windows off with some soft drapes.

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Don’t judge my photo-taking skills!  This room was hard to photograph!

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.

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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.

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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!

cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

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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:

  1. LIGHTEN things up.
  2. Create a TIMELESS atmosphere.
  3. Keep things CLEAN and STREAMLINED.
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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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This story and design was featured in the current issue of Condo Owner magazine:

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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!

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Before my track pendants were hung, I cut out circles from magazine pages, and had my installer tape them to the wires, so that I could stand back, and artfully judge the height and placement of each pendant! For about a day, we left people pretty curious about what in the world we were doing!

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I don’t envy Jeff’s role, here!

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That’s my son, Case, pitching in!  He is fascinated with anything that has wheels on it, so he was more than happy to help push this gigantic contraption around!  That’s my friend, Dawn, to the right!

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Again, he is sooooooo helpful!  ha!

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Setting “mamma’s” prized creation in place.  Be careful with that prized piece of craftsmanship!!!   I still get heart palpitations when I look at this.  Thank you, Armored Frog!

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Pat Heroman and his wife personally made sure all the plants were freshly fluffed for our photo shoot!

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.

 

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This is Mark Worden, with Lightwave photography, the photographer who took all the amazing shots of the lobbies for Condo Owner magazine.

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.

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Here, you can see a close-up of the Entry chandelier glass globes, and the little crystal beads that live within each one!

Contact me if you need help coming up with a vision and plan for your home or lobby!

Cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

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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:

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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.

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Here is my concept sketch for the new custom dining casepiece, which will dress up the Dining Room!

Here is my concept sketch for the new custom dining casepiece, which will dress up the Dining Room!

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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!

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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.

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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!:

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Powder Bath Before: Cramped, dark and klaustrophobic

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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.

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Master Bath Vantiy Before

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Master Bathroom concept drawing: (we created a new closet elsewhere in the condo, and created a makeup vanity, with open shower design instead.

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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.

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Master Bath After: We created a beautiful, open and functional double vanity, with ample lighting.  We also added a brand new oval tub, with curved tub deck.

Master Bath After: We created a beautiful, open and functional double vanity, with ample lighting. We also added a brand new oval tub, with curved tub deck.

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HIS Bathroom AFTER:  Whoa, what a difference, right??  Clean lines, masculine, bright, functional.  The electric mirror provided beautiful bright ligh, which reflected off of the glass tiles on the backsplash.  textured grasscloth stand up to the warm colors and finishes in this bath.

HIS Bathroom AFTER: Whoa, what a difference, right?? Clean lines, masculine, bright, functional. The electric mirror provided beautiful bright light, which reflected off of the glass tiles on the backsplash. textured grasscloth stand up to the warm colors and finishes in this bath.

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HIS closet AFTER:  Look at these gorgeous frosted glass sliding doors!  They dress the closet up, keep the room feeling open, and look totally handsome and rich!

HIS closet AFTER: Look at these gorgeous frosted glass sliding doors! They dress the closet up, keep the room feeling open, and look totally handsome and rich!

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I hope you enjoyed your walk through this Houston remodel, as much as I enjoyed designing it!

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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.

Floating rope console and coral mirror set the tone for the rest of the house: Casual, whimsical, bright and fun.

Floating rope console and coral mirror set the tone for the rest of the house: Casual, whimsical, bright and fun.

Living Room

Living Room

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.

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Dining Room

Dining Room

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.

Kitchen: This all-white kitchen begged for little, but texture, some whimsy and a few touches of color!

Kitchen: This all-white kitchen begged for little, but texture, some whimsy and a few touches of color!

First Floor Bedroom: We brought in glorious orange to complement the turquoise in this room!

First Floor Bedroom: We brought in glorious orange to complement the turquoise in this room!

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Holy fish pillow! I was in love with the throw pillow I designed, with its jute bullion fringe, and large fish block print.

Holy fish pillow! I was in love with the throw pillow I designed, with its jute bullion fringe, and large fish block print.

Second Floor Guest Room: This room was centered around this modern tree print fabric! The headboard is covered in a blue Sunbrella mini-print. The green flatweave rug helps to break up all the blue, and the mid-century modern casegoods add a rustic/mod vibe to the room.

Second Floor Guest Room: This room was centered around this modern tree print fabric! The headboard is covered in a blue Sunbrella mini-print. Beaded sconces free up the narrow nightstands, and mirror the blue circles in the modern tree print fabric!

The mid-century modern casegoods bring a funky mod vibe to the room, keeping it young and fun!

The mid-century modern casegoods bring a funky mod vibe to the room, keeping it young and fun!

Guest Bedroom #3: This room is a mix of teal, chartreuse and minty aqua.

Guest Bedroom #3: This room is a mix of teal, chartreuse and minty aqua.

The bird print and the waves fabrics are by Lulu DK; the felt applique pillows are by Surya. Cute eclectic mix of colors, textures and pattern!

The bird print and the waves fabrics are by Lulu DK; the felt applique pillows are by Surya. Cute eclectic mix of colors, textures and pattern!

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

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!

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Seating Area in Master: These clients specifically mentioned that they love chevron prints!  Why not go bold, and cover a whole chair?  The results are bright, fun and dynamic!

Seating Area in Master:
These clients specifically mentioned that they love chevron prints! Why not go bold, and cover a whole chair? The results are bright, fun and dynamic!

I love to mix florals with geometrics when choosing fabrics.  It's always fun to throw in one unexpected color (in this case, orange), to liven things up!

I love to mix florals with geometrics when choosing fabrics. It’s always fun to throw in one unexpected color (in this case, orange) to liven things up!

On the third floor, we have a loft that overlooks the pool and beach pines.  In here you can watch t.v., play games around the oval reclaimed coffee table, and sit or play on the mismatched "poufs", currently stacked in the corner.  Stealing the show, are these two blue seatbelt chairs!  In addition to being sculptural, unique and colorful, they are also surprisingly comfortable!

On the third floor, we have a loft that overlooks the pool and beach pines. In here you can watch t.v., play games around the oval reclaimed coffee table, and sit or play on the mismatched “poufs”, currently stacked in the corner. Stealing the show, are these two blue seatbelt chairs! In addition to being sculptural, unique and colorful, they are also surprisingly comfortable!

A Barn door separates the loft from the Bunk Room.

A Barn door separates the loft from the Bunk Room.

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).

twin over twin bunks

This game table and chairs is a nice place to have a snack, make art, or play games!

This game table and chairs is a nice place to have a snack, make art, or play games!

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Teal, chartreuse, lime green and turquoise!

Teal, chartreuse, lime green and turquoise!

bunk room

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!

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Keen on Green | by Cara McBroom

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright

Why do we crave the natural world? How does this relate to the way we decorate our interior environments? I would like to talk about the importance of incorporating plants and flowers in your living spaces.

photo via Bhouse

photo via Bhouse

Ever notice that in almost every staged space you see in design magazines, you can always find a plant or flowers of some kind? I know that any time I finish installing a project, I never feel “finished” until I’ve added some fresh flowers, and maybe some fruit in a bowl. As a final touch, plants and flowers add so much life, happiness and love!

Watch what a difference the final layer of plants make in this gif from House Beautiful. It makes the space feel more inviting and lived-in.

There is some science behind this need for green. Biofilia can be defined as an innate love of that which sustains us (in this case, nature). “We evolved from the natural world…Nature provided shelter, clothing, food, light, heat and water. We have lost touch with the direct effect of nature. We no longer seek these elements from their primary sources…Yet, given the opportunity, we enjoy the sounds of nature—the soft running water, bird-song, the smell of fresh air, the feeling of earth beneath our feet, and the sunshine on our face. We need the nourishment of the living world for our health.” ~Barbara J. Huelat (2007) Healing Environments: Where’s the Proof?

So, basically, our enjoyment of plants, and a fresh bouquet of flowers is more than just an aesthetic preference!  Studies have shown the healing effects of exposure to nature on hospital patients. 

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

More studies have proven an increase in productivity for offices that incorporate live plants into their interior design.

This photo shows beautiful use of a

This photo shows beautiful use of a “live wall” in an office setting.

What an incredible office design! photo credit

What an incredible office design! photo credit

A 32’ x 60’ (1,920 sf) Interior Living Wall in a corporate atrium.

A 32’ x 60’ (1,920 sf) Interior Living Wall in a corporate atrium. This is live art!

Here are some ways to incorporate plants into your home:

Just kidding!!! I was just seeing if you were paying attention!  I’m not suggesting you turn your home into a jungle.  Here are some lovely, tasteful ways to incorporate greenery into your home:

Think about incorporating plants, even BEFORE your house plans are finished! This home has a built-in garden, but it still looks clean and modern. photo credit

Think about incorporating plants, even BEFORE your house plans are finished! This home has a built-in garden, but it still looks clean and modern. photo credit

Don’t have a green thumb?  Sometimes all it takes is a trip to the florist (or a walk through the forest foraging for branches and wildflowers) to lift your spirits and give your home a welcoming feeling.

Try to use unique

Try to use unique “found” objects as vases! photo credit

Use clear containers, and fill the bottom with fresh fruit or berries, for an inventive, gorgeous arrangement! photo credit

Use clear containers, and fill the bottom with fresh fruit or berries, for an inventive, gorgeous arrangement! photo credit

The last time I staged a home for photographs, I was able to bring home a huge bouquet of white hydrangeas, and I was SO HAPPY and excited! They literally made my entire week. So go ahead–feed your biofilia!  Go out and treat yourself to some fresh flowers! Give interior plants a try! Good luck!

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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!

This chandelier by Made Goods was the only jewel we were able to keep from the previous design!  I found this beautiful trestle table at Beau Home Interiors, and the buffet from Lovelace Interiors!  The seascape art is an original painting I found across the street at Design Avenue, and the four antique ceiling tiles, with shell/coral motifs are made by local artist, Lisa Dubreuil!

This chandelier by Made Goods was the only jewel we were able to keep from the previous design! I found this beautiful trestle table at Beau Home Interiors, and the buffet from Lovelace Interiors! The seascape art is an original painting I found across the street at Design Avenue, and the four antique ceiling tiles, with shell/coral motifs are made by local artist, Lisa Dubreuil!

I found these upholstered dining chairs at Duh in Pensacola, and the ikat flat weave wool area rug from Nest Interiors in Panama City Beach!  (I told you I shopped everywhere!)

I found these upholstered dining chairs at Duh in Pensacola, and the ikat flat weave wool area rug from Nest Interiors in Panama City Beach! (I told you I shopped everywhere!)

There's a whole lot of stuff that makes me happy in this photo!  Original art, fresh hydrangeas, handmade pottery, natural coral, burlap and bling! (The picture frame has a rhinestone cross holding the burlap bow!)

There’s a whole lot of stuff that makes me happy in this photo! Original art, fresh hydrangeas, handmade pottery, natural coral, burlap and bling! (The picture frame has a rhinestone cross holding the burlap bow!)

Here is our quaint little living area!  Aqua, chartreuse and taupe blend together beautifully here, I think!  The striped rug is from Design Avenue, the slipcovered sofa and chairs are from Tracery, and the cocktail table and recliner are from Lovelace Interiors!

Here is our quaint little living area! Aqua, chartreuse and taupe blend together beautifully here, I think! The striped rug is from Design Avenue, the slipcovered sofa and chairs are from Tracery, and the cocktail table and recliner are from Lovelace Interiors!

Living Room

want an easy way to accessorize your coastal fireplace mantel?  Find a variety of colored bud vases, some candles (in this case I used some glass hurricanes), and a great piece of coral!  When the client's came to see their design for the first time, I had some bright yellow fresh flowers in each vase!

Want an easy way to accessorize your coastal fireplace mantel? Find a variety of colored bud vases, some candles (in this case I used some glass hurricanes), and a great piece of coral! When the clients came to see their design for the first time, I had some bright yellow fresh flowers in each vase!

Living / Dining

This console can be a desk, or accent table.  I flanked the table with some linen and wood wing chairs, and threw in some color with some custom-made pillows, covered in a bright Manuel Canovas fabric.

This console can be a desk, or accent table. I flanked the table with some linen and wood wing chairs, and threw in some color with some custom-made pillows, covered in a bright Manuel Canovas fabric.

Check out this awesome art I found at Mary Hong's studio! This woman does wonders with glass and wood!

Check out this awesome art I found at Mary Hong’s studio! This woman does wonders with glass and wood!

In the Master Bedroom, I used a solid oak bed by Restoration Hardware, and lightened it up with some light, natural linens and subtle touches of color.

In the Master Bedroom, I used a solid oak bed by Restoration Hardware, and lightened it up with some light, natural linens and subtle touches of color.

This chaise lounge by Lee Industries is sooooo comfortable! Give me a good book, and a fresh latte, and add the sound of the waves when you open the slider, and I'm in heaven!! (a girl can dream!)

This chaise lounge by Lee Industries is sooooo comfortable! Give me a good book, and a fresh latte, and add the sound of the waves when you open the slider, and I’m in heaven!! (a girl can dream!)

This, the Second Master Bedroom, was a favorite of mine! I love the mix of bright white with teal and aqua!  I made some bright, fun euro pillows and a paisley fluffy foot blanket to match the drapes, then happened to find the perfect sealife art while shopping!

This, the Second Master Bedroom, was a favorite of mine! I love the mix of bright white with teal and aqua! I made some bright, fun euro pillows and a paisley fluffy foot blanket to match the drapes, then happened to find the perfect sealife art while shopping!

The bolster pillow is made out of two different fabrics (teal and aqua), and a whimsical jute ball fringe!  The cute little turtle lamps were a must-have!

The bolster pillow is made out of two different fabrics (teal and aqua), and a whimsical jute ball fringe! The cute little turtle lamps were a must-have!

I had to show this great piece of art I found in Lovelace Interior's showroom!  It had the most perfect colors for this room!!!

I had to show this great piece of art I found in Lovelace Interior’s showroom! It had the most perfect colors for this room!!!

In this room, I used this fabulous carved wood headboard that I found at Nest Interiors, and paired it with some jute fringe euros, and some custom pillows.  I absolutely love the aqua, green and periwinkle color combination in this foot blanket!

In this room, I used this fabulous carved wood headboard that I found at Nest Interiors, and paired it with some jute fringe euros, and some custom pillows. I absolutely love the aqua, green and periwinkle color combination in this foot blanket!

Just a simple, clean comfortable design for a guest room!

Just a simple, clean comfortable design for a guest room!

Finally, welcome to the poolside Cabana!!  I went for a brighter, more whimsical design in this room!

Finally, welcome to the poolside Cabana!! I went for a brighter, more whimsical design in this room!

Cabana

That's me, taking pictures!  Anna snuck this photo of me.  I'm not a photographer, but I try!

That’s me, taking pictures! Anna snuck this photo of me. I’m not a photographer, but I try!

Here is my beautiful intern, Anna Laneve!

Here is my beautiful intern, Anna Laneve! I snapped this while shopping for recliners!

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!

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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.

BEFORE:

BEFORE:

I gave the walls some "love" and attention, by applying beadboard up to 42".  Grassweave Roman shades in the windows added texture, and the long burlap drape panels created some much-needed height and drama!

I gave the walls some “love” and attention, by applying beadboard up to 42″. Grassweave Roman shades in the windows added texture, and the long burlap drape panels created some much-needed height and drama!

I felt that a sectional suited this space much more than a sofa and chair, which was crowding the staircase in the "before" photo.  The large chest I used as a cocktail table actually has hidden drawers in each end!  Nothing says relaxed like a great slipcovered sectional!  With the option to pull the cover off and wash it, it allows my clients to just relax and enjoy their space!

I felt that a sectional suited this space much more than a sofa and chair, which was crowding the staircase in the “before” photo. The large chest I used as a cocktail table actually has hidden drawers in each end! Nothing says relaxed like a great slipcovered sectional! With the option to pull the cover off and wash it, it allows my clients to just relax and enjoy their space!

BEFORE: The triangle valances were distracting, and the armoire was feeling bulky for that corner. The denim, yellow and green color scheme was in need of a change.

BEFORE:
The triangle valances were distracting, and the armoire was feeling bulky for that corner. The denim, yellow and green color scheme was in need of a change.

AFTER: After I took this photo, we mounted a television on the wall above the console.  This opened the space up and allowed for a larger t.v.

AFTER:
After I took this photo, we mounted a television on the wall above the console. This opened the space up and allowed for a larger t.v.

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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 key holder/shelf was the only item I kept from the previous design!  I repainted it white, and leaned some art.

This coat rack/shelf was the only item I kept from the previous design! I repainted it white, and leaned some art on it.

Powder Bathroom:

BEFORE:  A very generic bathroom.

BEFORE:
A very generic bathroom.

AFTER:  Now a quaint cottage bath!

AFTER:
Now a quaint cottage bath!

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!

Master Bedroom:

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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.

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AFTER: I maximized the recessed nook to the left by placing a floor mirror, a comfortable chair and some pretty artwork.

AFTER:
I maximized the recessed nook to the left by placing a floor mirror, a comfortable chair and some pretty artwork.

 

coastal vignette

Master Bathroom:

MASTER BATH BEFORE:

MASTER BATH BEFORE:

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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!

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3rd Floor Loft:

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LOFT BEFORE:

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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!

Guest Bedroom:

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BEDROOM BEFORE:

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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.

BATHROOM BEFORE:

BATHROOM BEFORE:

BATHROOM AFTER:

BATHROOM AFTER:

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!

 

 

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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!

Queen Bedroom SuiteI utilized the same soft aqua and gray from the rest of the condo, but added in a fresh dash of malachite-inspired emerald green!

Queen Bedroom Vignette

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.

Pillow Fabrics

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:

Malachite Roman Shades Elle Decor

Malachite Roman Shades Elle Decor

Some malachite dinnerware by L'Objet

Some malachite dinnerware by L’Objet

Breathtaking Victorian Jewelry

Breathtaking Victorian Jewelry

 

Malachite-inspired sequin dress

Malachite-inspired sequin dress

Gold and malachite side table

Gold and malachite side table

Anyhow, back to my malachite-inspired creation:

Gus, my client's handsome little Bengal kitty approves!

Gus, my client’s handsome little Bengal kitty approves!

…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!!!!

Gus and Lilly Belle, "helping" me untie some ribbon

Gus and Lilly Belle, “helping” me untie some ribbon

"Thanks for reading my friend Cara's blog! Au-revoir!"

“Thanks for reading my friend Cara’s blog! Au-revoir!”

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!

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Diary of an Install | Cara McBroom

When I tell people that I am an Interior Designer, many people tell me, “Oh, that must be a dream job!”…”That must be so glamorous to get to shop for someone else all day!” The fact is, I DO love my job!!! I thought it might be fun, however, to blog about what it’s REALLY like to be an interior designer–talk about the fact that it can be MESSY, dirty, chaotic, harrowing, grueling, and completely non-glamorous! (and how, out of all that chaos, emerges beauty, along with the vision that we saw possible all along.)

So, I am going to give you a few peaks into a few of my recent installations, with some random photos that I happened to take along the way. There were a lot of photos I wish I’d taken, but was too busy working, such as the wallpaper, drapes, tile & cabinets going up. Or, the bedding and bed sheers being steamed by me (it’s hard to take a photo of yourself–especially when you glance in the mirror and see a bedraggled, barefoot, sweaty mess!)

making design boards

Let’s start with this. This is not an install picture, this is actually what this project looked like in the design stages. I am making design boards on my dining room table at home. It’s Christmas, and my work papers are totally winning the war against my Christmas decorations, wouldn’t you say? My husband wishes I wouldn’t bring my office home with me, but the truth is, an Interior Designer’s office IS her dining room table. HA! As well as her car and smart phone. Once I was finished with my cutting and pasting, all this mess was divided into 1-beautiful project binder, 1-organized client file with fabric samples stapled neatly, and 1-giant trash bag full of scrap paper and clippings!

You can probably guess why I had the theme song from Ghostbusters stuck in my head all day...

You can probably guess why I had the theme song from Ghostbusters stuck in my head all day…

So here we are! This, my friends, was my first day of installation! This is not an ideal situation. In a dream world, construction would be finished on time, and a project site would be pre-cleaned and polished by the time I arrive. As it happens, changes and additions can be made to a project that run it behind, and when everyone has the same deadline, you can end up all stepping over each other on I-day (Installation Day). As with anything, things don’t always happen the way you want them to, so it’s my job to roll with the punches, and handle things in a professional manner (not “Flipping Out”). So, while the cleaners were cleaning up drywall dust and wiping down cabinets, I kept myself busy doing this:

"Oh, pardon the mess..."

“Oh, pardon the mess…”

This is also not ideal. Back to that dream world, where the delivery site is on the first floor, and the truck has ample space to park and unload goods. IN OUR CASE, our condo was on the 12th floor. My guys had to park outside the parking garage entrance, then physically carry or roll (thank goodness for dollies) the goods 50 yards into the garage, into the elevator vestibule, where they finagled the items onto the elevator, then down the hall and into the unit! Because of this harrowing trek, they decided to unbox a lot of it INSIDE the unit to avoid any unnecessary damages. Back to my mess:

boxes

My job, at this point, is to unbox all of this! After hours of opening, unpacking and searching for my box cutter about a gazillion times, this is what I wind up with:

...A tiny handful of accessories!

…A tiny handful of accessories!

Haha! Ok, so I am exaggerating a TAD, but it is true that a room full of boxes can break down into a handful of accessories, but a CONDO FULL of trash!

Opening all these boxes is tedious on one hand, but like opening a bunch of presents on Christmas morning on the other hand!  I was able to unbox treasures, like this organic silver leaf console, then set it in the middle of my chaotic box mess and drool over it!  Opening jewels like this fills me with renewed delight and excitement, encouraging me to keep going.

Opening all these boxes is tedious on one hand, but like opening a bunch of presents on Christmas morning on the other hand! I was able to unbox treasures, like this organic silver leaf console, then set it in the middle of my chaotic box mess and drool over it! Opening jewels like this fills me with renewed delight and excitement, encouraging me to keep going.

"Hello, James!" (Spencer wouldn't let me take his picture)

“Hello, James!” (Spencer wouldn’t let me take his picture)

Here my delivery guys are, on one of their many trips off the elevator and down the hall!

Dave is getting ready to put the feet on this sectional piece.

Dave is getting ready to put the feet on this sectional piece.

Part of Day 1 is to roll all the furniture into the unit (placement is not necessary yet). Also part of Day 1 is me discarding my shoes somewhere in the first 1-2 hours of being there!

You'd think that after years of doing this, I'd learn my lesson and choose flats over something cute on the first day!

You’d think that after years of doing this, I’d learn my lesson and choose flats over something cute on the first day!

So, things are moving along today! Things like column installation and electrical are still happening!

Mark, with MB Construction is taking matters into his own hands.

Mark, with MB Construction is taking matters into his own hands.

…More cleaning…

Cleaning up caulk and grout.

Cleaning up caulk and grout.

…More overseeing the final details…

The guys were working on all the settings for the steam shower and plumbing, if I'm remembering correctly.  This room also had heated floors!

The guys were working on all the settings for the steam shower and plumbing, if I’m remembering correctly. This room also had heated floors!

…more direction from me on placement and height of EVERYTHING (bath hardware, lighting, cabinet hardware, art, furniture, t.v.’s, etc.)

"RIGHT THERE!  Wait, go up...too far, go down...left...back right 1/2"...Ok, back left & down again...hmm...Perfect!  WAIT! Go up 1/16 of an inch!!!" hahaha! This type of install humor normally happens around Day 2 or 3 when delirium has set in!

“RIGHT THERE! Wait, go up…too far, go down…left…back right 1/2″…Ok, back left & down again…hmm…Perfect! WAIT! Go up 1/16 of an inch!!!” hahaha! This type of install humor normally happens around Day 2 or 3 when delirium has set in!

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While my crew goes to lunch, I munch on my packed lunch and envy those below me, who are currently enjoying the beach, and not just it’s view. When the day is “done,” I rarely go home. I normally go reload my car with anything else I can fit, then make a giant trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond for random items, like shower curtain liners, sheets, mattress covers, duvet fillers, pillow fillers, towels, etc. (My receipt is normally about 36″ long, and the ladies all know me when I walk in.) It’s not unusual for me to keep shopping for things afterwards, then dragging myself home around 9:30pm.

This was just one of 3 buggies this day...

This was just one of 3 buggies this day…

This is a typical car load, by the way... This was from another recent install, but I had to take a picture of my accessory tetris.  It looked much fuller in person!  I am looking at it now & thinking, "shoot, I could fit a bunch more in there!"

This is a typical car load, by the way… This was from another recent install, but I had to take a picture of my accessory tetris. It looked much fuller in person! I am looking at it now & thinking, “shoot, I could fit a bunch more in there!”

Now, all this stuff I’m buying and loading, I am also UNloading, and hauling that same 50-yard trek up to the unit, in the heat. Sometimes I just ask one of my delivery guys to do it, but most of the time I’m too impatient to wait on that. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

living room coming together

So, on Day 2, we are able to start laying out rugs and setting up furniture!

media room

I always bring painter’s tape to an install. Why? It’s an easy way to make notes on a wall, without messing up the paint! Whether it’s to point out areas that need paint touch-up, or to mark heights for sconces, it is always removable and clean. Sometimes I use it to tape off hyphothetical furniture, in order to plan t.v. placement, as in the picture below!!

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By doing this, I discovered that the television outlet was installed too far to the left and needed moved! Time to call the electrician and drywaller! Just a minor bump in the road.

Oh, goody! The mirror has arrived!  Notice I've planned accessories for the hypothetical console, which didn't get delivered until Day 3.

Oh, goody! The mirror has arrived! Notice I’ve planned accessories for the hypothetical console, which didn’t get delivered until Day 3.

On the third day, I was able to make beds, make final placements for accessories, which I’ve shuffled around dozens of times, and polish off any other details.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

It's coming together!

It’s coming together!

Look, my hypothetical custom-built television console has arrived!  Currently floating out from the wall for a bit of final drywall repair and paint touch-up.

Look, my hypothetical custom-built television console has arrived! Currently floating out from the wall for a bit of final drywall repair and paint touch-up.

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This room turned out so beautiful!  Loving my barn doors, which were faux finished the same as my custom t.v. console.

This room turned out so beautiful! Loving my barn doors, which were faux finished the same as my custom t.v. console.

Bathroom lacking some cabinet hardware, but looking amazing! (I can still see you, Mark!)

Bathroom lacking some cabinet hardware, but looking amazing! (I can still see you, Mark!)

Calgon, take me away!!!  What do you think of our water droplets chandelier?

Calgon, take me away!!! What do you think of our water droplets chandelier?

Here is a detail that I had to share!  Look how seamless and genius this schluter corner strip is!  They were going to use a shiny metal one, and I almost fainted.  I didn't want anything to visually stunt the horizontal flow of my band of accent tiles. This one blends in perfectly!

Here is a detail that I had to share! Look how seamless and genius this schluter corner strip is! They were going to use a shiny metal one, and I almost fainted. I didn’t want anything to visually stunt the horizontal flow of my band of accent tiles. This one blends in perfectly!

The daughter's room!

The daughter’s room!

...and finally, a finished kitchen!  Polished, clean and sparkling!  I had ya worried, with those Day 1 pictures, didn't I?

…and finally, a finished kitchen! Polished, clean and sparkling! I had ya worried, with those Day 1 pictures, didn’t I?

After three days of hard work, my clients were able to come and see their finished, completely renovated condo for the first time! Thankfully, they completely loved everything! They said they felt like they were staying at their favorite high-end hotel, except it was better, because it was all THEM! They sent me this picture at 8:30 in the evening to show me how much they were enjoying their new condo! This was all I needed–to know they were able to come in and relax, and LIVE. The fact that they love everything and were so blown away, is why I love being an Interior Designer! All messes, stresses and bumps in the road forgotten!

My clients dining on their balcony, the evening of their arrival!

My clients dining on their balcony, the evening of their arrival!

Want to see a few other photos of random installation work? Here’s a few things we never imagined ourselves doing at an install:

Try realizing you have to hand-wash 800 glass chandelier pieces before you hang them, because they're all cloudy and dirty!  I'm taking a break from our 3-man assembly line to take a picture.  That's my son trying to lure Krista into not helping! In photo: Krista Vind & Joey LaSalle

Try realizing you have to hand-wash 800 glass chandelier pieces before you hang them, because they’re all cloudy and dirty! I’m taking a break from our 3-man assembly line to take a picture. That’s my son trying to lure Krista into not helping!
In photo: Krista Vind & Joey LaSalle

Wash, Rinse, Dry!

Whadya do when you need to get some trim pieces up 10 stories, and they don't fit in the elevator?  (and your contractor has a broken, booted foot?) You make your own elevator out of rope and bucket!  Here, my contractor Brad Armbruster is lowering the bucket...

Whadya do when you need to get some trim pieces up 10 stories, and they don’t fit in the elevator? (and your contractor has a broken, booted foot?) You make your own elevator out of rope and bucket! Here, my contractor Brad Armbruster is lowering the bucket…

There's our bucket!  10 stories down!  I could think of a million ways this could have gone wrong, but it worked!!!

There’s our bucket! 10 stories down! I could think of a million ways this could have gone wrong, but it worked!!!

Stay tuned to my blog for some professional photos of both of these installations, and thank you for visiting!!!

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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. 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.

It is just as important to think about your ceiling in a design, as it is to dress your walls and floors.  Instead of an expected flush mount light, try what I call a ceiling-crawler, like this fabulous star fixture by Global Views!

It is just as important to think about your ceiling in a design, as it is to dress your walls and floors. Instead of an expected flush mount light, try what I call a ceiling-crawler, like this fabulous star fixture by Global Views!

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Sectionals are not always the blunt, stagnant, non-versatile giants that some designers make them out to be! Although not all rooms can handle one, there are ways of making sure they will work in your space.  You can make sure you choose the proper scale for your room, choose a shallow depth if needed, use lighter fabrics and brighten things up with multiple toss pillows! Always make sure they give you brackets to attach the segments, and more importantly, that the pieces will fit inside your elevator/doorways! In our case, we chose a lower back that allows an uninterrupted panoramic view of the beach, as well as an open communication to the other spaces in the room.

Sectionals are not always the blunt, stagnant, non-versatile giants that some designers make them out to be! Although not all rooms can handle one, there are ways of making sure they will work in your space. You can make sure you choose the proper scale for your room, choose a shallow depth if needed, use lighter fabrics and brighten things up with multiple toss pillows! Always make sure they give you brackets to attach the segments, and more importantly, that the pieces will fit inside your elevator/doorways! In our case, we chose a lower back that allows an uninterrupted panoramic view of the beach, as well as an open communication to the other spaces in the room

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We positioned the Dining area behind the sectional, for a perfect beachside dining experience!

We positioned the Dining area behind the sectional, for a perfect beachside dining experience!

The entry was given a rich, inviting, wall finish that gave the impression  of abstract beach sand.  The handmade oyster lamp, however,  gave this entry some literal coastal flair.

The entry was given a rich, inviting, wall finish that gave the impression of abstract beach sand. The handmade oyster lamp, however, gave this entry some literal coastal flair.

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In this kitchen makeover, we provided new countertops, finished the cabinets in a distressed warm gray, added some paneling to the bar front and livened the backsplash with new tile.

In this kitchen makeover, we provided new countertops, finished the cabinets in a distressed warm gray, added some paneling to the bar front and livened the backsplash with new tile.

We did a partial demo of the Wet Bar to remove the generic upper cabinets.  We designed this contemporary wine glass and bottle storage system at alternating heights, then added some up-and down-lighting that accents the sleek glass tile.

We did a partial demo of the Wet Bar to remove the generic upper cabinets. We designed this contemporary wine glass and bottle storage system at alternating heights, then added some up-and down-lighting that accents the sleek glass tile.

We adorned the Master in soft, warm taupe hues, with vibrant turquoise accents.

We adorned the Master in soft, warm taupe hues, with vibrant turquoise accents.

We added plushness with this fabulous new carpeting, new fabric roman shades, and a Kravet wallcovering that I fell in love with! The shape of the headboard works well with all the curvaceous lines in the wall print.

We added plushness with this fabulous new carpeting, new fabric roman shades, and a Kravet wallcovering that I fell in love with! The shape of the headboard works well with all the curvaceous lines in the wall print.”

This Kravet wallcovering  (W3078-11) is actually a beautiful line drawing of a large damask pattern.  Absolutely drop-dead gorgeous in person!!  What a great way to give pizazz to your bed wall, without being too busy or bold.  Even the faux finishers admitted a fascination for this paper!

This Kravet wallcovering (W3078-11) is actually a beautiful line drawing of a large damask pattern. Absolutely drop-dead gorgeous in person!! What a great way to give pizazz to your bed wall, without being too busy or bold. Even the faux finishers admitted a fascination for this paper!

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taupe and turquoise master bedroom

The Master Bathroom was given a makeover, with new cabinets and countertops, a faux finish wide stripe gracsscloth texture on the walls, and some eye-catching new lighting.

The Master Bathroom was given a makeover, with new cabinets and countertops, a faux finish wide stripe gracsscloth texture on the walls, and some eye-catching new lighting.

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Meanwhile, on the other end of the condo, exists the girls' room! This fun, whimsical wallcovering was the inspiration for the room!  We gave them a King bed and a couple of nice seating areas.  We complemented the wallcovering with pops of orange, chartreuse and aqua in our pillows, bedding and accessories.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the condo, exists the girls’ room! This fun, whimsical wallcovering was the inspiration for the room! We gave them a King bed and a couple of nice seating areas. We complemented the wallcovering with pops of orange, chartreuse and aqua in our pillows, bedding and accessories.

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fun seating area

Fun Girls' room!

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This Second Master we made lighter and more coastal, with its white linen duvet, linen headboard, and softer accents.

This Second Master we made lighter and more coastal, with its white linen duvet, linen headboard, and softer accents.

This photo portrays the color slightly better.

This photo portrays the color slightly better. We used soft greens and aquas.

We had some fun with this room! This off-white geometric wallpaper served as an off-white patterned backdrop to some bright splashes of turquoise.

We had some fun with this room! This off-white geometric wallpaper served as an off-white patterned backdrop to some bright splashes of turquoise.

The turquoise Chandelier left subtle shadows that radiated out in a sunburst pattern. This is not always a desired effect--to reduce shadows made by your lamp harp or chandelier, try using frosted bulbs, versus clear.

The turquoise Chandelier left subtle shadows that radiated out in a sunburst pattern. This is not always a desired effect–to reduce shadows made by your lamp harp or chandelier, try using frosted bulbs, versus clear.

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!

My son, Case, "helping" me install!  He is currently almost 3 years old!!  Yes, I am a little behind posting this!

My son, Case, “helping” me install! He is currently almost 3 years old!! Yes, I am a little behind posting this!

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!

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Color Conundrums | By Cara McBroom

Colors can be deceiving! They can take on many personalities, and play all sorts of tricks on the eye.  Here are just a few quick interesting facts and lessons about color that I’ve learned throughout the years:

Everything is Relative:

In my profession, I often come across situations where people can get caught up on whether a teal potato is actually a peacock blue po-TAH-to, or whether red tomato is actually a crimson to-MAH-to.  It brings to mind my elementary school art teacher, who always insisted that “there is no purple—it’s called violet!” (Ironically, her name was Mrs. Brown). Don’t get me wrong; knowing the difference is our job!  Patronizing clients and correcting them is not a good idea, however, which is why we all usually keep a fan deck of paint colors readily on hand, for reference, at new client appointments.

It is easy to deduce that, because people are all different, they are likely to name things differently—More importantly, however, people can SEE things differently! It could be that Mother Nature made some people slightly color blind, or it could just be that everything is relative.

palladian and seafoam green

Here is a color (on the left) that I use all the time.  Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue.  Next to Seafoam Green, it probably looks blue to most people.  In the color story below, however, you can see that Palladian Blue looks decidedly green next to Fantasy Blue, Paradiso & Ocean City Blue.

palladian comparison

Palladian Blue actually lends itself either way, which is why I use it a lot!  I actually would call it a gray-green, as I tend to think that blue is blue, and if it has a perceivable amount of green, then it’s in the green family.  SEE?  We all have our own perceptions, and trying to label them can be just semantics.  That’s why it’s best to not rely on semantics and rely on that paint deck for reference!

Light-changing experiences:

Sometimes, in our profession, we also find ourselves trying to solve color mysteries for clients.  Maybe they chose what they thought was the perfect basket beige color, but when they painted their walls, it looked pink! It could be that it’s time to change out their bulbs from incandescent to L.E.D.

Here you can see how certain light bulbs give off different colors.  Fluorescents give off cool, or blue light; Incandescents give off a golden, or warm light; and L.E.D. bulbs give off a cool white light.

Here you can see how certain light bulbs give off different colors. Fluorescents give off cool, or blue light; Incandescents give off a golden, or warm light; and L.E.D. bulbs give off a cool white light.

The pink walls in the above analogy could also mean, for instance, that they have a red vase in the window, or a red accent wall that’s casting off a pink glow.  Sometimes it’s the little things. Here’s a common illustration that shows how a SETTING can change our perception of a color:

In this diagram created by Edward H. Adelson, the two yellow dots are actually the same color.  The gray squares they are centered in are also the same value! Because the surroundings are different, they are perceived differently.

In this diagram created by Edward H. Adelson, the two yellow dots are actually the same color. The gray squares they are centered in are also the same value! Because the surroundings are different, they are perceived differently.

The lesson to be learned from this category is to always pick out paint colors IN the room you will be painting, so that all lighting and environmental factors come into play.  If you are still skeptical, try painting color patches onto the wall (preferably a white one—remember the lesson we just learned!), and always remember to use a good primer!

Follow the Yellow-Bright rule:

(Ok, so I was “reaching” for a clever title for this category). “Yellow is psychologically the happiest color in the color spectrum”  The last thing you want, however, is a room that is SOOO happy, that you need a mental nap every time you leave the room.  The color yellow, for some reason, gets brighter and brighter, the more you use it.  So, what looks like a subtle, pastel yellow on a small sample, can turn into a Bananarama “Cruel Summer” very fast. There are other colors that can have this effect, too, such as primary red and electric green.  I am picking on yellow, because you would think that yellow is mellow, so its effect can be unexpected.  Stick to yellows that have been tamed down with some gray, or only use it in small amounts. If a bold statement is what you want, then plan it very carefully, so that the brightness is balanced by enough white, gray or other neutral.  Here are some examples of what I think are tasteful uses of yellow:

Via Ligne Roset USA

Via Ligne Roset USA

Via Marcus Design

Via Marcus Design

Via Evermotion

Via Evermotion

I like this use of yellow, because of the way they balanced it with a lot of white, and shortened the wall with wainscoting.

A Dark myth:

Want to know a cool trick for making your room feel taller and more spacious? Try painting your ceilings a darker color—Yes, I said dark!  Fellow interior designer, and dear friend, Joey LaSalle says, “…you may have heard that painting a ceiling a dark color will make the ceiling feel much lower. That is actually a myth. In fact, dark colors recede. Therefore a darker ceiling would actually give the illusion that the ceiling is receded or higher than it actually is. On the other hand, bright colors jump forward, which would give the perception that the intensely painted wall or ceiling is closer than it actually is.”  I have also found that painting your crown the same color as your walls help to extend the length of your walls, which aids in the perception of height.

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gray ceiling kitchen

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There are many more points I could go over, but I will save you from a lesson on color theory, and leave my color wheel in my pocket for now. I will leave you with this: even though colors can be tricky, I still urge everyone to not be afraid of color! Embrace it smartly, and use it to your advantage!

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Testimonials

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“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

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Exterior Facade

Exterior Facade

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.

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room Wet Bar

The reflective shag rug provides a plush base for the clean-lined furnishings and ice blue vinyl ottoman.

The reflective shag rug provides a plush base for the clean-lined furnishings and ice blue vinyl ottoman.

In the corner, I added a unique murano glass leaf floor lamp by Global Views for ethereal light and a sculptural element.

In the corner, I added a unique murano glass leaf floor lamp by Global Views for ethereal light and a sculptural element.

The organic root console table added a rustic element, and some visual interest that helps separate the two seating areas.

The organic root console table added a rustic element, and some visual interest that helps separate the two seating areas.

With Afternoon Light

With Afternoon Light

With Sunset Light

With Sunset Light

Secondary Seating Area

Secondary Seating Area

The long layout of this room called for a second seating area--one that enjoys the fireplace, and promotes conversation. The modern gray leather club chairs are centered around a round, Century Furniture mother of pearl table.  The floor lamp has an exaggerated arch that allows the light to be centered over the arrangement, while not taking away from the view, or the lines of the room.

The long layout of this room called for a second seating area–one that enjoys the fireplace, and promotes conversation. The modern gray leather club chairs are centered around a round, Century Furniture mother of pearl table. The floor lamp has an exaggerated arch that allows the light to be centered over the arrangement, while not taking away from the view, or the lines of the room.

Living Area

Club Chair Kitchen

Here you can see how beautifully the lighting around the wet bar glows and complements the blue accents.

Here you can see how beautifully the lighting around the wet bar glows and complements the blue accents.

I used some contemporary Vanguard counter stools, covered in a blue vinyl, to bring some color to the kitchen area.

I used some contemporary Vanguard counter stools, covered in a blue vinyl, to bring some color to the kitchen area.

Kitchen

I decided that the shape of the room called for a square Dining table.  It seemed to fit the space nicely.  I counteracted all the square shapes and straight lines with some curvilinear klismos chairs, covered in an off-white linen, with white raffia outbacks.

I decided that the shape of the room called for a square Dining table. It seemed to fit the space nicely. I counteracted all the square shapes and straight lines with some curvilinear klismos chairs, covered in an off-white linen, with white raffia outbacks.

The resin pedestal base was molded to resemble a tree root,  and painted white. I thought this would look wonderful contrasted against the dark floors.

The resin pedestal base was molded to resemble a tree root, and painted white. I thought this would look wonderful contrasted against the dark floors.

I love how the light upholstery just glows against all the dark floors, when the natural light hits it.

I love how the light upholstery just glows against all the dark floors, when the natural light hits it.

The original builder left me a few stunning, unique pieces of furniture. made from beautiful slabs of pecky cypress and other woods.  This table made a great cocktail table on the balcony!!  The color complements all the greiges and neutral colors.

The original builder left me a few stunning, unique pieces of furniture. made from beautiful slabs of pecky cypress and other woods. This table made a great cocktail table on the balcony!! The color complements all the greiges and neutral colors.

I placed a low, modern sectional by Brown Jordan against the railing.  This arrangement utilizes the space the best, without blocking the view of all the gorgeous pines, and western lake.    In front of the sofa, is another table made by the builder that I happily utilized!

I placed a low, modern sectional by Brown Jordan against the railing. This arrangement utilizes the space the best, without blocking the view of all the gorgeous pines, and western lake. In front of the sofa, is another table made by the builder that I happily utilized!

The slipcovered swivel chairs, with large contrast welt, make great versatile seating around the glass top Lane Venture dining table.

The slipcovered swivel chairs, with large contrast welt, make great versatile seating around the glass top Lane Venture dining table.

Master Bedroom: On the third floor, the Master bedroom is furnished with a king mirrored Century bed, with a glass bead fabric on the headboard.  I kept the colors cream and neutral, with powder blue accents.  The three convex mirrors take advantage of the high celings, and draw the eye upward to the rustic ceiling details.

Master Bedroom:
On the third floor, the Master bedroom is furnished with a king mirrored Century bed, with a glass bead fabric on the headboard. I kept the colors cream and neutral, with powder blue accents. The three convex mirrors take advantage of the high celings, and draw the eye upward to the rustic ceiling details.

Master Bedroom

This linen-covered dresser kept the feel of the room light, and helps to counteract the dark floors.  Since taking these photos, we have added a gorgeous silk area rug that reflects the light even more.

This linen-covered dresser kept the feel of the room light, and helps to counteract the dark floors. Since taking these photos, we have added a gorgeous silk area rug that reflects the light even more.

Master Bathroom:

Master Bathroom:

This is a stunning bathroom, with its marble floors and walls, the large open windows and recessed ceiling detail.

This is a stunning bathroom, with its marble floors and walls, the large open windows and recessed ceiling detail.

I commissioned local artist, Mary Hong, to design us some beautiful eye-popping artwork in this room.  These are acrylic panels, to which she added glass and dye, then a finishing resin.

I commissioned local artist, Mary Hong, to design us some beautiful eye-popping artwork in this room. These are acrylic panels, to which she added glass and dye, then a finishing resin.

Master Vanity

Master Bathroom

Through this arched entrance, you are looking at our Master Sitting Room.  This may be my favorite room in the house!

Through this arched entrance, you are looking at our Master Sitting Room. This may be my favorite room in the house!

I furnished the main part of this room with a pair of gray chenille chair-and-a-halfs, and round, reflective shag rug and a unique root cocktail table.

I furnished the main part of this room with a pair of gray chenille chair-and-a-halfs, and round, reflective shag rug and a unique root cocktail table.

Over the two chairs, is a piece of art I commissioned local artist Allison Wickey to paint. This art is flanked by some fabulous nickel twig sconces by Global Views.

Over the two chairs, is a piece of art I commissioned local artist Allison Wickey to paint. This art is flanked by some fabulous nickel twig sconces by Global Views.

Master Sitting Room

This desk used to be a counter-height dining table on the second floor.  I had the legs shortened to desk height, and then silver leafed and sealed to protect against rusting.    Placed against these windows, this desk provided an ideal area to work!

This desk used to be a counter-height dining table on the second floor. I had the legs shortened to desk height, and then silver leafed and sealed to protect against rusting. Placed against these windows, this desk provided an ideal area to work!

Master Sitting Room Desk

Master Sitting Room Desk Area

Master Sitting Room

This is a rare cocktail made from tree root that I had stained dark like the floors, and then painted ice blue on the insides of the roots.  This acted as an artistic sculpture, as well as a cocktail table.

This is a rare cocktail made from tree root that I had stained dark like the floors, and then painted ice blue on the insides of the roots. This acted as an artistic sculpture, as well as a cocktail table.

Sitting Room Fireplace

When the sun sets, this room is transformed!  What a great place to sit and enjoy the view.

When the sun sets, this room is transformed! What a great place to sit and enjoy the view.

Auxillary Master Bathroom:

Auxillary Master Bathroom:

Guest Bedroom, First Floor: I furnished this room with a tall custom bed in off-white leather, and long ice blue linen drapes.

Guest Bedroom, First Floor:
I furnished this room with a tall custom bed in off-white leather, and long ice blue linen drapes.

Guest Bedroom

Second Guest Bedroom: I lightened this room with a white mirrored bed, a cream silk area rug, some cream drapes, green glass nightstands and some reflective glass and mirrors!

Second Guest Bedroom:
I lightened this room with a white mirrored bed, a cream silk area rug, some cream drapes, green glass nightstands and some reflective glass and mirrors!

I designed this custom art glass installation above the bed to add color to the room, and take advantage of the high ceilings.

I designed this custom art glass installation above the bed to add color to the room, and take advantage of the high ceilings.

I chose this drape fabric, because it has small rhinestone accents that subtly glint and sparkle when the lights are on!

I chose this drape fabric, because it has small rhinestone accents that subtly glint and sparkle when the lights are on!

I brought some color and life to this room with custom bedding and vibrant art.  I fell in love with the plaid fabric first, made coverlets, then designed the other fabrics around that.

I brought some color and life to this room with custom bedding and vibrant art. I fell in love with the plaid fabric first, made coverlets, then designed the other fabrics around that.

Watercolor Bunk Room

If you need any help furnishing your home, please contact me:
cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

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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.

BEFORE

BEFORE

When the walls were gold, everything in the room will had a yellow tint.  The new gray walls neutralized that effect, and allowed my gold accents to have more impact.

When the walls were gold, everything in the room will had a yellow tint. The new gray walls neutralized that effect, and allowed my gold accents to have more impact.

BEFORE

BEFORE

Sometimes you don't realize how small a space really is until you start putting furniture in.  One way to counteract this is to use large leaning mirrors that reflect the room and make it appear larger.  These ostrich leather, studded greek key mirrors reflect the ocean and light, while adding some graphic pizazz!

Sometimes you don’t realize how small a space really is until you start putting furniture in. One way to counteract this is to us large leaning mirrors that reflect the room and make it appear larger. These ostrich leather, studded greek key mirrors reflect the ocean and light, while adding some graphic pizazz!

Living, Wet Bar, Kitchen

BEFORE

BEFORE

The cabinets were finished in a unique pinkish taupe before.  Once the gold walls were not there anymore to reflect off of them, the pink hue stood out even more, so we fauxed them an antique white, with a more neutral base.  The rust marble counters were replaced with a beautiful White Ice granite, with shimmering graphite pieces in it.  The backsplash was replaced with a gold basket weave glass tile.  Instead of doing mirror on the wet bar backsplash, I updated it by adding tile, but installing mirrors behind the cabinet doors.

The cabinets were finished in a unique pinkish taupe before. Once the gold walls were not there anymore to reflect off of them, the pink hue stood out even more, so we fauxed them an antique white, with a more neutral base. The rust marble counters were replaced with a beautiful White Ice granite, with shimmering graphite pieces in it. The backsplash was replaced with a gold basket weave glass tile. Instead of doing mirror on the wet bar backsplash, I updated it by adding tile, but installing mirrors behind the cabinet doors.

I replaced the chandelier with a larger, more elegant gold wood chandelier, with brown silk shades.  The glass front of the t.v. console has a gold hue of its own, that blends nicely with all the colors.

I replaced the chandelier with a larger, more elegant gold wood chandelier, with brown silk shades. The glass front of the t.v. console has a gold hue of its own, that blends nicely with all the colors.

The corner of the room was best furnished with a luxurious Century chaise lounge, covered in velvet! The fretwork pillows tie in the greek key pattern in the mirrors.  To help balance the gold of the wool Oushak rug and accents, I covered the sofa in a plush, matte gray velvet. Behind the sofa, I chose to use a glass and acrylic sofa table that added a modern touch, while remaining simple enough to not take away from the lines of the sofa.

The corner of the room was best furnished with a luxurious Century chaise lounge, covered in velvet! The fretwork pillows tie in the greek key pattern in the mirrors. To help balance the gold of the wool Oushak rug and accents, I covered the sofa in a plush, matte gray velvet. Behind the sofa, I chose to use a glass and acrylic sofa table that added a modern touch, while remaining simple enough to not take away from the lines of the sofa.

I furnished the dining area with an industrial pedestal table by Drexel Heritage, then added some side chairs with wood inlay.  The large, gold Murano glass chandelier added some drama that helped provide weight to this area.

I furnished the dining area with an industrial pedestal table by Drexel Heritage, then added some side chairs with wood inlay. The large, gold Murano glass chandelier added some drama that helped provide weight to this area.

This table top is all set up for elegant entertaining, with its gold and white "bling."  The pearl and stud chargers anchor the white Waterford dinner plates and gold-rimmed ruffle Annie Glass dessert plates.  In the center, the mercury glass Moroccan vase is just waiting for some fresh flowers!

This table top is all set up for elegant entertaining, with its gold and white “bling.” The pearl and stud chargers anchor the white Waterford dinner plates and gold-rimmed ruffle Annie Glass dessert plates. In the center, the mercury glass Moroccan vase is just waiting for some fresh flowers!

BEFORE

BEFORE

Here you can see the dramatic change in the kitchen! In the upper cabinets, the glass shelves and mirrored backs help open them up and add depth.  The strange placement of gold paint on the inside of the ceiling tray was replaced with an extension of the new ceiling color.  The crown was painted off-white, and I added a gold shimmering grasscloth to the ceiling, inside the recessed tray.  This provided drama and emphasis to this ceiling treatment, but in a more natural, aesthetically-pleasing way.

Here you can see the dramatic change in the kitchen! In the upper cabinets, the glass shelves and mirrored backs help open them up and add depth. The strange placement of gold paint on the inside of the ceiling tray was replaced with an extension of the new ceiling color. The crown was painted off-white, and I added a gold shimmering grasscloth to the ceiling, inside the recessed tray. This provided drama and emphasis to this ceiling treatment, but in a more natural, aesthetically-pleasing way.

Kitchen After

BEFORE

BEFORE

I brightened this hallway up with a new paint color and some plush seating!  The sconces were hung at an odd height, so I lowered them to a more balanced position.  I gold-leafed the inside of the wall niche for some added glowing warmth, then hung a light, but rich canvas painting on the wall to the right.  This painting kept the feeling light, but still rich.  The owner of this unit is a lamp and lighting designer, so I thought this brown and gold lamp fabric was just perfect!!

I brightened this hallway up with a new paint color and some plush seating! The sconces were hung at an odd height, so I lowered them to a more balanced position. I gold-leafed the inside of the wall niche for some added glowing warmth, then hung a light, but rich canvas painting on the wall to the right. This painting kept the feeling light, but still rich. The owner of this unit is a lamp and lighting designer, so I thought this brown and gold lamp fabric was just perfect!!

BEFORE

BEFORE

Master Bedroom After: Having started with quite the blank slate, I began my design of this room with a subtle printed wallcovering on the bed wall.  I painted the walls taupe, like the background of the wallpaper.  I covered the grand, tall custom headboard in the same taupe taffeta as the drapes.  The gold striped sheers add a subtle gauzy layer of warmth to the room. The lines of the new chandelier emulate the ribbon-work pattern of the wallpaper.

Master Bedroom After:
Having started with quite the blank slate, I begun my design of this room with a subtle printed wallcovering on the bed wall. I painted the walls taupe, like the background of the wallpaper. I covered the grand, tall custom headboard in the same taupe taffeta as the drapes. The gold striped sheers add a subtle gauzy layer of warmth to the room. The lines of the new chandelier emulate the ribbon-work pattern of the wallpaper.

Here you can see how I mixed textures and finishes for an opulent, inviting feel.  Cut velvets and dark taupes counterbalance shimmering silks and taffetas, glittering crystal and reflective mirrored vanity.  The foot blanket shines and reflects light, almost like water!

Here you can see how I mixed textures and finishes for an opulent, inviting feel. Cut velvets and dark taupes counterbalance shimmering silks and taffetas, glittering crystal and reflective mirrored vanity. The foot blanket shines and reflects light, almost like water!

I hung some beautiful cream modern art on the side wall to add some contemporary flair, and to brighten up the walls.

I hung some beautiful cream modern art on the side wall to add some contemporary flair, and to brighten up the walls.

This beautiful Henredon chest added some warm woods to the room. I flanked the t.v. with some gold-leafed Currey and Company sconces to add some needed extra light and provide some extra "jewelry" to the room.

This beautiful Henredon chest added some warm woods to the room. I flanked the t.v. with some gold-leafed Currey and Company sconces to add some needed extra light and provide some extra “jewelry” to the room.

BEFORE

BEFORE

Guest Room After: Again, I got rid of the gold walls, and replaced them with a cream paint, and embroidered cream wallcovering on the bed wall.  The tall upholstered bed by Hooker Furniture provided adequate drama and "curve" appeal. I installed some new sconces, replaced the chandelier, and added some tone-on-tone draperies in cream.  The gold-splattered cowhide at the foot of the bed adds some warmth to the room.

Guest Room After:
Again, I got rid of the gold walls, and replaced them with a cream paint, and embroidered cream wallcovering on the bed wall. The tall upholstered bed by Hooker Furniture provided adequate drama and “curve” appeal. I installed some new sconces, replaced the chandelier, and added some tone-on-tone draperies in cream. The gold-splattered cowhide at the foot of the bed adds some warmth to the room.

Guest Room

I mixed velvet with linen and decorative trims.

I mixed velvet with linen and decorative trims.

BEFORE

BEFORE

I decided to choose a design that is slightly more masculine for this room.  With taupe as the backdrop, I added in layers of gray, peacock blue and brown. The new mirrored sconces highlight the silver flecks in the fabric wall covering.

I decided to choose a design that is slightly more masculine for this room. With taupe as the backdrop, I added in layers of gray, peacock blue and brown. The new mirrored sconces highlight the silver flecks in the fabric wall covering.

The striped fabric is a great faux silk by Maxell Fabrics, and the blue floral and geometric is by Clarke and Clarke Fabrics.

The striped fabric is a great faux silk by Maxell Fabrics, and the blue floral and geometric is by Clarke and Clarke Fabrics.

Please contact me if you need any help furnishing your home!
cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

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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!!!

Living Room:

One great way to decorate a large, intimidating blank wall is to create the illusion of wall panels with simple wood trim pieces.  Then, you can add a contrasting color or pattern to the center-here I painted them a rich aqua color! The panels not only break up the wall; they also frame the driftwood sculptures and help to liven up the focal wall! The glass chandelier adds some bling to the room, and mimics the round cocktail below it.

One great way to decorate a large, intimidating blank wall is to create the illusion of wall panels with simple wood trim pieces. Then, you can add a contrasting color or pattern to the center-here I painted them a rich aqua color! The panels not only break up the wall; they also frame the driftwood sculptures and help to liven up the focal wall! The glass chandelier adds some bling to the room, and mimics the round cocktail below it.”

I accented all the heavier upholstery with these two contemporary wing chairs.  I absolutely love these chairs!  They are so comfortable, too!  I chose a colorful Ikat print that pulls together the blue, green and yellow I've used throughout the unit. You can also see here what a great vantage point a person lounging on the chaise lounge will have, with a view of the beach, the television, the goings-on in the kitchen, and the other living room seating.

I accented all the heavier upholstery with these two contemporary wing chairs. I absolutely love these chairs! They are so comfortable, too! I chose a colorful Ikat print that pulls together the blue, green and yellow I’ve used throughout the unit. You can also see here what a great vantage point a person lounging on the chaise lounge will have, with a view of the beach, the television, the goings-on in the kitchen, and the other living room seating.

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room
Kitchen:
This kitchen was given a simple facelift, with a paint job, new hardware, and new lighting.

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

I chose these bar pendants, because they resemble jellyfish!

I chose these bar pendants, because they resemble jellyfish!

Painting the cabinets a pale ice blue brightened the kitchen and created pleasing contrast with the black granite countertops.  I replaced all the bronze knobs with stainless contemporary knobs and pulls for a fresher look.

Painting the cabinets a pale ice blue brightened the kitchen and created pleasing contrast with the black granite countertops. I replaced all the bronze knobs with stainless contemporary knobs and pulls for a fresher look.

I believe it is important for connected rooms to maintain visual unity, so that when doors are open, everything flows together.  Here you can see how the colors in my guest bedroom shine right along with my Living and Lounge.

I believe it is important for connected rooms to maintain visual unity, so that when doors are open, everything flows together. Here you can see how the colors in my guest bedroom shine right along with my Living and Lounge.

Dining Room:
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.
Lounge / Dining Rooms

Lounge / Dining Rooms

My white lacquer parsons table allowed the vibrant colors around it to stand out.  The dining chairs are raw teak, with white patent vinyl seats.  I covered the host chairs by C.R. Laine in an exciting shade of chartreuse, which was supported in the artwork and bowl centerpiece!

My white lacquer parsons table allowed the vibrant colors around it to stand out. The dining chairs are raw teak, with white patent vinyl seats. I covered the host chairs by C.R. Laine in an exciting shade of chartreuse, which was supported in the artwork and bowl centerpiece!

For my centerpiece, like many other details in this condo, I decided to go big or go home!  For a vibrant color pop, I found a lot of antique glass bottles and congregated them on my burlap table runner.  When entertaining, these bottles would look beautiful with the occasional daisy , and the bowl would look great with floating candles!

For my centerpiece, like many other details in this condo, I decided to go big or go home! For a vibrant color pop, I found a lot of antique glass bottles and congregated them on my burlap table runner. When entertaining, these bottles would look beautiful with the occasional daisy , and the bowl would look great with floating candles!

Dining looking into Living Room

Guest Bedroom 1

Guet Bedroom 1

I made this niche special by giving it a refreshing splash of color!  The hombre pattern of the Designers Guild wallpaper looks hand-painted!

I made this niche special by giving it a refreshing splash of color! The hombre pattern of the Designers Guild wallpaper looks hand-painted!

Master Bedroom:
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!

Inset into some trimwork, the geometric metallic wallpaper acts almost as contemporary artwork.  I love how the pattern on the pendants plays against the pattern on the walls!

Inset into some trimwork, the geometric metallic wallpaper acts almost as contemporary artwork. I love how the pattern on the pendants plays against the pattern on the walls!

Here you can see how I repeated the metallic geometric wallcovering in the niche across from the bed.

Here you can see how I repeated the metallic geometric wallcovering in the niche across from the bed.

Master Bedroom

This king chrome canopy bed by Bernhardt has the stunning look and importance that I wanted for this room.  It uses the space well, without looking too heavy.  I also loved the simple, uncomplicated lines.

This king chrome canopy bed by Bernhardt has the stunning look and importance that I wanted for this room. It uses the space well, without looking too heavy. I also loved the simple, uncomplicated lines.

Master Bedroom Vignette

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!

I painted these walls a pale aqua color, then gave the bed wall a dramatic "punch" of blue that contrasts well with the bed and wall décor.

I painted these walls a pale aqua color, then gave the bed wall a dramatic “punch” of blue that contrasts well with the bed and wall décor.

I decided to go for an asymmetrical layout.  The colorful wall bowls and star mirror are sprinkled in a way that balances the tall beside shelf.

I decided to go for an asymmetrical layout. The colorful wall bowls and star mirror are sprinkled in a way that balances the tall beside shelf.

I jazzed up this small bathroom by papering the walls in this fun, blue and white wallcovering and hanging a chic mirror above the pedestal sink.  I flanked the mirror with two white coral Regina  Andrews sconces.

I jazzed up this small bathroom by papering the walls in this fun, blue and white wallcovering and hanging a chic mirror above the pedestal sink. I flanked the mirror with two white coral Regina
Andrews sconces.

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Please contact me if you are interested in design services: cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

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!

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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!

Here is one sneak photo:
Living Room

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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…

Living Area:

Welcome to the Living Room!  We aimed for a cool, natural, relaxing environment with color accents to tie the water in, as well as some touches of richness and luxury.

Welcome to the Living Room! We aimed for a cool, natural, relaxing environment with color accents to tie the water in, as well as some touches of gold.

This large sectional provided some sophisticated and inviting seating to this large living area.  We layered a plush blue wool area rug on top of a large woven jute.  The oval white-shell top cocktail table by Oly was the perfect size and shape for the arrangement.

This large sectional provided some sophisticated and inviting seating to this large living area. We layered a plush blue wool area rug on top of a large woven jute. The oval white-shell top cocktail table by Oly was the perfect size and shape for the arrangement.

 

We anchored the lounge area with a large cow hide.  In the media niche, we built a floating modern console on a backdrop of a green painted accent wall.

We anchored the lounge area with a large cow hide. In the media niche, we built a floating modern console on a backdrop of a green painted accent wall.

 

Two Century chaise lounges add some "swag" to this sitting area.  Plush gray croc chenille fabric adds some richness against the blue and white backdrop of the ocean!

Two Century chaise lounges add some “swag” to this sitting area. Plush gray croc chenille fabric worked great juxtaposed against the blue and white beach!

 

This corner is cozy with its Century Furniture contemporary wing chair, covered in a charcoal velvet and shimmering gold linen welt.  The gold velvet zebra pillow and glowing gold of the driftwood sculpture, along with the candle light radiate nicely out from all the gray and green.

This corner is cozy with its Century Furniture contemporary wing chair, covered in a charcoal velvet and shimmering gold linen welt. The gold velvet zebra pillow and glowing gold of the driftwood sculpture, along with the candle light radiate nicely out from all the gray and green.

Lounge / Dining

Dining Area:

We defined the Dining Area with a large oval dining table and fabulous Caviar chandelier by Arteriors.

We defined the Dining Area with a large oval dining table and fabulous Caviar chandelier by Arteriors.

Modern Dining Room

The side chairs are slipcovered in a green textured linen, and the host chairs are upholstered in a fresh pale aqua leather! The drapes and sheers give this area intimacy and drama!

The chairs are slipcovered in a green textured linen, and the host chairs are upholstered in a fresh pale aqua leather! The drapes and sheers give this area intimacy and drama!

Contemporary Dining Room

Kitchen / Wet Bar:

This shows an overall view of our remodeled kitchen and wet bar!

This shows an overall view of our remodeled kitchen and wet bar!

We gave the cabinetry a facelift by removing the upper doors and replacing them with stainless steel-framed glass doors.  The rest of the cabinet doors and bases were painted a warm gray.  The backsplash was uplifted with the pale aqua horizontal glass tiles.

We gave the cabinetry a facelift by removing the upper doors and replacing them with stainless steel-framed glass doors. The rest of the cabinet doors and bases were painted a warm gray. The backsplash was uplifted with the pale aqua horizontal glass tiles, which were repeated on the vertical portion of the tray ceiling.

The upper cabinets above the wet bar were removed and replaced with these contemporary stainless steel-framed cabinets and shelves.  The l.e.d. lighting helps to accent the new, fresh tile.

The upper cabinets above the wet bar were removed and replaced with these contemporary stainless steel-framed cabinets and shelves. The l.e.d. lighting helps to accent the new, fresh tile.

Entry:

Entry

This entry console was the only original piece of furniture we kept by the end of the remodel.  We think we breathed in it some new life here!

This entry console was the only original piece of furniture we kept by the end of the remodel. We think we breathed in it some new life here!

This shot allows you to see the Entry and Powder Bath entrance.  The walls here are a silver linen textured faux finish, and the columns were given a pearlescent finish.

This shot allows you to see the Entry and Powder Bath entrance. The walls here are a silver linen textured faux finish, and the columns were given a pearlescent finish.

Master Bedroom:
This room definitely makes a statement, with its grand cream leather king bed, whose lightness is emerging out from the almost 3-D faux finish on the walls. Thank you, Krista and Cindy with Ufauxrea for all the wonderful work you do for us! This bed wall finish is a soft charcoal geometric pattern, with highlights in glass beads that help to create the illusion of depth. The chrome chandelier adds some excitement to the room, while the traditional rug and beautiful damask foot blanket help to ground the design for a more transitional feel.

The Swan chandelier by PLC Lighting provided the perfect touch of uniqueness and "bling"! At 42" round, it definitely made a statement!

The Swan chandelier by PLC Lighting provided the perfect touch of uniqueness and “bling”! At 42″ round, it definitely made a statement!

This stately bed is a custom bed by Mario & Marielena.  The bench is by Drexel Heritage and the bedding is all custom.

This stately bed is a custom bed by Mario & Marielena. The bench is by Drexel Heritage and the bedding is all custom.

Master Bathroom:
To update this bathroom, we completely gutted the vanity area, but left the shower and tub area as-is, except for the fabulous tub chandelier and beautiful window treatments!

Rather than match the existing travertine underneath the cabinets, where the old cabinets were removed, we ran the green glass tiles down below.  This helped reinforce the floating effect we were going for!  The three bubble glass sconces were ideal, and looked as if they were meant for exactly this bathroom!

Rather than match the existing travertine underneath the cabinets, where the old cabinets were removed, we ran the green glass tiles down below. This helped reinforce the floating effect we were going for! The three bubble glass sconces were ideal, and looked as if they were meant for exactly this bathroom!

The old cabinetry was removed and replaced with this floating double vanity.  The green glass bubble tiles on the backsplash are divided by one long horizon mirror at eye level.

The old cabinetry was removed and replaced with this floating double vanity. The green glass bubble tiles on the backsplash are divided by one long horizon mirror at eye level.

Master Bathroom

Bunk Room:

The clients wanted a fun room for their kids to sleep in and use that was whimsical, functional, but also sophisticated. We used peacock blues and chartreuse to create this nautical hide-out! Each bunk has its own nautical wall sconce in chrome finish. Due to the unique layout of the room, we did not want to place a central light or fan; we opted for something more organic and versatile. We designed this bendable track lighting in a sweeping “S” shape, with alternating accent lights and urchin pendants. The result was very beautiful and sculptural. Since photographing, we have added a peacock blue grasscloth on the back wall of the built-in bunk beds! The rich contrast on that wall helps create depth and aids in making the bunk bed stand out more. (I will try to take another picture soon, but it won’t turn out as beautifully as these professional photos!)

Custom built-in bunk beds: We utilized the length and unique shape of the room by building a double twin-over-full bunk wall.

Custom built-in bunk beds: We utilized the length and unique shape of the room by building a double twin-over-full bunk wall.

This blue printed wallcovering brought weight and emphasis to the other side of the room.  It was the perfect backdrop for the chaise lounge and white built-in desk.

This blue printed wallcovering brought weight and emphasis to the other side of the room. It was the perfect backdrop for the chaise lounge and white built-in desk.

Built-In Bunk Beds

Guest Bedroom:

This room is calm and natural, with warm glowing pops of coral.

This room is calm and natural, with warm glowing pops of coral.

In the corner, we created a cozy nook with a plush settee underneath a set of four framed hand-colored prints.  The shell chandelier by Currey Company adds a beautiful touch of coastal.

In the corner, we created a cozy nook with a plush settee underneath a set of four framed hand-colored prints. The shell chandelier by Currey Company adds a beautiful touch of coastal.

Professional Photo

Professional Photo

Guest Bedroom:

This guest room was furnished with a tall bed, upholstered in a gorgeous Schumacher fabric. Bedside shelves and apricot beaded sconces finish off the bed wall.

This guest room was furnished with a tall bed, upholstered in a gorgeous Schumacher fabric. Bedside shelves and apricot beaded sconces finish off the bed wall.

Contact me if you are in need of a designer to help you renovate and update your home!
cara@lovelaceinteriors.com

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You may remember my former post on this house, that showed all of the professional photographs taken. Click here if you have not. They are a must-see! Anyhow, I am posting some more pictures, as promised! I was able to photograph all of the bathrooms and all of the bedrooms! There were too many things I wanted to show you!

Let’s start with the kitchen again:

Here you can see how beautifully the Ipe wood floors contrast with the coolness of the Poggen Pohl blue glossy cabinets.  Notice the island, with its white countertop waterfalling down the sides for a modern and lightening effect.

Here you can see how beautifully the Ipe wood floors contrast with the coolness of the Poggen Pohl blue glossy cabinets. Notice the island, with its white countertop waterfalling down the sides for a modern and lightening effect.