Our New Office Reveal!

I’m really proud and excited to show you guys our new digs! Ever since I started my business I dreamed of having a “shop” with pretty little topiaries out front and this may be as close as I get!!!  I don’t have the bandwidth to do actual retail, but the flexibility of this space allows me to display some items I do have and create pop-up shop concepts with brands and artists I love (and stuff I myself have designed!) So without further delay, here it is!

The space is below street level but actually gets decent light! I found it to be a good fit because we don’t need foot traffic but I did want to be in a busier location with the ability to be found easily by clients (and potential clients), PLUS the rent was about half or less than a street-level shop.  So we have a big wall of glass at the front with a stone retaining wall outside (it could be worse!) It’s actually kinda cool looking!  I wanted the space to be serene and a great mix of traditional and modern with a pop of color.

We had to completely gut the space, but left the exposed beam ceiling and brick walls.  I had my painter, Peter from Adelfia Painting, spray the entire place top to bottom with Sherwin Williams Greek Villa and it is the perfect white- not too bright, not too creamy. I absolutely love it. He also painted the metal frames of my windows Sherwin’s Iron Ore to make them looks like old iron frames.  For flooring I found this amazing, tough wearing vinyl plank from Lowes that had that pale oak coloring I love.  It gave me the perfect neutral, light backdrop I was hoping for with lots of texture.

Sources: Chairs- Viyet // Rug- Landry & Arcari // Custom table skirt  (Schumacher trim) // Bust- vintage (similar here)

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Dropping All The Balls In the Air.

People ask me often “how do you do all that is on your plate?” And the answer is- I don’t know and sometimes, I fail miserably at it! Like today- I thought I would have time to post WHILE photographing our new office BUT I am currently busy holding up hardware for a shot because I did not have time to install it yet.  Basically, I’m a hot mess. Where do all the hours in my day go?  #whereserin #peekaboo #photoshopmagic

I’ll post this afternoon or tomorrow morning instead- promise :)
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EG

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Day Off

Life has been a little crazy as of late, and its left me with zero time this morning to blog (also I’m on a train right now and feeling a little woozy from looking at the screen). I’m sorry guys, I’ve gotta use a “get out of jail free” card today for a big post.  I’ll be back Wednesday, promise. :)

Thanks,  EG

P.S. Since I’m having a “Calgon take me away” moment, I’ll leave you with these images of Darryl Carter’s master bathroom which is downright insane.

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(Because now I see why ALL showers need marble horse statues in them….duh.)

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Images from The Washingtonian

Inspired By: Duck Egg Blue + Red

I have long had a complicated relationship with red.  Maybe it’s having grown up in the 80’s when “cranberry” was all the rage in home decor and fashion and it sort of scarred me for life.  But recently I’ve been coming around a little, especially when red is paired with turquoise-y blues.  So when I saw famed designer Sheila Bridges’ home the other day I, surprisingly, fell in love!  And as I studied these pictures I recalled my JP condo from 6-7 years ago and that in the guest room I actually TRIED this exact scheme (duck egg blue walls and a red and white toile duvet) and had really liked it.  I had totally forgotten about that room.  It’s making we want to create a space in this color scheme for a client!

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Design Crush: Gil Schafer

I’ve been buying lots of design books I’ve been eyeing for years lately. I want more of my downtime to be analog, and books are the best accessories in a home, I think.  So really, it’s win/win. One can never have enough books (unless they are cheesy paperback chick-lit or spy thrillers in which case I believe they breed while we are sleeping and/or preparing to move).  One I recently picked up is architect Gil Schafer’s The Great American HouseI’ve flipped through it before at my parents house, but this time I really dug in and my appreciation and awestruck admiration for his work grew tenfold.

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Many of his projects have been published in the big glossies, so you may recognize a home or two when flipping through– but what is so wonderful about his work is that it looks so old, so full of the detail and craft of yesteryear, that you may have just assumed it WAS an old home.  Here are two examples- one int he north and one in the south that really exemplify his work:

This Duchess County New York home is seriously dreamy.

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So grand and yet perfectly at home in the country.

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