Monthly Archives: February 2019

North Fork Photo Shoots: #InletDriveProject Reveal

We recently had a few photo shoots in the North Fork and we’re super excited to have finally received the images back from our #InletDriveProject! We haven’t had time to get them up on our website yet so you saw them here first. Enjoy!

#InletDriveProject, Mattituck NY.

For this home, we were dealing with an awkward existing built-in in the dining room and our client wanted to make better use of the space. We added a more functional built-in with a bench seat to add more purposeful seating in this dining area. At the top of the stair landing is a small space that our client wanted to turn into a quiet & cozy living area. We also updated three of the bedrooms to give a cohesive refreshed look throughout!

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(All photo credit to Kyle Caldwell Photography)

 

 

Sunday Inspiration: Kids’ Bedrooms

It’s school vacation week which means you’re either going away on a little break, or you’re at home trying to figure out what to do while the kids are home. If your littles have been begging for a fun refresh of their bedroom, maybe this is the week to start gathering ideas and inspiration & start tackling that project! Here are some of our favorite kids’ bedroom ideas to get the gears turning and to give them a space that they (and you!) will love.

Cozy nooks. Give your child a litte space of their own to read, write, draw, create, play–you name it.

Love the idea of using chalkboard paint in their bedroom. And how cute and cozy is that adorable little corner?!

Mini Man Cave–is that not the cutest thing ever?! And that animal wallpaper is probably my new favorite thing. (That particular paper is removable peel and stick, so cute AND easy!)

Love this daybed piled with the cutest pillows. And again, that wallpaper!!

Shared spaces. If your kids are coexisting, here are a few bedroom ideas that we think they’d be happy to share.

Something different. Here are a few of our favorite unique and awesome bedroom spaces that I wish my parents had thought of when I was a kid, to be honest.

Does it get any more cool than these adorable jungle oasis bedrooms? Bonus points for these bed frames being simple enough to DIY!

And this awesome bedroom that looks like a cute little backyard cabana.

And having your very own mini rock wall in your room?! Yes please!

Maximizing the space. If you’re working with a smaller space, there are lots of great ways to maximize & make the best use of the space with different storage solutions.

This small bedroom still feels super bright and open and looks absolutely adorable, with plenty of storage space under the bed.

Everything in here is tucked away neatly on built-in shelves!

Love the wallpaper on the back of the shelves and love the incorporation of the bench seat!

Cute wallpaper was a common theme throughout here. Kids’ rooms are a great place to add a fun wallpaper, especially when it’s as simple as peel & stick! Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or a complete bedroom makeover, we hope we helped inspire you to make some fun changes in your kids’ bedroom!

Calm & Collected

Ever since Tidying Up With Marie Kondo came out on Netflix, it seems as though everyone has caught the KonMari bug. Everyone is cleaning up, de-cluttering, organizing, and paring down on the things they don’t need; making room for only the things that #SparkJoy. We’ve even started to bring the KonMari tactics into our own homes over the past few weeks! In the spirit of tidying up, we wanted to talk about displaying your unique collections and treasures in your home without the clutter & chaos. We think collections are really cool and deserve to be on display! However, there’s a fine line between a tasteful collection showcase and borderline hoarder situation that we’re trying to help you from crossing 😉

There are sooo many trinkets and things that can be collected, depending on what it is that interests you. That being said, not every method for displaying will work for each of those different things. It takes being a little creative to come up with the best way to effectively display your prized possessions. Here are a few of our favorite unique collections and how they were showcased in their homes!

1. Feeling Lucky. If dice is your thing, we love the idea of displaying them in a shadow box like this one to be hung on the wall and serve as a unique piece of artwork.

2. Hats off. Hats are bulky and awkward to store, and take up space in your closet. Why not display them on your bare walls! Look how cute they look on display in that staircase! There are also plenty of hat racks out there, so show em’ off!

3. Stick a Fork In It. Antique silverware makes for a beautiful and interesting collection. Having it on display in your china cabinet is one thing, but making artwork out of it makes it even that much more interesting. Love the idea of arranging everything in different directions to create more of a pattern like this one, too!

4. All Buttoned Up. You know all those extra buttons you get when you buy a new sweater in case one comes out? I never know what to do with them, but putting them on display in a clear glass jar looks cute & you’ll know exactly where to look when the moment finally comes that you need to replace the one that fell off.

Also really cool as framed artwork!

5. Screw it. Absolutely love the idea of displaying your favorite corkscrews in a gallery wall rather than shoved away in a drawer. Hey, different types work better for different bottles!

(Alright, so maybe this is what we’re telling you not to do, but look how fun they look all together!)

6. Roll With It. If you’re an avid baker, maybe rolling pins is your thing. Love the install of all those rolling pins hanging from the ceiling in this restaurant…

…but for containing your collection in your own home, setting them in a cool canister with some cutting boards on your counter tops will do the trick!

7. Fill Your Plate. Decorative plates are another common item to collect. There are lots of great ways to display these collections right on your walls! We recently re-discovered the awesome line of plates and saucers from John Derian–definitely worth taking a look to add to your own collection!

8. Out To Dry. So. Cool. Maybe vintage clothes pins isn’t the exact thing you need, but after seeing this picture I’m inspired to start collecting them myself! Cute in a fun little arrangement in a jar on your shelf or mantel? Sure!

(P.S. this image is used on the back of the coffee table book ‘Collected: Living With The Things We Love’ if you’re interested in reading more about displaying unique collections in your home!)

9. She Sells Sea Shells and other beachy things! Everyone has a soft spot for the ocean, and probably at some point in time has collected rocks, shells, sea creatures, you name it. There are plenty of ways to curate a nostalgic collection without overdoing it. Also love the idea of labeling each jar to mark where you collected them from!

Here’s a look at Caitlin’s ocean treasures in her own home, paired with a few bits and bobs from her other collections!

10. Say Cheese. Seeing how cameras have evolved over time is really interesting. Antique old cameras make a really cool display on open shelves or hanging directly on the wall!

11. The Key To My Heart. Old fashioned keys are so cool. Like any item in a collection, each one holds an interesting story. Similar in shape & size to silverware, keys are great to display in a frame or shadow box to make a unique piece of artwork.

12. Causing a Raquet. Tennis raquets and other sporting equipment collections make for a really fun install in a bedroom or game room.

13. Hammer Time. We love the idea of displaying your old tool collection directly on your walls. It looks cool & industrial and you know exactly where everything is when you’re looking for it to actually use!

14. Makin’ it Rain. Watering cans and other garden supplies look absolutely adorable on open shelves in a cute little farmhouse shed!

Whatever your collection is, dust it off and display it with pride! However, a large collection of items in a home can be overwhelming, so be sure to select your favorite pieces that you feel are most worthy of being on display in order to alleviate unnecessary clutter on a shelf or surface space. When it comes to displaying a collection, organization is key. In order for your collection to look beautiful in your home, it should look curated and purposeful, and serve as decor or artwork rather than as extra junk.

The whole KonMari method entails getting rid of the things that we don’t need or don’t love. While it may be difficult to part with some of these things, paring down on your collections allows you to enjoy your most beautiful things in order to showcase the things you love the most. 

Happy collecting! 🙂

 

Photo Shoot Styling: Process & Secrets

We’ve been so thrilled to have the opportunity to capture so many new projects recently with the help of some extremely talented photographers. With two shoots last week and another three this week, it’s something that’s been weighing heavily on our brains and keeping us extremely busy lately! Not in a bad way–we love prepping for our photo shoots and getting our newly completed projects in tip top shape and ready for the spotlight. We wanted to share some insight and behind the scenes of what actually goes into a successful shoot, because it’s way more than just a pretty picture!

About two weeks prior to the scheduled shoot date, we start making lists (mental and physical!) of anything and everything that we may want to have on site to help spruce up the shot. (Secret: a completed space still needs a fair amount of finishing touches to fill it out to our liking! It’s easy for a space to seem bare once captured in a photo, so we say the more the better, and whatever we don’t use can just be packed away.) These lists include anything that we can think of right down to the smallest of details, including the cleaning supplies, the steamer, the tool kit–you never know what you’re going to notice and what you’re going to have to touch up come the day of the shoot!

lists .jpgWe do keep an inventory of styling accessories, books, planters, etc. that we try to incorporate as much as we can into our shoots (see some of our go-to’s and favorites!) however we often need to make a final haul to find some extra items to fill the shelves, accessories to spruce up the bathroom, fresh white towels, throw blankets, you name it! We usually leave with multiple carts full of stuff when prepping for a shoot–especially when there’s three shoots in one week! Just call us crazy bag ladies 🙂

51783573_333297143948663_68596254124277760_n.jpgAnd of course, there’s the flowers and plants. We generally finish off our shopping a day or two before the shoot with a stop at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s to get gorgeous fresh blooms to pop some greenery and color into the space. (Sometimes, even potted plants from our own homes make a guest appearance on our clients’ shelves for the sake of the shoot!)

 

Before the day of the shoot, we go to the site to do some initial styling and get everything as ready as we can because we don’t want to run into any surprises the day of! Here’s a glimpse at what the styling day consisted of for these projects.

Then, the final finishing touches before the photographer arrives. This is when flowers are cut for their vases, everything gets a final once-over cleaning, pillows are fluffed, fresh fruit and produce is laid out on the counters, and everything is looking perfect and ready to go.

What you may not know is behind that perfect shot, things are often actually not that perfect at all… We select the shot that we think best captures the space, but what you don’t see is that everything that we don’t want to be seen is usually hiding right behind the camera–secret’s out!

Our photographers truly do an amazing job at capturing our projects, and it takes a lotttt of hard work to get them looking the way we want them to show them off to the world. It’s so rewarding to capture our projects at their fullest potential and we can’t wait to share all new content with you! Here’s some more behind the scenes and process, sneak peeks & teasers that we’ve gotten from these most recent shoots so far!

 

Friday Inspiration: Game On!

We’ve been having a lot of fun designing rec/game/play rooms for a few different projects lately! These spaces have to be versatile enough for the whole family to enjoy but still serve as a space for fun and games. When we went to High Point Market this past fall, we were inspired by the prevalent influence of the inclusion and importance of game rooms in a home. We loved seeing all sorts of cool & unique pool tables, ping pong tables, shuffleboard tables & more featured in many of the showrooms. Here’s a few inspiration images that helped to point us in the direction of the game room look we’ve been going for.

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(We think this glass top ping pong table is absolutely gorg!) https://www.nehomemag.com/greenwich-glamour/

And here’s a peek our in-the-works design board for the rec room at our #RyeBeachNewBuildProject!

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