As we move into the new year, it’s hard not to feel a little nostalgic. While 2021 was not without its challenges, it was also a year full of success, joy, and happiness. After months of canceled plans, I was able to head out traveling again, and I also got to help clients bring their interior design dreams to life through a series of renovation projects.
While it would be difficult to talk about every single highlight from 2021, I thought I’d celebrate the new year with a quick reflection on some of the projects we tackled this year!
Whenever I am tasked with redesigning a bathroom, I like to focus on who will be using the space before I kickstart the design process. This way, I’m able to incorporate the clients’ likes and interests into the room – whether that relates to the colors on the walls or furnishings such as a custom-made vanity. One of my favorite projects of the past year was the renovation of a small, modern bathroom designed for boys.
Luckily, we didn’t have to carry out too much-complicated plumbing work for this project, as we kept the general layout the same as the original design. However, we did strip everything back as much as possible so that we had a blank canvas to work with. After completing all of the necessary installations, it was time to make the space look beautiful. To do this, we painted the walls in Benjamin Moore #860 in Apparition.
Living Room Transformation.
I love working on Living Room transformations, as they are one of the most important rooms in the house – the space where families often spend the most time together, whether they are watching TV or unwrapping Christmas presents on the big day. This year, I assisted in a range of Family room transformations, though this living room remodel was one of my absolute favorites – due to the fun upholstery work we carried out.
For example, we upholstered older armchairs in a textured grey fabric from Kravet. Here, the use of textured fabric and decorative stud trimmings added extra texture and dimensions to the furniture. It also ensured that the armchairs were particularly eye-catching. We also used Kravet linen, in a similar shade, for the drapery. In this instance, we were trying to use the drapery to create an illusion – making the room seem much bigger than it actually was. We achieved this goal by hanging the curtains a little higher on the wall than is custom and ensuring that they reached all the way down to the floor. This made the ceilings seem much higher than they actually were!
Sisal, Sisal and more Sisal!
Over the past year, I also fell in love with Sisal flooring. As we as a society become more and more eco-conscious, there’s an increased demand for eco-friendly home design and interiors – and Sisal flooring ticks all of these boxes. Sisal flooring is made from Sisal (no surprise there, right?), a plant that is typically native to Southern Mexico. When harvested, the tough fibers were originally used to construct ropes – but in recent years we have found more and more uses for them, including carpeting! Not only do they look great (especially for those that love eco-chic styles), they’re also highly durable and long-lasting. This means you won’t need to replace them in a hurry – whether you feature Sisal carpeting in your living room or as a stair runner.
A Trip to Palm Beach, Florida
I have always loved to travel. It’s a great way to escape from the chaos of everyday life, destress and simply live in the moment. However, I also find that my travels inform my work, as I’m constantly inspired by the world around me and the sites and cultures I soak in when abroad. For this reason, I absolutely adored my trip to Palm Beach. While I did visit a wide range of shops in Palm Beach, my biggest inspiration came from nature itself – and the vivid colors of the landscape around me. Everywhere I looked there was something new to observe – from bright, blue oceans to luscious green trees – and it truly took my breath away. I was also inspired by the way in which these colors found their way inside the buildings through clever interior design. This is something I hope to emulate moving forward!
So, there we have it! A (brief) look back at 2021 and all of the fun that came along with it. With the New Year just a few days away, I’d like to take this as an opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy new year!