I met Lacy and Matt about 3 years ago. They are such a fun loving and adventurous couple. Over time Lacy and I started sharing stories about our businesses. As life began to get more hectic, Lacy inquired further about my interior design services. Her home was already beautiful, warm and comfortable with a farmhouse vibe.
This design project was all about the Master Bedroom Suite. Lacy wanted spaces that would flow with the rest of the home. The first thing we decided was to match the gray paint color she had throughout the rest of the house and freshen up the white baseboards and trim work. I met with Lacy to provide a couple of virtual options and we decided on her base color scheme and which items would remain in the room. We decided on gray and white with a minimalist style. We picked out new bedroom furniture that would compliment the new vision for the space. In the bathroom, Lacy wanted a barn door to replace her bi-fold doors. Based on the design of the bathroom a barn door track would not be an option. After a little research, I found a design that my team could use to reconstruct the bi-fold doors.
My paint team went in to create the foundation for designing the rooms. Once the painting was completed, work on the bi-fold doors began. After hours of labor we had beautiful doors that transformed into a seamless look and feel of a barn door.
The furniture was delivered a few weeks later and we scheduled the final interior design appointment. After a few hours of adding new decor, hanging framed pictures and wall art, installing a bay window rod and panels, creating a new bedding scape, flanking the bed and bathroom with new area rugs and adding a new shower curtain our focus was on the final delivery — installing the redesigned feature doors. With a few onsite cuts the doors were ready for install. The bifold doors that once provided angst based on location, look and feel were now a great accent in completing the bathroom design. The master bedroom suite was finally complete and Lacy and Matt have the perfect retreat. We are happy that we could add a final touch to their home, located on a nicely groomed property they deem, “Our little piece of Heaven”. In the words of Matt, this beautiful couple can now officially call this redesign, “Farmhouse Fancy”!
Thank you to my design team who made this all possible. My devoted husband Darryl and Hilliard's Painting.
Special thanks for courtesy project design photos and videos, Lacy and Matt W, Ruther Glen, VA.
SPECIAL PROJECT: BI-FOLD TO BARN DOOR
Phase I - Exterior Front and Interior Design
This project expanded my design portfolio to include exterior design. I have known this client for years. Previously, I helped him downsize from a 5k sq. ft. home to a 1k sq. ft home. Our goal in that project was to maximize the space. Since that time, I have helped him design three rental properties. We dedicated his first rental to honor his mother's wish of having me redesign her home. I paired a cool gray exterior paint with a bright yellow door to reflect her sunny disposition and personality in her honor. We added fresh paint, new flooring, and updates to the kitchen and bathroom in the interior. Fast forward to 2020, and we're celebrating the purchase of his new home. Our initial consultation spanned several interior and exterior areas, so I became a project manager for the various projects. Although this home was custom built by a previous buyer, I wanted to personalize the new buyer's residence. Week 1, after closing, I scheduled an excavator to cut down trees and limb up others to showcase the elevation of the home and backyard views. Next on the list was landscaping.
I collaborated with a landscaper to provide a new and unique landscape design that didn't include the builder grade plants and shrubs seen around the neighborhood. As a multiphase project, we added plants and shrubs that complimented the home's exterior facing. Additionally, we redesigned the landscape beds, selecting the beds' appropriate rocks, and adding custom curbing to accentuate the newly formed shapes to coordinate with the home's brick. Yes, even the curbing is custom, as we had to mix seven different colors to get the right color combination. Next, I requested landscaping lights and uplighting for the home. We removed the wooden side gates leading to the backyard to extend the concrete driveway to the garage/workshop and RV parking area during this transformation. We completed the exterior redesign by ordering custom brick and iron gates to flank the home (coming soon).
The interior was also a process, as we ripped out bedroom and stair carpets and selected wood flooring as a replacement. In parallel, I chose granite counters to accentuate the kitchen cabinets and flooring. Next, I picked a paint color that matched the existing paint in the home and refreshed the trim work. We refinished the stairs to match the new wood flooring! Once I envisioned the design for each space, I made complimentary furniture selections. Overall, I wanted the home to feel comfortable and maintain its large and airy flow. Accomplishing this goal put my skills to the test as I completed all of this VIRTUALLY! The vendors were amazing! We scheduled FaceTime appointments, and one by one, I checked the tasks off my list.
The house was already beautifully designed. A few personal touches were all it needed to make it feel like a home. While all the various exterior and interior projects took place, my design stylist and I shopped for decor for each room. I wanted to incorporate the dining hutch, a family heirloom, so I used it in his lounge room as a display cabinet. This little design trick of repurposing furniture creates memories on top of memories! To add to the home's custom feel, we included the Frame TV to display artwork when not in use. Once all of the new furniture arrived, we scheduled the design delivery appointment. Three months after closing, we were ready for design day. My team and I arrived bright and early. We unloaded all of the decor and additional accent furniture, wall art, area rugs, etc. Hours later, we were ready to clean up with just a few personal touches remaining. On Day 2, early morning, we were prepared for the reveal. The client and his daughter arrived and were very happy with the results. One very special person received a real-time video tour reveal along with the client, and she loved it too! My team and I are so excited for this client and his new journey. After months of juggling appointments, contractors, and client consulting, this home is now "Custom from the Curb"'!
After Design Transformation
The landscaper has completed the fall lawn treatment. We will see this client for Phase II, in the spring, when we complete the backyard landscaping and patio outdoor room redesign! We can't wait!
Thank you to my design team who made this all possible (Darryl, Ann and DJ)... 1,000+ miles and on to the next project!
Special thanks for courtesy project design photos and videos, C. Lloyd, GA
I had the pleasure of meeting Roz and Johnny at a client’s housewarming a year ago! They both expressed how much they loved the decor in the design project I had completed. We reconnected through a new project I was working on for another client who attended the same event. We had an initial consultation over the phone to discuss a potential family room redesign. We set an appointment for an in-person walkthrough and when we arrived at their home it was clear that the vision must include the beautiful views of the property! Entering the home I could envision the look and feel of the space. The sitting room adjacent to the kitchen is large in size, but still felt cozy and quaint. The room was filled with character and design elements that I love. The client asked if I thought she should change the upholstery on two chairs. I quickly responded with “No, I love the look”! I knew the client had been struggling to figure out what to do with the room, but in my head it was already done. I’m sure she could see the spark in my eyes. I love to mix patterns, textures and colors. One hour later this design project had expanded to painting four rooms, redesigning furniture and a redesign for two rooms. Eager to get started, I selected the paint colors on the spot. I chose colors that would brighten the spaces. Fitting to the property, we chose farmhouse as the design style. I knew the appropriate decor would add warmth and comfort to the rooms. I was so excited about the project that I put together a full plan for the sitting room before I arrived back home. My approach was to build off the elements in the room. I wanted the pillows to draw from patterns in the rug. Those beautiful plaid chairs had my adrenaline pumping, I knew the right plaid patterned drapes would be the showstopper. Trusting my instinct with some additional weigh in from my design stylist, we both agreed it was the way to go! This client has a love of floral patterns, so I helped her find the perfect modern balance to cozy up the family room space. I’m sure when I initially asked, how do you feel about cheetah, she was thinking, umm, how did we get here! Her response was very subtle, as she said I don’t think that’s me in a nice way. So, I waited until she finished her statement before I sent a photo of the floral/cheetah mix. As soon as she saw the photo, she said “Oh, I love that!” That was day one of you got this, proceed! It is always a defining moment when clients are willing to explore options! My team and I were ready to deliver once we procured the decor, ReDesigned furniture, and found the perfect side table to compliment the family room space. We arrived eager and ready to get to work. This project gave me life! It had all the components of a transformation. These clients were so great to work with and they expressed how much they love their ReDesigned spaces. They now have their “Farmhouse Design at Dover Creek”!
Thanks to these wonderful clients for entrusting my team with restyling and antiquing their family heirlooms. May this newly designed furniture create many more cherished family moments!
Special thanks for the courtesy project design photos and videos, Johnny and Roz W., Manakin-Sabot, VA
See the Clients' Reactions:
While the homeowners await their reveal, Piper gives the "Seal of Approval" that this home is comfy and cozy and just what the family wanted! All it took was a nice blanket covering to make this space feel warm and inviting. Piper, is all for it!
After Design Transformation
It is always a pleasure working with new clients. This is the story of a casual conversation that created a new and future client relationship. These clients were anxiously awaiting the arrival a sofa they selected to begin furnishing their new space. The sofa finally arrived and they paired it with an area rug and coffee table with centerpiece. As they started looking for additional decor they quickly began to feel overwhelmed about what to do next. They had an idea of the look and feel they wanted but could not figure out how to pull it together. I assured them, this is what I hear from most of my clients. After a quick phone consultation, I started selecting items to support their styling needs. We continued virtual touch base meetings to weigh in on new decor selections. Beginning with accent furniture, I selected a cute marble end table that would bring some unique flair to their space. I followed up with the perfect lamp to compliment furniture textures. I added wall art that brought in colors in the room and reflected both of their styling preferences (Abstract with a little bling). The final furniture selection for the room was a comfy accent chair to make the seating area feel complete. Once all of the foundational pieces were in place, I looked for personal touch items that would make their space feel like home. The client's expressed their love of affirmations. As I continued shopping, I quickly found items that spoke to me regarding the couple and what their space represents, phrases like, "You & Me", "Together We Make A Difference, "Love the Journey", "Love Gathers Here" and "Loves Grows Best in Little Houses Like Ours". These little personal touches added personality and warmth to the space. Finally, I had an in-person visit and helped the couple with styling and staging. I offered a few tips on how to define spaces and how to make a space feel welcoming, like facing the barstools in a "come sit on me position" - - Clients smile here 😀! On the kitchen island, I added place settings for dimension and a blue vase with flowers to give the space a pop of color. Lastly, I added wall art to draw eyes to the island area because this space has line of sight from the entryway. I shared my philosophy on how simple elements bring an exclusive look, touch, and feel to a design. After a virtual consultation, shopping and a 30 minute in person design visit this space was transformed into the "Contemporary Nest at Silver Collection" these clients desired!
Special thanks for courtesy project design photos, Ky & Kadera, Fredericksburg, VA
Nancy just completed her whole home project and is still beaming from the results. She wanted her new home to be complete with an outdoor room. In this project we have the perfect backdrop with brick walls that align the patio giving it a courtyard feel. The backyard has beautifully lined trees that make it feel like a private oasis. Starting with a table and 4 chairs, we set out to make this outdoor area another place Nancy could cozy up and enjoy. We added an umbrella and decor to get it ready for entertaining. To provide more seating we selected the perfect-sized sectional with table and added matching decor with a yellow pop of color. The addition of personal touches like Lemonade, signage, candles, handmade napkin rings and a throw make it a warm and unique space. To ground the space we selected a nice area rug and flanked the sectional with topiary trees to provide more ambiance. We were so excited to see Nancy's reaction. Finishing off this area provided a wonderful new outdoor space for her to relax, refresh and renew. This space went from stark patio to Nancy's Haven!
Special thanks courtesy design photos and video, Nancy S., VA
See Nancy’s Reaction!
I first met Nancy one year ago at a housewarming for another client. My interaction with her at the event left a lasting impression. She mentioned she was looking for a home and had an interest in contracting my services. I provided a business card, and that is where our story began. A year later, she found a house, and although she felt it was suitable for her needs, she still had not fully envisioned herself in the home. We had an initial conversation, and her bubbly and sassy personality was just what I remembered from our first encounter. We began to vibe immediately. She had one requirement: her comfortable black recliner was essential to the design. She quickly identified her style of choice as a "cottage" feel. After our initial conversation, I gathered some design selections to provide a cream and black color scheme. She asked if I would be adding a pop of color, and I suggested that black is a color, and greenery would be the added flair. Although she said okay, I knew it would take a bit more convincing.
I shared a few items with colors and fabrics that would give her the room's look and feel. We discussed a budget, and the planning began. I provided some furniture choices, and she began to feel at ease. She stated that "I got her," and she was confident that she could trust me to deliver what she was looking for in the design. At this point, she declared that she would sit back, relax, and let the Eye4ReDesign team do the rest. It was off to the races with less than one month to make this project come to life. This project was a designer's dream. It involved multiple shopping trips to find the best deals, redesign, and restyle with lots of love and sweat equity. To get the house ready for design day, I picked a rich color for the walls to make the whole home warm and inviting. I contracted out my favorite paint team, Hilliard's Painting, and they delivered on a short timeline. Each day we touched base, and she told me how the paint color made her fall in love with the house she had purchased more and more every day.
Exactly one month from the day we first spoke, we were ready to execute the design. My team and I arrived promptly at 8 am, prepared to work. Nancy's excitement was through the roof! She went on her way, and we set out to provide her all that she had been seeking and more! She had just a few consults to confirm furniture choices, so she would be seeing the final vision with the paint, decor, and redesigned furniture for the first time. When Nancy arrived for her reveal, a welcome home wreath that I specifically designed for her project greeted her, and once she entered, words are not enough to describe her reaction. In her words, she was awestruck! The new homeowner tried to take it all in and needed a moment to pause and regroup. Nancy began to recognize some of the redesigned items, and she was so happy with the results. Room by room, she began to see all the special touches that had gone into the design. I could feel her love for the spaces. As we walked through the house, she stopped to touch fabrics and textures along the way. She was enamored with how well all the decor blended with the paint and her new carpet. She said it amazed her to see how the cream and black made the house feel so warm. Her favorite "black chair" was the catalyst for the color choices. Along with the chair we created a perfect blend of colors, styles, textures, and finishes to transform this house into a home. She now has her Cottage in Cobblestone!
In this project, we redesigned our bargain finds: dining table, entertainment TV stand, and office credenza. Eye4ReDesign paired these items with new furnishings (sofa, dining chairs, kitchen buffet, office desk and chair) and decor, which allowed these pieces to blend perfectly in their new spaces. Fresh wall paint throughout the whole home to refresh, renew, and create a rich, warm feel, with new cabinet pulls in the kitchen as a special surprise (Thanks to my hubby for making this gift happen)! All of these new features created the perfect design for this Classy Chic Cottage! Congratulations Nancy!
Special thanks to my design team (Darryl Sr., Ann and DJ)., and for courtesy project design photos, Nancy S., VA.
From the day little ones are placed in their nurseries being viewed by baby cam, we get our first look into their futures. As kids grow and change, so do their personalities, tastes and desires. In that way, this pre-teen is very much on target in her adolescent journey. To achieve the ultimate success for a newly updated space, we took a few things into account. We started with a list of To Do’s to make this project special:
To view the photo journey of this project, click here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/WHgwrmQJXJgumoSQ9
Special thanks for courtesy project design photos, K. Smith, Middletown, DE
This Kitchen redesign had multiple moving parts, from granite selection to restyling cabinets and decor. Once the client consultation was complete, the first order of business was to assist in the selection of the perfect granite to achieve the look and feel of the space desired. The granite would become the foundation in selecting the cabinet color and room decor. Following a recent upgrade to the client's family room, the modern styling and pops of color would also become an integral part of the new kitchen and dining space. Eye 4 ReDesign believes in reusing/ repurposing what the client already has and adding a few additional items as enhancements. For this project, we used paint, fabric, glass, textures and automation to create an entertainment space. We strategically planned a power-packed 3-day work session to complete the job. Day 1 included removing cabinet doors and drawer facings for sanding, priming, painting and cabinet panel cutouts. Also on schedule was painting the cabinet base and adding under cabinet lighting. Day 2 was rehanging and affixing drawer facings, adding glass, and cabinet molding. By the end of a long Day 2, the kitchen was starting to show a transition to modern state. To ensure it had all the elements of a new modern kitchen, we installed skill enabled features that would allow the client to experience a voice-activated solution to turn the kitchen cabinet lighting on and off. This feature add was special because it allowed the client to finally unpack a gift from her son and daughter-in-law. Adding these special touches are always nice because they bring more sentimental value to a project. On Day 3, final touch up and hardware replacement were high on the agenda. The final step was staging the new space with decor that matched the new finishes. The countertops were restyled with functional and decorative pieces. The appliances were placed in one area to create their own station. This client and her spouse are world travelers and we wanted to give them a unique display case to add some of their beautiful pieces. To keep with the modern flair of the kitchen, we surprised them with a glass cabinet front with in-cabinet lighting to display their goodies. We also added multicolored in-cabinet lighting to the newly cutout glass front cabinets above the microwave to display some new modern style pieces. Staying aligned with the Eye 4 ReDesign pledge to use what the client has, we started with recovering existing bar stools, then followed up with a table dressing that would accentuate the new color scheme and preserve a nostalgic purchase. We decided that burnt orange would be a good transition color to warm up the kitchen and give it a burst of energy. Fabric is always a quick and easy way to update a space. Adding a couple of new modern chairs to a traditional dining set can quickly change the look and style. This client found the perfect style and color to pair with her existing setting. After the table was set and decor was placed, we did final clean up and moved on to the Big Reveal. This beautiful new space is now the perfect transition flow from the family room to kitchen. As an additional bonus we painted, added cabinet molding and under cabinet lighting to the dessert buffet, which has direct sight lines between the family room and kitchen. The client literally jumped for joy over her new space! We are happy to know that the clients are going to "Love It and not List It!" 😍 This is what makes hard work and extensive time-consumed projects so worth it! It was a journey for this client to get to the final product, and she can rest assured that her kitchen has gone from "Builder Grade to Modern Made!"
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Special thanks for courtesy project design photos and videos, C. & R. Griffin, Middletown, DE
Customer Reaction/Project videos:
This project required a few design elements to create a casual yet stylish, family friendly, and comfortable space. The vision was to create a place in the home where the family could hang out or a couple could enjoy the comforts of an elegant space with lots of ambiance. Understanding the use of a space is the first step in designing a room. At first glance, I looked at the height of the room and its beautiful angles. Secondly, I envisioned a pop of color that would accent the current palette. I saw the red and yellow paint hues and orange immediately popped into my head. I knew that may not seem like the perfect accent color to the client, so I put together a small visual presentation of the blended color scheme. Once I had buy in, I began the shopping experience that would lead to the big reveal. I had a few additional photo requests to assess items that would remain, which helped me in procuring the personal touches that would enhance the room. As always, I did my pre-staging, and began to visualize the room coming to life. On the night before the reveal, I sent my “Tomorrow is the big day greeting”. The client was just as excited as I was to see how the room would be transformed. My team and I arrived promptly at 10am, and once the client left the premises we went to work. I could feel the cozy vibe of the room change the moment I added the area rug, ottoman, and placed the throw pillows on the couch. A couple of hours later, with new lamp shades, wall art and window panels hung, it was time to add the finishing touches that would make my job complete. The shelving unit I had delivered to the client became home to a mix of interior decor. I love coordinating frames for continuity, so I picked out the perfect styles and sizes to showcase the family photos. To add warmth, I placed colorful throws in the room to accentuate the pillows and lit candles. Once the homeowners arrived, I revealed the new space and their reactions were more than I could have imagined. It is the ultimate compliment when a client absolutely loves your design and you see and feel it in their interactions within the new space. A picture is worth a thousand words and capturing their smiles meant so much. Knowing that a new space will create lasting memories is priceless. I always try to gauge the personality of my clients. This family room redesign is a true reflection of the spirit of this beautiful couple. A new space transformed into a vibrant, stylish, and elegant place full of love, joy and laughter — In Living Color!
Special thanks for courtesy project design photos, C. & R. Griffin, Middletown, DE
This project started with an overwhelmed client who couldn't find order in her home office. Every queen needs to have order in her Queen-dom, so we set out to restyle, refresh and renew her space. At first thought, the client wanted to throw out the old and begin anew. I specialize in redesign, so I suggested we keep a few items and start with a modest budget to find furniture that would compliment the room and bring functionality to the space. Although the client felt the space was small, I assured her it was the paper that was adding weight to the room. Paper itself is lightweight, but when coupled with disorder, it becomes visually overwhelming. The client was given an assignment to remove all paper and sort out what was required to function in the office environment. We categorized stationary, record keeping and marketing materials. The next step was to purchase furniture items that would serve as organized storage. I envisioned her existing desk, a small table that could house 2 printers, a credenza for stationary, and a dresser with deep drawers that could organize marketing materials. I asked the client to visit her local Habitat for Humanity Restore. There she found and sent me photos of items. I chose the pieces that I knew would work for her project. In less than 1 hour and $100 later she left the store with a credenza, double table and dresser in tow. Although she was still unsure of my complete vision for the room, she decided to trust my expertise. It can be a hard concept to understand that adding more does not necessarily make an area feel smaller. I had to remind her that when paper and clutter disappear, it opens up opportunity to see other focal points in the room. A functional space instantly feels more light and airy. This was a 2 day project. Day 1 consisted of paint, paint, paint! First, I painted an accent wall that would be a great foundation for the wall art that inspired the room design. Then I painted furniture pieces with a pop of color! Leaving the credenza in its original cabinet stain was intentional to give the room balance. I found the perfect panels to compliment the windows while the maintaining the airy feel of the space. Once the curtain rod was installed, day 1 was complete. On day 2, I returned to stage the room. The furniture was placed and staging began. The artwork and panels were hung, and a lamp that was once a storage item became the showpiece display it was meant to be. I pulled in items that were once misplaced and gave them a new home. Once the room was fully staged and revealed to the client, she was overjoyed. She could not believe how large the office space now felt and she was apprehensive about putting things back into the room. I reminded her that this was now a functional space, so we began moving all of the functional items back into the room. The desktop computer, printers and a few more pieces of decor. Understanding that everything now had a place, she could really visualize herself sitting behind the desk, which now looked like a piece of art. Even though I repurposed quite a few items, it was exciting to see the client move about the room touching and feeling items as if they were all new to her. In that moment, I knew this was a space she would come to enjoy. Order had been restored and a room that was once humdrum was now a Queen-dom.
Special thanks for courtesy project design photos, C.J. Gooding, Middletown, DE