Curated Bar Stools To Update Your Kitchen Space

Curated Bar Stools To Update Your Kitchen Space

“A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” ~ Barbara Johnson

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Marie Flanigan Interiors

As the leaves are beginning to fall and the thought of comfort food, having friends over to watch football games and gathering for the holidays is near, we all know that the kitchen becomes the center of all the action. The smell of freshly baked goods and savory slow cooked meals warms up the senses bringing people together to entertain. A simple way to refresh the style of your kitchen space for upcoming events this time of year is to update the look of your bar or counter stools. Whether your personal style is “Sleek and Stylish” or “Casually Refined”, your seating style can draw the right attention.

So get your favorite charcuterie board and wine pairing and check out some of our faves!

If you’re curious about any of these styles, finishes or height measurements contact us to get more information. We love to chat about design furnishings… all things classic contemporary and of course what our new seasonal finds are. A personal customized search to source new bar stools for your space may be more of what you’re looking for. With a few short questions we can start to source fresh styles to fit your space that will be sure to dazzle your upcoming guests.

Cheers to the start of Fall!

Melissa Mathe

Contact us for all your Interior Design and Decorating needs @mathedesign.com

Stylish Study Spaces For Every School Age

Stylish Study Spaces For Every School Age

“The more that you read, the more that you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." ~ Dr. Seuss

Opal House

Opal House

As everyone gets ready to go back-to-school in the prepping mode… buzzing around gathering new school supplies and fun new clothes. We relish in savoring the end of summer and look forward to a new season coming upon us. A reminder that schedules will have a new order and the idea of getting organized hits like in the Disney ‘Enchanted’ movie where Giselle is singing with the animals while cleaning up (wink, wink)… well maybe not completely. However parents raise excitement by getting their new Elementary students backpacks monogrammed while others are putting together new dorm essentials to spruce up the space of their recent graduates new adventures in college education. This may also happen to inspire the creation of new study spaces that can be personalized with style and functional organization, to keep the ho-hum out of the homework struggles. We’ve rounded up a bunch of desks, chairs and accessories to spark new decor ideas for your students study spaces.

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids

Elementary Students are full of energy and excitement a lot of the time in their back-to-school adventures. Keeping arts and craft supplies well organized is essential for these young students. With all of the markers, pencils and notebooks to keep track of having defined areas to store them by using containers, helps reduce clutter and productivity.

Colorful furniture and accessories are eye catching… making a space feel more exciting to be in while focusing on daily projects.

KIDS DESK ACCESSORIES

MIDDLE TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Pottery Barn Teen

Pottery Barn Teen

As children age and enter Middle School and High School their desks and chairs need to accommodate for their larger bodies. A great time to pass their older furniture along or to be sold for new items. Thinking about the selection of these items and their longevity into High School graduation can be important. Depending on your needs you may find more cost effective furniture or decide to invest in an upgraded style or quality to be kept in the family long term.

THE ART OF ORGANIZATION

At this age, girls especially may find organization to be exciting. Sparking enjoyment in picking out stylish accessories, as they become more independent in their studies and keeping their spaces tidy. By hanging wall organizers and incorporating desk accessories the clutter has a place to land besides the floor. Writing notes and displaying their favorite photos becomes a weekly ritual for family and friends to share in seeing.

TRENDING TECH ACCESSORIES & LIGHTING

As technology is a large part of daily life we’ve found some functional and stylish tech accessories that include USB and charging capabilities. If you’ve ever caught yourself talking to your teenager and realizing they didn’t hear a word you were saying because of their ear pods… you’re not alone.

STYLISH DESK CHAIRS

Pottery Barn Teen

Pottery Barn Teen

Who said desk chairs have to be boring… sleek or super comfortable there is no need to sacrifice style in a home study space. Here are a few design inspired options to show a different side of the old “Office Chair”.

STYLISH DESKS

Wayfair

Wayfair

As designers we have special resources to find unique furniture pieces. If you’re interested in having one sourced we can find it.

COLLEGE STUDENTS

Target

Target

As study, sleep and common space can often times become one in dorm settings. We’ve looked at a different take on where papers and projects can be accomplished. Imagine sitting in a comfy chair and pulling up a small side table for a laptop which can easily become a space where later people gather for social time or a study group. These C-tables and laptop carts provide a compact hard surface space that can be used for multiple purposes.

COMFY LOUNGE CHAIRS

We’ve recently been enjoying helping a client design their daughters dorm space. Bringing elements of subtle color and texture into a space can give those smaller living and study areas a sense of style and personality. And with a little imagination a dorm or small apartment will feel more inviting and cozy to be in.

Pottery Barn Dorm

Pottery Barn Dorm

Going along with the idea of space become a minimum. We’ve thought of finding useful decor and accessories like storage ottomans and carts to store things and keep small objects out of walking paths… and shared spaces with other college roomies.

DORM ACCESSORIES

As back-to-school approaches we hope you find everything you need to make it a successful year. Tackling study spaces with a sense of design and style makes it all the more fun-ctional!

Cheers!
Melissa Mathe

Contact us to inquire about pricing on an item! And for all your Interior Design and Decorating needs @mathedesign.com

Mother Nature's Colors

Mother Nature’s Colors

"Nature always wears the color of the spirit." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


As you look around your home you may have “that space” – the room that needs an update, but you don’t know where to begin. You spend your evenings pinning rooms on Pinterest and browsing hashtags on Instagram. There are so many great ideas out there – how do you pick the right one for you?

The term “Natural Color” originated in the film industry in the 1930’s, but today it means colors that are found in the world around us. Take a moment to look out your window - nature gives us color palettes to jumpstart the design of your space. In Richmond we have so many rich flowers outside our windows that make a seamless transition into your home. We also have the James River and the natural habitats found along the river.

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The beach is a buffet of color inspiration – it provides us a sense of calm and respite. The sand beneath your feet is textural speaking to all your senses. It’s not just “beige” – it’s a multitude of whites, golds, greys, and beiges, too. A way to accomplish this is to layer chunky fabrics with smoother finishes – linens and sisals.

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The sunrise – a fresh start. You watch the waves rolling in as the sun appears bringing the first touches of light to the day. The blues, reds, and oranges provide a color inspiration that mesmerizes the eye and mind with an optimistic fresh and cheerful presence. Serenity with a touch of excitement. Pull in fabrics that are patterned filled with splashes of color. While every space should have a touch of texture, using fabrics that are soft to the touch will play off the colorful patterns.

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Through the summer heat, the Black-eyed Susan brings color to our garden.  This flower has a happy warm color with its golden hues supports other colors in its midst and fulfills the desire for playful expression. This offers a feeling of happiness and joy. Mixing large scale and small-scale patterns with bright happy colors will have you feeling joy every time you walk in.

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This is the south and one flower that is signature is the hydrangea. There is simply no such thing as too many hydrangeas! The Limelight and French blue varieties are classic addition to any local landscape. The French blue hydrangea is vibrant with blues and regal purples with the bright green leaf. Soft colors in classic textures of linen with a hint of velvet and your space will be classic and warm. Your dinner guests may never want to leave!

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I recently saw a Caesalpinia and immediately had a sense of a firecracker filled with anticipation. This flower is wild, bold, and daring. Deep hues of reds paired with all ranges of calming greens will have you bursting with excitement.

We are so fortunate to live in a town where our space around us is filled with color palettes, especially in summer. I challenge you to look out of your window and see what kind of color palettes your home is asking to be brought inside.

Cheers!
Melissa Mathe

Contact us for all your Interior Design and Decorating needs @mathedesign.com

Watermelon: A Slice Of Summer

Watermelon: A Slice Of Summer

“When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat.” ~ Mark Twain

Bonnie Plants

Bonnie Plants

The watermelon is the symbol of summer, especially in July. When taking a bite into a fresh juicy slice instantly you know it’s that time of year for barbecues and beach time. The perfect way to stay hydrated as the temperatures rise… this delicious favorite summer fruit is a healthy snack. It’s loaded with vitamins plus citrulline and lycopene, two amino acids linked to lower blood pressure, improved metabolic health, and decreased muscle soreness after exercise. If you’ve ever wondered about learning how to grow watermelons in your backyard… with all the home gardening being done at home now a days. We’ve linked an online source for you here at Bonnie Plants.

Kelly Golightly

Kelly Golightly

One thing that is quite easy to see with watermelon is its bright crimson pinkish red color. A great way to create a unique color pop in any room, this kitchen is the perfect example.

In our search for all things watermelon we’ve sourced some fun and inspired furniture, wall art, pillows and accessories. Like this graphic bar stool and watermelon seed credenza from Deny Designs. These pieces are both fun and splashy with a touch of out of the box thinking.

WALL ART

Evoke a summer seasonal vibe by adding watercolor or abstract art to a bathroom or children’s room. A lighthearted way to say “We like bold color without taking ourselves too seriously”.

Chango & Co.

Chango & Co.

Decorative throw pillows can easily be swapped out with summer themed accents in a subtle or more obvious way. We’ve sourced three examples below for you.

THROW PILLOWS

Create the unexpected with watermelon removable wall paper or cute wall sticker decals.

Etsy [ShopMejMej]

Etsy [ShopMejMej]

WATERMELON DECOR & ACCESSORIES

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spiked watermelon punch

~ Soak watermelon slices in Citrus Vodka, chill
~ Mix equal parts 4 oz. of Watermelon Juice and Citrus Vodka with a shaker and chill
~ In the bottom of a glass pour together 1 shot each of Melon Liqueur and Kiwi Syrup
~ Fill the glass with ice and 4 oz. of Lemonade
~ Pour the watermelon infused juice over the top and place a slice of the vodka soaked watermelon on the edge of the rim of the glass

SIP & ENJOY!

See how this drink was made in this video.

While entertaining for your summer soirées consider one of these watermelon inspired recipes. Click the sorbet and snack bite images to view the flavor-filled recipes. Your guests will be delighted to taste these sugary sweet combinations.

Now that the kids are out of school for the summer it’s time to frolic and play a while. We hope your porches and family picnics are filled with laughter and fruit-filled touches of the season.

Happy Summer!
Melissa Mathe

Contact us for all your Interior Design and Decorating needs @mathedesign.com

Decorating Tip: How To Hang Picture Collages

Decorating Tip: How To Hang Picture Collages

“A good life is a collection of happy moments.” ~ Denis Waitley

Capturing happy moments in life is so much fun. Whether you’re traveling, attending a family gathering, celebrating holidays, or having portraits taken, displaying these special memories creates a warm and welcoming feel in a home. The process of framing and hanging these photos may be overwhelming, allowing a little procrastination to set in. So today we’re sharing tips to help make this process feel a bit more simplified (and doable!) without losing any sleep over it.

Studio McGee

Studio McGee

The first step is to determine what style of framing collage you are drawn to or that fits within your space - room - wall. After that, these guides below will help you sail right through! We’ve gathered different gallery style examples for you and linked frame sources closer to the bottom of the blog post.

THE GRID

makinghomebase.com

makinghomebase.com

A grid style is clean and simple. The important key to achieving this look is to make sure all of your frames are the same. The picture openings may vary, but the frame itself needs to be the same throughout The Grid.

Leclair Decor

Leclair Decor

THE COLUMN

Framebridge

Framebridge

Hanging a column picture collage is an elegant way to fill a narrow wall. By using different frame styles or shapes it creates a unique focal interest. There are two keys to this concept. The first is creating a pattern with the sizes. The second is using frames that speak to each other. In the example above you can see that they are all a narrow brushed gold frame.

Shay Cochrane | The Everygirl

Shay Cochrane | The Everygirl

THE GALLERY

West Elm

West Elm

The gallery style is quite often the most classic way to hang pictures. There are a couple options to make this look. The first is using all the same frame, but in different sizes. The second is using different frames in different sizes…but, the frames have to speak to each other. They need to have a similar style in the same finish.

Bless’er House

Bless’er House

THE ROW

Framed & Matted

Framed & Matted

A minimalist approach to achieve an art gallery aesthetic is hanging the same frame horizontally along a wall or hallway. This is similar to The Grid, but with only one row.

FRAME HANGING TIPS

Framebridge

Framebridge

You may want to shoulder this project yourself if you are a true go-getter. Enlisting an Interior Designer’s service may also help to alleviate some stress. Often times as a designer we oversee and utilize local installation services to assure professional art and picture hanging. We also can help with placement of the gallery in your house and finding the right pattern.

Recently we installed a large picture collage in a clients entryway that tells the story of their family from birth to the first high school graduation. Seeing family memories displayed on the wall is a heartwarming way to elevate a space.

Melissa Mathe Interior Design

Melissa Mathe Interior Design

Here are some frame sources to consider in getting started with your picture collage.

I hope this helps inspire you to sort through the boxes of old photos and clean out the digital album on your phones. Seeing memories made will truly lift your spirits. You will feel so good about the result that is created and… get ready for all of the oohs and ahhs you will hear from family and guests.

Cheers,

Melissa Mathe

Contact @mathedesign.com for all of your Interior Design needs.

Stylish Ways To Decorate With Plants

Stylish Ways To Decorate
With Plants

“A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house.” ~ Beth Ditto


If you’re fortunate enough to have a garden you will understand the thrill of cutting your own flowers and plants to use in your home decor. Plants are a great way to bring a natural element to an interior space. Create unexpected drama and visual interest by incorporating them in ways that soften aesthetics and feel welcoming. Less is really more when styling to get a curated look that doesn’t take away from the overall design of a room.

FOYER & ENTRYWAY

Alice Lane Home

Alice Lane Home

Throughout the home plants can be strategically placed in differing levels depending on the height of the plant. You can see in these foyer and entryway examples that a table or chest are perfect to place them on top of at the eye level.

Paloma Contreras Designs

Paloma Contreras Designs

These areas are also a great place to showcase plants that can be changed out for the seasons to welcome guests.

LIVING ROOM

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Our friend the fiddle leaf fig tree is a popular taller potted plant adding an updated tropical feel to any corner. These plants need special attention with proper drainage and higher humidity levels, so misting your plant regularly is suggested. If being a “green thumb” isn’t your thing there are now several sources to find faux fiddle leaf fig trees that look very real. These plants come in a lot of different sizes to accommodate filling in spaces. The tree version can grow over six feet for those extra tall ceiling heights.

Blackband Designs

Blackband Designs

A few plant leaf cuttings can be just what a corner needs to brighten a monochromatic color scheme.

Styling with plants on a coffee table or in subtle ways on bookshelves can fill in a vignette for a polished look to balance out angles and architecture.

One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane

Unique plants are great for striking up conversation like the hardy and lush chinese fan palm. Potted plants on floor levels can ground a space… this green pot is a lovely example of how the continuation of the vibrant green all the way to the floor makes it a visual stand out.

BATH & BEDROOM

Logan Killen Interiors

Logan Killen Interiors

Palms and succulents have taken interior spaces by storm, getting creative and subtly placing them in the bath and bedroom areas compliments the hard surfaces creating a spa like feel.

KITCHEN

Athena Calderone - EyeSwoon

Athena Calderone - EyeSwoon

An oversized plant arrangement placed on a grand sized kitchen island creates a jaw dropping appeal bringing the outdoors in to create harmony with sleek spaces.

Thom Filicia

Thom Filicia

Elevate your houseplant style with contemporary plant bases like these gold metal stands making this stylish space a total win.

Lori Paranjape

Lori Paranjape

This bright white kitchen with a pair of subtly blended in plants brings together the natural tones and clean lines.

HERBS

Studio McGee

Studio McGee

Growing herbs in the kitchen adds freshness and practicality… get creative by hanging wall planters as a design feature. Having your herbs readily available makes cooking with them so much easier.

SUNLIGHT

Proper sunlight and feeding can make or break a plant, read the care and instructions to ensure that your plants are thriving.

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

AIR FILTERING PLANTS

Plants can improve air quality by filtering the air around us. In the 1980’s the NASA Clean Air Test showed that certain plants help filter harmful toxins and pollutants in space stations. Adding these plants for cleaner air quality is a great step to your families wellness.

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Liven up your interiors and style your space with plants! With all of the technology in our lives today studies have shown that these natural elements help to reduce stress. The perfect reason to make plants a focal point in your home decor.

Cheers!

Melissa Mathe

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Master Bathroom Remodel: Dover Road Project

Master Bathroom Remodel:
Dover Road Project

“Happiness is taking a long, hot bubble bath.”

Our dear clients at the Dover Road Project purchased this beautiful home and wanted to make updates to turn their new house into a home for themselves. You may have seen this colorful entryway in our social media posts. However while this vibrant front door is the perfect shade of lively green let us warn you that the green in the before pictures of our clients previous Master Bathroom is well… not (be warned!). One of the major areas that needed attention in this newly purchased home was the Master Bathroom, what once was a very interesting 1950’s tiled bathroom (wink) is now a modern contemporary sanctuary.

Ansel Olson Photography

Ansel Olson Photography

BEFORE: DOVER ROAD REMODEL

What did we tell you… everything from the pink porcelain and mosaic retro tile including toothbrush and soap holders to the retro sink and plastic wavy shower wall had to go. The layout of the bathroom needed to be completely rearranged to add double sinks and privacy for the toilet area. So we decided to take room from the hallway closet area making the new layout workable to include room for a freestanding soaking tub.

This “Before” of the master bathroom proves that it even had a pink toilet… it’s now 2019 and this bathroom deserved to be loved again in a new — clean and contemporary way.

Demo was underway and bit by bit every retro layer was removed…

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Even the subfloor was removed to secure the base floor structures, and for quite a while this tape was in place.

After the demo was complete and the plumbing moved the framing could begin, which is always a great point of progress to start for clients. In the meantime finishes needed to be selected… the funny thing about this master bathroom remodel was an interesting compromise between the owners. A humorous understanding was made that since the Misses was able to get a new closet area with added organization she so graciously agreed that the Mister would have way-in to the bathroom design style and choice of finishes. He does like his vanity lighting to be a certain way to start his daily routine… and of course theirs the hair styling which needs to be just right.

NEW FLOOR PLAN

FINISHES

We selected porcelain tile in three versions of the Classic Stone Calacatta Oro — 12 x 24 tile for the shower walls and bathroom floor, basket weave mosaic for the shower floor and hexagon mosaic was installed in two vertical bands creating eye catching visual interest in the space. The wall sconces feature a rich old bronze finish complemented by a hexagon-shaped white glass shade to enhance the decor tying the finishes together.

AFTER: MASTER BATHROOM REMODEL

Ansel Olson Photography

Ansel Olson Photography

Ahhhh the “After”…. while projects of this scope can take several months to demo, plan, get approval and execute. This means that clients have to be extremely patient during the process, as these clients are… and the final reveal you can see is entirely worth the wait.

Ansel Olson Photography

Ansel Olson Photography

This master bathroom is now a dream space that is bright, soak ready and smells a world fresher! Undeniably a current bathroom design that will last for many years to come.

Another happy client has been serviced and a successful project design completed by Mathe Design and our supportive team. We hope you have enjoyed seeing more of the before and after behind the scenes of this remodel. We’re excited to share more projects like this for you in the future. Now… where are those lavander bath salts!

Cheers!

Melissa Mathe

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Spring High Point Market: Highlights and Trends

Spring High Point Market: Highlights and Trends

“Spring is a time for plans and projects.” ~ Leo Tolstoy


It’s Spring… and the time of year that Mathe Design visits the High Point Market in North Carolina, a bi-annual market where furniture and lighting manufacturers, show designers from all of the world what’s new and noteworthy. This event is always memorable and a whirlwind of excitement from top to bottom. Filled with appointments with local reps., visiting showrooms, seeing demonstrations, and hearing keynote panels it’s a sure thing that you leave full of inspiration and needing an Epsom salt foot soak. After seeing the latest and greatest we’ve collected some ideas on what we are seeing for trends this year.

Trend: Lucite

Lucite is everywhere! It’s very interesting how the focus of lucite seen on different applications has shifted this year. We noticed this at market on console panels, chair legs, bed rails and pulls. This look intensifies the appeal of a piece of furniture to be more eye catching, custom and luxurious.

Trend: Mixed Materials

Whether it’s mixed metals, natural materials or inlays… you name it a mix of materials was definitely noticed. This treatment creates a uniqueness that draws interest to something new and different to feast your eyes on.

Trend: Natural Materials and Wood

Natural Materials are really having their moment in Interior Decor… being used in new and inventive design applications taking them to the next level. Making a statement in so many areas of furnishings with lighting, chairs, tables, chaise lounges, beds, side tables, wall decor and more. We’re highlighting some new and different things that caught our attention to potentially weave into the Mathe Design classic contemporary style. Live edge wood tables and organic wood looks were also showing a presence with mirrors and table bases bringing added texture into a room design.

The natural material lighting became a whole new experience with different rattan, seagrass, cat tail and the hand woven techniques used. We learned about the added Eco-friendly lighting designs to be friendly to the environment and sourced in non-harmful ways. The fabrication involves a lower level of energy, it’s biodegradable and also non toxic. Generally speaking this material has a long life and is sustainable. We think these incredible designs are yet the best part of these materials.


We also noticed some unique ways that natural materials and wood were used in the design of furniture pieces. Such as woven benches, small round wood stacked vertically used to make side tables. You can see some of these creative examples below.

Trend: Jewel Tones

In every corner at market there were groupings of jewel tones popping up in oranges, blues, reds and purples on art, rugs, fabrics and pillows. A unique way we saw these jewel tones being used was in the use of colored mirrors. Imagine looking into your bathroom mirror as if you are the centerpiece of a finely cut emerald. Who is the fairest of them all, now? You.

And rugs are even more luxurious with these rich jewel tones. Allowing them to really ground a space bringing it to life.

Trend: Nesting Tables

A highlight to mention were unique nesting tables that are more of a horizontal format then the widely seen vertical grouping that can slide out creating a layering effect. These unique nesting tables are beautiful and have a sense of timelessness to them. They add flexibility and character to your living room.


Spring High Point Market is a definite highlight of the season for designers. We’re excited to share with you the new finds and exciting inspiration that Mathe Design spotted while trend watching there.

Cheers to Spring!

Melissa Mathe

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Artist Spotlight: Jill Seale

Artist Spotlight: Jill Seale

The creative process is captivating! One must leap off the cliff of “what is”, into a flight of fancy of “what could be.” ~ Jill Seale

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We are excited to share an Artist Spotlight on the blog featuring the talented product and textile designer Jill Seale. Bringing her love for design and creativity to the world from her studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. Launching her product offerings at the Hight Point Market in 2017. Since then the Jill Seale Design Studio has won numerous awards and praise in the gifting and home decor industry. Her goal in sharing her designs is to uplift others and inspire with lively patterns and colors expressed through a journey in learning the historic art form of marbling.

Jill Seale products are sold world-wide through manufacturers, fine boutiques and leading retailers. You can see Jill at work and more about her behind the scenes marbling technique here. Melissa Mathe Interior Design has had the pleasure of collaborating with Jill Seale in our room design at the Richmond RSOL Designer House of 2018 and in our client projects.

Here are some of the product offerings in the Jill Seale Design Studio.

We’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Jill Seale and asking her some questions to share with you.

1) How did you get your start in textile design?
Seale: My background is in product design where textiles was a minor part and I've always wanted to design textiles for home. It may be genetic...my mom studied textile design at the Cleveland Institute of Art but got married and that was the end of that! We joke she outsourced it to me. When I studied my passion of paper marbling in Florence I felt I found my unique voice in textiles.

2) We know you traveled to Italy and were inspired to create marbling which led to many of your designs.
What is your favorite part of Italy and why? How often do you get to travel back to Italy?  
 
Seale: While I love all of Italy, Florence owns me. I can't say why exactly but I feel a deep resonance with SOUL. That's the only word I can come up with to describe the feeling. It's the birthplace of the Renaissance and every inch of the city and buildings and art carry an imprint of someone who created, carved, painted, architecturally designed, and built it.  I am especially enamored with the tiny ateliers where artisans create and sell their work. In Italy art is given the proper time it takes to be created with care and craftsmanship. There truly is something about Italian-made quality and it reinforces my belief to honor the care and time good design deserves.  I do an annual pilgrimage to immerse in that way of life and refresh my artist soul. 

3) What do you love most about creating textiles?
Seale: I love: the process of exploration in creating art,  the chance that is involved with that and being present to identify what would make a good design. I love hand-creating a repeat pattern, seeing a pattern come to life in other products such as wallcovering, trays, lampshades, tabletop. I love seeing how designers, furniture, rug, apparel and gift manufacturers envision uses for my designs, and I love bringing the ancient art of marbling and the human element of hand illustration and painting into the home in a prominent way. In other "word", EVERYTHING. 

 4) What do you find to be challenging and also rewarding about textile design?
Seale: I don't even recognize 'challenging' because everything is just part of the process and I roll. If I HAD to say, it's paring down the final selections for each release. Rewarding? By far the relationships with the wonderful people I've met in this industry. It's also rewarding to witness the delight in those who embrace my work and being able to work directly with designers and manufacturers to provide (sometimes custom) uplifting designs and solutions that people live with.  It's extremely rewarding to be able to share this journey with my Mom, as her textile design ambassador!

5) Do you have a favorite pattern that you have created in your designs?
Seale: Each design was selected because I love something special about it, but a design that is extra special to me is Tuscan Sunset which was created in Florence and was my first design selected for my foray into furniture with Wesley Hall Furniture. 

6) What major events do you love to attend to share your products?
Seale: High Point Market has been my launch pad and with two shows a year, it keeps me busy. It is the only show I currently do other than the occasional small gift show. 

 7) Do you have any new products on the horizon that you can share? (Melissa loves her pair of Banksy patterned pants)  Seale: Go Banksy! With my product design background I can't help but always be thinking of new applications (spots on this leopard!) I'm deepening my home decor offerings and have some things in the works for outside of home! Stay tuned!

 8) Any words of advice for designers who are just starting out in textiles?
Seale: Find your own voice. Tell your own story. Don't pay attention to trends - they come, they go.  Everyone appreciates an original vision. Listen to what designers are asking for, but give the unexpected right along with it. 

High Point Market 2018

High Point Market 2018

High Point Market 2018

High Point Market 2018

In developing the room design at the RSOL Designer House 2018 Melissa Mathe wanted to incorporate designs from local and east coast artists and designers. Having been introduced to Jill Seale at High Point Market she was over the moon excited about using the “Banksy” design to help complete her black and white classic contemporary room design. Having custom made roman shades and duvets to outfit the windows and beds. A high topic of conversation during the event room tours.

Using a belgium cotton fabric for the window draperies in the “Mixed Metals” design was the perfect pairing to create interest in our clients office space in their newly constructed custom built home. A lovely balance in the combination of neutral decor and contemporary design.

At the 2019 Las Vegas Market, Jill Seale and Company C launched the preview of the new Jill Seale rug designs introduced in their line. Along with a demo of her technique to show market attendees. An exciting addition to Jill’s home decor product designs.

Company C and Jill Seale at Las Vegas Market 2019

Company C and Jill Seale at Las Vegas Market 2019

Company C and Jill Seale at Las Vegas Market 2019

Company C and Jill Seale at Las Vegas Market 2019

We love sharing the special talents and products from designers close to our area and close to our heart. It has been a special treat to develop our relationship with Jill Seale. We hope you enjoy learning more about her designs and why we love them so much.

Cheers,

Melissa Mathe

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The Marie Kondo Effect: Tips On A Well Organized Home

The Marie Kondo Effect: Tips On A Well Organized Home

“Being organized isn’t about getting rid of everything you own or trying to become a different person; it’s about living the way you want to live, but better.” ~ Andrew Mellen

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

Since the series “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” has been recently released on Netflix it has quickly become a growing phenomenon. You can certainly find several articles on ways to organize in the month of January, as the new year brings with it new things. The Marie Kondo Effect - takes things to a higher level of mindfulness in a well organized home. As a youngster Marie was enchanted with organization and started her own business while attending University in Tokyo. Having created the KonMari Method which is a state of mind - to cherish things that spark joy in one’s life. She now has consultants around the world that help people to learn the art of tidying up as a way of life. Her book serves as a quide to help people move forward through major life changes beyond the home as well as creating the habit of keeping organized as a lifestyle.

The KonMarie Method is a five category way of tidying which includes:
1) Clothing
2) Books
3) Paper Documents
4) Komono (Miscellaneous in Japanese)
5) Sentimental Items

West Wing Magazine

West Wing Magazine

It is easy to get lost in the quiet calm of Maries voice and feel swept away in learning how she keeps a home together. In her method she starts with thanking the house for being a protecting shelter and being there daily for its owner. As she begins with category one Marie encourages people to collect all of their clothes and determine, by feeling them, whether they spark joy and if not… letting go of them by thanking them and putting them in a pile to donate or discard. Her folding method of creating a half inch rectangle and stacking items upright is so that things are easily viewable. Which helps to keep ones mind clear to make quick decisions and go about their day. She then moves through the categories helping to group like things, organized into boxes and trays.

Marie explains that clutter effects relationships within the atmosphere of a space. By choosing joy and learning to tidy up together it can strengthen bonds in each others relationships. Teaching children the art of tidying while they are young will give them the skills to create the habit before they grow older. They will learn this from watching how you tidy up. She also recommends bringing sentimental items into the home as a reminder of the joy that has brought a couple and family together.

Kitchn Video

Kitchn Video

A few tips she shares regarding the kitchen and pantry are to check expiration dates of food and organize by food type. With purchased clothes and boxes from incoming mail she recommends to remove tags immediately and place items where they will be stored in the home so they become your belongings. Paper documents get put in two piles, one “to be saved” and the other “to be dealt with” setting a calendar reminder to handle them. In catch-all areas gather similar items and separate into subcategories to easily view so as to not let them continue to pile up. As you may see in her series clearing the clutter does bring magic into a home… it is seen within the process of learning to live with less non-joyful material things, letting them go and sharing with others in the responsibilities of a home together.

Charles J. Williams

We interviewed a professional organizer and asked him a few questions on his perspective in making organizing a lifestyle.

You can find Charles J. Williams company and services at www.compassrva.com

1) When is it a good time to hire a professional for organizing?
Charles: It’s always a good time to reach out for help on basic organizing. We’re here to help guide folks towards living a more simple and efficient daily life through organizations. We help in clearing clutter and creating customized systems of maintenance…and this is something a majority of our customers need. Whether on a minor scale or within an entire household. This can ultimately change the way you live and eliminate the overwhelm and stress caused by surroundings and potential bad habits.

2) Is there a project to small or too large you would tackle?
Charles: Nothing is ever too “small” a project for me. Even if you think it’s something really minor, chances are it’s going to make a huge impact on your life. On the flip side, I refer larger more extreme cases to a professional team in what’s considered, “Level 5” Hoarders…like what you see on television. I am a team of one and those scenarios often take additional help in the field of psychology and extra hands for removal to tackle.

3) What is the number on mistake you see with clients?
Charles: There are two mistakes I see new clients make on a fairly frequent basis. The first is purchasing containers as a “tool” before knowing what and how much of your belongings need to be contained, is simply a waste of money and time. People have come to believe containers to be the ultimate savior when it comes to getting organized, when the systems are what really make the difference. The second mistake being that clients will “clean up” before I get there. I can’t truly see what their daily habits look like and customize new routines if they hide how their space usually looks. There is no judgement on our end…we would rather see the true clutter.

Matt Paxton

We also interviewed a good friend and national renown extreme cleaning expert featured on the hit television show Hoarders. To get some insight on his thoughts on the topic.

While his experience is in a world beyond just letting things go, he deals with massive clean outs caused from more traumatic life events. Matt shares the importance of routine clean up to keep things under wraps. You can find Matts company and services at www.wayforth.com

Here are some questions that Matt answered to expand on extreme clutter cases and his views on the Marie Kondo method.

1) When is a good time to call an extreme clutter expert?
Matt: Reach out to a therapist before you reach out to a cleaning expert for extreme cases. If you are a family member that wants to help, let the hoarder know you care about them, you know they are struggling and you are ready to talk about it with them when THEY are ready.

2) What would be a good average percentage of homes you experience a year that are to the extreme?
Matt: National statistic is 5% of America struggles with hoarding, which is just under 15,000,000. That’s a big number… it’s a real thing and people shouldn’t be embarrassed.  Everyone in America knows someone who struggles with hoarding. 

3) How often would you recommend people keep up with clearing the clutter?
Matt: Technically, I think people should clean up DAILY.  Its like physical fitness or diet.  It’s something you work on and dedicate time in your life to.  I clean every night before I go to bed, so when I wake up, the home is fresh and ready to go.  Also, if you clean 10 minutes a night, the house never gets too far away from you.

4) Do you have any resources of companies that aren’t widely known for donating or who pick up discarded items?
Matt: I focus on LOCAL, not national donation centers.  Give to places that GIVE the products to people in need or give legit well paying jobs to people that need work.  Personally I support “Dress for success, Amvets, Tech for Troops, Catholic Charities, Soles for Souls and St Joseph’s Villas. My hoarders and myself tend to stay away from retail focused donation companies. 

5) Any words of encouragement to share with others to keep tidy?
Matt: Yeah, just tell people that’s it’s just stuff.  It’s not the most important thing in the world.  We keep stuff because of the memories and people attached to those items or what we hope people will think about us for the items.  Focus on your real life, your actions, your experiences and the stories, the memories, NOT the stuff.

Botton line, is Marie Kondo right?  Not sure that her method works for everyone, I know it doesn’t work for my hoarders but she definitely isn’t WRONG.  At the end of day, we are looking for joy, for happiness and unfortunately, we attach a lot of our self-worth and happiness to stuff….that’s the problem.  It’s not the simple, but her method is rooted in positivity, which brings me joy.  

The Closet Factory - RSOL Designer House 2016

The Closet Factory - RSOL Designer House 2016

In working with an Interior Designer regarding the organization of your home they will help to choose proper furnishings that create inventive and much needed storage to be aesthetically pleasing as well as efficient to use. You may need additional closet space in your master, kitchen pantry or office. Calling on an expert in the field can help lead you into not only - visualizing the destination of a clean home - but making it a reality as well.

Once you’ve applied the method or called on an expert for organizing your home… setting a clear strategy for routine tidying. It’s likely that you will find storage you may already have to group like items. However we’ve also found a few resources for simple containers and trays to potentially help with your process in “the life-changing magic of tidying up”.

We hope you have enjoyed reading more about tips on a well organized home. As home interiors is what we do… we understand the value of keeping it a happy place not only for ones self but also for the loved ones around them.

Cheers!

Melissa Mathe

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Wake Up Refreshed: Bedroom Design

Wake Up Refreshed: Bedroom Design

“ All you need is love… and a good design.” ~ Melissa Mathe

Bernhardt Furniture

Bernhardt Furniture

A well designed bedroom will allow you to get your best sleep… waking up refreshed and ready to take on the day. As a beloved sanctuary it deserves a fair share of attention to details to create a serene space. Thoughtful planning will provide not only a beautiful result but one that functions especially for you. In working with a designer it is helpful to talk about how you utilize your space. We’re sharing a few bedroom designs in this blog post to show how a design is pulled together for a client

Bernhardt Furniture

Bernhardt Furniture

In the first spacious master bedroom design Bernhardt furniture was selected for it’s timeless silhouette and impeccable crafted quality. The upholstered panel bed draws your eye in with it’s bold curved lines. Combining with it a more traditional dresser and a contemporary nightstand gives the master a feeling of grand updated sophistication. While selecting paint the tray ceiling was chosen in a complimentary paint color to the walls so to accent the architectural details. Custom draperies made with additional trim detailing were fabricated for those added designer touches our clients love.

A quiet sitting space was created as a separate area where the couple can retreat to unwind reading or talk about the day. Unique furniture pieces and lighting fill this area and reflect our clients personal style. Personalized touches such as monogrammed pillows give attention to special details that make a room feel more intimate.

We’ve included resources to share for the sourced furniture and fixtures selected on this residential project.

A second bedroom design is pulled together with an adapted theme to it in a subtle way. This particular residential project is located in a warm climate where the sky and sunset were drawn from as inspiration. The cool blue tones paired with warmer coral toned colors create the sense of sunny skies and soaring temperatures all around.

Crane & Canopy

Crane & Canopy

Soft blue walls painted in Benjamin Moore color Harbor Fog bring in the sky inspiration as a backdrop. The design board shows a custom covered upholstered headboard and bedding in a complimenting color palette. For additional interest the dresser selected has capiz shell covered drawer fronts to lend a nod to shell fish from the ocean. Flanking the headboard are two high gloss lacquered navy blue night stands with brass bamboo pulls for that added designer sophistication.

More resources to share with you here for sourced furniture and fixtures selected on this residential project.

Having a bedroom that is designed in a style all your own will help you to related to your space and feel comfortable in it from day-to-day… especially in moments of much needed unwinding.

Cheers!

Melissa Mathe

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Celebrating Black History Month: Designers Of Color

Celebrating Black History Month: Designers Of Color

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” ~Dr. Mae Jemison
First African-American Female Astronaut

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As a nationally acclaimed fashion-forward interior designer Corey Damen Jenkins has made great strides in the industry. His twist on traditional interiors includes vibrantly colored layered patterns to create architecturally inspired spaces that are elegant, imaginative and timeless. Jenkins’ hometown of Birmingham, Michigan is where his original studio is located. In 2018 Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates expanded by branching out with the opening of a second office in New York City’s Flatiron District.

Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates – DXV Set Vignette

Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates – DXV Set Vignette

Jenkins’ client projects have taken him throughout the United States in Michigan, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Texas and Nevada, and Internationally in Toronto, Canada. Honored with the Traditional Home’s “New Trad” Rising Star Design Award. His brand has expanded to introduce product design with Leathercraft elegant home furnishings and a lighting collection with Hudson Valley Lighting. Which is the first designer collaboration in the brand’s history.

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A trailblazing black architect who wanted to be considered as an individual rather than a member of a race. As a master of many styles he helped shape the architectural history of Los Angeles. Designing thousands of buildings in his five decade career, including the The Beverly Hills Hotel and many homes to the stars. Paul Revere Williams was born in Los Angeles on February 4th, 1894. Despite losing both of his parents by the age of four to tuberculosis and being the only black child in his elementary school. Williams was fortunate to have been placed in the home of a foster mother who dedicated her life to his education and the nurturing of his artistic talents.

Paul Revere Williams was advised against pursuing a career in architecture while in high school being told that white clients would not want a black architect and that there were not enough black clients who could afford one either. As the first black architect to graduate from USC in 1914. Williams persevered and went on to prove his legacy by being awarded the AIA's 2017 Gold Medal, the highest annual honor recognizing individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on architecture.

Residence at Ponet Drive in Hollywood, Ca

Residence at Ponet Drive in Hollywood, Ca

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Internationally celebrated for his extraordinary creations as an event designer, Preston Bailey has established himself with a large number of A-list clients. Named by Vogue Magazine as one of the best wedding designers in the world. Baileys’ passion for creating designs beyond imagination has brought his wonderful creations into the public spotlight with a number of art installations showcased in New York, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Taiwan and London. It’s easy to say that Preston Bailey’s fabulous fete creations are an inspiration that seem limitless and beyond imagination.

While things may seem to have come easily for Preston Bailey he has had quite a journey in his success. Born in Panama in the late 1940’s, Bailey grew up with little money or access to higher education. He left Panama at the age of 19 to go to New York City in hopes of becoming an accountant. Bailey being tall and quite handsome began to get jobs as a fashion model. His work in fashion led him to making a next career move creating and delivering weekly flower arrangements for his interior design friends, Vicente Wolf and Bob Patinos’ New York client list. Having learned how to manage and develop a global business over the years by making plenty of mistakes, Preston Bailey has now widely become an authority in his field of aesthetics and style.

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We hope you have enjoyed learning more about these amazing designers and are inspired by how their tenacity, hard work and greatness has shined through touching lives around the world.

Cheers!

Melissa Mathe

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Design Crush: Bar Cabinets

design crush: bar cabinets

"You can’t buy happiness but you can prepare a cocktail. And that’s kind of the same thing.”

Bernhardt Furniture

Bernhardt Furniture

With the holidays right around the corner everyone will be gathering around to share special moments with family and friends. We couldn’t help but think it to be the perfect time to talk about great furniture in entertaining. Whether in the living room or dining room a stylish Bar Cabinet can certainly up your cocktail game.

Bar Cabinets are an elegant way to serve your guests. They also free up kitchen space and help provide added storage.

Worlds Away

Worlds Away

You will find there are quite an array of designs, shapes and finishes available in the marketplace. While shopping for your Bar Cabinet furniture keep in mind what your particular needs are. Whether it’s added glass storage, bottle storage or utensil space — there are cabinets with all the bells and whistles including pull out shelves and lighting to suit your fancy.

Lillian August

Lillian August

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With all the excitement around the cocktail hour we’re sharing a few go-to aperitifs for your holiday entertaining!

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holiday cocktail recipes

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cranberry smash

Ingredients
1 bottle of Gin, 750ML
2 C of fresh cranberries, a few extra for garnish
4-5 sprigs of fresh rosemary
fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
ice
Instructions
1. Soak Cranberries in gin 1 week.
Put in a large mason jar, and cover tightly.
2. Drain gin into a new bottle and toss
the cranberries.
3. In a shaker, muddle a pinch of chopped
rosemary and lemon.
4. Add 3-4 oz of gin to the shaker with ice.
5. Shake until chilled, strain into a
cocktail glass.
6. Garnish with cranberries on a sprig
of rosemary.
Source: Thyme of Taste; Photo: Aubrie LeGault

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bourbon apple toddy

Ingredients
6 cups filtered apple cider
1 cup spiced simple syrup (recipe below)
1/4 cup lemon juice; 1 1/2 cups bourbon
Spice Simple Syrup
1 cup raw sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar; 2 cups water
Add water and dissolve sugar in the saucepan
Bring to simmer over medium heat
Add to saucepan 2 oranges Peels
1 1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
4 cinnamon sticks 10 whole cloves
8 whole allspice berries; 1/2 tablespoon sea salt
2 sprigs rosemary; 2 bay leaves
Simmer for 8-10 minutes; Let steep for 2 hours
Remove rosemary, steep overnight
Strain into container
Source: Jamie Coffey Creative Director
at Williams and Sherrill Interiors

Enjoy these sweet sips while having a holiday filled with warm memories of love and laughter…and a few pop. fizz. clinks.

Cheers!

Melissa Mathe

Contact @mathedesign.com for specialty pricing and inquiries regarding your Interior Design needs.

A Refreshed Crisp Classic Kitchen: Grab Your Apron

A Refreshed Crisp Classic Kitchen: Grab Your Apron

"A party without cake is just a meeting" ~ Julia Child

Photography by Ansel Olson

Photography by Ansel Olson

The Mathe Design team got a call for a kitchen renovation and we were pleased to find a nice space that needed some life brought back into it. This previously 90's style kitchen had natural wood stained cabinets which were beginning to fade and sag. Functionally it worked, but yet not as well as it could. So we grabbed our aprons and got to planning.

The homeowner was interested in a kitchen that is fresh and clean, but also warm. We settled on a clean white cabinets and warmed them up with matte black jewelry - I mean hardware. 

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Before Pictures

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We closed in the doorway that led from the kitchen to the dining room. The dining room had another adjacent entry, so by losing this door we were able to grab more lineal square footage for the kitchen while maintaining access to the adjoining dining room.

We settled on a U-shape design that increased their counter and cabinet space. It was a little adjustment getting used to the idea of no island - and so far nothing has been placed/dropped on the once-upon-an-island space where a rug adds warmth to the room. 

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With our clients desiring an updated transitional style we sourced lighting from Currey & Company, Visual Comfort and Arteriors Home in a beautiful silver toned finish. Keeping the themes of fresh and warm in mind, we used large lighting to create a sense of space within a space and intimacy. The large pendant over the table gives definition to the eating zone, while the large semi-flush defines the prep/work space. Additional recessed can lighting properly lights the space for prepping without taking away from the focus on the main decorative fixtures. All the lighting is dimmable for flexibility in light levels depending on how the space is being used. 

We finished out the kitchen adding a fresh and warm tile backsplash that adds texture but is easy to wipe clean from Ceramic Technics. And grounded this delightful space with an exciting blue pearl royal granite. That creates contrast against the clean white cabinetry as well as adding warmth. 

This once outdated kitchen is bright, fresh and a perfectly inviting place for our clients family to come together. Can't you just hear the dinner conversations in this space....

Melissa Mathe

Contact us for all your Interior Design and Decorating needs @mathedesign.com

A Breath Of Fresh Air

A Breath Of Fresh Air

"Despite the forecast, live like it's SPRING" ~ Lilly Pulitzer

1) Turquoise Sconces   2) Acrylic Mirror   3) Blue Sofa   4) Lilac Accent Bowl   5) Oblong Motif Garden Stool   6) Driftwood Club Chair   7) Multicolored Rug   8) Decorative Pillow Set   9) Abstract Fine Art

We hope you enjoy this colorful room scheme and have a Happy Easter.

Cheers!

Melissa Mathe

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Color Inspiration: Ultra Violet Pantone Color of the Year 2018

color inspiration: ultra violet
pantone® color of the year 2018

"Color is like food for the spirit — plus it's not addictive or fattening." ~ Isaac Mizrahi

Something exciting about the new year, a fresh beginning and new discoveries to enjoy.  As a global influencer in color systems Pantone has released it's "Color of the Year" for 2018, Ultra Violet 18-3838.  This rich and vibrant shade of purple is forecast to be a color movement evoking creativity in imagination, ingenuity and visionary thinking - pushing all limitations.  In celebration of this we are thrilled about discussing ways to bring this lush and regal color into your interior spaces.

As this color is bold - in and of itself - we've taken thought to how it might be applied as to not overpower a room.  A subtle way to integrate Ultra Violet can be to use it along with other neutral tones of color such as grays, taupes and ivory.  This exudes a peaceful and serene environment.

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

Molly Ray Young Interior Design

Molly Ray Young Interior Design

Monochromatic shades of color whether lightened or subdued have a luxurious effect in a space.

House Beautiful Magazine

House Beautiful Magazine

Creating an interesting color story is another way to incorporate unique colors in design.  For instance Ultra Violet is well mixed with other colors such as navy, turquoise, peach, green and golden hues that come together quite nicely.  Wallpaper is a great way to introduce a color story weaving in several nuances of detail in color combinations.

Credited from left to right This Old House - Farrow and Ball, Molly Ray Young Interior Design, Parker Kennedy Living.

Color Pops are a great way to bring whimsy and inspiration of thought into a room or creative environment.  This can be done in several ways with artwork, fabric, furniture, accessories, tableware or fresh florals.  Whether a kitchen, living room, powder room, children's bedroom or playroom these color pops are incredibly inviting.

Traditional Home Magazine - Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interior Design

Traditional Home Magazine - Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interior Design

The combination of these pops of color and white paint can create a very impactful space. This royal color pairs very well with both brushed gold and silver metallic finishes to create a next level magic.

Tarafin Gold Interiors

Tarafin Gold Interiors

We hope you are inspired to be daring and incorporate this beautiful luscious color Pantone Ultra Violet 18-3838 into your life and interiors in 2018.

Cheers!

Melissa Mathe

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A Bright French Bistro Kitchen: Bon Appétit

a bright french bistro kitchen: bon appétit

"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook." ~ Julia Child

Photography Credits: Ansel Olsen Photography

Photography Credits: Ansel Olsen Photography

With each of our clients we have a special opportunity to create a space that is completely custom made for them. This project started out with an older chopped up kitchen and has now been transformed into a family-friendly open kitchen with a french bistro feel.

Photography Credits: Ansel Olsen Photography

Photography Credits: Ansel Olsen Photography

As you can see in these before and after photos two walls and a doorway were removed to create a more open kitchen layout. By taking down the main wall separating the original space and adding this beautiful custom island it opens up the kitchen and adds more usable counter space. Creating fluid areas for morning routines and coffee conversations. The unique custom built shelving systems were inspired by the owners and fabricated by the contractors to suit the organized coffee station, displays, and for additional light filtering. 

Photography Credits: Ansel Olsen Photography

Photography Credits: Ansel Olsen Photography

Classic french bistro kitchens are filled with blacks and whites with natural finishes. Leathered Granite perimeter counters in a dark color with white cabinets combined with a honed granite that mimics a classic carrera marble, but with additional durability, on the kitchen island with darker cabinets give a sense of the "French Bistro" feel our clients were looking for. The existing paneling was salvaged and painted white along with maintaining the original fireplace for added character. Bright and airy white paint connects the newly opened up butlers pantries to the main room as well as the matched dark iron pulls, making the kitchen more cohesive. This space is sure to be the topic of conversation during future entertaining and dinner parties!

Using a custom contractor we were able to reuse existing cabinets that were combined with new cabinets - made to match existing. A true craft. We were also able to truly customize cabinets for the client. Under the range you will find open drawers to easily locate that particular pot - and in the butler's pantry a base cabinet was transformed into a space for those dog bowls. No more sliding around the floor and water being sloshed all over. 

The integral team who worked in conjunction with the clients on this remodeled kitchen space include; Interior Designer: Melissa Mathe Interior Design, LLC, Architect: Melissa Vaughan, Construction Design: Chopper Dawson.

We hope you enjoy seeing the incredible transformation of this kitchen space!

Melissa Mathe

Contact us for all your Interior Design and Decorating needs @mathedesign.com