When we were asked in May of this year to be a part of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine September 2012 Stylemaker issue, we jumped at the opportunity. We had just finished shooting our house for the book, and BHG wanted us to put a new, fresh take on our rooms. The perfectionists that we are, we went a little overboard and ended up re-painting, re-wallpapering and begging/borrowing/stealing from many of our favorite furniture and accessory vendors to make each photo special. Honestly, the opportunity to re-do our house a bit came at the perfect time. We were ready for a clean slate. What we ended up with was a fresh and clean palette that we both feel like we can live with for a while.
Below, we replaced the Nina Campbell yellow swan lake wallpaper with a crisp graphic one by Schumacher. We said goodbye to the window treatments and hello to some simple roman shades from The Shade Store. All of the art is from our friend and curator Kenise Barnes’ gallery. The foyer (below) needed a fresh coat of paint so we tweaked the blue that was there and re-painted it Benjamin Moore’s Iceberg blue. The mid-century modern bench replaced our old Swedish demilune (don’t worry, it still lives in our house, we’ve just moved it!). Remember these campaign dressers? They used to be a bright, cobalt blue but we decided, in keeping with our palette cleansing goal, to paint them a soft, minty green. The lamp is Bunglaw 5, art from Kenise Barnes Fine Art, and custom slipper chairs (see what they looked like before, here) designed by Suzanne McGrath Design. With everything so soothing and crisp, we switched up our bookshelves too. Using only light-colored or white books with our collection of Ironstone. The sofa below is an old George Smith that we’d had in our office, and moved into the living room. The pillows are custom by Suzanne McGrath Design. The lamp is by Beeline Home and the side table is Hickory Chair (we LOVE this side table!). Rug by Madeleine Weinrib. You might remember our old kitchen nook had yellow walls and orange seat cushions. We recovered the banquette cushions in a pale blue fabric from Delaney & Long, adding a pop of pink with a few Madeleine Weinrib pillows. The light fixture is Design Within Reach and used to be the main fixture in Lauren’s Brooklyn apartment. Some mothers and daughters share clothes, we share furniture!Above, right, the demilune table (by Oomph) as a night table with a vintage ceramic lamp. We wanted to have fun with this bedroom and girl it up a little. Remember the antlers that used to be above the headboard? We mixed the ric-rac headboard fabric with bright and cheery floral bed linens by De Porthault. If you’re curious, you can see what all of these rooms looked like BEFORE in our book.