a remodel fit for a princess … or two ::

there isn’t anything much more fun than remodeling a room for children {at least in my world}, and transforming a space for two girls tops the cake!  visions of pale gray and white marbles, sleek quartz, and richly stained cabinetry make beginning this project a breeze!  and it never hurts to have a little inspiration …

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{above images from decorpad.com}

after a morning spent in search of just the right countertops, cabinetry, and floor tile, this remodel is off and running!

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{cabinet color, Cambria quartz vanity tops, and marble “like” floor tile – real marble can be too slippery for small feet}

imagine those beautiful tones of gray and white with a bit of color perfect for two girls!  sherwin-williams “mauve finery” or “delightful” may be just the ticket!  and a special space for these girls wouldn’t be complete without a bit of bling!  perhaps some sparkle similar to this pottery barn chandelier!

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it won’t be long before this bathroom is even better suited to two darling girls!

the gift of design ::

there are so many things i adore about the field of design, but one that tops the list is this … each and every home interior project is completely unique and one-of-a-kind!  it means there’s never a dull moment!  well, i was recently given another such very unique task by one of my past clients … he told me that his wife had been talking about redesigning their master bedroom and bath, and he wanted some initial design ideas that he could give her to get her started on the process!  of course there was no way i could pass up such a request, so the design ideas began rolling!

i was given one piece of inspiration to begin … this lovely gray duvet from nicole miller {bed bath & beyond} that this client’s wife loved!

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while the duvet is beautiful {even more so in person!}, i wanted to give this room a unique flair … more of a personality!  so here are the finished boards for the master suite based around the deep gray duvet.

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my client wanted to use much of the existing furniture in the master bedroom, so some ideas to freshen it up?  new hardware on the dressers, remove the mirror attached to the main dresser {you know the kind i’m talking about} and hang a new wall mirror, replace nightstands with new side tables, possibly a new headboard {i’m working on a d.i.y. upholstered headboard project myself – more on that soon!}, and a few more accents to give the room a completely new feel!

and did i mention that this was all done as a birthday surprise?  what could be better than ideas for a newly designed room as a gift?  to run with that in mind, i added a few of the pieces from the design board – a sham from the bedding, an accent pillow from another line that i loved with the duvet, a quartz sample for the bathroom countertop, paint swatches, and a fabric swatch for window cornices – and voila!  a birthday gift and room design plan in one!

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need a design board to surprise someone special in your life?  you know where to find me … nicoleodettedesigns@gmail.com!

a room revealed ::

design is such a process … starting with a canvas, sometimes blank and other times with some colors or textures already established.  each and every space has a list of “musts” or ways that it needs to function for the family who uses it.  that’s just how this latest reveal began …

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my friend and client’s use of bold color was certainly refreshing, and she had just two things on her “must” list … this room had to utilize the existing bright, contemporary rug, but not revolve around it so that the furnishings would still look beautiful one day when the rug sought greener pastures.  the second “must” is that the room had to have seating for this busy family of 7 and their friends.  that was no small order, but i think we accomplished her goals quite well!

first was the hunt for the perfect furnishings and fabrics.  you may remember these fun accent pillows from an earlier post …

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{custom accent pillows by nicole odette designs}

these fabrics were just what the room needed to highlight the rug’s bold colors and spread color throughout the room!

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the eggplant fabric that framed the beautiful picture window in the room was removed, and we opted for a custom drapery that would better suite the stunning view!

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{custom drapes by nicole odette designs}

after new furnishings, fabrics, and lamps, this lovely living room has a new look!

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the next time you’re ready to transform a room in your home, consider the use of bold color to bring new life to your space!

a lovely living space ::

Is there such a thing as a sporadic blogger?  Yes, friends, I think there is … and the demands of family, career, and all of the other goings on have turned me into one such blogger.  The intent is there to publish beautiful and inspirational design posts daily, but reality is that if I send a post to my kind readers each week or so, it’s the best my juggling skills can do.  Tell me, can you relate?

Even at mid-week, this week has been packed with all sorts of projects in the studio.  Stacks of sketches for a basement finish, design boards for a darling girls’ bathroom remodel {I can’t share this one yet, but will soon!}, and design boards for a client’s lovely living room!

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Luckily, I’m starting with an already pretty palate, but this client wants to change up the accent colors and bring a finished feel to the space.  The sofa and chairs will stay {but move to new spots in the room}, so how to bring color to this neutral room?  Here is the design board!

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The neutral beige and gray will be accented with slate and light teal, and additional wood, metal, and ceramic accents will be brought to the space!  So tell me, do you think these accents will bring beautifully decorated feel to my client’s living room?  We’ll soon see!

the perfect pair ::

A few weeks ago, I shared one of my many dreams for nicole odette designs … to design a loft or condo in one of the beautiful historic buildings in our city’s downtown area.  That dream is coming true, and work in the Old First National building is underway inspired by this design board by nicole odette designs!

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But what is a master bedroom without an equally design savvy master bathroom?  So here’s the design board to transform this master bedroom and bathroom into a complete master suite!

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The shopping and ordering of pieces from these design boards has begun, and will soon be a master suite that my clients can enjoy and be happy to call “home”!

design for the dogs :: “before & after”

One thing that I absolutely love about interior design is that as each client is completely unique, so is every job one of a kind!  That certainly held true in this space … my client asked that I design her new office so that it would be functional, reflect her “farmhouse modern” style {a term I used to describe her style when first working on her kitchen}, and give a loving nod to her four legged, furry friends.

When I first got the call for interior design help, here’s what I found.

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The project was well underway … but a plan for the design of the office was needed.  The first step?  A “dalmatian inspired” design board!

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This lucky client is very fortunate to have a handy husband, and the two made a terrific team getting the construction work done, making selections based on our design board, and hunting for local finds to keep all within budget!  Only a few short months later, here is her new office (with a few very minor things yet to be finished)!

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And at the end of the day, I’d say the girls approved …. because “home is where the dog is”!

hidden dreams ::

Don’t we all have those little dreams and goals that we keep close to our hearts … whether they are hopes for our families, professional goals, or simply things that we think would just be really, really amazing to accomplish?  I’m definitely a bit of a dreamer and have many of these goals … so a few weeks ago when I received a text from one of my past clients, I was simply shocked that one such dream was right around the corner!  For years, I’ve wanted to design a loft space in one of the gorgeous buildings in the downtown area of our city.  But since most of the people I know live in a different part of town, and because my interior design business has grown solely from the kind words and recommendations of clients and friends, I didn’t think that it was likely that the design of a downtown space was anywhere in my immediate future … that was, until I received this text.  You see, my friend and past client asked if she could refer me to her co-worker who just moved into this incredible building!

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Of course, I couldn’t wait for the chance to transform a space inside this beautiful building … and as an absolute bonus, my newest clients are a complete pleasure to work with!  Perched on the 13th floor, the views are simply breath taking, even during this dull, dreary winter.  We’re beginning work with the master suite, which currently sports quite a bit of beige … and since my newest clients are leasing the space, painting is not an option.  So my job is to bring in color and character through the use of bedding, furnishings, rugs, and art!  I love to give my clients options, so here are the inspiration boards that I designed and shared with them over the weekend!

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….. and a completely different color palate ….

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We’re well on our way of re-designing this master suite to one with the character to fit my clients’ fun and colorful personalities!  Follow our journey as we take this space from beige to bold!