Eclectic chic style for an equestrian country cottage 

 

This Cape Cod style cottage nestled in the heart of a quaint equestrian loving town had lots of traditional charm before I started. From each of its beautiful mullioned windows you had a view of the hundreds of trees that surround this property.  I wanted to pay tribute to the history of this home by incorporating furnishings and fixtures with a heritage feel to echo the history of the home, but in a modern way. 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: MICHELLE DREWES AND ERICA JOHNSTON

An underutilized attic nook gets a new lease

 

This small attic nook wasn't being used for anything other than storage.  No one believed I could fit a whole functioning office in here!  The eaves are lined with inexpensive IKEA shelving and I even fit a wing chair and regular sized desk in here.  It doesn't feel cramped, in fact, the space all of a sudden seems larger than life.  Well executed styling and a soft and subtle color palette makes this windowless room feel airy and bright. 

 
 

PHOTOGRAPHY: CAITLIN ATKINSON

A windowless bath gets a signature Art Deco-inspired look.

 

This bathroom had carpet when I started and no windows. Since this room was in the middle of the home there was no way to add any natural light.  Instead I opted to make this room a jewel box that would shine on its own even without any sunlight to speak of. By adding sparkling polished nickel fixtures with a nod to Deco style and polished Calcutta marble this bathroom is elegant and a perfect balance between masculine and feminine.  

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: ERICA JOHNSTON

Heritage meets modern for a boy's room with timeless appeal

Take an antique loving mother, mix with a nautical loving father and you get a room that might be a little too grown up for its 7-year-old occupant.  The furnishings were classic and well-made so we didn't want to do away with anything that was already in the room.  We painted the walls a pale Gustavian-inspired blue and installed a wallpaper accent wall in a heritage-inspired hand illustrated print depicting Big Ben.  The wallpaper pattern has a modern sketchy style so it was the perfect old meets new design element to help begin transitioning the room to a more modern feel.  Re-visiting the layout, adding a bright blue campaign desk, and utilizing toys as decorative accessories gave the room a more fun and kid-friendly vibe, without horrifying the antique/nautical loving parents!!  

PHOTOGRAPHY: CAITLIN ATKINSON

Setting the stage for a petite fashionista-in-training

This little girls mother is a lover of couture, antiques, and collects children's toys! From Fendi baby shoes to realistic oversized Bambi's, handmade dolls and feather tiaras - these pieces were so beautiful they had to take center stage in the design.   I created a sophisticated and whimsical space in neutral tones to help keep the room from feeling too cluttered with all of its glorious tchotchkes.  The whole family now calls it The Princess Room.  And, it really is, but in a sort of Vogue meets toddler kind of way (if I do say so myself). 

PHOTOGRAPHY: CAITLIN ATKINSON

Kitchen gets a bright white facelift

This bright white transitional kitchen looks brand new - and it is - mostly.  We kept the existing kitchen footprint and cabinet frames.  I had inset cabinet doors and drawers made to fit the existing frames and added baseboard to make the kitchen feel like a custom built-in.  Calcutta marble subway tiles to the ceiling add a subtle abstract element and pure white Silestone counters give the kitchen a modern feel.  Vintage inspired pendants complete the transitional feel. 

PHOTOGRAPHY: CAITLIN ATKINSON

 

A tiny apartment is transformed into a meeting-worthy crash pad for venture capitalists

 
 

The globetrotting founders of Arena Ventures purchased a tiny 600 square foot one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco to serve as their home base when they were in town. The apartment needed to serve not only a crash pad for the investors, but also as a meeting space that reflected the founders' vintage industrial design aesthetic and the modern, urban SOMA surroundings. In true startup fashion, we had a lot of ground to cover on a small budget so creativity and careful shopping was key.  I split the tiny open plan living space into three sections by utilizing a room screen that also serves as a headboard and allowed me to create an alcove for working or dining.  The sofa is convertible and provides the flexibility to sleep a third person!  I used a blue color palette infused with organic browns and metallic finishes to complement the space's neutral, modern mood.  

 
 

                                                BEFORE

                                                 AFTER

PHOTOGRAPHY: DUSTIN WALKER

PHOTOGRAPHY: DUSTIN WALKER

Elegant and serene master retreat

A neutral palette of soft white and grey with contrasting textures of silk and velvet make for an inviting and serene master retreat.  The addition of luminous touches through the use of crystal and metallics add a subtle dose of glamour without being too over the top.

 
Unexpected art arrangements and beautiful moments on a tabletop create a layered and curated feel.
— Erica Johnston

PHOTOGRAPHY: CAITLIN ATKINSON AND MICHELLE DREWES