A Place for Everything

Hello All!

It’s been a while, so today I’m putting my endless to-do list aside to share this super useful project in case anyone’s about to remodel!

If you own a home, especially in Southern California, chances are you want to make the most of every square foot. This client came to me a while back, and asked me to transform their dark guest room into an office with, wait for it, a MURPHY BED! The reason I so dramatically use my caps lock is because Murphy Beds are sort of a challenge for designers. If you’re not careful, they can look outdated. Well I’m here to tell you that this designer is now a full-fledged believer in them!

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Here are some tips on how to get this look:

1. Custom Cabinetry:

*Be cautious of the detailing on your custom cabinetry. Opt to go all the way up to the ceiling if possible! It’s so much more finished and dramatic this way. Beefy crown moulding doesn’t hurt either!

*Plan for the placement of every last thing. For example, this printer/copier was designed to sit in that exact spot. A hole was made to allow for electrical access right behind it (no ugly cords, yay!) and the top opens up with exactly the right clearance so it doesn’t hit the shelf above it.

2. Layers of Light:

*In any space I design, I always try and create different layers of light (a lesson I learned way back in design school by the most amazing lighting design instructor ever, Kathy Pryzgoda). In multipurpose rooms, this becomes especially important because of the different ways the room will be used. As an office, you may just want the sconces and your desk lamp on while you work. As a guest, you may want the drum pendant (note that it has a diffuser for soft light) and reading light (located inside the Murphy Bed niche -see pictures below). Both fixtures are on dimmers.

*I’m going to include windows treatments here because they most definitely affect the amount of light the room gets! In this case, we wanted the option to have the room almost always bright, but for privacy we opted for inside mount grass shades. When the space is being used as a guest room, the outside mount flat roman shade can be pulled down. It’s lined and will darken the room quite well.

3. Lighter Finishes/Cohesive Color Scheme:

*The fabric on the roman shade was really our jumping off point here. We loved the soft sophisticated blue/grey color and decided to use it on the walls (2130-50 Benjamin Moore’s New Hope Gray). We carried the fabric’s creme and brown onto the cabinetry and upholstered desk chair respectively, and finished off the look with bronze light fixtures and cabinetry hardware.

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This pull-out tray acts as an extended surface/nightstand when the Murphy Bed is down.

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The burlap message board and zinc wall pockets from Ballard Designs offer extra storage and organization options.

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Closed bins and containers are a great way to hide/store smaller objects to keep the space from looking cluttered. The shelves are also styled with some of the clients personal items.

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This table on casters was made to tuck away in the client’s closet as an extra work surface for days that both husband and wife are using the space. We used the same durable laminate countertop (Wilsonart’s Twilight Zephyr) and wood finish to make it flow with the rest of the cabinetry.

I was brief on my last post, so I hope that I’ve provided some useful tips for all of you on this one. Thanks for reading!

Love,
Nagwa

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Double-duty Dining


Hello Everyone!

I’m thrilled to finally share this fabulous dining room I completed a few months ago. I’ll be brief. The client wanted something bold, unique, and most importantly, something that could withstand the abuse of craft projects and homework with her little ones. We opted for a dark hardwearing outdoor fabric on the (majority of the) custom upholstered wing chairs, a synthetic metallic snakeskin (that is completely wipeable) for the side chairs, and a gorgeous distressed dining table. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Thanks for reading!

Love,
Nagwa

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Glamorous Master

Hello Lovelies,

HAPPY NEW YEAR to each and every one of you! I’m a big believer in LOVING your environment, and that’s why I wanted to start the year off by sharing a bedroom I completed for a busy professional that hired me last year. She works long, hard hours and most definitely needed a plush, glamorous space to receive her at the end of the day. Check out the transformation and my tips below.

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Here are 5 tips on how to get this look:

1.These high ceilings were just begging for interest. Add crown moulding and you’ll not only add character, you’ll add elegance.

2. Use a sophisticated neutral. This one is Behr’s (780C-3) Ocean Pearl. Not just grey, not just beige. It’s greige!

3. Don’t know where to start? Pick something you LOVE and let it lead the way. The client’s cherry blossom painting was the perfect jumping off point for our color direction: shades of blue and soft neutrals.

4. Never underestimate the power of symmetry. If you need order and calm in your master bedroom, consider a pair of matching nightstands and lamps.

5. Add impact! Make a small window feel larger with dramatic sweeping drapes that fill the space around it. They may not be fully functional, but they will make for a beautifully luxurious backdrop.

Thanks for reading!

Love,
Nagwa

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A Cozy Home Office

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday and was able to spend lots of time with their loved ones. I was busy working, but managed to get away for a tasty dinner with some of my own favorite people. I’m quite thankful for that and, believe it or not, for the work!

I’m especially thankful to interior designer Thom Filicia for inspiring the first steps to this home office’s design. Last year, when I came across House Beautiful’s feature of Filicia’s showhouse apartment, (which you can see here), I did the first thing I figure most designers do with any fabulous idea they want to use– I pinned it!

Pinterest is an amazing tool for designers, and I’m big on saving ideas that I’d like to someday use in my work. I encourage anyone considering to decorate or remodel their home to sign up and get to pinning. Oh, and don’t forget to follow me!

To get back to this space, I’ll say briefly, this room used to belong to my client’s son, who has grown up and moved out. It had a perfectly good built-in that we decided to freshen up with paint and some sharp new hardware made of leather and chrome (from one of my favorite hardware stores B&C Custom Hardware and Bath). I was very conscious to go bold and interesting on the wall color/treatment, so that this room would really feel like an entirely new space for my client.

I hope you like it and that it inspires you! Enjoy!

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Oh, and in case their son feels like coming home for a weekend with his folks, it should be noted that the plush tufted sofa pictured in the space, is actually a queen sleeper sofa. Although, now that I think about it, I failed to anticipate that it will probably be hard to get him to leave…

P.S. Photography is one of my many hobbies, so I’m proud to say I shot this one!

 Thanks for reading!

Love,
Nagwa

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A Design Mystery

I’m just gonna say it–sometimes, I feel like a detective. A design detective.

Picture this: A client comes to me and says, “Nagwa, I’m not sure why, but we just don’t like to use this room. Maybe it’s the furniture layout…Maybe it’s the color… Maybe it’s the lighting.”

So, I look around, and I sit in every seat, turn on all the lights, turn off all the lights, and I ask questions. Even while I’m asking questions, my eyes are studying the space around me, snooping for clues, any small hint that could lead me to a solution of what the problem, the mystery, is.

Here’s a BEFORE picture. Can you figure it out?

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Well, the good news is that the mystery has been solved and the room is done. It’s actually been done for over a year now and the mystery as to why I’m just sharing it with you today, is one I’m still trying to figure out (I suspect the culprit is procrastination).

But I digress…

Challenge number one with the space was dealing with it’s formality. The main offenders: the perceived height of the space, the overly ornate or foofy mouldings (yes, foofy is a word) on the walls and fireplace, and the dramatic overmantle that seems to dwarf any other element in the room.

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Overwhelming overmantle.

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Low foofy wainscoting. No good for a casual living room.

 Oh, and did I forget to mention the pink marble fireplace surround? The client hated it and planned to address it at a later stage, since replacing it proved to be a costly job.

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The solution: remove the low, fancy wainscoting and moulding details, and camouflage the overmantel, which really just accentuated the height of the space. High spaces have a tendency to feel formal, and we want cozy!

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So, with those details gone, we needed new design elements to bring the look home. I started with cleaner lines on the existing fireplace mantel since it was in good condition.

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I should note: the client couldn’t handle seeing the pink marble amongst all the changes and asked our contractor to come up with a budget friendly solution. He sanded down the marble, primed and painted it with a special fireplace paint that could be custom colored. The result was astonishing.

Next, I added wide horizontal planks, raised to the right height and scale for the room (approximately 55″ here).

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Finally, came textured walls for warmth (grasscloth wallpaper to be more specific).

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Notice how I had the wallpaper continue from the walls onto the overmantle, so that it would mask it’s height. This, along with the new horizontal planking, was enough to dramatically change the space and accentuate a more horizontal perspective, rather than vertical, making it feel more inviting instantly.

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Layer in some fabrics with interesting patterns and warm colors, and baby, this case is closed!

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Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nagwa

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A Warm and Modern Home

Hi Everyone,

I’m thrilled to share this project I’ve just completed. This room belongs to a young family that I’ve actually worked with before (I LOVE repeat clients). They asked for a modern comfortable space that had some life and color, and this is what they got. Enjoy!

Polished nickel accents on the sconces, drapery rod, and fan gives this space some sparkle.

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Go for the unexpected! This blue/grey sectional was upholstered in a plush microfiber that is super durable and cozy, and the color did not disappoint!

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Walnut wood finishes add warmth to the room’s color scheme.

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A few nods to industrial design: the X-detail on the side table, the adjustable arm on the reading lamp, and the exposed Edison bulbs in the sconces.

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Check back next week as I share the last room I completed for them. It’s a stunner!
Love,
Nagwa

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Elegantly Ethnic

Hi Everyone,

Here’s a job I finished a while back but haven’t had the chance to share until now. This client was a world traveler, photography enthusiast, and most importantly, a busy professional who wanted her home to rise up and greet her after a long day of work.

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I started by using a soft neutral backdrop and additional lighting to brighten up the space. From there, I found interesting furniture pieces with brass accents and pops of color found in the client’s beautiful photography.

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The client’s old china cabinet (originally in her dining room) got a facelift and became a focal point in the living room. Not only did it help break up a large wall that kept the space from feeling warm and homey, it also provided valuable display space for the client’s interesting collectables.

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Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nagwa

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Big Girl Bed

Hi Everyone,

For those of you who don’t know, I had my little girl almost 3 years ago. It’s been such a joy to watch her grow and witness her pure unfiltered wonder and excitement towards even the simplest things.

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Children are so fascinating in the way they so easily imagine. It feels like something so rare and short lived, that I personally feel the need to encourage it for as long as I can in the best way I know how, design.

My approach? Set the stage for imagination and memories. Create an environment that inspires every little boy and girl to dream, create, and thrive.

I’m excited to share this project I completed a few months ago for a sweet girl named Grace, whose mother asked me for elegance, beauty, and most importantly, a big girl bed.

Enjoy!

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Parker Sofa in Orchid Velvet from AllModern.com

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Removable Lottie Dot Decals from Land of Nod

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Check out some other little rooms I’ve done here.
Thanks for reading everyone!
Love,
Nagwa

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The Importance of White

It’s been a few months since I’ve posted on my blog, but to say things have been busy would be the understatement of the year. I’m grateful (and slightly overwhelmed, to be honest) for the myriad of projects and attention that have come my way recently and I’m hoping to find some more time soon to share what I’ve been working on.

My lovely new client asked me to transform her formal living room and entry in Irvine, California, into a space that was elegant yet young. The room had been treated with venetian plaster and heavy red velvet drapes chosen by the previous owner.

The bare entry niche before.

I believe beautiful design is largely based on contrast. It’s for that reason, that I’m usually the first person to push for adding whites and cremes into almost any space, so as to allow the other tones in the room to lift. In this room especially, with the current venetian plaster, it really made all the difference.

 By using dramatic white sheers and light furnishings, we were able to significantly brighten the space.

Young patterns in soft neutrals give the room an edge and keeps things from getting too stuffy.

Mirrored furniture with gold accents helped lend a lightness and glamour to the room.

From fringe to nailheads, tufting to gilding, there are classic details in almost every part of this room that are integrated in a soft and interesting way.

Addressing the entry niche in a large scale lacy wallpaper and contemporary coral prints in the same tones as the adjacent room, makes the two spaces feel like one.

The entry gets the impact it deserves!

I absolutely loved this project and the very trusting client who really just allowed me carte blanche to create this space. I personally find that with such freedom, comes great imagination and the eagerness to impress.

 

Thanks for reading everyone!

Love,

Nagwa

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My New Office

Don’t tell my husband, but it all started with a new tape dispenser.

I was shopping online for some new office accessories that were, well, not so ugly, and I came across this acrylic little beauty. When it arrived in the mail, I was shocked at just how pretty it was.

So I started thinking, how inspiring would it be if every single object that surrounded me while I worked had the same feel? Only one way to find out! Afterall, a designer deserves good design too, right?

And so I began to carefully build a space that was light and airy, complete with a spot for every catalog, fabric sample, and file folder. I challenged myself to keep it within a modest budget but maintain a high-end look. Here’s the end result.

NSID Credenza

Sample Wall

Ribba picture ledges make for a perfect sample wall.

Kraft Box Storage

Eurostyle Chair

A proper chair makes all the difference. The Dirk High Back by Eurostyle.

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A little DIY project- a few yards of fabric, a staple gun, some cork tiles, and an old panel from my painting days made for this custom pinboard.

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Fabric Swatches

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For balance- a pair of mercury glass lamps from Roost, and a polished nickel starburst mirror.

Open Storage

Expedit has never looked so good! Magazine files from Martha Stewart’s line of office goodies at Staples.

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Large Milk Crate baskets (Rattan Koboo Gray) from Target fit Expedit from Ikea perfectly and Martha Stewart’s Bookplate Labels from Staples add a little character. 

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Can’t help but add some sparkle!

Desk Accessories

This Extra Large Rubbermaid Bento Tray from Target does double duty as both stackable project tray and desktop organizer.

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Thanks for reading!

Love,

Nagwa

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