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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

For a closer look at other projects that I’m working on, you can follow me:

On Twitter: @NSIntDesign 

On Instagram: @nsinteriordesign

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