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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 If you’re not careful, they can look outdated.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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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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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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My New Office

***1/27/16 Update below!

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

NSID Credenza

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.

Woven Bin

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. 

Starburst

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.

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

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Thanks for reading!

***1/27/16 UPDATE: I get so many questions about how to recreate this office, so here are a few clarifications!

1.) Where/How did you do that long white cabinet behind the desk. Two units together or is that one unit..and is it from Ikea?
The unit behind my desk was put together using different pieces from IKEA. You will not find it sold as whole unit from Ikea. Here’s what I used…
-I used two Micke drawer/file units and one Micke storage unit in the middle. Unfortunately, I’ve been told the Micke storage unit is no longer available. I mounted the drawer/file units on chrome Besta legs (which are also unfortunately no longer available from what I can see), they ended up being just the right height to place beside the Expedits (now known as Kallax). Try seeing what other legs they have. The key is to get them to the right height with the units beside them.
-The 3 components above are flanked by a pair of two Expedit shelving units (now called Kallax shelving units).
-I topped the whole thing off with two long white thick laminate surfaces from a single Lack TV Unit (my own little Ikea hack*). I attached them together with a brace (aka a “strap tie”) from Home Depot. I can’t find the exact spec. for the one I used, but this one is very similar. Try and find it in a longer length. If it’s available at 18” long, that’ll work well since the top would be approx. 21 5/8” deep, so they’ll hold together better.
*Keep in mind there will be a seam down the center and a couple of predrilled holes since it’s originally meant to be used as TV unit. I realize this is a somewhat unfinished look, but I knew my top would be covered in design trays 99% of the time, and my budget was tight back then. The two pieces together were the perfect length and depth for my room and the built-in as a whole, so it was definitely the right way for me to go! I like the thickness of it as a countertop and the way it just visually finished it all off.  You DON’T have to go this route. You can always choose another countertop. I also like the butcher block counters they sell, but you’d have to look into the dimensions it comes in.

 

2. What desk is that?

My desk is made up of two Finnvard trestle legs and one Linnmon high gloss top.
Have more questions?? Please check the comments below! Also, see my Pinterest board for links.

Love,

Nagwa

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