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A Family/Family Room Transformed

Hi guys,

Are you still there? I don’t blame you if you’ve lost your patience with me. I’ve gone from being an occasional blogger to a barely ever blogger. But before I reveal my client’s family room makeover, let me explain where I’ve been.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I spent most of the summer taking care of my beautiful sister Dina, who was on bedrest while pregnant with her twin boys.

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Despite the smiles, it was a scary time. The love and support of our friends, family, and even my clients during this time was everything. I’m BEYOND happy to report our efforts were not in vain. Those boys came out fully cooked and are my most recent obsession. Who knew being an aunt could be so amazing? My heart is bursting with love.

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Photo Credit: Jar Photography and Design

Photo Credit: Jar Photography and Design

Once things settled down a bit, I spent a little time abroad (also in the name of family!) in Egypt. My Dad, younger sister, and I made the trip out there for my sweet cousin’s wedding.

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Always the adventurer, my amazing Dad made sure we did a little bit of sightseeing in Alexandria and Cairo.

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IMG_2132It was a quick trip, but well worth it to be with family, especially during those big moments that you remember for a lifetime.

Since I’ve been back, I’ve jumped right back into work, completing this family room for an awesome new client that asked me to freshen up her space. It didn’t take much since she had some great pieces to work with (and we didn’t even paint!), but it really was quite the transformation. Take a look and let me know what you think!

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post and that you’ll keep checking back to see what’s new. I have a little development of my own that I look forward to sharing soon! ūüėČ

Love,

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

On Twitter: @NSIntDesign 

On Instagram: @nsinteriordesign

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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

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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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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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.

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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

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

On Twitter: @NSIntDesign 

On Instagram: @nsinteriordesign

On Facebook: NSInteriorDesign

 

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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.

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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.

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 ‚Äústrap tie‚ÄĚ) from Home Depot. I can‚Äôt 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‚Äôs available at 18‚ÄĚ long, that‚Äôll work well since the top would be approx. 21 5/8‚ÄĚ deep, so they‚Äôll hold together better.
*Keep in mind there will be a seam down the center and a couple of predrilled holes since it‚Äôs 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‚Äôd 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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A Completed Home

Hello Everyone!

I apologize for the late post. I’ve been so busy since the website launched, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little intimidated by the concept of writing another blog post. Anyways, I hope you enjoy it and that it inspires you.

I’m excited to share one of my most recently completed projects. It’s one that is near and dear to my heart as it’s my sister’s home. I am one of three daughters, and the three of us are extremely close.

So, when my older sister (middle) told me (far right) she was getting married, needless to say I was thrilled!

When she told me she and her new husband were buying a house ten minutes away from me, I was over the moon. And when she asked me to design this beautiful new house, I nearly spit up my Diet Coke. She asked me to make it soft, earthy, fun, glamorous, warm, and worldly; a tall order, but nonetheless, this is what we came up with. I hope you like it!

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

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Thanks for reading guys.

Love,

Nagwa

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