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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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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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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

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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