I thought I would get in one last blog post before Christmas and show you what the beginning of 2016 for NFG Designs is shaping up to look like. If you follow me on Instagram then you might be familiar with some of these projects already.
This is a fantastic home located in Etobicoke. It’s one of my favourite neighbourhood as all the homes are simply stunning and have beautiful interior character. These clients in particular are adding an addition onto the back of the house, and have specifically requested to maintain ALL existing interior architectural elements. The floors, wall paneling, doors and details are all in great shape for the age of the home. There are some minor dings and scratches, but it adds to the beautiful character.
Here are a couple images from the site pre-demolition. We will be replacing the staircase runner for something less dated.
I have found working with the dark wood to be a bit challenging as my instincts are automatically to paint it/brighten the space, but I’ve come up with a fresh palette for the home that will compliment the heavy wood paneling.
This dark, tiny entryway has been completely gutted. The architectural plans have accounted for making the opening wider (where I am standing taking the photo) and removing the closet to open the space up. They will have a new mudroom on the back of the house where they will enter from 98% of the time, so this closet space is not vital. Since the opening will be enlarged, it will affect the wainscoting in this room so I have suggested removing it all and going more grandeur in this space. Our inspiration is the bottom left photo although we will not be applying wallpaper in the center panels. The new floor to ceiling wall paneling will be painted out to help bring a fresh impression upon entering the house, but staying true to the homes character and architecture.
Our clients colour scheme for the dining room and living room flow, as they are directly across from each other. My client expressed to me in our consultation meeting how much she loved (a very specific) shade of green. I LOVE when clients have a colour they are passionate about.
Due to the tudor style of the home, I feel strongly that traditional and classic elements must take priority and modern pieces can make appearances in fabrics and accents. In the dining room we have blended these details carefully. The left scheme in the photo above will be for the formal living room, and the scheme on the right will be for the dining room. There are a few extra fabrics shown in both as I presented multiple options for a couple of applications. ALL the fabrics in both rooms are high performance (which means extreme durability) and already have Crypton protection on them, or they will receive the Nanotex treatment. So go right ahead and spill that wine, let the kids each chocolate on the upholstered coffee table, and let your dogs sleep on the couch…
My client doesn’t want her husband sleeping on the couch and pillows because she doesn’t want his “man sweat” ruining them. I told her he can sweat all he wants when he takes a nap and she doesn’t need to worry. Needless to say they were both thrilled. Oh, and I managed to fulfill his request for ultra luxe/soft fabrics on all upholstery and pillows as well.
Our inspiration board for the dining room: A blend of traditional and modern elements (disregard the red fabric on the chair).
For the addition (back part of the house) I went with shades of blue. We’ve got some really great architectural details planned for this part of the house to help keep the character of the home flowing.
Our palette for the Family Room, Kitchen and Breakfast Room which is all open concept.
Those cream fabrics are going to be upholstery – yes…upholstery. But with Nanotex protection of course!
Oh…and that dark navy velvet – I’m hoping I convinced them to do their sofa in that fabric. Ou-la-la!
Some wallpaper options for the mudroom. Left one is my FAVE!
This project in Oakville is coming along. The painter is working Christmas Eve to get all the walls primed and ready to paint for next week! We’re in limbo with this job right now, mostly waiting for orders to come in, the millwork to be delivered, tile to be installed, and first coats of paint to go up.
This should be a pretty spectacular kitchen once the backsplash is installed (a beautiful marble herringbone as shown below). The sink wall has no upper cabinets – just backsplash and a large window view to the backyard!
This is a new one that I haven’t posted about on social media yet. I’ve known this client for about 4 years, he works in the industry as a carpenter. He and his wife are adding an addition to their home in my favourite Etobicoke neighbourhood and asked for my help with the kitchen design. I will be assisting them through consult in the New Year with other areas in their home that is part of the addition as well.
I proposed some interesting details for this kitchen that I am hoping they go with in the end.
I’ve suggested a (subtle) raised panel door – on only the deep drawers as shown in the drawing above. I don’t know if it will be this specific applied moulding yet, or a different one.
We’re pricing the canopy detail two ways:
- As drawn
- With a panel to match the door profile and adding a slight curve to it. This will cost more, but I always like to max out a design for pricing and then see what works with the budget and scale back from there. This way, you’re not constantly going back to suppliers asking for different or additional pricing.
I am hoping they go with the stone ledge detail above the stove as well. A great spot for oils and some spices you use everyday, it adds some character and is something a little different than creating an inlay backsplash detail. There will be stone corbels on either side of the shelf connecting it to the countertop.
The last detail I proposed is in the dining room portion (right part of the elevation). Their front living room window (which is open to the dining room) is a beautiful diamond shaped leaded glass – typical detail for homes in this area. I absolutely LOVE feeding off the character of these homes and proposed that the upper glass cabinets flanking the artwork in the center should receive leaded mullions.
#projectgigault (mi casa)
I have so many plans lined up for my own house that I was hoping to tackle over the holidays, but that isn’t going to happen. I’ve just picked up another whole home in Mississauga and the site is moving faster than design right now. I’m on a time crunch to get all their millwork drawings done early on in 2016, so my own home will have to wait.
I’ve got my drapery installer coming beginning of January to install drapery in my living room and bedroom. I will post before and after pictures to show you guys how much of a difference adding drapery to a room makes. Never underestimate the power of finishing details!
Custom pinch pleat, mint blue panels for my living room!
I have a blank wall above my sofa in my living room screaming for a gallery. I recently purchased these pretties from my local thrift store and gave the mirror a paint job.
Isn’t the mirror lovely!? The quote in the gold oval frame reminds me of what my Papa taught me. You can read about that in my first post, here.
My master bedroom needs a nightstand DIY. I need to apply mouldings to the slab drawers and paint them out in a colour (probably a little lighter) like my inspiration photo below:
Inspiration image: San Francisco designer, Atelier Noel.
Isn’t this space stunning!?
The colour of the built-in’s are Pantone’s colour of the year: Serenity, which is the colour I’m after for my night stands.
And lastly my office has been forever on my to-do list. I need to get the walls patched and painted, and I NEED an inspiration collage of my favourite things in front of me while I work. I’m going to have a go at this design from Cutting Edge Stencils for an accent wall.
Inspiration gallery wall
Cutting Edge Wall Stencil
Look out for 2016 blog posts about all of these items for #projectgigault as they get done…if they get done… 🙂
That’s it for me. I’m signing off for the next bit over the Christmas break and am looking forward to a great year ahead for my business and clients!
So for now, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and I wish you all the best for 2016!