Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a shirt from Ann Taylor, floral skirt from Anthropologie and flats from J. Crew.
Happy Tuesday! The first Tuesday of June 2018. Since this is one of my favorite months I don’t want it to pass too quickly . When clients are on vacation I make sure to keep following up on projects in the works and meet with vendors. Knowledge is power and I pride myself on keeping up with what is new in the industry. What I don't need for a project right now I may next month. There is so much that goes on behind the scene in the world of design— so many moving parts. Adison is learning first hand how much follow up is involved in a design job. I worked a little last week on moving some completed jobs to the back room to make room for current ones in my big bookshelf by my desk. It was getting a little out of hand how many shopping bags were on the floor around the design table. They’re are so many fabrics flying around my studio... order is key in making sure they are in the appropriate client bag. I reuse the beautiful bags that I receive in the fabric showrooms to store my jobs. The bigger the job... the more the bags.
As I am receiving new magazines... I always make sure that I have read and covered all of the articles I like in the older issues. I had not covered everything in the May/June issue of Traditional Home— and that is where the article comes from for today. This couple got transferred from Boston to California right after completing their dream home in Boston of a 1740s farmhouse full of antiques. Matt and Sue O’Connor found the perfect designer for their transition on the sideline of the soccer field. Lara Fishman’s daughter played on the same team as their daughter. Fishman was able to help the O’Connors use their antiques in a new and fresh way and make their California home very California current but still feel like home. Enjoy the article and have a Super Tuesday!
This dining room table went through quite the transformation. What was once a French farmhouse table with embellishments now has a black base and a shellacked white top. Paired with the Ghost chairs and the Louis XVI chairs painted white...Voila!! We now look like California full of happy color. The chandelier is made up of 4 pendants hung at different heights. Fabulous!
The wood carved arm chairs also go through a great transition. Where they used to be done in a stately burgundy velvet.... they now are a mixture of leather and a fun blue more casual fabric. This room feels fun and fresh with the blues and pops of orange.
The O’Connors were really pushed out of their comfort zone in the kitchen.... but loved the results. First there was the choice of the turquoise beaded chandelier—-so SASSY!!!! The traditional chairs are upholstered in a bright yellow vinyl. Then there is the zinc topped table.... not really Boston style but refreshing here in California. I love the built in banquette!!!
The large ottoman that they already owned is given new life reupholstered in a yellow snakeskin vinyl. The sectional is a great space saving idea giving extra seating. The tri-colored light fixture adds a great twist to the area.
Such a happy room for the daughter. I love using these fluffy white rugs in girl’s room! The pink, white, and touches of green are young and appropriate.
Great bunk room for their 10 year old son. The planet theme is carried into the ceiling—which has such a great shape!! The wall paper is like looking at stars.
Vintage wicker chairs done in an unexpected peacock blue have great attitude with the pop of orange pillows on the veranda.
A super outdoor seating to enjoy a fire on chilly California nights. The orange cocktail tables give the pizazz to the area.
The pool was added to the house after they purchased it. These sleek lounge chairs and the lights in the trees create a magical setting.
What a fantastic moment with this hanging swing and the wicker lanterns. I know this is a far cry from their Boston roots..... but life is about rolling with the punches and making lemonade out of lemons. This California home has turned into a fabulous pitcher of lemonade!!!!!!!
Title: "Best of Both" article featured in Traditional Home
Text: Krissa Rossbund
Designer: Lara Fishman
Photographer: Lu Tapp
I love this cute quote!!
For dinner last night we had a chopped salad with avocado and baked chicken- yum!
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