Thank you Museum of Old Newbury!

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As we reach the end of Coastal Haven Designer Show House, I would like to personally thank the Museum of Old Newbury, it’s Director, Susan C.S. Edwards, event chairman, Jeannie Moak, all the jury committee members and museum employees for working to create such an incredible and successful event. I thank you for choosing me to participate, as it was an honor to be included along with such great group of designers and an incredible architect. It was a joy to meet all of you and I hope to stay in touch in the future. Also, a special thank you to our lovely homeowners for letting us showcase our talents in your beautiful home!

Also, a special thank you to all of my crew members and vendors who assisted in the implementation of my design, from the paint labor, furniture moving, custom fabric work, furniture, and area rug, to the fine art, once again your craftsmanship is greatly appreciated.If you are in the Newburyport area, be sure to stop in to the Museum of Old Newbury for a tour!

Finished Photo of my Designer Show House Room

I am very excited to be able to share some finished photos of my designer show house room.

After a few weeks of sharing some of the design elements involved in my design, now you can finally see how all of these design selections came together to create the finished space. The beautiful coastal view expands the room like a beautiful piece of artwork. Careful color and fabric selections seamlessly blend together creating a soothing environment. Custom furnishings, window treatments and upholstered items create a very comforting mix of patterns. I chose the cobalt blue leopard fabric as my starting point and the other fabrics all complement that selection. I chose this bold pattern to illustrate how a bold pattern, that might be scary at first, can be used to create instant drama in a room when used properly.

The beautiful original fireplace and woodwork are now highlighted with the proper finishing, and this small room now feels very spacious with properly scaled furnishings, and space planning. Windows now seem more symmetrical with the placement of custom window treatments which I designed to visually expand the space visually and highlight the view. Accessories add more properly scaled pattern, creating more visual interest, and a custom wool area rug grounds the room’s color scheme and furniture arrangement.

In the next few weeks I will share some more photos of the finished designer show house space.

The Coastal Haven Designer Show House will be open to tour until July 29th in Newburyport, MA.

Gia’s Room Complete- Coastal Haven- Designer Show House

iloveyousoWell everyone, today is the deadline for having our rooms complete here at the Newburyport Designer Show House. I actually completed my room 6 days earlier than the deadline, so it was nice to spend a little time enjoying my completed space. This gave me the extra time for my photographer to photograph every detail and I look forward to sharing those completed photos on my blog. I am on site today to check on my space and give it a final once over before this week’s scheduled press days! Then time to prepare for opening night’s gala! I will continue to share some more details about this room as we approach the opening of the show. I am also preparing a video series so you can see some more behind the scenes details about the making of this show house space. Hope some of you will come out to tour this beautiful home as it will be open to tour the month of July!

Choosing Furnishings- Coastal Haven Designer Show house- Living Room

iloveyouso-copyToday I will be sharing just a little bit about my show house space plan. I ordered furniture for the design show house space right after I was notified that my design was selected for the show. Our timeline was tight considering that we are dealing with custom work in almost every area of this room.

In this living room space I will be using a mix of custom made upholstered pieces and a vintage chair which I gave a fresh new look with modern fabric. I also mixed in some sleek lacquered designer pieces complementing my color scheme. Gleaming gold metallic and glass touches keep this room feeling light and airy, these finishes also reflect the beautiful morning sun light that pours in through the front windows. I had already prepared a complete space plan and all floor plans and elevation drawings as I submitted them in my original design presentation. So all of my selections were made and I was ready to get everything ordered as the clock was ticking toward our deadline. Measurements must be exact as space planning for a room of this size must be very precise in measurement and proportion.

Everything ordered for this room was delivered to my office from a variety of my designer vendors, unpacked, checked for imperfections, re-packed and transported to the show house, where my crew and I re-assembled and placed each piece according to my plan. The furniture looks beautiful in the space and I can’t wait to show you the completed room!

There is no substitute for a proper space plan. I have seen homeowners weep after ordering a beautiful furniture piece on their own, thinking they will save some money on their special find, only to realize that not only does it not fit up the stairs, but once they hire someone to take their stairway apart to get it up the stairs, it doesn’t even look proportioned to the rest of the furnishings and cannot be returned or removed. Expensive mistakes can be made without a proper space plan and thorough knowledge of how to figure out what items will work in your space. Let me help you prepare the perfect space plan for your next design project!

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