There is nothing like creating a design and seeing it come to life! As a designer, I have a vision in my head and then hope after all of the selections are made that it becomes what I had hoped it would be!! One person who makes this happen is Joan Borawski. She is the talented girl that creates our renderings, by hand, to scale, the old fashioned way. She is able to bring the texture, color and vision to paper and allows our clients to see “exactly” what their room will look like!!
For some reason, this year, we have been designing several family rooms. It’s rewarding to be able to create a space that people will gather in and make it beautiful, comfortable and functional. Check these out:
This client yearned for a space that was uncluttered, a place for reading, relaxing and conversation. We selected chaise lounges in a soft, textured fabric from Bernhardt Interiors, a funky modern chair from West Elm and a soft shaggy custom area rug!
A major addition for this Marietta, Georgia family of 5, this room is kid and pet friendly. The use of slipcovers, Sunbrella fabrics and a custom FLOR rug make it indestructible!! We were excited to incorporate one of our favorite pieces of art from Sugarboo Designs.
If you keep up with us, you may remember the space we designed for the boy’s cottage at The United Methodist Children’s Home last fall. This was such a rewarding charity project and we’ve heard that the boys are loving their new hangout space!! You can read about it HERE!
Each of these drawings emphasizes the end result of the collaboration between designers, manufacturers, installers and artists who help bring our visions to life!!
May 23, 2013 No Comments
We are blessed to do what we love for a living. We work hard everyday but some projects bring a new level of happiness to our lives.
This Spring we tackled another Room Service Atlanta project at the United Methodist Children’s Home. The feeling of accomplishment and humbleness we sense at the end of these projects never ceases to amaze us.
We are excited to share that the project has been installed and the room is complete!
We are thankful for the love and support of our families, friends, vendors, and business associates. Without you and your donations this transformation wouldn’t be possible.
On Monday morning we loaded up our cars and headed to the Children’s Home. We couldn’t wait to get started!
Talk about a treasure trove! Unloading our cars and unpacking our goodies was like Christmas morning! It was navy and emerald HEAVEN!
Of course every install starts with a good clean so the whole apartment got a tough scrub down (and you thought being a designer was all about the glamour!) Thankfully the entire space was primed and painted prior to our arrival by our friends at Verge & Associates who donated an entire crew and paint products to transform our space!
Look at those muscles!
After the apartment was clean it was time to get down to business. A big thank you to our hard-working installers Chris and Brad from Hangman Installations and Bruce from Bruce Marko Home Improvements who donated their time Monday. They did a tremendous job installing this chevron rug donated by Flor, hanging window treatments and art and installing new light fixtures.
After a long (and only slightly sweaty) day it was time to step back and enjoy the beauty.
The bedroom and bathroom was painted Bedford Grey by Glidden (who donated the paint!). We added a custom sink skirt to freshen it up. All of the fabrics were donated by Atlanta based Lewis and Sheron Textiles. The window treatments, euro bed pillows and sink skirt were fabricated by the super talented Sue Cruickshank from SJC designs.
We repurposed an antique mirror and asked Joan Borawski to work her magic and give it some jazz! (Yes, the mirror is hanging upside down – it is hiding a gaping hole that was created when we removed the ugly medicine cabinet).
This sweet little nook is the perfect reading spot for studying or relaxing. We recovered a vintage chair Joann found (for $35 at a flea market) in a preppy navy and green combination. Leather Creations was gracious enough to make our upholstery dreams come to life!
The spool table was a HomeGoods find that we had repainted with fun stripes. The vintage lamp was donated by our friend Kemp Hickey who can be found at Scott’s Antique Market the second Saturday of every month.
Missing from the corner? Artwork from Steve Penley which is on the way! WOW!!!!
Doesn’t this spot look cozy?
Since there wasn’t enough room to squeeze a sofa and a bed in the room we opted for a daybed to serve both functions. We loaded it up with comfy pillows from Elaine Smith, Homegoods and SJC Designs. The charming swimsuit prints were donated by Wendover Art. They were the inspiration for our playful room!
We fell in love with the “crab trap” light fixture donated by Currey & Co. It really is the cherry on top of this brand new space!
This dainty wicker table (we picked up for FREE at the UMCH flea market shop) makes for a cheery dining/homework space once it was painted Sherwin Williams Dill (SW6438). We hung vintage postcards on a distressed frame backed with chicken wire (thank you TJ Maxx) to add a personal touch. The fun colors matched our decor and added a little nautical jazz. The placemats (under the lantern) are made from reclaimed sailcloth from the philanthropic minded MK Coastal. The yellow stripe matched the chairs perfectly (ok sometimes you just get lucky!)
This precious little whale has a lighthearted quote and we hit the jackpot when we found this driftwood pendant (donated by Currey & Co.)
At the end of the day we could not be more thrilled to leave this gorgeous room in the hands of a young girl. We hope her new apartment inspires her as much as this project has inspired us!
We wish her a fortunate and blessed life!
May 15, 2013 8 Comments
As I think about the joys in my life, this is what comes to mind:
1. An amazing husband who is the most unselfish, caring person I know.
2. A career in interior design that rewards me on a daily basis with a fabulous business partner and staff.
3. A great group of girlfriends I don’t know what I would do without.
4. The fact that I wake up every day and feel good.
But most of all, my biggest joy in life are my two daughters, Christina and Amanda. They have brought their share of challenges but have also given me a great deal of pride and happiness and I love seeing them grow into successful young women!
I wanted to share this with you…….
Some day when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a mother, I will tell them:
I loved you enough to ask about where you were going, with whom at what time you would be home.
I loved you enough to insist that you save your money to buy a bike, even though we could afford to give it you.
I loved you enough to make you return a Milky Way – with a bite out of it – to the drug store to confess “I stole this.”
I loved you enough to be silent while you found out your new best friend was a creep.
I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that would have taken me 15 minutes.
I loved you enough to let you take responsibility for your actions even when the penalties almost broke my heart.
I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, disgust and tears in my eyes.
I loved you enough to admit I was wrong and ask for your forgiveness.
I loved you enough to let you stumble, fall and get hurt.
But most of all, I loved you enough to say NO when you hated me for it. That was the hardest part of all.
From “I Loved You Enough” by Erma Bombeck
Happy Mother’s Day!!
May 11, 2013 1 Comment
Monday is the BIG day! Thanks to an invitation from Room Service Atlanta, we are installing and making dreams come true for the girl’s cottage at the United Methodist Children’s Home. You can read about what we’ve been up to this time and what a worthy cause this is on our blog here! We are excited to share just a little tid-bit of what’s coming MONDAY!
So here it is. Just a taste of what’s to come!
This navy and creme chevron rug has been donated by FLOR (for the second year in a row) to help liven up the space! Their products are versatile, durable, and stylish.
We found some special items to repurpose and left the magic to the master – Joan, of Joan of Art Brushed and Beyond Studios. The table on the left has been round in rope and painted and distressed in navy and green stripes. The unique shape of the vintage mirror was accentuated by adding those same stripes around the edge of the frame!
This green chevron shower curtain is sure to get some cheers from these girls! We found this little gem on Etsy.
We stumbled upon these repurposed rope-wrapped wine bottles and an old sail boat to help accessorize at a local boutique. Just perfect for our coastal vibe!
Okay, last but not least! Mkcoastal.com was wonderful enough to donate two placemats made from reclaimed sailcloth similar to these pillows that we will use on a vintage wicker dining table!
We cannot wait to install these great products and everything else into these cottages on Monday! A BIG thank you to ALL of our sponsors, this cottage is going to help put these girl’s on a great path, and we are so lucky to be a part of that!
Stay tuned for the BIG reveal on MONDAY!
May 9, 2013 2 Comments
There comes a time when you know that bigger and better things are on the horizon and for Kandrac and Kole that time is NOW!
We have loved our beautiful office in downtown Acworth for the past three years – a lot of exciting things have happened in that place! But all of a sudden, the stars aligned and the timing was right and we were blessed with the perfect new spot to call HOME!
So goodbye historic downtown Acworth!
After a few days of packing (and a lot of help from our friends and family) we were loaded up for re-location! We swear we are VERY organized and are NOT horders but it didn’t look like it!
Did I mention all the boxes??
And moving those horrendous fabric books (hello heating pad meet my back…)
Our charming new home is located in historical downtown Kennesaw, just miles from our old office! We are thrilled because we have an entire HOUSE that allows us room to grow. Thank God for our hard working team and tireless husbands!
Of course we couldn’t just move right in without making it K&K suitable so after a fresh coat of paint, new carpet, all new light fixtures and a lots of reorganization in record time, we can let you peak in the window….
Get ready – this is where the K&K magic happens!
Our installer Chris Ray helped hang all of our art including a gallery of our work in our new (emerald green of course) conference room! Light fixture by Robert Abbey… looooove!
Our husbands were super duper team players (as long as we kept the cooler filled with ice and beer).
Goodbye crappy builder blah light fixtures ….
Hellloooo Visual Comfort!
Our new fabric workroom is our favorite creation. It’s much bigger than our old space and has PLENTY of room for a 40″x80″ custom made work station that is on the way!
Of course our office wouldn’t be complete without a place for our gang to work! These flush mount light fixtures (thank you Currey @ Co.) were a must-have as were the high gloss workstation tables in our new “loft” area (thank you Ikea).
We are looking forward to working in our sophisticated new space that matches our fun-loving personalities! Keep a look out for more pictures of our new digs (and look closely in the windows)!
PS. Don’t worry, our mailing address and phone numbers won’t change, so stay in touch!!!
May 7, 2013 No Comments