I am so excited about this one. The clients are a young, newly-married couple who inherited the husband's parents' 1950s lake house. It needs to be updated, of course, but once I get finished with it, it's going to be the cutest thing ever. We started with the living room and adjoining kitchen.

I found this vintage light fixture at a local shop, and loved it so much I designed the entire kitchen around it. I bought it for the clients sight unseen, and if they don't love it as much as I do, I will cry. And make them use it anyway.

Everything else is a mixture of new and vintage, but the major updating will be painting the (old, not cute) cabinets and changing the (old, not cute) hardware. My clients want to do this in phases, but of course I'm pushing for all at once for maximum impact.

And I chose a Duralee fabric for the vintage chair reupholstery, so it was nice that they approved me for a trade account today. Fortuitous!

Anyway, very excited about this one. And if you are a nice person who likes what you see here, I have openings for late October. Contact here.

 

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I helped an online client with her bedroom recently (along with her living room, and I am waiting with BATED BREATH for the "after" pictures, damn, hurry up, Jen!), and she asked for some high and low options for each. We used a great picture as inspiration for her bedroom, this amazing design from Elizabeth Bauer's bedroom in Lonny:

Sigh. If only I could use Porthault linens in all of my designs. Anyway, I made my adorable client a high and low version of her bedroom. We ended up using totally different wallpaper and bed linens, but the end result is going to be just as gorgeous. And you could do way worse than starting with this for inspiration.

Here, for your viewing enjoyment, is the high/low version of this bedroom.

1. I'd actually recommend finding a vintage tufted headboard and having it recovered, but you can buy both of these online. (High/Low: Serena & Lily/West Elm)

2. Differently priced wallpapers, same great impact. Oh, how I want to wallpaper someone's ceiling. Any takers? (High/Low: Rose Cumming/Random internet wallpaper)

3. If you are going to buy a damn sconce with a cord/cord cover, it might as well be an affordable one. Add an inexpensive shade and you are a design hero. (High/Low: Circa Lighting/CSN; Shade: Laura Ashley)

4. Oh, Porthault. I love you almost as much as I love my beloved home-staters, Leontine Linens. However, some of us have to use substitutes for now. (High/Low: Porthault/Garnet Hill)

5. One of these is high, and one is low. Can you tell the difference? I thought not. (High/Low: Restoration/Overstock)

6. If you do not have a beautiful white tole chandelier available to you, then I suggest you find some bargain vintage light and spray paint the shit out of it. (High/Low: Both random internet searches)

I hope you have enjoyed this episode of High/Low. I certainly have. Bargain shoppers forever!

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The first thing I need to tell y'all is a pro tip, and it is this: Do not buy any plants for your house that are tiny. I mean it, Internet. Stop buying baby-ass plants where you're like, "It's so cute right now! It will get bigger!" No it won't. It won't get bigger, and you will just be watering the damn thing until it dies. Example:

 

Do you have one of these? I'm sorry, but I am going to have to ask you to get rid of it immediately. I know you think you have a green thumb, but this will never look good. Into the trash, please.

OK, that is not what I wanted to talk about in this entry, but I couldn't help myself. I just keep seeing terrible plants in gorgeous interiors, and it's making me sad.

What I wanted to do was to feature the kind of thing I am doing with my time now. Allow me to show you a super-exciting living room design that I'm working on.

This is a living room for people who have just moved into an actual house, and not a rental space. These clients are basically starting from scratch, and definitely have a budget in mind. They want modern, but not too $$$. So, I did a bunch of high/low for them to choose from, with both low-budget and vintage items, and a couple of splash-out type situations. Those amazing orange lamps are still available somewhere, so if you find them, don't buy them.

This is where I say that I can do this for you, too. And I can! See here.

PS. My clients also love cats.

PPS. The actual curtains will be pinch-pleated.

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