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Carr Project: Turning Blue

We’re checking in with Carr Project this week and if you don’t know what I’m talking about right now its not too late, go back and read the Carr Project Intro.

After a weather setback by extra rain that came with Hurricane Irma, the Carr home turned from white to Benjamin Moore’s Mysterious Blue with Simply White trim.

The progress on the project includes:

  • exterior painting
  • a new roof
  • exterior trim and siding repair
  • new gutters
  • landscape & bocce consult
  • paver demo
  • tree removal
  • concrete consult

Here’s our main inspiration for the space,

 

Our design will utilize a lot less white and have more of this vibe, that being deep blue and cedar and teak wood tones.

With a lot of sculptural grasses and texture, like one of my favorites Japanese Forest Grass

 

We’re using these elements in our design,

 

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Carr Project: Introduction

Betsy and I started work on a great project in August. It’s an exterior and outdoor living makeover. Our new clients are fun people who want to maximize their time lounging and hanging out in their own backyard. They have open minds and are totally open to suggestions…so yeah they are dreamy clients.

We’re working on a plan that includes a fireplace, sheltered outdoor space and a bocce court! Before we get started on the outdoor living in the back of the house, we’re working on a new exterior color combo for a mini-facelift.

We want to take this ranch from kind of cottage to a sleeker, more modern home. Once our clients told us they wanted to paint the house, I went to work on trying to convince them to go bold and because they are so easy going it didn’t take very long.

 

We’re removing the shutters, repairing some of the original exterior trim and working on selecting a new front door. We’ll be adding some other small elements on the front of the house like a new mailbox, house numbers and a cedar window box. The homeowners also had a consult with local landscaper Sean Butler from Butler Constructs to work on some changes for the front path and some new trees, shrubs and plants.

Stick around because we’re going to move pretty quick, the family needs to be playing bocce at Thanksgiving!

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Asheville Project: Bath Plan II

The Asheville clients got two design plans to choose from once we narrowed our vanity style down (i.e. color, white or wood) we were ready to jam out the overall plan. The clients narrowed it to a wood vanity or a colored vanity. We’ve seen the wood vanity concept, so let’s take a look at the vanity with some color.

I’m recently a fan of Benjamin Moore’s mysterious but saturated gray color called Brewster Gray. I don’t think it’s going to be an infallible color in every space but so far so good. I painted a sad little 1980s oak vanity Brewster Gray recently and it gave that little bathroom a new lease on life.

We’re keeping with a modern farmhouse aesthetic and my argument was strong for either a full shiplap wall or just wainscoting. Shiplap will add dimension and create that utilitarian look that we love so much.

A simple vanity with just a few drawers because it’s a guest bath and an open slatted shelf for towel storage should fit the 50″ wide space nicely.

The key differences between the two plans are the floor tile, sconce choices, hardware and the introduction of the blue/gray vanity. The obvious question to you is– Plan I or Plan II?

Asheville bath plan II

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Asheville Project: Bath Plan I

The Asheville Project is a guest bedroom and bathroom addition on to a newer home and the walls are about to go up.

Before we get to the sheetrock, we needed to figure out our design direction. After the clients narrowed the field of choices for vanity design to either wood or a blue/grey painted vanity, I put together two design plans for the clients to consider.

We’ve discussed the modern farmhouse vibe, we all love shiplap and we need to recognize the beautiful mountain environment outside without plastering bear paw imprints all over everything. I think we’ve achieved those things and a little more in these design mockups.

This is bath design plan I, the key difference is the rustic wood vanity.

Asheville bath plan I

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Durham Project: Progress City

The homeowners at the Durham project really steamrolled through this quick update with the help of their contractor who actually listened when they said, we have to finish this in a month before our baby is born.

What happened in about 3 weeks time? Interior paint, new flooring throughout most of the downstairs, kitchen cabinets painted, quartz counters on!

The Cosmos Carrara Classic counters are in, as well as their new faucet and single bowl undermount stainless steel sink. Subway tile backsplash awaits a light gray grout.

quartz countertop

 

Newly opened up space, combining the kitchen with the family room, the hub of the house. New flooring and paint color unites the space.

Flooring & paint progress

Unfortunately, the client couldn’t put hidden hinges on the existing cabinets, so they went on a quick hunt for polished nickel hinges to match our chosen kitchen cabinet hardware.

hardware matchup

Family room looking extremely fresh with new recessed lighting, Benjamin Moore Moonshine on the walls. The fireplace is primed in this photo. The homeowner liked the washed brick look and in a clutch decision decided not to paint the fireplace brick white.

Family Room moonshine

Horizontal backsplash border, some folks opt for a vertical bullnose border on the ends of the backsplash.

vertical backsplash border

Primed fireplace brick up close.

brick fireplace close

The TV is now mounted on the fireplace and the built-ins were repaired and got fitted with new shaker style cabinet doors.

TV installed2

Picking the right light gray grout for backsplash.

grout choice

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From Our Phones

Surely it’s cooling off in North Carolina as Sarah and her family bundle up for Fall. This means early evening soccer practices and kicking freshly fallen leaves down the sidewalks on the walks home from the local school.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles we just got through another heat wave and Betsy and her new puppy are so grateful for their new life with an air conditioner.

Betsy’s new family puppy matches her new black windows!

Butterflies aloft

One of Sarah's rental properties gets a new life in a once drab breakfast nook

One of Sarah’s rental properties gets a new life in a once drab breakfast nook

Carolyn's Blue Room

An underwater bedroom theme, in the making

Laney got her first haircut

Laney got her first haircut

New Indigo

We are still dyin over all indigo mudcloth and shibori goodness in our shop

Sarah has this things with floors

Sarah had a thing with a floor

Sarah snagged a snap of some blue and white at Pearl River antiques fair

Pearl River Mart had some gems in classic blue and white

 

You can always follow along in real time via Instagram – our most favorite place to hang out when we aren’t here on the blog.

SARAH is @theestateofthings

BETSY is @betsymoyer

Also, we introduced a products only instagram account for the shop. Follow it here @shopteot

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