Project Hey Hey NJ is one of our major house projects of the summer. Progress is happening and here's the deal: Nice couple with cute baby moved to this quaint yet expansive home one year ago. They have family near and far and guest rooms a-plenty. The space, designed by Tina Ramchandi Design, is nearly finished, and Tina kindly brought us in to help make the walls look their best. With whole house projects, we follow the save and splurge strategy, mixing and matching pricier pieces with bargain buys, creative concepts and decorative pieces to create a unique, balanced and personable finished look. To date we've purchased round 1 of 3 buys, and here are some highlights:
1. Michele Krauss
I LOVE this piece. It's a nice combo of hard and soft textures, and the wires over the surface provide a nice sculptural element. It's the signature piece in the living room and will takeover a big wall, visible from the kitchen. Here's the before pic of the big fat wall:
2. Mirena Kim
These are decorative tear-shaped ceramics. We're buying ~50 of them for then end of an otherwise lonely hallway that leads to the main guest room. They make that hallway visually interesting, and the earthy tones go well with interior vibe. Here's the currently lonely wall. HELP IS ON THE WAY!!:
3. Jordan Sullivan
Grandma's room is an important one in this house. It has an old bed that's been in the family for years, an antique (or reproduction?) dresser and a charming street view. The art needs to be on brand so for here, we're bringing in some colorful large nature photographs by Jordan Sullivan that are unexpected together, but give the space a grandparently-warmth.
4. Random piece of Tin
This is a random piece of tin. It's from a showroom the New York Design Center and the only story around is that there are ton of them, each shaped slightly differently. They're cheap and versatile, and honestly I recommended a ton of them for one big wall, but that was nixed. Instead, we're doing one in the wallpapered powder room (pic below) and I'm super psyched to see how it pans out.
Finally, here are some additional spaces currently on our radar. We're balancing the client's love for nature and photography with a thoughtfully curated selection of various media, and large-scale pieces that work within the whole-house budget. STAY TUNED for updates on this project. It's a fun one and spoiler: the ones we do with designers have THE BEST photos to show for it.