Sunday, April 10, 2016

Chico's new vibe, new catalog and the house they shot in...

The latest Chico's catalog  caught my eye.  I can honestly say that I have never been a Chico's fan but the whole new vibe pulled me in  and made me take a really long gander.... What mostly caught my eye  was the gorgeous home that they shot in.  This house is AMAZING...It takes advantage of the most gorgeous natural light; everything works so well together....the windows,  the wood floors , the cool architectural elements, the lighting,  the  fabulous tile floor (and I know this is a run on sentence but I must go on), the  furniture... it all makes me so happy.

 The table and  ottomans under the table, the counter stools,  I love it all...and I  like the shorts and the shoes....
Did I say that I LOVE the floors and look at that door and I really like the blouse and the skirt is cute.
I love all the contrasts in the house; the gorgeous vertical paneling and the amazing natural wood door and I really like  the white on white outfit and did i mention those floors?

Everything about this house works .  Bravo Chico's, your creative director got it  so right. You've created an entirely new vibe of which I think revives your old look and feel and you've made me think about Chico's again as a possible clothing source. And  double bravo to the person who built and designed this house, you did everything right , and did I say that I love those floors?

Friday, February 12, 2016

The C Word

The C Word….

Isn’t it amazing how that title can grab your attention or totally put you off?

Crazy, curious, cute, cuddly, cunning……or the dreaded COUNTRY was really what I was referring to.

Recently, I’ve been giving some thought to the aesthetic of  "country,” and how it applies to design.  

To really appreciate this, you need to go back to my younger years.  My love affair with country anything started way back when my Auntie Ellie gave me Mary Emmerling's American Country book.  I loved her style and still do.  At the time, she was designing open shelving with  no upper cabinets -----long before anyone else did them.  Her simple yet appealing ways of making a room come to life by adding all sorts of contrasts was new to me.

I recently renovated my kitchen and I thought I wanted modern,  But then I discovered, I wanted something clean and open ----and CONTEMPARY or dare I say COUNTRYISH, those well know design circles would not agree .

In reflection, it was hard to believe that I, the designer, lived with its fair share of what most would consider "country" pieces. Amazing farmhouse tables, vintage shoe racks that hold wine bottles, hutches that house my collection of ironstone, etc. etc. etc.
After my Renovation, it’s clear to me that I haven’t taken the complete leap to modern, but I like what I have.

Stay true to yourself in life and design. Do what makes you happy and don't listen to the well know design circles.  

Thank you, Mary!

Just a sneak peek of the space, more to come.
Kyle Caldwell photography

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Location, Location, Location

We just wrapped up an amazing project with fabulous clients in a Boston suburb. This family with two small children has made things easy for us. Each time we work with a new client we love the opportunity for our creativity to unfold. Design has taught us to think outside of the box, giving the client what they want in an incredible way and not imposing our personal style. 

In the grand foyer we brought in a a custom settee, covered in fabric by Ralph Lauren. The round centerpiece table really grounds the open space with the custom Merida carpet. We reframed the clients' artwork and arranged in a neat grid. At the top of the staircase we added a large scale work of art, an Elysian Tree in black and white. Talk about a warm welcome!

We added this carrara marble shelf to the mini alcove in the foyer, a beautiful detail. 

The dining room was a fun space to introduce this Romo floral wallcovering and the drapes in a gorgeous velvet fabric by Cowtan & Tout. The sleek dining room table is by Holly Hunt. As for the pretties, the mirror is from Arteriors and the stunning statement candelabras are from Dune & Duchess.

We finished up the living room with a patchwork rug, as well as a custom window seat and custom pillows.

For the children's music room we created a collage of art from Sugarboo Design.

In the family room we designed a custom coffee table and brought in an abstract art duo.
In the powder room we used a Schumacher wallcovering and simple artwork from Soicher Marin.

A good designer listens; this project was a perfect opportunity to step out of our comfort zone and what fun we had! We're so happy to share this project with you, stay tuned for more projects and happenings at Kelly McGuill Home!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Studio Reveal

We are so excited to share photos of our newly transformed studio space with all of you! Our new office has come a long way from when we started the project earlier this fall. It's great what a few cosmetic updates can do - like removing layers of old wallpaper, taking down tile on the walls and adding a fresh coat of paint. We were thrilled with how gorgeous the floors turned out after refinishing them, as well as updating the lighting with a fun industrial twist. The before and after shots are so amazing...





Our new signs and window decals are the cherry on top of our wonderful new space for KMH. 

This project is a perfect example of what a difference an open mind and a fresh coat of paint can make! Cheers to a new chapter for Kelly McGuill Home, as well as a happy holiday season to you all! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Milton pediatrics Renovation

 I've crossed one thing off my bucket list ... Kelly McGuill Home is wrapping up an amazing commercial interior design project.   Our firm was asked awhile ago to be involved in a complete renovation of Milton Pediatrics in Braintree, Mass. A fabulous office with over fourteen pediatricians, amazing nurses,  devoted administrative people and a gaggle of kids from newborns to teenagers has been transformed. As a mother, I spent more time than I care to admit at the Pediatricians office with my boys; I remember sitting in our office and planning what I'd do differently to the space if given the opportunity. Well,  Gabby and I were given that opportunity and we loved every minute of the process.  It couldn't have happened without the guidance of Katie and Chelsea ; two fabulous office managers who fought for our design plans and all the while stating that they wanted  Milton pediatric  parents to feel welcome and their kids to just love the space.
Our story board started with a world map wallpaper for the teen age area with tandem seating by Izzy furniture. Phillip Jeffries grass cloth adorns several walls,  white ship lap reception areas with bamboo desk tops make for a clean and modern look ,brass lighting from Circa  adds a classic and unexpected flash  to the space.  Sugarboo art lines most every  hallway wall , details like command centers and charging stations are soon to be in place. And we cant forget all those little play things that keep kids busy while they are waiting.
Andrew Martin  wallpaper is acting as a large art wall in the newborn area.  As a group we tried to think of everything that both kids and parents would need and want while visiting, we hope we achieved that.
Stay tuned ...more finished photos to come.......


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Out with the pumpkins, in with the tree...

      With the cold temperatures becoming part of our every day and Thanksgiving right around the corner, the KMH team is getting ready to say farewell to our adorable pumpkin stacks and autumn decor. We thought it would be fun to give you a little holiday inspiration for the winter season! Here are a few festive, yet simple ways to slowly introduce your holiday spirit into your home or work place!

1   tabletop noble fir from Terrain
2   white lanterns from iKea
3   white pillar candles from Crate and Barrel
4   globe lights from Terrain
5   magnolia wreath from Terrain
6   glass cylinder vase from Crate and Barrel
7   tree basket from Serena and Lily 

        With this Friday being Black Friday, the real holiday shopping frenzy sets in and the festivities begin! The KMH design team is wishing everyone a very happy and joyful Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for your visits and look forward to sharing the holiday season with you!

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a good night! Cue "All I want for Christmas" by Mariah Carey playing in the office on repeat. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Secrets of a Stylist

“As designers, we love what we see in magazines, 
but truthfully we want our clients to be able to 
live in their homes and have it be practical,” 

-Kelly McGuill

Kelly McGuill Home strives to create an environment for each client that he or she is able to truly enjoy and live in. Living in a home that is constantly looking immaculate is not a realistic way to live. Yes, in magazines and catalogs houses look stunning and effortless; however, the truth is those spaces are styled by professionals. Stylists take out pieces of furniture to create a better composition and sometimes even fake the perspective of furniture for the perfect shot. Here are some easy methods to help style your own home

As one of Kelly's favorites mantras goes... less is more. Spaces begin to come alive when there is not a lot of clutter. Clutter can be a distraction from the focal furniture and accessories. The photo below highlights the pieces of furniture with subtle accessories - simple coffee table tray and books, as well as understated shelving decor. 

Reducing the number of objects on your countertops can make a huge difference in making a space seem instantly larger and more orderly. Kelly enjoys using glass jars, fresh fruit or flowers to make a space come alive. 

Shelving can seem to be an impossible feat when faced with the challenge of filling it. A great way to transform your shelves is to create a balance in various types of objects. For example, you may have some stacked books (horizontal and/or vertical) glass accents, prized objects (trophies, small sculptures, etc.), candle sticks for height and small plants to add some life. A solid balance throughout will make for a both interesting and attractive display.

An easy way to accessorize is with a few smaller books or a couple larger books, try a neutral tray or even fresh flowers or a small plant for some volume. Here's a great side table to add some flare!

Here's to beautiful homes everywhere! Let the charm of your own personal style show and let us know some ways you bring life into your own home! Keep in touch with the Kelly McGuill Home Design Team on our Instagram and website throughout the holidays!