Thursday, October 30, 2014

Amazing Before and After

Work has been busy,  I have many creative and interesting things happening that I'll fill you in on later.  Here is a project that I want to share with all of you. One client that I have worked with over the years is a good friend.  She came to me several years ago for help with their Cape Cod house.  Pat, wanted her  summer home to feel quite different from their home above, which is in a suburb of Boston.  Pat and her husband are amazing , down-to earth people.  They have raised four incredible sons, who turned out to be really nice people, just like their parents. I loved working on these two rooms and making them feel more like this great couple. It was a collaboration with Pat that made all of this incredibly successful, So now (drum roll please) ...to  the before pics.  Pat allowed me to share these with you.


 These are two of the before pictures.  We added new hardwood flooring to the family room, removed the brick wall and wood burning stove, painted, added new window treatments, new furnishing and kept some of the old furnishing.
It's a transformation that really works.  It's classic, simple and beautiful.  Natural light comes thru, the rooms now feel like Pat and Walter.  Thank you both for letting me be a part of your project.  All my best, Kelly




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Let there be Light

After living in our home for 20 plus years we, ok mostly me , decided  it was time to change up a few things.  One son out of college and one almost out of college, we/ I felt like it was time to make some changes. Natural light is so important to me and in certain areas of our home it was lacking.  You've heard the expression about  " first impression being so important", well we/ I, decided to change our front door and make a grand first impression and bring in some much needed natural light. It was perfect timing as our original door molding was failing from twenty plus  years of moisture and failed flashing.  I obsessed a bit ( I am so O so D) and wondered if by adding a door with glass to the front of our home, would I  be taking away from the architectural details that I have always loved.  Well, I don't think it did, in fact,  I think we've made an incredible first impression .  There are times when I do something different in our home and it takes me a while to  decide whether  I love it or hate it.  But not this change, I immediately loved it. No more coming downstairs in our underwear but, I can deal with that.
Another change coming is our kitchen.


Our kitchen has stood the test of time. By using classic elements like white wood shaker style cabinets, subway tile, honed Carrera marble, hardwood floors and stainless appliances we created a space that is timeless. Our kitchen is over twenty years old but could pass ( if you don't look to hard) as a kitchen recently built.  However, if I knew then what i know now, this room would be twice as big.  I'd forgo a formal living and formal dining room and have our kitchen be our "command central". We love to entertain with small , medium and large gatherings;  no matter what we do to try to bring the gathering into other areas of our first floor, everyone always ends up in the kitchen.  So the wall going into the pantry is coming down, upper cabinets are going  , a large island is coming in and the L section of our bottom cabinets are leaving. We'll be adding windows with simulated true divided grills to replace  the small window above the sink.   Stay tuned, as I can't wait to share this with you.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Before and After with my Dream Client


As a designer , I am so lucky to be doing what I love .  The fact that I get to work with amazing people is such a bonus.  About a year ago, I met my "Dream Client" or I should say , One of my Dream Clients.  Meg is someone who is so open to suggestions and professes that she "really isn't good at decorating".  I disagree.  Here are a few images of the before and after of her living room transformation.
 Although, we still have some finishing touches for the space.  It feels  transformed. I think she might think differently about her decorating capabilities.
Here is a before picture, the space is beautiful, bright and has great bones.  It does however, have many design issue that can be challenging to decorate.  The room is long and narrow , has two accesses from different rooms, it also has multiple focal points ; the fireplace and the large window in the front of the house.  We decided to use Meg's own sofa and her Mother Millie's two absolutely fabulous rattan chairs upholstered in a navy felt,  they make the space.  As I like to repeat,  I love contrasts. I think they work in any space and really make a room come to life. We added Phillip Jeffries Grass cloth to the walls, layered a brindle hide on top of a natural jute rug and added an acrylic table to the mix.  The drapery panels are a Holly Hunt Perennials fabric  in a navy and tan ,it is one of my favorite fabrics ever.  The large window in the front of the room was outfitted with white wood plantation shutters.



We have moved on to other areas of the house, and I can't wait to share the pictures with you.  Thank you Meg, for being a dream….
photos taken by Sarah Winchester www.sarahwinchester.wordpress.com




















Friday, August 1, 2014

Lucky Me

It has been far too long since I blogged, in fact I needed to relearn the entire process this morning.  I have lots to share .  Work has been amazingly busy and I am so grateful for that.  I have three amazing women who work with me.  The fabulous and talented Gabrielle Lazaros, interior designer extraordinaire . Lori Lersch designer, letter writer, therapist and transplant from LA and Intern Nicole Noonan who has an incredible eye and an amazing work ethic. Our team has worked on jobs from near and far.  We just completed a job in New Jersey , worked on a condo in Manhattan and  shot the home above on the Cape several months ago.
 I am going to write down my goal of blogging more often (i just read that a goal is more likely to happen if you write it down), so I have yellow post it notes all over the office with the word blog and shoulders back (oh, that's a story for another blog*).
Anyway, the house above was an amazing renovation that I did with one of my favorite clients.  They allowed me to photograph the house and I want to share some of the images with you.
Joss and Main asked to use the image above on their website (how cool).
* remember the large massive floor lamp that looks like it came from a ship, that's a story for another blog however just remember it.
All of these images were taken by the fabulous Eric Roth and styled by the uber talented Tracy Parkinson of Nest and Company nest and Company.  Tracy is an Interior Designer and Stylist and we have worked together for years on many great projects.  Her new website is amazing, check it out.  Here are a few images from Tracy's site that I love.



Thanks for checking in.  It feels so great to be blogging again. 
All images taken by Eric Roth with the exception of the last three images taken by Peter Urbanski.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Coastal Living

A beach house should be a place of simplicity and relaxation, a place where memories of sun & sand exist. It must be functional, yet beautiful. When we think of a beach house we think of family and friends, boating and sand castles. Well... this is exactly what the design of the interior should reflect.

Here's a few images we love, a way to get you inspired to begin your beach house project, or at least to take a quick break from the hustle & bustle of the everyday, and learn some tricks on how to simplify your home, so that it feels like a vacation everyday.

The interior of a beach house should contain items that remind you of the memories that have been made there, and those that will be made in the future. Also, it must contain pieces you love, and colors that make you happy. The overall design must reflect and add to the calming nature of  living on the water. Blues, greens, whites, and wood tones are an easy way to get that beachy feeling inside. We love using whites as the basis for the design, and bringing in colors and textures through furniture and accessories.


Our go to items are the Mainly Baskets occasional chairs, that bring in some great wood tones, and Dash and Albert Indoor/ Outdoor rugs. The rugs are so functional for a beach home that sees lots of sand and salt water, as it can be taken outside and hosed down! We love going to antique stores and flea markets to find some great pieces to add to the design. Here are some pictures we love, enjoy.


Xoxo Kelly McGuill Home Design Team

           























Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Simple Changes

Simple Changes make a world of a difference. Isaac Wood, an up and coming photographer, came over yesterday to photograph some images of a few simple changes that we made to a screened in porch and laundry room. They were small changes, yet they made such a positive difference, and the pictures came out stunning, so we thought we would share them with you!

 
After years of use, the laundry room needed a facelift, so we decided to put in some new white hexagonal floor tile, and inexpensive white subway tile from Home Depot. These small details made for such an appealing, inexpensive renovation to a room that sees lots of dirty socks. The Boston Functional light fixture forms a beautiful relationship with the painted black window panes. This makes the room so much more appealing, don't you agree? We plan to add some shelving and accessories, but how simple and adorable is this laundry room!




The focal point of the screened in porch is oh so obviously the white, tufted naugahyde ottoman. We had this made by the fabulous Lauren Michaels Design. It adds a cozy feel, and makes for enjoying the view with your feet up so fun! The texture from the wicker, as well as the baskets, and wood elements make the contrast in the space so amazing. We used Perennials fabric on the cushions and pillows to give way to stress free entertaining in a place that sees a lot of traffic. As Kelly always says, the porch should be an extension of the way you live inside of your home. 

Also depicted in the image: Mainly Basket sofas, West Elm console, Raw hide from the Raw Hide Company, Perennials fabrics, and of course, Green apples from Whole Foods (: 

So our advice to you is this: Look around for some simple changes you can make to your home that will make you smile and create a wonderful space for you to live in. 

xoxo Kelly McGuill Home Design Team

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Tweet, Treat and Peek

WOW, say that three times fast. I have been wonderfully busy and have not had time to blog.  However I have been tweeting? Twittering? Making Tweets? (I know really?)My web and PR person; Luke Bunting has suggested I join Twitter (it makes me chuckle even to write that).  We have gone back and forth over this and I truly believe that  no one really cares what I do on an hourly, daily, monthly basis...so why tweet???  OK, I've started (now you're chuckeling). I'm not really sure what a hash-tag is and I'm not really sure I'm tweeting correctly, yet I've reluctantly joined the twitter-sphere.  One of my first tweets was about my favorite plant; White Geraniums....They are out and they are beautiful.  White Geraniums make any vase or vessel look amazing, they add so much to any room and they are sooooooooo reasonable...Enjoy them while they are out and follow me if you dare on twitter..OYE.

Now onto my treat, I had the pleasure of shooting again for Twin Farms twinfarms.com in Barnard, Vermont with the fabulously talented photographer Jim Westphalen jimwestphalen.com and his team of amazing shooters, Bill and Lenny.  We covered many of the spaces there and  had the pleasure of shooting Katie Ridder's katieridder.com new spaces in Hillside and Grotto.  I can't show everything at this point but I'll give you a glimpse of what she did...BRILLIANT.



And now onto my Sneak Peek.  I have had the wonderful pleasure of working with a client in a neighboring town .  This client called me after she saw my article in Yankee Magazine www.kellymcguillhome.com about my home.  She thought it was serendipitous that she loved and connected to my style and we  basically lived  five minutes from each other.  My client and her husband in their early seventies (yup 70's) have decided to change things up a bit.  Out goes the wallpaper in every room, out goes the mantle and fireplace that they never liked, out goes the colored rugs. There will be new paint for the oak kitchen cabinets, a new mantle, new crown molding , new window treatments and new furnishing.   I've been so lucky to work with them on this project and so lucky to have the dream team on this project.  Ritchie Burns of R &B concepts is the GC and master carpenter.  Ray Heatley of Clover painting is the master painter , Jim Matta of Lauren Michaels is my go-to window treatment creator...Yeah.  I'll be sending images as we go along but here are a few for starters.  .
 The mantel my client never liked

phase 1 of our new mantle by Richie Burns
Before (After soon to come )

And last but not least.  I did this cute crafty idea for Yankee magazine years ago, it would make a great Mother's Day gift.  SO easy to do and so affordable.  Apothecary jar , chalk board paint ,bird seed and chalk .