Friday, March 29, 2013

Watermark {1} Kitchen What more can I say? The clients were a dream to work with, they were open to anything, and pretty much let me make every decision...doesn't get much better than that!


The kitchen layout was a large U shape with a kids office tucked in behind the range area on the left and the pantry to the right of the range. You can see the kids office peeking through the opening in a few of the images below.

The counters are marble, a Calacutta Gold that I had leathered (more texture than honed). I get a lot of questions about marble since I have it in my own and use it in majority of our homes. I'm going to be doing up a blog post on this for you soon, promises. 
The image on the right is a portion of the homework room. There are actually 3 desk areas in this space, each with a cork board and Visual Comfort light above each work space. I love the fact that it is off the kitchen so mom can keep an eye on the boys while she is doing her thing in the kitchen.

This backsplash, love it. It was pure heaven. A combination of Thassos marble and mother of pearl, serious eye candy above the 48" range. 

The table below was custom made and it attached to the island, it easily sits 6 and it turned out better than expected. The Visual Comfort pendants above the table add a bit more bling to the space and define the eating area. 

 If you have been following my blog for awhile you will know I am detail obsessed. In this shot you see the details that a lot either over look or take for granted. The paneling on the sides of the cabinets, the custom corbels that matches the profile on the oversized cornice, and the furniture base that wraps around the side of the cabinet. It's ALL in the details.

Hope you enjoyed this home, it was a lot of fun to create and one of my favorite projects to date. And on that note, Happy Easter weekend everyone!!! Mel xo

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Watermark {1} Main Level

 Some more for you from our Watermark {1} home...

{great room}
So much goodness is on it's way to this space including reclaimed wood, leather, and linen...and bright pops of color! On it's own I think it still speaks volumes to the craftsmanship and overall feel of the home.


Dark and stormy, that is what I was calling this room...maybe because I was drinking one when the idea came to me?? Ha! We had all of the millwork, walls, cabinetry, and paneling in this room painted out the same dark color (BM Iron Mountain). Combined it with a vaulted ceilings, Visual Comfort light, and herringbone floors and sexy office for him. We are adding in lots of chrome and leather to this space which will really make it a showpiece. 

{mud room}

Repeating the herringbone design we have throughout the home already we went for an oversized tile in a herringbone pattern for the mud room. My staple Hicks pendants for lighting, and custom built-in lockers with a little added curved detail along the side for some more jazz.

{foyer & dining room}

The staircase is the focal point when you walk in the front door, so it had to have substance, that is what the custom shaker style post and two toned stairs bring to this space. Off to the right of the foyer is the dining room, a light with some bling and a rich dark navy for the walls to work off of the existing dining room set the cleints had.

My favorite space, the kitchen, will be revealed soon, look for it at the end of the week!! Mel xo

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Watermark {1} Powder Room

 I do think this is one of my favorite powder rooms to date! A combination of a custom vanity with furniture style feel, beautiful honed Calacutta Gold top and splash, Cole & Son's wallpaper and my staple, Visual Comfort lighting.

I have wanted to use this hardware for some time and I knew it would be the perfect spot. Hamilton Sinkler has the most stunning items, seriously, my dream would be to use it throughout a home one day.

I went with an over sized backsplash and mimicked the cornice we used throughout the home for the profile on both ends.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I have one busy week ahead before we head back to Hawaii for a little break! Mel xo

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Watermark {1} Upper Level

Again, no furnishings yet, that is all on it's way, but here are the bones of this beautiful home.

 {master bathroom}

We carried the hardwood from the master bedroom into this area. Won't it get ruined?! No, not if you take care of it. If there is water laying on the boards simply clean it up, it's not rocket science. We have hardwood in our master bathroom as well and we have not had any problems at all with it. You'll notice I did have them create a space in front of the shower so we could have a marble thresh hold, this helps eliminate the only area where you would run into possible issues.

The shower is done out of 3x6 Calacutta Gold tile, we used a pencil trim along the back wall to create a picture frame boarder and had the tile laid in a herringbone pattern. For the vanity tops & side splashes we used a leathered Calacutta Gold marble to tie it together, so pretty.

 {master bedroom}

To add a bit of color to the room we went with this beautiful and romantic Cole & Sons wallpaper. Very excited to see the new bedroom furnishings, custom drapery, and accents added to this space!

 {main bath}

A little pop of color, not too much, but just enough to add some character and funk to a simple bath. I am rather obsessed with the glass line from Vouge Bay tile, so many fun options & colors! And BTW, who knew, Walmart has the best selection of brightly colored towels?!

And you know me, I can't do any room with out Visual Comfort lighting! These wall sconces are a favorite of mine and a perfect combination with the pivot mirror from Restoration Hardware. 

{jack & jack bath}

Referring to this bath and the Jack & Jack since two boys will be sharing it. To make the vanity spaces off of the bedrooms consistent but unique we went with a blue accent tile in one and a lime green in the other, including a glass tile inlay in the mini brick floor in front of each sink.

Finally got to use the Visual Comfort Henry pendants, I have loved the shape since they came out and so glad that I could finally put them to good use!

{laundry room}

Every space in the home deserves to be beauitiful! Here we went with a mini high gloss hex floor and then a fun glass bullet backsplash that had a combination of muted blues & greens. Even I would love doing laundry here!!!

{bonus room}

The play area for the boys (all 4 of them) is located for all of the kiddos on the upper level. A custom built-in that will be filled with toys, fun, and color is joined by some fun book shelved flanking the window looking towards the front of the property.

More for you from the home next week, until then have a great weekend!! Mel xo

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Watermark {1} Basement

Here are a few snaps from the lower level development from our latest project. The clients & I selected all new furnishings that will be arriving in the next couple of will happen then, but this will give you a great look at the 'bones' of the home.  

Absolutely love this Artistic Tile backsplash that I had our tile setter lay in a herringbone pattern. It gives a great contrast to the leathered black granite & adds just a touch of bling!

 So the clients like to entertain...and this is the perfect space. A large and amazing wet bar complete with a fully enclosed wine cellar to hold and display the loot.

Can't wait to get this space styled up and ready to have fun in!!! There will be a lot of sports memorabilia down here and hopefully a tasteful card table (hint hint client, nothing fugly please). A true man cave and the perfect spot for the family of 6 to hang out and enjoy movies on the over sized television. More to come soon on this amazing home!!! Mel xo
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Friday, March 1, 2013


It's been a month and a lot has been going on, here is a peek.

First, the best part, Maui with my boys. We enjoyed amazing family time and had a bast, the weather could have been better but at the end of the day it was about spending quality time together and that is just what this holiday was all about. 

Watermark is getting wrapped up, we are doing a pre-occupancy shoot this coming Tuesday (those will be coming to you soon) and the clients are taking possession of the home early next week. This is one home where I have agreed to help the clients with all interior selections, furnishings, decor, all that jazz. Honestly, this is something I despise doing, it is just not my thing. Pick out tiles, paint colors, design a floor plan or cabinets, no problem...but look at fabrics and come up with furniture layouts = I wanna poke out my eyeballs. BUT I have become great friends with these clients and they have pretty much let me have my run with this home so far (they even named it after me, ha) so why not finish it off. 

We also have 4 other homes that are all at framing or rough-in stages. Most of the selections and mill-work drawings are complete for these homes but there is still some fine tuning to do. I will say, there are going to be some amazing things heading your way from us come spring & summer!!

Drawings are wrapped up for a new single unit (up above) we are constructing inner-city. AMAZING deigns, seriously, I took my sweet time with this, tweaked it till it couldn't be tweaked any more and the floor plan is just simply AWESOME. Clean, bright, cozy, and mill-work details galore! You will love it, our finishers on the other hand may want to roll their eyes at me...looks like I might be baking a lot of cookies in the near future!

Yesterday we got the amazing news that we are nominated again this year for a Sam Award, we are up for Best New Home - $1,500,000 to $2,299,000. Super excited, we won last year, you can see that one HERE. Fingers crossed the one we are up for this year will bring home a purdy trophy again!
Mel xo

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