In the 2013 O’More Designer Show House, Sandler Design Group–yes, that’s me–took on the task of outfitting a room that didn’t exist on the floor plan. As construction moved along, Project Manager JoAnne Haynes saw potential in an unfinished area above the Master Bedroom. While taking a few steering committee members on a tour of the house, she explained how she saw the space could function if finished out with drywall and hardwood floors.
The other rooms in the house had long been assigned to other designers, so JoAnne turned to me and asked if I would take on the challenge. A graduate and board member of O’More, I didn’t hesitate to say yes, but less than 24 hours later a bout of panic set in.
OMG. The space has steeply sloped walls, there isn’t any natural light, it isn’t wired for overhead lighting, there is no time for custom furnishings, and there are four open storage spaces in the knee walls. I’m screwed!
When the mini panic moment subsided, I decided to get down to business, keep the room as airy as possible and make it work around a custom designed citron and blue Oushak rug, a dose of retail therapy, custom designed screens and objects on loan from some very generous people and companies.
I’m sure everyone involved in the project was as surprised as I was to see the Storage Studio, which was basically a catch-all project area for the woman of the house, described as a “favorite room.”
This year, I scored a bedroom on the second floor of Dozier House, aka the 2014 O’More Designer Show House. I am designing it as a shared space for the lively grandchildren of the homeowner.
Here’s a peek at the slightly awkward floor plan:
The good news? It has a dormer window (daylight!), only one sloped wall, an en suite bath, and a great surprise space on the north end of the room. It’s a good thing I love nooks and crannies!
The great news? The space will feature easy maintenance fabrics, throws and rugs from show sponsor Sunbrella Home, plush upholstery from CR Laine, sparkling lamps from Circa Lighting, and a couple of surprises from my team.
I’m really excited to be collaborating with these fine companies and will highlight each one as it gets closer to the opening date but, for today, I wanted to kick it off with what’s new at Sunbrella.
What began as a mission to transform the way we use outdoor living spaces has turned into a whole house line of products, including the aforementioned fabrics, rugs and throws, and a collection of pillows and trims.
These fabrics aren’t just for poolside lounging anymore, but can and should be used inside the home, as well. Once limited in color and to canvas textures, richness is now the order of the day at Sunbrella.
The Home collection now includes chenille, woven and silk textured fabrics, all with a soft hand and Sunbrella’s noted resiliency.
Of course, I’m keeping my selections under wraps for now, but will share more as we proceed. Think lots of color and a youthful vibe, with fabrics that can hold up to anything a kid can throw at them!
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Wishing you a beautifully designed day,