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The Project on Elm

Updated: Nov 7, 2022

I'm so excited to share little tidbits and details from our projects that often don't get a chance to be expressed or shared on a social media platform or post.

Today I'd like to tell you about this colorful, eclectic, and vintage-inspired project for a client here in my hometown of Fryeburg, Maine. What inspired this fun color? I designed the entire project based on a shirt. Yes, that's right, a t-shirt!

The day I went to the clients home and took a look at her ideas, she was telling me how much she loved shades of blue, while wearing a t-shirt in almost this exact color with what looked to be small black pine cones on it. I took that color and ran with it, and I think the result is pretty fabulous.

What does this say about me as a designer? I think it just proves that inspiration can be pulled and found in a variety of places, and sometimes it's something odd, like a shirt. This project was so fun for me because it's not often I get to paint the walls and trim all the same color, and a bright vibrant color at that. What you can't see here is that the ceiling was also light green, (Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog) to keep the eclectic look in the space, with Ben Moore's Teal Ocean on the walls and trim.

Zia Tile, one of my favorite tile companies because of the variety of textural options they have, provided the floor inspiration for me when I was following their social media and they re-shared a post using this floor tile. I was so excited when I saw that they offered a matching wall tile, the perfect color match to the fun pattern. We kept the rest of the space really classy with a furniture-style vanity with classic Cararra and brass hardware.

Jewel tones were a great pairing for the rich teal and added a bohemian and rich accent to the colorful space. We had the original fur floors re-finished, and the orangey tones blended well with the stained maple cabinetry. Cararra counters kept the saturated space classy and lent a vintage touch to the custom library built-in.

The items decorating the space are a mixed collection of personal findings and items that the homeowner had scattered throughout the house. It's so fun when you can shop from a client's items like one would at a vintage store, and is by far one of my favorite moments of the project. It's so fun blending the mixed bag of eclectic findings of another and incorporating them in a way that feels purposeful and intentional.

The sconces over the bed are from CB2 and were such a great option in a space where we didn't have a lot of options to adjust electrical. These plug-in wall sconces can be adjusted to go over the bed for extra reading light or left outward for some soft ambiance. The chandelier provided some classic traditionalism in the otherwise eclectic atmosphere.

We are so excited to share these juicy little details with you and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!




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