Imagining your Project with Digital Renderings

When True Flavors Diner asked us to design the interior of their new restaurant in Durham, we were excited to make their dream become reality.   But we wanted to get their customers excited even BEFORE they were open for business.  The solution?  We created some awesome renderings of the space, showing every aspect of the design.

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We think renderings are a great design tool, and we are proud to offer this capability to all of our clients.   Whether you are imagining your new home, or need to promote your business to clients, we can give you the tools to make it happen.

 

The only problem is, now we can’t wait to see the real thing!

-Rob

 

 

Check out True Flavors Catering Company for the latest news.

Tibetan Tiger Rugs

While the historic origin of Tiger Rugs is shrouded in mystery, these Tibetan Masterpieces seem right at home in contemporary design.  Newly- reinvented with today’s colors, they are the perfect addition to any eclectic home.  But don’t worry – no tigers were harmed in the making of these rugs;  they’re 100% hand-knotted wool.

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For a more in-depth look at the history and meaning of these fascinating rugs, visit our friends at http://theflyingcarpets.blogspot.com/.

Photos: Pinterest and The Flying Carpets Blog

Current Project: A Rustic Modern Boy’s Nursery

I’m so excited to share this fun nursery that I helped my client’s design earlier this spring!  They just welcomed their son last week and as a new mom myself, I couldn’t be more excited for them!

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Our inspiration for the room came from the wooden tree circles that we hung above the crib.  They found these from an artist on Etsy (see the sources below), and I love how unique they are!  Throughout the rest of the room, we continued the natural color scheme of blues and greens and brought in rustic elements.  None of the furniture matches exactly which creates a collected, eclectic feel.

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The dresser doubles as a changing table and three handsome prints hang above it.  We selected all of the elements first before selecting the wall color, which is the easier way to do it.  After all, there are thousands of paint colors available.  In this case, we ordered the rug and selected Sherwin Williams Repose Gray to match it.   The neutral tone provides a great backdrop for bolder colors that would be too strong to use as the wall color.

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They had an existing chest and hutch that we thought would be perfect for the space with a new coat of paint.  We had a color custom matched for a pop of green and substituted the hardware for these leather pulls from Anthrolopogie.

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The branchy print on the cornice adds a graphic punch and I loved using the different tones of green around the room.

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I loved seeing all of their shower gifts and even some toys and books from their own childhood that I used to fill the shelves.

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Instead of getting a glider, we selected this modern wing chair in an emerald green with wonderful lumbar support, just perfect for feeding the baby.  The wings provide a great spot to rest your head when you’re up in the middle of the night!  And once he’s a little older, it will be a great reading chair.  The rustic floating shelves allow the books to become art.

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I really enjoyed designing it, and I hope their son enjoys it for years to come!

Sources:

Crib & Dresser – by Young America

Chair – by Lee Industries

Tree Circles – by Focus Line Art, ordered from Etsy

Prints – from Etsy

Rustic Wall Shelves – Pottery Barn

Crib Sheet – from Etsy

Pillow – from West Elm (no longer available)

Rug – Urban Outfitters

Floor Lamp – by Stray Dog Designs

Cornice Fabric – by Scion

Changing Pad Cover – from Etsy

Poof – from Surya

Wall Color – Sherwin Williams Repose Gray 7015

Designed by Lauren McKay

Current Project: Taking a Design from Concept to Reality

Our biggest challenge was how to put a fish tank in a living room and make it “fit in.” Judy created this multi-functional display and fish tank cabinet to meet the clients NYC lounge vibe. We took  what could have been a standard cabinet and made it truly unique. We added a vibrant coral color, dim-able LED lights, ventilation and water-proof materials to sustain the wear and tear of the fish tank.

Below is a sample of our rendering capabilities and what we are able to do during the creative process.

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 Eidolon Designs captured these amazing photographs of the millwork and building process.

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After several design iterations with our client, Judy, and Eidolon Designs, the concept became a reality.

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Images by: Eidolon Designs & Everest Agency

Current Projects: Modern Medicine for Cary Endodontics

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Who says a commercial space has to look like one? In this recent project, we helped our client feel at home in his new workspace.

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When our client wanted an inviting place to put patients at ease, Rob jumped at the opportunity to design Cary Endodontics from the ground up. Rob drew on his background in architecture to create a modern space incorporating various custom details and architectural features. The result is a spa-like atmosphere that makes the experience of visiting the doctor truly enjoyable.

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The design aesthetic extends to the exterior with custom typography and a sophisticated palette.

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A custom desk greets the patients as they check-in for their appointment.

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A modern gas fireplace anchors the waiting area.

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The exam rooms are adorned with natural walnut thresholds.

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In this office design, even the secondary spaces are given  an exceptional level of detail.

No matter where you work, great design can make you feel at home.

 

photography by: Everest Agency

Garden Style | A Succulent Centerpiece

Succulents are some of the most striking and uniquely beautiful plants out there.

The plants themselves are stunning, even without a flower. They’re perfect for containers and patio gardens and can easily be used to create centerpieces, wreaths, and arrangements. To top it all off, they’re easy to grow and maintain. No wonder they’re all the rage!

Container gardens are great for small spaces and are super versatile. They make the perfect accent to a patio set or bench, they’re beautiful clustered on the front stoop for a welcoming decor touch, and can even be used as a centerpiece for gatherings and dinner parties.

I’ve been inspired by some of the low-profile pots and planters I’ve seen recently, and decided to create a succulent container garden to use on my patio table as a centerpiece. A garden on a tabletop? What a conversation piece. Yes please!

Styling + Creating a Succulent Centerpiece

Step 1 | Find a planter

Find a planter or low-profile dish that’s the size and shape you prefer. Succulent plants are so bold and gorgeous. To allow the plants room to shine, try going with a planter that’s neutral in color. Neutral tones are also easy to work into any decor style. I found this low-profile wooden vessel at Home Goods. I couldn’t resist the organic texture and form of the wood. Gorgeous, neutral, earthy, and perfectly suited to my style and taste.

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Love!

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Step 2 | Gather plants

Local to the Raleigh/Cary/Durham area? I found loads of gorgeous succulent beauties at both Logan’s and Fairview Garden Center. Hard to decide which plants I ‘needed’ so badly for this project. They were all so gorgeous. And to be honest, I have so many plants already. Maybe too many. But this project was a good excuse for new ones.

I ended up going with some echeveria, sedum, and an aloe.

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{Tip} When selecting plants for any arrangement or container, try to find something with some height, something trailing, and then some shorter, ground-hugging plants to fill in. Keep your plant selection to three to five varieties, depending on the size of your planter.

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Aloe ferox or ‘Fierce Aloe’

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Echeveria ‘Lola’

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‘Blue Spruce’ sedum

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Step 3 | Drainage

If the planter you’ve selected doesn’t have drainage holes, put some gravel (easily found at your local garden center) in the bottom of the planter. This helps the soil drain properly, and prevents the roots of your plants from sitting in pools of water.

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Step 4 | The dirt

When planting succulents, go for a potting soil designed specifically for these plants. They like soil that drains and dries quickly. Miracle-Gro has a great option that I use for all of my succulent plants. Once selected, add the dirt to your planter. Fill it about 3/4 full, and save some to add after the plants are arranged.

Step 5 | Plant

The fun part! Try different things and see what you like best! For an aesthetically pleasing arrangement, I place tall plants in the center or back of the planter, trailing plants toward the front or spilling over the edges, and then fill in with smaller plants.

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After arranging your plants, gently add more soil around the base of the plant stems, and pack the soil around the base of each plant. And as a rule of thumb, always water any new planting to settle the soil in around the roots of your plants.

And voila!

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A beautiful succulent container garden, perfect as a patio table centerpiece.

Xo!
Anna

Images and Content by: Arrow+Sage

Design Lines’ Top 2 Picks from Spring Market

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Twice a year we travel to High Point Furniture Market to see the latest in trends, furniture collections, and mingle with experts in the interior design industry.

Here are our Top 2 trends we discovered from our April trip!

Pastel brights are everywhere! We saw several rooms done up in uplifting colors. Some of them reminded us of the colors of the beach, or a dreamy sunset. Coral, Mint, Lilac, Robin’s Egg, & Yellow

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White as a finish- From Chair legs to tables- White feels fresh and new!

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Is this something you would use in your home?

Spring is The Time For Plans & Projects

We are very excited to introduce Anna Eaves of Arrow + Sage (below pictured with Hilaire) as a guest blogger and resident plant enthusiast!

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For our first collaboration, we shot a few of Anna’s products  on Brittany’s front porch to (finally!) welcome the Spring.

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Brittany admits herself that she has a black thumb- but the addition of plants was key to bring to life the porch of her home in Raleigh’s historic Glenwood Brooklyn.  Enter- Anna Eaves and succulent plants= LOW maintenance beauties.  We loaded up the front stoop with plants and hung our favorite A+S product- a beautiful succulent wreath (pictured below).

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Next up was serving fresh beverages and some allergy medication (darn this pollen season!) and a spring project had been tackled! Brittany’s porch is ready for friends and evening entertaining.

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In the kitchen- potted herbs received some character with Anna’s herb markers- each made by hand.

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These cylinder bud vases looked so fresh and would look beautiful lined up on a fireplace mantle.

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Leave a  comment mentioning why you are looking forward to spring for your chance to win a bud vase from Arrow & Sage!!

Current Projects: A New York City Couple Makes a Home in Raleigh

 

Judy first met our young urban clients up in New York City two years ago while she happened to be in town for the Business of Design Conference. Having decided to relocate from the city to the Triangle, this house had to have a perfect blend of metropolitan glam with a splash of rustic charm.

In the Sitting Room (pictured above), our clients can entertain friends and family or relax with a glass of wine and a good book.

 

We love the pop of coral against the neutrals.

 

 

We partnered with Eidolon Designs to create a custom built Chinois inspired fish tank cabinet. Special lighting features the aquatic inhabitants and our client’s personal mementos.

 

 

A Romo fretwork wallpaper greets you in the two story foyer. We absolutely love all the light that illuminates the space.

 

 

 

 

The Living Room incorporates natural elements and luxe textures for a comfortable retreat.

 

 

Below is the Hearth Room, located off the Kitchen. It’s just the spot to cozy up with a cup of joe in front of the fireplace.

 

 

Our clients recently welcomed their daughter in April. Her nursery is adorned in purples and greens, the perfect environment to nurture a little one.

 

 

Having the flexibility to work from home, an organized office is just the ticket. The Arteriors Caviar Pendant is a fun focal point when entering the room.

 

 

Who would have thought a quick meeting for drinks in NYC would culminate into these beautiful spaces for their family to cherish.

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Freshen Up Your Holiday Decor!

You’ve probably spent the last few weeks pulling out your Christmas ornaments, holiday pillows, and trimmings.  Let us show you several of our favorite ideas you can incorporate for a new look!

First, consider a new color scheme!  Embrace the colors you have in your home and use them in your decorations for a custom holiday look that’s perfect for your space.

One of my favorite ideas for a unique, DIY Christmas tree is to create one using green painters tape.  It’s perfect for small spaces, kid’s rooms, and more!  I paired it with a felt ball garland, but you could hang paper snowflakes as ornaments or decorate it with Christmas bows!

Using oversized gift tags, I glued black and white family photos from winters past for a display that brings back so many fond memories.

Ornaments are available in so many fun colors and an easy way to pull your decor together.  Place them in the bottom of a lantern for an unexpected pop!  As shown in the photo on the left, you can use existing frames to add to the holiday cheer.  I found these free printable graphics on Pinterest.

Whatever you do, have fun and don’t be afraid to experiment!  I designed this for the current issue of Cary Magazine.  Pick up a copy today or check out the feature online here.

- Lauren

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