It’s almost 2013…the days passed by quickly this year as we stretched our wings and settled into our studio-office in downtown historic Frederick, MD. We’ve enjoyed all that downtown has to offer from getting to know the merchants to enjoying lunch-out at many yummy restaurants! It is a welcoming place as we continue to build business and client relationships…we love visitors, so please stop by and say hi.
Our studio space…this was taken when we first moved in…seems very tidy!
What Kept Us Busy – Kitchens!
This was our year for kitchen renovations…a tremendous design and learning experience. We teamed with an amazing Builder, Harmon Builders, on 3 kitchen successful projects…perfecting the Client-Interior Designer-Builder relationship.
Polishing a Gem in Garrett Park, MD
The client’s love of warm colors + arts-crafts details generated the kitchen design
Crafting a breakfast nook + storage along one wall
Expanding the View With a Garden Window
A Retro Kitchen in Frederick, MD
Creating a functional floor plan and focal point with the Big Chill range-hood generated this kitchen design.
Orange is our accent color
With the new floor plan we were able to add much needed storage with a new kitchen hutch
A Kitchen that Cooks in Kensington, MD
A narrow-long kitchen space…the client asked for ample prep space, a functional work triangle, and more natural light. Their style leaned towards clean-contemporary with craftsman-style details.
Larger windows, a continuous counter top, and base cabinets filled with deep storage drawers.
Under counter microwave and specific storage for a toaster oven and cookbooks
Vintage ribbed glass pendants
Expanding our Design Process - A Diverse Approach to Collaborating with Clients
Another design avenue we offered clients this year was to collaborate with them and their Builder…providing design, detail drawings, and consulting through the design-build process. This project has not been ‘photographed’ yet, but I wanted to share the drawings to show how we work through each space to provide detailed design and selections for a large design-build project.
Project #1 Scope: Two-Story Addition to include a Family Room, Master Bedroom/Bathroom and Kitchen Renovation
Concept Sketch for the Kitchen Design
Final Kitchen-Breakfast Room Design
Kitchen ‘in construction’
Family Room-Keeping Room Layout
Master Bathroom Tile Design-Layout
Below is a sampling of images from smaller projects where we focused on layout, scale, color, fabrics, furniture, and finishes-textures…even a few exterior paint consultations.
Pops of Blue
Creating detail with mouldings
Mixing in a client’s antique chairs
Built-in…finding a place for much needed storage
Window Treatment Details
Exterior Paint Color Consultation
Giving Back – Working with the Frederick Community
Habitat for Humanity ReStore: We continued to collaborate with Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Frederick Cty…working with their marketing director on projects to boost awareness about ReStore in Frederick Cty. Over the summer we designed a porch using materials and products from ReStore…reimagine and reuse were our concept words. Beyond the great pieces we always find there, we love that all of the money spent at ReStore goes back into the Frederick community to help fund Habitat for Humanity building projects. The project was highlighted in the June issue of Frederick Magazine, http://tuscanbluedesign.com/documents/FredMagJune2012.pdf
Celebrate Frederick: In December we were part of Celebrate Frederick’s Candlelight House Tour…an annual fundraising event. Tuscan Blue Design and Salvaged (a downtown Frederick merchant) adorned the grande foyer of the historic Tyler Spite House that was transformed into a designer holiday show-house.
Cream, Green, and Purple Color Palette
A Simple Combination: Fresh greens and Craft Paper
We Even Dabbled in Event Planning…
We teamed with Amy Benton of Want2Grow Marketing on the design-decor for an outside wedding reception in the spirited theme of a Vintage Kansas City BBQ. Quite fun for all!
Entrance to the Reception…a place to leave the bride & Groom a little note…
Muslin. Calico. Sunflowers.Hay Bales
One last thought…a big thank you for reading and sharing Design Sense and Sensibility this year.
Here’s to Creating Splendid Spaces in 2013
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