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December 14, 2011 / clinerose

What I’m Working On.

I’m working with a new client who just bought a beautiful new home in Falls Church, VA. Since the house is currently empty, we have a rare chance to get down and dirty without disrupting any day-to-day activities. We are also able to work through Christmas and New Year’s which almost never happens (out of town guest and holiday parties make sure of that). So, I have been working on organizing contractors for walk-throughs and onsite measures (and ultimately obtaining estimates) in an effort to make the “after” of my client’s house look like these photos below. My client actually ripped these photos out of 2 magazines on two separate occasions so you know she likes it (The photos are from Traditional Home’s September 2010 issue, designed by Ken Gemes and photographed by Tria Giovan).

traditional home 2010 ken gemes foyer

traditional home 2010 ken gemes kitchen

traditional home 2010 ken gemes living room

In the back of the house, where the kitchen and family room are located, my client and I wanted to move away from the sage greens, creams and yellows and incorporate bolder shades of deep green and red. We decided something more comfortable and rich with color would be a better fit than the softer palette shown above. Some a bit more like this. Minus Alessandra Branca. Although, she’s welcome over anytime.

Alessandra Branco red and green

The plan is to have everything ready to allow my client to move in early next year. So, I better be going. I’m meeting more contractors over at her house in less than an hour. Yikes.

Photo credits: Traditional Home September 2010 and Decorati.



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  1. stylebyladyg / Dec 14 2011 1:11 PM

    So envious and very jealous. How stunning. Love it all, but my one thing I always wanted in a house was a gallery rail/stairs! still hoping!!

  2. Elizabeth Goldin / Dec 14 2011 5:49 PM

    You used a similar green in our kitchen, Joanna, and we are still in love with it! (in fact, after four years, we still get compliments about the paint colors in our house.) And, we have a similar layout as that appearing in the picture, including the dark floors.

  3. clinerose / Dec 15 2011 12:24 PM

    Thanks for the comment, Lady G!! And Elizabeth, first of all, great to hear from you! I love the feedback!! I often think of you when discussing flooring with clients. Everyone wants dark floors now. You were WAY ahead of the curve 🙂 Hope you and you family are doing well!!

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