Dream Home Design 2011

I was so excited to hear we were doing the Dream Home 2011 in Columbia, SC. A “Dream Home,” in my mind, should make one think of a home they dream to live in. It’s a place where design shines through and creates a home that you would long to be in. The hardest part about creating a designer showcase is making sure there is a cohesive design in the entire house even though each room is put together by a different design team. Sure, you could go completely out of the box and beyond the reach of what most home owners could accomplish, but concept has to fit the house as a whole. Design is a well thought out process and in a home or even just a room needs to reflect a true design plan.

I would love for people to come in and see our room and think “Wow, this is fantastic!” but I also want them to think “This is perfect; I could do this in my home.” I want people to know that although this is the Dream Home, it can certainly be a reality. If this is your dream home, we can help you achieve that style in your own home.

Located in the Saluda River Club in Lexington, SC, an area filled with beautiful Charleston and craftsman style houses, the Dream Home fits perfectly into a southern setting with three great large porches and tons of windows.

The room I designed is Bedroom #4. With three bedrooms upstairs, I did not want to do a typical bedroom with a queen bed. I decided to go with two twin beds featuring sophisticated custom upholstered headboards that I had fabricated in our Nandina work room. When you think of twin beds, you usually envision a children’s bedroom. With the pieces we used and the color palette throughout, this room works for young teens to adults. I’m sure your guests will feel much more comfortable in this room than in little Annie’s Barney themed purple bedroom.

Opposite from the beds, I placed two great bold Hickory Chair slipper chairs flanking this contemporary white chest. They’re great bedroom chairs, a perfect place to sit and slip on your shoes. I found the perfect piece of art to tie the room together. The triptych on the adjacent wall is an original from Susan Easton Burns. The rich oranges and reds against the light blue sky in the painting help to reinforce the orange in the room and helps bring out the blue in the ceiling color. It’s like your very own blue sky indoors. Instead of doing a typical bedroom ceiling fan, I decided to drop in a beautiful wood carved pendant light.

It wouldn’t be fair to talk about the Dream Home without giving you a little sneak peek of some other rooms. Here is another bedroom that I absolutely love. The windows are dressed with one large window treatment that helps lay a back drop from the floating bed. And I mean floating away from the wall, not off the floor! The soothing colors in this room accented by the rich dark contemporary furniture sets a spa-like feel.

The lower level of the home is packed with tons of color. Teal and orange everywhere and I love it! When we all first met, we decided on a very neutral paint color throughout the open floor plan downstairs. What a great way to add a punch with this bold graphic rug and pillows! Don’t be afraid of pattern, it’s what adds the fun in your home!

I adore how this tall mirror fills up this blank corner. With such high ceilings, the wall really needed something big to fill it. This simple, gorgeous mirror adds just enough glam and really takes this could be boring corner to a whole new level. And if you love color, show it some major affection by doing a bold drape. These simple teal drapes are show-stopping.

The Dream Home 2011 tour starts Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 30 from11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 and sold at the door. There is so much more to this home and many more rooms to see. Go see the house and come tell me what you think of my room! Remember Bedroom #4 upstairs!

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