Monday, January 18, 2016

Before & After: Breakfast Room Banquette

Happy Monday!  We had a mini installation at a client's home last week.  So, I thought I would share a quick "before & after" post today.  Because, everyone loves a little "before & after"...

One of our longtime clients wanted to transform the breakfast room off their kitchen.  We envisioned a sleek space with LOADS of seating.  A place that felt comfortable enough for casual breakfasts, yet tailored enough for semi-formal dinners.  The style of the room had to coordinate with the vibe that was happening in the rest of the house.  So, we kept the colors simple: different shades of grey, cream and white, with a dark contrast of ebony wood. 

The breakfast room itself features windows on three sides and a vaulted ceiling.  So it's about the most cheerful place you can imagine.  In the winter, I can imagine sitting here and sipping coffee while the snow falls...  In the summer, it's the perfect place to sit with open windows and a warm breeze.  :)

(designing a 3-piece custom banquette with tight upholstered back, waterfall skirt, and a french seam)

We selected a heathered grey upholstery fabric that would wear well for this busy family.  The finish on the custom table would be a weathered ebony wood.  Double x-base pedestals would anchor the table and create visual interest.



Such a gorgeous space!  Even though this shot is virtually unstyled (and "professionally" taken with my iPhone), you can see that this breakfast room design is complete.  It suits this young hip family and feels right with the rest of the house.  That modern light fixture from RH Modern adds just the right amount of sparkle without taking anything away from the amazing view outdoors.  The heathered sisal rug hides EVERYTHING and it brings such beautiful texture and warmth to the room.  I love how this space turned out.  Our first installation of 2016-- not a bad way to start the year.  :)


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Hello, 2016!

Happy New Year!  I am back on the blog after taking a nice looooong 8 month hiatus.  And, if you've followed along over the years, you know that I love a NEW YEAR.  Not only does it feel like a fresh start (typical goal setting, clean slate, etc.), it's also such a nice time to get sappy and reflect on life.  So, what better time to resume writing and updating the blog.  I've missed having a place to share design projects, inspiration, current home renovations (there are so many), and other fun tidbits of the Internet rabbit hole.  While Instagram feels like the new blog (do you feel that way? so many of my favorite bloggers have dropped their blogs and gone to Instagram), I feel like I still need a place to go and write about my favorite things, current projects, DIYs, etc.  So, I'm back to blogging. 

In the past 7 months, a lot has happened.  First off, I had a baby girl.  Her name is June Marie and she is a precious precious little thing.  Her big brother William (who is now 2!) adores her.  Dave and I are loving our little family of four and enjoying all the things that come with it.  So much love there.  :) 

Other stuff that is happening: High Street Market is growing and expanding.   It's hard to believe that this blog started a whopping 7 years ago.  Back then, High Street Market was a little Etsy business that Dave and I were managing in our free time.  It started with a love of design and fascination with antique and vintage pieces.  We shopped until we dropped (in some cases, literally), posted our finds and sold them to chic customers around the world.  Fast forward to 2016...  our website has grown, we have our own product line and our own studio space, and we have a list of goals we want to accomplish this year.  Our 1890s home renovation is still "in progress" (always) and we are parenting two little kiddos.  So, lots of things. 

Another thing happening this year: my design business is changing a bit.  Kelly G. Robson Design is becoming High Street HOME DESIGN.  I'm excited about this for so many reasons.  It means that we are hiring more people, adding designers to our team, and offering more services to our customers and clients (interior design, furnishings, construction specification, and bid management).   We'll launch our website this year and continue to take on more projects (in the Philadelphia area and beyond).  I look forward to sharing a lot of those updates here.    

I'm also thinking that 2016 is the year for a SERIOUS blog makeover.  This page needs a bit of a facelift, to say the least.  Stay tuned for that.

Until then, let's link up on the interwebs -- 

follow High Street Market on Instagram @highstreetmarket where we often host Instagram giveaways and post about secret sales...  and, you can find my personal account @kellyrobson (where I post a lot of pictures of William and June because I'm that mom and kids are cute).   

Happy 2016 to you!


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