A project I'm working on...

As a designer, I work on all sorts of projects.  Sometimes people just want to focus on a room or two.  Other times, I might be helping a client to furnish a newly purchased house.  But I also work on start-to-finish construction projects where I am involved from the very beginning, helping to design rooms and specify finishes and furnishings before anything even exists.  These projects can take many months or even years to complete.  In fact, one of the projects I have been working on recently has been going on for almost two years now, and we are still not quite finished.  I thought I'd show you the great room area from this project today.

This was a house that was built in the late 90's.  I worked on it originally around 2005, when my client first purchased it.  It's a vacation house on the lake and because it gets a lot of heavy use, it was starting to show signs of wear.  Additionally, with an expanding family (new grandkids), the house needed a few new bedrooms and bathrooms.  We started out with the simple intention of adding the two new bedrooms onto the existing second story, which previously only consisted of a master suite.  However, as we got further into the project, almost the entire house got taken down to the studs and just about every surface material was replaced.

Again, we're not quite finished, especially with accessories and artwork, but here are some photos of what things are looking like now in the great room...

Great Room Seating Area--area rug from Stark Carpet, sofa fabric from Glant and trims from Samuels and Sons, toss pillow fabrics from Fortuny.  There is a lot of heavy log work in this house as you can see on the ceilings, the posts on the cabinetry and the trim-work on the hearth.  Some of it was saved from the original construction and other logs were added in the remodel.
The client loves soft colors and wanted a warm inviting, family-friendly atmosphere in the great-room which often hosts large groups and family holidays.

The walls are all Venetian plastered in a soft beige and the rustic floors are from Du Chateau...

Du Chateau antiqued  and heavily distressed reclaimed flooring.

In the entry we used antique Jerusalem Stone pavers, shipped over from Europe.  Their soft colors blend in beautifully with the Venetian plaster-work...

Close-up view of the love-seat and coffee table by local wood artisans, Finishing Touch of Tahoe City.  The green leather swivel chairs were part of the 2005 decorating and are from Hancock and Moore.  Everyone in the family loves these as they rock, swivel, recline and can be turned around to face the wall of windows lakeside.
This gorgeous little side table and lamp are from Gregorious Pineo.

Detail of the metalwork on the table.

I love the rusted steel detail on the coffee table leg.  Finishing Touch also supplied us with a rustic mantle, bar top and the kitchen island counter top.  They are currently at work making bedside tables for all the bedrooms and I can't wait to see them completed!

The rustic floor is so pretty with the soft colors on the furnishings.
Ottoman details--fabric top from Fortuny, leather sides and rustic trimmings from Samuel and Sons.

Sofa detail showing the Glant chenille fabric with leather and nailhead trims from Samuel and Sons.

Centered over the coffee table, is a large light fixture from Gregorious Pineo.  Here you see the logwork trim on the ceiling and surrounding the cabinetry and fireplace.  
Bar area.  Again, artwork and accessories are something we're working on.  The charming copper pendants are from Aldo Bernardi.
Close-up of bar stools.  Trim by Samuels and Sons.
I have tried to include photos of the lake-side wall of this room, but the reflection on the lake creates so much glare that the photos are useless.  My apologies for not being able to include any of these shots.

Metalwork by Truckee's Mountain Forge.

A banquette handles large crowds in the dining area.  Fabrics are by C & C Milano.  Braided leather trim by Samuels and Sons.

A detail of banquette fabrics from C & C Milano.
Another huge Gregorious Pineo chandelier hangs over the dining table which was custom made by Bausman.
In the kitchen, a custom hood from Mountain Forge takes center stage.
The custom cabinetry from Bervid Construction is gorgeous.

Finishing Touch supplied the live edge island countertop.

A custom wildflower mural from Country Floors centers over the range.

We are still working on many aspects of this house and finishing up our punch list.  Tops on our to do list are accessories and artwork, but these will come together shortly.  

The contractor on the project was Eric Bervid and the architect was Dennis Zirbel.

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