Thursday, October 23, 2014

Counting Black Sheep

Have you thought about how important the mattress is to your bedroom's design?  Take a look at my guest post on Somnium's blog

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Small Kitchen, Big Ideas

Sometimes the small projects can be the most challenging.  Take for example this galley kitchen for my clients, the Molleras.

This home was built in the 1950's and is what I would consider a cottage.  This kitchen had been updated in the '80's, but now it was ready to come into the 21st century.

With a limited budget, we had to decide priorities.  Ideally, we wanted to replace the cabinets.  Instead, we went for a fresh coat of paint, new doors and drawers, some rearranging and just a couple new cabinets to make this kitchen more welcoming and functional.

The Silestone countertops were a must and a last minute slush fund afforded the backsplash upgrade from the slated subway tile.

From the beginning, I had a vision for this black and white checkerboard floor.  It is fitting to the age of the house and the angled lines really helped to open up the space.

Finish off with some new dining furniture and window treatments and lighting and we've got a happy client!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Latest and Greatest in Furniture

I just returned from a wonderful week at the Las Vegas Furniture Market.  With 3 buildings of up to 16 floors of showrooms, there is so much to see.  I think this was the busiest market I've been to there.  Is this a sign of the times?  Most vendors and designers I talked to seemed very busy with projects and positive about the economy.

Since pictures are worth a thousand words,  I'll show rather than tell all the fabulous things I discovered:

rwarddesign, las vegas market
Spike chandelier, almost marquee style

rwarddesign, las vegas market
I love these spiky accessories.  Not great for Feng Shui, though, I am told

rwarddesign, las vegas market
A dining table made from coffee trees

rwarddesign, las vegas market
Cog-like mirrors.  Would be a classy addition to a steam punk interior

rwarddesign, las vegas market
Fun and flashy pendants!

rwarddesign, las vegas market
I saw a lot of dark brown with black.  Drama drama!
(trend alert!)

rwarddesign, las vegas market
What fun whimsy legs

rwarddesign, las vegas market
Fish scale mirror

rwarddesign, las vegas market
Indigo still going strong in accent colors

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Sophisticated dining set

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Unique display cabinet

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  I'm looking forward to incorporating some of these items in my designs.  Which one is your favorite?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Before and After: Lake Greehaven Remodel

Often, it's hard to truly appreciate an after photo until you see where it all started.  Today I'm featuring a few photos from one of my recent kitchen and bath remodels which has easily become one of my favorites.

Kitchen Before
Kitchen after

Kitchen before
Kitchen after
Guest bath before

Guest bath after

Master bath before
Master Bath after

 The client and designer are very happy with the results!

Before photos by Rebecca Ward
After photos by Steve Folino of InnerVision Photography

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 and The Orchid

It's the last day of the year, a perfect time of reflection.  As I look back on all the few posts I have done this year, it is obvious that something, or someone has rearranged my priorities!  And I love it.  My little girl has brought such joy to my life and I wouldn't trade it for the world.  It has been quite a challenge to balance my business and being a new mom but we are adjusting well and both baby and my career are thriving.  I only lack time to document it all!

I will soon be revealing my inspiration board for 2014.  I'm excited that Radiant Orchid is the color of the year from Pantone as I feel I have already been incorporating it where I can.
It is close to the color of my daughter's nursery and would love to use it more. (seen here behind Elsie)

I have recently completed and am awaiting photos to come back of RWD's latest kitchen and bath remodel while we work away at two new kitchens, so I know I will have many fun projects to share with you soon!

Wishing you much joy and happiness for 2014!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Luxe Retreat In France

Whether passing through an a tour of France or planning a destination wedding, Chateau de Varennes is a must see and stay luxury hotel in beautiful Burgundy, southeastern France.

Owner Aymeric de Truchis inherited the estate in 2009.  The chateau has been in his family for 400 years and remains one of the most beautiful destinations in the country.  Aymeric and his wife Sonia hired interior designer, Fabrice Bejjani to help turn the estate into a luxury hotel.

I hope to be able to visit this place someday.  The classic french interiors coupled with modern amenities and accents are so inspiring and welcoming.  In the meantime,  I will continue to peruse the photos on their website and Facebook page

Photos courtesy of and Alexandra Meurant

Friday, August 9, 2013

Summer of Love

So....  I've obviously been absent for a little while.  I've been taking a haitus because of this little bundle of love who arrive June 7th:

Elsie Anna Ward

I have worked on a few projects around my house while I was on "leave" as well.  My husband did most of the work in painting our kitchen cabinets after we got our new floors laid.

This is my latest masterpeice: Our gallery wall.  Something every family should have!
Family Gallery Wall

Now it's august and I'm easing back into work.  So thankful to my clients for being flexible with me!