7.19.2013

Decorating Advice By E-Design

Over two years ago, Cathy, who lives in Northern California, contacted me for an e-design for a small hall bath and we have been working together ever since.  
 Recently,they added a new kitchen 
and breakfast room to their home.
They used a local architect and contractor.  I was available for decorating advice (i.e. lighting, paint, finishes), by charging an hourly rate.  We mostly email but also talk by telephone, too.
I sent Cathy photos and links for island lights...one recommendation were bell jars.  Cathy found these, similar to the version I recommended, at Lowe's on-line. 
I love that she added candle covers.  They really upgrade
less expensive (and expensive) fixtures.


By the way, Cathy is a joy to work with...
a burst of positive energy 
and a great mom to three busy children.

I sent her these sketches after we discussed hood designs 
and here is how it came out...
 I also sent her breakfast room light recommendations and she selected this Circa Country Chandelier.  I was able to extend my trade discount to her.
I also suggested adding the Ballard Parsons chairs.

The hallway to her master bedroom has a low sloped ceiling.  The lighting junction box was placed high on the wall where you see the newspaper...
So, I suggested a downward facing sconce 
with artwork beneath.
Now, it's a pretty focal point.
Cathy's sister, Celia took most of the above photos.  
Celia's photos of a recent trip to the 
Mt. Shasta Lavender Farm are breathtaking.

Thanks for visiting!

37 comments:

  1. An interesting post and some great results. I love the Circa Country Chandelier and what a gorgeous window which lets in so much light. I must check out the travel blog too.
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  2. I love the lighting fixtures and the kitchen. I am also loving the simplicity of the hood design. You did a fantastic job. Good teamwork.

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  3. Mary Ann, I really like how you wrote about your e-design project which was stunning by the way ... that kitchen, and all of her lighting looks amazing. And love the hood design. Awesomeness!

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  4. Beautiful home and I love the lighting choices.

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  5. I love the chandelier, Mary Ann! As always, your work is perfection.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  6. Lucky Cathy to have you on board! Her kitchen turned out amazing, love the hood, perfect scale for the room. Great job Mary Ann and thanks for Enjoying the process along my journey in pillow land!
    xo Kathysue

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  7. Looks like both of you work wonderfully together and the outcome of her kitchen is stunning! The attention to all the details is so evident and is sheer perfection! I know how lucky she is to work with you through e-design and I'm looking forward to working with you again too!

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  8. Great Job! Love how the circa light adds prominence to the artwork!!

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  9. So pretty, the kitchen is classic and inviting!

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  10. Charming! Love all of your ideas. Best, Beth C.

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  11. Mary Ann,
    Great work. The kitchen is so pretty. I love the lighting and especially the lighting fixture in the bedroom.
    Karen

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  12. Her home is lovely, and your suggestions were awesome! I know it bonded you both over the experience and she must be thrilled. Have a great weekend.
    xo Nancy

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  13. I love working like that as well - and it is amazing how much you can accomplish without actually being there in person. You did a great job - I especially love the stove / hood area (and you didn't even have to get dressed, haha).

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  14. We used to visit Mt. Shasta in the summer when I was a child.. fond memories and that lavender field is stunning. Love what you've done here Mary Ann. Lowes has so many great home furnishing ideas. I like the lighting for over the island!

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  15. I like the light over the kitchen island and the sconce. Great ideas!

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  16. I've been looking at range hoods for the past few weeks. There are a lot of really, really bad ones out in the world and I've come to the conclusion it's not a place to make a statement. The one you designed is understated and classic. Perfect I would say.

    That sconce is also one of favorites.

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  17. What a great job she - and you - are doing on redoing her house. I love the range hood (so easy to go wrong there) and the lights over the island.

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  18. Can you tell us how the consults work and what your hourly rate is. Seems to me that if you are able to offer discounts on purchases that it probably pays for itself. May I ask what color her kitchen walls are?

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    1. The paint color is BM Manchester Tan. You are right that a decorator can save you money...but not all the items I recommend are wholesale. Contact me at madamepickett@gmail.com if you are interested in an e-design. Currently there is about a four week waiting list. Thanks for your interest.

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  19. You have done a fantastic job - I love the whole kitchen...Betty from Ontario

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  20. Well done! The light fixture from Circa is perfect above the art work! Your work is beautiful, as always!

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  21. Hi Mary Ann!

    What lovely suggestions you made! The homeowner is one lucky lady to have you advising her!!

    Mimi@ A House Romance

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  22. Hi Mary Ann, this kitchen is beautiful, I love all of your suggestions.
    Jeanie

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  23. Mary Ann...her kitchen looks great and I love her new lighting..

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  24. Love all your suggestions and selections, Mary Ann! That Circa painted chandelier is one of my favorites.
    x Loi

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  25. This is a great idea and so detailed about classic kitchens! Thanks!
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  27. Such fun little snippets. You've done lovely things with her home. That hood is perfection!

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  28. I love to hear how other people work, super job Mary Ann! I love the choices of all her lights, what a stunning kitchen!

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  29. She made the right call getting you onboard, Mary Ann! Her kitchen is beautiful!!

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