Stillwater project finished!

Cheers!  I have recently finished, so to speak, a whole house project in Stillwater.  Are we really, as designers, ever finished?!  I know it’s so hard for some people to understand the innate quality of being an interior designer.  There is no “off” button~~which is fine with me–it’s my passion.  I am moved and enthralled by exciting environments and fun, funky, and unique designed products.

We are still working on a few small finishing touches in this residence, but for the most part, the main vibe of the place is intact!  We, as in myself, Hagstrom Builder, and Denny Claridge, the architect, designed this lovely new home in an open floor plan style for ease of having many grandchildren and family members visit as well as to accommodate a disabled homeowner.  The intention was to create intimate and inviting areas within a French Country style space with a nod to Asian.  Below are some of the pics of the living room, dining room, and kitchen.  If you’ve already seen the pics on other sites (website, FB, Linkedin, etc.), well, enjoy again!  Other room pics to come in the future!

 Dining Room
We used the client’s existing dining table, chairs, and buffet, but made new cushions for the chairs.  The wall is blue grasscloth by Thibaut, drapery fabric by Ralph Lauren, hardware by Orion, and the chandelier is by Cyan Design.
 Living Room
In the living room, we purchased all new except for the two creamy white bergere chairs which we reupholstered in a Kravet chair fabric and the rug, which was our inspiration for the room’s colors.  Because we had a large TV on one side of the fireplace and watercolor art on the other, we didn’t want yet another image, or similar size piece, over the fireplace.  I hired Kelly Ludeking, a fabulous metal artist, to make custom bronze candlesticks, which are stunning!  The hand manipulated bronze and hand rubbed finish is truly incredible!  Kelly has done many wonderful pieces for me in the past including a Pool Changing Room vanity and a pendant light.  See here.


The drapery fabric is Fabricut and the console bronze sculpture is my client’s.  Sofas are by Lee.  The stunning two color, distressed console as well as the cocktail table are by Sterling.  The two ottomans under the console are custom and I had them upholstered in the coolest fabric from Pollack, one of my fave fabric manufacturers.  It is a vinyl that gives the appearance of silk.  I have seen it on a tufted king size headboard as well, which is initially where I became aware of it.  I thought for sure it was silk until I went up to touch it!  One of the best illusions around!  See the close up below, which still doesn’t do the fabric justice!


 Living Room
~Sterling Collection cocktail table, rug client’s own, Kravet chair fabric, Sunbrella sofa fabric, Fabricut pillow fabric, pottery bowl by local MN potter Lee Love
 Living Room and corner of Kitchen
Kitchen/partial Sun Room
Cabinetry by Preferred Kitchens in White Bear Lake, MN.  Peek into the sunroom where we had a custom sofa and chair made.  Stool fabric by Sunbrella.
Well?  What do you think?  Questions, comments…???!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Your work is really beautiful! I love how everything looks so nice but is still functional as well. The bronze candlesticks add such a nice touch! Great Job!!!!

  • Susan E. Brown Int Dsgn

    June 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks Teri for the fabulous compliments!! Greatly appreciated!

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