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Christy Smith Home | Designer: Leona Torres

Master Bedroom

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Dining Room

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Living Room

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The Christy Smith project:

Goals of the project:   To finally have a home that was put together as if on purpose. Had been living with a hodge podge/ mismatched bunch of random furniture for many years. Has kids in high school and college living at home. A single mom, wanted a home that reflected her individual personality, but also warm and inviting for her and the kids.

Project Areas: Master Bedroom, Living Room & Dining Room

Challenges:  Christy had a tough time with color, so Leona says she became her “50 Shades of Gray”. The whole house features every tone of grey from white to black and accented with silver and chrome. Christy also had a very hard time visualizing the room with the furniture and fabrics in it. She finally told Leona, “I will have to trust you” – and when it was completed she was “glad she did!” The kids also had a say in what was chosen for the house, so Leona had to bring them all together with each selection for each room.

In addition to furnishings, Leona also helped update the paint and floors. As well as custom window coverings and bedding.

Partner Companies:  Nouveau Designs – Windows & bedding, Expert Woodwork

The Club at Town Center

Master Bedroom

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Dining Room

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Living Room

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The Club at Town Center project:

 

One of the committee members for the project had met me through her sister in law, and asked if we did commercial interiors as well.  YES!   I started by putting together several color boards to see which direction they wanted to go in.  Currently, the room was nicely appointed but very tired.  They wanted to bring a little more life and color to the room vs having a large room of BROWN.  There were 3 rooms, Main Room, Media Room and Canyon Room.

Goals:

o   Main Room – to create more seating areas with more purpose.  Right now, just a bunch of tables and chairs in each corner with sofa setting in the middle.  Replace carpet.  Try to capture the sweeping views of the 2 story picture windows.

o   Canyon Room – to create more seating and function here.  Right now, hardly used at all.  Also, the floor is all slate, so the room is very loud and echoey.  Wanted to be more casual than the Main room – use for events as it opens to the kitchen.

o   Media Room – currently the drapes at the end of the room were heavy and dark, so the room, which sits off the Main Room, was dark and didn’t show much of the view. Be functional for many uses, which included card games, meetings and is the only room with a television.

Challenges

o   Few – the committee had already done the leg work to create a budget for me to work with, so I just needed to pull the floor plan together to meet the needs of the club members, then we chose the color board they liked best and my challenge was to find the furniture that fit both the function and budget.  Several meetings and committee meetings were needed to get through before we could get the final approval, but in comparison to other large projects I have worked on, this was smooth and easy.

Features:

o   Main Room – Created 2 reading nooks in the back corners; created a seating area in the front window with 4 swivel chairs and a round table that moves up and down to be at coffee table height for cocktails and visiting, or at dining height for working at.  Added  a seating area in opposite window for intimate groups of 4-6.  Added a sub-group to the middle sofa area with a unique feature of red leather swivel chairs that can join in the main sofa group, swivel to face each other over a small table, or around to face a low chaise that opens to the view and deck beyond.

o   Media Room – replace odd shaped octagonal tables with 48” squares that open to 54” rounds.  These can be used as squares for cards – creating 4 sets of tables / or they can line them up down the center of the room for meetings / or they can be made into rounds to use for events (removing the need to take the tables out and replace with folding tables).  Also added 2 comfortable chairs in the middle of the room for TV viewing.

o   Canyon Room – created 3 seating areas, one with a TV.  Each area has a rug, which substantially cuts down on the noise.  There is a console table behind the sofa which can fold out to be dining table size if needed, or can be used as buffet table for events.

o   All rooms have a color scheme of warm greens, reds and neutral cream, gold and grey.  We worked off of what I call “inspiration fabrics” with bold patterns and colors.  Our fabrics are all made for high use, without feeling like canvas or vinyl.  The more popular seating areas are upholstered in a “family friendly” fabric that can even be washed with soap & water.

Hoffner Home | Designer: Leona Torres

Master Bedroom

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Dining Room

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The Hoffner Home project:

Goals of the project:   To furnish the whole house – 3 stories + remodel the Fireplace / convert Jack & Jill bathroom to 2 en suites for guest rooms / bathroom in the den.

The client showed Leona what style she had in Tiberon, ca. and she loved everything Leona showed her – “we just clicked” said Leona.  She also did custom bedding in the master.

Challenges:  This house was vacant, this is their 3rd home up in Crystal Bay.  Goal was  They had to match the marble that was currently in the home – because it was expensive, and used extensively.  It was a salmon/terra cotta color with cream, so Leona chose a floor color that accented the marble, but took it in the transitional direction they wanted to go in.

Florida Family Room

Designer: Trish Dietze

March 2016

It’s always a pleasure when you work so well as a team with your client that you continue to work on multiple projects together. That is what took Trish to Florida. Her client from Tahoe was working on a remodel of their home in Sarasota and invoked Trish’s help once again. They worked mostly from pictures and emails and calls back and forth. The whole job included not only furnishings, but drapery and specialty faux finishes as well.

This room was right off of the kitchen, and was the main gathering space for the family. They loved the view, and wanted to open it up, even when the sun was the brightest. Trish came up with a design that treated the 3 panel windows as one, making the view more expansive & using sheer drapes to make it more transparent. Then she came up with a room arrangement that created seating for several people, adding two wood framed chairs rather than ottomans. They created a warm and inviting space with the palette, as well as light materials.

Robins Nest

Designer: Trish Dietze

This was one of the most dramatic rooms we have had the pleasure to work on. While the entire home was an extreme make-over, this room personified it the best. The entire home was white with blue accents. While many of the furnishings were exquisite and even antique, the color scheme and accents needed to be updated and given more warmth. The goal of this room was to create a comfortable space that made you feel like you were away on vacation. The iron bed is hand forged to resemble woven branches, which fit the “nest” theme very nicely. Trish worked with Karen Picarillo (faux finisher) to come up with the semi-metallic wall color and texture. The bedding and drapery were designed using soft hues and attention to detail, down to custom beaded trim and embroidered fabrics. We have worked with Cathi from Nouveau Designs (drapery and custom bedding) for years, depending on her expertise in bringing our ideas to life.

Sitting Room – Auburn

Designer: Trish Dietze & Stacy Hernandez

We met the owner of a new home in the Auburn foothills and she told us that she had been working on buying furniture for over 3 years! Most of the living areas in the home had little or no furniture for the family of 5 to sit in, let alone entertain in. She was overwhelmed finding the “perfect pieces”, and couldn’t get started.

This room was their sitting room off of the Master, and it had her stumped. She wasn’t even sure what she wanted it to be…somewhere to read, someplace to escape to, or even an office area. We helped her narrow down her choices and really look at the whole house: how they lived, where they spent the most time and why, and what they felt they were missing. It turned out, she and her husband really wanted a place the two of them could escape to. And, she really did know what colors, feel and style she wanted, she just need a little guidance in pulling it all together.

Vintage Inn

Designer: Trish Dietze

The Napa Valley holds a special place in our hearts, so Trish was excited to be invited to work on the second phase of remodels at the Vintage Inn in Yountville, CA. “We lived & worked in the Napa Valley for over 20 years, so it has been a pleasure to have the ‘excuse’ of this project to visit more often,” Trish said. “I started with an updated wing chair that featured a blue grey leather seat with the outside back wrapped in burlap. This enhanced the Country French decor of the Vintage Inn, while giving us an updated palette & current styles to work with.” The wing chair, as well as the desk chairs, offered comfortable silhouettes, to invite the guests to relax. The rooms are simple, without a lot of fuss, so the few items Trish chose had to be unique and full of character. She concentrated on updating the rooms with a soft color palette and clean lines that plays to the overall character of the Napa Valley – simple elegance.

This room was their sitting room off of the Master, and it had her stumped. She wasn’t even sure what she wanted it to be…somewhere to read, someplace to escape to, or even an office area. We helped her narrow down her choices and really look at the whole house: how they lived, where they spent the most time and why, and what they felt they were missing. It turned out, she and her husband really wanted a place the two of them could escape to. And, she really did know what colors, feel and style she wanted, she just need a little guidance in pulling it all together.

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