August 2014

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Project #3

For most designers, the “unveiling” of a newly remodeled or decorated home is the highlight of the project. But personally, it’s a toss up between the thrill of working a zillion hours a day to meet a tight deadline and seeing your clients reaction when they see the house for the first time. It’s exhilarating, nerve wrecking and worth every penny.

I am a firm believer in answering my phone and responding to people immediately. Thank goodness I practice what I preach. My phone rang in a noisy restaurant but I excused myself to take the “blocked” call. The voice on the other line was an unfamiliar british accent. The client was referred to me by a local real estate agent. The client(s) lived in London and they were looking to remodel and furnish a home in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada as their holiday home. The client hates the color brown and wanted to transform this home into her black & white contemporary holiday house…in a couple of weeks.

Little did I know the home was a traditional “brown” home (floor to ceiling). No worries, I love a challenge. I got straight to work and thank goodness for late night emails, texts and chats.  The final product was brilliant.  The clients love their new home and are able to enjoy the Las Vegas sunshine.  Here’s what the house looked like BEFORE I got my hands on it…

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Before

Before

 

BEFORE photo of  Dark and unassuming family room

BEFORE photo of
Dark and unassuming family room

 

THIS IS THE FINAL OUTCOME…FAB!!!!!

 

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AFTER: Bold, Beautiful & Stylish!!!

Now, an inviting space to entertain.

Now, an inviting space to entertain.

 

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I have my dad to thank for my love of design.  From forging iron to  building his first home in Argentina (single handedly at age 15!) to garmet cutter and production manager for a woman’s apparel designer in the United States…my dad can do it all!!

My dad is a great man, in

My dad is a great man.  My brother-in-law Joe says “we are blessed to have fathers that are towering good and noble men”.  That’s the truth!!!

 

It all started with this work of art.  My dad was 11 years old when he painted this beautiful piece I proudly display on my family room mantel.

It all started with this work of art. My dad was 11 years old when he painted this beautiful piece I proudly display on my family room mantel.

Over the years, my father has created some unbelievable art pieces with a story behind each one.  Whether carving on wood, restoring an old window to its former beauty, crafting in ceramics or painting on canvas, my dad has left his mark…on my heart. The photos are a few of the many different artworks I treasure and inspire me.

Over the years, my father has created some unbelievable art pieces with a story behind each one. Whether carving on wood, restoring an old window to its former beauty, crafting in ceramics or painting on canvas, my dad has left his mark…on my heart. The photos are a few of the many different artworks I treasure and inspire me.

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RUDY, I love you

RUDY, I love you