How would you describe your design style?
The Bees are classic and timeless gals at heart. Everything we do, we try to do it in a timeless sense so that the client never tires of the space. By starting with a neutral palette for a majority of the solid surfaces, we were able to add bright and bold patterned fabrics. When we start with a neutral palette, our clients can always do a mini-refresh down the road if he or she wants a new look, without breaking the bank! Interior Design is a HUGE investment, so we want to make sure the clients get the best return on their investment.
The Bees love pops of color as well as mixing old with new. We love the chinoiserie style (hence the Jardin chairs) and we love bringing in antiques and artwork where we can!
Tell us a little about the project, your goals and challenges for the space.
The clients reached out to us a few years ago with the idea in mind that they wanted to completely gut the first floor of their Royal Barry Wills-style Cape. The original floor plan was chopped up and the style was outdated and dark. The client wanted to open up the space significantly, including adding new structural beams to create an open flow from the kitchen to dining to family room.
When it came to the interior design of the project, we had to marry the two tastes: she wanted color and a fun and relaxed vibe, he was thinking more formal, he was a bit hesitant on using strong pops of color. The one thing they knew for sure: bring the outdoors in! They were simultaneously doing a huge overhaul of their backyard with extensive gardens and a new inground pool. So no matter what we did, it had to bring the color of the gardens indoors.
We were lucky to find a fabric that both agreed upon: Schumachers’ classic and timeless Citrus Garden. Once we pinpointed that fabric, we were able to build upon all the connecting elements. There were hints of chartreuse and classic blue (Pantone’s 2020 color, who knew?!) and we were able to pull in the colors throughout the space, creating a cohesive feel. We also felt that the Citrus Garden brought a bit of chinoiserie flair to the project, so we built upon that in the style of the lighting fixtures, furniture, artwork, accessories and more!
When it came to the breakfast nook and living room, we had a beautiful banquette seat made to accentuate the view. But we knew we had to source the perfect furniture to complement the scene. The Bungalow5 Jardin Chairs were the first that came to mind – the blue was PERFECT with the rest of the patterns (including Schumachers’ Hydrangea). The Jardin chairs have a beautiful chinoiserie style to them with the bamboo look and it complemented the Pagoda lantern perfectly. Adding ginger jars also paired well with the set. The Jardin chairs even show the bamboo carvings in the cross bars along the bottom, it's all about the details!
What inspired the color palette for the space?
The Schumacher Citrus Garden fabric was the starting point for the entire palette – the blues and greens simply sprouted from that.
What is your favorite part about the space?
That’s a tough one as we are tickled with all the end results but if we have to pick one area it would be the breakfast nook, it is just so inviting and colorful. And at the same time, we used so many different pieces within a small vignette – the green side table is an antique that we had refinished for the space. We paired the antique side table with the new Jardin chairs, Chinoiserie inspired art and lighting and viola, it created the most stunning corner of the house!