Project Dream House is ON!!!!! Ink and Reverie

First off, I’m sorry for the lack of posts this past week.  I had much going on including a little photoshoot for some #getpublished action that I can’t wait to share.  As well, my kids have been auditioning for things left right and center and well, I’m also trying to balance clients in between chidlens not being in school etc.

So anyhoo…been busy as it were.

Thankfully, I’ve got some goodness to share that I think will make up for my week long posting void.

As promised a few weeks ago (or maybe it’s a month ago now come to think of it…who knows…I barely know what year it is,) I’m so so happy to tell you that this goodness is back on the table…

ink and reverie

Yes indeedy…#projectdreamhouse is BACK THE F*CK on!!!!

And while I’ve been working on client stuff for the past few months, I’ve also been meeting almost every Tuesday with my fabo architect Wallace Brown to hammer out this house of ours.

Let me just start by saying that though we’ve had the basic floorplan hammered out for eons, the outside business has been a real stumbling block.

See the thing is that what I want is really, really hard to make happen here.

First, there’s the town zoning laws that limit building height, side setbacks and the like.

Then there’s also the planning comittee that has a say in how new homes should look.

Around my parts, new houses generally fit into one of three categories: cape code with hardy board siding; faux french chateauxs with beige stucco; modern angular box like things.  And here’s the stickler with that as far as we’re concerned…what we want to create doesn’t fit into any of those categories…it’s actually not even close.  So that’s likely a problem.

And then there’s how the floorplan we want impacts the size of the thing.  When we started this process, we were aiming for around 3400 square feet but because of our room configuration and desire to create something quite opposite from the usual ’4 box/great room at the back with a kitchen floorplan’ that seems to be re-created a zillion times,  if we don’t want rooms to be totally squished and narrow, the total square footage has mophed quite a bit upwards of our original goal and well…we aren’t really altogether sure we can actually afford to build it at the size it is now.

To top all of this complexity off, we’ve also been struggling to just freaking hammer out what we want. In my head, I know I want the place to look more like a renovation than a new build…I want it to be graphic and bold but understated and not fussy…sort of like a London townhouse but with a little NY grit.

So in the past few months we’ve been looking at inspiration after inspiration…driving around looking at house after house…going back and forth on roof lines and finishes…flip floppping between things like this…

black and white exterior house close up front door olive trees in planters oscar v cococozy

black white house exterior oscar v

…which I LOVE and which would actually fit in with my neighbourhood pretty well.

And then along similar lines, places like this San Francisco loveliness…

san francisco showhouse

…both of which work with our ‘sideways on the lot’ plan…background on that…our front door has to be at the side of the house because yours truly wants a center hall plan and that shiz can’t happen on a 48′ wide lot unless you flip the damn thing…you’ll see what I mean with floorplans in a minute.

Back to exterior.

The thing is with both of the examples above, they just feel a smidge too pretty to me.

With the first, I like the austerity of the finishes and that grey brick/black windows/white trim business in THE business…but I’m not sure about the French shape.  And with the second, I love the grandness of it but it feels too lady like.

Basically, I want a damn townhouse with a flat roof but our building envelope is short because of a zoning restriction of 9 metres.

So now matter how hard we tried, getting the shape and look we wanted proved difficult.

And months went by with many kicks at the facade can.

And then one day while surfing insta, I happened upon this shot someone took of a house being renovated in Atlanta…

tate atlanta


tate builders atlanta

…and well let’s just say that for this cat, the stars aligned as it were.

There you have a flat roof, squaty shape with 5 windows across and you know what…I love it balls to the wall styles.

Like my heart actually skipped beats.

I sent the photos to my architect and we poured through the facebook pages of the owners of those signs, Tate Builders and J. Ryan Duffey Architects (sidenote…my mom’s maiden name is Duffey…a sign from the gods much;)

So…with those photos in hand and a few more meetings, my amazing architect was able to take our floorplan and make the mood and feeling we have always wanted come to life.

Behold…and imagine in painted white brick with reproduction black framed steel like windows…

The front…

facade final

wjb designs /christine dovey style/ project dream house front elevation

The roof- showing the glass boxes/skylights…

1306(02) - DD12 Roof Layout

The back…complete with a glass atrium that wraps around a courtyard…

1306(02) - DD12 Rear Elevation

The side that shows how you’d walk down a covered porch to arrive at the front door…

1306(02) - DD12 East Elevation

And then the interior floorplans…

wjb designs/christine dovey style mainfloor floorplan

On the mainfloor, you walk in the front door to a large, wide hallway that has tall skinny doors opening up into the living room/mudroom on one side and office/dining/kitchen on the other…and directly in front, a floating staircase that leads to the second floor…facing the backyard is the kitchen, courtyard and family room…all connected by glass…

And then on the second floor…a glass ceiling over the staircase that leads to the 4 bedrooms…

wjb designs/christine dovey style second floor floorpla

And that my friends is what my dreamhouse looks like.

**Except for the basement…a few have you have asked in the comments about Natasha…as per her request, we’re building a room/ensuite for her in the lower level.  Because she’s home a few weeks of the year, this space will double as a guest room etc. Eventually, we’d like to finish off about half of the basement and leave the rest for storage but that will have to wait because of budget etc.  And if we have to cut any this room area off because of budget for now, Tasha will get one of the upstairs bedrooms and Scarlett and Malcolm will share until we can finish construction on the lower level space.

It’s everything we want.

So now…it’s officially time to figure out if we can make this happen.

The next few months are going to be filled with lost of committee/planning/bank meetings.

I’m already crossing fingers many many times over.

There’s going to be hurdles galore in this but as they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way and let me just say that with all of this, girl’s got some will:)

Stay tuned.


REVEAL – Project Nursery Sweetness

I’m so so excited to show you the reveal of a nursery I did via e-design for a client in New York whose little girl is due any day now:)))

Called #projectnurserysweetness, this space was one of three I helped finish off for an amazing client who was just so so fun to work with.

If you missed the intro post, here’s a look again at the before shots of the space we were working with…

project nursery sweetness before shots

…along with the design board I presented…


And here my friends are the afters…

project nursery sweetness christine dovey style love sign

project nursery sweetness christine dovey style domesticate wallpaper and pillows 2

project nursery sweetness christine dovey style love sign 2

project nursery sweetness christine dovey style domesticate wallpaper and pillows

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project nursery sweetness christine dovey style handmade doll

christine dovey style project nursery sweetmess

project nursery sweetness christine dovey style

I’m thrilled.  It’s sweet and charming and eclectic and chalk full of little girl whimsy.

A quick source list of the most important bits:

1. Rocker- vintage from House of Honey on 1st Dibs

2. Bedding- Biscuit Home Goods

3. Hand made doll- Gaiia Kim Dolls

4. Wallpaper- Domesticate

5. Love sign- Black Rooster Decor

6. Floral artwork- Lulie Wallace for Anthropolgie

7. Rug- ebay

And PS…little girl rooms are my FAVOURITE!


My Project Greenbay Dropbox Got Some Action…and Fabric Plans

It was like Christmas morning around these parts thanks to my #projectgreenbay shared Dropbox folder.

My fabulous clients got picture snapping and sent me some amazing progress shots.

And of course, after seeing said sneaks, my thoughts on the overall schemes for some rooms really came together.

Here’s a little preview on what’s been happening since I was there a few weeks ago.

1. The kitchen mirror and glass has gone in…as have one set of our marble/brass shelves on either side of the stove…as has our amazing vintage chandeliers.  I need to preface these photos by saying that I did not design this kitchen in terms of layout, cabinets etc…I came in and finished the thing off really…I designed the shelving, mirror, pantry glass, lighting and paint etc…and furnishings of course, which will be coming in soon.  I can definitely not take any credit for the actual cabinet design…which is PS, spectacular…

christine dovey style project greenbay kitchen 1

christine dovey style project greenbay kitchen 2

christine dovey style project greenbay kitchen 3

2. Dining room…ceiling is still to be painted…the white is too white…

christine dovey style dining room project greenbay

3. Playroom…our boat house wallpaper is still to go up…

christine dovey style project greenbay playroom 1

…and I’ve put together the official fabric scheme for this room together…

projproject greenbay playroom plan christine dovey style

…thanks mostly to this incredible Dedar  fabric…


dedar about flowers project greenbay playroom christine dovey style

4. Speaking of Dedar…which is PS, quickly becoming my all time fave fabric line…the guest room plan has also mushed together in loveliness…here’s the room now…

christine dovey style project greenbay guestroom

(note our master mirrors sitting there)

…and thanks to this silk heaven…

dedar funky stripes project greenbay guest room christine dovey style

…and some Designer’s Guild black floral greatness, this is what I hope to throw together in this room and it’s adjoining ensuite…

project greenbay guest room plan christine dovey style

Again with the Dedar…could you die over this silk?!?!….

mademoiselle satin project greenbay guest room

5.  The master, ensuite and closet…again, I can’t take any credit for cabinetry, tile or layout…just the finishing business…

christine dovey style project greenbay master bedroom 1

christine dovey style project greenbay master bath 1

christine dovey style project greenbay master bath 2

christine dovey style project greenbay master bath 3

christine dovey style project greenbay master closet 1

…just wait until you see the chandy and balloon drapery that’s going in that closet right there…so pretty…and in the bathroom, our mirrors are going up tout suite.

6. Kid’s bedrooms…

christine dovey style project greenbay girl's bedroom 1

christine dovey style project greenbay girl's ensuite 1

christine dovey style project greenbay son's bedroom 1

christine dovey style project greenbay son's bedroom 2


christine dovey style project greenbay girl's bedroom 2

christine dovey style project greenbay girl's ensuite 2

christine dovey style project greenbay girl's ensuite 4

…the later of which is going to see this happening in terms of fabric…stripes as balloon curtains with tassel balls in pink…headboards in Schumacher lace…benches in gold and pillows in the Tilton Fenwick…

project greenbay girls' room plan christine dovey style

And I think that’s where we are now.

I’ll leave off by saying that in my fabric searches for the above project, I discovered some new to me beauties that are just waiting for some new client’s space…if you have a room that wants some of this action…

new fabric love christine dovey style

…let me know:)


West Elm and Nicole Cohen/Patrick Cline are Killing It and Some Goodies

Is it just me or is West Elm KILLING it lately in the design department?

I mean just look at some of their new goodness…

west elm chandeliers

west elm lamps

west elm stools table and glasses

west elm utensils

I’m seriously in awe of how beautiful these pieces are.

So much so, that I’m incorporating both chandeliers in #projectgreenbay…we’ve changed our foyer plan and are going to use the WE on on the ceiling, alongside these stunning vintage sconces…

west elm chandelier and dibs sconces project greenbay

As well, we’re going to buy up some of those counter stools and re-upholster then in some blush velvet action.

Another client of mine is actually considering the stools as well and is the one who led me in their direction in the first place…thankful to say the least.

As for the rest, I’m buying up a bunch of those gold glasses to use as votive holders and though I already have a set of vintage gold flatware and more sets than I probably need, my new house (more on that subject Monday) is going to get a brand spanking new set of the WE loveliness.

High fives to WE all around.

And speaking of well dones, have you seen the latest photography collaboration between Nicole Cohen and Patrick Cline called Deuce? I mean STOP IT!

nicole cohen and patrick client deuce 2

nicole cohen and patrick client  deuce 3

nicole cohen and patrick client  deuce

nicole cohen and patrick cline deuce

OBSESSED with these in very large in change way.  Must own.

What else?

Oh yes…a very special package arrived for me this morning from the amazingly talented Ashley Woodson Bailey…these moody beautiful flowers be mine…

ashley woodson bailey without wax

ashley woodson bailey osaba

So gorgeous.

And finally, a little sneak peek of something else that’s sure a lot of pretty…coming soon to #projectgreenbay ‘s little girls’ room thanks to the amazing Liven-Up Design…alongside Nina Campbell’s Paradiso paper that is…

project greenbay liven up design benches and wallpaper

So pretty. I’m actually considering using that same fabric on the windows…mulling on it.

And finally, my bedroom ceiling is about to get a whole lot prettier thanks to the brilliance that is Metrie…layout lines are drawn…

my house ceiling metrie

…and the real business will go up tomorrow- keep close to Instagram for updates:)

Happy almost weekend:)


Introducing a New Project

I’ve got a few brand spanking new projects in the works and I wanted to start sharing some of the goodness so for today, please meet this living room goodie that shall henceforth be known as #projectrollingrock.

I’m pretty darn excited about this cookie because my client is a fabric lover…and the cherry on the fabric sunday is that she loves Kelly Wearstler almost as much as I do…and that my friends, I thought impossible seeing as KW is about my largest idol girl crush in the history of histories.

So…..this is our plan…

carrie living room look board

I’m sorry for the small pics of the furniture pieces…all I have…if you look closely, this is what’s happening…

a. Wing chairs in KW Bloom

b. Brass framed chairs in KW Agate

c. Parsons stools in Osborne and Little Gator

d. Versailles settee and striped coffee table from Black Rooster

e. Curtains in Domesticate’s charcoal dots

f. Second hand rug of some variety…this would be my very first choice but she’s not for the faint of heart in the $$ dept.

g. Modern sofa in charcoal velvet

As well…all walls will be painted in a warm white…the windows also have shudders that have been painted out in black…same goes for the interior doors.

I should also mention that this is a living room…with lots of windows so the dotty fabric will be everywhere.

What else…accent fabrics will be KW Feline and Mineral…those will be pillows.

So basically, the room will be made up of this fabric loveliness…


farbic story

And to top it off, there will of course be art…my fabo client has already purchased the Magnus Gjoen beetle and the Ashley Woodson Bailey piece is being added toute suite styles…

ashley woodson bailey rest and magnus gjoen\\

I’m sort of dying over how much I love those two pieces together.

As for accessories and the rest of the furniture, there’s more to come and I promise to share progress pics etc.

For now, I’m signing off so I can enjoy a little time with hubby…it’s our anniversary today.

9 years ago today he held an umbrella over my head as it poured rain and he’s been protecting, encouraging and loving me ever since…I’m a lucky lucky girl:)

my wedding