Posts tagged Gail Bantle
Posts tagged Gail Bantle
The GMB Designs blog turned 2 today! Thanks to all of my loyal readers and followers—so excited to bring everyone more renderings and design tips over the next 2 years!
From the day my husband and I moved into our 1974 California Contemporary home, it went without saying that the second-floor bathroom needed a major facelift, but who would have thought it would take 13 years to make a decision about paint colors and fixture replacement!
If the decision-making had been all mine, the room would have been stripped down to its bare bones. However, I value my darling husband’s opinion, which he clearly expressed as follows:
“I don’t want tiled walls around the bathtub—regrouting tile is a nightmare.”
(My thought: Who doesn’t love a good arm workout?)
“What’s wrong with the sink, counter, and cabinet?”
(Oh sure, I just love that 1970s Formica sheen!)
“The green-tiled floor is in perfect condition. We are not replacing it just because you don’t like the color green!”
(Well, it will save me time when decorating the house for St. Patrick’s Day…)
“Why remove the medicine cabinet? Just leave it.”
(I’d rather have a hole in the wall than that medicine cabinet!)
So, in order to figure out how I could salvage the space while minimizing the demo needed, I went back to the drawing board—also known as the computer. What to do?
Then it hit me: simply revamp the outdated components!
An afternoon spent at a local home show proved successful when I discovered Bath Crest of Western Mass, a company specializing in easy-care bath systems made from non-porous acrylic—an innovative material that not only eliminates hard scrubbing but also wipes away the problems of lead, mold, and mildew. This no-mess, no-hassle bathroom remodel begins with the removal of the old fixtures and surrounding drywall, ending up with a beautifully redesigned bath and shower area. I loved the product selections, the quality of workmanship displayed, and the price. I was sold (and so was my darling husband)!
And voila! Our new bathroom!
I decided to paint the walls with a subtle tone-on-tone vertical striping technique in these colors.
While the sink and Formica countertop remained, the faucet was ultimately replaced. The dark-stained cabinet was refinished with Minwax PolyShades in Classic Black. (By the way—this stuff is very cool, and so quick and easy to apply!)
I fabricated a decorative drapery panel with contrasting tie-back to enhance the beautiful frameless glass shower doors. Oh, and remember the aforementioned medicine cabinet? Well, check out what I did to disguise the louver door. I liked the outcome so much, that I also repeated this idea on the linen closet louver door.
In fact, we were so excited that we decided to replace the shower area in the first-floor bathroom, too:
While it’s certainly mildly embarrassing for an interior designer to take over a decade to make a paint decision, you can simply follow Houzz’s new Pick-a-Paint Guide—a three-part series that takes even the most finicky designer or DIY’er through the dos and don’ts of choosing a color palette, envisioning your new space, and incorporating established finishes from your room.
For more tips on color and fixture selection to drive your next design project, email me at Gail@gmbdesignscustom.com.
Would Hamlet have been so melancholy if he had simply owned a cozy sofa or settee?
Of all the furniture needed to truly make a house into a home, the sofa remains the key element in bringing comfort and relaxation to your primary living space. A recent article on Houzz, “Things You Need To Know About Buying a Sofa,” gives a comprehensive list of the determining factors any decorator should take into consideration when selecting a sofa: size, construction, durability, comfort.
However, there is one consideration the article only mentions briefly—that of reupholstering an existing piece—that deserves more recognition that it receives.
Any novice or professional purveyor of antique furniture will tell you in a heartbeat that older furniture is solidly constructed, with a sense of elegant craftsmanship that can easily stand the test of time. However, as styles change, so do our ideas of what constitutes an appealing fabric or pattern. (Lime green corduroy stripes, anyone?)
This is where brilliantly executed reupholstering can prove invaluable. If you have a legacy piece (sofa, settee, or chair) that doesn’t quite meet your current style, consider these points before bringing it to the curb:
Does the piece have sentimental value?
Is the construction quality greater than what you are encountering in the big-box furniture stores?
Is the shape and size of the piece a perfect fit for your space, but the fabric could use a facelift?
If any of these questions set off an alarm in the décor section of your brain, stop and consider the transformational possibilities available with reupholstering your vintage furniture.
More clients than I can count have been floored by the look of their new furniture once the reupholstering process has been completed. Rather than spending countless thousands of dollars on new furniture, a dynamic change of fabric can bring an old-fashioned design element into the now.
Consider these transformations!
A settee is given new life through a durable fabric that conveys a classic English elegance.
The wooden elements of this vintage Queen Anne chair are enhanced by the move from a garish yellow to a warm blue.
A set of chairs that could have been brought to the trash heap ages ago are revived with a crisp look, providing an intimate and comfortable conversation space.
So whether you’re thinking of reviving that family heirloom, or happen to find a knockout vintage piece for $25 at a flea market, never underestimate the power of reupholstery—it will take your furniture from cringe-worthy to classic in no time at all.
To discuss my reupholstery services and how they can help in your next design project, email me at Gail@gmbdesignscustom.com.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that the Design-on-a-Photo technology is limited to the inside of a house—my digital-rendering services can help you to visualize and transform your property’s outdoor elements as well!
If you’re having trouble deciding on landscaping or construction concepts for your property, or simply want to maximize your home’s curb appeal, then the Design-on-a-Photo platform will surely put your mind at ease.
Case in point: One of my realtor contacts from The Higgins Group needed a virtually staged photo—and pronto! The house she was marketing was currently under construction, so communicating a polished finished product to potential buyers was incredibly important.
By using one photo of the house’s exterior and bordering property, I was able to transform a hectic construction project into a scene of pastoral Connecticut beauty.
And the best part? The realtor had this vital piece of marketing collateral quicker than expected, removing one large headache from the overall selling process.
Personally, I think this deserves an award for Project of the Week!
For detailed information about the Design-on-a-Photo service, contact GMB Designs at email@example.com.
The GMB Designs studio is roaring, full-steam ahead, with new projects, thanks to my adoption of a new and incredibly innovative digital design tool.
When it’s time to just say “no” to tired and outdated window treatments—as in this newly renovated kitchen—the decision to choose a new and exciting style can be daunting.
Have no fear, however—GMB Designs’ Design-on-a-Photo service is here! [Sadly, Underdog wasn’t immediately available to help out.]
[Underdog could not be reached for comment, but GMB Designs assumes he would fully support the new Design-on-a-Photo process.]
With my new Design-on-a-Photo service, going from bland to grand is easy.
Using existing digital photos of your room, I create new custom-designed window treatment styles, rendering color, pattern, and fabric options directly onto photos of your renovated space, making your decision-making process a breeze.
After assembling an assortment of design options and collaborating with my client to get a firm sense of her personal style and desire for luxury, my latest project is currently in fabrication mode. Thanks to the Design-on-a-Photo process, my client could not be more excited to be completing the kitchen of her dreams—and far sooner than expected!
Remember, the room’s not done until the PERFECT curtains are hung!
P.S. I’m always available to provide you with additional guidance and detailed information on your project. Contact me at GMB Designs at firstname.lastname@example.org.