Designer's Home Tour {Melissa's Condo}

>> Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today I bring you Melissa's Midtown condo. Like Kendi, Melissa and her husband reside in Memphis, TN. She is an Interior Designer and her husband Austin is an Industrial Designer. Austin actually had a couple ceiling fan designs make it into Lowes retail stores this past spring. I always find dual designer homes the most interesting.

To start, their condo gets 10 cool points for being in this very trendy Cooper Young building.

I LOVE the stripe she did on this wall. It's the same color paint, but a mix of flat and satin finishes. The way the window light washes the wall makes it very dramatics when you are in the space. And the fan is one of Austin's designs.

The art below is framed wallcovering, which was probably a sample she ordered for a large hotel project. So the art was free, which is such a perk to being a designer (I'll show you my 100% free dining room rug one day)

Also note Melissa's great choices on where to terminate paint. Although it doesn't always work out this way, inside corners are always preferred. It makes for a much more clean, crisp transition. And see how it creates a large portal feel to her hallway walls. Very nice.

And these two sculpted panels in her art niche... also samples. They are from Modular Arts, a company who makes large scale plaster panels. They send us these tiny panels to show our clients. So instead of throwing them art. She's a genius for putting them on these little ledge shelves. I tried gorilla gluing hangers on the back of mine and came home to busted plaster on the floor.

And there is sweet Lola!

Here is one of my favorite parts to Melissa's condo. There is a stud wall right when you walk in that, instead of being clad in drywall, is clad in frosted acrylic panels. It's a inexpensive detail that gives the entire condo a much more modern look.

And finally the kitchen. I love her cabinets and hardware. My favorite part of this space is the fact that the stone counter on the island pours over onto the side and down to the floor. I've always been a big fan of this detail. It's very helpful in trying to avoid the ever dreaded metal bracket and is great for durability and clean up.

Thanks to Melissa and Austin for letting us into your super cool condo. Tell Lola thanks for being such a good scale figure.


Sara W August 25, 2009 at 9:42 AM  

this is beautiful and i LOVE that stripe!!!! what a clever idea.

LindsB August 25, 2009 at 9:52 AM  

That striped wall is great- I love how its the same color but two different finishes- what a great idea!

PS- I dont technically have permission to paint, oops. But I dont have a security deposit AND they told me that they re-paint all their apartments before someone new moves in, so I figured if they are going to be painting anyways why not paint right :)

Lauren August 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM  

Love her frosted acrylic panels and fun artwork! Very creative! Oh, and Lola makes the pictures rock! :)

Rachel August 25, 2009 at 10:29 AM  

I love that striped wall!! If I could get my husband on board, I'd do it to our apt. I'm sort of in the same spot as LindsB!!

Thanks for sharing!

Emily August 25, 2009 at 2:49 PM  

Great home tour! it's so well put together and flows just perfectly. The stripes are my favorite for sure!

Wendy August 25, 2009 at 11:39 PM  

Lovin' the home tours!! Great idea!!

Lili August 28, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

Okay, I actually took notes on all the cool stuff I love in their condo! Ha ha!! Here goes.

First, I LOVE the stripes on the wall. I think if I tried this I'd end up with stripes that weren't exactly level though... He he :) Any tips?

Second, when painting my walls here in Baltimore I ran into the "where to stop painting thing. When I post my pics, you'll have to let me know how I did...

At first glance, I actually thought the acrylic panels were windows. Very interesting idea!

And finally I LOVE LOVE LOVE the counter top spilling over look!

Two thumbs up to Melissa and Austin (and to Lola too)

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