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.

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