Five Stages of an Interior Designer’s “Extreme Makeover”

You are probably familiar with the show, “Extreme Makeover”; the show where Ty Pennington and his crew totally renovate a house for a family in need. When 13 interior designers assembled, by invitation only, as “The People’s Project,” we felt the same way because we essentially did the same thing to the Governor’s Residence in Connecticut from an interior design point of view. Built in 1909 as a private home and purchased by the state in 1943, the Georgian-Style house had seen better days.  We had no budget and little time, but immediately got to work. My assignment was the guesthouse, a red brick cottage with a steeply pitched slate roof. From the outside it was the cutest little thing you had ever seen, a Hansel and Gretel house; but inside was another story. Here are the five stages of my interior design “Extreme Makeover.” 1. I decided a coat of citrus green paint would bring the room back to life. 2. All the moldings were painted a high-gloss white, which contrasted beautifully with the walls and created the illusion that everything belonged. 3. There were architectural details in the built-in bookcase which are brought out by the contrast of colors. 4. After scavenging discarded furniture from the basement, I painted it in white gloss. 5. Bold floral fabric donated by Schumacher & Co. went on chairs and sofas. My story of the renovation to the guest house at the Governor’s Residence can be viewed in the New Canaan Daily which was sent to me by my friends in New Canaan, CT at Images & Details Inc. There has not been an interior design challenge that I have not met. I am proud of the way my colleagues met the challenges of the Connecticut Governor’s Residence. Do these examples give you ideas of rooms in your house that might need an interior design “extreme makeover”? Related sites New Canaan Daily Images and Details...
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How Interior Designers Got Together to Renovate the CT Governor’s Mansion

You might think when a group of Interior Designers from Connecticut get together; they are in competition with one another. Actually, the opposite is true. They work in collaboration with one another. Called the “The People’s Project,” the most distinguished Interior Designer’s in Connecticut recently assembled “by invitation only” to renovate the historic Connecticut Governor’s Residence. The effort was organized and led by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine. This select group of Interior Designers and firms were vetted through the Conservancy and included: Jamie Drake, Sandra Morgan, Carey Karlan, Susan Bednar Long, Philip Gorrivan, Catherine Cleare, Paula Perlini, Polly Denham, Glenda Moralee, Tricia Izzo, Carolyn Kron, LouAnn Torres and Nick Geragi. We updated and refreshed eight of the Residences public rooms including the main foyer, dining room, living room, library, sun room, and powder rooms, as well as the pool house and guest cottage. I worked in the guest cottage where I renovated and redesigned the powder room, living room, hall and study. “For the past seven years, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens has celebrated the best design in the state, and to have the opportunity to work in such an iconic house with talented designers and craftsmen is a tremendous honor.” Award winning magazine, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, is known for presenting beautifully designed homes and superior photography. The Governors Residence is featured in their November 2011 issue.  It includes an insider’s first look of the Residences public rooms, with stunning photography, interviews and information from the participating designers and vendors. Take an in depth look with me into the rooms in the guest cottage that I had the pleasure to renovate and design: From Connecticut’s top Interior Designers to manufacturers, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine was able to enlist these talents to donate their skills, time, services and beautiful furnishings and decorations in order to make the home more accessible to the public for years to come. “The People’s Project” was made possible by the generous product donations of gold sponsors: Bender Plumbing, Christopher Peacock, Duralee, Elizabeth Eakins, Fovama Rugs, Home Boutique of Greenwich, Klaff’s, NuKitchens, Paris Ceramics, Ring’s End, Rogers & Goffigon and Schumacher as well as many other supporting vendors who have contributed their services and product. Does it impress you what Interior Designers can do when we get together and collaborate? For me what this project underscores working with such talented people is, as far as Interior Design is concerned, “it’s all in the details.” Related site Connecticut Cottages &...
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