Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Field Trip: The Market at Grelen - Orange, VA

 I recently visited my friends Leslie and Dan at their Market and Nursery in Orange, VA.
 I was greeted by this beautifully crafted pergola full of fall blooms!
 The slate terrace and stone wall (built by the expert craftsmen of Grelen Nursery) surrounding the Market provide wonderful place to relax and enjoy the scenery.   
Grelen's 600 acres of property are meticulously planted with trees and shrubs.  They sell to wholesale and retail customers.  What fun to walk the fields and select just the tree that will shade your very own yard.
The Market and Nursery host events weekly... from workshops to live music to nature walks. 
 Check out their calendar for something that interests you!
 Outside the Market you can select pots, plants and garden decor.
 Inside you will find a wide variety of gifts, home accessories, garden tools and clothing.  



You will also find a lovely little cafe.  Grelen has it's very own chef who makes delicious farm-to-table creations... soups, pastries, salads, sandwiches & Grelen's famous ice cream! (Made from berries, fruit and honey harvested right on the property!)
The Market at Grelen and Grelen Nursery are just a rolling hill away from James Madison's historic Montpelier and Barboursville Vineyards.
Grelen Farm makes for an outstanding day trip with or without the kids!
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Happy Fall... Enjoy a stroll through the trees!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Office Renovation: Before & After

Before: When we moved in seven years ago I was in a red phase.
  I love red but it was time for it to go...
After: The entire room was predicated on Samarkand from the Les Aliz├ęs collection for Brunschwig & Fils.  I used this pattern for my color inspiration and pillows.  I changed the wall color to a neutral beige. 
This allows for artwork by Liza Matthews to pop off the wall and complement the bright pillows.  I streamlined the window treatments with black iron rods and a neutral damask print by Duralee.
 I have also hung of my youngest daughters artwork that is bright and colorful.  This keeps the space cheery and not too serious.  
The original black crackle finish chairs I found at a yard sale for $10 each and faux painted them myself.  This time I found barrel back chairs at a local consignment shop and painted them glossy black and redid the chair seats in a Thibaut pink stripe.

I love my new office!  
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Before & After: Sunroom

My client had all but given over her sunroom to her two lab mix dogs.
But in the end... the dogs were shut out!  
My client raves about the new space and how it has been many a cause for missing church on Sunday...she and her husband get their coffee and the Sunday paper and settle in.
We added a pair of armless upholstered swivel chairs, repainted and covered her existing wicker, hung sheer drapery panels and covered the floor in durable indoor/outdoor carpeting.  
The fresh new look is a welcome site any time of year.
Happy Memorial Day!
Welcome to summer 2013!

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

The First - "Field Trip Friday"

Friday I went on a field trip with my friend and fellow designer Karen. 
 We headed up the road a bit to Ashland, VA.
This cute little town has several fun stores with unique finds.
Our first stop was Thrill of the Hunt.
 An eclectic store where they "up-cycle" furniture.
 I spotted this amazing deal on a Fremarc buffet.  
My friend Karen was interested in the old school maps for a client's child study area.
I loved the all weather colorful rugs.  (orange and white chevron hanging)
They carry the entire collection of Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax.  I was not familiar with this product until our visit yesterday when cute Christina showed us all the wonderful things about it.
  There is no furniture prep... no stripping, sanding, priming!  Just make sure your piece is clean!  Once the paint is applied you rub on a wax to make the finish glossy.
(see white chest in back left - half of the top is waxed, half is not)
 Another fantastic product they carry is O'verlays.
An adhesive decorative fretwork panel in various sizes and patterns
that can be applied to furniture, walls, mirrors and more.
(I met the owners last year at Blogfest in NYC so it was great to see their product represented in VA!)
Our next stop was Re-Funk-It.  A fun store with clothing, jewelry, sculpture...and more.
  I found the "re-funked"grapevine and bike wheel-xylophone keys 
chandeliers to be especially interesting.
We then popped into a few other stores and had a delicious lunch at the The Ironhorse.
After lunch we headed over to Gallery Flux where we were wowed by wonderful works
 in black and white by Natasha Karpinskaia and Helene Roberts.
And beautiful colorful landscapes like this one from Carol Anna Meese
 We finished off the field trip with a stop at Class and Trash on Rt. 1 just south of Ashland.  This was definitely a place where you might just find that diamond in the rough.  They had everything from a  garden trellis to a church pew with lots of little things in between.

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Have a great weekend!
Kirsten
Kirsten Nease Designs 

Monday, May 13, 2013

It's been a while...

I must say the past few months have flown by!
I try to write once a week or every couple of weeks... 
but 3 months have passed!  YIKES!!!
I coach an amazingly adorable group of 6/7/8 grade girls! 
We had a super fun lacrosse season!

I still work during the season, but this group keeps me busy in the afternoons.
Be back soon with a great before and after sun room!

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 No more wasted tearsheets! 
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Have a great day!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thank you for the First 10 Years!

It's hard to believe Kirsten Nease Designs was founded 10 years ago this February.  
What started out as a business license to qualify my hobbies - painting, sewing, gardening, DIY, & design - has turned out to be a wonderfully successful regional interior design firm. 
(Yes - I painted, sewed and "designed" my daughter's room - circa 2003)
A special thanks must go to... my husband, Carl, for supporting me through thick and thin and to our three beautiful children for giving me their patience so I can be a Mom with her own business.
My business has grown to serve over 90 families - without whose support and trust I would not have been able to succeed as I have.  I am forever grateful they allowed me into their homes.
When I first started KND I had no idea that I would be writing a Blog and in the second generation of my Website.  Technology is moving at light speed.
 And then, just when I seem to understand how to incorporate technology into my business (download photos, create room plans, bill clients, update website, use social media to promote by business, write a blog) another update comes.  I welcome these challenges as I forge into the next 10 years.  
 The team of exceptional service providers with whom I work have made my job
 very rewarding and I thank them for making me look good!
 It is wonderful to see how my business has evolved and I look forward to the next 10 years!
  Thank you for your support.

If you would like assistance creating a stylish and comfortable home for your family please contact me.
Kirsten Nease Designs

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Jonathan Adler for Kravet

I was shopping for some inexpensive fun material for my client's "teen" room when I came across Jonathan Adler's new fabrics for Kravet at a local cut yardage store here in Richmond, VA. 
  At first I was not pleased as a designer to find a brand new designer collection discounted at a cut yardage store.  But then I thought a moment, why not? 
 Jonathan Adler is known for his hip and trendy home accessories and furnishings at reasonable prices.  His company motto is "Jonathan Adler is a design company dedicated to 
bringing style, craft,  joy, and a general feeling of grooviness to your home."  
So of course he would be found at Richmond Virginia's hip and trendy fabric store u-fab!!!
u-fab is located in the heart of Richmond's Fan district, 
one of the nations premier interior design schools.   
 The ladies assisting shoppers at u-fab were so upbeat and helpful - 
bringing me a great feeling of joy! (A true Jonathan Adler experience!) 
 When I received my receipt, it read,
 "Dear U-fab Customer, You have fabulous taste. 
 Thank you for your fabulous purchase!"
 Now who would not feel great about the fun material and great price they paid for it!  
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