September 30, 2010

Urban by Ces't La Vie Events Photography

This week's Ces't La Vie Events Fine Art Photography Shop's  Featured Gallery is posted in the slideshow below and is  appropriately named - Urban.


"These unique and visually stimulating images were captured in various World Cities and depict the architecture, raw ambiance and industrial beauty of the "Urban "Jungle. Any single of one of these prints would look ideal hung as art in an industrial, modern, minimalistic or eclectic type space. This gallery is specifically for those that appreciate an edgier, modern art style. Many of the architectual prints also make the perfect artwork for empty office spaces. Also perfect as a personalized gift for City Lovers! Simply click on the "Buy" button to select your professional grade prints that will conveniently be packaged and sent directly to your home ready to frame and hang!"

Each print is available in Lustre, Glossy, or Mettalic finish and available in the following sizes and prices:

4x6   @ only $2.15 - $2.55    per print
5x7   @ only $9.99 - $ 10.25 per print
8x10 @ only $15 - $18 per print


Other sizes and  finishes available and can conveniently be browsed by clicking here:  C'est La Vie Events Fine Art Photography Shop.




Stay tuned for next week's featured gallery and make sure to browse previous galleries by clicking on the links above to find the perfect print!

September 16, 2010

Antiquity by Ces't La Vie Events Photography

This week's Ces't La Vie Events Fine Art Photography Shop's  Featured Gallery is posted in the slideshow below and is  appropriately named - Antiquity.

These unique images were captured in distinct parts of the Globe and reflect the beauty, history, texture and rustic appeal of all that is worn, withered and aged with precious "Antiquity." Any single of one of these prints would look ideal hung on both neutral and colored walls, and easily tie into an old-world, cottage, shabby-chic, country or eclectic decor theme for both the home and office space. Also perfect as a personalized gift for vintage lovers! Simply click on the "Buy" button to select your professional grade prints that will conveniently be packaged and sent directly to your home ready to frame and hang!

Each print is available in Lustre, Glossy, or Mettalic finish and available in the following sizes and prices:

4x6   @ only $2.15 - $2.55    per print
5x7   @ only $9.99 - $ 10.25 per print
8x10 @ only $15 - $18 per print


Other sizes and  finishes available and can conveniently be browsed by clicking here:  C'est La Vie Events Fine Art Photography Shop.






Stay tuned for next week's featured gallery and make sure to browse previous galleries by clicking on the links above to find the perfect print!

September 13, 2010

An Apartment Transformation - Part One

Design Plan for: 3-in-1 Living Space, Kitchen and Hallway
Client(s):  Elisa and Greg

3-in-1 Living Space (Living Room. Dining and Play Area)
(click to enlarge)

Kitchen

Hallway

Elisa and Greg, a young, modern couple and the parents of a precious  toddler  were in need of a transformation in their home that would breathe a fresh new look, while keeping lots of function at bay for their family. Their apartment had so much potential, great bones and lots of charming character. After visiting at their home and consulting with them, I was able to draw inspiration from one of Elisa's decorative storage boxes she had stowed away in a corner. As soon as I laid my eyes on it, I knew the cool and soothing color scheme would work perfectly in their space. Their design needs also posed a bit of a challenge for me as they requested I turn their relatively small sized living room into a 3-in-1 living space, where I would need to incorporate a dining area, play area and living/TV area. The other two adjacent areas I would need to tackle were the kitchen and hallway. Although this project was a lot of hard work I thoroughly enjoyed meeting this nice family and made it a priority to design a space they would absolutely love!

Here is a breakdown of the Design Board (for the 3-in-1 living space) with the numbered items below:

First is first, the paint color I chose for all three of their rooms was a combination of Benjamin Moore's Beacon Gray and Silver Cloud. Beacon Gray is a fresh, crisp, modern pale blue with gray undertones that almost works as a neutral, it will totally freshen, brighten and enlarge all three of their living areas. Silver Cloud I chose as the paint that will be added to their ceiling and hallway, both colors work seamlessly together and will dramatically change the look of their currently olive and burgundy walls.

1-3. This gorgeous seating area will be one of the main focal points of the room and the first thing the visitor sees when they walk into this room. The centerpiece is of course this spectacular vintage-inspired  Ikat print armless Slipper chair that brings in so much texture, color and class. Paired with this modern floor lamp and this classical styled oval mirror, this seating area will make for quite the eye-pleaser.

4. Represents the neutral, natural textured carpet that will delineate the living /TV viewing area from the rest of the space while providing added warmth and softness to their hard-wood floors.

5-8. Greg specifically requested we keep their futon/sleeper that had sentimental value as it was given to them by his parents and was still in very good shape. Unfortunately the existing pattern and color scheme would clash against the new design, however, I was able to locate the perfect solution - this twill and cotton khaki-colored slip cover that will neutralize the futon and make it the perfect comfy backdrop for colorful and stylish throw pillows like this ikat print that brings the pattern from the other side of the room. To finish off, this stunning chocolate colored tree art will complete this part of the room perfectly.

9-11 Represents the cool, hip and modern new dining space that will be composed of this great, versatile tulip table that is not only stylish but incredibly practical and inexpensive paired with these mid-century chrome and wood espresso chairs. However, what will truly help separate this area from the rest of the room will be this gorgeous, global-inspired capiz hanging pendant that will be hung above the tulip table. It is choc-full of  visual interest and texture.

12-13.  Are the simple, structured curtains I chose to frame the windows. The look, feel and drape are far more luxurious than the inexpensive price tag. Paired with this gorgeous glass knob curtain rod that will reflect the glass of the mirror the windows will be dressed to impress ;)

14-16. Is the designated "play area" I designed for Elisa and Greg's little princess. By purchasing this elegant wood corner shelf that not only provides great storage but stylish function, the will be able to disguise lots of her DVDs, books and toys. Paired with their existing wooden toy/chest that will double as an end table, this corner of the room will have two functions. To add just a tad bit of whimsy, color and fun factor - this gorgeous multi-colored  ceramic tea set will be placed on the toy chest just waiting for their little princess to have many a tea parties.

17. Finally, the wall where Elisa and Greg will hang their new plasma TV (not pictured) will also house a few floating shelves with these stylish and very inexpensive espresso brown mirrors that will bring style and work to open up the room by reflecting the light from the opposite window.

As for the Kitchen and Hallway, Elisa asked that I incorporate a mix of country/cottage/ and contemporary feel to that space, as pictured in the design board above. (Note: The art-work I chose for this space is from my own Fine Art Photography Shop, from the newest collection labeled - Antiquity, more on that in a future post:) 
The hallway I designed around their existing architectural features, amazing built-ins, that will be painted slightly darker from the rest of the wall (in the same beacon gray of the living room and kitchen) to highlight their great lines. They will also use this great empty wall space to create an eclectic art-display arrangement that will tie in all of their existing art-work while personalizing this area.

Here is the Floor Plan I created for their 3-in-1 living area:


Here is Elisa's Testimonial in her own words:


"It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS. Greg and I are soooooo incredibly excited and can't wait to get started! Thank you sooo much! Next up is the rest of the apartment!!!!"

Here are some of the Before Pictures:
(they had just returned from vacation, so please excuse the laundry.)




Want to transform your own space on a budget? Please fill out my Decor Questionnaire or email me @ cestlavie.events@gmail.com.