Tuesday, May 27, 2014

kitchen and bath makeovers

In early September of last year (in the middle of showcase-madness), the wonderful Donna Talley took over our house for two fabulous photo shoots.  Unfortunately I got very few behind-the-scene photos- believe it or not, I was too busy chasing a baby and two dogs out of every shot, but below are two pictures I posted on Facebook during the chaos..

No joke, we have a very small house, with very small rooms, which makes getting the perfect angle a little challenging to say the least.

But with Donna's expertise and the very patient photographer, John Bessler, it got done- and it looked amazing!  Now, finally, months later, the first of two is out and we are so thrilled with the finished product!

Make sure to pick up your own copy of the summer issue of Better Homes & Garden's Kitchen and Bath Makeover.  We're on page 48- there's a little history about the house, why we fell in love with it and what we did to the kitchen to make the very small space work for us.  I hope you all enjoy it- and I promise to let you all know once the next magazine hits newstands.  That one will feature our entire house!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

feeling pink

Behind every decorator is a husband who has learned to embrace pink.. at least, thankfully, that's the case in my house..

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

showcase sale

With the Showcase of Homes now over, I'm looking to get rid of a little inventory to make room for more purchases, of course!  Below are some items I used in the house that are now for sale.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions (leah@leahmargolisdesign.com)..

Adjustable Kitchen Barstools, $280 for four 

Threshold adjustable, swivel barstools, already assembled.  24"-29" high, 14" diameter.  Wood seat and black, industrial legs.

Two Rattan Stools, $90 for two  SOLD

Light wicker, rattan stools, 17" high, 14" diameter.  Used in the Lower Level, kid's space but would be a great accent in any room.  Used a similar pair in front of the Family Room fireplace that already sold.

Yellow Ceramic Gourd Lamps, $225 for the pair, $150 each

Used in the boys room, Robert Abbey for Restoration Hardware lamps.  Light buttercup yellow, double gourd, ivory linen shade with brown trim detail and silver leaf base.  31" high with shade. Similar to the one above that's listed on Lamps Plus, only with silver base.

Pair of Silver Leaf and Glass Tables, $500 for the pair, $275 each

Used in the Lower Level kids area, these Worlds Away tables have a glass top and glass shelf below.  Slight scratching in some of the glass (normal wear and tear).  18" square, 18" high.

White Faux Bamboo Chair, $95

White lacquer painted bamboo chair used in the nursery.  Small chip in the front that can easily be repaired but otherwise in good shape, 25" wide, 24"deep, 31" high  Brown lumbar pillow not included.

Rectangular Baskets, $45 for large, $40 for small  SOLD

Baskets used on the Kid's Bath linen shelves for storage and in the Den for magazines.  Large: 13"wide, 21" long, 12" high with handles.  Small: 10 1/2"w, 19" long, 11" high with handles.

Alabaster Table Lamps, $750 for the pair or $385 each  SOLD

Visual Comfort ring lamp in alabaster.  Because they are made out of natural stone, there are some variations in color.  One has some light brown veining, the other is almost pure white.  The lamp pictured above (sold through Circa Lighting) is the same style but the stone is much darker.  20 1/4" high, 13 1/2" wide. With rectangular, natural paper shade and bronze finial.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

going custom

I've had the pleasure of working with Rod Bower of Saratoga Table Works on some pieces for the Showcase House.  I love coming up with my own designs- it's definitely one of my favorite parts of my job.. racking my brain, trying to draw something unique, functional and beautiful.

Rod has been so wonderful to work with- he's open to all of my crazy suggestions and has definitely helped me through the process.  Don't you just love when you pull a design together and then the practical furniture-maker (aka the guy who knows what he's doing) tells you your "brilliant" design won't stand on it's own?!? Ugh.. gravity!!

So yes, some tweaks have had to be made, extra support thrown in here and there.. but all-in-all I think we'll achieve what we set out for.. clean, simple pieces, that hopefully, people will stop to talk about a bit, without being room-stealers, of course!

After meeting over some rough, initial sketches, we came up with a handful of prominent pieces that will be displayed throughout the home.  All are one-of-a-kind and absolutely for sale.  So if you're in the market for some quality, custom pieces, bring your checkbook.. or, at the very least, make note of what you like and call Rod when you leave!

Just some rough sketches of what he's working on..

So many wonderful, fun things happening for Oak Street!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

saratoga showcase of homes

If you're a fan of Leah Margolis Design on Facebook, you probably saw the "Showcase of Homes sneak peek" I posted this afternoon.  I've been working on this Saratoga Springs home with Witt Construction and the amazing homeowners for months, but over the last few weeks it's really started taking shape.  It's always exciting to see your designs come to life, but it's even more exciting when it literally happens from the ground up.

The Dining Room ceiling detail, from my sketch to the ceiling..

You should see what else I have in store for that room.. and for the rest of the house.

The summer months are always busy for me with all of the incredible SPAC events, regular client work and lots of social commitments.  Honestly, summer has always been the season of leisure in the past- even with my hectic work and travel schedule while living in New York City, clients would leave for the summer and really not want to hear from their decorator until Labor Day..  But that certainly hasn't been the case up north and this year my calendar is just that much crazier with the Showcase coming up in September.

I know I've said this before, but I really need to get a handle on this social media thing, so in the next several weeks I'll post updates, scheme boards, maybe some more sneak peeks.  I'm really looking forward to getting some color on those walls.. and sharing lots of information about all of the wonderful vendors that have agreed to help me pull this house together!

And mark your calendars.. the Showcase opens Saturday, September 21st!