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The Carriage House Chronicles

The conservatory I always dreamed of…

I have always been an Anglophile; I love almost everything about England, the culture, the history, the Royals and especially the decor. I have always wanted a conservatory, which to me, embodies the  English lifestyle. Although I have built, renovated and restored over 20 homes, I have never had the opportunity to scratch this itch. When my dream cottage became available two years ago, I envisioned a home where a conservatory would really make sense. This house did not have a formal dining room since it truly was a stable/carriage house when it was built over 100 years ago. Granted, I do not use a formal dining room that often, however, I did miss it when I entertained or even had my family for dinner. Hence, the conservatory dream was going to finally be fulfilled. The goal was a room that could serve as more than just a dining space but a room that I could enjoy everyday and I could feel like I can bring the outside in.

The light that filters in is heavenly… especially during these dark winter months.

I started working with a talented local architect that really “got it”. Of course, I had lots of clippings from magazines (from days prior to Pinterest and Houzz), books, etc that started us down the design path. We worked together  to come up with a plan that really worked with my lifestyle and budget. As usual, I have champagne tastes with a beer budget. I initially had lofty ideas about a much bigger space with all the true elements of an authentic conservatory. Was it going to be wood or metal, all glass , an orangery- type roof vs more of a classical design? Should I go Edwardian, Regency or more Mediterranean? It ultimately took almost a year to come up with a plan that was  logical,  worked within my budget and most importantly fit the style and period of this carriage house. I also wanted to open up the living room as I am all about sun. We added French doors and windows to the plan since we were in “construction mode”.

We started construction in early fall of 2017 and the goal was to have it completed by early December as I was hosting a party that had been planned for many months. Although my contractor  almost pulled it off, we did not quite make that tight deadline (do they ever?).

I was able to host a Christmas Eve dinner for my family as the inaugural  event. The room looked magical! We dined by candlelight and enjoyed looking at the beautiful backyard bathed in moonlight through all the windows and doors.There are still many things to complete, especially on the exterior. I also need to figure out how I am going to completely furnish it. I purchased a new dining room table and 4 chairs but I am still on the hunt for chairs for the end of the table (I never like matchy-matchy) and of course that  special piece of art as a focal point. 

I am LOVING my new green velvet chairs that I ordered from Robin Bruce. The perfect pop of color amidst the black and white palette (my fave).

I will keep you up to date as I search for the perfect items to complete  the dream room I have always wanted. I hope you enjoy the search with me. 

Health and Happiness in 2018!


New Design Project: California Dreamin’

Kim Front

We are working on a renovation with a client who has a home near the beach just south of LA. The project is pretty massive in scope, but we are starting with the kitchen, which is tiny in comparison. However, this is the hub of the home, especially with this home’s open layout, so even though the kitchen’s footprint is tiny, the job is probably the most crucial part of the renovation, from a design perspective.

The house is classic 1970’s California beach house, with red cedar siding and big, picture windows. There is an amazing roof-top deck with views of the Pacific. The living room offers dramatic views of Marina del Rey and a forever- wild bird preserve. Needless to say, it is very cool, but just needs a little updating and design help to let its true potential shine through. The owners are both in the movie industry and constantly travel for work, so this renovation has been a tough thing to schedule and nail down (no pun intended), but they are finally ready to get ‘er done!

Kim LR

View from the living room. The kitchen is on the right.

The clients love an industrial look, but with a soft edge (she loves a white, farmhouse-style  kitchen), so the floors will be concrete. Trying to meld the two styles in a stylish and organic way is the challenge.

Here is the kitchen as is:

Kim's Kitchen

The concrete floors will extend into the kitchen now (originally we thought we would have to use concrete-like tiles because of the weight). We are shooting for a modern farmhouse look with industrial touches, so white shiplap and cabinets, industrial-style metal stools along the breakfast bar, and cool pendant lighting with industrial flair. The client wanted soapstone countertops, but I convinced her that a white quartz might offer better contrast, since she confirmed that she can have her beloved concrete floors. Plus, it will brighten up the space more. I am still hoping to paint the ceiling and use some (muted) color in the backsplash tiles. We will also buy a counter-depth refrigerator, to streamline the flow in this galley-style kitchen.

Below is the first round design board that I did for the client. Obviously we’ve already changed some things, like the counters and the flooring, but you can see where we started and, eventually, we will show you where we end up. Cheers!


xx Chelsea

Interior Design Services Offered by Silverwood

Design Postcard Back

We’ve been getting more and more requests and inquiries regarding design services, so we’ve finally created a more formal and streamlined menu of services, including our great “Express” in-home design consultation, which offers a great, budget-friendly way to get a start on your project without a full-on interior-design commitment. Our express service has been very popular and seems to have been either a great way to give people the direction they need to make a go of it on their own or a very helpful springboard towards the next phase of interior design with us. Basically, we come to your home, asses the space, your wants, and needs, and then create a virtual “design board” to work off of. Still curious? Below is the design board that began one of our current projects. We’ll update you with the progress (which has evolved quite a bit from the original designs!) in upcoming posts!



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Winter Clutter… meet, Storage Solutions.


It’s that time again… the post- holiday gift “hang-over”/ indoor-time clutter explosion. We feel like we’re busting at the seams! Once again, I longingly peruse furniture catalogs and Pinterest for ideas on how to hide it all, find the perfect, custom little spot for everything. So, while I’m at it, I might as well start close to home and look at what I’ve got in our own inventory! Here’s a little round-up of some of our favorite storage and organizing solutions currently in stock at Silverwood! (While supplies last, of course… but that doesn’t mean we can’t get more! Always ask- we are happy to do special orders, vendor permitting!)

Magnolia Hutch

This was probably our most talked about piece this holiday season. Everyone just had to slide those barn doors to see them in action! Plus, there is great storage above and below, since you have the flexibility of drawers and shelving. Archive Hutch and Buffet, Magnolia Home, $1,950

Mercana Hudson Shelves Tall

Our Hudson shelves by Mercana are my personal favorite. The brass details over the dark metal just pop and gives this piece a vintage industrial vibe with sophistication. Again, drawers and shelves also make it so versatile. Hudson I, Mercana, $1,800

Metal Hooks Creative

Hooks! I am obsessed with hooks. With little kids’ stuff everywhere, they are such an easy way to get stuff off the floors and furniture. We always stock hooks at the store (sometimes too many, to my mom’s dismay…I admit, I really do have a problem with them) and here are a few of my current faves. Two of them have great options for labels, which just makes everything that much more clear and organized. The key hooks are great… if you don’t have one, I suggest you “invest”… ours is the only thing keeping us from losing our house and car keys completely.

Green Metal Hooks Creative

Key Hook CC

wall-key-holder- Parkhill

And finally, bins and crates. Some of my favorites again include anything that you can label. I find that when you label it, you are immediately a little more motivated to put something away because, lightbulb!, I immediately remember where that thing goes.

Parkhill Chalk Crates

These chalkboard crates from Parkhill are great. They come in different sizes, so they fit multitudes of spaces.

Metal Locker basket

These colorful locker baskets are fun and also have a label holder. Perfect for kids’ playrooms!

Happy cleaning!


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