Sun Shine Design

To usher in the summer, beam&bloom was invited to dress up a garden table and furnishings for the Van Vleck House Roses to Rock Gardens tour. We had such a delightful time, and wanted to share our experience as well as links to shop for our favorite elements of our design!

The Van Vleck House is an esteemed historic house and gardens in Montclair, New Jersey that is open to the public. To keep things up and running and gorgeous as ever, they rely on donations and this annual fundraiser. The Roses to Rock Gardens tour allows ticket holders to view several of the most uniquely curated local gardens.

Private Glen Ridge, New Jersey Garden on the Van Vleck Roses to Rock Gardens Tour

Private Glen Ridge, New Jersey Garden on the Van Vleck Roses to Rock Gardens Tour

Mediterranean Outdoor Cushion Lounge,  Target outdoor poufs,   Target rug , Custom  Stout Textiles  “boxwood” green velvet lumbar pillows

Mediterranean Outdoor Cushion Lounge, Target outdoor poufs, Target rug, Custom Stout Textiles “boxwood” green velvet lumbar pillows

My assistants and I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful Glen Ridge, New Jersey garden and gardener. The days were sunny, warm and tranquil. The grounds were fluid and unstructured. The plant life was abundantly green with pops of color and eclectic touches throughout.

We began at the beginning!

As guests said “hello” to the garden, they were welcomed with a little bonus seating area. 3 jute poufs on a simple but striking rug added an element of surprise, and a dreamy vision of relaxation.

The real center of our work in this stunning outdoor space was the dining table. We were inspired to create a lush and vibrant Mediterranean setting that felt like a European escape.

Tablescape by beam&bloom, World Market  White Plates ,  serving bowl ,  cloth napkins  and  macrame table runner . Target  flatware  and  tablecloth .  At Home  chargers and bowls.

Tablescape by beam&bloom, World Market White Plates, serving bowl, cloth napkins and macrame table runner. Target flatware and tablecloth. At Home chargers and bowls.

My first thought was…”lemons”! My friends know me as a lemon-lover. The flavor, the smell, the color, the texture just harkens sunshine. We elevated them front and center of our tablescape. While we were looking at produce, the artichokes caught our eye! The pattern, texture and color of these vegetables add so much character.

White, black, wood, green and neutral Mediterranean tablescape design by beam&bloom with lavendar, artichokes, greens, lemons and mason jars.

White, black, wood, green and neutral Mediterranean tablescape design by beam&bloom with lavendar, artichokes, greens, lemons and mason jars.

Mediterranean white, black, green and wood Tablescape by beam&bloom, World Market  White Plates ,  serving bowl ,  cloth napkins  and  macrame table runner . Target  flatware  and  tablecloth .  At Home  chargers and bowls. Photo Credit: Campbell Minister with Decorated Interiors

Mediterranean white, black, green and wood Tablescape by beam&bloom, World Market White Plates, serving bowl, cloth napkins and macrame table runner. Target flatware and tablecloth. At Home chargers and bowls. Photo Credit: Campbell Minister with Decorated Interiors

The tablecloth was a clean, simple and incredibly versatile find! It set the scene for us to add our decorative elements. The macrame table runner brings the textiles up a notch with just the right touch of rustic craftsmanship and pattern. For added fragrance and interest, we used sprigs of lavender and rosemary nestled to our frayed ivory napkins by a simple black satin ribbon.

Mediterranean Tablescape design by beam&bloom with artichokes, lemons and greens

Mediterranean Tablescape design by beam&bloom with artichokes, lemons and greens

We peppered the tablescape with black and white and deep greens in various shades and tones. The bowls were an absolute perfect topper. The pattern was dynamic without being overwhelming.

We softened each table seat with a beautiful woven and tasseled indoor/outdoor pillow. Further into the garden, we enhanced the outdoor lounge area with several throw pillows in monochromatic ivories and multiple varieties of texture. Another pop of citrus color in the center with limes and mandarins and more aromatic lavender.

Global outdoor lounge area. Ceramic and wood Lazy Susan, World Market  Outdoor Lumbar pillow , Target pillows (discontinued), Ikea pillows

Global outdoor lounge area. Ceramic and wood Lazy Susan, World Market Outdoor Lumbar pillow, Target pillows (discontinued), Ikea pillows

Outdoor lounge design by beam&bloom

Outdoor lounge design by beam&bloom

We so enjoyed our time designing out in the sunshine! We hope this inspires all of you, our “design enthusiasts”, to explore and find inspiration in your surroundings and create your own summer oasis.

Kristin & Liz. Two of the most beautiful assistants in the world.

Kristin & Liz. Two of the most beautiful assistants in the world.

Owner/Designer, Noel Gatts, setting her table design

Owner/Designer, Noel Gatts, setting her table design

 

Designed For Sale

Today is all about Occupied Home Staging! ‘Tis the season, and it’s really such a big life event to buy and sell a home!! It deserves some tender attention. 

We should all have the opportunity to create living environments that envelop us in comfort and inspiration. Often, when people prepare to sell, that’s the goal. Really it’s the goal for them AND for their buyer, right? To find a space that allows them to breathe and live their potential without over stressing their wallets OR their souls. 

So, when I’m called upon to Stage an Occupied property for sale, my first thoughts are with the current homeowner, and caring for them while maximizing their home’s future potential. My next thoughts are with the new home buyers, and allowing them to envision their often diverse desires for their property investment.  There IS a way to create a win/win here, and I’ve fallen in love with helping seller’s re-design their spaces in a way that rocks their sale and empowers them to move on with style! 

Most often, the investment of some key new pieces (bedding, coffee tables, rugs....sometimes a sofa) is the best bang for their buck. They pay what they would to rent furnishings, but end up with something that they love that can easily fit in their new space. 

Shall we explore a kickin’ example of “Designing for Sale”? 

The incomparable Vanessa Pollock of Pollock Property Group approached me with a challenge. There was an adorable home with lovely owners that were ready to relocate, but hadn’t had the time to invest in the design of their home. The market is hot, but the homes here come with high expectations, and we just knew that this house had high potential!

BEFORE, lIVING rOOM

BEFORE, lIVING rOOM

bEFORE, KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

bEFORE, KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

BEFORE, OFFICE/SUNROOM

BEFORE, OFFICE/SUNROOM

I came in for the initial consultation, and was first blown away by the warm heart and character of the homeowner. I then quickly realized that with the right paint, a complete downsizing of furniture and re-org of collectibles...we still would fall short of presenting this property in it’s best light. We approached the homeowner with a plan to get all the necessary work done, remove the necessary items...and spend some money on super affordable furniture with a super high style factor for their main living space.

AFTER, lIVING ROOM. pAINT COLORS, CLASSIC GRAY AND SIMPLY WHITE BY BENJAMIN MOORE.  Novogratz vintage tufted sleeper sofa .  Art  by Pamela Viola for  Minted . DESIGNED FOR SALE BY BEAM&BLOOM INTERIORS. THE BLACK ACCENTS AND WASHES OF WHITE WITH POPS OF BLUE PERFECTLY SUITED THE SPACE AND THE ROCKSTAR FAMILY.

AFTER, lIVING ROOM. pAINT COLORS, CLASSIC GRAY AND SIMPLY WHITE BY BENJAMIN MOORE. Novogratz vintage tufted sleeper sofa. Art by Pamela Viola for Minted. DESIGNED FOR SALE BY BEAM&BLOOM INTERIORS. THE BLACK ACCENTS AND WASHES OF WHITE WITH POPS OF BLUE PERFECTLY SUITED THE SPACE AND THE ROCKSTAR FAMILY.

aFTER, KITCHEN/DINING ROOM. pAINT COLORS, CLASSIC GRAY AND SIMPLY WHITE BY BENJAMIN MOORE. STAGED BY BEAM&BLOOM INTERIORS.

aFTER, KITCHEN/DINING ROOM. pAINT COLORS, CLASSIC GRAY AND SIMPLY WHITE BY BENJAMIN MOORE. STAGED BY BEAM&BLOOM INTERIORS.

AFTER, OFFICE/SUNROOM. pAINT COLORS CLASSIC GRAY AND SIMPLY WHITE BY BENJAMIN MOORE. STAGED BY BEAM&BLOOM INTERIORS.

AFTER, OFFICE/SUNROOM. pAINT COLORS CLASSIC GRAY AND SIMPLY WHITE BY BENJAMIN MOORE. STAGED BY BEAM&BLOOM INTERIORS.

There were some big expenses and big time commitments for them, of course, with necessary repairs and painting. They understood that they’d see a return on these investments! For Home Staging, they trusted us. It WILL pay off to spend some money here. But, incredibly, our total budget for Staging and purchasing several new pieces (couch, rug, bedding, plants) PLUS my services totaled about $1,800.  


BOOKSHELF BEFORE

BOOKSHELF BEFORE

BOOKSHELF AFTER. STYLED BY BEAM&BLOOM INTERIORS.

BOOKSHELF AFTER. STYLED BY BEAM&BLOOM INTERIORS.

ENTRYWAY DESIGNED FOR SALE BY BEAM&BLOOM INTERIORS.  Target bench  and pillow.  world market basket .

ENTRYWAY DESIGNED FOR SALE BY BEAM&BLOOM INTERIORS. Target bench and pillow. world market basket.

First and last, I love helping people improve their lifestyle by improving their home’s style. The impact that our environment has on us is permeating. Especially for these clients, they’re home’s re-design was an awakening for them. It was a way to see the impact that interior design has on the way that they live and do and see everything. They now get to move on not only with some incredible and affordable new pieces, but with the knowledge and power to set up a new home based on the editing and styling that we discovered with their staging. They’re now “designed to sell” and set up to thrive.

Update! This home sold quickly for above asking! Home Staging works.












The ONE DAY Re-design!

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The One Day Redesign

A design tale of Brooklyn proportions

Let’s immediately dispense with the BEFORES & AFTERS, shall we? That’s the eye candy. That’s the heart of the home makeover story, right?

But, this is a different story…where the home could not possibly outshine it’s occupant. We just wanted to elevate it to be worthy!

And that is the story of this one day redesign on a cold but sunny January day on Elliot Street in Brooklyn, NY, when Team beam&bloom took a whirlwind 5 hours to try to give a beautiful person the beautiful space that she deserves.

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Noel & Becca….hugging and lounging. The only thing missing is chewy chips ahoy.

Noel & Becca….hugging and lounging. The only thing missing is chewy chips ahoy.

My dear friend, Becca, has been a steadfast part of my life for…many years. We’ve grown up together in a myriad of ways. We’ve been friends since sophomore year of high school. We’ve seen each other follow different life paths, but always with shared values, interests and dreams for ourselves, our families, our friends and our world.

We’ve both had an especially intense year, full of highs and lows. There were joyful family births, new and old friendships, career successes and falls and then, for her, an unwelcome health issue that took some wind out of the sails for a bit. But, in proper Becca fashion, she has weathered the storm to come out stronger, wiser and as determined as ever to live every moment of her beautiful life without limitation. She truly embodies the strength and beauty of the beam&bloom mission, and the integrity and creativity that I strive for in every design project.

So…

I decided I wanted to give her the gift of a transformed space after a transforming year. Really, it was a gift for the both of us in a multitude of ways. To start, she got some pampering, and I got some creative freedom to “surprise” her with a one day re-design of her space! And, off my team and I went for a whirlwind day of decorating!

Actually, it was 5 hours on the nose.

Team beam&bloom  Kristin K., Jackie l., liz l., liz f., noel g.

Team beam&bloom

Kristin K., Jackie l., liz l., liz f., noel g.

It took a few weeks of planning, gathering, purchasing and plotting to make it possible, but we had an absolute blast spending the day making her little “house” a home.

Actually, it’s a studio apartment in the lovely Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.

In Becca’s neighborhood next to Spike Lee’s Studios

In Becca’s neighborhood next to Spike Lee’s Studios

The “Living Room” is actually an entryway/living room/kitchen/dining space. We wanted to make an impact with the dynamic fireplace wall in a stunning Dark Teal by Benjamin Moore. We painted the “fireplace” itself a semi gloss black to reflect the light from the Hearth & Home Candelabra that we chose to add height, interest and ambiance.

White terra cotta opalhouse vases, ikea lanterns and a vintage gold mirror on a benjamin moore deep teal wall

White terra cotta opalhouse vases, ikea lanterns and a vintage gold mirror on a benjamin moore deep teal wall

Hearth and Home antique brass candelabra by joanna gaines

Hearth and Home antique brass candelabra by joanna gaines

The white Opalhouse from Target vases are versatile, simple and striking against the teal wall, while still allowing the stunning vintage gold mirror to shine.

The kitchen got a little face lift with some editing, organizing, creative design and some remnant Magnolia Home chalkboard (you can actually chalk on it) removable wallpaper from a previous project. This sweet little feature was expertly papered by the lovely and talented beam&bloom project manager, Kristin K.! The teal metal “eat” sign is a pop of color, and nice reminder!

Becca’s story is everywhere in her home. We even picked a pretty teal book to display called “The Boy Who Fell off the Mayflower” about HER ancestor! We topped it with a little Gloria Steinem for balance of old and new tales to tell. The glass coffee table with a milky glass bottom shelf adds some shine and clarity to the open space. The global style poufs provide seating for visitors, a comfy place to rest your feet while lounging on the sofa AND the colors of the rainbow! The plush rug is bright, soft and neutral enough to brighten and blend with any space.

Magnolia Home wallpaper, wood work space, world market tin sign and some black boxed Capital Teas

Magnolia Home wallpaper, wood work space, world market tin sign and some black boxed Capital Teas

glass coffee table & multicolored global poufs

glass coffee table & multicolored global poufs

Becca is a bibliophile (and a genius…but I digress), thus we HAD to keep her double sided bookshelf which we flipped on it’s side to keep the “entryway” separate but the floor plan nice and open. My talented project manager, Liz F., created a book rainbow! The color and life that it provides is amazing, and, oh, the stories it tells. If one could read every book on this shelf, one would be better for it.

Ever the explorer, Becca has art that she has collected from all of her favorite geographical locations. She studied in Virginia, Austin and London and has traveled extensively. Her background and profession in Theatre Arts gives her an eclectic and global view of people and places, and an incredibly positive perspective on the beauty of humanity despite the symbiotic darkness. We created a gallery wall of some of her favorite people, places and things anchored by a modern mini sofa, a super soft throw blanket and some pretty plush pillows.

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We didn’t forget the bedroom! …or, I suppose more appropriately the “sleeping nook.” It’s a GIANT walk in closet, but tiiiiiiiiiiiny bedroom. We opened up the space with narrow storage bins from Ikea, a couple of mirrors to bounce light around and a bright curtain to cover the clothes rack. The rattan Opalhouse mirror from Target adds the perfect touch of boho style.

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We put in bright white basket storage above the clothes, and laid down the beautiful bright colored rug that was previously in the living room. We brought a few touches of gold in with a jewelry area mirror, flecks in the clothes curtain and the reading light. New bedding adds a bit of personality, and a soothingly comfortable place to curl up with a book at bedtime under the pretty new wall mounted plug in sconce.

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Et voila! I could not be more pleased, my team could not be more supportive, and Becca could not be more gracious and thrilled with her one day redesign.

Now, she has a completely refreshed space to come home to…to cook in…to rest in….to host in…to read in….to plan and dream, and eat and sleep…

and LIVE in.

“i feel like i’m living in a hotel!” - becca

“i feel like i’m living in a hotel!” - becca








Happy Birthday, beam&bloom!

My Dear Interior Enthusiasts,

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On September 1st, 2018, my little biz and big dream, beam&bloom, celebrated a successful 1st year of business LIFE!

With very few growing pains, and lots of help, we have been lucky enough to build strong client relationships, join an inspiring network of professionals and connect with our community on a personal level. I can think of no greater gift!

Thank you to all of my supporters, clients and mentors for welcoming this little business, and allowing me to pursue this passion project of creating comfortable, functional and beautiful spaces for so many. My little team and I hope for another fantastic year of honorable service, inspiring design and fast friendships. Cheers to our first year!!!

…and many more.

xoxo,

Noel Gatts

Owner/Designer

beam&bloom interior design