OCT 8th

Arborway Project Reveal

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

We recently had an unique opportunity to “flip” a house for a long time client.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Charlotte neighborhood, Foxcroft; it’s a beautiful, pastoral place filled with gorgeous homes of all styles and ages.  Before the downturn, developers were bulldozing the old gems and and putting up large scale homes which unfortunately in some cases, didn’t fit the lot or the homes that surrounded them.

So when my client approached me with the idea of designing and renovating a home in Foxcroft as an investment, I was pretty excited.  The whole idea was to keep the lovely lines and most of the footprint of this older home but completely gut the inside to bring it up to a modern family’s needs.

Nicely enough, I have done several large scale design and renovation projects for this client and he gave us free reign to make the design decisions.  I am super fortunate to have a great team who I depend on heavily to not only execute the ideas but also to help in the areas of what’s possible and what’s not.  It was a challenge at times–as it always is when taking apart a house, but in the end we love the way it turned out.  It’s going on the market this week–and while I’m happy to see it completed, the end of a project is always a little bittersweet for me.  Fortunately, we are starting several more projects so there’s always something to look forward to!

Here is the before and the partial after:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project We added a vault in the entry and a second story on the back of the house.  And I updated the paint which made a tremendous difference.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project- Arborway Project

 

A before of the kitchen:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

And the after:  I chose Carrera for the counters and backsplash.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

Another before of the kitchen:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The after- we made a range wall and wrapped the cabinets around the corner.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

I designed a cabinet (straight ahead) with pewter trellis mesh over antiqued mirror to add a little unexpected glam to the drop zone.  It’s a great place for mail, charging station etc.

The glass cabinets provide tons of pretty storage with drawers below.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

I am loving banquettes for dining these days, so we decided to put in one with very functional drawers under the seating:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

Here are selections from a planning meeting–(pardon my Siggi’s and coffee cup- it was an early one)!

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

Here is the marble herringbone floor going into the Guest Bath downstairs:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

 

This was the old Master Bath.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

We decided to take it and use for the Master Bedroom:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

Here is a close up of the new cabinet I designed for the Master Bedroom:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

This was a bedroom that we used for the new Master Bath:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

During- the shower goes into the new Master Bath:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The new Master Bath After: I wish you could see the basket weave marble floor in the shower- it’s adorable.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

A cramped former closet became this:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The entry foyer felt small to us–so we added a vault with a large window.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The after:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

I love the way this turned out–the simple addition of moulding made all the difference!

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The family room during–

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The family room after-

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

One of my favorite spaces is the stairway.  Maybe because there wasn’t one at all before or maybe because I love the shiplap and the small desk area/bookcase at the top of the stairs.

Here’s are two stages of during:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

Here’s the After:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

A during at the top of the stairs:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The shiplap goes in:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The After: I would have loved this little nook as a kid–a great spot to read.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

We widened the doorway from the Dining Room to the Kitchen:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The After- Dining Room: I’m crazy about the Visual Comfort Chandelier.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

I personally would love to live here- the bones of the old house are still there– but we just freshened her up and gave her a new life.  I’m looking forward to seeing who moves in…the only thing missing is a the love of a family.

To see the entire house- take the virtual tour.

If you would are interested in buying this house, contact Eric Gamble…one stipulation is that you invite us over for a visit!

Professional pictures courtesy of Eric Gamble -HM Properties 

 

 

 

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JULY 25th

Amy Vermillion Project Reveal- Private Jets Get Facelifts Too

Recently I photographed a “facelift” of a private jet that I designed for one of my clients.  Some of you have followed my posts about other jets I have designed which were “green” jets meaning they were brand new without any insides and are flown into the design center covered in green paint- (hence the name).  Think of it like building a house from the ground up.

Amy Vermillion Interiors - Private Jet Design

Facelifts are different in that the aircraft is already in service and is most likely tired looking and in need of all the things a room in a house would.  Upholstery, wall treatment, new carpeting, new seating, new lighting, etc. But in aviation we call this a refurbishment.  Like my residential projects, I specify and manage the project in its entirety including shopping for the china, crystal, silver, towels, cashmere throws and bedding.  Oh yes, you can sleep on this jet- the seats berth to form beds for the passengers to sleep comfortably.

So let’s get to it.

Here’s a before—The upholstery was holding up well but not very current.  The carpet was a bit worn and the seats rolled backs.  Also if you look at the sidewalls there are  horizontal “lines” in the upholstered walls.  All of it had to be replaced.

Amy Vermillion Interiors - Private Jet Design

Here is what the jet looks like now-The color scheme is rich caramels and soft tans.

I chose new fabrics for the sidewalls, headliner and valance.  We had the plating cleaned up as well.  The carpeting is a new wool loop and cut pile by Scott Group.  I designed new streamlined seats and selected a warm neutral leather. The lower sidewalls are done in tipped cowhide leather in chocolate.  The divan (sofa) is upholstered in a bronze woven by Manuel Canovas.  The flight deck and weather curtains are done in Villa Romo woven.  The pillows are in a Romo cut velvet that I had made by my workroom in Charlotte.

The result is clean, tailored and inviting.  My goal designing planes is the same for my residential work.  I want my client to feel relaxed, happy and “at home” even before they are technically home.

Amy Vermillion Interiors - Private Jet Design

The bathroom got freshened up as well.  I upholstered the walls in a Grey Watkins tweed (the wall you can see in the mirror) and chose new plumbing fixtures to work with the existing stone.  Redoing anything in a jet is incredibly pricey and part of my job is to see what existing finishes can be used and what absolutely has to be replaced.

When working on aircraft- keep in mind that everything has to pass FAA regulations–which means burn testing.  A little insight into the aviation industry–we don’t like to talk about crashes or fires but we do need to be prepared in case of an emergency.  I found that out very quickly many years ago when I used the word crash repeatedly in an avionics meeting and all heads at the conference table whipped around and stared at me as if I had just dropped the f word.  I wanted to say, “what?  what did I say?” But I later figured it out when one of the crew clued me in.  Oops.  Sorry.  Hey, I fly on these too.

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

The tables are a magnificent caramel burl with solid wood edge banding.  The tables originally had an embedded brass edge that I felt was dated and so the cabinet shop was able to remove that and replace with a beautiful piece of veneer inlay.

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

 

The bulkheads are gorgeously done in book matched burl veneer and it is impossible to convey the rich quality of this wood.  The best way to describe it is velvet.  Silk velvet ribbons floating in a caramel sea.  Now I’m hungry.

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

 

The exterior repainted with silver and gray speed stripes–and that was a lot of fun to design too.

I flew in for regular meetings with Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Michigan and they were a pleasure to work with.

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

For the aviation aficionados- the jet is a Challenger 604.  It can fly 7458 km and it’s top speed is .82 mach.  It will carry 9-19 passengers and 3 crew.  And it has the widest body of any business jet.

Here are some behind the scenes pictures from the shoot:

This is the galley (kitchen)–with serpentine cabinetry.  The design not only saves space, it’s pretty.  Jets are kinda sexy and to have cabinetry with curves just enhances that whole deal.

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

My photographer, Chris Edwards who is not only a great talent but very easy and fun to work with.

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

Glamorous.  My flower buckets and yogurt on the golf cart on the ramp.

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

 

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

 

Having a moment in the hanger.  I can’t remember what I found so funny.  The vehicle I am sitting in is called a pushback and it does just that.  Pushes or pulls aircraft out of the hanger onto the ramp.

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

 

Friends, when I tell you it was hot as blazes out on the ramp that morning, you will have to believe me.  The interior of a  plane that sits out in the sun without being powered up is like descending into Dante’s Inferno.  Hot.  Like Africa hot.  The metal heats up to over 100 degrees and you can fry an egg on the exterior.

Hence the step sit.  Sort of like a front porch.  Only not.  Thanks for reading about my latest jet design.

Amy Vermillion Interiors Private Jet Design

If you would like to read more about my design of jets, please go here for other posts.  There are 12 total so click on “older posts” to read all in their entirety.

 

 

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JULY 4th

Happy Summer In Vintage Photos – Blow up Swimming Pools, Watermelon and Howard Johnson’s

Amy Vermillion Blog-Pool Parity: 1954 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

I hope you are having a good summer!  It’s hard to believe the Fourth of July is already upon us.  A reader has requested one of my vintage picture posts so thanks to Shorpy I was able to fulfill that.  Shorpy for me is a total rabbit hole…once I’m in I keep going down, down, down….like book stores, architectural tours and museums, I can lose track of time pretty quickly while looking at vintage photos.

They tell a story.  That’s why I love them.  I like to imagine what the people were thinking, what they were all about and what happened to them after the picture was taken.  Unlike today where we take hundreds, if not thousands of pictures a year, snapshots were not common.  But snapshots tell the story.  And I would guess that one of these will tell a little bit of yours.

 

Summer of 1942- Washington DC- Lovely, romantic.

Amy Vermillion Blog-The Summer of '42 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Burt Lake, Michigan- 1951  What a cute little guy with his summer outfit!  And I dig the car/camper color coordination.  Really perfect. Too bad the rearview mirror is totally obscuring Mom’s face.

Amy Vermillion Blog-Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Trembleau Hall, Port Kent, NY- c. 1910- Folks rocking on the front porch in July.- Do you think it was hot?? How did people do it? Super long dresses, full suits with vests. I can pass out just thinking about it.  My Pops told me when he was a kid they wore “short pants” but that he had to ride on horsehair seats in the car.  Windows open and cars didn’t go 70 mph back in the day.  Hot wind blowing and sitting on a scratchy back seat.  My Mom said they slept on fire escapes in the city (Chicago) or everyone went down to the lake and slept out there when it was too hot in the apartment.  Gratitude people.  Gratitude.

Amy Vermillion Blog-A Summer Place: 1910 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge- Austin Texas, 1967.   First of all, for the love of all things fantastic-PLEASE bring back those twisty slides and springy diving boards!  Why this girl is even bothering with her backflip off the side of the pool when there is a perfectly good diving board is beyond me.  Every HOJO’s looked exactly the same.

Amy Vermillion Blog-Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Campers in Yosemite-c. 1930′s.  Well, there was no disposable dish ware or utensils so all that stuff had to be washed by hand–somewhere.  My guess is a common bathing facility.  Check out the lady drinking coffee.  It’s probably a million degrees out and she’s drinking hot coffee.  It seems like people drank coffee with everything in the 1930′s.  Even hotdogs.  My biggest question is how did they keep the milk cold?  I am glad that Mom remembered to pack her apron- even to go camping.

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1951- Lana Turner with her daughter lunching by the pool in Santa Barbara at the Coral Casino.  I’m more than a little obsessed with Cheryl’s Hat!  What is going on?  Pink balls and green spikes for starters.  I’m hoping that three glasses of milk will be enough for Cheryl.  Lana’s straw purse thing (which I’m sure held only cigarettes and red lipstick) is marvelous.

Amy Vermillion Blog 1951 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

1906- Ormond Beach, Florida- Chaco Chulee.  While it looks very quaint I can tell you this….no screens, windows open, summer in Florida= mosquitos as big as your head, creatures of the night coming to your bedside and overall jumpiness as to what might be lurking in dark corners. You can add snakes, scorpions and wild pigs to that as well– I’m itchy now.  I’m also guessing there was no indoor flushing commode which meant an outhouse or “honey pot” that had to be emptied.

Amy Vermillion Blog- A Summer Place: 1906 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Hollywood Hills- Summer of 1967.  I love this picture so hard.  First of all the tv is plugged into about 4 extension cords and the Mom probably told the Dad, “get ‘em outside, I need some peace.”  Secondly, the party lights and woven shade add to the general ambience. It’s so disorganized and a bit ramshackle with all the random stuff!  And lastly, the kids.  Who didn’t behave like this for at least every other photo taken until the age of twelve?

Amy Vermillion Blog-Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

1961: There is no question that I would have been friends with this resourceful gal.  She wasn’t getting in this pool unless she could smoke, play cards and have a couple of drinks.  SPF?  Forget about it.

Amy Vermillion Blog-Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

South Carolina 1956.   I’m thinking back porch.  There are wires above the doors–likely a doorbell or telephone.  And the refrigerator means it’s probably close to kitchen.  Apparently there were no forks.  Only knives.  Which is weird.  I remember my Mom giving us watermelon to eat on the front step of the house growing up in Glenview, Il.  We used to spit seeds at each other.  I can’t remember the last time I ate watermelon with seeds.  Maybe I should get one and Mr. V and I can sit on the front porch and well, you know, spit seeds at each other.

Amy Vermillion Blog-Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Dairy Queen- somewhere USA.  I love Dairy Queen to this day.  My favorite is a Butterscotch Dip Cone.  I had one several weeks ago and it is still awesome.  And the dip still makes the ice cream melt too fast which causes you to eat it super fast and get a brain freeze and I still love it.

Amy Vermillion Blog-Dairy Queen: 1977 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Fort Meade, Maryland- August 1922.  This was most likely a training exercise to practice abandoning ship.  But I’d like to think that these 10 soldiers were simply cooling off in the river.  They were in awesome physical form!

Amy Vermillion Blog- Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Returning from Vacation- Great Falls Montana 1964.  So much to love about this picture.  The mint green house next door (with the window open), the curtains in the back seat of the station wagon, the dandelions on the lawn….I’m glad to know that even fifty years ago we were overloading our cars for road trips.

Amy Vermillion Blog-End of the Road: 1964 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Miami Beach, 1941. I love everything about this place.  The flags, the round bar, the porthole windows, the fabulous Bistro chairs. I wish we could see what the pool looked like!

Amy Vermillion Blog-Aquacabana: 1941 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Oh yeah.  The Happiest Place on Earth- Disneyland 1968.  Except the young fellow in the blue looks miserable.

Amy Vermillion Blog-Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Russian River 1950.  Boys building their sand castle next to the river’s edge.  I can’t help but think a submarine is about to surface beyond them…(that pipe sticking up).

Amy Vermillion Blog 1950 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Florida 1904.  The Royal Poinciana- Palm Beach.  You might not be able to read the small sign in the lower right hand corner but basically it says that if you aren’t a member or a guest here, get off the lawn.  Fashionable folks lounging about, listening to the afternoon concert.  Awesome hats on the women and white shoes on the men. Wonder if any of them boarded the Titanic eight years later?

Amy Vermillion Blog-Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

 

Cypress Gardens, Florida in 1957.  Totally fantastic.

Amy Vermillion Blog-Three Girl Pyramid: 1957 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

Ta ta for now!  If you have enjoyed this post and want to read more with vintage photos, go here.

Hope your summer is grand.

 all photos courtesy of Shorpy

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