Charlotte interior designer Amy Vermillion creates beautiful and balanced spaces that reflect her client's point of view. The Charlotte interior design firm provides inspired design solutions to residential and corporate clients in a broad range of styles and sensibilities. Amy Vermillion also specializes in private jet interior design and exteriors.
I’m not sure how it happened but we are moving both of our whole house renovation clients into their homes in the same week. So this means we have to make our construction deadline, get our inspections and certificates of occupancy AND get all the new furniture, rugs and window treatments installed. Fortunately, we thrive under pressure and deadlines and this is what we do. We have systems and processes to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible and everything is totally under control….(I am currently hiding in my office closet eating the last sleeve of Thin Mints).
Seriously though. Ahem. Here is where things have been in the last couple of weeks at CassCircleHouse–
Media Room Fireplace marble tile in–those logs are the original and have since found a new home.
The Media Room cabinets and stone tops are going in…
Living Room fireplace marble tile in. We love the basket weave mosaic!
Here is a before shot of the Master Bath when my client purchased the house. It was a very nice bathroom, just not to my client’s aesthetic.
I love demo!
Getting closer-the cabinets are going in…
The before picture of the shower….
And here’s what happened to that shower…
Here’s a sneak peek of the tile in that shower:
It’s starting to look like a Master Bath! Heated floors, marble, custom cabinetry, paneling are all in.
See that little corner shelf in the shower above? That’s a shaving foot rest for my client. Love it.
Here is one of the guest baths. A leathered stone top adds visual and tactile interest to a neutral space.
The marble mosaic floor is one of our favorites. This is “pre- grout.”
Picking paint colors for the guest suites. Some people may call this splitting hairs but to me these are very different colors…stay tuned to see the winner. Both are wonderfully neutral.
The Master Bedroom built ins are going in…a loveseat will be nestled into the large paneled area on the left with sconces and the television will be hidden behind the “X” doors.
The kitchen is further along than this (thank goodness) but here is an in process picture-
The hutch in the kitchen gets its top!
Here the kitchen is getting closer! We lost some time during the snowstorm here in Charlotte but we had some amazing guys trudge through and keep going…
And a detail of the quartzite slab over the cooktop, the marble mosaic backsplash and the quartzite counter.
It’s coming together! We are so excited for our clients and it’s such an honor to be a part of launching new chapters in their lives.
I will keep you posted…in the mean time you can keep up with daily happenings on our Instagram feed…
I probably shouldn’t have been surprised to see a giant balloon entirely made of flowers…
Or a growling dragon suspended among lights and floral balls in the live trees…
But I was. And imagine my delight as I rounded the corner and saw this…
A moving carousel! Yep, you guessed it–made of flowers. The whole thing has a Willy Wonka quality to it–and at any moment, I expected Veruca Salt to scream, “I want it NOW!”
All of this wonderfulness and more greeted me last week when I had the pleasure of staying at The Wynn Las Vegas while I was attending KBIS2014 (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show). And while the show was interesting and full of innovative products, I was actually more tickled by the idea of suspending reality for a couple of days in the adult playground that is Las Vegas.
Being a gal who gets paid to pay attention to detail, I couldn’t help being fascinated with what is going on at The Wynn. I have stayed at the Bellagio in the past (incredible) but I don’t remember it having such an impact on the senses like The Wynn.
First of all there are flowers. And more flowers. And more flowers beyond that.
The orchids are piled into vases en masse like cheap grocery store carnations (I love carnations by the way).
They even come in your drinks! This one was edible—and I ate it. What does an edible orchid taste like? Well, kinda like you think it would. The flavor of grass with the texture of strong lettuce. Neither good nor bad just interesting. And hey, while in Vegas!
I love the tall vases–the orange orchids were over six feet high.
And in case live flowers by the thousands aren’t enough to suit you, there are floral mosaics spread across the hotel lobby, the esplanade and the throughout the shops.
There is even a red lotus sculpture fountain!
There is a definite Asian theme running throughout the hotel and it was explained to me that Steve Wynn recognized the value in attracting high stakes gamblers from Asia and many of his guests go between the Las Vegas Wynn and the Wynn in Macau. He chose red–an auspicious color in Chinese culture for much of the hotel and there are many symbols and decorative details that follow that theme.
I ate dinner at Mizumi one night and it was delicious. I had a wonderful table overlooking the waterfall…the only thing missing was Mr. V!
Speaking of Mr. V–he never ceases to surprise me. He knew I would be tired from traveling and he arranged for some of my favorite things to be brought to my room. The dates were the most moist and delicious I have ever eaten and the gardenia blossoms in the bowls filled my room with beautiful fragrance for my entire trip. Mr. V to always does something special while I am away and it makes me miss him even more.
What about my room you ask?
Fantastic. I highly recommend the Tower Suites. They are spacious, comfy and neutrally decorated–which I need after being over stimulated from the casinos, hullaballoo and bright colors everywhere.
The Wynn is known for its beds and bedding and they were very comfy. Unfortunately between the dinners, parties and general chicanery (playing craps til the wee hours), I didn’t get much use of it!
Oh look! Another flower. And you can see I have already made myself at home with my stack of magazines.
I could get used to this little gadget next to my bed. The best part was being able to set the room ambience all at once with one button. We are doing similar installations for clients right now and it is really cool. Instead of going around the rooms and turning on certain lights at certain dimmer settings, we are programming client’s room “scenes” so they can create an effect with one button in their homes.
The Tower Suites have a separate entrance and it’s really lovely. It very much reminded me of late 19th Century conservatory architecture, complete with palms, koi ponds, leaded glass ceiling and marble walls.
And I had to have a massage while there—I couldn’t take pictures inside the spa but I managed to get one of the pool area. The green glass vine sculptures that line the walls were neat and the pools were lovely. It had an Asian zen atmosphere–which is what a spa should have!
The ceilings were fantastic throughout the hotel–this is the bar off of the Tower Suites. Everything related to the Tower Suites is neutral and creamy and I totally loved it. This ceiling with its carved flowers was my hands down favorite.
This ceiling was also beautiful. Each coffer had a different hand painted floral. Completely divine.
More of the vestibule leading into the Tower Suites…The enormous glass chandelier is recessed into a circular tray ceiling.
This is the ceiling going into Parasol Down lounge. Some of the suspended parasols spin in the ceiling and it reminded me of something out of Alice In Wonderland.
The Tower Suites were my favorite part of the hotel, as I gravitate to calm neutrals and interesting textures. I loved this console table which had a thick marble top and a skirted base! Genius.
Love this idea! The contrast of hard marble and soft fabric for the skirt is wonderful.
This inlaid secretary is magnificent.
Mind blown. Right outside the elevator to my room. The delicacy of the mother of pearl vine inlaid in white marble completely unhinged me. Then on top of that is this amazing brushed brass sconce with a glass obelisk anchoring the whole thing. AND silk demi lune shades.
Oh wait…how about a trip to CHANEL to really get the blood pumping? Yep. I did that. And was given a tour by Mr. Robin who happened to show me the entire high jewelry collection. One of a kind couture pieces that he actually offered to me so I could try them on. What? I couldn’t take pictures but I have to say he was most gracious and kind to take the time to show me everything and I will never forget that wonderful forty five minutes. It was like being in my own private museum of diamonds.
While these aren’t from the high jewelry collection, they sure are breathtaking!!! CHANEL. Incredible.
My last picture (well, not really since I could write 3 blogs on my Vegas trip) is of a lovely Judith Leiber minaudière. This particular shop had Leiber treasures from floor to ceiling and I had a small heart attack when I walked in. Please read more about Judith Leiber creations here if you are as intrigued as I am about them.
I love a good fairy tale, a good getaway and to have reality suspended for just a bit–The Wynn Las Vegas did that for me.
I even won some money! So maybe red is an auspicious color after all. But like all good things, my Las Vegas adventure came to an end and I was super happy to get back to my real world and my sweet family in North Carolina.
Hope your week is filled with many lucky omens! And if you need to step into fantasyland for awhile, you know where to go.
A lot. We are in the last stages of construction and I have been remiss in writing about it because I have been so cuckoo busy with client projects. Here’s a little update:
Remember the pink bathroom with carpet?
Here’s what it looks like today…
Any good tile installer will lay out the marble so he can shade in the natural colors to prevent having obvious light and dark spots. Even with the marble mosaic floor there are variances and I have seen too many bad marble installations to take a chance by not approving the shading.
And do you remember this bathroom?
We have reconfigured it so much that it’s almost impossible to see what was where but here is the shower area now…Trust me, it will be so much prettier than this dark weird pic but it’s the best I could do!
And of course there was this guest bath downstairs. We took the top half of the shower for the new second floor…
That bathroom is now this…
With this floor…
There was no second floor when we started so we added one (this picture is from October during the construction of the upper floor-notice no stairs yet)…
And now it is THIS! I adore the shiplap and am so glad my wonderful client trusted me on this. Pictured here is my sweet Saturday assistant (the Beans) who came with me over a weekend to check on the progress of the shiplap.
This is a view going up to the second floor. We are putting in a small bookcase to the left (where my briefcase is sitting)…
What about the best room of all? The carpeted kitchen with the doors to nowhere and formica cabinets?
What was once a weird, unusable corner with a floating peninsula will now become a functional sink and prep corner…
This is our material for the counters…quartzite is a designer’s delight!
I decided on the top tile for part of the backsplash. Some of the backsplash will be slab so this tile will just be going in the sink area.
Here’s a sneak peek of selections for the Living Room and the Powder Room wallpaper.
We have come a long way and I can’t wait to show you the final product!
In my next blog I will show you some befores and durings of another whole house we have under renovation. Oddly enough we are moving in both of these clients the same week in March so please send me good karma and calm tidings!
Also, I will be traveling to Las Vegas for KBIS 2014. The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show will be combined with the International Builders Show and I can’t wait to preview the latest and greatest trends and products.
Lastly but for me most importantly….
Beans was asked to create a cereal for her “Breakfast of Champions” project at her school. Some typical heroes gracing the cereal boxes were Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Jr. Since each child could pick their own hero anyone was fair game.
I am proud and touched to be Beans’ choice for her cereal box hero. Apparently I am doing something right–even though at times I feel pangs of guilt for my work schedule.
And she sees me as someone who helps people. Or in her words…” she makes people happy when they are sad about their houses.” What a kid!
The best thing we can do for each other is to be of service…