Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Favorite Room Feature: Sharon Taylor Designs

Who is ready for some punchy/jazzy color this morning? I certainly need it as I am dragging like none other. I have the perfect solution for us, Sharon Taylor Designs. First and foremost, she hails from the same state I was born in. The good ole MO. Represent. No wonder she has such great taste. I cannot wait for you to see a space that no one has ever seen before. That's right, we are getting the first look. Ever! Love it and you will too. 

I am Sharon Taylor of Sharon Taylor Designs and I own Pickwick House {a boutique studio design firm} in the heart of the Rountree Neighborhood in the Midwest town of Springfield, MO.  

I was so excited when Lindsay asked me to be a part of her favorite room feature on her sensational S+S blog!  I was almost equally excited to find out she lives not far from me in KC!  I'm looking so forward to meeting up with her the next time I go on an antique buying trip there next month.  {Which, btw, KC has become the hot-bed-of-bevvied-hot spots for antiques and GOOD, cheap junk.}  

One of my favorite rooms is a client's 'color-jolted' bedroom we revamped last year.  We are now currently in the midst of a whole home overhaul for the remaining rooms in her house. Those rooms are beginning to shape up nicely with some pretty bold colors, funkiness, and wallpaper as well.  SO excited!

My client loves color and loves a lot of white, natural light too.  She had me so taken with her amazing collection of Broyhill Brasilia mid-century furnishing collection the minute I first walked through her door.  She's had an addiction to auctions and through out our couple of years of working together, she has brought home some insanely cool things for pennies and then says to me, "What should I do with it, Sharon?".  {Btw, Sometimes that works for a client/designer relationship and sometimes it doesn't.  Haha.  In this case, it does.  'Perfecto client':-)  

She and I also share a huge, big-love infatuation with House Beautiful and Better Homes and Gardens.  So, HERE 'tis.   Photography by Heather Cherie Photography.  Stylist for Shoot: Amanda Carter Gomes 
Here's a little tiny, blurry glimpse of what the room looked like before.   
Let's see, I think we chose the paint colors first for this medium sized bedroom.  I chose to paint three walls white and one wall with a jolt of bright, happy green {all across the trim and doors}.   I really wanted to set the Serena and Lily Octavia headboard off with that green wall.  Her two vintage dressers and side tables were painted a crisp white to give them a fresh, modernized update.  She did that herself to save pennies for other big things.
The gorge little sputnik is one I found at a Springfield garage sale.  It was a nasty, rusty chrome and had a few missing larger, bulbous glass ball shades clamped to each end.  I was unable to find replacement globes for everyone of the missing ones, so I decided to just go without the globes all together and use smaller, cute-like ball light-bulbs.  My painter painted the light and bright, brassy gold, and to me, it's probably my most favorite thing about the room.  {Wish I had a before pic of the fixture!}

The rug is a Moor, Genevieve Gorder laid over an existing flokati from Overstock.  I love how it sorta fell together this way and the two rugs complement each other.  Initially, we just had the flokati, and it made me yawn in a bad way.  haha.  I knew the room needed another larger, funkier pattern so, I decided to order the G.G. rug and I really like how this rug combo gives more texture, pattern and definition that's visually just more FUN;)

The color combo for the room, just 'happened to me' after adding random things to my online shopping cart over at Zinc Door, and another cart over at ONE KINGS LANE.  Started out with green + white fretwork drapes, ivy + vine pillows, and trina turk pillows.  Then to mix it up, I threw it off with the blue bench, and orange throw.  
The vintage flea market painting over the bed is from the late 60's was less than $50 and happened to be the element that groov-ified the room with a little early-era Michael Jackson-esque vibe {try to say 'Jackson-esque' five times.  It's really hard, isn't it?} 
The black and white photography is the only collection of it's kind.  Julie Blackmon's first black and series that started her rise to world renown photography fame {Mind Games}.  And that Milo Baughman chair tucked in the corner there is actually a chair that I submitted to Tobi Fairley's chair revamp contest and actually won:-)  To see the post about it, you can go here.  
Details:  Fishy for sweet, calming movement.  Abstract art stacked in front of a mirror. A revamped vintage chaise for doggie 'Daisy' to chillax on or for my client to nest on while reading:-).  

Probably, my second favorite thing would be the architect swing arm               lamps by Peter Talbot from Circa Lighting.  
Dressers and Side Tables are revamped vintage {before they were a blondish-orange wood.  Revamped they were painted white}
Octavia Headboard by Serena and Lily
Shanghai Links Needlepoint Pillow by Trina TurkPeacock pillows by Divine Design from Zinc Door
Emerald rug by Genevieve Gorder
Vintage Angelo Sputnik chandelier from a garage sale{was a rusty chrome finish before}
Ivy and Vine green ikat pillows from One Kings Lane
Peter Talbot Architect Swing Arm Lamps in brass by Circa Lighting
Photography collection of by Julie Blackmon {Mind Games series} 
Vintage Milo Baughman Chair re-upholstered {Tobi Fairley chair contest winner} 
Squared Apple {fretwork} drapes by Magnolia
Blue Velvet X bench from One Kings Lane
Rosemary Sprig wall paint by Benjamin Moore
White Dove wall paint by Benjamin Moore
Bedding by Restoration Hardware
Vintage Oil Painting dated 1968 by unknown artist

Well, that's a wrap on this thing.  I hope you've enjoyed it!  If you haven't yet visited my blog,{a lifestyle thing} I invite you to visit and become a member as we are getting ready to host a fun give away soon:-)
Lindsay, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your patience in dealing with all my excuses for getting this post to you sooner! {I literally had to twist some arms in my household to get this in...A.K.A. Hubs broke his arm on Mothers Day after falling off of the roof of our chicken coop and baby broke a collar bone during our recent move.}


  1. Love this bedroom and this chandelier is just gorgeous!!!
    So colorful, especially this bright green. A crush on the curtains fabric, so beautiful!

    GIVEAWAY for my Blog Anniversary ladies ;)

  2. so so so fun! i love that she said michael jackson vibe - too funny! thanks for sharing!!

  3. I love Sharon! She was in the first ORC.

  4. I love the colors you used and that sputnik chandelier! Thanks for sharing!

  5. wow! Love it when someone takes the plunge and does a bright all looks really nice together:)

    Sharon-I hope your husband and baby recover soon!



  6. Sharon, you know how to rock it! Love Missouri ladies knocking it out of the park!

  7. I love the green! what a great tone! and the lamp is my favorite part!

  8. Green works perfect with orange,love the color combination!

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