Before + After: Ponder Modern Master Bedroom

Oct 30

We’ve been getting lots of requests to see ‘Before’ photos of our interior design work! It’s hard to see a newly designed space and imagine how it would apply to you or to your life. So, we’ve decided to start doing more of our ‘Before and After’ posts so that you can see how some unassuming and ordinary rooms have been transformed into spaces that reflect the individual style of each of our clients, all while functioning splendidly for each of their lifestyles!

Pulp Design Studios Ponder Modern Bed Before and After

What started as a simple space that was not at all reflective of our client’s stylish and vibrant personality, is now a haven that she can turn to each day for relaxation and to set the tone for her day.

 

Pulp Design Studios Ponder Modern Bedroom Before and After

We played with the layout of the space and moved the open desk (complete with messy papers and work) to the other side of the room. We gave our client a concealed secratary-style desk that would allow her to close down her work and conceal the mess.

 

Pulp Design Studios Ponder Modern Secretary Before and After

We also reupholstered her existing chairs to make them pop and exude our client’s happy personality.

This transformation helps showcase how a run-of-the mill room can be transformed with a keen design eye, a bit of clever repurposing, and thought behind how our client and homeowner functions. This simple bit of styling (we didn’t even paint!) made a world of difference on this budget project.

 

See the entire project on our website:

PONDER MODERN RESIDENCE

 

If you have a space you’d love to get the ‘Pulp treatment’, give us a shout and tell us about your project

Gift Guide: The Halloween Hostess

Oct 28

If you’re attending a stylish Halloween party this season, we’ve got a gift guide for all of your Halloween gift giving needs. And, if you’re not attending any fun parties, then well… go ahead and treat yourself to a little something. You deserve it. The ladies at Pulp Design Studios curated some of our favorite spooky home goods for your shopping pleasure!

Halloween Hostess Gifts

ONE: D.L. & Co. Gold Skull Candle  |  TWO: Snake Gold Rectangular Tray  |  THREE: Stacked Skull Candle Stick  |  FOUR: Brass Snake Letter Opener  |  FIVE: Mother of Pearl Skull Tray  |  SIX: Ankasa Lace Skull Pillow

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New In The Shop: Figurative Finds

Oct 23

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We’ve curated some of our favorite figurative goods! We’ve been incorporating some amazing curated finds into our Pulp Design Studios projects and we’ve brought them to the shop for you… Some of my very favorite pieces are nestled in this great collection of furniture and accessories. Happy Shopping! xx

SHOP PULP HOME’S FIGURATIVE FINDS

 

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5 Ways to Transition Your Home Into Fall

Oct 21

We’re all looking for ways to settle into the new fall season, both in our wardrobes and our home. Today, whether you have a stylish Pulp designed home or not, we’re sharing how to transition your home to fall along with a few great items to help you achieve it…

 

5 Ways To Transition Your Home To Fall

5 Ways to Transition Your Home Into Fall

 

1. Add additional layers to your living room with cozy throws and pillows in warmer knits, textures and seasonal colors.

2. Decorate with seasonal touches such as vegetables and florals.  This is a easy way to dress up a table top or entry way. Use pumpkins, gourds, fall leaves branches and feathers.

3. Make your outdoor areas cozy with fire elements and layer exterior seating with pillows and throws.

4. With shorter days and longer nights add a warm glow with some candles.  Woodsy scents can enhance that cozy Fall feel.

5. Change out your bedding from lighter summer weighted linens to heavier warm down comforters, blankets and quilts.

 

SHOPPING GUIDE

 

ONE: Prism Steel Chiminea  |  TWO: Modern Log Holder / Carrier  |  THREE: Peacock Alley Cape Town Solid Throw  |  FOUR: Concordia Fireplace Screen  |  FIVE: Bohemia Bougie Parfumée Scented Candle  |  SIX: Pumpkin Servers  |  SEVEN: Faux Fur Throw & Blanket, Brown Owl Feather  |  EIGHT: Wool Beige & Mint Pillow

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Before + After: Queen Anne Craftsman Dining Room

Oct 15

‘Transformation’ is one of the most amazing things about what we do at Pulp Design Studios… A lackluster room can be transformed into your favorite space in the house with a keen eye and great design talent. We shared with you recently that a project we are working on, our Queen Anne Craftsman Residence, was recently featured in Seattle Magazine. We are not complete with the project yet, but we love that we caught the editor’s eye on our instagram account and were able to allow them into the home to see the progress we’ve made so far.

 

One of our favorite transformations is the Dining Room! Take a look at what we did with the space…

 

Queen Anne Crafstman Dining Room Before Pulp Design Studios 1

Queen Anne Crafstman Dining Room Before Pulp Design Studios 2

Pulp Design Studios Queen Anne Craftsman, Dining Room 2

Pulp Design Studios Queen Anne Craftsman, Dining Room

 

Quite the transformation, don’t you think!? We brightened the entire space and made it more useable and functional for this family who entertains in their home, including using wipeable and cleanable fabrics. That’s right, this dining room is more than just a pretty face… It’s designed for our client’s lifestyle!

 

See the entire project on our website:

Queen Anne Craftsman residence

 

If you have a space you’d love to get the ‘Pulp treatment’, give us a shout and tell us about your project

High Point Market Vendor Spotlight: Howard Elliott

Oct 14

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As we continue our countdown to High Point Furnishing Market, where some of our Pulp designers are headed this Friday, we’re excited to share our last vendor spotlight! High Point has become such an essential part of our design firm because each Spring and Fall we get to see the latest and greatest pieces for our clients. We get to build better relationships with our vendors and reps to bring the best value to our clients. And, most importantly, we get to sit in, touch, and feel all the amazing goods our clients are trusting us to purchase and bring in to their homes. It’s an exciting time for us to get inspired, connect, and see all the newest goods…

 

Howard Elliott has sponsored part of our visit to High Point and we were so thrilled to be supported by a vendor that we love and use! You can find Howard Elliott products in our designs, as pictured above in our Modern Craftsman Project

We are always surprised by Howard Elliott when we visit High Point. The detail in their pieces that just can’t be expressed in photos comes through in person. Yet another reason why it’s so important for our firm to make trips to High Point! Howard Elliott is introducing some very cool mirrors, accessories, and furniture this fall that we can’t wait to put our eyes on. With their ‘finishing touch’ products, Howard Elliott helps us complete that last 15 percent of a project that is so important and often overlooked. Plus, as designers, we always find something we love that may need to be in a different size or finish for a specific project. One very exciting thing we found out about Howard Elliott is that you can customize their pieces! We can’t wait to check out the new goods and here are some of our current favorites…

Howard Elliott Pulp Design Studios

We are so excited to visit the Howard Elliott showroom this month and will be back to report on the latest trends and share some of our favorite picks from their market product debuts!

 

If you’re not attending market, please follow along on our instagram accounts to see as we post real-time market finds: @pulpdesigns + @bethdotolo + @carolinavgentry

 

If you are attending High Point, be sure to stop by the Howard Elliott showroom:

Howard Elliott

210 E. Commerce Ave.
IHFC H224
High Point, NC 27260

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High Point Market Vendor Spotlight: French Heritage

Oct 14

French Heritage Pulp Design Studios

As we continue our countdown to High Point Furnishing Market, where a trio of our Pulp designers are headed this Friday, we’re excited to share another vendor spotlight! High Point has become such an essential part of our design firm because each Spring and Fall. We get to see the latest and greatest pieces for our clients. We get to build better relationships with our vendors and reps to bring the best value to our clients. And, most importantly, we get to sit in, touch, and feel all the amazing goods our clients are trusting us to purchase and bring in to their homes. It’s an exciting time for us to get inspired, connect, and see all the newest goods…

 

This Fall we are so please to announce that French Heritage has sponsored our visit to High Point! While French Heritage provides furnishings to some of the biggest players in retail, we were excited to learn more about their brand and all of the amazing opportunities we have to utilize their line, as designers.

 

French Heritage is known to us for their great silhouettes with incredible details and finishes. Their line of goods is varied from glam to traditional, all of which are fashion-forward french styled furnishings. We’ve curated some of our favorite Pulp picks from their line that blend seamlessly into the modern and eclectic spaces we’re designing for our clients.

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As we get to know French Heritage there are three exciting things we learned, aside from discovering beautiful pieces and exquisite quality:

1. French Heritage stocks a broad range of product right here in the US.

2. The French Heritage line can be customized and the customization takes only 3-4 weeks. That’s unheard of these days!

3. Now, designers, this is where you get excited… They can build completely custom pieces to our design specifications. Your own atelier with the same quality French Heritage is known for. As designers, that excites us!

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We are so thrilled to visit the French Heritage showroom this month and see how we can bring the great value they offer to designers back to our clients. We will be back to report on the latest trends and share some of our favorite picks from their market product debuts!

 

If you’re not attending market, please follow along on our instagram accounts to see as we post real-time market finds: @pulpdesigns + @bethdotolo + @carolinavgentry

 

If you are attending High Point, be sure to stop by the French Heritage showroom:

French Heritage

1638 English Road and 422 N. Hamilton
High Point, NC 27260

 

Also, be sure to check out the invite to their High Point Party: Macaroons & The Joy of Life. We hope to see our fellow designers there! 

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High Point Market Vendor Spotlight: Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman

Oct 13

Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman Pulp Design Studios

High Point Furnishing Market, is almost upon us… We’ve been talking about it all week and our Pulp designers are finally headed there this Friday. Today, we’re excited to share another vendor spotlight! High Point has become such an essential part of our design firm for three main reasons: We get to see the latest and greatest pieces for our clients. We get to build better relationships with our vendors and reps to bring the best value to our clients. And, most importantly, we get to sit in, touch, and feel all the amazing goods our clients are trusting us to purchase and bring in to their homes. It’s an exciting time for us to get inspired, connect, and see all the newest goods…

 

We are so thrilled that Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman has sponsored part of our trip to High Point this fall. We have specified EF+LM on many Hospitality, Commercial, and Multi-Family interior design projects throughout our careers, so it’s an honor to have them support our firm’s visit to High Point.

If you’ve peered through the pages of any major design magazine you’ve surely seen Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman pieces gracing the pages. There’s a reason for that! EF+LM is known for their impeccable detail and quality craftsmanship. They are truly a designer’s furniture manufacturer that caters to customization and excellent quality. Stylistically, their frames are timeless and versatile, yet dynamic. They seamlessly incorporate into traditional and contemporary spaces, making them perfect for our Pulp projects! Just see for yourself…

Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman Pulp Design Studios
Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman Pulp Design Studios
Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman Pulp Design Studios

We are so excited to visit the Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman showroom this month and will be back to report on the latest trends and share some of our favorite picks from their market product debuts!

 

If you’re not attending market, please follow along on our instagram accounts to see as we post real-time market finds: @pulpdesigns + @bethdotolo + @carolinavgentry

 

If you are attending High Point, be sure to stop by the Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman showroom:

Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman

242 N. Hamilton Street
High Point, NC 27260

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High Point Market Vendor Spotlight: Global Views & Studio A

Oct 13

Global Views Studio A Pulp Design Studios

This Friday the Pulp designers are headed to High Point Furnishing Market! Each Spring and Fall we try to make our way to High Point to find the latest and greatest pieces for our clients. We forge amazing relationships with our vendors and reps to bring the best value to our clients. And, we get to sit in, touch, and feel all the amazing goods our clients are trusting us to purchase and bring in to their homes. It’s an exciting time for us to get inspired, connect, and see all the newest goods…

 

We are especially excited because one of our all-time favorite vendors and collaborators, Global Views and Studio A, have sponsored part of our trip to High Point this Fall! We have been using these two vendors in residential, commercial, hospitality, and multi-family projects throughout our entire careers and since Pulp’s inception.

 

Global Views is known for their amazing and unique style which fit seamlessly into our designs. You’d be hard pressed to find a Pulp project that doesn’t include something from this amazing brand. Their collections blend various styles to make pieces that are elegant, exotic, refined, and casual. With a fashion forward approach to furniture and accessories, their pieces fit many price ranges, making them a designer and shop owner’s best friend.

 

Global Views’ counterpart, Studio A, is equally captivating with a unique mix of organic, design-driven accessories, furniture, and found objects. The artisan-style approach to their cutting-edge designs are filled with unexpected materials and handcrafted finishes. The eclectic blend of textures, classic silhouettes and timeless design fit amazingly into our design projects to give our interiors a unique and collected feel!

Studio A - Pulp Design Studios

Studio A - Pulp Design Studios

Studio A - Pulp Design Studios

Studio A - Pulp Design Studios

We are so excited to visit the Global Views and Studio A showrooms this month and will be back to report on the latest trends and share some of our favorite picks from their market product debuts!

 

If you’re not attending market, please follow along on our instagram accounts to see as we post real-time market finds: @pulpdesigns + @bethdotolo + @carolinavgentry

 

If you are attending High Point, be sure to stop by the Global Views & Studio A showrooms:

Global Views

210 E. Commerce Ave.
IHFC D220
High Point, NC 27260

Studio A

210 E. Commerce Ave.
IHFC D232
High Point, NC 27260

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Pulp Sourcebook: #Cowtown Chic Guest Bedroom

Sep 11

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In today’s Sourcebook series entry, we’re highlighting one of Pulp Design Studios’ #Cowtown Chic Guest Bedrooms.  With the design team’s background in hospitality and hotel design, Pulp Design Studios selected just the right mix of color, furnishings and accessories to create a beautiful and relaxing stay for any guest.

By selecting a cool gray wall color and contrasting with bold orange and turquoise accents, Pulp Design Studios kept the space from feeling too ethereal.  Creating custom designed pieces and redesigning special heirlooms made this space truly unique and individual to the client.

 

cowtown chic guest bedroom swatch play:

Benjamin Moore 1611 Gray Tint

Benjamin Moore 2141-60 Titanium

Sherwin Williams SW6253 Olympus White

 

get the look:

Shop some of the inspired furnishings and accessories.

Grey Claude Mirror

Stupa Vase

Orange Bamboo Embroidered Pillow

 

see the interiors:

See the rest of Pulp Design Studios’ Cowtown Chic project.

 

Whether you just love what we do and want to create it for yourself or you have a space that you’d love to get the ‘Pulp Treatment’, we hope that his series inspires you to live more beautifully.  And if you’d like to hire us (And, really…you should hire us!  wink. wink.) get in touch and tell us about your project!

 

Note: Color is in essence, reflections of light and one’s surroundings.  As a result, the color you see in our client’s space would certainly translate differently into your own.  If you are not working with a designer, play with paint samples on various walls in your own space to see if you get the effect you want.  We would also be glad to provide you with a consultation if that would be valuable.  We want your space to reflect its own beauty and your style.

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Work In Progress: #BeaconHillContemporary

Sep 9

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Pulp Design Studios is creating interest and drama in this #BeaconHillContemporary residence by layering moody shades of gray, pewter and onyx with splashes of metallics and natural wood elements.  We’re at the stage of selecting and adding the finishing touches and accessories, and in some cases exercising restraint in keeping things simple. We can’t wait to show you how the final details come together…

If you have a space you’d love to get the ‘Pulp treatment’, give us a shout and tell us about your project

How to Barrel Age a Cocktail: The Barrel-Aged Brooklyn Cocktail

Sep 4

Barrel Aged Cocktail Brooklyn Bottles for Gifting

I’ve been barrel aging my own cocktails at home for a while now and I always get asked by friends and fellow-instagramers about how to barrel age a cocktail. I am here to share! But, first, you might ask…

 

Why Barrel Age a Cocktail??

 

1. You can be a lazy mixologist! You are making your cocktails in large batches and storing them, so you always have a drink (or variety of drinks) on hand.

2. Throwing a party? It’s amazing for entertaining! Again, you are pre-mixing so it takes the work out of making cocktails while acting as host.

3. Gifting! Nothing says “I’m thinking about you” like a hand-crafted cocktail. I keep bottles on hand (pictured above) for friends who are going through a rough day, celebrating something, moving in to a new home, or for no reason at all.

4. Aside from the convenience, it’s all about the flavor. The flavors marry together in the oak barrel and give it a maturity and complexity that takes your cocktail to another level. Trust me, it’s good stuff!

 

Barrel Aged Cocktail Brooklyn Ingredients
 Barrel Aged Cocktail Brooklyn Oak Barrel

Barrel-Aged Brooklyn Recipe

Makes 12 servings

 

First, you’ll need an oak barrel. Luckily, it’s as easy as ordering online and prepping it using the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

2-Liter Oak Barrel
24 oz Rye Whiskey (I prefer Bulliet Rye)
12 oz Dry Vermouth (I prefer Dolin Dry Vermouth)
3 oz Maraschino Liqueur (I prefer Luxardo)
3/4 oz Orange Bitters (I used my own homemade bitters, but store-bought is fine)

 

Instructions: Pour all of the ingredients in to the barrel using a funnel. Let sit for 1 week to 1 month. Test it each week until your get the desired oaky flavor.

Barrel Aged Cocktail Brooklyn Mixing

Barrel Aged Cocktail Brooklyn Orange Twist

Making Your Cocktail

Makes 1 serving

 

Pour 3 oz of your Barrel-Aged Brooklyn into a cocktail glass. Add ice to the top of the liquid. Stir with a cocktail spoon until glass is frosty and cold on the outside. Strain into a chilled coup glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

 

Tip: Be sure to peel the orange over the glass so you get all the good orange spritz in your beverage.

Barrel Aged Cocktail Brooklyn Cocktail Coup Glass

The Brooklyn cocktail is a favorite of mine right now. I like to call it the summer ‘manhattan’! It’s a perfect summer-to-fall cocktail. As fall is ushered in and you spend more time in your beautifully designed space, I hope you’ll give it a try and enjoy it as much as I do!

all photos by Beth Dotolo

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