Sunday, May 20, 2018

Kristen McCory JLH Showhouse Designer 2018

Last week, I posted details of our first ever Vivid Hue Home pop up shop located at the Junior League of Hartford's Designer Show house.  At the time, I had planned to showcase multiple designers every other day so you could see their spaces.  Of course, life got in the way and I didn't get a chance to post during the show house itself.  But I am still planning to share some of my favorite designers from the house.

To start, Kristin McCory Designs! McCory Interiors is a Connecticut based design firm that specializes in high-end residential & boutique storefront interior design throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic, (including New York City) and beyond.

Kristen McCory is such a super talented interior designer.   I have become friends with her over the last several years as our worlds collide at different events (show houses and designer tablescape events).  Her foyer design from the 2015 Junior League of Hartford Designer Show house is still being circulated among National magazines, most currently the At Home Magazine May/June 2018 issue.

Here are a photos from that foyer In the Junior League of Hartford Designer Show house from 2015:

Photo Credit Kristen McCory Interiors

Photo Credit Kristen McCory Interiors

Now, fast forward to the Junior League Show House for 2018.  I was thrilled to have Kristen as one of my first floor buddies.  Kristen's space always "brings it" and this year is no different.  She worked night and day to fine tune this gorgeous space.  Here is Kristen's before and after of the dining room.

Before: Dining Room JLH 

After: Kristine McCory Designs 

Yes, the transformation In photos is breath-taking.  And you should have seen it In person.  It truly was jaw dropping.  Here are some more progression photos of the space.

Before JLH Showhouse. Vivid Hue Home Photo

 Kristen wallpapered the ceiling In Schumacher, Ludo, Color Piano Forte.   It made such a brilliant textural statement on the ceiling.

Kristen's attention to detail is incredible.  Every accessory had a place and every item In her room was well thought out.

Initially this trim was painted In a dark navy but, before the house launched, Kristen was adding additional detail and it ended up quite differently.  
Kristen McCory Photo

Kristen is known for her hand painted and trimmed floors.  And, yes, she does this entirely on her own!  This was her first passion before embarking on interior design and she is actually professionally trained In this.  

The Flowers were by Kathleen Schwartz Flower Design who inspires florals In our Farmington Valley and beyond.

Photo by Vivid Hue Home 

Every night, these anemones and orange ranunculus hibernated In the refrigerator so they'd be fresh for tours In the morning at the show house.  I saw  these beauties come out In the morning with closed petals and In a matter of no time, they opened back again, wide and ready for the day.  Amazing.

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I love the story behind these tremendous vessels (there are two In the room).  Kristen acquired them from our local Revival Home Furnishings (which is a luxury consignment shop that curates high end furnishings and accessories and sells on 1st dibs and One Kings Lane).  They were lamps that Kristen transformed for a huge presence In her space.

We had a chance to relax (a bit) and enjoy the opening preview party on Friday April 27th, 2018.  Pictured here:  Kristen McCory, our friend and designer Georgia Zikas, and me--Heather Grahling from Vivid Hue Home.
Vivid Hue Home Photo
 Yes, these flowers were simply stunning.

Kristen McCory is absolutely one to follow.  Check out her website and instagram page to keep tabs on everything she is up to across New England.

I hope to highlight a few of the other amazing designers that participated In the Junior League Show House.




Sunday, April 29, 2018

Junior League Showhouse In CT 2018

Photo Courtesy of Junior League of Hartford

Ya'll must be shocked to see a blog post from me after so much time In between my last post.  Instagram is my usual method of communicating these days and I find myself sharing stories and snippets there where In the "old days" they would have been a blog post.  Yet, so many exciting things have been happening In the Vivid Hue world lately that I had to share In one spot.  Most imminently, we have launched our first ever pop up shop located at this year's Junior League of Hartford Showhouse.

Photo Credit Vivid Hue Home 
I am a member of the Junior League of Hartford and have spotlighted previous show houses here.
This year, I was given the opportunity to have a pop up shop within the house.  A lot of effort and work goes into pulling these houses together and I am so happy to be a small part of this year's house.
This year, twenty Connecticut Designers and Decorators each transformed a space In the house.  For the past month, they've been working non-stop around the clock to prepare for this weekend's launch.  On Friday, we had our official preview party to the public and the Show House officially opened for tours on Saturday April 28th with  tours offered through May 20 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m 

The house is located on 126 Waterside Lane In West Hartford CT and tickets are $35 each (Purchase here).  

Today, I will share the journey of getting my little space In the breakfast nook ready for the opening weekend.  I hope to share the other spaces and designers over the next few weeks (so yes, check back here regularly, I will be posting soon on the blog again).
Here is a peek of my finished space at the showhouse:
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The house is located on a large plot of land surrounded by a peninsula of water.  Our pop up is located In the breakfast nook area that overlooks the expansive lawn and pond.

It's a breath-taking location; however the house itself is very outdated (think 1980's).

Here are some before photos of our nook.  The views In the breakfast nook are stunning and  look out onto the pond and the private pool area.  As you can see, we started with a well-used stone fireplace, dull walls and adobe tiled floors.  

Before @jlhartford Showhouse @vividhuehome space Photo courtesy of Vivid Hue Home 

Before: Vivid Hue Home Show house Space

Vivid Hue Home 
Because I was a pop up shop, I wanted to create a space that would showcase our products without having to completely transform our entire space.  But of course, presentation matters (to me) so I decided to do some easy cosmetic updates, including painting!  Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy is a "go to" color for me (we used it on our trim at the shop).  So, I decided to take the mustard out of the walls and make them navy!  

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We started to slowly bring In larger furniture items from the shop before layering with the gift items.  
It truly takes a village to run a small business and after many weeks of carting items and products over In our SUV's and trucks, we decided to have an "all hands" Saturday morning where many of our team and husbands (and kiddos) pulled together to caravan a bolus of items over to the show house.  

Our Vivid Hue Home Village

This is part of our Vivid Hue Home Village.  Front, (left to right): Jack, Smidge, Annie, Leanne and then Back: Eric and Bill.  Not pictured: Lindsey who was with us In spirit.

Annie and Bill Condon
Annie and Bill were life savers In transporting our custom sofa to the show house.  They let us use their "Flintstone mobile" (a term affectionately coined by Annie herself In reference to their fabulous truck that is a work horse for transporting big items!)  We laughed at the thought of captioning this photo as "leopard goes with everything" (referencing Annie's nice leopard print jacket next to Flintstone mobile).  

We ordered marketing materials (Peanut our hamster is seen here).

Lots of shout outs and marketing on social media for our team!   

And slowly, our space started shaping up.  I should have known, but this pop up stuff takes work.  I almost felt like we were launching an entirely new shop!  (And, duh, I guess In a way, we were).  

So, now, we're "live" until May 20th.  We will continue to maintain our regular shop In addition to the pop up.  If you have visited our pop up at the Junior League Show house and liked it, please stop by our brick and mortar store In Farmington.  We're located right by Truffles bakery on 769 Farmington Ave, Farmington CT  06032.  

Here are some side by side before and after photos: 

Before Vivid Hue Home 

After Vivid Hue Home 

Vivid Hue Home 

Vivid Hue Home Show house Pop Up 

Marilyn Petite Sofa with Forest Green Piping by Society Social, Raffia Coffee Table Society Social, Marie Artwork by Gina Julian, Peach Lacquer Lamps by Meg Caswell for Couture Lamps

All products are available for purchase at Vivid Hue Home.  Yes, we ship!  And we appreciate you ordering through our small business.  I carry all of the products In my retail shop and I'm a retail partner for all of those designers.  

Thank you for following along In the transformation of our space into our Vivid Hue Home pop up shop.  Please check because I will be sharing sneak peeks into the Designer spaces.  I'm always In awe at the talented designer's we have locally In Central Connecticut.  

Please follow me on instagram if you don't already!  I share daily updates of my store and personal journeys.  

If you're not familiar with my brick and mortar shop, please check us out! 

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