rehab box: michigan living and dining

If you're new to our blog, welcome! We've been overwhelmed by all the support lately and have been pinching ourselves that we get to do what we love AND inspire others. I (Emily) have been REALLY BAD at blogging consistently, which is great because it means we're busy, but would be really great if I could find time to post more often. How does everyone do it?! Ideally, this blog would just blog itself. When's that app coming? 

We thought today seemed like a good day to share a little more from our Rehab Box collections. These two boxes were for our kitty loving, whiskey collecting clients, Priya and Fraser, based in Michigan and are two of our favorites! They have great taste, a love for vintage and mid-century accent pieces, and were all around awesome to work with. Wanting to be more hands on and not quite ready to commit to a full service designer, the box was a perfect fit for them.

Check out our Rehab Box options (some might call it e-design) and see how you can get in on the action! We're in the NYC area but you don't have to be. We can work with you no matter where you live- except if you live in Hawaii, we'll have to come take measurements.  

In other news, we have 2 new projects to photograph in the next couple weeks which we're totally excited to share, and I just finished shooting our place which you can see sneak peaks of on instagram to be featured on a major blog near you. Happy Friday everyone! 

In progress: Lauren + Alex's Nursery

Rehabitat was moonlighting in Chicago late last week to throw a baby shower bash for Miss Lauren, due in August. And we had the best weekend. Babies are in the air! (If only literally, amirite?) So we thought now is as good a time as ever to share our design board for Lauren + Alex's colorful-yet-gender-neutral nursery. Of course there's a little pink here and there because, PINK. And generally we feel passionate about not limiting specific colors to specific baby genders because, well thats boring. 

Lauren and Alex have a great room already started with fresh white walls begging for fun art, built-in shelving that fits perfectly in a little nook and lots of space to show off lots of cute baby schtuff. We had a really great time organizing and styling and making baby mobiles and laying around eating left over baby shower desserts. We were even lucky enough to have baby Drew keep us seriously entertained with his unbearably cute smiles and hilariously typical baby coos and giggles. It was a baby filled weekend, to say the least. Check out the below photos for a glimpse of the shower we threw, the unfinished nursery and the mobile we made! 

Oh! And here are some "befores" of the room when it existed as a guest room/ craft room. Please excuse the poor quality! Already, the new white walls make the room feel twice the size and so so fresh.

Recovered! A mid-century chair

Much gratification comes when a project starts to come together. After digging through so many wrong fabrics to find the right ones and waiting very impatiently for reupholstery we can breathe a sigh of relief when, in this case, a chair comes back looking even better than you imagined! And in my dreams, I get to keep said chair forever. 

I actually liked the orange fabric on the before, which I'm pretty sure was the original fabric but it had a lot of wear and was fraying on the arms. This magenta ikat from S.Harris gives it a totally new and bold look and everyone is happy with the outcome. Keeping the original grid on the back would not have worked with the geometric pattern and as much as I love vintage furniture, the new solid back has a clean, fresh feel. 

before + after: CT mid-century ranch

Isn't this one hot gorgeous space? Wait until you see the befores. Rehabitat was a business idea that developed from Diane Schmunk Interior Design Services as a way for the two of us to work together (mother/daughter duo!), branch into new styles and locations, and offer our Rehab Boxes. But Diane still very much works through Diane Schmunk IDS and this is one of those projects. The transformation is unrecognizable because there was some serious construction and renovation that happened thanks to the clients' vision, High Street Designs and many, many others. Seeing the finished product is beyond exciting- read more about the design and see lots more photos here!