Monday, September 28, 2009

Watch my interview on WHAS this Wednesday!

Old Governor's Mansion Celebration Promo. I will be interviewed, along with Donna Borden ( Participant Chairman), on Rachel Platt's show this Wed., Sept. 30th, at noon. She will show some great photos of the completed project as we discuss the Metcalfe Bedroom that I designed.

The Design Unfolds

1. Armed with our chosen pieces of furniture from the State Archives, we were ready to pull the scheme together. Mixing Asian and Empire seemed liked a natural with the fantastic oriental print fabric we found for our key fabric. The design board tells the story as we envisioned it.

2. Installation day arrived with a few glitches! Since we did not have boxed springs for our mattress, a custom wood frame box had to be fabricated on-site. We crossed our fingers that the bedskirt and coverlet would fit once the mattress was put in place.

3. The bed came together nicely. It was both elegant and exotic, with the addition of the faux leopard throw.

4. Nothing was more exciting than seeing the persimmon plaid silk drapes go up. And the cornice boards truly added the finishing touch.

5. At the end of the day, tired but happy with the results!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Putting the pieces together

Some choices were obvious - like the fantastic Empire four poster bed that was available (look at the far end of the warehouse photo. My bed was in pieces on a shelf!)

Other choices were more challenging. I was searching for something that would provide the "color inspiration" for the bedroom. The painting here was a candidate but did it have enough vibrancy? I had a vision for the room that was classic yet updated and a bit unexpected - mixing beautiful antiques with strong colors and contemporary upholstery to lift it above a museum "feel".
This silouette of Thomas Metcalfe, Governor of Kentucky in 1828, could add an interesting historical note to the room. I need to find a special place for it!

We found our inspiration! This painting entitled "Kentucky September" by M. J. Weber has beautiful colors - persimmon, lavendar and leaf green. Perfect for our color scheme. It is hanging in our studio for the next few weeks so we can refer to it when selecting our fabrics, trims and accessories. I will miss it when it makes its way back to the mansion.

Friday, July 17, 2009

The search is on!

Once we were assigned our room, we were given access to the "cages" located in the State archival warehouse, to find the furnishings we wanted to use. Everything from sconces to rugs and all kinds of furniture were stacked up and waiting for someone to pluck. After some rummaging, I found a "jewel in the rough" - two metal cornice boards that would be perfect for my window treatments. Like a crown, they will set off the taffeta drapes beautifully! But that wasn't all. Behind several large chests, was the real discovery of the day - a fabulous ornately carved chinese cabinet inlaid with marble and ivory. What a great accent piece for the room!

Friday, July 10, 2009

This is how our room looked when we toured the Mansion the first time. Very tired and screaming for attention!

Kentucky Old Governor's Mansion Revitalization

I have created this blog so that you can follow our involvement in the revitalization of the Kentucky Old Governor's Mansion in downtown Frankfort.

This project was the brainchild of First Lady Jane Beshear, who wanted to revitalize the interiors of this historic building for use by the State and visiting dignitaries. No state funding has been allocated for this project. Every person involved had donated their time, energy, resources and goods. It is truly a testament to the many talented designers, craftspeople, artisans and contractors who have come together to make this project a reality. For more information you can log in to the official website at

After an extensive selection process during which we had to present a detailed design board, J. Waddell Interiors was selected to redesign the Guest Bedroom #204. We are honored to be a part of such a historically significant project for the State of Kentucky and look forward to presenting our design to the public when the house officially opens for events and tours from September 15- October 3, 2009.

The renovation work offically began in June and will continue gaining momentum as we work toward the completion date.

Join me as I take you from the initial furnishing selections to the faux finish on the walls and the installation of all the wonderful details that will make this bedroom come to life!