Monet Masters - Interior + Furniture Designer

Atlanta, GA, United States
Monet Masters is an interior designer based in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of SCAD-Atlanta, Monet is experienced in both commercial, residential, and furniture design. While she describes her design aesthetic as “Modern Electric Chic” with an emphasis on organic lines and natural elements, she enjoys helping clients define their own personal style, so it’s well reflected throughout their home or business. Monet is especially adept at employing creative and unique solutions for design problems that inevitably arise on projects, while maintaining her passionate drive and enthusiasm throughout the design process, Inspired by the fluidity of nature and the sleekness of modernity, she believes in creating spaces that harness positive energy for her clients, to help them live a balanced, relaxed life. This blog in intended to show the design process of projects of all different sorts, and how her love for fashion and nature inspires her design choices. Enjoy!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

SWANKblue Atlanta Boutique: before, after and process

With less than 72 hours to complete a modern Atlanta clothing boutique for Olori Swank and her fabulous Swank Blue clothing line we managed to create a high end, clean, modern atmosphere for our client and guest. This space was not only functional but visually pleasing. From the custom focal wall great for picture taking with the fashion designer to the fabulous sitting lounge made for queens to the custom portable dressing room, this boutique was more than prepared and ready for opening day. From beginning to end enjoy the full spectrum of pictures taken during the execution of this project...









Here is the original proposed design. I wanted to add a pop of blue due to the clients infamous signature blue hair. Originally I also was going to use the very trendy balloon chair also known as (AKA) the dome chair buuuutttt I change my mind as you will see in the end ;-)








So in order to create that amazing white accent wall that you see in the renderings, me and my trusted contractor Antonio Darden becne cutting wood...for hrs and hrs.lol






After cutting the wood down we had roughly 25 24"x 24" boxes to put together using a nail gun and wood glue for extra stability.





After the boxes were created they were given 3 coats of pure crisp white paint... The space was so small that this process became difficult but as my motto states, "we made it work". So thankful for my intern Clinesha McLester who was literally a big help during install!






Once the boxes were dry me and my handy dandy contractor began installing, which surprisingly did not take much time. For each box there were 2 black dry wall screws that they hung on. The boxes were hung the same way you would hang a picture frame. I purposefully left some areas with =out boxes to create more dimension and layers. Out of all roughly 25 boxes there are 3 different dept dimensions. Having the flat surface of the wall where there are no boxes placed would create an additional dept giving the wall extra charm ;-)






Antonio handled the lower half and I tackled the upper half, as i really don't mind climbing up on ladders. The boxes were hollow therefore did not weigh much.




I wanted to install the boxes directly up to the ceiling for a dramatic appeal, In order to do so I had to move the ceiling tiles out of the way until the boxes were installed. 







My rule of thumb is that if i'm gonna do something great in a room I try to repeat it on a different scale but not in the most obvious way, the eye may catch it but it won't immediately resignate. I also selected the white glossy mannequins for the space to tie in with the scheme, so even they were fully purposeful. The pedestals that the mannequins sit on are also elevated at different height creating the same effect as the wall but vertically. 




Here is a link to another blog entry that in detail shows the making of the dressing room using PVC piping: http://monetsouttake.blogspot.com/2014/11/pvc-piping-diy-dressing-room.html




So the following are some of the pictures that the photographer took. You can find more on my website and/or my pinterest page  under the board titled "Project Pictures"...

















Until next time...

#TB #DIY #PROJECT: Make your own Drum Pendant!

#TB #DIY #PROJECT

So this post is what we call a "Throwback" post. This DIY project was actually completed a couple of years ago and I recently found the process images, so I thought I would share. Enjoy this very short presentation of the process in making 36" diameter black drum shade for commercial use.

















You can see this full project blog post at the following link, and you can also visit my website
as it is listed there as well:


http://monetsouttake.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-first-commercial-project-bouchic.html


Until next time...

Monday, November 17, 2014

PVC Piping = DIY Dressing Room

When you have a tight deadline and minimal funds you begin to get creative. While brainstorming design ideas for an Atlanta boutique, the team and I decided to solve our dressing room dilemma by constructing a dressing room using pvc piping. This was a mandatory request from the client in order to conveniently provide a space for customers to try on clothing. Below are some process images of how it all came together. I as well as everyone else was entirely too busy to collect picture throughout the entire process but this technique has definitely been done before and can be found with a simple google search ;-)




 Materials used: 1" PVC pipe, PVC connectors and Ikea 118" white curtains




Below is the utensil that you would use to cut the pvc piping. So basically once you've decide how tall your structure will be you would cut your 4 post down to that size. These pipes come in 10' lengths, (not that I would suggest it ) but if you were to make it any taller you would then just use the connectors.




I used the Lenda ikea curtain in the 118" length. I end up using a total of 4 packs, 2 panels per "wall" to be sure there was enough privacy.











After having cut down all of the pipes to the correct size, you simply begin to put them together. I used a hammer to add extra force. This is to ensure the structure does not come loose once guest start pulling the curtains back and forward as they change. If you want to make this a permanent structure feel free to use the appropriate glue when attaching the connectors.

As you can see here in the picture below I added a middle pipe due to the height of my structure to add even more stability.









When you come to the last 4 pipes that will be installed horizontally across the top, you'll add the fabric panels and slide them through same as you would with hanging drapes on rodes.








I installed a tie back bar so that there would be less pulling of the curtains and pipe.




Sorry for not having all of the process images but please feel free to email me with any questions as to how to tackle this DIY project yourself.


Until next time...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Home Office: DIY (Painting Stripes & Polkadots)

I always tell my clients, interns and frankly anyone who ask, "paint is the grandest and most inexpensive tool that you can use to dramatically enhance any space". I had the privilege to help transform a home office to reflect the "We Tie The Knots" color scheme and overall fabulousness. The attic room was small and more than 50% of the wall space had some sort of angle incorporated. "We Tie The Knots" is a brilliant wedding planning service company. I really wanted to bring influence the space with the same presence and style that the company is known for so my focus was branding, this was the idea behind the color scheme and graphics. 


Check out the website for more information and a list of qualified planners!
wwww.wetietheknots.com


So here is a before picture of the canvas. Thanks to my friends at the Home Depot I was fully prepared to paint with all supplies and resources in had. Some include: paint, frog tape, large and small roller brush, 2" angle brush (my favorite!), brown paper and paint pan to name a few.




As I always mention, taping your canvas ( wall space ) off correctly is they most important step because if done incorrection you can easily add on more hours of work specifically having to go back and clean up your lines from bleeding. In all honestly there will be a little bleeding of the paint in a few spaces generally but the Frog Tape can eliminate most of this. 




For this process I used a roller brush. It is important not to press too hard while painting over the Frog Tape, this will only force paint underneath the tape and which then will cause the paint to bleed.




For the ceiling portion I started out with creating my own #DIY circle stencils. I used a cardstock weight paper, pencil and compass to create my larger circles to be painted on the ceiling. 




Aside from using the #DIY template, I also used my Martha Stewart Crafts Specialty Sponges from Michaels in order to create even smaller circles. They were only $6.99 @ Michaels. Find the link below to check out details on this product.
http://www.michaels.com/martha-stewart-crafts-specialty-sponges/10198151.html#q=Martha+Stewart+Crafts%C3%82%C2%AE+&start=219




Besides the black I also used 1-gal. of  the Ralph Lauren Golden Buttermilk Gold Metallic Specialty Finish Interior Paint purchased from The Home Depot.






Although I was very pleased with the finish product, painting anything on a ceiling is a huge 
pain to say the very least. and I wont be doing for a very very long time :-)



Until next time...