Today I’m VERY happy to share with you the makeover of a 100 year old Boathouse, the fourth episode/post created with Samsung all about Reframing spaces. If you’ve been following along you’ve seen the Greenhouse, Barn and Barge and today is the final Boathouse makeover. The blog posts have been long and epic, and the film series have been pretty beautiful. Today’s content is no exception. For each episode/makeover I partnered with a different designer/content creator to transform the space. Kate, founder of Wit and Delight, was the first name they dropped and while they pulled together the rest of the roster, I felt good knowing that she would be involved. I’ve been a fan of her brand/blog/personality for a long time and knew that she had good taste and what seemed like a great easy going/not taking herself too seriously personality (and the perception was correct, I’ve got a real talent at reading people via the internet).
Our challenge would be to take this old Boathouse, whose previous function was to house, uh, boats right on a lake and turn it into a weekend family retreat. Kate is pregnant with her second child. I have two young-ins myself. So we get the whole ‘needing some escape’ time thing and designing with that in mind wouldn’t be a challenge.
The video, done by alkemy X under creative direction of Barbarian is just so beautiful. We shoot a lot of makeover videos in-house as you know, but the production was feature film quality and I’m so proud of it.
Besides, this dreamy Boathouse would be sufficient …
I took this with my phone a couple days before we started this project, at 7am, and couldn’t believe how breathtaking it was. Every morning the steam just sat on the water like that and created such a dreamy effect. I’ve written about this before, but the reason I did this campaign wasn’t for the money, although obviously I get paid for work. It was for the locations – THAT LOCATION, the experience, new portfolio work and to be able to finally showcase the world’s most beautiful TV in unpredictably beautiful locations.
Imagine being a designer and someone showing you that photo, saying ‘Please design this Boathouse however you want … in 3 days, with no client and only a few creative restrictions’. It’s why we start our careers, why we do low/no-paying portfolio work for years, …. in hopes of someday working on projects like this.
The inside was super simple and mostly original, of which we wouldn’t really change, and it was full of rustic charm and soul.
Kate and I chatted on the phone about the design plan and both loved the idea of a coastal vibe, mixing modern with antiques and keeping it super casual and rustic, yet fresh. We could tap into our inner granny if we were careful, and definitely wanted to bring a bit of upstate cabin in there. This wouldn’t be Palm Beach coastal or The Hamptons, but instead more of a country coastal or a casual coastal. It was meant for weekend retreats with friends and families, not formal parties with strangers.
Since Kate has a background in design, too, and she has a lot of the same contacts that I do (plus I was already on set working on the other two and slammed) she took the lead on creating the initial mood board. She sent me boards and I gave feedback and edited based on my first hand knowledge of the location – YAY FOR ACTUALLY SEEING A SPACE BEFORE INSTALL DAY. After a couple quick rounds, here is where she/we landed.
Ish. We pulled from some of our favorite resources that were willing to loan for the shoot – Which I can’t thank enough – I’m talking to you Serena and Lily, Dash and Albert, MQuan, Pom Pom at Home, Canvas Home, Louise Gray, Interior Define, Article, Rejuvenation, West Elm, Rebecca Atwood. Then sourced anything else from rental houses in New York.
Once we removed all the stuff, it really was a great space with two big sources of natural light and a lot of wood – of which we planned to leave untouched.
If you’d been reading along you’ve heard the stress in my voice on the other three – The greenhouse was the first with virtually no prep time, the barge was sight unseen and totally a mystery until the day of install (where we had to change from being a full makeover to a gallery space) and the barn was HUGE and daunting with all the resources and pieces involved.
But this one… this one was the easiest to get our brains around. Obviously a HUGE part of it being less stressful is sharing the design responsibility with Kate. It wasn’t me presenting to her the plan/pieces in hopes that she liked it, she knew the four rugs we had to play with because she was the one that ordered them.
There was also no construction on this one, which saved us a full day and let us style a bit longer and gave a couple more hours of freedom. For makeovers like these I am going to have to start bringing a timelapse go-pro because seeing it all come together like in the video below is pretty satisfying and although it looks like it came together pretty seamlessly – IT WAS STILL A SCRAMBLE.
But after two days of styling we finished up this lovely space, and boy were we proud of it.
It’s such a happy retreat and turned out even better than we had planned. It really came together and felt full of soul and comfort. We started by dividing up the space into zones, creating one major seating area in the middle big enough for 10 people to gather around. The key to making this Boathouse inviting was to bring in softness through textiles and furniture. The large, low sectional from Interior Define on a big cozy rug from Dash and Albert softened the room so much – especially since the floor was the original cement.
This space had a lot of innate rustic charm but furnishing it to be functional and feel fully addressed was more of a challenge. We borrowed or rented so much extra furniture that we ended up using because the space turned out to be so much bigger than we thought. I love how eclectic it turned out. Kate fought for that blue floral antique ‘granny’ chair and I’m so glad that she did.
The hits of wicker help keep it young and contrast so well with the modern boxiness of the sofa. We added super affordable roman shades from Ikea on the windows to help them feel a bit more polished. Those shades are a super great solution if you are on a budget, but obviously may not last through a lot of rough daily usage.
The round leather ottoman from Article was the perfect piece for this sectional and space. Sometimes sectionals are tricky because you feel like they want a rectangle but often can’t fit one, and a square can work but it’s a lot of squared off corners. A large round piece often solves the problem as it sure did here. The leather added warmth and brought in different finish than linen.
Yes I’d like to be there. Ugh, that wicker chaise is so dreamy, with those sheepskin rugs from Article and baskets from Serena and Lily. It’s all just ridiculous.
The MQuan hanging ceramic piece is just so stunning and was quite perfect there. We borrowed so many pieces from her for this shoot and I want to own all of them. They are peppered around the room (next to the tv, above the cabinet in dining room, etc) and they really took the space to the next level.
Now for the reason that we are here – The Frame TV from Samsung. We’ve shown it to you on a studio stand displaying a painting, in a floor to ceiling art installation displaying original pieces or more modern illustrations, a gallery wall displaying fine photography, and this time we want to show you how you can of course upload your own family photo or photos to The Frame.
Kate had taken those photos with her smartphone (crazy, right?) of a weekend she had recently with her family. Obviously we thought they were so beautiful and of course appropriate for the location.
A few reminders about The Frame :
If you are new to this series then there are few things you should know:
- The Frame comes stocked with one hundred pieces of curated art, with the option to purchase hundreds more – an inventory that is constantly being added to by gallery curators. It includes every medium and style – drawings, paintings, illustrations, and photography. It’s not your standard wallpaper or screensaver. This stuff is good.
- You can upload your own art or family photos – like we did here. Heck, you could do your kid’s art.
- With one button it goes from Art Mode to TV mode. Literally, you just hit one button on their tiny white remote – it’s not magic, but my goodness is it magical.
- Yes it’s a normal Smart TV, with 4k definition and can play everything from live events to Netflix marathons.
- You have 4 customizable frame options (essentially the frame of The Frame): black (standard – how it comes), white, beige wood and walnut. We chose beige wood in this episode.
- The way it’s installed allows for you to move it slightly if your walls/ceilings aren’t exactly square/level – so mounting your TV perfectly level just got a whole lot easier.
- It sits flush to the wall like a picture frame. Unlike most wall mounted TVs that stick out 4-6″, this rests on the wall just like you’ve hung a piece of art (it’s hung on a cleat).
The reasons for its greatness are vast and i’m unsure what is my favorite. I suppose the #1 reason to opt for this TV is because it looks like a piece of art due to the small bevel, flush mounting and high quality imagery display. We’ve been waiting decades for this TV and I sure am not disappointed.
I know that most of you are convinced of the greatness of the product and no need to rush out and replace your perfectly good TV. But if you are in the market, I obviously recommend The Frame with all of my heart, with every ounce of my soul, with all the confidence of a designer who has been plagued by the ‘black box’ for too many years.
Let the revolution begin. Take back your living room. Save your marriage. This TV is the future and thank God it’s not in our present (and comes smaller now!!! – 43”, 55” and 66” which is what we used in the makeovers).
Now for the rest of the room. Although before I move from the bookshelf shot I wanted to point out that the shelf was actually the same shelf we used in the barn, just repainted. I don’t remember what we had planned for that wall, under the TV but I think it was going to be boring and since the TV would be our money shot and the reason we were all there, we needed it to feel special so even though it’s a simple bookshelf it was a great scale for the TV and the books added a lot of warmth and character to that side of the room.
It was such a magical room to be in, with the water reflection bouncing off the ceiling.
The dining area was such a lovely place to be. It was literally right on the water, feet away from this gorgeous lake.
If it’s not clear yet you should know that I am a lake/river kind of person. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the beauty of the ocean, but much prefer the intimacy and the trees that surround a lake in the mountains like this. This is my dream location – calm clean water in which to wade and fish but no tide or sharks.
We mixed two Ikea chairs with the even more casual folding bamboo director chairs, along a chippy paint, dare I say ‘shabby chic?’ rented dining table.
The quilted flag by Louise Gray was the perfect ‘modern nautical’ piece for the Boathouse. I’ve been a huge fan of her work for a while and was so happy to be able to use it in a shoot, finally. The pendant light is a modern farmhouse/industrial piece from Ikea (crazy cheap) and that beautiful rug is from Dash and Albert. We mixed a few different rugs in this room and they all looked great together (see product board at the end).
We brought in my favorite Target Cabinet and stocked it full of pretty dishes from Canvas Home for entertaining. I love how it reflected the water and brought a lot of movement to that side of the room.
The herringbone table lamp and brass mirror are also from Target, next to the MQuan Ceramic Chain Links and Blue Stripe Vase. We were shooting so fast (2 hours at sunrise, before crew got there and 2 hours after they wrapped) so there are so many tiny little details I wish I had time to fix – the seam on the lampshade, the fact that the teapot and the pitcher lines up, the slightly dead branches … it just kills me, and of course I feel compelled to point them out, but it does not diminish my love for this amazing space. And a huge thank you to Genevieve and Brady for scrambling with me to get these shots before sunset.
This last vignette wasn’t planned, but once we got the sectional in there we realized we had a decent amount of space behind it in which to fill.
So we did what anyone would do – added a vintage peacock chair, some fur and a classic console full of books and pretty accessories.
We layered the article sheepskin pelts over a simple Target rug and added a couple lamps.
We addressed the outside, mostly because I wanted to get some pretty shots of that gorgeous location. We kept it simple with some wicker chairs, textiles, lanterns and plants.
The location was a dream. Working with Kate was just wonderful. I know you might not believe this but I LOVED working with every single one of the designers/bloggers/artists in different ways. Our job is weird and while I hang out with other content creators in LA I rarely meet so many of them in person whom I follow online. Kate (and all of them) is such a smart, hardworking and creative person that knows what she is doing and yet admits that she doesn’t (because let’s face it, none of us know what we are doing in this crazy world of social content).
But I look pretty cool and collected here. I’m sitting by a lake, finished with four pretty massive makeovers super satisfied with wrapping up this job.
A huge thanks to Barbarian (Peet and Lee you creative genius’ and Joe, Jennifer, Emily, Alex, Junghoon, and Nicole) for thinking up and executing this inspiring campaign for a TV.
But then again, I think i’ve proven over the course of these episodes that it’s not just a TV. The Frame is art and function, beauty and technology and can turn any space into a place to hang – even a Boathouse, on a lake without making it a “TV room”. In fact, I’d say that perhaps with the invention of The Frame that the “TV room” is dead and moot. Sure you can have a room that is more comfortable, more cozy with lots of deep seating. But by this piece of technology looking like a piece of art or (or family photo) and yet having 4k smart TV functions it really can work anywhere.
I’m so happy to announce that ONE of you will win a 65″ The Frame (just like you have seen in all the makeovers)!!!! Comment on today’s instagram, facebook or blog post with the hashtag #EHDTheFrame and tell us where you would put it. If you want any extra entry screenshot the photo from today’s instagram and repost it to your insta feed (make sure to use the hashtag so we can track your entry). We’ll choose a winner on Wednesday, December 6th, and reach out to them directly.
*Many of our favorite companies loaned for this 3 day shoot an we’d love to thank them. Serena and Lily, Dash and Albert, MQuan, Pom Pom at Home, Canvas Home, Louise Gray, Interior Define, Article, Rejuvenation, West Elm, Rebecca Atwood.
**A huge thanks to our photographer Geneieve Garruppo for taking such beautiful after photos, with us in such a short amount of time.
***And thank you to the always wonderful Agata Helena for the beautiful hair and makeup.
****Video by alkemy X, directed by EJ McLeavy-Fisher.
*****The ‘ReFrame Your Space’ campaign is the genius of Barbarian. Thanks to everyone on their crew that made this such a wonderful creative experience.
1. Rattan Side Table | 2. White Tassel Throw | 3. Marble Tray | 4. Sofa | 5. Homer Rug | 6. ‘X’ Quilt | 7. Leather Coffee Table | 8. Natural Stripe Floor Pillow | 9. Blue Floor Pillow | 10. Blue Ombre Pillow | 11. Dash Stripe Pillow | 12. Samsung The Frame TV | 13. Wood Hook | 14. Ceramic Beads | 15. Peacock Chair (similar) | 16. Ceramic Wall Hanging (similar) | 17. Blue Woven Rug | 18. Sheepskin | 19. Large Brass Round Mirror | 20. Marble Stripe Pillow | 21. Natural Throw Blanket | 22. Wood Floor Lamp | 23. Pink Velvet Pillow (similar) | 24. Stripe Lumbar Pillow | 25. Wicker Stool | 26. Blue Wicker Basket Set | 27. Dinner Plate | 28. Bowl | 29. Mug | 30. Pendant Light | 31. Blue Stripe Vase | 32. Ceramic Links (similar) | 33. Sun and Moon Pillow | 34. White Stripe Throw | 35. Gray Table Lamp | 36. 6″ Brass Candlestick (similar) | 37. 9″ Brass Candlestick (similar) | 38. 3″ Brass Candlestick (similar) | 39. Dining Table (similar) | 40. Fabric Dining Chair | 41. Stripe Throw | 42. Dot and Dash Pillow | 43. folding bamboo director chairs (similar) | 44. Tan Rug | 45. Brass Mirror | 46. Wicker Basket | 47. Herringbone Table Lamp | 48. Library Cabinet
Have loved following along with the #ehdtheframe makeovers! Such beautiful spaces. We’re about to have our first kid (like literally, my due date was yesterday), and I’d replace our TV with a Frame in a heartbeat so I can tell myself that despite football and basketball season and my Bravo habit, we won’t ruin the baby’s life with too much “screen time” because she will just think we have big art up! (I’m not nervous at all about becoming a parent or anything, nooo)
#EHDTheFrame – I would put that beautiful tv over a book shelf in my living room inspired to todays post!
Your posts on the frame were se good that I have been silently judging my big black box for weeks. Since it’s an amazing, huge, almost new TV, my rational self knows we won’t be changing it anytime soon, but a girl can dream… Our living room would look so much better for sure.
I rarely enter givaways, because I feel I have such a lucky happy life I don’t deserve more, but hey, this one is too good not to enter. #EHDTheFrame
Loved this series!
#EHDTheFrame My husband and I are 12 weeks away from having our first baby and have to give up our media room with a projector to make a nursery (are we behind? I feel like we’re behind.) We have been anti TV since we first got together because of how ugly and distracting they are. Though The Frame is slightly out of our price range right now (babies!), I can picture it in our living room or bedroom as a place to unwind after the baby is asleep.
EMILY! This was breathtaking and I probably would’ve asked if I could just live there.. I’m sure a bed could have been added for me somewhere!? Haha
I would love the #EHDtheframe in our groom’s lounge in our #CloverBarn we’re building. What a dream that would be!
I’d put #ehdtheframe above the mantel in my living room
We’re finishing our basement in January and already arguing over how big of a TV to get. I’d put it down there and we’d both win, for sure.
#EHDTheFrame – this TV (and those spaces) are unbelievable!
#EHDTheFrame I’ve never loved a TV before the Frame! We’re moving our old clunky TV to the guest room and abandoning TV altogether in the living room until we can get a Frame or till we can’t take it any longer, whichever comes first!
Have been drooling over the frame since you started this amazing series #EHDtheframe and secretly designing my living room around it. We have to put our tv in the more formal seating area of the house so to disguise it in such an ingenious and interesting way is incredible.
Have loved watching these. Please do more.
Gorgeous posts, and around something genuinely interesting as well! Each time I’m a little surprised, even though we know the drill by now – I think that speaks to the usefulness of this tv. I’d probably rearrange our living room around this – today’s setup was probably my favorite, and I love the idea of putting it over a bookshelf. #EHDTheFrame
#EHDTheFrame – I would hang it in our family room where we spend almost our time. This TV is sooo beautiful! What an AMAZING job you all did on The Boathouse. Thank you for sharing with all of us.
I love all these spaces. I want to move into each and every one of them. And, oh how I would love a frame tv for our bedroom. Elegant and inconspicuous…
This is definitely the best #EHDTheFrame location, that view! I would love to replace the big black box in my living room!
#EHDTheFrame – I would love to put this in my living room/dining room post-renovation so that my TV doesn’t overshadow the beautiful antique mantel it’s going next to.
#EHDTheFrame We are renovating a 1935 English cottage for our family of five, and we would TOTALLY put The Frame in our wood paneled library that we plan to paint blue! A huge piece of “art” would fit right in, but would be so functional as the library will also be our family room! Thank you!
These makeovers have been one of my favorite projects you’ve done. Transformational, inspirational, and really fun to watch! And the Frame is truly exciting as well. Would love to have it in my odd little 1930s farm cottage; so much technology feels so out-of-place in it, with the barn and mountains visible through the windows. #EHDTheFrame
Loved this series and locations! I would love to have the Frame to replace our current hulk. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
#EHDTheFrame is one of those game-changers that was a long time coming. (I think I dreamed of it before Samsung did. ?) No more giant black box with cords all along my baseboards. No more multiple black remotes strewn around the room! If I had one I would replace my armoire (don’t judge me) with a gallery wall/Frame and completely redecorate the room around it, like you’ve done in these posts. A girl can dream.
I can’t decide if I like this one or the greenhouse better. I’d be happy to have access to either! Love the tv, but it is a bit out of my price point (also… my husband doesn’t understand why it’s so amazing). #EHDtheframe
#EHDtheframe – I would hang this in my living room.
#EHDTheFrame—I’d put it in my living room!
#EHDTheFrame – would love this to replace our current outdated TV. It would be perfect in our family room!
I enjoyed following along on these makeovers! I would put the #EHDTheFrame in my husband’s office on the gallery wall. It would look so good!
Such a stunning location and a beautiful piece of technology. I would mount The Frame in my formal living room.
#EHDTheFrame If I were lucky enough to win I would be very happy to put this in my living room, where it would look so amazing instead of the tv I currently have : ) my fingers and toes are crossed!
I would love to hang the Frame in my living room and be able to showcase art(or pictures of my pets) instead of a black box!! #EHDTheFrame
I’d love to hang #EHDTheFrame in our bedroom for a relaxing vibe during the day with a lovely piece of art, but still able to chill in bed watching our favorite shows in the evening. Love all of the spaces!
Oh em geeee!I need a new tv. Mine is super old and not so pretty. Not a tube tv though, so that’s positive. I would put it in my living room and hang it amongst all my other art so it would fit in well.
Beautiful. I think this is my favorite of The Frame makeovers, so calm and serene! I’m in love with that TV. We just bought our first family home and it would look perfect over the new built-ins that my husband is making for me in our living room.
This is beautiful! I can’t decide if this or the barn is my favorite #ehdtheframe makeover — I completely love this location and the styling, but I also love blue velvet and that makeover so much. 🙂
If I won the The Frame, I would put it in my basement, which was fully renovated two years ago but was emptied out when my husband moved out six months ago. It’s a family room that no longer has a TV, couch or furniture — it’s laying fallow and collecting stuff. I’d love to restart the makeover process with The Frame on the wall. It would help me reclaim the space for my kids, which would be really healing for all of us. Thanks, Emily and team – and Samsung!
#EHDtheFrame in our living room! Such a gorgeous makeover!
I’ve absolutely loved following this makeover series! My favorite was the barn makeover followed closely by this one!
I’m a young newlywed living in a one-bedroom apartment with my husband and 11 month old lab puppy on a very small budget so our apartment is pretty empty and basic. I’d love to put The Frame in our main living space so our apartment looks a little more grown up and less like it houses two broke college students (which it does). #EHDTheFrame
OMg you know we’ve all been waiting for the giveaway! #EHDTheFrame would be amazing in my existing living room but the sizes are actually juuuuust off (yet I could make the smallest one work! Team small option!) so if you were giving away THAT size I’d swap it out in a heartbeat. But with the actual giveaway id excitedly put one in our master bedroom. We have a big gas fireplace with an awkward blank spot above it but nowhere to store a DVR etc. and all those cables. We also need a tv there to be Big Big Big and high def since it’s kind of far from our bed where we’d watch. And of course I’m anti eyesore. The combo of artsy, 4K, and smart is EXACTLY what we need! (Oh and that space totally needs a white or light wood frame). I never used to be a TV in the bedroom person, but now that we have a kid (and hopefully eventually another, and then someday I can see my way to when none of them sleep in our room) I totally appreciate the value of tv in bed as a grownup escape, wind down, and bonding… Read more »
#EHDtheframe I would put it above my fireplace. The TV is the first thing you see when you come in and one of these would make such a beautiful change .
#EHDTheFrame I would hang this over my mantel in our family room!
Gorgeous! I’d replace our living room tv that dominates our space with
The Frame. #EHDtheframe
WANT this #EHDTheFrame TV – and I promise I will donate one of my perfectly good but not-pretty TVs if I win! I’d put it in a gallery wall so maybe my kids forget about it? (Also, give me that dress. Please?)
This TV might well be a marriage saver because my husband and I disagree on whether or not we should have a tv in our bedroom. I’m not opposed to its function (Netflix in bed!) but I don’t want to wake up to a big black box every morning #EHDTheFrame
I love lakes, too. I think it is the relative quietness and peace. I would put The Frame in my living room, displaying a dear friend’s art. #EHDTheFrame
I think this is my favorite makeover of them all. I want to live here! Or at the very least, have it as a family weekend retreat. I would love #EHDTheFrame in my living room — it would solve so many design issues at once!
This is absolutely breathtaking. I am also a river/lake person, but I won’t say no to an ocean view if given the opportunity 🙂 You all have designed such a wonderful and useful space here, I’m in awe. I also wanted to ask where the globe string lights are from, along the outside in the porch space? I have been looking for plastic-encased globe lights and wondered if these would fit the bill (I seem to keep finding glass-encased globe string lights, but wanted them to be more durable for an exterior use). Thanks in advance!
I would love to have such a beautiful TV/ Frame in my townhouse- it’s a small space, and I hate that our tv dominates one wall of our slim living room. #EHDTheFrame
All of the makeovers have been amazing. I shared them with our (gasp) no tv family, and we find ourselves very nearly won over! We would rearrange the art in our gathering area and make it the centerpiece. This is what TVs should look like, how did it take this long?
Forgot this bit:
We would still put it in our family space, nestled among our collected art.
Thinking of buying a new house so my Mom and Dad can move in with us. I would put the awesome tv in the family room so we won’t have a tv dominating the space. So cool.
#EHDTheFrame Wow, I love this space. I could spend all summer sitting in that boathouse. If I were lucky enough to win the Frame TV, I would put it in my family room and enjoy it everyday.
#EHDTheFrame — About to paint the living room in our new house, so a TV revolution would be welcome.
#EHDTheFrame – would love to put it in our living room
Question…do you have a source for the console table by the window? Thanks!
Your posts on #ehdtheframe have completely won me over to this marvel of a TV! I’m an artist and would love to be able to display my own work, and rotate through others, in such a completely unique way. I literally stare at my TV when it’s off now and resent it for not being a Frame 🙂