Featured client: Concept Wood Design

We are pleased to show you CurlyRed's newest fully custom and responsive Wordpress website project: Concept Wood Design, a Maryland wood shop for lovers of natural wood creations. 

From CWD's website: We select wood from the best available for the project. We strive to capture the wonder and beauty of nature’s gift to us. We specialize in conception to final product. A work in design and function for every item crafted. Our specialties include installed cabinets and casings to furniture and implements.

Concept Wood Design's pledge is: From our shop to your home, we deliver our creations without reservations. You will be satisfied with the product made for you.

Concept Wood Design delivers:
• Onsite design and layout
• Handcrafted wood finishes
• Domestic and imported hardwoods
• Hand selected figured woods from regional saw mills
• Uses reclaimed lumber and hardware
• Traditional and contemporary design work

In order to showcase this beautiful work, we wanted to use full-size imagery, woodblock typography, and an earthy color palette. The end result is a website almost as eye-catching at Concept Wood Design's work! If you need an bold, one-of-a-kind website for your business or non-profit, please don't hesitate to contact us.


More chances to see Kendall speak, all over Maryland!

Happy Thursday, everyone! We’re excited that M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer, will be presenting on the following dates:

1. Friday, April 28th, 2017, 2pm. Kendall will be presenting at the Power of Possibilities Summit on “How to Create a Dynamic and Powerful Website.” This talk will explore the different options one has when creating a new website, and things every website should include. Kendall will also talk about the crucial steps in the process of creating a website that's user-friendly, responsive, easy-to-navigate, visually compelling, and drives the viewer to a call-to-action. This talk is perfect for business owners or heads of organizations that don't yet have a web presence or are considering a re-vamp of an existing website. The summit will take place at Garrett College.

2. Wednesday, May 17th, 7pm. Kendall will be presenting at “PechaKucha” at the Cornucopia Cafe in Grantsville. PechaKucha Night, now in over 900 cities, was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. Kendall will show 20 slides for 20 seconds each and discuss. This event is open to the public!

3. Friday, June 16th, 8:00am –11:30am. Our friend Andrew Rose has invited Kendall to speak on Instagram on as part of Baltimore Business Journal's Social Media Seminar Series. This event will be held at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center at 6501 N Charles St, Towson, MD 21204.

We hope you can make it out to one of these events!


Monthly Pinterest: Our new kitchen/living space

We had moved into a truly spectacular home. It's in excellent condition and has so many interesting architectural elements and Victorian charm. We knew when we bought it that there were a few cosmetic changes we would want to make, but we’re handy folks and ready for the challenge.

This winter we began our first big remodel project—tackling our kitchen and adjoining living room. Here are some before photos for your reference:

As you can see, the space is large, has some really unique brickwork, tall ceilings, and wonderful natural light, thanks to the plentiful windows. But the busy wallpaper, amount of furniture, and old rug and carpet were doing the space an injustice. And frankly, the wallpaper needed to go ASAP—it was giving us headaches! 

So we began by clearing the rooms, and started the PAINFUL process of removing the wallpaper. My goodness. The living room was an addition to the house, so it is drywall, but the kitchen (and rest of the house) has plaster walls. The wallpaper put up a heck of a fight, but we were able to get it down with a LOT of elbow grease and a mixture of water and fabric softener (bonus: made the rooms smell fresh and clean!).

Next, we decided we were going to paint the kitchen a solid, warm mustard yellow (Pirate's Treasure from Valspar), and then re-wallpaper the living room with this modern, abstract woods print from Home Depot. In order to get a great finish in both rooms, we re-mudded and sanded the walls (again, a TON of elbow grease required.) But the paint job came out great, and we were able to keep the existing trim and brick paint colors:

The wallpaper is next on our list. After that's done, we will move on to repurposing our existing furniture and finding the right accessories (and eventually, replacing the carpet with wood flooring). 

We created this Pinterest board, and the look we're going for is rustic meets kitchy. We want the kitchen espeically to have a vintage feel with perhaps some old tin food cans and signs, while the woods wallpaper in the living room with hopefully give an airy but cozy space for curling up with a book or cup of coffee. Stay tuned! We'll post "after" photos once the space is complete (or at least, complete for now!). Enjoy our inspiration:

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