Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Black and white mudcloth pillows {my fav ladies}

I am constantly suggesting a fun assortment of pillows to my clients and constantly get asked by others where I find them all.  Well, I thought I'd do a quick round-up of my favorite ladies busting out some of these black and white mudcloth beauties. Be sure to click on the links to check out all the other amazing items they sell in their shops.  With the holidays coming up it is always nice to support small businesses.

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Pillows featured above are from Maewoven and the ever fabulous Studio Matsalla. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Recently sent {client E-design}

I recently was contacted by two best friends who each wanted me to help them design their great rooms in thier homes.  They have a nice wide open room that consists of the entry, family room, dining room and kitchen.  The kitchens were done, but I was able to design the rest of the spaces.  I was working with very few items already purchased which really allowed me to have some fun.  Here is the first home I completed the other day.  I will share the second one with you in a few days after my client sees her design, I just emailed it to her!

 Family room

Dining room

Out of respect for my paying clients, I don't share design sources.  Please email me if you would like so help in your home.  

Friday, November 4, 2016

Get beachy {beach art prints}

Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean it can't stay all year round in your home.  I recently suggested an art piece for a client and she came back wanting a few other options.  No problem, I said.  I did have to restrain myself though because there are hundreds, if not more, options of affordable beach prints.  We weren't looking for a Gray Malin price tag, but we were looking for something that would make a statement.  We wanted a vertical orientation and light blues or teals, here are the 6 I suggested. Which is your favorite?

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

E-design {how does it all work}

I have had a numerous amount of emails lately inquiring how this whole E-design thing works.  I can tell you this, that it is going to be different from one designer to the next.  I thought it would be fun to give you a bit of an in on how I do this thing called E-design.

It starts with a simple email to me where we discuss the project you have in mind.  I have a form that is linked at the bottom of my services page that I have you fill out.  This covers some of the business necessities as well as a place for you to tell me more about you, your style and your inspirations.  I don't mind hearing about your love of your dog or wine in this part of the form either, it really gives me a sense of you.  On this form there is a place to upload photos of your space, you can feel free to do that or just attach them to our email chain, that's fine too.  As long as I get lots and lots of images of your current space, I'm happy.  My advice for whether you decide to hire me or another designer; be sure to send us good photos.  I am not saying professional by any means and the lighting doesn't even have to be that good, what I'm saying is try not to send me a photo of the middle of a wall.  I've received that kind of photo before.  It's not the end of the world, but I will have to come back to you and ask for some more photos.  What I always tell clients is, take a look at the images you've taken and pretend you don't live in that home, could you tell what the space looks like?  If not, I need more images.  You can also feel free to send me a video tour of the space, that's a great way for me to get a sense of the rooms size too.

After the images, comes you taking dimensions of the room.  This is also super important because the look of a space through images can be deceiving.  Another thing I tell my clients is I need more then just "the room is 12x12," I actually need the dimensions to the open wall space, the window sizes, the door opening, ceiling height etc.  This "homework" as I call it, allows me to create a scaled floor plan that I work off of, guiding me to guide you on the correct art sizes, furniture sizes, rug sizes etc.  This allows me to do my best work.  When all of this is sent to me, your job is done, woohoo!

An invoice is then sent off and now it is my turn, I get to work!  You'll hear from me periodically through the weeks that a design takes to come together, but for the most part you just get to sit back and relax.

Once I have finished up your design you will receive a digital main concept board which is what I feature below.  I then give you 1-3 more boards depending on the service you chose (full or mini design).  These boards may be mock -ups of a certain gallery wall or entry wall that I have designed for your space.  They could also be a board featuring comparable items that all have a similar aesthetic, but fall under different price points.  I like to give options.  Last piece to this process is I write out a written tour of your space.  This tour allows you to stand at the door of your room, read my words and know exactly where each item should be place, what sizes you should purchase and my reasoning behind each selection.  This is the part I want you all to can do this!  I make it so easy, there's no guess work involved.  As long as you can handle a hammer possibly a drill or at least have someone around that can, then everything I suggest is completely doable.

After reading this, do you have any questions?  I would love to answer them for you.  And I guess the most important question is....what room are you going to let me help you with? =)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Under the palms {a shared space}

When I found out my sister was pregnant with baby #2 I was so excited!  I knew my niece was going to be the best big sister and I knew how badly my sister wanted to give her daughter that opportunity to shine.  Our entire family was waiting until we could finally find out the gender of this little one.  When the big balloon filled with confetti popped and it was raining blue we were all in complete shock!  How fun it was going to be to have another little boy in the family.  And then my designer brain kicked in and it was time to create a shared space for my niece and soon-to-be nephew.  Game on.  I knew that my niece's nursery had provided so much inspiration for people designing nurseries for their little girls.  It was always fun to see gallery walls above changing tables popping up on Pinterest looking exactly like my niece's.  It was so flattering.  Because of this, I wanted to try to achieve another truly inspirational space.  Over the last few years my style and my sister's has evolved and we knew we wanted to create a shared room that wasn't traditional, but rather a great eclectic mix of modern, transitional and bold.  I think you'll all agree that we achieved that.  Behold my newest love: my niece and nephew's shared bedroom.

Can you even handle how fun it is?!  I know I can't.  There are so many favorites for me in this space, but just to name a few.  My sister and her husband lease their home so I just knew that Chasing Paper and their amazing removable wallpaper was going to be a perfect addition to this room.  And what a great backdrop for this boy/girl shared space it is.  This was for sure my starting point in the design process.  All the other items had to balance off of this bold pattern.  Another favorite is how the changing table/dresser wall came together.  The touches of leather among the white and wood just added so much warmth and a true punch of cool.  I mean, this room is for some really cool kids, but I may be bias.
I ended up using a lot of ivory, black and white to offset the bright colors in the wallpaper, my niece's crib sheet and pillow.  I loved the idea of having the bookcase from Ikea be bright green so that it almost disappeared into the wallpaper instead of creating a contrast.  I always say "don't be afraid of mixing patterns, but make sure you mix them properly."  I truly think we achieved that in this space.
A huge thank you to Taylor Cole Photography for the amazing photos!!

Monday, October 10, 2016

A case of the Mondays? {my family room}

I definitely don't have the case of the Mondays over here today.  I have nothing on the agenda as far as to-dos, must dos, don't want to dos.  So, instead I'm just having a blast playing around with the decor of my home, because that is something I do all too often.  I have to say this is my favorite space in our home right now, not to mention it is kinda the only space that isn't a bedroom.  We have only 1,000 sq. ft. here people.  I've rearranged this room many times, but I am loving the current set-up.  It feels very open and easily maneuverable.  Our corner bench, sitting area has been the best addition to this space EVER!  Our son loves it, you can always find him sitting over there on his computer playing some kind of weird video game of today.  It's definitely no Zelda or Mario Bros., that's for sure.  So, how is your Monday going?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Our kitchen {then and now}

Here is a little comparison of what our kitchen looked like the day we bought our condo, a few years after living here awhile, and what it looks like today.

Now get ready....most people would have taken one look at the original kitchen and said, oh heck no, and went on to another house.

 I knew, though, that this kitchen had potential.  I knew it wasn't going to happen over night or even in the first year.  With some patience, we are slowly getting our 1980's kitchen looking pretty good.  We immediately painted the cabinets white, because our kitchen is towards the back of the house and has very little natural light.

We also opened up the cabinets that flank the stove to make it feel more open. But, come on with those counter tops.  So that was our next step....paint time!  Tutorial for painted tile can be found here  

And here we are today!  White cabinets, white tile, gold hardware and new rug. Next will be recessed lighting and two new pendant lights!  That is the step I can not wait for.  

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