Monday, January 16, 2017

Heart eyes over JORD wood watches

Just because the holidays are over, doesn't mean the gift giving comes to a halt. Personally, I just absolutely love giving gifts to others.  I definitely think it is the most fun to surprise my husband with something special.  We don't exchange gifts too often because we tend to focus on the kids, but when we do give gifts, we make them count.
With Valentine's Day approaching it is time to start thinking about what we all might gift to our loved one. I have an idea for you.  I think giving a gift that is timeless, amazing quality and truly unique is the way to go, so that is why I wanted to suggest JORD wood watches.  I mean, just saying that, don't they sound like a cool watch?  It is a watch made out of wood!!  It also comes in the most spectacular wood box that acts as a humidifier to keep the watch looking and performing properly for years and years.

I truly wanted to spoiled my husband with something special because we have been through so much over the course of the last few years.  We've been each others rock during the time I was being a gestational carrier for my cousin and his wife.  We've been each others rock through my husband losing his job and us buying our first condo.  We've been each others rock through the uncertainty of when that next job would come.  We've struggle, but at the same time we've flourished.  Times were tough, but our love was tougher.  We were in it for better or worse and I just knew we'd start to see the light at the end of the tunnel at some point.  Well, holy moly, grabbing the sunglasses because things are so much brighter now.  We've had to create a new normal for our little fam, but I can see clearly now.  Time to spoil my man for all the hardwork he has and continues to put forth for me and the kids.
I chose the new Conway in dark sandalwood with the burgundy face watch for my husband.  I loved the richness this color combo exuded.  And for a little added detail there are stainless steel links intermixed on the band.  Truly this watch is a piece of art.  And if you want to add an even more special touch to this already amazing watch, you can choose to have it personalized with engraving on the underside of the watch, on the box or both.  What a great way to make this a keepsake item for your man. Personally, I'm eyeing a few of their woman's watches for myself because we all know how much I love to accessorize.

So, what do you think?  Would your man love a unique watch by JORD for Valentine's Day? If so, be sure to sign-up for the giveaway I'm running through them for your chance to win a $100 off your watch purchase.  Just so you know though, you're all winners because just for signing up you'll receive a consolation code worth $25 at the end of the contest.  The contest runs til January 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm.  Good luck!!

*I was provided a watch for my review of the product, but all opinions are my own.  

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Friday, January 13, 2017

A breakfast nook you're welcome at

If you follow me on Instagram then you know how much I love this little nook in our home.  This particular spot has gone through many transitions over the four years that we've lived here.  At first it was my office corner, then a play area with a teepee and everything and then one day I decided to move our kitchen table to this spot.  It hasn't looked back since.  While I loved having our Ikea table in this corner with our four stackable West Elm chairs, something just didn't feel right.  It felt like I just plopped a table in this corner and said "hey, you're going to be our eating area, deal with it."  In all actuality it was missing something and it took me awhile to figure out what.  Enter our Ikea hack to make bench seats and hidden toy storage.  This has been the best decision we have made for this little home of ours.

It really was pretty simple.  We purchased the Trofast benches from Ikea with white bins and then bought some plywood from Lowes to add some doors because no one wants to stare at a bunch of toys, am I right?  We simply cut the plywood to size, added some hinges and some gold knobs from Target and voila...pretty seating.

And what's an eating nook without a whole lotta amazing pillows?!  I'm a pillow lover through and through, always have been and always will be.  I absolutely love supporting small businesses when it comes to pillow purchases.  At this space alone I have pillows from four different small businesses....

The amazing brown leather pillow is from Elizabeth Andersen Home
The black and ivory mudcloth pillow is from Maewoven
The ivory and black mudcloth as well as the indigo dot pillows are from Boho Pillow 
And the indigo printed lumbar pillow is from The Mod Boho
I also have a plaid pillow from Target, a handsewn pillow from moi and the pink Kilim pillow is a one of a kind from a Etsy seller in Turkey.

It's a full blown pillow party with all my favorites.  Now go shop their stores and tell them I say hello.  And we all know you're probably visiting Target today, so give it a big ol high five for me.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A completed girl nursery

Well, we made it through the holidays, phew, and back to school yesterday.  I'm super excited to have my days back to myself.  Don't get me wrong, I loooooove my kids, but this mama needs a moment of silence! So, with the kids back at school and me officially catching the dreaded cold the rest of the family had through break, I've had a mix of highs and lows over the past two days, but today I got a super fun surprise in my email!!  Completed pictures of a nursery I designed, boom!  This is seriously the most fun part for me, getting to see my vision come to life.  I can't thank my client S enough for sharing these amazing photos with me taken by the talented Sarah Shields Photography.

Here is the design I created for her.  We went with a super bright pink vintage inspired rug that really set the tone for the room.  With using such a bright rug it was going to be all about balancing the rest of the items in the space so that they didn't compete.  I love the bold pink watercolor print hung above the crib drawing your eyes up from rug.  The subtlety of the white and wood Lolly crib by Babyletto never disappoints.  The warmth that the tan leather pouf added to the room tied together the light wood in the crib and the crocheted rug we hung above the changing table.  The tasseled drapes also added such a fun feature to the room hanging from a gold curtain rod.  I absolutely adore how this nursery turned out.
And here is the room for her sweet little girl.

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? =)
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