hope you have lots of fun things planned for the weekend!
as the unofficial end of summer is rapidly approaching,
i thought it would be fun to reflect on red, white and blue interiors.
mix in some fabrics to get the look. try pillows or panels
charlotte is home to the DNC next week, so i thought i'd give a little nod to the upcoming election, jonathan adler style
if you aren't registered to vote, what are you waiting for? support your party!
I am so thankful for the referrals our current clients are giving us! Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Betsy Norvell, a referral from the Lee's, who I have done many rooms for! Betsy's son, Sam, is 14 and wants to move into the room over the garage, he needs everything. They are also very open minded and want something that will last him for a long time.
I decided to leave the bed where it was, at the end of the space, but what about that odd window? We could have installed a long curtain rod with panels behind the bed to make the window disappear, but then you have the weird ceiling angles to worry about...
Here is what we are doing instead..
A wood clad wall treatment!
Sam already had his grey headboard & rusty red bedding selected from West Elm. That was a perfect start for me. We are doing an end of the bed storage ottoman and a small scale lounge chair for his hang out area. The industrial side tables and black lamps will be a nice contrast against the natural wood wall treatment. Even though we are eliminating natural light, this room has many recessed cans and with the large new light fixture there will be plenty of light. At the other end of the room we are doing a custom built in desk unit made by our carpenter with an additional rolling desk chair that can moved to the hang out area if needed. Sam and his friends will be able to play video games and watch movies on his new flat screen TV, underneath it we are doing this large 78" wide dresser in this amazing red finish. This room screams BOY to me, and will definitely last him well into college!
I am so ready for Fall, I actually caught a glimpse of it yesterday with school starting back. Did anyone else have that feeling that Fall was right around the corner? I am ready for sweaters, leggings, boots, soups to warm your soul and a good ole' fire pit in the back yard! I took my last jaunt down to the beach last week, it was nice and relaxing despite the terrible weather that was coming off of that tropical storm down south, and I have to say, I am summered out, I need cooler, non-humidity air right about now. I'm sure many of you were gearing down and getting the kiddies in bed early over the weekend and making sure they had everything they needed on their back to school lists.
This is a great time for room makeovers or mini facelifts, I must say. Getting the kids a proper desk and study area is key around this time of the year. Let's get them started off on the right foot! Here are a few of my favorites...
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On a different note, I wanted to share one last taste of summer with you... I have a lot of summer veggies sitting in the freezer waiting to be made into something yummy! I came across this recipe and will be making it over and over again, summer or not! I'm hungry already!!
i love my client stephanie owen; she is a dream to work with! i designed bedrooms for all four of her children recently, and now she has asked me to make over their bathrooms.
my inspiration for colors came from the bedroom palettes. both girls' rooms have a touch of green, both boys' rooms have a touch of blue.
it's time for fun with fabrics and wallpaper!
i'm so in love with this fabric, the color palette of it was the perfect companion to the trellis wallpaper
for the boys' bath, an equally graphic wallpaper and a masculine fabric ties into the existing chocolate vanity
check out the design board...
stay tuned for install pics, and the before/afters, they're coming soon!
while researching new color trends, i came across this post from sherwin williams on the 2013 color forecast. i'm not typically a fan of pastels (unless it's pastel gray) but i have to say these retro inspired hues caught my attention.
it's pastel kicked up a notch. paired with black, it's grown up, not girly.
are you inspired yet?
how about incorporating some of these elements to really carry the theme.
try a funky wallpaper on an accent wall or ceiling!
the iconic panton chair. i can't get enough. i have two of these in white in my home. they make great desk and dining chairs.
for the really adventurous, add a hanging bubble chair.
make sure you have it installed properly. it also comes with a stand if you'd rather not deal with structural issues.
these new fabrics are fun and would be great in a kitchen.
i'm loving the mondrian inspired pattern!
another fav of mine, the sputnik light fixture. while they're usually chrome...
i'm CRAZY for this brass version with GREEN bulbs. so chic.
i would totally use this in my dining room.
when decorating your home, don't take things too seriously. having fun
and taking risks is the best part of design, and anyway, paint is easy to change.
terrariums are all the rage these days. lindsey and i recently made terrariums for two of our clients; as centerpieces on their dining room tables. we thought it would be fun to share the step by step and show you how easy it really is. enjoy!
first, gather your supplies, you will need:
a glass container
small stones, we used pebbles
for a more interesting display, mix textures and shapes
now, let's get started...
and the final reveal...
It was so much fun setting up my client's nursery yesterday. I ran back over to Ellen's house at 5:00 to see her reaction, and it is so rewarding to know that I did my job, it turned out great & she loved it.
I remembered that I took some pictures of the room before it had its makeover, so I definitely wanted to share those with everyone!!
This was the perfect ending to the week, and by far the smoothest install to date!
Happy Friday, y'all!
I have been busy busy this week with lots of new clients and referrals that I thought I would take a break and make an appearance on the ole' blog.
I am gearing up for an install later this week that I wanted to share with everyone... I have been working with my sweet client, Ellen Harris for a few months now, trying to get all of the details nailed down to make sure she gets the nursery that fits with her style and flows with the other kids rooms as well.
After many rug samples, a visit to the showroom together, and knowing she either wanted an American or European made crib, I think we had a starting point....
We decided to keep some of her existing furniture to keep costs down, but paint them to make them feel fresh & new. We painted the dresser a bright pink which will be a focal point when you walk in the room, the platform bed (which will double as mom's sleeping quarters in the middle of the night) and her glider got a fresh coat of white lacquer paint. Instead of using a lot of art in the room, we are going to do a book wall that will act as "art" with all of the brightly colored book covers. I have always loved the Designer's Guild "boqueria" fabric, and I knew we had to use this in her nursery. It is so whimsical and has that eclectic vibe she wanted. It will also be a nice change next to all of the color pops we will have going on..
Take a peek at some of the details!
Install day is well worth the wait!!
...there is nothing like seeing the look on the client's face when they come in to see their newly redesigned space.
Check back at the end of the week for those before & after pics that will just amaze you!!
as someone with a scottish background, i've always been a fan of tartan, argyle, and of course plaid patterns. anyone who knows me knows i have a slight obsession with tile, so when i stumbled across these gorgeous selections, i just had to share!
these flor carpet tiles are a fun way to bring some texture to your floors
i love how this rug 'implies' plaid
LOVE this rug, so plush and preppy
a cute way to incorporate plaid into your kids room, besides using fabric...
love the scrabble tile photo from happeemonkee and the plaid deer art from theswanart both available on etsy. (we love etsy at evaru!)
how about some love for your walls via wallpaper or even a paint treatment
plaid doesn't have to be the traditional red/navy/green you think of.
spread some around your home with colorful accessories.
i'll leave you with a collection of scottish inspired goodies from our recent market trip; you've already seen the tartan stoop from reese moskal's bedroom design, but there's never too much of this good thing!
lindsey and i are busy bees, working on several nurseries and bedrooms these days, among other things! i've had so much fun working with my client danielle on her home, and now i get to design a bedroom for her 3 year old daughter reese!
the discussion started with her existing turquoise dresser, which is adorable and staying in the room. after that, the entire design came together around a market find that i fell in love with. can you blame me? look how cute this table is, it was love at first sight! it comes in three colorways, if you're interested in one for yourself.
the palette was easy; raspberry pinks, turquoise and that little hit of acid green. a few fabrics and accessories thrown into the mix and you get this...
stay tuned for pics of this install; it's coming up later this month.
can't wait to share!