Wednesday, April 1, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week One

If it's your first time here welcome!
Thanks for popping over to see what I'm up to during this six week challenge.

I'm so very thankful to Linda at Calling It Home for asking me to be an official participant in the One Room Challenge this Spring.
 
I'll be honest the ORC has been the best incentive for me to complete a room in my own home. I tend to procrastinate when it comes to making decisions for my own house.

In my last ORC I refreshed our dining room.  You can check out the details here.



So my daughter is thrilled that I'm participating this time around because it's her room I'm going to tackle.
 
Here's what it looks like now
 
Ralph Lauren pink and toile custom bedding and draperies
 
Original nursery furniture
 
Vintage headboard and footboard
 
Extremely messy closet
 
 
 
 
Don't get me wrong I love the bedroom and I was crazy about this pink and white Ralph Lauren toile. But I installed the curtains and duvet over 10 years ago when my daughter was a baby and she's 11 now and begging for a change.
 
So for her 11th birthday I'm gonna make it happen. She wants the toile out. She wants lavender and blue in and the room to function a lot better since her room is on the small side.
 
I totally got this.
 
The Plan:
 Whenever approaching a room to decorate you need to start with a full plan and budget before you begin.
Like they say "If you fail to plan then plan to fail".

To improve function of the space:
 
A new desk for studying
Closet organizer
Task Lighting

To improve style:
New modern headboard
New bedding
New draperies
New accessories

Here's what I'm including in my design plan

This mirror

Bungalow 5

This wallpaper

Schumacher
 
 This fabric

Quadrille/Alan Campbell
This bench
recovered.

Horchow

And from the ORC sponsors

This linen from Loom Décor

Fog Loom Décor

This art from Minted

Land of Plenty

And this desk from Wayfair

 
How?
By setting a strict budget and
we're consigning old furniture, clothing and using birthday money to pay for the new stuff ...  my girl's gotta understand the value of a dollar!
 
And don't forget to come back next Wednesday to see what I'm going to do with these beauties...


Anthropologie
 
 
And you MUST take a look at the other extremely talented one-room challengers...
 
 
You need to check out their rooms here:

 

 

 

 

P.S. This challenge is not a contest it's just for fun-- there are no judges or prizes and no one wins ... well in this case my daughter would consider herself the winner!



Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Monday, March 2, 2015

Colorful dining rooms!

It's been quite awhile since my last blog post. I'm super busy with design projects and this poor little blog has been neglected as of late.  
 
But as many of you can relate too I'm knee deep in kids activities, birthday parties, sports and teen dances. And honestly, I don't want to miss a thing.
 
In the immortal words of Ferris Beuller....
 

I started this blog almost two years ago to share ideas for all of you do-it-yourselfers out there who share my passion for decorating and design. The goal of this blog has always been to share images of design work by others and myself to help inspire what you do in your own home.

In addition, I like to realistically portray the design process. You must start with an overall plan and budget for your space. Design not only takes money, it takes time to carefully plan and execute a beautiful space.
It doesn't happen overnight and your design plan can evolve into something different than originally planned over a period of time. So you're not alone in taking your time with design decisions!!

 I hope I'm still accomplishing this goal .... and thanks for continuing to read:)

Okay so if you follow me on instagram you may have seen these images.

Dining rooms are typically filled with lots of hard surfaces like tables, chairs, buffets, china cabinets, consoles, etc. There are less places to add color and pattern then say a living room where there's  lots of upholstered pieces. So a great way to add color and texture to your current dining situation is on the wall! Below are two examples of rooms where I'm using colorful textured wallpaper and I love.
 
I've used neutral grasscloth in many spaces and I love it too but there's something about adding color and texture to a dining room that really brings the space alive.
 
Before
This client is keeping her grandmothers dining room pieces and wanted to keep a more traditional look with simple yet classic lines.


 
Where we are now....


 



 
Beautiful NEW navy textured wallpaper, host chairs, new mirror and lighting. The navy really makes her wood pieces feel rich and warm.
 
Still needs:
Lamps
Carpet
Draperies
New fabric for chair seats
 
 
Another fabulous example ...
Before
Client is keeping her beautiful dining room pieces as well.



 
Where we are now...
 
We added this gorgeous kelly green phillip jeffries wallcovering, wainscoating, and sconces (not seen).
 


 
Still needs:
New buffet lamps
Carpet
Accessories

And  I love how this green room partners well with her charcoal gray family room. Loving gray and green together lately!


What do you think? Have I convinced you to go bold and colorful??

And speaking of color.... you may want to run not walk to the The Blue Octagon in Malvern. Ah-MAZING home décor!

And stay tuned am using this fab wallpaper in a powder room

 orchid by cole and son

Thanks for reading!!!XOXO




 


 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Living fashionably in college! A client after...

 So I recently finished up a dorm apartment for a Temple University student. 

 It was such an amazing project! 

 It also tested my skills on how to provide a fun space on a VERY tight budget:)

I kept thinking throughout this process if my room looked like this in college would I have studied more?? Probably no.

Quality of pics are so poor.... sorry:( 

 















 
 
 



 
 
  
Such a cute doggie!!!
 
 
That's all for now...Thanks for reading!! xoxo
 
ooops!  forgot one more thing-- the start of something fabulous for a nursery...
 
 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Design bits and pieces

Happy New Year! Haven't written a post since November--yikes!  but boy I've been up to my eyeballs in design.
 
Sourcing some cool lighting from Urban Electric.
 
Sabina
 

 
Started the process of decorating a beach house! So excited. LOVE beach houses. The house is a total gut job hasn't been touched since the 70's. SO fun!
 
Here's one of the MANY design boards to get the ball rolling
 
 


This is how the house looks now. You can only imagine...
 
 
 
It's gonna be so good when it`s done. Stay tuned.

 
I've been working with clients on a whole house renovation. It's a beautiful old home built in the early 1900's. The entire house was taken down to it's studs saving as much as the original wood work as possible.
 
The first room we're decorating is the front room/living room/entry.
 
 
 
It's a beautiful room with an awkward layout. It will be used for adult conversation and fireplace watching. Stay tuned for design decisions and furniture layout. I know your on the edge of your seat, right?
 
These were installed in a college apartment.

Custom window treatment
duralee fabric to the trade
 
Here's where they hang.
 
Coffee table CB2
Mirror Pier 1

 
Love the above mirror from Pier 1. It's totally fab and needless to say perfect if your on a tight budget.

Table pier 1
art Stephanie Kraus Designs
flowers - owners

When designing this dorm/apartment everything had to be purchased and installed within a few weeks. Furniture, rugs, dishes, artwork so everything had to be quick ship or purchased off the floor. Quite a challenge but it turned out perfect for this young student!

And boy has college living come along way since I was there!!

Thanks for reading this past year and I hope your new year is off to a great start... here's a peek at some of the projects that appeared in this blog in 2014

 
 xoxo!







Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!

 
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog this year!
 
Here's to a happy and healthy New Year! xoxo
 
 
 
 
 
 

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