Friday, December 6, 2013

FIRST FRIDAY {outfit to room series} The Holidays

Happy Holiday Season friends!  It's here...the most wonderful time of year....or something like that.  I am so excited for this month's edition of Outfit to Room.  Holiday fashion and decor always makes me smile.  I'm not sure what it is...the sparkles, the lights, or just the nostalgia that comes with it all, but every year it just warms a little piece of my soul.  

My decorations are still in a box in the garage, but if all goes to plan we'll be in full on Christmas mode by Sunday.  And in our household that means 24/7 Christmas music and round the clock viewings of Home Alone.  I hope next year we'll be adding in a few new traditions for the little guy too.  

I'm so excited this year because we were invited to so many fabulous holiday parties.  And now that I'm a stay at home mom, I get a bit too overexcited when I get to dress up and go out somewhere nice.  So I was drooling when I came across this Oscar de la Renta shift dress.  I love the nuetral colors and the sparkle.  It says 'I'm here to party', in a sophisticated, I-don't-have-kids kind of way.  So naturally, it seemed like the perfect outfit for me to use as my holiday inspiration.

I put together a board of gorgeous Christmas-y stuff for you guys.  Much like the dress above, I love neutrals when it comes to holiday decor.  It goes with every house, every room, every style, etc.  One of my favorite holiday trends this year is laser cutting.  I've seen trees, houses, complete villages of laser cut decor.  Its so fun, while still maintaining a sophisticated look.  I'm also a huge fan of the mercury definitely brings the glamour.  And last but not least, Christmas would not be Christmas without a nutcracker.  And I know my Mom & Grandma would agree :) 

Hope you guys are having fun with your own decor.  If you'd like to see more ideas check out my Pinterest board.  And don't forget to stop by Yana's blog to see her fabulous picks this month.  Enjoy the holiday season and try to go easy on your crazy family members!  

Source List:
1.  Snow Globe from West Elm
2.  Twinkle String Lights from Crate & Barrel
3.  Mercury Glass Bottle Vases from West Elm
4.  Feather Trees from West Elm
5.  Drummer Nutcracker from Crate & Barrel
6.  Laser Cut Village from Crate & Barrel
7.  Boxwood Square Wreath from West Elm
8.  Wiltern Knit Pillow from Ballard Designs
9.  Le Marais 9 Light Tea Light Holder from Ballard Designs

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

{guest post} How to Design a Contemporary Kitchen

What is great about contemporary design is that it values function without losing sight of aesthetics. Instead of relying on decor it depends on the essentials or structural features to give it a dash of visual interest.

Lay your fears to rest. This method does not come off looking rigid or austere. On the contrary, contemporary bathrooms and kitchens are able to communicate comfort and luxury even without the use of heavy embellishment. In our book, that’s more of a difficult feat to pull off whereas too much d├ęcor teeters dangerously towards the tacky.

Go Modern

Because of this emphasis on what’s only essential, contemporary design offers advantages. The sharp, clean lines, the abundance of light and sleek furnishings, plus a focus on organization make it quite attractive.

The kitchen – one of the busiest areas of the home will certainly benefit from this design. It is light, refreshing, and cozy. Homeowners with limited space for kitchens will prefer this method as it provides ample elbow room while creating an illusion of space.

Getting That Modern Touch

Shelves and Cabinets. Modern kitchens are spacious and to create this lively and cheerful atmosphere, more homeowners are opting for open shelves. It makes sense since cabinets can occupy almost half of the kitchen space.

Cabinets tend to be heavy and eschewing that for shelves, literally opens up the area. If removing the structure is not possible or if cabinets are still preferred, then go for cabinets with clean, straightforward lines, simple hardware, and painted in a neutral color. If possible, choose cabinets with full glass doors.

Lighting. Working in the kitchen can be so pleasant with abundant light. Again, this creates a breezy atmosphere and can be very welcoming particularly if the kitchen is the first room you to go to in the morning.

Natural light is the best source of illumination but we’re aware that this isn’t possible all the time. For this, we recommend installing pendant lights.  Again, go for fixtures with simple patterns and shapes.

Appliances. A contemporary kitchen won’t be complete without the convenience of modern appliances. If undertaking a complete kitchen renovation; then put old appliances for sale and purchase new ones. Go for appliances with sleek, reflective surfaces.

Countertops.  You can still go for granite if laminate or a stainless steel top does not sound so appealing. Only remember to choose tops with a solid color as patterns can clash with the uniformed look of a contemporary kitchen.

Tiles. Glass tiles are definitely the choice here.  They are beautiful, easy to clean, versatile, and are available in different shapes and colors. The possibilities are limitless. There are small, square tiles and there are those in the classic subway style.

Whatever you choose, glass tiles, which are considered highly functional works of art can, add visual interest while also providing protection against grease and grime. In addition, glass tiles also reflect light and if we haven’t stressed it enough, a radiant kitchen is a must in a contemporary home.
There you have it: straight lines, clean layout, and giving it enough space to breathe. That’s the secret to a modern, contemporary kitchen.  Keep these in mid if you’re planning to go on a kitchen remodelling project. Over time, you will have a sleek kitchen fit for a celebrity chef.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

First Friday {outfit to room} Thanksgiving

Happy November people!  Can you believe the holidays are here already?  I know, its a scary thought, but before you go into a full on panic, let's take a quick breather to enjoy the fun part of the holidays....entertaining!  I absolutely love entertaining, and this year I'll be cooking 'The Bird' at my house (which reminds me, I better go put my turkey order in).  So, I thought for this month's First Friday, instead of designing a room inspired by fashion, I'd design a table.  Don't forget to check out Nomad Luxuries ideas this month too - Yana never disappoints!

I was so in love with  last month's post, that I found another emerald fashion trend to use as my inspiration this month.  I don't know what it is, but I'm drawn to this shade of green.  I feel like it is the perfect color for a holiday tablescape.  This outfit is classic and simple, just like your table should be for the holidays.  That way your conservative grandmother or your hip friend without kids can both find it inviting.

I am a huge fan of simple dishes with textural accents.  I love this Vera Wang set from Macys paired with natural pinecones and acorns.  It says ease and sophistication at the same time.  I am adore this emerald stemware and velvet trimmed burlap napkins.  Now all I have to do is figure out what to cook!

Sources:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11
For more ideas take a peak at my Pinterest board too!

I hope you enjoyed this month's edition of 'Outfit to Room' (or Outfit to Table).  Make sure you check out Nomad Luxuries to see what she's up to this month.  Happy Holiday's everyone :)
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

{client love} paint palette

Friends!  I have been busy!  Who knew that taking care a baby 24-7 would take up SO much of your time.  I never thought I'd be one of those moms who takes a week to return an email, but sadly, I am that person now.  I feel like I do NOTHING and EVERYTHING everyday.  My little peanut is napping right now, so if efforts to accomplish something during my 45 minute break from mommyland, I thought I'd share something from my non-mommy world.  

My clients (and dear friends) needed some minor updates with there paint colors.  They hired a contractor to take there house from good to great with a few minor tweaks - one of them being touching up the walls.  There house has old plaster walls that have warped and cracked over the years.  The average guest would never see these imperfections, but to them it was the only thing they saw.  So there contractor smoothed out and patched all the walls to make them look brand new.  They also added crown molding and new baseboard throughout the house.  These minor details made for a pretty amazing transformation.  I can't wait until it's all done to share some photos with you.  

In the meantime, here is the very simple and neutral paint color palette that we created.  I have to say, its one of my favorites.  We started with the main house color - Mindful Gray, which was actually just one shade darker than the current color they had.  Taking it a shade darker really helped the new base and crown molding to pop.  We carried this color throughout the entire house and then used the other colors as accents in the bedrooms and bathrooms.  We used Lemongrass in the master bedroom, Ancient Marble in all the bathrooms, and Celery for the new Nursery.  Then we picked Roycraft Pewter for the accent wall in there dining room.   Its freaking gorgeous!

All the colors are from Sherwin Williams.  
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Friday, October 4, 2013

First Friday {outfit to room series} Fall

It's October did that happen?  These weeks just keep flying by.  Time is suddenly moving so fast.  I now have an 8 month old baby boy!?  I know, it feels like yesterday that he was an itty bitty 7 pound baby, and now he can army crawl across the room in 30 seconds flat.  Crazy town.

But, that's not the point of this post.  Today, I come to you with this month's edition of First Friday!  In the spirit of these crisp fall days, fellow blogger Yana and I thought we would find some inspiration from our favorite fall fashion trend.  Be sure to check out the fabulous Nomad Luxuries to see her October picks.

I fell in love with this outfit.  I love all the textures and layers.  And I am absolutely obsessed with this deep shade of green.  Its so rich and luxurious.    

So with this outfit in mind, I pulled together some pieces for a beautiful and relaxing bedroom.  I used the deep green accents, but also some textural neutrals, like the fur pillow and the bedding.  This long horizontal painting would look perfect over the bed, and I have to thank my client Joanna for showing me this fantastic artist.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but the mirror is actually a leather frame, which reminded me of the leather gloves from the outfit.

I hope you like this month's post.  Take a peak at last month's post to for some additional inspiration.  And don't forget to visit Yana's page, Nomad Luxuries - she never disappoints!
1.  Ronald Hunter, Abstract Painting, Green Blocks Landscape
2.  Shades of Light, British Reading Wall Lamp
3.  Layla Grace, Pine Cone Hill, Watercolor Dots Duvet Cover
4.  Restoration Hardware, Leather Framed Mirror
5.  West Elm, Nailhead 3-Drawer Dresser
6.  West Elm, Velvet Pole Pocket Curtain
7.  West Elm, Martini Side Table
8.  Lulu and Georgia, Satya Rug
9.  Zinc Door, Mer Rings Throw Pillow
10.  Restoration Hardware, Luxe Faux Fur Pillow
For further images, check out my Pinterest board.  Happy Friday friends!
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Friday, September 27, 2013

{client love} kids rooms

I have been working on some super fun spaces that I've been dying to share with you.  My client has three kids and is in the process of shuffling around there rooms.  Right now the oldest boy and girl share a room and the baby has his own room.  But we're switching things up so that the little girl has her own room and the two boys will share.  It's a little tricky because the boys are about 5 years apart in age, so one is playing sports and collecting baseball cards and the other is still a little guy in diapers.  

Functionally, we've been working on the layout to create a private big kid zone for the older boy and a separate area for the little kid toys.  The colors and decor have been so much fun to pick.  We knew wanted to do a bright space with lots of primary colors.  Below is the original concept for the space.  Things have progressed from here, but this was our starting point.   

For the little girl's room, well this is like my dream come true.  She's not a girly girl, so princesses were out of the question.  Her favorite color is purple and she asked me for a rainbow of stripes in her room (i love this kid!).  Below are some of the initial ideas.  We've tweeked our concept slightly, but the flower decals and the pennants are a go.  Right now we're working on picking the bedding and carpets, I can't wait to see how this turns out.  I'm not sure who is more excited about this - her mom and I or Simone.

Stay tuned for more updates on these rooms.  I hope to actually get these photographed when there done!
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Friday, September 6, 2013

First Friday {outfit to room series} School Uniforms

It's time again for First Friday Outfit to Room Series!  As you remember, fellow blogger Yana from Nomad Luxuries and I kicked off our new series last month with a Summery-Beach look.  This month we thought we'd draw some inspiration from the oh so fabulous (or not so fabulous) school uniform.  

Weather you think of little cuties like these kiddos:

Or perhaps you mind goes more to GG Season One:

In either case the basic features of a uniform are the same.  Black, White, Plaid, Primary color.  Done.  I mean the basic premise of a uniform is to keep it simple, right?  Keep everyone on an even playing field.  They're not really made to stand out.  But I've noticed some super-fly kids (think Jo-L, Jenny from the block era) walking the streets of DC in school uniforms.  They all find a way to make there personalities stand out regardless of the uniform.  So with that in mind.  I choose some pieces that are basic with a few highlights to make a the red ampersand or the yellow farm light.  All these pieces are also reminiscent of a school classroom.  I mean, why not go for it.

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So if you're ever in the mood to design a fun little schoolhouse inspired office space, you've got a good palette of options to work with now.  This could be adorable for a home office or small little desk area for a kids room.  Check out my Pinterest board for more pieces that will top off this look.

And don't forget to check out Yana's post to see what she came up with for her School Uniform look.  I'm sure it will be super glamorous!

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Friday, August 30, 2013

{client love} nursery concepts

I am so excited to be helping two of my closest and dearest friends design there nursery for there first baby.  He or she is due in January, which sounds like we have tons of time to plan.  But, its almost September and before we know it the holidays will be here and then it'll be January.  And there is always that possibility that the baby will come early.  Ahh, that sounds scary when I put it like that!  But fear not, because we've been working hard on getting this little room together so they're not scrambling at the last minute.  

They've decided to keep the gender a surprise (we did too!), which means we have to design a gender neutral concept for the room.  I put together a little sampling of some gender neutral rooms that I've found absolutely adorable.  (More on Pinterest).

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(Starting at the top left) 

They all have a few ideas in common:
  • No pink or blue.  Choose a color scheme that is calming or playful for either a boy or girl, like greens, grays or yellows. 
  • Replace a gender specific theme (like butterflies or cars) with bold patterns and prints like chevron or polka dots. 
  • White furniture makes a neutral base for either gender.
  • Use simple artwork without suggesting a theme, like ABCs, animals or a cute saying.  
Here are a few concepts I put together for them based on a few ideas we talked about.

{dog theme}
in honor of there cute little sproodle

{giraffe theme}
because all kids love animals

{music theme}
since they are both really into music

{travel theme}
they also both love traveling and toured the world together

I hope you like them!  We've narrowed in a few ideas, so when everything is final I'll report back with our final selections.  In the meantime check out my Pinterest board to see more of the products we pulled together.  
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Photo Ledges

A little over a year ago, I made this cute tack board for our kitchen.  It was super adorable and at the time I thought it looked so perfect and organized.  And it did....for a while.  

Until it turned into this disaster:

There is so much clutter and junk on there we couldn't tell who just had a baby or what season it was.  So, we ditched the old tack board and put up these photo ledges, which just so happened to fit that little wall perfectly, and I mean 'to the inch' perfectly.  

I feel like it was meant to be.  Doesn't it look sooo much cute now?  I just hope I can keep it looking cute and adorable and not clutter it up with crap like I did before.  I guess time will tell.  

Now I just have to find some sort of artwork to hang above it.  It needs something to kind of finish it off.  Don't you think?    Any suggestions?

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

{client love} Bedroom & Living Room Concepts

I had a wonderful meeting over the weekend with a great friend/client/neighbor.  I was so touched that she called me for help, because quite frankly I always thought her place looked great.  But she's secretly been struggling to pull everything together and this can be quite challenging for alot of people.  So I was happy to help!  Luckily she's got great bones (ie. awesome furniture, rugs, floors, etc.) to work with but just needs a little help with the finishing touches.  So that's where I come in.  

She already had a fairly neutral palette to work with.  Mostly everything was black, white and pale blue, which makes my job easy.  She knew she needed an accent color, but just wasn't sure which one would look the best.  I recommended yellows, oranges or poppy reds.  I love a warm color to balance out the cool tones of the blue and black.  It also really pops against the neutral background.  I usually go with the 80/20 rule.  80% of your room should your base color (in this case neutrals & blues) and the other 20% should be your accent color.

You can pull the accent colors in with pillows, artwork, flowers, etc.  These pieces really help to move your eye through the space and create a balanced look.  I also encouraged her to introduce pattern into her space to add a little visual interest.  

Another area she was struggling with was a place to display all her trinkets and travel keepsakes.  Currently they are just scattered throughout her bookshelves, making them look cluttered and hard to see.  So, I suggested using a photo ledge to display them.  This allows you to have all your items displayed in a neat and organized way.

Living Room concept:

Next, she needed just a little bit of help in the bedroom.  She has kind of an awkward layout, so I recommended some new furniture pieces that might help take advantage of some of the strange little nooks.  I also recommended this gray tone finish.  She's got dark, almost black hardwood floors, so this finish will pop nicely on them.  

The other thing she needed was window treatments.  She has dark gray/charcoal bedding with a big graphic pattern, so I felt that solid or small patterned curtains were the best approach.  I really like the moss green color below.  Its a nice calming color for the bedroom and its a dark color so it helps provide some blackout without paying for the premium for blackout curtains.  I'm also in love with the oversized curtain rods below.  We have them in our house and I recommend them to everyone.  

Bedroom concept:

Now that she has some guidelines, I hope she has luck pulling everything together.  I love working with my clients, especially when they're friends too :)

Check out my Pinterest board for more images and sources.  


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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Client Update: Paint Color Consult

Recently I got a somewhat emergent request for a paint color consult.  A couple was in the middle of a renovation and ready for painting.  There plan was to use the color experts at Frager's until the dreaded fire arouse.  While this still hurts my heart every day and I cannot wait for the triumphant return of our beloved hardware store, this created a unique opportunity for me.  I responded to there cries for help on our neighborhood list-serve and low and behold they hired me.  

So one morning we got together bright and early while the sun was shining and selected paint colors for there entire house.  I encouraged them to hang samples and wait a few days before committing, but these two didn't have the time to wait.  The contractor had a schedule to uphold and they were in no position to hold him up.  So off to the paint store they went.  

Below are the paint colors we landed on.  They have a great relaxing vibe to them.  I hope they are liking these new colors and there new place!  All the colors were selected from Sherwin Willliams paint system, my personal fav.

Whattya think?  You like?  I hope so!  If you're interested in learning more about the paint color selection process, take a peak at this post.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Introducing....First Friday, Outfit to Room Series

I'm super excited to announce the first edition of First Fridays...Outfit to Room series.  I've teamed up with fellow blogger Yana from Nomad Luxuries for a fun little project that we're planning to do the First Friday of every month.  Basically we're planning on finding inspiration from fashion and styling a room based on the outfit.  Fashion and Interior trends are so highly influenced by one another, so why not embrace it!

For our first edition, we're starting off with a summer/beach look.  Below is my inspiration.  I love the vibrant colors against the natural textures of the background.

And here is my mood board.  Like the photo, I paired neutral textures with bold pops of color.  I used the more permanent elements, like seating, tables and flooring as the neutral base and back drop.  Then layered the accents on top with pillows, art, accessories.  

I love the ease and cheeriness of this space.  I'd be thrilled to have a room like this in my house someday!

Image Sources:

Shades of Light, Quatrefoil Cage Table Lamp
Layla Grayce, Somerset Bay Lillie End Table
West Elm, Crosby Sofa
Lacefield Designs, Vintage Uzbek Linen Pillow
West Elm, Dune Vases
Zinc Door, Palm Beach Light Wood Taupe Boucle Chair
Lacefield Designs, Sultana Pillow in Fig & Glass
VN Printable Art, Botanical Sea Kelp
Dash and Albert, Natural Jute Woven Rug
10 West Elm, Carved Wood Coffee Table

**You can also take a peak at my Pinterest board to find these images and more.

Hope you liked the first edition of our Outfit to Room series!  Be sure to check out Yana's blog to see her creation and stay tuned for next months edition.  Maybe it'll be a Back to School theme or possibly a Labor Day Picnic scheme.  We'll see where the mood takes us.

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