Saturday, October 4, 2014

Push It....Push It Real Good

In mid July, I embarked on the craziest design job I've had since starting this 'hobby'  A homeowner, who also happens to be a friend, and someone who has seen me at my low *and* highpoints, was finally ready, after about 12 years, to make some changes in her home. I started in the Guest Room, because guests were coming from Ireland and they had stayed in this room many times previously, so she wanted to give them a fresh, new suite to enjoy on their extended stay. We had a fairly small budget and limited time, plus I was working my 'regular' job and life with two kids, so time was pretty tight anyway. I always tell clients, if you want to save on the budget, be prepared to do some of the grunt-work yourself and this was the perfect time to call that into play. I had her put all the paint on the walls and ceilings, move furniture according to my placement and get rid of unwanted or unusable items that took up visual and mental space. This also helped our timeline tremendously, as she could be painting weekends or nights, when I couldn't be there. We also saved on the budget by 'shopping' items from other rooms in her home. The nightstands and some chairs were re-purposed from elsewhere and all the existing furniture (dresser, side tables) got painted a fresh white. We didn't intend to do the ENTIRE upstairs, but once we finished the Guest Room, well the other rooms looked pretty jealous, so we decided to go ahead and do them all. That was August 1st and her guests were coming September 18th, so we had an insane amount of work to get done in a short time but we pushed ourselves reeeeal good and by the time it was all finished, I wound up doing SIX full spaces and two bathroom and hallway mini-makeovers. We did get it all done in time, too, but we were both exhausted by the end of it! Well worth it and all in a days work. I'll be posting pics of each room in the coming weeks, but wanted to start with the first one.

The Guestroom: The Before

 The During

 The After

 Thanks so much for looking!

And for a quick tip on selecting color for your space, watch this short video!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Morpholio Board 2.0: Your New Favorite Design App

Well this looks interesting....Have you guys heard of the Morpholio Project? According to their website it's "a group of applications that reinvent creative processes for designers, artists, photographers and any imaginative individual.....The Morpholio Project is both a set of utilities as well as a vibrant community." I hadn't heard of Morpholio before, but received a press release announcing the launch of their newest app Morpholio Board 2.0 and it looks to me like this one is poised to be the 'Next Great App' that will change the way we design.

If that sounds like a lofty statement, it seems the rest of the design world agrees; The app has recently been touted in design publications Elle Decor and Interior Design, among others. House Beautiful says "Warning: This new app is seriously addictive."

Seriously, this is a game changer on many levels. Unfortunately, as of this writing it looks like the Morpholio app is available only to Apple Ipad and iOS users, which leaves me, my Android phone and my laptop out of play. Anybody want to send me an IPad?! I'm super excited to try it out (when I borrow my friend's IPad) and I think anyone who has any interest in design on any level needs this app. There are so many features that put creativity literally at your fingertips, too many for me to cover here, so don't take my word for is what others have to say about Morpholio Board 2.0:

So now if anybody says "May the Force Be With You," now it is, at least creatively. And if anybody has any experience with the app, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

What I 'Chairish' Most

Okay, time to grind the gears back in motion! I haven't been blogging much, but I always like to think I'll get back to it soon, so when I was contacted by Chairish with an interest in having me create a style board around a piece of furniture, in this case one of their accent chairs, it was a perfect reason to dive back in.

You guys know about Chairish, right? I'm sure you do, but just in case you don't, it's a fantastic full-service site dedicated to helping you buy and sell amazing curator-approved finds for your home. What does that mean? Well, it means they've done the legwork for you in sourcing pre-owned, gently used items in great condition.  I first heard about Chairish through designer Emily Henderson's blog.  You know how designer types are always changing up their decor and/or hoarding those great flea market finds? Well, sometimes they need to make way for the next look or great score, so they head to Chairish to list the items they no longer need (or have room for!) Imagine the thrill of scoring your best Craigslist find's like that, but 100 times better! Seriously, you could furnish an entire room in under an hour with the things they have listed. Everything from James Mont to Jonathan Adler, Mid-Century to 80's Glam, architectural fragments, accessories galore, pillows! rugs! mirrors! You get the picture (and yes, they have artwork too.) All at fair prices, and with a 48 hour return window, so in the odd chance that French arched window doesn't fit because you forgot to measure for ceiling height, well you're covered.

My challenge in creating a style board was to imagine a plain white space and make it bright and colorful using my favorite accent chair from the Chairish site. Because they have so much to select from, I had a hard time narrowing down my choices to just one style board, so I created two! Here are a few.....or 50!....things from their shop that I love.

Using this green Eames style chair as a jumping off point, my first board features Green as the star of the show.

I'm a big fan of mixing elements of different styles together. I like to refer to it as Mid Century Moroccan or Modern Ethnic design, a look I use extensively in my personal space. I'm loving the fresh mix of green and blue-green hues here; It's both refreshing and soothing at the same time. I totally dig this room and would install this in my own home in two seconds flat!


 If you follow Chairish on social media, you'll see they will often post a pic of an unfurnished white room with HUGE potential and ask #whatwouldyoudo? with the room

This was the latest installment

Gorgeous, right? Man, I love the 'Barn' feel of this, with those wide plank wood floors, high pitched peaked ceiling, and wide door opening. With a blank canvas like this, you could go in sooo many directions, but since I love color and the challenge was to take a room from white to bright, I chose an ultra-saturated purple chair and pictured it in that awesome space as my inspiration.

This fab armchair by Safavieh had me at Purple.Cotton.Velvet! In addition to many, many vintage finds, there is some newer merchandise offered as well, so it's always worth entering a current brand name in the search bar to see if your favorite maker is listed. Just a little tip ;-)

I rose to the #whatwouldyoudo? task with this style board, using that gorgeous purple chair to inform my other choices, and I must say I'm a little jealous of this room and wish I could live in it! Again, mixing modern elements with international accents is a look that really works for me and taking a room from white to bright is easy when you have color like this to work with.

So you see, you really could furnish an entire house using all items from the Chairish site. What are you waiting for? Go check them out! You just might find that perfect, one-of-a-kind element you're looking for to make your space uniquely yours. Enjoy!

disclaimer:I was contacted by Chairish to write a post, all opinions/product choices are my own.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Multi Cultural Easter Brunch table in fresh Pinks, Greens and Blues. Ikat table cloth, Greek key runner, my favorite Turkish Kutahya bowls, Moroccan salt cellar and tea glasses, vintage Mexican tin taper holders, MidCentury pink crackle glaze ceramic vase, vintage jelly glass and American FireKing Jadeite all meld together for a casual, eclectic and inviting tablescape! ♥ Wishing you all peace, love and contentment this Easter.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

West Elm Pattern Palette Design Contest on Olioboard

Hi Friends! So, Olioboard is at it again....teaming up with fantastic sponsors to allow Olioboard users/creators to design a room featuring the sponsor products. Well, when I saw they were partnering with West Elm in what they are calling 'The Pattern Pallette Design Contest' I was super excited to throw my hat in the ring! I LOVE West Elm! Their products are so modern, yet so timeless. And Olioboard is my go to site to create mood/project boards for a potential look. I'll never forget the first time I heard of Olioboard and posted about it here.

Well, the contest is in full swing, and man did this one bring the talent! There are some super fantastic looks going on over don't want to miss it! There are only 8 days left to vote, so get on over there and show some love!

Like I said there are many, many, many really terrific boards in this contest, so I wanted to share a *few* with you here. I really wish I could share ALL of them, but there are, as of right now, 52 pages and counting of talent to scroll through, so here are a handful of entries, in no particular order.

 Love this graphic, simple board by Olio community member konstadina

Love the Pink! By member laurajean

 Neutrals with a hit of bold pattern...bullseye! By addedcharm

 A well edited, sleek look and I adore the blue. By member mpricedesigns

 Super cool and moody...kinda mysterious. The dark backdrop is daring and perfect! By grahamssister

 A Mid Century Moroccan vibe...I dig it! By community member marialuisalim

 Silver and Yellow Hollywood Regency look...nice! By lolasty

 It's the artwork and the clean, streamlined mix of items I like here. By community member catsinboxes

 Loving the stripes and the mix of vintage architecture with modern elements. By redoitdesign

I really get the 'collected over time' feeling looking at this space. Beautiful! By member casalinteriors

 I wish I could actually create this room. The wall of books!The curtains!The bed! Created by designasauris

 Franz Kline artwork, a bold zig-zag pouf and clean lined simplicity. Spot On. By spectrumlrmetro

 A sweet little jewel box...a little glam, a little rustic. Me likey. By member lyndaonthehudson

 Nice mix of pattern and texture! by Olioboard community member thejen

 Love the watercolor backdrop and that fab pendant light. By Itchanel

 The depth is amazing and I love that string chair! By community member in2design

 Asymmetrical symmetry is tricky, but member michelerice pulls it off perfectly here!

Chill Out Lounge By agniq. I most definitely could chill out in this room for a good long while.

 Very cool downtown loft feel. Love that shot of color in the orange table. By swimen

A really nice mix of solids and pattern. By Olioboard community member netteart

Okay, did I tell you there were SOOO MANY AMAZING entries?! And this is just a sampling of really have to go to Olioboard and look at every page and see them ALL and be sure to vote for all that amazing talent!

I will leave you with one of my own entries in the contest (I have two boards entered.)

 Have fun, but don't blame me if you wind up spending hours looking at all the beautiful rooms!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Goodwill Goods::Art Glass

Hi everyone! It's been a while, but I have another installment of my Goodwill Goods series. Remember the post I did about my Goodwill finds here? I could probably do a whole years worth of posts just on the stuff I find at thrift stores! I am waaaay behind in sharing all my discoveries, so this is just my 'latest' find.

I love Art Glass and all my drinking glasses were/are collected over time, not bought as a set. Some Art Glass can be soooo expensive though, so I am always looking for 'friendlier on my budget' versions. I wrote about that here. I use art glasses as my everyday drinking glasses, so inevitably one gets broken here and there, but that's okay because I always seem to find one or two whenever I'm out and not really looking for them. This is one of my favorites so far, found at Goodwill.

 For only $1.99!

So hard to capture in a photograph, the different colors each have their own iridescent shift which change colors as you tilt the glass. Soooo pretty!

Can't read the signature, but the date is 1997. I go to the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach every year and there are a few glass artists there whose booths I make sure to visit. I occasionally will splurge and buy one of their glasses, which look exactly like this one, signed and dated by the artist, and generally cost anywhere from $35 to $50 per glass! Very well worth it for the skill that goes into it, just not in *MY* budget very often!

It's not like finding a Picasso at a garage sale, but I'll take a buck .99 art glass signed and dated any day of the week! It's finding joy in those little things :-) What have you found lately?

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