Monday, July 27, 2015

Latest and Greatest

Sometimes, when I think about decorating my home, I wonder if it all going to make sense once it is all said and done.  Is it going to flow?  Or is it going to be all a jumble because there are days when my mind feels like that.

The other day I quickly threw together a design board of key pieces that I am currently loving and want to be the main elements of certain rooms in my home.

I am seeing a theme, at least in a color palette, as I forge ahead with decorating my home - hues of blues with touches of red.  If you look at my designs for my dining room and guest room, both have this color palette and lately, I am just really drawn to it.  Of course, I still love green, and there will be touches of green thrown in for good measure.

Here are the details of what I would like to do:

{1, 9} - The current plan for our powder room - have always loved Manuel Canovas' trellis wallpaper and wanted to find a place to use it.  Imagine wallpaper with paneling! And, I love how PB just came out with this mango wood mirror (already ordered it) and think it'll look perfect!  It's the perfect size for a bathroom!

{2,3,4} - This is the plan for our kitchen nook.  Mind you, this plan changes daily (or so it seems) so I'm trying to really solidify it.  It's one of the first things you see as you walk through our entry so I want it to stand out.  Quadrille's volpi fabric in a soft blue as roman shades, those chairs around a white pedestal table and a fun pendant hanging above like the hicks pendant in polished nickel.

{5,6,7} - This is the plan for our entry.  Imagine crisp white paneling paired with Ralph Lauren's textured herringbone wallpaper.  I am loving the idea of a navy console like Oomph's (will never be able to afford this so most likely a DIY) topped with serena and lilly's mirror.  I'm afraid this might be too trendy and so I might alter this a bit.

{8} - For the longest time, I have wanted to invest in a nice throw for our family room.  Deciding on a color has stumped me until now!  I need a pop of red so Serena and Lily's throw in red is perfect!

Of course, the hardest thing for me when decorating my own home is committing because I fear my likes will change.  But, for now, I like where this is going.  How about you?  Any pieces of this plan appeal to you?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Chic Farmhouse Kitchen

This morning as I perused Pinterest I stumbled on this very chic farmhouse kitchen.  I think this kitchen has a bit of everything - farmhouse rustic wood tones, breadboard ceiling, inset traditional cabinetry, modern floating shelves, mid century lighting, marble countertops, unlacquered brass hardware and stainless steel appliances.

And, what surprised me the most is that I really, really like this kitchen says the girl who typically goes for a very classic all white kitchen!!

I just love the light gray cabinetry paired with the rustic wood butcher block, the brass hardware and the pristine white counters!  

Monday, July 13, 2015

Summer Project Updates

Do I dare say that we are halfway through summer?  It's going by at break neck speed and I just want to push 'pause'.  Anyone else feel the same way?

I've been doing a little work here and there.  One project is helping one of my closest girlfriends, who lives in Maryland, with her sunroom.

My girlfriend has great taste so she really doesn't need my help, but I introduced her to Serena and Lily and suggested ways to 'freshen' up her classic taste.  We visited her home over the fourth and I should've taken pictures because it is so great!!  

And, I am helping a new client with her family's great room.  Her room is big - so we've broken it out into sections.  This is the inspiration for her TV area (for lack of a better word).  She wanted to showcase her family photos and actually hang the flatscreen on the wall.  

She just ordered the console and I love the Serena and Lily baskets underneath which are great for holding toys, DVDs and/or blankets.  She will probably go with a different rug, but I love the light gray herringbone here!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Need Some Color?

Do you follow Catherine at Chic Geek?  I love her fun, colorful and preppy picks both when it comes to the home and fashion.  Both feeds on her blog and IG is a must!  I always leave inspired by her picks.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Coastal Chic for a New Client

It's been a while!  Summer has started and everyday is a fun filled day with my kiddos! :)  Swimming, baseball, BBQs and a little tennis thrown in for good measure!  Moreover, right before Memorial Day, I started working on a new project for a young family's great room.  Coastal chic with a bit of prep is what this young mama with two boys wants and I've been working on her design for several weeks now.

Like every young family, affordability and durability are of the upmost important and I tried to do that without sacrificing too much originality.  Above is a very high-level snippet of the whole design.    Their space definitely posed challenges, so it'll be interesting to see this all come together.  Hope everyone's summer is off to a great start or just about to start!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Martha Vineyard's Home

There are so many elements I love about this home.  The nautical touches, the subdued, but fun use of color and pattern and all the classical elements running throughout the home.  

I love how colonial this dining room feels.  The above room was the inspiration for my dining room; see our dining room progress here.  

Is that Katie Ridder's Peony pattern in a rug? (above).  I've never seen it as a rug before.  

This home has all my favorites - striped walls, painted floors, spindles, empire lamp shades, gold framed nautical oil paintings, Katie Ridder fabrics, blue and green colors, antique furnishings and colonial touches.  To see more of this home designed by Molly Luetkemeyer (m. design interiors), go here.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Our Dining Room: Paint Progress

Life has been hurdling by at breakneck speed (is May almost over….seriously?) and there has been much going on in our household.  School just got out and we're gearing up for summer.  This means lots of outdoor activities and projects.  BUT, we're still trying to tie up some loose ends with some of our indoor spring projects.  Specifically, we're trying to finish up our dining room.  I'm very excited to tell you that our dining room is almost fully painted.

Remember, this post where I was undecided with painting just the trim OR painting the trim and below the chair rail?  Well, the decision has been made….

{in progress: window mullions still need to still be painted}

I'm in love.  Seriously.  I originally just wanted the molding/trim painted blue, but after living with it for  a week or two, the space didn't feel grounded enough.  It felt to ethereal and I decided I needed more color.

{in progress}

So my very patient husband granted my wish and painted below the chair rail this past memorial day weekend and I love how it turned out.  

The above fabric will be for the floor length lined window panels.  I will be doing black hardware so it ties in with the black lantern.  I still need to decide if I want to have a woven shade layered behind the panels and what type of pleat for the panels. 

Here you can see the various types of pleats my seamstress does and I want the french triple pleat (top row…third from the left).

Above is the fabric scheme I am considering for the DR.  The ticking and check will be used as slips on the chairs and the les indiennes floral will be used as two pillows on the head chairs flanking the cupboard.

So, we're slowly getting there.  There is still a ton to be done and I will save the other details like the furniture and slipcovered parson chairs for a later post (when I have some pics)!!!  Hope you enjoyed!!