Thursday, October 8, 2015

One Room Challenge - Week One

I've been blogging long enough to know about Linda's One Room Challenge and I thought it high time I give this "complete a room in six weeks" thing a try.  Hopefully, this will give me the kick in the you know what to complete our guest room.

If you follow me, then you probably remember my guest room inspiration, see below.  If you're new, welcome!

I had this inspiration right before the summer, but then summer happened and I've done nothing.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.

So, if Linda's One Room Challenge, can't kick this room into shape, I honestly don't know what can.

This room not only serves as our guest room, but also as my office.  I need to make this space not only pretty, but also functional.  So, no more papers, fabric, magazines lying all over the floor or as my little E likes to refer to this space as the 'messy room'.

This is what this room looked like when we bought the house almost two years ago.


Right BEFORE the room got a fresh coat of white paint:

Over the next six weeks, I'll be sharing my design plan and progress every Thursday here on the blog and with updates on IG.  This weekend, I will attempt to make my the headboard!  So stay tuned!

I hope you follow along and please check out the other participants here!

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Softer Side of Autumn

Fall is my favorite season and I really DO miss the east coast this time of year.  This weekend there was a chill in the air, I broke out my LL Bean boots and cords, let Ina's chicken chili simmer all day on the stove, bought my first hot chocolate of the season and snuggled with my little ones on movie night in front of the fire.

When it comes to 'seasonal' decorating, less is more (in my opinion).  Often times, fall decorating is overdone.  This year, I'm attracted to a soft pale orange, white pumpkins, and touches of green.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ideas for our Kitchen Nook

So, I need to put some 'lipstick' on our pig kitchen nook (so to say).

In other words, make our kitchen nook pretty but on a shoe string budget.  Using things I already have or purchasing on the super cheap while saving for the long-term and bigger project - renovating our kitchen.

Here is a little design board I threw together.

Here is some more inspiration:

For starters, I'll be using these woven shades I picked up from Lowe's 6 months ago on clearance for $5 each.  Next, I purchased a beefy oak pedestal table on EBTH for next to nothing (see below).  I'm 90% sure I'll be painting this baby white!

What's left - paint walls, new light fixture (am considering this in nickel) and perhaps new chairs (am considering these)!  I also would like to keep this space kinda of fun and would like to use white gallery frames to hang my kid's artwork. 

So, there you have it!!  Hoping to get things started relatively soon!!  Gotta find mojo to sand and paint that table! :)  Happy Monday!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Inspiration: Little Girl's Room

Last week I was waiting to pick up my son at school and I was casually talking to a mom there who was waiting for her daughter.  We got to talking about kid's rooms and how she wanted to update her daughter's room.  Her frustration was trying to keep the green and pink palette without it being too in your face (a.k.a. 'gaudy').

I devised the below design board to give her some ideas and I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.

I would paint the walls a very pale pink like, SW Verbena, and use an aqua green, BM Palladian Blue, for the accents.

Sources: Pillows (Galbraith and Paul Lotus, Quadrille Bangalore Paisley, West Elm), Daybed, Lamp, Nightstand, Basket.

If you need help designing a room, feel free to contact me.

Monday, September 21, 2015

A New Take on a Family's Napa Home

Back in 2014, Style Me Pretty, posted a beautiful home tour designed by Irene Lovett from Designstiles.  You can see the full home tour here.  But, fast forward to today and it seems like the same home got some pretty fantastic updates.

Both Rue Magazine and Domaine have published the same home tour (with the new updates) and I thought it would be fun to note the differences.

This is the family's dining room shown in 2014 on Style Me Pretty.

I love the antique rug and how clean and fresh this room looks.  And, below is the dining room as seen now on Domaine.

It is always interesting to note what has remained or changed.  I love the softer palette.  Just beautiful.  They obviously kept the furniture, but installed wall to wall carpeting, layered with a new antique rug.  They also installed a new light fixture and changed out the mirror.  It seems like the 'old' dining room mirror got relocated to the bathroom.  See below.

Looks wonderful here!  Another room that received an update is the powder room pictured below (this picture was shown on Style Me Pretty).

This room is so different now.  Here it is (below) now on Domaine.

Can we just say brilliant!!  In my opinion, the paneling and grasscloth make this powder room (and the floor tiles aren't bad either) ;) I love how they used the Serena and Lily's mirror (which I would love to use either in my own home or in someone else's home.)

Here is a picture of the home's kitchen on Style Me Pretty back in 2014.

It appears that the kitchen got a pretty significant renovation.  There isn't a window anymore above the stove, the fridge got relocated, they installed brass hardware, changed out the island pendants and installed a new island.  Here is the kitchen now on Domaine.

They relocated the Hicks pendant to the kitchen nook and I love, love the blue island.  So, which do you like better?  Anything you see that you absolutely love?  To see more of this Irene Lovett's portfolio, go here.  You won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Get The Look

Have you seen the designer Rasmey Gourd's, Vermont Farmhouse, in the September's House Beautiful issue?  I really liked the colorful spread and you can see more here, but one of my favorite rooms is the small master bedroom.

Katie Ridder's leaf wallpaper is the first thing I noticed (love that wallpaper), but I also love the black spindle bed.  It's the focal point of the room and it's beautiful.

I love this room and thought it would be fun to re-create the look with more attainable items.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Architectural Interest: Chair Rail vs. Wainscoting

Let's talk architectural trim.  We have no architectural interest other than our ceiling molding in our modest entry.  To make our entry 'shine', I wanted to do a recessed or flat panel wainscoting design.  See inspiration below.

But, after taking measurements, I decided against it mainly because our entry has a very narrow front hallway that leads to the kitchen (which gets a lot of traffic) and if we were to install the flat panel wainscoting, it would chew into the space making the hallway even more narrow.

I am now considering doing a chair rail which won't chew into valuable space.

Finding the exact chair rail to match our dining room (still in progress) turned out to be a bit of a challenge, but after some online searching I found a very similar match.  See here.

The plan is to paint the chair rail and wall space below the chair rail in BM White Dove and then do a textured wallpaper above the chair rail as a nod to classic design.  I have my eyes fixated on Ralph Lauren's herringbone textured wallpaper.

I plan on continuing the chair rail into our living room which flanks our entry.  I think the challenge is going to ensure that the chair rail fits seamlessly into the design and doesn't feel forced.

In regards to the color palette in our entry, I want to play off the drapery fabric that'll be in our dining room - John Robshaw's Prasana American Beauty that you see immediately to your left when you walk into our entry.

Some of these items might be a pipe dream, but I say start big and I'll see where it goes….;)