Showing posts with label interior design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label interior design. Show all posts

April 14, 2014

The Nursery

Jackson's nursery was completed in large part due to the generosity of our family and friends who gifted us with so much!  We are blessed and thankful to have been gifted with so many beautiful pieces that helped shape this room.  The "hand me downs", purchased items and hand made gifts from family and friends are all so appreciated.  I cried when my work gifted us with that awesome glider chair!  Jackson is well loved.  

I really enjoyed dreaming up a nursery for our little guy and was excited to start from scratch on designing the space.  I wanted to keep it simple and gender neutral so that I can re-use all of these items in the future if we are to have a girl.  Listed below are the resources for almost everything shown in the photos above.  Thank you to everyone who generously provided gifts for Jackson!

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Dresser:  Vintage via Lounge Lizard + Painted
Pouf Ottoman: West Elm (no longer available)
Table Lamp:  Target 
Rolling Cart:  IKEA Raskog
Storage Unit: IKEA Expedit
Storage Bins: IKEA Drona + IKEA Kvarnvik
Wall Shelves:  IKEA Ribba Picture Ledge
Wall Sconce: One Forty Three Double Wall Sconce
Framed Whale Print:  Terry Fan The Whale Art Print
Mobile:  Made by my mom and I
Crib Sheet:  American Baby Company 
Stuffed Elephant:  Made by a friend
Stuffed Lion:  Jellycat Cordy Roy Lion
Wooden Toys:  The Joinery
Swaddle Blankets:  Aden + Anais and made by a friend
Wood Box:  Made by my dad

April 11, 2013

Fiddle Leaf Fig

I can't help, but totally fall into the Fiddle Leaf Fig trend.  I have never been an indoor plant enthusiast,  but when I laid eyes on these beauties - I couldn't help but want to join the club.  The only thing stopping me is the hefty price tag that comes with one as large as the ones pictured and obviously I don't have the patience to buy a little guy and wait for it grow...  
What do you think?  Are you a Fiddle Leaf Fig fan?

August 1, 2012

Inspiration: Foyer

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Our home has a very small foyer and currently consists of a tiny table with some keys thrown on top.  Plus 7 pairs of shoes.  Although the space is small, it shouldn't be boring.  Right now, our foyer is boring.  I like clean and simple, but also eclectic and full of personality.  Most likely, our foyer will be "full of personality" (translation: cluttered with shoes, keys, mail...).  Sometimes it's best to come to the realization that I will most likely never have a foyer that looks like the all white one above - free of clutter.  Ours will probably resemble something like the photo with the skateboard.  I think the real design challenge is making a space that is inevitably going to be lived in, still look great!  How about you?  Do you have a hard time maintaining all of your "stuff?" 

April 10, 2012

Inspiration: Bathroom

A collection of my favorite bathrooms:
Ansley Park Master Bath traditional bathroom
My ideal bathroom is a combination of crisp white mixed with rustic natural wood elements.  
What does your dream bathroom look like?

March 7, 2012

Inspiration: Master Bedroom

I recently posted inspiration images for a home office (which, by the way is still cluttered with random items that I haven't found a home for) and I thought it would be fun to feature some inspiring bedroom images as well.  I like the bedroom to be a simple space with a light and fresh feel to it.  That is where white comes in!  I like to add a few pops of color such as grey, but keep the overall space feeling crisp, clean and comfortable.
I am not sure that I would like an all white room.  Instead I would do almost all white space with subtle color in the furniture, accents or wall paint.  What do you think of a light and airy room?  

February 8, 2012

Inspiration: Home Office

In the past my "office" consisted of a desk and was located in my bedroom or living room.  I now get to have an entire room in our home dedicated to creating, working and storing all of those items that belong in an office rather than the kitchen counter.  I am in the beginning stages of dreaming up my ideal home office and it will likely be a while before I reach the point of taking photos.  For the time being, my office will probably consist of a desk and chair...and moving boxes labeled "miscellaneous."  

Ideally, I would take pieces and parts from each of these spaces as inspiration for my home office.  For now, I will dream!

December 11, 2011

Picking Paint

I envision a warm light gray painted on the walls in our home.  
Easy enough right?  Something similar to these:  
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While researching paint colors, I came across one used by one of my favorite bloggers in their home.  I decided to get a sample and try it out because if I liked it, I wouldn't have to go to the trouble or take the time to select one on my own.  When I told Matt my brilliant idea, he was disappointed.  He felt that I should select a paint color on my own rather than use something found on a popular blog.  I ignored Matt because I thought this was going to be the perfect color.  I painted the sample in our living room and let it dry.  The paint color looked nothing like it had on the blog, which did not come as a surprise to me.  I knew that a paint color can look completely different depending on the lighting, size of a room and many other factors.  You would think I knew better, but I did the same thing all over again by selecting a color used by another blogger.  Again, I didn't like it.  At this point, I realized that I had learned my lesson.  I needed to pick out something on my own.  I went back to the paint store, found a color that was exactly what I envisioned and the result was just what I wanted!  The lesson learned here is that I need to trust my ability to make a decision on my own.  If I had done so in the first place, I would have saved myself a lot of time and money.  What I thought was going to make selecting a paint color easier, actually made it more difficult.  Learn from my mistake and trust yourself rather than go with what others do.  Lastly, listen to your husband (or wife) too!  Thank you to my husband for having confidence in me when I can't seem to find it in myself.  

*Tip: when testing a color, I paint on both walls in a corner so that the color reflects off of itself and is portrayed correctly.

November 15, 2011

The Smith Residence

We bought a house - a 1958 fixer-upper!  After a rather long waiting process, we are finally in and happily tearing out flooring, wallpaper and even some walls.  We have been busy going over to the house every night after work and spending weekends working away on our little fixer-upper.  We are hoping to get in as soon as possible, but do not plan to move in until the bathrooms are finished, walls painted and flooring is in.  This place will always be a work in progress, but we want to get as much of the big, messy stuff done before we move in.  I will be posting "before" photos and show you our process as we demo and progress!  

October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

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Rather than decorate for Halloween with spiders in cobwebs and scary ghosts, I prefer to stick with more natural elements that can seamlessly go from Halloween to Thanksgiving.  Pumpkins are the perfect element to do just that with and these photos serve as a great inspiration for creating a space full of fall decor.  After Halloween, toss your carved pumpkins and keep the non-carved ones around for the remainder of fall.  Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!

October 20, 2011


{From fuschia to petal pink, decorate yourself and your home in any shade of the color that represents Breast Cancer Awareness Month} 
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Breast Cancer Awareness

eyeshadow / tote / lipstick / sweater / jeans / umbrella / boots / bracelet / poster

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I wanted to dedicate an entire post to all things pink, in honor of the fight against breast cancer.  I have created an outfit around mostly pink products from companies that support breast cancer research and donate a portion of their proceeds to finding a cure.  Go shopping and help the cause!  
Pink Decor

Pink-&-Gold Greek-Key Glasses / Pillow/ KitchenAid Mixer / Candle / Two Tiered Tray / Pink Peonies / Bowl / Lamp

In addition to dressing in pink from head to toe, I have found pink items to furnish your home with.

To Linda, my mother-in-law who is currently battling breast cancer:  your strength and positive attitude are inspiring.  We are almost over this "bump in the road!"  I love you!

September 30, 2011

Navy + Cognac

{Decorate yourself and your home with this sophisticated power couple}

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August 30, 2011

Blue Sofa

I am over at Lovely Happenings today for a fun design challenge!  I created a room around this awesome Clarke Sofa from Room and Board.  Bonus - 4 other gals participated as well, so head over to see what we all came up with!  Go here to visit.

August 18, 2011

Kitchen Dreaming

The teeny tiny kitchen in our apartment drives me nuts.  I don't like to complain, but we run out of counter space while preparing dinner.  Matt and I get into each others way.  I can't prepare too many items at once because there just isn't enough room.  As a result, I often find myself dreaming of a HUGE kitchen or a well designed one.  I am not someone whose dream home is 5,000 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.  No thank you.  However, I would love a kitchen with plenty of countertop space and an island where I can spread everything out and make a mess.  The mess, of course is cleaned up right away!  Lately, I have been filing away images of beautiful kitchens...

Gorgeous, right?
Did you notice the common design aesthetic that I gravitate towards? :) What is yours?