One Room Challenge Completion

It’s week 6 All! And that means we are d.o.n.e. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work on these two bedrooms for two special sisters and to share the completed projects through the #oneroomchallenge. It is inspiring to work on rooms for 6 weeks alongside over 200 guest designers doing the same. You can see their amazing work here.

We started with framed rooms that were then painted in colors that the girls picked out themselves. We added wallpaper to give each room its own personality, along with nightstands in coordinating colors and crisp white bedding to balance the patterns of the paper. Here is the design board we started with:

And here is our finished look for the West bedroom:


And for the East Room we started with this design board:

I hope they enjoy their rooms for years to come, it was so much fun to put them together.

Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge Week 5

Hi All! Just popping in to share with you one of my favorite aspects of the rooms so far- the wallpaper! I cannot believe how much it changed the entire look and feel of each of the rooms… and I am so excited to share the final product with you in a few short days. I have been so inspired checking out the amazing creativity of the other guest designers here.

Before the wallpaper
Beautiful wallpaper accent wall

Creating rooms for clients as part of the challenge, rather than a room in my own home, has been a completely different experience this time. Thankfully they are friends who kindly agreed to share all the progress made on their girls’ bedrooms, and admittedly we have been so busy I completely blew through weeks 3 and 4 without posting what had been accomplished. Note to self, you can never have enough progress pics.

Before the wallpaper
With the accent wallpaper wall

Nevertheless we are marching toward the deadline and will have everything completed on time. I look forward to sharing the rooms with you in their entirety this Thursday!

Best,

Kelly

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It’s One Room Challenge Time!

Good Morning All! I am so excited to participate in the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge! By way of background, the Challenge (in its 15th season!) is a six week adventure in which both featured and guest designers make over a room from a before to an amazing after.  You can see all the other incredible design plans here, as well as check out previous seasons of the Challenge for inspiration!

I have participated in several past seasons, and it was an amazing experience, not to mention a kick in the pants to get.it.done! Nothing like a deadline:) This year I am fortunate to be working with a wonderful family to design their daughters’ bedrooms. I enjoy putting together spaces for kids, and with my daughters being around the same age, it has been a really special project to be a part of.  The addition to their charming home has added sizable bedrooms for each of the girls on the second floor, and a large living room on the first floor.  For the Spring 2019 Challenge I am thrilled to be sharing the design progression of the two bedrooms with you.

Here is what the layout of the rooms look like for a sense of scale:

And here is a photo we took of the construction progress- these windows are one of my favorite details of their home:

The decorating phase of the project kicked off with the girls each selecting their own room color.  For the East Bedroom, a lovely shade of pink was chosen for the walls, to which I added pops of gray and aqua. A beautiful dandelion wallpaper will be perfect as an accent wall behind the bed:

 

For the West bedroom, Summer Breeze by Valspar was selected so I chose to bring in complimentary shades of navy, apple green and a blush pink. The wallpaper will take center stage as an accent wall behind the bed. I cannot wait to see it all come together!

Hope everyone is having a great week!
Best,

Kelly

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Countdown to Spring and My Favorite Color Combo

Happy Monday All! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to get back at it! This is an install week for me so I will have plenty of pics and updates to share soon! Also be sure to check out IG to get the real time scoop as we put together  bedrooms for two adorable boys.

I am happy to report that spring is a mere two days away. Am I the only one obsessively counting down? I cannot wait to leave the house without boots! This time of year I find myself drawn to particular color combos, specifically blue and white. It feels fresh and bright and very “house from Something’s Gotta Give.” Which, sidebar, is one of my favorites. That house, comprised of beautiful shades of blues, tans and whites, was soothing and elegant at the same time.

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Here are some other blue and white rooms that I pinned for inspiration to share with you:

LAYERED BLUE & WHITE PATTERN:

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NAVY FURNITURE /CHINOISERIE CHAIRS:

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MIXED BLUES and NEUTRALS:

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BLUE & WHITE WALLPAPER:

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NAVY KITCHEN ISLAND PAIRED WITH BLUE & WHITE:

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And here are some beautiful blue and white options to implement this look into you own decor:

 

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Have a great week all!

Best,

Kelly

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My Favorite Neutral Console Tables and Stylish Entryway Inspiration

Good Morning All! As the snow fell outside and everything was cancelled yesterday, I took the opportunity to hibernate a little and got some work done. Several of my current client projects involve the need for the perfect console table, so I have sourced many of late. While there are a myriad of different styles to be found, a common theme for console and entry tables alike, is to keep them compact and styled with panache.

I love this neutral effortless look that includes a beautiful wooden table:

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This caught my eye for not only the stunning table (I am a sucker for all things bamboo) but also for the buffalo check stools:

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This ornate entryway table is perfection, paired with animal print stools, the blue and white lamps and oo la la that rug:

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This example demonstrates that neutrals are anything but boring:

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And this Hamptons-esque example caught my attention with the crisp white walls and table creating the perfect backdrop for the blue and white vase to pop:

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And finally, I love this mix of layered materials, the wallpaper serving as a stunning backdrop to the simple lines of the table, the carved mirror and the beautiful pair of lamps.

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If you are also snowed in and are so inclined to start rearranging your furniture to model these styled tables (or maybe that is just me), this fantastic sketch by Melissa Boyer Interiors illustrates how to pull items together on an entryway table, console or end table like so:

 

Here are some of my favorite console or entryway tables, all priced less than $300!

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Happy Snow Day All! #inlikealionoutlikealamb

Best,

Kelly

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Home Decor Trends for 2019 and What You are Searching for on Pinterest

Happy Monday All! We are already mid-January- what!? I hope everyone is feeling excited and ready for a fresh start to the New Year. Personally I am so grateful to be working with new clients on some exciting projects, along with wrapping up one of my favorite reno projects to date. More on all of that later because I want to jump right in to 2019 home decor predictions…oh yes, the things we all stay up at night wondering about. Just moi? Ok, well here we go!

First up, much to my personal delight, wallpaper will continue to make a statement in 2019. After a period of “Ick, it’s wallpaper“, it is now a go-to solution to create amazing visual impact in a room. And lately the scale and colors are big and bold! YES!

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According to the Pinterest Top 100 searched queries, in the home decor category wallpaper searches were up 401% last year, so you were not alone in searching for the perfect print for your next project. And they are soooo easy to use now so do.not.feel.intimidated. I purchased the one below from Wayfair to apply to the back of a bookcase to create a more custom look  (you can read all about it here). Annnnnnnd because it was peel and stick there was no glue-y mess (been there).

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Next up… painted floors! They have been increasing in popularity with cool stencils and better adhering paints making it a fantastic DIY project. According to Pinterest Top 100 trends, searches for painted tile and flooring have risen 1276%! Not a typo. Seems that painting it, rather than ripping it all out, has become the new go-to! Here are some inspiration pics if you have a painted flooring project on your To Do List for 2019:

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Also, the addition of fireplaces of all types, indoor and outdoor, seems to be on the rise. More and more design plans include them, and I personally contributed to the 763% increase in searches for fireplaces on Pinterest because the fav reno project I mentioned earlier will have a fireplace, which right now looks like this:

I am so excited that this was built from a pile of wood in.two.days. Amazing! Annnnd I may have embarrassed myself by doing an actual happy dance when I first saw it completed…and it is not even painted!  I have such an appreciation for carpenters and the ability to create this from a photo and a sketch (the math required alone:). Crazy! Here are some other fireplaces that I found via Pinterest:

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You can check out all of the Pinterest Top 100 trends in categories such as Beauty, Food, Men and Women’s Style and more here.

Have an amazing week and because it’s Monday:

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Go Get ‘Em!

Best,

Kelly

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year All! 2019 is going to be a good one, so get ready! Five days in and some of my resolutions are humming along, while others are let’s say, more challenging. I have committed to writing in the Five Minute Journal I received for Christmas and I love the concept of starting the day with an intentional plan (even if it veers off course at times) and then revisiting the Journal at the end of the day to review how the day went.  It’s amazing how that simple act can create focus and remind you how lucky you are #grateful! If you are interested, you can find your own here.

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I love this because it is so easy to fall back on “not enough time” as the reason, ahem, excuse for why things are not moving forward. Been there! So part of creating all the new resolutions is figuring out HOW they will happen so you don’t beat yourself up when you haven’t adequately planned for them. I am working on this so thought I would share because you know, strength in numbers (insert high five here:)

This year has started with a bang, with several fun design projects off and running. First, we decided that because hubby’s office was closed over the holiday for ten days, and we were going to actually be in town during that time, we would do a major renovation of the waiting room. I have mentioned before how much I love the character of this 1800s building and as such, the plantation windows needed a design concept to ensure they would be the stars of the room. To do so, the drop ceiling was removed and the ceiling was raised over two feet!!!  A coffered ceiling, new lighting and the addition of a fireplace will compliment the windows and totally change the overall scale of the room. I cannot wait to see the final result!!! Right now it is steadily coming together weekend warrior style, with the painter coming to work her magic at the end of the month. Until then, here is a sneak peek of the ceiling going in:

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I also had the pleasure of creating a playroom/study space for two adorable young boys. The playroom is located off both the living room and kitchen, so the goal was clean sight lines and plenty of storage for all their favorite toys and games.

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We wanted to keep the existing art table and added four chairs for when friends come to play, along with an easy to clean polyproplene rug to define the space.

playroom with art table and desks

Individual desk spaces were established with clipboards to create personal art galleries that could be changed out easily. Also, photos were chosen for each child and placed under the acrylic desk pad to further personalize the spaces.

playroom with art table and desks

I am looking forward to sharing with you the waiting room progress, along with some design boards I am creating for E-clients. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to a fabulous 2019!

Best,

Kelly

 

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Benjamin Moore’s 2019 Color of the Year

Hi All! So it’s been a hot minute since I have been here! Holy guacamole time flies! I have been meaning to write a quick post about Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Metropolitan (AF-690), since it was released last month.  One of my fav color combos is gray and navy because it is soooo easy to add pops of color to that combo to make the room feel fresh, without doing a complete overhaul. Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy is one of my go to navy paint choices, and it looks fabulous paired with the company’s color of the year.   As you may know, the struggle is real to find that perfect gray that will work with various lighting in a room, but Metropolitan is a gorg gray that hits the mark.

Here is a design board I put together with some of my favorite pieces:

Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year 2019

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Ok, so here we are in the last quarter of 2018.  After getting a podcast kick in the pants from the likes of Tony Robbins and Rachel Hollis, I finally set goals for myself with the blog.  Guys, I LOVE writing and of course all.things.design.  So I am going to set out a schedule for the days I will be writing so that there is 1) consistency- hello! ; and 2) so you will know what days to grab a coffee and join me. Lots of new projects and endeavors on the horizon for 2019, and I cannot wait to share them with you!

Best,

Kelly

P.S. I have been obsessed with podcasts for some time now because while driving to and fro to complete the million errands that need to happen everyday, I can be learning something new! My current top five podcast favs are as follows, in no particular order- Enjoy!

  1. Oprah’s Masterclass  for interesting life stories from celebs- so far my favorite has been Cindy Crawford;
  2. How I Built This for fascinating entrepreneurial tales of how they came to be- the Barbara Corcoran episode is sooo good;
  3. Happier with Gretchen Rubin because who cannot use some more happy and Episode 172 discusses tossing unnecessary papers- upcoming resolution anyone?;
  4. Young House Love Has a Podcast with John & Sherry, Episode #90 asks what to do when a project starts to suck- anyone who has done a home renovation can relate!
  5. Diane Rehm have loved her thought provoking interviews since tuning in on NPR. She  recently did a terrific podcast on John Grisham and 30 years of legal thrillers.

 

 

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Behr’s 2019 Color of the Year and How to Use it for Fall

Morning and HAPPY Thursday All! I know all of you have been holding your collective breath with great anticipation…what, pray tell will be thee 2019 Color of the Year? All kidding aside, in the world of all things design, it’s a thing.  And….drumroll please….. Behr has chosen a beautiful, calming blue, called Blueprint S470-5.  Per their release, Behr states that Blueprint, “... is an honest, approachable color that conjures up the blueprints that builders rely on to bring architectural designs to life. Blueprint creates a space where you can build your own reimagined life-—where awareness of what we want to build for ourselves can transform into action”.  That seems like a lot of pressure to put on a color, but nevertheless it is a shade that can work with many different styles to create a stunning result.

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Behr’s 2019 Color of the Year, Blueprint

Whenever new colors are released I start playing with the tones to find products and fabrics it could be paired with.  In this case, I gravitated toward a more neutral fall color palette, using this stunning shade of blue as an accent color like the photo above.  Below are some fun pieces to bring in a little bit of the Blueprint feel for fall.

Animal print pillow | Khaki pillows with orange trim | Herringbone throw   | Rug | Lamp |

Photo of bookshelf: Helen Green Design

I hope this inspires you to try new colors at home…or at least help to get you in the mood for a little fall decorating.  I have been procrastinating on this front, but with a long weekend ahead there are beacoup projects planned, including bringing the bins labeled “FOR FALL” down from storage. I may be most excited that they are labeled, sorted and can actually be found this year thanks to my ongoing operation organization (read: days spent in the hot attic this summer….sorting, sorting and sorting). Onward and upward friends! Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Best,

Kelly

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Favorite Home Decor Trends and Finds for Fall- Most under $100!

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Happy Sunday All! I hope you had a lovely weekend packed with summer memories and projects galore.  At our house,  the notices and schedules for upcoming back to school events have been flooding in, and while I love the fall season, I am not quite ready to let summer go.  I have been reluctant to embrace the quicker pace that comes with school activities, sports schedules, and completing client projects before the snow flies. So…. in a coordinated effort to save myself a lot of angst, I have spent an inordinate (though apparently necessary) amount of time “organizing” myself.  I am a sucker for school supplies so I picked up some fun printed file folders, notepads and various other organizational items to get myself ready for the onslaught of fourth quarter projects #letsdothis!

In planning ahead, and as part of  “Operation Cleanout” that began earlier this year, I went through all my seasonal decor big and small and only kept the things I loved.  In addition I labeled them so gasp, I should will be able to find what I want to use to decorate for the upcoming seasons. Stay tuned.  Nevertheless, to get me in the fall spirit, I rounded up my favorite home decor finds in each trend category below.

The Natural Textures Trend: One of the big trends for fall is bringing in warm tones with natural textures, wood and metallics. Think baskets, wooden bowls and warm metallic lanterns. I love this room as inspiration for the natural textures trend because although it is predominately white, the textured sofa, wooden stools and woven chairs create a warm and inviting ambiance.

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Design and photo credit: Brian Paquette Interiors

To try this look at home:

1) This beautiful bowl hits the trend trifecta with its gorgeous warm neutral color, and  copper with wood fabrication.  I can totally picture it filled with small white pumpkins paired some magnolia leaves or olive branches for a beautiful fall centerpiece. Note to self… add to cart soon!

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2) This decorative woven accent would look beautiful leaning on a fireplace mantel paired with a natural arrangement, or as the focal point of a tablescape mixing brass lanterns with pumpkins and gourds. With so many uses, at $24.99 it is the perfect on trend choice.

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3) To bring in nature on a budget, this small cutting board can be layered with others of varying shapes and sizes to bring warmth into the kitchen.  It is 5 1/2 x 10 1/4 and a whopping $5.99. I am hoping to use these as individual serving plates for a tapas party…bring on holiday entertaining!

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All Things Navy: While navy has never been out (especially for those of us that gravitate toward preppy) it is continuing its hot streak as a color du jour.  For fall, navy is being paired with both metallics and jewel tones alike and I am loving this look.

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Design and Photo credit: Lillian August via The Evans Edit

Here are some beautiful pieces to bring navy and gold into your own home:

1) This desk is slightly over $100, but would make a gorgeous statement in a foyer or office.

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2) These lamps are also slightly over $100, but if you consider that you are getting the pair WITH shades it is a great way to implement the look on a budget.

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3) With its gold hardware and lacquered finish, this tray is not only on trend but also under $100.

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Animal Print Fashion Crossover: Animal print, and in particular leopard print, is everywhere in fashion again this fall and has transcended into home decor as that quintessential neutral..and this girl is thrilled! Now, we have definitely all witnessed this trend go very wrong, a little goes a long way, but when done correctly it is oh.so.right! I am so inspired by this front entry in which the layering of pattern makes it feel warm and welcoming.

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My favs to bring this trend into your own home:

1) Pick up this pillow (or better yet a pair) and add it to your sofa or bed for a pop of warmth and print.

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2) Another way to sneak in a little animal print is with these adorable leopard accent plates. I am considering mixing them with some Tartan plates for the Christmas holiday, but until then they would be perfect for fall entertaining with orange or red accents.

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3) And while this coir mat is an interpretation of leopard print, it is the perfect accent for your fall front porch decorating.  Fall is the season in which we entertain the most at our house and this mat will be both practical and stylish to welcome friends and family.

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Velvet Delight: The addition of velvet is not a new trend per se, but it is showing up in a big way on pillows and furniture alike. After all, velvet = soft and warm= all the feels of fall! This living room has stuck with me since I first saw it over a year ago. That green velvet sofa is amazing against the detailed moody wall behind. Just.So.Inviting.

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Design and Photo Credit: Studio McGee

Here are a few options to introduce velvet (on a budget) into your home:

1) These washed velvet pillow covers are 20″ square and come in a large variety of warm colors making it hard to choose just one!

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2) This inexpensive bench with tufted velvet cushion adds both style and practicality to an entryway or as seating for a vanity. (Note the extra credit styling with the metallic x base).

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3) I looooove these velvet pumpkins for fall! They are available in a ton of colors and several sizes and will work well in any of your fall vignettes. P.S. The photos in this Etsy store make shopping easy and fun, so I had to use more than one pic because I could not choose!

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So whatever Fall trend (or trends) you choose to implement in your home this season, I hope these budget friendly picks will help inspire you to try something new.

Best,

Kelly

 

 

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