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!
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).
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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!
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!
Oprah’s Masterclass for interesting life stories from celebs- so far my favorite has been Cindy Crawford;
How I Built This for fascinating entrepreneurial tales of how they came to be- the Barbara Corcoran episode is sooo good;
Happier with Gretchen Rubin because who cannot use some more happy and Episode 172 discusses tossing unnecessary papers- upcoming resolution anyone?;
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
3) With its gold hardware and lacquered finish, this tray is not only on trend but also under $100.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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!
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.
Hi All! This post was originally started two weeks ago and titled Monday Musings, but here we are midweek, a fortnight later and I am just now sitting down to sum up my thoughts. I have been MIA finishing up some client projects, getting over a cold, enjoying a family wedding weekend, and racing toward the end of the school year with the kids. How are we mid-June already!?
Lately I have been thinking a lot about the psychology of design and space planning (warning: wordy post ahead). I have witnessed how a beautiful, functional space can literally change a client’s perspective of their home or office, but getting to that point in the road is not without its challenges. Enter the dandelion effect. This is what I call the design issue(s) when one project cannot get done because it hinges on another… and when you tackle one issue, another pops up to slow you down. And then as a result, frustration sets in and nothing.moves.forward.
There are several things that have not been addressed in the nine years I have lived in my house due to the dandelion effect. A small, yet apt example of my own current ongoing dandelion challenge has been attempting to create an area with great adequate lighting where I can apply my make-up, do my hair etc.- a space out of the way of other family members. Doesn’t sound particularly challenging right? Let’s review how we got here.
When my kids were born I began implementing the “get ready out of a bag” technique because I was home with them, and at that point as a Mom you are in whatever room they are in, so I would just drag my makeup etc. with me to be applied wherever I found myself (let’s be honest it was more like chapstick, a hair tie and an extra shirt for when I was spit-up on, but it was a “ready bag” nevertheless). Now as the kids get older, due to the sheer amount of time I spend in the car, this concept of the ever ready bag enables me to address self care rituals at stop lights and while waiting to pick up/drop off. Classy. So in an effort to stop this nonsense I have been wanting to create an area for myself to get ready in the morning. Easy enough. Except for the damn dandelion effect that has enabled the “get ready out of a bag” insanity to go on for nine years.
Here is how it works. I have wanted to delineate this prep area for myself for years, except there is one bathroom upstairs where everyone needs to get ready. We are putting in a Master Bath within a years time (for the sanity of our entire family), but until then I am challenging myself to find another solution. My first thought was to carve out a spot for a vanity table and chair in my bedroom, but then quickly realized the outlets I would need for the blow dryer are in another area of the room so I would need to relocate them…totally reasonable (insert sarcasm here) because they would all be temporary and torn out when the Master Bath goes in. Then I started using the downstairs bathroom because hey, all my stuff was in a bag anyway, but the small vanity top did not afford me the space I was looking for to layout my new Sephora haul sooooo….. I could just redo the downstairs bath sink area while awaiting the new Master Bath install. Another perfectly reasonable solution. And round and round it goes…
So this is the point in which I am going to get out of the weeds (ha ha) and implement the “progress over perfect” concept that is all the rage. As a Type A this is a challenging concept to accept, but I am tired of schlepping that bag about, as now it has become a symbol of a lack of effort to carve out space for myself in my own home (Sidebar: Naturally, I did try to make the bag fancier, more organized etc. in an attempt to quell my frustration, but it did not solve the problem per se).
So here is the plan (with rules of course)… accountability photos to follow next week: 1) I will implement an organized space for the morning routine of hair/makeup etc. (most likely with a damn extension cord to solve the outlet problem…progress, not perfect); 2) I will use existing furniture as I have been cleaning out the attic for days and cannot bring myself to buy anything new when I have a myriad of options in storage; and 3) It will be functional, organized and pretty and may even double as jewelry storage so I actually know what I have- imagine!
Now to come full circle to the psychology of design I mentioned above. Will implementing this area for myself lead to other things…greater self care- ooooh maybe I’ll even get to the gym more! LOL. Listen, I have realistic expectations, but I am wondering if just eliminating the “get ready bag” will make me feel more invested in myself. Now then, taking that to the next level, perhaps updating annoyances in my kitchen will lead to healthier eating…and will creating an at home office space make me feel like I accomplished more when I use it, not to mention better organized? I am not sure, but I cannot wait to find out:). Perhaps in doing these things my dandelion effect with become a dandelion affect…in a positive way.
Ok, so I challenge you to identify something that has been bugging you in your own home, but due to the dandelion effect you have not taken on. Make a reasonable plan for yourself and take steps forward toward your goal. Progress over perfect my friends.
Good Morning! I hope all the Mothers out there had an amazing Mother’s Day and were pampered and celebrated! My crew and I enjoyed a quick overnight getaway because with kiddos all you really need is a hotel pool:) They swam, we ate at some really fun restaurants, they swam some more, and we took them shopping for much needed summer clothes (they grew out of everything all at once)!
And here we are in Mid-May… marching toward the end of the school year. With unbridled optimism for a relaxing Summer, I totally want to spruce up the backyard and make it more lounge-worthy. When we bought the house nine years ago the size of our back deck was a major selling feature, and since that time we have been very fortunate to host many parties and family gatherings there. Now, the deck needs a little extra TLC because the wear and tear of long winters is definitely showing. Boards need to be replaced, the annual cleaning and staining are definitely due, and some plants and flowers would go a long way….
Last year I added a polypropylene rug to our outdoor dining set-up and love how it added dimension to the space to make it feel more indoor/outdoor. This year I am eyeing a new umbrella and maybe even some outdoor curtains to provide more privacy…
Here are some fun finds I wanted to share in case you are looking to up your game in your own outdoor space:
Hi All! I made it to week 6 of the One Room Challenge and am happy to report the office makeover is complete! I cannot wait to show you the transformation. Admittedly the before was sad…really sad. How could we have possibly lived with it like this for soooo long? It was just one of those cases where life was too busy and I never had time to tackle the project… but then enter the One Room Challenge… and a deadline… and I was off and running and getting.things.done! I am so elated to have this one crossed off the To Do List, but more importantly my hubby, who spends mucho time in this office, is happy with the result.
The challenge in this room that unfortunately could not be changed (due to time, logistics and budget) was its size. It is a small room, 9 x 6, that had to continue being used during this entire process. That meant working diligently on the weekends and moving things in and out so it could be a “functioning” office during the week.
Let me remind you of the before…eeeeeek a dark cluttered space with old ceiling tiles, dark trim and paneling, and “it had seen better days” wallpaper:
The room feels so much larger now with no lower paneling, light gray walls, and a fresh white trim and ceiling:
and I am so excited with how the focal wall turned out, the perfect backdrop for the compass:
and another view before:
and from a similar angle after:
I am so happy that I was able to finesse two desks into the space. They look great and will make the room much more user friendly. I held my breath when we brought them in because I forgot to account for the depth of the new focal wall when measuring how much space I had but thankfully they fit seamlessly…almost like I planned it that way- phew!
So here is hubby’s new view, and I suppose, as an extension of this office makeover, some landscaping outside the office windows is overdue as well.
Thank you to everyone who has been following along on this crazy adventure of mine. You can view the other completed projects of both featured and guest designers here. Thank you to Linda at the One Room Challenge for creating this wonderful setting to inspire us to get things done!
Hi All! Here is the summation of the progress on my One Room Challenge…. it.has.been.slow. You can see the earlier posts here: Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four along with the amazing progress of the other guest designers here.
Thankfully I was saved and our carpenter friend came in last weekend and completed the focal wall while we were away. Yessssss! But honestly, I am now holding my breath to the finish line. I had intended to get into the office this week to get started on the painting, but life got in the way and now I have my work cut out for me this weekend! Enter my amazing friend to watch the kids on Sunday so I can tackle things dawn to dusk…and recruited hubby to help.
To Do List:
Prime and paint focal wall, touch up radiators, paint baseboards (2x), touch up wall paint, build desks, hang everything on wall, details.details.details.
I do NOT recommend using a room while trying to redo it. Moving things back and forth every weekend has been insane, but thankfully once I take things out of the room this weekend I will be bringing in the new furniture and it will be for.the.last.time! Out with the old and in with the new!
Sidebar: I had a major setback this weekend with the red console I had intended to use. We don’t have an IKEA near us, so I couldn’t see it in person until this past weekend. Bummer. It would not have worked in so many ways. I have sourced many things for clients to date, but finding the perfect red console/ credenza has been by far the greatest challenge. It’s so hard when you have the idea in your head but cannot find that just right piece to implement in the space. I even debated buying an unfinished piece and painting it myself….until reality hit that I already had my hands full. So I found another red option that is arriving tomorrow and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will work. Nothing like last minute.
I am now in the home stretch…stocked up on coffee and wine, because sometimes you just know it is going to take both to get things done.on.time.
See ya next week for the reveal! It’s gonna be soooo good because it’s such a big change and will make it a much more enjoyable space.
Good Morning All! So here we are…week FOUR of the One Room Challenge! It’s going to be a nail biter to the end. This past weekend I was originally planning to complete the focal wall, but with two sick kiddos hubby and I only had time to calculate and recalculate and then calculate again the materials needed for the project….and then of course head to multiple hardware stores to gather supplies. Hubby stepped in with the Hail Mary and called in a carpenter to save the day (p.s. the same amazing soul that bailed me out in my last challenge, adding crown molding on a deadline). He is not available until this weekend, so my To Do List had to be, ahem, adjusted.
We are headed out of town this weekend so I am going to be painting at night next week to make up time. I have figured (famous last words) that once the wall is built I will have a primer coat (yes, doing it the “right” way) and then two coats of color, along with painting all the baseboards that are getting installed this weekend as well. The desks were delivered this week but there was no place to build them, so they are still in boxes and I am hoping it is literally A+B=C because I am running.out.of.time!
Here is how I left the room at the end of last weekend…sadly not much further along, but I have a plan so (deep breaths) it will be fine.
So here is what I am working with:
And here is a sneak peek of the color going on the focal wall…I did get one coat on the radiator. I am hoping that by painting the radiator (with a high temperature paint), the same color as the wall it will totally disappear. We shall see!
In sum, I am a weekend behind, but hoping to pick up some evenings and catch up! If you want to check in on the amazing progress of the other One Room Challenge Guest Participants you can follow along here.