In our bedroom we have this armoire and two nightstands. My parents got them for us as a gift and they work great in the space. I haven’t been real thrilled with the knobs though so I decided to spray paint them, what a difference it made!!! They were’t bad before but I like them better with more contrast.
When I took the knobs off they were in two pieces, no big deal though!
I left the screws in so we could open and close the drawers for a couple days without the hardware.
I used oil rubbed bronze spray paint from Meijers and primer (which I also used on my lamps) from Home Depot.
One coat of primer…
Two coats of paint! Easy peasy!
I like the darker look but could really do any color. Bright green? Gold? This is how you can create custom touches for little moola!
I hope you guys have a great weekend. Hubby is at school so I will be making the boys and I busy with projects, a birthday party, and hot yoga for me!
Make your home look well cared for and the people who enter it will feel well cared for. Breath some life into your house by incorporating these simple changes!
1. Add some plants or flowers
Nearly EVERY picture I like of a dining table, coffee table, bedside table or hall console has flowers in it! Are we on to something here? Of course I love live flowers and plants but if you can’t keep them alive go for a really good fake or dried plant. Instant decor uplift.
2. Pull furniture away from the wall
Keep your living room from looking like a dormitory and float furniture away from the wall! If you don’t have room to pull everything away, pick a few pieces. It makes a room feel more cozy and conversation more intimate!
3. Go for a larger rug size
Rugs that are to small look like an island in the middle of the room, and are just plain silly! So instead of doing this….
Do this! Tuck rugs underneath furniture to help “pull the room together”. If you don’t have a larger rug on hand, layer smaller rugs on top of one another. Layering rugs is so in right now!
4. Put fruit in a bowl
First of all it’s super cheap and usually around the house. When you need a quick color splash fruit is an easy way to go. Plus it exudes “I’m healthy and active!” What isn’t inviting about that?
When in doubt, take it out. You will have room for more important things like thinking clearly and visiting with friends.
We had a blast this weekend up north in Michigan (the most beautiful state I must add!), skiing, snowboarding and water-parking. I took my very first ski lesson and loved it, so fun!
It snowed a ton while we were there and looked a lot like this beautiful photo from photographer Alicia Bock titled Frost and Fir,www.aliciabock.com.
Here’s my first born, soooo pleased with his new skiing skills! He also was able to snow board, such a cool dude!
Despite the look on my youngest’s face he did enjoy skiing! This is the only up close pic I got though, he didn’t understand having to return rentals :(…
I am so inspired by nature and the changing seasons. You NEVER know what you are going to get around here, a couple weeks ago it was raining and 40 degrees, and now there’s a blanket of snow! It never gets boring!
In the fall I met with a client/friend about a complete remodel of their kitchen. We met again last week to come up with a less intrusive strategy because their plans have changed, fancy that? Plans change, whoa?? They have decided to put the house up for sale in the spring, if it sells they’ll move, if not they are happy to stay where they are. We decided not to gut everything and put together a design they could execute quickly on their own (the hubby is VERY handy). It’s still going to be a lot of work, but a lot less money! Here’s the plan:
remove the small unusable dishwasher and put in drawers
replace all cabinet doors
take out 1970’s plastic colored window above sink
paint cabinets and walls
put on new door hardware
look for stainless steel appliances on Craigslist
install new tile backsplash
Here are the before pictures…
I’ll get to show you the after pictures in a couple weeks. In the mean time here’s an inspiration teaser…
As part of my bedside table redo I am re-purposing lamps I already have. They are really old and I’ve been tired of the look for a long time. These puppies are getting a coat of “hammered metallic gold” and a spanking new white drum shade!
First, I wont be reusing the shades, so those went.
This little doo-hicky is called a lamp harp. Comes off super easy and I wont be using it with the new shades I bought.
Then within seconds my boys turned the lamp shades into hats and megaphones!
Can you hear me Mom?
Ooooh I love that little face!
Before spraying with primer I wrapped the cord so they wouldn’t get covered with paint.
This winter I turned our main floor bathroom into a spray booth. This room of the house needs to be redone badly and I don’t even care to use it in it’s original state. I can seal the room off from the rest of the house, put a fan in the window and spray away! It moves the air through pretty well!
After a coat of primer and two coats of paint I put on the new shades and was pleased with the new look!
I love gold right now!
This was such a simple project with a big change. All supplies totalled less than $25!!
Need help transforming your bedroom or another room in you house? I can help put together a plan to make you love your space again. Contact me here!
I was really happy last week to get the chance to spend the day with my Mom and no kids. It was a one day staycation! We went out to lunch and spent some serious time at a couple thrift stores in town. We both tried on A LOT of clothes. Here is what I love about thrifting:
it’s a cheap thrill
you have to hunt
you never know what you’ll find
Here’s the other thing I like, If I get sick of the item after a couple months, donate it back!! No biggy.
This trip I got a few accessories for the house (more on that in another post), some clothes and a new purse. Here is one of the tops I got and my massive (fake) fur purse. So fun!!
This top is really comfortable. I had the belt to throw over it already.
This purse is cavernous! Which I kind of need right now. I love that the brown fur has hints of black which tie in my winter coat.
Happy Monday friends! Hope you’re off to a good week!
I am a hands-on tangible-results driven kind of gal. I love dreaming big, making plans and anticipating the future. Without a doubt this past year has been the most challenging and in many ways did not turn out the way I had anticipated. Jeff being in school was/is REALLY getting old and now we are down to the last three and a half months! I am excited for him to graduate, but what does the future hold?? AHHHH!!
And then I read this in my devotional:
"You will not find my peace by engaging in excessive planning, attempting to control what will happen to you in the future…. Turn from the path of planning to the path of peace."
Freedom can be mine.
But wait, I’m still anxious and a little worried. Then a mentor and friend gave me a wonderful idea.
1. Get a box.
2. Write down five things that worry me. Things that I’ve prayed about, tried to solve, and do not have an answer to.
3. Put them in the box. I made boxes and instructions as Christmas presents for my sisters and Mom too.
4. Put the box away for a year.
5. Open and reflect on what has happened in the last year.
I am excited to see how this little exercise turns out. Who doesn’t have worries or stress? Who doesn’t want to feel free? One step at a time, right?
I struggle with having way too many things on-around-under-inside my bedside table. I love to read in bed, sometimes write, talk on the phone, make grocery lists, watch Portlandia on my computer, look at paint colors, design magazines, wait for my nail polish dry, wait for my curlers to set, pray, plan my next day’s events and talk it up with the hub’s. Soooo, I think it’s time to make a project out of my night stands and spruce them up. Totally embarrassing but here they are in their present state:
I really wanted to pick some of this up before taking the photo, but let’s be real here, this is what it looks like 90% of the time. NOTHING has been purchased or planned for these tables and everything is a left over from somewhere else. Not romantic, not beautiful and not relaxing. At all.
The Mr. (yes he has a leopard print lamp, don’t get jealous)
Jeff has school work, his laptop, and an alarm clock the size of a cereal box.
I want to keep in mind both pretty and functional ideas (I need to keep all my bedside activities organized!). A few things I would like:
a small lamp that I actually like
a cute clock
some type of greenery
a basket for the shelf to hide ugly books
a pencil and paper to jot down brilliant ideas when they strike
a tray for jewelry, glasses and randomness
I also have to say that most of the time when I walk into a clients bedroom they start appologizing about the mess on their bedside tables. It’s kind of funny, since so many people have the same type of mess!!
I will post pics soon of how they turn out, we’ll see how far hubby let’s me take his. AND if we both keep it up. Just being real here.
I searched though images to get me inspired and amped up. Here ya go friends!
I am so excited for my sisters wedding in June (check out this post to see the bling she now CARRIES on her left finger). The planning, decorating, and choosing colors with her is so much fun! April has a great eye, from the beginning she has wanted each bridesmaid to be in a different color. Here is what she landed on, this is the actual pdf she emailed to everyone so we could order correctly and see the color combo. You see the dress I’ll be in on the left!
I wanted to share some of the images she has saved for inspiration. So sorry I don’t have the links, she’s not an avid Pinterester (shame on her…). I love the whites mixed with burlap and splashes of bright color. This combination feels peaceful and easy going, but not sloppy.
A couple months ago I decided to transform our toy/office/storage room into MY office. Just for me. No one else. So. There! This room has always been a mishmash of stuff and was never really decorated. Truth be told we had no window, door, or base trim and it needed new paint badly! I moved everything out, PURGED, organized and found new homes for the left over items. AAAAND, here’s where we’re at…
What I’ve done so far (with overwhelming help from my Dad!)
Removed and reorganized toys into a different room.
Made a delivery to Goodwill
Painted the walls in my new favorite light neutral Benjamin Moore, Cloud Cover OC-25
Installed trim, primed and painted it in Behr Ultra Premium White
White washed shelving and re-installed
Dumped my work stuff in there just in time to put up a Christmas tree and get it out of the living room
Soooo, now that the hollydaze are over and 2012 has arrived it’s time to kick this project back into gear. What needs to happed now:
Finish painting my desk white
Build a worktop to go on my two high files
Buy a rug
Hang a swank light fixture
Create a large tack/chalk board
Accessorize, accessorize, etc!
I’ll be sure to post pics when it’s done. Done da done done done!
Before I can finish my office though priority numero uno is finishing my website. I can’t wait fir you guys to see it! I love my blog, but the site will make it easier to view my design portfolio and work experience. I am also planning some fun giveaways for the launch! A few more tweeks and she’ll be out there!
The clouds have come back to Michigan, I wont start fretting if you don’t… Peace out!
Get ready to spice things up in 2012! Pantone has declared Tangerine Tango the color of the year! What does that mean? You will be seeing more of this red orange hue in fashion, interior design, cosmetics and graphic design. Pantone combs the globe for trends in culture, entertainment, art, travel and other socio-economic conditions to arrive at the projected most influential color of the year. I love it… So go bold or go home peeps!
I recently had a few hours alone to reflect on this past year, I really wanted to start thinking and planning my goals for 2012.
2011 was full of many ups and downs. Jeff was (is) working full time and going to school full time.
My boys were wild and busy.
I was trying to get my business going.
Unexpected disappointments came our way.
As I started to plan, I felt God leading me to first be thankful. I started a list of blessings and I couldn’t stop…
There were so many blessings last year. A car to drive, a roof over our head, food to eat, family, friends, new friends. We enjoyed Jeff’s breaks from school and I spent time with a new design mentor. My boys are growing and I love seeing all the new things they do each day.
I made a list of what I would like to see happen in 2012 but I know it could change. In fact, I’m ready for it to change! I’m walking into the new year thankful, with a list of goals in my back pocket. Design. Family. Faith. Community. Health.
Took the train to Chicago a few weeks ago with my sister Sarah to visit my sister April and whoop it up in the windy city!
Me and Sar, chill’n on the train!
We did a lot of eating, walking, talking, coffee drinking, and shopping. One store we do not have in Grand Rapids (yet) is Anthropology, I love their home section! We are getting one of their retail stores here soon though!
I love this chair with its feminine shape and abstract fabric.
Accessories MAKE the house. You need furniture but don’t forget to budget for the things that make your house personal!
These painted pillows are a whimsical touch to this ornately tufted sofa.
I think Sarah I and I said “I love this!” about every five minutes in this store!
I had fun with a client this week coming up with ideas for several rooms in her house, including her first graders bedroom. A self proclaimed artist, my clients daughter is very creative and loves to have her own stamp on things. They had selected pillows with patterns in bright pink, orange, purple, teal and brown. The pillows were a great place to start since they were so colorful!
I decided that the color on the walls really needed to make her artwork stand out, but we did want some color for the drama effect. We selected Gentle Violet for the ceiling, Amethyst Cream for the trim and bright white for the walls. The white walls will create a “gallery” feel for her art. I suggested the Amethyst Cream trim paint have a high gloss finish to emphasize the contrast and add sparkle. It’s going to be so fun!
Would you paint trim in your house a color outside of the white spectrum? Try it, the room will stand out, and all it took was a little paint!
Here some fun examples of color on trim!!
What do you think of this simple idea? If your space needs some details to make it more your own see my services here.
This is a bedroom of my neighbor girl, babysitter and one of my best friends’ daughters, Katie. After a few other house projects they had to complete we got together for a brainstorming session.
It is so fun working with younger people and hearing their ideas! I put together a quick sketch of the room layout, then we talked about STYLE.
An idea for a fabric covered tack board with gold stencil…
Katie’s likes and interest’s.
She likes modern mixed with Victorian and fantasy. A VERY creative girl she writes, draws and has just started rowing with the Grand Rapids Rowing Team.
We talked about reusing this gold frame, maybe with a simple black and white sketch in it???
Katie’s purple hair had to be incorporated into the final color scheme…
Since she won the contest we did a brain storm session and I put together this design board for further inspiration. I can’t wait to share how it turns out!
How do your kids bedrooms reflect their style? It is so fun to hear what they like. Get them to draw pictures and express their creative juices. Embrace their self expression, you will NEVER regret it!
Over the past few months I’ve been slowly repainting the inside of our house. YEARS ago I spent hours stenciling our tv and dining room, lucky for me I can just paint over it!
Here is our tv room, the red couch and rug are from Pottery Barn and I sold them on Craigslist. The metal and glass table is still for sale and the gold leaf cabinet which I LOVE love love is still in the room. I’ve been crazy over gray lately so I decided to paint over the brown and lighten things up a bit!
Moved everything out of the tv room with our “newish” sectional…
Taped everything off and put down newspaper…
Then paint the 1st coat, and 2nd coat all while life continues to plug along!
I always use low or zero VOC paint, I do not want my family to inhale any nasty compounds! It’s mid afternoon so the kiddos are having “quiet time.”
I love my little helpers. I will post some more “in process” pictures when I have time!!!
One of the last weekends of summer we went to Lake Michigan to soak up what was left of the season. We rode dune buggies, peered out the top of the lighthouse, and swam in the lake… It was a great wrap up to summer!
See the one tiny boat in the distance? So serene…
Love this bright orange…
A client of mine also loves the water and wanted to decorate her son’s bedroom in that theme. I picked out a rich blue paint color and we discussed accessories and bedding she could incorporate later. I was over the other day after she finished painting and this is what the room looks like at this point!
I love large detail images! What do you love? Blow it up large and frame it!
This is what I love, my best part of the summer… I’m blessed to have these goof balls!
Marek started young five’s last week at his new elementary and loves it.
Bram will be three at the end of October and is almost potty trained, he loves his big boy underwear and tackling his big brother!
I think we’re ready for fall now. With my husband in school and working, my business taking off and the kids at the center of it all this will be our busiest season yet. Here we go!
Last week I taught a fabulously fun Design Workshop for a group of inspiring women! What drives me is helping people love their home. I want homes to reflect the true personality of the people who live there. With my education and experience in interior design I connect art (how arrangement influences the senses) and science (scale, codes, color theory, programming, lighting, space planning, etc.).
In design the possibilities are endless… Reach out and be inspired!
At the end of my workshops I help each person with their own personal design dilemma, which is really fun! I even bring my own current design issue to share…
Attendees get to browse materials and get excited about their homes!
Want to host a workshop with me? Click here and let’s talk!
I’ve mentioned before that our house has gone through some major renovations. Our upstairs used to be an apartment and where we have a master bedroom used to be a nasty old kitchen. The kitchen was torn out when the roof was replaced and raised. With the architectural mayhem behind us now it’s time to decorate. While I love design and have oodles of ideas for my clients, I’m a bit slow when it comes to my own house.
Here is a picture (please forgive how dark it is) of the french doors in our bedroom that will lead out to a balcony we have not yet built. On this balcony I see overflowing pots of flowers and a comfy chair to read in, but for now this serves as the only window in our room.
Still working on the window treatment thing!
Since this is the only source of natural light in the room I wanted to add mirrors on either side of the bed. This will help get some of that sunshine to the other side of the room.
I am really bad about piles of books and magazines at my night stand. Usually I have them all over the floor and on top of the bedside table. I need to find the right size basket for this shelf to hide them!
I bought two of these mirrors on Craigslist for $10 each. My hubby, even though he is crazy busy with full time work and school, wanted to paint them and install them for me. Before he started school we did a lot of diy projects together!
Thank you honey for doing this for me!!
Designers best friends; tape measure and level!
I like having the reflective surface next to the bed!
Jeff has an anciet alarm clock that REALLY needs to go, but that he is somehow insistent on keeping. I just need to confiscate it and appologize later.
With both mirrors up its one step in the right direction but far from complete! Ummm…. A little boring yet, right? Pillows, lighting, accessories. All in good time.
If projects in your house happen one step at a time, even if there is a bit of a time LAPSE don’t dismay! It’s worth the wait; you’ll be so proud of your space in the end.
My Aunt Denise (my mother’s sister) lives in a house in the city built in the 1890’s. My house was built in 1896 so I sympathize with the project load that comes with an older home. While the “to do” list is long she has completely re-landscaped and brought in new furniture and window treatments. To say my Aunt is creative is an understatement. Last week she woke up in the night to create a floral arrangement for her front door, then stood outside tweaking it to perfection at 3am. She is an amazing gardener and quilter and loves planning her home. She watches my boys once a week while I go to yoga so we get to catch up on her projects, and she has me put in my two cents!
Here are some before/demo pictures…
My Aunt Denise striking a pose in her unfinished kitchen! Yeah… been there done that.
See that 1950’s sink cabinet under the window? We’ve decided to reuse it and I’m sooo excited! This old house has a basement full of vintage interior fixtures, many of which have never been used. My Aunt goes shopping in her basement to decorate her house! For the kitchen she has found:
Cool 1950’s cabinet hardware, still in the box.
A funky ceiling mount light fixture, probably 1950’s or earlier.
Dishes and accessories.
Here is a closer shot of the super cool (I’m just a little jealous) sink and cabinet.
I think this project will be hanging around for a while, they are not in a huge hurry (i.e. budget, time, diy, careers and a life…) Aunt Denise and I have discussed some interior finishes, but I threw this design board together so we can dream and plan about it’s completion!
My Aunt is very creative and loves design, she has been clipping kitchen photos for a long time. Here are a few examples of her design persuasion!
What do you think of this aesthetic? Rusticy, vintagey, casual… Do you try to keep or enhance architectural aspects of your home?
I love this pattern, it’s cheerful and versitile! Ikat, pronounced ee-kat, is one of the oldest patterned textiles in the world. They appear in cultures as diverse as Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Guatemala, Turkey and India. Check out more on the history of this textile, which goes back thousands of years!
Here are some pretty pictures of one of my favorite patterns right now! These ikat window treatments make a big statement.
Some of the brighter Ikat patterns can be a bit expensive, so if you want a custom look for less check out this diy fabric stencil project! This bright coral Ikat pillow was created by Elizabeth Chaffee at The Mustard Ceiling and featured on one of my favorite design blogs Design Sponge. Go there to find a great tutorial on how to create this pattern in any color!
I met with a client/friend/running partner/neighbor to talk about pulling together some accessories for her main floor and a total redesign of her daughters’ bedroom. We’ll leave the bedroom for another post and I’ll dish about the main floor! A lot of clients have items in their house that they want to incorporate into a new design.
This client already has:
tan leather sofa
On a previous visit we selected brown drapes and pale yellow walls. Here is a design board I put together for the space, and what is new?
pillows on sofa
white lamp shades on existing bases
I have so much fun pumping up the volume with great accessories! Do you need help with those finishing touches? Artwork, photos, lighting, pillows and plants or flowers help make a house feel like a home! Let’s set a time to pull it all together!
Today I met with a client to help come up with ideas for her living room and kitchen, and I have to admit it was a bit of a surprise! I NEVER know what to expect when I walk into a home for the first time. Most clients tend to be traditional with a personal twist, not this one. Although slightly embarrassing to admit I assumed (and you know what THAT does, ha ha) by our conversation on the phone that my new client, potentially many years my senior, would be very traditional. Maybe, frilly or safe? Yeah. Not so much.
She likes color, bright color, and once had a pink, purple and teal interior decor! Now we were working with purple and gray and she wanted to spruce up her walls and accessories. In her current home a few things didn’t seem to match her spunk, like these pillows that sat on her very cool contemporary purple sectional.
This is what I did with those pillows…
She had a “bed in the bag” in gray/black and white in the basement. We broke it open and threw around some of the toss pillows…
While looking for paint colors we liked the idea of adding in some green and white accents to the purple sofa…
My client recently bought this chair which had purple/green/taupe and black.
I added this white sparkly pillow from the pillow bag and we selected three new paint colors for the space. Dark taupe accent walls, all over light gray and green for the kitchen!
With an open floor plan, we decided on a large rug to pull together the living room seating area. There are several black and silver furniture pieces, white trim and white window treatments. So I pulled a few fun options! Black and white provides pop!
So now my client is armed with a shopping list and NEW inspiration. And it totally looks like her; not me, not a catalog, not her neighbor, HER! Regardless of trends or budgets be true to your own style and be brave!
Training your children in the way they should go is a huge responsibility. That’s why when my sister in law Heather gave my son Marek a gift card to Target for his birthday I took it as an opportunity, Target Training 101: A Lesson in Multi-Tasking!
Yes, there are toys at Target, there are also pillows, candles and mirrors. This trip was going to be a win, win. Target has something for everyone right?
What I love most is Marek’s excitement at going shopping for his birthday present. As we pulled into the parking lot he said “Target!! Mom!! I’m sooo excited!!!” He said this about ten times.
First stop, of course, is the $1.79 popcorn and pop. Lest you not go hungry.
FYI: Fountain diet coke is superior to all other forms.
Popcorn tastes good when you’re shopping for toys!
Walking up and down each toy isle, I decided to let Marek pick out exactly what he wanted, with minimal interference.
This lead to a lot of ideas…
Luckily we were able to get almost all of the things he picked out, thanks to super awesome sales on summer toys!
After the gift card limit was reached, Marek had a little lesson in multi-tasking, a Target must. Since this mama frequently peruses home decor we headed to that section! I liked this green and white pillow, the contrast would pop against a variety of sofa fabrics!
These lamps gave me ideas for my next spray painting endeavor…
I like the different blues and white on this velvet pillow. Very versatile, could be modern, beachy, or used in a boys bedroom or living room!
Popcorn & Pop + water toys + home accessories = fun date with my five year old boy!!!!
So our house was built in 1896, (she’s a geezer!) and we have spent a lot of blood sweat and tears restoring her to her former glory. This poor abode was beaten and bruised when we got her but she’s work’n on a comeback! In the 1950’s our house was split into two apartments, top and bottom. The attic roof was raised on one side and a kitchen was installed. Jeff and I lived in this part of the house for the first year of our marriage until our tenant on the first floor hit the road. That’s when we decided to really start giving her the attention she needed! One of our big projects was to gut the upstairs kitchen and turn it into a master suite, including walk in closet and bathroom (yippie!!). Once we moved back into our new space it was time to put the boys into our old room which was much larger than their super cute little nursery they had spent so much time in…
I loved this room!! So small but with two toddler beds, a bookcase and large closet they were all set! I was ready to move more of their toys off the main floor so a larger room would be nice. Plus I am planning on making a permatent office here, oooh I can’t wait!!!!
This is our old room after we moved out and were working on repainting the trim!
I loved this wall color, very cozy!
You might remember my post a few months back on making quilts for the boys beds, here are the fabrics… My sister April is working on them right now and I can’t wait to show them off!!!
Based on the fabric colors I ordered several larger paint samples, in mostly greens and blues per the boys request!
The process of reduction began, mind you I’m in my glory here! ALWAYS get larger samples of paint colors! Tape them on each wall in the room and view at different times of the day, color will change depending on the light and you have to love it when it does!
The boys got in on the action!
I asked them to show me their favorite colors, which changed every few seconds! (I have the same problem)
Then I put a few on the walls to mull over (remember, this is my sick way of having a good time!)
After looking at all the green paints I decided to put green on the ceiling and light gray on the walls. Now, the new pictures are a little dark (and the room is VERY unfinished!) because I don’t have a light fixture up yet. (another diy on the list…) BUT we have a fresh clean pallete to work with, I can add color to my hearts content! Better pictures when I have lighting!!!
Jeff built trellises that go up both sides of the house, they serve as perfect window coverings here! He also built this play table for Marek’s first birthday. Baskets from Big Lots for toys make it more functional.
View to the door that leads into the hallway and a little glimpse of the green ceiling.
Dinos, guitar, books, and 20 year old furniture that I painted white and added new hardware to…
Closet door, check out that sexy trim work, my hubby did that all by hand! Yes completely custom to match the original! Our trim had been severely damaged!
We are organizing toys in the closet!
That’s where we are to this point, it’s a work in progress, waiting for several details. I love it so far! Here’s what else needs to be done:
Clean rug remnant I got for free and put down (it’s bright green!)
Decorative painting on ceiling around a diy light fixture.
Make orbish, string light for the ceiling.
Buy white curtains and paint with a large stencil.
Help my sister April finish quilts and set up bedding
Get a bean bag for story time at night.
Are you the type that goes for bold color on the walls with neutral accents or do you choose neutral walls with colorful accessories? I’m excited to start adding in the “fun” to this blank canvas!
My sister and brother in law are moving into a beautiful custom home, it’s really their dream house! Beautiful details at every turn, on a river, um… yeah I’m not jealous at all! Really… So before they closed we went though the house, took a few pictures and dimensions and went furniture shopping! Having spotted a sofa that they both really liked, my sister in law brought me to the store to get my stamp of approval and put together coordinating fabrics.
This is the sofa (with a matching loveseat) that was chosen. It looks JUST like real leather but is actually a soft microfiber! Five stars in the cuddle department!
After seeing the sofa we started looking over fabrics for accent pillows! Super fun!
We layed out several combinations, mixing and matching…
Then I pulled together this combination, yellow solid, yellow and gray modern floral and gray and cream little birdies. Not anywhere near each other on the fabric rack but I loved it right away! But wait you might say… Brown and gray? Warm and cool? Yes! You can mix and match these tones!
We also liked this fabric combination for pillows and spent a while giving each option it’s due diligence!
But… In the end my sister in law and I both loved the color, scale and theme of this fabric selection! We had a winner! Don’t be afraid (and I know from experience some of you are!) to mix warm and cool colors!
BIG SIDE NOTE…
Here is my wonderful mother in law watching the boys while the girls shop, she’s the best!!
My boys have a flair for choosing just the right accent pieces! Ha! Love those stinkers!
I’ve read tutorials online about spray painting just about anything. It’s a cheap thrill and gets the job done, most of the time… I thought I would try to spray paint a couple lamp shades (since really big cool ones can be $$$!) and see how it turned out. What would I have to loose except for the cost of the paint?
These lamps were purchased for the night stands in our master bedroom for $5 each off of Craigslist. I wasn’t crazy about the color and was ready to change it!
These are the empty nightstands where they were to go, as you can see our bedroom is pretty bare, more on that in another post!
I wanted to add some drama with the lighting (please ignore the color!) And didn’t want small lamps, small these are not!!
So I set one of the pinkish textured humongo lamp shades on a 5 gallon bucket in our backyard…
And without taking the time to change out of my clothes from church (who has time when creativity strikes?) I started to spray, and spray, and spray.
And spray, until it looked like this, meh… Crispy and still pink.
Up close? Crispy, crusty, pilly and STILLslightly pink… I think deep down I knew this wasn’t going to work but for a $5 can of spray paint I was willing to let myself be pleasantly surprised…
So in the end I decided that these large lamps were actually TOO large. I will play with re-purposing some lamps I already have that are slightly smaller. You’ll notice that this post is the first round of two parts. I will try this project on another lamp shade and here is the main reason why:the texture of my second lamp shade is smooth and a single layer of material which will hopefully produce a better finish. I will keep you guys posted on that project, you never know until you try!
My husband is getting his MBA from the University of Michigan and has to go to Ann Arbor once a month for two nights. This lucky gal (with the help of two amazing mothers and one awesome aunt) was able to tag along this month! Not only do I get to hang out at a beautiful campus and feel smart and such, but they also have an Ikea here. You see in our lovely home of Grand Rapids we are forced to survive without this pocket book friendly Swedish home store, so sad!!!
When I first got to Ikea I was really hungry so I went straight for the cafeteria and got the Swedish meatballs, my favorite! Then, since I was so blessed to enjoy this experience without my two little boys (whom I love to the end of the earth but at 2 and 5 are not yet able to shop hard core) I slowly perused each section and thoughtfully selected a few accessories.
I really liked these pillows!!! Since I’m changing the colors in my house from deep browns and dark reds to light and bright yellow, blue and green I thought they could work somewhere…
I love how soft they are (the sultry description is spot on!) The really awesome price also included a down insert yes!!!
I also got a few things for my boys bathroom. I’ll show you pictures of everything in the room when I get home!
I bought three of these frames in green, I’m thinking cute bathtub shots with lots of bubbles!
Hand towels that get used only a million times a day…
This plant holder was actually on sale for 99 cents!!!
At my Grandmothers cottage there are plenty of flowers in bloom to make a new bouquet every week. We watch summer unfold as the flowers in the vase change from week to week and I’ve always admired that! When Jeff and I got married the first thing I did was start the process of ripping out our grass so I could have flowers for cutting! We soon planted two ever blooming hydrangea’s and they get bigger every year!
This side of the house between next to the driveway used to be grass, not any more!!!
This year my hydrangea’s are loaded!!
I love how they are slightly different…
They make such an easy bouquet because they are a large full flower! “Ever blooming” really does bloom all summer too!! Then in the fall they dry beautifully!
This makes me happy!!!
Find something in your yard and make an arrangement!
Before and After: Putting Life in the Living Room!
At my design workshops one of the top mistakes I talk about is the lack of “spark” in a home. The feeling you get when you walk into a space and your eyes dance with joy! A lot of us get the room painted, furniture in, maybe window treatments up but don’t put a lot of energy into the final details. Artwork, pillows, accessories, throws, etc… Done in a thoughtful and personal way can turn a space you live in into a space that comes alive!!
Below is a really simple redo I did with a client. The living room was monotone and boring and really needed more contrast since there were a lot of neutrals.
We had a budget to stick to and wanted to be strategic about what we switched out. Some items were new or sentimental and most of the room was on the right track! I suggested pulling more white from the black and white photo above the couch and here’s what happened…
What did we do? Very simple:
1. Two new white pillows
2. One brighter red lumbar pillow
3. One new rug
4. Moved around some existing accessories
Design doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated, just well thought out! I love doing these switcheroos!
Today I had a few hours without my little boys. It’s been a rainy cold day so I snuck inside some great Grand Rapids shops! I love never knowing what I’m going to find. I’m also inspired by the way shop owners creatively stage their merchandise, looks like a fun job!
Right now Pier 1 Imports has this very versatile, fun brown and white velvet ric rac pillow on sale! Originally $24.95 it’s now only $12.35, which is a great deal for instant graphic impact! Throw this pillow against any color; a pink nursery, blue chair or neutral bedding and get instant impact. That’s what I love about high contrast, it pops in any setting!
Last week was the annual festival day for Very Special Arts Grand Rapids, and a beautiful day it was! The executive director for VSA Grand Rapids Michele Suchovsky described art as a way to see the world through another persons’ prism. When people with special needs create art they express their world to us through a very unique prism and we get the opportunity to understand them at a deeper level. At the same time, children and adults involved with VSA GR get the satisfaction and noteriety that comes with creating something with their hands! I have been involved with VSA Grand Rapids for a long time and a couple years ago joined the board of directors. VSA is solely committed to providing arts programs and opportunities to people with disabilities in our community. In fact in Grand Rapids alone, VSA serves over 6,000 children, youth and adults each year. They partner with schools, organize dance, music, and theater classes, provide an art festival day and concerts! For the second year in a row they have also held a venue to showcase adult artists at Art Prize, which was very exciting for everyone involved!
Here are some pics from festival day!
Typically I volunteer in the same spot every year, so this time I took a tour of festival day to see all the events! Here kids are making masks of their hands and then painting them!
Hand mask making!
Dance and movement!!
Kids created art hero capes to put on the back of their wheelchairs. Art is here to save the day!!!
Percussion class with the first chair percussionist from our very own Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra!
Art making tent outside.
For many years my dad has organized the truck painting activity. Kids ride a loader and get to squirt a semi with paint guns, rollers, etc!! Here’s my Dad and I in front of this years truck!
The kids get to paint a semi truck from a front loader, the REAL thrill is the ride, painting is secondary!
Way up high!
Time to create art!
I went around the semi truck and took a few shots… I’m thinking of enlarging a few for my boys bedroom!
Here is the wheel chair painting area. Kids in wheel chairs are outfitted with special equipment to paint a large canvas on the ground. It’s an exclusive event, sorry! You must have a wheel chair to participate!
Wheel chair canvas.
Some of the art pieces created will be donated and framed for the annual Very Special Art auction that happens every fall. A wonderful evening dedicated to raising money to support VSA programs! Leave a comment for me or visit www.vsagr.org for more information!
I also spotted this really cool chair, I would love to see a bright pillow on it mixed in with a couple vintage pieces! This is actually a knock off of a T Vac Design, sold on Design Within Reach for $375, at Second Time Around it was $79!!!!
Then I saw this really simple tan couch. Second Time Around has a partnership with Cort Furniture which is where this sofa came from. Cort leases furniture to showrooms or model houses for staging so the pieces barely get used! STA has a lot of Cort on their floor.. This was priced at $399!
And yeah… What CAN’T you do with a neutral sofa!!! Tan and white…
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This kitchen is crazy, maybe they are not morning people… How about some coffee with your yellow cabinets?
Unless you’ve hiding under a rock you’ve probably noticed bird motifs have been pretty popular over the last few years! They are beautiful and versatile and speak to our desire to “bring the outside in.” Bird décor can be modern, abstract or very traditional, take your pick!
Light and airy birds!! (by Gatehouse wallcovering)
Love the bird step stool and bedding!
These pillows/bookends are so soft and sweet! I love the neutral tones… And the bird!
It’s the middle of April in Michigan and yes, it’s snowing outside! This morning my Facebook was flooded with moans and groans about this sudden weather change, how we mid-westerners quickly forget our fickle seasons! Yesterday I was planting seeds in my garden and today, well, I’m putting boots and hats on the kids. Anywho… I grabbed these light filled rooms to cheer everyone up!
I love how simple and uncluttered the furniture is in this playroom. The finishes are soft, a nice change for a children’s area.
I love all the white in this picture! I want to sit there with a cup of coffee in the morning and enjoy the beautiful orchids and views!
This room layout is similar to my bedroom with French doors close to the bed. I love how much light they let in, it floods our room and all down the hallway! This modern bed and artwork is a great contrast to the traditional doors and shutters!
I have a very dark laundry room so I love the brightness here! It makes me want to skip and sing while I do my chores!
Cheer up Michiganders, sunshine is around the corner!
The culture and design blog Trendland recently highlighted these still photographs developed by Crown. These images are part of Crown’s 2011 Interior Colour Trend photo shoot. I love the compositions and the color combinations are refreshing! Color forecasting gets me excited about the next project and I love figuring out how different palettes work in a space! I don’t believe in following a trend though if it’s not your thing, beautiful spaces are ultimately defined by the personalities of those who inhabit them.
These deep purples and bright blues get a twist with dark olive and a medium tone yellow.
I love this scooter and the chairs on top! This fresh summery teal with gray, white and tan stays grounded with the dark blue/green and citron yellow.
The palette is so refreshing, I like seeing a dark red thrown in with lighter blue orange and tan.
Neutrals, sometimes I think they are harder to plan correctly than bold colors! This is beautiful.
I get a little nervous when it comes to incorporating green and red together, too Christmassy. But… I really like the super dark green (it has a little blue in it), with the red, tan, brown and white.
We are moving our two sons into a new bedroom, so what color do we paint the walls? Since my four year old Marek has told me several times his favorite color is green, I think we’ll start there. But WHAT shade of green do you ask? Oh, I could get lost in that topic! I decided to pick fabric first, here’s the story…
My sister April has taken up quilting and sewing in the last year and agreed to make quilts for my boys new bunk beds (well used bunk beds, but new to us!). April’s boyfriend liked the quilt so much he decided to pop the question! Below is her new bling and some of her fabulous makes so far…
Rainbow quilt April is making for a friend…
I love these pillows she made, who doesn’t want to wake up to a giant happy flower?
First picture of bling! Didn’t her honey do a good job?
Close up of happy pillow…
More bling, yeah, it’s amazing!!
These two quilts were made by my Great Grandmothers. Both are really heavy and I love how colorful they are!
My Mom’s sister made this quilt for my son Marek, it’s very intricate. She has amazing talent!
For the boys quilts April and I looked through several patterns. We landed on this spiffy argyle design; argyle quilts are so manly! Of course our color way will be drastically different… Find this quilt here!
THEN, once we had a pattern I could go fabric shopping. One of my most favorite things! I happened to find these at Joann’s, and since green is our constant in this equation here is what I came home with…
Small scale pattern…
Small scale pattern…
The quilt needs mostly small pattern fabric with one medium size print. I love how they are so different but together they work! I can’t wait to get started making these quilts!
I’m thinking of pulling the blue as an accent, possibly on the ceiling! Then going for a really light green on the walls! I really can’t wait to do this room! My boys are so excited to sleep in bunk beds!!
With my fabric at my side I went to the Benjamin Moore website and ordered about, oh I don’t know, maybe 40 different paint samples for the walls and ceiling… Excessive, maybe, but it’s hard for me to leave a green behind! Now I wait for the paint samples to come in, I’ll let you know as soon as they do!
Fabric! I am always looking for affordable ways to get really cool stuff, especially fabric. Lately I’ve been obsessed with two websites, spoonflower.com and colourlovers.com. These sites have partnered to allow you to design fabric and then have it printed. They will deliver your design (or anyone else’s) in two to three weeks which is amazingly fast for something custom made! You can also browse thousands of designs other users have uploaded! The designs can be printed on a variety of different fabrics at no minimum yardage, accent pillow anyone? I am so excited to try this and already have an idea brewing… Here are some of my pick’s so far!
The sun is shining here and we are getting anxious for things to warm up. Marek couldn’t wait for the ice on the sidewalks to melt so we’ve been doing this for the last few weeks…
In the dead of winter when I was super anxious for spring I ran across this fashion photo and fell in love! I immediately started thinking about redoing my house in these lovely colors of, turquoise, navy, white, and tan; maybe I would throw in a little fuchsia as an accent if I’m feeling zippy! Here’s the shot that made me yearn for my flip flops…
This picture was all I needed to start a design collage. I love collages! Put me in front of colors and finishes and I’m like a kid in a candy shop! The other night while Jeff was reading in bed I was snug as a bug with paint samples trying to decipher which neutral was really my favorite, I know; impossible task right? I know I’m nutso but this is what keeps my juices flowing.
Soooo, on to the design board… I could probably come up with 20 different looks with this photo as an inspiration but this is what I came up with first time around.
The patterned fabrics are Amy Butler from Joann Fabrics and the navy is a velvet Maharam, which you could probably find another version somewhere else or call me and I’ll hook you up!
I like putting a little pink in the mix, Pantone has declared it the color of the year! If that’s not your thing then yellow would be a great accent against the blues. This sofa is the Karlstad sectional in beige from Ikea.
Here I have another Amy Butler fabric from Joann’s and some hardware bling. I like a little bling here and there (sometimes everywhere!). In my hood you could get lucky and find a chair like this on the side of the road, if not grab one from a garage sale, paint it blue and off you go!
I’m eying my living room for this makeover but I’ll need to finesse it a bit. With my husband working and in school and a 2 and four year old at home I’m on my own for personal makeovers right now. But that sort of makes me feel more empowered, time to rev the engines people!
Embracing the whole cute small house with character idea my parents Mark and Lori, moved from a bland, large newer home into a small cottage style house built in 1933. Since my Mom and Dad are accomplished do-it-yourselfers trading in a finished low maintenance home for an older house that needed to be completely redone wasn’t out of their league. Now that it’s just my youngest sister Gloria (love ya Glo!) and their three year old yorkie-poo Carlos (best dog ever!) at home with them they did not need as much room and were yearning for a house with soul. To say that this house needed a facelift is an understatement, we’re talking a full head to toe nip and tuck operation here. But this is why I love old houses, a couple swings of the hammer and she’s ready for the ball!
The first issue with the kitchen was the layout, lots of wasted space. Second, everything was basically falling apart, countertop cracked, dishwasher barely worked, and on and on. Here’s a lovely picture of Cinderella before her prince charming…
We put together a layout that would provide more storage and open up the space. Then my parents started shopping around for the best value on cabinets, appliances, countertops, etc. They divied up the work between professionals (plumbing, electrical, installing cabinets) and themselves (painting, trim, installing tile). I love how the new space is floaded with light and lets you see more of the dining and living room. They planned a simple color pallet so colorful accents could jazz it up at a whim.
I love the concrete countertops and modern hardware…
My Dad, aka master tile installer put up the back splash, he throws a mean trowel!
My sweet little Bram helps define scale and proportion, the perfect model in my eyes!
I’ve lived though a couple kitchen renovations with my folks and they do a great job. It’s never fun to wash dishes in your bathtub or eat out of a microwave for extended periods but it was worth it!
Cabinets: Meridian, Appliances: KitchenAid, Flooring: Lumber Liquidators, Sink: Elklay,Trim Paint: Benjamin Moore White Dove, Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Timid White, Tile: Lowes