Friday, July 25, 2014

Oceanside House Progress Part Two

Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing a few exciting home updates to our Oceanside pad. BEHOLD, for we have big plans for our awkwardly sparse entry room.

If you follow our blog, you know that my husband and I purchased a bungalow home in North County San Diego back in January of this year. We've slowly begun transforming the house and it's taken some time. We've finally gotten around to the front entry room, which in fact used to be the living room of the house when it was built in 1949. The awesome addition in the back with all the windows was done later in 1978. Since such a beautiful room was built in the back of the house, the entry/front room has become a design struggle. 

Here are my issues:
1. Can't quite make it into a formal or informal living space because it blocks the walkway into the "great room" with all the windows.
2. Leaving it sparse and blank feels unfinished, not to mention echo-ey.
3. I prefer not to make it into an entertainment room because that would feel weird upon entry.
4. Feels like a dark cave, hardly getting any natural light.

When Michelle came to visit a few months back she said, "Vanessa, why don't you knock out the left wall and open up to the kitchen?!" Genius. Oh, the reasons I love Michelle Nichole. 

I'm taking you into my ADD brain to show you our short-term and somewhat long-term (6 months out) plans for the entry room, which I'm destined to transform into something stylish and functional.

1. This room is so dark so we decided we'll be brightening up the walls with Dunn Edwards "Classic Grey" and tinting it 50% Lighter. This will make a huge difference, adding a modern touch/color to the walls and brightening up the space. I'm on the hunt for some interesting art above the fireplace and behind the right nook. I am thinking something surf-related for the Judeman.

 2. This is the wall that is shared by our kitchen on the other side. We're planning to open the top half of the wall up and create a bar area, so our guests can hang out with us while we're cooking or entertaining. I'm starting to render out what the remodel will look like in sketchup. We're thinking open shelving made from reclaimed wood, caeserstone countertops, re-painting the cabinets a light grey with brass hardware.

3. What the finished product will look like. Reclaimed wood bar and matching open shelving. YES please!

4. Our home was built many years ago and in those days, they were not built with a ton of storage. The previous owners installed these Ikea PAX wardrobe systems to suffice. We've used them a ton but decided after much debate, we would part with this one, as it takes up some hefty space. We're moving the beautiful mid-century console to this wall in its place (shown in photo above).

5. Please excuse the bad lighting and photo. I took this, this morning and felt like I needed sunglasses to capture an angle where you could actually see the entry table. We snatched this table at the Crate & Barrel outlet recently. We're going to be replacing the shades with natural woven/bamboo shades - but that will take some time. For now, we'll enjoy our 4 year old Ikea plant.

LASTLY, we finally hung our Crate & Barrel cage pendant in our dining room last night. Hooray for more light!

Enjoy your weekend and I'll have more updates soon!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10 Chairs you shouldn't live without

 There are just somethings we shouldn't carry on without. For me, it's a collection of ten chairs. Interesting chairs have so many lovely uses. If a corner of your home looks lonely and sad, try adding an accent chair to account for the sparse looking space. Have an extra throw? Toss is on the chair. Extra floor lamp? Add it to the mix. You'd be surprised how adding little effort can yield a beautifying result.

For now, enjoy some hump day inspiration. And when you get home tonight, fix that crowded living room by transplanting your cool chair to the lonely corner you've been staring at for months!

1. This Bertoia Mid-Century piece contrasts beautifully with a red traditional rug and lamb skin throw. An easy formula with tons of style. (via Cheetah is the new Black)

2. Sweet leather butterfly chair, how I love thee. This is the B.K.F chair from Knoll. Sigh. Another great combination of a colorful rug, chair-side accessory and lamb skin throw. This plant is called "mother in law's tongue" and it's an easy to care for house plant. (via ChicTip)

 3. The hanging chair has made a comeback in a bad-ass way. It's making its debut indoors and outdoors across the country. how can you go wrong with some added funk, swinging from your ceiling? (via A House In the Hills)

4. I found this "Roxy Rocker" and immediately swooned over the custom upholstery/wood combo. Hello Pendleton fabric! Feast your eyes on a modern day rocking chair, fit for a modern kids room. Hey, I bet your grandmother would even dig this. (via One Forty Three)

 5. I don't even think I have a caption to express the awesomeness of this beautiful piece of perfect. This chair would look great sitting awkwardly in the middle of a room, with no purpose. That's how cool it is. (via Archiproducts)

6. The fabric, the chair, the setting up against the white wall.  I now understand why Rachel Zoe uses the word BANANAS. Taking an older traditional chair and upholstering a funky floral fabric is always a good idea. I repeat, ALWAYS a good idea. (via Apartment Therapy)

7. The peacock chair. 'Nuff said. (via This is Glamorous)

8. The Teddy Bear chair is a mid-century classic. A slightly modern take with a denim-inspired fabric makes this room look casual and eclectic. The perfect recipe for awesome. (via Joss and Main)

9. This chair reminds me of the furniture around my grandparents pool when I was a kid. There may or may have not been a floating plastic swan in the vicinity as well. Either way, this is all types of amazing nostalgia. Mint green is always a YES in our book. (via Flodeau)

10. Last but not least, the Acapulco chair. I've seen it everywhere from flea markets to Pier 1 Imports. I love the versatility of using this piece indoors or outdoors. Fun, funky and full of color. Heck, how could you say no to this?

Monday, July 21, 2014


Today we're announcing the winners from our E-Design Contest.
Congratulations to:

Kate DuHadway
Yvette Chacon

We'll be contacting you both later today with details.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated!

Vanessa and Michelle

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tips for a Timeless Interior

So many clients are concerned with their home being timeless and not feeling dated. Rightfully so, who wants to spend their hard earned money remodeling their space only to end up with something that will need to be redone in a few years!?!
So, I've compiled a few tips and tricks about how to keep your home looking and feeling timeless:
1. White Paint: a tried and true classic that is simple and clean and will go with any style of décor. You just can't go wrong painting your interior white.
2. Stripes: While there are so many patterns and prints that I love, a stripe is classic and will look crisp & fresh and go great in any space.
3. Art: No matter your décor taste or what is trending in art always, always, always stick to what you love. Only put something on your walls that you are absolutely in love with and it will never go out of style.
4. Coffee Table Books: A beautiful stack of books on your coffee table or on your shelves is beautiful and practical and totally timeless.
5. Wood Flooring: One constant that will always look great is wood flooring. Tile, linoleum, or carpeting will all come and go but wood is always a good idea!
6. Distressed or Antique Furniture: Something that is old will always look good. Unlike a new white sofa that will only look nice for a few weeks, a great weathered or even antique piece will look wonderful for forever and ever and ever...
1. White Dove OC-17 is one of my personal favorite whites. 2. Awning Stripe Pillow Cover from Serena & Lily is a superb stripe. 3. Aria print by Hooray Creative is a beautiful abstract piece of art. 4. Coffee Table Books all three from Anthropologie, a great place to find such things. 5. Wood Flooring by Exquisite Surfaces is so amazingly beautiful!
6. Console Table with Cast Iron Legs from Big Daddy's Antiques in SF.
Happy Friday Party People!

Monday, July 14, 2014

GIVEAWAY! Our 100th Post!

Michelle and I are celebrating our 100th post today by giving away something special. When we started this blog last November 2013, we were just two old friends that had met at a boutique design firm in our early twenties. We both took a short time away from design for personal reasons and later returned with the launch of Nichole Therese Design, in our early thirties! We are both truly humbled by our following on Instagram and our reader base that frequents our page and projects. We are SO very thankful for you.

To celebrate such happiness and fun, we're giving away two E-Design packages to two lucky winners. E-design is a simple way to design your space using our lovely skills and designer know-how without committing to full service design. Each E-Design package is completely tailored and created to fit your style, space, and budget.

Now, lè rules. 
All you need to do is one, simple thing:

1. Visit our instagram, give us a follow and tag THREE friends on our GIVEAWAY post.
2. A winner will be chosen at random next Monday, July 21st and announced on both Instagram and our blog.

You'll receive everything listed above and more! We'll e-mail full details to both winners next Monday! Good LUCK!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bring the Outdoors In...

Summer is in full swing and we're all spending more time outside, getting our daily dose of vitamin D. I'm sure many of us have splurged on a few outdoor items this season, especially the East Coasters who thought Summer may never come!
For those of you still looking for some fun new outdoor items this post is for you. I've pulled together some of my favorite items that are technically made for outdoor use but would also look awesome inside your home once Summer comes to a close.
1. Leather-Latched Wall Planter is so beautiful and would look great inside our out. 
2. Steel Rectangle Tray is the perfect addition to any kitchen and so versatile.  3. Hot Mesh Barstool is just lovely and looks even better in person and quite a steal at only $179!
4. Crest Swivel Chair is fun and cute, this chair would look great on your patio or in your Living Room. 5. Son of a Bench is like a piece of art and would make a great entry piece. 
6. Capel Elsinore Pueblo Rug is made for outdoors but would look awesome inside as well!
Have a lovely day!!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Some of my Favorite THings

We hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July weekend! Ours was filled with friends, good food, and a little bit of work sprinkled in! A client of mine has two bathroom remodels completely underway and we're ordering tile and framing walls as we speak. I can't wait to share the reveal here on the blog!

 I'm also unsure how I managed the design process pre-Pinterest. I use photos to share ideas with my clients constantly, I'm always looking for inspiration for projects and I even have my clients pin a special board for me before we start working together so I can get a sense of their style. I decided to put together a little list of my favorite Pinterest finds from the past two weeks. I may or may not have splurged on any of the below items.
Happy Monday!

A current inspiration photo for the master bathroom of a project I'm working on. We're tiling a wall very similar to the one behind this rad tub. (via Elle Decor)

My husband and I have been searching for more garden inspiration. We're in the initial planning stages of creating something serene and jungle-y. I really love the cozy feel of this outdoor nook. I could hang out here all day. (via My Paradissi)

I gave this dressing a go last week and I'll forever keep it stocked in my fridge. A deliciously light and tasty salad dressing to keep on hand at all times. Trust me. (Via Martha Stewart)

I've used these start pendants in many projects past and they seem to be timeless. I am dying to spec them for another project soon. Isn't this room beautiful? (Via Elle Decor)

I couldn't help but chuckle at this silly tee. (Via Thug Life Shirts)
I downloaded almost all of these desktop freebies. Do yourself a favor and spice up your computer desktop with these fun and colorful images. I love them all so much (Via Designlovefest)

I'm not sure I have words for how much I love this chandelier. It's going somewhere in my house whether anyone likes it or not. (Via Zinc Door)

THIS KITCHEN. Find one person who does not LOVE this kitchen! (via Hally's)

I realize there was a huge lovefest in this post today. All my apologies.