Thursday, August 21, 2014

Design Destination: Hawaii

Most of us wouldn't think of Hawaii as a design destination and truthfully there isn't a whole lot happening there in terms of interior design. But, it is a great place to relax and recharge and gain inspiration. There are so many amazing colors, textures and prints that would be difficult not to be inspired! My favorite colors there are the different colors of the ocean; from amazing bright turquoise to deep beautiful blues. I also love all of the green...everything is so green and lush there and plants and flowers are everywhere!
This is my Hawaii design inspiration, easy to find items to bring a little bit of tropical paradise into your home.
Manteca Turquoise Pillow and Geo Links Blue/Green Pillow both scream Hawaii to me. The Lanai Mirror has a great tropical vibe and would work well in an entry or bathroom. Turquoise Moroccan Leather Pouf is a classic and the color is amazing! This Sand Waves Rug says it all, no explanation needed. Wicker Pedestal Chair is the type of furniture you would expect to see in a tropical location and would be a fun addition to any living space!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Snap Shot Tips for Interior Designers

I wish I was born with a photographic memory. It would have really helped this chick out in college. I was that student (many years ago now, sad face) that needed flash cards up the wazoo because I had the inability to remember the simplest of things. I had stacks upon stacks upon stacks of flash cards. Some people are just born with that magical talent and brain power, the super memory. Yeah.....I definitely don't have that. Never will.

WHICH brings me to my now career as an Interior Designer. As projects and different clients start to pile up (fancy problems, never taking it for granted) I find myself obsessing over organization, details and making sure I'm envisioning each space precisely. I have NO idea what I would do without a camera, or a way to document each clients space and home before, during and after each project. I reference my clients homes in photos daily, and it's an absolute MUST for any designer to carry a compact camera or way to document each project.

My old Nikon D40 felt like I was lugging around a briefcase with bricks in it, and my iPhone kept screaming at me to delete old photos because it had no more storage. I've been hunting for a compact SLR for a while when I fell in love with the new Samsung NX300m. It arrived after I anxiously anticipated its arrival for over a week, and here I am testing this magical piece of technology out. I wanted something small, compact, and the ability to take SLR quality photos for both work and play. Remember, convenience is key. Don't drag around a 20lb camera, you'll scare potential clients into thinking they're taking part in your new reality show.

I hope that our blog will serve as a source of inspiration and education for anyone inspiring to become an interior designer. There are so many small details and pieces of the business to learn, and I hope posts like these can be fun and informational! I'm sharing a few photos I've taken of clients homes during my initial consults to give you an idea of what I snap photos of for later reference.

Tip: Take your time and let the client know what you're about to do. It's important to get as much detail as possible. The more photos you take, the better. Trust me, no client wants to be billed for your time to continuously envision and see their space. Sure you'll be there mostly for client meetings, but you want to be professional and respect their space as much as possible.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Client Design Concepts

This week has been a busy one and it is finally winding down. Yesterday, I met with my clients who are looking to freshen and update their entire home. I created a few design concepts for their great/family room to review during our meeting. My top pick was Design Concept #1, and we decided we loved Design Concept #1 paired with the Moroccan rug in Design Concept #3.

Creating these boards help my clients visualize the final product. I can describe a "feel" and "style" all I want, but this helps deliver my ideas from imagination to reality.

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekend Photo Diary

It's a busy week ahead for both Michelle and I so we apologize in advance for the lack of posts this week. Michelle is away on a WELL DESERVED Hawaiian vacation. I have 4 client meetings in the next 3 days so things are a little cray cray around here.

Today I'm sharing a weekend photo diary. Hooray for new foliage, furniture and decor!

1. First things first. I checked in on one of my projects. Tile is happening and I'm headed there this morning to see more updates! I caaaaaaaaaaan't wait to see the progress.

2. Jude and I took a trip to Home Depot (where we spend every cent we earn) and I gasped when I spotted a HUGE 7' fiddle leaf fig tree (Ficus Lyrata). I bully'd Jude into stuffing our car full of said tree. He was not happy. I clearly was.

3. Happy tree in all it's fiddly glory (below).

4. We loaded up on some new goods from the Threshold collection at Target. These blue chairs and ottomans are perfect for our informal sitting room. I'm on the hunt for a rug to make this space feel more cozy.

5. Jude and I went to see some live music and took photos of our feet. What's a date night without some felfie's (foot selfies)?!

That's all for now! Cheers!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Finds

Has the weekend really arrived? Can it really be true? I'm looking forward to spending some time with Jude and finally accomplishing my idea to make and freeze homemade pesto from the massive amounts of basil in our garden. In all efforts towards celenbrating the "almost" weekend, I put together my favorite finds from the week.

1. I've been digging rattan and wicker decor. Pairing natural and organic elements with modern and bold colors are really making my heart beat, lately. This chandelier from Layla Grace is the perfect addition to my design mayhem.

2. This Anthro dress mirrors what I feel like has been my uniform lately. Perfect for lounging around, sourcing and meeting with clients. It's casual, comfortable and stylish. Pairing a dress with low boots is my ultimate favorite.

3. Peter Dunham's IKAT fabric is the perfect pop of color for those dining chairs you've been meaning to recover, or that ottoman that needs an extra dose of umph.

4. My clients LOVE this bench for their outdoor entryway from Janus et Cie. I love the organic lines and how beautifully it fits in with their magical, garden landscaping.

5. I love this colorful throw from the Dwell store. It has a really neat, retro feel. I'd love to drape this over a headboard for a quick switch-up!

6. I've been looking for the perfect every day earrings/studs. I love these for their simplicity and versatility.

7. Who doesn't love Miami? I grew up there and fell in love with these prints of South Beach. I am gathering these for a gallery wall in my house.

8. The Cynthia Console is one of my favorite pieces right now. I love the detail, construction and color.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New and Noteworthy Finds

Most of you have probably noticed that many of the home décor sites have come out with some new items recently. This is always exciting for me since I am constantly searching for furniture and décor that is new or something that I haven't already used in other projects. I'm loving the new releases from Land of Nod, everything is so whimsical and colorful and can easily be used in any room in the house (not just kids' bedrooms). These are just a few of the "new" items that I have my eye on:
1. Molecule Brass Pendant by Regina Andrew is on trend with the Brass finish and scientific details.  2. Carmen 23" Pillow is so amazingly beautiful with its hand crafted embroidery, it is a limited release (only 500 pillows were made and each is numbered).  3. Half Tone Rattan Floor Basket is perfect for toys or put it in the Living Room to hold extra throw blankets.  4. Silken Scrolls Rug is alive with color, like having a rainbow on your floor! 
5. Campaign Dresser in Kelly Green is by Land of Nod and would look great in a kids' room but would also make an awesome hall table or entry piece!

Monday, August 4, 2014

New Project New Stuff

Happy Monday peeps! What a weekend. J and I built raised garden beds (photos to come later) and I started a new project in SoCal. If you happen to follow my personal instagram, you saw the beautiful photo of my new clients home last week.  It's a beauty and I'm pretty excited to transform the already inspiring space into something even more special for them.

I'm deep into tackling my first to do's selecting exterior and interior paint for the home and looking to replace flooring throughout. Before I begin thinking about an overall "look", I take time to get to know my clients and get a feel for what makes their heart beat. I mostly have them create Pinterest boards for me. If I can't (like in this case), I ask questions like "What room or piece of your home makes you smile?" or "What do you think is the most inspiring part of your home?" This tends to open a floodgate of emotion and you'd be surprised at what you learn. Afterwards, I crank on ideas and the juices start flowin'.

My clients love the feeling they get when they approach their front door. It's a very enchanting garden-esque vibe. I knew exactly what they meant when they told me this. As I begin to envision the interior of their home, I started collecting dozens of inspiration photos to share with them later this week during our first design meeting.

I'll be keeping you posted on the progress.
Catch you later, world!