Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!!! It's been a long week and both Vanessa and I have been super busy with work. Because of our crazy schedules we have neglected the blog a little lately, but hope to get back on track next week!
So to cap off this wild week I give you my Friday finds...
So in love with these little Handknit Tuffets they look like something out of the Seven Dwarves Cottage!
The Aubrie Tote is both beautiful and versatile. Great for a toting all of your fresh finds from the farmers market or makes a great laundry basket!
Now these stunning Framed Agate Knobs really are jewelry for your furniture!
This Fiona Light is simple elegance. It would be perfect in an entry and would be so sweet in a little girl's room.
A pre-made Banquette Sectional...this made my day! Clients are always looking to add a banquette and this is a simple and quick solution. I love the stripes and the contrast piping at the bottom!
Last but not least...this Hedgehog Shoe Brush is sweet and whimsical (I am a sucker for whimsy). It's almost too cute, I would feel bad wiping my muddy shoes on it!
Cheers to a wonderful weekend!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

7 Favorites Things Right Now

There's always something I'm lusting after, whether it's a new rug, side tables, SHOES! I "pin" most of my wants to my wishlist, but today I'm sharing some of the items I've been lusting after, lately.

1. Best in Brass ($49.95) These lights are seriously beautiful. I'm dying to design a space where I can have a little fun with these vintage-inspired light fixtures (via cb2)

2. Plum & Bow Chunky Pompom Throw ($89) I'm trying to find a reason why someone wouldn't want this. It makes me smile every time I look at it. Can you imagine how you'd feel snuggling up to this?! (via Urban Outfitters)

3. Anything Jane Denton ($390) My heart hurts when I look at Jane Denton's art. It's unique, colorful and happy. It's a wonderfully whimsical option for a children's room or HELL, your living room. (via Jane Denton)

4. Kilim Lounge Chair ($950) I have a serious obsession with kilims, vintage ones in particular. While this isn't a vintage upholstery, this chair kicks some seriousness. Colorful yet not too demanding of your attention. Gimme! (Via Furbish Studio)

5. Funky Mid-Century Cabinet ($2995) WHY must the world pain me with not owning such a beautiful piece. 5 walnut and maple drawers, 2 sliding powder coated drawers and brass metal legs and hardware. This is so beautifully handcrafted, it hurts. (via Organic Modernism)

6. Peg Legs for Ikea Hacks ($150) Annnnnnnnnd you're welcome. This company has succeeded in making the most unique table, bed, stool and sofa legs you've seen in this here town. Pretty awesome pretty pegs. (via Pretty Pegs)

7. Abstract Art ($350) A beautiful and unique way to decorate a wall space void of color. I absolutely love the way these look as a set. You won't see these in Ikea.... (via Focus Line Art)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Living Room Redux

As an interior designer you are always working, even when you're not actually working. Vanessa and I both experience this, it is difficult to "turn it off"...even if you are out to dinner or at a store you're constantly looking at the lighting, some detail in the flooring, or the paint color. This weekend was no different, I helped my parents with some updates in their home as they prepare for house guests from Germany. They finally succumbed to my requests for fresh paint and new furniture! Last year they had painted their kitchen/family room a color I can best describe as "pumpkin spice latte" and it was time tone it down a bit. We went far beyond the kitchen and painted almost the whole interior, with the exception of the bedrooms. Color selection was simple and they went with two of my favorites: "London Fog" and "Classic Gray" by Benjamin Moore. "London Fog" for the Kitchen/Family Room, Dining Room and Living Room. The "Classic Gray" for the Entry, Upstairs Hallway and Downstairs Hallway. I found this picture on Houzz that happened to show the two colors together:
Photo via Houzz, designed by 2 Design Group
Besides painting we also purchased some much needed new furniture. My parents have had the same white leather sofa for 10-15+ years and it is definitely time for something new! My mom and I took a fun little trip to Crate & Barrel to try out some sofas and look at rugs. She ordered the Davis Leather Sofa in "Cashew" and the Lynx Natural Rug. We also ventured to Ikea for some new matching picture frames and a small Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree for a touch of greenery.    
Happy Tuesday! And cheers to a 4-day work week!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Before and After Goodies

Quick projects are always fun. I had the opportunity to beautify a few rooms (in two days!) for a very special celebration this upcoming weekend. I had a vision in mind as soon as I saw the space...and made magic happen. I hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Office Space

The time has come for the Summer to end (say it isn't so) and for school to start again. While I love Summer, I may actually love Fall more. This time of year makes me think of crisp new denim, red apples and freshly sharpened pencils.
Thinking of all the kiddos settling in at their new desks got me thinking of desks, study areas and work spaces. Which inspired me to pull together this eclectic office space.
This navy desk by Bungalow 5 has great lines and I love the ring pulls. The Yasmin Lamp is tabletop perfection with its marble base and antique brass finish. This Gold Leaf Mirror from Dwell Studio is such a beauty, it would look great in any room. Who can resist this Louis Ghost Chair ...not me! The Mara Hoffman Rug is right on trend with its eye motif and is sure to be a conversation piece. Last but definitely not least is the Gold & Cream Zebra Wastebasket.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bathroom Remodel: Before and ALMOST After

We're nearing the completion of a bathroom remodel for a client of mine in Carlsbad. We still have one more bathroom to complete but I'll share photos of that beauty later on. For now, I'm taking you through the before and *almost* after of the main bathroom.

We started with a blank slate. We wanted to update and change everything in this bathroom from head to toe. There's a shower on the left hand side that we decided to move closer to the front of the bathroom, behind the door. We also ripped out the door and put in a pocket door to create the illusion of more space, since the bathroom is already on the smaller side.

I've been checking in and taking a few snapshots with my iPhone when I can - and REALLY happy with the progress! We had a beautiful custom bamboo vanity made - hardware and countertop go in this week. Looking oh-so-lovely!

I'll be sharing more photos once the bathroom is complete! Have a great Monday!

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!