Wednesday, April 22, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week Four

Coming down the stretch and moving right along.
 
This week I'm sending out my daughter's lucite bench




to be recovered in this Alan Campbell fabric.
 
 
 
I'm deciding between two fabrics for her desk
chair.
 
 
This one by Caitlin Wilson
 
here
 
or
 
This one from ROMO
 
here

Thoughts, suggestions?
I LOVE everything from ROMO but that grey background in CW's fabric is just killing me.
 
And my sconces will be coming any day for above my daughter's headboard so she can do some late night studying...
 
here
I fell in love with these sconces when I used them about a year ago for a client here.

 
That's it for now...
 
 Thanks for popping in again this week!
But before you leave check out what everyone else is up to
 
And don't forget to checkout the linking participants tomorrow!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week 3

Thanks for stopping in again to see my slow but steady progress for my daughter's room. You can read more about my plan here and here.
 
 
So this week a few goodies arrived like this desk.
 
Wayfair

 
 
This gorgeous headboard was just delivered from my work room. The linen fabric is from Loom Décor.
 
 
 
 
This beautiful and super cool color block bedskirt is also from Loom Decor! They fabricated it and I selected the fabric from their website.
 If your looking for beautiful fabrics and custom duvets, draperies, etc. you NEED to check this website out!!
 
 
and This AMAZING Gabriella mirror from Bungalow 5!
 
 
Next up figuring out a fabric to recover this chair with and use as my daughter's desk chair...
 
 
 
That's it for this week hope to have more for you next week:)  Fingers crossed!!
 
Now check out week three below ...

and don't forget to stop back to Calling it Home on Thursday to check out the linking participants!!


 

 
 
 

Friday, April 10, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week Two

Welcome back!!
 
Just to recap I'm working on sprucing up my daughter's room.
You can check out my design plan here.

Not only am I upping the style ante but I'm improving the function of my daughter's space.

She's in middle school now and gone are the days of toys, dollhouses and arts and crafts. She's spending more time studying in her room and hanging out with her friends. This room should carry her through until she leaves for college someday (OMG did I just say that out loud?).
 
She also plays a lot of sports and is a bit of a fashionista. One of the struggles we've had is keeping her organized. Keeping track of school uniforms, sports pinnies, lax socks, basketball sneakers, shin guards, etc. you get my drift.

So we've had her closet done professionally to improve function.

So here's her new closet...
 
 
 



 

Exciting, right? Not so much I know but it will improve the function of her room:)
 
Tips for closet organization especially for your young child/pre-teen/teen, etc.
 
1) Include drawers --- you can NEVER have enough drawer space. Forget a closet full of open shelving your kids will NEVER ever keep their clothes stacked and folded neatly. never. ever. And if you think they will hang their clothes up? HA! laughable ... at least in my case.
 
2) Forgo the in-closet hamper your kids will never open the closet door and pull open the hamper and drop in their dirty clothes. Never -- too many steps. How do I know? Because I've made that mistake before. My kids do best with a laundry basket with an open top even then .... questionable.
 
3) Include shelves for shoes. They can keep out of season shoes/boots in that spot.

4)Make sure most of the hanging space is a "double hang". You won't need much space for long items.

Speaking of closets here's one of my favorite scenes from Sex in the City


Here's the link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo3vHKimpi4

I thought I'd throw in a sneak peek of the other side of the room too!



Now check out week two below ...

and don't forget to stop back to Calling it Home on Thursday to check out the linking participants!!

 
 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week One

If it's your first time here welcome!
Thanks for popping over to see what I'm up to during this six week challenge.

I'm so very thankful to Linda at Calling It Home for asking me to be an official participant in the One Room Challenge this Spring.
 
I'll be honest the ORC has been the best incentive for me to complete a room in my own home. I tend to procrastinate when it comes to making decisions for my own house.

In my last ORC I refreshed our dining room.  You can check out the details here.



So my daughter is thrilled that I'm participating this time around because it's her room I'm going to tackle.
 
Here's what it looks like now
 
Ralph Lauren pink and toile custom bedding and draperies
 
Original nursery furniture
 
Vintage headboard and footboard
 
Extremely messy closet
 
 
 
 
Don't get me wrong I love the bedroom and I was crazy about this pink and white Ralph Lauren toile. But I installed the curtains and duvet over 10 years ago when my daughter was a baby and she's 11 now and begging for a change.
 
So for her 11th birthday I'm gonna make it happen. She wants the toile out. She wants lavender and blue in and the room to function a lot better since her room is on the small side.
 
I totally got this.
 
The Plan:
 Whenever approaching a room to decorate you need to start with a full plan and budget before you begin.
Like they say "If you fail to plan then plan to fail".

To improve function of the space:
 
A new desk for studying
Closet organizer
Task Lighting

To improve style:
New modern headboard
New bedding
New draperies
New accessories

Here's what I'm including in my design plan

This mirror

Bungalow 5

This wallpaper

Schumacher
 
 This fabric

Quadrille/Alan Campbell
This bench
recovered.

Horchow

And from the ORC sponsors

This linen from Loom Décor

Fog Loom Décor

This art from Minted

Land of Plenty

And this desk from Wayfair

 
How?
By setting a strict budget and
we're consigning old furniture, clothing and using birthday money to pay for the new stuff ...  my girl's gotta understand the value of a dollar!
 
And don't forget to come back next Wednesday to see what I'm going to do with these beauties...


Anthropologie
 
 
And you MUST take a look at the other extremely talented one-room challengers...
 
 
You need to check out their rooms here:

 

 

 

 

P.S. This challenge is not a contest it's just for fun-- there are no judges or prizes and no one wins ... well in this case my daughter would consider herself the winner!



Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Monday, March 2, 2015

Colorful dining rooms!

It's been quite awhile since my last blog post. I'm super busy with design projects and this poor little blog has been neglected as of late.  
 
But as many of you can relate too I'm knee deep in kids activities, birthday parties, sports and teen dances. And honestly, I don't want to miss a thing.
 
In the immortal words of Ferris Beuller....
 

I started this blog almost two years ago to share ideas for all of you do-it-yourselfers out there who share my passion for decorating and design. The goal of this blog has always been to share images of design work by others and myself to help inspire what you do in your own home.

In addition, I like to realistically portray the design process. You must start with an overall plan and budget for your space. Design not only takes money, it takes time to carefully plan and execute a beautiful space.
It doesn't happen overnight and your design plan can evolve into something different than originally planned over a period of time. So you're not alone in taking your time with design decisions!!

 I hope I'm still accomplishing this goal .... and thanks for continuing to read:)

Okay so if you follow me on instagram you may have seen these images.

Dining rooms are typically filled with lots of hard surfaces like tables, chairs, buffets, china cabinets, consoles, etc. There are less places to add color and pattern then say a living room where there's  lots of upholstered pieces. So a great way to add color and texture to your current dining situation is on the wall! Below are two examples of rooms where I'm using colorful textured wallpaper and I love.
 
I've used neutral grasscloth in many spaces and I love it too but there's something about adding color and texture to a dining room that really brings the space alive.
 
Before
This client is keeping her grandmothers dining room pieces and wanted to keep a more traditional look with simple yet classic lines.


 
Where we are now....


 



 
Beautiful NEW navy textured wallpaper, host chairs, new mirror and lighting. The navy really makes her wood pieces feel rich and warm.
 
Still needs:
Lamps
Carpet
Draperies
New fabric for chair seats
 
 
Another fabulous example ...
Before
Client is keeping her beautiful dining room pieces as well.



 
Where we are now...
 
We added this gorgeous kelly green phillip jeffries wallcovering, wainscoating, and sconces (not seen).
 


 
Still needs:
New buffet lamps
Carpet
Accessories

And  I love how this green room partners well with her charcoal gray family room. Loving gray and green together lately!


What do you think? Have I convinced you to go bold and colorful??

And speaking of color.... you may want to run not walk to the The Blue Octagon in Malvern. Ah-MAZING home décor!

And stay tuned am using this fab wallpaper in a powder room

 orchid by cole and son

Thanks for reading!!!XOXO




 


 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Living fashionably in college! A client after...

 So I recently finished up a dorm apartment for a Temple University student. 

 It was such an amazing project! 

 It also tested my skills on how to provide a fun space on a VERY tight budget:)

I kept thinking throughout this process if my room looked like this in college would I have studied more?? Probably no.

Quality of pics are so poor.... sorry:( 

 















 
 
 



 
 
  
Such a cute doggie!!!
 
 
That's all for now...Thanks for reading!! xoxo
 
ooops!  forgot one more thing-- the start of something fabulous for a nursery...
 
 
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