Monday, February 15, 2016

Blue Bell Family Room Project

I'm working with a great family on their family room refresh and thought I'd breakdown the process for you so far.

During our first meeting/consultation, I took measurements, lots of photos of the space, and asked my clients lots of background questions about what they like about the room, how they live in the room, how they want to live in a room, who uses the room, what changes they would like to see, what stays, what's going, etc, etc - lots of questions.

This is a photo of the family room from the kitchen. To the right is a door leading to their powder room and garage and to the left is a slider leading to their deck. When we first met, their biggest focus was on layout which is super important to the overall design and functionality of the space.


How can this space that they use so much work harder for them? Should the TV stay on the wall or should it be moved above the fireplace?


How can we maximize the space for them? Their budget allows for all new furniture, which is great because their existing furniture is too large for the space.


We're going to make this wall above work harder as well. The chair is getting in the way of traffic flow, so my plan for them will address this.

Fast forward a few weeks later, and it's time for me to present my plan and overall thought process for the new design and functionality to them.

First the floor plan...there were 2 floor plans presented but this one below is the one that they chose and was my favorite as well.


The TV is going to remain on that wall but I proposed moving it down a bit to center it on the wall (I just met with them yesterday and this has already been done). The biggest thing with this plan that you'll see is that we're moving to a smaller sofa, 2 armchairs, and a round coffee table. This is going to give them extra seating, storage, and overall better traffic flow. 

I've proposed a more open console for underneath the TV and 2 small storage ottomans on either side for more seating and storage. I proposed a storage bench by the slider where the armchair was - this will create better traffic flow, more seating opportunity, and storage.

Colors and textures - they like blues and greens but the husband also likes reds/oranges. The photos below will give you a good idea of where we are headed. My color plan started with that floral pillow - I love that it incorporates all of the colors that they requested.


These are some of the fabrics that I had selected for the armchairs. We eventually decided on the beige/blue striped fabric (2 in from the right). 

And below you'll see the final selections (note - this is not an actual color read due to the lighting in the store). The darkest fabric (which is dark blue/navy) is for the sofa, the mustard/cream trellis fabric will be additional pillows for the sofa, and the striped fabric is for the 2 armchairs.


My clients placed their furniture orders yesterday so that part of the process is under way. In the meantime, other smaller items can be decided on - area rug (which will also be huge to the overall feel of the room - I've proposed a jute rug), art, pillows. We're going to lighten up the fireplace with some new art and accessories.

I'm excited for my clients and this beautiful room we're bringing to life. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon. 

Hope you had a great weekend!!


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day Design Giveaway!!

I'm sharing the love today....and I'm giving away a one hour design consultation to someone in the local Philadelphia area. If you're not in the Philadelphia area but you're interested in working together, please comment or send me an email and I'd be happy to chat with you about that.

**This awesome printable is courtesy of the ultra talented Mary from At Home on the Bay - I recently discovered Mary on Instagram and instantly fell in love with her style. 


Ok, back to the giveaway....leave a comment below telling me what room or project you would like to start working on. You can get an extra entry by leaving a comment on my Facebook page as well.


I'll be choosing a winner at random on Tuesday, February 16th.

Share with your family and friends - I can't wait to see what projects you want to work on!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Target Items I Love - January 2016

There is no denying that I love Target and this includes more than just the home decor section too. They have great prices on bread and cereal and snacks. I love their $1.00 bin area as you come into the store - talk about impulse!

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite items at Target right now - half of which I own and the other half are so darn good I need a project to buy them for.

Clockwise from top left: 

Delightful room spray

Enjoy!! Any favorite items that you've seen at Target?

(Not sponsored just love <3)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Blue Paint Colors I've Used and Loved

One of the most frequently asked questions that I hear are color questions and wondering what paint color would look good in a specific room. So I thought I'd do a post on a few of my favorite blue paint colors and break them down as to why they work.

First, a few tips to keep in mind when selecting color...

- There needs to be a WHY - why am I selecting this color? A paint color should be a portion of the color palette that you're using in the space and should mingle with the rest of the elements in the space.

- Color needs context. Before I select a paint color for myself or a client, I look at the existing room (floors, furniture, trim, lighting). From there I can make a determination as to what color might be a good fit for this space.

- Test, test, test, test, test. Always always test your color in large portions (preferably on a separate board that you can move around the room), but if you can't do that make sure that your walls are primed first before testing. If you test your paint color over an existing paint color you're going to get a false read. Testing is also important so you can see how the light affects the color throughout the day. The color is going to look very different in the morning than it does in the evening.

And now on to the good stuff...

Sherwin Williams Rainstorm
My Habitat project is the boldest I've gone with blue, and it worked for the space. My room was in the back of the house and for the hours of the open house I knew that the sun would start to be coming around and would be perfect for this color (I had to cross my fingers that we wouldn't get rain because I needed that natural light to make the most of this color).


My color palette for this project was rich jeweled tone colors inspired by a painting that I had found. I knew that this blue would be perfect paired with the crisp white trim throughout. I cannot imagine this room any other way :) (**Note that I could not change the flooring in this room at all, so that carpet would not have been my choice.)

Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue 
This is one of my favorite paint colors to date. We used this color in our first house when we repainted our kitchen. And yes there was a second time because the color was all wrong the first time. BM Wythe Blue was oh so right....ahhh...I miss this kitchen so much.
This paint color was beautiful in our kitchen. See how nice it looks against our cabinets and floors. It looks crisp and clean. It's a really great blue-green that pairs well with warm colors.  

Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper 
I'm noticing now that all of my light blue paint colors all have some green in them. This is the lightest blue that I've used but I love that it has the slightest bit of green in it.


It's a sweet color and looks great with the soft pale pinks and whites that I've used in my daughter's room. I would not use this color in a main living area. It doesn't have enough warmth to it for my taste, but I could see it working well in a bathroom or sunroom. 

Sherwin Williams Quiet Moments
Another blue-green with more green to it than Wythe, but also pairs so nicely with warm accents and crisp white trim. I recommended this color during a color consultation appointment last year. My client had beautiful furniture, but the dated wall application needed an update.

You can see the difference in this before and after below. By updating the trim and wall color, my client's piano, existing furnishings and floors all look so nice together.





And there you have it...a few of my favorite blues. Do you have any favorite blue paint colors that you love? Do share!

If you have any questions please feel free to comment or e-mail me at hollygruszka@gmail.com.

**For anyone in the local Philadelphia area, if you're interested in working together please send me an e-mail with any questions you might have. You can also find me at some of my favorite social media hang-outs: Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Quick Look at Our Winter Mantel

Our winter mantel is probably the least amount of styling effort I've put in but it's also one of my most favorite looks I've done in this spot in our home for a few reasons.

I wanted the mantel to be very simple for the holidays: a plant on either side, a few pieces of milk glass for consistency, and some sparkle (and candles of course). I really loved having the plants on the mantel.



I've removed most of the holiday items (with the exception of the sparkle garland that I love - I got the little disco balls at Impact for $1.00 and strung them to some twine) and I've added another plant. I don't know what it is about plants but they bring so much to a space. Maybe the symbol of life, growth and the accomplishment of watching them grow is what I enjoy. And I think plants are a great way to beat the winter blahs.

There are a few random items up there but I'm really enjoying this look. And the left side needs a little help but it's 95% there.

I had done a fireplace mantel styling post a while back and glanced at my tips that I gave. My photo above meets each of the criteria on my cheat sheet below :)


Enjoy your weekend! 


Friday, January 8, 2016

The Look for Less - Jewelry Display Case

My organization posts have been wildly popular which is so much fun and a different change of pace for me. Thank you for all of your feedback on these!

Because my jewelry organization post was such a hit, I knew I had to share this scoop with you that I discovered the other night.

Remember my display case that I had shared with you the other day?

My exact display case from West Elm isn't available any more but they have a similar item right now and is $49.00. 

When I was checking out Target online the other night I found a display case almost identical to the West Elm display case and for less $$ that I had to share with you.

The Target Threshold version is only $14.99.

Also keep in mind too that if you're interested in a piece like this to keep your eye open at flea markets and thrift stores. I found the cutest small glass case last year at Impact for $1.00.

Happy weekend to all - and thanks so much for reading this week! 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

My Favorite Storage Bin

I love to share new products that I see and love - especially those that I actually use in our home.

And since I've been on an organizing kick, I figured I'd keep up with that theme :)

This storage bin from Target is one of my favorites. It's the Room Essentials Y Weave storage bin.


Why do I love it so much?

It's super durable and can be easily wiped clean (hooray - great for kids!). 

It comes in a variety of sizes, which we have a few of scattered throughout the house. We have the large bins (shown above) in the girls rooms for books and also one down in the family room for books. And then I also have a few smaller ones on our main floor for small coloring books. I plan on getting a few other of the extra small size for drawers and art supplies. 

They're very inexpensive. The large size is on sale right now for $10.19.

And it's white which can seamlessly blend into the home (hence why I have so many of these). I also love the classic basketweave pattern too - it's a nice design that I won't tire of any time soon.

Do you have a favorite storage bin that you've been using? I'd love to hear about it.

(I also did a round up of storage containers specifically geared toward children a few years ago. I like going back to old posts like that to see those products some of which are still available too which is nice.)