Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Big Girl Room Updates

Just about 2 years later and I'm still working on my oldest daughter's room...we're about 75% there until I can consider this one "done" and hopefully get it photographed properly.

I wanted to bring you up to speed on where we started and where we're at now.

Here is my inspiration board that I put together April 1st, 2013 (we were getting ready to move and I was pregnant with Allison) - I wanted to use blush pinks and soft blues. Both colors that are feminine but work well with neutrals.

My initial spark of inspiration was that bowl of ice cream, the wedding reception at the barn, and the Botany fabric by Thomas Paul for Duralee fabric shown at the top left.

I'm pleased to say that I've pretty much stuck to this game plan. A few tweaks here and there which is part of the design process but overall I'm really happy how things are shaping up.

Her bedding has been done for a while. I kept it really easy - I got the Jenny Lind-style headboard on Craig's List for $10.00 and the white patchwork coverlet is from Target (love this coverlet - it's worked so well but still very age appropriate) this one is similar. I also picked up a few of the pillows a while ago and recently added a new little pillow that I couldn't resist.

Isn't that house pillow cute? It was handmade by Tadpole Creations.  

And then a few weeks ago I decided to have the dresser and nightstand painted by Dana.

Here is a before photo of the dresser. This dresser was given to us by my sister-in-law and the size is just right for Sheila's room. It was my nephew's before they handed it over to us. I love the detail on the side of the dresser and you won't see it yet but it has a pretty curve at the base too.

You can see the old sports knobs on the left there next to the new knobs I got at Home Goods for a huge bargain. The 4-pack of knobs was $7.99!! I couldn't resist and they had 2 so it all worked out perfectly. And I was pleased to be able to bring it a little dose of black and white to the room. I got that cute elephant lamp at a thrift store for $10.00.

And here is a photo of the dresser that I snapped the day after Dana delivered it back to us.

Dana was really great to work with and made the process so easy for us. I can't wait to finish up the room and get some good photos taken to show you. It's coming together - stay tuned! :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Britain Project - Part 1

When I meet with new clients, I always like to get a tour of their home to gauge their color and design preferences. I also like to spend some time with them chatting about likes, dislikes, hobbies, wants, needs, etc, etc.  I also take my notes in a profile form like you'll see below, so I figured I'd go with it for this post :)

New Britain Project Profile

Family of 4 with 2 young children (a girl and a boy) and a dog and cat

Spending time at the beach in the nice weather, playing games, crafting, coaching, music, cooking/dining, having coffee, entertaining. Color preferences are blues, greens, and earth tones. They also like stripes, plaids, paisley patterns.

This family struggles with what I find to hear a lot...they know what they like but they're just not sure how to pull it all together or where to start. We're starting with their living room/play room and dining room (since the living room/play room flows into the dining room). They use this area to entertain especially around the holidays when they have both families over to their house. They need additional seating but they also need the pieces to be moveable/flexible so that they can be interchanged when the need arises. They also needed a color plan, meaning that the color plan I come up with will help them with other rooms throughout their home to create color flow.

Additional seating
New rug
Window treatments
New sofa (to replace existing)
New armchair (to replace hand-me-down glider)
Additional lighting

Overview of Rooms

This is the living room/play room as you walk in. Right now, the room is mainly used for the kids to play in but the adults also like to hang out in here as well - read, drink coffee. So we're going to create a nice balance for them.

You can also see the big bay window that is in need of window treatments - roman shade, blinds, something to soften it up a bit but also create privacy as well.

When they moved into the house, they had their floors redone and most of the rooms painted. This room and the dining room are painted SW 7683 Buff. It looks yellow in these photos but it's actually very creamy and a really nice color to work with so no need for repainting. 

Below is the dining room that is adjacent to the living room. We're going to be replacing the existing panels with longer, lighter panels to brighten up this room. I also suggested removing the tablecloth and doing placemats or a runner.

The Plan

I had the pillows situated on the sofa for presentation purposes but moved them to the sides so that my clients could also see the sofa - and I never moved them back :) This is design plan A where I used a colorful rug to set the mood of the room. We're going for rustic/contemporary with a touch of beachy - if that makes any sense.

And here is design plan B...pillows are situated on this sofa and look SO GOOD.

This plan is a bit more neutral, mostly due to the rug, but you can see how the look we are going for is still being accomplished through those pretty pillows and ottomans that can be moved together or apart depending upon what they're doing that day.

Any ideas on what plan they decided on??

I'll be back tomorrow with Part 2 of this project overview and some more info on what I presented.

I'd love to hear what you think of this plan that I presented to this fun family.

Thanks for reading as always!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Holly's Favorite Finds

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I've started a hashtag #HollysFavoriteFinds to tag those things that I see and want to share because it's just too good not to share with all of you.

I'm bringing that over to the blog - sharing those items that catch my eye that I think you might love too.

As you may know, one of my passions is supporting independent artists and local artists whenever I can. The time, talent, effort, love, joy, pain that goes into an item is really quite special. I know that we all have our own taste in art, accessories, decor, but the items below are ones that caught my eye and maybe one (or more than one) will strike a chord with you as well.

Clockwise from top right:

Therese Marie is just rocking and rolling out there in Kalamazoo. I love the creativity that goes into every pillow she makes. Classic stripes, grommets, and a whimsical fabric = FUN! I love that Therese builds in multiple looks to her pillows. You can style this pillow on the side, or you could turn it to have the stripes at the top or the bottom - it's up to you. And that is what I call a great buy. Nice work Therese.

I had discovered Shannon's shop over the holidays and loved all of the stationery and note cards she had listed. There's nothing quite like getting a card or note in the mailbox. I thought these "Hello" notecards were really pretty and I loved the vine detail Shannon included in the design.

Susan introduced these brass wall hangings to her shop and they are so unique and so pretty. I've added one of these to my wishlist for someday along with a pillow and a throw as well. Susan's use of pattern and texture are so unique.

Katrina's shop, Salt and Ginger, has become one of my favorite Etsy vintage shops. I usually browse once a week or so to see if there is anything new. I thought this ceramic fish was really cool and would be a fun object to add to a stack of books or on a shelf.

And the pretty peach birds print is by Amber Alexander, whose work I've featured on the blog before. Amber captures nature beautifully and I love how she gives personality to some of the creatures that she paints.

Hope you enjoyed this round up!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Local Family Room Refresh

I've picked up more local work lately which is really exciting. A family that we are friendly with in our neighborhood asked for my assistance with their family room. This family has great style and knows what they like, but just needed an extra set of eyes to guide them in their decision-making. And they are super motivated so there has been a lot of progress in the past few weeks.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen a few of these but this post will give more detail for you and will allow me to document the process a little more for me and for them.

You will also note the difference in the lighting and quality of the next few photos. The first photo below is my iPhone photo taken at night and the two photos below were taken by the homeowner who is a really great photographer (bonus!).

The walls, wood panel ceiling, and all the trim are all getting painted (including all windows and doors). The room has a stone wall that you can see in the photo above that is a really nice feature that adds some natural texture. The floors are a pinky-beige ceramic tile that are being replaced by hardwood floors. The wood that was chosen will transition nicely with the wood that you see there that leads into the kitchen. 

The photos above and below give you a good idea of the elements that are staying and what is going to be changed out. Like I mentioned above, the walls, ceiling, windows and doors are all getting painted. The leather recliner that you see above has been given the boot already and a new sofa with chaise is going to be replacing the sofa and chair that you see above.

The doors leading to the patio have been painted and we decided that it looked great (and much more open) without the grids so they are going.

The fireplace is getting a makeover as well. It has been painted and the tile that was on the surround matched the tile on the floor - these motivated homeowners have already chiseled that off and are excited to get that changed out (decision still needs to be made on what will go in there).

Here is a progress photo of the new paint color and a preview of how GREAT the trim looks painted.

And just so you don't have to scroll up/down/up/down - here they are next to one another...AMAZING the difference already. 

Fist pumps right?! They are doing an awesome job. Look at how the trim pops now and that built-in shelf there was screaming for some attention - looks fantastic. And in case you were wondering, window treatments are going to be added as well - just still need to make some decisions.

I had stopped over the other day to see the progress and I had to snap this one before I left...this is the view from the dining room into the family room - look at THAT!!!  Looks so good and it's not even done yet. Not to mention the house has beautiful natural light throughout the day.

And how fun is their dining room chandy?

I hope you've enjoyed the progress and will post more updates soon.

I also had an EPIC thrifting/antiquing run the other day. I went to 2 new-to-me spots that did not disappoint and were filled with treasures - will post on that soon as well.

Have a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday

Hi Everyone! I'm popping in quickly today to show you a few of my latest Thrift Store Scores. Without a doubt, Impact Thrift in Montgomeryville is my go-to, need-a-fix thrift store. I almost always leave with something.

This past week I found this sweet woven basket....

Seventy-nine cents. That's right cents. Could not pass up. It would be fun in one of my girls rooms, a bathroom, a shelf - it's adorable.

And this beauty...I spent a little bit more than I had hoped but still at $8.00 I couldn't pass on this brass pitcher/vase (?) for the shape and interest. I really liked how elongated the handle is and the neck of the piece itself. It was love at first sight. I don't really know the origin of it at all, and if you look closely you can see that it is etched/engraved with a pretty pattern. I'll have to do some more research and get back to you on my findings.

And you may be wondering...ok, what does Holly do with all of this stuff? (I'm sure my husband wonders the same thing). Well, a lot of things I keep for us/me since I really do love everything that I buy (which you should always love what you buy), but recently I've been picking up more clients that are in need of accessorizing and styling assistance. These smaller projects are perfect for me and my schedule right now and I LOVE to help with finishing touches. Anything that I do not use goes into a projects bin, so if I need some items for a client project I shop my bins in addition to shopping other stores. Wayyyy down the road, my dream would be to open a small shop in town but that's really in the distant future. :)

To check out more Thrift Score Thursday items, you can search the #ThriftScoreThursday hashtag on Instagram and see what other goodies people have picked up.

What's going on in your neck of the woods?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Decorating

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. The holiday season is upon us and so it brings with it holiday decorating. I've gotten a head start on things compared to last year but then again last year I had a 4 month old :)

I've got a holiday pillow scheme under way in our living room...

I'm in a desperate search for another one of the red velvet pillows. I got one at Home Goods and they only had one, so the search is on for a mate. It's a Ralph Lauren 20" pillow. It pairs so well with my Chanee Vijay botanical pillow and my grosgrain ribbon trimmed pillow by Therese Marie Designs. I love this mix. I played around a little more and threw in the animal print pillow that Therese made for my upcycle challenge...

Love this mix even more. I'll get some better photos when it's all done.

We went to visit my brother and his family this past weekend and I had fun helping my SIL with a mantel refresh for the holidays. We used what she had including that great mirror as an anchor.

We used her red floral topiaries on either end and added in the sparkly trees for some fun shimmer. And then I grouped her nutcrackers together on the left (including a cute soccer nutcracker since they are a BIG soccer family) and a cute santa there to the right. I also suggested maybe adding a bow to the mirror for a fun touch and she's going to search for some garland or trim to add below as well. Looks great and took us just a few minutes. Simple and cost effective.

I also worked on our mantel yesterday as well. I started with a blank slate as always - removed everything I had on there and put everything that I had to work with on the table so I could see all of my objects. Here is a sneak peek of where I'm going this year...using items that I already have on hand.

Have you done any holiday decorating yet? I'm doing my best to finish up by next weekend so I can enjoy the rest of the weekends with family and friends and food of course.

I also have a few fun new projects under way that I'm excited to tell you all about.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kids Korner - Let's Organize

If you have kids or nieces/nephews or friends with kids, then you know that the "stuff" is never-ending. Clothing, toys, books, laundry - you name it.

This is my first post in my Kids Korner series in which I'll give tips for decorating with children in mind. This first post is dedicated to organizational items since they are certainly needed when kids are involved. The goal when organizing for kids is putting it away.

And just from my own experience, it really does bring such peace to have everything in a designated spot and off the floor.

Below I've rounded up a few of my favorites and also included a few that I thought would work well too although we have not personally tried yet.

Clockwise from top left:

This wooden storage bin from Walmart would be a great way to organize books in a child's bedroom. We have some collapsible bins that we use for books but I've been thinking about getting something a bit sturdier such as this. Similar items can also be found at Homegoods or TJ Maxx.

The adorable nesting bowls are cute and decorative but could also be used in a dresser drawer to organize hair accessories for girls or could hold art supplies in a craft area as well.

You can never go wrong with a basket. We use a rectangular basket in Allison's room for dirty laundry. Once the basket is full it gets dumped into the master basket for the laundry room. This round basket by H&M is a good size and looks durable enough for toys or books. And extra points too because this could really be used anywhere in the home.

I spotted this small fabric storage bin on Etsy in the Avery William Designs shop. It comes in a variety of fabrics and could also be stored in a dresser or changing table. We use something similar in Allison's dresser for organizing toiletries. These would also be great in a bathroom.

Cute storage with lids? Major score! I'm going to need a few of these for the girls closets at some point. They can really be used for anything though - small toys, card games, art supplies.

I have never used the wall hanger organizer but I think it's such a great idea. It can hold many items but is also compact and doesn't take up a ton of space. It could also be hung in a closet or playroom too - flexibility is key.

Lastly, these metal bins with lids (!) from IKEA are versatile as well. We use one of these in Sheila's room as a garbage can. These could be used in a variety of areas as well - playroom, bedroom - even in the garage for organizing balls and lawn games.

That's my round up for you - what are some of your favorite ways to organize the kids stuff?