8/20/2017

Back to School Vibes


Who said that back to school shopping was just for those kids who actually have to go back to school?! This time of year was always one of my faves. Absolutely not because of the return to class, but because of new markers, notebooks, sweaters and bags... and the fact that all things fall are right around the corner.

So because this time of year means a new season, I've pulled together all the things that give me those let's-get-serious-about-getting-some-stuff-done-but-look-cute-while-we-do-it feels.

So, I'm talking a blazer with fun florals, a bag that is just big enough to throw your lap-top in, all the rad desk things to create a killer workspace, and a whole lotta tassels and plaid. Now, let's do this Back to School thing.






8/13/2017

Color, Pattern, and Art Partay... Living Room

We just wrapped up phase one of this project. A brick ranch that was stuck in the 70s, transformed to a space filled with all the color, all the pattern, all the art... and there are dogs too. So this project is basically my mantra and everything I love. Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to be sharing this homes dining room, master bedroom, office/craft room and today, the living room. In a matter of days (maybe hours at this point), the kitchen/powder room/sunroom are getting demoed and I can't wait to see how our scheme comes together in the next few weeks for phase dos. 

This room was oh-so dark, so drywall replaced dark wood paneling and the walls were painted a color that I'm sure you've heard around here, SW Worldly Gray: a soft, warm, neutral gray that plays well with any tone. The dark brick fireplace went bright white and there our canvas was made. 

We started with our base of furniture: A sofa with greek key arm detail layered on top of a sofa table creates depth in the space. This is one of my favorite tools for rooms where you feel like all the furniture needs to be along the walls for traffic flow, etc. A sofa table creates a layer of interest, a place for lighting, and a surface. A large storage credenza anchors the football season-sized television. Two comfy chairs, some occasional seating and a bookcase help to add seating, display space, and create depth. Keeping these base pieces fairly neutral gave us all the opportunities to add layers in the color and pattern depot.

These clients like color, pattern and art as much as I do, so this project was especially fun, figuring out the perfect mix that represents them. We layered in a big blue rug, textiles, art and accessories to add the personality. Client collab is always key to having a space feel representative of the people who live there and especially in the art department. Field trips to Art and Light Gallery were made to find the perfect pieces to fill the walls. The end result was a collected mix on our gallery wall, with Kiah Bellows (over the sofa) and Mary Ann Forehand (over the mantle) headlining the show. 

You can get the look at the bottom of the page or on Pinterest

I know this living room is getting plenty of attention this Sunday am. I can see coffee drinking and movie watching on the sofa, a dad comfy on his chair, and dogs sprawled on the rug... nice and slow, like Sunday mornings should be. 
















































7/31/2017

Pops-O-Color Living Room

Partay people! All things summer have been reigning supreme over here and le blog has taken the back seat. I am getting my serious, back to school face on and cracking the books aka laptop (as long as I get to do back-to-school shopping)... giving the blog some much needed attention. This pop-o-color living room is holding it's own in the summer's last hoorah department just in time for the season change. Fall is in the air with tomorrow's entrance of August One and as much as I love the rays of sunshine, those crisp fall breezes are always on top. 

When I was called in on this living room situation, the major elements were there... rug from Knotted, sofa from 4Rooms, coffee table, etc. A sea of lovely neutrals in need of a punch in the color department. Enter all the textiles and art for a pattern and color medley and proof that a neutral base can support all the colors providing the perfect pallet for an occasional mix up. The blue and white Shibori panels balance pops of pink and add a dose of graphic interest to the space. Custom pillows mixed with some plush finds from K and K Collective and Wheaton and Whaley at the must stop Rock House Antiques, helped create the perfect mix of fun pattern to make this living room feel finished but still fun and approachable. We finished the space with a collection of art from Art and Light and some rockin' masterpieces from the client's daughter. Overall, a pretty in pink (and blue and yellow and green) living room comin' right up. Get the look below or on Pinterest