Friday, October 28, 2011

KItchen Progress

My clients kitchen is moving right along...

Remember these before shots...

Well, things have been moving right along...

(Don't panic, the fridge will have matching cabinet door fronts on it!)

We've also moved this archway towards the entry way to expand their dining room...
(The above table, chairs, and light fixture may be for me if you're interested)

And we've gotten the floors refinished in something....not so orange!

I can't wait for this Restoration Hardware table to go in their new, spacious, dining room...
Shameless Plug:  If you live in North Alabama and order something from Restoration Hardware, your furniture will be delivered by the great guys from New Latitude Movers, which is the moving and delivery company where my husband works.

 With this chandelier for a little glitz...

Progress is fun!  

Thanks for checking in!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A little at a time...

As I have journeyed into the world of being a decorator, it's been fun to see how each client relationship can be unique to fit the client's individual needs.

I have one client that found me through my blog.  She is a young newlywed.  My husband and I can relate, that at this stage in life it is tough to budget for a decorator...yet there are so many decisions to make as you start to collect the pieces that you hope will last a life time and also try to figure out the best way to arrange those faithful hand-me-downs.

Every few months she calls me to check in on her and help keep her "punch list" on track.  It's been fun watching her transform her home a little at a time.

Here is the client's home before:

After our first visit:
(new rugs, new sofa, new furniture arrangement, brought these 3 chairs that she already owned into the room to replace the red ones)

Then she found these great grey linen-look drapes from Ikea...

Way to go, girl!  Things are looking great!  Keep on truckin! 

At our last visit we met at the fabric store and selected these fun fabrics for her living area...
From left to right, these selections would be for:
grey cushion:  existing single tufted chair
tiny blue swatch:  existing sofa
cream/blue quatrefoil:  bench cushion
zig zag:  dining room chair seats
suzani:  pair of accent pillows for sofa, slip cover for cube ottoman
 velvet burnout:  center pillow on sofa

I can't wait to see how all these fabric selections look in her home.  She and her mom will be slaving away at making everything themselves.  

Maybe the next stage will be lamps and light fixtures...or some pretty things for the walls?  

If you can relate to this client, I'd love to help you get moving in the right direction in your home!  
I can also do this via email if you are outside of the Birmingham, AL area.   

Thanks for checking in!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Destruction Day!

It's Kitchen Destruction Day at my clients' home in Homewood, AL.  We've been revamping the living room piece by piece, and it has really made them want to do the same for their kitchen!

I can't wait to see how it comes together in the next few weeks!



Here's a sneak peek of some of the elements that will be in the new kitchen....  (Sorry, the colors are off.)

I'll keep you posted!
Thanks for checking in.  

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Stripe Type

I'm very late posting this, but I got super motivated over Memorial Day weekend and striped up our little hallway!  

I love stripes and had thought for a long time that I wanted to do stripes somewhere in our house, maybe a bedroom.   For some reason, I had never thought of our hallway until I went to, my sister, Emily's house and saw what she had done in a little hallway in her house.  She is super crafty and did this with stamps!

A few step-by-step pics...


I decided on 6" stripes.  I figured that was going to leave the least amount of awkward leftover space.  At the very top, there is about 7-8" inches of wall color.  In a small hallway like this people are looking down a lot more than they are looking up, so I started my stripes at the baseboards and left the extra space for the top.  It's not noticeable to me at all now.  

First, I taped out my lines, finding a happy medium between truly level and what looked right to my eye.  Our house is old and un-level, and I often find what looks right to my eye is the better guide.  Something can be "level" but if it's not parallel with the baseboards and's not gonna look right.  Also, a note for dummies...the stripes should continue straight through doorways and come out the same color on the other side.  

Next, I painted over my tape with the wall-color, Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog, to prevent my accent stripe color from bleeding.  

Then, I painted my second color, which is my trim color- Benjamin Moore Sandy Hook Gray.  But, before painting the second color, I put Xs on the stripes that would be painted to make sure they would work out right and not leave me with too much tone-on-tone trim/stripe action.  However, a little of this was inevitable.  I also did this to prevent dumb mistakes...which are always a strong possibility. 

Then, I let it sit for about 6 hours, peeled away the tape, and VOILA!

All I can say is...I'm glad I did this hallway and not a bedroom cause it was TEDIOUS and time consuming!

Thanks for checking in!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Nursery that is All BOY!

I've had a blast working with one of my clients on this nursery.  It is her fourth child and she has been-there-done-that with sweet blue/white, pink/white nurseries.  This round she wanted to do something different and go all BOY.

The room looked like this before for baby #3...

The inspiration for the nursery started with two things I found at Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta.

The first is this fabulous lamp made from reclaimed parts from a John Deere Tractor factory.

The second were these old yarn spindles.  With these spindles I was imagining peg hooks or some sort of shelving.  I wasn't quite sure, but I knew we had to have some to play with for the room.  
These elements definitely got us going on a rustic track (which I always love!).

We were also inspired by the dog silhouettes in this fabric.  We wanted to use this fabric, but kept getting stumped on how to incorporate it into the rest of our developing plan.

After exploring a few fabric options, the client stumbled across this fabric that she loved, and we knew we wanted to incorporate it in a strong way.   

She already had a glider in this fabric from her first child...

So I paired these three fabrics for the crib, with the buffalo check glider.  I was still looking for a way to incorporate the dog silhouette idea. 

Piece by piece the room came to together, until it looked like this...

Circles are a repeating element from the polka-dot crib bumper, to the spindle shelves, and the circular parts of John Deere lamp.

I made this wall-hanging by running strips of burlap behind these inexpensive clip-together glass borderless frames and hanging the rows from sturdy hooks to form a grid. 

I used the tiny polka-dot print for the changing pad as well as the piping and ties on the crib-bumper.

I was concerned that the beigey/buff cream in the buffalo check would clash with the whiter creams in the other fabrics, but it's really not noticeable in the room.  Everything meshes together very well. 

Layering lots of shape, sizes, and textures of items gives these shelves a "lived in" look.

We chose simple, inexpensive window treatments to balance the price of custom bedding.  It turned out to be a nice break for the eye in the room.

I blew up a silhouette of a lab from the dog fabric that we loved, made a stencil and then painted this canvas with a simple cream background and the chocolate dog.  I hung it with a strip of burlap and a sturdy hook to give it more height.    

We painted the crib the soft sage color of the bed skirt to soften the look.  

Now this little guy is here, and he is LOVING his room. 

Thanks for reading!


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