Friday, June 29, 2012

E-Design: Dining Room!

I have really enjoyed working with one of my E-Design clients!  Her style is so fun!  She loves a mix of old and new and isn't afraid of some color! Her family just got a new place and she wanted some advice on furniture, color and accessories! I did a design board for her and thought I would share it with you! 

Her walls were originally a shade of gray.....

{ We liked the deep color however I wasn't a fan of it with the neutral walls that are in the connecting rooms. We decided on a deeper shade of NAVY.  }

Here is her design board! 
Don't you love the balance of eclectic, classic and modern style! :)
I will post more pictures of the finished space once the time comes!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Carlins Bedroom

Remember when I mentioned that I went to Murray to visit my best friend, Carlin,  and help her spruce up her bedroom?  I've got pictures! I love how fresh the room turned out! It goes to show just what an impact new artwork, bedding and accessories can do! 

First thing we did--Get the RIGHT floor plan! It helped the room function a lot better! After that we swapped out the bedding, changed up the artwork and dressed the room with new curtains!  I found some fabric at a local fabric store and made a pillow for her to pull together all the colors.  The room definitely needed some color considering we decided to go with a solid quilt! The striped pillows are so preppy--I love them!  Carlin decided to splurge on a stained glass piece that we found at her moms (adorable) store in Murray! ((If you are ever in the area it is definitely worth stopping in...Red Bug on Third!))

It fits Carlin and Tyler's personality so well! I can't wait to help her with her family room next! :) I am sure her husband Tyler is thrilled! hehe! :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Etsy Round up: Monograms!

Monograms are such a great way to personalize your home! Luckily they are easily accessible for us to purchase!  They make great wedding gifts or even baby shower gifts (for the nursery)! In your own home, be careful not to over use them! If you are buying a sticker to be the main focal point of the wall be sure it is big enough!! It is always best to be bigger than smaller! And consider your color choice.  Go with something that is going to pop off your wall and not tend to blend with your paint color.  If you have other small items nearby, maybe consider a simple, large single letter verses a 3 letter scripted monogram! 

Here are a few of my favorite monogram items I found on etsy! 

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9

Click on associated numbers to see easy listing!

Enjoy your Monday!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Zaxby's Nursery

Summertime craziness has kicked in!!! Garrett and I have so many plans and projects, I haven't had a minute to post anything! I traveled to Murray, KY to visit my very best friend on Wednesday to help her redo her bedroom! We loved how it turned out! Stay tuned for the photos!

In the meantime, I wanted to post a picture of another nursery I've been working on! Themed rooms are OUT, however I wanted to do an UNDERSTATED circus themed room! The reason themed rooms aren't working anymore is because...

1) They don't work as the child ages, making you want to redo the room by the time they are 2 or 3!

2) They are to matchy matchy.  It is much more design friendly to mix patterns, textures and styles! 

3) And Its what we did 10 years ago! :)

...But I am sure that you already knew all that! :)

Here is the design board for the Nursery!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dining Room Table!

I don't know if any of you remember reading about how I've been desperate for a new dining room table or not... but we found one!   

Story is:  I saw an awesome table at a boutique close by to us unfortunately it had a big S-O-L-D sign on it! :( I decided to ask the owner of the store if there was anyway she could get another one! I gave her my number, thinking it would be awhile until I heard back from her! ONE week later she called and let me know her dealer could get another! 

She called today to let me know it had arrived! I am so anxious to get it in the house! I'll post pics once its here! For now- here is a picture I took in the store! 

I can't want to combine the distressed look of this table with all the glitz in our house! 

A huge thanks to Amanda @ Dress&Dwell! 
Click HERE to see her Facebook page! 
It's SUCH an adorable shop...I wish that I could keep it a SECRET! ;)

Hunny--Can we please spruce up our bedroom? :}

I have been dying to spruce up our bedroom! Now that I've let my husband in on this secret, I can also share it with you guys! I've been trying to figure out a way to include some things we already have without having to buy a ton of new things! We have an awesome navy rug in the basement and I would love to be able to use it!  I think I've found a way to incorporate a few other colors to make everything work to my liking!

At some point, I would like to also purchase some new curtains but haven't made my mind up on what I want! :) Luckily, the existing curtains will work for now! 

This is the design board Im working on to incorporate existing items and a few new things: duvet, shams, & pillows!!  Leave me some feedback and let me know what you think! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Out with the Brown, In with the Gray!

I read an article recently that suggested GRAY was only the hot color-of-the moment for 2012.  Color for the moment?  I think its going to around for awhile! I had a friend text me the other day saying, "I love gray and canary yellow!"   I dittoed that comment! Its one of my favorites combos also!

Gray is such a great background color for all the pops of color that are quickly replacing all the of the "earth tones." Bright colors are definitely coming back! And go great with GRAY! 

I thought I would share a little bit of advice on what I know is true about GRAY!

1.  Decide whether you want your gray to have a green, purple or blue undertone.

If you pull up all three colors, it might be easiest to see the differences.  

2. Consider your existing elements in your room! 

Take into account the things that will be REMAINING in your room! If your dated stone fireplace will stay (because you don't have the cash flow to fix it) notice the grout color! It is probably a putty color, which would fit better with a green undertone gray than a blue one! 

3. Think about your LIGHTING!

If you have a bright lighted room, go with a paler gray! It will change with the sunlight throughout the day! If your room is dark, choose a gray with some depth as you will NEED lighting to bring some life into your room! 

4. Pick your FABRIC before your PAINT!

I am a huge follower of this tip! It is easily explained:  There are a trillion paint colors, not a trillion fabrics! In other words, don't go and test 5 shades of gray on your walls before you paint.  The chances that ONE is going to jump out at you are RARE without other main components! 

Here are some of my favorite gray inspirations!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Etsy Roundup: Colorful Pillows!

In honor of this beautiful day, I thought I would do an etsy round up of some fun, colorful pillows! 

Enjoy your Thursday!! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I am a big fan of Design Star! Garrett and I love to watch and critque all the designs! Last night was the ultimate WHITE ROOM CHALLENGE.  For those of you who don't keep up with the show...the white room challenge consists of designing a space that is completely white, with one white couch and 2 white side tables. This year they were only allowed to shop at a Home & Garden Center.  I thought I would show you what went down on this episode and show you my favorite and least favorite designs!

Britany is shaping up to be one of my favorite designs this season.  I loved her creative light fixture, the graphic feel and the pop of red on the floor! Britany During White Room Challenge

Rachel is clearly one the best designers on the show! She has won the past two challenges! Vanilla Ice (a guest judge...yes, I'm serious!) said her room had "moves this Jagger!" I absolutely loved her artwork that she quickly painted... it looks like it took hours!
Rachel Kate During White Room Challenge

LUCA's Design
Poor Luca has struggled two weeks in a row! The judges say that he just "didn't design enough."  Just like most people, he bought furniture and put it in the room.  There was a lack of creativity. On the other hand, he did create a cool light fixture!!!
Luca Paganico

JORDAN's Design
Jordan didn't make it this week and got sent home! And I have to say I agreed with the judges.  David Bromstad challenged him to do more than "turn a table into a table." OUCH! I would bet Jordan finished before everyone else bc of the lack of projects his room had.  He didn't do much besides PAINT. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Favorite Young People Spaces!

For whatever reason, I am super into kids rooms these days!! (Especially Nurseries!)  Maybe because I am around it all day at PBK!  One of the main things I enjoy about kids room design is finding a way to create a space that will grow with them!  I thought I would share some of my favorite REALISTIC rooms that I can find these days via pinterest and magazine websites! 
My Favorite Details:

-Cheerful Color (and the fact that the homeowner wasn't scared of it!)

-Pattern in expected places like the ceiling and area rugs!

-Vintage Details! 

-Use of accent chairs!

-The fact all the girls rooms aren't pink and all the boys rooms aren't blue!

-Nothing is too match-y match-y

Monday, June 4, 2012

Stencils have Grown Up and Sophisticated!

Do you remember way back in the day when stencils were cool?  I remember people stenciling random patterns as a BORDER in a room? What were we thinking?!

  Well, things have changed!! Stencils are now all grown up and sophisticated! These days the goal is to make a wall appear to be wallpapered.

{ Stenciling is a great way to bring pattern in to a room affordably! This stencil design proves how fabulous they can look and how easily they can be mistaken for expensive wallpaper! }

stenciled bathroom ceiling
{ Don't forget about the ceilings! I love that they incorporated a stencil on the ceiling because it really shows off the height of the room! And LOVE that shower curtains, don't you?! }

People are also stenciling the floors, fabric, and furniture! The possibilities are endless! And they best thing about them is that they won't break your bank! 

Here are more of my favorite stencil projects! 

If you liked this post and would like to purchase a stencil- Click here!

Friday, June 1, 2012

little lady nursery

I have a confession to make!!! I've had an itch to design a nursery... and randomly decided to do so! Personally, Ive always wanted wallpaper in my baby's nursery so that was my inspiration for the room! 

I am working on getting things together to do edesign and also needed some practice putting together edesign boards! 


Next up: A boys nursery!:) Even though Garrett wants all GIRLS! :)