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Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Chic Mountain Home

It has been a while since I posted and I thought it was time to see if I still remember how!

It has been almost a year since this project was completed ... it was a wonderful collaboration between my client, her builder and myself. I worked in person with my client locally but the project was 1,000 miles away in Wyoming. I worked off the building plans as we selected the finish materials...  tile, fabrics (oh, so many fabrics!), mirrors, light fixtures, knobs and pulls.  Here are some working photos along with some of the finished ones. All photos were courtesy of my client.

Mudroom during construction



This is not your typical ski lodge. The client wanted something more modern and chic with some rustic touches. 

There were 32 custom pillows, mattress covers, bolsters and even a blanket made by my workroom. 

 Custom Daybed in Hallway


There are two wet bars - well, I call them "dry" bars because we did not put in sinks... one upstairs and one down:

We used the same herringbone marble as we did in one of the master bathrooms for the first one... 

And a shimmery tile for the second one. 

There were 2 master bathrooms (to go with the two master bedrooms), two guest baths and a powder room. We used a lot of white subway tile throughout the five bathrooms.

Most of the floors were blue limestone and most of the counters were white marble. In this master bath, we added a marble hexagon tile rug in front of the vanity:

A fun patterned floor tile is surrounded by wood to transition nicely to the stone floor in the hallway outside the room.

In the second master bath, my client found a unique vintage workbench that we painted charcoal and used as the vanity.  We repeated the marble herringbone pattern here for the tub walls:

 Here is the original workbench:

We put in a lot of fun light fixtures:

You can see it is a spectacular home ...

And what a view!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Goodbye Weddings ... Hello!

I have been absent from this dusty old blog for quite a few months now and it is about time I stopped in to say hello and check in! The New Year came with a new set of challenges for me and in order to stay sane balanced, I had to make some adjustments. One of the changes I made was to sell the wedding side of my business. In January, I handed the key to my storage unit with all my props and gave all the best wishes to two amazing (and young!) women that are already off to a great start. Here is a glimpse of one of their first events ...

They are very talented and if you are looking for some help with an event you are planning you really should contact them.

I really loved designing the weddings and when I look back on the weddings I styled - especially the ones from last summer - I have such fond memories and the photos just make me smile.

The weddings were always something I did "on the side." I began the wedding business after I designed my daughter's wedding in 2010 and it kind of just evolved. The blog was created to promote the weddings and I did no more than two or three a summer for "fun". I think if I was 20 (or 30 - let's be honest) years younger I may have chosen to focus on weddings primarily or maybe even just do flowers. Honestly, it is so much fun and such great energy. I think part of what I loved about the weddings is that it was just all so positive - from the brides, the love, the excitement. And when it was over it was over. (No calls months later that there is an issue with a defective product, no fires to put out... all positive and lovely). That being said, it was time to move on and focus on other things...

Like this project that is starting to come together with a June finish date (fabulous photos to come!):

Fabrics for daybed #1 

Fabrics for daybed #2

A few of the light fixtures that are being used 

I have a lot of fantastic projects I am working on right now that are keeping me busy and I will share when I can. I hope you are all doing well... Happy 2015! Happy Spring :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Twenty-five candles

We spent the long Thanksgiving weekend with my daughter in her little tiny town. It was everything a Thanksgiving weekend should be ... family and great food and time to sit and relax. And ponder. I took a drive one day into the mountains and soaked in the golden leaves and collected some pine cones and evergreen branches. And I did a little research on Advent. 

When I was growing up we did not talk about Advent. Or if we did, I missed it. Advent to me was opening up little cardboard calendars with chocolates inside ... it was nothing more than a countdown to Christmas.  

I decided that I wanted this year to be more simplified. More about the thought behind this season than the frantic pursuit of gifts and bringing down the boxes and boxes of ornaments. 

I decided I want it to be more about Advent. I read here about the way this family celebrates Advent.

I tried to find an wooden advent "wreath" like they used. But couldn't. So I decided to make my own. 

One candle for each day until Christmas. The tall candles are for the Sundays leading up to Christmas and one for Christmas Day. Each day I will light one candle, read a scripture and say a prayer. It is a way to stop and reflect; to focus on what is important to me. 
I read that the candles represent Hope, and Love, Joy and Peace. Can't we can all use more of those?

"Arise, shine;
  For your light has come!
  And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. 
  For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
  And deep darkness the people;
  But the LORD will arise over you,
  And His glory will be seen upon you."
                  -Isaiah 60:1-2