Friday, July 25, 2014

Wedding preparations

What a week! I knew it would be a busy one but didn't expect it to fly by so quickly. I am juggling quite a few balls in the air right now and this week they all stayed up nicely. 

In between my regular design projects, I am stretching myself to do some crafty DIY projects for the upcoming weddings. I picked up a new chair at the Flea Market last weekend and painted it to match one of the wedding colors. And I painted some frames.

I also painted some of the furniture that I had used for my daughter's wedding four years ago ... it was a breeze with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. I used French Linen. A new knob from Anthropologie finished it off.

And do you remember this chair?

I found it on Craigslist ... it was in pretty bad shape.

I stripped it down ...

And painted it French Linen too ...

And then sent it out to have some blue velvet put on it.

It came back yesterday all dressed up and ready for a wedding. Happy Friday Everyone!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A room for Legos

Yesterday was the final install day for the two boys' bedrooms I have been working on. The goal of this project was to give each boy his own room with adequate storage and play areas. The client requested a desk for each boy and stressed that they had a lot of Legos. The budget was $5,000 for both rooms.  The design was an easy process ... getting everything else done was not. It took a while to coordinate everything with the client (she is one busy lady!!!) and then everything that could go wrong with the deliveries, did (delays, wrong pieces, more delays...). But finally all the furniture is in place and these boys have bedrooms to sleep and play in.

I went up to supervise the bed delivery and assembly, and took my new intern (thank you Ashley!) to help me install the new FLOR rugs that the client had purchased. I had specified different tufted wool rugs but the client opted for these FLOR rugs instead. I think they are a good compromise. I love that they will be easy to care for and I think she did a great job selecting the colors and patterns. 

I designed both rooms with identical furniture and my plan was to personalize each room with different paint colors and accessories. The client decided that having the same paint color in both rooms was easier and will be neutral when they sell the house in a year or so. The room was designed to maximize storage capacity but also give the boys as much play area as possible:

All of the furniture was from Ikea (to keep the costs down) except for the storage beds which were from Pottery Barn Teen. The beds will give them a little extra storage now and even more when they move. Because of the small rooms, the beds are up against a wall and they cannot utilize both sides of the bed storage, but the client was willing to sacrifice that for now.

The large dressers were an important part of the room design. They add a lot of storage and will double as a nightstand. My goal was to put all of the boys' clothing in the drawers, and use their closets for large toy storage. 

To remind you, here are the inspiration boards for the room:

I was hoping they would let me finish the rooms off with fun accessories, lighting and artwork. But the kids did their own styling. They were not kidding when they said they had a lot of Legos!

 They have only been in their rooms for a week and they are already using their desks to full capacity!

Here are a couple of photos of the room they shared before:

And one of the rooms now:

I am glad these boys finally have an organized space to design and create. It kind of makes me want to go get a box of legos to play with myself!

Monday, July 14, 2014

No monkeying around

Happy Monday! Be productive (I say to myself!). Have a great week everyone :)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Life is short

"Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
    so that we may grow in wisdom."
- Psalm 90:12

I attended a funeral this weekend. Funerals are never easy, but this one was particularly hard. It was for a wonderful woman whose life was cut shorter than one would expect. Or hope for. Afterwards, a friend of mine said he thought funerals are a way for those of us left behind to examine our own lives. I felt the same way. I wondered while I was listening to all the accolades and beautiful stories and wonderful ways they described this person, "What would people say about me?" I want to be the kind of person that someone would say, "She never said a harsh word about anyone," or "She loved unconditionally."  The thing is, I am not those things ... I am flawed and imperfect and struggle through life like the rest of us. I have made mistakes. And will make many more I am certain. But then I am reminded that life is not about perfection. It is about love. And grace. 

I recently read an article written by a nurse who worked with patients who knew they were dying. When she questioned them about their regrets, these were the most common:

1.  I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2.  I wish I didn't work so hard.

3.  I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

4.  I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5.  I wish that I had let myself be happier.

The article made me think back to a number of years ago when another young woman, a very good friend of mine, was dying and how we had talked about the importance of living a life with no regrets. That is not an easy thing to do, I think. But something to strive for. 

Thanks for making this world a better place, sweet Mimi.

May the love you poured out onto all of us here on earth be remembered forever. 

Images: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Friday, July 11, 2014

Happy Friday

I met with a new wedding client today ... it was a nice way to end a crazy, busy and somewhat frustrating work week. I love working on weddings - they are so positive and fun.

The bride and her mom were wonderful and it gave me a chance to show off a few new pieces I picked up at an estate sale this week ...

A friend of mine invited me to the estate sale - it was a the home of one of her friend's mom. I had to restrain myself (oh, I wish I had more warehouse space!) but I did bring home 3 nice pieces that will be fun to bring in to a vintage wedding (or my house, haha). 

The meeting was also a good excuse to get my house cleaned. Doesn't it feel nice to go into the weekend with a clean house?

 Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, July 7, 2014

My new design challenge

Did you have a nice long weekend? I did. Having the 4th of July on a Friday stretched out the weekend for me. We relaxed around the pool and I even found time to take a nap one day ... but I also got a lot of work done. It seems I have too much to do right now and not enough time. But that is a good thing - I can't complain about having too much work, right?

This is a mood board for a new client - I am working on her TV room / office / workout room. It is a long and narrow room that has presented a multitude of problems; a low ceiling, too many windows and doors / not enough wall space, too many functions for one small room, and an air conditioner vent that is in the most inconvenient spot. But you know me, I love a challenge. In fact, I told my intern after we went out for our first meeting that this room should be an assignment for design students or given to the contestants on Design Star.

Once I finished space planning the entire room, I cut the room in half and started with the furniture on the TV side of the room. My inspiration was this painting done by the client's father-in-law. You can't tell in this photo but the background is a light lavender. It is a large canvas - 48x48" and will be a focal point in the room. I am crossing my fingers that my client loves the plan so far. I am excited about this space - it is going to be a great "before and after". I plan on using some painting tricks to raise the ceiling a bit. 

Happy Monday everyone - I hope you have a great week in store for you!