what I do

what I do

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

A little Halloween inspiration ...

Some people are so incredibly creative, aren't they? I thought I would share a few of my favorite ideas for Halloween ...


Have you carved | painted | decoupaged your pumpkins yet?

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Sunday, October 28, 2012


Roald Dahl - The Twits 
(Source: ssscuttlebuttt, via siranai)

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"The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
1 Samuel 16:7

Friday, October 26, 2012

Just saying ...

I have been working non-stop lately. It seems this girl is an all-work-and-no-play-girl these days.

Today I went in search of the perfect pillow fabrics for a new sofa for one of the projects I am in the middle of.

Two different directions ... 

One bright and the other a bit more safe subtle.

 I hope they choose the brighter one!

And for another project it looks like I brought home the entire store!

This will be for a master bedroom ... the client wants neutrals and textures. I'm hoping there is something here that will work. I was too tired to pull it all together in the store so I decided to just bring it all home. And on a lighter note, did you know ...

I'm just saying ...

Hope you have a great and stress-free weekend everyone!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New offices finished

The new offices for the pediatric clinic are finished ...

To really appreciate it, let me remind you what we started with:

The main room was an empty box space when we started and we needed to turn it into a conference room with a small seating area. Unlike the clinic, we were not able to paint the walls in this space, so I used colorful art from Modern Digital Canvas to brighten it up and brought in some inspirational artwork as well.


To help the client visualize the design I put together an inspiration board. (We switched out the chairs for different ones then I had previously selected).

There wasn't much space and every inch had to be utilized. This room will be used for parent meetings and workshops. 

The first thing we did was place the furniture and hang the artwork ...

And then I came back in with a new rug and a few accessories to pull it all together (thank you HomeGoods!).

Everyone is happy and all they need are a few fresh flowers and they are all ready for their open house tomorrow.

Monday, October 22, 2012

A nursery for twins ... a preview

I'm working on another little girl's room ...

And this little girl is about to become the big sister to twins!

All three girls will be sharing one room for a while ... two cribs and a twin bed. I wanted the colors to be sweet and soft. 

This one is just too much fun!
Happy Monday everyone :D

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Letting go

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you."
-1 Peter 5:7 NLT

Saturday, October 20, 2012

My Saturday

I'm not a huge fan of Halloween, but a client of mine is ...

Photos from Country Living

And every year I help her get ready for her annual Halloween party. That is what I am up to today.
How about you? 

Happy Saturday everyone!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wedding reception details

The wedding reception that I posted about here was also photographed by my sister ... you know, my sister who is my assistant sometimes and my partner in the wedding business ... she is also a talented photographer and was hired to capture the evening and of course she took a few photos of the decor. The good ones are hers ... and there are a few of mine snuck in. 

The couple was married in London in June and this reception was for the family and friends who were not able to make it to the wedding. This was a much more casual affair but we wanted to reflect the London wedding as much as possible. As I wrote about here, I used the same color scheme and used the bride's bouquet as my centerpiece inspiration.

We had a simple check in-table and a casual seating assignment board. 

This little shelving unit that belongs to my sister worked out well to display some of the photos from the London wedding:

It was a last minute addition and I spray painted it in between picking up the flowers from the flower mart and making the centerpieces.

The bride brought over the fans from the wedding in June. I wasn't sure what we were going to do with them but I loved that they were a part of both events. I put them on the bottom shelf and it was perfect - all the kids took them and played with them throughout the evening.

My sister took the photos from the wedding and enlarged them and I framed some to put at the check-in and cake table.

And we hung some on painter's tarps with twine and clothespins.

The bride's mom picked up the cakes from a bakery in Long Beach called Scratch. They were as delicious as they look!

The dinner was served family style and the serving dishes were placed right on top of the table number coasters. We used this same idea to mark the table numbers in my daughter's wedding. For my daughter's wedding we hand stenciled each coaster with paint. It was not cost effective to spend that much time on this reception so I printed them on the computer and glued them to the coasters. To be honest ... I kind of like these better!

This was a great pre-curser to the wedding we will be styling in a few weeks; both venues allow only a very short set-up time and this was good practice for us. And even though it is on a much smaller scale than the wedding we will be styling, it gave us an idea of what we can accomplish in a a couple of hours rather than the all day set-ups we are used to. 

I loved being a part of putting on this reception ... it made the sting of not being able to attend the London wedding a little less painful ...

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Beckham!!!