Wall mount light fixtures!
Sometimes it is something so simple and common that can really make a statement in design. Working for a homebuilder, I constantly have to try to find ways to easily incorporate new features that create an impact in a home. I have gotten stuck so many times trying to come up with something unique and bold to help set my designs apart, but sometimes I am making it too difficult. Sometimes the answer is just in a small detail. Lately, my favorite way to add character is through light fixtures – more specifically, wall mount light fixtures! Lighting plays such an important role in setting the style of your home!!
What I love about wall mounts is their flexibility. They can be used in any room of your home, any outdoor area of your home, for general lighting, or for accent lighting. Sometimes they are just used to wash a wall and sometimes they are used to light a space for a specific task. What I love even more is that the light fixtures chosen for your project can add interest to your space through the color, shape, style, etc. Light fixtures are pieces of art so having them on the wall only makes sense.
These goose neck light fixtures are awesome! They serve a function and add something special to this kitchen. I love how they come out over the top of the cabinets and apply more general lighting to the work space. For a vaulted ceiling, layers of lighting are very important. These wall sconces help fill the gap between the highest point of the kitchen where the recessed lighting is located and the work space. They are also so unique and interesting which helps to round out the style of this kitchen.
Love, love, love the simplicity in the photo above. The neutral colors are brought to life through a great mix of textures. Three light fixtures sitting atop three windows adds the perfect amount of jewelry to ensure that this space is anything but boring. Sometimes simple is better. I am typically a fan of oversized light fixtures, but in this case, the small dainty fixtures are the best solution. They add just enough character without stealing the show.
The directional goose neck lights in the photo above are so unexpected and fun! The large scale makes this space quirky. One of my favorite things about oversized fixtures is that they create a focal point and allow you to keep the décor simple elsewhere.
Thin brick and goose neck lighting? This is my dream kitchen! Obviously the photographed space has enough going on that the wall mounts are not the first or only things you notice. However, they still add that last little spark to really tie this room together. I could go on and on about how much I love this kitchen. It strangely looks like it could have been the inspiration for one of my own projects that I plan to share with you soon (stay tuned)!
I think I have made my point so I am going to let the rest of the photos below speak for themselves!!
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I am super excited to share these great products I have recently learned or learned more about in the past few months. I can't wait to spec them in my own projects and let you see them come together!
The image below showcases the “Ironworks” thin brick by General Shale. It is my favorite shade they sell. I actually fell in love with it last year when I saw this photo in General Shale’s annual calendar. I thought that it really tied this dining room together and gave it just the right amount of drama! This home is the Colorado Home of the Year – to see more images click on the photo to follow the link to the General Shale Houzz page.
Adorne Under Cabinet Systems: by Legrand. Legrand has everything when it comes to the electrical you are running in your next renovation or new construction project. However, the line that completely blew me away is the Adorne under cabinet system.
Backsplashes have quickly become one of the kitchens most important features. Originally they were added just for function; now they set the tone for the entire space. However, code requires so many outlets in a kitchen. This means that inside of our beautiful backsplashes, we have several outlets distracting our view. With the Adorne line from LeGrand, you can hide all of these outlets and add in other components that help make life in the kitchen a little easier.
The image above shows a great before and after shot of the what all can be hidden up under the cabinets. The outlets are obviously under there but you also have an iPad docking station that is plugged into a USB port charging while being used to display a recipe. There is also an IPhone docked and charging while playing music through a blue tooth speaker hidden under the cabinets.
The Adorne system allows you to hide everything from under cabinet lighting & USB ports to iPad docking stations & blue tooth speakers. This makes the kitchen an even more functional space without sacrificing the look you love.
The best part is that this system is not an outrageous expense! The image below shows you what this system looks like when viewing it from underneath. Click on the image to view the Legrand Houzz page for more inspiration!
Soapstone Countertops : The most popular countertops seen in our area these days are granite and quartz. However, a really awesome countertop material used prominently in Virginia is soapstone. This product is great! I first heard about it through my friend, Hannah with Hygge Design Co. (see her page by clicking the blue button box at the end of this post). She was doing design work in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and came to know this product very well during her time there.
Another exciting benefit to using soapstone is that it is easy to carve into. I am currently working a project where my client wants to use soapstone and carve in an integrated drain board. It is such unique and functional look and I cannot wait to be able to share that with y’all on my page!
I hope this post was helpful to you and has inspired you to try something new for your next project!!
Let me know if there is any material you have enjoyed working with!
For the last several years everything has been about white, grey, light, and neutrals. Who is ready to move forward and be bolder? 2017 is the year that I believe things will change – kind of. People are ready for color. They are ready for bold, and they are ready for warmth.
Grey’s Anatomy: We all know gray has almost run its course, right? Wrong! According to forecasts, it should be around for the next 5 years before moving on to an exciting color that I am already seeing roaming around. I’ll tell you more about that later.
Although, grey is here to stay, it is not going to be seen quite the same as it was before. The trend is moving towards a warmer grey with brown and beige undertones. Oddly enough, the south never really made it all the way to the cooler gray meaning we might be ahead of the curve for the first time. (HA!)
Sherwin Williams’s color of the year for 2017 is “Poised Taupe.” Pictured above, this color is a very warm and cozy gray that I am pretty excited about. In some lights it almost looks brown. I feel it is the perfect color for someone who has always been a little uneasy about going too grey. I have a lot of client’s who like what they have seen in magazines, but don’t know how to incorporate it into their own spaces with their own furnishings. To me, this color of the year is the perfect transition color for this type of home owner.
“Light, bright, and airy”: How many designers get this statement from every single client who comes through their doors?
- What look are you going for??
- Light, bright, and airy.
Do you notice anything about the color of the year for this year? It isn’t LIGHT! It is actually a dark base paint color which is quite the opposite.
I don’t think this AT ALL means that people won’t still be wanting the “light, bright, and airy” look, but I do think it provides another option. I think it will help clients to see that this isn’t the only acceptable style. The Farmhouse style is great and I am very inspired by it, but there are other, beautiful ways to design your home, and other beautiful styles to be inspired by. Don’t be afraid of the dark!
The Kitchen: Functionally, the kitchen will still feature open floor plans with islands. This just means that people will continue to look for important storage solutions. To have more than one island is even on the rise if the space allows.
Kitchens have also historically been located off the of the garage, but with kitchens now being the focal point of the home, client’s prefer to have a buffer space between the garage and the kitchen. This leads to the increase in mud room/ drop zone spaces that offer home owners a place to set down their things without cluttering up the work space.
Designing a kitchen for aging in place is a hot trend as well and this isn’t just for older buyers. This is also being done by the younger generation. Universal design improves the quality of life for end users regardless of age.
Nature will continue to be a huge influence on design. Using natural materials such as wood, granite countertops, and natural stone backsplashes give clients a connection to the environment and promote a healthy lifestyle.
In cabinetry solid white will still be the hottest cabinet trend, but clients will also enjoy incorporating painted colorful cabinet selections. One company I was looking at, Conestoga Cabinetry, has even had a lot of success with a deep reddish-brown pictured below. I am in love with this color!! I’ve had several clients who want to use fun painted cabinets and I have had fun with that. The most popular cabinets I have seen are green and blue. Bolder is better. Most people are afraid to commit to having all painted cabinets in a bold color so having just the island a different color is a way to have fun without being locked into something that is a trend long term. The bottom line is that these are trends and may or may not be around for years to come.
The bathroom: Some of this is old news, but people just really don’t care that much about tubs anymore. You are more likely to walk into a newly constructed or remodeled home and see a large walk in (or roll in) shower rather than see a cozy shower and a spacious tub. The truth is that the average American just doesn’t have time to sit down for a nice relaxing soak anymore. Tubs are bulky and take up valuable space.
On the other hand, there is a huge increase in freestanding tub sales. Because they aren’t built in, they visually take up less space while still offering a large enough setting to sit and relax. Consumers don’t care as much about jetted tubs like they used to, but care more about just having a place to soak (that is if they even want a tub at all).
Aging in place is an important aspect of bathrooms as well. According to Dale Contant, President of Atlanta Design & Build, everybody will eventually have a curbless shower regardless of age. He states that clients are wanting “sleek, minimalist, and transitional styles.” The curbless shower offers a sleek look while still serving a purpose. Luckily, companies like #GRABDASHBAR are offering products that help designers incorporate universal design features into bathrooms without sacrificing the look as well. This particular company sells grab bars that are stylish and less industrial in appearance. Today it is so much easier for clients and designers to plan for aging because companies are continually creating items that are aesthetically appealing and functional for us to specify.
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What does an interior designer even do?
Interior design is a profession that is often misunderstood. I get asked all the time what I do and if I would like to help choose paint colors. Although, I could and enjoy helping people do just that, I want to clear the air a little bit because I think it is important for people to know how we can help with your next project!
According to Bing interior design is “the art or process of designing the interior decoration of a room or building.” So… I’m basically writing this for Bing as well because that definition is borderline offensive (ha).
According to the National Council for Interior Design Qualification interior design is as follows:
“Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants and are aesthetically attractive. Designs are created in response to and coordinated with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements, and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals.”
So what do I do?
I plan. People see a house being built or a renovation happening but sometimes don’t realize how much planning went into the project – sometimes months and months of planning were involved. When I am working on a renovation, I meet with my client and we discuss his/her goals. I often measure the entire space so I can figure out how we could re-work the floor plan in order for a space to function better. Interior designers actually care about function long before they ever start thinking about the aesthetics of their projects. Because the “pretty” is all that people see in the end, this is often misunderstood. Being a problem solver, space planning is what lead me to become a designer. Some renovations include an addition. If so, I sketch up how the addition will tie in with the existing roof line so the buyer can have a visual. I work closely with the contractor to ensure that everything flows smoothly.
I assist. I am the client’s advocate in the project’s duration. This means I am often times the liaison between my client and the contractor, I make sure certain things are ordered and prepared for so the project is not held up, and I stop by the site seeing that everything is going up as was planned. Having an interior designer involved in your project helps to reduce the headache involved with home renovations.
I research. The client tells me what is wanted and needed. I have to come up with a solution. I read articles, I look at photos, I make phone calls, etc. until I find what I am looking for. Research never ends because every project comes with something new!
I have a buyer currently who wants her entire main living area vaulted. It is my job to know that with her 3 little boys, this space could get super loud. She also wants a wood look ceiling. What is the best solution? Sounds odd, but our solution is acoustical ceiling tile. Armstrong (https://www.armstrongceilings.com/) makes seamless ceiling tiles that look like wood, ship lap, wainscoting, etc. for residential and commercial applications. I remember their representative visiting us in design school and started digging to see if they had something we could use. It also helps with insulation which is another thing to consider with a vaulted ceiling. I am not going to get into all of the electrical I’ve been researching for this house. Working with a designer helps you avoid being unhappy with your final result.
I specify. Interior designers help their clients choose the best finishes and fixtures for their projects. Here is where the part you actually see comes into play, but it is always more than just a look for us. It is about what is going to last, what product suits this client best, how will what they need also satisfy what they want? This is another fun part for me because at the end of the day, I do also love aesthetics. I want to help you choose a beautiful countertop, but I also want to help you decide whether you would be better off with granite or quartz. I want to help you learn about new finishes that may work better for you than what you are used to while also giving you a space that you can be proud to show off. I want to help you achieve a Houzz worthy kitchen.
I feel as though I am learning every day because this truly is an ever- changing world, but I love it! I truly enjoy helping people achieve creating their dream spaces. I also think it is pretty cool that all of the planning pays off when you finally get to see everything come together. It is okay for people to only see the final result. I just hope that more people can catch on to what designers can do so I can continue to do what I love.
I am working on 3 great projects right now outside of my interior design job at Pratt Homebuilders. I am beyond excited to share some of these with everyone who follows my blog so stay tuned and thank you so much for reading!!
When I sit down to do research on the latest trends in design, I feel as though I am always seeing more of the same. Every kitchen has painted cabinets. More specifically, every kitchen has white painted cabinets. I have LOVED this trend for the most part. I have especially loved that it is now trending to paint your cabinet’s colors other than white which helps mix things up. However, as I have been working on creating a welcoming environment in my own home, I have found that all of my painted finishes lack warmth for everyday living. This is not just because I like a cooler color palette; I finally realized that what was missing was just the simplicity of wood. I had painted all of my wood and it made everything seem so unnatural.
Because I had already painted my cabinets and I loved the colors, I was able to incorporate wood elements in my own home in other ways, but it did get me thinking…
Why are natural wood cabinets not more popular? I don’t mean your traditional cherry or mahogany wood… or any of the other dark, warm, red toned woods that would not go with today’s trending need to be “light, bright, and airy.” I mean just plain and simple – leave it alone – natural wood.
On KraftMaid's website, I found the following paragraph:
"It’s hard to believe, but the materials for your dream space had a life long before you. And it is that history that makes them perfect for your home. Before they took residence in your home, they lived in nature. And, in many ways, nature lived in them. This is evident in the grain of the wood, the pinholes, the knots, the burls and the eclectic coloration left behind by mineral deposits. If you look closely, you can read the story of their former life"
It’s a little bit of an oxymoron to me - we live in a society where everyone is so worried about putting natural products into our bodies and specifying natural materials that are good for the environment, but we like to paint every piece of wood we cut down. I do it too. In a way it is an incredible thing. It helps us to re-use old furniture instead of throwing it away or keep our old cabinets longer instead of ripping them out and getting new ones. I am only realizing that a painted finish seems to be the only way people want to go these days even in new construction, and I want to offer another option.
I searched through Houzz.com to see what I could find as far as natural cabinets go. It was actually hard to find kitchens that looked updated with the natural finish, but I was able to find a few that helped to exemplify what I am excited about.
You could also mix in some painted cabinets with the natural finish. I love how this kitchen incorporates a few white cabinets with the green backsplash. It gives this space an organic look. I also love that this is paired with the gray walls – swoon.
I'm afraid that some people are choosing painted cabinets in new construction because they think that is the only way to get the bright, beautiful kitchen that they want, but it is not. You should try something different - be unique.
This last kitchen was featured in Coastal Living in 2011, but I had to throw this in here. I am in love with this look. Although it is a home on the Virginia coast, this could definitely be a kitchen in the farmhouse lover's home. Don't be afraid to step outside of the box.
Some people hate the idea of natural cabinets and that is completely okay. I am only presenting the argument to try something new before just doing what is currently trending. Sometimes it’s fun to be different. You can still have a fabulous kitchen without having painted cabinets. For some reason, I have been very drawn to these natural cabinets lately and I can’t wait to help a client design a kitchen using them if you’ll let me!
"In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they are still beautiful." - Alice Walker
Moving into a home where your significant other is already living.
It has been a very busy past few months with wedding planning, moving, and working on some really fun projects that I cannot wait to share! This is why it has been such a long time since my last post, so let’s get to it.
One of the biggest stresses I thought I would have during this time is MOVING (which actually didn’t turn out half bad)! It can be especially hard when moving in with someone who is already settled in his home. So I decided that I wanted to share my experience with everyone. Because I am an organization freak and ended up getting settled in with ease, I feel that I can offer some tips that will help newlyweds get settled in their new homes!
Make yourself at home
This sounds like a no brainer, but this was the first and most important step for me. Months and months before Nick and I got married I made sure that I made Nick’s house feel like home to me. Obviously, being a designer, this included some changes to the home. Nick has lived in his home for almost a decade which means he was PRETTY settled in. Let me clarify that I did not just come in one day and say “We are changing up your whole house. I hope you’re excited!!” because I wanted to respect this home that he had made for himself. We decided together to make some changes that would suit both of our styles. Basically this house was beige on beige on beige – so all it needed was a little bit of TLC, added color, and some accessories to make it cozier. This was just the start.
Nick ended up getting really into re-decorating once he started seeing these small improvements on his home. We ended up doing some bigger upgrades in certain spaces – mostly the kitchen and bathroom. He had lovely wallpaper in the kitchen, honey oak cabinets, and pink laminate countertops. We didn’t go too crazy, but we did remove the wallpaper, paint the walls, add some trim details (wainscoting), paint the cabinets, replace the countertops, and add a backsplash. Okay – that does sound like a LOT, but we did things one at a time which made it much easier and such fun! I will add in that making his house OUR home, together, helped bring us closer. This is why this was the MOST important step for me. I ended up LOVING the look of our two styles morphed together! This house is a complete 50/50 of Nick and I which makes it comfortable for the both of us. He feels more at home than he used to and so do I. I just want to add for clarification that we did all of this little by little because we were on a tight budget. We made changes as we could afford them. That was another fun challenge, but I could ramble in this section for hours!
Make room for you
Another no brainer, but again so important!! Before you even think of moving anything of yours in, make room for your things! This step can be uncomfortable for some to approach but don’t worry about it. This man asked you to marry him – he is so excited to get you moved in so he will want to help. Nick got excited to de-clutter. It’s almost like he was just waiting for someone to jump in and help him. He had to give up some drawer space, make room for me in the closet, and donate all of those old clothes that he would never wear again. We dated for 3 years – If I had never seen him wear something, we decided that it should go! We went through the entire house donating things that he hadn’t used in years/ things that we knew we wouldn’t use. We also set aside some things that would be great for a yard sale!
Put gifts away as they are received!
After each and every shower, I would bring in the gifts we received and find a home for them, immediately. This meant exchanging old dishes with our new dishes – exchanging our old pots & pans for new pots & pans – exchanging old towels for new towels, etc. There is no reason to keep old sets of dishes that you won’t use. For me this was easy to decide because I have very limited cabinet space. I couldn’t keep old and new if I wanted to.
The majority of people end up having more than one bridal shower. That means that if you wait until the end to put things away, you have this huge pile of things to sort through. Because people will also bring gifts to your wedding, you do NOT want all of that stress when you get back from your honeymoon. If you find a space for things as you receive them, then the stress is limited. You are already so excited after the shower, that it is a good time to organize without being overwhelmed.
Let me add that you will most likely have things that need to be returned. I started my pile of returns from the time of my first shower to after the wedding day in a room that Nick and I didn’t go in too often. Again, these items had a place of their own in this room, organized together for a quick and easy return.
Unpack ONE BOX at a time
This step helped me create a place for each item instead of shoving a bunch of things into a closet or drawer. I began packing up things from my home to move to Nick’s home little by little. I began months before the wedding (once again) and would pack up the things that I knew I wouldn’t be needing until after the wedding day. I would also bring my boxes over right after I packed them up. If you bring over 4 or 5 boxes at a time instead of 40 boxes at a time, then you can focus on each one individually without being overwhelmed staring at a huge pile! My biggest advice for this step is not to even open a second box until the first box is completely empty. With each item you pull out, you must find it a home. I cannot tell you how easy it has been to get settled in and keep my house clean based on the fact that each item that is ever taken out of place has a specific place to go back to. There is never a reason to shove random items into random drawers just to get them out of sight. This only leads to drama later when you can’t find your nail clippers.
Wait to spend your gift cards
I know it is so exciting that you have $1,000.00 to spend at Bed, Bath, & Beyond so you just can’t wait to tear that store up, but don’t do it!! Every-time I have ever had gift cards, it’s like easy money so I end up spending it on stupid things that I don’t need – this may just be me… What worked best for Nick and I was to wait until we had lived in our new home together for about a week. This was a good amount of time for us to see what items we actually needed. During this time we noticed that we didn’t have good towels, we needed a waste basket in the bathroom, a curved shower curtain would help the shower feel bigger, we could use some more shelves for our shoes, etc. What’s funny is that Nick had lived here for so many years before so you would think that some of these things would have been problems for him already, but until you both live in the house together certain things won’t come up. ALSO, I noticed things that he hadn’t because he is a guy who doesn’t care. Had we not tested out living in our home before shopping our hearts out, I guarantee you I would have bought more kitchen things (which I DID NOT need), a really cute ironing board cover, and a few “As Seen on TV” items instead. All of these items would have been a waste of money that would just turn into clutter.
Our house is now truly a home for the both of us. I could not have imagined things going as smoothly as they have. I hope my tips will help you with your move!
This home is probably one of my favorites that I have had the opportunity to work on so far. This is the new "Model Home" at a new Pratt neighborhood, the Farm at Hampton Meadows. It is also a new floor plan we are offering, the Lynden, and everyone is loving it!
To say this home was a collaborative effort is an understatement. Don't get me wrong - every home is a collaborative effort between choosing a floor plan, customizing the floor plan, choosing finishes, ordering finishes, posting work/ purchase orders, auditing each house, making sure the house is built properly etc.. It takes so many people to make each house possible. BUT this house it seems like everyone had a hand in each aspect of the overall design. Because this was a new neighborhood for Pratt, we really wanted to make sure that we nailed everything from the overall exterior down to the minor details. I love "Model Homes" because as a designer, I am given a large budget to get to incorporate some really fun things!
The exterior design was something that I did not help with on this particular home. Sharon (my boss), Kelly (estimator/ interior designer), and the owner all got together and decided what look we were going for in this new neighborhood. I would call the style that they landed on a rustic/ contemporary/ transitional style - assuming that makes any sense. Whatever it is, I like it! We were a little nervous about painting the brick an overall color - It is very neutral, but some of the added exterior elements help it pop. One thing, per Kelly, we are doing in this neighborhood is fun accent doors which I love and I'm hoping buyers will love. To me, a front door is typically under a front porch causing the door to recede from the eye leaving it nearly unnoticeable, but fun and bright colors really help the door stand out. This exterior style is definitely different from things Pratt has done in the past, but I think it has a lot of character and charm.
The interior finishes is where I got to have a ton of fun in this home! The floor plan opens into a foyer with plenty of breathing room and great views into the main living spaces of the home. To your left, there is a spacious powder room. The owner asked that we do some fun trim details in this space so we went with what we call v-groove wainscoting. What I love about it is that it almost resembles a farmhouse/ ship lap wall detail. This is the reason I specified for it to be installed horizontally. I think it adds some character to this space easily and also helps make the room feel even more spacious with the light colors on the walls. Its a strange room to choose as one of your favorites, but I love the powder room.
From the Foyer, if you look to your right, you are looking straight into the Dining Room. Lucy, the owner's wife staged each room of this home with furnishings and accessories. This was another room that was able to get some fun trim details. These are some of our "go-to" details including the coffered ceiling, craftsman window and door casings, and tall craftsman wainscoting. I love how Pratt has always united old world details with new construction. I love old homes because of their character, so being able to accomplish this in a new space is exciting!
Moving on from the foyer, we open into an open-concept Great Room/ Kitchen. The Great Room is so cozy with the cultured stone fireplace, ledge mantle, and craftsman trim details. I chose a dark hardwood floor and "greige" walls to give the room a warm, contemporary appearance. Sharon, the director of Interior Design, aka my boss, and I have love playing with warm grays to create an inviting space. I would say that I have leaned more towards a "transitional" style as of late. I love mixing old/ new/ rustic/ sleek/ casual/ formal...
My favorite part of this space is the built-in tech area. I know a lot of "thinking outside the box" went into this little nook. Our Cabinet Designer, Melissa and the rest of the production team pieced this area together and wanted to do something a little different than what we've done in the past. Typically we just install granite at these tech spaces and usually match the granite to the one we chose for the kitchen, but this time we ventured out to Southeastern Salvage to find a wood counter-top. I am so glad that we did. Kelly had seen these wood counter-tops out and we decided to give them a try. I think it really helped tie in the rustic elements we wanted brought into this home while still keeping with the transitional theme. It matches the kitchen, cabinet-wise, but still becomes its own unique space separate from the kitchen with the use of a contrasting top.
I have never claimed to be a photographer so please ignore the lack of decent photos of the kitchen. Melissa did a great job laying out the kitchen cabinets - we added a few bump ups for a more customized look. Finish wise - this is where some of the money came into play. My favorite part of the Kitchen is the backsplash. I got to upgrade it to a porcelain subway mosaic that is designed to look like slate and paired it with an upgraded "greige" granite. The barnwood was added at the island back per the owner to tie it in with the rustic style. A subtle gray glaze around the details of the white cabinets give the doors a more defined look and help the design stand out.
This home is finished but not complete yet! We still have a few details we are wanting to add. I will be adding photos later of the Master Shower details and a BARN DOOR!
Thank you so much for reading!
The following images are from a project I worked as an interior designer for Pratt Home Builders. The staging, including furnishings and accessories was done by Lucy Pratt.
Sometimes a mistake can be a blessing. It was actually a great learning experience for me. I had become so accustomed to choosing boring neutral colors on all of the interior walls and I really needed to change things up. This mistake is exactly what did that for me. Paint is something that can be changed fairly easily, so it is a great place to pop a fun color. When designing to appeal to the masses, neutral is safe - neutral will sell. However, as a designer, I have to learn to sell the trends. I have to learn to make a buyer want something that they may not have realized they liked. No, my job is not to completely change a clients wish list or force my ideas on them, but I want people to see work that I've done and want to have the same look in their own home. I think that is something that every designer has to learn to do. Sometimes we learn through our mistakes and I believe that I am very lucky that my mistake didn't end up costing the company I work for hundreds of dollars.
I actually had a ton of fun working on this house. I love working with model homes because I get a larger budget to work with that offers me some room to play with new ideas and upgrades. This home was designed to appeal to the "empty nester" buyer - someone who is down sizing for aging in place. This helps dictate what style the house should convey. This home features a relaxed transitional feel that is very cozy and inviting. I got to play around with some fun upgrades including an "accent island," upgraded granite, subway mosaic fireplace surround, craftsman trim details, painted cabinets with glazing, a trey ceiling detail, wide plank hardwoods, etc.. I love being able to choose finishes and add design details that spark interest in our potential clients. My job is so rewarding because I get to help buyers design a place to call their home. It sounds so cheesy, but that is my favorite part.
Oh! Life lesson #2.... When you order a wide angle lens that is supposed to help you capture an entire space in lieu of only capturing whatever is right in front you, you in fact order a "fish eye" lens. You can send my designer of the year award to my office....
Home Staging (includes furnishing and accessories) by Lucy Pratt. She does such a great job with the decor to compliment the finishes perfectly!
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“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
Sometimes as a designer, we are called to do things that don't necessarily relate to the profession - actually many designers are involved with event planning at some point or another. We are good planners and like to be creative so if the shoe fits....! I loved planning this shower with my good friend, Haley. It is actually for my sister who is having a baby in 4 short weeks! Yikes!! We went with a mermaid theme after my sister sent me an inspiration image of some cookies she had seen that were in the shape of mermaids, starfish and seahorses. We ran with the idea!
First things first - we had to design the invitations which was a lot of fun! I created the invitations using Adobe Illustrator. I obviously spent some time on pinterest searching for inspiration images and then made them my own. My sister is very girly and loves glitter so I thought the invite was fun and suited her personality. Yes - I changed the addresses and phone numbers for the sake for privacy.
One thing I knew had to be at the shower was party favors! My sister-in-law is loving the essential oils trend and has been making some home remedies for a couple of months now. I asked her if salt scrub was something that she could do and luckily she agreed to help! She did such a good job creating these scrubs using sea salt, soap dye, lavender oil, and eucalyptus oil. They smelled refreshing and were pretty easy to make! The hard part was finding the perfect containers to put them in. Originally we had wanted to use little glass bottles with a cork a the top... I order some which came in tee tiny so my mom had the idea to use the tiny mason jars. I created the labels again using adobe illustrator and tried to copy the theme from the invitations to tie everything together. When we met up to put the containers together, I was surprised by my mom and sister-in-law's idea to cut out some cork sheets and put them over the lids! Duh! It made the containers fit better with the theme and were super cute!
Haley was the food girl! She is talented at baking, cooking, and obviously being creative. We got together one night and searched pinterest for some fun food ideas that we could enhanced our theme! Above are the crab cakes her mom helped us make! She whipped up some homemade chicken salad and put them on crescent rolls and then we just added the "googly eyes" to make them look like crabs. When we visited Hobby Lobby, we picked up some labels so we could give each item a unique, ocean themed name!
The ranch dip was Haley's favorite because the octopus is just so cute! She just cut up a bell pepper and added eyes using olives!
I loved the advice cards table - "message in a bottle!" It was simple but fun and creative. We bought this jar at Hobby Lobby for 40% off!! - then we cut up some paper leaving rough edges and put out some strings to tie them off.
We had so much fun planning this shower for the mom-to-be! Thank you so much for visiting!
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Pslams 139 : 13-16
I am currently working on a summer internship to finish up my degree. Mine is with a very talented designer, Rachel Hunt. She works for a company that renovates residential and commercial buildings in the Chattanooga area, and I basically get to be her assistant all summer. I asked her the other day if she had updated her portfolio with recent projects. It's so hard to keep projects up to date on your website, so I decided to help her out. We were working on hanging a gallery wall at a loft home she had recently renovated. I took some time to stage the loft and take photos for her to document her work.
The home features an industrial style with exposed brick walls in almost every room. Mixed with some sheet rock walls, it is a nice balance between a transitional and urban look. I love the wide plank hardwood floors - they are +/- 10" wide!
I have two favorite rooms in this house and here is the first - the master bathroom! It has a really cool (for lack of a better word) chandelier over the bath tub with hexagon tiles in the shower and a granite tub surround. I love the rustic contemporary look that is trendy without being over the top. I was even inspired by the farmhouse plumbing fixtures.
Some interesting details include a faux finished ceiling paired with large floor tiles installed diagonally to tie the floor and ceiling together. I asked Rachel about the brick walls in here wondering if she had done something to make the brick look so weathered, but this is just how the brick was when they began the project which I love. Any time you can leave something in its original state and fit the style, you should do it!
This is my second favorite room - the nursery! I love the brick in this room as it is something so unexpected for a baby's room. Pink is such a typical color for this application but paired with the brick wall, it is new and exciting. Out of every nursery I have seen on pinterest and elsewhere, this has been my favorite.
As I walked through this home for my first time, I kept noticing little things that stood out to me. Rachel paid so much attention to every little detail that went in to this home and it definitely shows. I wish the pictures did it justice!
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