Friday, April 3, 2015

Country Rock Teen Room

just finished a design board for a teenager who loves music and Johnny Cash. His mom requested Native American bedding by Pendelton. So I used modern finished furniture mixed with tribal inspired prints, kept the color palette contemporary with black & white, gray and a kick of orange and red, threw in some modern Johnny Cash artwork and voila! Orion's bedroom. 
1 Serena & Lily pouf   2 West Elm rug   3 PB Teen nightstand   4 PB Teen lamp  
5 White Faux Taxidermy bison skull   6 Urban Outfitters headboard   7 Pendleton throw & shams
7 cont Caitlin Wilson Textiles euro sham   8 PB Teen lamp   9 Etsy print   10 PB Teen bookshelf
11 PB Teen drapery   12 PB Teen desk   13 PB Teen chair   14 PB Teen board   15 PB Teen shelf
16 Urban Outfitters orange lamp   17 Etsy Johnny Cash print   18 Etsy Johnny Cash print

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Chinoiserie Bedroom

I don't fall asleep counting sheep, I doze dreaming of design. Last night I couldn't turn my brain off so I whipped up this design board for a chinoiserie inspired master bedroom in chocolate brown, light blue and coral accents.

lamps: ZGallerie
duvet: Pottery Barn 
euro pillows: WillaSkye Home via Etsy
shams: Pottery Barn
accent pillow: WillaSky Home via Etsy
clock: LL Bean
decorative box: West Elm
wallpaper: Schumacher 
gold mirror: 1stdibs out of stock similar: Ashton Sutton 
headboard: custom via ModShop Room Service Store 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Design Consultation: Before and After

The Gifford family had just moved to California and purchased their first home which needed a lot of  updating.  They didn't want to make any major changes until later, but did want some ideas of how to spruce up their space with some simple fixes. So, I did a design consultation with them.  I walked the space, room by room and we discussed paint color choices and furniture layout, and an overall theme.  I put together a little mood board for them to give them some direction on style, but mostly paint colors as they were painting their entire house.  Check out the before and after photos!


I put together this mood board to give Michelle a jumping off point of style, but mostly they needed paint colors

And here are the AFTER pictures!  Michelle did an amazing job implementing my ideas during the design consultation!  Michelle Gifford is an amazing photographer and has some serious decorating skills, make sure to check out her website Michelle Gifford Photography.


Design Consultations are a very cost effective way to get some design help from a professional.  I walk your space with you, giving you ideas as we go room to room.  After the consultation, you'll receive an email with all the notes from the appointment and additional suggestions.  This is $150 for 2 hours.  Everyone can afford a designer!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Modern Boho Family Room

I just finished a fun project for a California family with a modern flare and touch of bohemian. I can't wait to see these rooms come to life, here is the design board. 

The Great Room

There is one big "great room" which traditionally lends itself to a living room/dining room layout.  But this family of six didn't need a formal space, but, rather a family space for their four kids to hangout with ages ranging from tween to toddler. The room also needed to be sophisticated but kid-friendly. So I divided  the space into zones. Zone 1 was to be the homework zone with a table and bright yellow Ikea chairs for studying. Zone 2 is the music/hangout zone. I used the piano as the focal point and put together a seating area where they could hang out and practice piano.  Lastly, Zone 3 is for their home office. This multi-purpose room is now functional and stylish! Paint is Sherwin Williams 7016 Mindful Gray accented with 7018 Dovetail. 

The Family Room & Kitchen

This room got new window treatments, furniture, rug and accessories. A fresh coat of Sherwin Williams 7551 Greek Villa on the cabinets and a white subway tile backsplash will freshen up the once dark kitchen. And some bright turquoise barstools for a pop of color from Industry West. Most of the furniture is from West Elm and pillows from Willa Sky Home on Etsy. Email me direct for specific sources.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fitness Studio Design

T3 Fitness Energy Renovation
It's the year anniversary of one of my all time favorite projects, so I figured it was about time, I wrote about it. When Breanne Houston, owner of T3 Fitness Energy contacted me to help her design her newly purchased space in the vintage Brockton Arcade of Riverside, California, I was super excited.  Although, I had just had my 3rd child, and was busy with a new babe, I knew I wanted to take on this project.  For one, I was so impressed with Breanne and her drive to take her business to the next level and felt privileged to be a part of it and secondly, how could I turn down such an exciting opportunity to design a public space for women's fitness?!  I was on board!

Construction Photos    
A wall of windows presented a privacy challenge for women working out, although I don't think the coffee shop patrons would have minded.  We came up with the idea to do a window "frost" or film that was opaque, it let in the light but kept the privacy.   (that's Breanne's son in the super hero cape! we did many meetings with 5 kiddos)

here's the front entrance to the studio.  it definitely hasn't been thought about since the '70's
 Design Concept Board
here's the one of many revised design boards i did for breanne.  this one ultimately was the basis for all decisions.  it included the paint color scheme, front entrance window film and storage.  that desk is her existing desk she was using, everything else was new.  if you have an questions on the sources, please email me.
 Design Underway
Getting a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams paint and primer was a good start!  Finally got rid of the musty smell!  The black wall was painted with chalkboard paint for the fitness schedule.  The ceiling got a fresh coat of SW 7018 Dovetail and the soffit was a punchy orange called SW 6885 Knockout Orange.  The entire studio was painted SW 7551 Greek Villa.

We brought the front door back into the 21st Century with a sophisticated teal and black color combination.

I knew I wanted their logo professionally done and hung above the front desk, but with a tight budget and so many objects in the way (ie a control panel we couldn't' move) it presented a challenge.  Luckily Bill at Independent Signs in Santa Ana had a great solution to hang the sign!  Foam letters trimmed the cost down and were mounted to plexi glass.  It turned out perfect!
Breanne and I literally spent hours putting together the frames and hanging them on the wall in a gallery style. All these frames are from Ikea and are pictures of the studio clients.  

One trip to Home Goods and a couple printables later, we styled the storage.

I love the subtle pop of orange.  It's energetic, warm and modern.  But, after the chevron window frost was installed and I came to see it, my heart literally skipped a beat.  We had come up with this idea (Bre loves chevron) to do a more loose window film because this wall of windows is the main street and we didn't want the view of the studio impeded.  The chevron was the perfect solution, it provided privacy while allowing light to flood through the windows, all while added a modern design.  And an added bonus in the morning it casts beautiful shadows on the studio floor!  squeeeee!

Yes that is grasscloth wallpaper you see.  Breanne wanted the gym to feel "homey" so I suggested grasscloth to bring texture in what can feel like a cold studio space.  it was perfect.  The wallpaper is Phillip Jeffries Bermuda Hemp 5261 Graphite.  Oh and the hanging light was a great find at Costco of all places!   All storage is from Ikea.

Grand Opening 
Grand opening day!  

Even the Mayor of Riverside came out to the grand opening to do Zumba!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

7 Simple Decorating Tips

New Year, New Goals, right?!  If one of those goals is to re-decorate, then read on, friend. Here are 7 simple decorating tips to refresh and revamp your space in the new year.

1. Paint
Painting is inexpensive and makes a large impact in a space. Try a cool blue for fresh walls or light taupe (warm gray) for a modern update on beige.  Restoration Hardware has a simple color palette that is very classic. Don't stop at your walls, give your doors and trim a fresh coat of bright white. Try Glidden's Door and Trim paint, also great for furniture. 

2. Window Treatments 
Add a window treatment in a graphic fabric such as a stripe, chevron or geometric pattern. Use contrasting colors such as black and white for large impact. Hang the drapery as high as possible to give the illusion of high ceilings.  Just adding two simple dummy panels softens your window and helps the room look more "decorated." 

3. Plants
Bring the outside in with a tree in the corner. This is a simple trick that livens up  a space and softens hard lines from straight walls and hard furniture. Succulents are not only low maintenance but very sculptural. Beware of silk plants that will cheapen the look you are going for, instead stop by your local hardware store and go for the living. 

4. Pillows 
If your sofa or chairs are boring you, add some new pillows. Even the most tired sofa can be refreshed with some graphic pillows that add color pop and texture. Check for designer fabric pillows at great prices. And remember your throw pillows need to be filled with feather down so they maintain their shape. 

5. A Mirror 
Adding a mirror is a great way to expand a small space as it gives the illusion of depth. Put one over your mantel or in your dining room. Group an even number of small square mirrors together for big impact. 

6. Accessories
Go big or go home! Minimize accessories to a few large ones. No more 1950's tchotchkes cluttering up a shelf or coffee table, please. Group odd numbers. Keep it simple. Less is more. Simple things like a stack of pretty books or a vase of flowers. Use a tray on a coffee table to help keep it organized. A pretty box for necessary items (ie remote control, coasters etc). 

7. Rug 
Use a rug to help define a space or spaces. Also this can bring in an unexpected pop of color.  Don't go too small or it will look like a doormat. Usually an 8x10 is good for a family room.


Monday, January 13, 2014

NYC Loft Kitchen

My sister recently purchased a loft in New York City that was in a need of a few updates so I put together a little design concept for her kitchen.  Can't wait to see how it turns out!  See below for the design board. 

Cabinets: Client's choice
Countertops: Daltile
Floor: Daltile Slate
Paint: Restoration Hardware
Backsplash: Daltile
Light: Pottery Barn
Window Treatment: Home Depot