Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pretty Little Box

Imagine all the details, plans, and samples needed for you to create your dream space arriving at your front door in a pretty little box….sounds wonderful doesn’t it??

Each box would be custom tailored just for you!

Once you have your Pretty Little Box and all the goodies inside, you can work on completing your space as time and money allow.

Powder Rooms, Entryways, and Small Bedrooms start at $250. 

Did I mention the first person to contact me about their own Pretty Little Box will receive a hefty, OUTRAGEOUS, and RIDICULOUSLY crazy discount??

Let's get this Pretty Little Box party started!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!!

I love styling with some pretty roses for Valentine's Day!

What is prettier together than roses and mercury glass? 

This client has inspired me to start an aloe plant. Every house should have one!

I hope your Valentines Day is the sweetest!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

More From the Vintage Bathroom....

When you have very limited options, all of which do NOT include getting new doors, and a total laundry closet makeover what you've got!! 

These were once plain, hollow core doors. Some paint and an Indian sari pattern later, we avoided a total gut of the laundry closet!! 

We also accessorized the bathroom vanity with some of the clients favorite antiques and meaningful items...

An antique biscuit pot holds cotton balls and makeup remover.....

...a matchbook with an irresistible Art Deco logo is a memory from a special evening, and an antique silver tray corrals everything all in one place. 

This vintage chic bathroom is coming together, one special piece at a time!

Happy Hump Day Everybody! 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bits & Pieces

I posted about a vintage bathroom awhile back and wanted to share some pics on how it has come together.
At first, I was scared. Vintage can be tricky and it's very easy to end up with a very dated looking space if you're not careful.

I was working with a vintage wallpaper and vintage drapery panels...

We added a sheep skin rug adds a little hip to the vintage....

I also love the texture! It's not often you see a sheep skin in a bathroom!

For the vanity, we were working with those 1970's, flat panel cabinets. 
It looked an awful lot like this:

My client was not up for a total bathroom makeover so we had to get creative working with what we already had. We added some vintage bamboo frame moulding to the fronts and new hardware. 

The dark background makes the antique white appear to be more crisp, while adding a cool element of contrast. An update that cost much less than ripping it out....under $300...and you know what happens when you rip out an old vanity......a simple bath remodel snowballs into an entire bath overhaul and thousands of dollars end up being spent! So, when you're not looking to overhaul and spend your life savings, you work with what you've got!

As for accessories, so far we have a frame with nice clean lines that just happened to go with the vintage wallpaper....

as well as a few more vintage pieces that I will share later once it's all together. We're also working on an update to some typical folding doors that hide the laundry area. Another thing that certain set-ups and predicaments may get in the way of a simple change out. It's not always quick and easy to replace outswinging doors in tight areas, so sometimes it's better to just stick with what you have and figure out how to make it look better. Coming soon! I'm in the process of the makeover at this very moment!

Speaking of makeovers....KDI is getting a new website!

Shari at Little Blue Deer has been working very hard and dealing very patiently with a certain indecisive, design diva! 

I won't name any names....but she's even driving herself crazy!! 

Ok, ok!! 
That design diva is me. I admit it. I need help!

I just love so many different things!

We tried this sketch-y look with some of my little illustrations:

Just for fun and whimsy, but with everything going on, it just looked a little crazy. They may find their way onto the site in some way, but just not sure yet. 

Something that did make it was my silhouette. I thought it was appropriate since I am always doing silhouettes for clients and have never done one of myself! Crazy huh?

So that 's me....except I hear that my nose is slightly more pointy. Thanks Dad!

So, those are little bits and pieces of what's been going on my world. 

There is so much more I want to share but can't just yet! Stay tuned!

Hope you are all having a fabulous week!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lots of Dots!

I didn't even know I had a theme going for our new bedroom design....
Apparently it's dots!

dots here:

and here...

dots  there:

and there..

dots everywhere! 

I think I have a thing for dots.

I even considered a dotty pattern for the walls. Like this:

p.s. I LOVE those zebras!

But now i am feeling more like this:

those octagon's in the center are technically "not-so-round dots"

Gotta keep my theme going!

The color palette is inspired by my favorite pieces of my wardrobe and the pieces that I wish were a part of this lovely jacket that caught my eye.....

Another important piece is this vintage makeup bag that my husband bought me many moons ago. We were at an antique mall looking around one afternoon and I said that I loved all the colors of the fabric and the next day he surprised me with it. Isn't he such a keeper?!? 

I think I have always been a Green kind of girl, usually the green is outnumbered by all the pink, but maybe this time, for our room, it won't be.

I have never dared to use it on a larger scale.

Like this:

or this:

I just can't decide!

Green headboard, green walls, black headboard, black and white walls, I just don't know yet!

I will keep you posted though!

Would you dare to go green?

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Cabinet Gets A Fresh New Look!

Last Thursday was like Christmas for me! 

We installed a beautiful new lining inside a client's glass cabinet and last Thursday was my day for styling! I love unwrapping shiny new goods and placing them in just the right spot. Adding fresh flowers into the mix, especially pink ones, only gets me more excited! I'm talking the kind of excitement that is similar to that of receiving a fabulous gift with the name "Spade" on it. 

You know what I'm talking about. 

Here's a look inside!

White ceramic serving pieces that are both functional and beautiful are mixed with all the beautiful glassware and accessories a happy hostess could ever want.

There's even a hot chocolate bar! 

Ready for the kids to come inside from playing in the snow!

I only wish I had made a huge chocolate cake for this shoot. Not just for the pics but for my own little celebration afterwards!

Couldn't resist the graphics on this "Love" towel from Pottery Barn. I had to get one for myself too!

A little hint:

Mix in some linens. They need a place to stay anyway.

I don't know about you, but my own glass cabinets are getting a new backdrop asap! 

If you feel up to the task of making your own cabinet lining, here are a few tips:

1. Dry fit the unpainted panels in the cabinet BEFORE you stencil them. If you make adjustments after you stencil, your pattern will be off.
2. After making any cuts to adjust the fit, then it's time to stencil.
3. Lay the panels out on the floor, side by side, and stencil as if they are all one piece. 
4. Have wine handy for the installation.

If you tackle your own, please share with me! 

Happy Monday!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Colorful Inspiration For A Nursery!

I just got the Kate Spade, Things We Love book for Christmas and I haven't been able to keep my eyes out of it! I seriously lug it around everywhere I go! This is an espcially big deal because I just had gallbladder surgery and it kinda hurts to carry heavy stuff......yet I still do it...that just shows how much I love it....right??

If you're a Spade fan, you should get it. It's seriously beautiful and a fun read. Plus, it will look amazing on your coffee table, or around your neck, like I seem to be carrying it.....anyway, I have been dreaming up the decor for an extra little client, a baby girl who is due to make her grand entrance in March! She will most likely be named cool is that?? 

Back to my point, this book, combined with inspiration for little Freya's nursery has really tipped me over the girl-y edge! 

I am dying to see this floral... the backdrop for the crib! 

In my dream world the crib would be like this:

or this....

but we have a pretty cool antique crib to work with instead, and I'm pretty happy about that, I'm just a junky for contrast so my mind is always conjuring up images filled with black and white!

We also have some really cool vintage pieces that we are working with. A dresser and a nightstand to be exact. They are extra special because they were once in Freya's Mommie's room. 

They will probably be painted in colors like these:


and pinks and mints....

My inspiration pile...

and a fabulous chair that needs some love....

This girl's room is going to be a fun mix of bright colors, vintage treasures, and a lots of whimsy!

Now to get this girl-y party started!