Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lino Print Lust!

Hello friends!

Remember my post on that fabric that I was contemplating for my headboard?
I think I have a better idea!

A custom block printed fabric...of peonies...or chrysanthemums...or orchids...the possibilities are endless! Where will I get such a thing you ask?

On Etsy of course!

The sweet and ever so talented artist, Sahara, over at Papa Totoro of the U.K., not only makes beautiful hand block printed homeware items, but she will do custom pieces, if you so desire! She has offered to try to match her ink to some of my color choices for my room. How awesome is that!?!?

Here are some of my favorite designs:

Please go take a peak!

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fresh, Bold & Sexy!!

Have any of my blog buddies been to the Mall of America lately??

If you have, you may have seen Lane Bryant's prototype store, and been drawn in by it's fresh picked spring/summer theme!

I just so happen to know the GENIUS that is behind all the chic fabulousness!
She is my dearest friend, one of my daughter's Godmothers, and the ONLY person that I would EVER ask to help me figure out how to use a breastpump!!! Long story....MAYBE I will share it some other day, but it was hilarious!

Anyway, Jessica Bailey, who you can find here:
is responsible for this bright and fun sexiness that is going on over at Lane Bryant!

Exhibit A:

{Notice the glowing logo that is part of the wall}

{AND the signature floral handbags that have become topiaries!!! Do you see why I love her?}

Notice the dimension to these flowers?!

After seeing the fruits of her labor it was only natural that I would do a post and share it with you :) I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Please meander over to her blog and say hi!


P.S. Jess also does free lance design and branding, and she will be responsible for my new blog design and my banner for my soon-to-be Etsy shop! If you are in need she's your girl!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Giveaway over at Little Blue Deer!!!

Shari of LITTLE BLUE DEER: is having a giveaway and you DON'T want to miss it! Click on the link and check it out!


You'll see the details on how to enter.

The giveaway is a set of boxed notecards designed by the the Gorgeous and EXTREMELY talented dutch artist, Mariska Meijers. Make sure you check out her blog: http://iusedtobesnowwhitebutidrifted.blogspot.com

These blogs are daily reads for me and I know you will enjoy them too! Hours of inspiration await you :)

There isn't much time left so HURRY!!!

Good luck!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Etsy Shop Sneak Peak

Here is a sneak peak of my soon-to-be Etsy shop! I can't even wait!

Now that I put it out there...it MUST happen! I am working on soooo many things and my head is spinning with inspiration!

My shop will open sometime in June...just waiting on my banner design and custom calling cards. My friend Jess, who is an amazing illustrator/graphic designer, is taking care of it for me! I can't wait to share it with you all :)

Have a Beautiful Wednesday!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Truly Divine Design: Kingdom Design Ministries

I recently came across something truly inspirational while over at Donna Baumann's blog, Livi & B:

I thought I would share it with you all.

Kingdom Design Ministries is a non-profit organization that creates dream rooms for children that have been through something traumatic. I think it's a very special and important cause, and really, could there be any better reason to be a designer than to make a kid smile?? I think not.

Here are some photos of a room that was done for a little boy named Jimmy.

More on Kingdom Design Ministries from Missy Johnson:
Very simply, this "dream" was developed out of a deep desire to use the creative gifts that God has given me, both physical and spiritual, to further His kingdom. As a professional interior designer and a mother of two, God began to show me that the creative talents I have are gifts from Him, and that they can be used to change people's lives. Through extensive prayer, God has led me to turn this dream into a reality by forming a non-profit organization - Kingdom Design Ministries.
The main goal of this ministry is to uplift the name of Jesus Christ. The "room makeovers" are simply the platform that allows us to bring the spirit of God into people's homes. This opportunity offers more than just a pretty new room for the receiving family. Through this service we bring families closer together in Christ, they receive hope. We strive to help the individual child realize that they are valuable in God's eyes. To assure them that despite their circumstances, He has a purpose, a plan for their lives. They can make a difference in the world because "all things are possible to him that believes" Mark 9:23
Most of all, if anyone in the family has never accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior, we pray that this ministry will open the door to that opportunity. Our job is to be obedient to the call God has placed on our lives...then, leave the results up to Him!
In Christ,
Missy Johnson

Sunday, May 16, 2010


I need your opinions on this fabric.

I am thinking of using it to upholster the headboard in our master bedroom. I like how the colors go with our soon to be turquoise chest. The one that will look like this:

when it's all done...which will be very very soon! All I have to do is attach the hardware!

I'm so deep into the design of this room that I can't see it anymore. Does that make sense? I need help from all of you because I know you have great taste!

Is this fabric a little Tommy Bahama? Does is say Florida? Does is say "hi, I'm a Hawaiian shirt"?? Too busy? Too flowery?

I know I like it. I have brought the sample to my home twice now. I just can't really SEE it. I'm just not sure if it really says "Kelle" all over it.

What does it say to you?

Thanks for helping me out!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Project: Front Living /Dining Room

Today I am switching gears to our front living room.... which is also our Dining Room, office, and kid's play area. The living and dining room just run right into each other. You can't tell where one room ends and where the another begins... so they must be friends and work together nicely while complimenting each other. I already have a start on this room but it's missing a couch, some lighting, some artwork, some accent tables, and lots of personal touches.

One of my FAVORITE pieces that I will use in this room is a desk that my husband built.


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What I love about it is that it is a desk in disguise. It can go anywhere. It's a console, a chest, a sideboard, and a desk all in one! You can put all your desk clutter in the drawers and store your laptop in the top drawer. The printer is hidden in the cabinet. The "office" is wherever I decide to put it, instead of devoting an entire room to the typically cluttered and sloppy space.

When you don't have a ton of space...you get creative :)You gotta shake what ya mama gave you!

My goal is for this room to be welcoming and extremely functional. After all, it is a living room, office, dining room, and kids play area! Can you say storage solutions galore?!?!? I also want to showcase some of our favorite collections from our travels together. This should be interesting...and by no means matchy matchy!!

Some inspiring pictures: All of these rooms are from my inspiration library. (most are from old Pottery Barn catalogues....big surprise there!)

I love the botanicals and the chair in this one!

I absolutely adore this settee and the mix of botanicals in this one. I can't remember which magazine this is from...sorry!


We do not have a fireplace in this room but I am drooling over that mirror and I like the lamp in this shot. Again, same magazine as the above, don't know it's name ;)


A daybed instead of a couch perhaps??? Interesting and completely functional.



I would like to display things that are randomly thrown together in this room. Like this Antique aluminum bowl with a wooden bowl made by Nick's grandfather, George, and some wine knots thrown in with some antlers. Why not? I'm sure I'll change my mind next week and throw something else together ;)

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Here is a sneak peak of the Inspiration Board:

The paint color is Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage. It is actually a great neutral color that has quite a bit of blue in it. It goes well with other neutrals like ivory and beige and allows bright colors to POP.

Project Deadline: mid July...hopefully sooner!


P.S. Do any of you use Picasa and does it randomly mess up your blog? I'm wondering if it is even worth using.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Update: For My Love of Doors

One of my Mother's Day Gifts was for my husband to hang up our "honeymoon door". The story about how we purchased this door while on our honeymoon is in the previous post.

So here she is. We hung her up right outside the kitchen in the perfect place. The best part is that you can see it when you walk in the front door. I absolutely love it and it means so much!


Thank you dear!!

This is one of my favorite sayings:



This is a closeup of my daughter's lovely contribution:

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Can you tell how happy she is to be allowed to draw on the walls!




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This has worked out perfectly for all of us! I need to be surrounded with things that have meaning and this door is chalk full of memories and character! Nothing brings warmth to a room like a time worn treasure!

Hope you all enjoy it as well. If you are inspired to do something similar send me some photos!


P.S. A helpful safety tip for those with toddlers: Put on a clear coat with a matte finish on the door before you hang it up. These old doors are pretty much guaranteed to have lead paint. A thick clear coat ensures no chipping and therefore no paint snacks for babies ;)