OUR FINISHED (ISH) BEDROOM

I hesitate to ever truly call any space in our home finished, which is why I’m deeming this post ‘Our Finished (ish) Bedroom.”

While much of our house has undergone some big changes in the two years since we purchased it, our bedroom was one of the spaces that looked good enough to kind of forget about even though there were lots of missing pieces. You know those spaces in your home that aren’t bad enough to warrant immediate attention but certainly aren’t good enough to excite you? Well, our master bedroom was definitely one of those spaces until recently, when I felt the urge to pull things together. I attribute that to my love of, what I like to call, Fall sleeping weather :)

our finished (ish) bedroom

The best part is, I didn’t make a single new purchase for the bedroom, but instead did a little DIY and shopping around the house. It’s amazing what a little rearranging and a few coats of paint can do!

For a while, I’ve debating adding curtain panels on either side of the two windows, but I haven’t quite pulled the trigger. I like the thought of adding the softness a curtain would bring to the space but I haven’t come up with the right solution quite yet. The jury is still out on that one, but in the meantime, I added some artwork above the bed. Simple target frames and subtle images I simply printed from my computer add a touch of color in the space without being overbearing. And, since the window itself isn’t centered on the wall but the bed is centered on the window (hello OCD!) the frames add a sense of symmetry that otherwise is just slightly off.

our finished (ish) bedroom

Our bedroom certainly isn’t winning any awards in the square footage department. It’s pretty small as far as master bedrooms are concerned, so I knew it was important to keep things simple, relatively monochromatic, and sleek. Rather than going bold in terms of color, I brought in a whole lot of texture to cozy up the space without feeling too busy.

One thing that I think made the biggest impact was paying attention to the nightstand situation. Previously, we were just using mismatched end tables that I picked up at a thriftstore years ago. The widths were right, because we don’t have a ton of space on either side of the bed, but the heights and finishes were different. It didn’t both me enough to change for quite a while, but over the weekend I decided enough was enough. I didn’t take any before pictures (bad blogger!) because, truthfully, I didn’t think it was exciting enough to document, but we ended up cutting 8 inches off one to match the height of the other. Then I gave them both a couple of coats of Sherwin Williams’ Link Grey (one of my current favorite colors!) and immediately things were looking much better.

our finished ish bedroom

our finished (ish) bedroom

The nightstands themselves aren’t the same, but with a fresh coat of the same color, they feel like a pair while maintaining their own unique character. Baskets on each provide some additional storage for bedside items and extra pairs of socks, and the woven texture adds some warmth to the space.

our finished (ish) bedroom

Two large art pieces in between the entry and closet doors make a statement without being too busy in this small space. The wooden frames feel substantial but almost disappear on the wall, adding to the monochromatism I was going for.

I think that’s by biggest piece of advice when designing a small space, choose your color scheme and stick to it tightly. Too much contrast and too many colors and finishes will only accentuate the lack of square footage. By staying strictly within my white and blue color concept, the space feels much bigger and more open than it would otherwise.

our finished (ish) bedroom

Not much has changed as you turn the corner. I’ve stacked some artwork behind the television to try and camouflage it a bit, or as much as I can (I’ve tried my best to get that thing out of there, but they say marriage is compromise ;)

With just a few tweaks here and there I was able to pull together a bedroom that makes me happy to be in. Do you remember what it used to look like?! I’d say it’s an improvement!

Does the promise of cooler fall weather give you the bug to pull your spaces together too?

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A CASUAL CONTEMPORARY LIVING ROOM DESIGN FROM LUXEDECOR

Like many other visually driven people, Instagram has quickly become my favorite social media outlet. With a seemingly endless supply of beautifully curated spaces, it is my go-to source for design inspiration. If it wasn’t for that pesky day job, I could get lost for hours scrolling through images and searching for other design minded folks to follow and be inspired by.

A while ago I discovered LuxeDecor and their daily supply of insta-design inspiration (follow them here!) and before long, I came to realize that they were more than just a source for design inspiration but also online furniture retailer that specializes in creating curated home decor collections.

While browsing through their collection of over 100,000 hand selected products, I couldn’t help but pull together some of my favorite pieces to create a casual contemporary living room design.

LuxeDecor Moodboard_2

SOFA | END TABLE | ART | ART| STRIPED PILLOW | FUR PILLOW | GREEN PILLOW | TABLE LAMP | COFFEE TABLE | DECORATIVE SPHERES | DRUM TABLE | ACCENT CHAIR | RUG | FAUX TREE | CONSOLE TABLE | BASKET | FLOOR LAMP

I kept the upholstery really nice and neutral and pulled in natural wood tones, stone, and metal finishes to create a casual contemporary living room design from LuxeDecor that feels well design and put together but still casual and inviting. Moss green accents add some color to the space while still feeling natural and neutral, but almost any accent color would work in this design. I think that’s the real beauty of neutral spaces and something that I stress to my clients. Keeping the big upholstery pieces neutral allows you so much wiggle room in the space.It’s easy and inexpensive to switch out artwork and accessories when you’re ready for a change!

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Happy shopping!

 

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A MULTI USE SPACE DESIGN UPDATE

A few weeks ago, I posted my design plans for a multi use space and today I’m back with an update! Julie has been busy pulling the room together and over the weekend, she send me some updated progress photos. I can’t tell you  how excited I am to see it all coming together! The walls are painted,  the majority of the furniture pieces have arrived, and the Hygge and West wallpaper has been installed! Julie told me she finds herself going into the room just to look at it, which, I must say, is music to my ears!

As a reminder, here’s a look at the design plans we started with:

design plans for a multi use space

design plans for a multi use space

design plans for a multi use space

Julie snapped me this picture of the installed paper and I nearly squealed! I’m loving how it’s turning this little dormer space into something really special!

wallpaper

She’s still waiting for her desk chair to arrive, but in the meantime, she pulled the rest of the nook pieces into the space, and as soon as the wallpaper is fully cured, the artwork will be going up!

desk nook update

We’re still waiting on the sofa to arrive, but I’m loving the way the new paint, rug, and window treatments are working together!

room update

Not to mention how perfectly the new media console fits in the space between the entry and closet doors!

tv console

We’re officially in the homestretch of this multi use space makeover and I couldn’t be happier! Julie and her family are already loving their new space, and as soon as the last few elements arrive, they’ll be able to enjoy it to the fullest! I can’t wait to see the completed space and, as always, I’ll keep you posted!

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DESIGN PLANS FOR A FAMILY FRIENDLY LIVING SPACE

When Shannon came to me looking for help with designs for her family room space, I was excited to tackle a project that would help improve day-to-day functionality for her and her family. She was looking for a fun and functional family room that everyone, including her young children, could enjoy but that would still include pieces that would last for years to come.

Shannon and her family use this space for watching TV, relaxing, entertaining and as a space for the kids to play, so while she wanted the room to remain kid-friendly, she also wanted it to be a space that appealed to people of all ages. With that, I got to work on my design plans for a family friendly living space.

Here’s where we started:

design plans for a family friendly living space

design plans for a family friendly living space

Tired of her hand-me-down furniture, Shannon was hoping for a big cozy sofa or sectional perfect for lounging around and additional seating options for friends and family.

design plans for a family friendly living space

While toys would no doubt still remain in this family friendly living space, concealed storage would be helpful in quick tidying and a more pulled together space. Form and function is the name of the game!

design plans for a family friendly living space

These corners in particular needed special attention to add more function in the space. Toy storage is at a premium in Shannon’s house, and a spot for a desk where the kids can do homework or work on crafts would be a bonus.

With all of these elements in mind, I got to work on 3 preliminary moodboards for Shannon to get an idea of which direction we wanted to go with this family friendly space.

Moodboard #1 included streamlined shapes with some more traditional accents and a daybed for additional seating. Bold pattern brings a playful touch to the space.

design plans for a family friendly living space

Moodboard #2 went a bit more contemporary and playful. Main elements remain neutral while bold pops of turquoise and geometric patterns feel really fun and playful.

design plans for a family friendly living space

 

Moodboard #3 leans a bit more rustic with natural wood and iron finishes, but contemporary shapes in the main furniture pieces create a combination that feels really warm and cozy.

design plans for a family friendly living space

 

After looking them over, Shannon connected most with moodboards #1 and #2, so I used those as a jumping off point as I got into her complete design concepts below:

Design Concept #1

I replaced the sofa and daybed with a big, cozy sectional, and added design elements to create a concept that feels casual and inviting with wood tones, neutral elements, and pale blue accents.

design plans for a family friendly living space

 

Design Concept #2

Building off of the initial moodboard, I added additional storage pieces and design accents that feel really fun, contemporary, and perfect for all ages.

design plans for a family friendly living space

In the end, Shannon fell for concept #2 with its turquoise accents, playful patterns, and overall family friendly feel!

After making a few minor adjustments and additions, in order to give Shannon an idea of layout and to show her how each element would look within her space, I put together a few renderings.

In order to give Julie an idea of layout and to show her how each element would look within the space, I put together a few renderings.

I swapped out the original coffee table for an ottoman that’s perfect putting up your feet and adds more seating when necessary, and brought in some some yellow accents for some additional pops of color.

In order to give Julie an idea of layout and to show her how each element would look within the space, I put together a few renderings.

I created a playful gallery wall to surround the media cabinet that combined family photos with playful prints that really pulls the entire design together.

In order to give Julie an idea of layout and to show her how each element would look within the space, I put together a few renderings.

And, I made use of those formerly empty corners by creating a desk area for the kids to do homework, as well as an additional storage piece to stash away toys while still performing high in the design department.

Shannon snapped me a few photos as pieces have begun to arrive and I’m SO exciting about the progress. Wait for it…wait for it….

design plans for a family friendly living space

I’ll keep you all up to date on the progress of the room as it happens. This family friendly space is really starting to come together!

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