Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Oscar Inspired Interiors

Inspiration for great interiors is everywhere.  So what happens when you stay up late watching the Oscars?  Well if you're me, you wake up with OSCAR INSPIRED ROOM DESIGN on the brain.

What did you think of Kerry Washington's Coral and Gold number?  Can you picture it as a living room?

How about Halle Berry and Naomi Watts' metallic pewter gowns as a chic and glamorous budoir?

Did you like Jennifer Hudson's navy Cavalli gown? 

All stunning in my opinion.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Black Beauty - Are You Brave Enough to Try This at Home?

Sometimes good design is about stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking a risk.  Painting a wall black definitely takes courage and commitment but I think the end result is so dramatically stunning that it's totally worth the risk. Are you brave enough to try black walls in your home?  

If you're thinking about taking the plunge and by painting an accent wall black or really showing off and painting a whole room black, there are 2 things I think that are crucial to making it work.
  1.  To avoid it feeling too "goth" or just plain scary, the space should have natural light or at least be well lit by overhead lighting, wall sconces or lamps.
  2. Contrast is a must! If the walls are black, use bright pops of color or crisp white accents (i.e. molding, picture frames, sculptures) to add contrast to the heavy wall color.
I LOVE dramatic walls!  So with these things in mind, I decided to give it a try. I wanted a dramatic look for the  VERY small entryway/vestibule of my home.  So I painted it with a flat black paint, then, for more interest, I stenciled over it with a glossy black paint. Here's what that looked like (Sorry for the cell phone pics).  

But of course I didn't stop there.  Next I added contrast using a cute little sunburst mirror I scored for less than $10 and framed it with a cool and crisp white modern frame.  Still didn't stop there. 

 It still felt like it needed more. I'm definitely not a minimalist. Can you tell? 

So I added some antique gold frames and another white frame for balance.  Have you ever worked on something and have to step back and look at it to determine if you're done or should keep going? I stepped back and look at the wall and loved it. Mission accomplished. A small dose of chic in the entryway to welcome guests. 

 What do you think? Would you try this at home?

Friday, February 1, 2013

I'm Baaaaaccckk

I know, I know.... it's been a while. I'm trying to get better at posting things. Really I am.    It's just the past few months have been such a whirlwind.  For those that don't know, I had a baby boy (our 4th child) in October and really feel like I haven't sat down since. One of my goals for 2013 is to be a better blogger..to share more and share often.:-)

I've spent the past 3 months caring for a newborn (he's such a sweetie), shuttling kids to and from school and practices, and (DRUMROLL please) .....designing an entire home for a family of 6 and completing the redesign of an AMAZING hair salon and lounge (trust me, you will luv it when you see it!).  Of course none of these projects could be done with the help and support of my super patient hubby.  He's a true lifesaver.

Here's a sneak peek at what I've been up to in between feedings and homework. 

The story behind this design is that when I was 8 months preggo, I was asked by a sweet family to help "make their house a home." Of course there was a catch. Isn't there always a catch?! The house hadn't been built yet! What?! They wanted me to create a design plan and purchase ALL furnishing BEFORE the house was built. I probably should have just rested during my 3rd TRIMESTER, but I couldn't resist gaining this kind of experience! Sweat and tears definitely went into this one folks, but I think it was well worth it.

 Here are more "After" pictures...