I'm excited to say that my coastal fresh in the midwest project was recently featured on Rue Magazine's blog, Rue Daily. Hop on over to their site to see the feature and read more about how I worked in tandem with Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home, who designed the client's adjacent family room (it's reaaaal good).
Jaclyn and I worked closely together throughout the design process, from the initial concept, to the space planning and selecting pieces for the room, as well as the final styling of the space for the photo shoot.
Our initial challenge was to overcome the sheer size of the room and make it multifunctional for the homeowner's specific needs, while working around the somewhat awkward architecture. We also needed to provide all new furniture and accessories for the room on a relatively modest budget.
If you are like me (and like most people), you have a major love for fall. During this time of year with the cooler temperatures and shorter days, it's natural to gravitate towards warmer colors, cozier textures, and creature comforts at home. But before the twinkly lights go up and the garland comes out, we would be remiss if we didn't first embrace the changing of the seasons, the fall colors, and the tradition of the harvest season. So on that note, I've rounded up some images that are currently inspiring me how to decorate my home this fall. I'm thinking nature-inspired, earthy, and a bit of a rustic modern flair...
While we can't go about completely redecorating our homes on a whim every season, small changes like switching out throw pillows and bedding, adding warmer knit throw blankets, and adorning your tabletops or mantle with seasonal florals can make a significant impact to cozy up the vibe in your space.
:: get the look ::
Sources: 1. mud cloth pillow // 2. vintage textile pillows // 3. storage basket // 4. wool blanket // 5. sandalwood candle // 6. smokebush branch // 7. vintage pottery // 8. nakashima straight back chair // 9. icelandic sheepskin throw
Could your home use some sprucing up before the holidays? Don't hesitate to contact me for decorating, styling and accessorizing services!
I'm excited to share this lovely living room that I just wrapped up. You may be surprised to learn that I designed this room via my e-design service (you can learn more about how that works here). Although e-design is super convenient for both the client and designer, and the process goes relativity quickly, the downside to it is that you rarely ever get to see your design come to fruition in real life. Since my client happens to live in my hometown of Kansas City, I thought why not combine a visit home with a little styling and photoshoot of this space?! Luckily, my awesome client was totally game and allowed me to come invade her home for a day.
Just two journal posts back, you can see the concept board for this room, and as you can tell, it really did come together just like the original design plan! My client's inspiration rooms were bright, California classic, with even a bit of coastal influence. I wanted to be careful not to go too far into "beachy" territory, and make sure it was appropriate for her traditional style home in the Midwest. I love how fresh and modern the end result feels.
My client did such a good job following the furnishing design plan, that all I needed to do was bring in accessories, do a little mantle and coffee table styling, and the room went from good to great. Eventually, a set of triptych artwork will go on the wall behind the sofa, and sconces will be added to the walls to create another layer of beauty and interest in the room.
Huge thanks to my amazing client for trusting me to design the space and inviting me into her home! If you have a design project near or far, don't hesitate to reach out, I'd love to hear from you!
- a. s.
photography by Sarah Sweeney Co.
I am excited to announce that I have recently joined an awesome group of designers on Laurel & Wolf, a popular e-design platform. Since I was already offering e-design as one of my services, coming on board with them was a no-brainer for me, considering that it will help me reach a much wider audience.
Laurel & Wolf offers a very user friendly website that makes the process of virtually collaborating with a designer on your space easy, fast, and affordable. They even offer a complimentary concierge service that will purchase the recommended items for you, truly making your room come together in a snap.
Below is an example of a mood board for a recent e-design project I completed. The design package also includes a floor plan and a detailed sourcing list for all of the items.
When Amy Pearson and I were asked to design a church space, we admittedly had some preconceptions in mind. We envisioned rows of pews, commercial grade carpeting, and bland furnishings - neither one of us could say we were particularly thrilled at the prospect! ;-) However, upon getting to know the clients and learning more about the project, we discovered that they were seeking a surprisingly casual space that needed to be multifunctional and feel inviting, relaxing, and warm. The congregation members were attracted to an eclectic vibe, mixed with elements of industrial and mid-century modern.
The empty space was formerly a hair salon that must have had its heyday sometime in the early 80s. It was somewhat of a sad sight, and would require a total overhaul. Take a look at the before photos and the short list of things we tackled in the space to help bring it back to life...
Because the space required much needed updating and repairs, and not to mention a brand new kitchenette, we needed to work within a tight budget for furnishings and decoration. However, we were thrilled that we were still able to make the space feel cozy, homey, and pulled together. Take a look at the after photos:
The newly opened up entrance now has room for a trio of shelves and a comfortable ottoman for the church's lobby / bookstore.
The entrance leads into a new kitchenette, which features beautifully dark stained butcher block countertops and crisp white Shaker style cabinetry. The classic and clean-lined kitchen with a hint of industrial blends well with the space and is fitting with the checkerboard floors.
The kitchenette also doubles as the checkout area for the bookstore and a food service area during events.
The reading room has a cozy living room feel so that members can have a calm and comfy place to relax, read and study. The majority of the walls were painted in Sherwin Williams -Loggia, which really helped warm up the space. We brought in an eclectic mix of furnishings and decor that reflected the member's style.
We were happy to be part of the church transformation and hope they will enjoy the space for many years to come.
Do you have a design project you are interested in working on? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me to discuss how we can work together!
Project done in collaboration with Amy Pearson Design
The holidays are just around the corner, and what better way to get ready to host Thanksgiving than to create a beautiful centerpiece for your dining table. This year, I tried something other than the traditional floral arrangement and decided to build a live centerpiece. Not only was this incredibly easy to make, but the plants will last for months and can later be repotted in an outdoor container or the garden.
I went with a dark and moody color palate inspired by the colors of fall and the verdant Pacific Northwest forests. First, I selected a mix of autumn ferns, dusty miller, chocolate loosestrife, cinnamon curl huerchera, and creamy white pansies at my local nursery. I planted them compactly in a low decorative bowl and covered the exposed soil with moss. It was a super fun and easy project that makes a big statement and I love how it turned out!
For special occasions, I like to set the table with a mix of elegant and simple or rustic items. Here, I used lovely Frances Palmer dinner bowls, earthy woven chargers, contrast stitch linen napkins, clean lined glassware, and my favorite vintage Laguiole cutting knives. Baby white pumpkins made the table a bit more autumnal, but not required! :) This setting would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table, or a cozy fall meal.
Over Labor Day weekend, my husband and I took advantage of the day off (and the beautiful weather) to host a backyard garden party. Inspired by New Feast, a gorgeous cookbook that I recently purchased, I decided to create a Middle Eastern themed menu. To add to the ambiance, I laid down two vintage kilims that I brought home from my trip to Turkey last summer. Placed under our apple tree, they created a bit of a souk-like feel, which was super fun and cozy!
So on that note, I've rounded up an assortment of lovely goods to put together a Middle Eastern inspired dinner or cocktail party. Of course, all of these items would mix gorgeously into the home and add a worldly nod to your decór to enjoy on a daily basis.