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3.30.2013

Living room and Foyer Redesign

I am a bad blogger. I've had several jobs but have been lazy about posting about them. I'll go in order, so this job is from October. :) I especially loved this job because my "client" is also one of my good friends. That means while I was working, I was able to bring my kiddos along to play with her kids.
 
She told me she just wanted to update her space. Most of the time I will sit down with people and try to get a sense of their style, but she basically told me to just go with it and do my own thing. She was only really specific about one thing: The trellis curtains from Z Gallerie that I used once before on a sunroom. She wanted them in the green, but that color was discontinued so we settled on the gray which is also really pretty.  
 
Here is her living room before. This is taken from the entrance to the house. As you can see, the couch is there right when you walk in and there was a large hutch with a tv in the corner. Since they already have a media room, she decided to do away with the tv and make it a more formal living room. I picked one of my happiest paint colors which is silver sage by Benjamin Moore. They painted the whole space including white on the fireplace which makes a huge statement! We got rid of most of the furniture, but kept the leather sofa.
 

Before


After

This is another before shot taken from the dining room
 
After shot
 
 
Here are just a few more shots of the space
 

 
I tried to incorporate some of her glassware that she already had


This dresser from Ikea is one of my favorites and I have used it several times for clients. It's so inexpensive and works great for entryways with all of the drawer space! It is only $130 which you simply cannot beat! 

I thought the large wall as you walked in would be perfect for a gallery wall. I tried to use happy and bright colors.


I wanted to make the wall personal with pics of her kids and fun trips they had taken. Also, my friend's family is from Sweden and I remembered this awesome book I got last summer at Anthropologie with maps from all over the world. So I cut out this map of Stockholm and framed it.


 
 All "after" photos were taken by Hannah Smith. She is amazing!

2.09.2013

a little bit of inspiration

It doesn't take much for me to be inspired. It can be something as simple as a greeting card or a gift bag. I once designed an entire room around a mint and gray bowl I saw at West Elm. Haha. It's the little things. :)
 
A few months back, Maryn and I were browsing H&M when I saw this lotion bottle. Actually, she was the one that first picked it out knowing I would love the color combo. I am a SUCKER for pretty packaging. If it has bright colors such as mint, coral, turquoise, or lime I will fall for it every time. I know it's all a marketing scam, but it's people like me that they target. I was in the middle of staging a room, so I used the budget money to get some navy and turquoise items.
 



The beauty in staging is you get to keep the stuff when you're finished with it, so I went ahead and put it in my room. I think I like it too much to take out again. :)

The turquoise lamps I found at HomeGoods, and the morrocan pillows were probably my favorite find yet. They were originally a shower curtain! (essentially just a huge piece of 100% cotton fabric) I bought the shower curtain for $16.99 and then my amazing sister in law made me up some beautiful pillow covers for my bed. (love her)

And then I remembered that I had several white frames in my garage, so I hired my neighbor (who is an awesome graphic artist) to make me some custom prints to fit the frame size. Call me cheesy, but the print on Brad's side says, "Where you go, I will go." And on my side it says, "Where you stay, I will stay." It's from the book of Ruth, and I have always loved that verse. I thought it would be cute in the master also as a symbol of our committment to one another. I had her do it in an old fashioned type writer font, and I just love how it turned out. The frames were from Michael's for $14.99 each. And you can order almost anything custom off of Etsy! You could have the lyrics to your favorite song, quote, or whatever. It's just fun to have some personal art.


The navy lamps I also found at HG, as well as the butterfly prints.



1.03.2013

Condo staging

 
Here are the before and after shots of the last home I staged. It was a cute little condo in Reston, but completely vacant so it's harder for people to imagine themselves in such an empty space.  
 
 
 Here is Maryn modeling for the shot
 
After
 
 Master bedroom before
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Master bedroom After
 
Guest bedroom Before
 
Guest bedroom after
 
 Dining Before
 
Dining After
 
 
 
Once the house was put up on the market, it had 7 offers within 48 hours! I'm telling you- there is alot of power in staging! If you don't want to hire a stager though, and you are looking to sell your home there are a few things you can do to help.
 
Make sure everything is clean clean clean!
 
Paint the baseboards so they are very white and clean looking
 
Get rid of any clutter and family pictures (anything else that is personal)
 
Hang your curtains high and wide so it gives the appearance of larger windows
 

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