Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Texas Farmhouse Sneak Peek & Updates

Here's a lil sneak peek into our farm that we've been updating for a few years now.  Christin was here this past Saturday helping me on an installation for a new Lakeway project and  before we went to the installation, Christin took some pics of the farm.   We plan on shooting alot more pics in the coming months when we have more time but thought it would be nice to show you a sampling.   
 I just haven't had the time lately  to catch up and blog about design, the farm, etc,  but I hope to share more projects soon when time allows.   
In other news we purchased a vacation home in Buena Vista, Colorado and have been fixing it up.

 Really excited to share all the interior details with you soon!
And kudos to my hubby...he recently built a closet/dressing room for me while Christin and I were at the installation.  We have been sharing one closet but things were getting tight and clothes couldn't breathe!  I'm really lovin' my new closet and the fact that he created it.  He had to build alot of Ikea cabinets and you know how much fun Ikea stuff can be to build right?  Oh ya.....
We will share pics soon of the space.  (think lots of white, vintage chairs, mirrors, vanity)   We utilized my old home office space and turned the majority of it into my closet.  My goal in 2015 is to move my office out of the house and so most of my office stuff is in storage until we figure it all out.  
Next I plan on returning the love by making his closet a true manly closet (think warm smokey browns with industrial lighting and organized!)  
For those of you that are signed up for E-Design, thanks for your patience while we get each one finished before the end of this year.  We won't be taking on any new E-Design projects for 2015 until we post a new date.  We need the time off for awhile to work on our new office goals for 2015 and finish up loose ends of the current year. 
Thanks as always for following our journey in design!,

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Miranda Lambert's New B & B!

Miranda Lambert has just opened a very unique B & B in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, called Ladysmith.  I'm loving all the unique rooms that were so creatively put together.  On her Facebook page, Miranda is getting mixed reviews on the design.  In my opinion, every room is a creative genius and I applaud Miranda and her team! 

While in Tishomingo, you might even spot Miranda at her local store called The Pink Pistol.  Check out the Pink Pistol on Facebook and you'll want to make a girls' trip to both the B & B , and the store!
I'm trying to catch up with lots of projects I have swirling right now, and will tell you more about those this Fall. Until then I hope you'll check out Miranda's site HERE.
Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Christin in the News, Sensory Processing Disorder & Dispraxia Awareness

Our team member , the lovely Christin was featured today as one of the newest contributors to one of San Antonio's most happenin' parenting blogs called  Alamo City Mom's Blog.   You can read all about this awesome  San Antonio blog and see her fun short interview by clicking HERE.
If you've been following our blog you know she also guest posts on occasion here AND she also writes & photographs the sweetest family blog post called Growing Up Gish .
Here's a few precious pictures from her recent blog posts featuring her model adorbs children Claire and Tommy:
Truly an angelic  Gerber baby, don't you agree?!
..and the handsome Tommy, full of light and love.
But today's post is also about sharing what Christin has been doing this summer and why you haven't heard from her in awhile.
Recently Christin and her husband Rob realized their son  Tommy was having eating & sensory issues.     Long story later, they discovered Tommy has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) along with a subset of SPD called Dispraxia.
I found it so hard to know how to even start  explaining what SPD is or how to put it into words.  Christin, being the amazing writer she is, has done it beautifully. 
Here's an excerpt from her blog:
 "I’ve written this story in my head a thousand times. I’ve thought about how I could possibly even begin to explain such a long, bizarre situation to anyone that would care to read it. I’ve told the full story only a handful of times because it’s quite frankly exhausting to explain. I’m either met with one of two scenarios: a deer in the headlights look and a quick change of subject, or a quick interruption and comment such as…”Tommy looks like such a big, healthy boy! Give it some time, he’ll grow out of it.” It became too much for me to handle at times so Rob and I just continued to power through this with the support of our family and moved forward with our search for answers for our son. Throughout the years I’ve written dozens of emails to his pediatrician begging for reassurance to my constant pleas for help. “Something is wrong with Tommy…He’s not eating…He’s not eating…He’s not sleeping…I feel like he’s sick all the time…I think something is wrong with Tommy.” Every single time I was met with the same response, “He’s growing proportionally. He’ll grow out of it. Your giving him too much milk, reduce it to one cup a day. Have you tried eliminating food all together? He’ll eat when he’s hungry.” Same song, different verse every single time."
So, fast forward,  she's been in Colorado on and off all summer working with an amazing center called the STAR CENTER  that works with children regarding SPD.  Christin and Rob have been so blessed with finding this center and Tommy has been making wonderful progress.  I asked Christin if it was ok to share all this personal info with my readers and she wanted to because she wants to bring more awareness of SPD to others.
If you would like to read her story about what SPD & Dispraxia  is, the facility  in Colorado for SPD, etc., then please read her blog. She's written a few blog posts about the whole process and how  they've done amazing work.  And when you read her blog posts, you'll learn , like I did, that precious Tommy is a huge Ina Garten fan, how cute is that?!
Keep Christin , Tommy, Rob and their family in your prayers as they continue their journey.  They're back in San Antonio for awhile and then will return to Colorado and the STAR Center next month.
Even though it's a tough situation, they know they're so very blessed to have this journey and I hope we can all touch someone's life today with their story.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New E-Design Reveal

I'm so excited to share the reveal of a Family Room we've been designing for a client located in Virginia.    Our client filled out our questionnaire form and this gave us the direction of her style  and wishlist.  She also mentioned that she loved the style of two iconic designers:
Kelly Hoppen and Darryl Carter.
Both designers use alot of neutrals and accents of black,  and loads of texture.    The best way to get a feel for the style of Hoppen and Carter's work is not just from their websites, but also google in "images" and you'll see a ton of their designs.  
Once we knew our client loved the portfolios of both designers, we were able to tap in to her aesthetic and create her family room.  
We basically had a great base to work with because our client already had some really nice furniture  pieces.    Here's the "before" shot of her room showing the space along with her dark espresso leather sectional, two cream chairs,  antique brass mirrored round side table, and a  creamy white shag rug:
The only items we didn't use were her floor lamp and the 2 mirrors.  Although great pieces, they just didn't fit with the new look we were creating.  Our client was flexible on using them elsewhere in her home.   She also had an iron coffee table/ottoman that she wanted to try and use.   The table is shown below in it's unupholstered state.   She suggested a stone choice for the top because her kitchen countertop fabricator could cut a size of any stone to fit into her table.  She also wanted a fabric option if she chose to go the upholstered route and use as an ottoman.  
She was wanting a very neutral look with a few natural elements and minimal accent colors.  We wanted the colors of the Family Room to flow with the tiles in her adjoining kitchen, shown here:
 And here's what we did with the look facing into the kitchen:
We added just a light touch of aquas in the pillows and also some of the accessories of the fireplace wall.  (for a close up detailed view of all the pillows, see the shopping links below)
 Our client  requested possible extra seating in the room, and we were able to accomplish this by rearranging her sectional and adding some fun stools that can rest in front of the fireplace:
There's also a seagrass stool positioned just to the right of the sectional in the pic above (2 pics up).   A great way to add more texture into the room.   Our client can use this  stool as an end table for drinks or use for another person needing to pull up a temporary chair:
  We also put a nice off white  leather  bench with cushions  on the far left wall,  hidden just behind the cream chairs.  Again with just a splash of aqua on a pillow on the bench and the fireplace wall accessories.  We also added a vertical framed guitar print  on the left wall of this elevation with a touch of the aqua blues in the print.
  The artwork above the bench stays simple with a train station graphic print illuminated by a picture light.  The light above the graphic casts some much needed light onto the otherwise dark back left wall.  Notice on the top right of the pic above, there's also halogen puck lighting under the custom shelves that illuminate the accessories.  A small beautiful lamp
rests on the mirrored side table in between the cream upholstered chairs:
 Our client requested that the Family Room be used primarily  for socializing & relaxation,  and not watching  television.  Her kids use the basement for their play area, so she didn't need the Family Room to function as a play area also. 
 Her biggest challenge started on her fireplace wall because she just didn't know what to do with the large walls flanking the fireplace.  Most builders just fill them in with bookshelves and cabinets.  And we did toy with designing around that type of concept too.  But then again, it would just look like every average suburbia house right?  Not that that's bad, but we just wanted to create something special and different.

So, here's what we designed starting with the zinc dressers that flank the fireplace.
  However, any matching wood cabinets could substitute in other colors such as aged grey, reclaimed woods , black , pale aqua or a swedish grey-blue.
  Even though they're labeled "dressers" they're not necessarily just for the bedroom.  Our client can store board games, placemats, linens, home office supplies, hide Christmas gifts, store children's school art, etc....the possibilities are endless depending on a family's personal needs.

The fireplace elevation had alot going on.  So when it came time to decide on what do you place on the mantel?  Well, the need was apparent.  The items needed to be simple and not fight with all the other elements on the shelves and dressers.  We chose a simple metallic aged silver mirror above a piece of driftwood with succulents:
For a pop of aqua on this side of the room, we chose a standing mosaic platter

Our clients' other challenge was the placement of her existing pieces.
  Drawing upon our Feng Shui beliefs,  we positioned the sectional facing the front doorway, hugging the room, and facing the fireplace.  

Here's an overview of the layout, showing the fireplace on the top middle of the picture:

 And this is the elevation facing the backyard, showing proposed linen curtains with a very cool vintage, reclaimed wood LOVE sign above the curtains:
The linen curtains could be hung higher if need be, but the extra space allows for the fun wood art above the rod. 
You can also see that we placed a console table, hiding, behind the sectional.  On the console, we placed some white books with bookends
 and this gorgey glam lamp
and here's a close up of the LOVE sign that is created from old barnwood and corrugated steel:

We had alot of different accessories on our design board & if you're interested in seeing close ups of other items or pricing, then please check the coordinating links below the mood board.
1) honed limestone (the recommended stone for the top of the coffee table or a linen fabric
2) Belgian Linen curtains in either white or sand
3) Curtain Rods in antique nickel finish  or the dark bronze
4) Bench
5) Throw
6) Picture Light
7) Waterloo Sign
8) Crystal Bookends
9) sofa console table
10) lamp on console table
11) Mirrored Tray with accessories on it
12) Gold embroidered pillow
13) small aqua pillow
14) Blk/off white stripe pillow
15) larger aqua down pillow (in spruce)
16) studded pillow**
17) burlap morrocan print pillow
succulent plants on driftwood
19) turquoise/aqua mosaic platter on stand
20) seagrass wicker basket*
21) Silver leaf mirror
22) small lamp (in between 2 chairs)
23) small wheatgrass plant in silver bowl
24) picture frames
25) wicker stool/end table
26)ceramic white books
27) wood box with bead detail
28) gold base lamps on right side of fireplace
29) painting
30) dresser
31) stools by fireplace
32) LOVE sign
33) gold coral accents
34) guitar art

I also want to introduce a fun welcome to our new Visual Presentation Designer,
 Shantelle Dykstra!  

 Shantelle is alot of fun to work with, super sweet, and created all the beautiful drawings & collage.  We have alot of fun working together on  E-Design and she's incredibly talented.  She's also patient with me because sometimes I have so many different ideas and she reins me in.

  Please read all about Shantelle in her fun bio HERE.

And today is Christin's birthday! 

Christin is busy this summer traveling and I'll let you know what she's been doing in my next blog post.

 We hope you enjoyed our E-Design reveal today and would love to know your comments.
Are you ready to get your E-Design project started?  Or maybe you'd love to purchase an E-Design as a gift to someone?

 We'd love to help you!  
It's so EZ and all you gotta do is click HERE to get started!

happy summer y'all,
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Friday, June 6, 2014

How to Choose the Right Designer for Your Home

Overwhelmed with the many selections of a design project?  Are you ready to ask for help?
Today on Pure Style Home , the talented & gorgeous D.C. based designer  Lauren Liess  has a great article on how to choose a designer that's a right fit for you. If you are on the hunt for a designer, then I highly recommend that you read her informative post before making your decision.   Click HERE to read Lauren's  post.
I truly agree with Lauren, that you must research  a designer's website , portfolio and blog to truly get a feel for their style and personality.  (and look for "red flags" as Lauren describes too!)
As designers, we all don't have time to constantly update our portfolio with different projects....but you can at least view a few on most designer's sites and get a feel for their style with a few clicks.
School just got out today for us and we'll be offering our E-Design Services during the summer months.  Check out our website and see if we're a good fit for you.
Speaking of summer, we'll officially start this weekend in San Antonio and then head to beautiful Colorado in the coming weeks.
Please be sure to follow along on my Instagram for pics if you like.  Cuz is there ever a bad pic in Colorado?  I mean seriously!
 Here we were a few years ago above Minturn, just outside of Leadville.  We love to ride 4 wheelers up in the mountains and through the creeks to all the small towns.   We parked the 4 wheelers and hiked this area for this fun pic before a great afternoon storm blew in.   The tremendous amount of trails that Colorado provides are so fun for hiking, 4-wheeling, & motorcycles.  Well, I could  go on and on about everything you can do in Colorado!
 Part of our stay will be in Buena Vista

 checking out South Main:

We'll also be sharing some properties while there, so check those out on Instagram :). 
  Let me know where you are headed this summer and if you have an Instagram page let me know.
  Please be sure to check out Lauren's blog too!    You'll love her recent posts about her work and how  she's remodeled her very cool  home.  
 I LOVE her new kitchen but the whole house is amazing.
Happy trails & enjoy your family times this summer,

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