I believe that it is more important than ever to create a beautiful space for yourself. We all need a place to get away from everything, and the space to reconnect with ourselves.
All this time at home has given me time to look at my house and ask myself if it is working for me? My kids and husband are all home now. My home is now a gym, workspace, movie theater, school, library, restaurant, and more! I had to go outside to find my own space. I have been working on my backyard, changing it from my dog’s area to my garden retreat. In October I added a pergola, in April and May I began the process of adding several garden beds, including a shade garden, raised vegetable beds, and three flower beds.
How are you making space for yourself? Let me know by commenting or liking the post.
I do not think I am alone when I say we all need a little refresh right now. I am low on event and floral design projects due to COVID-19, which means money is not flowing in, and I am home all the time. I have spent most of my time off in the garden. I have created five new gardens beds in my backyard. I used all seeds and split plants from my front yard and transplanted then to the back. My husband is a banker and loves that I have become thrifty…I will not tell him it is temporary. Today I am focusing on my interior for the first time in months. I needed a little refresh, and I thought I would share my inexpensive ideas. I hope you enjoy them!
Flowers always make my home look clean and cared for. I will go out to the garden after I clean my house and bring in some flowers!
Fresh paint is an incredible way to bring new life to your space. It will cost you $40+ a gallon, but it gives you a big bang for your buck!
I love container gardening; you can do this anywhere if you have a window you can have a garden. I love getting my hands dirty and watching seeds, seedlings, or plants thrive. You can spend just a few dollars to get huge rewards.
Flea Markets are great places to go right now, grab your mask and hand sanitizer, and get out hunting for that statement piece you have been longing to find.
This suggestion is my husband’s favorite because it costs nothing. Rearrange your rooms, try something new, bring a piece of furniture from one space into another. I am moving a chair from my guestroom down to my family room, and moving a sofa from one area to another…moving things motivates me to clean and declutter, and it refreshes the space.
Which of these ideas inspires you to create beauty? What could you do to refresh your home?
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Look at something, someone or a situation in your life from another angle. Perspective is everything! By distancing yourself and looking at things with fresh eyes, you will see things differently. Photographers are masters of perspective.
When I am working, I am looking at design from my client’s point of view. I want to be mindful that my ideas reflect them and not me.
Today I have been looking at tiles; there are a lot of different choices, and I am drawn to many of them. If I am not careful to always keep my concept and client’s in mind, I might influence the outcome with personal preferences.
The tiles I looked at today are the new hot trend…Zellige.
This tile is not new; it was widely used before Subway tile!
This is what I learned authentic Zellige is Moroccan; no two tiles are the same, imperfection is expected, and the finish and color vary a lot.
I think it is beautiful, and one of my clients is interested in using it. I just wanted to get educated, so I took the day to study it.
If you are interested in learning more about Zellige, this article is excellent!!
Falmouth Dental Arts have moved into a new space and I am helping them with their design. We want to have a coastal, relaxed, professional vibe without being too coastal. So we are using greys, whites, soft blues and charcoal, and lots of textures. We are mixing textured wallpaper, woods, concrete, velvet, wool and glass.
We are putting together a plan to transform the new space into a hip office. I have to say I love the employees of this office, they are fantastic. The Dentists Brian and Adonis are so approachable, I can only imagine how amazing they are at their jobs.
Although we had a bit of a rough start having to move into the space before it had been renovated, things are really coming together now! We have painted, wallpapered, added tile and shiplap to the fireplace, and much more!
Here are some of the products & furnishings we have selected.
All right that is your sneak peek when the project is done I will photograph it and show you the end results.
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As a designer, the first thing I used to do to freshen an interior was to strip the wallpaper, but wallpaper has become hip. Over the last few years, we have seen wallpaper trending, mostly due to the reintroduction of grasscloths.
Fortunately, wallpaper companies have spread their wings and gotten much more creative. One of my favorite wallcovering companies is Phillip Jeffries. They have elevated wallcoverings to the level of an art.
Here are a few of my favorite wallcoverings from Phillip Jefferies. When these are used in space, it sets the tone for the design, and they pair so well with the wide plank flooring that is currently being so widely used.
I also love Mineheart wallcoverings; they are more mural than wallpaper. Wallcoverings are not only for walls but also can be strikingly beautiful on the ceiling.
I have just started ordering from Wallquest Wallpapers; they have some lovely options. I think map murals can be compelling in a powder room or even a pantry…small spaces where you are looking for an exciting twist to your design.
I think wallpaper is terrific when used in small quantities, and I believe that quality is essential. Please use quality over quantity when considering your walls. Entry halls, mudrooms, and powder rooms are fantastic places to use wallpaper.
My advice make a statement in a small space with fabulous quality paper!
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Special thanks to Phillip Jeffries, Wallquest, and Mineheart for their incredible wallcoverings.
Refined rustic, is the newest off shoot of the rustic design movement. Here is the concept, use rustic elements, like wood, metal and linen in transitional design.
I am working on a master bedroom for clients, the husband loves rustic and the wife does not. As any designer will tell you, this is common place, designers have to blend styles on a daily basis. Below, you can see the boards I have put together for a master bedroom with a refined rustic-coastal vibe.
Most of these furniture pieces can be mixed and matched differently. I like my clients to pick out items that really speak to them, so the first set of boards help me hone in on their style.
What do you like and dislike about these options? Are you a fan of the current rustic design craze? Or are you ready to see something new?
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