We’re half way there! OMG! We’re halfway there!!! It seems like we have a lot of details left to complete before Brookie’s room is done & time is ticking!
This was a bit of a slow week for progress in Brookie’s room. Mommy kind of has a lot on her plate right now 😜. I’m prepping to leave for High Point market & then my installation in the Cayman Islands shortly after we get back. There’s a lot of excitement going on at IBB right now with Partners Card right around the corner & everyone rushing to get projects completed before holiday guests arrive.
Our design plan is starting to take shape & my little princess couldn’t be more excited! Let’s go over a few details going into her room.
1) Two of these pendants will hang over her nightstands on either side of her bed.
2) Brookie asked for a canopy bed so I’ve customized this bed from IBB Design in a hot pink chevron cut. The posts will all be black and the canopy will be a deep pewter.
3) This super cute Kate Spade club chair will sit by her chest of drawers & we’ll accent it with a fun bow pillow design like we did in my daughter Jaylie’s Kate Spade room.
4) The wallpaper that inspired the design! As you saw from my first post, her bathroom is covered in this adorable wallpaper. I’m having one of our artists paint large scaled butterflies strategically placed to look as if they’re flying around the bedroom.
5) This will be her chest of drawers & will be done in aqua with black tassels.
6) We carry Michael Aram at our store & I was so excited to find these butterfly knobs to use on her bathroom cabinetry.
7) I’m doing Kate Spade chair as her vanity chair but in a bright aqua.
Alrighty! So now you know a few more details, so let’s discuss what happened this week.
As you might have noticed from the renderings of her room design, my game plan included painting all of her crown, base, doors & trim hot pink.
After sampling several pinks, we loved this fun bright pink. It’s name is very fitting!
My handsome hubby installed all of her bathroom accessories & cabinet hardware. You may notice that I left the trim around the shutters & the shutters white. Why, you ask?
1) There is a lot going on with the wallpaper so the white gives your eye a place to rest.
2) Never paint your shutters a bold color that will be seen from the exterior of your home. Hot pink most certainly does not jive with the exterior elevation ?
See how happy my little munchkin is! She is loving her new big girl bed!
There’s a lot more to do! Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks along the way & check back in again next Thursday for more updates.
It’s that time of year again! I’m very excited to be participating in the One Room Challenge for the third time. If you’re joining our blog for the first time, you can check out my older daughter Jaylie’s Kate Spade inspired bedroom here & our laundry room makeover here. If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen that we sold our home in January (fully furnished) to a wonderful family relocating to our area & moved into a new home & onto a new project. We did a pretty expansive remodel taking on the task of updating the 16 year old home. I fell in love with the architecture, trim work & overall bones of the home but much of the home was very dark. Unfortunately the previous owners of the home had made a few unfortunate design decisions and those also needed to be addressed. Seeing as we’re pretty much starting from scratch with furnishings & a blank slate for each room, it looks like I’ll have content for many many more One Room Challenges!
I decided to tackle the bedroom & bathroom of our 5 year old daughter, Brooklyn, for this challenge. Her room in our previous home was a bunk room.
Our new home has a separate bunk room, so Brookie will be getting a new queen size bed – which she is very excited about & has a very clear vision for what she wants ?.
Here is what her room looked like the day we bought the house.
After experiencing some water damage, the previous owners had replaced all of the upstairs flooring with the faux wood seen here.
As part of the remodel, we installed new hardwood flooring.
Brookie’s bathroom received a major overhaul. Here are a few before photos
Here are a few photos in progress during her bathroom remodel.
She wanted butterflies in her room & she loved this wallpaper I found so we decided to use this as the jumping off point for her bathroom & bedroom ?. She is a pink girl at heart but really loves Aqua too so we sampled both colors to select which one we would use on her bathroom vanity.
With the wallpaper being so colorful & busy, I wanted the floors to remain more neutral & classic. I chose white 12×24 tile & installed it on a staggered brick joint on the floor & a smaller size in the shower.
My girly girl literally would be totally fine with everything being pink! When I found this hot pink 1×1 mosaic, I had to work it in somehow. A picture frame centered on the shower wall was the perfect way to add a splash of my sweet girl’s personality without going overboard.
Here’s what her bathroom looks like today.
And a few photos of how her room looks today.
The Barbie mirror had a few casualties during our movie. Clearly I need to add fixing that to my “to-do” list.
This is what it’s actually supposed to look like.
And here’s a sneak peek into our game plan:
As you can see, we have a lot to accomplish in just 6 short weeks! I’ll be back next week with more details of our plan & progress. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for sneak peeks at Brooklyn’s room transformation & check back here every Thursday for updates!
What a difference a week makes! A whole lot has happened at casa de Geyer. We’ve officially moved into our new house & we couldn’t be more excited!
If you’re just joining in on the #oneroomchallenge, I decided to make over our laundry room & mud room. Many people have asked why I chose these areas to focus on & the answer is really quite simple. Since the people who bought our previous home bought almost all of our furniture, we’re basically starting from scratch in the new home. With ORC being a 6 week challenge, I knew with my current client project work load that there was no way I had time to design furnishings & get them ordered & here within the timeframe. I also knew that the mudroom & laundry rooms were spaces I could pull together in my “spare time” because I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted. I’ve tricked out areas like this for many clients and I’ve always wanted these rooms in our home to have a happy cheerful feeling. Let’s face it, laundry is not my favorite activity in the world but I figured making our laundry room a space that I loved walking into might inspire me to tackle those chores.
So, let’s take a quick look at the before photos again.
And here’s what our laundry room & mud room look like today *All after photos by Dan Piassick*
One of my biggest focuses during our makeover was not only to make a colorful laundry room & mud room but to get creative with the organization of all of the daily necessities for these rooms.
I used a blue lacquered tray to organize containers holding detergent pods & clothes pins. We use these clothes pins to keep socks together in the washer. They help cut down our mismatched socks & they’re safe in the wash.
I chose a yellow lacquered box to hide our dryer sheets.
The blue lacquered box hides essentials like tide pens, scissors, safety pins, a sewing kit & lint brush.
Each family member has their own storage baskets in the mud room including our dog Roxy.
And now for a few of my favorite design elements!
Lighting: I’ve had my eye on the Taylor Burke “Don’t Fret” pendant chandelier for a while now. I think it turned out perfect in the laundry room!
I selected these brass Barbara Cosgrove sconces to add additional lighting over the lockers & I love the way they look on top of the wallpaper!
I kept the window treatment fairly simple so that it would compliment the wallpaper & not compete with it. I love the accent of yellow with the Greek key trim tape.
The hardware is still one of my favorite selections. I love how it plays off of the wallpaper.
I used two acrylic & brass double robe hooks for each family member to hang their bags in the lockers.
I had monogrammed pillows made for each family member to designate their locker area.
I had a blast with the Spring 2016 One Room Challenge! Since we’re starting from scratch in our new house, you can bet that I’ll be back for more One Room Challenge fun!
Eek!!! There is officially one week left until the big reveal! This week has really been a blur as I had two out of town client project installations. I was really excited to come home & see some progress. (Although my husband is equally as excited and sent me frequent text updates while I was gone ) The transformation of our laundry room & mud room are really starting to take shape.
Ta-da! The wallpaper I’ve been fantasizing about is finally up. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy it makes me!
I absolutely love the impact it makes as you walk down the hallway from our family room to the mudroom.
Here’s a little reminder of what it looked like before
It’s amazing what some fresh white paint & a gorgeous large scale patterned wallpaper can do! We went from dark & dreary to light, bright & fab!
I’m loving all of the details in the mud room. I’m really looking forward to having a nice organized space for everyone right by the garage door. Our mornings are usually chaotic so I’m counting on this area to help ease some stress by helping keep everyone prepared & ready for their day. A mom can dream, right?
The sconces help bring in some much needed additional light in this area. My handsome hubby has been very hands on with our remodel. I’m so proud of all of the hard work he has put in. It’s been so fun spending time putting in sweat equity when we can. We make a great team! It usually goes somethings like this – I come up with a wild idea & before I even finish my thought, he’s figuring out how to make it happen. Our contractor really gets a kick out of it!
I’ve had my eye on Taylor Burke Home’s “Don’t fret” pendant for a while now. When I saw Julianne at High Point market, I told her I had to have it for this project. She just happened to have this white one in stock & she moved mountains to get it to me in record time. We debated on whether I should do a fun POC (pop of color) but in the end, I went with the crisp white & I think once my window treatment goes up & my other accents are in that you’ll agree. The chandelier went up yesterday & I absolutely love it! Thank you girlie!
All of the fun details are up next! Window treatments, cushions & pillows for the mud room, artwork & organization/storage accents.
The big reveal is next week, but make sure you’re following me on Instagram for sneak peeks & other updates!
So this is the week when it feels like there is so much left to be done but nothing. seems to be happening. I’m not sweating the small stuff, but so much still needs to happen before the big reveal. Let’s just keep praying that everything arrives & gets installed on time!
The hardware was installed on the cabinetry & doors and I’m totally loving it!
The sink & faucet are in & I’m very excited about having this large sink area in our laundry room. The faucet has a pull down spout for easy cleaning.
Our gorgeous sconces for our mud room arrived & we’ve decided on the best way to hang them. Our wallpaper is here & it’s absolutely amazing! I’m hoping it will go up this weekend! Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for more sneak peeks!
Hopefully next week I’ll be sharing some amazing progress!
I’ve been away at market for a week & it was fun to come home & see progress being made & even a little surprise from my hubby. The cabinets and ceiling have all been painted. I’m really loving all of the fresh “Shay White”! It feels so cheerful.
The quartz countertops were installed before I left but they have been covered up. I just love how they look. This man made material will be the perfect durable countertop for a room that will get a ton of use! My hubby remarked at the blue washer & dryer in a few of my inspiration photos & asked if they were on my wish list. I’m pretty sure my starry eyed “you know it” reply worked some magic on him because I came home to these beauties! Our new home has an upstairs laundry room as well so he searched & searched until he found an amazing deal so we could put our current washer & dryer in the upstairs laundry room. He is the king of negotiating and I was very happily surprised by his thoughtful gesture. Thank you honey!
I opted for a larger more modern sink for the laundry room since we use it frequently. The faucet has arrived & should be getting installed early next week.
My hardware samples arrived & I’ve decided to go with this design.
Here’s a sneak peek at the overall scheme. I love how the hardware plays off of the wallpaper. The room will be mostly blue & white but I have some fun pops of color planned. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve for the details.
I’ve had my eye on the “Don’t Fret” chandelier from Taylor Burke Home for quite some time. I’ve decided to use it in our laundry room so I’ll get to enjoy it every day.
I fell in love with these ceramic sculpted flowers at market. I plan on using them somewhere in this space for wall decor. I think they’ll be a fun accent on the wallpaper.
That’s all for this week’s updates & progress. Make sure you’re following me on instagram for daily design inspiration, sneak peeks, design tips & project eye candy.
I’m continuing to fine tune the details for our laundry room & mud room but my game plan is still far from solid. Things are very busy at IBB Design with client projects & I’m headed to market in High Point North Carolina today so I’m literally planning this makeover in my sleep at this point.
Here are a few more inspiration photos that depict the look & feel I’m after.
I’m really digging the idea of a striped rug in the laundry room. I think it will work great with the wallpaper, so I’m on the hunt for the perfect indoor/outdoor striped blue rug. Speaking of wallpaper, say a prayer that Quadrille can meet my installation deadline. It’s all hand printed & seeing that we’re on a very tight timeline, it’s going to be cutting it very close to get it installed prior to the big reveal. I’ll hopefully have confirmation of a delivery date in the next few days. If they can’t meet my timeline, I may have to consider re-selecting. I love it so much & it was really my jumping off point so I’m crossing my fingers that it all works out!
I love, love, love the idea of throwing in a pop of yellow so I’m thinking of using one of these trim tapes as a detail on the window treatment above our washer & dryer.
*laundry room in the home of Christine Dovey*
A blue washer & dryer will take center stage underneath our white quartz countertops.
Updates on laundry room progress: The photos are a bit dark. The power is currently off in these areas since they are working on re-doing a lot of the electrical.
New LED can lights were installed & a Jbox for a chandelier (which I still need to select). The ceilings are tall in here so I’m looking for a fun pendant or semi-flush mount.
The cabinetry has all been painted in “Shay White” & the quartz countertops have been installed.
I ordered samples of both of the knobs below to consider for the cabinet hardware.
The mud room needs a bit more planning. I know I want to use these sconces to hang over the tops of the locker cabinets.
I love the cheerfulness & color in this mud room. In my mud room, the cabinetry will be white & the wallpaper will continue into here so I will pull accent color in thru the pillows & cushions on the benches in the lockers.
Mud Room progress update:
The cabinets have been painted & the walls are being prepped for wallpaper.
It’s starting to come together but there are many details left to finalize. I’m looking forward to being inspired this week while I’m attending the High Point Home Furnishings market. Make sure you’re following me on instagram to get more sneak peeks.
Here we go again! Clearly I’m a glutton for punishment because I’m diving into this challenge again during one of our busiest times of the year. We’re designing & installing 3 out of town projects in the next 2 months & we’re juggling several new build jobs and remodels. Thankfully all of my clients are amazing & instead of being stressed because we’re so busy, we’re having a blast with the diversity of designs we’re working on & seeing them come to life.
You might remember the makeover I did on my daughter’s bedroom during the Fall One Room Challenge. Well, we’ve sold that house & have bought a new fixer upper & we’re starting all over again. I’m sure your thinking I’ve lost my mind. The truth is that the market in Dallas right now is so hot, that we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sell our house. So, a wonderful new family is moving in. Their twin daughters will be sharing the Kate Spade inspired bedroom. We loved the design so much though that we’ll be duplicating it in the bunk room in our new home.
Our new home has an ideal floor plan for our family & great bones but since it’s 16 years old, it’s time to update the finish out & design. For this challenge, I’m going to work on our laundry room & mud room areas. Here’s a few photos showing the before of our laundry room.
The house is very dark so I’ll be giving it a face lift & painting all of the dark wood trim, cabinetry & shutters in a fresh white paint that my painter has nicknamed “Shay White”. It’s a formula we came up with after several of my “go-to” whites either went too white or too blue in our new home.
Here’s a before shot of the mud room area. The can lights were all out in this area so my photos all turned out dark & unfortunately this is the only one that you can even make out what’s pictured. I promise to have better progress photos!
Honestly, my game plan right now is not complete. I’ve fallen in love with this wallpaper, so this will be my jumping off point. I’ll be using pure white quartz countertops since we’ll most definitely need a scratch & stain resistant surface in this room.
I’m pretty sure I’ll carry the wallpaper into the mud room. We have built in cabinetry in there with 4 locker areas. One section will be for my 2 daughters to put their backpacks & dance bags. My husband & I will use the other section of lockers. The palette will be blue & white with pops of other accent colors. I’ll have cushions made for the benches, monogrammed pillows & baskets to designate each person’s locker & some fabulous hardware for the cabinetry & locker hooks.
Here’s a glimpse into one of the laundry rooms that I find inspiring.
I’ll be traveling to High Point for the home furnishings & accessories market next week so I hope to get more inspiration & solidify my game plan.
I’ll be back next week with more design details & progress photos. In the meantime, follow me on Instagram for daily design inspiration & sneak peeks.
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. We have several family traditions during the holidays. I’m planning our menu & tablescapes today so I was looking back thru old photos & thought I’d share a few of our favorite ways to celebrate the Christmas season.
This was last year’s tablescape. I love to mix & match my china & crystal. The water glasses were my maternal grandmother’s. My girls both really get into helping decorate & set the table. Last year we even got a little festive with our ice cream & turned them into snowmen. My daughter Jaylie is in charge of the kids’ table. Every year we come up with a fun design out of paper plates. Last year we decided on a reindeer theme.
The year before we did a snowman theme. On Christmas Eve, we go to candlelight services at our church & then come home & have lots of appetizers as we open up Christmas presents. I found this Christmas tree cheese tray idea on Pinterest a few years ago & we do it every year. Just add sprigs of Rosemary between each kind of cubed cheese. The topper is Boursin cheese with cranberries on top in the shape of a star. After we eat & open gifts, we bake a birthday cake for Jesus :-). This is my favorite tradition with my girls!
On Christmas morning, I make themed pancakes for everyone. Last year we did Rudolph pancakes. Thank you for letting me share some of my favorite Christmad traditions! I can’t wait for the week ahead! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas week & cheers to slowing down & enjoying time with your family!
Well, this is about the time that I start getting super giddy during a project. All of my visions are beginning to come to life and we’re so close to completion! It’s all of those little details that start adding up. My daughter couldn’t be more excited that her new room is almost completed!
Right now they’re working on painting her bedroom & bathroom. The bow safety rail for the bunk bed I designed has been installed & I’m so excited with how it turned out. I think it fits our Kate Spade inspiration perfectly 🙂
The bunk & stairs are being painted in high gloss paint in Benjamin Moore’s Blue Seafoam which is a soft aqua. The sliding door to her bathroom will be in Benjamin Moore Jet Black & the trim will be in Decorator’s White. The walls will be in Decorator’s White & all of the casings will be in Jet Black. The dressing room style door to her closet underneath the bunk will also be Jet Black with Decorator’s White trim.
The good news is I found a replacement for the back ordered flush mount chandelier that I was using for her vanity area & bathroom. This was the original.
And this is the replacement. They are already here & will be getting installed early next week 🙂
More good news! In fact, this is really awesome news! I was really worried that the day bed I ordered from CR Laine wasn’t going to make it here on time, but I received word that it is shipping tomorrow & should be at IBB early next week! I need to give my friends at CR Laine a HUGE shout out! They really came thru for me on this & we are so excited to get Jaylie’s day bed installed next week! They’re always a go to source for upholstery in my projects and I know that I can count on them for amazing style, comfort, quality & customer service.
Now for the bad news 🙁 There is a high probability that the plumbing for her bathroom won’t be here in time. Apparently they need every bit of the 6 weeks to make everything. My plumbing rep is doing everything she can to get it here in time but as of now it’s not looking too good. I guess this is the price you pay to get the perfect satin brass finish. Let’s all say a little prayer that the stars align & I’ll be showing off that gorgeous brass plumbing as part of the big reveal!
I also found out today that the hardware I selected for all of her cabinetry is backordered until December 🙁 I am currently scouring all of my sources to find a replacement. Wish me luck!
You can check out what’s happening in all of the other One Room Challenges here. Make sure you’re following me on instagram for more sneak peeks & updates on our ORC progress. Also, did you get a chance to vote for my client’s nursery? I’d be so grateful if you had a minute to spare to vote for the “Colorful Twin Gender Neutral Nursery” for Project Nursery’s October Room of the Month.
If you live in the Dallas area, Partners Card starts THIS Friday! Over 800 retailers are participating in this year’s charitable event for The Family Place & IBB is one of them! Save 20% off of the IBB price on all in stock furniture & accessories 🙂
Happy Tuesday everyone! Things are moving right along with the progress of moving my mom into her new home. You may have had a chance to see a few sneak peeks here. I wanted to share a fun tip with you that I used for my girls’ room at her house.
Their bedroom color palette is hot pink, navy & white. For my mom’s Christmas gift this year, I had photos done of the girls in coordinating outfits and framed them in acrylic with Shutterfly. I love how the frames appear to just float on the wall. Both of my girls love to dance so the tutus were a natural choice for this fun photo shoot with James Edward. I chose to have them shot on a solid white background so the photos would really pop against the walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Symphony Blue. It’s somewhere between a navy & a cobalt blue & it’s the perfect blue for this scheme.
With a little planning & coordinating, you too can turn your family photos into artwork for your home. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks! The draperies are going in this Thursday! Follow the fun on instagram @designershay & @ibbdesign.
Keep up with what’s hot in the design world! This October I’ll be participating in the High Point Home Furnishings Style Spotter competition again. You can follow all of the pinning fun during the week of Oct 17th-24th. Find out more about Style Spotters here. If you don’t already have a Pinterest account, get one today! It’s one of my favorite ways to get inspired!
I’m often asked about how I feel about accent walls and wall treatments. Should people use them or not? Yes! I am a fan of accents & wall treatments. I actually have an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to wall treatments. Of course, how they are applied and interpreted in a design is very important to the overall success of a room. Whether its paint, wallpaper or that you upholster your walls, wall treatments can be a beautiful way to take your room’s design to the next level. Here are a few ways we’ve used wall treatments in our designs. Master Bedroom: Large scale pattern painted on the wall behind the bed to create a focal point. Kid’s bedroom: We took the dot pattern we used on the bed skirt & bedding & blew up the scale to create a fun feature wall behind the bed. Master bedroom: To create contrast behind the white upholstered bed, we painted the wall a deep gray. Then, we painted a fretwork outline to define the wall. Kid’s room in progress: We upholstered the bed wall in a super cute embroidered “I love you” fabric in navy & white and painted the rest of the walls in Benjamin Moore’s Symphony Blue. I can’t wait to see the finished room!
Do you have a Pinterest account? If not, you should consider getting one! It’s a fabulous tool to use for inspiration & stay on top of trends & what’s hot in design. I also love it for great recipes, fashion, crafts & so much more! Speaking of trends, make sure you also follow my board for the High Point Home Furnishings Fall 2013 Style Spotter contest. From October 17th – 24th I’ll be pinning my top 25 favorite finds from market along with eight other of the country’s top designers. Find out more here..
Don’t be afraid of color! Have no fear, bring in the color for fresh and fun cheer!!
You see vibrant colors and room combinations all the time and may find yourself saying, “Wow! This is way too contemporary or loud!” Finding that balance and sophisticated way of pulling in color can be a challenge and tend to make you shy away. Embrace it, go for it!
Use color in coffee table books stacked on an end table or centrally located on the cocktail table. Have some fresh flowers cut and simply stemmed in a pretty vase. Fresh flowers in a room will always bring a smile to your face!
Pull in a few, or even a single fun and colorful pillow on your sofa or chair. Remember, a little goes a long way so those few simple elements can transition a room from flat to fun in a matter of minutes!!
Feeling even more adventurous? Opt for a bold piece of artwork with color or a shade of paint to brighten up a wall. A great piece of art can really set a room off. In an all neutral setting, a bold colorful piece of art could serve as the stand out element to create a WOW factor!
So, embrace color & take a risk. Whether a small pop or a bold powerful statment, just remember to have fun & surround yourself with things you love!
We’ve made it easier than ever to shop for home accessories! You all loved shopping by color for accessories in our warehouse & now we’re color coding the showroom as well! Our back wall is now arranged by color to make finding the perfect finishing touches for your space quick & very easy! Stop in to IBB Design Fine Furnishings & pick up everything you need to get your home pulled together before your holiday guests arrive! We sell right off the floor, so it’s perfect for those of you on a design deadline!
We love to grill & cook lots of yummy food for our family & friends. You may want to try one of our favorite 4th of July inspired burgers. Or, how about whipping up this Tres Leches cake? It’s always a a real crowd pleaser. We usually make it for the 4th or our Labor Day BBQ. It’s fun to decorate it with fresh berries for some fun patriotic color! For the 4th, we place the strawberries & blueberries in a flag design.
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
9 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
9 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup white sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well after each addition. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until whites form stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter using a rubber spatula. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
In a small bowl, stir together the 2 cups heavy cream, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk. Pour the mixture over the cake until it wont absorb any more. You may have 1/3 to 1/4 left over. That’s okay.
Combine the whipped cream and sugar, spread over soaked cake and decorate with strawberries & blueberries. Refrigerate cake until serving.
In honor of the 4th of July, let’s talk about some All-American colors! Friday on Good Morning Texas, I showed you different ways you could incorporate the classic red, white & blue color palette into your home. Whether you choose a neutral base & add doses of red, white & blue thru your accessories or you use the fresh colors in larger amounts on your bigger pieces, these colors will help you create a design that will make you feel happy.
Here are a few more of my favorite red, white & blue decor ideas for your home:
Did you know that today is Nate Day? And, yes I am referring to the uber-fabulous Nate Berkus, celebrity interior decorator extraordinare. If you’re active on Twitter, then you may have been alerted to the trending topic #nateday that has all of the design & blogging community in a frenzy. “How’d he get his own day?”, you may be asking yourself. No, Oprah didn’t declare it Nate Day. The Moggit Girls did. Why? Is it his infectious smile & energy? His drool worthy colorful designs? Well, of course, but it all started with a recent announcement. The Moggit Girls created such a buzz when they first tweeted about the debut of Nate’s new show premiering in September that they asked fellow design bloggers & tweeters to unite for a day full of Nate Berkus inspired content. Being a fan of Nate’s, I am, of course, happy to participate.
So, in honor of #nateday, I thought I would share with you the top 5 reasons I can identify with & why I swoon over Nate’s designs.
#1 Contrast: I absolutely adore the upholstery against the dark painted walls (covered in eco friendly paint company Farrow & Ball’s Off Black) in this room Nate designed alongside Ann Coyle for Elle Rakieten, a producer for the Oprah Winfrey show.
#2 Layering: I’m a huge fan of layering! I love to add a powerful punch to a plain sisal rug with a zebra skin rug as shown in the photo above. Berkus hit the high notes with this one. Each piece in the room is fabulous in it’s own right, but when joined together they create a beautiful design harmony. I showed you a similar look with a pair of green chairs & a fun zebra hair on hide rug on GMT back in March.
#3 Adding Ottomans: The addition of ottomans or small benches not only allows for extra seating for your guests in a room but also gives you the opportunity to have some design fun! I love the legs on the ottomans Nate used in this design. The pop of color on the seat is a deep contrast with the dark rich sofa across from it.
#4 Sexy Sectionals: Whether it’s floating in a room (like the one I recently showed you that I designed for a client in California) or hugging a wall, a sectional does not have to be boring or plain. Even though this sectional is neutral in color, the squared tufted sections make it say “va va va voom”! This swanky pad in Milan is one of my all time favorite Berkus designs.
#5 Any shade of blue: I’m always feeling blue! I’m drawn to pretty much every shade of blue from teal or turquoise to mineral or baby blue. It’s one of my favorite colors to work with. Nate livened up his sister’s nearly neutral color palette with the addition of a painted blue chest. The shade is pure perfection & adds drama & intensity to her home.
Today’s Sneak Peek Saturday is from a super fun project I’m working on right now. We’re converting this vintage claw foot bathtub into a fun reading area for the family’s kiddos. The adjoining bedroom is being set up as an uber-cool playroom. Since the bathtub will never be used for its genuine purpose, we felt conflicted to let something so fun just lie there useless. So, I had an artist paint the exterior of the tub in a British flag motif & we’re making a huge comfy cushion to line the interior of the bathtub. Finally, we’ll add lots of plush pillows to ensure lots of comfort for hours of lounging & reading in a totally cool space. I can’t wait to show you the finished product!
In honor of Halloween, I’d like to show off some “spooktacular” bedding we have on our showroom floor right now. It features a midnight blue velvet coverlet & yummy orange pillows. So stylish it’s scary…
I am in love, love, love with this look. I am SO into color & this definitely emanates color! As a matter of fact, this room consists of all of my favorite colors. All of the color experts are proclaiming that 2009 is the year of bright colors. This look nails it.
When I grow up, I want my master bedroom to look like this! Seriously. The whole look is very artsy & says “look at me”, but in a tasteful way. The hot pink chairs combined with the cool water blue chest and celery green walls are to die for. I’m guessing that the inspiration for this room was the art. It reminds me of a fabulous sculpted oil painting that my parents own that consists of every color in the spectrum. I’ve loved that piece since I was a child. I’ve always teased my mom that if it turned up missing, she’d know where to find it. A piece of art like this is always a great place to start. The possibilities are endless. You really could go in just about any direction.
In my opinion, the look is flawlessly pulled together. It’s busy with color, but free of clutter. The art ties it all together in a perfect little bow. It makes me want to jump start my master bedroom makeover!
Expert color forecasters are saying that blue is here to stay. Take note. The mineral and ice blues that were oh-so-popular last year are getting cozy with some warmer deeper blue hues. So, you can’t go wrong with blue! The experts are saying that a wide range of blues will dominate color palettes this year. Keep your eyes open to rich hues with purple undertones. Color theorists say that the color blue can have soothing healing qualities and invite calmness into our lives. Now, who couldn’t use some of that?
The possibilities for cool combos are endless; navy & tangerine, mineral blue & cream, royal blue & kelly green, blueberry & vanilla, sky blue & terra cotta, the good ole red, white & blue … the list goes on & on.
There aren’t many shades of blue that I don’t like. My favorite football team, The Dallas Cowboys, sport a regal navy & icy silver combo. Whereas, my home is filled with soft mineral & ice blue. So, when considering new colors for your home, give blue a chance. It’s a classic.