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!
I love it when the magic of design comes together for a client and brings out a deep connection between their life & their home. Today, I’m offering you a sneak peek inside a recent installation for one of my clients. It’s a gorgeous home. It’s been such a treat to work with this family. Her husband is a very talented custom builder & they both have impeccable taste. Our collaboration has brought forth some beautiful fresh results. Below are a few photos I snapped with my iPhone as we were installing some of their wallpapers & drapery treatments. The Designer’s Guild paper we chose for their catering kitchen captured my client’s heart & she couldn’t wait to get it installed. The blue hydrangeas in the bold & colorful floral pattern reminded her of her late mother & she knew she would enjoy spending time in there each day.
View from the catering kitchen looking into the laundry room. You see a small glimpse of the fun Martyn Lawrence Bullard paper we used in there. More on that in another post… We used a simple gray linen fabric with a contrasting sky blue band on the Roman shade to compliment the bold wallpaper. View from the catering kitchen into the main kitchen. The catering kitchen has a built in desk area so we created an upholstered cork backsplash & framed it with a simple nail head design. We carried the pattern into the main kitchen in fabric on a relaxed Roman shade over the kitchen sink window.
I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my project! There’s much more to do so stay tuned for more updates!
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..
Happy Friday design devotees! I have a treat in store for you today! I’ve asked Kevin Wild, one of IBB’s designers, to guest blog for us today. He’s giving us a quick peek into a project he is working on with a client to show us how to make the most of what you have. Take it away Kevin…
Design is all about putting your unique personal touch in your home.
Sometimes you even have to “work with whatchya got!” This is exactly what I did in my client’s new home. A few months back my clients moved in, and like many of my clients, she had wallpaper in her formal dining room. She was ready to rip it down and paint. I told her, “No way.” Her wallpaper was fabulous!
I used their wallpaper as the inspiration for the entire design. A lot of times you may feel like patterns are too busy. Sometimes this is true with an all-over pattern on a chair or wallpaper. An easy tip and trick is to break up the pattern to give your eye somewhere to rest!
In this dining room I broke up the busy pattern of the wallpaper with two fantastic John Richards elgomise floor mirrors. This also allowed the dining room to bounce light all around the room. In addition, the mirrors are gold leafed which helps tie in the gold from the wallpaper at the same time contrasting with the darkeness of the wallpaper. The real icing on the cake in this room is the unique designer chairs from Guy Chaddock. The tone-on-tone structured pattern contrasts with the more natural curves of the rest of the room. The lighter fabric also provides a fresh contrast with the darker patterned wallpaper. The clean lines of the chairs give the room an updated feel.
At the end of the day, using elements and details that are currently in your space to your advantage and adding a few new pieces to freshen it up can lead you to the design that fits you uniquely.
Thank you Kevin! It’s fun to see how just by changing things a bit & adding a few new pieces can give a room’s design a whole new perspective. A room can still look fabulous even if you’re forced to work with what you’ve got!
If you have yet to be informed, let me dazzle you with some exciting news… Wallpaper is back & with a vengeance I must say! I asked my good friend Shelly Rosenberg to give us her take on some simply stylish wall coverings.
Shelly’s take: I have always had a soft spot for anything Asian. And now, I have discovered the best reason to fawn…the Chinese invented wallpaper! The first rice wallpapers go back as far as 200 BC!! The Orient has a unique form of ornamentation. The motifs are often serene and organic. I especially love the subtle suggestion of movement in the two modern patterns below.
In honor of our 2010 Color of the Year’ and this month’s feature, I will delight you with a bit more of turquoise and her cousins… Any powder room becomes exquisite wrapped in a Tiffany-box blue floral like this one above. And can you imagine the pleasure this dogwood scene would give guests in your dining room?
As much as I adore the traditional elegance of a tried-and-true paper, there is much fun to be had in this medium. Choose any era in modern history and you can have a paper that speaks its language! I grew up with a very chic mother who had our entire home wrapped in the ever-popular 1980s flamestitch! And it’s still HOT!
Many of you are nervous to commit, I know, but the pleasure is so beyond what the hesitation is worth! Why wallpaper? It can anchor an entire design scheme- take a little piece that makes you swoon and have your designer build a room around it! Have an architectural element that has you baffled? Disguise it! If you just cannot use the paste, frame a fabulous find and stare at its beauty! Search the web for examples of designer wall coverings. But, find the best and most unique eye candy through your favorite interior designer. Delicious.