I have been talking a lot lately about the importance of making your home your own. #Livingwell and creating a home around what is important to you.
A bedroom is the perfect room to create a spot to call your own – a place that allows you to relax and surround yourself with things you love.
I’ve come up with six tips for creating a bedroom special to you. Here goes:
1. Use colors that SPEAK to you: I normally keep colors in the bedroom soft because I need tranquility in my life (Ha!), but if a bright color speaks to you, then certainly use it.
2. Mix your Furniture Pieces for a Collected Look. Gone are the days of matching bedroom sets, so mix your finishes.
3. Layer- Bedrooms can have quite a few hard surfaces, so it is important to add softness through a rug, window treatments, pillows, bedding, etc…
4. Incorporate things that you love, such as favorite photographs and artwork.
5. Keep it simple… Don’t clutter or overcrowd your bedroom with too much stuff. Make sure the room can breathe, so you can as well.
6. Find a place to sit. While you don’t want to overcrowd, I always try to add some sort of sitting in a bedroom. A place to lounge if you aren’t quite ready to curl up in bed.
A leather or upholstered chair to cozy up in to finish that book you started are pieces that can enhance a bedroom space and make it feel like your very own private suite. #Livingwell in your home by making it your own.
Bedrooms should have all things in it that you love. It should be the place you cannot wait to get to at the end of your day or sneak off to when you just need a moment to yourself.
If you want help or need guidance on how to make your bedroom feel like its very own getaway, email us here.
Here’s to creating a bedroom you love and #livingwell in your home.
Since the new year, a few people have reached out to me about the one time 3.5 hour consult I offer.
While my firm works mostly on full room or turn-key projects, this one time service is for the client who needs direction and help making decisions, but likes to take that information and do the legwork themselves.
It has gone over really well, and I have even flown across the country a few times to offer this service.
People who have invested in this consult have been surprised over the amount of detail and information that comes with it.
I saw a lady last weekend at my daughter’s dance studio who hired me several months ago to help her with the finishes, colors, materials, furniture layout, etc for a family lakehouse under construction.
I couldn’t help but smile as she proudly showed me pictures of the finished product. They don’t have furniture yet, but the house turned out so pretty. She did a great job implementing my suggestions.
Whatever your needs are with your home, you have my undivided attention during our time together.
Here’s how the 3.5 hour consult works:
You send a list to me of all you would like to discuss and accomplish during our time together. During our appointment, I will then spend 3.5 hours of uninterrupted time giving you my opinion and answering any question you can possible think to ask me. We can discuss design dilemmas, furniture arrangements, fabric swatches, paint colors, to knock down a wall or not– you name it!
The more legwork you do before our meeting, the more productive our time will be together. We will make a Pinterest board with specifics of what to look for when shopping for your home, and I will take detailed measurements so you won’t have to worry about coming home with the wrong size sofa, ever again.
After our meeting, you will receive detailed notes of what we discussed. This allows you to maximize your time with me while I take notes and write down all the specifics for you to implement at a later date.
This service is a great way to invest in your home by making sure what you are changing and buying is right for the space. It also allows you the freedom to work on your project as your time and budget allows, all while following professional advice.
If you think this service can help you transform your home, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to talk with you.
Have a great day-
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With the new year just a couple of days away, I thought it would be fun to look back at 2016. This year has been a good one for us in so many ways, and here is a recap of a few things that took place:
We started the new year finishing up #ProjectExpansion for some favorite clients. They have a cute story as to why they needed more space. You can read about it here and here.
The kitchen in this home has been shared so many times on the web, yet very few people have seen the “before” pictures. It was quite the transformation.
January began with a feature in Birmingham Home and Garden magazine. This home was approximately 12 years old and it needed an update. We took several of the rooms and dramatically changed them. Here are a few of the before and after pictures:
You can read more on the transformation of a few of the rooms here, here, and here.
In February, I hosted a party for Southern Living‘s Design Conference that took place in Birmingham, AL. There’s nothing like a party to make you do a few things around your own house, and it was just the kick in the pants that I needed.
It was a lot of fun as designers across the country came together for a few days, and I was glad they were able to see all that Birmingham, Al, has to offer.
Southern Living also included me in their April issue with a feature on using lavender in your home.
In October, Flower Magazine used my home as a backdrop for a Fall feature.
I was also asked by Coastal Living‘s Ellen McGauley and Southern Living’s Zoe Gowen to take part in a panel for ADAC on how to use social media and technology to grow a design business. Designer Cortney Bishop from Charleston, SC, joined in on the fun with us.
While there, the Editor-At-Large followed up by asking my thoughts on how ADAC is a great resource for designers.
The last quarter of 2016 did not disappoint, either. We announced we are moving our office into the heart of Mountain Brook Village in Birmingham, AL. We are finishing up a few details now and will be in by the first of the year.
I was THRILLED to have one of our favorite kitchens for amazing clients in the Holiday Issue of Traditional Home. This was such a fun project for clients who trusted my vision, and the detail and customization in this home truly paid off.
You can read my blog post here to learn more about this project or click here to see the actual feature in Traditional Home.
The feature of my house in the November/December issue of Southern Living was a ton of fun. We photographed my home for Christmas in the summer and with the Southern Living elves setting everything up, it was as easy as it could be.
They spoiled me and I was missing their help when December rolled around and it was time to decorate again. You can read the 10 page feature here.
As I look back at 2016, I cannot forget the online mentions and other amazing projects we have been part of this year that I did not highlight. I am having several projects photographed in a few weeks we have designed this year, and I cannot wait to share.
Thanks to all of you for following along on this journey. I have met some amazing people because of my job and am grateful to those who have trusted us with the investment of their home.
But more importantly, watching how an organized, functional, healthy home changes how a family lives is truly the best part of my job.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, blessed 2017 for all-
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As I wrote here, I am moving my office to the heart of Mountain Brook Village in Birmingham, AL, in a few weeks, and thought I would give you an update.
Lots of exciting changes have been happening. Hardwood floors have been put down and waxed in the front room, built-ins were added to a hallway and the entire space has been painted.
I am tweaking the exterior a little, and I thought I would share a peek. My paint color scheme has changed from the picture, but you can see where I am going with this….
The inside consists of basically two rooms connected by a hallway. I see the front room serving as a meeting room, and I want it to feel like you are walking into a warm, inviting living room to visit a friend. Something pretty from the street but functional for my firm’s needs. Here is a “Before” picture of the space:
There is a bar area in the back room. I opened it up and replaced the countertop and faucet. I love this Kallista one given to me as a gift, and it can be purchased from Ferguson in Birmingham, AL.
I am thrilled to be in the heart of Mountain Brook Village. I love being from the South, and I am especially proud to call it home. There are so many positive changes taking place in Mountain Brook and in the city of Birmingham, so stay tuned to some exciting things happening here.
My office project has been a slow process because it has taken a back seat to my client’s projects. It looks like the construction will be finished in the next week or so, and we will be moving shortly after. I will keep you posted on the finished space.