How to Incorporate Flowers in Design

Today is National Floral Design Day which got me thinking of all the ways flowers can be incorporated into the design of spaces.

The first up is the obvious, actual floral arrangements. Placing flowers throughout your home can give new life to the space. Try using flowers in more places then just your dining table.

A bookcase or built-in is a great place to add flowers. The organic nature of the flowers contrast beautifully with all of the hard surfaces.

A tray placed on your bed, ottoman or cocktail table with a floral arrangement adds a soft touch.

Flowers can also be added through one of my favorite additions to a home…wallpaper!

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As well as in tile designs, cabinet hardware, lighting and…

Rugs!

Flowers are also great for adding dimension to a space which can be done through art and sculptures.

The ceramic flowers on these vases add great detail to the centerpieces that would otherwise fall flat.

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I hope you enjoyed some of these ideas, what are some of your favorite ways to incorporate flowers into your space?

XOXO,

Briarwood Reveal

This week I completed phase one at the Briarwood Project. During this refresh, I took a dark, early 2000’s home and gave it a fresh and airy feel. The palette of purples, blues, soft greens and a touch of pink, definitely gave it a feminine flair.

 

A coat of periwinkle paint, an updated bench and some fun geometric mirrors made this entry way feel brighter and more inviting.

 

The Dining Room had great bones to work with. I kept the wainscoting and gave it a fresh coat of paint as well as keeping the table and drapery rods. This wallpaper may be my favorite addition to this project!

 

Ahhhhh, perhaps my favorite area of the home! I would love to work in this space. By removing the dark feature wall and painting a soft green, this office instantly becomes a bright and cheerful space!

 

Paint. I think that summarizes this space. Paint. Look at what the right colors on the cabinets did to this space!

I also add a quartz counter top, new backsplash and cabinet hardware, but can you believe these are the same cabinets?

Check out some more before and afters below:

 

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Bar off of the Breakfast Room

 

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I hope you enjoyed the reveal of this home! I would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments about this project.

XOXO,

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Plants in Design by Ashley Moyer

I am so excited to introduce you to Ashley Moyer of Ashley Moyer Interior Design. Today she will be sharing the benefits of using plants in design!


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Many things go into the art of interior design. Finishes, furniture, fabrics, etc. but one thing that plays a key role in the finished product are plants. Whether it be a fern, a spider plant or even a fiddle-leaf fig, all of these natural pieces of art play many roles in how a room turns out in the end.

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Plants seem to work in so many places, simply because they come in many shapes and sizes, making it easy to find the perfect plant for your space. In instances where a space has high ceilings, something tall like a mature fiddle-leaf fig helps to bring a better connection between the floor space and the ceiling. Situations where a wall seems lifeless, adding some shelves with a few small plants can create a whole new look while also adding color variation.

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Plants are also a great way to create a soft feeling around furniture with distinct lines and rough edges. By placing a very leafy, round plant at the end of a rather defined edge of a TV stand, it helps to soften that edge while also adding interest around the TV.

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With a space that has little to no view of the outdoors, plants help bring the wonderful aspect of nature, indoors. Simply adding a plant here and there makes a drab place feel more connected to the outdoors, creating a space that makes the inhabitant feel relaxed.

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Plants work in various situations and can completely change the look of your space by adding color, adding life, adding dimension while also not taking away from the original design of the space.


I hope you enjoyed Ashley’s post. I now need to up my plant game!

XOXO,

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Cupid Approved Home Accessories

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I have rounded up 10 of my favorite accessories that can easily transition into the spring!

These pink agate coasters from Curated Kravet are perfect for Valentines Day. They bring in the color and beauty that symbolizes the Holiday.

I am obsessed with this container from Worlds Away. I imagine a low bunch of roses placed neatly inside!

We all know my love for Jana Bek’s products and this Ginger Jar is no different!

This tray from Global Views is a perfect size to place at your front entry to catch your keys or used as a bread basket on your kitchen counter.

A gold heart made out of feathers by Oliver Gal, need I say more!

I have featured these vases from Accent Decor on Instagram before, but I just cannot get enough of them. They are perfect in size for placing throughout your home.

A Love Crystal Kit from Good Chi. This kit is used to help bring love and compassion into your life plus crystals are so pretty to have around the house!

Forever flowers? Yes please! These porcelain flowers from Bungalow 5 will outlast any bouquet!

Caitlin Wilson has some amazing rugs and I think this is the perfect statement to welcome Valentines Day!

Last, but not least, is this fun vase from Accent Decor appropriately named Cupid Heart Stand.

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of Valentines Day accessories that can get you through many seasons!

XOXO,

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Garden Inspired Remodel

I am so excited to reveal this weeks home! I began this project last year for my client who is a Master Gardner. Below is a list of her requests from our first meeting:

  • Add more light
  • Add more storage and organization
  • Open the space up
  • Add a functional space for laundry, mud hall and gardening
  • More counter space
  • French inspired

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The first step in checking off  the list was to change the floor plan. By removing the wall between the kitchen and family room we were able to open up the space, add more storage/organization as well as more counter space.

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The first design decision that was made was the island. I found this old french drapers table at market a few years ago and I knew I wanted to replicate it. We needed the space to be usable, beautiful and to look old. By designing the island with cabinetry, we were able to house the dishwasher, sink, trash, drawers and even left some open space at the ends to showcase some of her beautiful jars and vases.

Lighting was key. This space before was dark and needed to let some light in! We added skylights, recessed lighting, pendant lighting, under cabinet lighting as well as some accent lighting inside certain cabinets. I also had Woodworks Design , the contractor and cabinet makers of this project, create some stunning finishes that felt old, yet light.

Organization was lacking from the old space so we made a spot for everything!.

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All of the windows overlook the beautiful gardens my client has created which meant inspiration was everywhere! Hand carved wooden bees were added to the cabinetry,

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I had a local blacksmith make an iron railing with hooks to hold the watering cans,

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and garden inspired tiles were made for the fireplace.

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Even the kitties fell in love with the new space!

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I hope you enjoyed this reveal and I look forward to sharing the next one!

XOXO,

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Photo Credit: Caitlin Antje

 

 

 

Navy is a Neutral

Lets talk neutrals. You know, the gray’s and whites everyone seems to love, blacks, tans, creams, navy. Yep, I said navy! Who else feels this way? Here is why I love using navy as a neutral.

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Colors contrast beautifully when paired with navy. Yellows seem more vibrant, lavender  seems to have more depth and green becomes more present.

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Its a classic. I mean no one can go wrong with navy and white!

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Layering the different shades of navy allows you to play with texture and pattern.

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It looks terrific in a more modern space.

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Or a more traditional!

If you know me, you know I love to use color, but there are a few guidelines that I follow when designing with neutrals. When designing a space with a neutral palette, texture is essential and always consider animal print and NAVY neutrals!

XOXO,

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Home Office Tips

Ever wonder why you do not feel your most creative or productive in your home office? My dear friend Ashley Kanlic is going to share how she has created her perfect space to help with all of it!

I spend a lot of time in my home office and I need a space that helps aid in productivity and creativity. Here are some of the concepts that help make my office an enjoyable work environment to cultivate and grow my brand:

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Location, location, location! I have claimed the best room in the house for my office space. Don’t tell my husband; because he works from home and might start to take it over (lol). I have what an interior designer might refer to as prime real-estate in our home. It is near the main living areas but, not on top of them. It has great lighting, plenty of space for activities, and much, much more.

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As a formally trained and practicing interior designer it is paramount to have good lighting in every project. It is notably for function, beauty, and of course for GTD “getting things done”. I made sure that my office had plenty of task and natural light to keep me focused on my to do list while also providing plenty of vitamin D. It’s nice and rewarding to feel the sunshine while I’m crossing things off my daily task and various lists.

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Over the past few years I have realized that being home all day makes your crave change and versatility. Which I solved by changing up the scenery each day. I rotate where I work between my expansive desk and large craft table. This way I am able to spread out while I’m in the creative process each day but, not feeling trapped or confined to one area. Daily I also make sure I clear and clean my desk off. There is nothing like a fresh clean and cleared slate to kick start your morning.

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With limited space you must try to stay organized by removing clutter at every turn. Personally, I try to enlist the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) method of organization. I try to be 75%-80% paperless, by scanning in documents and removing paper clutter which in turn means I need less physical storage. I also only incorporate items in my space that ‘spark joy’ or are useful. In addition I find it easier to keep things organized by type and color. Please note that utilizing a system that works best for you is the only one that will work long term. These might not work for your office but, feel free to try them out.

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Lastly, I like to incorporate small amounts of natural elements into my office space. Keeping plants and greenery in the spaces you use regularly will help ease stress and create a sense of stability. It is a small thing I do that creates a great impact on my daily function.

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I know ideally not everyone can have the perfect home office. But, I hope that my list Inspires you to consider your space. By address your offices location, lighting, versatility, organization, and natural elements. I trust your home offices will give you the sense of drive you need to achieve your goals in 2019!

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Ashley and her tips. Stay warm this weekend!

XOXO,

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