Author: Kelly

color … a touch of blush

Recently I was asked to create a color story for a master bedroom inspired by this striking gray & blush bedding from Simons.  I was intrigued by this project for 2 reasons. This color story is completely reminiscent of my older sister’s bedroom circa 1989, and I wanted this room.  Although, back then I believe the ‘it’ pink was called ‘dusty rose’. This Blush is different. Blush is often used in rooms with a soft, romantic feel. In this case the bold graphic print of the duvet balanced the softness of the pink.  This room could be both strong and pretty. This is their story…. Note: All products, including paint, are available in Canada Simons: Pastel Ikat duvet cover set EQ3: Posey Vases Tonic Living: Macramé Wall Hanging Grey Urban Outfitters: Sage Solid Crochet Pillow Urban Barn: Mongolian Toss Rose Ombre Simons: Rose Gold Metal Basket Paint: Benjamin Moore Canada, Sombrero CC-300, Cool Lava 2088-50, Gray Owl OC-52, Coventry Gray HC-169

color … Greenery

Recently, the Pantone Color Institute announced its color of the year for 2017 as Greenery. Green is popping up in all of today’s design trends and the home is no exception.  From green chairs to green lamps, Greenery is here!   Pantone states that Greenery is “A refreshing and revitalizing shade.  Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings” Green has always been one of my favorite colors but I’ll admit that it’s not a color I have used in my own home.  These finds have inspired me to ‘freshen’ things up a bit. All Modern: Horn Cut Glass Vase Walls Need Love: Lucky Rabbit Removable Wallpaper Dwell Studio: Kinney Ottoman Blu Dot: Real Good Counter Stool Anthropologie: Ikat printed Rhys Settee Crate & Barrel : Port Au Prince Print Home Depot: Philips Domo Light Tonic Living : Mill Reef Palm Pillow DENY Designs : In Lisbon Shower Curtain Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased these products, I’m looking forward to incorporating them into my future design projects Photo: Anthropologie: Ikat printed Rhys Settee Paint: Sherwin Williams, Mindfull Grey SW7016, Natural Choice SW7011, Ardent Coral SW6874,  Gecko …

color … drawers of color

Although color on the walls is the norm when decorating a space, white walls is a current trend that I can’t get enough of.  In fact, Sherwin-Williams has named “Alabaster” (white) as their 2016 Color of the Year.  White brings a crisp, bright and airy feeling to the space, which allows you to showcase so much more in the room.  It creates the perfect opportunity to introduce color through textiles, accessories, artwork and furniture. I chose to incorporate this trend in my daughter’s room as part of my Charlotte’s room series. I wanted Charlotte’s room to be a bright, HAPPY place that will grow with her. Her white walls are the perfect backdrop showcasing her colorful bedding and newly painted dresser. While painted furniture is nothing new, there are definitely some fresh, exciting design trends today.  One of those being the ombre painted dresser. source: brit +co source:The Budget Decorator In every room that I design, I think it’s important to always create at least one DIY project for myself or my clients.  It’s one of …

design … Charlotte’s room PART 2

Now back to Charlotte’s room… Last month I introduced this project to you with Charlotte’s room PART 1: Inspiration.  The initial steps in the design process are really about getting to know your client and their space. It’s identifying their likes and dislikes, discovering what they love and how they wish to utilize the space. It is through this process that inspiration and direction for the room is found and the project can move forward. PART 2: PLANNING The planning process is where everything comes together.  It’s matching esthetics with function.  It’s about creating a well- designed floor plan that looks and feels right.  I think it’s important to utilize and repurpose what clients already have.  So, it’s at this stage that I like to take inventory of everything that is available so we can work with what they have and look for what they need. Along with a floor plan, a design board also helps to visualize the room design and bring the design to life. It is here that all the choices for …

design… Charlotte’s room: PART 1

This is a room that I have been waiting to do for a long time.  It’s my little girl’s room, and to be honest, it’s now one of my favorite rooms in our home Through this post, I hope to walk you through my design process with a three part series Part 1: Inspiration, Part 2: Planning, Part 3: Finished Project. When I first meet with clients to discuss their living space, we discuss the obvious; wants, needs, likes and dislikes, but I’m also looking for elements of inspiration. I always encourage clients to share their favorite pieces that they would like to incorporate into the room. Inspiration can come in many forms. An object, a photo, an emotion. It’s these elements that help create a vision for the room and start the design process. CHARLOTTE’S ROOM With Charlotte’s room it was time to update from nursery to kids room.  My main objectives for this space were to give her a place that is hers to play, read and thankfully SLEEP. I wanted a modern, …

finds … kitchen color

Currently my kitchen is gray, on gray, on white, on gray.  I love the simplicity of it, but in between the rain and the rain, I’m looking for some sunshine!  I’m looking to add some color to my kitchen without changing the color of my kitchen.  Changing up the accessories in a room can instantly alter the mood of a space without a major overhaul. As always, I start my search with ETSY looking for some fresh, original products to add interchangeable color to my kitchen. I’ve noticed a trend in my search… and may have to write a future blog posting on ‘paint dipping’.   I absolutely love it.  Here are my top picks for adding instant color and SUNSHINE to your kitchen. For The Host : wood kitchen utensil set Sea & Asters : geometric air plant cube Little Design Haus : apple pear prints Earth Cadets : hand printed kitchen towels Objectify Homeware : Objectify demi blue wall clock Gleaming Renditions : nesting trays Willful : wooden snack bowls Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased …

color … the green chair

Sometimes inspiration for a room can come from the most obscure item.  It can be anything; fabric, artwork, pillows, jewellery, nature, socks…anything!  No matter what the item, the one common denominator is that the item holds personal meaning for someone. It may be for its color, shape, texture or memories, but it is CHERISHED. In this case, the ‘color story’ was inspired by a GREEN LEATHER CHAIR.  The clients were a young couple who were looking to update their Master Bedroom.  They had requested a warm, but playful (almost quirky) master suite incorporating a small reading nook and some mid-century influence.  This is their story… Fabric: Kravet, Jessup 1216 Paint: Benjamin Moore: fall harvest 2168-10, Castleton mist HC-1, misted fern CC-668 Clock: Dot & Bo Bedding:  West Elm, CB2      

color … the farmhouse

The farmhouse has been one of my favorite projects to date.  My clients were a lovely couple with a beautiful old farmhouse on a picturesque dairy farm (complete with indoor ice rink). They were recent ‘empty nester’, who were looking to update their ‘country’ home for a fresh, inviting, “country-ish” home. This particular ‘color story’, is for their front entry and living room.  Inspiration was gathered from the beautiful gardens and fields surrounding the house. Fabric: P. Kaufmann: Leaf Sampler in Cloud Paint: Benjamin More: georgian green HC-115, jamestown blue HC-148, smoky green CC-700 (www.benjaminmoore.com) Pillows: Zone Maison, Tonic Living, ClassicByNature

finds … I heart coat trees

There is something about a standing coat rack (coat tree) that it so beautiful and sculptural, yet practical (which I love).  Coat trees add color, dimension and texture to an otherwise open space, creating a warm, welcoming entry.  It’s an opportunity to add color without the commitment of painting an entire room and the freedom to mix metals with woods, paint and other materials. The statement of a coat tree can be as bold or as subtle as you wish. I have been shopping for a coat tree for the last 6 years, yet I have never purchased one.  We now have the space so it’s time to narrow my search down. Here are my top picks in making a bolder statement. This year, I will buy one…   1. Blu dot;  2. Room & Board;  3.Overstock.com;  4. IKEA;  5. Room & Board;  6. West Elm cover photo source: idea collection.net

news…hello again

It has been a while, but it’s time to get back at it.  Since my last posting I’ve kept busy moving into a new house, new city, new COUNTRY and most importantly welcoming a new baby.  Well, new baby is now 2 years old and its time that I take back a little time for myself, my love for design and all things organized!! Now based in Seattle, Washington, I’m a wife, mom of three, and designer with Canadian roots (hence my spelling).  With this blog, I hope to share my design ideas, projects that I am working on and all things that keep me inspired. Hello again…. Photo source: OhDierLiving