Posts Tagged ‘interior design’

Hello, hello!!  Ok…so as you all my know I am a design chick…graphics, parties and blogging all came from me needing an outlet to express my love of design and creativity…any kind of creativity…any sort of design.  With having two small kids graphics came naturally and seemed to be a great fit since I was somewhat homebound…and the parties???  I have always LOVED to plan a good party!!   This all has evolved into a look into my daily life…this is what I love and am so passionate about  but I have to admint my FIRST love is interior design and my DREAM would be to land a spot competing on HGTV’s Design Star.  A few years ago I submittted an audition tape to HGTV’s Design Star…I think it was season 2?  Well, not sure if my tape ever reached the hands of a casting director but I do know that I was not a contestant…LOL!!  Although, I was not a contestant on season 2, I am no stranger to HGTV…my start with Project Nursery came from submitting Brandt’s nursery on HGTV’s Rate my Space.  Some of my designs have even graced the front page of HGTV’s Rate my Space…most recently my holiday decor seen HERE.

A few of my gal pals from design school (my original fan club – Erlinda, Dawn & Heather) have wanted me to resubmit an audition tape.  Well, last year my “fan club” wanted me to give it another go but I was literally 9 months preggers and could not bear the thought of seeing myself on camera in that condition…yikes!  So that brings me to today…whew…season 6 is now accepting auditions!!!  The deadline to submit is January 15th…so that means 9 days to get my booty in gear and get some footage of this chick on film!!!  Wanna see some of my design work?  Click HERE and HERE…oh and HERE too!!!  So if you don’t see me for a few days…that is what I am up to (:  Wish me luck!!! xoxo~rebecca


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Ok chickies…per a few requests I have added additional prints to my Etsy Shop that coordinate with my Holiday Print!!  This week only…set of 3 digital prints for $10.00!!!

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I get design questions from time to time…and I though it would be fun to start sharing those q & a’s with all of you!!  I was recently asked about coffee table options.  Here is my solution…the ottoman!  This little nifty piece of furniture is super functional…here is why substituting an ottoman for a coffee table is awesome!!

1. No sharp corners – a great way to add a kid-friendly piece of furniture to your living space

2. Need extra storage – opting for a storage ottoman gives you extra storage to stash extra blankets, toys, magazines, etc…

3. Break it up – try using 4 cube ottomans to create one, this gives you various options…a foot rest for many guests, extra seating if needed?

4. Dress it up – slipcovers are a great way to either protect your upholstered ottoman or change the look entirely.  Plus, most slipcovers are washable!!

5.  Paint optional – living in an apartment or rental?  Having an upholstered ottoman is another way to bring color, pattern, or texture into your living space.

Pictured below are a few ottomans is various styles and price points…skirted, footed, casters, storage, etc…I love any furniture piece that can serve more than one purpose.  An ottoman offers that solution, not only is it multifunctional…it’s stylish!

Top clockwise: West Elm – Essex Upholstered Ottoman, Pottery Barn – Lewis Cube,

Ballard Designs – Castered Ottoman, Target – Waldemere Storage Bench

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If  you are faced with the design dilema of having to bunk baby with toddler and stuck for ideas??  Scoot on over to Project Nursery to see my latest post HERE with all the deets!!

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Yes, back in the day I was a cheerleader…and right about now I would love to pull off a cheer and a tumbling pass to celebrate my excitement for this article featured on azcentral.com!!  I knew it would be on there soon,  I didn’t realize that the day was here until a friend was congratulating me on Facebook.  I had no idea how AMAZINGLY  Kara G. Morrison of the Arizona Republic would highlight the details about me and my house!!!  Having Kara come to my house for the interview was such a fun and unique experience…SHE was such a delight!  I am totally flattered and so exited to let you peek a little further into my life and share my design ideas with everyone!!

{photo via azcentral.com}

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Here is a snapshot from the azcentral homepage from yesterday…sweet!

Can’t wait to see the print article!  (: xoxo rebecca

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Tah-dah!  Here is the winner…this is the chandelier I finally decided on for my dining space.  I have not ordered it yet but I was so excited to share!!  It is from Overstock.com and is selling for only $119.99.  Such a steal to add a little glam and lots of style…*bling = LOVE*

My next plan is to add some pattern and a pop of color to my dining wall.  I am 99.9% sure that one of these papers will be the the big winner…check out this fabulously fresh wallpaper from Graham & Brown

Here is my second option…ahhh…Amy Butler wallpaper also at Graham & Brown!!  Delish!

How perfect is this pillow I picked up a Target…totally mimics this wallpaper!!  Too fun!

Here is a little ditty I picked up at Homegoods…for sure my favorite find so far!!

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Ok, so as you all may know or not know that I am an interior designer.  To design or decorate a client’s home  I truly am in my element…the creativity starts immediately and I can barely keep my sketching hand up to pace with the images firing off  in my head.  It can be quite exhilarating and overwhelming all at the same time.  To design my own home?  Ha!  Anyone who is or knows a designer, can appreciate the exact challenge I am speaking about.  I see so much, I want so much…hence the reason I have painted the interior of my home a bizillion times.  I am too close to it and fear committing because I know another fabulous trend, color, or piece of furniture will waltz into my line of sight at any given moment.  My house is a work in progress,  a laundry list of “to-do’s”.   The question is which project is next?  Great question!…that is why I am going to share my process with the world…or the few people who give a crap about what I am up to (:   So here is my home so far…I will post some more pics once I make my bed and do my dishes.

My Greatroom

Art made from some random frames and decorative paper

Custom drapery panels made from store bought panels and some inexpensive fabric

I used leftover fabric to sew some accent pillows

My first attempt at drywall and tiling…success!!  I love the way my fireplace surround turned out and I did it myself!

Close up of the mosaic tile

Modular furniture from Ikea that was a perfect fit.  Made to look as if it was a custom built-in!

My dining nook – I had a piece of carpet made into a bound rug.  New chandelier coming soon…I hope

This is the color palette for my main living space and touches of it are seen throughout my home…so soothing!

I love these finial-like accessories…it adds the perfect amount of glam

Polished nickel accents are found throughout my home

I Had some fabric samples that I stretched around a canvas and finished off with some coordinating ribbon

I decided on a painted wall with a harlequin pattern to create interest.  It was pretty time consuming but well worth the efforts

I just love these little sparkly lamps…above are two prints I purchased, repurposed the frames they came in, and had them custom matted in an oatmeal linen and then framed

I love adding a touch of animal print…it adds great visual interest and a touch of whimsy

I Needed some art for above the master bed so I used a fabric sample stretched over a canvas for the center.  The two end pieces are painted canvases with silver leaf letters adhered to them in our initials

This is by FAR my favorite piece EVER!!!  I got this at a clothing store that was going out of business for $300!!!  I think it is really old, definitely worth way more than I paid.  I use it to house our bedroom television and our laundry hampers

My sad master bath…oh how I dream to do big things to this space SOON!…on a budget.  I am picturing double free-standing vanities with vessel sinks, tile detail, wall sconces, chocolate paint, etc…

My laundry room…this project was completed when I was 8 months preggers…tons of storage and complete with a cute little homemade curtain to hide a waste basket…sewn by yours truly in fabulous Amy Butler fabrics.

All neat and tidy…even equipped with a wall mounted drying rack!

A place for everything and everything in its place…unlike most I love to do laundry…I know…I ‘m weird!

and when the laundry is complete, here is my lounger…enough said!

Our party-o…

Oh, how I love my  Smith & Hawken for Target patio furniture…

So here is where it starts…this shower curtain soon to be window treatment is the first look into my master bath transformation…I saw this fabric and knew it was love at first sight.  I am a sucker for aqua blue and when you pair it with my favorite color {PINK} I am sold.  I love the large scale floral…It’s modern, feminine, and chic!   My goal is to document my design process of my upcoming projects on a BUDGET.  I can’t promise when I will start or how long it will take but writing about it holds me accountable!!  Stay tuned…I hope to have some fun details to report soon…smooches!

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