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Be our Guest (…and help with new Baby!)

I have worked with this amazing couple a couple of times on the living and dining spaces on the main level of their gorgeous house (check those out here and here) so when they told me they were having a baby, I was all in! They needed bedrooms for grandparents and friends to come and stay (read: HELP!).

They had just finished their basement and had a bedroom that was a completely blank slate. We decided to go a little more modern and punchy in the basement than the rest of the house. A navy accent wall, green headboard, fun art and mirrors, and a desk in the corner for them to work at, were a great way to start.

Upstairs, we went with a softer feel. Down the hall from the baby’s room and master, we did a soft pink accent wall with bold bedding and a navy headboard. Natural accents in wood, greenery and watercolors of cacti, made the room feel fresh and new.

So much so, that they did their newborn photoshoot right here! Precious!!

Photo Credit: Poppy La’Rue (poppylarue.com)

 

Guest rooms do not need a lot of storage. A simple night stand, a luggage rack and either a closet (which they have) or a small chest of drawers is all that is required. Framed pictures of the couple (and soon, the baby!), fresh flowers, a carafe of water and maybe a travel book about the sites of the city make a perfect, welcoming guest room. And if the bedding isn’t luscious, might as well call a hotel. This bedding has layers, softness and all the luxury for a good night’s sleep, even with a distant, constant whimper of a newborn.

Grandma, we’re ready for you. And please come often!!

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Gallery Wall HOW TO!

Any large, empty wall space is calling out for a stylish and quirky gallery wall. Whether it’s the empty space over your couch, or your bed, or over a desk: a gallery wall can serve as an expression of images that inspire you or surround you with pictures of the ones you love. However, it can be a daunting task to get the spacing and the arrangements just right. That’s why we’re here today, folks! FEAR THE GALLERY WALL NO MORE!

Let’s begin by measuring the space on your wall that you want to fill. Tape that space out on your floor, including switch plates or anything extra on the wall that you need to consider. Now, gather all of the frames, special items, posters that you’d like to display in your gallery. (NOTE: If you have items you want to hang but you don’t have them in your hot little hands yet, just use tape to represent their dimensions in your arrangement.)

Arrange your items within the taped off space as you’d like to see them displayed on the wall. Once you’re thrilled with your arrangement, it’s time to hang.

Take the largest or most central piece, the frame or item that anchors the entire arrangement, and hang it on your wall. You already know where to hang it because you were super careful to measure it’s position within your taped-off floor gallery. You are so very smart: GO YOU.

Then, measuring, remove a piece at a time from the floor arrangement and hang!

Keep measuring the floor and hanging according to those measurements on the wall. It’s a gallery wall. All good things take time. Keep hanging. (If this DIY isn’t your jam, just go ahead and contact me and my team will get it done as a part of your design plan.)

Complete making adjustments as needed (it’s just a tiny hole, don’t stress too much!) When you’re happy, level each piece, applying putty in the bottom corners to keep them in place.

Voila! Stylish, gallery wall. And you did it all.by.yourself. You’re amazing.

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Southern (California Inspired) Veranda

This veranda serves as an extension of the amazing basement space we unveiled here. After we were done with the basement, this space met us outside:

We were definitely channelling California for the inspiration of this space. I grew up in California and it always has a huge effect in the way I see design – the function and style of a space. California style to me is all about lounging. It is relaxed, timeless, and has organic lines and lots of plants.

We did wide white panels on the ceiling to finish the look and did beautiful glass pendants (easy to wipe clean) that featured a metal floral sculpture underneath the glass cloche. Gorgeous!

A mirror reflects the yard and brings more natural light into the space. A seating area with custom chairs across from the swing is the perfect conversation area.

My client had that amazing swing but it was upholstered in really bright fabrics. We took it down a notch to stone grays with punches of strong black and white prints and a touch of soft pink.

All our fabrics were high performance and perfect for the outdoors. We love Perenials!

We had the dining room chairs – an iron cane beautiful chair to begin with, but we upholstered it in a grey aztec print with a black piping that won’t show dirt and grime for years to come. We decided to ditch her old matching table and we worked with a local woodworker to source the perfect stump as our table base. It’s perfect!

We used old shutters as a backdrop for the table and hung planters for them that my client can use for flowers or air plants. California is ALL about the plants and the cactus is king. Don’t be afraid of plants! You can always buy more if they die. I swear so many clients feel deep personal shame for not being able to keep a plant alive. It’s a plant. You are a good person.

A stylized zinc console with plants and candles on top rounds out the vignette and Voila!

Now the choice is up to you: Call a friend or grab a book, but either way, you’re not leaving this space. This is a space where veranda dreams are made. Leisurely afternoons with lemonade and neighbors or alone with a book. When I dream, I am here.

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Big Boys’ Bedroom

Last week, we revealed the playroom for the FOUR boys UNDER FOUR. Today, we reveal the “Big Boy” bedroom update for the oldest two brothers. When we started, the walls were bare, both mattresses were on the floor, and there was storage for clothing. Pretty much your basic kids room. Here’s a brief peek into the space:

A functional, well-designed kids room always starts with storage. We started with IKEA storage beds: this provided storage for clothing and toys while anchoring the room, getting the beds off the floor. Book storage between the beds and lights above them give them easy access for nighttime reading with mom and dad and on their own as they get older.

The “Big Boy” elements are expressed in the wall decor, graphic window panels, and the reading nook – providing them with a stylish retreat from their little brothers.

Like most kids, they love Legos. The storage table provides them with an area to sort and store their legos by color when they’re finished playing on the top (and keeps them from spreading all over the house!). Special Lego builds can be displayed on the wall shelves overhead until they’re ready to take apart.

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A Playroom for FOUR under FOUR

When you’ve got four boys under four, it’s pretty important that you’ve got a playroom space that is well organized and designed to contain all that four little boys can do to a room. My client wanted the floor to be used for playing, so we were charged designing around the perimeter of the room to maximize the play space for the boys on the floor.

This is the playroom BEFORE. I dare you to tell me that your kids’ playroom doesn’t look like this right.this.moment.

It was important to make the space bright and colorful. We chose bright curtains and had custom pop art images made of each of the boys (which their mom took on her cell phone!). The boys were provided with a large space to display their works of art and a custom magnet board was created by Gina Sims Designs team member Joe Killebrew. This is a perfect place for them to practice their letters and numbers.

A custom cushion provides a seating area in the room while the supporting bench hides toys. If you’ve got a playroom, you need double-duty storage. Art and accessories round out the storage area and provide another opportunity to light this fun and bright place.

Now that they’ve got a great playroom, read about the oldest boys’ bedroom transformation!

Need some function, order, and brightness in your kids’ playroom? Give me a call!

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