Wednesday, February 27, 2013

{A Client's Before and After} The Keeping Room

You are in for a treat today! Yesterday, I opened up my inbox and saw an amazing collection of after photos from a recent e-design project. The project was for a keeping room, directly off of the client's kitchen. They use this space as a main gathering area and it needs to be a functional, casual and stylish place for this fun family. My client loves splashes of color and wanted to give it a chic, modern edge. Here is a before picture of the room:

Before

 The space is already gorgeous to begin with! I love all of the natural light and vaulted ceilings. Here is the design board I came up with:

My client already had the chevron rug and chiang mai pillows. We also kept the existing wall color, television and media console. We switched out the seating, added new side tables, colorful accessories and art. And here are the afters...

After







My client is over the moon excited, and I am so thrilled with that! She did a wonderful job putting the space together and had great attention to detail when placing the accessories. I chose art and accessories that had colors pulled from the chiang mai pillows. I like how the pops of color are just sprinkled throughout the room, keeping the overall space neutral and airy like the rest of her home. With the color only in the accessories, the client is able to switch things out over time, when new favorite colors emerge. Also, she can move things from room to room to change things up, since this space flows with the rest of her home.

We are now working on her basement, which is coming along great! With e-design, you aren't able to see the space in person, so it is so wonderful when you can see the vision come together. And this client has become like a friend, and I love it when that happens! I truly get to work with such amazing people, and for that I am so grateful. A big thank you to her for letting me share these pictures!

Next up, I will show you the DIY art project she created for the basement!

Monday, February 25, 2013

{Before and After} Shelf Styling in Our Family Room

As we all know, a house is never done. There are accessories to move around and things to change. I'm ok with that, since I don't like an accessory in one spot for long. I am always moving things from room to room and shopping around my home for changes. Here are some recent changes I made to our family room shelves...

Before

And here are the changes...

After






To keep it real, I actually didn't just 'shop around my home' for all of these accessories. I've been doing some store shopping, lately! But, half of the things are from other areas in my home!  :) Starting with the top shelf, I swapped out two smaller prints for one large print. I like that it draws your eye up, which gives the illusion of more space. It's a print from Italy that we had in another part of our home. The tortoise shell vase just switched sides and the chain accessory was from Target. It's from the Nate Berkus line and it's now on clearance!

For the second shelf, I brought in books from other parts of the home and also used some that we already had on this bookshelf. The clock was just moved to the top shelf. The 'B' candle jar was from our mantel and the Audrey Hepburn frame was from our dining room. I just found the white ginger jar at TJ Maxx for $12.99!

For the third shelf, the white tray and coral now sit on a dresser in the living room. If you follow me on instagram {AmberBInteriors}, then you know I just scooped up this grapewood branch at Pier 1 Imports. I had been eyeing it for a while and decided to go for it. I'm so happy I did, as it's large enough to have a shelf of its own. You can pick one up HERE.

For the fourth and fifth shelves, I found these amazing baskets at TJ Maxx. The fabric has great texture and adds a casual/ rustic quality to the room. They can fit everything from pillows and blankets to board games.

One more before...

Before

And After...

After

To give you an idea of where this shelf is in our family room, here's a little snapshot..


I wrote about the striped art prints on the fireplace HERE. I chose the green striped wrapping paper, because I liked how it worked with the Italy print from the top shelf.

Have you found any great deals lately... from shopping at a store, or your own home??  :)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

{Trendspotting} Mixing Metals

In my latest i village feature, I was asked to name a big design trend happening in 2013. It didn't take me long to think about mixing metal finishes for a room. To achieve a layered, eclectic look in a space, a brushed nickel lamp base can sit near a brass accessory, without worry. Just like it's fun to mix jewlery with gold and silver in one outfit, the same can be done with your space. I've always been in the thought to 'include the things you love' in your home. If you absolutely love it, then it works! Here are some spaces that achieve a layered, collected look by mixing metals and forgetting the design rules.

Bronze with Chrome



Iron and Brass
Source: houzz.com via Tina on Pinterest



Bronze and Brass



Stainless Steel and Bronze
Source: houzz.com via Baldwin on Pinterest



Brass and Chrome


When you see specific examples, you realize that it's not so obvious. These spaces just look layered, well balanced and personal to the homeowner.

Have you mixed your metals lately??

Will you be watching the Oscars tonight? I always get excited to see what everyone's wearing. Isn't that why we all watch??

Friday, February 22, 2013

{Sponsor Spotlight} Anthology House

You might already know this about me, but I love etsy! For every design client that I have {and myself}, I am on the site, looking for unique finds at great prices. I am so excited to introduce you to my newest sponsor and amazing etsy shop, Anthology House. This eclectic shop, owned by Amy and Alyse, has the perfect accessories to complete any room in your home! From gorgeous pops of color to Hollywood Regency style, this shop has that vintage piece you are looking for! I thought it would be fun to showcase a couple of my favorite items from their shop in design boards. First up, is a pink, gold, black and white living room...



To create this board, I included the Pink Bassano Jars and Gold Table Lamps from the shop. I think these accessories would live happily in this space. Just to show how versatile these pieces can be, here are the same items in a sweet girl's room...


This room is fun and lively, and those jars complete this space!

Thanks to Amy and Alyse for this new partnership! Head on over HERE to start your shopping! When you make a purchase, send me the after photo of the new accessories in your home. I'll include it a blog post!

Guest Feature Over at Emily A. Clark's!

I am so excited to be a part of Emily A. Clark's blog post today! She has been featuring projects where readers are working with what they've got! For me, it was painting my ceramic tile backsplash in the kitchen. I was so unsure of this project, having no idea if it would work. I am so glad I did it and it has saved me a few years until we install a new backsplash!



I love Emily's blog and have been following her since I started my own. Her projects are amazing and her ideas are always so creative! My most recent favorite is her striped hallway...



Amazing! It is an honor to be on her blog today! Stop by and check out the post here.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

What is the A La Carte Option All About?

When I show you my recent design work, I realized that I don't usually include an a la carte board. If you were to choose an A La Carte Design package, that could include drapery selection, sofa pillows, gallery wall ideas, just to name a few. It's priced per room and is a great way to have design services for one particular item. My most recent client was looking for matching table lamps for one of her rooms. With this design option, I presented a board with three choices, all fitting within budget and style.

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For this particular board, I also included a few styling ideas to give the client a design vision for the tables.

This design package would also work for:

-Resale Styling Tips
-Paint Color Selection
-Area Rug Ideas

Visit my Design Services links either at the top of my blog or on my sidebar, and scroll to the bottom to see this design package!

And thank you to the Room Mates Decor blog for featuring my mom's amazing chevron stairs! Stop by and check it out here.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

DIY: Wrapping Paper Art

As I was in TJ Maxx the other day, {my favorite brick and mortar store} I came across pretty striped wrapping paper. While some may just view it as great paper for wrapping presents, I had other plans! Our fireplace mantel still had frames with Christmas paper inside, so I thought I should switch that out fairly soon. {I know... Christmas was over long ago!} Here is our mantel, starting to get ready for spring...






All I did was open the frame and cut the wrapping paper to size! I decided to use the same paper for both frames, but change the direction of the stripes to make it look a bit different. I still have a ton of paper left for wrapping presents for any holiday! The green would work for any age and gender! {I could even save it for Christmas presents for next year. Imagine this paper with a big red bow!}

Since I already had the matted frames, that's two pieces of art for $3.99! Not bad.

Have you finished any inexpensive decor projects lately??
Do tell... I will include them in a new post!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ich Liebe Dich!

Happy Valentine's Day! I was searching etsy a while back and came across this sweet handmade card. I couldn't resist picking one up for my valentine...


It means I love You in German and it brings me back to the time Mike and I lived in Germany at the beginning of our marriage. That was 10 1/2 years ago, and I love him more now than the day we got married!  :)

Have you told your valentine 'I Love You' today??

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mood Board Link Up!

I am excited to be a part of Beth's first link up party! Beth writes the blog, Design Your Dwelling, and every Tuesday, she will host a mood board link up party where designers and design enthusiasts can show their work, share ideas and find new blogs that inspire them. Today, I will be sharing a design board that I came up with that adds texture and fun pattern to a living room.

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This is one of my favorite projects because it shows that you can mix high end items with great deals to create a layered, eclectic look. Good design doesn't have to cost a fortune! I love to go to etsy for one of a kind accessories and pillows. On etsy, I can find a well made, designer fabric pillow cover for a fraction of the cost. Make sure to link up HERE or click on the button below!




Monday, February 11, 2013

I Am Honored to be Featured

A while back, I mentioned that I had pretty cool news about an upcoming feature. I am excited to show you the i village article that I was lucky enough to be a part of! I was contacted by i village, a web site about everything from health and beauty to decor and food, to talk about my favorite design trend for 2013.


Eeek- that's our dining room! It didn't take long before I decided on my favorite design trend for this season... mixing metals! To give a space a collected over time look, I love mixing metal finishes in one room. Stop by to see what I have to say about this trend {slide 5} and also take a look to see what some other amazing designers had to say about more trends happening this season! Read the article in its entirety HERE. Thank you so much to Lia for writing a great article and to i village for this opportunity!  :)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dark, Moody Rooms

I recently wrapped up an e-design project where we went super dark with the master bedroom walls. The chosen color was Graphite by Benjamin Moore, and it's gorgeous!


Since this client has a ton of natural light in this space, it was just the moodiness we needed without it being too much. Just picture this color with ivory and brass accents! Here is Graphite in other amazing rooms found via pinterest...




And here is the Master Bedroom e-design board I created for this client...


{Click on board to make larger}

Can't wait to see it all come together! How about you... have you painted any walls super dark??

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

And the Winner Is...

Thank you to everyone who entered the Kimberly Blok Photography giveaway! Even if you didn't win, I am sure you will enjoy going back to her shop for some amazing prints. I went through random.org to find the winner, and it's...

Raelena, from her blog Throuthehaze Reads. Congratulations, Raelena! E-mail me at simpledwellings1(at)gmail(dot)com for more info.!

image via

I'll try to be back later, for some design goodness!  :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

{Before and After Shots} More is Definitely Better

Do you remember my post HERE about the floppy curtain dilemma? If you read that post, you'll know that I tried to save money and not buy as many curtain rod rings for our drapery panels in the kitchen. Big mistake! I ended up with a droopy mess that looked like this...

Before


I am usually in the less is more camp, but not with this project! More is definitely better. I used a whopping 17 curtain rings for these 54" panels! Even though my arms were getting tired reaching to clip them all, I am so happy with how they turned out!

After





I can't believe I went from 7 rings to 17 per panel! I actually did these drapes differently than my living room and dining room panels.  With those rooms, I just went with a certain number of rings and hung them up while evenly spacing them out. This time, I started with the outside of each panel and used them as I wanted. If I needed more, I just popped some on the rod from the other side. {Instead of looking at this as making so many mistakes before finally getting it right, I like to think of it as just getting better with age. Ha!} I have the same drapes in our family room, so it looks like I'll be headed back to buy more rings... again! Ugh... it never ends. But, at least I know now how to tackle this problem. Here's a run down:

* Start with the outside part of the panels when using the rings.

* Work your way across, pinching the back of the panels as you go and clipping the rings to the back of the panels.

* More is definitelty better when it comes to drapery rod rings! Clip every two inches, or so.


Have you entered the amazing Kimberly Blok Art giveaway?? Today's the last day to enter. The winner will be drawn tomorrow. Enter HERE!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Art Giveaway - Kimberly Blok Photography

Happy Monday! Is anyone in the mood for Valentine's Day shopping or gift giving of any kind?? If you are, I have a treat for you today! Kimberly Blok, one of my favorite etsy artists, is giving away a print from her shop, to one lucky Simple Dwellings reader! If you haven't been to Kimberly's etsy shop before, take a look at her amazing photography skills...








All Prints Found HERE

I could keep going, her work is that amazing! She has the ability to capture any moment and make it look more beautiful than if you were there, in person. Now for the details of this amazing giveaway! Kimberly will be giving away one 8x8 or 8x10 print of your choice! {And by the way, all of the prints above fall under that category!} Here's how to enter:

1. Stop by Kimberly's etsy shop HERE and then come back to this blog, telling me your favorite item.
2. Like Kimberly Blok Photography on facebook, HERE.
3. Follow Simple Dwellings on Google Friend Connect, over on my sidebar.

For an additional entry:
* Add Kimberly's etsy site to your favorites HERE. {+1}
* Blog about this giveaway, with this post's link included. {+1}
* Tweet about this giveaway, with this post's link included. {+1}
* Mention this giveaway on facebook, with this post's link included. {+1}

{Leave separate comments for each additional entry.}

That's all there is to it! 5 chances to win!! The winner will be announced here this Wednesday, 2/6!

Good Luck!!
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