Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Traditional Texas Styling


Last week I worked with a client that was in need of some decor styling to pull her living room and kitchen together. She has a very traditional Texas style. Here are some photos of how I pulled it all off on a budget!
These curtain rods were already hung by the previous owner so I needed to find a curtain length of 105". And, if you have ever shopped for premade panels longer than 84", you know that they are pretty hard to find. Especially on a budget. When I found these beautiful cranberry red curtains at 94", I couldn't pass them up. So, I bought one extra panel and cut it to sew on the extra length. I then used a rope trim to cover the seam! They turned out beautiful!

The mantel was already on the fireplace, so I added a piece of fabric on top and then styled the decor at different heights.
Also in the living room was a built in TV unit. I used many types of decor including books and photos to style each shelf. Here is the before and after.
In the kitchen, I used a mix of what my client already owned and what I had purchased. This is a before and after of one side of the kitchen.

In traditional styling, greenery, plates, and pots play a huge role.

I like to treat each cabinet section as its own and create a small grouping of decor above each one.
And to finish it all off, I made these small valances to top of each window. I found a stripe dupioni silk that had all of the colors from our color palette. We hung them slightly higher than the window to make the window look taller and topped of each valance with a metal scroll piece to draw the eye up!
I hope you were inspired by this post and got some ideas of your own, whether this is your design style or not!



Friday, January 18, 2013

Gorgeous Transitional Living Room!

Last week I wrapped up a living room design project for a new client! I am so excited to show you all the before and after photos! It took about 6 weeks of shopping and planning, but once I had everything, the room came together beautifully! It has a very neutral pallet of brown, grey, and cream. And the overall feel of the space is transitional (a mix between traditional and modern). I also wanted to play with the balance of masculine and feminine since this is the home of a young married couple. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Here is the space before and the space after. They purchased new leather furniture and the rest was a blank slate! That is my favorite kind of project to do!

Behind the couch I did a small sofa table for lamps. Lamp lighting is HUGE in every space! I never like to turn on those intense overhead lights!

Whenever I am working with leather furniture, I try to soften it by adding as many textiles as I can. In this case, the rug, the tufted ottoman, and pillows played a huge role in making this space warm and inviting!

You can see the rug has a more feminine feel while the curtains look like grey suiting for a more masculine feel. And the ottoman not only is great to put your feet up on after a long day, but it opens for storage! I added a small tray on top for a solid surface to place a drink on.

I used a small rustic wood and metal round side table to act as a barrier between the couch and chair. It is also a great place for a little decor and to hold drinks! 

So, what do you think? 
This entire room was done on a budget too! As a designer, I pride myself on being an excellent bargain shopper and I always treat my clients how I would treat myself when it comes to saving money! With all of the discount stores we have available to us today, there is no need to spend thousands of dollars on one space alone! Design should be accessible to everyone! And I make sure that my personal labor fees fit within your budget as well. So, if you are in the Dallas area, and looking for a savvy, inexpensive interior designer, please email me!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Custom Airplane Nursery

I was recently hired to make custom baby bedding for an Airplane themed boy's nursery. It was such a fun project because I had never done anything with airplanes before. I absolutely love to design nurseries and kids rooms.
I was asked to do a crib bumper and skirt. She wasn't sure what exactly she wanted it to look like, but she knew she wanted something simple and something to do with airplanes. I have a service available for clients like this who are not local. For only $25 I will put together a digital design plan for your custom nursery bedding.
So that is what I did and this is how it all turned out!

Here is the digital design. I decided to go with a red and white chevron skirt and a tan houndstooth bumper accented by a tan linen with a navy blue airplane applique in the center!

I also added navy blue ties to the bumper

I can add any applique you want and in any color or fabric. 

Here is a photo that my client sent me of the crib all put together! So cute!

I have added these photos to my custom nursery bedding listing on Etsy! I can customize your baby bedding any way you'd like!