Sunday, February 23, 2014

happy home

I've been busy adding little touches to our home to make it more, well... happy. Adding accessories and rearranging furniture totally make the difference, and because I put myself on a furniture diet (I can't buy any more furniture because there is literally no more space) I living with what I have to transform our space into a truly happy place.

I took my grandmother's MCM chair out of the office where it had been wholly neglected and gave it a home in the living room. It definitely makes the space feel more eclectic with a vintage piece amongst all of our new pieces. It's actually the oldest piece of furniture I own and I love it. Eventually I would love to have it sanded down, restained, and reupholstered (perhaps a bright color like lime, hot pink, or orange tweed. You know me, I love color.) The pillow is part of the IKEA PS 2014 collection, and the new books were gifted to me by my lovely hubby for my birthday.

On Friday I went downstairs and bought two new house plants. This time I put rocks at the bottom for drainage! Check out my first attempt here. I also got rid of the orchid leaves in the first picture knowing that the plant was never going to re-bloom. No biggie though. I know how to cut it down next time. I replaced it with a cute, little leafy plant that should last for a while as long as I don't drown it. The combination of books on the coffee table were gifted to me by my Mother-in-law for my birthday, and my hubby for Valentine's day. Needless to say I have a lot of inspirational reading to do, and I'm truly excited about that! :)

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen a version of this photo already! :) I bought the woven basket and stand from Goodwill, and the print and frame came from IKEA. For once I really like how this dresser in our bedroom is styled. Brandon calls the print "little hipster deer".

I other news, I'm still playing around with Caesar! Everything on this tray (including the tray) came from Goodwill. I've decided to start keeping our wine corks in our apothecary jars because they've simply outgrown everything I've put them in so far. What can I say? We consume a lot of adult beverages.

I've been adding to our little tea light collection as well. The light bulb, hedgehog, and modern home came from CB2 (my favorite place). Below you'll see them all lit up. The star and the turtle came from Goodwill, and the links are IKEA PS tea light holders that I got a while back.

I've also been contemplating where to hang some of my Goodwill artwork. For some reason I always have anxiety about hanging things in our place. There's something about making holes in the wall that make me nervous, especially if things don't work out. I'll get over it soon enough though. These pieces have sitting in front of the tv stand for a week now. I should really get on that already... Perhaps next to the Billy?

Oh, and Kroger never disappoints when it comes to the flowers. I sure do love Valentine's Day because the days following are awesome for buying beautiful budget blooms at a heavy discount. This is only about 3/4 of my bounty. I sure do love a good manager's special!

Okay, I think that's good for now. That's what I've been up to. What have you been doing to make your home more happy?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

working girl - bath shop

Before our Markethall remodel could officially get underway, we had to remove a couple of things (i.e. furniture). The whole bath shop furniture area to be exact! Yes, crazy I know.

 A few weeks ago, I was called upon to create a floor plan for a temporary bath shop using the existing furniture from downstairs. Long story short, a week later we - Marianne, De'Airra, Nkosana, Amber, and myself were moving hundred-pound sinks and sink cabinets upstairs to condense within one room to form a mini studio. Yes, it was definitely as crazy and labor-intensive as it sounds. Here's how it turned out.

The mission was to show each style, width, and color of bathroom cabinet that we sell, as well as a sampling of each faucet and sink type.

Godmorgon - 5 widths, 5 colors
Lillangen - 4 of the 5 types, 3 colors
Hemnes - 3 widths, 2 colors
Ronnskar family
Fullen family

We also included the most popular high cabinets, mirrors, shelving units, and carts - a sprinkling if you will - in different finishes.

Loree and Sarah busted out this mirror wall so fast that it made my head spin! You ladies are so talented and wonderful!

Across the hallway from the mirror wall is where we planned the more traditional bathroom cabinetry - the Ronnskar and Hemnes families. I think it turned out great.

A HUGE thanks to everyone that was involved with this large undertaking. De' Airra and Marriane, thanks for being there with me down to the very end. Also extra thanks to De'Airra for helping me plan the mirror wall and Hemnes area. Thank you Amber for your giggles and for helping us out. Also thank you Nkosana for your building skills and muscles. David, thanks for all of the construction, and thank you to Loree and Sarah for the lovely mirror wall! As they say, teamwork makes the dream work!

Monday, February 3, 2014

working girl - sundvik/gulliver vignette

Hey Guys! I wanted to go ahead and share the rest of the vignettes with you!  This one focused on Sundvik products for a nursery.

Simple, sweet, and straight to the point, right? And it screams, let's get this baby changed! :)

This vignette was unique in that we had more than one wall to play with, which turned out to be quite nice. We turned the extra sliver of wall into a space for small toys and supplies.

Here are a few closeups. Oh, and just in case you're a little curious, the wall color is Pale Avocado by Benjamin Moore.

And of course you can never get too tired of the Lova leaf. It's simply a crowd-pleaser.

If you look closely you can see where I made a faux crib skirt out of fabric by the yard. I just draped a cut length over the bottom of the bed.

Marianne helped me out with the execution this vignette, so big shout outs go to her for being so amazing! Oh, and just in case you're wondering what was going on over on the far wall, why don't I go ahead and engage you!

This was the last vignette in the children's department. De'Airra took the lead on this one, and it turned out wonderfully. This is designed as sleeping area for a sweet toddler using the Gulliver crib, and of course more Stuva. The color combo is completely accidental (the fronts that we wanted to use were out of stock) but I love how in-your-face the colors turned out. It's all super cute. 

I must say, these vignettes were a nice little cherry to top off my time as designer in children's department. There are just a few more roomsettings to install that I initially designed, but for the most part I'll be taking backseat during the implementation. My new area in the store is living rooms, and I couldn't be more excited! New Year, new changes!  There is one more small (but huge) project that I want to share with you before we start talking about my new area. Can you guys what it is? Nope bet you can't! Toodles for now.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

working girl - stuva vignette

Aside from designing roomsettings and non-sales areas, another responsibility I have as an interior designer at IKEA is to create and maintain vignettes. A vignette is essentially a wall that looks as if it could have been taken right from a roomsetting. They are usually done to break up the monotony of a furniture compact (a surprise wall, if you will, amongst a sea of furniture). They usually feature one main product (in this case it's Stuva) and shows the customer how that particular product could be used in their home. These areas are usually briefed, but more often than not we have to make changes on the fly due to product availability and space allowance.

This was our first time experimenting with wallpaper on a vignette wall which actually worked out great (although you do only have one shot to make any holes). This "Lemon Ribbon Transportation" motif from Graham and Brown is pretty adorable.  I was pleased with how it added a touch of whimsy, but still looked very sophisticated.

Here's the wall all put together! This Stuva combination is all about play storage.

Storage containers keep small stuff from looking too cluttered...

while drawer organizers keep everything in its place.

We even added small Ribba ledges for the cars. Little customers love this, which is quite evident because its hard to keep these little toys in their area. :)

In the tall unit we have more storage bins for toys and art supplies.

Because let's face it, it's never too early to start teaching organization! Am I right?

I'm so happy with how it turned out.

Big thanks goes out to David for hanging the wall paper, Nkosana for building the furniture, and De'Airra for help with the execution. This is definitely one of my faves!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

spring chic

One of my absolute favorite stores on the planet in CB2. Not only because it speaks to my design aesthetic, but because no matter what's going on outside the store, whenever you step inside, you're immediately transported to a space where the colors are so amazing that you seriously can't help but smile. When I received their recent catalog in the mail, my mind went bonkers - so. much. color! It makes me excited for spring, AND makes me wanna spend some money.  I visited them on Friday with one of my design divas (shout out to Keidre at 726) and did my best to resist the urge to spend my pennies. I really need to clear out some things at home before I add to the madness. And in case you didn't know,  interior designers are predisposed to hoarding, and the struggle is real! Anyhoo, here are a few of my favorite pieces that are oh, so spring chic!

1. Dot candy runner 
This runner would be a perfect contrast to our black brown table.

2. Hedgehog candle holder
We have a bird + dino tealight family who would love to meet this little guy.

3. Wall pockets
This would be cool anywhere - above a desk, in the bathroom, above a nightstand...

4. Stella Cabinet
This is just gorgeous, but I'm frugal, so I'd have to stalk this floor sample until the end of the season. I would love to try this paint treatment on a chest of drawers though. Maybe a Rast makeover?

5. Stinger, Marcher, Flutter appetizer plates
I've been collecting plates for this awesome plate wall that has yet to come to life. These would fit in perfectly.

6. Taurus coat hook
How cool are these? It's an immediate goal of mine to organize my closet. These would make dressing and undressing so much cooler.

7. Xystum color block vase
 Kroger flowers, enough said.

8. Motley rug
I'm in love with the texture on this rug, and it would fit in seamlessly with our pool blue sofa - maybe in our next crib. :)

Gosh I love this place! See anything that strikes your fancy?