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working girl - earthshare ga

I thought that I would start a new series - and do my best to keep up with it. God has blessed me with an incredibly exciting career as an interior designer with IKEA, and I thought that it would be awesome to share with all of you the cool things that I get to work on. I'm entitling this series "working girl", mostly because my mommy calls me her little "working girl" and it's cool to show people what I do to bring home the bacon. 
Every year Earthshare of Georgia throws a big soiree to raise money for its nearly 70+ non-profit organizations in the form of a silent auction. For the past two years, they've tapped IKEA on the shoulder and asked if we could help donate resources and design the event. This year, I served as the assistant designer to Michelle, our Activities Specialist. The event was held at the King Plow Arts Center which is quite breath-taking on it's own. Very raw, very beautiful, and dripping with original artwork, we didn't ha…

on an escapade pt. duex

While in Charleston, Brandon and I visited the historical area of the city known as King Street. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, King Street is divided into 3 areas - the design district (home furnishing stores, design firms etc.), the fashion district (clothes for every age and style), and the antiques district (with well... lots of antiques) which all form a huge "strip" of sorts with restaurants and bars laced throughout. Of course I was super excited about the design and fashion districts so that was where we spent most of our time. And it may seem a little weird, but these days I'm far less interested in taking pictures of us (you know that whole hold the camera up -or in my case the cell phone - and take a picture of both of us for Facebook's sake). I prefer to capture things that inspire me, particular design and architecture. So if you're looking for smile and pose pics, sadly there will be none. Anyhoo, by far the most amazing architecture belon…

awesome office

Since the very beginning our office has been the catch-all room. But I promised myself this time around that things would be very different. Not only would it be a nice place to surf the web, it would also serve as a place to be inspired, have guests sleep over if necessary, and store books, crafts supplies, and computer equipment (like most home offices). I've toyed around with a lot of different ideas, but I've finally come up with a concrete plan for how it's all going to go down. Allow me to introduce... 




The curtains are a lovely print called Janette that I've been in love with for a while.While in in Charleston, Brandon and I stumbled upon an Earthbound Trading Company store that was having a blowout on their canvas prints. We bought "the world" for only $60 (originally $120). It's actually perfect for the Karlstad chaise that we bought back in December. I purchased the Trollsta cabinet a while back to accommodate Brandon's shoes in our old ap…

on an escapade pt. I

Easter weekend Brandon and I ventured off to Charleston, SC to get away for a bit. We had a blast just enjoying each other and relaxing. Of course I took some pictures of our little escapade... you know, just in case you were curious. 
We stayed in what I now like to refer to as the "way too over-rated Aloft hotel (a vision of W hotels)". If you've been reading my blog since the beginning, you probably remember me writing about it here. Well, the Charleston location sadly did not live up to all the hotel hype. Maybe as an independent hotel that would have been okay, but not one that is affiliated with the W, or Starwood for that matter. This was mostly due to the fact that the owners were simply not taking care of it. Furniture in the lounge and finishes in our room (such as the carpet and paint) were sporting that "we need to be touched-up / replaced look", and it just killed it for me. Lovely design, horrible maintenance. But I've gotta be a Positive Pat…

boutique chic

So it's an understatement to say that I've been up to a lot lately. Work, play, design, you know... living the life. Here are some amazing interiors that I captured during the W Hotel High Style High Rise Home Tour that I attended with a friend of mine. The premise? Several well-known high-end designers in the Atlanta area were paired with high-end home furnishing retailers to design a residence in the W. Triple exposure - designers get their work out there, retailers get their products out there, the hopefully the W will get more buyers for their plush pads. Yeah, I didn't know that the W had residences either... but for a cool $450,000 to well over a million dollars, you too can own a 2bed/2bath condo within the confines of a gorgeous boutique hotel. Here are some of the highlights.


Serengeti in the city! I love the large-scale art and anything furry.  Oh, and believe it or not, that's patchwork animal hide on the floor. 

I dig the idea of a settee at the dining ta…