Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Making Work for Later

There are so many amazing wallpapers out right now. I love the mix of traditional patterns in really modern colors and textures. But even though I love how it looks, it is going to take a lot to convince me that I actually want wallpaper of my own. I have removed more than my fair share of other people's wallpaper over the years. In fact, there have been times that I have sworn on my life I would never install wallpaper as long as I lived. It is just inevitable that at some point in the near future the paper will go out of fashion. So even while you are hanging it, in the back of your mind you are thinking that you have just created yourself the unenviable job of removing it.

Anyway, I think it might be worth the work later if I knew
my room would end up looking like this.....

and the perfect shade of paper to match my new
pale pink room would be this.....

(All images from Designers Guild)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Small People

(Pottery Barn Teen)

I love kids rooms! I love that the sky is the limit! I love that you can stick with a theme! (Kids rooms are also the only places in my house where I will ever actually allow a theme). I love that the kids have a small place in the world they can really call their own. And I love knowing that I am creating a place where my children will spend their formative years growing, sleeping, laughing, and learning.

Designing the kids rooms is a bit of a challenge since I have to make all the design decisions like paint and lighting right now while still in the construction phase. To make those decisions easier, I am using fabric as the jumping off point. I figure if I have the fabric picked out first, I can coordinate colors and patterns from there, even if I don't quite yet know in what application I will be using them.
(All professional images from Pottery Barn).

This is the beginning of Cameron's room. He is a really cool guy, that is going to be a teenager before we know it. He picked the base color, and I added the racing stripes for a bit of interest. I would love to add a cool storage system like this one below from Pottery Barn Teen.

Lucy wanted a "pink" room, but I wanted to make sure it wasn't boring, or cliche. I chose a pink that is a bit of a chameleon, it looks pink, peach, tan, rose....I love it! I would like to do a graphic wall paper on one wall, and I would love to get her a vanity like this one. I can just imagine her putting on lip gloss and playing with her friends there for hours.

Quentin's room concept is actually the most put together. I purchased the wild west fabric I am going to be using months ago. He also already has his navy blue bunk bed and furniture set. I can't wait to add all the details. The image below is just the way I would like his room to feel when its all finished.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Around the House

Around the house, things are being transformed......

(Quentin's room NOW)

(Quentin's room before)

we now have a spot for the kitchen.....

(kitchen space NOW)

(kitchen space before)

plywood & 2x4's are being replaced with paint & drywall.

(living room NOW)

(living room before)


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