Monday, March 9, 2015

Designing Woman…..

Martinez space
Well first I must say, Dallas you disappointed me!!!!
When we arrived on Thursday night it was COLD and by
Friday it was SNOWING!!!  Needless to say, our team played
NO soccer games and this soccer momma hardly left the
Hilton Garden Inn in Ft. Worth!!!  No Wisteria visit for moi!
Hopefully I'll be back someday and am quite sure
my opinion will change.  Thank you for all the suggestions,
perhaps next time Mother Nature will cooperate.

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I know I have said it before, but having people hire me
to help them make their home prettier and more functional
still surprises me sometimes….I have to pinch myself that
I get to work independently in a creative field.  It truly fills
me up more that you will ever imagine.

And lately, work with local clients has kept me very
busy!  Right now I am working on MANY different styles
of homes and decor - from contemporary, transitional, neutral,
stately and traditional.  I have some brave souls and some
who prefer to play it safe….I am happy to accommodate it all!

I thought this week I would show you some recent
concept boards that I have worked on for a few local
clients - many times I do these to show a look or direction.
Some of the items are definite selections for the room,
others are more a representation.  Ultimately,  I always
want the client to trust me with styling the space so usually
the accessories are more representative.

Happy Monday to all! I hope the sun is shining where you are.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Dallas/Ft. Worth peeps, can you help?


I am traveling this week to Dallas/Ft. Worth with my daughter
for a soccer tournament.  While most of my time will be spent
on the sidelines of a soccer field, I always like to take the opportunity
to find some great home interior shops or local art galleries to check out.
Any recommendations local peeps?
We are staying in Ft. Worth so it's likely I won't get much
opportunity to get to Dallas.

And on a side note…..what's with your weather Texas?
Do I really have to plan for snow/cold/rain?

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Friday, February 20, 2015

White Kitchen Love…...


I'm not even gonna state the obvious……{I've been m.i.a.}

My life and time have been full of the good stuff…..lots of 
challenging design projects with clients who want to love the 
spaces they live in, watching my oldest daughter get her driver's license {what?},
working personally on better nutrition and more exercise, enjoying
spring-like temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and in general
trying to keep on, keeping on….probably like all of you.


A friend who happens to be a designer and shop owner
{Wishbone Home & Design} asked me to take some
photos of her home last week.  A local publication
was looking for some shots for a story they are doing
on her business {btw, I don't claim great photography skilz,
but was happy to help}. My friend gave me permission to share the photos
here!  As you will see, her recent kitchen renovation is beautiful!




The countertops are white Quartz and the backsplash
is Carrera marble subway tiles.



The kitchen has lots of charming details like open shelving
and a butlers pantry nook.






This kitchen proves that white is NOT boring!
The mix of textures, wood, glass and lighting choices
make the space interesting!

What's your favorite element?

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Design point of view…..

**Warning….rambling post coming.

During the past couple weeks I have had some
situations and challenges experiences that have lead me to really
think about how I design spaces, why I design a space a certain way
and what influences my direction and decisions.

Back when I spent way too much time only dreaming about
helping clients create beautiful homes, I was discouraged by
my own thoughts.  Could I really create a career in a field
that I lacked the proper training?

And while I fully acknowledge I don't know CAD, have
never drawn a space or possess other technical skills 
taught in interior design programs,
I know for sure that I have a design point of view. A point
of view that is unique to me but influenced by some of 
my design heroes…….

Like the Emily Henderson designed space below.



I am working on numerous client projects right now.
I am also designing a space basically, just for me.
I have had a lot to think about.

And while I can try and channel my best Anna Spiro {the room
below is her design}….I really can only channel Jill Hinson…..
it would be wrong to think I could be anyone else.
It's a fact…...I work well with vintage, neutrals,
unique art, accessories galore, pillows{!} and natural elements.
While I appreciate fancy furniture and finishings, 
most of my clients appreciate my ability to mix it up, 
find a bargain, stretch a budget and STILL 
create a beautiful, personal space.


When I find myself questioning whether I have what it takes, I look
around at all the 'famous' designers whose work I admire and study,
{like Jaime Meares, whose own living room is pictured below},
they all bring a unique point-of-view to the spaces the design.
A point-of-view that will appeal to some and not to others.
And that's ok.  Their spaces are their art - subjective and open to 
interpretation, eliciting emotions and reactions as much as
a priceless painting.

As a designer {or a decorator, whatever}….I respect the
point-of-view my clients bring to the table too.  I really believe
I am hired to curate how they want their home to look
and feel - it's not about me completely imposing my style on them.
I offer choices and options, all equally good ones.


Nothing made me think more about my role and my point-of-view than
working in my own home this weekend.  As much as I began trying
to be Emily Henderson as I designed my space, I quickly realized I can't BE
Emily Henderson….it felt awkward and too 'try-hard'…when
I let it go and began designing my space as me, it worked, it felt 
{for lack of a better word} right.  

I am grateful for the inspiration of others, I hope it makes me better.
And mostly I am grateful to my clients who trust me and
my point-of-view - I will never stop trying to be a better designer,
to offer creative, functional and affordable solutions.
I acknowledge that my point-of-view may not be
for everyone and that's ok.  Thankfully I have learned that
any rejection of my aesthetic is not a statement on my worthiness
as a designer but rather a difference of opinion.  

As they say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

Just look at the home of designer Kelly Wearstler below!
{which I love, btw}


Congratulations to Ashley@Parsons Farm and Kristen Wall!
You each won a $75 credit to Minted!!!


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