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12.21.2016

New Year/New Space.......Design Board Sale!


I have recently been contacted by a few of you asking about
e-design services.  If I have learned one thing since I began
designing for others four years ago, it's that there are exactly TWO
times a year when it seems EVERYONE gets anxious to make changes
to their space.....the first is when the kids go back to school in September and the
second is when the holiday decorations get put away in January.

So, I thought this would be a great time to offer a design board sale!

What e-design is:

- You send photos, I send questions, you answer
questions in a timely fashion. I send more questions,
measurement requests, you answer in a timely fashion.

- We share Pinterest boards.

- We work on ONE space, not adjoining spaces.

- I submit a design board to you, you pay your design fee balance.

- We tweak, make additions and subtraction to the design board
until we get it right, but no more than THREE times.

-We have FUN!!!

-I submit a completed design board and source list
at the conclusion of the process!

How e-design is limited:

- I can't help design a gallery wall.

- I can't help with styling/arranging large bookshelves.

**Both the above are just TOO hard to do remotely.

- I can't help with the adjoining room along with the one
room you paid the design fee 'because they are open
to one another'……I can help with that adjoining
space if we add an additional room to your design fee.


$275 For YOUR Space!
*Requires a $125 deposit to reserve your space
in my JANUARY design queue.
(will limit this offer to FOUR e-design clients in January,
if I get a bigger response I may take February clients)


I love working on these design boards - what's even better is to get photos
from past e-design clients showing the space when they have implemented
the design!  While full-service design is a luxury and lovely, empowering 
homeowners to make their own homes a place they love is really my
jam!  Making changes in your home can sometimes feel overwhelming
 and expensive if you make a mistake, but with a little guidance from 
yours truly, we can work together to get your home on a pretty path!

Email me at jill.hinsondesigns@gmail.com to reserve
your spot or ask any questions!

11.29.2016

Master Bedroom Makeover - New South Home

It always makes me feel vulnerable to put my own home out there for the world to see.
I charge others for my design services after all.  
It feels like I have to do lots of explaining about my nostalgia
for favorite items, my small budget due to other expenses like
school tuition and teenage girls (need I say more?) my eclectic, if not
quirky taste in my own home which I attribute to my profession......

I hardly fit in this new world of blogging where bloggers seem to just cycle around their
 homes re-doing rooms in some sort of order - "if it's spring, I must post a
mudroom re-fresh"......don't get me wrong, that's awesome for them, it's just not 
super realistic for us in this current 'season' of life.

I was recently contacted by a wonderful online provider of custom
drapery and pillows, New South Home, asking if I was
interested in trying their products.  I went to their easy to navigate
website and was overwhelmed with the amazing choices!

New South Home offers beautiful drapery, fabric and pillows for your home, 
like the best custom workroom quality!

New South Home's offer was just the 'kick in the pants' I needed to
pull off a much needed re-do of our very own master bedroom.


New South Home provided the gorgeous black linen custom drapes in my space! 
Yes, we have a bay window in our bedroom - they can be tricky.  I chose panels
to frame the entire expanse and installed them as high as possible.  
The bamboo shades are used for privacy.

I only do white bedding - it just works for me.  The pillows rotate....
because I am a crazy pillow lady.....Yes, I know the rug needs to be bigger 
because design 'rules' have told me so.  But until I find that gorgeous 
vintage Persian stunner, this one from my stash is doing okey-dokey 
as a placeholder.

My vintage French chandelier might seem out of place here 
but I love it and it is a nostalgic piece - originally purchased 
for our dining room in Minnesota, it stayed. I actually really
like the juxtaposition with the modern sconces.

I have a thing for dark colors in bedrooms - I like the cozy feel so the 
walls were painted Behr 'Alpine Trail' - this was a brave move because
all I could think about was the Ralph Lauren 'hunter greens' of the 90's and 
I just didn't want to go there...thankfully, there is nothing 90's
about 'Alpine Trail'.....


Yes, I did a juju hat over my bed.  I love the texture it provides.  The best
(and most affordable) juju hat source I have found is Oldworldshoppe on Etsy. 
If you purchase, please let Sonia know you found her via me!

The throw is from Anthropologie.  I have been known to work from my bed
mid-day and I am a bedmaker, so the throw is what I cover up with  - design clients, 
just keep that image in your mind when you think I am working from
some swanky office - ha!


The photo above is a partial view of the wall opposite the bed - it was 
challenging to photograph with our dark days - this was the best I could get.
I love my vintage European pine dresser that was a gift from my husband.
I have collected new art from many contemporary artists and mixed
in some favorite vintage pieces.  For us, a tv in the bedroom just works -
how else would I watch The Real Housewives??


I chose to style the bed more organic/informal.
  But if I wanted it to look more 'designed',
I would choose some of these great options from New South Home.







Is our bedroom a 'perfectly' coordinated designed space?  No.  That is not so
much for me in my home - this room feels like us, mementos and art from travel, 
a special chandelier from a previous home, a furniture gift (my love language
is European pine), crisp white bedding and bamboo shades - two design 
elements that are winners in my book.

As a designer, I know how special custom finishes are for a space - 
New South Home will bring that to your home, easy-peasy from the internet!
No snooty designer needed!  
Their fabrics and drapes and pillows all coordinate
and make choices easy for even the most indecisive person!
But if you need their help, they are super friendly and 
more than willing to help!

I will be back soon with some 'before' photos of this space.


9.06.2016

Recent Design Work.......


First, I must say THANK YOU for all the love you shared in the comments section both on my last post and Instagram.  It's always a bit scary to hit the publish button on posts like that - but I am sort of an open book kind of person and figure if I am going through something, someone else must be too.  Writing is something I really enjoy and don't do enough anymore - so it really felt good to pour my heart out in that way.

Moving on to what you come here for......I have been busy with so many clients over the summer.  I find it especially fun to work with longtime clients in different spaces in their homes over months and sometimes years.  Yes, lots of people don't decorate their homes all at once.  Budget and time often require the work to be spread out.  I consider it to be the best 'review' of my work when a client calls me after some time and asks me to help with a new project/space in their home.
 The first design is for a basement playroom/adult hangout space - a client who has their only TV in their basement so this is where adult may watch a movie and their two young kids play, do art and read.  The space had to be functional but aesthetically pleasing too.  I took into consideration the colorful toys that would be included in the space so tried to keep the space pretty neutral.

The second space is for a energetic, young, modern family who LOVE color!  The wife stated she wanted to walk in her home and feel j-o-y.  She also has a plant business so I took into consideration their would be lots of those in the space.  Because they have three young active boys, the clients didn't want to invest a lot into furniture but needed stylish pieces that would stand up to family life.  The rug tiles from FLOR make such a fun statement rug and definitely bring JOY to the space!
 Finally, I very recently worked on a bedroom for a 5th grade girl.  She has outgrown the bright colors that so many young tweens like and wants a space that can grow up with her as she will head to middle school in just one short year.  I LOVE the modern/feminine touches.

Fall is shaping up to be another busy design season - I am looking forward to sharing new projects more frequently on the blog.  And I am photographing some past projects for my portfolio so will post those as well.

Hope all your back-to-school days have been successful!

8.29.2016

Embracing 'new beginning's.......mostly.

I am writing this on a Saturday night.....this blog has been neglected but it is here that I come to pour out what is on my heart as I often did long ago in the early days of this blog.....I feel like this post should begin 'Dear Diary'......

Lately, I have been feeling all sorts of weepy/'ugh' and really unable to put my finger on what exactly is the cause.........It is very unlike me to be so emotional.  Life has been busy, and not so much in a good way, but in a rushy, many balls in the air, not paying attention to the life that is leaving kind of way. When I took some time this week to really THINK about what might be causing my emotional instability (whilst on a spinning bike where I do my best thinking),  I remembered LOTS of big things and little things......life's important events and the insignificant....each creeping their way into my life and in my thoughts - whether I wanted them there or not (mostly not)......

First, my first baby, the girl that made me a mother when I was 31-years-young is turning 18 frickin' years old this week!  Seriously.  Let us just take the time to let that soak in.  I birthed a human who will soon (technically, because if you knew her in real life you would think otherwise) be an adult.  Like an adult that will HAVE to vote in this crazy-ass Presidential election we have coming up in November (don't even get me started)........an adult that can buy cigarettes and get a tattoo without my consent (she reminded me of this).  And if you knew her in real life, you would know she would do neither - I have done something right.



And in addition to turning 18, this 'baby' of mine will be a high school senior as of Monday.  Having a senior, I am finding, brings about all sorts of panic in me.......WAIT! - we never took her on that RV road trip we talked about,  or on that European vacation.   Did I teach her enough about life? Cooking? Hygiene? Good manners? How to do laundry? Balance her checkbook? Navigating an airport? Personal safety? Being a good friend? Have we had the important 'talks'?  Made enough good childhood memories to last a lifetime?  Will she have favorite foods to request when she comes home at breaks? Have I listened enough? Been the best kind of strict and supportive?

This big girl of mine is on to do big things and has already fulfilled some dreams - but her biggest awaits.  She will play division I soccer in college.......many hours away from home.....I am SO happy for her, proud of her, but facing her leaving the nest is something I just can't......right now......

In addition to all that, my baby-baby girl will be a freshman in high school as of Monday.  That my friends is a heartbreaker......My girl is an introvert like her momma - she is an old soul, a creative, and mature for age and jeez, high school can fill even the most confident girl full of self-doubt. I pray she finds her tribe.....that they love her for the wonderful, amazing soul she is........My baby has dreams, goals and unlike her sister, knows what she want to be 'when she grows up' and I have NO DOUBT she will do just that (a career in fashion).  I know these next four years will speed on by, her sister demonstrated that well, so I intend to be more present, not sweat the small stuff and just enjoy....at least that's the plan.

Finally, I myself will celebrate have a BIG birthday in April.....a number that looks like ___0.  I am not feeling it like I was the last one......crap, that decade went so fast!  I am feeling all kinds of 'eh'....'cause really lots of what filled the last 18 years of my life will change significantly in this new decade.   Sure, I know I will always be needed as a mother, that parenting never really ends, blah, blah, blah....but it's the little stuff, the school meetings, cheering on the sidelines or in the audience, guiding, the laundry, making lunches, the talks at the dinner table each night, hearing the car pull-in and breathing that sigh of relief......all THAT ends.....and truthfully, I am sad about that(who knew I would miss making lunches?).  I will miss it immensely - for as scared to death of the teen years I was when they placed my babes in my arms, they have really been the best part of this journey.

In addition, I think these birthdays, at least for me, cause you to reflect and evaluate lots of things in your life.  Recent friendship 'hurts', disappointments and struggles have been weighting heavy - being a girl can be so hard sometimes.  And while I recognize I am far from perfect, I really try to get it right and when I don't and friendships fade, I am left to wonder what I could have done better, different to have made it right.  I don't handle disappointment well and lately, I have been disappointed in people.  And really, this decade has been amazing in terms of my 'career', I built a business doing something creative that brings me immense joy.   But I am left wondering if doing so made me sacrifice in other areas of my life.....and the answer is, of course it did.  That has me evaluating HOW I do business, with WHO I do business and HOW MUCH work I take on.....it is all good, but stressful too in many ways.

One big sacrifice I have made with working more has been my health - particularly working out - and when I am feeling all kinds of mushy, I feel 'eh' even more.......I fractured my ankle last November and getting into a regular workout routine after I recovered was so hard but that has to change and I really must find a way to get more workouts in for me and my __0 year old mushy self.

So there I was yesterday, all these 'first world problems' weighting on me and a big old pity party happening in my head when I stumbled upon this while scrolling Instagram:



I knew that THIS must be my mantra this year - to not see this year as a year of endings but to trust this year to be the 'magic of beginnings'.  'Trust' is a word I use a lot with my clients and often with my girls - I urge my daughters to trust, to have faith, that what is meant to be will be......With my clients, I work to instill their trust in me because when they do, the process is wonderful and the outcome the best.  But you know what?  Seeing these words on Instagram made me realize that I had not considered taking my own damn advice.  What is happening this year is gonna happen, I can do NOTHING to change it - but I can shape how I approach it, what I do about it, my attitude towards it, how I see it and how I choose to spend my time and with who I choose to spend my time.  And this control freak, is gonna control that, like a BOSS.  The time in my life has arrived.....the start of something new.....and I trust it to be the 'magic of beginnings'.

So if you are still reading, thank you.  I don't mean to unload all my crap on you....but I imagine some of you might be feeling the same feels or have gone through the same.  The blog world seems to be filled with youngish momma's posting perfect parties, perfect homes, perfect children, perfect outfits.....And in my past, I hid my crazy and messy well too (cause you know they are!) but I guess I have learned that vulnerability is a strength.  And Lord knows the blog world could stand a little more perspective from middle aged, mommas of grown kids who are struggling with impending empty nests and getting 'mushy' around the middle.  I knew I wanted to take the time to write this post - to put it all out there, it certainly helped me filter through it all.  So thanks for reading....


8.16.2016

Inspired by a favorite designer.....


My love for Emily Henderson began when she won HGTV's Design Star.
I loved her quirky, collected style.  She designs to the beat
of her own vintage, mid-century drum shade....ha!!  I'd like to 
think that we could totally be friends - or like sisters, with her the 
cooler, skinier, younger sister - with our shared love of vintage
shopping, vintage art, brass anything, quirky objects, the 
color blue, Portland, Oregon......plus we are both blond, so 
we have that in common!

My house hardly reflects her style, however, I have always
said if I win the Powerball someday, Emily Henderson would be the 
designer I would call to work her magic in the new home
I have built (and renovated) in my head many times over......


So when a fun new client mentioned in our first meeting that 
she really liked Emily Henderson's style I knew I would
love this project.  The client is pretty design savvy herself, a pro at finding 
great mid-century pieces on Craigslist, so
working in a true vintage mid-century piece was a definite. 
The client also had the bed, nightstands and bench.

Early on in the process, I found the great vintage
Persian rug on Craigslist which really brought some great
color and pattern into an otherwise pretty neutral space.
The walls were painted BM Simply White.



The bedside lamps are from Rejuvenation and I think they are pretty fabulous.


I worked with the client to choose art for the smallish gallery wall that was installed.
I finished the space by adding some small accessories, fresh flowers and plants,
a mix of vintage and new textiles and a vintage seascape.  


This project is the perfect example of how the best results come from
trusting, brave clients who listen to the crazy ideas from their
designer - who invest in the designer's time to style the space 
after all the 'big' pieces have been purchased.  

This project was FUN!  And really, I would love to work
more in this style....clients?????

6.08.2016

Interior Design…..And other STUFF...



 I have to admit that I was rather (pleasantly) surprised to hear from a number
of you asking where I was and why I had not blogged!  Well, there is no 
excuse, but rather loads of explanations.  As you might guess,
work with clients has really picked up over the last year.  I welcome the work
and feel blessed to do what I love and meet so many great homeowners
who want to make their homes look and feel better!  I have to say, I have
worked with many different design aesthetics this year, but lately it has been 
lots of modern spaces which I am loving!  It has been a nice change
of pace from the traditional….These are a few examples of design
concepts I presented to some local Portland clients recently.





On a personal level - my girls are getting older and busier and I am 
just trying to keep up and ENJOY these quickly passing years.  I think my
Emma was in 4th grade when I started this blog and she is now finishing her
junior year of high school (will be a senior in the fall!) and Abigail was in
1st grade and will begin her freshman year of high school in the fall!
For a majority of their childhood, I was a stay-at-home mom and really
still consider myself that - however, in reality I work pretty much 
full-time now and sometimes miss those days I had fresh-baked
cookies in the oven when they arrived home from school.  So I try to
do both, or feel like I am still super engaged while also pursuing
my own work…because what will I do when they are gone?  It is a balance
I have yet to figure out, and likely will never.  But I do my best to 
be present and appreciate the nights around the dinner table, school
activities, plays, games, the hugs and yes, even the sister fights, wet
towels on the floor, the laundry and the occasional 'teen moments'.



And……most recently, my husband and I traveled to the south of France and
Barcelona, Spain!  Say what????  Yes, indeed.  We were lucky to mix some
business and pleasure in the most spectacular of places.  We spent
just three days in Nice, France and I look forward to going back for
a longer period of time.  The only word that comes to mind to explain 
how I felt about it is 'dreamy'.  I really couldn't believe I was there.  It
met every expectation.

In my last post, I offered a summer design board special and I still have TWO
spots open in July (which has NEVER happened in years past - they usually 
are all scooped up quick)…..SO, if you are interested in having me help
you with a space in your home, please send me an email (jill.hinsondesigns@gmail.com)
and we can go from there!  The cost is $275 per space - $150 when we 
schedule and balance due when the first version of the design board
is submitted to you!

So that's where I have been.  You can always be kept obnoxiously
up-to-date on my life if you follow me on Instagram - jillhinsoninteriors


4.10.2016

Cha-cha-cha, changes…….(design board sale!)


I posted this photo on Instagram about a week ago.  It shows some of the
changes I have made to our dining space - and there are still more to come!
I took some heat from a blog reader who insinuated I had
unlimited funds from which to re-do my house - nothing could
be further from the truth. But the Restoration Hardware chairs I had had
for about 10 years - they had served our family well and I sold them 
and used the proceeds to purchase these new bentwood beauties - 
the former light fixture was swapped out in favor of this fun and playful
one from Schoolhouse Electric - these seemingly small changes really
changed the look of our dining space!  I can't help it -
I am a creative, this is what I do for a living.
I like changing things up.

This week, the space will be painted
and a new rug added.  Stay tuned!  

What I always want you and my clients to know is this - it doesn't have to
take oodles of money to live in a comfortable, pretty home. It just doesn't.
And often the 'feeling' of comfort in your home doesn't come from the 
sofa choice, the pillow, art or paint.  The 'feeling' of comfort many
are striving for comes from living in their spaces - so light a candle,
CLEAN!, pour a glass of wine (or tea), take a bubble bath….
our busy lives seem to prevent us from really enjoying the living
that should be done within the four walls of our homes - no amount of
pillows, or paint or accessories can bring that.

In celebration of the new season - of my cha-cha-cha-changes,
I am offering FOUR e-design spots for the months
of May-June.  I have not been promoting my e-design
services because they seem to come without it and my work
with local clients has been full!  BUT, I really do LOVE working
with you all via e-design - it is challenging yes, but it tests my creativity
in a way I really find satisfying!

So here is the deal:  In the past, I always took on more e-design clients
than I initially advertised that I would because I could not turn 
anyone away.  THAT is not going to happen this time -
it's not fair to me or to you.  So I am limiting myself to taking
the first FOUR clients who pay their Paypal deposit, it's the most
fair way of doing this, I believe.

I am charging just $275 for ONE space!
(regular price is $350)

What e-design is:

- You send photos, I send questions, you answer
questions in a timely fashion. I send more questions,
measurement requests, you answer in a timely fashion.

- We share Pinterest boards.

- We work on ONE space, not adjoining spaces.

- I submit a design board to you, you pay your design fee balance.

- We tweak, make additions and subtraction to the design board
until we get it right, but no more than THREE times.

-We have FUN!!!

-I submit a completed design board and source list
at the conclusion of the process!

How e-design is limited:

- I can't help design a gallery wall.

- I can't help with styling/arranging large bookshelves.

**Both the above are just TOO hard to do remotely.

- I can't help with the adjoining room along with the one
room you paid the design fee 'because they are open
to one another'……I can help with that adjoining
space if we add an additional room to your design fee.

I would LOVE to work with four fun clients in May and June!

To secure a spot, please email me jill.hinsondesigns@gmail.com -
I am happy to answer any questions and/or talk about if 
e-design is right for your space!





3.16.2016

Style shift…..it happens.

source

I was going to start this post by saying one of the hazards of being in
the interior design business was always being swayed to change
up your style based upon the latest and greatest trends……
but who am I kidding?  I have always switched up my decor, I get tired,
antsy, enamored by the new and shiny…what can I say?

This spring will mark our 5th year of living in our current home -
that is a record for our family.  We had never lived in any of 
our previous SEVEN homes longer than three years.
Let that sink in.

I am definitely feeling like I am ready to embrace a
cleaner aesthetic - more modern, monochromatic, simpler.
I have some fun plans…..including a remake of
THE famous gallery wall!!! 

I know, crazy talk!!!

Want to see what I am digging?
Check out my Pinterest board HERE!

We are off to enjoy our spring break soaking in some Mexico sunshine!
If you would like to get sick of a bunch of beach, margharita and
taco photos, you can follow along with me on Instagram -
I am jillhinsoninteriors!

Buenos Dias!

3.14.2016

More bookshelf styling…..and see my grasscloth-backed shelves!


Are you sick of seeing these bookshelves yet?  I really do have a 
love/hate relationship with open shelves.  While I love styling bookshelves
and of course, I love my collections, I have days when I want to
load it all up and send it to Goodwill….it begins to feel too much.

Recently, I added grasscloth to the backs of my 
built-in bookshelves and I LOVE the warmth
and texture it adds!  I partnered with Walls Republic and chose
a pretty neutral color but they have SO many beautiful 
grasscloths to choose from!!!


I really have tried a lot of different looks with these shelves, 
you can see the different styling looks HERE, HERE and HERE.
The post of my planked back bookshelves is still one
of my most popular posts!

And while the more minimal look works for some, I found
it doesn't for me.  I LOVE the collected look of many books
along with decorative objects - the grasscloth pairs well 
with this look.


Walls Republic has generously offered my readers 10% off your order!

Simply use the code FOREVERCOTTAGE at checkout 
to redeem your discount!!!

**the grasscloth is just one part of a mini-fireplace/built-in's makeover.
Stay tuned for the rest…..soon!

2.25.2016

stuff…...

Is it really almost March 1st?  

Who is with me and feels like it should be December 26th?

I miss writing personal things in this space - whether you read it or not.

So guess what I am in the mood for tonight…..?

I am heading to Denver tomorrow to watch my big girl play soccer - remember when 
I wrote about soccer weekends HERE and HERE?
My girl is a junior in high school and I vowed that this year I would travel
with her as much as possible to watch her play.  Her senior year club soccer season will
not come with much travel so this is really IT - like the end of my soccer mom days!
What?????  She will sign her National Letter of Intent to play for Saint Louis University
next year and then I will be a college 'soccer mom' and will have to 
travel to see her play at home - and she may or may not be in favor of that????
I am really feeling the bitter sweetness of letting my baby bird fly……
it's not easy and I don't believe I am handling it well.  Being a mother
has been my life's greatest joy and greatest accomplishment, sending this
human out into the world brings both a huge sense of accomplishment 
but also great sadness that it is over……I enjoyed every minute of it,
even the puke, the poo, the tantrums, the uncomfortable parent/teacher 
conferences, the teen eye-rolls……..every.minute.of.it.

My little girl is finishing 8th grade - and will overlap in high school with 
her big sister next year.  I am excited for them to have this year together - 
carpooling to school and a big sister to show her the ropes.
They are very different, my girls, so I can't wait to see what 
high school brings for my little girl.  She is very much ME - and I am
encouraging her to pursue her creative dreams!  She will never 
win a state soccer championship or play a D1 sport in college - but this
girl is going to pursue her own passions - fashion, design, performing.
I am certain she is REALLY not looking forward to having me
and her daddy's FULL attention when her sister goes to college - 
ha, ha, ha!!!

Me - well, I am still trying to balance being a mom and running my growing
design business.  New clients and faithful clients continue to 
challenge me creatively.  I have learned SO much and become better,
both as a designer and as a person.  I am grateful.  
I turn 49 years young in April ……THAT is unbelievable.
I am proud of those years but am always researching a better anti-wrinkle cream.
My husband and I also celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary 
in April - we are planning a BIG trip! 

We are also celebrating living in our Portland home for FIVE years
this spring!  That is a record for our family - can you believe it?
I will admit - scouring the real estate listings is a frequent habit
of mine but my hubby says we are not moving.  So I have some fun
plans to make some changes in our current home - some I have wanted
to do for a long time, others that indicate a new aesthetic for me.
I am excited to 'downsize' in my current home.

Life - it's bring growth and change, opportunities, challenges and reasons
to celebrate, contemplate and set some goals……it's a GOOD thing.





2.10.2016

Where to shop for bedroom furniture when you maybe aren't {GASP!} using a designer!


I have been helping some local clients design bedrooms lately - both master bedrooms
and also a couple teen rooms!  I love to help source bedroom furniture pieces
which can really become costly.  Many of my clients are regular people who are
trying to pay their bills, feed their children, go on a vacation AND
live in a pretty home…… As a designer, I feel one of the most important
things I can give a client is respect for their budget.  Often times,
clients provide me with an overall 'look' of what they want their
spaces to look like and then mention their budget……often I do a little 'gulp' under
my breath when the room is likely described as a designer goods filled 
space and the budget is more of a modest amount.  I know I have my
work cut out for me….. 

Resources are a designers secret weapon.  As I have stated here before, the internet
has opened up a plethora of options for resource discovery! You can really find the
same item at many different price points from a variety of sources, even 
local brick and mortar stores.  A great source I have found for online bedroom furniture

Bedroomfurniturediscounts.com offers superior customer service, FREE white-glove 
delivery (yes, FREE!) and the lowest/warehouse prices on bedroom furniture. 
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2.05.2016

Getting my office right for me…..


One of the scariest parts of helping others in their homes is the risk
of getting it 'wrong'…..Thankfully, I really don't think I have made
many mistakes in client homes - at least that the client would 
describe as a mistake. Right clients?

But when I hired myself last year to design myself an office
in my own home, I made a mistake…..well sort of.

My mistake was to follow a trend, to base my choices on what
others were doing that was right for them, looked great in their space,
especially in photographs on Instagram and blogs…….I painted my
office white - GASP!!!!!!  I know, right?
Now, if this is the biggest 'mistake' I ever make, I realize I am doing ok.


I could say a lot about the influence of social media on our design 
choices - especially those of us who are in this business, but I should
have followed my own advice often doled out to my clients, "do what
is right for you".  But sometimes, designers own homes turn
into our laboratory so I chalk up my white paint experiment to that.
I learned a lot…..

- I like the contrast of lights and darks in a space
- vintage art and objects look great against a dark background
- I prefer my white spaces as the main area color
- custom mixing paint is fun
- painting is NOT fun
- I still like white room, just not in this space


This room is not done (heck, are they ever?).
I am waiting for a vintage Turkish rug.  
I would like a new desk chair, something more
'important' and comfortable.


The walls are generally BM Hale Navy - I had a custom
mixed done that basically removed some of the 
white paint that went into the mix.  The result is more
a darker, inky blue/black.  I love it!

And on another note - I have really enjoyed being back in this
space - one of my goals for 2016 is to blog more
regularly.  I love writing and sharing and having this relationship
with all of you.  So thanks for sticking around!

Have a great weekend!



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