"The day I see a leaf is a marvel of a day"
Be inspired by nature! Talented Florida-based photographer and artist, Louann Brechler's photography above inspires us to bring the colors of nature indoors. Let us show you how you can use greens and greys of nature to add a fun, modern twist to your interior...
Green can be so unexpected and yet so welcoming...
Green is a great foil to the greys that are so popular in design today. They 'talk' to each other... Greeen freshens up grey and grey calms green. It works in modern, traditional, formal and quirky settings.
Dining Rooms and Family Rooms...
1.a shallow recess, esp. one in a wall to display a statue or other ornament.
1. place or position (something) in a niche.
Wow, niches can be really difficult.. Builders love to add them to new homes but homebuyers are often confounded as to what to put in them? We are asked often: "What do I put in this thing?" Often folks go on a shopping trip just to fill the niche! In case your home has one or multiple niches, we have done the research to show you some creative possibilities for your niche(s).
Not only would these look great in a contemporary setting, but also in a more traditional room. They're so simple and striking! Simple is key... try not to accessorize with lots of little things. It ends up looking cluttered and fussy. Plus you have to dust all those fake flower arrangements... ugh!
We love the organic feel of this sculpture. Plus, it's huge! Scale is another factor to keep in mind when outfitting a niche. Be bold! You don't have to spend lots of money to do something like this. It is possible to find natural items that you can drag home and place. Just make sure you check for creatures first!
We found this santo on Ebay. He's not perfect, and his patina is part of the beauty. Also, he tells a story about the spiritual dimension of a home. Consider a protective santos to watch over kiddos., pets and exhausted parents.
These mirrors would be beautiful in a niche that isn't deep enough to use a sculpture. We love the shape of the tops for use in an arched niche. A simple succulent arrangement in front would be a perfect companion piece.
And finally...art glass always works in niches--especially if the niche is outfitted with a wall-washing can light to illuminate the glass.
Hope you enjoy our ideas for niches and find some inspiration for your own project. Now...go find your niche!
Mid-century modern architecture and design is HOT. MCM design is characterized by clean, strong geometric lines, open layouts, use of organic materials and lots of windows to bring the outdoors in. The clean, classic look was captured flawlessly in the TV series, Mad Men which helped to popularize the MCM style. Homes inspired by mid-century design are popping up everywhere around town these days and we're loving them! We are currently working on several mid century modern homes: one new and one vintage. Check out the photos below--can you tell which are new and which are from the 50s?
New: This MCM-inspired home has an open living room with plenty of windows and organic materials. Love the low MCM-inspired sofa and swivel chairs!
Vintage: This classic MCM yard actually belonged to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez. We love Lucy and this simple, minimalist MCM outdoor space!
New: This outdoor space lets the magnificent view be the star while providing a perfect clean and classic backdrop using linear organic materials.
This small living room used to be a forgotten space, rarely used by the homeowners. Many of us have rooms like this: we simply don't know what to do with the space! We changed the flooring to warm wood, ditched the old furniture and added a custom rug, a couple of dreamy sofas from Thayer Coggin, and finished it off with fabulous art pieces. What a transformation! Now this room is inviting, comfortable and perfectly contemporary. A great space to read or unwind at the end of day with a glass of wine.
While all of our bathrooms are beautiful, this one was our 2015 Award Winning Bathroom!
San Antonio showroom: KBK To the Trade, hosted a lunch in welcoming the furniture and upholstery designer company Wesley Hall. To represent Wesley Hall, the President Zach Taylor and furniture designer Peter Jacob who did a wonderful acquainting and reacquainting the Wesley Hall culture that has inspired the company and designs.
The focal point of the presentation was to share the process behind the new designs that feature a classic yet contemporary element that Wesley Hall strives to provide for their clients. Since furniture and home aesthetic is such an investment and statement, Wesley Hall has proven to reflect large spectrum of tastes but sharing the common factor of quality, and effectiveness.
The most recent designs by Peter Jacobs were inspired by menswear but keeping in mind for a room not to communicate too seriously. My first impression of the pieces and fabrics that he shared made me feel happy, they enabled a sense a unique freshness. Every piece reminded me of a different style, whether it be traditional, modern, or eccentric. But what intrigued me the most, regardless of the differing origin in appearance, it all looked so beautiful together. It seems eclectic, but with an actual purpose. When you take a closer look, there is a fluidity among the textures, color, and shape of the furniture which is one of my favorite characteristics of the designs.
The social sofa was a piece that I found so fascinating and smart. It has several aspects that really turn this piece into a story that many can relate to. The social sofa in other words is versatile. This is a great piece to use in front of a window without blocking the view or light, to be used as a lounge chair for 1 or 2, and to simply be used as a regular sofa, but not look like a regular sofa! This piece perfectly encaptures Wesley Hall and Peter Jacob; tradition with a clean twist and quality. It says exactly this...
San Antonio has some truly talented people that we have the pleasure of working with on a regular basis. We love supporting local artists and artisans. Marissa Starr is one of our favorites.
Marissa is a contemporary, mixed media artist born and raised right here in San Antonio. We have worked with Marissa a number of times for clients to create custom work for their homes. Marissa paints with a variety of media but we particularly love her glossy, dimensional resin pieces. Her work is absolutely stunning and works in both contemporary as well as traditional homes. Marissa's work is featured in various private and public collections nationwide. We are lucky to have such talent right here in SATX!
For more information or to see more of Marissa's work, check out her website at http://www.marissastarr.com or go to: www.jeanmarcfrey.com or www.laurarathe.com.
We love our pets but our pet accoutrements are not exactly haute decor. Litter boxes, dog beds and scratching posts are pretty unsightly. Check out these pet accessories--they're pretty fun!
Pet Toys Don't Have to be Catastrophic Design!
We love the simplicity of these cat trees. Cats can climb and get up high without your home looking like a discount carpet outlet!
For those of you who like the vintage mod look, this cat bed/tree is a great option.
These cat scratching posts look much more sculptural and artistic than your run of the mill cat toys.
This cool design comes in either brown or white!
This is a very similar design however, this one gives you the flexibility to use it as a bench or for more pet storage.
Putting the Wow in Bow!
We love that this little bed doubles as a table and adore these modern beds, and they work for either a dog or cat or...husband!
Interesting take on a pet bed...
And how about some modern dog houses?
and for the twee canine...
The Integrated Pet
While all of these options are great, we like to see pet design integrated into the home so that pets function better and we work less. No more cats scratching at doors at 4:00 am or accidentally getting locked out of the room their litter box is in. Pets are given free entry/exit into spaces making them much easier to live with.
Exterior doggy doors we have all heard of, but we love these interior doggy doors even more.
Integrating the kennel into the cabinetry is a great way to conserve space and is such a good looking option.
What dog doesn't appreciate a lovely crystal chandelier to sleep under?
Laundry/ Pet Rooms
We really love laundry rooms that integrate all the pets' needs inside of them. Bed, food, litter box and it's still attractive!!!
We love the concept of incorporating the litter box into the cabinetry to hide it... but does it really need to be in the shape of a cat???
Here's a couple cool outdoor pet features...
Great little dog run and bubbler fountain for the backyard.
And finally... some great looking art for the walls
And Julie's favorite...the wire-haired dachshund in honor of Ernest, Leonard and Harold.
1. a romantic mood inspired by Spring.
2. happiness brought about by Spring.
Also known as Spring Fever - Grandiloquent Dictionary
Spring has sprung in San Antonio and we have a bad case of vernalagnia! Time to get inspired by the awesome beauty of springtime in Texas and ponder how we can translate the outdoor wonder to our homes.
Measuring for Outside Mount Window Treatments
Measuring for Outside Mounts require less precision than for Inside Mounts, although it’s still best to use a metal tape measure or yardstick to ensure accurate measurements.
Window blinds using an Outside Mount
Since Outside Mounts are more “forgiving”, they are the preferred choice for inexperienced DIY-ers. But they also provide more complete light blockage and privacy.
Although each manufacturer may have specific instructions regarding how the dimensions are to be calculated, the following provides a general overview of what’s needed.
Measure width at window center
up to the nearest 1/8 inch. This will be your WIDTH measurement.
Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully: some manufacturers want the specified width to include the overlap, while others will add a pre-specified amount to the opening width that you provide.
Measure height at center of window up to the nearest 1/8 inch. This will be your HEIGHT measurement.
Measure for Inside Mount Window Treatments
Inside mounted window blinds require more precise measurements, so always use a metal tape measure or yardstick to ensure the accuracy of your measurements.
First measure the window opening on the diagonals. If the two diagonal dimensions are not identical, the window is out of plumb (e.g. it’s skewed).
This is frequently the case, so you instead may want to use an Outside Mount if maximum window coverage for privacy and light blockage is an important consideration.
Measuring to ensure that window is plumb
First measure width in three places
down to the nearest 1/8 inch. This will be your WIDTH measurement.
Measure height in three places
down to the nearest 1/8 inch. This will be your HEIGHT measurement.
Repeat the process for each window, even if they are supposed to be the same size – they probably aren’t.
Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully: some manufacturers want the specified width to include the overlap and the height of the headrail, while others will add a pre-specified amount to the opening length that you provide.
Spring is right around the corner. It's time to start dreaming about the garden! We thought it would be fun to start off our 'DIY spaces' with an outdoor inspirational courtyard. This space looks like a secret Charleston garden all tucked away behind walls of green. There's not a lot of color in this space, it's the texture that really makes the space so inviting.
Starting with the biggest and most important pieces, we found some great affordable options to copy this look. The bonus is that they already come with light neutral cushions very similar to our inspiration space.
All of these pieces are from Ballard Designs and prices range from $219- $799
For the money this table is a great option!
All of our pillows keep that monochromatic look and they are all outdoor pillows except the small accent pillow below that can be personalized.
Prices range from $25 to $40
Instead of terra cotta using little basketweave pots would be a cute alternative to bring in another texture.
You can find blue and white pottery all over the place, but these were found on Amazon. The wooden stand doesn't have to be used.
You've got to have some large planters for those boxwood topiaries that are so prevalent in this space. Restoration Hardware has some beautiful options for lemon trees or topiaries.
Keeping to the traditional theme this outdoor lantern sconce from Ballard is a really pretty option.
Moodboard showing our DIY version of the House Beautiful Courtyard
To do this look all custom would cost somewhere upwards of $10,000. We pulled it together for less than $4500. That's not bad for such a sophisticated look! This is how it all breaks down:
Furniture: all based on today's retail
2 lounge chairs, 1 loveseat, 1 ottoman, 2 armless chairs and table $2942
8 throw pillows & throw blanket $309.98
Tabletop accessories, watering can, blue/white bowl $247.99
Lighting (only what is seen in inspiration photo) $229.00
large planter $635.00
for a total of $4363.97
Take a peek at our Pinterest board entitled 'lets go sit outside' for even more inspirational outdoor spaces.
Check back soon for more DIY spaces!
Just got the beautiful fabric up on the top right in to make some pillows for a bedding ensemble. The pattern of this fabric allows us some options for how we lay it out on a pillow. And, because it's expensive we want to make sure we do it right the first time!!
Time to brush up on some terminology. Railroading. Here's a little refresher. Best way to remember... does the pattern follow continuously up the bolt like railroad tracks that never end. Is it railroaded... YES! Now, here's a couple tips to help you figure out which way you should use the pattern.
Tip #1 Lay the fabric out over a pillow with similar dimensions of what you will be using and take a picture. Sometimes seeing it in a photo helps the decision process.
You can see how the fabric looked completely different depending on the way it was laid out on the pillow. Both look great, but we chose option 1 for a couple reasons. It created a more soothing effect for the bedroom it was going into, we liked the white space, and it showcased the entire pattern.
Now moving on to tip #2. See that fabric our test pillow is placed on above? That is the reverse side of the fabric shown below. Inside out fabric. Some fabrics work great both ways!
Now that you've decided which way the pattern will go and have your fabric side chosen we move on to tip #3 Make sure you get your pillow sewn exactly the way you want it by taping it out. Measure out the exact dimensions of your pillow and tape it with painters tape! This helps the workroom know exactly how you would like to see your finished pillow look and reduces confusion and costly errors.
Here's how it looked after the pillows were completed... beautiful!
We get really excited when we work with people or companies who make our lives better and easier. This month with our focus on organizing, our blogworthy company is The Container Store. I just love walking up and down the aisles of this store simply for inspiration! Any storage issue you may have, and some you didn't know you do have can be resolved in this candy shop for compulsive organizers or those of us who aspire to be organized.
What brought me to The Container Store is a remodeling project we are doing which include creating two new closets. The closets are being relocated partly into attic space and so will have angled ceilings to contend with. Before the space was even framed out, we were able to walk into the store and get the closet set up based on our client's needs using their Elfa system. The angle of the ceiling, the shelving units, hanging storage, shoe storage were all included in our plans. Fernando, the closet designer I worked with just made it so darn easy! By the time he was finished, I had the color plans, knew the cost, and had an installation date set up. I could barely "contain" myself!
All the fun stuff! Great containers to make your space neat and unified.
And did I mention... all Elfa systems and installation are 30% off until Februatry 11th? Get yourself to The Container Store!
and so it begins... 2014
I love January. It's that time of year when you get to reinvent yourself, declutter your house and life, and set new goals. New Year's Resolutions are still fresh and full of potential. All the holiday decorations have been stored, the house looks stark and clean in comparison. I find that fresh scrubbed feeling inspiring. January will be the month to get those storage spaces like the pantry organized.
However, getting it clean is one thing... keeping it clean is quite another, especially when you have a family! That's why organization is so important. Having a functional space lends itself to keeping your things and life under control.
I really love the shallow storage in these pantries. Makes for a quick check to see if anything needs restocking.
The pull out drawers in this pantry are interesting although I do wonder how high up these drawers go. Would you be able to see in those top drawers without a step ladder? I do think all the vertical storage for baking pans, cleaning supplies, and cutting boards is a great addition as well.
This doesn't have the high end furniture look of some of our other inspiration pantries, but how uber practical would this be? Being able to adjust the height on all those shelves is such a great feature. And how about that 'floor to ceiling' carousel! Does anyone else have kids who would take a ride on this? You'd find them all curled up by the Milky Bones with a supportive sibling spinning them.
Kudos on the functionality of this. You would never know that behind those sleek cabinet doors there was so much going on.
I love pantries that don't necessarily 'feel' like a storage closet. I love the natural light and the chair that doubles as a foot stool.... hmmm, maybe it triples as the time-out chair as well?
The next step is to figure out what you're going to keep. If you haven't gone through your pantry in a while chances are there are lots of items that need to be tossed. Measure your shelves. Get an idea of what you need and the space you have before you go shopping. Do this first and it will save you time and money.
I love these Fido italian canning jars I found at Home Goods. They're so pretty to look at!
These wall hooks are from World Market. I'm thinking they would be cute to hang aprons in a pantry.
There are lots of storage tools. Baskets in all on style help unify a space and look really nice together. Clear glass jars not only look great, but help keep items fresh.
If you have a corner in your pantry, use a turntable like the one above for all those oddballs like toothpicks, birthday candles, and leftover chopsticks from takeout.
Add clear acrylic magazine holders to your pantry and you have a place to store recipes, owners manuals for small appliances stored in your pantry, and issues of cooking magazines that you'd like to have handy without creating a mess of stacked papers.
my own before and after...
It was exhausting, but I finally got my pantry under control, oh, and changed out a lightbulb!
TGID- Thank God It's Done!
For even more inspiration check us out on Pinterest!
I got an email the other morning from Yellow Goat Designs asking for me to vote for them in this years Interior Design Best of Year 2013. Of course I would! YGD has some very cool designs...check them out!
I figured I'd do my voting for them and be on my way in about five minutes. Boy, was I wrong! I spent the next hour browsing through all the cool entries in this years contest. Let me show you a few of the things that caught my eye