Monday, October 20, 2014

Client Project: Ranch Project Living Room

I met Carol and Emmett - dubbed my Ranch Project Clients - at a park one day while swinging our respective little ones.  We started talking and discovered that both our boys took baseball together!  Our conversation blossomed from there and before I knew it, Carol mentioned she needed help pulling her home together.  I directed her to my blog to take a look around and told her to give me a call if she was interested in help.

(fabric selections for their room)  

Like many of my clients, Carol and Emmett recently transitioned from a small city condo into a larger suburban home.  In many cases, this means my clients have entire rooms filled with nothing, or, furniture that doesn't work in the new space.  Many people feel overwhelmed by the task of starting from scratch on a new room; this is where I enter the scenario.  Here is a before picture of the space we started on:

The dreaded long and narrow living room.  I spent lots of time on this floor plan and played with several different options.  While it is often suggested to split a long and narrow room into sections, the clients didn't like it for this space, and neither did I.  The owners like to entertain and want to use the room for large family gatherings - and wanted to maximize seating - so that everyone can sit in the room for conversation.  Here is the ultimate floor plan that was approved:

I decided to pull the conversation area into the middle of the room, centered with the fire place.  To do so, I placed a console/sideboard on the far wall of the room (right side in the floorplan above) which will be used for dining room storage (the dining room is right around the corner and too small for its own console and we will likely place a little bar in there) and to use for appetizers when company is over.

The entry to the home is a very small space and enters right into this room.  Therefore, a console is placed behind the sofa to create an entry passage and also allow for a space for keys and mail.  The wall behind this sofa will serve as a black and white photo gallery. This is a generic 3D rendering (not actual sofa, side table,etc choices) of the space:

The photo wall will be more random though, like this gallery and will likely include a ledge or two:

Carol likes contemporary interiors that are warm with fun and unexpected pops of color /statement pieces.  Here are the fabrics we selected for the upholstered pieces (expected any day now) along with the art we will hang over the console.  We used neutral fabrics on the seating and the art will serve as the inspiration for the colored accessories and textiles we pull into the room:

We are in the process of finalizing the console, rug, and coffee table purchases.  These are the pieces we like, so stay tuned for the final decision.  The following buffet is a strong contender given size and price, however my client is trying to decide if the glass will bother her:

We may add just a touch of rustic appeal, to play off their fireplace, with the coffee table.  However, my client has made it very clear to me that rustic is not her thing and only a light touch of weathered/distressed/ rustic wood is allowed.  I really think it will work great in the space and keep it from becoming too stuffy:

...and will we keep it neutral with the rug:

...or go with another touch of color:

....stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Outdoor Extravaganza Link Party: Painting

Yesterday we shared our outdoor paint projects:
Paint Projects for the Outdoor Extravaganza
Bright Yellow Outdoor Side Table by Angie of Echoes of Laughter
Weathered Bench Container Garden by Shauna of Satori Design for Living
Hanging Succulent Centrepiece by Lucy of Craftberry Bush
Painted Exterior Brick by Dawn of Inspired Living
Waterproofing Outdoor Furniture by Tiffany of Living Savvy
Painted Gardening Bench by Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Now it's your turn!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Small Changes, Big Impact - Painting Our Exterior Brick

We have made extensive changes to our home, inside and out.  However, some of the most high impact changes happened to be the cheapest / easiest ones we've made.

(Our house at the end of last summer)

Last year, I shared the before and after of our exterior, here.  However, the many changes that we made were done over the course of about 4 or 5 years.  The change that took our renovations from nice, to wow, in my opinion, was\ painting our brick and adding fresh landscaping.  Don't just take my word for it, take a look.  Here is a picture of our home after we changed the roof-line/windows/siding:

This picture was taken just about a year ago.  I remember being so excited to get our flower boxes planted, stepped back to take it in, and realized it was kind of sad looking!  That is when I knew something had to be changed.  Here is our home after new paint/plants:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Outdoor Extravaganza Link Party: Decorating

Welcome back!  Yesterday, we shared out outdoor decorating ideas and progress:

Outdoor Decorating Projects for the Outdoor Extravaganza
Tips for Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Space by Angie of Echoes of Laughter
Outdoor Conversation Area by Lucy of Craftberry Bush
DIY Pool Storage Rack by Tiffany of Living Savvy
Outdoor Lounging Area by Shauna of Satori Design for Living
Outdoor Living Room by Dawn of Inspired Living
Simple Outdoor Decorating Ideas by Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Now it's your turn!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Creating an Outdoor Room

Our winter was cold and long.  My family has missed our time spent outside in our backyard and on our deck.  My son has spent the past few months asking me, daily, if we could "please eat outside on the deck, mom!"  The weather has only barely broke, but our deck is all ready and waiting for spring / summer!

Did you notice the dead looking tree in the background of the picture above?  That usually has leaves by now, but due to the (miserable) weather in our parts, it's still yet to bloom!  Can you tell I'm just a little bit ready for consistent warm weather?  I'm not bitter at all.... I swear....  ok maybe just a little.  ;)  I lost five newly planted rose bushes just on the other side of the deck over the winter, so maybe that is why I decided to go for the gold with these already full hanging baskets this year rather than planting them myself and waiting it out to fill in:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Outdoor Extravaganza Link Party

Welcome back to the 3rd Annual Outdoor Extravaganza!  If you haven't already, stop by and check out all of the great outdoor projects shared yesterday:

Outdoor Extravaganza Plants & Flowers (2014)
Chevron Striped Flower Pots by Angie of Echoes of Laughter
How to Age Terra Cotta Pots by Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Garden Themed Hostess Gift by Shauna of Satori Design for Living
How to Plant Succulents in a Birdcage by Lucy of Craftberry Bush
Bright Pink Spring Front Porch by Tiffany of Living Savvy
Large Scale Summer Planters by Dawn of Inspired Living

Now it's your turn to share your projects here, and don't forget to prep your outdoor decorating projects for next weeks party!  I look forward to seeing what you've been up to:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Creating an Entrance: Summer Planters

Last year I gave our home exterior and landscaping a makeover to help improve our curb appeal.  One of the updates we made, among the many shared here, was to line our front entry path with planters and boxwood's to help create an entrance:

I chose two large scale planters to line the start of the path so that I could add drama and color to the landscaping each year with annuals.  Today I'm going to share the plants that I chose this year to fill these planters.  By now I think most of us have heard the formula for creating an eye catching planter: thriller, filler, spill-er.  With this in mind, I made the following selection:

Monday, May 5, 2014

Napa Getaway

As I mentioned the last time I posted, I wanted to share some of my favorite snapshots from our recent Napa getaway.  It was an awesome time and I tasted a lot of great wines!  We visited a variety of spots in Napa and Sonoma, and the ones I've included here were a few of my favorite.

One of our first stops, Far Niente, had the most beautifully manicured grounds of the wineries we visited.  This makes sense considering the owner originally made his money in the nursery business!  All of the spring flowers were in full bloom when we visited in early April.  The wines were really great as well, mostly Cabs, and my husband liked them so much we joined the wine club!  Two more notable items about Far Niente are the underground caves which were carved out after the building had been there for many years.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a lot of great snapshots of the caves since I would have needed a stand for my camera.  Additionally, as part of the tour you get to see the owner's car collection (added bonus for the husband).  I will note, though, that our tour guide - Zack - corrected me when I called it a "car collection;" he was quick to point out that these cars are driven regularly.  La dee da.  :)  A few snapshots from this stop:

Me and my husband in the underground cave:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's that time of year again..........

What time is that, you ask?  It's the time of year that I start dreaming up all of the possibilities the warmer weather brings to enhancing the outdoor spaces of our home!  (We had awesome weather in the 60's and 70's last week and I was actually able to work in our garden, but it snowed on Monday and is a brisk 35 degrees today!  Brrrr.....will this winter weather ever end?)  I'm excited to share that I will be participating in this years Outdoor Extravaganza Link Parties again:

Our hostesses for this year (from left to right) are Kristin, from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Tiffany, from Living Savvy, Angie from Echoes of Laughter, Lucy from Craftberry Bush, Shauna, from Satori Design for Living, and yours truly!

I hope you will mark your calendar to join in the series, starting May 14.  It serves as great motivation to get yourself going on the projects you hope to complete this summer.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fine Art Giveaway!

In a design world filled with neutrals and simple decor - which I love, don't get me wrong - art is a great way to add color, pattern, texture, and above all, personality into your home!  Art can make a bold statement:

(Suzanne Gibbs Studio, ©July 2013, Cuts and Bruises, encaustic, on canvas wrapped panel, 14 x 11. $720)

Or it can add texture and interest:

(Suzanne Gibbs, Highrise 2, Acrylic, oil and canvas pieces on canvas, 14 x 11. $420)