Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Grey+White Wall Stripes

I've had an absolutely crazy morning, so I'm going to make this one short and sweet! I've been working on my apartment for about 6 months now, trying to make little changes where I can to make it more design friendly. I have a laundry list of things I'd like done, but for now I just tackle them one at a time for budget (and sanity) reasons. Once I'm "done," I'd like to photograph my apartment with a professional camera vs. just the ipad which I'm using now. 

Here's a little sneak peak of one of my projects:

More to come soon, promise!


Friday, June 22, 2012

Vintage Beach

This morning, I was going through and adding photos to our Facebook album from my recent Modern Atlanta home tour. I was flipping through the photos, and was inspired by some photographs used in one of the homes that was decorated by the lovely Julie Witzel of jwitzeldesign.. I'm totally not into beach a huge tidal wave sweeping over the sand or a closeup of a palm tree with the sunset in the background. Excuse me while I barf. These prints, however, had a vintage feel to them. They may have been new photography, but the filters (is this even a term?) and angles just made them look a little different than typical beach photography. Take a look (and I need to remind me to ask her who did these so I can give proper credit!):

Which inspired me to find a couple more....I think these would be beautiful in an airy living room or entryway.

Vintage Surfboards by SevenElevenStudios

Pastel Beach by Sheena Armstrong of captaincoyote

What else happened today? Well...I had a short meeting in Brookhaven with my Design Collective ladies Hillary and Julie. Some exciting things are soon to follow with DC... so stay tuned! One of my ya-ya sisters came into town from Macon for a fabric-shopping frenzy (I got a great fabric remnant that was originally $30/yd for $5...boom!) and we shared some good conversation over trellis patterns and then enchiladas at one of my favorite spots. It was a normal Friday, so about 343,238,233 last minute things needed to be taken care of for clients. Now.. I'm packing for a quick little trip to Athens tomorrow evening and I have a new Elle Decor just waiting to be cracked open. Maybe I'll throw my hair in a ponytail, get in some pajamas, and tackle a few things. Or not.

I'll give you another hint as to what I'll be reading before bed:

laters, baby.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bosch Net Zero Home

Last week, I was so glad to finally be able to go out to Serenbe to visit the 2012 HGTV Green Home. I had been to Serenbe to eat at The Hil several times, but it had always been at night and I never was able to do too much exploring. After going to see renowned designer Smith Hanes at an event at SwitchModern a few weeks ago, we were itching to get inside Sernbe and explore. Smith is a very talented designer who has an eye for not only design, but branding as well. His team is one of the best I've seen at completing a project 100%, with extreme thought put into every single aspect. Sometimes, as designers, we get so caught up in the design of a space..we forget about all the little added details that could make a project even more special. He has an in-house branding/graphic design expert, and it showed in his work! That was a little tangent, but I was trying to get back to the whole design concept for Serenbe. They thought about everything. Location, signage, variety of home styles, light poles, fonts on signs, the pitch of the road. You name it, they've considered it. Read more here about the man that started this dream 12 years ago. 

Here are a few photos so you can get a general idea of the pure beauty found here:

donkeys, horses, and and inn. could it get any better? 

lambs, hydrangeas, and good lighting. winner winner. 

the blue-eyed daisy, a cute little eatery at the heart of serenbe. unfortunately, we got there 5 minutes too late to eat lunch there. it's a LEED certified silver building..impressive. 

remember what i told you about the light poles? 

quaint little room at the inn. i'd love to relax here over a long weekend. and by long weekend, i mean forever. oops. 

beautiful details! 

the stables on a stormy day. to die for! 

another room at the inn. 

the hil. delish. 

First, we went on a semi self-guided tour of the Green Home. I will post photos of this tomorrow when they're done downloading. 

Until then..I will show you some photos I took of the Bosch Net Zero model. It's only supposed to be open on the weekends, but...the door was unlocked. So there we were. By using the term "net zero," they mean the home itself makes energy to offset the energy used by the homeowner. Dream mode: can you imagine if every house in the U.S. did this? The results would be profound! Read more about the house here. In conjunction with Ballard design, the designer (Jill Sharp Brinson) made sustainability look beautiful. These photos just don't do it justice...but take a look-see: 

beautifully styled shelving right outside of the kitchen.

reclaimed wood moulding. 

love this mirror and small-scaled chair as an accent in a small hallway nook. oh, and there's me :) 

sette in the master bath (i think.)

love this mirror in the powder room. it was mimicked by another over the vanity. 


details, details, details. 

one of my favorite upstairs office with a dining table. i need this!

i will have this stool. i know it's weird..but it needs to belong to me! 

x-benches under a console are always a good plan. 

loved all the layers and texture. not so wild about the chair. maybe in a grey..but  this isn't working for me. 

a house isn't complete until the outside is. the hung two branches over the rafters and hunt lanterns and sunflowers over them. not for every house obviously, but it really worked here. 

wonderful seating group of 4 armchairs. 

weird sheep art. even weirder... i liked it. a lot! 

loved this dining area. the banquette looked good enough to sleep on and everything about it looked welcoming! the wallpaper was a great accent to a small space, and the lighting fixture was just right. 

I was mega inspired by this home. This week has been very busy, but I'm so happy to see my little birthday girl. They've been on vacation for a week, and while they were gone, she turned 3. Stop growing!! 

Sometimes, she reminds's easier to attract bees with honey than with vinegar. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Beautiful Bathrooms

I have been working on several bathroom design projects, and they really have me thinking about what I would want my dream bathroom to look like. Well, let's be honest. If you know me at all, you know I have regular A.D.D and design A.D.D. Two totally different things. Design A.D.D has it's very own category and club, and I'm the president. I would say I wish they had medicine to help with it, but I'd be lying. Design A.D.D. is what keeps me going everyday. 

So, I'll just say today.....this is what I'm feeling. Tomorrow may be different. Judge me! 

this is where the magic happened. this bristol vanity from j. tribble makes me d   r   ooooooo   l. of course, I would want an extended version  with the sink centered...i'm thinking maybe 6' long or so? and then one mirrored directly across from this one. 

chevron marble shower accent. 

hidden storage in the bennett console by layla grace. with room for accessories on top. perfume, pictures, and jewelry would rest here. 

we have a wonderful client that's using this in satin nickel in her kitchen and i just fell in love. for this design, make it gold please.

simple drawer pulls. 

etagere for beautifully folded towels and bath salts. you haven't seen a perfect folded towel until you've seen mine. ask about it... it annoys people. 

two gold overlay circular mirrors over each vanity. 

simple, shiny cabinet pull. 

bench fabric. i have been dying to use this fabric from lewis and sheron, and still haven't gotten the chance. it's hanging in my office begging to be in a design scheme. side note: this world would be a better place if more people had benches in their bathrooms. promise.

to. die. for. sconce. something about this world's away light is simplicity done right. 

grey grasscloth walls for me.

Today it's rainy and yucky outside. Sometimes, though, this can be good inspiration for a design. It's been working in my favor today.