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Friday, April 30, 2010

Living Room Design Consultation

I recently did another {Virtual Design Consultation} for Cheera's Living Room. There were a couple of things Cheera wanted from this space that just weren't quite working for her.Since it is the first room you see when you walk through her front door, she wanted it to feel warm and inviting. What she struggled most with was how to make the room feel like it's own space, but still go with the rest of her house, as her home is a very open floor plan.

The living room opens up to the family room, which opens up to the kitchen.

Open floor plans are great for space, but they often confuse people when it comes to decorating those spaces. Fortunatley, Cheera had a great space to work with.

My Floor Plan for her Living Room:

I suggested bringing in a few more pieces of furniture. The room was too big for just those chairs and that small table inbetween them. I wanted to keep the chairs in the space, but placed them on the opposite wall, to make them less of a focal point. I brought in a couch to go on that wall, as well as another tree from her family room, to balance the wall out. I suggested adding a rug, to ground the space and make it feel more like it's own room, as well as a coffee table or ottoman - something she could use to store her kids toys. Then, finished off with a pair of lamps to give the room some lighting, as it had none overhead.

Before:

Cheera also mentioned to me that she wanted that wall to be somewhat of a photo gallery, but she just didn't know how to accomplish it. I explained to her that pre-made picture collages like the ones she had up work really will in small niches around the house. For example, in the picture of the staircase above, it works really well on that small wall. The wall in her front room, however, was too large and the different collages just looked funny.

My Virtual Design:

As mentioned before, I suggested adding a rug, a neutral, lighter colored couch to balance out the darkness in those great leather chairs, as well as a slightly lighter coffee table or ottoman to sort of tie the light and dark pieces of furniture together. I also suggested blowing up a few of her family photos and putting them in bigger frames because that large wall needed larger items on it to look right. And I suggested arranging free frames instead of using those premade collages. She told me she liked the look of quotes on the walls, so I put one on for her so she could see what it would look like. We brought the other tree in and I suggested just getting large matching baskets to put both trees in, to tie them together.

Before - the view from her Family Room:

You can see here how much extra space there was in that room. This is a big reason why it just felt a little awkward to her.

My Virtual Design:

Once again, I moved the chairs to the other side of the room. Then I backed them up with floor lamps which open both upward and downward so they could be used both for reading lights and also to reflect light off the ceiling and light the entire room. I moved the storage bench she already had to the center of that window, and flanked the window with some neutral colored curtains. And as I mentioned before, I moved that plant into the front room.

It's been really fun for me, and I hope the fun continues. To learn more about my design consultations, click {here}.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Framing Wall Art

{Thrifty Decor Chick} has done it agian. She has so many good ideas! And this one is one of my favorites.
Look how she framed out this artwork in her son's room!
I love the contrast of the dark walls and the white paint and molding behind these pictures!! So cute.
And it really makes these pieces grab your attention, too.
All she did was add molding the the wall and paint white inside the molding. That's it.And of course, we have to recognize the cute little knobs these airplane pictures are haning on.
Adorable idea. And it would work anywhere in the house. Love it!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Easy Baby Gift

If you're looking for a quick and easy baby shower gift, look no further than {In This Instance}. She just added a little something extra to this newborn shirt. Isn't it cute!!?

And here's another idea from {Bobbityboo}

She just added ruffles to a newborn shirt. So cute, huh. And easy, too.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Another Construction Party

I've already posted about a Construction Party {HERE}, but I saw this amazing party on {Kara's Party Ideas}. Check it out for more details. I'm in love with it!

LOVE this idea for marking where the party's at. They definitely got creative with paper for the decorations here.Cute use of cones - which you can get at the hardware store - and I love those balloons. I love the colors. Very Constructiony. And that cute little birthday banner.
See what I mean, about the paper? Those cupcake toppers are really cute! I love how they used dump trucks to serve things in and screws and such to hold the napkins down and just decorate with.See how the cups have the same image as those cupcake toppers?...love the cones on the tables, too. Cute signs for the food table, right? I LOVE it!! I love the fabric they used for the table cloths... And at this party I would definitely have the kids come and eat and do presents first. Then, it's off to the sandbox and dirt. And keep them outside until it's time to go home. :)
Love these little hats - one for each guest would be cute. And the signs in the dirt are fun.
I mean, what little boy wouldn't love this!!? I'd probably just throw these things in a big sandbox, though. Keep that sand where it belongs.

The take home pails. Such a fun idea! Great inspiration for any boy's mommy like myself.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Morning Glory

Wouldn't it be nice to have a beautiful porch like this one, secluded behind beautiful trees so that you could spend your morning hours lounging outside, eating breakfast in the sunshine? Happy Weekend.

Friday, April 23, 2010

White Flowers

Something about adding
white flowers to any space
spreads an aura
of peace throughout the room.
It's amazing how
their striking lack of color
draws the eye to them.
And yet they are somehow
able to grab your
attention without
diminishing the beauty
of the rest of the room.
They add so much
to a space in feeling
without taking any attention away from it.

Beautiful.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Honey Bee Party

I saw this amazingly cute party on {Imprintables}.
They sent out cute little honey bee invitations. (and thank you cards afterwards)
Cute little sign greeting the guests.
Cute little honey bee backdrop behind the cute food table.
And I love how they made the food look like it was in honey jars!And how everything has a honey bee lable.

Honey carmel popcorn.
Cute little flowers.
The cutest little cupcakes with the cutests little honey bees on top!!
And the cutest little honey bee cake for the one year old to dig into.
Simple little gift bags to take home. I love this party! Very simple! And still so cute!!!
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