Posts Tagged ‘Design’

Travel Inspiration from Turkey

Monday, November 19th, 2012

At the end of September I traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to explore and become inspired.  The people, architecture, patterns and colors will forever leave a mark on my designs.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip.

The view looking towards Sultanahmet.

Beautifully detail roof at dusk.

Interior view of the Blue Mosque…stunning.

Inside the Aya Sofya.

Ceiling detail of the Aya Sofya

Brightly colored ceilings inside the Grand Bazaar.

Shopping for textiles.

The runner that came home with us!  It’s from Dhoku and made from recycled rugs that have been patched together.

A metal shop within the Bazaar.

Denver Home Update!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

We have been in our new home a little over two months and are beginning to get settled .  We still have a LONG way to go, but here is a little peek at some of the spaces as they progress little by little.

Our living room is livable at the moment. There are three things I would like to do in this space: get a new sofa, reupholster the arm chair, and reupholster the ottoman.

As previously mentioned, storage is our biggest issue.  I invested in a reasonably presentable door rack to hold spices and baking supplies.  On the other wall (not pictured) is a stainless steel shelf unit that holds all of our dishes.  We painted the walls a very soft gray but have yet to decide on a color for the kitchen nook – I am thinking about something bold like stripes but I am not sure Tobey will go for that.


Our bedroom is still in the organizational process (the walls aren’t as yellow as they look!!).  The patterned curtains are covering my closet since we had to remove the doors.  I am looking for a fun grey and white stripe fabric to make into panels. I would also like to mount the TV to the wall.

This is my office/storage room at the moment.  It is home to everything that I haven’t had time to hang, get rid of, or find a home for – pretty much a big mess. I have high hopes of tackling this room over the weekend!!

That’s all for now.  I will have a more finished product to show you in another few weeks!!!


A First Home in Denver

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

I had hoped to be ready to post some “preliminary” shots of our new house, but didn’t want you all to think we are total slobs.  We have been in the new house for just over a week.  Step one was getting things out of boxes and into piles.  We have succeeded at that, but the next step of finding everything a home has been a bit trickier, so here are some photos to give you a feel for the space, but none of the belongings in the pictures are ours. Hence, my personal disclaimer:  I am going to cheat a bit with the first photos of our new home today.  These are the photos taken by the realtor and whoever staged our home prior to us buying it, so none of the furniture it ours – also, please note they used a wide angle lens so the spaces feel slightly larger than they really are.

I love this picture – our new place has tons of windows and light.  As you can see the space is long and fairly narrow – I can’t wait to paint and get some really fun carpet on the stairs.

Once in the door, this is your view directly to the right.  I am thinking this will be where our TV has to go and maybe a small chair in the corner by the window.

This is your view to the left of the door, essentially our living space.  It looks clean and simple with this furniture, but our pieces are slightly larger so I am going to have to play with it a bit.  A bold patterned rug is something I am looking for and a new light fixture or fan – I am undecided if we actually want a fan in this space or not.

This rectangular table fits nicely in the space, but ours is round.  It will be interesting to see how it fits.  We also have a large armoire that we want in this area to serve as a pantry since there isn’t one in the kitchen.

I love the island in the kitchen and the huge sink!  Our biggest issue is the limited number of cabinets and drawers.  We only have eight cabinets and five drawers.  Storage solutions will be my initial focus in this space.

The half bath downstairs is enormous and a poor use of space.  Down the road I would love to reconfigure it and add a pantry and coat closet.

The master bedroom has doors or windows on every wall, which makes using the space a bit more challenging.  I am hoping to get a dresser, two small night stands, and a little vanity table in here.

I will post another update in the next few weeks once our belongings are settled.  We are in the process of picking paint colors so I will keep you posted on that progress.  Until then…


April Showers…

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

The perfect topic for a gloomy day – these umbrella stands are sure to put a smile on your face when you step out of the rain and into your home.  From playful to traditional, there is sure to be one that fits your personality and style!  The fact that most of them are under $100 is just a bonus.  So go play in the rain and enjoy!

And the Winner Is…..

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Drum roll please…Congratulations to Rosa, the winner of our room re-do contest! 

Here is what Rosa had to say about her living room: I generally like our living room but I’m curious as to ways to improve it. Is the furniture clashing? Do we have too many trinkets? Can we do something different with the paintings on the walls? What kind of curtains can we add? Although our ceiling is high, the eye seems to go low. And there’s not enough light in the evenings. How can we add lighting that doesn’t cost too much and goes with our antique motif?

Rosa, this room has an abundance of potential! You have some beautiful, unique pieces and we can’t wait to help you get the most out of your space – both visually and functionally.  Stay tuned to see the before and after shots…

Room Re-do Contest!!!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Post pictures of or write about your LEAST favorite room in your home on our Facebook page for a chance to win a room re-do between now and February 20th!  Leave a brief description about what you dislike and why. Encourage friends to “like” your post.  The person with the most “likes” will win. The winner will be announced Monday, February 27th. Details are below!

5 Easy Steps:

1. Log into your Facebook account.

2. Find us on Facebook at:  

3. Click on “Photo” which is write next to “Post”.

 4. Select Upload a Photo

5. Click “Choose File” to select the image you want to upload

Contest Details:

- Submit photos of one room – post via your computer or phone to Facebook.

- Encourage friends and family to like your post and picture.  The person with the most “likes” will win.

- There are no restrictions on the location of the property.

*Winner will receive a room re-do. We start by rearranging your existing pieces of furniture to make the space more functional and visually appealing.  Next we can help you select paint colors, accessorize, and fall back in the love with your home!

- Winner will be announced February 27th via Facebook and our website/blog.  Pictures of the before and after will be posted on our blog upon completion.





Ski Lodge Inspiration

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Ski season is here!  All of the resorts in Colorado are open and thousands of people from around the world hit the slopes here every weekend.  Whether your design style is modern or traditional, adding a touch of ski-lodge inspired love to your home just might be the ticket to create a cozy atmosphere for the cold months ahead.  Here are some of our favorite ideas that you can pull from to make your own apres-ski environment.  So grab a cup of hot cocoa and get to work!!

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The Cabin in Perth by Dark Horse Productions.  A warm, neutral palette combined with rustic and soft textures makes you want to kick off your ski boots and curl up in front of the fire.

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We love the white floors combined with the dark walls and light natural wood furniture – they strike a beautiful balance with one another.

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Open storage for firewood is a great way to include a natural element if you don’t have a feature such as exposed log beams in your home as this cabin does.

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2.  Fireside Lodge in Wilson, WY (pic directly above)…you can rent it with a Groupon deal.  The metal chairs and storage are also in perfect contrast to the plush couches.

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Aerin Lauder’s ski lodge in Aspen via Vogue.  See all pics here.  Sleek, clean lines and an abundance of natural light make this space feel fresh and airy.

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Great bedroom by Sophie Donelson.  It is simultaneously quaint and chic.  The old school duvet cover accessorized by a bold stripe blanket and matching gold and brown pillows make you want crawl in bed and read a book.  The antlers and vintage backpacks make a statement on the wood paneled walls as the antique bench helps frame the bed.

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Aspen Social Club.  Antlers make for a unique ceiling element that create depth and play with the light quality.  The gauzy curtains soften the effect of the shiny table tops.

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To recap: Accessorize your home with antlers (real or fake) or add a cool animal bust.  West Elm has a papier-mache stag that is worth taking a peek at. Use old ski posters and antique wood skis as wall decor.  Find an interesting way to stack wood indoors to give a space a natural, rustic feel. Lastly, incorporate cozy textures through pillows, throws, and rugs – a flokati rug or a hide (faux or real) feel great on bare feet.

Holiday Cheer

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

December has arrived and with it comes the Holidays.   It doesn’t matter what you celebrate or how big or small your budget, bringing the holidays into your home feels good this time of year.  In many families a Christmas tree has become an important part of holiday tradition.  This year we worked hard to find some less traditional options that take on a variety of shapes and forms.  We also scoured the web to bring you the most stunning and creative holiday decor that is fit to adorn your foyer, table, mantle, or wherever you deem worthy.  Begin a new holiday tradition with your family and design something together!  Cheers!

Vintage wood slats offer color and texture while heart appliques give it a personal touch.  A great idea for small spaces and people who love DIY projects.


I absolutely love this idea!  It is an excellent space saver or just a fun twist on your mundane book cases.


An old school shiny tinsel tree adds a touch of glamour to a simple room.  Try this is silver, white, or a bright hue like fuschia for a pop of color.  Wrap your packages in a shade of that color and dress with a contrasting ribbon to complete the look.


A playful take on a tree and a great idea if you don’t have a chandelier over your table.  All you need is a branch, ornaments, and fishing line.


Gather friends at your holiday party and ask them to each write down something they are thankful for and find a place for it on your “paper tree”.


Go natural with fruits and berries that have a rich color and interesting texture.


Give leftover ornaments, candies, or accessories a home!  Fill a glass vase with the colorful baubles.  It makes a beautiful table center piece.


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Put your old cupcake tower to good use.  Combine household accents with a few holiday accessories for a festive homemade display.

Christmas-Tiered serving platters - tablescape - table holiday Christmas Fall decor via WOman's Day

Make a statement by grouping together candle holders and vases.  Try varying heights to give your display visual interest.  Add an organic element such as faux berry branches for contrast.



Embrace simplicity.  These tables are elegant because they aren’t overdone.




Entice your senses by incorporating potpourri, cinnamon sticks, or scented candles.


Select a color palette and use it for your indoor and outdoor decorations.



Construct your own wall focal point that can be saved for next year.


Who said stockings have to be hung from a mantle?  Utilize the surfaces you have efficiently and creatively.  This piano is a perfect example!

Fall Holiday Christmas tree garland piano decor stockings

Try combining fresh greens, votive candles, a colorful fruit, and simple ornaments to create your table runner.  Add height with vases, candelabras, or family heirlooms.



Soften a whimsical wintery white palette with cozy fabrics and interesting textures.

Christmas Fall Holiday Decor - bedroom decor and design - christmas stockings and garland

Design your own Menorah with family or invest in one that expresses your style.





Work to build a “theme” for your holiday decor.  Select mantle decorations that can easily be mimicked on your table.

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Hickory Chair Furniture Contest – Please Vote

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Hickory Chair is hosting a design challenge and I’m up for it!  You know I am a great supporter of this company and I can’t think of anyone else that I’d rather have build one of my designs.  You can see my design below.  It is functional for both a dining room but also for the person whose office IS the dining table.  I’ve seen the home office need many times in smaller apartments and honestly, I’d love one for our home as well. 

I would be so grateful for your support so please click here to cast your vote for my design. 

As many of you already know I LOVE furniture design.  It has always been a dream to design and sell my concepts that I’ve created over the years.  Most of my designs come from a client need that cannot be filled by existing companies.  My designs are multi-functional because double duty is always better as our lives change.  If I am selected as the winner of this contest, I’ll be given a $10,000 credit with Hickory Chair but more importantly to me, my design may be built by Hickory Chair and possibly become part of their collection.   So please vote!     Hickory Chair Design Contest Entry

Alexander McQueen

Monday, August 8th, 2011
Photo courtesy of Met Museum

Photo courtesy of Met Museum


Like a moth to a flame, there is nothing like hype to draw one to something.   I had been hearing about the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum on fashion designer Alexander McQueen for a while, but I procrastinated to see it.   So two weekends ago, we tried but the wait was two hours; we bailed.  However, after reading more great reviews, I decided I should really go see this!  I thought maybe during the week would be less busy, not true.  So fast forward to this past Saturday night when, after dinner, my husband and I trekked across the park and got in line at 8:45pm (the Met extended their hours till midnight the last two days).  I thought our chances were good because it was late and it was raining.  The line moved quickly and we were inside fifteen minutes later (the building only friends).  We then snaked around the museum for another two and a half hours.  I have to say at least we had things to look at and talk about while waiting.  Finally we were at the front with all the masses. 

Not Grand Central but the Met at 10:00pm!

McQueen made use of everyday materials (feathers, shells, metal, etc) to create some of the most interesting designs for fashion.  His designs were not just fashion but theatre.  He created an emotion around each of his designs and I sensed that at each grouping.  Some of his designs were dark, some light and dreamy.  The intricate details that create the overall silhouette are stunning.   The layers, the seams and ribbing…I wondered how long it took to create each piece.  It’s one thing to sketch such imaginative designs but to be able to execute them in such a precise, perfect way is pure talent. 

Beyond the fashion, the installation was amazing.  Antiqued mirrors, intricate wood floors and walls lit with dramatic lighting all enveloped the viewer.  It was a sensory experience and I can only believe that is what McQueen would have wanted.  I’ve looked at several of his shows online and can’t help but think theatre.   He used classical music but also a little Lady Gaga.  His models don’t just strut but they act and move in a way that makes one a bit uneasy.   

I know something has influenced me when I keep returning to analyse it in my mind.  I’m sad this brilliant mind is gone but thankful to have seen the show at the Met.  So was it hype?  No, not at all.  


I choose not to copy photos from the Met because they did a great job putting so much info there.  Please explore as it is worth the time.    Enjoy!

Pictures of the exhibit from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Well worth the visit for the photography. 

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