interior design

Horse meets Home

by Anna on August 24, 2012

I introduce to you: A concept board for the project of my newest client. A friend of mine just purchased a condo in Del Mar and I just had to get a start on bringing together some ideas. I’m loving the fact that she wants to incorporate some quirky horse paraphernalia into the living area- its really going to add some personality and fun! I’d like to mix some modern pieces with rustic equestrian pieces and tie it all together using sleek blue and rusty orange. I think we will definitely have a good time pulling off this look while also working within a budget. Here is my take on the MODERN EQUESTRIAN LOOK……

Small Rectangle Lacquer Trays
$29 – westelm.com

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Room Interpretation

by Anna on August 13, 2012

ITEMS IN THIS ROOM:

 

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Baby room to the MAX!

by Anna on April 12, 2012

Max’s bedroom is finally finished! He hasn’t arrived yet (today is April 11, his due date was April 8th) but he will soon. His bedroom awaits his arrival… as does as his mama and papa.

To be quite honest there wasn’t much planning that went into the room. I wanted to use what we had available and spend as little as possible. I just couldn’t justify spending a bundle on a room that I know is going to be changed in a few years anyway. I must say that I do feel that I got pretty lucky with the things that we already had and how well everything fused together. I think the best way to make this type of design work is to not be tied or limited to color. I chose to keep white as the base on the walls and use a dominance of blues and greens with pops of bright colors. I already had the beech color bookcase from Ikea which is what prompted my decision to choosing  the beech color crib and changing table, this would make for a more cohesive look.

I used my own tall blue dresser that was stained by my mother and used in my younger brother’s room when we grew up. My amazing friends bought us the beech crib from Ikea and Matt and I purchased the matching diaper changer from Ikea to match. We found the baby mobile laying next to the trash bin of our apartment. So I washed it up, put in new batteries, and “Voila!” good as new. We even found a stack of children’s books a few weeks later near the trash bin which we claimed and are now being housed in the bookcase. Talk about lucky!

The armchair was my own and is upholstered in an unattractive brown fabric so I took one of my old white duvet covers and wrapped it around the cushions. Easy DIY change! We decided that because we will be having so many guests in the next few months stay with us to visit and meet little Max, we should purchase a fold up sofa bed. This we also bought from Ikea… You just can’t beat their prices!

Accessories and decorative items: Most of the stuffed animals were presents from friends and family, the play rug is from Ikea, the sock monkey bunting purchased through Etsy.com was re-used from the baby shower, the bed linens are Ikea, the knit throw was a gift from family friends, the knick-knacks we already had, the MAX letters were purchased at the Pasadena flea market, the sofa pillows were hand sewn by myself, and the wall art was fabric that I purchased on Etsy.com and wrapped around wood stretchers.

This room is full of love and I can’t help but just sit in it and imagine holding our little one in my arms. I hope you enjoy our little Max’s room as much as I do!

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Fire it Up!

by Anna on November 24, 2011

Well, since my last post and claiming how I am still in denial about the changing seasons I gotta admit… Thanksgiving has definitely brought me the holiday cheer and excitement for these times of family, friends, and food!

The current project I’m working on has me thinking about outdoor furniture. “But its cold! Why outdoor furniture?” you ask. Because! Southern Califonia’s fall/winter weather is the perect time for snuggling up to your outdoor fire pit with friends, family, s’mores, and a bottle of wine! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are a few inspirational ideas for your outdoor seating and fire pit area:

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(photos from www.landscapingnetwork.com)

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Craving Color.

by Anna on November 19, 2011

Cooler seasons brings cooler colors. The sky shows grey, tree’s leaves have fallen away to expose bare branches, grass and greenery become dry and brown,  ice and snow will soon cover land in white, and bodies of water darken reflecting the sky’s gloom.

Although I live in California and don’t see much of a seasonal change there is definitely a nip in the air and a change in nature’s colors.  Trending colors will change to browns, purples, rich reds, and oranges as they normally do. Of course I also love the colors of fall but I must say… I’m not yet ready to embrace the cool seasons. I’m still lusting over the bright rich colors of summer. So, this post is a last farewell to the uplifting saturated brights of the summer past. A last “Ode to summer,”  if you will. Please enjoy.

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Bright Ideas.

by Anna on October 17, 2011

Lighting tricks: If you prefer a home with a neutral palette or monochromatic color scheme a great way to add life and character is to pick out unique lighting solutions. When picking out lighting fixtures think of them as art pieces. Color, shape, and size are all very important factors when incorporating unique lighting into your home.

If you have a round dining table using a circled or rounded hanging pendant will accentuate the curves.

If you have a very masculine feel and want to tone it down a tad try using an elegant glass and metal fixture to bring some shine and sparkle.

Eclectic style is all the rave right now and an easy trick to blending traditional with modern is to use large scale modern lighting fixtures. Try a large modern faceted wall sconce on a traditional paneled wall.

Here are a few of my latest favorites in the lighting world:

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The perfect PALLET

by Anna on August 13, 2011

Have you ever walked past an alley and noticed wood shipping paletts just laying around ready to be tossed into the landfills? I sure have and I always think what a waste it is. I’ve even considered taking them home a few times but declined thinking I wouldn’t know what to do with them. Well… here you go! If you or I ever pass by that dumpster again and see those precious gems now we know what to do :) Happy pallet hunting! Send me your pics if your happen to make anything!

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(pics provided by Pinterest)

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UpCycled and Fabulous.

by Anna on May 24, 2011

I am always so impressed with all the talent found on the website esty.com Check out this shop called Mudpuppy that features alien-like plants that actually grow upside-down. Amazing!

Re-Purposed Tupperware? How cool! These would definitely make a whimsical statement in a kitchen or even hanging above tables in a fun little restaraunt. Check out GusNboots shop.

Lastly, take a look at this assortment of Upcycled wall decor.

Top left is a picture frame made out of Upcycled magazine pages by ColorStoryDesigns.  Top right picture is an upcycled frame turned into an erasable drawing board by REEDLOVE. Bottom left is artwork that is made from reused book pages by PRRINT. Bootom right is a set of hooks made from old spoons…Isn’t that great!?… by jjevensen.

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