Friday, January 2, 2015

2015...the year of the bathroom

Happy New Year, friends! I'm proclaiming this year as the year of the bathroom. In my dreamworld, I'd love to tackle every single bathroom in our house, but in reality I'll be doing good to cover just one.

Our house was built in the 80's so the bathrooms are in dire need of updating...massive garden-style jacuzzi tubs, fiberglass shower surrounds and waaaaay too many mirrors. News flash, these things are totally out of style this year. You're shocked, I'm sure.

So what's in style? I've given myself a year and a half of living in this house to really, really think about what style I plan to pull off. Guess what conclusion I've come to? I don't care what's in style! If I were going with the trend, I'd have a gorgeous, white bathroom covered in beautiful marble. As much as I truly appreciate this look, it's just not us.

What is us? Natural, raw and simple. Think wood, concrete and steel. Let's take a look...
Love the wood surrounds on these tubs. We're shower people, not tub people. I'd omit the tub all together if I could get away with it, but I have to think resale value for on down the line.
I'll be scouring the sales to find an inexpensive tub (good place to save money) then dress it up with a little wood. 

Speaking of wood...
You see headboard, I see backsplash. A little live edge sneaking up behind our sinks, oh yeah!

Samples of these are headed my way...
Cement hexagon tiles in a muted colorway. A splurge for sure if they make the final plan, but oh what a statement they would make!

Now, let's talk about steel.
Steel framed doors and windows add a graphic punch while remaining clean and minimal. I'm thinking shower surround. Our current surround is shiny and gold that I painted black. It's starting to chip so that's a sign, right? ;)

Last but not least, there's this...
This celtic, architectural piece has popped up twice now on Craigslist. It's speaking to me.

There ya have it, the beginnings of our bathroom design swimming around in my brain. It'll be interesting to see the end result once reality/price tags start attaching themselves to my dreams!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Restaurant remodel update

I'm still pluggin' away with the restaurant remodel. It's been quite a challenge working on this project long distance. Fortunately, we've only had one 'Holy smokes you have to get here NOW!' moment.

I've begged the trades to send me progress pictures along the way. Here's what they've sent:
I designed a 3-dimensional wall treatment. (Can you say signature item?) We'll put a neon light on the right side to finish out this fun focal wall. Can't wait to show you all the end result. Who am I kidding?... I can't wait to see the end result!

Bathrooms are tiled and currently waiting for the concrete floors to be stained, vessel sinks, mirrors and lights. 
We opted to use a tile that looks like linen. It has great texture but sadly doesn't show in this picture at all. The contractor looked at me like I was crazy when I told him we were using light grout with dark tile. Slowly but surely I plan to turn him into a believer!

This picture is mid-installation but shows lots of goodies if you look around...planked wall to the right, brick wall in the background and stacked stone up front. Our carpenter is working on a box that'll top off the half wall and give the illusion of the divider panels going from floor to ceiling.

The shiplap paneling is carried over into the waiting area and is painted light beige, almost white.

It's exciting to see things finally coming together as the sawdust begins to settle. Lighting is up next. I've ordered some great chandeliers from etsy that are due to arrive this week.

God's been working in amazing ways when it comes to the art we hope to use. Meetings are still in the works but as soon as the details are solid I'll share what's up my sleeve!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Guest Bedroom Reveal (Before/After)

I'm loving the simplicity of our new guest room. My goal was to simplify and undecorate. I wanted a space that was calming for guests but not sterile. Ready to see the results?!
John made the headboard. I know you're not surprised, because we all know by now that John has mad skills. 

I typically do the finishing work on our projects, i.e. sanding, caulking, painting, etc, but I got out super easy on this one. We didn't finish any of it! Raw, natural and minimal.

We used select pine as the main pieces and primed MDF for the surround. The lighting in this shot makes it look a tad more yellow than it actually is. The below shots are a better representation of the true color.

Love how the bit of gold on the Ikea sconces tie in the gilded gold mirror from Wisteria.

I picked up the Snake Plant at Home Depot and it's supposed to be really hard to kill. I've had it for about 4 months now and so far so good. If you have a black thumb, this is a keeper!

I decided to nix throw pillows on the bed for several reasons. One, I didn't want to cover up John's hard work. And, two, guests don't have to worry about fussing with a ton of pillows. This frees up their time to visit more with us!

So, after 15 months of living in this house, here's the slow progression of this room:
Right after moving in. Pretty much a catch all space.

Finally got around to getting rid of the things I knew wouldn't work with my new vision and also got rid of the yellow paint color. New paint, Seashell by Benjamin Moore.


Plain and simple.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shed Before and After (and the dirty in between)

We've been staring at an unsightly shed right out our front door for over a year now. Seems odd to have a shed in your front yard, right? Our house's orientation is flipped since there's a pond on the front of our property. Anyway, the view from our master bedroom window, as well as, front door was the shed that the inspector we hired prior to moving in, said "should be condemned." I'm happy to say we didn't listen to him and now have something functional and somewhat pretty! 

This picture helps you understand why the inspector was leaning towards demo...
I wasn't too thrilled about painting this entire building with a roller so when HomeRight offered to send me their big daddy paint sprayer, I said, "Yes, please!" See him in the bottom left up there? Yep, that's the Power-Flo Pro 2800 getting ready to rumble. I started by trimming the shed by hand so the overspray wouldn't get on the shingles.

And, that's where the fun stopped. Screeeeech! I spent the next 4 or 5 hours reading directions, watching youtube tutorials and calling the HomeRight help line. This, my friends, is what things looked like when I started crying  threw in the towel...
Whomp! Whomp!
You MUST be wearing the paint by the end of the day to call it a successful one!

I knew there was a huge chance the problem was an operator error instead of a defective machine so I decided to wait for John's help before I deemed this product a heap of junk. The people at HomeRight were very patient with me and even offered to send me a new sprayer if I thought there was something wrong with it. 

Well, I'm very embarrassed to say that I'm an idiot who can't follow directions my husband is a genius and had this sucker working in 2 seconds flat! Literally, 30 minutes later the entire shed was covered and the angels started singing. Pretty sure that's God's sense of humor while letting me know, "You need him, Dana!"

We started small with the shed but up next, we're going to tackle the detached garage...
So thankful we'll be using our Power-Flo Pro 2800 instead of pure arm power. That sure does make this job a lot less daunting. You can bet I'll be sure John's available to read the instructions. ha!

*not a sponsored post

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The People of High Point Market 2014

Everything is pretty at High Point, even the food...
I was able to feast on this delicious dish as I listened to Candace Olson dish on where she finds inspiration for her numerous product lines. She is very witty and very tall! It takes a confident woman to wear high heels when you're already 6' tall. You go girl!
Here I am feeling blurry and small. ha!

I took a business class from Designer, Tobi Fairley, with my friend Melissa. This was a jam-packed day with tons of information. My brain was whirling when she stopped talking we wrapped things up. Tobi is one smart, business-savvy person!
Tobi Fairley and Melissa Clark (In Chic Order)
I'm intrigued by how her brain actually works on both sides! She has her MBA, a degree in accounting, a degree in interior design and she's great at all of the above.

Next up, a panel discussion about how blogs and social media are transforming design.
Left to Right: Robert Leleux (editor-in-chief domino magazine); Suzanne & Lauren McGrath (McGrath II Blog); Jenny Komenda (Little Green Notebook); Paloma Contreras (La Dolce Vita); not pictured (Mark Sikes)

I was trilled to meet Jenny in person. Her blog is one of my absolute favorites and I'm continually amazed at her insane ability to DIY anything and everything. She offered a very down-to-earth, refreshing perspective on this crazy world of design we operate in.

What did I learn from all of the above? I stink at networking! I mean, the editor-in-chief of Domino Magazine is right in front of me and I can't think of one single thing I should discuss with him. Ummm, how about "I love you work, would you like to see some of mine?" ;)

I'm not a pushy person by nature (even though my husband would disagree) and I'd much rather meet someone in a relaxed setting rather than a "you're the star" setting. I've never been a fan of autographs so the fact that I walked away with these pictures is huge and proves how badly I needed blog content. But if you're a go-getter then there are endless opportunities to network with the bigwigs!

Friday, October 24, 2014

High Point Market...what's it like?

Fortunately, my previous post was not an accurate representation of my first experience at High Point Market in North Carolina. It truly was an amazing experience that I liken to a designer's version of Disney World!

With over 100 buildings of home decor, it's impossible to even scratch the surface of what's offered. I was thrilled to find many new (to me) vendors and surprised that some are even local. Crazy that I had to travel all the way to North Carolina to find someone who's literally a stones throw away. I'm so excited to start building these relationships and have some special treasures to offer clients through one-of-a-kind art and furniture. 

Above is BoBo Intriguing Objects. This was one of my absolute favorite hits. There are 4 stories of vintage finds and wonderful product. As the goods get gobbled up, a sticker is placed on the sold pieces with the name of the studio where it's due to ship. Can you say I drooled as I saw pieces that are headed to Lauren Liess?!

Here's a little glimpse into the store. I'm considering this pendant for my restaurant project.

The displays in all the showrooms are phenomenal. It's impossible attend without walking away completely inspired.

Speaking of inspiration, my wheels started turning when I came across these calligraphy brushes. I'd love to create an art installation using a mass quantity...great texture and color!

Stay tuned for additional posts full of what's trending, people I met and things I learned. Oh, and I almost forgot, I'm finally on Instagram. Yes, that's one thing attending High Point made very clear to's a must to stay up with social media. Feel free to follow along: danafrielinginteriors.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lessons learned from the High Point Jerk

I had a complete Julia Roberts/Pretty Woman moment at High Point Market last week that left me all hot and bothered. I met my local sales rep from a hoity toity furniture line (which shall remain nameless because that's what's right, but I really, really feel like calling them out) and the man completely sized me up.

After a few measly minutes of small talk, he went on to tell me they prefer to do business with "high-end designers" and "we don't really serve the hobbyist who's attorney husband just happened to get her a tax ID." (Btw, my husband's not an attorney and he had nothing to do with my tax ID.) His proclamation was met with a blank stare by me since I wasn't quick enough to have a good retort and I was appalled that he was being so blatantly discriminating. He then said he had an appointment but we could look around the showroom if we still wanted to.

I was ready to hightail it out of there but my friend's curiosity had been peaked and she wanted to go in, so in we went. They had pretty things, but the line didn't fit my personal aesthetic so, once again, I was ready to get out of there asap.

It's been 4 days since this event and I still can't shake this man's rude behavior. Instead of letting this fester, I've decided it needs to be turned into something positive. Hence, my takeaway...

Lessons learned from the High Point Jerk
1. It's always important to be nice to others even if they don't appear to bring in a fat paycheck.
2. Don't assume anything about anyone, you may just be cutting your nose to spite your face.
3. A little bit of respect goes a long way.
4. Don't try to make yourself feel better by putting others down.
5. Kindness matters!

So, Mr. High Point friend, let me remind you how Julia Robert's story ends...Do you work on commission?! ;)
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