Friday, July 25, 2014

Where I've been and what's next?

We've been fortunate enough to travel a bit this summer. I've been relishing in the memories which means blogging and projects have taken a backseat for now. It's all about priorities, right?

Care to guess where we've been? Here's a clue...
Bryn was in heaven on the Disney Cruise.
And, Reed's little slice came via Atlantis. Water slides that take you through shark tanks?! Yes, please.

And, last but not least, keeping with this heavenly theme...If there was any doubt that my husband is Christ-like, he just squashed it. Yes, that's right, here he is walking on water! ;)

So, what's next on the career front? A restaurant! I've been busy questioning my abilities dreaming up designs for a restaurant near Austin.

When I started designing I never really considered venturing into the commercial side of the business but recently it seems this is the path I'm being led. I often pray for God to lead me to the next project HE needs me to complete. So, when random projects pop up out of the blue I look at it as his leading.

I'm not going to lie, I doubt my abilities every.single.time I start a new project. John's probably getting a little tired of hearing me say, "I'm scared! I'm not sure I can do this one." He's really good at saying, "Remember the last time you said that, Dana, and the time before that? Now, let's remember how those turned out." In other words, 'Ya dope...of course you can do it!' 

Here's a little peek at the concept board I threw together to present at our initial meeting. I was super excited when they said they were going for a contemporary/industrial aesthetic. I drafted a crazy, cool wall treatment idea and presented it to the contractor earlier this week. We're waiting on his bid so see if it'll make the finial design or not. I'm crossing my fingers!

The projected completion date is October/November...I'll keep you posted!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Client Loft

I'm excited to share a handful of pictures one of my Austin clients was nice enough to send my way. We tackled the design of their loft long-distance and I think she did a killer job pulling everything together!
We worked on the picture wall before I moved to Dallas but that's the only component we had completed in the space. After picking their brains a little, here's what they said they wanted from the space...comfortable, lounge-like, a place for the kids to do their school work, open space, surface for game playing, a place we can "live" in. I sent a handful of ideas their way and the above mood board was the winner.

These are the only 'before' shots I could dig up. Their loft overlooks the first story living room with a beautiful view of their pool.

I took this shot (way back when) as the spaces were being painted, but apparently never turned around to take a picture of the other side of the room. darn!

And, onto the fun part...
We used lots of "transitional seating," aka stools and the bench. These are light enough to move wherever the action is, yet small enough to keep the floor space open for "lounging" the majority of the time.

 I'm a big fan of these chairs. The color is so rich and really ties in the beautiful hues in the pictures across the room.

Since the desks can be seen from the downstairs living room, we opted to use lucite so they 'disappear.'

A big thanks to my client for taking the time to photograph the loft and allowing me to share your home!

Friday, June 20, 2014

B is for...

pardon the silence. memories are being made.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Master Bath Progress (Before/After)

I've taken a few steps to make our master bathroom more livable these days. The dated floral wallpaper had to go! Luckily, it came down fairly easy. New texture and paint have done the trick and has this space feeling a lot more 'us.' Until we're ready to move forward with major changes, these little changes are well worth the time and effort.



This is the part where I have a confession to make! Homeright was kind enough to send me a paint sprayer to try out almost a year ago. Yes, a year ago! I was too intimidated to use it so it's been sitting all nice and pretty in its box just staring me in the face. 

I was so intimidated that the prep work you see below was rolled on. Yep, can you say weenie?

Well, I finally put my big girl undies on and went after the big guns for the final coats!
Here's a simple break down for ya...
Step 1. Be brave enough to pull the sprayer off the shelf.
Step 2. Read the instructions. (I'm a girl so that's okay.)
Step 3. Use dipper tool to check the viscosity, aka thickness, of the paint. This was the step I was dreading most, but it turned out to be a piece of cake.
Step 4. Find a test material.
Step 5. Spray away. Learn the different angles so you know which will work best on your actual project.
Step 6. Throw away your roller because this thing is 100 times easier!!!
Step 7.  Celebrate your new, non-weenie status!

A few more shots of the decor details...
Although they look like different colors, the walls are all actually the same color. Shadows are a booger, I tell ya.
I chose a gray-green color from Benjamin Moore, Hazy Skies (OC-48) and had it color matched at Home Depot. For the tub surround, I color matched Sherwin William's Fawn Brindle (SW 7640).

Maverick was quick to offer his approval.

Last but not least, the best part of the bathroom (also the culprit for making my pictures so hard to shoot)...the view!

Thanks to Homeright for providing me the Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer for this project. Now it's on to the rest of the cabinets! 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New West Elm String Art

I love finding a steal! There's such a thrill involved. Last week I was at West Elm scouring the clearance section leisurely browsing their beautiful store and came across my newest steal...string art.

This Geo Stitch retails for $129. At that price there's no way I would have purchased 3 of these babies, but look at how many are happily hanging in our entry...
Would you believe me if I told you I paid less for all 3 than the original price of one?! At $39.99 each, paired with my designer discount the grand total came out to $116. (Sorry for the massive glare, but you get the point.) 

I checked online to see if the priced matched but sadly it doesn't. It's still a good deal though at $54.99.

It's not a huge change up from what was hanging there originally (see below), but I was tired of framed scrap paper and felt the original glossy frames didn't quite fit into the vibe I am going for. Plus, the scale of the new art is much better.

I wish I could show you a panoramic shot and let you see how fun the geometric strings look with our entry wall. They're the perfect compliment! You'll just have to use your imagination...

So tell me, when you find a steal do you find yourself telling everyone who comments on it exactly how much you paid? My husband will never understand why women do this!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Words to live by

 Hip hip hooray, it's summer!!

Wisdom and a 10 y.o. boy...oxymoron? 
Not at all (in this case anyway). 

10y.o. boy wisdom:
*enjoy life to its fullest
*if it brings you joy, do it over and over and over again
*don't be scared...just jump in
*it's okay to hold hands
*laugh again

Friday, May 30, 2014

Texas Traditional...Before and After

Get your boots ready, ya'll because I'm about to walk you through the design of a very traditional Texas project. My client owns a wealth management company and reached out asking for help making sense of his office space. 

Take a look at how things turned out...

This is where we started...
The room was bland and the tv placement was awkward. My client wanted the space to be more functional and have an overall cohesive feel. We chatted a bit...I listened a lot (remember this post?)...and we came up with an eye-catching solution.

Boom! Did you expect the tv to be hiding behind the barn doors and floating inside that beautiful faux stone wall? Fun little surprise, right?! We used the Rolling Cabinet Media Solution from Pottery Barn but had to make some modifications to fit our design.

This project moved a break-neck speed and I'm shocked/thrilled that we met his insane deadline! I was literally styling shelves and hanging pictures as a film crew was setting up to shoot his business videos... which is what started this project in the first place!

If you live in the Dallas area and want to see this project in person and you're looking for a trust-worthy financial planner, give Mike a visit, Mike Mills Wealth Management. He doesn't realize yet, but I added a large fee for this little plug. ha! ha! Just kidding...he can consider it a random act of kindness. :)
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