Friday, August 15, 2014

Reclaimed brick

It's been a fun week of on-site work at the restaurant. While we pester the city wait patiently for building permits, design choices are being finalized and ridiculously great purchases are being made...

Feast your eyes on this 150 y.o. firebrick. It's being delivered today. So excited. The color variation is stunning, from red to blue to yellow to white. These colors are more prominent when the bricks are placed lengthwise.

I stumbled upon these while searching for shiplap on Craigslist. I was chatting with the seller about his shiplap and he casually mentioned he had 'loads of firebrick' if I was interested. He knocks down old chimneys and claims the 'guts.' These bricks are a refractory ceramic material used to line fireplaces. I asked him to send me a picture and I was sold hook, line and sinker!

The plan is to use the brick on the back wall. By the way, for those of you who think the life of a designer is beautiful and glamourous, this picture is definitely a better representation of reality...dusty and dirty! (Love every minute of it. Wouldn't have it any other way.)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright influenced...

Wow! That's all I have to say. (well, not really, but...) My friend recently began selling real estate in Austin and when this house popped up on his facebook page I stopped in my tracks. It's so unique and amazing.

The listing description says it best...
Living Sculpture-a true sanctuary for those seeking solitude, beauty & totally unique home. Designed by a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright this magnificent structure flows with ease into the landscape. Glass facade in every room blends the outdoors with the indoors as if there are no boundaries. Slick, chic remodeled kitchen open to the dramatic vaulted family/dining. Master down with exercise area over looking pool in canyon & woods. Study/office down. Greenhouse, pond & extra gated parking.

Click here to see the listing and more pictures. If you looking in the Austin area and need an agent, give Mike a call. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

The anatomy of a reading nook

Modern Raspberry chair via Chairish
Black and white chevron footstool via One King's Lane

Wouldn't this eclectic little space make a happy place to plop down and crack open a book? A pink chair...could you dare? Sometimes our houses have a "dead space." You know, an area that seems a tad bare and you simply can't figure out what it 'needs'. Next time you catch yourself wondering, think reading nook!

It's simple to take a dull, uninviting corner and quickly turn it into one of your favorite spots in the house. Let's break it down, shall we? 

First, find a comfy chair. I'm totally a 'legs up' kind of reader so there has to be enough room to curl up or a great footstool available. Don't these two play nice together? Love the juxtaposition! Don't be afraid to mix styles, it adds great character. Antique malls and thrift stores are my favorite places to shop for footstools.

Second, surround yourself with art or photos. The goal is to create a cozy feel so hang pictures/art that 'speak' to you. Your reading nook doesn't always have to be used for reading. Quiet time is important too. Photographs will take your mind wandering down memory lane and can remind you of your blessings.

Third, good lighting is essential. A side table would serve as the perfect spot for a lamp but if space is limited, floor lamps are great too. Here are a handful from Chairish that would complete my reading nook perfectly.

                                Tripod Brass Table Lamp                        Brass Urn Lamp   

                            Danish Modern Teak & Brass             Mid-Century Brass Octagon

Last, but not least, don't forget a good book...duh, that one's pretty obvious isn't it?! I just finished William Landay's, Defending Jacob, a legal thriller that keeps you guessing until the very last page.

Your you have a reading nook? Awesome book we need to read? Have you ever made a purchase from Chairish? (not a sponsored post, btw)

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! 
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