t was about 7 years ago that my husband Ryan and I purchased our country home in West Michigan. When we walked through it, I had that butterflies-in-my-stomach feeling you get when something just feels so-so-so right. I was in love with the craftsman bungalow architecture, including the hand hewn 100 year old beams in the ceiling, the white shaker style trim, the bold colors on the walls. Even the ceilings were painted the same color as the walls! That was something I had never seen before and loved. Ryan wasn't quite so sold on the idea of buying this place,
Welcome to the new site!
Hi, hello, and good day to you! I know it's been quite some time since I've written, and I thought it was time for an update! We've been busy with updating our brand, our focus, the website, launching new products, finishing a bunch of spring projects, and getting ready for some summer maker's markets where we'll be displaying our new products! Whew, I think that's a lot for anyone, and it sure has been for us. It's exhausting work, but we love it, and are sparked to action by the challenge of it all.
1. We've changed our name & focus
First up, we'd like to officially announce our name change! That's right -- we've decided to change the business name from Brooke DeBoer Interiors to LakeTree Design. In so many ways it better reflects who we are, what we've been doing, and what we desire to do more of. So many of the homes we work on are along or near the Lake Michigan lakeshore and are surrounded by trees. And those are two things that we just absolutely love and try to work into every single one of our projects -- elements of water, trees, and all types of nature. These types of projects make us feel alive and in awe of all that God has created and so we want to keep doing more! We've also been hard at work over the past year on developing a line of products for the home that have elements of nature at their root. We've come out with a line of hand painted signs (I paint them and Ryan does all the wood cutting & framing) that are just absolutely lovely and made with love. We are going to be debuting our new Chalkboard Bar line at Farmgirl Flea (May 19-20 at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds) along with some adorable chalkboard wreaths, watercolor art prints, chalk painted furniture, and hand poured essential oil infused soy candles.
2. What we're currently working on
We've recently completed a Lake Michigan home remodel on the north side of Holland. The home sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan near Tunnel Park and is a brick quad level. This means that the home has three living rooms (We called them the living room, the family room, and the "way down" to keep track of which was which!). The project included redecorating all three living areas, a dining area, and a foyer. We used Three Chairs in downtown Holland for most of the new furniture pieces. Other sources included Carpet Bonanza in Zeeland for carpeting, Interior Images in Holland for grasscloth wall covering, West Elm for some decor pieces, Pier 1 for some decor pieces, Robert Moore for an original oil painting, Pottery Barn for gallery wall ledges, and Standout Designs for a concealed entertainment cabinet. The project turned out beautifully, and the client couldn't be more pleased! This is what she said to me on the last day of the project: "Brooke, you have made my life so much easier. I love how you come in and make this process so stress-free. Thank you!" She also said,"I have looked at that cabinet for 10 years and never known what to do with it. Then you come in and arrange it beautifully in less than twenty minutes. Wow!" -KK.
3. What you can anticipate seeing from us in the coming months
My plan is to commit to blogging again at least twice a month to keep you updated on the projects we're working on (Big news -- Ryan and I are beginning a kitchen remodel of our own that we'll be blogging about every step of the way!). If there are any things you'd like to see me write about (maybe some kind of interior decor question you have had for a while?) please let me know, and I'd be happy to share! You'll also likely see many new photos on Instagram, as we're in the midst of our remodel and doing several maker's markets this summer (more on that to come).
4. We're going to be at Farmgirl Flea!
Please join us at Farmgirl Flea on May 19-20. We'll be there with an outdoor booth, and I'll have an easel set up where I'll be hand lettering on the chalkboards we make and are debuting there. With the purchase of any chalkboard, you'll receive a FREE hand lettered design of your choice, while you wait or shop! How fun is that!? And if we haven't yet met in person, that would be a great time to come on out and say hello!
5. Get in contact with us now for fall projects
We are now booking projects for September. If you are thinking about doing some remodeling or redecoration, now is the time to let us know! And all initial phone consults are free! All it takes to officially book your project on our schedule is a $100 deposit. Don't wait. I have a feeling that this fall is going to book up fast!
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Welcome to Summer, Friends!! I know technically it's not for a couple of weeks yet but to me, once Memorial Day has passed it's here! To me, summer is campfires, nature walks, beach days and family time. What is it to you? I'd love to know!! If this summer finds you planning for a new baby, this is the list for you! Or maybe you know someone searching for ideas, it's for them too! I'm going to give you FOUR fresh ideas for swoon worthy nurseries.
A Woodsy Nursery
I'm starting with this one because I love any excuse to bring a sense of the outdoors inside. There are a lot of ways to bring nature into a nursery, just like any room in your home. Think reclaimed wood, neutral accents, soft textures and cute forest animals. Here are some of my picks for this theme.
This birch stencil is great for an accent wall behind the crib. You can pick any background color you choose and stencil it on in white. Such a clean looking statement.
Oh this crib. I love the idea of changing it up from a white or espresso finish. This one from Pottery Barn has a natural feel to complement the outdoorsyness. I made that up and I'm going to keep using it ;)
A Geometric Nursery
One of the trends we have talked about for 2016 is geometric accents and pieces and a nursery is as good of a room as any to don these designs. There are so many options to choose whether you want to go bold or just add a subtle hint.
This changing pad cover from Little Wife Power House is also available in a crib sheet and boppy cover if you want to coordinate across the room. What fun colors!
This rug combines softness and durability from wool fibers, perfect for a high traffic room. Maybe one that has lots of naps, diaper changes and tummy time. :)
How cute would this mobile be for a boy's room with navy accents! If you're having a girl they have a lot of other color options too!
A Modern Nursery
Why is it that a lot of people associate Modern with a cold and sterile feel? In my opinion it's everything but! I know this is why a lot of people shy away from Modern style decor but I've got some great ideas to make you choose this for your nursery theme.
Bold prints or bold colors are a fun way to bring in a modern look without putting too much effort in. Check out these simple art prints. You could pick from a lot of different items, just make sure they're bright and fun!
Target has recently released a new line called Pillowfort and it's full of the most adorable pieces to take your nursery into toddlerhood. This side table/nightstand is a perfect transition piece to use in a lot of rooms but it has a definite modern feel with clean lines and tapered legs.
Some babies wake multiple times a night and if you're lucky enough to be the one to get up, a nightlight is going to be super helpful. But don't just choose a small little wall plug-in, choose something with a pop of color like this tabletop star. Or maybe a heart if it's a girl you're cuddling :)
An Up in the Air Nursery
Ok, I had to add this one to the list. Last year we saw a lot of black and white, patterns with sharp edges and an edgier style overall. And some really great nurseries exist out there with this style. Buuuuuuut, I am loving the softness and appeal of the pastels and curves and whimsical feel of everything in this theme. Check these few ideas out.
How easy would it be to make these! She gives a super great tutorial here. What a seriously cute idea to customize bookshelves.
This wallpaper mural can be ordered in any size and additional colors but something about this combination has me thinking it's the perfect pick for a gender neutral space.
Tell me, do you think there is a baby in the world who doesn't want to just cuddle up and drift off next to this adorable pillow? If you are wanting something more gender specific there are plenty of options in blues, pinks and purples here.
I recently started making custom signs and I think this one would fit perfectly in this nursery theme, what do you think?
Remember, you don't have to have everything in the nursery fit to a theme but a few similar themed items here and there can really bring a space together. I'd love to hear your thoughts on these or other themes you think are swoon worthy!
'til next time,