Here is a fact about me: I love traveling. Whether it's gallivanting across Europe or going to Chicago for the weekend, there is a certain thrill about leaving home behind and experiencing something new. And to be honest, one of my favorite parts is staying in a hotel. I know I'm not the only one who immediately plops on the bed and lets out a relaxed sigh of contentment. And then I do what everyone does next, check out the bathroom! The fixtures, the counters, the amenities! Seriously! I know you do it too :) So how do you get that excited feeling in your own home? If you want to make sure your guests feel this way when they visit, or even yourself, pick from this list to make sure it feels like a hotel, not a hostel.
It feels so good to be back after the busyness of the Holidays. I hope you were able to take time to relax, enjoy your families and get excited for what 2016 is going to bring! I sure did! I've been working on some fun projects this fall/winter and I am so excited to show you the before and after transformations. Not to mention some projects just starting! Gah, I'm so excited! As a designer, I am constantly looking for new ideas and concepts to incorporate into my own designs and one way I do this is follow other blogs! I'm not able to read every post, every day but I like having a few places to go that I can browse ideas when I'm looking for the perfect resolution for a design hiccup. Plus a couple of these blogs have cute craft ideas, recipes and style guides too! Here are my top 7 blogs I follow and think you should too!
As you know by now, this past Summer I decided to follow a dream, my dream. Interior Design + my own business + work at home = Bliss. And through this blog, I get to share with you bits and pieces of my life as a designer. Which brings me to my office. Talk about a work in progress but I love being able to make a part of my home my work place (Yes, I still have my 8th Street office in Holland, but I like to work from home too). It’s work in and of itself though. I want it to be inviting, functional, inspiring and fun. I’d like to give you 12 ideas that I am using myself for creating a cute and functional office.
Dear Sweet Friend,Over the years, I have seen a LOT of kitchen remodels -- some good, some bad, and some just plain UGLY. It’s been fascinating to me to watch friends redo their kitchens and to see all of the fun design decisions they have made that have either led to a very successful, well-planned and efficient kitchen or to a poorly thought out design disaster. So, in an effort to help you on your project (or to stick in your kitchen dream binder for later), I’ve put together twenty things I love for Kitchen Remodels! Enjoy!!
Dear Sweet Friend, Can we talk about focal points today? I’d like to share why I think your home needs them. And not just your home, but every room in it. Let’s first have a quick lesson on what a focal point is and what it does. When you enter a room, typically the focal point is the item or area your eyes are drawn to. Maybe you enter the kitchen at a friends house and you can’t help but notice the amazing island they have with stools right in the middle. Quite different from the other friend who doesn’t have an island but an elaborate hood and stove combo instead.
Have you ever walked into a space and felt a little, um, claustrophobic? Be it from too much in the room, or just not enough room, it can be an easy fix! Older homes, studio apartments, office space in the city; small spaces are everywhere! So today I’d like to give you FIVE easy ways to make your space feel bigger!
I’ve actually been looking forward to the change in seasons this fall, because I absolutely LOVE sweatshirt weather. Hands down, fall is my favorite time of year. It’s full of football games, going back to school, new clothes, a refreshed spirit, a still-tanned face, pulling out the fall brown shoes, boots, leggings and cardigans, and getting as reprieve from the hot weather. It’s also the time of year I start bringing in my front porch cushions, the hoses, trimming down my lilies, and generally preparing for cooler nights. Even though all my flowers have stopped blooming, it doesn’t mean I’m ready to stop enjoying the outdoors yet! There will be plenty of time for that once the snow comes.