Friday, August 31, 2012

Happy Weekend

Nothing like ice cream with the hubby and kiddos to kick off the long weekend!

Have a great holiday weekend!  Enjoy, relax and be safe!

-image by jen fernandez

Monday, August 27, 2012

A {Home Office} Design Board

Hi!  I'm back!!!  Sorry for the lack of posts on the blog and status updates on Facebook.  I took an unexpected {but much needed} time off.  Summer is quickly coming to an end and the beginning of a new school year is just around the corner.  I ended up taking the last couple of weeks off to relax and spend with the family before the kids head back to school and life became hectic routine again.  I'm sure many of you can understand and totally relate.  Well it's now two weeks later, I'm rejuvenated and ready to get back to business.  So, if you are reading this... thanks so much for checking in!!!

Here is a design board  I put together for a home office.  I went with a neutral color palette with lots of cream, white and gray plus just a hint of yellow.  This is still one of my favorite color combinations.  Not sure if I will ever get tired of it.

I realized as I was putting this design board together that I must have had geometric shapes on my brain.  This is totally evident in the pillows, curtain panels and artwork.  Even the rug had an abstract sort of geometric spiral thingy going on.

Of course I included the obvious desk, chair and storage|shelving unit but I also wanted to add a little sitting area to this home office.  If you have the space it is always nice to add an area where you can sit, relax and unwind at the end of the day with a good book, or in my case magazine and a nice glass of wine.  

So, what do you think?  Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.  I would love to hear from you. 

A Design Board {aka mood board} is the perfect inspiration plan for any design.  I hope you find my design boards inspirational.  Design Boards can help in envisioning what a space can potentially look like.  Design Boards are just one of the design services I offer.  If you're interested in your own personalized design board or just want more information about my design services, please contact me at for more details & rates.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Happy Weekend!

I was going through my Pinterest boards and came across an image I had a pinned a few weeks back.  Thinking of giving this a try for the family this weekend.  Wanna try it out too?  Click here for the short cut version of the recipe or if you want to be adventurous click here for the original recipe.  I think I'll be doing the short cut version first.  Either way, these look yummy!  Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

-image via things that sparkle

Friday, August 3, 2012

happy weekend

Can you guess what I'll be busy doing this weekend?  Let me give you a hint.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Space Saving + Stylish

I recently received a request for ideas on space saving furniture for small spaces.  So, I put my sourcing skills to work and came up with a few suggestions.  

For the entryway I suggest { if you have the space} some sort of console table.  Something slim, compact and opened at the bottom like these consoles from Wayfair and CB2.  Either one could easily work.

Another option like this one from IKEA would work too.  Not only do you have a spot to drop your keys or mail, it stores and hides your shoes as well.

If you are in the market for space saving dining furniture consider the Span Gateleg Dining Table from Crate & Barrel.  When not in use it looks like this and can be pushed off to the side.  Just dress it up with a pretty vase and frame until you are ready to use it.

When the table is opened up it looks more like this.  Just add a few chairs and there you go.

images via Crate & Barrel

And just for comparison here is IKEA's version of a similar design.  Their version comes with additional storage drawers.

The mini parsons desk from West Elm would be a perfect at-home workspace.  This desk can also act as a small bar or buffet when entertaining.  Furniture providing double duty is always a good thing for small spaces :)

As you can see there are stylish space saving options out there.  Who says small spaces can't be stylish?  Not me!

If you have a question or design dilemma and would like my help, e-mail me at for my design services & rates.  I would love to work with you!