Client Design - A Spring Kitchen

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kitchens are some of my favorite spaces to decorate because they are a space that you spend a lot of time - in fact, I've been sitting in my kitchen all day working!

Valerie sent me a note a few weeks back looking for help styling her kitchen, dining, seating area space.  This is a great space, I love how much room there is to gather your family and friends. 

Valerie wanted to leave the paint color and stenciling as is but fill the space with additional color and decor elements.  I worked closely with Valerie on this design since she already had her eye on some dining room chairs and bar stools.   Here is the design we came up with!  I can't wait to see after pictures!

If you are interested in booking a custom e-design for your space, I would love to help!  Click here for more information. I am currently taking clients, turn around time is approximately two weeks.

Kitchen sneak peek

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our home renovation is finally coming to a close - just waiting on the painter to come back for touch ups and to finish painting our trim.  I am so ready to have my entire house put back together and to be done working with contractors coming and going.  While I appreciate their hard work, I'm ready to be back on my own schedule, especially Saturday mornings. (Coffee and a little HGTV and Food Network tv-watching - in my pj's of course!)

Once I get to bringing our house together with our decorating plans more posts will come but for now, here is a sneak peek of our kitchen.

Before / Tear Down



I am more than pleased with the result! :)  Can't wait to show you more!!

High five for Friday

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Good Friday! Or, like my friend's son put it 'Sad Friday.'  I love the true perspective that children bring to ever day life and events.

I am once again playing catch up on my high five for Friday posts...

One. A week or two ago our office had a silent auction for breast cancer awareness where I purchased this awesome fudge that my co-worker makes!  I have since sent it as birthday gifts to a couple of friends!

Two. One room complete in our home renovation project! This is a good feeling - I love how this space turned out!  More to come soon.

Three. We've had a few nice days here and there in Iowa so I've been taking 'Axe' for a walk when I get the chance.  I'm not sure what she thinks about the slower pace I'm walking these days, she often turns around and gives me the look like "Are you coming?!"

Four. I posted this picture on Instagram this morning!  I love waking up and having a cup of coffee in our new kitchen.  It turned out so beautiful.  Just a few tweaks that need to be made before it is 100% complete.  Then get ready for a kitchen tour!

Five. Since I finally have a full kitchen, that's not in the garage, I've gotten do some baking!  My husband loves being able to put chocolate chip cookies in his pocket as he walks out the door. (A little strange? yes!)

I hope you all have a very happy Easter!

Bump Day: Why pregnant ladies do what they do

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This week we hit the 28-week mark, also known as the start of the third trimester! Eeek!  Seriously - how did we get here so fast?!  Adam and I have a lot that needs to get done including finishing up our house, assembling a crib, and figuring out how in the world car seats work... Oh yeah and we need to fit spring field work into the mix!

After being pregnant for 28 weeks I've learned a few things including why pregnant ladies do the things they do like walk funny and touch their stomach.  Yes, prior to being pregnant I just didn't understand these things and found them to be just a little strange.

Here are your answers explained!

Why pregnant ladies walk funny:
This is because our lower back hurts like crazy!  I didn't realize that your spine shifts to help your body find it's new "center of gravity."  This has caused me some serious lower back pain.  After a day on my feet, at the gym or trying to do too much I start to walk funny to avoid back pain.

Why pregnant ladies touch their stomachs:  
I found this super obnoxious until I found myself doing this.  It's because by the time you are 26 weeks along the baby moves constantly and sometimes it's uncomfortable, especially when they get a foot or hand up underneath your rib cage.  By putting your hand on your stomach you can sometimes get the baby to stop moving or get their foot out from under your ribs.

Now you know...  If you have other quirks to explain, let us know what they are by leaving a comment below!
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