Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mid Century/ Industrial Office Designs

Whoo!! I am getting pumped for this weekend. Con- Man's last day of school is tomorrow! My baby will be in Kindergarten next year. I am excited to be able to relax a bit during the week- not have to wake up early and make lunches, get everyone dressed in the morning, rush to get to school, ect. (Though am kind of dreading finding activities to keep us occupied all summer long). Also we are going camping this weekend!!! We are going up to a lake near us for the night. Nothing to hard core- fishing, smores, lake swimming. All around fun. And to top it off I'm going on a shopping trip with some girl friends! This is a big deal since we live in the boonies and have to drive an hour to go to a Target. Yay Memorial Day Weekend!!!

Anyway- recently I completed a small project for a client's office. I was excited about this one because it involved 2 of my favorite design styles- Mid Century and Industrial. There are two owners and each needed furniture for their respective office. One loved Industrial the other loved Mid Century. I like that these styles can work together so having the two in offices right next to each other works.

Option 1

Option 2

Both of these Options speak to the Industrial style but in different ways- one is more hard edge with the metal and filing cabinets; the other softer with the wood tones. The pieces could even be mixed and matched if they client so choose. And I love how they were open to original one of a kind pieces of furniture as well.

Next up was the Mid Century Office:

Option 1

Option 2

Again both of these options have the Mid Century Vibe but in different ways. The client specifically asked for some sort of Eames chairs and wanted bold color. I am loving those Eames chairs in the first option! The colors are awesome!!

Do you have a dream office style??

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bold Kitchen Design

Hello! Hello?? Anyone still out there?? 

My apologies for my long absence. I've been working on lots of design projects and have not had time for blogging at all. Lately work has slowed a little so I have some time to blog again!

Unfortunately a lot of the projects I have been taking on are not what you would call "blog worthy". Mainly space planning and floor plan redesign- CAD work and construction documents. It's what I like to do but doesn't make for a fun blog post. And some of the freelance work I've been receiving is assisting other designers with their work (finish and furniture selection, bathroom redesigns, ect!). So I haven't felt comfortable sharing that on my personal blog.

But- a while back I helped a couple who are finishing out a their shop space into a second family "hangout area". Their children are older and the couple wanted them to have a place to hang out with their friends. The building will also have a guest bedroom, office space, kitchen and theater. Pretty cool!

The layout is pretty basic but the kicker was that the couple wanted to use red stained cabinets from Ikea. They loved bright colors and wanted a fun space since this is a extra relaxing area not their formal home.

In the first scheme I went with a neutral wood floor, bright blue accent wall, antique tin ceiling look backslash, bright red pendants and other fun lighting.

The second scheme I went a little different with grey flooring, another bold paint color and other fun accents:

Pretty fun I think! Different from what you might expect in a kitchen.

Another area they wanted help with was a bathroom in the shop. They wanted to use a blue bathroom cabinet they had seen and fallen in love with so I centered the bathroom around that. Again they wanted a totally different color scheme and feel for this room.

And Option 2 with a different sink cabinet:

This couple wanted different bold paint colors throughout the space- which is a fun change from the norm. What do you think? Do you like a colorful home or is neutral throughout more your taste?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Love for Armstrong Residential Ceilings

*The following is a sponsored post but the opinions are 100% my own*

Hey Blog Friends! Back in the day when I was working for an architecture firm one of our go to manufactures was Armstrong- they have amazing ceiling, flooring, and wall products. As of late I'm working for myself doing more residential design and I have been very interested in Armstrong's Residential Line of ceiling and flooring products.

So imagine my excitement when they asked me to review some of their residential ceiling products! They wanted to know how I would use them in a real life setting. 

For example:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Staying Alive- Still

It's official! I have kept a plant alive for a whole year!!! (Hoping that I'm not going to jinx myself talking about it now...)

My Fiddle Leaf Fig is 1 year old- Happy Birthday little guy!


He hasn't grown much, maybe a few inches. But that's not the point- the point is that I did not kill him. :D

Now comes the real challenge. He's getting a bit big for his pot. Fiddle Fig is still in the same pot he was in the day he arrived on my door step (Ordered from Home Depot thank you very much). He seems really  happy in his little plastic pot but I'm worried if I leave him in there much longer things could go downhill.

Even though I am gripped in fear right now I need to find him a proper pot and hope for the best. 

Anyone have tips on replanting?? Help!