Category Archives: INSPIRATION

August 28, 2014

Plans for the Girls’ Shared Room

I’m long overdue on sharing updates in the girls’ room, so I thought I’d start by catching up with our initial plans for the space. I decided to finally get my butt in gear after finishing Ryan’s Nursery. I mean, it’s totally unfair for a newborn to have a 100% finished room of his own, while his 2 + 3 year old sisters have bare walls. Which they’ve made very evident, pinning up their artwork on said blank walls saying, “Look, Mommy! We have pictures too!”. Those girls know how to seriously break a Momma’s heart.

Prior to Lizzy moving in with Zoey, we had already made a few updates to the room, but some of them haven’t been working out so well. For instance, their yellow Ikea chest. As a birthday gift for Zoey last year, we actually gave this guy a completely new look on the inside, removing all the drawers, and installing a few small shelves and a clothing rod. We kept the exterior the same, so it still appears to be a chest of drawers. I’ll have to share the entire thing on the blog someday. It’s absolute princess dress-up heaven. Point of story – The chest now has a swing door, not drawers, and it doesn’t function as well between the two beds. We’re still shooting to keep it in the room, somewhere, just not as a bedside table.

You also may remember the gallery wall, which has been removed for quite some time now. What used to be a play kitchen beneath it, now lives a second bed, with curious toddler hands. This was pretty much taken down the night that Lizzy moved in. She’s been in the new bed for about six months now, and I don’t think art on the walls during bedtime would be totally distracting at this point, but it definitely can’t be anything fragile. I’m looking at you string heart and animal heads. Plus, most everything in that gallery wall was thrown together in an attempt to just have something, anything on the walls. This time, I’m hoping to make things more personal, and really incorporate the girls’ interests. It’s their room after all, so no holding back.

Alright, alright. Onto the mood board!

Girls' Shared Bedroom |

First up, color scheme. We’re switching a few things up, with new hot pinks and mints (nixing the red and orange), but keeping the yellows and pastel pinks from the previous direction we were headed in. Not a huge deal, doesn’t effect much, but it feels so fresh now! Plus, I’m a sucker for mixing in a cool color (mint) with warmer tones (pinks and yellows).

I’d envisioned white walls for the longest time, but on a whim I threw this minty color in as the background on Photoshop, and I was sold. The ceiling is getting an entire new look as well, if you’re remembering the coral paint. Covering the popcorn ceilings has been a long-term goal for all of the bedrooms, so we’re hoping to do a white wood plank ceiling of sorts. If not, maybe just drywall again? Also, yes, I realize that mint walls and a plank ceiling combination is the exact opposite or Ryan’s Nursery, ha!

1 • Ok, here’s the deal with the old headboard. Zoey and Lizzy mutually agreed (that’s a damn miracle in case you didn’t know) that they wanted their beds to be pink. I had already made Zoey a headboard, and to be quite honest, I wasn’t necessarily all that excited about making a second one of those. Easy, yes, if I hadn’t misplaced the curvy-shaped template to duplicate. I know, I could figure it out, but “PINK, MOM”. The thing is, I want the girls to be in love with this room. I want them to be proud of it. So, if they want pink headboards, what the heck. Let’s do this.

I sold the old one on Craigslist (for a profit, actually) so no harm. The new headboards are complete, they just need to be properly hung, and then I’ll share the hot pink and brass nailhead details in all their glory!

As for bedding, we’re using most everything that we already had on hand – White pintuck duvet, yellow striped sheets, and floral Marimekko pillows. I’m itching to try out a fun DIY project with two of these black and white striped blankets, but we’ll see.

2 • An old house and unpredictable Cincy weather call for ceiling fans in the bedrooms. I’m loving the sleek design of this one, but haven’t quite pulled the trigger on anything. Hoping to find an affordable option, white, aesthetically pleasing (duh), and the real kicker – a flush-mount. It’s a rough search. The ceiling fan design world needs help.

3 • I haven’t done a large piece of art in our new house since this epic fail, so I’m declaring this makeover the time for it. I’d LOVE to get something huge over the girls’ beds, and I just keep coming back to this freaking awesome diy dinosaur engineer print. We visited the new dinosaur exhibit at King’s Island this summer and holy dinosaur obsession. The girls can’t get enough. They’d go nuts if I let them pick out their very own dinosaur to go over their beds. Or maybe some other animal? I don’t know, it really doesn’t get a whole lot cooler.

I’m also totally digging these embroidered quotational art pieces. Definitely DIY-able. It’d be super fun to go big here too.

4 • I grabbed one of these industrial task lamps in yellow during a lighting sale a few months ago. It’s perfect for bedtime stories and the girls are just a little too excited that they can turn it on and off by themselves (it has a switch on the cord).

5 • I’m not going theme crazy in this room, I mostly just want to focus on whatever it is that currently has the girls fascinated. Right now, that means dinosaurs, outer space, monsters, and unicorns! These years are so much fun and I just want to embrace it. They’d loose it for this moon globe. I can see the endless late night talks with Daddy already.

6 • Last summer (yes, you heard me) I found an entire set of Campaign furniture on Craigslist. Chest, nightstands, bookcase, and desk.. For $200 dollars. People, you are killing me. Obviously, I bought it, and obviously, it’s been sitting in our garage since then. Ha. Next post, promise, I’ll share what we’ve done with the chest, along with the headboards. (chest source)

7 •  I haven’t quite decided if this pointy unicorn is practical for preschoolers yet or not, but it’s a definite want. The girls would flip, and maybe I could hang it high enough out of reach (aka, eye-stabbage-level). I mean, gold glitter dipped horns. Come on.

8 •  Last week Zoey and Lizzy learned how to use the tape dispenser themselves, and all of walls are open game for their art. It’s adorable. Really. Except for the paint that peels off the walls when the tape comes down. Not cool. I would love to give them a big space in their room to display crafts to their hearts content. Preferably, without the use of tape. I’m crazy for these cloud-shaped magnet boards. A big grouping of them would be so adorable. A handful of dinosaur magnets to really set things over the top on the cuteness scale. Clouds and dinosaurs tho? Maybe airplanes. Oh, screw it.

9 • They can’t read just yet, but when they can, hopefully they can appreciate this banner and the weirdness that we’ve instilled in them. Stay Weird little babies.

10 • I have no idea what to do with these tiny alphabet cards, but I so desperately want them displayed. Shadow box maybe? String banner? Ideas, anyone?

11 • Because space and monsters are cool right now. One. Two. Three.

12 • As mentioned earlier, a quick color palette switcheroo, leaves a few quick changes to be made in the closet toy storage department.

13 • Last, but oh so certainly not least. We have big plans for a bookcase in the corner behind their bedroom door, like this one (scroll down after click). We’ve made some serious progress here, so I’m shooting to share an update here as well. Plus, Santa brought a pair of these fur bean bags last year, for the coziest little reading spot! Way to think ahead big man.


July 1, 2014

Mood Boards Now Available!

We are officially accepting new clients for mood boards!


It’s been long awaited, considering the beginning of our hiatus last summer. Yes. It’s been an entire year since we closed up shop. On a much brighter side, we’ve made some big changes that will make the entire process a little more straightforward for everyone!


For those of you interested in our design services, you can now find all the details at our Etsy shop!

August 9, 2013

New Direction + Eye Candy

There’s been a whole lot of talk lately about which pieces in our home I’m no longer loving, but I’ve yet to say much about the new direction we’re hoping to head in. For starters, I have no intentions of nailing down our style into one particular category. I’m still exploring just what it is that I’m drawn to, so to assign myself anything super specific, even just as a guideline, seems counterproductive. Plus, I’m pretty sure that I’m all across the board anyway.

A few of you have been asking what exactly triggered this shift in styles, or realization rather. It may just all be part of my style evolving, but I think a few other things played a part. Taking a slight step back from blogging, as well as putting mood board designs on hold, has been a tremendous help in rediscovering my style.

As a blogger, it’s really easy to get swept up in all the inspiration oozing from the interwebs. Not only do I look to other bloggers for inspiration, but I’ve developed relationships with many and have grown to genuinely care about what they’re working on. In other words, it’s hard to step away. And sometimes, discovering “you” means cutting yourself off from all else.

Mood boards came with any entirely new level of baggage. I found myself surrounded with the styles of my clients on a day to day basis. And of course, since I’m creating these designs, it’s natural for me to love them as well. And so the struggle began to separate what I loved for others and what I actually love for me. That’s a hard one to explain, but I’d think anyone in the creative field could probably relate to some degree.

Now that we have a little background info, the rest of this post is pretty much just going to be a smorgasbord of all the rooms that inspire me. Of course, there are probably thousands of spaces that I find inspiring in one way or another, but these designs, these designs are it for me.

We’ll start with my NUMBER ONE design crush, a very recent makeover. Bri Emery’s living space, designed by Emily Henderson.

Bri Emery's Living Space | Designed by Emily Henderson


It’s really no surprise. I’ve been in awe of Emily’s work for quite some time, but there was still always something a bit out of my comfort zone in each of her designs. But this room. Ohhh this room. No space has influenced me like this. In no room have I ever loved every single piece, every  single accessory, everything down to the tiniest of details as I do this one. I could honestly live in this room. Which says A LOT from a gal as particular as I am.

 Bri Emery's Living Space | Designed by Emily Henderson


Bright and airy, daring color choices, mid century modern furniture, quirky vintage accessories, texture galore, live greenery, and.. well, everything else.

Emily shared this design around the time that I was searching for my own style sense, so you could definitely say that finding something I loved so much probably helped in pushing me to reevaluate my own choices.

Bri Emery's Living Space | Designed by Emily Henderson


Once I began to realize just how much my style was changing, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and sort of “study” a few of my Pinterest boards. Turns out, I really haven’t changed a whole lot, I was just evaluating myself in the wrong way. Basically, I knew what I loved, but I didn’t know specifically why. Hopefully that makes sense.

You’ll notice plenty of similarities in these next spaces, which is ironic, since many of them date back at least two years. If only I could have seen this 🙂 Live and learn.

Space # 2

Designed by Julianne Moore | Domino Magazine


– Texture, texture, texture, bold sofa, mid century accents, live plants, vintage rug.

Space # 3

Yellow & Seafoam Green Color Combo


– Color, mid century lighting, live plants. (are we sensing a theme here yet?)

Space # 4

Katie Rodgers Workspace | The Glitter Guide


– Shades of pink (I want you), quirky accessories, pops of yellow and gold, mid century seating, overall feels collected, daring and vibrant.

Space # 5

honey and fizz: My home in Adore Magazine!


– PINK and yellow, bright and airy, black and white patterns, vibrant, layers.

Space # 6

Leather Sofa | Freedom Furniture


– Caramel leather, texture, kilim rug, vintage-inspired lighting.

Space # 7

 Amber Interior Design


– Kilim Rug, vibrant colors, mid century furniture, texture, fun pendant light, rustic table.

Space # 8

Emily Henderson


– bold tufted sofa, rustic, mid century

 Space # 9

House of Fifty


– Funky lighting, pops of color.

Space # 10

 Glencoe Avenue Residence by Daleet Spector Design


– Mid century furniture, open and airy, bold color choices, super fun accessories.

Space # 11

 THE PATEL’S | Emily Henderson


– Umm, every detail. Spot on.

Space # 12

 Navajo Rug


– Texture, navajo rug, mid century furniture.

Space # 13

 Happy Corner in the Czech Republic


– bold sofa, mid century.. you get the point

So, there you have it. My top 13. I’ll be pulling inspiration from these spaces for our redesign, and for the most part, just going with my gut 🙂 Wish me luck!

June 3, 2013

Entryway Mini-Makeover Plans

I’ve been withholding a few updates around here (I know, bad blogger), but only for the mere reason that I didn’t find them interesting enough to share. Well, a few weeks later and this place is starting to look a little unfamiliar and I have some serious explaining to do.

Last time I shared our living room/entryway it was looking like this (minus the dot art that we replaced:

Entrway/Office/Living Room Combo |

My office space has always been near the front door, which I despise, but we had attempted to make the situation a little more manageable by adding a few new organizational tools. It was working great.. however, still directly in the path of the entry. So, we did a little rearranging in the master bedroom and were able to squeeze my desk in, opening up an entirely new wall of potential in the living room!

Once complete, we plan to use the mudroom as our main entry point to the house, and only use the front entrance occasionally and for guests. It’s open to the heart of the home (kitchen, dining, and front living room) so we want the space to blend and feel casual as the other rooms do, but I’m still hoping to make it feel a bit more formal. Which, around here, just means not a dumping ground for everything we bring home.

I whipped up a quick mood board a while back to help the process move along. These are just the beginning stages of the space, but here’s the plan!

Entryway Mood Board |

First and foremost, the wall treatment. The front of the house receives a decent amount of natural light, but this wall in particular is SO dark. Even with the light streaming through the windows in the door, it’s still always significantly darker than the rest of the house. I’m hoping to really lighten up the area by painting the lower two-thirds of the wall in a bright white, framed out with a few 1×3’s. It’s not a full on board and batten look we’re going for, it’s really just a way to make the white look a little more intentional and give it some purpose. The upper third of the wall is going to be texture galore with a gray grasscloth wallpaper. So pumped about this mini-makeover. We’ll also probably throw a few hooks up there, near the door, for guests to hang their coats.

Outside of simplicity, another goal for this space is texture and layers. I’m hoping to achieve a room that is streamlined, but thriving with warm woods, high contrast, and a few colorful accessories. Since our floors are pretty dark, I want to layer on a lighter wood tone for a console table, like the dresser pictured in the mood board above. I’m actually really digging everything about that piece. The drawers provide plenty of storage for corralling miscellaneous accessories, while keeping them out of sight, and the lines are so simple and carefree. The price tag is making us think it could be a potential DIY project?

And a few accessories that we know are in the running – This Robert Abbey Lamp that I’ve been dying to use somewhere in our house and the rustic, wood mirror from our previous home that’s been eating up garage space for over a year 🙂

I’ve been slowly chipping away at it, in between entertaining the larger projects going on around here, so I’m hoping to share some really fun progress with you guys later this week!

May 31, 2013

That’s Pinteresting

Occasionally, I come across something so inspiring that it makes it’s way onto one of my Pinterest boards. And by occasionally, I mean several times a day. Pin Problems.

And what better way to feed my addiction than to transplant it here? So, every Friday-ish I’ll now dedicate a post to highlighting a few of my favorite projects, pics, etc, found floating around Pinterest from the previous weeks. Which doesn’t mean that Fridays are solely for this series. I may periodically pop in with with an extra post as well!
Now, on with “That’s Pinteresting!”

Let’s start with the most important announcement..umm, ever.

Sofa. Green. Velvet? At IKEA. Debut – Fall 2013. Should I get in line now?

Ikea Stockholm Collection (Fall 2013)


I’m head over heals for the painterly trend (check out my product picks on Houzz). How fun is this DIY iPhone case?

DIY Painterly iPhone Case


I’m warning you. I’m obsessed. Adorable chargers. Outdoor dining maybe?

DIY Painted Chargers


I’ve always been a fan of mirrors on walls outdoors, but this one takes the cake. Gorgeous.



Loving these stacked bars for extra storage in a little’s closet!

Stacking Bars in for Extra Storage in a Closet


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