Inspiration

Powder Room Three Ways + The Passion Project

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Do you know what you’re passionate about? Have you identified it, wrapped your heart and soul around it, and decided to act upon it?

find something youre passionate about

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My passion is great home design and improving lives through improving spaces. The thing that wakes me up in the morning is the idea of renovation and home decorating to fit personalities and lifestyles – it’s effect on the qualify of life is profound. Sure it’s fun to make spaces pretty, but it goes beyond that.  Great home design matters – it’s how we express ourselves and shows how we live in a meaningful way by making our homes a reflection of who we are and what we love.

I see a plain bathroom like this one that I spied in a home on our list for possible purchase and all I can think of is “that bathroom could be amazing if I ever get my hands on it.”

bathroom before

I see plenty of beige but sooooo much potential for a stunning space with some stylish fixtures and pattern combinations (and a few weekend DIY projects!)  

Introduce classic style and high drama with a black and white palette…

dramatic black and white powder room

  floor tile / vanity / wallpaper / mirror / sconces/ charcoal print

   

… or a cool it down with a soothing coastal vibe…

coastal powder room

whitewash wood tile / vanity / mirror / sconces / print

  

… or warm it up with a contemporary vanity and mixed metal finishes.  

modern metallics and wood tones powder room

  floor tile / vanity / mirror / pencil sconces / stencil / abstract art

    

Home renovation and improvement is my passion. What’s yours?

 

  diy passion projectWhatever it is, the team at American Express wants to hear about it today as part of the Passion Project.  Are DIY and home improvement your passion like me?  Are you an artist, a creator, an innovator. a mold breaker? 

Share your passion for a chance to win $500 gift cards to Home Depot. Tweet about your passion project today and include the hashtag #PassionProjectTHD.  All the contest details are here and entry is simple! 

 

Oh and my four tips on how to become great at DIY are shared on the American Express Tumblr page today.

  

*This post sponsored by American Express Rewards. I was awarded with a Home Depot gift card. All opinions are my own.

 

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Design Crush: Dine-In Libraries

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

I have a crush on built-in bookcases in all rooms, home offices of course, living rooms, family rooms, and bedrooms too. Another place I love to see bookcases is situated in formal dining rooms (and decorated with actual books!) so that the space possesses a library-esque feel. 

The dine-in library holds practical appeal as well – it’s a place where books and collectibles are on display and where meals are also enjoyed. Feed the mind and the stomach at the same time! Mix in pottery, dishes, books, collectibles, and artwork and how cozy a dining room becomes when a wall (or two) is dedicated to display. The large table and chairs in the middle makes the space a place for a transitional home office as well.

My sister in law homeschools her younger kids and uses their formal dining room as the schoolroom during the day. The upper shelves on the hutch store dishes, art, and collectibles, and the hidden storage below houses the schooling materials. The room quickly transforms into an elegant space for formal meals, so it multitasks in the best way possible.

I can’t achieve the look in my own home with a dining room situated in an open space, but I’ve made a mental note of the look for any future homes or spaces. Today I thought I’d share a few favorite dine-in library looks, from fresh and bright to dark and dramatic and everything in between. Notice how the bookcases add an air of sophistication and the mix of all styles, contemporary and traditional.

dining room bookshelves

Diana Bergeron

 

library dining room klikk

Klikk

   white bookshelves in dining room

via Casa Sugar

 

built in library

El Mueble

  

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Tongue + Groovy

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

I just couldn’t resist using the word “groovy”. #totaldork

So I’m getting ready to start on a new space and it’s great having a friend who enlists my help! This time it’s a dining room and here is my blank canvas.

dining room before

  

Okay it’s not exactly “blank” right now (quick iphone pic) it’s a catchall space, but wiggle your nose and make the furniture and chandelier disappear. Aha! See? Blank canvas!

The first step is going to be jazzing up the walls, and I decided on a classic tongue and groove or plank wall treatment. I’ve considered everything else, stencils, bold wallpaper, etc. but keeping coming back to a look that I know she’ll love for years to come. It’s the same friend who loves classic meets modern (remember this dresser?) and so that’s where we’re going with this. I’ll be installing it later this week – meanwhile here’s a peek at some of the looks I’m loving right now. 

Tall & White?  Ooh, gorgeousness – love how it makes a room feel taller ha! and adds fab texture to a plain wall. Very elegant and cottagey and my fave for this space right now.

tall tongue and groove

Lauren Leonard Interiors

 tall tongue and groove in hallway

Albertsson Hanson Architecture

 lauren leonard tongue and groove entry

Lauren Leonard Interiors

 vertical tongue and groove in entry

 Mackle Construction

 

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