Archive for October, 2012

Bathroom Project Reveal

I had a great time on this bathroom project.  I wish that I had proper before photos but you’ll just have to imagine some dated peach tile and a peach bath.  Not really all that peachy to live with.

Well, this bathroom is for two very cute little ones but it also acts as a guest bath.  We wanted to choose a fun wallpaper that would work for a kid’s bath but also translate well for adults.  My client and I fell in love with this little number which I’ve blogged about before…

And here is the bathroom…

 It turned out really fun and cheery.  Hope you enjoyed seeing a finished project of mine.  More to come very soon.  Happy Friday everyone!!  Enjoy the weekend.

October 5, 2012 at 5:29 AM 5 comments

Flower Ready Part II

Last night, Mom and I stayed up past our bedtime arranging flowers.  And by “Mom and I”, I mean Mom did the arranging and I did the directing.  She is incredibly talented at arranging flowers and I’m so lucky to have her help.  Some of the flowers didn’t hold up that well during transportation but we’re hoping they’ll perk up.

Thank you so much, Mom!!  Off to the photo shoot I go.

October 4, 2012 at 5:59 AM Leave a comment

Flower Ready

On Thursday, I will be doing a photo shoot of a fabulous home that I have been working on.  I really love the way that it’s come together and the clients have been absolute joys to work with and to get to know.  My client is due in a couple of weeks with twins and so I wanted to get some professional photos before the little bundles of joy arrive and I’m completely in the family’s hair.

Yesterday, I went to the SF flower mart to prepare for the shoot.  But, first I took a look around at magazines to see what kind of bouquets they have in their photos.

Via Rue Magazine

Via Rue

Via Matchbook Mag

Matchbook Mag

Matchbook Mag

Matchbook Mag

House Beautiful

The flowers tend to stay monochromatic and keep within the color scheme of the room.  I was really attracted to using pims type silver cups for the flowers and so I’m hoping to pick some of those up before Thursday.  I can’t wait to share the pics with you once it’s all finished.

October 3, 2012 at 5:32 AM Leave a comment

The Eye Twitch

It all began from a place of complete relief and gratitude.  We had completed an echo exam for the baby, our final test, and all looks healthy for our baby girl.  To get the final okay from Dr’s, allowed for a huge sigh of relief.  We could rest easily.

Well, at least I thought I could rest easily.  Graham simply mentioned to me, “You should get working on the nursery.”  It was great advice and I was happy to get the go ahead.  I was also happy he understood that the nursery would be primarily my project with his occasional input.  However, the nursery soon became the equivalent to our wedding planning in terms of pressure to make it “perfect”, overwhelming feeling of choices and a reasonable budget to remain within.  When planning our wedding, I developed an eye twitch (not a gross twitch that is visible to people, it’s subtle where you really have to stare at my eye to notice it but I feel it) that remained for a couple of months.  Literally, months.  I also lost 15 pounds from stress.  I also planned our wedding for 400 people without a wedding planner in six months, while taking four classes for my masters, teaching full time, writing a masters thesis, and my dad was undergoing a ton of testing to figure out why he felt sick all the time.  In that situation, a perma eye twitch makes sense.

Here we are, fresh off the best news of our married lives that we have a healthy baby girl on the way and I’ve had an eye twitch for two weeks straight.  Eye twitch not warranted.  My obsessive tendencies and need for the nursery to be perfect need to take a breather. I worked myself into a tizzy over whether or not to go hot pink or baby pink.  Polka dot and gingham or Ikat and more graphic.  Animal themed or dresses and tutus.  A real dresser or a baby changer.  A glider or an antique rocking chair.  A gold or white crib.  Ric rac or pom pom trim.  You name it, I’ve thought of it and debated it.  From spending a couple grand on a custom glider to dropping a simple $150 on an Ikea chair, I have researched it.  From E-bay, Craigslist and ETSY vintage to custom, Serena and Lily or Jonathan Kaye brand new, I have tested it.  It’s exhausting and pathetic people.  I am my worst client ever.

Over the weekend, Graham and I were in Mill Valley when we stopped for some ice cream.  Across the street from the ice cream parlor, was a lightly used children’s shop.  Graham obliged on following me inside.  Here, I found the basis for the bedding.  It’s a Tea Collection knit pink and gray bumper and a tailored skirt.  I may change out the skirt to a custom one but I’m thrilled we now have a jumping off point.  Plus, we only paid a fraction of what I had budgeted.  Money saved here is money spent elsewhere in the room.

When I got the bedding home, I played with all of my fabrics and my favorite choice was this Shantung Silhouette print.  That will be the roman shade with a  pom pom trim.

Alleluia, we have a beginning.  Pale pink, gray and pale smokey blue for the color palate.  Soft sweet…read baby girl paper dress art and touches of chinoiserie.  I have landed on a plan.  I’m feeling good.  And you know what, my eye has pretty much stopped twitching.  I think I’ve backed away from crazy town and this will all come together.  I’m sure it won’t be perfect but baby girl will arrive and I’ll be exhausted and she’ll poop and throw up over everything and I won’t even care at all what the nursery looked like.  So, it should all work out.

To keep me in check, I plan to update photos as the nursery progresses.  Hopefully, you’ll all ooh and aahh and keep me off the plank to crazy town.  Little by little, I can get this done without the pressure.  Imagine that?!  After all, it is just a room.

October 2, 2012 at 5:21 AM 3 comments

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