Lindsey Lane Design

First and foremost, thank you so much for your kind words on my big news last week!  We are so excited!

Our wonderful sitter who comes two mornings a week so I can have uninterrupted work time, is out this week so the girls went up to daycare at Graham’s office today.  Why share this rather mundane tidbit of information?  I just wanted to set the scene that for the first time in a long time I have the house completely to myself all day long.  It’s paradise!  No offense, family.

The purpose for this uninterrupted silence is to do my business taxes.  But, like with any dreadful task, comes the wonderful pursuit of procrastination.  Enter blogging.  Ah, yes, I remember you daily blog.  You were so fun!

Let’s get started.  How about some inspiration?

When debating tackling a God awful Ikea hack, I came across this image as inspiration (a decidedly non Ikea hack) –

1427033907896

The room was packed to the brim with swoon worthy elements, that I had to find the entire house tour.  Feast your eyes on Lindsey Lane‘s work.

1427033890542

1427033686130-1

1427033351701

1427033934423

1427034036803

That custom scalloped settee may be the most perfect thing that I have ever laid eyes on.  The entire New York City flat feels fresh and fun with plenty of timeless elements mixed in.  What a happy spot to live.  You can view more of Lindsey’s inspiring portfolio, here.

April 5, 2016 at 5:30 AM 1 comment

Bring on The Chaos

529894_563030680382917_1888280145_n

Growing up as the youngest of four, I was born into organized chaos.  I want to stress the organized because my parents did a good job at keeping all their ducks in a row.  But no matter how you spin it, three boys and a girl calls for chaos.  There are way more dog piles, interruptions, giggles and farts then your average household.  I didn’t know it any other way and so I grew up loving the chaos.

I now thrive under chaos.  Perhaps that’s why I’m such an incredible mess.  We’ll go with that as the answer.  When things get lackadaisical, I go a little stir crazy.  When things are spinning every which direction, I feed on the energy.

Enter our own little family.  Two littles, 18 months apart, is chaotic.  There are way more diapers, temper tantrums, hugs and snuggles than you average household.

Recently, Josie and Grace have begun to play with each other.  I find myself more and more with a solid ten minutes of quiet time as they recede into their own play worlds together.

Just as things inch towards the lackadaisical at home, I find myself pregnant!!  And with the snap of a finger, or the pee on a stick, we’re back in the realm of chaos.

While I’m nervous for handling three kids, 3 1/2 years and younger, in the end, it’ll just be more chaos.  And I think that makes us really damn lucky.

There will be another dancer; another ball player; another storyteller; another bike rider; another joke teller; another personality; another unique child to love.  And this time we get to experience a boy!!

I’ve always known I wanted a big family.  I just never believed I would get it.

The special thing is that Graham didn’t always know he wanted a big family.  When we were dating, I said that I wanted four kids and he said that he wanted two.  But after Graham became a father for the first time, he was so in love that he wanted more.  When Grace came along he was so happy with two that he wanted more.  I find that beautiful that he loved being a dad so much he wanted to continue to add to the crew.  Although, he too, never thought a third child would actually happen.

When we had Josie, the fertility Dr.’s stressed concern for us getting a second child.  I have a low egg count and unfortunately there is nothing you can do about that.  When we conceived Grace, our Dr told us how the odds were against us for that happening; we had a less then 10% chance of conceiving naturally.  After Grace, we just thought we’d see what happened but told ourselves not to get emotionally invested.  Low and behold, 17 months later, we beat the odds again.  And here I sit, writing a pregnancy post for the third time in 3.5 years.  Just as the other two times, I still am in disbelief that we can be so lucky.

I keep picturing myself absolutely covered in my little chillens and that brings a huge smile to my face.  Bring on the blessed, brilliant, beautiful chaos.

12063681_10209441937154142_5588796882834595889_n

Photo by Pam Hansen

March 31, 2016 at 5:04 AM 6 comments

Easter Tablescape

Mom hosted 18 of us in her backyard for this past Easter Sunday.  It was a great time and so sweet to watch the little ones run around.  There were 7 cousins there and they were all girls so we did a girly themed tablescape.

IMG_1662

Mom, the girls, and I went to the flower mart and stocked up for the table and for some gorgeous flower arrangements that my mom made.  We then went to JoAnne’s and got some ribbon to tie bunches of flowers at each place setting.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

We alternated between a fuschia bow and a light pink bow for each napkin going down the table.  Then we pulled out some pretty flower plates that mom got on her wedding day, the fine silver and everything else was white.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

The setting really can’t be beat with a view of the bay.

IMG_1664

Fun was had by all, especially the little ones…

IMG_1669IMG_1667IMG_1671IMG_1659

Hope your Easter was a special day.

March 29, 2016 at 5:19 AM 4 comments

Dining Room Update

One room where I have subscribed to the theory of slooow decorating is the dining room.  You guys were there with me when I got my beloved Oly Studio dining room chairs and when we ripped up the ugly carpet…post here.

photo-1-26

Now for the next latest and greatest, we have our official dining room lighting.  I had my Stray Dog Designs chandelier up as a place holder but it was never meant to stay in that room.  I love the light but it’s more whimsical then I’d like my dining room to read.

img_7923

I just needed to find the perfect piece which can take TIME.

Luckily for me, while searching One Kings Lane vintage section for lighting for a client, I stumbled upon the light for me.  I can assure you my job is very dangerous like that.  It’s very easy to do the, ‘one for you and one for me,’ when out shopping for clients.

I digress.  I present to you my very own antique copper lantern…

IMG_1235

IMG_1435

I love it!  It actually looks better in person; my horrible photography skills in no way do it justice.

By absolutely no means is the dining room finished.  But I’m one step closer.  The next step is to put up drapes and to take down the shutters.  That will bring a layer of softness and possibly color to the room.  Now to find a fabric within my budget and to my liking.  I’m very much considering white Ikea drapes with this tape on the leading edge until I find the one again…

Genesis-2in-Birch

I’ll update you as the changes arrive.  At this pace it will be in about six months or so.  How is that for a hard sell to keep you reading?

March 17, 2016 at 5:35 AM 2 comments

Suellen Gregory Design

Even though I was born and raised in California, my mom does have some deep Southern roots.  She can trace her roots back to the revolution.  Her sister is in town from Virginia (which I saw as the perfect excuse to dress the girls in smocked dresses).  It got me thinking of how I am influenced by Southern style and I think that has to do with the traces of Southern style/ antiques placed around our California home growing up.

One of my absolute favorite designers, who I had the pleasure of “meeting” over Instagram, is based out of Richmond, Virginia – the very place my mom was born.

Today, I’d love to whisk you away to the wonderful world of Suellen Gregory Design and her beautiful use of pattern mixing, unique furniture pieces, gorgeous antiques and a few modern pieces for good measure.

seg_oi_u0025

seg_oi_0024seg_d0002_oi

oi_baw_0003

seg_k0007_oi

small-space4

seg_b0003_oi

suellengregory5

suellengregory2

Suellen Gregory’s work is chalk full of inspiration.  She, and her team, have such talents at mixing patterns, styles and colors.  I like how she really follows through on a color story, pulling from one fabric and I think that’s what makes her mix so successful.  Each room is absolutely stunning while feeling relaxed and a happy place to live.  You can follow Suellen Gregory on Instagram here.

March 16, 2016 at 5:14 AM Leave a comment

Twin Bedding

I’m back again.  My apologies for the two month blog break!  That was unexpected.   But not to worry, I wasn’t going to drop the mic forever on a pottery barn post. Life simply got ahead of me and something had to give.

While I was away from my little old blog, Josie turned three!  Three means many things, one of which is a big girl bed.  She’ll be transitioning soon to this twin bed that is currently set up in Gracie’s bedroom…

1s7a2993

I’m not sure if I’ve shared the story behind the headboard.  I have a pair of them and they came from the previous owner of our house.  In my cover letter where I begged and pleaded for our home, I mentioned how I loved everything right down to the matching faux bamboo headboards.  When we got the house, the previous owner gave them to me as a present.  It was the sweetest thing ever!  The previous owner lived here for about forty years and her daughter slept with the very same headboard.

1s7a3018

One day Grace and Josie will share a room and they will have twin beds lined up with these beautiful headboards!  I can’t wait!!  Meanwhile, Josie’s headboard is getting painted green.

And now I’m starting to think bedding.  I’d like to do a scalloped, percale, cream coverlet, possibly with a monogram in pink.  Here’s some inspiration shots of what I’m thinking for the coverlet…

7ded055ed04ad40244329ede44f5fd94

48eaf954f60dce8a960560cb181773e5

5c3007f162d0d58b71fc511af0f7a2f7

Interiors of Tom Scheerer for Book

Interiors of Tom Scheerer for Book

Now that was a wordy post all for a coverlet discussion.  But I do think it’s a very simple, classic and refined look for two twin beds.  And I especially love the example with the block print quilts folded at the end.  Isn’t that room dreamy?

March 14, 2016 at 5:01 AM 2 comments

Impressed

The other day, I found a quiet moment to flip through the Pottery Barn.  Quickly flipping changed into slowly dog earing every page.  They’ve got so many great things in store right now.

This bedding feels Josef Frank-esque

evie-reversible-duvet-shams-o

Evie

Some of their lighting has a much more contemporary feel to it.

danielle-chandelier-o

Explosion Chandelier

belleville-pendant-o

Belleville Chandelier

I’m using this gorgeous standing lamp in a nursery that I’m working on

stacked-stone-floor-lamp-base-o

Stacked Stone Floor

Love this large, rustic coffee table; it feels likes something Lauren Leiss would decorate with

bullock-cart-wheel-coffee-table-o

Bullock Cart Wheel Coffee Table

Love the lines of the Lucas chair and I bet their pretty comfy with the padded leather

lucas-chair-o

Lucas Chair

Hammered Copper Flatware? Well, that seems necessary.

Lucas Chair

copper-handled-flatware-set-o

Flatware

Overall, I’m very impressed and I like the subtle changes that Pottery Barn seems to making.

January 25, 2016 at 5:40 AM 1 comment

Older Posts Newer Posts


Welcome

Hi, welcome to my interior design blog. This is my little spot to attempt to express my design style and to show wonderful inspirations for making a home. I hope you enjoy it!

Follow me on Twitter

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Chance for a free Kate Collins Interiors' designed gift...

Join 345 other followers