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Before and After-- A Teenage Boy's Bedroom

Here I go again with another before and after ... no matter how hard I try to blog about all these awesome decorating ideas I have in my head I just never get around to writing about them... someday. 

So I hope you enjoy these little before and after updates! Here's a quick refresh of a teenage boy's room.

I have a client who I adore working with and when she asked me to refresh her son's room I was pretty excited. I'm rarely asked to do a guy's room...I think boys are typically too sloppy or just don't care even the slightest about their surroundings. 

I can relate I have a few of those living in my house:)

Anyway -- here is the before of this teen's

 room. Classic boy.

Here is the after

So... what did we do? We repainted the whole room london fog by Benjamin Moore and added a wall of Thibaut wallpaper to add a little texture/industrial feel to the space. I actually wanted to purchase the faux wood stick on pieces from West Elm but they don't sell them any longer. I know where to source them but frankly I was going to get the same look with this wallpaper -- and it was much easier to apply:) ha!

We took down the loft bed and created a custom navy headboard with a gray linen welt (that fit perfectly) to coordinate with this fabulous West Elm bedding and custom pillows. 

We also placed the bed close to the wall so we could leave some open space in the middle of the room for his friends to hang out on the floor and play xbox.

We removed the posters and sporadic artwork and added a few new fresh art pieces to give it a bit of a coastal feel. We added under the bed storage for his collections, a new desk with hutch and black floating shelves ----which for some reason I did not take pictures of:(

We combined both gray walls and wallpaper with the current beige carpet (which will be changed out at a later date) and beige/white washed modern furniture. The overall feel of the room is kind of beachy/"west-elmy" I purchased a lot of items excluding the furniture from them... we have to get our inspiration from somewhere, right?

We didn't spend a whole lot of money yet created a fresh new look for this young teen!

Before

After

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Colorful dining rooms!

It's been quite awhile since my last blog post. I'm super busy with design projects and this poor little blog has been neglected as of late.  
 
But as many of you can relate too I'm knee deep in kids activities, birthday parties, sports and teen dances. And honestly, I don't want to miss a thing.
 
In the immortal words of Ferris Beuller....
 

I started this blog almost two years ago to share ideas for all of you do-it-yourselfers out there who share my passion for decorating and design. The goal of this blog has always been to share images of design work by others and myself to help inspire what you do in your own home.

In addition, I like to realistically portray the design process. You must start with an overall plan and budget for your space. Design not only takes money, it takes time to carefully plan and execute a beautiful space.
It doesn't happen overnight and your design plan can evolve into something different than originally planned over a period of time. So you're not alone in taking your time with design decisions!!

 I hope I'm still accomplishing this goal .... and thanks for continuing to read:)

Okay so if you follow me on instagram you may have seen these images.

Dining rooms are typically filled with lots of hard surfaces like tables, chairs, buffets, china cabinets, consoles, etc. There are less places to add color and pattern then say a living room where there's  lots of upholstered pieces. So a great way to add color and texture to your current dining situation is on the wall! Below are two examples of rooms where I'm using colorful textured wallpaper and I love.
 
I've used neutral grasscloth in many spaces and I love it too but there's something about adding color and texture to a dining room that really brings the space alive.
 
Before
This client is keeping her grandmothers dining room pieces and wanted to keep a more traditional look with simple yet classic lines.


 
Where we are now....


 



 
Beautiful NEW navy textured wallpaper, host chairs, new mirror and lighting. The navy really makes her wood pieces feel rich and warm.
 
Still needs:
Lamps
Carpet
Draperies
New fabric for chair seats
 
 
Another fabulous example ...
Before
Client is keeping her beautiful dining room pieces as well.



 
Where we are now...
 
We added this gorgeous kelly green phillip jeffries wallcovering, wainscoating, and sconces (not seen).
 


 
Still needs:
New buffet lamps
Carpet
Accessories

And  I love how this green room partners well with her charcoal gray family room. Loving gray and green together lately!


What do you think? Have I convinced you to go bold and colorful??

And speaking of color.... you may want to run not walk to the The Blue Octagon in Malvern. Ah-MAZING home décor!

And stay tuned am using this fab wallpaper in a powder room

 orchid by cole and son

Thanks for reading!!!XOXO




 


 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 

Client updates


Here's what I've been up too...

Still working on a first floor reno some of the finishing touches we added are these x benches for a punch of hot pink!

 
 
They're flanking a console in my client's dining room
 
Fabric is by Robert Allen to the trade
 
 

I have a new client and we're using this wallpaper as our jumping off point for her living room design. Yep, I'm a lucky gal:)

 
You may recognize this wall covering from this image

Meg Braff Interiors
These awesome chairs were delivered to another client for their family room

similar here


These chairs will be placed on the opposite wall of this room which is slowly puttering along:)




Slow but steady progress...
This is where we started.


Bought myself an original art piece that I first saw at a booth at a fundraiser by fabulous artist Janine McGuire.



Months later it was still available at an art trunk show.
So I bought it!

Here it is in my house. So lucky it was still available.



Speaking of art ... need some ideas for your walls?

Check out my past post on how to make your walls sing!! Read it here.

For more info on the above artist email me and I can get you her contact info.

I'll be signing off for a few weeks! Talk to you again in July.


Thanks for reading!! XOXO
 

Things I'm all about this week...

How cute are the royal couple with their new baby?


I mean seriously???
 
Look at them.
 
 Adorbs.
 
And Kate's hair?
 
Off

The

Charts.
 

You can get Kate's similar polka dot look here or here.

Thin lips? Whaaaat??... yes, I have thin lips. But not any more... not since I watched this video. Check it here.
 
on your phone? click here
 
 
I wore this dress over the weekend. LOVE. It's soooo pretty and it was on sale to boot. Score one for me.
 
 
I'm obsessing over this wallpaper that was featured by Beth Connolly on Chinoiserie Chic.
 
 
I don't know what's beyond that entry I just know I want to live there. It's navy and white perfection.
 
I managed to throw these flowers together for my goddaughter's christening this weekend.
 
 




Fun and girly aren't they?
 You can never go wrong with white and various shades of green and pink. All of these flowers came from Produce Junction and cost $35 in total. Love that place.
 
Also coveting my friends fire table from RH
 
 
Fabulous, right? I want to roast marshmallows here. Among other things.  If you want to pull the trigger on it go here.
 
And these jeweled-tone pieces for fall?
 
 
gap
tory burch
 
 
Yep, I said fall.
 
Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Feast Your Eyes on This -- I'm Just Green With Envy!




Those lamps



That wall color


This wallpaper



These rugs

images above via pinterest

I picked one element in the above rooms that I adore,  but they can be big ticket items.

So on that note ... here are my top five most-adored accessories that you can add to any room that will make an impact, look fantastic and not cost a lot of money or time! 

Here we go...

#1 
Call me tra-zy!

West Elm trays are my go-to's because they're inexpensive and big. I like big trays and I can not lie, so if I want to add texture to a room I use the raffia version below.
West Elm


When I need to add a pop of color it also comes in this great orange.
West Elm

Furbish


Jill Rosenwald



#2 
It's aint a party unless your wearing ...  a fabulous lampshade.

A quick way to update a room is to change out your lampshadesYou could add a large, plain drum shade like this.


Restoration Hardware

Or why not get all funky and stuff and add one of these


Shades of Light
Shades of Light



here

Shades of Light

#3
Flowers, Branches and Greens ... oh my!

Live and fresh is best for your table.







But, if you don't feel like buying fresh every week they make great preserved boxwoods that you can buy.

Restoration Hardware
#4
What the What?

Kelly Wearstler


West Elm



Furbish

here



These are little doo dads that are usually small in scale and just add interest and fun. They serve no real purpose but they add a little somethin-somethin to your table/ottoman/bookcase.


#5 
Read about it!

Coffee table books. These are my favorites...


here



here
here



Now that you have all of this stuff what are you supposed to do with it?

Well silly, if I told you that what would you need me for?:)


Until next time!

If you've been reading this blog since its inception, you know I have no problem with words. I am however totally speechless over the senseless tragedy that occurred in Boston. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and the far-reaching impact this tragedy has had over all of us who have been watching this unbearable act unfold.




Let's get it started in here





 
Phoebe Howard

Now onto my latest obsession
sorry for fold in sample
Designers Guild

Grasscloth? Still love it but my new crush is crocodile wallpaper. Crikey! It's just so modern and fresh. Love it against the white trim. I would rough it up a bit and surround it with lots of crazy texture in my furniture and accessories.

Do you know what else I'm loving about it? It's wipeable. Yep, take that paw prints, magic markers and dirty, grimy hands!

You can find this at Aubusson Home in Wayne. It's simply spectacular.

Or, wait ... how about this one in your library with lacquered trim? 
Schumacher. I die.
Or this one...




Lonny Magazine


OK, Must stop myself. But this brings me to a question a reader had for me this week.

"When I want to redesign a room or freshen it up... where do I start?"

In my opinion, start with something you absolutely love and feel like you can't live without like crocodile wallpaper or ...

Art

Carolinezhurley.com

Fabric

Timorous Beasties Fabric - London Toile

 

Rug (this is the easiest place to start)
 
 
It's going to be different for everyone. Or even use a picture of a room that you love for inspiration.

Then develop a plan from there. Ask yourself:
What do I own already that will work with this?
How will it relate to surrounding rooms?
What do I need to purchase to pull it all together?

Have a final picture and a vision. Don't go willy nilly into it or you will find yourself really stuck.

For example, for my dining room redesign I fell in love with a fabric years ago that appeared in Cynthia Rowley's home.


Instead of using it as a fabric I chose to use the wallpaper so I could make it my own design.


 Cole & Sons Wallpaper

Also, to make my basically traditional room feel more modern I'm planning on adding a more contemporary rug, art and accessories. I just haven't gotten there yet... but I do have a vision ... I swear people!! And life gets in the way my friends. But I couldn't be happier with my jumping off point and I'll be honest I will always LOVE the hunt.

If you've started to refresh your own home and find yourself stuck and can't seem to pull it all together our good friends at Aubusson Home could help connect you with that magical fabric that will make it work. Or, there are lots of other sources in this area: Calico Corners, Pryors. etc. Not to mention the gazillion places on the internet.

Here's another tip when your out there searching for the right pieces/fabric for your design make sure you keep pictures of your room on your phone so you can refer back to it when shopping.

Still not sure where to go with your room? This is where you may need the help of a friend with a pair of fresh eyes to step in or even a quick consultation with a designer (really am not trying to promote myself here). But someone who can help you achieve the look you want so that you will enjoy your space to it's fullest.

Anyway, I hope I have answered your question. But, don't worry I will be exploring more resources in the near future for all of you 
do-it-yourselfers out there!

If you would like help in a redesign project or a second opinion on your design choices contact me at kraussteph@yahoo.com.