I am asked often about our staging props and different styling techniques. If you have been a fan of Noteworthy for any amount of time you have probably noticed I have a weird obsession with candle stick holders- these my friends find their way all over my house, including most of my dresser and buffet tops! But I think its important to think a little outside the box of necessity. Include items that you LOVE (and may serve no purpose!) and items that reflect your personality. Sometimes it helps to choose a theme; for instance I staged this piece with Vintage/Industrial, Romantic/Neutral, and Colorful/Preppy themes. I hope this helps get you on your way to creating your own staged masterpiece!
Lastly, here are a couple of necessities for successful dresser styling:
1. include a plant of some kind- it makes the space look lively
2. include a mirror- its a practical need
3. don't be afraid to layer- it gives interest and depth
Vintage / Industrial
Romantic / Neutral
Colorful / Preppy
It's kinda hard for me to hear some mention galley style kitchens as "just" a galley kitchen, as if they are less-than. I understand the meaning behind the comment but they fail to communicate with words (said in a mommy voice, "use your words"). However, I desire to gather these individuals to view the galley kitchen as I see it!
You rarely see linear styles featured in new build mc-mansions and wanna-be mc-mansions. Rather in our "look bigger than you really are" culture, you see more open kitchen concepts with soaring ceilings, over-sized everything, and capturing every opportunity to make this corner of the home bigger and "better." And of course, there's NOTHING wrong with a large kitchen! However, my hang-ups are with builders who forsake great design to attempt grandiose style on a less than adequate space ratio. You know what I mean? For those of you who cannot open the fridge all the way because of poor design??? Frustrating.
Admittedly, I'm a little partial to the galley layout: the simplicity of design, the straight forward practicality, the efficiency of use, and often a throw back arrangement to older homes-which I must be truthful with you- will always be my preference over new builds. Sorry, I'm not sorry... although that's a WHOLE conversation we can have later once we've gotten to know one another more:-))
Back to the galley concept- I think a common misconception is that one cannot achieve grand style in a galley. I prefer to shine a different light on the same idea! In other words, one might feel its impossible to make a "small" space look awesome and over the top like large spaces seen on Pinterest... or at the neighbors house... or the model home... Can we circle back to the simplicity concept for a quick minute, before you send me your comments?!
Just like the simplicity, structure and order we seek in most areas of life, the kitchen is no different! Think of it this way, simple kitchen layout = more opportunity to dress it up, customize to your needs, and give it personality! On the other hand, big kitchens (CAN )= wasted storage, poor concept, and "vanilla" finishes in the charm department. More on infusing "you" into your space later...
Case and point, we just finished a fabulous galley kitchen in Lake Highlands. This kitchen was in desperate need of an upgrade in the storage and style department. Our client wanted to be rid the old white tile floor, white laminate counters, white slab front cabinets and definitely be rid of the bulk heads that consumed wasted storage space.
Out with the old and in with the new in this charming older home! Older homes with upgraded spaces are where its at in her beautiful neighborhood.
We took the tired and undefined kitchen, laundry and breakfast area to create a smooth flowing, seamless space that competes with the newest of kitchens. The new design utilizes all the height the room has to offer and clean lined modern elements that fit right in with the rest of the home.
We incorporated Shaker profile cabinets, modern hardware, grey granite sink, Kitchen Aid appliances, new wood floors to match the rest of the home, industrial lighting, balanced window placement, open walkways, a definedlaundry room with custom barn door, altered flow through kitchen and removed the breakfast area to utilize one large dining room instead.
We are so pleased with the results in this kitchen and wanted to share with you. Don't be discouraged by your space if it's less than you wanted- there's HOPE for you! Cheers to the simplistic yet stylish kitchen space!
I have the most beautiful friend, SS, who shall otherwise remain nameless, that is ALWAYS on point with her fashion choices. Not to mention that she has a beautiful frame with which to display her finery but at every occasion she makes a statement that is FUN, FEARLESS, and FRIENDLY! Bright colors, new trends, eye catching patterns and bold accessories are always among her wardrobe choices, all the while looking completely effortless. #jealous
And here I stand, on the other side of the spectrum. I easily get stuck in my routine of black, grey, white and jeans... when I feel skinny enough to even wear them! And with my efforts to break the "tired mommy" rut I fall way short of stylish. Then add the temptation to try to dress up the lacking wardrobe by perfecting the makeup and whoa. I have become a hot mess... or much more like a frumpy mess. This feels completely disconnected from the interior design work I do. Shouldn't I have it together???
Cue the angels singing and the clouds parting... the sun has started to shine on me. My friend shared one of the tricks she has had hidden up her sleeve. Enter Stitch Fix.
This was a completely mind blowing idea! Having someone else who has an eye for fresh and current clothing select pieces for me based on my likes and dislikes. Thanks SS for the best tip EVER! Afterall, isn't this the exact service I offer my own clients for their interior spaces?
I have been using this style service for a few months and I L O V E it. It's completely customized to my budget, preferences and fashion inspiration. I have heard from others that they did not feel like it was a good match for them. So I have a little input to share on how to get the most from your Stitch Fix stylist selections!
1. Be honest with yourself
When they ask specifically about what part of your body you like to accentuate or definitely NOT accentuate, be honest! I had a tendency to think of how I WANTED my figure to be or how it has been in the past... or even how I picture it being in the future. Answer those questions in the moment of how you view yourself today. And don't short change yourself either. If you feel like you are in a transitional place (as do most moms) don't fret! You're not alone! Focus on the positives you see in shape. Or think of it this way, what areas do you feel most comfortable with regarding your figure? Pay more attention to those and don't over think the other areas.
2. Be descriptive
Unless you give your stylist a brief bio on what your day-to-day looks like and what your practical needs are, you become a name with some general responses to their questionairre. The more details you give the better your results will be! Being colored minded, I figured it may be important to give my stylist info on my complexion. I learned that I am a deep winter in my coloring and therefore bright colors look best on me. Who knew?! I grew up choosing neutrals all the way! See my complexion/fashion guide below.
3. Decide what you like on YOU!
You are buying for you- not your pretty sister, not your best friend, and definitely not a runway model. For instance, I LOVE ruffles and floral printed items on celebrities and my friends however, I feel like Annie (the original 1982 Annie!) when I put on busy patterns and tons of texture. Its not for me. Rather give me anything with stripes and we are golden.:-)
Do your research on these styles: Dramatic, Modern, Traditional, Romantic and Bohemian. And if the lines blur a little here that's great! Personally, I tend to be more Traditional with some Bohemian and Modern elements thrown in.
Check out the differences in wardrobe trends here: cardiganempire.com This site is sooooo helpful when you feel stuck, need inspiration, or just want to figure out your next favorite styling trick!
4. Don't say no before you try
My Stitch Fix stylists have offered me things to push my boundaries and discover new possibilities in my daily wardrobe, some of which I have adopted and some I have not. But some of my favorite pieces were those that I NEVER would have chosen for myself while shopping. It really feels like Christmas when my package arrives at my door!
I hope these little pointers from a fellow friend, mom, and aspiring fashion diva (LOL) help you get more excited about the clothes you wear and the attitude that you want to represent! Just for grins here are some of my favorite items Stitch Fix has selected for yours truly.
Happy Thanksgiving All!
I have been stewing about how I was going to come back into blogging... So I have decided to (reluctantly) announce that I will be doing only homemade Christmas gifts this year... Sigh. There I said it. There's no turning back now!
At the beginning this all sounded like such a great idea... meaningful, personalized gifts that take thought and individual attention. But that's the problem isn't it? It takes thought and individual attention, LOL. So for gifts that are handmade but cannot be handmade by ME I am happy to custom order through skilled small business owners who specialize in these gems. Although I am going to try as much as possible to make as many on my own as possible.
I have been brainstorming it up, pondering friends and family members' likes, wants and "needs." Though I am nervous about announcing it to the world and being held accountable to it, I am excited to dive into the holiday creating! Wish me luck!
If you have something similar in mind for those on your list I have put together a few customized and DIY ideas that are sure to please.
For the babysitters, hairdressers, teachers ect in your life .
1. Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub. Spoon into a cute container and tah-dah! (DIY tutorial)
3. Hand-painted Brick Bookends. For the reader or the lover of unique decor. (DIY tutorial)
2. Macrame Hanging Planter. Add un-killable succulents. So punchy and fun! (DIY tutorial)
3. Striped Candle Sticks. Love this one of a kind gift! (DIY tutorial)
And then there's the major loves in your life... Kick it up a notch.
1. Cable Knit Blanket. This says cuddle, wine and movie like nothing else. (Etsy store)
2. Custom Portrait or Sketch. Made from your favorite photos, these make a big statement! (Store)
3. Plumbing Pipe DIY Wine Rack. (Store)
Kid Gifts are the BEST!
1. Play Teepee- this is a really good DIY set of instructions! Lots of memories to be made here!
2. Shark and Mermaid Sleeping Bags. So stinking cool. Boys and girls. (DIY tutorial)
3. Sock Monkeys! So good for the littles and not-so-littles! (DIY tutorial)
I promise to keep you updated on my struggles... I mean my successes with the DIY gifts. After Christmas that is! Happy Creating!
As you may have noticed time has definitely gotten away from me. Sigh. Such is life.
Since we purchased our house about a year ago, we have almost completely gutted it!
Though this house is not new it feels more modern than cottage so we chose textiles to go more with the energetic style I had in mind.
We have small children and pets in our home so easy maintenance, flexible pallet, and the ability to throw in lots of color were necessities that I tried to work into every room. It's still in progress however I am thrilled to begin sharing some of the completed spaces with you!
One thing you will hear over and over again from us about this renovation was the wallpaper. It was horrendous. It was layered upon layered upon layered in over half of the house and ended up being the reason we went so over on our estimated timeline. We spent so long trying to salvage the drywall under it when in the end we replaced most of the drywall in the house. So wallpaper is like a curse word to me now! Love the idea, hate the commitment nightmare of it.
The boys bathroom got a nice facelift with new walls, texture, removal of the drop down ceiling over the sink, lighting, honeycomb tile floors, subway tile shower, tub and carrera marble counters. A little bit of paint goes a long way in this space. Its an upgrade from the sponged blue walls, right?
Its been a cold and icy few days in DFW the last week and my honey, AKA Mr. Noteworthy, installed some rustic built in shelves in our breakfast area. My projects are always the last to get done (clients come first!) and we are slowly chipping away at our to-do list. We have done major work on this kitchen space. It was stripped down to the studs, we created a pantry out of a dead space, installed pocket doors, framed in windows and more. Here's a peek at the breakfast area of the kitchen, before and after.
We are also taking on new kitchen projects and renovations for the spring! If you are looking for help with your space we can help with design consultations, color selections, project management, and even staging consulting. Spring is a busy time so reserve your spot now for April and May! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info and quotes.
Hello again to all after such a long hiatus! 2014 was a year of great change for us. We moved out of the old house in early summer and renovated the new house from July to November. There's so much to tell of that in between phase, but that will have to wait for another time.
As most of you know kids rooms, from nurseries to bedrooms to playrooms are my absolute favorite projects! Most parents tend to let their creativity rule in these spaces- with stimulating color, fun pattern and playful themes. I love seeing these rooms come together with "outside the box" design.
When we finally moved in the week of Thanksgiving, I knew I was going to tackle their room first. At the very end of our time staying with my in-laws (yes they were kind enough to host us during that renovation time) the boys began to change their attitudes about moving. They began complain about leaving the old house and they were sad to leave their shared room... So the top of my priority list was creating a safe place for them when we moved in.
Up until now the before pics of our house have been on lock down- I couldn't bear to show them without some afters. We have been going room by room getting things settled so we can share with you after progress is made. I have before pictures of every room in the house except theirs! So I will post the before pic of the guest room next door :-)
The boys picked their room- they had to have the room with the "king" windows. I SERIOUSLY wanted to remove these all together but the boys begged for them to stay. I do think of them as adding a bit of a "Harry Potter" flavor to their space.
Yes the boys share a bed. They are 21 months apart and have always been together- as soon as Noel could climb out of the crib he would sleep with Rhett, and for now I enjoy getting to tuck them in and get in the middle to read and pray together. There will come a day when twin beds are in order, or separate rooms for that matter, but for now I enjoy them being close... and staying little.