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SPACES | Designing Our New Little Home in Seattle

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It's so much to think about, decorating a home that is completely on the other side of the country. Also, with the knowledge that we'll have to wait to move everything in a few months is adding an extra layer of complication to the project. I have a floorplan designed, which I based on the one they provided online. It's mostly accurate, although a few rooms few very different after being in the spaces. The dining room especially - feels longer than the one in the floor plan, and after remeasuring, both of the bedrooms are the exact same size, aside from one having a closet. Highlighted in gray are the "new" items we have to purchase and the rest will be shipped out from NY and CT. 

The best elements to this home other than that it's a freestanding, adorable house in a convenient, great neighborhood, are the additional rooms and spaces. 

The home has only about 300 more square feet than our current apartment - so the rooms are small. But it has the following additional rooms:

  • Dining Room
  • Guest Bedroom
  • Mudroom
  • Laundry room

It also has a garage and driveway. Which means that Jack can finally have his own man space for working on his motorcycles and building furniture and possibly a little weight room area. That additional outbuilding is what entirely sold us on the home. 

Dining Room Inspiration | Interior Design -   Ali Cayne |   Domino Mag | Photos -   Brittany Ambridge

Dining Room Inspiration | Interior Design - Ali Cayne | Domino Mag | Photos - Brittany Ambridge

I'm really excited about the office/guest room. It is going to be a little tight, because we are planning to relocate Jack's giant desk and also keep a bed in the room. Sadly, it will only be a full sized bed - sorry tall friends... you know who you are. But at least it will be a real bed in a separate room - not the sofa bed like what we've had in our apartment in NY. 

Office Wall Inspiration | Interior Design - Ali Cayne | Domino Mag | Photos - Brittany Ambridge

Office Wall Inspiration | Interior Design - Ali Cayne | Domino Mag | Photos - Brittany Ambridge

I have thought a lot about how to navigate the design of a home that could potentially only be ours for one year and for the most part I'm planning to invest in the elements that aren't bolted down. I'm not going to customize any curtains or doing any permanent wall coverings. I really want to paint out the walls to neutral grays and off-whites and bring in furniture and accessories with a pop of color. I'm also planning to focus the color palette around classic colors, like navy blues, emerald greens with soft mustardy yellows, blacks and whites. I want to have blue and white china that can work in both formal and informal occasions. The vibe is going to be eclectic because that's my innate style. There will be a lot of mixing modern light fixtures and accessories with more traditional textiles and furnishings. 

Living Room - Secretary Desk Inspiration | Interior Design - Kim Bachmann | One Kings Lane | Photos - Nicole LaMotte

Living Room - Secretary Desk Inspiration | Interior Design - Kim Bachmann | One Kings Lane | Photos - Nicole LaMotte

I'm finding that a lot of my inspiration is pulled from Ali Cayne's home that was featured in Domino. Since that feature, I've loved every image of her home. It's understated, elegant and collected. The colors are classic and there is a great mix of new and old elements, keeping it from looking overly designed or too trendy. Another home I'm taking queues from is the apartment of Jessika Goranson's that was featured in Lonny. She lived in a rental for a few years and made the home feel so personal. She did wallpaper some spaces, but for the most part it was all of her own pieces that filled the space and made it feel special. You can follow along on her Instagram account now and see where each piece fits back into her home in Massachusetts. It's kind of a favorite thing of mine, like where's waldo, but finding how she's mixed those elements back into a completely different space.  

Foyer Inspiration | Interior Design - Jessika Goranson | Lonny Mag | Photos - Patrick Cline

Foyer Inspiration | Interior Design - Jessika Goranson | Lonny Mag | Photos - Patrick Cline

Regarding the look of the bedrooms and the living room, most of my same furniture will be in those spaces, so they'll have a very similar feel. We're planning to forgo the large built in bookshelves for a long low mid-century style console unit that Jack is going to build. I'm doing another gallery wall - but these one will feel a little more modern with abstract paintings and photographs we've taken. Although, I'm looking for one of those large gilt french mirrors to place within the mix, because I just love them so much!

More updates with specifics coming soon!

LIFE | Say Hello To The Latest Homepolish Designer

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"Deco Dreamland" Design by Homepolish Designer Casey DeBois | Photography by Claire Esparros

"Deco Dreamland" Design by Homepolish Designer Casey DeBois | Photography by Claire Esparros

Wow, two posts in one week! You all are lucky. I'm very excited to announce that I recently have been accepted into the pool of talented Homepolish interior designers! If you're not familiar with Homepolish, here's a quick background on the company [in their words here]. Homepolish is a startup founded by two entrepreneurs Noa and Will. Noa, an interior designer and Will, a techie, founded the company because they saw a lack in the industry for affordable interior design. The company works similarly to a talent agency in that they connect the clients to the designers. There's a bigger community on the back end that is wonderful for the designers, including complimentary photography and publishing. And for the clients, designers are carefully selected and matched up, based on the project needs, budget and design tastes. All of the work is charged on an hourly basis, where clients essentially buy hours based on projected timelines and the designers are paid a set fee based on those hours. Lastly, there are perks with retailers under the program called Swatch. With Swatch clients are able to purchase products from their favorite retailers at a discounted rate. In the end everyone wins! 

To be brought onboard I had to complete a design challenge. The initiative was to design a space (furnishings and paint - no cabinetry or flooring) that included a bedroom, living room, and a kitchen or bathroom for under $30k (design fees not included). My client was a young, fashionable textile buyer, who recently moved to New York from LA. The apartment was a one bedroom, in a pre-war co-op building. She wanted her home to reflect her California roots and love of textiles, with hopes to incorporate a few textile cuts that had been collected on buying trips. I included a few pages from the project. And keep in mind, the client & the story is fictitious...

If you have been following the blog for some time you would understand that my design philosophy centers around the concept that everyone should be able to live in beautiful spaces. Our homes are our canvases to narrate the story of who we are and what we love, so it is important that we can do that. In turn, beauty does not have to be expensive, it just has to be pleasing to the creator. 

I'm really looking forward to my upcoming projects with Homepolish and I hope if any of you are interested in their service, you'll take a look at the site. There's a magazine that also showcases past projects by Homepolish designers. If you don't live in NYC, no worries, Homepolish is in over 12 cities around the country! And if you're interested in working with me, feel free to drop me a line. 

SPACES | Design Crush: The Palihouse Hotel, Part 1 - Get Out of New York

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Palihouse West Hollywood | Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood | Photo credit Palihouse.com

As a New Yorker for 9 years this month (happy anniversary) I've had my ups and downs with the city. There are many kindred spirits that feel although New York is an incredible place, with so much opportunity, it is has the ability to wear you out and push you to the limits. That's why sometimes its really good to just get away! May it be for the weekend or for a week! I have been doing a lot of the first lately, running away on the weekends to go horseback riding. Last fall I got back into it and haven't looked back.

This fall we are also planning to head out to the left coast for two separate occasions. One is witness one of my close friend's weddings in Marin county and the other is for a vacation in LA. I'm so excited about LA as we were able to book 5 nights in the Palihouse Hotel in West Hollywood. How cool does this place look? It's chicer sister in Santa Monica was a close second but we really wanted to be in the heart of the city and close to our friends - so this location won out. I've included images of both and tomorrow I'll post on how to get the look with a few products I've scoped out.

Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse Hotel Santa Monica | photo credit: Palihouse Hotel
Palihouse Hotel Santa Monica | photo credit: Palihouse Hotel
Palihouse Hotel Santa Monica | photo credit: Palihouse Hotel
Palihouse Hotel Santa Monica | photo credit: Palihouse Hotel
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Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
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Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
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Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
Palihouse West Hollywood Photo credit Palihouse.com
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We are currently putting together a list of must dos, must eats and most importantly must sees. If you have any suggestions, please send them my way.

Finding inspiration within the folds: Fashion

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I'm not a fashion designer or a seamstress. Pillows are my specialty and that's about it. I do enjoy scanning Pinterest and looking at images of pattern making and transformative fashion. I find something extremely inspiring in looking at the way designers can manipulate textiles and transform silhouettes through folds and layers of material.  Here's a taste of a recent Pinterest board  that I've been building. Enjoy. Fabric Manipulation | Via Charlotte Janssen

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Elizabeth Holt | SewElizabeth.com

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Pinterest.com | Source Unknown

Zac Posen Resort 2015

Henrik Vibskov Menswear Spring Summer 2015 Paris | NOWFASHION.com

Innovative textiles design for fashion - dress with intricate horsehair woven design; fabric manipulation // Marianne Kemp

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SPACES | Kitchen Updates: New Microwave

CREATE, SPACESLauren Caron2 Comments
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The last time I posted about my kitchen I debated on which over-the-range microwave to purchase. The decision was made and I chose the Frigidaire. I bought the microwave over a month ago and the giant box has been sitting in our living room until tonight. First it was the dishwasher, then the microwave, I can only guess that next will be the box of tiles I just ordered. In order to put the microwave up we had to remove the existing fan above the oven and cut down the top cabinet. Because the microwave should be mounted 18 - 24" above the oven range and I dislike the look of a microwave being a lot higher than the cabinets I decided to keep it at the same height as the old fan. That also meant we would have to either replace the above cabinet or adjust it to fit.  If you have read any of my previous posts you'd understand that we can not repurchase my cabinet doors, so we must work with the ones we've got. With that said, we cut the length to fit, the excess space between the bottom of the door and the top of the microwave perfectly stores my cookbooks. I'd say, we lucked out on that.

After some struggling, which includes blood, sweat and some swearing (on Jack's part) we managed to install the microwave! This appliance is yet another piece to the kitchen puzzle. Up next, the tiles.

Thanks for reading.