A Creative Production Office// Before & After

When Evo Films asked me to help design their office space in Marina Del Rey, I was so excited! When they told me they wanted their office to have fun pops of color, and be equal parts feminine and masculine, I was even more excited! They were speaking my language!

The first thing we did, was installed new flooring. The speckled Linoleum, and hard short carpet had to go! To stay within budget, we choose a grey vinyl plank flooring that mimic’s the look of real hardwood floors.

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Before!

After!

After!

After the new floors were installed, we decided on a color palette for the space. The owner of the company is a big fan of millennial pink, so I ran with that idea. Pink and green is one of my favorite color combos, so when I suggested that we use those colors throughout the office space, the team at Evo Films was excited!

Originally, we wanted to incorporate some fun wallpaper, but decided we would rather spend the bulk of the budget on quality furniture, while incorporating fun paint colors. I’m sure most people know that paint is the easiest and cheapest way to transform a room. See below, the before and after of the founder’s office, and how we used color blocking to create a focal point in the room.

Before- The founders office

Before- The founders office

After - The founders new office!

After - The founders new office!

The founder loves mid-century modern furniture, so I found these amazing desks from Wayfair, and paired them with mid-century modern swivel chairs, and vintage lighting that I sourced from various antique shops, and flea markets. We accessorized the book shelf with some of the clients favorite books, a vintage camera since the client is in the film industry, and a few other vintage treasures, and pieces of art.

The creative director of Evo Films takes lovely photographs as a hobby, so we decided to frame a few prints, and placed them thoughtfully through out the office. Two which happen to be in this room. One on the book shelf, and the other smaller one on the right side of the room above the computer.

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One of my favorite aspects of this room, was adding the finishing touches, which were the plants we purchased from Venice Plants (best indoor plant shop in LA). Plants can be tricky when decorating an office, because many of them need adequate sunlight, and many offices do not provide that. We got lucky with this room which has a big window, so we were able to choose some plants that only needed partial sunlight. I choose the pink rubber tree plant, which played off the pink accent wall, and the colors in the vintage aztec rug just perfectly. We also went with an Aechmea Fasciata plant, which is the other pink plant on the left side of the room. This one is fairly easy to take care of as well, and only needs partial light, and minimal water.

A Mid- century modern office

The clients wanted the break out area to be a fun space, where employees could take a break from work, grab a bite to eat, or drink, and socialize for a bit. So we went bold with a mint green accent wall (paint color is copper patina by Behr paint), and a vintage inspired mint green Smeg fridge! Then we incorporated a more neutral color palette when we selected the furniture, and decor. The outcome = a very inviting space where employees want to hang out! Equal parts masculine and feminine like the clients brief.

Before! The break out area at Evo Films

Before! The break out area at Evo Films

After- The Break out area at Evo Films

After- The Break out area at Evo Films

According to House Beautiful the color green is suppose to increase wealth! “It is the primary color in nature, it corresponds with life's riches. It is the color of fresh starts and growth. It will encourage you to honor your unique talents and manifest them in the material world.” Maybe that’s why Evo Films is having their best year yet!!

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Flowers by the super talented  Fiore Designs

Flowers by the super talented Fiore Designs

The conference room was another area we went bold with color! Since this room is often used for meetings, and brainstorming, we wanted it to be bright and inspiring. So we used the same paint colors as we did in the founders office (Pink Quarts and Hematite by Behr paint), and incorporated some more mid-century modern furniture pieces to keep with the theme. Some of my favorite pieces in this room are the fun pink and green chairs by Article , and the gold Atollo lamp from France & Son.

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a mid-century style conference room

The client wanted a TV in this room for business purposes, so we found this fun media stand, and styled it with useful books, a gold Atollo lamp, and some black and white accessories.

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Office Bar Area

The Modern Mad Men! That was the look and vibe we were going for when we designed this room. A vintage credenza, paired with a MCM lamp, some fun artwork, statement vases, and a mini bar for after work drinks.

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The other two rooms in the office are edit suites, and anyone who has ever worked in post-production knows that these type of rooms host a lot of equipment, so sometimes it’s hard for these rooms to shine. However, that was a challenge I was willing to take on when I decided to design this space. Given the budget we had to work with, I think these rooms turned out quite nicely.

Before - Edit Suite One

Before - Edit Suite One

After- Edit suite one!

After- Edit suite one!

We decided to got a bit more industrial and moody in this room, and I love how it turned out!

Here is the creative directors office, who helped design this room.

Here is the creative directors office, who helped design this room.

The production area, is the last part of the office that we designed for Evo Films. They wanted a built in desk that followed the wall, and a long pin board that paralleled the desks. We gave them both!

Before - production area

Before - production area

After - production area!

After - production area!

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custom desks

Hope you guys enjoyed seeing some before and after pics!! Let me know if you have any questions about the design, since this was a quick recap and I glossed over a lot of the details. Until next time! xXX Lizzie

ORC Week 6: The Big Reveal

It’s week six of the One Room Challenge, and you know what that means…It’s reveal time! If you want to see the before pictures click back here to week one. I am thrilled with the way Poppy and Pixie’s room turned out. It is all that I imaged, and the girls could not be happier! Although Pixie’s first impression of her new big girl bed was quite funny. She was napping upstairs in our bed, as Matt and I were assembling her new twin size bed. She woke up just as we were finishing, and came down into her room. She looked at the bed and said “I Don’t want it! Where is my crib?!” I told her tough luck, this is your new bed! Then when it was time to go to bed that night she crawled into her new bed and said “Mommy, I can touch the wall, and I can see Poppy, I LOVE my new bed!! Ha, that’s toddlers for ya right? Pixie slept so well in her new bed that night, and I loved listening to her and Poppy talk to each other as they were falling asleep. Poppy would say things like “Pixie you’re a big girl now, you have a big girl bed like me!” and Pixie would reply “Yes, I a big girl now, but I don’t want to go on the potty.” Their bond is so close, it melts my heart!

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Anyways, if you have been following along you already know that I hand painted the mural myself. At first the idea didn’t even occur to me. I had found some wallpaper that I really liked, but it was $600, and I really didn't want to drop that kind of money just on one wall. That’s when my Mother in Law suggested I paint it instead. I gave it some thought and figured if it didn’t turn out well, I could always paint over it or buy some cheaper wallpaper. Luckily the design came out beautifully, and I didn’t have to resort to plan B. The wall mural only cost me $36 in paint and supplies, so it was a win win! Plus it’s a unique one of a kind design now, which are the best kind of designs if you ask me.

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A shared girls room
Heart Hooks

One of Poppy’s favorite parts of the room, were these cute heart hooks I found at Urban Outfitters. She was so excited to hang her and Pixie’s purses up on them. These hooks are sold individually, but I bought three so the girls could each have one to hang something on, and an extra because decor usually looks best when grouped in odd numbers.

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The rug also came from Urban Outfitters one of my favorite places to buy unique and affordable pieces. This rug was only $100 and is now on sale for only $79! It is a great rug for the price, and it matches the pink I used in the wall perfectly. But if you do buy a rug like this, and it is going on hardwood floor, just be sure to buy a rug pad as well. We used the rug the first week without a pad, and it kept moving all over the place. Now that we have a rug pad, it is staying put, and holding up well. Amazon has rug pads for unbeatable prices, I bought this one and it is working out great!

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Block Shop Textile Prints

One of my favorite aspects of the girls room, are these amazing Block Shop Textile Prints. I like them because they are simple, but they make a bold statement. They are also something I see the girls having in their room for a long time. Since they are black and white, they will go with pretty much everything. I didn’t want to buy a bunch of art that would only suit the girls personality for a few years. Instead I wanted to invest in pieces that would grow with the girls. I think these prints add a level of sophistication to the room, while the heart hooks, and stuffed dolls, and animals add a more youthful vibe. Those things are cheaper, and can be replaced as the girls get older, where as art usually tends to be a bit more expensive and is something I like to invest in when I can.

Twin Girls bed
Twin girls bed

Another favorite detail of mine, have to be the pink half moon pillows by Adaptation NY . When I first found this brand on Instagram I fell in love with all their pillows. I especially love the velvet triangle pillows that they make, but I thought the shape of the half moon pillows complimented the shapes in my wall mural so well, I had to go with those ones. Plus they look pretty cute paired with the Target stuffed doll and stuffed unicorn.

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modern kids bookcase
Styling details

I’m pretty happy with how this area turned out as well. We already had the Ikea dresser and the book case from Crate & Kids, so the only thing I had to get for this area was the decor. Has anyone else noticed the trend of oversized lighting lately? I’ve seen oversized scones everywhere, and I think oversized table lamps are the next big thing! I found this one at France & Sons and I am so happy with the contrast it brings to the room. The Poppies print by Georgia O’Keeffe was a no brainer for me. For one, Poppy loves it because her name is Poppy and she loves anything Poppy related, but I also just thought it was such a beautiful print for a young girls room. I just had to have it!

Girls closet

If you read last week’s post you know all about the updates I made to the girls closet. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

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Before I leave you with a few photos of the girls enjoying their new room, I wanted to share this last shot. My talented photographer Jessica Alexander and I were messing around with using a disco ball to create reflections in the room, and by some odd chance the reflections turned into hearts and Jess managed to snap a picture just as it was happening. Talk about Magic am I right?!

Poppy and Pixie
Sisters jumping on the bed
Pixie May
Poppy & Pixie
The girls and I reading a story together. The End.

The girls and I reading a story together. The End.

I hope you enjoyed following along my six week process of designing a room. If you enjoyed it, there are many other amazing designs to check out over on the Better Homes and Gardens Blog, just click here to explore more! And if you like my designs, and are interested in having me design a room for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I am an interior designer and I would love to help!

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ORC Week 4/5 A Closet Makeover

So Last week I was sick and didn’t have time to post my progress, but I am feeling much better this week and I am happy to share some updates on Poppy and Pixie’s room. I tackled the closet this week, which wasn’t too hard at all. The girls closet is an abnormal size, and did not come with a shelf or hanging rack so those were things I wanted to add.

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The closet before.

It was quite simple really, I measured the closet space, went to Home Depot and had them cut a piece of wood, as well as a round piece of wood, for the hanging rack. I painted them white at home, and then I had Matt drill the shelf into the piece of wood that was already in the closet. Matt also drilled the rod ends into that same piece of wood, and viola I had a new shelf, and hanging rack!

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I then had the girls paint some pictures, and I tacked those to the closet so that they felt involved with the space as well. The paintings added some fun pops of color, to a rather dull closet, since the hubs wouldn’t agree to me painting the closet pink. I think it turned out quite nice, what do you think?

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Girls closet

The rest of the room is coming together quite nicely! I actually just had my amazing photographer Jessica Alexander shoot the space today. I can’t wait to get the photos back, so I can show you all the big reveal next week! It’s going to be fun! Until then, don’t forget to check out all the other amazing participants here.

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ORC Week Three// A Hand Painted Mural

This week I hand painted a mural in the girls bedroom. If you have been following along with my ORC journey, you know that I first drafted out what I wanted the wall to look like in photoshop. You can see what that looks like here. The next step was picking out colors. Luckily I have a fan deck of Behr paint swatches, and I was able to narrow it down to a few diffrent shades of pink.

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After purchasing a few different shades of pink, I went home and painted each color on a piece of white paper. Once the paint was dry, I took the pieces of paper into the room, to see which colors I liked best. I settled on Pink Quarts, and Bubble Shell by Behr.

Once the room was prepped for paint, I lightly sketched in pencil, the design that I wanted to paint. This step was imperative, as I did erase parts of it several times because it didn’t seem just right. When I was finally happy with the pencil sketch, I began to paint the black line which was the most dominant part of the mural. I used a one inch sponge brush to paint the line, and I used a smaller paint brush to fill in the gaps, and tidy up the design.

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My little Helpers!

My little Helpers!

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After I painted the black line. I taped over the areas of the black line. where the pink line intercepted. That way the lines were very clean where the two colors met.

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Once I finished painting the lines, it was splatter time! I first tested out a few techniques for paint splattering, outside in my backyard with some newspaper. At first the paint was too thick, and did not splatter. So I poured some paint into a plastic cup, and slowly added some water, until I had a thinner paint consistency which I thought was good for splattering. The first technique I used to get the spatter affect was, pulling the paint brush back with one finger, and then letting the paint brush go. This worked well for all the smaller splatter marks. But if you decide to do this, just make sure the surrounding area is fully covered with plastic, so that you do not get paint everywhere. For the larger splatter marks, I decided to use a bigger brush, that was very flat. I then made sure there was plenty of paint on the brush, and I just kind of flicked the brush towards the wall. In the end, I think the mural turned out quite pretty. The splatters look organic, and the lines look smooth. Most importantly, Poppy and Pixie love it, so that makes me happy.

Hand Painted Mural

Now, I am even more excited for the room to come together! Next week, I’ll tackle the closet, as I wait for all the other items in the room to arrive. See you then! xXx Lizzie

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ORC Week Two// Decisions + Ordering

Week two of the One Room Challenge, is going quite smoothly considering I only signed up for the ORC this week. Thankfully I have chosen a rather easy room to make over, compared to some of the other talented participants who are going for kitchen and. bathroom renovations.

This week I came up with a plan to refresh my daughter’s Poppy and Pixie’s room. You can see the mood board for the project here if you happened to miss it. I also started ordering most of the items that I needed for the girls room, and I created a mock up of what I want my wall mural to look like. I did this in photoshop, and I’m really hoping I can translate this to the paint brush. It’s a bit risky, but I think I can do it! In the end it’s only paint right?!

Mock up wall mural that I plan to paint.

Mock up wall mural that I plan to paint.

I’ve been obsessed with everything Block Shop Textiles makes, ever since I discovered them a few years back. So I’m pretty excited that I finally have a place to put some of there artwork up. I’ve selected two prints, which will compliment the shapes and colors in the wall mural. I think these are the perfect fit, because they are quite sophisticated yet still playful when paired with the rest of the decor in the room. I have a feeling they will be in the girls room for years to come, which is exactly what I was hoping for. A big girl room that I won’t have to change in a few years.

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block shop print

I’ve also been loving everything that comes out of the MoMA Design store. If you don’t know about the Moma Design Store, I’ll fill you in on a little secrete. It’s an exceptionally curated store that is founded on the historical relationship with The Museum of Modern Art. They carry everything from original art prints, to kitchen ware, to jewelry, to home accessories, and framed prints as well. That’s where I found the Georgia O’Keeffe Poppies framed print, which I ordered for the girls room. I thought this would be the perfect addition to the room, seeing as my oldest daughter is named Poppy, so anything poppy related we love! But aside from that, the picture is gorgeous, it has that extra pop of color that I was looking for, and it’s also sophisticated while still being playful at the same time. I think it’s another piece that we will keep for years to come.

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Pink Rug

Since those two pieces were a bit pricey (for my budget at least) I decided to save some money in other areas like the beautiful rug I found from Urban Outfitters, choosing to hand paint the mural vs.wallpaper, and the table lamp from France and Sons. All of which I think are still insanely cute, for the prices.

Next week I think I will take a crack at painting the wall mural. I also want to add a shelf and hanging rod inside the closet, might even paint that pink if the hubs approves. I also need to find the perfect bedding, as well as some curtains, and curtain rods. Until then my friends!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out all of the other fabulous participants in the ORC here.

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Inside A Whimsical Nursery

I was so excited when I found out my dear friends Jess and Drew were expecting a baby, because I know they are going to be such amazing parents! When they told me the news, I offered to help design the nursery, not thinking they would actually take me up on the offer. But when they did, I was beyond excited!

A modern nursery

We knew we wanted to make the nursery feel sophisticated, and playful at the same time. Something the baby could grow into, and enjoy for years to come. Jess and Drew also knew they wanted some kind of accent wall, but were hesitant to use wallpaper. That’s when we came up with the idea to use a stencil, that could be painted onto the wall. The perfect alternative to wallpaper if you ask me!

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Style wise, we were going for a more modern feel, with some mid century influences, and a touch of boho. The first furniture piece we decided on was the West Elm x Pottery Barn mid-century modern crib. My clients wanted a convertible crib, and this one offered a modern toddler bed conversion kit, which packed a lot of style, so we knew it would be perfect! We then choose a mid-century changing table that matched the wood accents on the crib. A not so matchy-matchy, match, if you know what I mean! I then found the perfect side table which had a really fun pattern on it, paired with the grey glider, a rattan ottoman , and some whimsical wall art, and viola we had that little bit of boho that my clients were looking for. 

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Nursery details

To make the space feel a bit more modern, we added the fun graphic text blanket from Pottery Barn kids that read Sleep Tight. That black bold print picked up the black accents in the rug, the black frames we used for the animal prints above the changing table, and a few small black details that were prevalent on some of the accessories on the book shelf. 

A modern kids book Shelf

To stay within my clients budget, I accessorized the room with a mix of high and lower-end accessories. Many items were from Target, including the throw pillows, the coral throw blanket, and a few other small items. I then added nice statement accessories like the aztec bowl from McGee & Co, the hand made ceramic planters, and the vintage vase on the changing table. All of these elements came together, and made for a really sweet nursery, that both my clients and I are very proud of.

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Wall Art for kids

Are you thinking about designing a nursery? I would love to help! With my e-design services I can work with anyone, no matter where the location! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, I would love to hear about any upcoming projects you may have in mind. xXx Lizzie

One Room Challenge: Week One

I am so excited to be a guest participant in the One Room Challenge this Spring. I have been viewing this design challenge for the past few years now, and I am always so inspired by all the beautiful rooms that come out of this amazing organization. Lately, I’ve been busy with client projects, which is why I left it until week two to sign up. But better late than never right?!

For those of you who do not know about the One Room Challenge, It is this community of designers, who sign up to participate in designing a room within a six week time frame. “ The One Room challenge™ will provide participants with a supportive, enthusiastic forum in which to share the process of transforming a room. The ORC is not a competition, but rather a celebration of creativity, inspiration, and original ideas.” - The ORC.


So, what room will I be designing you ask? Well, I’m excited to share with you, that I will be giving my daughters Poppy, and Pixie a fresh and updated space to call their own. Currently, the girls share a room. Half of which, was furniture from Poppy’s old room, and the other half, an old crib (which doesn’t match) that Pixie has nearly out grown.

BEFORE

BEFORE

Their current room is not something I am proud of. When we moved into our home almost two years ago, we combined Poppy’s and Pixie’s room together, and the mismatching furniture has been bothering me ever since. Oh and those black curtains were there when we moved in, and were quite nice for Pixie’s nap. But now that she is getting older, I think I will upgrade the curtains, and curtain rod to something a little more modern and feminine.

BEFORE
This was what Poppy’s room looked like in our old condo, before we moved.

This was what Poppy’s room looked like in our old condo, before we moved.

So, to say I am excited to give the girls an updated room, is a total understatement. I have been wanting to do this ever since we moved in, but I figured I should wait till Pixie was ready for a twin size bed to do so, and I am so happy that time is now.

The Plan!

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Inspired by some amazing wallpaper from Drop it Modern, I have decided to hand paint a mural on the girls wall. I did a mock up in photoshop of what I would like it to look like, so I can draw from my own inspiration when I actually go to paint it. Since we already have a bed, night stand, and dresser, I am simply going to buy another identical bed to match, and add a pink rug, velvet pillows, some fresh bedding, fun artwork, new curtains, and a few accessories. This should be fun! But I better go start purchasing some of these items, so that I have them in time for the final reveal in just five weeks from now! xXx Lizzie

P.S. Here is the Link back to the ORC

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Trending // Burl Wood

I’ve always loved the look of burl wood! It has this natural warm organic texture that is just so beautiful. I love how burl wood can instantly add character to any space, and although it has become trendy, it’s not soo trendy where it’s falling off the shelves of every Target and Home Goods store you go to.

Burl wood looks and feels lux, it has this level of sophistication, and elegance, yet it still feels edgy at the same time. It is easy enough to incorporate into any space, as it can be mixed with loads of different styles. So take a peak below for some of my favorite burl wood pieces, high and low.

And just incase you have ever wondered what Burl wood is, it’s actually made from A burl, which is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner (usually when the tree is under a lot of stress). The burls are cut off the tree, but the tree doesn’t need to be cut down to use the burl wood, which makes me feel even better about buying burl wood furniture :)

This burl wood dinning table is absolutely gorgeous!!

This burl wood dinning table is absolutely gorgeous!!

I’m drooling over this burl wood credenza, aren’t you?

I’m drooling over this burl wood credenza, aren’t you?

This burl wood coffee table adds so much organic texture to the room.

This burl wood coffee table adds so much organic texture to the room.

The entryway is a perfect place to use burl wood. First impressions count right?!

The entryway is a perfect place to use burl wood. First impressions count right?!

I wouldn’t mind coming to work everyday, if my desk looked like this!

I wouldn’t mind coming to work everyday, if my desk looked like this!

Shop The Trend: Burl Wood

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10 Cool Beds Under $1000

First up, is the Square back bed by The Inside. This bed comes in 91 different cute prints and colors, which makes it hard to just pick one. It starts at $599 for a twin, and goes up to $799 for a King, or California King.

First up, is the Square back bed by The Inside. This bed comes in 91 different cute prints and colors, which makes it hard to just pick one. It starts at $599 for a twin, and goes up to $799 for a King, or California King.

10 Cool Beds Under $1000

If you’re like me, you want your bedroom to look cool with out breaking the bank! The bed is usually the largest piece of furniture in the room, and it is often the focal point of the bedroom. So if you’re going to splurge on anything in the bedroom it might as well be the bed, since we do spend one third of our life sleeping after all. To me splurging could mean spending anywhere from $400 to $1000 on a bed. Any amount after that suggest that you have a good amount of disposable income, which many of us do not. That is why I’ve rounded up what I think are some of the coolest beds, for under one thousand dollars. Hope you enjoy!

Next up, is the drommen wooden bed by CB2. This is a personal fav of mine, as I do own it. I love the mid-century style, and the price matches the amazing quality. The twin starts at $799, and goes up to $999 for a King.

Next up, is the drommen wooden bed by CB2. This is a personal fav of mine, as I do own it. I love the mid-century style, and the price matches the amazing quality. The twin starts at $799, and goes up to $999 for a King.

This one is for the bachelorette pad! It comes in pink and grey, and is only $679 for a queen.

This one is for the bachelorette pad! It comes in pink and grey, and is only $679 for a queen.

This bed is a steal at only $342 for a Queen! It’s modern, sleek, and cool, and would update a room instantly.

This bed is a steal at only $342 for a Queen! It’s modern, sleek, and cool, and would update a room instantly.

This bed has built in nightstands, so at only $819 for a queen you already have half of your room purchased!

This bed has built in nightstands, so at only $819 for a queen you already have half of your room purchased!

The Floyd Platform bed from West Elm, doesn’t have a headboard, but it has that ultra zen vibe about it, and would look cool in any room! Prices start at $495 for a twin.

The Floyd Platform bed from West Elm, doesn’t have a headboard, but it has that ultra zen vibe about it, and would look cool in any room! Prices start at $495 for a twin.

Ok, so this one is from The Inside as well, but I can’t help it. With 5 different bed shapes, and over 100 different patterns and colors to choose from, you’re almost guaranteed to find a bed that you like from The Inside. This one starts at $599.

Ok, so this one is from The Inside as well, but I can’t help it. With 5 different bed shapes, and over 100 different patterns and colors to choose from, you’re almost guaranteed to find a bed that you like from The Inside. This one starts at $599.

Amazon sells everything these days, including beds! How cute would this one be in a teenagers room? I know I always wanted a canopy bed when I was younger. This one is a real bargain at only $139!

Amazon sells everything these days, including beds! How cute would this one be in a teenagers room? I know I always wanted a canopy bed when I was younger. This one is a real bargain at only $139!

Paxson’s Bed by Crate and Barrel is super cute, and versatile. It would be a great teenager bed as well, at only $799 for a full.

Paxson’s Bed by Crate and Barrel is super cute, and versatile. It would be a great teenager bed as well, at only $799 for a full.

Walmart is stepping up their decor game!!! This bed is the perfect shade of olive green, and would look great with some velvet throw pillows. A steal at only $249 for a Queen.

Walmart is stepping up their decor game!!! This bed is the perfect shade of olive green, and would look great with some velvet throw pillows. A steal at only $249 for a Queen.

How To make your rental property look like a Boutique Hotel.

How To Make Your Rental Property Look Like A Boutique Hotel

Arrive Hotel - Palm Springs

I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking for a place to stay the first thing I look at are the photos. Whether it’s an Airbnb, VBRO, or a hotel, I’m always hoping to stay somewhere that looks cool, and has a fun vibe. Don’t get me wrong, price has a big part of the determining factor, but looks are definitly high on the list…but with looks usually comes a higher price tag.

That's why I’ve created a before and after look for an Airbnb that I think could use a little styling help. Watch and see how a little money can go a long way!

Before

Before

Before

Before

After

After

As you can see, it didn’t take much to transform this plain white room, into a trendy room with lots of personality. With a can of “In The Navy” Sherwin Williams paint, a new nightstand, curtains, and a few accessories this room almost looks unrecognizable. All for the small price of $372!

A room that was originally charging $43 a night, could easily start charging $100 a night after this make over, don’t you think??

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Neon Signs Are Making A Come Back!

 Lately, I've been noticing a trend of neon signs being used in interior design. At first I kind of thought they were tacky, but then they grew on me, and now I absolutely love them! But where did this trend start, and when?

"It has almost been a century since the first neon sign was imported in the U.S. from Paris, where the first neon sign was lit up. Neon signs became popular from 1920-1960. They were often associated with billboard lights that we see at night. They were usually used to advertise hotels, bars, casinos, and other places of entertainment." - Neon ific.  

Now, neon signs are used in restaurants and other establishments as part of their interior aesthetic. And more recently they have been appearing in interiors of businesses and homes. But why? As it turns out neon signs photograph beautifully, and in this instagram generation that means a lot. 

So get ready to scroll through for some killer neon sign inspiration! 

I love the contrast of the black wall, and the bright white neon sign. Design by the talented  Black Lacquer Design.

I love the contrast of the black wall, and the bright white neon sign. Design by the talented Black Lacquer Design.

This Flat was designed by my friend  Sarah Akwisombe . I love the bold colors she used, paired with the geometric patterned floor, and toped off with a dope neon sign that reads good vibes only.

This Flat was designed by my friend Sarah Akwisombe. I love the bold colors she used, paired with the geometric patterned floor, and toped off with a dope neon sign that reads good vibes only.

I'm really into this abstract neon light that kind of looks like an ocean wave to me. More photos of this Palm Springs bedroom makeover  here .

I'm really into this abstract neon light that kind of looks like an ocean wave to me. More photos of this Palm Springs bedroom makeover here.

So now that you see how cool neon signs can be in interiors, you prob want to know where to get them. Don't worry,  I've rounded up a few sources for you! Make sure to click on the images below for links! 

XXX,

Lizzie

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My New Favorite Wallpaper Company

It is no secrete that wallpaper is making a massive comeback, and has been for a while now.  But with so many companies out there making mediocre designs, I thought I would share with you, a company that is nailing the wallpaper game. That company is called Drop it MODERN . If you haven't heard of them yet, you're in for a real treat! 

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Drop It MODERN is an interiors company that artfully curates unique and edgy wallpapers, drapes, wedding blankets and more. Bree who is the founder and head designer of Drop It MODERN, likes to deconstruct classic patterns from history, and rebuild them with a modern twist. She lives and breathes all things modern and cool, and that is why I love her work so much. So please take a peak below for some drool worthy inspiration! 

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There are seriously so many good wallpaper choices from Drop it MODERN, it was hard for me to just pick a few. The way they use color, paired with geometric shapes, and abstract patterns, is simply brilliant! And if you like pink like me, their line is full of it. Now thats something I can get on board with. 

Their prices start at $84 for a 10 foot roll, which seems totally worth it! Or you can choose their removable wallpaper option which is $117 for a 10 foot roll. I would definitely go with that option because the installation is much easier, plus if you get sick of the pattern after a few years you can just peel it off with out it leaving a mess. I used removable wallpaper for my stairs, and I loved how it turned out. 

Creative Ways To Use Art For A Headboard

As I was perusing headboard ideas for a client, I stumbled upon an inspiring photo of an Artist who used his art as a headboard. I figured he wasn't the first person to do this, so I went on to do some research in hopes to inspire you all! Below are some examples of my beautiful findings. Let me know what you think, would you try this trend? 

image via Get Clever

image via Get Clever

This person used a pair of prints to create an even more dramatic headboard. Image via  Domino .

This person used a pair of prints to create an even more dramatic headboard. Image via Domino.

Ian Schrager used a large vintage piece of art in each bedroom of  New York’s Paramount .  Image via  apartment therapy

Ian Schrager used a large vintage piece of art in each bedroom of New York’s Paramount.

Image via apartment therapy

Raili from  Raili CA designs  created this headboard out of a bedcover.

Raili from Raili CA designs created this headboard out of a bedcover.

A chunky frame makes this headboard look ultra luxe. Image via  Becky Gardner .

A chunky frame makes this headboard look ultra luxe. Image via Becky Gardner.

How to Style Your TV Console

If you're like me, you enjoy watching TV, but you don't enjoy looking at that giant black rectangle when your not watching it. The good news is, their are ways to style your TV console, so that it appears more balanced and has a pretty aethetic. 

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Here are some fast tips to help you get started with styling your TV console. 

Another example of stacking accessories to achieve height.

Another example of stacking accessories to achieve height.

  • Step 1) Start with some height. On the left of the TV, I've used three different flower vases grouped together. In the tallest vase, I put some long stem flowers to give that area some added height and organic texture. You can also use some smaller house plants, in plant stands to create a similar look.

  • Step 2) Conceal electrical cords. No one wants to see those ghastly cords! So you can either have an electrician hide the cords by cutting a hole in the wall, or you can buy cord covers from IKEA that you can paint to match the color of your walls. Both options work great depending on your budget.

  • Step 3) Stack coffee table books for more height. To the right of the TV, i've stacked two coffee table books to add some additional height. I've then laid a piece of drift wood that I found on the beach. I wrapped colored thread around the drift wood to give it more texture and personality. You can also stack other accessories on top of these books like decorative metal objects, or marble shapes. CB2 always have a great selection of these kinds of things, but sometimes I find the best accessories at local thrift stores or flea markets.

  • Step 4) Hang something to the left or right of the TV. I hung a clock to the left of the TV for another layer of distraction. A piece of art would work well too.

Below are some more examples of how other people have styled their media consoles, using similar techniques. 

So what do you think, are you ready to disguise your TV now? It's easy as pie! 

XXX

Lizzie 

Clever Color Blocking Ideas for Your Home

Color blocking is a fun and affordable way to make a statement in your home, with out having to hang art, or wallpaper. It usually involves pairing contrasting colors, or colors you wouldn’t normally put together, to create bold focal points. If you are adventurous and like bright colors, this trend is for you. Take a peak at some of the examples below, and get inspired! 

One of my favorite techniques is to paint a cicrle behind your bed. No headboard neccessary! 

Another fun technique is to use geometric shapes in unexpected places. 

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Or you could try something a little simpler, like painting half way up the wall. You could do a straight line, or use a sponge brush to create something a little more abstract. 

How about in your bathroom?

You could try accentuating a door, or window, with color blocking. 

Sectioning off part of a room with color, also creates a bold look. 

Why not try color blocking with a bold ceiling? 

When it comes to color blocking, the possibilities seem endless, and there are no rules! 

So what do you think? Would you try this trend in your home? Let me know in the comments! 

XX

Lizzie 

11 Different ways to lay SUBWAY TILES

 

Subway tile is a style of white glazed ceramic tile, that was used on the walls of the New York City subway stations in the early twentieth century, especially the 3" × 6" size which was used then. Today Subway tile comes in all sorts of colors, and can be laid down in many different patterns. 

Subway tile is simple, timeless, and very cost effective. What I like most about subway tile is how versatile is it. With some creativity, you can achieve a variety of patterns, and textures with just one low-cost tile. Here are eleven different examples of how you can lay subway tile. Which one do you like best? 

1) Straight Herringbone

1) Straight Herringbone

I love how  Sarah Sherman Samuel  laid her subway tile in her bathroom. It reminds me of a geometric version of herringbone.

I love how Sarah Sherman Samuel laid her subway tile in her bathroom. It reminds me of a geometric version of herringbone.

2) Traditional Herringbone

2) Traditional Herringbone

Colored subway tile + colored grout + herringbone = a super fun design! image via    Pinterest  .

Colored subway tile + colored grout + herringbone = a super fun design! image via Pinterest.

3) Diagonal Herringbone.

3) Diagonal Herringbone.

I love the exposed edge on this diagonal herringbone design. I did something similar with hexagon tile in my  bathroom . It adds that extra element of surprise, which I relish. Image Via  Food52

I love the exposed edge on this diagonal herringbone design. I did something similar with hexagon tile in my bathroom. It adds that extra element of surprise, which I relish. Image Via Food52

4) Crosshatch

4) Crosshatch

Caitlin Wilson  used the cross hatch method in her bathroom, paired with aztec tile for a fresh look!

Caitlin Wilson used the cross hatch method in her bathroom, paired with aztec tile for a fresh look!

5) Running Bond

5) Running Bond

This pattern can make a space appear taller. So simple, yet so effective. image via  Apartment Therapy

This pattern can make a space appear taller. So simple, yet so effective. image via Apartment Therapy

6) Offset

6) Offset

This simple offset subway tile pattern, pairs perfectly with pops of color in this  bright home in El Salvador.

This simple offset subway tile pattern, pairs perfectly with pops of color in this bright home in El Salvador.

7) Diagonal Offset

7) Diagonal Offset

I love this pattern because it is not seen as often. The black tile shown here makes this bathroom so fierce! Image via  home designing .

I love this pattern because it is not seen as often. The black tile shown here makes this bathroom so fierce! Image via home designing.

8)Stack Bond

8)Stack Bond

Stack bond is one of my favorites. It is clean and simple, and will stand the test of time. Image via  The Effortless Chic .

Stack bond is one of my favorites. It is clean and simple, and will stand the test of time. Image via The Effortless Chic.

9) Vertical Stack Bond

9) Vertical Stack Bond

Vertical stack bond can make a big impact, especially if it is done with colored subway tile. Image via  Pinterest .

Vertical stack bond can make a big impact, especially if it is done with colored subway tile. Image via Pinterest.

10) Vertical Offset Bond

10) Vertical Offset Bond

This is another great vertical option that isn't seen as often. Image via Lonny Mag. Image via  Elle .

This is another great vertical option that isn't seen as often. Image via Lonny Mag. Image via Elle.

11) Mixed  Why not mix a few styles together to define a certain area like this stove backsplash. The possibilities for this are endless! Image via  Pinterest .

11) Mixed

Why not mix a few styles together to define a certain area like this stove backsplash. The possibilities for this are endless! Image via Pinterest.

Our Backyard : The Reveal

Backyard Design

So the grass has grown in, and I can finally share the finished backyard with you guys! 

Our Outdoor dining area where we have eaten dinner almost every night since we got the table. Although it is a bit hot during the day, so I think we may need to invest in some sun shades at some point.

Our Outdoor dining area where we have eaten dinner almost every night since we got the table. Although it is a bit hot during the day, so I think we may need to invest in some sun shades at some point.

Planter
If you remember from the before pics, those white circles are the septic tank covers. We wanted to disguise them, so I spray painted them white, and we used them as a platform for some planters.

If you remember from the before pics, those white circles are the septic tank covers. We wanted to disguise them, so I spray painted them white, and we used them as a platform for some planters.

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We have had this set of outdoor patio furniture for about 6 years now. Last summer, I reupholstered the cushions, and now the set looks like new again.

We have had this set of outdoor patio furniture for about 6 years now. Last summer, I reupholstered the cushions, and now the set looks like new again.

In the end, we didn't get the wood deck that we wanted, but we were able to design and construct the backyard for a fraction of the cost that the landscaper was quoting us, and we are very happy with how it turned out.

In the end, we didn't get the wood deck that we wanted, but we were able to design and construct the backyard for a fraction of the cost that the landscaper was quoting us, and we are very happy with how it turned out.

Poppy loves to skip along the cement pavers.

Poppy loves to skip along the cement pavers.

I feel very thankful for this view everyday!!

I feel very thankful for this view everyday!!

It's been so exciting to have the backyard finished. I find myself outside everyday, playing with the girls, watering plants, taking in the nature, and of corse soaking in the hot tub. We spend so much more time outside now, instead of inside, in front of screens, and I feel very lucky for that. However, this yard was sooo much work that it actually feels a little weird to be done. 

And in case you want a reminder of what the yard looked like before this, you can check out my before post here, and again here where I showed you our progress last time. Hope you enjoy, and please let me know if you have any questions!