The Ultimate Woman Cave She Shed

Today's post is definetly indulgent, it's all about my dream "Girls Space". Chairish reached out to me and asked me to create a style board depicting my ideas for the "Ultimate Woman Cave".

This was pretty easy for me to do, as I have dreamt about a building a woman cave for years.  I've had the vision in my mind for a while and Chairish gave me the perfect opportunity to share it. The "She Shed" craze that has taken the Pinterest world by storm inspired the foundation of my dream space. Take a look at this "She Shed" created by Ella Claire, it is one of my favorites...

She Shed Ella Claire | cozy cottage retreat

If you click on the image, it will take you to her post where she shares how she created this incredible space by embellishing a simple back yard shed. My dream "Woman Cave" would begin with a large garden shed nestled along the tree line in our back yard. It would feature large windows looking out into the woods. It would be a place where I could retreat with my favorite girls to to admire these surroundings while talking all things design, sip wine and enjoy nature from a shelter filled with luxurious finishes, lavish details, gorgeous furniture and decor. The outside of my She Shed would coordinate with the outside of our home, and the inside would look a little something like this...

My dream Woman Cave would include a comfortable lounge area and a kitchenette/wine bar. 
Here is a look at the potential floorpan...

Some of the luxury finishes within my She Shed would be a delicious paint color palette, loads of custom woodworking, marble counter tops, and gorgeous lighting. 
Design elements would include vintage pieces, like these stunning bar stools I found from Chairish...

...luxurious velvet upholstery, fur throws, gorgeous rugs and cabinetry filled with beautiful stemware and serving pieces for entertaining. I think it's a good thing this is all just a dream at this point, otherwise I think the girls and I may never want to leave my Dream Woman Cave.

Thanks to Chairish for asking me to share my "Ultimate Woman's Cave" design with you. It's fun to dream. You never know, some day I may just get to work on this. 

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Mother's Day Brunch Tablescape Blog Hop

Today, I am excited to join 5 other bloggers on a week long blog hop sponsored by Balsam Hill in honor of Mother's Day. Balsam Hill asked me to create a Mother's Day Brunch tablescape feauring one of their beautiful Artificial Floral Arrangements, and share my thoughts on motherhood.

I think that one of my most important job's as a mother, is to pass down the love from a long line of mothers before me to my children. Having strong family roots has helped me through hard times in my life. I hope that honoring past generations of my family and of my husbands family in our daily life will instill this comfort and peace in my children as well. Since I have a passion for homemaking and decorating, I use our home as a way to honor family and carry on traditions. 

For instance, looking at this Mother's Day Brunch table I set for my family, I see more than just a nice tablescape. I see hints of my mom, my grandmother, my husbands mom and her mother. 

Boxwood and tulips always remind me of my mom. Growing up, our courtyard featured a path to the front door lined with hundreds of tulips and boxwood shrubs. Most summertime evenings my mom could be found in her gardens weeding, trimming and watering. This is where we would share our day with her and have intimate conversations. It may be why to this day boxwood and tulips can be found around my home.

(The Balsam Hill Faux Floral Arrangement Featured here is called The Boxwood Topiary in Tuscan Planter)

Cobalt blue beaded candle holders remind me of my Grandma. They represent childhood memories of visiting her during the summer. She was an antique dealer and had an extensive collection of vintage cobalt glassware that we used for family meals at her home. From the time I was very little until this day, whenever I see cobalt glassware I think of her and remember those fun visits to her home in Traverse City, Michigan.

Our heirloom milk glass tea cups remind me of my husbands Grandma. She had a passion for entertaining her children and grandchildren during the holidays. When I married into the family, I was immediately welcomed into their traditions which included big family dinners.  Memories of those good times are present whenever we use these milk glass tea cups that we inhereted after she passed away. 

On the menu for Mother's Day is a special recipe that my Mother in Law passed on to me early in my marriage to her son. In addition to being very hardworking, she is a gentle and loving mother and grandmother. When my husband and the kids are in need of comfort food, I make them her special lasangna. It's unlike any other version we've ever had, using Swiss Cheese in place of Mozzarella. Although mine never turns out as well as hers, it still reminds us of her and her love. 

For dessert, it's a local Detroit area favorite and known to my kids as "mom's favorite" Bumpy Cake.

My ultimate hope as a Mom is for the love I have for my family to be remembered. If future generations can look at something (like a flower, a candle holder, a tea cup or a certain food) and it sparks a happy memory that makes them feel loved, then I'll consider my mission accomplished.

Tomorrow, stop by My Sweet Savannah to see the tablescape she created using a Balsam Hill Floral arrangement and hear her thoughts on motherhood. I am really hoping she shares one of her amazing recipes! For more inspiring Mother's Day Brunch ideas, you can join the blog hop from the beginning...

Thursday-That's me!

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*I received a Faux Floral Arrangement from Balsam Hill to facilitate this post.

Cape Cod Vacation Home

Even though I live in the Detroit area, my heart beats fast for the East Coast. You can imagine my excitement when I landed the opportunity to design a family room in a Cape Cod vacation home for some very special clients through my Online Design Service (Please click here for more details on this service). This house is currently used as a family getaway, but will eventually become a full time residence when my clients retire in a few years. 

Our goal was to give them a gorgeous, character rich design that embraces a crowd of guests and in time will also provide the comforts of a full time home. 

Here is a peek at the design we created...

(A complete source list is at the bottom of this post).

We took a long, narrow space and divided it into two zones; a "Lounge Zone" and a "Sofa Zone". The Lounge Zone is made up of a reclaimed wood coffee table surrounded by four comfortable swivel base arm chairs. The Sofa Zone features a large sectional sofa, a pair of floor poufs, another reclaimed coffee table, two character rich side tables and a unique bookcase. A flat screen TV was placed over the fireplace so that it can be seen from both zones. We suggested a fireplace makeover that includes a custom door feature that would reveal and conceal the TV as needed. These custom doors would be a gorgeous design element that allow the fireplace to be a stunning focal point while placing the TV in a great viewing location.

Here is a true to scale illustration of the space that includes all of the elements we placed in the design plan...

The chairs we selected for the Lounge Zone feature navy blue twill fabric slipcovers that can be removed and laundered as needed. The large, round, natural fiber rug we selected is the perfect complement to the dark color of the chairs. Crisp, white, accent pillows provide stunning contrast that keeps the overall look light and bright. 

This area will be great for intimate family conversations, game nights, movie nights, quiet lounging or reading next to the fire. The table we chose features a parquet top made with reclaimed wood. The detail on the table top provides character and rustic charm. The round shape makes this table a great choice for tight spaces. 

To create a sense of symmetry and balance in this two-zone-space, we repeated the same round coffee table in the sofa zone as in the lounge zone. To provide pattern, color, and softness to the sofa area we selected a large navy blue and white trellis patterned area rug. You can see in the image below how this rug has a nice flat weave and low pile that gives it a relaxed, casual look. 

The sofa we recommended is a white twill slip covered sectional. This white sofa looks amazing on top of the dark navy blue rug. A slip covered sofa is a great option for a family vacation home, the slipcovers can be removed and laundered as needed. The bright white upholstery keeps the space looking bright, airy and fresh. 

We created a custom mix of toss pillows and throws for the sofa. Navy, tan, and gray pillows will pop against the white sofa.

In the empty corner to the right of the fireplace, we placed a beautiful, raw wood bookcase. This will be the perfect place to house the TV components while also providing attractive display space for my clients collectibles. 

A large storage basket with a wire construction was placed at the end of the sofa for storage as well as a make shift end table.

For the windows, we kept the look casual with simple, fabric roman shades. Roman shades hung on an outside mount just above the top of the window will make the windows in this room look taller than they actually are. They also add softness and privacy without blocking natural sunlight and the view to the outside like full length drapery could do. 

For task lighting, we incorporated a pair of floor lamps with a ton of personality. 

In front of the fireplace we placed a pair of floor poufs. These are a very cute design element, but more importantly they provide extra seating for youngsters around the coffee table.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, this room is long and narrow. This means there is not a lot of room for furniture by the front door. This makes defining the main entrance area a little tricky. We were able to solve this problem quite easily with a wall mounted coat rack/mirror/shelf piece by Potterybarn. Here is the slide from our design plan that addresses this solution...

These are just some of the recommendations we made for this cape cod vacation home project. As with all of our online design plans, we provided suggestions for everything our clients need to create a complete, professional looking design in their home along with tips and tricks on implementing their design. 

We currently have openings for new online design projects, however the spring time typically fills up fast. If you are interested in a custom design for your home, now is the time to reserve your e-design! 

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Teal, Purple and Gray Living Room and Dining Room Design Plan

Instead of highlighting just a few of the elements included in today's featured online design project, I thought it would be fun to share the entire design plan. This is a recent E-Design project that we completed for our client; Stacey. (If you are interested in reserving an online design consultation for your home, we are currently open for new clients. Please click here for more information). Stacey is a returning E-design client, you will see in the slides below there are references to other rooms we have designed in Stacey's home. 

This plan addresses Stacey's Formal Living Room and Formal Dining Room. These are the first spaces you see upon entering her foyer, therefore she wanted them to be extra special. These rooms are used mainly for entertaining. After consulting with Stacey, we learned a lot about her style preferences which tend to lean towards "Glam". She likes an overall neutral color palette with injections of vibrant color. Stacey was looking for a design plan that included all new furniture recommendations, there wasn't anything pre-existing that she wanted to keep. 

Here is a look at the full Two Room Custom Online Design Plan presentation we delivered to Stacey…
(All product sources listed at the bottom of this post).

Here is another look at the design boards for the Living Room and Dining Room side by side...


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Product sources for the items we included in this plan:

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