A Foyer Design Plan-Greet Guests With Style

Today's featured design project is a small one, but happens to be one of the most important areas of the home. It's a foyer we designed as an addition to an online design plan we did a few months ago for Gary and Chris. 

You may remember the three room design plan we designed for them, it was titled "Moody Blue and Steely Gray Design Plan".  It addressed their kitchen, dining room and family room. If you missed it, here is a quick peek at the design board…

(For more details on this plan including sources, please click here). 

After we delivered their design plan, Gary and Chris got busy right away implementing the design. They were so happy with the results that they came back to us for an addition design plan that carries their new look into their foyer. 

Here is what we came up with:

(Product Sources Listed At The End Of This Post). 

Gary and Chris already had a fabulous silver glass top console table and an octagon shaped mirror. We incorporated them into the design and gave them a whole new look by styling the top of the console table with dramatic accessories. 

Going up the stairs, we suggested adding a collection of contemporary silver sconces. This will add a little sparkle to the area as well as create soft mood lighting.

The foyer is such an important area of the home. With carefully chosen accessories, a dramatic rug and beautiful art, Gary and Chris's foyer will make a stunning first impression of their home for their guests. 

These are just a few of the elements in Gary and Chris's new foyer. As with all our design plans, this one came with suggestions for everything needed to create a beautiful, complete and professional design in the space. We provided them with links to everything in their design plan along with specific paint color suggestions. 

If you are ready to get started for a design plan on your home, please visit my design services menu for all the details including pricing. We offer a multi-room discount that allows us to work on several rooms at one time to ensure perfect flow.

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Lime Green Dresser Makeover Tutorial

Every year, around this time I start craving a little green in my life. Spring is a ways off and I'm still enjoying the snow, but when it comes to sprucing up our interior, I'm feeling green. While I'm busy making some changes in our family room (that include a little green) I thought we could take a minute today to re-visit one of my favorite green DIY projects. It is part of a makeover I worked on a few year ago. To see this complete room makeover (including before and after photos) Please Click Here.

 This DIY project is the work of two hard-core DIY warriors; my clients Sarah and EJ.  This project exemplifies  "when there's a will, there's a way".  Sarah and EJ ran through fire to complete this dresser makeover for their twin 3 year old twin boys room.    

Here is a look at the inspiration board I created for the boy's new Vintage Surf Bedroom through my online consultation service.    

Sarah and EJ got to work immediately on their design plan.  The room turned out great, you can see the reveal here. Today I'm focusing on their fabulous dresser makeover that was part of the custom plan we created for them.  These guys never shy away from a project.  Using the inspiration board as their guide, they hit Craigslist to find a great dresser, large enough for twins. It didn't take long for them to find an extra long 1970's dark wood dresser for $100. 

It was very similar to this dresser...

They had a great piece now they needed the perfect paint color.  To get the perfect shade of green, I "chipped" my inspiration board with my Sherwin Williams ChipIt! tool.  Here were the results...

Bam.  Lime Rickey it was. 

Let me set the scene, Sarah and EJ have busy lives.  Both professionals, not to mention parents to four small children.  Although they requested we include some DIY projects in their design plan, they don't have a lot of extra time to work on them.  No worries, they had it all planned out.  Grandma would take the kids for an entire weekend while EJ got to work on carpentry projects in the bedroom and Sarah would knock out the dresser makeover.  

The kids left for the weekend with Grandma, time to get started.  
The house was quiet, there were no little ones underfoot, it was just Sarah, EJ, their power tools and... an unexplained power outage.  

It didn't stop these two.  They had to make hay while the sun was shining, in this case, the sun was a flashlight. 

Here is the project tutorial...

The first step was to remove all the hardware and give the piece a good sanding (hand sanding this time, no electricity for a power sander...man they are tough).  
 After the sanding, it was wiped down with a damp cloth to remove the dust.  
A sponge roller was used to apply a coat of primer (Zinsser or Kilz latex primer).  

Then came two coats of Sherwin Williams Lime Rickey Semi-Gloss latex paint. 
After the paint was completely dry, Sarah applied a mixture of glaze and stain to the piece, one section at a time, wiping away the excess as she went along with a cotton rag.  

The stain mixture was one part stain to three parts glaze.  
The stain/glaze top coat toned the bright color down a notch and also provided a nice, shiny, protective finish.  There is a very detailed step by step tutorial over at Sweet Pickins {click here}.  She uses a similar glazing technique and wrote a wonderful "How To" article.

The original hardware looked great with new color which kept this piece authentic and even more budget friendly then we originally thought.

When a dresser turns out this fabulous, it must have a companion.  Sarah continued her thrifting adventure at the Salvation Army where she found this bookcase.

 It also received the Lime Rickey treatment.  

After the power outage debacle,  Sarah and EJ took vacation time from work, and "Grandma Of The Year" agreed to take the kids for a full week so they could wrap up the bedroom makeover.  This time, nothing could stop them.

Except jury duty.  

These two are my DIY room makeover hero's.  With all of the hoops they had to jump through to pull this room together; jobs, four little ones, power outages and jury duty,
they made it look way too easy.  It is one of my all time favorite furniture transformations.  

Thank you, Sarah and EJ, for letting me share your project.  Thank you,  JulesK Photography for providing the beautiful family portrait.  

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Family Cave ~ Lower Level Basement Living Room, Bar and Game Room

We've had a fantastic January in the design studio!
I'm excited to announce we have just a few spots left this month for new online design projects! Now is the time to book, once we are full, I'll make an announcement on the blog. After that, we'll start adding new clients to our  spring waiting list. 

Today's featured project is a multi room design plan we created for Kristin's lower level basement. We took a 940 square foot, open space and divided it into five zones that all add up to the perfect "Family Fun Cave". 
(Product Sources Listed at The End of This Post)

Calling this area a "cave" is a stretch, it's a gorgeous, open, light filled space that features large day light windows and a triple french door walk out to the back yard. 

Here is a look at the true to scale floor plan illustration we created showing Kristin where everything in her design plan should be placed. In this drawing, you can see the five zones we created; A Living Room Area, A Game Table Area, A Wet Bar Area, A Pool Playing Zone and a Kids' Refreshment Zone…

Kristin's desire for the space was to have a child friendly design that is also sophisticated and elegant. She loves rustic touches combined with elegant details. She wanted her lower level to beckon the kids and their friends. At the same time, she wanted us to create a beautiful, sophisticated space that the entire family would enjoy. We accomplished this by creating a design with layers of elegance, whimsy and rusticity.

We started by recommending a wood grain look ceramic tile for the entire space. The paint palette we selected to repeat throughout all five zones is a combination of grays, warm white and blue.

We placed the Living Room Zone in the far corner of the basement. We centered it around a stacked stone fireplace surround that stretches from wall to wall. We placed a large flat screen TV over the fireplace, this allows the TV to be viewed by any of the five zones. We selected a large, comfortable sectional sofa in gorgeous herringbone upholstery. The occasional tables we placed in the space feature a beautiful parquet pattern which provides lots of texture and interest. A large area rug softens the ceramic tile, provides pattern and contrast and also grounds the seating area created by the sectional and a pair of cozy club chairs. A pair of over sized poufs in a fun print and a cool mix of toss pillows finish off this zone. 

Behind the Living Room Zone, we created a Game Table Zone. We found a character rich table with a rustic elegance about it that also has a convenient adjustable base. We added upholstered bar stools, a round area rug and a simple centerpiece that all add to the sophisticated look of this Game Zone. Not only is this a perfect spot for family board game night, but it is also a gorgeous dining area that can be used while entertaining guests or watching the big game. 

The third zone we created is a fantastic Wet Bar. We recommended a custom built bar area/kitchenette that features a peninsula/island wrapped in stacked stone that matches the fireplace surround in the Living Room Zone. The colors we chose for the custom cabinetry are gray and white with oil rubbed bronze hardware. We selected a stunning Silestone counter top that features grays, whites and bronze. It looks absolutely gorgeous with the color palette used throughout the space. For bar stools we recommended these fun stools from Ballard Designs, they have a lot of personality. Speaking of personality, check out the pendant lights we placed over the bar area!

The pendant lights over the bar area are from the same collection as the stunning fixture we selected for over the pool table in the Pool Playing Zone. This light fixture keeps the design feeling young and fresh, and not too serious. It makes a gorgeous focal point out of the pool table. To further enhance the pool table zone, we placed a pretty area rug under the table, added whimsical billiards art and incorporated a fun, rustic pine cue rack. 

The last zone in our Family Cave is the Kids Refreshment Zone. Upon entering the basement from the stairs is a landing area that is perfect for a help-yourself refreshment zone. Having this set up here sets the tone for the main purpose of this entire level…FUN. 

We placed a fantastic popcorn maker in a black finish next to a beautiful bar cart stocked with refreshment supplies. Over the bar cart, we selected Etsy Prints that spell out help yourself.

We really enjoyed this project. We are excited for the good times Kristin, her family and their friends will have in this space for many years! 

There is so much more to this design plan, but for the sake of the length of this post we aren't able to share all of the elements we recommended. As with all of our online design projects, this plan included everything Kristin needs to create a beautiful, completely finished, custom design in her basement. This project is the equivalent of a three room design plan. We offer a discount for multi-room projects. Working on more than one room at a time is a great way to ensure "design flow" throughout your home! 
Product Sources:

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Griege (Gray and Beige) Kitchen and Dining Nook

I love a good kitchen makeover project and this is one for the books. This is a two room design plan that we just wrapped up for our client's kitchen and adjoining breakfast nook…

(Product Sources Listed at The End of This Post)

Let me start by telling you all about the kitchen. The home is an exceptionally beautiful, traditional style, lakeside home. The kitchen already had great bones, my client was just looking to make a few changes and update the look. It had a great layout with a stunning panoramic view of lake. The cabinets are a beautiful chocolate color, they were made custom when the home was built. My client came to us and asked for assistance choosing new counter tops, back splash, lighting and accessories that all complement the existing cabinetry, but give the space a new look. 

Here is what we came up with...

The granite we selected is from a local granite yard. It's similar to what is commonly called "Cold Springs". We chose a gorgeous gray subway tile back splash that pulls the gray out of the granite beautifully.

These gray accents look gorgeous with her existing wall color, "SW Balanced Beige". The wall color highlights the beige tones in the granite and provides warm contrast to the cool toned back splash. This kitchen re-fresh also included a makeover on the kitchen island. The existing island was too small for the space, it was removed and a new custom island was built in it's place. To break up the dark cabinetry, the new island was painted warm white.

To draw attention to the new and improved island, we selected an over-sized, rectangular shaped light fixture that features the most amazing oil rubbed bronze metal work design.

With all of the pretty new finishes in the space, we kept our recommendations for accessories simple as to enhance the new elements rather than compete with them for attention. A tiered serving tray was chosen for the island. Practical, but pretty crocks were selected for the counter tops. 

A comfortable and eye catching rug from Ballard Designs was recommended for the area in front of the sink. This not only gives our client something cozy to stand on while doing dishes, but also brings in a little softness and pattern to the design. 

In the dining nook, we selected a round chandelier from the same collection as the kitchen lighting.  It will hang over a  stunning new dining table we found to pair with four chairs upholstered in a beautiful dark gray fabric that our client scored at a discount home store. 

Adjacent to the dining nook is the bar area from the kitchen. The bar stools were chosen in a soft beige color that contrasts with the gray upholstered chairs. Since the areas are close in proximity, the variation in color of the upholstery gives the design interest and depth. 

Both the bar stool and dining chair upholstery fabrics pull colors from the fabric that was used to recover our clients existing cornice boards...

(Fabric: Mill Creek Boxtree Lynwood Pearl)

To keep the focus in this space on the amazing lake view, the table top centerpiece we recommended was simple in design.

Before deciding on the perfect rug, we contemplated quite a few of them. A round shape was a must due to the bay windows surrounding the breakfast nook. 

The following rugs were all considered for the new dining nook space, they are available in a round shape and all complement this design...

I'm so excited to see this space once it's complete. The home is local to me, so I will have the opportunity to see it person. I've seen some of the progress so far and I have to say, it is one of my favorite kitchen transformations to date! 

More to come in my month long, "New Year, New Room" series where I will be sharing our most recent design projects throughout the entire month of January. We have been busy creating hundreds of custom online design plans behind the scenes for our clients. My hope in sharing some of them on the blog is that you may find inspiration to help you create the room of your dreams. And, if you decided you would like personalized assistance, I'm here to help through my custom online design plan service. 

Online Design Services are now available. Please click here for details.

Product Sources:
Lighting-Ansmith Collection

DIY Mosaic Tile Mirror Shelf

Today I'm taking a short break from my "New Year, New Room" Series to share a special DIY project. As you may already know, last year I had the incredible opportunity to partner with The Home Depot's Do-It-Herself Workshop 2015 Program. In addition to hosting live quarterly workshops in various cities around the mid-west, I also had the honor of designing a DIY project (behind the scenes) for The Home Depot to feature in one of their DIH Workshop's throughout the country!! (Pinch me). The project I created was a "Mosaic Tile Mirror Shelf". 

Take a look…

It was so exciting to watch Do-It-Herselfers around the country attend the Mosaic Tile Mirror Shelf Workshop last year and make one of these for their own home! I loved hearing all the positive feedback on how the project turned out. Every time I look at mine, I'm reminded of all the ladies that attended this workshop, many of them using power tools and learning to tile for the very first time! 

 I hung my shelf in our master bedroom next to the window. It does a great job of bouncing natural light around the space, the texture the tile provides to the space is amazing and the reflection of the candle light in the mirror is uber romantic (*blushes). 

If you would like to make a Mosaic Tile Mirror Shelf for yourself and you missed the in-store DIH Workshop, NO Worries!  CLICK HERE for the step by step instructions.

Creating a project that is featured by The Home Depot DIH Workshop program kind of makes me feel like a proud new Mom. Thanks for stopping by today and letting me brag about my baby! 

If you would like to revisit a few of the other DIH Workshop Projects I participated in, here they are…
(click on the photo to visit the post with a detailed DIY project tutorial for each project)

To register for the DIH Workshop in your area, please click here. 
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