Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Basement Design Plan

First of all thank you for all the kind words about our new website yesterday! You really are the best readers ever. Today I have a fun new design plan to share with you!

A very dear client of mine recently had Erin and I come out to help her with her basement. They just finished it and it's a great blank slate.  

We came out to take a look at the progress on the space a few months ago.  The space had a large living/ entertaining area that led into a kitchen and a theater room. 

We chose neutral finishes in the kitchen and light gray paint color of the walls so that we could play with color in the furnishings and accessories. The space was not only going to function as a kid area but also a place where they could entertain with their adult friends. So the challenge was to make it feel fun and youthful but also sophisticated. This is the design plan we came up with:

The space is a little awkward in that we can't really push any of the furniture up against walls. It all had to float in the middle of the room. 

We definitely wanted to make sure we had a rug to anchor the space. One of my very favorite rugs that I've used in many spaces is the Rosa Area rug

I love that it's soft, has a classic pattern, and it's not too light so it's good for kids. Some of the other options that we suggested were:

We thought it would be good to do a neutral sofa so that she wouldn't get sick of it if she wanted to change out the color scheme later on. They really wanted something tufted so this was our favorite option:

If our clients have kids we almost always recommend a West Elm sofa because they have a performance velvet option. It seriously cleans SO well.  I have a navy velvet loveseat in my living room and I never worry about things spilling on it. Since this living room is right next to a kitchen chances are they'll be dealing with spills and stains. 

We also liked:

and for a budget friendly option in case she wanted to spend more money elsewhere...

Because we were doing a neutral sofa we thought it would be fun to do navy blue chairs. Ideally we were looking for something under $500 a piece. Here were a few that worked:

For the coffee table we sourced our favorite go-to table

And then a few other options:

Because the kitchen was very neutral we wanted to bring some color in with barstools.  These are pretty much my favorite bar stools ever:

I have them in my house and I love them. They are easy to clean and it gives you a chance to have a pattern without using fabric. LOVE! 

On the wall coming down from the stairs we thought a console table with some big art over it would be pretty.  

Another favorite is this Everett Foyer Table. We used it in this project

Another option was this table:

and this one...

As I mentioned above the table we wanted to put a big colorful piece of art. I honestly usually source from Minted when I need big art because they have so many options and they are reasonably priced for large art. 

In the back corner by the entrance to the theater room we decided to do a little area for the kids to play. My client does have a huge playroom upstairs but inevitably we knew kids toys would wander down to the basement. 

We thought a teepee would be fun for the kids to play in. 

And these baskets for storage. 

For the pillow plan we stuck with greens and blues. 

I can't wait to share "after" pictures once they start buying everything! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Introducing House of Jade!

For a few months now Erin and I have been working with October Ink on branding House of Jade and also on building our new website.  

Over the past year or so Erin and I have been through so much together building this business! It's fun to see how much we've accomplished in just over a year.  We've been working so hard and the website feels like a place where we can celebrate that. 

We have a page where you can view all of our recent projects

You can read all about us on our "about" page

We also have a services page where you can get pricing and details on hiring us! And coming soon.... an online shop! We've already started sourcing some of our favorite products to add to the site and I can't wait to make them available to all of you! 

Since I started my business in 2010 I have felt an overwhelming amount of support from all of my blog readers. I can't tell you how grateful I am for all of you! I know that my business would be nowhere without this blog.  There have been many ups and downs and lots of lessons I've learned along the way. I know I still have much to learn and I appreciate your patience.  I've always said that I don't have many expectations for my business. I want to love what I do and use my talents to the best of my ability. But I take things a day at a time. There are times and seasons in my life when business is busier or when it slows down. At this time in my life I love focusing most of my energy on my cute little kids and my family. I'm still trying to find the balance and I'm sure I'll always struggle with that. I try to remind myself that success is different for everyone and I can't compare myself to other people. Creating a new business with my best friend has been an incredible joy in my life.  I don't know for sure what the future holds but I'm excited to see this business grow and bless our lives.  

Thank you!! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Last Week's Links

Sorry for the blogging silence last week! Erin and I have been working on our biggest project yet and it's on a tight deadline so every spare minute has been spent on design work.  We also had an install last week and three this coming week. It's good to be busy but I'm happy to be back blogging this week! Here are my favorite links from around the internet....

1 || This is the cutest calendar and it's a genius idea to frame it!
2 || This fabric would make great pillows.
3 || I can't wait to make this cute necklace for Jane.
4 || I just bought these shoes. I'm excited for the weather to get colder so I can start wearing them!
5 || I'm always on the hunt for unique flush mounts.

6 || I love this idea for easy DIY art!
7 || I really want to buy these jeans. They are just sitting in my shopping cart....
8 || This girl's room reveal is so colorful!
9 || This is such a good deal for my favorite vase!
10 || I'm obsessed with pom-poms right now.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Feature Friday: Home by Heidi

Today I am featuring the beautiful home of my friend Heidi from the blog Home by Heidi. Here is what she says she loves most about her home. 

Our home has been a project in the making. We built this house 8 years ago! When we started it was very plain and simple. But with a little love and hard work we were able to make our home into a place of warmth and beauty. 
What we love the most about our home is the open and bright spaces.  We created it in a way that one would instantly feel welcome and “at home.”  We enjoy all the warm blues, greens and yellows!  All the white trim work makes it feel clean and fresh!
Though we feel comfortable and complete, I’m sure there are yet to be, and will always be many, many projects to come!



Thanks so much to Heidi for sharing her home with us! Make sure you check out her blog here

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