Hi all! It's been a while since I have blogged. I'm so excited about my new bookshelves I just had to share.
I put these wall baskets up as an affordable option after we remodeled our main level. They have been here for about three or four years. They look tired and boring. I always felt this wall needed something to elevate it a bit. I finally decided that bookshelves with layered accessories would achieve this. I always wanted wall sconces here but did not want to go through the expense of hardwiring some. I'm in love with these rechargeable sconces from Amazon. Such a quick and affordable solution.
I created height on the top shelve with warm toned glass vases. The rest of the shelves I created layers with books, bowls, baskets, mementos and plants. Since storage is needed in every space, I placed baskets on the bottom shelves. These work great for hiding PlayStation controls.
Here are the links to the bookshelves and several of the accessories I used.
1. Bookshelves are from Wayfair.com in black.
2. Top vases, small wood bowls, bubble glass votive, shell bowl and small plants are from a local Minneapolis based store Patina. I just happen to assist in visual merchandising at one of their stores so I'm partial to loving all things Patina.
3. Rechargeable Wall Sconces, Black Decor Beads, Basket Tray, Black Bowl, Black Chain Link are all from Amazon.com.
4. Bottom Storage Baskets are from West Elm.
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Hello and happy Tuesday All!
It's that Spring cleaning time of year. That time when we start to wondering where did all this stuff come from? Is it too early to put away snow pants and boots. Well that's the thought I have because I live in Minnesota. Like our Minnesota native Prince sang "Sometimes it Snows in April". It does it and it has. I made time to clean up our family office over the weekend. It had become cluttered craziness over the Winter. I share this office with both my daughter's so it get's a ton of use.
As I was cleaning I thought I should share some of my tips for keeping an organized office. Mostly everything in this space is from Ikea or Target so you should be able to do this at home somewhat affordably.
Here are my 5 tips for giving your home office a Spring refresh!
Tip #1 Create Storage
One of my favorite things at Ikea is the KALLAX bookcases. They have a very simple design and can be dressed up with baskets, books and accessories. I use four baskets to hide misc. clutter. Then I use canisters filled with markers and crayons for my daughters to have easy access to coloring supplies. These baskets can tend to become a catch all for everything so I try and go through and toss or donates items each Spring. The drawers below are used for my office supplies. They are also used for additional arts and craft supplies for the girls. I go through the drawers several times throughout the year. Once I reach the point of I can't look at this anymore.
#2 Create Cozy Accents
An office can become sterile and cold if it's only filled with work and school items. Bring in some plants, candles and little accent to make it feel warm and cozy. A rattan tray can also be a nice touch to hold these times.
#3 Create a Place to Relax
If your space allows try and create a relaxing place to read and work. It's nice to not always work in the office, but unwind. It's also great to change location throughout the day. Do some work from a cozy chair instead of being at your desk all day. I love this BACKSALEN chair from IKEA. It is very affordable and it's wide enough for me and one of my kids to snuggle up. If we spill on it the slip cover comes off to be washed. I dressed it up with some pillows from Etsy and West Elm to add extra comfort.
#4 Create Display Areas
I love cork boards in an office and kids bedrooms. If I don't have a place to pin up artwork and photos my kids will start taping things to the wall. This not only marks up the wall it creates a cluttered feel. Plus the fridge can only hold so much right? I also like to have photos ledges wherever possible. This holds books, study materials and art work.
#5 Accessorize with Your Things
I don't want to tuck and hide all of our things away. I leave out the things that make me happy and add personality to the space. I love a candle, fun stapler and catch all dish on my desk. On my daughters desk we leave out bracelets and art they have made. Having the paints and art supplies out in a tidy way can add color and fun. It can also encourage more creativity.
I hope these little tips have helped you feel inspired to do a Spring refresh in your space. Do you need help in your home in a specific area? Decorator in a Box is here to help with all your design needs. Send me an email and tell me about your project. All designs are custom and at a flat rate. The best part is the entire process is done from the comfort of your home computer. You don't need to worry about cleaning up for me to come over. Just stay in your slippers and follow the four easy Start to Decorate steps. It's that easy and that fun.
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Happy Friday All! It's been a while since I have blogged. I miss it and plan on being back here to share tips and projects with you every week.
I am so excited to share this project with you. I recently sent this design to a client in Palm Desert. They have a mid-century modern style home with all the charming throw back features. The mission was to create the classic style while making the space comfortable and more functional for entertaining.
All good designs start with inspiration. Here were a few images that got my creative juices flowing.
Above image via nookrealestate.com & Below image via Phaidon.com
This open furniture layout creates three different seating groups throughout the space. First, a small seating lounge as you enter the space giving focus to the view outside the vaulted windows. Second, a small single reading chair near the modern fireplace. Third, a larger seating group that will have two swivel chairs to swing and turn to the walk up bar. This area will also focus on the TV and movie watching in this area.
The furniture is a mix of actual mid-century modern vintage pieces with some affordable replicas. This client was not afraid of color so I added pops of color in pillows, chairs, art and rugs whenever possible.
The modern fireplace wall needed an update so I selected a classic ledger slate for the walls with terrazzo floors for a classic throwback look. Lastly, we had some fun by updated the ceiling fan to something more modern and fun.
Mission accomplished on this Great Room design. Stay tuned for the before and after photos.
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Today I bring you a very fun before & after. This space was for a client I have worked with over the years in the Brooklyn, New York area. They had a space under the stairs that was sitting empty and not being used. They had the super fun idea to turn this space into a play lounge equipped with a climbing wall. It turned out so amazing! I just wish I lived in the area to swing by for a climb and lounge playdate. Here is the before and after.
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Happy Tuesday All! I'm finally getting a chance to share this home remodel I designed in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. This home was completed just before Christmas.
The initial design was more modern in style as a model home. It was then sold at the beginning of the construction framing stage. I switched gears to work closely with the homeowner reflecting their personal style. The design was adjusted from modern to more of a timeless classic style with a modern twist. I am so thrilled to see how this home came together. I worked with the Metropolitan Home Team and EHR Construction to create a house that the client can now call home.
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Hi All! I hope your Tuesday is treating you well. It has been a busy season for Decorator in a Box. I hope to be sharing more photos with you in the future.
Who says laundry can't be fun? Well it certainly can when you have a laundry room like this stunner. I have had so much fun working with this client over the years in Cardiff, California. They always execute my design and vision so well.
The mission in this laundry room was to create more functional space with updated and elevated style. This room always felt a little bit too small for this family of six. We opened up the space with a new cabinet layout and eliminated the heavy and awkward door. The original plan was to close off the laundry room at the end of the hallway. However the laundry room is so gorgeous there is no need to do this. Plus leaving the space open makes it more functional. This part of the home gets heavy and constant use no time for fussing with a door. My favorite feature is the lovely cle` tile backsplash. I think the tile is what the kids call the "drip" of the room. Ok I probably shouldn't try using that word. I also love the combination of white and gray cabinets with the white oak accent shelves. The final touch is with the accessories. The client framed an old photo of the laundry line from the farm she grew up on. I love this detail so much. Time to get some laundry done!
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What a treat to see this front porch design come to life. Over the Summer I created a design to make this front porch feel more inviting. The client sent me these updated photos recently of the completed project.
I have worked with this client in East Setauket, New York over the years on the interior of their home. I have even created a design for the back pool patio. Now it was the front of the home's time to shine. They had extensive exterior work done to the front of the house by updating the stone on the house and front walkway. They also had a major landscaping update. Since they spend a lot of time on this front porch in the Summer they wanted it to be an extension of the interior. The mission was to create a porch that was comfortable for Summer lounging. I think the before and after speaks for itself. Mission accomplished.
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The role of a designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.
~ Charles Eames
I have been working on a remodel in Minneapolis this Summer. I initially started working with the developer and builder for this home to be a model. They sold it in the early stages of construction. I then switched gears to begin working with the homeowner to adjust the design more to their personal style. I love how it has evolved. It started as a modern design and transformed into something more classic with a hint of modern. Here is a sneak peek at the powder bath and mudroom vision boards. The first one was my initial vision and the second is how it evolved to the homeowners personal style. They are two very different styles, but I love them both. Much more to come as this house gets built.
Tell me about your home project? Do you need help with a remodel? Maybe you just need to update some art and accessories. Whatever the needs, Decorator in a Box is here to help. Visit the website here. In four easy steps you can be on your way to custom online interior design. It's emailed directly to you. The entire process is done from the comfort of your home computer. You won't even need to take off your slippers.
Initial Powder Bath & Mudroom Design
How the Powder Bath & Mudroom Design Evolved
What is better than getting an after photo from a client!? It's such a great way to start the week.
This client in New York had a space behind the main seating in their Living Room that needed some love. The main seating area has two sofas and two swivel chairs already. Adding a loveseat or more chairs seemed like one too many chairs or sofas. I decided to take things in a reading nook direction with a chaise lounge. The chaise creates additional seating in a cozy way while not feeling like a showroom of chairs and sofas. The balance of gold modern finishes mixed with natural woods creates a glam yet inviting balance. The textures in the rug, pillows and throw blankets bring in that cozy vibe. Lastly bringing in real or faux plants brings the outdoors in. Clustering plants in groups of three and at different heights always seems to be the right mix. This corner has become a new favorite for this clients. I think it's a new favorite of mine as well. I will be right over with my book and coffee.
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I got a bee in my bonnet to hang some art this morning. Yes my daughters awoke to me hammering away. I'm finally putting some things on the walls in a more purposeful way after this bathroom remodel has been complete....clears throat... for over a year. Boy oh boy do I get instant gratification from artwork and gallery walls.
This powder bath was stuck in the 80's with a popcorn ceiling and honey oak cabinets. We replaced the cabinet and swapped out the knobs for leather ones. We removed the popcorn ceiling and painted the walls. Also updated was the light fixture, toilet and all the bathroom hardware. The art is a mixture of prints on Etsy tap the images on the Decorator in a Box instagram post for resources. The artwork above the towels is by my two favorite artists, my daughters Estelle and Nora. Someday I have dreams of a statement wallpaper here, but for now this gallery wall is doing it for me.
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