Monday, April 30, 2012

Inexpensive Wood Feature Wall

Good morning,

I spent Saturday FINALLY installing the lobby feature wall in my modern medical office project. This wall was intended to give some visual and textural interest and will be the focal point for the logo in the office lobby.

Since our theme is very contemporary and clean I wanted to give this space a little bit of warmth, not to mention a wow factor since it is the company's first impression.

Here was our inspiration picture for the wood wall. Mainly I liked the bands of wood and the light natural tone that was used.

This wall needed to be created on as minimal budget as possible to help offset the large costs that have accumulated in furnishings, flooring and cabinetry.

The idea here was to take 1/8" plywood which is very thin and very light. We them cut it into long strips which then had to be cut again and sanded piece by piece. These pieces were glued and nailed by hand in a random pattern similar to the layout of a wood floor in 24" bands horizontally across the walls.

The results make a large impact and are the perfect place to place our large acrylic logo which is coming soon. Here are the results.

Above was the beginning of the wallas it was being laid out.

This wall is a great example of using creativity to achieve a unique focal point for a room done with only $20 worth of on sale wood and labor. If you were doing this yourself the labor would be your own time spent creating this, which for the record took a long time! We chose to not stain or seal the wood so that it could keep the natural raw look that I am going for.

 I would use this again and could see it done in a living room or a boy's bedroom. I love it, and so does my client. What do you think?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dressing Up An Ikea Expedit Book Case

Hello and soon to be Happy Friday!

I'm posting now since I won't be able to on Friday. I wanted to share a very sneaky sneak peek of the Ikea Expedit book shelf in a little girl's room for my Modern Organic project.

You have to love Ikea for its wonderful bare bones approach to decor, and for their unbeatable pricing! The key with any Ikea furniture in my opinion is how you mix it with other non-Ikea elements in a room to give you an overall amazing space. It never hurts to save a lil here and there.

The Ikea Expedit book case is our media TV console for a floating TV, and is also makes for an adorable storage and display area.

I will have ALLOT more to show you soon as things are really moving and shaking in this project.
Until then here are a few more nicely styled Expedit book shelves for you to feast your eyes on.

Enjoy your weekend~

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Popular Lighting, Moooi Random Light

Good morning,

I wanted to share with you possibly one of the top photographed AND copied lights around town. I am referring to the Random Light by Moooi.

The real deal is made of fiber glass dipped in an epoxy and woven around a balloon forming a hard shell. This unintrusive mass appears to float in mid air making such a statement that it's not hard to see why this light has been a best seller since its release in 2002.

It comes in black and white in 3 sizes 19.7", 31.5" and 41.3".  It also comes with a very hefty price tag starting at around $600 for the small and going much higher with the sizes. With that said, it's understandable why the popular DIY string lights have taken the blog and design world by storm.

I wanted to write however that there's just nothing like the real deal. The light hanging kit and non-sagging of the Random Light is unparallelled by its crafty DIY brothers and sisters. It is a true design gem, and I can't wait to see it in my Modern Organic project coming soon.

Here are some images of the Moooi Random Light used in beautiful spaces.

Have a great morning~

Monday, April 23, 2012

Using A Book Case As A TV Console

Good morning,

As I said last week, I have been so busy and I apologize for the lack of postings. I will work to post more this week.

I wanted to talk about the coolest book case from Crate & Barrel called the Elevate 32" Book Case that I used the Walnut color in my Modern Organic project in one of the teen boy's rooms.

This is a sneak peek with VERY unedited pictures taken early on with my iPhone and probably shown too soon, but I wanted to give you something this morning. You'll have to excuse the wiring behind it because I didn't have a chance to move it yet. So far even in this quality of picture, I'm loving it, and more importantly so does my client!

Here is another picture taken from their web site so that you can see it unstaged.

Here are a couple of my other favorite book cases that would also work quite well as TV media consoles found at many popular retailers and varying in price. I have found that often these book shelves are pretty affordable since they are not a traditional TV stand.

Crate & Barrel Shift Black 74" Bookcase

West Elm Parsons Low Bookshelf

West Elm Bookshelf Side Table


Ikea Expedite Shelving Unit  (obviously turned on it's side).

The point is to think outside the box, especially when doing kids room. The part that makes a kids room a kids room are all the fun accents that come together and that's exactly what these bookshelves can do.

Have a happy Monday!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Grown Up Little Girl's Room

Good morning,

I need a vacation!

On another note, in my Modern Organic project I have been figuring out how to transform a little girl's room in to a cooler more grown up version of itself while still keeping things feminine and girly. The color chosen by my client is purple.

I started by choosing an unexpected wall covering of light grey and white stripes. We are then layering on top of her existing white Pottery Barn bed many mirrored and polished accents along with a few unexpected touches. The idea here is to take a child's room and incorporate adult accents in a polished but glamorous way so that the result is just as much playful as it is grown up.

Here are some of the room's accents:

Layered pillows in all shades berry

Mirrored Night Stands
 Modular TV unit with room for display

Mirrored Parsons Desk

Furry Desk Chair
White Sleigh Bed
Purple Pin Tuck Bedding

Black Crystal Chandelier
 Glamorous Area Rug

Crystal Block Lamps

And that's just the beginning! I can't wait to see this room come together and become a girly glamorous retreat fit for any little princess~

Friday, April 13, 2012

Project Sneak Peek, The Perfect Console Vignette

Good morning,

I am so happy that today is Friday. I will be tying up loose ends and heading of to Vero Beach for a soccer tournament weekend.

I recently posted that my Modern Organic project client wanted their entry console table staged, and was so thrilled when it was done. We have been buying and planning and are not at the point of setting rooms up so this was something that could make an instant change. I wanted to show you this vignette since we won't be seeing much else for a while.

It's not difficult to show how amazing it looks when your client's picture is so beautiful! Just a little side note that this picture was taken at my wedding! What a fantastic couple and fantastic table! More to come.

Enjoy your weekend~

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Modern String Lights, A Show Of Their Own

Good morning,

yesterday while purchasing some lighting for a client I came across a display with the lights we own in our living room, and they are worth a post of their own!

These lights are called Solis and are made by Pablo. They are truly one of the coolest things ever! These were put in our living room by David Bromstad and Color Splash and are true genius on their part. We have limited space there so it is a great solution to added lighting, not to mention the most sleek and stylish solution I've seen.

They come in 3 sizes: 24", 48" and 72" (we have the 72"), and they also come with a pretty hefty price tag of $700 for the 72"! The light cascades down through a laser cut polyester fabric held by stainless steel rings which give it a string like appearance, and also create the most amazing shadows in the room. They are on dimmers which changes the amount of light.

You can suspend it from the ceiling, or from the side of a wall like a huge sconce.

They also come in 4 colors: white, brown, black and silver.

Here they are beautifully hung in our living room.

Though we've made some changes to the accessories in this room along with a bench and some art (David's art is being photographed and we miss it!), one thing that hasn't and will not change is the amazing lighting!!! We love these lights and would say that they are worth their weight in gold. So if you are looking for a new way to light a space, you simply can't go wrong with the Pablo Solis Lights.

We feel especially lucky to have them~