A Modern Farmhouse Laundry Room

I love utilitarian spaces in homes. However, often times, they are the most under developed spaces in our homes. Take the laundry room for example. Laundry is one chore that just never ends. A lot of time is spent in a laundry room and when it is designed thoughtfully, it can save us a lot of time and help increase the value of our home. Why not make it as efficient and beautiful as possible?

Here are some photos from a recent design client project where I made over the laundry room. The existing space had storage, but it didn't give them the right storage they needed (there was no room for the vacuum so it was always sitting out, etc.). The floors were laminate tiles that were starting to chip and crack in some areas. You could see the hookups to the washer/dryer from the kitchen and overall the colors needed to be lightened up. Here's a look at the before:

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And, behold...the after!

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We took out the old green cabinets and replaced them with navy shaker cabinets to tie into the color scheme used in the rest of the house. We used simple butcher block counters to bring in some warmth and a farmhouse sink was a given for this space. The cabinets hide the hookups to the washer and dryer as well as give the vacuum a place to be stored. The walls were painted a light gray and the floors were replaced with a really versatile and durable tile. We added some shelves on either side of the window to add a little interest. And, possibly my favorite addition to the space, are the gorgeous roman shades! 

My online shop has some of my favorite laundry and cleaning items, so be sure to check it out so you can create an enjoyable space to do your laundry! Here is a link to my shop

Nursery Inspiration

I am finally ready to share some of the inspiration behind the nursery for our baby girl who is due in July! I'm so excited to be taking you behind the scenes of how I am making my decisions and the overall direction I wanted to take. 

Before starting any project, whether for myself or a client, I start by going through photos that I have saved as inspiration. I usually come across something on social media and take a screen shot of it for later use. The key here is to use a photo as inspiration that is not of interior design. I don't know about you, but I don't want to just copy what someone else has already created. Rather, I want something that is uniquely designed just for me and the goals I have for the space.

Speaking of goals, it's really important to keep in mind what are your overall goals for the space. For the nursery, I wanted it to feel serene, feminine, and elegant. This list of descriptives helps me to narrow down on my inspiration photo. I fill out this form to help guide me through this process:

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I start out by listing some of the descriptive words that I want to be able to use when describing the space (in this case, it's the nursery). From there I paste in my inspiration photo. Keep in mind this isn't a photo of someone else's nursery. It's just a photo that I love and I think perfectly fits with the list of descriptives. Then I study the inspiration photo. I ask myself what I like about it. What textures are used? Do I notice any color schemes? Is there any contrast? Is it feminine or masculine or a little bit of both? Finally, I work on pulling colors from that image as a starting point for my color scheme. You'll want to keep in mind the basic principles of color theory which I wrote about here. More than likely, if the colors look good together in the photo then they will look good when pulled together in your space.

Any there you have it! This was the very first step I took when designing the nursery and I'm excited to share with you our progress along the way!  

The Friday Five

I thought I would start a new blog series called "The Friday Five" where I share whatever is inspiring me that week. I find that I am always snapping photos of things, and taking screenshots when I see something I like or might want to look more into. Every now and then I go back through the photos on my phone and recall why I snapped that particular photo in the first place. I literally have thousands of photos like this on my phone. Just yesterday I was at the grocery store and saw an interesting shade of green paint on the walls and I snapped a quick photo (and obviously tried not to look creepy in the process). So, let's just jump right in to the first edition of The Friday Five!

1. Wallpaper on the Ceiling

Some people may be surprised that wallpaper is making a comeback, but ohhh it is! And it's lovely! What is a great way to add a large dose of interest to a room? Add some wallpaper to the ceiling. Yep. Just check out this photo as it speaks for itself. 

2. Orchids in the Home

Last weekend I went to see the Color Me Orchid Display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and it was absolutely gorgeous. I have a serious obsession with orchids. What else can you grow in the home that flowers for 6 weeks+ and comes in a huge variety of colors? Not to mention the sculptural element that they can add to any room. 

Source:  My Design Chic

3. Boutique Textile Designers

I just love this new trend of small batch hand-crafted textiles that are on the rise! The NYTimes just shared an article talking about this trend and I posted it to my Facebook page. One of my favorite designers highlighted in the article is Rebecca Atwood. I've used her textiles in a recent project and I'm just dying to show you the completed photos of that project. 

 

4. Baby Moxfords

These are seriously so cute! I don't know if I'll be able to convince my husband that our baby girl "needs" these shoes, but I'm sure going to try. There are so many small businesses selling really unique baby items these days, and Sweet N' Swag is just one of them. 

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5. Clean Modern + Traditional Design

As much as I love true traditional design (think wallpaper, custom drapes, upholstered furniture, and basically every inch of a room dressed up), I think I love this cleaner, more modern feel better. Basically, I love mixing the two. There are still important details and a sense of comfort that come from the more traditional elements of this room, but it's a little less "fussy" and dressed up as a purely traditional design. I think this is the sweet spot in the middle and I'm loving it. 

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Well, there you have it. My first post in this new series highlighting a few things I am loving this week. I hope you enjoyed it and I'll see you back next week. Have a great weekend! 

Understanding Color Schemes

Last week I posted about creating fabric schemes and talked about two primary approaches that can be taken. My last post talked about the easier of the two options where you start with one piece of fabric and pull colors from that. Today I want to talk about how understanding color and how they relate to one another can help inform your choices for fabrics. In order to do this, we need to take a look at the color wheel and discuss color schemes. 

Complementary 

Complementary color schemes use colors that are across from each other on the color wheel. Common uses of this are blue and orange, yellow and purple, and red and green to name a few. 

Analogous

Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Usually you will see this with warm tones (yellows, oranges, and reds) or cool tones (blues, blue greens, and greens). 

Triadic

Triadic color schemes use colors that are evenly spaced from one another on the color wheel, creating a triangle. Common triadic schemes include green, violet, and red, as well as yellows, blues and pinks. 

Split-Complementary 

This color scheme is similar to complementary, but includes the two colors on either side of the color across the wheel. This is one of my favorite color schemes to use and sometimes includes pinks, blues and greens, as well as blues, pinks, and oranges. 

Tretradic 

For this color scheme, you want to start with two colors that are across from each other on the color wheel (complementary) and then select the two colors on either side. This creates a rectangle shape on the wheel. This is a great scheme to use because it utilizes four different colors, giving you a little more flexibility. 

Square

Last but not least is a square color scheme. This simply uses four colors that are all evenly spaced on the color wheel. Similar to the tretradic color scheme, it includes four colors. 

Understanding color schemes really goes beyond just fabrics. It can influence every aspect of the interior design process including paint colors, artwork, rugs, etc. It can even help you design your landscaping and flower gardens. Just remember that these are not hard rules that can't be broken, so don't over think it. But they definitely give you a place to start. I hope this helps you better understand color and can use these tips for creating your own home!