August 7, 2017

New Client Project, Custom Upholstery & More!

 


Happy August everyone, I hope your having a wonderful Summer! 

Wow is it really August?  Usually client projects slow down every year around this time.  However this is the first Summer that I've worked straight through June, July and into August.  And I am GRATEFUL.  I love my work, and love helping my clients design beautiful and functional spaces, without breaking their budgets!  Okay let's get to it!  Here are five fun things happening here at The Collected Interior...



Just finished a Room Refresh and I am loving this stylish girls bedroom!  For this project my client kept all the main furniture pieces.  I added new bedding, window panels, lamps and mirrors.  We painted the walls a fresh turquoise blue per my clients request and added cool x benches for versatile seating. 


Check out these custom armchair fabric choices!  Here we've got great neutrals with loads of texture.  One of the vendors I use for custom upholstered furniture is AllModern.com.  They have a nice line of sofas, sectionals, love seats, armchairs and swivel chairs at simply amazing price points too.  And they offer hundreds of fabric choices as well!


Does your dining room still have gold, red or maroon walls?  Ours once did, until I painted over them with Sherwin Williams - Magnetic Gray, and I've never regretted it once.  Today's lighter paint colors with gray undertones will go a long way in making your home feel more modern and updated.  And because these hues have cool undertones, your home will feel lighter and even brighter!

Need help deciding a paint color palette for your entire house?  Call for a Color Consultation today!  


Okay random fact...sourcing home accessories for my clients is simply one of my favorite things!  And nothing gets me more inspired than nature.  Here we have shells, hunks of coral, sea glass vases and driftwood accessories that I used for a client's home office.  Amazing how color and texture can liven up any space!

And finally here is the Design Board for my latest client project!  We have soft blues and greens paired with light - beachy wood tones in this family friendly space.  We'll use a farmhouse white on the walls.  Texture will infuse the space with a sisal rug and other coastal accessories.

And my client has some wonderful ideas that she'd like to incorporate as well.  So this Design Board is just the beginning.  Ahhh, I can't wait to get started.  Love helping my clients get a high end look, for less!


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June 4, 2017

Friday Five!

 

Hey guys, popping in to share what's going on here at The Collected Interior.  And yes I know it's not Friday, but this was my only free day to blog! lol :)

Between work, end of the year school stuff with my kiddos, and just life stuff in general, I can barely find the time to blog.  But I try to make time because sharing work projects here, and in general being creative makes me HAPPY!  Yes you've found my happy place.  Okay so let's get to it...


So excited to use this chair for a client's home office (see Design Board below).  It's the Aiden Upholstered Armchair from Pottery Barn.  I love the clean modern lines as well as the deep seating for comfort.  This is actually our second chair option after our first chair was discontinued by the Manufacturer - not cool ;)  But think I love this chair even more than the first!


So this After picture is from a Room Refresh, and wow what an improvement!  This space used to have yellow walls, a dark mirror that was too small and mismatched accessories. Now this area looks coordinated and pulled together.  And my client kept her existing window panels, love that!


Ahhh another fun find for a client's family room redo!  I'm loving classic gold in home decor these days, and this affordable coffee table will make a great accent in my client's open concept family room.  Her style is glamour girl chic, and were using gold accents mixed with neutral creams, light gray and blush pink...so fun!



Wait what?  Yes this is my little boy before his first high school prom.  Only at 6'4" and 17 years old, he's not so little anymore!  Just love him so much and am so proud of the young man he's becoming.  I've got another little girl (who's also not so little) who I'm also crazy proud of.  Will share a photo of her on another day.   Love my family & kiddo's, they are my world!


And finally back to my latest client project!  Here we have an elegant home office that is both stylish and functional with loads of storage too.  We're using contrast with a a sleek black cabinet and light tan and white upholstered chairs.  Mixed metal accents, and nature inspired botanical prints and sisal rug will keep this space down to earth.  This will be a home office the entire family can use!

Okay guys, that's what's happening around here.. lots of budget decorating goodness!  As usual thanks for stopping by!  


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May 10, 2017

Client Project - paint & upholstery updates!



Hey guys, I'm sharing a fun client project today!  

My client wasn't happy with look of her main living area...the great room!  So we made a few simple updates to make her existing furnishings work.  We changed paint colors & finishes, lightened upholstery and added new lamps.  Ahhh, projects like these are so much fun!


This mirror before was a dark pewter color.  So I hired a local paint refinisher from We Chic'd It.  She worked her magic using a creamy farmhouse white, and then lightly distressed to perfection.  Then we relocated the mirror to my clients front entryway and this space has loads of charm now!  

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after

Check out the before & after pictures of these dining chairs!  We lightened them up with a greige Sunbrella fabric.  Before with the brown leather chairs, the dining space was dark and dreary.  Now everything is so much lighter and brighter.  And the beautiful detail in this hutch below pops, I love that!


Talk about a transformation...buh bye dated old world paint finish!  Now this dining buffet is clean & updated, painted in a cool gray green - Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay to be exact.  


Okay guys, my passion is mixing traditional style with modern updates, and breathing new life into tired spaces!

And we have several affordable Decorating Services to choose from, go here for a complete list.  Thanks for stopping by :)


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March 9, 2017

Friday Five...cool x-bench, nature inspired abstract art, and a mirror transformation!



TGIF and welcome to my Friday Five!  

Well another week has flown by here at The Collected Interior and I simply cannot believe how busy we've been.  In fact, was saying the other day to my hubby - this is our busiest time of year between Jan.1st and May.  And I am so thankful for my wonderful clients!  Okay so let's get to it, here are five fun things happening around here...

all modern.com

Just ordered this pretty ottoman for a client's Room Refresh and cannot wait to deliver.  We're using it as an end table.  I love that it can serve double duty as extra seating when needed.  And with a tray on top, can function as an end table.  So versatile!


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Sharing one of my favorite types of art today...simple abstract art rooted in nature gets me every single time.  And I love that it easily coordinates with so many different design styles.  Modern, traditional, farmhouse, and eclectic styles all look great with simple and serene art like this.



This mirror has undergone a major transformation thanks to We Chic'd It, a painting and refinishing service in the Lake Norman area.  

 When I meet with clients, instead of purchasing all new items to design a room or space.  I will identify furnishings in your home that you can use or even refinish.  And then move on to sourcing the new home furnishings and accessories needed to give your space a whole new look.  For me, it's all about mixing the old & new.

This mirror after painted and lightly distressed was relocated to the clients entry.  And this entry has loads of character now!  So the money my clients save in one area, can be used to pretty up another area.  It just makes $ense.

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Do you know what I love?  Finding design inspiration in nature.  And I find it even when I'm not looking for it.  Just the other day I saw a big patch of moss at a baseball field and my heart skipped a beat.  Moss is so natural and organic, and you don't even need a green thumb to keep it alive.  Ahhh and that texture!

Sutton Mini Pendant

Finally, the hubby and I just installed two of these industrial pendant lights and they are so fun!  And at nearly 14" wide each, they are big.  But because our ceilings are tall they work, and update our traditional black kitchen beautifully with a cool industrial vibe.  Will share photos later, but these pendant lights are such a fun update.  And a single pendant can be used in a foyer or even mudroom.

Okay guys that's my Friday Five!  Love sharing what I do here in my little corner of the Internet.  Thanks for stopping by :)

 


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February 3, 2017

Friday Five...client projects, our new sofa & a fiddle fig!



Hey guys TGIF!  Today I'm sharing five favorites from my recent decorating adventures so let's get to it!  

Between client projects and my own personal decorating adventures, there are always fun  things happening around here.  And it usually involves saving money too because as you know, my passion is Affordable Interior Design!


I've mentioned before that I source many of my client's home furnishings and accessories from Wayfair!  In fact these two lamps and dough bowl above are from the W.  I also source from Birch Lane, Joss & Main, AllModern.com, Ballard, Pottery Barn and Houzz to name a few, as well as a few local favorites.

Did you know that this years HGTV Dream Home 2017, designed by Brian Patrick Flynn was furnished top to bottom by Wayfair?  Yes!  And I run my business with this same designer trade program and absolutely love it! 


I finally have a picture of our Pottery Barn sofa we purchased a few months ago!  Ahhh, I can't get over PB's line of performance fabrics and how durable and stain resistant they are.  They even have a Sunbrella line.  This is the Comfort Square Arm Sofa - it's slipcovered and the fabric we chose is Performance Tweed in Ecru.

A fun services I offer here at The Collected Interior is our Affordable - Room Refresh.  And if you're on a budget or need the most decorating bang for your buck, then this is a great option! 

With a Room Refresh I'll source a handful of home furnishings & accessories to coordinate with your existing furniture pieces.  Here's a Design Board I made for a client above.  We're incorporating a new blue - green color scheme, stylish throw pillows & accessories and even a new club chair for extra seating in a family room that needs some love.



My simple New Year's Resolution this year was to add more plants to our home.  So I did my research and chose low maintenance plants including snake plant, ponytail palm and a few others.  And WOW, this simple change has made a huge difference in how our home both looks and feels! 


And after the success of our smaller plants above, I finally found the infamous Fiddle Fig Tree here in Charlotte.  And purchasing this guy was a huge leap of faith for me because Fiddle Figs are not low maintenance, and can be very temperamental.  But again I studied up and this guy is thriving!  

Just look at how pretty he is in our home office, drinking in the morning sunshine.  Yes I seriously think I'm becoming a crazy plant lady ;)

Okay that's my Friday Five, thanks for stopping by! 


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January 25, 2017

Design Inspiration...Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees!



Hey guys, so do you own a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree?  I've been seeing this potted plant everywhere in the home decor world on blogs, Instagram feeds & Pinterest for years now.  And finally just the other day I found several at a local greenhouse here in Charlotte and picked one up.  

Wow, I have to say this plant is beautiful!  No wonder so many plant & home decor enthusiasts love them.  If you have a large, well lit empty corner...then this plant will bring that space to life!  Here's some Fiddle Fig inspiration.   All images sourced from my favorite place for home decor ideas, Houzz...


















Well I hope our new Fiddle Leaf Fig thrives in our home!  I've read they can be very temperamental.   They need a well lit area, but no direct sunlight.  And they don't like to sit in water, so let the water drain out after watering.  But I am up for the challenge because these beauties are worth the extra effort!

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November 22, 2016

Updating Holiday Home Decor!



Hey guys, I'm so excited...Christmas & the Holidays around the corner!

Every year in late November after bringing out all of my Christmas decor from the attic, I like to purchase a few new fun finds to update the look of my existing Holiday home decor.  And my favorite place for one of a kind, handmade finds is Etsy!  Here's what caught my eye this year...










Ahhh I am swooning!  And these are my favorite Christmas colors right now...red, white and black!  

In fact my favorite trick for updating existing Holiday home decor is by simply adding black to the mix.  Here we have black chalk board, black stripes or even buffalo check.  It just works by adding contrast and a subtle modern twist to your favorite traditional Christmas decor.




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