It’s been a while since I posted a Before + After of a project! Although we haven’t fully completed the accessories, I wanted to share the facelift of a living room in a South End brownstone. To preface the post, this was my first project in Boston (January of this year) which I was really excited/semi-nervous about as I was still getting to know the city and didn’t have a solid team of contractors lined up yet. Another challenge was the turnaround time – I think we had a month for me to design (living, dining, kitchen, powder, master and suite), present ideas and get everything ordered (praying the furniture was going to arrive in time). My clients were closing on their new house and wanted to move into the space with new furniture and the updates complete. The quick turnaround time was actually really exciting and kept us on our toes – thankfully, we were able to score some great (in-stock) furniture pieces thanks to some fabulous local retailers! *Cough* Lekker Home, Priley Lane, MGBW, West Elm, etc. Below is a mood board of the design direction along with some Before photos from the previous owner and then After photos of my client’s new living room. Enjoy!
Again, since I didn’t have my go-to contractors, I found myself researching various painters and wallpaper installers online and basically just had to find someone with good reviews and that was available. I am still thanking my lucky stars because I found a great team that made the install SO much easier! I hope to have more photos to share of the other spaces we transformed along with updates to this room! :)
I am really excited because this is the first year Cody and I will be sending out a holiday card to our loved ones! Of course, the holidays have snuck up on us (Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK!!!) and we are just now beginning to look around at the options that are out there. Since I began to feel a little overwhelmed with the many options, I assumed other people were feeling the same way and decided to share a few of my favorites from Minted! You honestly can’t go wrong with their Holiday photo card collection, there are so many great designs and you can easily upload a photo!
Minted has been one of my go-to resource for art prints and stationary for a while now. I love that they have curated talented, independent artists from all over the world who submit their art work and designs in their “challenges” where people vote for their favorites! A win for everyone, don’t you think!?
Here are a few of my favorite Holiday cards!
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I constantly hear from my clients that one of the most daunting parts of decorating a room is bringing in color. And I get it! All you hear in your head is: “no I shouldn’t buy that bright yellow sofa that I am in love with because then my rug won’t match and my entire room will be ruined because of a sofa” or “is it okay to mix two bright colors…what if there’s a little blue on the edge of this pillow…is that okay, jessica?!” :) No question is a dumb one!
But don’t worry guys, I want to bring you some confidence when you are introducing bright colors into your space. Recently, Chairish, an online curated shop where design-lovers can buy and purchase used vintage furniture & decor, asked me to take a room from white to bright using one of their gorgeous vintage rugs. Since I am always up for a good challenge and Chairish happens to be one of my first online stops for clients, I was so excited!!
I decided on the gorgeous Green Abrash Turkish rug below and built the room off of it’s beautiful color and texture. You can also shop the rest of their beautiful selection of rugs here. Now here’s what I came up with:The color variation in the rug inspired me to bring in some lighter greens. When I create a color palette off of a bold color, I always try to find another color to complement it. In this case, I started with dark green, lime green and threw in a bright pink for fun. To tone down the room, so you don’t feel nauseous right when you walk in, I chose two neutral furniture pieces (a dark grey velvet sofa and a linen natural chair). Sometimes when I know I am playing up the color in a space I will try to match another element in the room in some way – for instance, in this style board I chose to keep the accents gold.
Ta Da! This room has just a slight amount of pattern and could even use a bit more in the window treatments if you wanted to go all out! Also, if you ever got tired of the bright pink you could switch out the pillows for another color – like bright blue! :) Color is so fun.
Do you have any color dilemmas in one of your rooms? Feel free to leave any questions for me in the comments. A big thank you to Chairish for putting me up to the challenge and for just being awesome!
I hope everyone had a great weekend and Monday! I had a friend from San Diego in town and we spent the weekend basically walking the entire city of Boston and visiting random shops, restaurants and touristy spots! It was such a blast and I really learned how important it is to refresh your mind and truly unplug for the weekend. I feel 110% more productive already this week and I believe that’s what life is about…Work hard…but also play hard!
Anyway, I have an exciting announcement to share but I can’t give away anything just yet as we are finalizing some details! But, I thought I would share a little workspace inspiration as I believe your work surroundings can set you up for success!