Thursday, August 29, 2013

Couch Crushes

Unfortunately, I'm not in the market for a new couch...but that doesn't stop me from looking. Man are there some sexy sofas available these days.  Maybe you're in the market for a new couch?  Here's a sampling of some styles I love.

Jill Sofa
Jonathan Adler Kensington Sofa
Gabby Furniture Helena Sofa
Layla Grace California Sofa

Paidge Sofa - West Elm

Monday, August 26, 2013

Mood Board Monday: August Design Collaboration - Lavender Hues

Hello!  This month I participated in a design collaboration with some lovely and talented design ladies.  I chose a picture as inspiration and we each created a mood board using the color palette from the photo.  I'm amazed at how different and unique the boards are from each other.  If you didn't know about the photo, you may not have guessed we were all working with the same inspiration!

Here's the photo that I chose:

I love the purple and green together, but purple is a color that I seldom decorate with.  I chose this picture for that very reason to give myself the challenge of doing something different than I normally do.  I started creating a bathroom design, but it quickly morphed into a girl's nursery design.  I had some fun with this challenge 1) ignoring the practical and focusing on the pretty and 2) completely ignoring any sort of budget.  I'm sure you could definitely create this room for less, but I included some higher end pieces that I love.

Sources: Glider / Ottoman / Pillow / Curtains / Nightstand / M Art / Books / White Flowers / Purple Flowers / Mirror / Chandelier / Crib / Lamp / Brass Side Table / Green Rug / Shag Rug / Wallpaper

I think the room is almost glamourous enough that you could take out the crib and transform the space into a dressing or sitting room.  What do you think?

Here are the great designs the other ladies came up with:

August Design Collaboration

{Sarah from ThisSarahLoves}

The soothing colors in this month's inspiration picture immediately had me thinking of a spa bathroom. I would paint the walls a soft blue, add lavender and sage touches in the art and bath linens, and bring in some wood and stone to play off all the muted tones. And now I'm obsessed with that free standing tub... Stop by my blog for a source list.

{Carissa from Carissa Miss}

I, of course, still have baby on my mind {it's a little all encompassing don't ya think?} and couldn't help but see a beautiful chic nursery when i saw lavender hues. maybe it was wistful thinking since i'm completely in boy mode right now. I'll always be drawn to little girl things! Come see sources and more over at

{Lizzie from Living Pretty}

I've been itching to use this velvet sofa in a design board since I saw it in the new Ikea catalog, so this month I decided to do a very renter-friendly living room - white walls with lavender accents and, of course, a big splash of emerald green. Stop by my blog for more details and a complete source list.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I Painted The Outside Of My House...

...well, virtually.  Have you ever tried Benjamin Moore's Personal Color Viewer? It's a pretty cool tool if you have a little time on your hands.  But first, let me explain why I was painting the outside of my house.

Almost a freakin' year ago (seriously where does time go?!), I got all excited and told you we were gearing up to do an overhaul of our front walkway and landscaping, and build a new patio complete with fire pit and hot tub. You can read all about it here. Well, needless to say, none of that happened last year. We had a bit of sticker shock when we realized how much it was all going to cost and given that we're not planning on this being our "forever" house, it didn't seem smart to sink all this money into it.

This Fall, we're moving forward with more realistic expectations of what updates we can do to our property and also thinking about what things are "must do." One of those "must-dos" is definitely going to be replacing the original siding. It's rotted and warped in certain places and our home inspector pointed out 2 years ago that it would need to be redone at some point soon.  We haven't priced out options on materials (wood, vinyl, composite like we have?), but that doesn't stop me from playing around with colors.

The other day, I used the BM Color Viewer to try out a few different shades of gray.  I'm pretty much sold on gray (like... you can't change my mind).

Here's a shot of our current house color  (old pic - trust me those bushes look even worse now if that's even possible...). It's a beige/tan/pink color:

And here are a few of the grays I tested:

3. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

6. And my current personal favorite, Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray which actually looks a little taupey  so maybe I'm not entirely sold on gray gray.

Weigh in, pretty please.  What color do you like the best?  Or should I forget gray entirely?

Monday, August 19, 2013

E-Design: A Peacock - Inspired Living Room

Happy Monday!  Wait, that's an oxymoron...Anyways, for Mood Board Monday I have another e-design to share.  A couple of weeks ago, I shared the design I did for AV's Family Room.  She also asked me to help her with her formal living room.  She had a great idea for a peacock-inspired space and she had started picking things out but needed help pulling everything together in a cohesive design.  I selected and swapped out a few new pieces for her and put it all together in a mood board and floor plan.

AV found this great peacock canvas at Pier 1:

I used it as a jumping off point to pick some of the other colors and textures in the room.  Here's the design I came up with (click on the mood board to enlarge it):

AV had selected the tufted sofa and arm chair, the peacock canvas, the console table, and the nesting tables and I selected some pieces that I thought would compliment them.  She expects to use the space only for entertaining or when first-time guests stop by so she wanted to run with a glamourous and dramatic style and was less-concerned with making it kid-friendly and comfortable.  We used similar colors as we did in her family room design but replaced the rustic touches with metallic ones.  

It's been so fun working on these designs.  I'm getting anxious to see these mood boards come to life!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

5 Online Stores for the DIY Decorator

I was reading the September 2013 issue of Country Living and not only does it feature a fabulous Hurricane Sandy home remodel by Emily Henderson, it's also a great DIY issue.

I noted (5!) new-to-me websites for DIY-loving decorators that I thought you might like.

1. : They offer no-VOC, flexible vinyl adhesive sheets that you can stick to most anything (cabinets, furniture, etc.) to give it a major update.    Currently they offer a line of pre-cut IKEA-compatible products.
{IKEA Billy Bookcase with Quatrefoils Panyl}

2. : Similar concept to Panyl, except it's peel and stick wood paneling!  Seriously, how
cool is that?

{via Stikwood - Facebook }

3. : If you want to easily update your IKEA furniture, this site offers replacement legs (the mag said they're coming out with a universal plate that will fit other furniture soon).  How cute are these?!

4. : This site sells decorative fretwork overlays that you can use to add pattern and texture to your furniture.  Like Panyls, and PrettyPegs, they have a line specifically made for IKEA products.  I'm thinking of buying some to update our IKEA Hemnes dresser in the dining room

{Natalle overlays on a headboard}

5. : Offering an alternative to standard window treatments, this site sells nature-inspired window film.  Aren't these prints so pretty?  

Monday, August 12, 2013

E-Design: Putting the finishing touches on a home office

SC contacted me for help finishing her husband's home office.  She had started the process 9 months ago with another designer, but it needed a bit more work before it was done.

"I have existing office furniture and that's it.....I need rug, chairs, window treatments -- and anything else you can think of.  The space joins a playroom - so things have to coordinate."

She was off to a great start with beautiful black office furniture from Ballard Designs and the walls painted Benjamin Moore's Nimbus Gray.  We agreed that my Custom Mood Board service would work best for her since she already had most of the "big pieces" and didn't need help with a floor plan or furniture placement.  

Working with the beautiful Ballard office furniture, lamps, baskets, and shelving SC already had, I suggested a few new pieces to finish the room.

I chose a new bookcase to take the place of an industrial style filing cabinet and picked out some accessories and baskets to fill the shelves.  I also made suggestions for a new rug, window panels, and office chairs and gave SC some direction to pull the room together.  

I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

An Organized Home Bar Area

I mentioned in this post that I'm using an empty wall in our dining room to create a small bar area. I used the Threshold Windham Accent Table from Target as my "bar cart" and hung the Pottery Barn Holman Entertaining Shelves above it for ample storage.

I have a bunch of the Ikea Ribba frames kicking around, so I used one for a quick DIY project.  I painted the matting with gold acrylic paint and printed the words "eat. drink. be merry." on my printer and colored the letters in with a gold colored pencil."  Super easy!

I used a small gold tray from West Elm to hold bottles of liquor.

Inside the cabinet, I used baskets to hold bottles of seltzer and other mixers and a small bowl to collect our wine corks.

I'd say we're ready for a mean happy hour.  Do you take yours shaken or stirred? :)

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Beautiful Bar Areas (Cheers!)

The PB Holman Entertaining Shelves are here!  I've got one shelf installed and am waiting for Jake to help me with placement of the second.  In the meantime, I'm playing around with some styling. :)

And because we all like to look at pretty pictures, here are some beautiful bar areas I'm loving...







Monday, August 05, 2013

E-Design: AV's Family Room (and HomeGoods gift card winner announced!)

First line of business - the $100 HomeGoods gift card giveaway.  Thank you to everyone who entered! The lucky winner is:

Alexandra Ellis!

Next up, I have an e-design to share with you.  I had the pleasure of working with AV on a family room design for her new home.  AV selected my Decor To-Go package and we started the process with a design questionnaire and a couple of chats about AV's vision for the room.  The space is open to the kitchen eating area, separated by a half wall and has a fireplace and two large windows.  AV wanted a room that was sophisticated yet kid-friendly with ample seating to accommodate her large family so they could all watch tv together. She also requested storage and a space for prayer. Inspired by the great room in the HGTV 2013 Dream House, she wanted to use a color scheme of blue, green, white and sand.  

I put together a mood board, shopping list, floor plan, elevation, and detailed decorating instructions for AV. I also included a couple of recommendations for the kitchen (table, chairs, pin board, and cabinet hardware).

This was such a fun project to work on and I can't wait to see the finished results! 

If your house could use an update, I'd love to work with you.  Please visit my website, JLP Interiors, for a description of services.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Dining Room Changes

In June, I shared the evolution of our dining room and talked about some changes I wanted to make.  I've finally painted and moved some furniture around and progress is being made!

I changed the wall color from Benjamin Moore Stone to Benjamin Moore Healing Aloe.

While I loved Stone the room now feels so much lighter and brighter!

Jake and I also lugged the large black Ikea Hemnes dresser downstairs.  It's the perfect depth and I'm excited to start filling those drawers with table linens, silverware, and other kitchen stuff.  I had these two Target lamps and this Target mirror kicking around so I placed them here for now.  I love the shape of the lamps, but I'm not sold on the finish.  I may spray paint the lamp bases and do something with the shades.  Using this mirror will save some serious mulah because the Pottery Barn Eagan Multipanel Mirror I was eyeing costs $700!

I also moved this Target cabinet from another room and set it up as a bar cart and...

... I ordered the Holman Entertaining Shelves in black to hang above it.

{Source: Pottery Barn}

I also ordered the Celeste Damask Curtains (fingers crossed they match ok with the paint color!) and the Color-Bound Seagrass Rug In Natural which is back-ordered until September (wahh).  

{Source: Pottery Barn}
{Source: Pottery Barn}

Slowly but surely it's coming together!  I am sticking to my promise to finish this room before I move on to anything else.  Happy Weekend!
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