Monday, September 30, 2013

E-Design: NDJ's Living Room

Hello!  Another Monday, another mood board.  One of my dear friends and her husband just bought a new house and they're basically starting from scratch with new furniture, accessories, you name it!  NDJ asked me to help her with designs for the living room, family room, dining room/kitchen, and master bedroom.  The first floor of the house has an entirely open floor plan so it was important that there was good flow between spaces.  My friend describes her style as rustic/comfortable and she wanted to use blues, grays, and wood tones.

The first space I designed for her was the formal living room.  I wanted to go a little less rustic and a little more modern with this space, but I still wanted it to tie in with the rest of the downstairs.  Fortunately, she really liked the modern touches!  They plan to use this room when having people over and it will serve as a piano/sitting room.  It was important to have enough seating for people to sit and talk or play games.

The walls are painted Benjamin Moore Tyler Taupe and they wanted to keep that color.  Here's the mood board I put together:

And the floor plan:

And an electronic "drawing" of the space:

The living room flows into the dining area and kitchen.  Next week, I'll share with you the design for that space!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lamp Makeover

Sorry for the unplanned hiatus this month!  Life has been a little crazy these days and while I've been working on some projects, I just haven't had the time to blog about them.  You know how that goes...

A couple of months ago, I updated some nickel lamp bases from Target with a few coats of white spray paint.  Then they sat...and sat...and sat...until I finally picked up some new lampshades the other day.

Here's a picture of the lamps before:

There's absolutely nothing wrong with them, but I was kind of over the nickel and knew I wanted white.  I've made it my goal to be much better about using what I have and I knew that a few coats of white spray paint would do the trick.  (I failed to capture any photos of this process, but we all know how to use spray paint, right?)

Here are the lamps now (crappy iPhone picture, sorry):

I wanted these lampshades from Target, but they were never in stock at my local store, argh!

(Image from Target)

Yes, I could have just ordered them online, but I didn't.  The other day, I came across a similar shade with some gold specks. Sold! I like how it picks up some of the other gold touches in the room (like my home bar area). I still have a lot of brushed nickel in the room too (mirror, curtain rod, knobs), but mixing metals is so cool. You heard it here.

With any luck, I'll be back before another 2 weeks go by and maybe I'll even share some pictures of the guest bathroom.  The wallpaper is gone!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Mood Board Monday! (An All-IKEA Office)

Hello, Happy Monday!  Black and white was my inspiration for this all- IKEA office.  If I'm looking to design a room on the cheap, IKEA is my go-to place. Benjamin Moore Surf Blue paint adds a punch of color. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Peeling Paper

It's about time I share one of my home projects with you.  I've been slacking big time. This past weekend I got started peeling wallpaper in the guest bathroom.  Fun times I tell ya.

Just a little reminder of what I'm working with:

Not only is the paper dated, it doesn't match any other room in our house.  There's not a touch of red anywhere else.  

The paper is actually coming off pretty easily using a scraper, a spray bottle and a sponge.  My technique involves spraying the paper with water, using the sponge to rub it in and catch drips, waiting a minute or two, then scraping it off. Here are my tools:

I did buy some DIF spray, but so far it hasn't been needed.

Ready for a progress shot?

It's!  Off-white floors, cabinets, trim, tile,'s a lot.  Can't wait to add some new color to these walls.   I'm thinking a light blue/green would look really pretty and maybe a large patterned or floral rug on the floor?  The wheels are spinning!

Considering this is my first time removing wallpaper, I think I lucked out with how easily it's coming off.  I've heard horror stories.  Do you have any to share?

Monday, September 09, 2013

E-Design: RS's Blue and Gray Nursery

RS is expecting her first child and contacted me asking for help with ideas for the nursery. She wanted to incorporate white furniture, an IKEA Hemnes dresser, a book wall, an Expedit shelf, and a letter pillow.  She sent me some great inspiration photos and I got to work on a Custom Mood Board.

The first mood board I created had a bit of a "nautical theme" and not knowing if she loved or hated nautical, I took a little risk.

After I deliver the mood board to the client, I give them some time to review the design and request changes.  While RS liked many aspects of the design, she wanted a more modern crib, a different rug and curtain suggestion, and she wasn't a fan of the state art.  I'm so happy she was honest with me about what she liked and disliked.  The last thing I want is someone to walk away with a design they don't love or doesn't feel like them.  

Here's the second mood board I created for RS:

I actually prefer this mood board over the first!  RS really wanted to use this crib and I love it. We switched out the navy rug with white border for a fun mult-colored chevron rug.  I opted for simple navy curtains and kept the palette just shades of blue and gray.  I love the elephant art and the best part is the colors can be customized to closely match the shades of blue and gray in the rug. 

RS has great taste and I know she'll put together an awesome room for her baby boy.  I'm really hoping she shares some pictures when she's finished!

If you're interested in a Custom Mood Board, visit my website, JLP Interiors for more information.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Loving Black & White at Serena & Lily.

Serena & Lily's Early Fall 2013 catalog is filled with so many great new things.  I want.  I need (not really).

I tend to think more of color when I think of Serena & Lily, but they have some amazing black and white pieces this Fall. There's something so classic (and classy) about black and white.

Riviera Armchair (take me back to Paris!)

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Monday, September 02, 2013

E-Design: SM's Formal Living Room

Happy Labor Day!  Today I have another e-design to share with you.  SM contacted me looking for help with her formal living area.  The space (which adjoins her family room) was a mix of old and new furniture and styles.  SM wanted to create a "quiet place for reading and visiting with friends" and wanted to incorporate some of her existing pieces. The walls were recently painted Benjamin Moore's Coventry Gray and she wanted to keep that color.  She likes "neutrals with bright accents (pink or turquoise) and "mixing patterns and textures."

She selected my Decor To-Go package and here's the design I came up with:

Custom Mood Board

Floor Plan


I kept the furniture neutral (grays, whites, and woods) and added a pop of color and pattern with throw pillows, curtains, and decor.  I arranged the room for conversation and used a console table and ottomans behind the sofa to help divide the space (the formal living room and family room are separated by columns and arches).

I really enjoyed working on this project.  Each of my clients have had such different styles and tastes so it keeps things interesting!  If you need help decorating a room(s) in your house, I'd love to help!  Visit my website, JLP Interiors, for details.

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