Before and After :: Office Bathroom

Being as that I decided to up and get myself an office really quick, I was forced to think on the fly and make fast decisions when purchasing the main pieces for the office. I was at the mercy of choosing items that had no lead times and that were budget friendly.  I only had 1 month to jazzy up the joint and the bathroom was pretty gross, so we focused on getting this little dungeon hammered out and added some life to it.

Here is what went down

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// Sink Cabinet  // mirror // tiles // leather pulls // light /// Further hand soap // ceramic cup // rug // sink // faucet //

The bathroom is getting some fantastic wallpaper designed by yours truly !! (more on that later) but for now we just painted the walls all white.

not a bad little quick fix huh?

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Client Freaking Fabulous: The Bathrooms

We are steadily moving through the entire remodel of my “Client Freaking Fabulous’s” house. We have graduated from the kitchen and the front area of the casa, and have now moved onto phase 2 which is all the bathrooms. We have thrown together some serious inspo and made some mood boards and elevations. I thought I would give you all a gander at what we have been cooking.

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 I will save the “Before” pics of the actual spaces until I have some “Afters” to show ya!

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Client Freakin Fabulous : Update

What a wonderful long weekend that was! We had a big BBQ for my brothers B-day and labor day combined and then we went out for some kick ass Mexican food and a little bowling with some pals. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to summer…even though it’s still 136 degrees here. In work life “client freakin fabulous” has wrapped up the first phase of construction.

If you missed it…here is the house prior to them moving in …

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We are still waiting for the cabinet hardware, the faucets, and a brand spanking new custom designed light fixture..Its gonna be good!

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It came out quite fancy, no?

There are still missing parts, and obviously there is no furniture….but we have some really gorgeous stuff coming in!! Can you say 9 1/2 foot walnut slab dining table!! Can you say HUGE custom brass chandelier??!! Can you say enormous custom comfy sofa with walnut legs ??!! Can you say LEATHER!!

Anyways, that’s all I got!

We are moving into the office today. Its FINAL and we will be working from the new space all week. Stay tuned for those pics as well….hopefully by tomorrow!

 

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Introducing “client freakin fabulous”

Recently, we started a new project with some lovely clients down in Newport Beach CA. We can’t say enough about how great the whole experience thus far has been. In fact it has been “Freakin’ Fabulous” hence why we have lovingly dubbed them  “Client Freaking Fabulous”.  Literally, they are so amazing, and EASY ….our conversations typically sound like this….

ME: “Hey Client Freaking Fabulous how about this, that, and a little bit of this and that?”

CFF:” Sure, Love, Lets do it…whatever you say designer chick..you are great and what you say goes”

HA, I mean it doesn’t really sound like that…but close enough to make me very content with this project. PLUS we have been blessed to be working with the most wonderful of General Contractors Forehan Construction. RICK the main man in charge, is nothing but accommodating. Our conversations with him and his beyond competent team typically go like this:

ME: ” Hey RICK, can you remodel this entire house in a month with “x” amount of dollars and deal with anything I throw at you in a calm and kind way and be really patient and awesome. OH and always come from a place of “yes” and maintain your sense of humor? “

RICK: ” SURE, no problem. I am RICK and I can do everything you ask and more with a smile”

He is a magical sparkly unicorn man, and in my experience contractors like him are few and far between. TRUST ME!! Good contractors are like GOLD. Anyways, we have ripped into “Client Freakin Fabulous’s” house and in full swing remodel mode. We have done a lot, but for now this is where we are at thus far. Lets see some dusty construction photos..

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as you can see we are doing a whole lot in only little month, but we have welcomed the challenge. Here is what it looks like now..MUCH DIFFERENT

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So thats where we are at with that. The vibe is going to be mighty cool, but I will show you everything after it all starts coming together.  Happy Friday lovers! Hope you have the best weekend! It’s the ducks Bday on Sunday so because I am a tolerant wife and love him unconditionally….I am going to play a game of War Hammer with him. Google it..

Love ya mean it

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Office-cial

YOU GUYS!!!!! I just made what feels like one of the largest decisions in my professional career!! I signed a lease on a new design studio and retail space!!! GAAAAHH just typing this makes me feel giddy and scared and a bit proud all rolled into one giant hot emotional mess. I keep telling Bridgid and Amy (my assistants) that I feel like we are “big girls now”. I have no clue at all how this will go but I feel very official and very happy that I will no longer be working from my cavernous home office and trusting that we are taking a giant step in the right direction.

So what does this all mean??? Well I am not 100% sure, but I do know we will have the space set up as half design studio, and half Shoppe. We will set up a couple vignettes in the front of the space and have a place to showcase all of our products. We are in the works developing more products and our own private labeled goods so once those arrive we will house them here as well as online.

Because the design studio will be at the back, my clients can come visit and my employees will have access to all of our samples and working materials all in one organized location. Not that we don’t have that access now, it’s just all spread over my house, which is chaotic to say the least. Anyways, Its legit and we are all grown up over here. I can’t wait to show you the afters…but for now here are some BEFORE’S!!

Use your imagination, or trust that I will use mine as best I can to make this space awesome.

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OK so the charm factor is totally there, right??

Well anyways, its ours and it’s happening so wish me LUCK!!!

 

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Before & After “The Farewell Tribute” :: Client AWESOME ::

So for the past 3+ years I have often mentioned my “Client Awesome”. I believe I have shown some before and after pics here and there, but have never officially really shown the whole shebang or given an entire house tour. Well, finally I got my stuff together and took a trip down to the “The Awesome’s” house for a little impromptu photo shoot, and I am about to show it all!!

Why now you ask?? Well, In recent news, The lovely family behind “client awesome” Pat, Erin, Rowan, Indy, and Olive (the dog) Shedarowich, have decided to move into a new house and thus a new project is beginning. I wanted to make sure I documented all that we did here because I feel so grateful and proud that this family and house came into my life. Even though I am very much looking forward to the next project, I am sentimental. This house and these clients mean a lot to me.

Before I start with the tour, I wanted to take a sec to introduce you to the actual family that I am so fondly referring to. First of all you may already follow along with @erinmayshed on instagram, and if you do, like a thousand others, you may have already fallen in love with this family. I can attest that they are in fact perfect and indeed just as amazing in real life as I am making them sound. Patrick is the best Dad around and takes such good care of his family. Erin is a total babe, an incredible Momma with a heart of gold, and a closet to die for . We can all collectively be super jealous because she is pretty rad, Plus if you are lucky enough to call her a friend then you know you have a loyal One-of-a-kind girlfriend who will do anything for you and be there always. Rowan is a shy little guy, but is sweet and gentle and most likely will be a major heartbreaker. Indy May, the newest Shed, is by far the cutest baby on earth. The cheeks, the hair, the thighs… She is pure innocence and a “joy baby” worthy of her instagram fame. Olive the dog is a lover, and fits the family just right. Getting to know this family has been a joy and I am so lucky to get to call them close friends. 

Anyways, Let’s get to the tour.

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Most of those are the pictures of the house staged when they bought it!! Not bad for some but the fam really wanted it to reflect there personalities, not so generic…so we got to work and did just that!!

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Isn’t it just sooooo freaking great!!

So Whats next?? A KILLER mid century modern that we are going to make a cozy, layered, minimal, mid century beach shack, with mainly white and pops of color. So SOOOO good!

Happy Monday Y’all. Lets all pin till we can’t pin no more!

** BTW, I have not listed sources out of respect for my clients whom pay for my services. I don’t believe it is fair to give away everything we have done in my clients homes, unless I have permission to do so, or feel it is necessary. It this case the pictures are for our viewing pleasure only.  I hope you can understand **

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one room three ways with Anthropologie

It’s no secret that I am an Anthropologie gal through and through. It’s funny because one of my fondest memories as a tween involved Anthropologie.  When I was in the 8th grade (about 3 thousand years ago) I became obsessed with a dress I spotted in an Anthro catalogue. From the minute I laid my eyes on it I knew I had to make it mine. As most tween-agers do, I ripped the page out of the catalogue and taped it to the wall above my bed. I would stare at the waif grungy girl, modeling the dress and imagine myself in the outfit. Ya see back in the  ole’ 8th grade all I cared about was being Drew Barrymore. I chopped all my hair off, wore a fake sunflower scrunchie daily, and bought some burgundy 8 hole Doc Martens . The lacey baby-doll  with an empire waist and a tiny floral under slip was everything I needed to complete my “Girly Grunge Drew Barrymore” vibe.  I was too young to work, and couldn’t legally sell any organs, so I took up hounding my Mom. The damn dress was literally all I thought about, and so the day when my Mom caved and took me to the Anthropologie store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, will always be a fond memory of mine. Thinking back I remember being JUST as excited to be in the store as I was buying the dress.

Imagine my excitement when I fast forward to 20 years later ( just aged myself, like whoa) I am approached to work with Anthropologie!!!

 Not gonna lie.. I totally got emotional, and may have shed a little tear. It’s seriously so flattering to work with companies you admire and look up to ESPECIALLY big ones like Anthro! Anyways, we were asked to review and decorate a bedroom using their new incredible Soft -Washed Linen Bedding and  I couldn’t wait. I figured if I was gonna get the chance to work with Anthropologie, I was gonna go all out, and so we decided to do a “1 room 3 looks” style post! Same bedding in all the looks just styled a bit different.

Here was what we came up with!

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FIRST LOOK: “CALI COOL”

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floor lamp // planters // linen bedding // rug // leather chair // mud cloth pillow // nesting tables

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SECOND LOOK: “MID-CENTURY-ISH”

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THIRD LOOK: “BOHO CHIC”

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linen bedding // rug // pillows // mirrors

and there ya have it!

I am also over answering some Q & A’s over on the Anthropologie Blog. Head over if you wanna hear more!

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lombardi house

It’s been a while since I have updated any progress from The Lombardi House. Well , lawdy lawd knows I love some “before and afters” and I have some MAJOR ones to show off. First I must say that this project was definitely a labor of love. When I first walked in, the house was in quite a mess. There was random furniture everywhere, yucky lighting, un flattering paint colors, and just overall the inside was a total disconnect from the outside. The building was so charming and the whole property had such potential, I just knew it was going to take a lot to get it right and return the house to its original lovely self! Trying to design a Vacation rental friendly space, that doubles as an event space on a tight budget, was no easy task, but one I gladly took it on.

Luckily in the end, I couldn’t be happier with the way it all turned out.

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The house is split into 4 apartment units in the main house and then an incredible event space/barn in the back! There is NOTHING like this anywhere in Hollywood and I am so proud and honored to have had the opportunity to be involved!

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( Images taken by Zeke Ruelas )

Styling and Art Direction by … Cleo Murnane and Kati Forner, Project M Plus)

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( Images taken by Zeke Ruelas )

Styling and Art Direction by … Cleo Murnane and Kati Forner, Project M Plus)

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( Images taken by Zeke Ruelas )

Styling and Art Direction by … Cleo Murnane and Kati Forner, Project M Plus)

Pretty fab right??

The house is officially renting out the space for rentals and events! Go to the website HERE to get more information on the property!! Make sure to tell them I sent ya!!

Thank you Cleo and Project M Plus and Zeke Ruelas for your combined creative genius with these beautiful pictures and website.

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Project: Cupcakes {living room}

Time for another little “Before and After” of Project:Cupcakes!! This little portion of the remodel was super fun!!We got to build a little and paint a lot, and Emily And Geoffrey got down with some fun patterns and colors.

I would say this space really reflected both of their wants, needs, and personalities pretty equally. It ended up being a fave place in the house to chill out and have a cocktail…In fact, let it be known that I may have overstayed my welcome a few times!

Sorry not sorry!!!

anyways, lets review

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a little dark, a lot of gold, and definitely in need of a fresh prospective.  And now…

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Ta-dahhh!

So, what did we do??

Let’s discuss

PAINT: The space before was pretty dark and even though the ceilings are nice and high and the light streams in through the big window, the dark painted gold ceilings really shrunk the space and sucked up any light that came in. We lightened it all up by painting Faded Gray by Dunn Edwards in Satin on the walls and painted the once gold ceiling a bright white instead!

REMOVED WINDOW DISPLAY CABINET: The room originally felt very long and tall . One of the things we knew immediately was that the display cabinet thingy had to go because it only drew attention to the difficult shaped room. It was not quite centered on the room, and so it just made everything feel a little awkward and would have been hard to figure out the right furniture flow.So we framed it up and filled it in with drywall. Once it got painted, it really helped us have a better wall to put the sofa and seating area on and made the room feel a little more symmetrical.

BUILD BUILT-IN BOOKCASES: Em and G have a great collection of books, and G has a killer record player that they both love to listen to. We decided to build a giant bookcase with cabinetry for storage below and a shelf to put the record player on top. It ended up being really beautiful, and although originally Emily and Geoffrey were worried it may take up to much room in the space, it didn’t at all! It actually weirdly made the room feel larger. They were so pleased with the end results and so was I. My new modo is, when in doubt, build it out…can I make that a thing??no, yes?HA!

FLOORS: The floors also played a big part in making the space feel much darker. We sanded the floors back to the original white oak wood and put on a light walnut stain. The stain kept the vibe of the original house, but added a little more of a clean modern spin.

CHANGE OUT THE FIREPLACE SCONCES: The sconces that were there, felt a little dated. We added 2 bright new brass fixtures that brought in the finish of the hardware on the built-ins and throughout the kitchen and house. Every fireplace needs a library arm sconce in my book!

PAINT THE FIREPLACE: The red brick fireplace was a little too traditional for the new updated vibe we were going for.  High gloss black was what we painted the brick and it sure did make a hell of a fancy impact!!

ADD SEAT CUSHIONS: We learned that those cute little built-in seats next to the fireplace were called an “inglenook”. Talk about charming! Em and G wanted to keep the charm, but funk it up a little, so we did just that. Recently the couple went to Mexico and Emily scored a gorgeous Ottomi embroidered blanket. She really loved the idea of bringing it into the living room, and so it ended up in the inglenook! I mean Ottomi cushions in the inglenook..obvs!

FURNITURE & DECOR: The room screamed that it needed a little leather (lethaa) and so we got the BEST SOFA from Restoration Hardware , added a splash of color with these cute chairs from Crate and Barrel , plonked a killer Beni Ourani style rug on the floor for cozy texture, found the perfect Coffee Table (similar HERE) , added some amazing artwork from über talent Gray Malin and topped it all off with some pillows from the Shoppe, These and These.

And thats all for now lovers. Hope you likey! Head over to Emily’s blog to hear a bit more about the process!

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Lets Paint!!

I love when a a brand does something really helpful for its consumers. For example when a car company lets you test drive a car before you buy,  or when See’s candy lets you come in and taste test every single piece of chocolate in the shop before you commit to your destined choice. Ya know what I am talking about?? It’s serious business choosing both cars and chocolates,  so being able to test them both is equally as crucial. Same goes for paint my friends. Paint for us “non-commmitals” is a tough one because just HOW do you know its right for you?? Well, Benjamin Moore just really upped their already impossibly high, designer street cred by introducing a new Kick Ass paint selection tool called Design by What Matters  . It answers just HOW you choose the right color for you. It’s all the fun questions of a personality quiz, but more design and color centric that at the end pairs you with a personalized perfect color match!!  Plus it allows you to virtually paint the walls in the space the color you are matched with, giving a visual for those of us that have a hard time imagining the real thing. It’s rad!!! Bridgid, my Design Assistant, just recently got a super cute little apartment that had mad potential but needed a bit of a refresh. We decided to give the Design by What Matters test a try and  painted her living room based on the color chosen in the test. This is no hocus pocus friends. It was pretty dead on when matching the color for Bridgid and the end results were just the right amount of change.

Here’s a look at the Quiz process as well as the before and afters of her space!!

Quiz Results copy The test recommended “classic gray, 1548″ in an eggshell sheen for her living room. At first I was secretly a little nervous thinking that Bridgid might have a wild side I didn’t know about, and her test results may have come back with “Fire Engine Red” or ” Electric Day-glo Green”. All fine colors for some….but ya know, kinda hard to design around. Especially since, this is indeed a rental, so mellow colors were the preferred choice. The test came back in our favor and so we gave it  go. Once we slapped a little “Classic Gray”  on the walls, we noticed although not much of the dramatic change some may have expected, it gave us the perfect shade based on the answers to the quiz.  We got rid of the creamy , dingy, beige and pumped up the jam with a very light but super neutral color.

 Here’s a look at the befores..

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It’s the palest of grays, but it’s crisp and bright and made the space feel just a shade happier. Also the gray was a great contrast between the white architectural details already in the room, such as the ceiling beams and the built-in bookshelves.  Not a bad result for a fun little quiz!

Thanks to Benjamin Moore Paint for collaborating with us and sponsoring this post.

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