Archive for the ‘ARTWORK’ Category

Stalking Local Talent

February 26th, 2017

Looking for inspiration last week led to the discovery of Cook Design House. Founded by Jodi Cook, CDH is a local Denver firm bustling with talent.  Take a look at their Homestead Farm Refresh:

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I am loving their aesthetic.  Make sure you check out more of their work here.

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All imagery via Cook Design House

A Quick How-To Style

January 17th, 2017

It’s no secret that I love how to style tips, especially when it comes to consoles.  Most of the items shown are on discount (like that Target mirror currently on sale!). The key to great style is layering.  This mash up has a fun mix of color and texture.  Shop the look here!

Shop: console, mirror, lamp, flowers, candle, ottoman, book

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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So it’s the new year, and you want a new look (but maybe you don’t have the budget!).  Here are a few cost effective ways to change up your interior for 2017:

PAINT

Paint is the easiest way to make a big impact. If you’re willing to put in some sweat equity, you can completely change a room for $50 or less. If you’re not sure which direction to go, head straight to the back of the paint deck.  Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection are all beautiful, safe choices.  If you want to go gray and aren’t sure, HC-172 Revere Pewter is stunning.  In general, light colors make a room look larger, and darker will give a more cozy feel.

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NEW PILLOWS

I’ve done this several times with our formal living room.  If you’re tired of the look, completely change your pillows.  There is quite a bit on sale right now thanks to after holiday deals. These are currently an extra 40% off the sale price. I recommend these to clients ALL THE TIME.

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FRESH STYLING

I’m a big fan of strategic styling and I tend to freshen up our coffee tables quite a bit.  Add a new tray and some fresh flowers from Trader Joe’s.  Move some candles around or add a fresh stack of books.  Even the smallest changes can help keep it fresh.

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If you have the time and motivation, throw up some paint and do a Target run.  Little changes can go a long way!

Happy 2017 to you!

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Imagery sourcing: 1, 2, 3

One of my goals in the new house was to get more pictures of my husbands side of the family.  I have millions of ours, but Tim, being a guy and all, isn’t exactly running up a printing bill.  We have a large staircase in the new house and I finally ordered a ton of prints.  It looks much better, and I love the quality of the frames.  The nice thing about doing these through Shutterfly is you can upload your photos, and it will come all nicely printed and ready for the wall. No tedious scotch tape with the mat.

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Slowly but surely, we are getting our act together over here.

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Project: Basement Bedroom

October 6th, 2016

We have a basement bedroom that is currently empty.  With the holidays rapidly approaching, we have to get this room ready for company.  It is literally a blank canvas.  As I’ve mentioned before, my husband’s parents live in Hawaii.  When they come, they come for a significant amount of time.  The goal is to not only have a lovely guestroom, but a restful retreat for my in-laws when they visit.  It will have a king bed, it’s own bathroom and quite a bit of privacy.  Here’s the game plan:

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Stay tuned!

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Paintings: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

I am currently craving vintage style paintings and portraits.  I was an art student all through high school and college, and art selection is one of my very favorite parts of the design process.  I like to pick things that are thought provoking, and these certainly hit the mark.  All of these pieces are such fun finds (and most of them are low end from Etsy).  Look at the depth similar pieces add to living spaces:

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This one is calling my name.

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Imagery Sourcing: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

7 Don’ts For Home Decor

September 29th, 2016

DON’T BUY MATCHING CASEGOODS 

What does this mean? Don’t buy the entire set, as in the Palmer nightstand, Palmer dresser, Palmer mirror and Palmer bed frame.  Mix it up! You can have matching nightstands but that is it (and even those can be different).  It will give the room more depth and keep it from looking like you ordered page 37 of the Pottery Barn catalog.

DON’T BE AFRAID OF MIXING METALS

What? I know we just fully embraced black and brown, but you can 100% mix metals.  Our new house has punches of brushed nickel AND brass.  That’s right.  Don’t feel married to one tone.

DON’T BUY POSTAGE STAMP ART 

This may be my biggest pet peeve.  Do not buy tiny art. Go big or go home.  Airing on the large side rather than smaller will always work out better.

DON’T BUY TINY RUGS 

Another pet peeve.  Your living room rug should not look like a door mat.  Always air on the bigger size.  If you can fit an 8′ x 10′ then definitely go for it.

DON’T PAINT EVERY WALL

If we’re being honest, even accent walls aren’t a thing anymore.  Each room gets 1 color.  Really, just one.  I don’t understand when people paint upwards of 3 and 4 colors in a room… I mean, what is the plan here?

DON’T PUT JUNK OVER YOUR CABINETS 

You’ve heard this one from me before, but I’m not kidding.  Don’t put anything above your kitchen cabinets.  It’s not a storage ledge.  Strive to keep things nice and neat.  It’s not an area to call attention to.

DON’T COPY YOUR FRIENDS HOME (OR A CATALOG) 

Your home should reflect your family and your taste.  It also needs to look lived in. Don’t copy someone’s style or get everything out of a vignette you saw in a magazine.  At the end of the day, that’s boring.  Be original and don’t be afraid to express your own taste.  After all, you’re the one living there, right?

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Header image via DBK

Fox Group Construction

September 27th, 2016

One portfolio I’m currently stalking is Fox Group Construction.  This custom home and luxury estate builder out of Salt Lake City is hitting it out of the park.  Not only are the interiors impressive, but the exteriors are works of art.  Take a look:

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All imagery via Fox Group Construction

Shop: sofa, coffee tableart, rug, chair, side table, lamp, pouf, pillow 1, pillow 2

I have quite a few friends (and former students!) that just graduated and are embarking on their professional career (and in turn, their first apartment).  Where should you shop and look for key pieces?

START WITH PINTEREST

If you want a beautiful home but have no idea where to start, pin away on pinterest.  Once you have a sizeable board, go back and take a look. Chances are there will be a common denominator. From there you can determine your style and decipher which pieces you need.

KEEP THE BASICS…BASIC

If you need a simple white sofa, don’t blow your budget on a designer number.  This pretty sofa from World Market is on sale $539 and certainly gets the job done.

SPEND YOUR MONEY ON ART AND UNIQUE ACCESSORIES

One area I always support a splurge is artwork.  Start a collection and buy things you intend to keep forever.  I also splurge on pretty rugs and accessories, although this great piece from West Elm is very reasonable.

Everything in that shot is just under $2000 before shipping and tax.  Not bad!

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All imagery and design personal to DBK

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