Spring Parade of Homes | How to Make Child + Entertainment Friendly Selections For Your Home

At Lindsey Grace Interiors, each design is specifically curated through a unique design process for each client because no vision is ever the same. However, there is one key component that remains the same. Each finish and fixture that goes into the space needs to check all the boxes of remaining durable, practical, and beautiful for years to come. We live in our homes, and whether we have busy children or love to entertain- the finishes and furnishings we invest in, need to stand up to our busy lives. In honor of the 2019 Spring Parade of Homes, I’m sharing a few tips and tricks for making those selections.

Flooring is by far one of the biggest decisions when it comes to selections for a new build. It’s the product that is going to get the most wear and tear. Whether you chose a real wood product or go the luxury vinyl tile route, the color and finish is going to make the biggest difference. I suggest going with a mid-tone finish, similar to these hardwoods we selected for a client while I designed for Bria Hammel Interiors. They are light enough to hide dirt and dust, while also having enough variation and character to hide minor scratches.

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When it comes to tile, a good ceramic is my go-to option for durability. They are also very cost-effective, which is a major win. There are various shapes, colors, and sizes to make each design unique.

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When it comes to fireplace design, I recommend you forgo the raised hearth to avoid yet another hard surface for children to trip on. Bonus, your TV will be in better view height and you won’t get that sore neck from strained viewing! Also, I recommend opting for open shelving to utilize baskets or drawer storage for toys and games. Either option makes for a much more organized space than doors with shelving.

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I’m a huge fan of wallpaper in nurseries and children’s spaces. It’s the perfect space to add pattern and color. It also cuts down on the need for artwork. With that being said, wallpaper is an investment when it comes to the product and the labor. Install the wallpaper above wainscoting to ensure that your little “Picasso” doesn’t take matters into their own hands. Side note, if you aren’t already following Monika Hibbs on instagram, I highly recommend it!

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These are just a few of our go-to tips for selections when it come to new construction. Leave your favorites in the comments below, and be sure to check out the several beautiful homes featured in the Fargo/Moorhead Parade of Homes this weekend. You can find the complete details and home guide here.

 

Style Guide | Barstool Round Up

Although I’m a major advocate for the traditional dining room, there’s no argument that the kitchen island has become the center of our homes. It’s the space that we all naturally gravitate, and our kitchen barstools are a piece of furniture that by far get the most use in our homes. I’ve done a round-up of my barstools below. Some are even on major sale through Monday, so don’t miss out!

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Project Reveal | Edgewood Farmhouse

While each project is near and dear to our hearts, there’s nothing quite like completing a new construction home from the ground up. I love working with clients from start to finish- simplifying the process and never missing a detail. The Edgewood Farmhouse is our most recently completed new build. In collaboration with the wonderful homeowners and EPIC Homes this home came together beautifully. The open floor plan is perfect for a busy, growing family. The finishes are the perfect balance of warm and cool tones. We are so excited to share this home with you!

The kitchen compliments the white millwork through out the home with a custom alder stain, on shaker wood doors. The black fixtures and shiplap hood detail perfectly compliment the modern farmhouse feel and can be seen through out the entire home.

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The great room mirrors the kitchen with a custom fireplace design complete with a stained wood mantle, red brick surround, and open floating shelving. Even though we spent months designing, reviewing floor plans, and completing walk throughs- I was truly amazed at how bright and spacious the main area of the home felt once completed.

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One of our favorite parts in the details of the finishes in this home is the subtle but beautiful use of pattern. In one of the guest bathrooms, we used a white ceramic scallop tile with contrasting grout. The laundry room flooring has a fun pattern flooring. Who wouldn’t want to do laundry in a space like this one?!

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One of the most functional spaces in the Edgewood Farmhouse is by far the mudroom- which has locker storage and a drop zone. It’s also adjacent to the laundry room which has plenty of counter space paired with cubbies for each member of the family to have their own laundry basket.

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What is your favorite feature in the Edgewood Farmhouse? Let us know in the comments below! To see more and learn about the teamwork that is took to pull off this beautiful home, you can read the latest issue of Midwest Nest Magazine.

Project Reveal | Rivers Bend Master Bedroom

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What’s better than starting the year off with a space designed specifically for you? It’s hard for me to choose just one space to be the most important in any home, but I would have to say that our bedrooms are at the top of my list. It’s where we start and end each day- and some days the place we go to get away from all the happenings in-between.

When this client asked me to help pull together the last untouched space in their home, we reviewed inspiration images and discussed all their wishlist for the space. I knew it had to hold up to their busy family but also be bright, beautiful, and have a touch of feminine.

For the bed frame, we sourced a custom upholstered bed frame and head board in a clean white fabric. The fabric itself is an indoor/outdoor grade fabric, so it will hold up for family movie nights and be easy to maintain. On either side of the bed frame, we added a pop of color and texture with the bed side tables. The client had an existing leather bench that we utilized at the end of the bed, and to tie in the natural tones we added a natural woven accent chair.

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To finish off the space we tied in brass accents in the lamps, artwork, and hardware. The custom draperies really add texture, color, and elegance. You can read even more about the Rivers Bend Master in the latest issue of Midwest Nest Magazine.

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Lindsey Grace Interiors | Holiday Decorating Picks

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year, and I’ve put together some of our top decorating picks for the holiday’s. These are all items I currently have in my own home and when I tackle holiday decorating I love items that easily transition my existing decor to a more festive feel. This throw pillow combination will easily take me through the holiday’s and even the winter months.

I love these mini wreaths with the berry accents, I hang them in front of our small picture windows and tie them with the pink ribbon for a fun accent. For the mantle, I use a simple unlit garland and classic knit stockings.

When it comes to the tree, my trick is lots of ornaments in light colors so they create contrast and really pop. One of the most sought after trends this year is a woven tree collar, I can’t wait for ours to arrive! I love the more casual feel it gives from a traditional tree skirt. I’m planning on pairing ours with a faux sheep skin rug to maximize the texture.

When it comes to shelf styling, I love these mini table top tree’s & metal bucket filled with birch branches. My big tip for holiday styling is not to be afraid to store away your existing decor so it doesn’t feel cluttered. It also maximizes the pieces you already own by making them feel fresh & new all year around!

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How To | Layered Bedding

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Getting the perfect layered look with bedding is a quick and easy change you can make to freshen up the look of your bedroom in no time. That's why I've decided to break down the (not so basic) bedding basics- that you should use to make your bed look perfect put together.

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Let's start with what you don't see. These are the items that really make or break a well put together (and cozy) bed. First step, using a feather bed directly on top your existing mattress creates the perfect fullness affect. If you don't like using a true feather bed, there are down alternatives or really cozy foam options. Combine that with the perfect duvet insert, and you have that "cloud" look and feel you've always dreamed of. Certain bed frames leave an exposed box spring, so be sure to consider that and purchase a coordinating cover if needed. 

The next step to creating the perfect layered bedding, is probably the one thing that people have the hardest time finding their favorite "go-to's"... sheets! I've linked my favorites below. Then, I love to add a gorgeous coverlet. You can keep it the same color as the duvet like we did here to create the gorgeous clean white look, or you can switch it up by adding texture and pattern. Placing the folded duvet cover at the end of the bed showcases the coverlet and creates a gorgeous and inviting look.

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Along with a gorgeous throw like the one linked above, the perfect finishing touch is always good pillows. The size selected really depends on the size of your bed, but my general rule of thumb is always the more substantial the better they will look. When selecting pillow sizes, always consider creating that tiered affect- and don't be afraid to switch it up! Throw pillows can easily be moved around from different spaces in your home to create a whole new feel in each room. Don't forget your inserts!

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The final step? Kick-back and relax, enjoy your new cozy bed.

 

Friday Favorites | Our Top Pinned Items This Week

Happy Friday everyone! It's been a busy couple weeks getting new construction plans finalized and selecting furniture for spring decorating installations. Although we started the week with a major snow storm in Fargo, it seems that the projects never slow down for very long. In true Midwestern fashion, we work through it all. With that said, I think I can speak for most- spring needs to hurry up! 

I love keeping you all up to date on the projects I've been working on, and one way to do that is sharing the inspiration I've been using to kick-start some of the most fun projects. It also allows me to share the love for other designers, a win-win. 

Starting each project from the ground up, I love digging into all the details with the team- from architects, to builders, to the home owners- team work truly makes the dream work. For one project, I fell in love with the idea of these warm wooden garage doors. They make the first impression of the home feel so warm, welcoming, and inviting. Just one of the many gorgeous images that inspire our projects. Enjoy this weeks top pinned items.

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E-Design

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One of the questions I'm often asked by perspective clients is how far I'm willing to travel outside of the Fargo community. The truth is, I love to travel- so there really is not many places I turn down. Whether it's beneficial for me to travel to the actually site depends solely on the scale of the project. This question also brings up the topic of E-Design, and whether it's the right fit for the job. So- what exactly is "E-Design"?

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Basically, E-Design allows you to invite a designer into your home- without actually having to even be in the same city, state or area. It's changed the game of interior design. It allows everyone to be able to benefit from the services offered by designers, no matter how big or small the budget.

 

Friday Favorites | Our Top Pinned Items This Week

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It's that time of year when most of us are only thinking about where we can escape on a spring break getaway. We're having an especially cold winter in North Dakota, and I know the Fargo home builders can't wait to break ground on their upcoming spring projects. I think this weeks pins are a sign that I'm ready to say goodbye to the cold too!

This week we received tons of new fabric samples from our gracious vendors, and you may have seen a few sneak peeks on my instastories for upcoming projects. I love the new spring collections that are coming out and I am so excited to use them. I also wrote a blog on one of my favorite materials to utilize when selecting material finishes for a home. If you missed the post on my favorite cement tiles (and the sources to find them!) you can read it here.

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Do you have an exciting home project you can't wait to start? Or is your mind mostly on spring travel? Share in the comments below! 

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Best of 2017 | Kitchens

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If you had a chance to read the Friday Favorites last week, you'll know I'm all about sharing the love for other designers. In honor of the new year, I'll be sharing all of my favorite spaces that have inspired me in 2017. Today, we're starting in the heart of the home- the kitchen. Although each room deserves its own "special" touch, the kitchen can truly set the tone of how a home not only feels, but also functions. Enjoy these beauties of 2017- it was so difficult to chose.

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CoCo Kelley blog is one of my absolute favorites. Clients sometimes come to me and are afraid to take the "all white plunge" even though they love the look. This project is a perfect example of how classic an all white kitchen can look, mixed with the right amount of warmth. 

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The design world has quickly become obsessed with Studio McGee, and I'm definitely a self proclaimed super fan. This year, they rolled out remodel after remodel, and each one out did the last. The double islands made this one a favorite. 

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It doesn't get more classic and gorgeous than Dana Wolter's ornate design with these beautiful natural oak cabinets. 

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Variety. That sums up this gorgeous kitchen by Old Seagrove Homes. It can be very difficult to perfect variety in kitchens, by mixing up wood tones, heights, and hard surface materials- while still making the design feel intentional and cohesive. This kitchen is a perfect example of creating a cozy collected look with lots of variety. 

 

Thanks for reading our favorite kitchens of 2017. Check back this week to see the rest of our round ups. Happy New Year, and cheers to 2018.