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.

 

Outdoor Styling

I am so excited to celebrate the warmer weather with the outdoor styling guide. Whether you use your space to entertain, or as your own private get away to relax with a good book- these are a few of the staples I love to make the most of your outdoor space .

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My favorite furniture types to use outdoors are both treated wicker or a durable metal frame. Although I love the natural look of teak, it will patina with the elements. It's always a good idea to store away cushions and cover your furniture frames when not in use. I absolutely love the clean lines of this sofa, and the whimsy feel of this accent chair

Flexible accent tables are great for adding function, but also color to your outdoor space. The rich blue of this garden stool makes the perfect pairing to this neutral coffee table.

Even outdoors the perfect accessories can truly make the space. I love using an outdoor rug to make the space feel cozy, along with accent pillows to tie everything together. I've linked the pillows I used in this design below. Last but not least, finding the perfect pot to add greenery to space, can be the perfect finishing touch.

 

I'd love to hear how you use your outdoor space, share in the comments below!

 

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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Friday Favorites | Our Top Pinned Items This Week

We have two weeks of Friday Favorites to catch up on this week. I am so excited to be meeting new clients, contractors and professionals in the Fargo community. Lindsey Grace Interiors has become a member of the Chamber of Commerce, which is such a wonderful and supportive community. I was able to attend the FMWF Women Connect through the Chamber last week, and I met so many amazing business women. We all had the honor of hearing Robyn Benincasa's story, it's safe to say she had the entire ball room inspired. 

Last week, I also had a content shoot with the lovely Sophie Grace Photo. All the original content on my blog and instagram is taken by Sophie, and she does such an amazing job! I can't wait to share with you all the exciting posts we have coming up in the next few months. 

I plan on starting a short blog series of 'random facts' that help clients get to know the crazy journey that has been my design career over the past several years. Although Lindsey Grace Interiors is new to the Fargo community, I am not new to the design industry. I've had experiences (and adventures) working in New York City, Minneapolis, and the Mid-West over the past several years, and I can't wait to share more with you all-stay tuned!

Now, to our Friday Favorites- the inspiring and gorgeous items I've been pinning this week.

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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.

 

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. 

Friday Favorites | Our Top Pinned Items This Week

Welcome to the first Friday Favorites. I am so excited to share with you all my top pinned items this week. This is where I share what I'm loving as well as inspiration for upcoming projects. It's also a way to share the love for other designers, so you can follow the same sources I get my inspiration from. If you haven't checked out our first blog post make sure you do so. It gives a little insight to this crazy business venture and what's to come for Lindsey Grace Interior's in 2018. Enjoy the top pinned item's this week. 

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