Selecting the right paint can truly make or break the space, and with so many options out there we do our best to simplify the process for our clients. One of the most common questions we receive is about our go-to paint colors, so here you go! These are our tried and true, most-used neutrals. Which one is your favorite? We’d love to hear in the comments below!
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 .
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
The final step? Kick-back and relax, enjoy your new cozy bed.
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.
One of my favorite pieces to style in my home is this little brass bar cart I bought a few years back. It's transitioned from home to home with me. It's currently found it's perfect spot in our new dining room. Our dining room is one of the first spaces I designed in our new home, and I can't wait to share the reveal with you all soon! For now, I had a blast changing things up and styling the content for this shoot at Sophie Grace Photography's studio- Downtown Fargo.
I love to change up how I style my bar cart. I swap it up when I'm hosting parties, as the seasons change, or just when I feel like I want a little space refresh. The staples I always make sure to have are a bottle chiller, shaker, and whatever type of serving glass I am using for the occassion.
I also love adding fresh greenery. Seeded eucalyptus is my go to since I can easily pick it up at the grocery store, and it stays looking fresh for a long time.
Layering is also key for bar cart styling. I love utilizing books to change up the height, and using linens to add color. My same bar cart can be found here.
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.
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"?
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.
As a designer, I feel like I am constantly claiming my obsession. The truth is, there are several trends I will admit I am obsessed with- wallpaper, brass, a great fig tree- although among the top is, cement tile. Picking out flooring for a new construction job or remodel can be a daunting task. There's a lot of factors that go into selecting the perfect material for each space. Not only does aesthetic and budget need to be considered, but also comfort and maintenance. I could write several posts on selecting the right flooring for each space (and I definitely plan to do so!), but this post is dedicated solely to my love of cement tile.
Without getting too technical, the maintenance and installation of cement tile is extremely important. If clients are nervous about the upkeep, I recommend using the material in a lesser traffic area, such as the laundry room vs the mudroom. With that being said, I strongly encourage you to go for it if you're dreaming of installing that perfect pattern in your kitchen- just make sure it's properly grouted, installed, and sealed. How do you know it's properly sealed? Water should bead on the surface. You'll also have to reseal every couple of years, as needed.
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Since cement tile is a manufactured product made of natural materials, it's important to understand that a natural patina will occur over time. Patina, is a fancy word for describing that it will fade in some areas. Wear will show. I love this about certain products, including cement tile, because it can create that cozy lived in charm.
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Along with proper installation, it's also important to specify how you would like the tiles laid out. Since the pattern is technically created when four tiles meet, there are typically several different lay outs that can be created.
Budget. Although not all beautiful things are costly (even though in the design world this sometimes seems false) I would not recommend cement tiles as a cost saving option. The price of the actual material can differ between manufacturers, but it's also important to remember that the cost usually goes towards the installation. It can be a timely process, but oh so worth it! If you're worried about budget, consider smaller spaces, as a little bit of a good thing can make a huge impact.
The new year is a time to set goals, and stick to them. There's no better way to start out the year than being organized. There are so many great tools out there, and it’s important that whatever you choose is something you'll actually want to keep using through out the year. That's why I've created a round up of the best organization accessories that are both functional and pretty.
If you're anything like me, you need a visual. I love this desktop weekly planner so I can keep myself on track through out the day. I use my icalendar as my main source of scheduling, but there's nothing like keeping your top priorities on paper. This way it's always right in front of me. I plan out the majority of my office time a week in advance. Being a business owner I wear many hats, so I like to delegate certain days of the week to accounting, social media, and of course actual design time.
How adorable are these pencils? I could see any of these patterns on a cute throw pillow (or maybe even wallpaper!) and that makes me want to use them that much more. I love a good old school pencil.
I currently use the Blush Mini 3 Ring Binder, but I’m making the switch the new leather one for the new year! I love size of these, they easily fit in my tote. The organizational inserts that you can purchase to go with them make them super customizable. I use my planner insert along with a mini notebook so I always have paper handy to take notes. Whenever I get a new binder, I typically can use the other one for something else- just by purchasing a few new inserts. I currently have three Mini 3 Ring Binders. I use one for my daily/monthly planner, one for business cards, and the other for wedding planning. If you purchase in store, they also offer free engraving services. Last time I checked, they weren’t offering engraving for online orders. One downside to these planners is that they don’t work well if you want to add full size papers with standard hole punches.
I hope you love these tools to stay organized this year. Let us know your tips and tricks to a productive and organized year, in the comments below!
Today I'm wrapping up the Best of 2017 series. This space serves so much purpose in our daily lives. It's the place we become energized to start our day and where we go to wind down to rest our minds at the end of the day. You deserve a master bedroom that becomes your sanctuary away from the rest of our busy daily lives. I often times hear clients say they'll finish decorating the rest of their house before they even think of pulling together their master bedroom. Does this sound like you? Make 2018 the year you focus on creating your own little space to recharge and relax. These photo's are a great place to start with inspiration!
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The beautiful layers of textures, pattern and color in each of these rooms make them truly unique and beautiful in their own ways.
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Everyone's idea of their perfect bedroom is different, and each space should be as unique as the homeowner. I personally, always gravitate towards neutrals in my bedroom. I bring in interest by adding different textures and layers, but since I work with color and pattern all day- I prefer to keep my space simple.
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Layered lighting makes a huge difference in making the bedroom cozy and functional. Using wall sconces next to the bed can free up end table space, while still being functional.
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The best of 2017 series was such a great way to start the year. It's forced me to sit down, reflect, and become inspired by all of these beautiful spaces once more. I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store, and I'm so happy to have each and everyone of you reading along.
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If you read our blog post yesterday, you'll know I'm celebrating the new year by selecting my favorite spaces of 2017. Today is day two, of our "Best of 2017" series. I'm sharing my favorite powder baths of the year. These tiny spaces can pack a major punch with the right amount of detail.
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I might be bias since this year I had the opportunity to meet Nate Berkus (he really is just as charming and handsome in person as you would imagine) but seriously, I love this powder bath. The powder bathroom is the perfect spot to switch up the design of the vanity, and display open storage. I love the brass details combined with the metal and natural wood of the mirror.
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One of my obsessions with powder bathrooms may be that they are the perfect opportunity to use a great wallpaper. Yes, wallpaper is IN and I love it. Tip: Select your wallpaper like it's a piece of art and trust your gut. It may seem like a huge commitment at first, but if you love it it will easily make any room in your home your favorite space.
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Don't forget the accessories! I love this perfectly pretty powder bathroom. It's always a super functional and pretty touch to add a beautiful hand towel and soap for your guests. Switching up the vanity from built in cabinetry to a pedestal can also be a major cost savings.
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It's no surprise that Studio McGee made my favorites list. This natural oak cabinet is an all time favorite, probably for longer than just this year. I love the neutral finishes + shiplap accents in this powder bath. Mixing finishes is not only okay, it creates a beautiful and collected look.
Thank you for reading my round up of favorite powder bathrooms of 2017! Check back tomorrow for day three. I am so excited for what's to come in 2018.
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.
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.