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!
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.
It's the week before Valentine's Day and I've created my gift guide for this year. There's a little bit of everything, and a separate guide for her and him! We'll start with ladies first.
1 | Apple Watch Band: For the girl who loves her tech just as much as fashion, a band for her Apple watch is perfect. I love how fashion forward the watch bands are becoming, making them look more professional as well as stylish.
2 | Heart Jewelry Tray: This cute tray makes the perfect accessory for any vanity. It's also creates a special space for your loved one to store her most important pieces.
3 | Pink Water Bottle: This is the perfect gift for the girl who loves to work out, or just any girl really. I love the new 'Pink Topaz' color that S'Well just came out with. You can also feel really good about giving this gift. It's toxin-free and part of the proceeds of each purchase go to UNICEF to help provide clean drinking water around the world.
4 | Customized Candle: How sweet is this customized candle from The Little Market? They have the most amazing scents and top quality products. The mission of the Little Market is also just as beautiful as their products. They're entire brand is made up of fair trade, ethically sourced, artisan made products.
5 | Lip Masks: For the girl who loves to pamper herself, there's nothing better than an at home beauty treatment. These products from Patchology are the best.
6 | Silk Pillowcase: This my friends, is the secret of all beauty secrets and your valentine will love you for it. It's a pillowcase that saves your second day hair and helps keep moisture in your skin. Trust me guys, it's a thing.
7 | Cards: These are the sweetest cards that your valentine is sure to love. This one from Sugar Paper LA has a mini message (everything mini is cuter, right?) and comes in the prettiest color of blush. For those that love to add a little humor to their relationship Emily McDowell Studio is perfect.
8 | Pave X-Ring: A Valentines Day round up wouldn't be complete without a gorgeous piece of jewelry. For the traditional gift giver, Stone and Strand has the most adorable items. I also love the stacking rings and petite necklaces.
1 | Leather Phone & Card Case: This is the perfect gift for the guy who is always on the go. Not only is it super functional, it also comes in a gorgeous durable leather.
2 | Tumbler: These are perfect for any guy. These Yeti tumblers come in really great colors, are dishwasher safe, and work for both hot and cold beverages.
3 | Face Cleanser Set: I feel like these are the type of gifts guys love, but don't go out and buy for themselves. My Fiance loves this brand. I bought a different brand of face wash and chapstick- he was not impressed. Stick to the good stuff, and this is it!
4 | Cologne: Another gift item guys love to have, but never seem to purchase for themselves. Picking a scent for someone else can be difficult- but this one is super versatile and fresh smelling.
5 | Leather Key Fob: I love this key fob from The Little Market and that the company has expanded to make more products that can be gifted for men. Like the custom candle we included in our gift guide for her, these products are all fair trade, ethically sourced, artisan made products.
6 | Duffle Bag: How sleek is this duffle bag? It also has so many compartments and is perfect for a carry on or weekend road trip. It also comes with a shoulder strap!
7 | Watch: Much like an apple watch, these watches from MVMT have versatile strap options. I love these types of gifts because they can be easily customized. They are also great quality and come in super cool packaging.
I hope you love this years Valentines Day Gift Guide. What other gifts do you love to give? Mention in the comments below!
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.
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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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.
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.