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.

Sneak Peek Project Reveal | Sheyenne River House

As designers, we wear many hats- but it’s safe to say that the journey of new construction is one of my favorites. The end goal is to make the process for the client more simplified. We tackle this by breaking down the selection meetings & being in constant communication every step of the way.

The Sheyenne River home has been a project near and dear to our hearts over the past few months. I am so excited to share with you all some of the amazing spaces that have come together in collaboration with the home owners. We are still working on finalizing some of the details such as furniture, hardware & mirrors but I wanted to share the progress we’ve been making.

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The kitchen in the Sheyenne River home is so bright and beautiful. This feel comes from the all white finishes, but also the natural lighting that filters into the space from every angle. To add a bit of warmth, the homeowner selected the most beautiful oak hardwoods which compliment the natural barstools perfectly! To add a bit of contrast, we added black fixtures paired with polished nickel hardware which creates a fresh but timeless feel. Who noticed the cutest little arched doorway? This leads into the expansive pantry and pocket office, which we will share more of soon.

With a fully open layout, the kitchen wall mirrors the adjacent great room wall. We got creative with the great room fireplace wall and spent lots of time discussing the detail that would go into the design. The grey washed brick-tile surround compliments the classic but updated feel of the entire home.

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Check back soon for more details of this beautiful home we were so fortunate to be apart of.

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Travel Guide | Must Have Items

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My husband and I recently returned from our honeymoon in beautiful Saint Lucia. If you’re planning your honeymoon or just a winter get away from these frigid temperatures, I highly recommend the island as a vacation destination. We started our trip on the north end of the island, near the city of Castries and stayed at the beautiful Cap Maison Resort. At the very end of our trip, we spent two evenings at Ladera Resort which was one of the most unique and amazing experiences of our lives.

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When packing for vacation I always want to prepared, organized, and of course stylish. It’s no mistake that these CALPAK packing cubes are number one on the list. I purchased a set for not only myself, but also my husband. We both found them so helpful while packing before we left home, but also keeping our belongings organized and compact when traveling from one resort to another.

When navigating the airport and traveling abroad you always have to have your passport handy. This passport holder is my favorite. Another go to for navigating the airport and travel itself, is always having my ear buds and phone handy. I love this tech organizer because it keeps me from digging around my purse to find those essential items.

Whether it’s sleeping on the plane, or in our experience the middle of the rain forest (Ladera Resort only has 3 walls so you are fully exposed to an amazing view, but also the elements!) this eye mask from SLIP is amazing.

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I’m all about investing in good luggage if you’re going to travel. This spinner suitcase is not only super stylish, but holds so much. We can’t forget about the make-up and beauty products. I love the mirror on this make up bag (hello airplane touch-up’s!) as well as the compartments it offers. Last but not least, this item has been my travel go-to for years. I love my Longchamp tote. It holds so much, and is extremely durable. If I’m not bringing it as my handbag for the plane, I pack it away (it folds up so small!) and it use it as my beach bag. Also, how fun are the colors it comes in?

You can shop our travel must haves by clicking on the links! What are some of your go-to’s and top travel destinations? Share in the comments, as always, we love hearing from you.

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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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Wedding Details & Tips from a Newlywed!

As you may have noticed in the past few weeks, I've taken a break from blogging. Honestly, we've been so busy! I can't wait to catch you up on everything we've been working on. Decorating projects being installed, new construction homes finally coming to fruition, and full-on basement finish remodels have been in the works.

Personally? I'm married! On June 16th, 2018 I married the man of my dreams & am officially Mrs. Christie. It was an awesome day. We were surrounded by all of our family & friends, gorgeous flowers, delicious food, and endless amounts of champagne. Jared and I headed off to our "mini-moon" for 3 nights on the north shore of Lake Superior. We had the most perfect weather, and I quickly realized it was the first time I had truly unplugged for any length of time since starting this endeavor 9 months before. It was exactly what the doctor had ordered. 

I’m so excited to finally be sharing the details of our special day with you all. We had the most amazing photographer, Uppercase L Photography, capture every detail. I had never realized how large of a role a GOOD photographer plays in the role of your wedding day. Who drives you to first look? That gal did. Amanda had never even been to North Dakota before, but we pulled off the perfect ‘sex & the city’ drive by- sans bouquet throw at Mr. Big- and made it to our first look without my soon-to-be husband even catching a glance.

My second but most important tip? Ask for help, and use it! There are so many small details you just can’t plan up until the last minute. Honestly? I forgot all about the ceremony programs. I quickly created them in photoshop, sent them to the printer, and only had one spelling error- but they did the job! This advice is especially important for the day of. I highly suggest ‘clocking out’ after your ceremony rehearsal, and quite literally putting the rest in gods hands. You’ve done the planning, at the end of the day- if you’re married to the love of your life- what more could you ask for? Cliché but true.

Have fun with your ceremony! We had the best music ever, thanks to the ever talented Abby Grimaldi. Our amazing pastor had also given us the advice to use those beautiful music breaks to stop and let it all soak in. It was truly one of my favorite parts of our day, to be just us- surrounded by all of our friends & family. We also wrote our own vows. I will truly cherish those words for the rest of our lives.

Lastly, don’t finalize the timeline with any vendors until the week or two before hand. I had booked certain vendors 6 months prior to the wedding date. Right before our invitations were printed, we had moved the ceremony up a half hour. It’s easy to forget to notify one or two vendors of the change, so when you book them- don’t give out an exact start time. Instead, ask them to call and confirm 2 weeks prior. Most vendors will call to confirm anyways, but if they don’t have any time written down- they will for sure check in!

 

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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