Design Digs

Trends are fun but are fleeting. While they entertain us for a bit, and it’s always fun to jump on board for awhile, what I’m really drawn to are innovative design details. A spin on classic details that don’t belong to any specific design aesthetic and aren’t tied to trends. Those are the design moments that will really stand the test of time and continue to inspire you within your home for years to come. Here are some design details I’ve been very into as of late.

Built-ins Built Better

I cannot express to you how in love I am with this detail. It’s far less costly than it appears to be. This method really makes a statement. It’s a rich, custom detail that shows true thought to each and every detail. We have seen floating shelves in the design world for YEARS; and, while they are great and very much the aesthetic in some homes, this full trimmed out look gives the appearance of a seamlessly gorgeous shelving detail without compromising the modern flow.

And it doesn’t stop in woodwork, I love how Cambria used quartz to get this look. I absolutely love using unusual materials in new applications and taking the quartz from the countertop, up the wall, and onto the CEILING. Such a great design detail and I hope to see more of this being utilized in the future!

Tile Install That Truly Inspires

I’d be lying if I said shower designs have become rather mundane to me lately; that was, until I saw this new install pattern being used! This elongated subway tile has been showing up in kitchens, but this application of taking it vertically in showers has been very inspiring. That paired with the horizontal runs – that we have seen used with either a tile or a thicker grout line. Such a great unique twist on an area I was less than inspired to work with. It’s safe to say I’m anxious to use this install with a client soon.

What design details have been inspiring you lately? Drop them in a comment below!

New Home Progress

First time homeowners taking on a 1950’s fixer upper, what could go wrong? 

Honestly, we had it easy in comparison. Fixing up a home is just a very large project to take on and takes up ALL of your free time (or time you thought you had free). With our professions, sometimes coming home to a huge fixer upper can be overwhelming. Overall, it’s been a lot of fun and a great ease into the home ownership game. I honestly would not have done it any other way! 
When we began our first home search, let’s just say I was VERY prepared. During the first meeting with our realtor I showed up with a very thorough list of needs/wants & a dozen homes I’d saved on Zillow. Our realtor was…I’m not sure if I would use the term scared or impressed. Either way he did amazing dealing with my crazy and helped walk us through this foreign concept of owning property. I knew with my design background & my husband’s general construction background we could take on a home that needed some love. Ain’t nobody got time for a flip house; but, we could definitely take a rough home that had potential and turn it into a home. Our current house, for whatever reason, called to me as that perfect blend. One tour, hours of online stalking, and we were in love! 
Before we even had the keys, I had our future house’s floor plan drafted and had already begun designing it to it’s full potential.
Hi, hello, I’m fully aware that I’m crazy.
Mood boards, shopping lists, floor plans. My absolute favorite. The day we got the keys, we cleaned first of all (so gross) then promptly painted the whole house. Yup, no small task but a MUST before our furniture even arrived on site! The house was a rainbow of dark bold colors and I couldn’t stand it. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray to the rescue! We used this same color throughout the house and it looks amazing. It’s the perfect gray for this home to blend the original hardwoods into present day trends. Although painting was a big task, it was hardly the biggest we had in mind for the house. You’ll see in many blogs to come that each area of the house, inside and out, was updated. From replacing lighting, to moving walls, to gutting the kitchen – you name it! I’ll walk you through the various projects with pricing breakdowns to show you just how easy it can be!
As far as first time homeowners go, I think we nailed it with this house! It’s an adorable house from the 50’s that we were able to give some much needed love. It was just what we were itching for and I can’t wait to see what journey we tackle next!
Leave me a comment down below with what you want to see next!

New Home Mood Board

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If you’re an avid reader, you’ll know that we are now first time homeowners! We are unbelievably excited for this new journey. That being said, it’s an adorable little starter home bungalow that has so much potential. I have completely redesigned the whole home in my mind and I wanted to show you a little inspiration of what I’m thinking. I’m planning on bringing you guys along with me during the remodeling journey so be sure to let me know down in the comments if that is something you’d like to see! I’m excited to transform this quaint little house into a gorgeous bungalow that we can enjoy for years to come!

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We Are Officially Homeowners


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Guys, am I really posting this right now? I can’t believe this moment is finally here. I am so excited to officially announce that we are homeowners! What!? Where did my childhood go? Who let me adult? Who cares, I own a house! I’m so incredibly excited and grateful that my husband and I could pursue this big milestone. We are beyond ready to start making this house a home and you can tell our four legged friends are pumped about the whole ordeal as well.

And before you ask, this house may have multiple bedrooms but that by NO MEANS suggests that there will be any need to fill them. So stay out of here with that baby talk!

A big thank you to all the people who helped us along the way. We really were children going into this with no concept of how this process works or any of the changes in the transition from renting to owning. Of course, with a big life change like this, I’ll be writing many posts about the process for the months to come so stay tuned!

For those who don’t know or those who are new, I’m a full time interior designer so I’m more than ready to sink my claws into this project! Leave me a comment below and let me know if you’d like to see before/after pictures as we design our home!

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Blanket Ladder Shelf Wrap Up

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If you ever wondered if I find my own play on words amusing, the answer is yes! But seriously, this blanket ladder shelf makes wrapping up in a cozy blanket all the more enticing and chic. These ladder shelves are so on trend right now throughout the design community. You know I had to get my hands on one of these! The best part is, I have a very good imagination and a handy husband. We built this piece ourselves and had a blast doing it!

Our home was needing something extra to fill this awkward gap we have in our living room. I have been eyeing some super cute ladder shelves for a while now; so, I finally decided to pull the trigger and build my own! They’re a design friendly way to display blankets in living or bedrooms, towels in bathrooms, or even scarves in your bedroom, if you’re like me and have stupid crazy amount of scarves. These shelves are great to use throughout your home and can serve so many purposes! It’s a great way to shake up the design of your home without needing to purchase anything down the road. If you get tired of where you have it, you can move it and completely change its purpose. It always blows my mind how little closet space homes have; but, you won’t need to worry about hiding your items in closets when you can display them this easily and beautifully!

With our moving date soon approaching, I’m excited to see where this piece will find its place in our new home. Leave me a comment down below and tell me what you use your ladder shelf for!

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DIY Soothing Linen Spray


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By now it’s no secret how completely obsessed I am with essential oils. I love incorporating essential oils into different uses throughout my home. One of my new favorite uses is this DIY linen spray. If you have essential oils, I highly recommend trying this DIY out. You only need three ingredients: water, essential oils, and a spray bottle. So easy and the results are amazing! This linen spray makes me feel like I’m sleeping in a spa every night. It’s a great way to incorporate soothing essential oils into your night routine if you want to opt out of diffusing. I love spraying this while making my bed in the morning so it’s like having a fresh set of sheet every night. Of course you don’t have to use the same essential oils that I do; but, this combination smells amazing and I highly recommend giving it a go!

Here’s the ingredients I used to make my linen spray :

  • 2 oz water
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops of lemongrass essential oil

Leave me a comment below if you try this DIY out!

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My Dream Home Office

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I hope you all are having a wonderful day! I’m back with the fifth installment of this working girls week. I wanted today to give you all some inspiration for your office, be it at the office or at home. I’m sharing with you today some of my dream office designs. All of these images came from a wonderful little obsession of mine (Pinterest). If you haven’t checked out my Pinterest, be sure and do so to check out what other neat ideas I’ve stumbled upon!


I know what you’re thinking, “Wow, another dark and dramatic space! How original! Didn’t see that coming.” But hey, I know what I like. I’m just here to share it with all of you. 🙂

Dark, dark, dark. For all the work I do at home, I’m hardly ever doing anything besides typing away on my laptop. There’s no need for a light and airy space since I’m just staring into a bright screen all day/night. I love the dark tones, bold pops of metals & colors, and striking patterns. I think built-in shelving adds a great wow factor and allows for lots of storage (or in my case, lots of shelves to accessorize). It’ll definitely be my little sanctuary and truly inspiring space to create in. A girl can dream right? 😉

Leave me a comment below and tell me how you envision your dream home office!
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Color Me Impressed x Arhaus

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Recently I was challenged by Arhaus to create my dream living room using whatever products I’d like. As an interior designer, you could ask me any given day and I could describe just what that dream space looks like to me. When I started thinking about this project, I visited their website and found many of the pieces I had been dreaming about. So, today I’m sharing my dream living room using all Arhaus products. If you’re an avid reader of mine, you’ll remember how I’ve been crushing on navy and pungent blues lately. I found some really great pops of this color within their line and I’m head over heels! My dream living room is a lush and chic blend. I don’t dabble with too much color, other than this bright punch of blue. I love to rely on metals & textures to speak more than color. You’ll see a huge influence of golds used throughout the space and I must say that it was all inspired by these jaw dropping sheer gold metallic curtains. They’re so unique and I’m obsessed.

I am relatively new to this brand but I must say that their selection is wide and their products are gorgeous! I fell in love with a few of these pieces I used today so I’ll be sure to leave their information linked in this post. Be sure to check out this brand and shop ‘til you drop! If you want to design your own dream living room be sure to check out their living room page to be sure you don’t miss out on anything! (For all you ladies out there on a budget, check out their clearance for some of their great pieces for cheaper.)

accent chair

Corso 32″ Upholstered Chair

TV console

Adelaide 65″ Media Console

window treatments

Shimmer Metallic Sheer

Forest Series

Leave me a comment below and tell me what your favorite piece is!

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Bedroom Décor Poll – Help!

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With a moving date on the calendar for later this year, I’ve got a major itch to redecorate with the moving transition. I know my overall colors and theme I want to achieve but as an interior designer by profession, I’m exposed to many different styles every day. My main problem is that I fall in love with so many different style and aesthetics. I need your help to decide which way I should go with my new décor!

Tumblr Inspired Haven

If this style doesn’t scream Tumblr, then I don’t know what does. I love the bold navy accent wall and darker accents used throughout.

Light & Glam Oasis

This look so elegant and light and airy. I love the idea of using all neutral lighter tones and then using navy only in the accents as a stark bold punch of color.

Now that you’ve seen my two inspiration rooms, tell me what you think! Leave me a comment below and help me decide which way I should go!

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Dream Kitchen Inspiration

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Do you remember last month when I shared Great Room Inspiration? That was such a big hit that I decided to bring it back this month and share my kitchen inspiration. I think you’ll notice a lot of similarities between the two aesthetically. I definitely know what I like! Being in this industry certainly immerses me in many different styles so I’ve grown to know what I personally lean toward in my own home. Here are a few of the major things I look for in my dream kitchen.

Waterfall Edge

No matter what, I’m definitely going to need a large gorgeous island with a waterfall edge countertop. It’s non-negotiable at this point. I’m so glad my hubby is on board with this look because, to me, nothing looks more luxurious than a waterfall edge.

Dark Hues

Dark floors and dark cabinets. I love them both. Why pick between the two when I can have both? I love the crisp and edgy look it gives the kitchen. With the proper lighting, it won’t look dreary and dark. I’m partial to the Calcutta marble looking countertops so that will be the source of brightness to bounce light around the kitchen.

Bold Backsplashes

Since most of my tastes are more simplistic and plain, I love the idea of adding a pop of accent to the backsplash. There are so many great metallic tiles out there that I’m in love with. Only time will tell which backsplash I can convince my hubby into getting!

Modern Fixtures

From sink faucets to the light fixtures and all the way down to the cabinet hardware. Modern everything! By no means am I a traditional kind of girl. I love my modern touches.

I hope you liked a little inside look on my dream kitchen. Leave a comment below of something you want in your dream kitchen!
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My Gallery Wall

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Like everything in a home, no project is ever complete. I just wanted to show you where I am in the process of creating my gallery wall. I love gallery walls because they are the easiest and best looking way to display pictures, Knick knacks, and all kinds of decorative items you may pick up along the way. My gallery wall has been a work in progress for about a year so far and I’m really happy with how it’s coming together. I will link all the products I can or at least link similar products.

Downtown Chicago Pictures

My mother actually took these photos years ago on one of her trips there with my sister. I loved the shots so I decided to put them in this simple black frame from Target.

Libra & Cancer Paintings

These are watercolor paintings I did myself actually. I got the idea off of similar pieces from Minted, feel free to buy them here if art isn’t your forte. I ordered the square white frames from Amazon and I love them.

Couple’s Pictures

The idea for this came from Pinterest, of course. It’s a picture of me and my husband our first year and our last year of college with our first college apartment address in the middle. Once I get around to it, I am going to put a copy of that apartment’s key in the center as well. Loved the idea and I can’t wait to see it all come together.

Gold Foil Iowa Map

I ordered this piece from Minted as soon as I found it. I LOVE the gold foil. Minted also has a variety of frames to offer so I just picked up a white one to go with my theme.

Artistic Quote

The small little quote in the blue frame was just a quote I got off of Pinterest paired with a frame I picked up from Target.

Antique Mirrored Arrows

I picked these up recently from Target and I love the three dimensionality it gives to the wall. These are so cute and can be sure all together or separately like I am.

Wedding Quote

This gorgeous piece was actually a wedding gift from my sister. I love it! The poem is one she wrote specifically for us and I think it’s absolutely beautiful! Her creativity never ceases to amaze me.

Family Photo

I love these family photos we took last year with my husband’s family and the blue in their shirts pairs well with the subtle blue theme of the wall.

Gold Hello Sign

I recently picked this up from the Target dollar spot and thought it was a super cute addition. The hello sign can be removed and replaced with a new picture but I like the color of it so I think I’ll keep it for a while.

I hope you enjoyed this little look at my gallery wall and pulled some inspiration to incorporate these pieces in your own home. Let me know down below what your favorite piece was!

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Great Room Inspiration

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As an interior designer by profession, I see a lot of different styles and design for many different high end clients. I’d like to think that being a designer makes it easy to design my own home; but, the truth is that my tastes change all the time since I’m surrounded with so many different styles. It’s hard for me to choose exactly what I would like in my own home but I do have a pretty good idea of what elements I prefer. Since there are so many different areas of a home, I decided to focus on one room, the living room. This is where most of my time is spent currently and I have a pretty good understanding of what I need/want in that space.

Deep Hues

Deep, dark colors in both furniture and wall color. I love the aesthetic of a well-designed dark space. There’s a way to design a beautiful dark space without making it look like a cave.

Luxe Items

Brining in luxe glam items in places like the coffee tables and end tables will help lighten up the place and give it a more feminine touch. I love the mix and grunge and glam in a space.

Accent Lighting

I would love to have a large feature piece like a chandelier or a beautiful set of accent pendants. A dark space needs more than one layer of light to help with ambiance during all times of the day. Simply lamps or recessed lighting won’t do the trick as the only source of light.

Texture

If you’ve seen my bedroom tour, you know I love texture as opposed to color. I’d love to bring in different textures with wood flooring, tiled fireplaces, mirrored accent pieces, metal lighting, and a plethora of fabric types.

The mixture of all of these will create the perfect dark glam space that I envision as my dream great room. I can’t wait to own my own property where I am allowed to make changes like these to create my dream space. What does your dream living room look like? I would love to know!

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