There is something about an Artists Studio that makes me smile. The controlled chaos of the space always interests me. In my own space I can always find what I am looking for even if my husband or a guest thinks it is messy. My client was beyond that point. She could not always find what she was looking for or find a place to put something new. I knew it was time for an update. Here is how I transformed her space to give her storage and control to the chaos.
The inspiration for this space came from her palette of watercolor paint. It was open when I first walked into the space and thought it was the perfect description of her and her overall style . Although she wanted to room to be white, I thought it would look to starle if it was. I was not shocked when she agreed being an artist and all. So the warm palette I created help to guide the location of items.
Lastly I added some fun pillow from fabric she already had and loved to continue the overall color palette. She now has a light filled studio with room to add all her creations.
Our Master Bedroom is my favorite room in our house. Not just because it is the only finished room, but also because it is the first room I have truly done for myself. I think Roma really likes it too. My inspiration for this room was the outdoors. The colors, the texture, and the light that filters through the trees all gave my direction to create our retreat.
This piece I stalked for over a month and purchased for $40. I did not change anything on it but cleaned it up with hemp oil. It is my favorite piece in the room.
These chairs cost me $20 and all I had to do was clean them up and cover the seats.
I had a hard time deciding on a dresser, but when my mom gave me this one I could not say no. It was my Great Grandmother's and had been in my parents basement for years. It is a reproduction of French Provincial, so I did not feel bad painting it and giving new life. Now I love it.
I wanted our bed to dreamy and relaxing. Roma our Pointer definitely thinks so. With dark warm tones on the hard surfaces it was important to balance that with a softer more delicate bedding. I am so that I could create a space that is feminine and masculine at the same time, so my husband feels comfortable in the space as well.
I hope you enjoyed the unveiling of our master bedroom as more as I did creating it.
Well this week has been slower, but no less exciting. We painted the ceilings after taking off the popcorn last week. I thought on that day I would be able to pick paint colors, but that was never going to happen. Home Depot must know my husband and I by now because we have been there everyday it seems like since we started working. I had the guy in lighting say “You guys are still here!” No it was just our second trip in one day. Now we make a point to say hello to him. Anyway back to paint. We are living with multiple samples on the walls and I just can not decide. Adam cannot understand how I pick and plan other projects, but can not decide for ours. The struggle is real! I just cannot decide! I am fine with it because I really do not remember what we have. I need our furniture! It has been eleven months of having 80% of our furniture and décor in boxes at family members houses. Ok I am getting off my soapbox, back to the house. We now have floors.
They started on day 11 and finished in 3 days. Adam really wanted to put them in himself, but decided against it when he realize how fast it could be done. Either way I would have been happy. They are beautiful!! We did not want them to be to dark, but still wanted warm colors so this is what we picked. They are Shaw laminate flooring called Degu in the color Logger. Did I say I love them! It completely changed the way the house looks. We shopped around a little and decided that we wanted a local company to install them. We went with Glendora Floor Store located in Downtown Glendora. Everyone we working with there was so helpful and knowledgeable. They new we wanted to move quickly and made it happen. A big THANK YOU to Jerry and the team.
I have no idea what we will be working on next week but come back and see.
Friday March 24, we closed on our first house in my hometown. Our house is 1400 sqft, and was built in 1961. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms to the right after you walk in the door. The living room, dinning room, kitchen, and laundry (yes, laundry room!) are on the other side of the house. Now that it has been a week of homeownership I thought I should start a diary of our progress.
We are not updating the kitchen yet, so that was the first task. Clean and organize the kitchen. Well that was a bigger task than I thought it could be. The cabinets were gross and needed to be scrubbed not just wiped and degreased, but scrubbed, but it was a great way to start moving into our new home. We did not have the space in our apartment to unpack and use all the gifts from our wedding, and had forgotten a lot of the gifts over the last couple of years. It was like Christmas morning opening everything.
Day 2 and 3
We were determined this day for the smell coming from the 30+ year old carpet to not torment us anymore. I tried for days to use my diffuser and essential oils with no luck. In normal circumstances it totally works, but this was more of a band aid. My dad and husband drug out the carpet and it was like the smell was never there.
At this point we had a different problem, Formica tile, in brown. We had planned to polish up the concrete foundation, but the mastic, glue most likely with asbestos, changed all that. Now we are waiting to have floors, put in to contain this awful fiber. But more about the floors on next week’s diary.
Day 4 and 5
After taking out all the baseboards and carpet it was time to tackle the popcorn ceiling. Luckily after testing the ceilings, the results were negative. So we got right to work. Now this job took an army. We had my parents, and friends Rob and Kalyn help us. Let me tell you we watched many YouTube videos and took lots of notes, but they did not really help. We taped the walls in the first room, bought the scrapped that is meant for popcorn ceilings, sprayed with water and started to work. Well there was too much give in the in the scrapper so it took a very long time to remove even a small amount. So we moved on to something else. I had purchased a scrapper for the floor and that worked so much better. It came off in sheets. Well we decided not to cover the wall with plastic, but we did cover the floor so clean up was easier. What a dusty day.
Check in next week for new projects and updates.
If you are like me, then you like to make gift for every occasion. I recently made these gems for a friends bridal shower. She loves plants and greenery, but does not have a green thumb. Succulents are so easy and come in a variety of shapes and colors. I would love to share how easy and fun these can be for your own home or as a gift.
Today's tip is all about quick and easy, but still special and fun creativity. When I decided this is what I wanted to make for her I went to one of my favorite local thrift stores and found small vases that she would like. This time I only found two but wanted three, so I grabbed a shell from my collection and added it to the bunch. Then I picked out small succulents that work together. You can go to your local nursery and find many different style and color for any occasion.
After you decide which go together, then you just add soil and some rocks and poof, you have a great gift. Happy Tip Tuesday!
Today is the twelfth tip of Christmas and it’s CHRISTMAS of course. I wanted to talk about something that may not be a tip but something that I find very special about this time of year, TRADITIONS. My family has many traditions throughout the year, but Christmas is one of my favorites. You have seen all the cookies we make every year for the sixth tip of Christmas, but I have to tell you about the day.
We start early in the morning and get everything set up that we did not the day before. That includes everything from, multiple Kitchen Aid’s, to more pounds of butter and eggs than my waistline would like to count. Then my Aunt, Grammy, and Cousins come over to help. I am not a baker so I stay out of the kitchen and a stick to rolling the dough, adding nuts, kisses, or powdered sugar to cookies that require assistance. We always make sugar cookies to decorate, but this year we were a little burnt out on them. I do hope that we continue to take the time to decorate them because it is a special tradition. The men in the family are our taste testers and suppliers of tamales at lunchtime. The day ends with sugar and flour everywhere but I would not change this tradition for anything.
The tradition I want to talk about for today is breakfast at my parents’ house after we open presents. I get the table all decorated on Christmas Eve so it is ready for use the next morning. We normally use my mothers china and have a more pastel color palette, but this year I was feeling more of a red palette. So I used her everyday white plates. I had to use her silver because I love it so much. (I would use it as everyday flatware if it were mine.) Anyway Christmas is full of opportunities to make new traditions and spend time with friends and family.
Merry Christmas...See you in the NEW YEAR!!!
For the tenth tip of Christmas I wanted to give you a little pick me up option to get you through the season. When I am feeling a little down or unmotivated I use Doterra blends to help make my days more productive. The first is Elevation which has a floral, sweet, and citrusy scent. This blend can be used in a diffuser or topically with coconut oil. Rub a few drops on your temples or wrists to elevate your mood. I love to use this oil in the morning to start my day off right. Motivate is the second blend I use almost everyday. The aroma is clean and minty. You can also use this blend in a diffuser or topically. I like to use it around the middle of the day, well after lunch to keep me driven to finish the day.
The eleventh tip is about space saving and an alternative place for gifts. Sometimes I have fragile gifts that I do not want to have knocked over, but really want to leave them close to the tree. So I use my mantle to display them. This is a great way to keep your kids or in my case dogs from knocking things over. I know we live in California and have earthquakes but in my house the dogs are more likely to trample over something than an earthquake happening before Christmas. (Knock on wood.) Of course, the dogs had to be part of my shoot. I can not believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve and my last blog post of the 12 Tips of Christmas. I hope you have been enjoying it as much as I have.
First it was just Roma and then Dash was cold and wanted to curl up with her.
And they are done. See you tomorrow...
Todays tip is all about food!!! I don't know about you but I love food. Mexican, Chinese, Greek, Italian, you name it I love it. But for today's tip I want to give an easy recipe that will wow any guests this holiday season.
I have had a love affair with brussel sprout for many years now, and have perfected them. My mother made them all the time when I was growing up and now I do too.
Brussel Sprouts ala Zack
1. Rinse brussel sprouts in collender with cool water. The with sparp knife cut stem end off so that the first layer of leafs fall off. Then cut them in half from top to stem. To cook them more evenly take out dense center.
2. Coat the buttom of a large sause pan with extra virgin olive oil (or oil of your choice bacon greese, butter, or for a healthier option, choose grapeseed oil). Turn the pan on medium and add the cut brussel sprouts after a few minutes.
3. Once the sprouts have been coated with oil add the minced garlic and seasoning. (To avoad burning the garlic add it after the sprouts)
4. Once the sprouts have carmelize a little, about 10 minutes, add the chicken broth. Leave the heat medium for 5 minutes, then turn down to low and cover with a lid. Check on them after 5 minutes to see if they are tender and that the chicken broth have cooked down.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the salt and pepper and add the final touch parmegiane chesse. Remove from heat and serve hot in your favorite bowl or platter.
I also grilled a steak, made pasta, and roasted veggies to acompany the delicious brussel sprouts
Tomorrow will be tip number 10. It is crazy to think Christmas is so close. See you tomorrow...
Today has been a gift wrapping day. I spent most of the day shopping and the rest wrapping. Christmas wrapping is different from anyother gift wrapping thoughtout the year. I like to make them special and have more details. I found left over paper from last year and purchased some new ribbon to cordinate with it.
I love to layer the different types of paper to give more texture. Here is how they ended up.
We will be back tomorrow with a entertaining tip...
On Wednesday night my grandparents are hosting a small dinner party, and need to have the table decorated. I told my Grammy I would help her while using the items she already had.
At this time of year we all tend to spend more money than we do other months, and that means we need to save money in other places. In my eyes decorating is a great place to save. So todays tip is decorating on a budget. I only purchased $15 of flowers from Trader Joes to make this look happen.
If you have a white tablecloth, festive napkins, candles, something with some sparkle, and some small decorative items you have everything you need. Lucky for me Grammy has beautiful green and gold china and silver to make the table special. That is not a necessary element, so you can use your everyday white or simple glass plates to keep the cost down.
I love to split up the flowers into three different vases so the eye moves around the table. Then I added in the crystal candlesticks with green, red, and white candles. After looking around the house I found some glitter-covered snowflakes that I scattered around the table. Everything I used for this table Grammy has been colecting for many many years, but you do not have to have something new for it to feel special. If you love it us it and your decorations will be merry and bright
I will be continuing Christmas tips tomorrow with more on entertaining...