Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My Little Loft {Coming "Home"}

You know the feeling you get when you come home from a long vacation and you crawl into your very own bed? Or when you visit home after a semester away at college? That deep sense of home and belonging that your mind, body and soul have been craving for so long? I am not talking about a social belonging (although that feels great, too), but a place, a nest that reflects your personality and passions 100%. 
After living out of suitcases and boxes since last May (in both Europe and California), I am finally able to set up a space of my own and feel that deep comforting peace that comes with being "home" that I have longed for. For me, "home" isn't a specific location in the world, but a place of my own where my mind can rest and can feel a calmness and serenity.  I need to be in a place where I can host others, so hopefully they can find a peace and calmness there too! This last year has been a crazy whirlwind, to say the least, and I have finally arrived "home".

My household goods arrived from Europe the day before Christmas Eve, and I am having an absolute ball setting up my little loft with treasures that I was able to bring back from Europe. With every box that I have been unpacking, I have been reminiscing about all the adventures I went on to find these beauties and the unique history and stories that come along with each of them. 
I am currently trying to cram all my things into one small space and make each thing cohesive with the next. I want my tract-home loft to look like a Parisian apartment, so that I can feel inspired and as though I am in my favorite place in the world... Europe. I am wanting eclectic, European charm to ooze out of every pore of my teeny tiny rental. A place that reflects my personality and soul. I call this "Eclectic Expat Chic."

I can't wait to share the process that I will be going through to set up my space and make it a place that will be warm, welcoming and relaxing. My loft is still under a little bit of construction, but I just had to share a few vignettes with you now, because frankly, I am just too excited! It has a little ways to go but I am making headway daily. I will have loads of DIY's and before and afters coming soon....
Like this smoked, antiqued mirror behind my mantle!

...And how I am turning this armoire into an espresso bar (without messing with it's integrity)!

The absolute most important piece of a home is being able to be around people you love... I have learned no matter where you go in the world, if you have an open heart and mind you can create a home and family anywhere. 
What makes a space "home" for you?
Cheers to being there!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Eclectically Boho-Chic Living and Dining Room Reveal

One of my absolute favorite things about being a designer is, that I get to do completely different styles with each new client. This rental, eclectically boho-chic and feminine apartment was one of the wildest and most fun projects I have had the pleasure of working on. This client in particular has a passion for travel, DIY and painting projects and she picks up pieces (especially textiles) from all of her different travels. She wanted her home to be bright, colorful, bold, eclectic and cheery. I had an absolute blast blending the many different patterns and textures that she painted or collected along her journeys. Her apartment is a reflection of her bright and beautiful, sunshiny soul. This place is oozing with wanderlust and passion. She has incredible style and was such an inspiration to me! It will be nearly impossible to be blue during the dark German winters when enveloped in such warmth and cheer! I have shown you snippets of this project as I have worked on it and am elated to share the rest with you. Come along and tour her space with me!

 Here is my client's dining room before.....

Below is the design concept and inspiration board that I created for her after hearing her wants and needs, to give her an idea of how the space would feel and look when it was completed. 

And here is the after!

My client painted both her buffet and her fabulous piece of art. The pillows were made from a textile she picked up on one of her travels and were sewn together by her best friend.

Now, on to the living room... Here are the "before" shots.

Below is the design concept board that I created for her.

And this is the finished product! 

Here interiors matched much of the landscape out her windows!

She painted her ottoman using fabric medium and acrylic paint and it absolutely made all the difference in the world. You can find that tutorial here.  The antlers below are a memory of when she hunted a unicorn-deer hybrid...Just kiddin', they were just a boring non-magical antler found on her parents' property and I had her add some gold to the tips to schnazz them up a bit. 

The chairs were simply re-upholstered with some $2 floor mats. They really add to the bohemian "collected" look that she desired. 

The beautiful watercolor art was painted by her and was inspired by a rug that she was in love with. The lampshade was an IKEA find that I had her add gold leaf to the inside to add some glow, sparkle and mood to her cafe corner. 

These precious gem (Anthropologie knock-off) knobs were created using this tutorial from one of my favorite blogs, View Along The Way! You can find that tutorial here! They definitely add raw  blingy to her bar. 

I am hoping this space can be a sunny escape for her and will evoke precious memories of her incredible travels. I can hardly wait to share the rest of her apartment with you real soon! Stay tuned for more, her hall reveal will be coming soon!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Oh! How I've Missed You So!

I am sure you have noticed that I have been missing from the blog the past few months... If you follow my Facebook page, you know that I have had a bit of a difficult and chaotic summer. I have gone through some pretty big changes in my personal life and have recently arrived back in Northern California. While my blog has been quiet, my life has been busy. As I have been adjusting to these major changes, I have been working on some incredibly fun design projects, traveling, and getting my business re-set up in California!

I am absolutely thrilled to reconnect with you all and to start taking on more design clients, both locally and virtually. I will be sharing pictures of my barn before it was packed up, some design and DIY projects I worked on and plenty of photos from my European travels. I will also be designing up my new space here in California and am excited to share that process with you.

Here are some photos that I took of my village and local area before I left Germany. That beautiful land will have a piece of my heart forever...

 Thank you so much for your patience, love and support and keep your eyes peeled for some new posts this week!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Striped Hall Reveal {Before The Teardown}

Long time, no see, dear friends. Life has taken over and absolutely been insane and chaotic lately. We have been trying to accomplish everything we can before our time in glorious Europe is up. Our home has felt like insanity as well. I have decided to sell EVERYTHING I don't simply LOVE and all the things I brought from The States, so that we could do more traveling and stock up on some European antiques before we head back to America in less than a year. As of late, our home changes daily, and as soon as I get it how we like it, we find a piece we like better and sell other items to pay for it! I have been collecting decor and antiques since I was a wee little one, and to be honest, it feels good to get rid of all the things (that don't have sentimental value) that I have been lugging around for years.
I had the striped hall like this for about a month before selling my childhood dresser, but wanted to share with you how I had it set up! We got the painting at a thrift shop and it reminds me of the wine region along the Mosel. When you drive on the Autobahn you see dozens of little villages and steeples like the one in  the painting. It will be a beautiful memory for us and a piece of our home here in Germany, all in a vintage painting.

 Even though our style is a blend of antiques and contemporary pieces, we are collecting all the antiques we can while we are here.  It would be absolutely ludicrous not to, since I can purchase them at a fraction of the cost as in The States.

We left our time-zone clock wall and eccentric art the same. To read about the meaning of our time-zone clock wall, click here.

We also have done some rearranging in our kitchen, living room, dining room and bedroom to add beautiful pieces like this hand painted and burned clock from the French countryside. 

What would you do with your last little bit of time in a foreign country??? Would you travel and stock up too?

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