…new interior design project

So, it’s about time that I let you in on a little secret of mine, I am designing a new home on a lake and it happens to ours. I say this with all the modesty in the world because I’m scared of all negative judgement. All I can say is that God has always taken care me. I don’t know why and I don’t always know how, but He continues move aside the storm clouds and shine down on our family. And what’s more, I feel like He continually is proud of me for letting my own light shine and not hide it under a bushel – this means everything. No more shame, no more hiding – just living my life as bravely as I can.

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I want you to know about it because I am getting slowly emotionally invested in the home and it’s occupying my headspace. This process has really made me think about where I spend my time, how I want to live the next half of my life (I’m almost 40) and on a much lighter note – design trends.

I have to say that when I set out on this Blue Egg Brown Nest journey there were, what felt like, only a handful of other painters and dealers out there that were doing what I was doing and had made a name for themselves. You can see for yourself that the painted furniture and rustic look are much more main-stream. I think it is great in one regard because it is now so accessible to people where it was not when I was starting out. I remember hunting for some tall topiaries and it was near impossible to find them. Now, I can rattle of at least four major retail shops that I could order them online today!

Again, trends shifting is not a bad thing, but just to tell you a bit more about my personality, I like to be a tad different and unexpected. I want to be a little ahead of the curve in my home and in my clothes and in my earrings and in my recipes, etc. Trends change and I think that’s what keeps me excited because it is always fresh. This new project of mine is allowing me to explore some other avenues of design, while still incorporating my own taste.

I will talk more about trends this week, but I think in order for a creative person to continue to create, they have to continue to move forward. It sounds really basic, but to stay sedentary is not a good thing for this gal. I’m a very curious person and I like trying out new things.

I’m excited to have you come along with me in this next pursuit and I think you will be interested because it’s very similar to where I was when we built our current home and had no budget for furniture or decor. Here I am again challenged with a clean slate and ever so excited about it.

I’d love for you to join me.

 

…zaha hadid love.

In a past life, before babies and paint, I worked in the design industry in marketing. It was the perfect place for me to land because I can really appreciate all things created out of necessity and puzzled together until the perfect solution is brought to fruition in a real, live building or space.

Architecture stems from a need and then travels through the minds of talented people to become something beautiful and functional. It is practicality meeting the impractical – at least that is what really cool, memorable design means to me.

I think it is worth highlighting the designs of a talent that went too soon yesterday. Zaha Hadid.

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I definitely think this kind of design requires talent meeting opportunity meeting a good dose of luck. I mean, what designer does not want to create memorable, high-end design? There is so much that goes into getting a building actually built. Kind of like art or theater or fashion – all the good stuff. Her work is all that architecture should be and in a very male-dominated profession, she was regarded as the greatest female architect in the world to date. She is worth our attention and admiration.

Here’s a look at some amazing images.

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And to all my architect friends, I think of you often and wish I could pop in to hear your thoughts today.

 

 

…your questions on the master redux and shopping links

Hi Lovelies!

Thank you for all the sweet compliments on my new space. Here are the answers to your questions about the renovation with links to some of the products I chose.

What is the size of the rug in your bedroom and do you have it completely under the bed?  Would you mind sharing where you purchased it.  

I found this run from Overstock. When shopping for bedding, bath towels, lighting and rugs, I typically search here first for discounts. Actually, I go the expensive websites and then try to copy the look at Overstock or a discounted site. It is a nuLOOM rug, which is a quality brand sold on many sites. Mind is the nuLOOM Handmade Moroccan Trellis Faux Silk Wool Rug found here.

I have the top of the rug almost to the wall underneath, the bed centered, and then it rolls out to maybe 7 ft, passing the end of the bed.

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Looks beautiful! What is the color of the stain used for the new floors?

We used Ebony for the flooring. It sounds like it may be dark, but this is the result. It looks much warmer in the light, doesn’t it?

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Can you tell us about the multiple layers in your bedding?

I heart pillows and puffs and blankets and sheets when I sleep. DH does not. Whoever is in bed first is usually the winner of the pillow battle. So, here are the layers that I use because this is a good question (BTW – the layers in the photo are out of order because my cleaning women did it this way and I didn’t switch it before taking the shot.)

  1. 3 medium pillows with decorative shams
  2. 2 king-sized pillows with pillow cases
  3. 2 king-sized pillows with decorative shams
  4. 1 super long bolster
  5. 1 throw
  6. 1 large stuffed cat

Then I have sheets, a quilted coverlet and a white duvet. It sounds like a lot, but once you snuggle in it’s perfect!

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Are you selling any of the furniture that you are not using?

Right now I am moved all excess pieces into the guestroom. I’m sure I will switch things around in there too so stay in touch!

I have to have these! Where are they from (frames)?

Restoration Hardware. 19th C. Framed HERBARIUMS Ivory, set of 6 found here.

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Do you find that the mirrored nightstand a collect a lot of dust? That’s always been my concern with purchasing them.

I honestly have not noticed any dust in fact! I have experienced this with glass tops, but for some reason with the mirrors I only see the reflection and the light.

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Could you tell me why you decided on hardwood? Do you know the pros and cons of both? 

Again, I really hate seeing buckled carpet. Like hate it. It looks old. Yes, you can have it stretched and that’s a great option. We also had a huge chocolate lab (who recently went to doggie heaven) and he used to sleep on the side of the bed. The carpet became dingy and tinted and just did not look clean. I love the hardwood so much because it has a really clean look to it. I don’t miss the carpet at all!

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Can you link the area rug?

See above.

This chandelier is beautiful!!!   are you a RH member… I think if you become a member for a $100 annual fee you get a 25% discount… can you confirm?

Yes, I saw that. I also see new prices underneath their products for members. I do not know all the details or if it would be worth doing. I am not an RH member, but the discount sounds nice.

Would you share where you got the lovely prints please?

See above.