Lake Lotawana House Reveal Part 1

Disclaimer: there will be a lot of bright colors, lots of pattern, and we may have broken a few design rules. You have been warned!

When I met with one of my favorite clients, Traci for our first design consultation it came up that her and her husband Joe are music geeks. I knew immediately that I was in good company as I too am a self proclaimed music geek. Joe is a talented musician and a die hard Widespread Panic fan. He travels the country to see them and has been collecting the bands posters for years. To say the least, they are legit music geeks. This common passion gave us real inspiration for this project.

THE BEFORE:

 

  THE AFTER:

 A little side note: each of these posters are truly works of art. Each poster is a limited edition commissioned by a different artist.

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I found Joe’s collection hidden away in a closet. These posters are too magical and colorful, they should never be rolled up and stored in a box for years. Ahem, Joe, Joseph… Joe was a little hesitant about me messing with his prized possessions but after a little coaxing I convinced him they needed to be displayed living out their true life’s purpose, making my designs look good. Once I started going through them I realized they HAVE be the inspiration and backdrop for this whole house. So without further ado…welcome to a happy lake house filled with turquoise doors, bold statement wallpapers, kick-A artwork and all the colors of the rainbow. 

 

Traci and Joe are creative colorful couple that gave me the freedom to really play with a lot of the crazy ideas floating around in this noodle of mine. That freedom allowed me to employ three of my favorite design philosophies.

  • Just because everyone else is going in one direction doesn’t mean you should, too.

  • Everyone could be wrong.

  • Don’t be afraid to take risks in every aspect of your life including decorating.

  • Decorating your home should be fun and a representation of the people living it. No two of us are the same so why should your home be.

  • Inspiration photos should be just that…inspiration, not a carbon copy. So if you want to paint the stair railing in ombré of blues…do it! It’s just paint.

For the stair railing we used a variation of the aqua blue used on all the interior doors.

Switching out the 3 basic pendants over the island with capiz pendants was a simple way to add a lake house/beach house vibe. They look extra when the sun hits them at certain times of the day.

The living space is so large and open I needed a way to separate the space. A place to eat and a place to lounge with still keeping the open concept feel. The way I achieved that was by adding two coordinating rugs. One for under the dining table and one for on the living side. It worked out so well that you have to look close to see that they are not two of the same rug. I am not going to lie, I was a little nervous about how this was going to work considering I only saw them online. Imagine my excitement when I rolled these two out and saw the magic happen right before my eyes. They are both so wonderfully vibrant and make anyone smile every time they walk across them.

Why I chose ghost chairs for the eating space? You can’t cover up the fantastic patterns and vibrant colors going on in these rugs. The customizable table from Mitchelle Gold Bob Williams was the perfect size for this space and will serve a classic piece to use for years to come.

They call her mello yellow…Can’t get enough of this club chair from Houzz.

Sometimes the most understated objects sit in the background with confidence. They know they look good. Pottery Barn Teen.

Yeah, that’s right you better believe I had all the doors painted in this aqua blue color.

My clients love of music, art, Widespread Panic coupled with a passion for color and patterns inspired this entire home. So you better believe I ran with it and went balls to the wall on the rest of the home. 

Be sure to check back for more tours of this vibrant lake house. We still have bathrooms, guest rooms, and a lake view deck to show off…

Lake Latowana House Tour Part One

Disclaimer: there will be a lot of bright colors, lots of pattern, and we may have broken a few design rules. You have been warned!

When I met with one of my favorite clients, Traci for our first design consultation it came up that her and her husband Joe are music geeks. I knew immediately that I was in good company as I too am a self proclaimed music geek. Joe is a talented musician and a die hard Widespread Panic fan. He travels the country to see them and has been collecting the bands posters for years. To say the least, they are legit music geeks. This common passion gave us real inspiration for this project.

THE BEFORE:

 

  THE AFTER:

 A little side note: each of these posters are truly works of art. Each poster is a limited edition commissioned by a different artist.

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I found Joe’s collection hidden away in a closet. These posters are too magical and colorful, they should never be rolled up and stored in a box for years. Ahem, Joe, Joseph… Joe was a little hesitant about me messing with his prized possessions but after a little coaxing I convinced him they needed to be displayed living out their true life’s purpose, making my designs look good. Once I started going through them I realized they HAVE be the inspiration and backdrop for this whole house. So without further ado…welcome to a happy lake house filled with turquoise doors, bold statement wallpapers, kick-A artwork and all the colors of the rainbow. 

 

Traci and Joe are creative colorful couple that gave me the freedom to really play with a lot of the crazy ideas floating around in this noodle of mine. That freedom allowed me to employ three of my favorite design philosophies.

  • Just because everyone else is going in one direction doesn’t mean you should, too.

  • Everyone could be wrong.

  • Don’t be afraid to take risks in every aspect of your life including decorating.

  • Decorating your home should be fun and a representation of the people living it. No two of us are the same so why should your home be.

  • Inspiration photos should be just that…inspiration, not a carbon copy. So if you want to paint the stair railing in ombré of blues…do it! It’s just paint.

For the stair railing we used a variation of the aqua blue used on all the interior doors.

Switching out the 3 basic pendants over the island with capiz pendants was a simple way to add a lake house/beach house vibe. They look extra when the sun hits them at certain times of the day.

The living space is so large and open I needed a way to separate the space. A place to eat and a place to lounge with still keeping the open concept feel. The way I achieved that was by adding two coordinating rugs. One for under the dining table and one for on the living side. It worked out so well that you have to look close to see that they are not two of the same rug. I am not going to lie, I was a little nervous about how this was going to work considering I only saw them online. Imagine my excitement when I rolled these two out and saw the magic happen right before my eyes. They are both so wonderfully vibrant and make anyone smile every time they walk across them.

Why I chose ghost chairs for the eating space? You can’t cover up the fantastic patterns and vibrant colors going on in these rugs. The customizable table from Mitchelle Gold Bob Williams was the perfect size for this space and will serve a classic piece to use for years to come.

They call her mello yellow…Can’t get enough of this club chair from Houzz.

Sometimes the most understated objects sit in the background with confidence. They know they look good. Pottery Barn Teen.

Yeah, that’s right you better believe I had all the doors painted in this aqua blue color.

My clients love of music, art, Widespread Panic coupled with a passion for color and patterns inspired this entire home. So you better believe I ran with it and went balls to the wall on the rest of the home. 

Be sure to check back for more tours of this vibrant lake house. We still have bathrooms, guest rooms, and a lake view deck to show off…

Marrying Masculine and Feminine Styles in your Home

With just wrapping up Father’s day I thought it would be the perfect time to chat about how to include your man’s interior style into your home. Yes, even the guy who is notorious for wearing his black socks with his crocs while mowing the lawn can have a say too.

Listen ladies and gents, roles are changing in the home. Men are now staying home and raising the children while Mama brings home the turkey bacon. Or maybe both partners are out working to make ends meet. Modern Dads are very involved and rightfully so. We need our dad’s. We need their bad jokes, hugs, logic, grilling skills, great advice, and support. Why are we not including them into the decorating of the home you share?  The constant battle of the sexes ultimately seems to happen when trying to blend two different styles into the home but fear not. I have found this to be a common roadblock with my clients but with surprisingly easy solutions. I hear your concerns and I am here to help.

I have put together some great examples of rooms that successfully combined masculine and feminine style with some helpful tips to achieving this for your shared space.

image: Design Sponge
Sometimes it’s about compromise: Blue is typically a color both men and women agree on. This dining room has all the elements of a masculine approach. Clean lines, heavy wood table, dark navy blue wall, hide rug, and metals. However, this space offers many feminine traits. The soft luxurious look of velvet, the colorful artwork popping off the blue wall. The timeless look of gold and vase filled with fresh flowers.

Maybe I am lucky and have been surrounded by men with great taste, or maybe I am biased because I personally tend to lean towards masculine styles. But seriously what’s not to like?…

Dark moody walls set against luscious velvet green tufted furniture. The pops of red and pink are a fun way to add a feminine touch to soften the space.

Masculine style is sexy, moody, sophisticated, minimal, and clean lines. Its animals, leather, wood, metals, plaids, tweed, tufting, and dark colors. Introducing a few of these examples will not only add a nice balance to a soft feminine look but will make the hubs feel like he lives there as well. Life is all about balance and that includes the decor in your humble abode.

If you are a fan of the show New Girl like I am, a quote from S01E17 Nick Miller describes it best when it comes to masculine style.

Image: Juliette Interiors
“I just came in here and it smelled like Shakespeare — if Shakespeare were a damn cowboy — and a hawk’s nest and boat fuel and cigars and bourbon. Man stuff!”

Display and accessorize with what you both love. Example: my husband is an outdoors man and has collected some really cool items along the way. I am not saying I want a full wall of dead animals staring directly into my soul but a few conversation pieces are definitely encouraged. If you look above the walkway you will see a snakeskin bow my husband picked up from an artizen in Hannibal, MO. It makes for a great conversation piece that adds texture and something that fills in the gallery wall space perfectly.

Image: MBR Domestic Styling
Notice the deer head on the black and gold graphic wall. My husband and I found the skull while on a hike at my in-laws Ranch. We painted it with high gloss white to add as interesting wall art.
Our rustic dining table was a project husband and I worked on together. We were in desperate need of a dining room table with a very small budget to work with. Luckily my father in law saved the flooring from a hundred old year tobacco barn on one of his properties. The tongue and groove oak wood is the perfect juxtaposition against the tufted red chairs.

In our home it’s 100/100 as far as decisions made for our family and I love it. The pressure is not all on me to take care of the house, kids, pets, bills, etc. Asking your partner what they do and do not like can go a long way in your relationship. To me it shows a mutual respect, inclusiveness, and you are on your way to creating a home that represents the life you are building together.

Added bonus: I have put together a mix of masculine and feminine items for a living room just for you. All photos have direct links to purchase any or all that tickle your fancy.

An Ear-resistible Guide to Easter Table Setting

I can honestly say I have never truly decorated a table for Easter dinner before. At least, never the way my Grandma Emmie ever did. Grandma Emmie was Martha Stewart before Martha was Martha. In my most recent project, I was surrounded by my clients grandmother’s timeless pieces. Antique dining room furniture, china, and waterford crystal brought back memories of my own childhood at Grandma Emmie’s house for Easter Sunday. For the first time, I found myself longing to create a table in honor of all of our Grandma’s. For everyone’s “Grandma Emmie” that prided themselves in not only on creating the perfect meal for their family but opening a window into their creative soul. Her dining room wasn’t just for feeding her loved ones. Oh nooo… it moonlighted as her craft/sewing room, where she used her mad skills to execute the perfect Easter table. From the centerpiece she made the week before, to the hand made tablecloth and coordinating seat cushions. Her meticulous details fed my creativity more than the delish food.

Last week while putting the final touches in my favorite client Traci’s Dining/Sitting room remodel my inner grandma Emmie was screaming to do something with Traci’s grandmother’s collection of timeless entertaining treasures. We had a photoshoot scheduled and with Easter is coming up…I was going to hop all over it.

You can imagine my excitement being able to style this shoot around my client’s vintage china and dining furniture. I have been lusting after these dishes for quite some time. I will admit pulling this table together was a bit of a challenge for me for several reasons. The high gloss Traci’s Grandmothers table was too fine to risk scratching it. I had a challenge to find a tablecloth that fit with the eclectic curated space and find decor that coordinated with the bold china. I also am not a huge fan of the over the top cutesy trap the retailers put out in their stores.

My Mission: create a slightly cute, cohesive, sophisticated Easter table using Grandma Davis China, in an eclectically curated space. I got this! Let’s break out the china, eyelet dresses, and straighten those bunny ears. We have a mission to complete.

Shopping Checklist:

  1. Placemats/Charges – Hobby Lobby
  2. Glasses/Vases – Hobby Lobby
  3. Flowers – Costco
  4. Paper Mache Eggs – World Market
  5. Porcelain Bunnies – Hobby Lobby
  6. Napkins – Hobby Lobby
  7. 1 set of Bunny Ears
  8. 1 Classic Eyelet Dress – Elle&Em Boutique – Lees Summit, MO

The white lace placemats, pearl pink chargers, plastic rose pink goblets were all from Hobby Lobby. The placemats and chargers were a subtle way to add texture and a soft landing for the bold printed china.

I went for a classic stripe for napkins. I refused to do solid colors so because of my stubbornness I was only left with 1 choice. Once I started setting up I realized the colors were a little off and didn’t complement the tablecloth print. That is why I opted for the napkins displayed in the rose pink glasses. It was a great way to add some varying heights while also adding my signature print mixing.

Costco is my go to for flowers on a budget. It would be a sin if you didn’t incorporate spring tulips to your Easter floral arrangements. I picked up a variety of white and red/yellow and one bunch of yellow Hydrangeas. There really wasn’t a whole lot of arranging to do. I let these flowers lay where they wanted and it turned out gorgeous.

Next is the centerpiece. I found these white porcelain pitchers for the flower vessels. I also grabbed a variety of bunnies and large porcelain eggs to fill in a few gaps.

Who knew tablecloths were so hard to find? Once again, Anthropologie to the rescue!

I hope this post helps you discover your inner Grandma Emmie. Happy Easter!