Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Toddler Bedroom Ideas That Easily Transform To Teenage Rooms

Summer is a good time to re-decorate childrens bedrooms.   Schedules are not as hectic as they are during the school year and some kids are at away camp, allowing parents to even surprise their cuties with a hot new room when they come home.  When looking to re-design your child's bedroom keep these 3 factors in mind:

Think about         1. Space         2. Look         3. Function.

Choose your kids bed carefully to get you the best space planning possible (see BEDS THAT GROW WITH YOUR KIDS).  Create a look that works with your child as he/she grows (see FOCAL WALL POWER below).  And lastly make the bedroom as functional as possible by investing in the right furniture (see FURNITURE THAT IS THE RIGHT INVESTMENT below).


Daybeds are excellent bed options for toddler rooms because they allow more space in the center of the bedroom to play.  These beds become relaxed sofa seating for friends when the child gets older.  Add a trundle to allow friends to sleep over!

Another flexible option is to buy a twin or full sized bed on a simple metal frame.  No big decorative head and foot board with it.  Without the bulky frame around it you can easily move it around their bedroom from front and center as toddlers, to pushed up against a wall lengthwise to be more of a bohemian hang out spot, or allow more casual seating in a tight space.  

Here are some examples below:

*With a little DIY you can re-use lighting and furniture by gently sanding the piece with fine grade sand paper, wipe it clean, then spray paint it in a well ventilated area.  


Applying a theme to your kids bedrooms can be so fun but as your children get older they may grow out of it and request changing it up.  If you choose to go crazy and bold on just one focal wall, and keep the other walls a soft neutral color, it will not be as laborious and expensive to make changes.  

Below are great examples:


Invest in furniture that will grow with your child.  I would avoid buying an expensive matching furniture set when your child is really young.  I have worked on my share of children bedrooms and have heard over and over again from parents 'Do you know anyone who wants this childrens furniture set?  We spent a lot of money on it but doesn't work any more.'  If you want a car bed for your son who loves automobiles, look to local second hand shops, or online sources like Craigslist or Ebay.  

The piece of furniture I would invest in is a bookcase or two!  It grows with your children.  As kids accumulate more home made objects, awards, and books, its a wonderful space saver for all that stuff!  

A great way to use your bookcase if your bedroom is small, is to place it next to your kids bed.  Narrow bookcases like the ones shown below look great with wall sconces screwed into sides.  

*notice how the daybed, as well as the bed with no decorative frame, shown above, work so well flanked by the bookcases!

Buy your furniture as your child grows and needs it.  Don't be afraid of mixing up finishes with the pieces you choose.  An eclectic blend of furnishings will keep your childs room special.

Keep the above ideas in mind and have a ball with bedding, pillows, decor and artwork!  Wall decals are great choices (writing, characters, and even wall scenes).  They can be found everywhere these days, are affordable, and easily removable.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Outdoor Patio Color Combos That Rock For 2015

Here are some fabulous color combinations for outdoor decorating summer 2015

Coral and shades of gray.  The colors look vintage and make me smile.  From pale blue gray pillows to a slate gray chevron rug, the room pulls you in without being overwhelming.  

Sea green.  Floral patterns are hot again, and the cushions look so comfy in the light sea green color.  It works wonderfully with the light tones of the wood and the rattan cubes.  The white garden stools peeking through go perfectly.  SO SERENE!!!

Red!  Its classic and bold.  This designer uses the red color to tie together furniture that uses mixed finishes.  The red lanterns are great finishing touches.  At night they must glow gorgeously!

Purple.  Light wood is on a rise in decorating.  Its soft so what better color to pair with it than purple!  A soft lavender shade works well.  

Navy blue with LOTS of pattern and color.  Mixing patterns and colors can look really great when planning is involved!  When mixing patterns remember to use small repeated pattern with large pattern, instead of large pattern with larg pattern.  That can work against you causing a fight for attention.  In the photo above the tight lattice patterned cushions allow the colorful lage patterned pillows to shine.  

Navy blue and lime green.  Deep blues are really happenin' right now so I had to show anotehr photo using this color.  When used with a very saturated color like lime it looks so yummy!

Black and white!  It can be easy and fun to do stripes when working with this color combo.  

More black and white.  Here's another example of black and white combination; very tailored look!

Shades of white.  Layger of whites and creams turn a porch into a soft cloud!

Gray and volumizing color pops.  Gray cushions with bold hues of yellows, greens and blues bring a mix of todays hottest neutral with a few vibrant accent pieces.

Turquoise and teals are also so hot!  I am hooked on them.  I did a quick ONE DAY porch makeover at my own home this past weekend.  It's kid approved!

CLICK HERE to see how I used turquoise in a one day porch makover (I list where I bought the products).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tomorrow on TV Shosh Talks Outdoor Decorating Color Combos That Are Hot

Get your sunglasses out!  Yes its that time of year to be outside.  Whether its to relax with a drink, play around, or grill up something tasty, you might be in the mood for decorating your outdoor space.  

Tomorrow morning at 8:50 am watch Shosh on WFMZ TV 69 News At Sunrise talk about Color Combinations For Decorating Outdoors!  We have combed Pinterest, Houzz and other blogs for ideas!  After the show we will share photos and ideas on this blog!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

How I Added Color To My Back Patio In A Day

 This morning my back porch looked like this.............


After a quick trip to some local stores, 
my back porch looks like this.......

My lil' assistant and I had so much fun adding some turquoise color to our backyard.  We think its so lovely and the total cost to do it was inexpensive!

Above is the list of products we used.  

I am working on a blog post that will be full of more wonderful color combinations for outdoor decorating summer 2015...come back soon!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Instant Bathroom Makeover

I was recently called to a clients home to update her main bathroom.  This was a fun project!  Here is a list of the changes we made:
  1. Replaced Flooring
  2. Replaced Countertop
  3. New rectangular under mounted sinks
  4. Replaced Faucets
  5. Replaced Cabinet Pulls
  6. New Pendant Lighting
  7. New towel rings and hooks
  8. Painted The Cabinets
  9. Walls/Ceiling Painted
  10. New Window Shade

When updating a bathroom, a sophisticated, simple and clean look will stay current and stylish for years to come.   

Key things to think about: Make sure you have good lighting, and for easy to clean functionality stick with undermounted sinks.

Wall paint: Benjamin Moore HC-171
Cabinet paint: Benjamin Moore AC-29

Tile Flooring: Cedir Country Wood (color - Sabia) 

We replaced the two recessed lights with ceiling pendants.  I made sure the new pendants ceiling plate measured larger than the homeowners bathroom current resessed lights so it would be an easy install; I also chose a pendant with an adjustable cord so I could hang them as high as I wanted.  Lights Off........

Lights On!

A nice fat apothecary jar and soap dispensers adorn the countertop.

A unique pair of button artwork for above the toilet finishes the room off.  DONE!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Staging Kitchen Displays DAY ONE

Today was DAY 1 of staging four kitchen displays at Kitchens by Design.  We are so excited to be a part of their project.  

The challanging part is that we are working with four completely different themed displays!  A rustic chic, a contemporary glam, and two traditional displays with zaps of bold color!  We can't wait to the new lighting in, the new stools, and wall decor.  We found this enormous wall pocket watch clock, a shutter chalkboard, porthole mirror on a rope, and more!

See more photos from today at our Love Your Room facebook page.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Add 2015 Spring Colors To Your Home

Pantone has pretty 2015 hues but I have my favorites!  Check them out:

I love using the colors above against a soft beige or grey (or the ever trending 'greige') background.  Try adding one, or a combination of these colors, as accents in a room with soft wall color.

I am tired of seeing all this white snow outside.  I'm itching for spring when we clean out, renew and revive our homes.   Are you going crazy for the briliant colors of spring?  To scratch my itch, over the weekend I started to work on my family room, to infuse the color teal.  Check the progress (also see snow out the window):

My family room

My family room

I moved into this new house last June and now that the demolition part is over, we are able to put some much needed touches in!  I went for light painted walls and bold accents like using this Benjamin Moore CSP-705 color in the bookcase, and adding lots of teal accents.  It is really inviting and fresh to me.  

Besides teal, spring decorating is looking delicious in hot shades of lime, tangerine and rosy warm reds.

Below is Pantones list of 2015 Spring Colors

Some are bright and some are reminiscent of 1980s pastels.

Fun ways to bring Spring 2015 Colors into YOUR home:

Bring Color In With The Power of THREE

Start with a fresh light beige or gray on the walls (try Sher Williams Reliable White or Ben Moore's Shoreline). Next bring on the color in THREES!  If you didn't get in your color in at least three areas then you did not take it far enough.

Can you spot The Three in these inspirational rooms?
Margaret Donaldson

Well balanced bedroom because of these blue/green THREE:
                              1. Drapes pull your eye up.
                              2. Bed pillows carry your eye to the left side of the room.
                              3. Accent chair then carries the eye to the right side of the room.

Rethink Design Studio

Fresh Coastal Feelin' because of these THREE:
                                         1. Painted furniture (try painting one of your own pieces!)
                                         2. Reupholstered cushion.
                                         3. Bold pillows across back of entire neutral sofa.

Olive Interiors

Funky Colorful Office because of these THREE:
                                        1.  Large artwork 
                                        *(make your own art using the 2015 colorful paints - try abstract or pattern of chevron or moroccan motif!)
                                       2. Lamp shade (Many retailers sell colorful patterned shades)
                                       3. Seating -eclectic mix of upholstered desk chair, ceramic garden stool and bamboo one.

Paint your front door ON THE INSIDE your house
LOVE THIS!  People tend to forget to address how the front door looks inside the house, concentrating solely on the outside.  I encourage the use of color on your front door INSIDE your home to get a beautiful pop of color!  Here are some inspirational painted door photos:

Teal, turquoise and lime shades boost any inside door

*Don't forget about your back doors.  Paint the inside a beautiful shade of your favorite color.  

Add Color to the back of your Media Unit & Bookcase
Have a dark big piece of furniture?  Lighten and brighten it by painting the back piece a striking color!  Check these ideas out:

Dove gray with orange back and shelves really make a soft yet powerful statement.
Easiest way to transform a dull room is to install window treatments with bold color.  Neutral rooms turn into 

DIY Paint Lift
I love renewing used pieces like turning this old wooden basket into an 'Art Supplies' holder.  
I added the lime green stripe using paint.  Using a pencil I wrote 'ART SUPPLIES', then using white paint and a thin paint brush, went over the letters.

Here it is!

Here is the basket tucked inside a painted accent table.  I love revitalizing worn furniture pieces.  A simple paint lift turns it into something new!!

Furnishings That Are You Can Get Right Now

Want ideas for furniture and accents you can get now?  If you are looking to add some new pieces to your home to get the soft pastel and bright finish look, here are some that rock!
Pottery Barn Clerks Console Table is a really pretty piece in person!  I used it recently in a family room and it showed off beautifully looking vintage in a soft blue.

I used this drape in my family room (photo at beginning of this blog post)!  It needed a little steaming but looks great (I used a pair on either side).

At 58"s wide this vibrant art piece is a great buy!  I dig the colors and the abstract fun!
Patchen Ottoman at West Elm is a bold piece to give the middle of your room a smile!  The elongated honeycomb pattern looks great.

This Robin Arm Chair has a beautiful green color and my favorite, nail heads!

The Cubed or Ovate pillow cover is 20", perfect for large scale color infusion, and has a luxurious look.  These colors are right on trend!