Outdoor Console Refresh {A DIY Project}

Work continues on our back porch refresh, we're not ready for the reveal yet, but progress is being made so I thought I'd share a little DIY we recently completed for the space. 

back porch preview!!

back porch preview!!

Adding additional surface area for food, drinks and entertaining was high on my list of must-haves for our refreshed space. I wanted something that would coordinate and tie in our iron and stone dining table, but after lots of endless searching I wasn't finding anything I loved that was also in the budget. Typical, right? 

Enter this beauty.

Ok, so she's not much to look at now, but she does have iron legs (that have a certain European feel to them) which means she can obviously be outside - bonus. And she's fairly budget friendly - also a bonus. So let's see what we can do with a little creative thinking.

First a trip to the stone warehouse for the perfect remnant. 

Then a little coat of paint to tone down the gold.

Yes, I'm usually a fan of gold, but not on this table. Outside. On our porch. 

Voila! As they say...

With not much effort and a minimal extra cost I got the perfect console for our outdoor space. Yeah for progress! And porch weather. And wine on the porch. And just wine in general. 

More to come...

5 Inspirational Porches

5 Inspirational porches to get your Spring re-fresh groove on...

I've been pinning my little heart out, gaining inspiration for our upcoming porch re-fresh. Wanna see some things that have caught my eye? Of course, you do!

Loving the multi-functionality of this space, all the neutrals and continuity throughout. 

Similar to the first porch in terms of neutrals but with a lot more plants and more of a cozy, homey feel.

Can you say greenery? Love it! But, in our climate with my semi-black thumb and summer travel schedule probably not terribly practical. If you can do it, awesome, have me over!

Palms! Love me some palms. This feels way more tropical, in a good way. Also digging the mixed textures with metals, stone, glass and whicker. Collected, but not disjointed. 

I tried to stay away from all the hanging bench/chair/beds because I know it's not a possibility in our space, but man, it's hard. They all look so fun!

I do love a brick porch though, and those palms! Again with the palms. Mixed materials, neutrals, greenery...ah, yes, I can see it all coming together in my head. And I'm excited, very excited. 

More to come...

Bonus Room Reveal

It's reveal day! Bonus room reveal day, that is. I'm so excited to share this newly revamped space with you. Not only is it much easier to look at, but it's so much more functional now. In fact, we've used this space more since we finished the makeover than we have in the last 3 years combined. I'll take that as a measure of success!

Ok, here we go...welcome to the new bonus room.

Strikingly similar to our original inspiration moodboard, wouldn't you say?

I know you're thinking, "what happened to all the toys?" 

True, we did edit. A lot. But, we also just made better use of the space. The biggest change in terms of storage is the newly curtained alcove which doubles as a stage for shows as well as hidden storage for all the dress up and other show related malarky. 

The other "most loved" items ( like crafts, stickers, food/tea party/restaurant stuff ) are now in a larger bookcase, front and center, for easy access. 

Of course, we still have the toy closet at the far end of the bonus room. I didn't get rid of everything! Despite my best efforts :)

Once the storage and toy situation was under control, we were able to add in more seating and generally cozy up the space. Making the whole room a much more family friendly destination. 

We embraced the gold vinyl dot decals that have been an accent in the space for several years and dotted the rest of the walls, too. I even let the kids go wild with decals in their curtained alcove, I'm a nice Mom like that. 

The table, which now occupies one of the alcoves, is paired with navy metal chairs and a hanging paper lantern, offering the perfect spot for lego building, coloring and crafting. Lighting has always been an issue in the bonus room, the two new lanterns have really transformed the mood in this space.

In terms of coziness, you can't beat a huge, plush, patterned rug. Lucky for me, this rug has been in my collection for awhile. I never found just the right spot for it, until now. 

I can't believe I made it this far in the post without talking about my double chaise situation. Love them. So happy and such a comfy, cozy spot for movie watching. Best decision, ever. 

A couple last elements that I have to mention - the curtains, of course the fleecy bean bags, and all the wonderfully cozy and cuddly textiles. 

What kind of a reveal post would this be without a flashback to where we started. 

My how far we've come...

I think it's safe to say we're all in love with the newly revamped space. 

More to come...

Recent Projects

It's been awhile since I've shared progress on some recent project - so today's the day! Aren't you lucky!

This moodboard is the inspiration for a front sitting room in a historic home here in Charlotte. Working with the homeowners existing navy sofa, gray wing chairs and love for antique industrial style we've reworked the layout to maximize seating while making the most out of a somewhat awkward (yet very charming) space. Almost all the main pieces are in place now, just awaiting finishing touches. Loving how this space is coming together to create a functional, cozy entrance to their home. 

This moodboard is the inspiration for a family room space in the same historic home. With both pets and children in mind, we've chosen durable items that can stand a bit of use like warm weathered leather, slipcovered furniture and highly patterned rugs. Personally, I love combining antique or vintage textiles with more modern elements to create a layered room. This space is in the very beginning stages, now I can't wait to see how it all comes together. 

This moodboard is the inspiration for a beautiful formal dining room filled with family heirloom furniture for a repeat client. In an effort to lighten, brighten, and modernize the existing dining set we've gone with a neutral yet statement making rug and modern art. I love the juxtaposition of the traditional and modern elements. This space is, also, nearing completion - I'm hoping I'll be able to share the final images with you soon.

The final project we're sharing today is another front sitting room from the same house as above. This particular space is used as a music room/secondary TV watching/library and all around family space. The client loves and takes inspiration from sea-inspired colors, instead of reinventing the wheel we've re-imagined some similar concepts from their family room (which we completed last year). The original plan included similar toned upholster furniture in velvet and linen to offset their existing leather chair. This space is still very much a work in progress, I'm excited to see it evolve. 

I hope you've enjoyed this little peak behind the scenes of our design process. 

More to come...