Wednesday, May 30, 2012

LV coffee table book

Hello abode lovers and happy hump day! A few weeks ago Mister Husband and myself had a few of our friends come in to stay the weekend with us from out of town and to celebrate their engagement! It was fun for all, and my sweet abode guests brought me a little gift. I LOVE it. As many of you probably know, I'm a professional graphic designer and am in LOVE with beautiful design, paper and layout design. This Louis Vuitton Architecture and Interiors book is eye candy to a gal like me. I have poured over each page and am obsessed with the beautiful details in this lovely piece of coffee table heaven. 


There are pages of sketches that have been scanned in as well as ink drawings like these:


There are also beautiful pages of die cuts like these that keep the book super interesting. 


There's nothing like some good ole eye candy...


Thanks so much to our sweet, out of town guests for such a lovely gift for the abode! I hope all of you have a fabulous Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

baby girl nursery design

Good Morning abode lovers and Happy Tuesday! Can you believe that it's practically summer? It's so HOT already here in Alabama and it's not even June yet! I am seeing a lot of ice cream and Icees in my future. It looks like it's going to be a long summer! Anyway, I know it's been quite a bit since I've blogged, but I promise it's been for good reason. I've been all over the place lately and have had a little trouble getting inspired, sometimes, it happens! Thank goodness for fun and exciting projects to get my wheels turning once again--- 

This is a little design board that I did for a lovely lady in Alaska- she's having a baby girl and I was lucky enough to score the project for her nursery design! She loves giraffes, so I knew they would be a key part of the design. My client already had the giraffe bust from Anthropologie so I just ran with it! 


This is the initial design board:


Here is a layout of 3 views of the nursery. I adore the touches of black in this space. I know it's a bit different for a nursery, but I thought it was really fun. My favorite parts of the nursery are the bedding fabric and the mobile... the bunny silhouettes mobile just owns me.


Here is another view of the nursery. I love the elegant and simple lines of the Restoration Hardware dresser and the bone inlay mirror adds a lovely touch of whimsy and contrast to this side of the room. The jeweled sconces flanking the mirror are just the right amount of glamour for this baby girl's nursery. 



The third side of the room is where this sweet, roll out giraffe canvas via Pottery Barn Kids will live. It's soft and shouldn't get in the way of the changing table that rests beneath. 



After talking with my wonderful client, she and I decided to try the nursery without all of the black for a softer, more girlie look. I love this look as well!


While I love the first black and white option, these lamps via Anthropologie have been on my radar for a while and I just love them in this space! I also love the soft, scalloped edged mirror via West Elm. 


So, what are your thoughts? Do the abode lovers out there prefer the black and white more graphic nursery? Or the super sweet and soft second look? I am perfectly in love with BOTH and can't wait to see how the space comes together!

Monday, May 14, 2012

kara's bedroom

Hello abode lovers and Happy Monday! I hope all of you mothers out there had a great weekend. I know it's been a while since my last post (eek!) BUT I have something super fun to share with all of you today! I just finished up a precious room for an 8 year old named Kara here in Birmingham. I wanted to share the design boards with all of you because I just love the space so much! Kara is a sweet and sassy little thing, her only requests for the new space were #1 for her room to be painted a shade of blue and #2 to have a desk! Check out my plan for her space:


Here is a view of one wall in the room: 


Here is the opposite wall, we have many options as far as the two sliding doors are concerned, this is just one option to give an example of how the doors can function.  


Here are some of my favorite pieces for Kara's room (why can't all clients be as fun as an 8 year old?) 

First of all, this is the color that I decided upon. It's Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper and it's simply charming. It's a sweet, soothing color that's not too blue-- it is a great color for Kara. 



Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Candelabra lamp for the desk. I LOVE the glitz and glam that this little stunner brings to the space! You'll also notice all of the creamy tones that I've added to the space to soften the modern, white lacquer pieces in the space.


Alvarie Pillow via Anthropologie. Love this pillow, it brings in a lot of color while not feeling too juvenile. 


These precious prints via etsy are whimsical and young-- I have chosen a West Elm frame that has a rustic feeling silver toned frame with a brown linen mat surround. I really love the look of this set!




This is the first piece that I spotted for Kara's room. This Overdyed Terai Turquoise chair via Anthropologie is PERFECT for her desk! I love the pattern and I knew that my wee client would just love the color combination. 


Another goodie from Anthropologie that grounds the room in a perfectly girlie way is this gorgeous Floral Fresco Rug-- Isn't it just perfect?!? Here again, I love the creamy tones that help to soften the hard edges of some of the white lacquer pieces of furniture in the space. 


Now for the bed and bedding... Kara's room is often used as a guest bedroom so we wanted to go with something that wasn't too over the top girlie. We also wanted something that she could grow with. I think I found the answer! 

This Restoration Hardware Belgian Shelter Slipcovered bed is grand in scale and has simple, clean lines that work really well for this space. The fog gray color that we chose as the slipcover adds a nice masculine touch to all of the girlie details that live within this space. 


I chose a fun and quirky polka dot sheet set from PBteen to add a touch of silliness to this serious bed-- I love the hot pink and aqua for Kara.


And this, my dear abode lovers, is the fabulous duvet cover and shams that I chose for Kara. I LOVE the organic, frothy feel of this classic from Pottery Barn. Again, I love the mix of cream and white in this space, it creates such a light yet rich feeling in the bedroom. (I know that doesn't seem to make much sense, but hey, give me a break, it's Monday after all!)


For all of the sources for Kara's bedroom go here to my pinterest page for Kara. I have SO loved this project and cannot WAIT for it all to come together! I hope all of you have a fabulous Monday!

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