Masculine Office Inspiration

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I am working on an office plan for someone near and dear to me.  More on that later.  I have been gathering images to share with  my special client and wonder if he will like these...

I really love the look of dark walls paired with warm wood tones.  One thing is certain, texture will be key in pulling off this space.  Mixes of metal finishes, think chrome, brass, and dull metals.  Nubby fabrics paired with crisp stripes and leather.  Also, my client is adamant about having a wall gallery in his office.  This should be fun....

On-line Client: Part 2

Monday, February 27, 2012

Thank you for all of the nice comments you left on Friday's post! As promised, today I will share a few more pictures of the entryway. Please keep in mind, the project is not complete. The front door has been primed, but has not yet been painted.

New lighting, hooks for storage, wall color, and a new rug were on the wish list for the foyer.  In this image, the walls had already been painted the new color.

Here is the mood board I created for the space.  As always, these are suggestions and then my clients have the final say.  

As you can see from the above image, my clients added the extra rug by the door and a different hook system was implemented.  We opted for hooks around the corner on the adjacent wall leading to the playroom rather than hanging them just inside the door.  Also, we decided to go with a different lamp that was better suited for the high traffic area.  The pop of red is a fun welcome.

I love this shot from upstairs!  Honestly, it reminds me of my own home where 90% of the time the pillows are on the floor among other things.  If you missed the post about the family room, you can read about it here.  My clients are not afraid of taking on inexpensive diy projects to improve their home.  The butterfly prints you see in the foyer as well as the fern prints by the tv were printed from Vintage Printable (free).  They are all framed in inexpensive frames from ikea.

The upstairs received a pretty new lantern, and a fresh coat of paint on the walls and knee wall cap (had been oak). 

A wall of photos was added to the landing and is visible from the foyer as well as the upstairs.

This family has been very good to me!  We are now working on a master bedroom plan and I feel certain there will be pictures to share very soon.

Need help with a room?  Sometimes a mood board is all you need to jump start the process.  For more information go here

On-line Client : Part 1

Friday, February 24, 2012

If any of you are sitting on the fence about painting your oak stair rail, this might convince you.


Last fall, one of my on-line clients asked for my help with her entryway/stairway.  One of my recommendations was to paint the stair rail black and to add photography on the landing.  This might make me the most boring person on earth, but when I finally get to see pictures of a plan coming together, I get crazy excited.  Yesterday I received a few pictures of the updates.


How is that for an improvement?  My clients were already planning to remove the carpet and refinish the stairs (good call).  Do you not love the photography?! 

I will share a few more pictures Monday.  Have a great weekend!

Idea for Displaying Your Child's Ribbons and Client Work

Thursday, February 23, 2012

If you have kids who participate in individual sports such as swimming or horseback riding, then you know how many ribbons come with the sport.  I recently worked with a client who wanted a storage/display solution for the ribbons that were taking over her daughter's room. 

I showed her this image and she loved it!

I suggested using a large 24 X36 cork board, around $35 from an office supply or big box store.  To achieve this layered look, start pinning ribbons using thumb tacks at the bottom and work your way up.  The more ribbons, the better.  

This was all part of a mood board plan for the room.  The wall color (bright green) and furniture (black) were remaining in the room. For some reason I cannot upload a before picture.

Because the walls are such a strong green, I thought it was best to go with white bedding and bring color in through accent pillows.

I also planned a mood board for the adjoining bathroom.

I went with a strong pink for the cabinet base and decorator's white on the walls.  Mom likes it and my fingers are crossed that her daughter does too.  Is it possible for a mother and daughter to agree?  We shall see...

In Search of the Right Color

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

We all know how difficult finding the right color can be for our homes.  I am excited to let you in on a new website called My Colortopia that makes this sometimes daunting task easier for us.  Do you recognize any of the famous bloggers?  They are all contributors who will help guide you through the process of finding colors that are right for you.

I invite you join me here to learn more about what My Colortopia has to offer and a fun little quiz that will help you find colors that fit your lifestyle.  By the way, have you ever wondered how I go about choosing colors for a room?  You can find out right here.

DIY Abstract Art

Monday, February 20, 2012

One of my favorite ways to round out a traditional room is through modern art.  Because original art doesn't always fit into the Cottage & Vine budget, I attempted to paint an abstract myself.  Artists, please avert your eyes.  This in no way compares to your talented hand and eye, but it does make me happy to see a splash of pretty color where I needed it most.

 To get started, I picked up a 20 x 24" canvas from Micheal's for around $10 with a coupon.  We have a stockpile of acrylic craft paints in random colors.  My goal was to bring colors in from the floral bed pillow. 

This is not a very scientific or even artistic approach, but I began randomly painting colors on the canvas, layering, and blending as I went.

Here is the final result.  It reminds Mom and me of a bed of peonies.  You might have to really squint or stand on your head ;) to see it too.
The chest of drawers was given to me when I was a little girl.  The four post bed is one of two beds that Dad made.  Both are very traditional, but with the right accessories and art it all balances out nicely.

And the Curtain Color is...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sunshine and Fridays make me one happy girl!  I have been waiting for the sun to shine to take an updated picture of the master bedroom updates.  Sorry it took all week!

You might remember my one shoe off, one shoe on post when I was trying to decide what to do about curtain color.  The choices were gray and peacock  and I chose.....

neither actually.  Ha!  The color is dark blue.  I picked up some floral fabric in a remnant pile last year not knowing what I was going to do with it.  I happened to find it the other day when I was cleaning out a cabinet so I made pillow cover and it ties everything together.  I love the way there is a balance of cool and warm tones and it just feels right. 

Still on the to do list is art which I will share soon and new cushions for the window seat.  That's all for now.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What a difference a little trim makes.  Over the weekend I picked up some ribbon from Joann's and stitched it onto a pair of linen curtains.  It really makes this neutral room pop!  This is a table by our front door and I try to keep a fresh branch or flowers (this time camellias) from the garden here as a welcome home.  It only seemed fitting to use an owl vase here.  We have a pair of Barred owls in our neighborhood and they have been calling for each other in the early evenings.  The first time my son and I saw them we felt like we were in a Harry Potter movie.  It was incredible!  Their call sounds like "who cooks for you" and you can hear it right here.  In case you are wondering, I picked up my owl and chevron tray here

Happy Valentine's Day!


A Random Monday Post

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pardon my randomness today.  I managed to accomplish a long to-do list over the weekend that included hanging curtains, adding trim to curtains, etc.  More on that hopefully later this week. 

Yesterday I picked a few hellebores from the garden to enjoy on my desk.  It is around 20 degrees this morning and these pretty little flowers are not phased one bit by the cold.  I love that they bloom when few other plants dare to. 

Speaking of the desk, my husband hooked up a second screen for me to use and I love it!  It makes working so much easier to have two screens to work from. 

Last but not least, the mirrors are officially gold and what a difference this made in warming up the room!  I will have more pictures to share soon.  The curtains are hung (I will keep the color a surprise) and now I need to make a pillow cover and some diy art.  These should all be fun projects to share. 

Curtains, The Look for Less

Friday, February 10, 2012

Have you seen the latest Adore Home?  If not, carve out a little time this weekend to click through.  The fresh inspiring interiors will not disappoint. 

When I saw the following images, a diy project immediately came to mind....

 Isn't the trim detail great?  Solid curtains sometimes need a little more interest to make them pop.  Often you see trim on the leading or outer edge, but I rather like this version with horizontal stripes do you?

Even though these curtains appear to be silk or chintz, you could make you own version using a pair of Ritvas and adding grosgrain ribbon.  You could fancy them up even more by adding pinch pleats to the top.  Ritvas are so inexpensive you could double them for added fullness.  I might even try it myself.

This reminds me of my client who wanted horizontal striped curtains in her living.  We considered a couple of options, but when I showed her this image (thank you Fran) she knew in an instant that this was what she wanted.  I am so lucky to have clients with great style.

The plan is to add ribbon to achieve this look.  I cannot wait to see the results! 

Happy weekend!

We Buy Gold...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

It is no secret that I have always loved gold, que Barbara Mandrell singing "I was country when country wasn't cool".  You young people have no idea what I am talking about do you?  Crickets.  There are a few diy projects using gold paint that have me wanting to clear off my schedule for the next day or so and get creative with a can of gold spray paint.

Just look at these fun projects...

Dad made several trays like this and I think adding gold stripes would be the perfect update, by A Daily Something

Gold staples, what?!  This idea by Twig & Thistle - brilliant!

This chair by Brittany Makes makes me want to go to thrift store asap!

Love these gold trimmed business cards by Camille Styles!

We all know Cassie is the rock star of DIY.  She has me wishing we had held on to all those animals I used to trip over back in the day.  Who knew a plastic elephant to be so chic?

Do you have a gold project you would like to share?  Leave a comment.

Styling Around the TV

Monday, February 6, 2012

Many of us have a love/hate relationship with our tv's - especially when there are multiple focal points in a room such as fireplace and tv.  I have touched on this topic before here and still receive questions about what to do because each home comes with a unique layout.  Because of the complicated layout of our family room, with no regrets we made the decision to mount the tv over the fireplace.  It was absolutely the thing to do for us.

For quick reference I created a pinboard called media on Pinterest where I pin examples of how tv's fit into decor.  Many of the images are of tvs located over the mantel, but here are a few examples of keeping the two focal points separate.

Turner Davis via Decor Pad

This image reminds me of a plan that I created for one of my clients.

Check out more here on Pinterest.

Savor NC - Before & Afters

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Friday!  I thought I would leave you with some pretty eye candy from my home state of North Carolina today.  Everyone loves a good before & after and these three rooms will not disappoint.

 The first room is by Kathryn Dixon.  The use of soft blues/grays and creamy browns set the mood for this peaceful living room.  The furniture arrangement gathered around the fireplace adds to the rooms relaxing vibe.  The pops of color through flowers and the blue throw give the perfect punch, no?

 Also by Kathryn Dixon, a very convincing example of going white with kitchen cabinets; in this case BM White Dove.  Mixing carrara marble on the island and black granite on the counter tops was an excellent way to bring contrast while keeping this kitchen fresh and airy. 

 The next room is by Emily Taft.  This is a perfect example of how a few key accessories and fabrics can make the difference between traditional and modern traditional. 

You can read more about these transformations right here

Today, this special boy turns 16 so let the celebrating begin!  I plan to make "you'll love me forever cake" that I learned about from Tessa because like his mama, this boy loves him some chocolate.  Have a great weekend!