Thursday, October 30, 2014

Week 5 of the One Room Challenge: Project Office

Welcome to week 5 of the One Room Challenge, where, thanks to Linda from Calling it Home, bloggers are invited to transform a room in 6 weeks and showcase their work on Linda's wonderful blog!

If you're new here, I'm transforming a little nook in our staging warehouse to create an office space!

This week, I added some desk accessories.  These colorful pencils are from an Etsy shop that I'll be profiling in an upcoming post.  I love the bright colors and the happy etched 'summertime quotes' on each pencil.

Next up, I made a kilim bench out of a fab rug that I scored on Ebay.  Yes, you read that right, I made it myself.  It will be a great place for my clients to kick their feet up when we are discussing interior design plans! (And, yes I'll do a tutorial, coming soon, on this easy-peasy DIY)

I found myself with a little situation, still needing to disguise our art storage from sight when walking into the office.  I could have continued the drapery along the ceiling............

But I decided to create colorful screen using more vintage Brunschwig & Fils fabric.

Pretty right?

Still to do....find a place to hang these darling prints I purchased from The Pink Pagoda.

Plus, I still need to hang a sign on the my new office door, telling everyone where I am! :)

See you next week for the final reveal!

Click here to see all the other participants of the One Room Challenge!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Week 4 of the One Room Challenge

Seriously, this is going fast and furious and it is so fun!  Thank you Linda from Calling it Home for creating the One Room Challenge, where bloggers transform a room in 6 weeks!

Here we are at week 4 already!

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know, I love abstract art, I love painting, designing, sewing, reupholstery, and I could go on and on and on.....

So last week's link is here, and I am getting really close to finishing this sweet little office makeover.
When I was at the Salvation Army picking up the bookcases that I highlighted last week, I also found a couple of old oak side tables that would be perfect for holding my fabric books.  After painting them a glossy white, this is what they look like:

And of course they needed a piece of art to be placed above each one, so I did some painting and framed them in Ribba frames from Ikea.

Here's how it started:

I used Frog Tape to tape out my dimensions, and then started painting strokes in my chosen colors from Golden Fluid's.  I'm a huge fan of acrylic paint!

Pretty colors make me smile!  

Tune in next week, when I debut some more art from The Pink Pagoda and a DIY kilim bench!

To see all the other One Room Challenge Linking Participants, click here!


Thursday, October 16, 2014


Week 3 of the One Room Challenge Linking Event (created by Linda of Calling it Home -- where participants are challenged to design a room in 6 weeks) is here!

Truth be told, this project is buzzing along, and I'm almost done and it's only week 3!  I do have a couple of DIY's that I'll be sharing in the coming weeks, so hang in there with me!

Remember the funky bookcases I shared about last week from the Salvation Army?
Well, here they are now, painted with white gloss paint and styled up on the side wall of my office!

In case you missed it, this is where I started:

One of my favorite things to do is style shelving.  This little guy was found at an estate sale.

I love my green cheetah print that I got from The Pink Pagoda on Etsy.  I framed it in a gold textured frame from HomeGoods, perched it on a stack of vintage books (covers torn off) and tied with twine! The sweet monkey is also an estate sale find, and the faux grass is from HomeGoods.

Yes, another close up of another shelf!

Remember this photo from Week 1?

It now looks like this!

The chairs and table are from Ikea, and I made the little lumbar pillows out of my inspiration fabric. The mirror was thrifted and had a boring oak frame, so I painted it white to match all of the other furniture.

The Lack Wall Shelf Unit from Ikea, now greets people who enter the door.

Stayed tuned for next week, when I hope to share a simple DIY bench project along with some fun finds from a consignment shop!

To see all the other ORC Linking Participants.  Click here.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ORC Linking -- Project Office Week 2

Welcome back for Week 2 of the ORC Link-Up!

If you're new here, I'm in the process of creating this:

ORC Inspiration

In this space:

Using this vintage fabric as my inspiration:

 I've made progress!  White curtains from Ikea have been hung to hide the back shelving area:

And, yes, I painted the walls orange!  I hung some sconces from Ikea (and used Rub n' Buff) to change the metal from chrome to antique gold.

Across the street from my office, there is a cute little thrift shop, where I found these:

They'll be perfect for holding pencils and odds and ends!  And then I found this little elephant for $1! The framed art is a little gem that I picked up a while back. :)

At my local Salvation Army, I hit the jackpot and found these fab vintage bamboo bookcases for $30 each.  Tune in next week to see their transformation!


Click here to see what my fellow participants are doing!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

One Room Challenge Time!

I'm thrilled to be participating in the One Room Challenge Linking Event created by Linda from Calling it Home!

In six short weeks, my goal is to transform a little room that is located in my staging warehouse, into a cute office where I can meet clients outside of my home!  Woot woot!  I can't tell you how excited I feel about having a 'real' office!  Since the last ORC Linking Event that I participated in, my business has really been booming (thank you Linda!! I'm so grateful!) and I need a place to store all my tile samples, carpet samples, fabrics (oodles and oodles of fabric!) that I work with every day.

Here's my inspiration and starting point:

Isn't this fabric lovely?  It's a vintage Brunschwig & Fils print!  A friend of mine recently gave me a few yards of this and I was instantly smitten!

And without further ado, here are some pics of the office space as it looks now:

Are you nervous for me?

Don't worry. I have a plan!
ORC Inspiration

My goal is to do this on a teeny tiny budget!

Tune in next week!


Click here to see the other participants!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back to School: Modern Dorm Room

We are taking my youngest son to college on Saturday, so I have dorm rooms on my mind!   ......And when Modani (a modern furniture company) asked me to create a 'dream dorm room', I figured this would be a fun way to express what I would love to see in a dorm room if I was going to college now as an 18 year old!

Modern Dorm Room

Art print//Art print//Purple Chair//Orange Pouf//Desk Chair//Desk//Buddha Bookends//Task Lamp// Blue Pillow//Purple Pillow//Blue Throw

I love a modern aesthetic and of course, I'm drawn to color.  But comfort while studying would be high on my list, so I would love a tall office chair and a desk with clean lines and an awesome task lamp. My text books would go between those darling Buddha bookends!

My walls would be adorned with colorful prints, and when I wasn't studying  I'd hang out in a bright comfy purple chair and rest my legs on that wild pouf!  I'd love a white duvet on my bed and then the throw a little color at it with the purple and blue pillows and throw.

Oh to be young and going off to school!  I have fond memories of my college career and I'm so looking forward to hearing about my son's new adventures!


(While Modani asked me to participate in their Back to School Project, I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.)

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Creating a Statement with Your Front Door

I enjoyed reading my friend Elizabeth's post (over at The Little Black Door) about her glass front door --- and how she feels about it.  It got me thinking about my front door, and the front doors that I'm currently designing for my clients.  

I love a front door that makes a personal statement.  Here is my front door.....

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I'm originally from Hawaii -- and now living in California. And when we remodeled our home a while back, I wanted my front door to speak a little bit about Hawaii and my past.

Collaborating with my friend and designer extraordinaire, Marion Philpotts of Philpotts Interiors (yes, I've written before about her -- we are dear friends and were classmates at Punahou School).......this front door is one of my favorite parts of our home.

Marion picked up the gecko door handle on a trip to Bali, and put me in touch with a metal worker to create a copper basket weave inset in a custom mahogany door.

I always like to use tropical looking plants in my front door pots, and I smile every time I look at the Bufo frog sculptures that were in our home in Hawaii.  The Buddha sculpture was a gift from my BFF and reminds me to remain 'in the present' and that life is beautiful!

E Komo Mai*

What about you?  Does your front door make a personal statement?  Email me a pic!  I'd love to see it!

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