Sunday, July 5, 2015

Before & After - Outdoor Entertaining Area

Happy mid-summer friends!  It's flying by, isn't it?

One of my favorite things to do is entertain in my back yard when the weather allows.  We have large Nana Wall System doors that open out from our great room to our back patio, allowing us to use our back yard as an extension of our home during the summer.  

(Click here to read more about my outdoor seating area)

But to the right and back of the house, we have this dilapidated area.  I neglected to take a true 'before' picture before we started demo, but suffice to say, it had a tile countertop (the same tile that we used in our pool surround) that was breaking and crumbling.  We had an outdoor refrigerator that I had high hopes would have served as a place to house drinks for the kids when they were growing up, but instead it never really worked properly and we ended up just shutting off the power.  We had stainless steel cabinet doors (removed in photo below), where we kept sports equipment -- but ultimately the dark and damp cabinets just attracted black widow spiders!  Our Weber barbecue was parked to the right of the cabinet (removed in photo).

Lucky for me, my brother is a contractor (located in Hawaii) , and he came and lived with us for 3 weeks, helped me come up with an affordable design and a way to use the outdoor space more efficiently.  Then he built it for me! 

We ultimately decided that the area needed to have some shelter, and we designed a simple roof that matched the style that we already had on the house.  I didn't want to make a huge investment in an outdoor barbecue area with a stone countertop and built-ins, and I didn't want to buy a new barbecue, so we came up a with a clean and industrial look using a stainless steel countertop.  (Here's a pic of my brother building the new roof).

And here it is 'after'!

We created a plywood template for the countertop and a had a local metal shop fabricate it.  I wanted it to be 'bar-height' so I sourced restaurant bar legs on the internet and we bolted them into the concrete as the counter base.  Ultimately the goal was to have a usable space, and not have any cabinet areas where those pesky black widow spiders could live!

An inexpensive faucet and sink from Home Depot was added so we now have a place to rinse barbecue tools and wash our hands.  (That's a little air plant next to the faucet -- it makes me smile!)

As you know, I'm a huge consignment shopper and I found these little bronze buddha heads recently at a local shop, and had to have them.  Along with these funky demilune bowls....

When guests come, I simply throw some leafy cuttings from my garden in them for decoration.

The stainless steel stools are from Target (super affordable!) and provide a seating area for our guests to chat with the chef (aka me or my husband) while we are barbecuing.

And now the back yard area is complete!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How to decorate your first apartment on a budget- 4 tips

Decorating an apartment on a budget is on my mind right now, because my oldest son recently graduated college.....and will soon be moving out on his own.

So, how does one go from furnishing something that looks like this..... something that looks like this?  All on a budget?

(photo property of Price Style and Design)

The best way to curate a stylish and affordable living space is to create a mix of low and medium priced interior items. And by 'low and medium', I don't mean 'ugly or cheap'.  There are so many beautiful and stylish options available.

 Here are my tips on how to furnish and style an apartment while on a budget.

apartment living

Seriously, thrift shops have an awesome selection of super affordable glassware, pots, pans, cutlery, you name it.  I recently purchased an awesome set of champagne flutes for 50 cents each from my local Salvation Army!


While I wouldn't purchase a bed or a sofa (unless you had it professionally cleaned) on this site, Craigslist is a great resource for purchasing affordable casegoods for your apartment.  With a little paint, a change of hardware, or even plain old refinishing....a used piece of furniture can look new and unique!  (For DIY inspiration, check out Sarah M. Dorsey Designs -- her DIY and furniture refurbishing ideas area AMAZING!)

shop smart

Great deals are to be had at places like Target, Ikea, Urban Outfitters, West Elm and Minted.  I suggest creating a color plan and then shopping online first to get a feel for what it is you like -- create a mood board on Polyvore to see if what you like actually looks good together.

Amazing treasures can be found at consignment stores and flea the thrill of the hunt is always fun!  Start a collection of brass elephants, look for vintage mirrors, curate art that speaks to you and shop for interesting shaped vases or trays.

BTW, if you are in the Bay Area, the BEST consignment store EVER is Leftovers in San Francisco!

Creating a home takes time -- so don't rush it!  And enjoy living on your own!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Decorating with Books - 4 Styling Ideas

While one (major) part of my job is to create a living space for my clients, the second (and finishing) part is the accessorizing.

Books are my 'go-to' when styling coffee tables, consoles, bedside tables, bookshelves, and my signature 'tray of the day'....

Here are my tried and true book styling tips to create beautiful, decorative vignettes in your home.

Here are some sources for some artful additions to add to your decor....
Great books for decorating

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

9 Ways to Design a Bedroom on a Budget


Bedrooms are a great place to create a 'design on a budget'.  I thought I'd share some ideas on how to create a unique space for a minimal amount of money.  It includes a lot of DIY -- so get ready.....

Here are 9 ways to design a bedroom on a budget:

#1. Build a Headboard:

There are tons of DIY's out there to help you design and build your own head board.  
One of my favorite blogs to read is Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.  That girl can build anything!  She posted a tutorial on how to create a square headboard with wings that I followed to the T.  I used white duck fabric....and voila....a budget headboard...

#2.  Paint one wall a 'dramatic color':

Are you afraid to commit to color in a room?  Test it out by painting 3 of the 4 walls a neutral color and then painting that 4th wall with something wild!  In this room, I painted three walls white, and the 4th wall, is painted a dark charcoal gray.  It adds just enough drama for me, without making too much of a commitment.

#3.  Affordable Art:

Yes, affordable art is one of my favorite topics.  Scour your home and archives to find something that is meaningful to you... The art pieces that I've used came from, a local flea market, and Serena & Lily.

Create a blend of sizes, shapes and coordinating colors to fabricate a gallery wall.  (I used frames that I had on hand and used Rub n' Buff to unify the frame color).

 #4.  Shop Consignment Stores:

One of my favorite things to do!  There are such treasures to be found!!  This chair was a $50 consigment find originally.

I found some fabulous linen fabric from Home Fabrics for $6.00 a yard and had the chair professionally reupholstered. (Total cost for the reupholstery + the new fabric + the consignment chair = $450)

#5.  Anchor the room with an affordable rug:

I'm a rug junkie.  I love to search on Ebay and One Kings Lane for affordable rugs.  But this gem came from Urban Outfitters and it was very affordable!

#6. West Elm:

Yes. West Elm.  They have super affordable bedding options and the duvet and shams in this photo are from there!

#7. Unique Pillows:

Long lumbar pillows are such a fun addition to a bed. I made the kilim pillow out of a rug that I found on Ebay. Check this post for the details.  There are some great options for unique pillows, here and here.

#8. DIY Light Fixture:

Seriously, this is one of the most easiest, and most dramatic DIY's ever.  Take a simple shade from Ikea and hot glue origami papers (see my post here).  Add a sunburst mirror (minus the mirror) from HomeGoods and use it as a ceiling medallion....for drama.... (Oh and in case you are wondering....the wall was green when I shot this photo, but now it's charcoal gray...)

#9.  Add a bit of whimsy:

So, I'm going to let you in on one of my favorite design  I love, love, love this shopping site.  From affordable accessories, pillows, art and design inspiration, this site is one of my daily go-to's.  This 'garland' is from there, and while you could string it above a dresser, hang it on a mantle, wrap it around a towel bar... I chose to wrap it around a lamp I found from a consignment shop to add a little flair!

Total cost for this bedroom on a budget:

Paint:  $65
DIY Headboard:  $120
Chair: $450
Rug: $389
Art:  Already owned
Rug/Pillow DIY:  $65
Light Fixture:  $35 (does not include the price of the bandaids for the 3rd degree burns incurred while hot glue-ing the origami papers!)
Rainbow Garland:  $22
Consignment Lamp:  $15
Bedskirt from Target:  $15
Turquoise Bed Quilt: $99 (originally from Urban Outfitters, but no longer available...)
West Elm Duvet and Shams: $119


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Friday, May 22, 2015

How to Incorporate Family Photos into a Gallery Wall

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  It's been a busy week here at Price Style & Design -- and I'm looking forward to a few days off!  But before I start relaxing I thought I'd share a few thoughts on how to incorporate family photos into an affordable art wall in your home.

I've had two clients recently, who each have large families, that want to display family photos in the 'public' areas in their homes.  By 'public', I mean the areas that are viewable and accessible by guests/friends. 

In an effort to accomodate my clients' desire to view and enjoy photos of their family, but also provide an artful space that is pleasing and not too personal for guests, I referred them to to help curate and plan a creative looking art wall.

If you've been reading this blog for a know that I am an art fanatic.  I always discuss art as a part of the design process when meeting with my clients.  Art is like the frosting on the cake!  It can make a room shine!

Here are my tips to create an affordable art wall that incorporates family photos:

1.  Make sure that all of your family photos are printed in black and white. (Too much color, is dizzying!)
2.  Frame all of your photos in the same color frame.  (The frames don't need to be the same -- just the same color!)
3. Go to and check out their limited edition art section (my favorite part of their website)
4.  Search the limited edition art section for colors, style and genre that relate to eachother.  In the mood board above, I selected colors that were gray and chartreuse, but also simple and abstract.
5. Measure the space in which you want to place your art/photo wall, and then create a template (on paper) that provides for a variety of shapes of art/photos, whose perimeters roughly are a large square above your sofa or console table.  (And remember, don't hang your art too high!!)

I love the way has interesting options to showcase your family photos:

My final tip, is that when creating an art/family photo wall, err on the side of art versus family photos in a public space.  Save the family photos for your bedroom, your work space, photo albums or facebook....this is just my humble opinion.

One final thing......check out the stationery, home decor  and wedding invitation options at  Seriously fab!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

4 Styling Tips to Create a Unique Outdoor Entertaining Space

Hello!  Summer is rapidly approaching and I'm so excited to be entertaining outside again!  Recently, I added a few updates to our outdoor living and entertaining area, and I thought I'd share my tips for creating a unique space.

Tip #1:  Add an outdoor rug!
I used to think that outdoor rugs were not super practical.  But after doing a little research, I found that Surya makes really durable and relatively inexpensive indoor/outdoor rugs.  I love how an outdoor rug can really create cohesiveness to an outdoor space.
Well priced Surya rugs are available here.

Tip #2:  Create an eclectic look with your outdoor furniture.
You all know I dislike a matchy-matchy look when creating a room, and I feel the same way about outdoor spaces. While my chairs, cushions and ottomans came from Restoration Hardware (and I'm lucky we have an outlet nearby, where I acquired some of the pieces at a fraction of the price) -- I wanted a unique coffee table.  I found this coffee table/stand with a glass top on Etsy, and I asked the seller if she would sell it to me at a reduced price if I provided my own glass top -- making it easier for her to ship the item to me from the East Coast to the West Coast and reducing any chance of glass breakage.  She was agreeable, and the item arrived here really quickly and I love it!

Tip #4:  Curate a mix of outdoor pillows.
As I mentioned in this post, I can't stand 'run of the mill' outdoor pillows.  Create a color mix of pillows that speak to your personal aesthetic and don't settle for what's 'typical' in outdoor pillows!

I acquired these pillows through One Kings Lane, this Etsy shop and made a few using fabric from my own fabric stash. :)

Tip #4:  Shop your own home when styling your outdoor table.
Yes, I love a good potted plant as an outdoor centerpiece, but often times I forget to water it and it dies quickly!  Instead, I move things around from inside to the outside when guests arrive and I can create a quick styled vignette using items that I already own.  Trader Joe's has the most awesome and affordable orchids -- and they last for a very long time!!! 

I hope this inspires you to 'think outside of the box' when fine tuning your outside space!

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

"Kid Friendly" Family Room Reveal

Hi there!  I was finally able to run over to see one of my fave clients on Friday to snap a few photos of the family room that we completed a few months back and I thought I would share it with you! 

Here it is!!!

My clients are a young family with two little girls.  The goal was to create a room that was sophisticated but very kid friendly.

Aqua, Gray and Yellow Family Room

The design plan included a cheetah print rug because it would be so forgiving if anyone spilled food or beverages on it.  Sourced at a local carpet shop, we had a custom size cut and bound in black tape. We chose a large sectional from Pottery Barn in a dark fabric (again, to hide any potential spills or stains) and then added brightness with a tufted aqua velvet ottoman from World Market and pillows from Etsy.

I love to use to create design boards for my clients.  It really helps people visualize how things are going to look.  I sent my client this board with my decorative pillow suggestions for the sectional and she was able to purchase them directly from the fabulous pillow fabricators on etsy.

Etsy pillows for JD

The room called for a large media cabinet to run the length of one wall -- so we got two cabinets from Ikea and then mounted some fabulous hardware on the front of the doors to glam them up.

Isn't it amazing how hardware can make such a difference?

One other little jewel that we added to the room was a pretty light fixture from Shades of Light.  

The ceilings are 8 feet high and we selected this trellis chandelier because it was light and airy looking. We hung it close to the ceiling with only one or two links of chain so that it would look like it was meant to be a semi-flush mount fixture.  It's one of my favorite additions to the room!

The other light source comes from two lamps on tall cabinets that flank the windows on either side in the back of the room.  You can see one of them behind the sofa in this photo.

The lamps came from Pottery Barn.

The room was completed with a "Tray of the Day".  (Follow me on instagram @pricestyleanddesign to see a variety of other tray vignettes).  Trays are so fun to style!

Thanks for stopping by!  Please email me if you would like to hire me to refresh your space!