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My Client’s Rock!!
May 12, 2010, 4:40 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I have to say, I have the BEST clients. In most instances, I have to be dragged away from their homes kicking and screaming when our project ends.  We have formed a bond through their project.  I have seen most of them at their best and worst and many in their pajamas too!  The good news is that we usually stay in touch and hopefully one of us devises a new plan or project so that we never really cut the cord.

One of my clients wrote the greatest recommendation on Angie’s List for us.

“Bob and Jami walked us through every step of the redesign and remodel projects from Oct-May. Came out to meet with us in person when any questions arose, and were available to communicate via email, text and phone almost anytime day or night, weekend or weekday. Worked many Saturdays in order to get finished faster. Worked with our budget and provided options to save but also encouraged us to spend our money for maximum impact and longevity. Their staff of carpenters, painters, laborers, and designers were always friendly and energetic. Their contracted services were quick and any problems that arose were handled quickly and exceeded our expectations.”

This made me so giddy!  I felt like Sally Fields winning the Oscar, “You like me, you really like me.”

As a designer I strive to make all of my client’s happy by doing creative, budget-friendly work.  I want them to be “Wowed” by my ideas and service.  And although I don’t have a red carpet to walk and don’t get an award in the end….I walk away with a new friend and a happy heart!

I LOVE my job and clients~!


Shout Out
April 18, 2010, 7:35 pm
Filed under: The Buzz

Thanks HGTV for the Shout Out!!

http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2010/03/26/budget-aka-brilliant-wall-decor/



Out On A Limb!
April 18, 2010, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Cool Decor, Kid's Spaces

I LOVE my job.    One of the perks is meeting cool people.  I recently met a spunky 12-year-old girl that really inspired me.  She loves so many things about life — football, geckos, nature, red, gold and circles are just a few things we discussed in our initial meeting.  I left that meeting knowing that I needed to WOW this girl and give her a space that is as special and unique as she is.

Lily pulling down the Marian Barber fathead!

First things first — Lily needed to pull down the fatheads so that we could get started!!  We began the makeover by painting her walls French Roast and her ceiling metallic gold.  Then, we painted a gold tree branch across the walls and added red paper leaves for effect.

AFTER

We built a custom headboard using alternating wood slats and also added custom red patent leather cornice boards.  We added in a “Wall of Fame” for her football jerseys (yes, she plays!) and a shelving for her trophies.

Bookcase and shelving

Wall of Fame and Gold Magnet Board

I love how the room turned out — a unique color scheme and design for a very inspired girl who inspired this girl to go out on a limb!



Bathing By Candlelight
March 18, 2010, 7:32 pm
Filed under: ReStyles

A gorgeous spa bathroom is a must-have when you are a mom of a toddler!  Nothing says AHHH like a hot bath and glass of wine.   And,  “AHHH” is exactly what we gave the Hortons this month when we did a major overhaul on their bathroom.

Custom vanities, flooring, lighting and wall finishes make this bathroom a great retreat

We took the bathroom down to the studs and started over with a new tub and shower area, custom cabinetry, unique tile work and creative metallic wall finishes.

The bathroom has a chic spa-like vibe and a lock on the door — what else do you need??



Dude!
February 26, 2010, 7:53 pm
Filed under: Kid's Spaces

I have a special place in my designer heart for boy’s rooms.  Being the mom of 3 boys myself, I know room ideas for the dudes can be lame (as my boys would say).  Guys today need spaces as rad as they are and with just as much energy.

We recently finished Evan’s room and I think it captured his vibe completely!

We started by painting his walls and then adding a metallic silver and bronze wave above his bed.  We threw in some custom pillows on his sea blue bedding.

Metallic bronze study lounge with custom desk and accessories

Custom bathroom accessories



She’s Crafty!
January 7, 2010, 2:48 pm
Filed under: Cool Decor, Uncategorized

I LOVE being crafty!  The thought of a room filled with colored pencils, paper, glue and glitter get me all fired up.  I think all women are really just adorable 6 year-old-girls at heart that thrive on cutting out paperdolls and making glitter hearts.  A craft room is just the fix for a life’s creative blocks .

Craft rooms needs to inspre.  Check out these inspiring craft room designs.

They also need good storage, lighting and task areas.  We made this green custom scrapbooking table as well as this storage cabinet made from found objects,



My Turn
December 30, 2009, 1:39 pm
Filed under: ReStyles, Uncategorized

Designers are definitely the cobbler’s kids.  We beautify the world but when it comes to our own spaces there is not much left in the creative savings account.  This year I hired myself to makeover a few rooms.

I started with the dining room. I have to come clean, we NEVER use this space.  I designed a curvy custom booth in metallic blue green leather and nail head detailing to give it a trendy restaurant appeal.  The walls were painted aqua and then given a bronze metallic glaze for depth.  I stamped the walls and added some bling for effect. I love how it turned out and we have actually starting using it more.

 Our formal living room has become a library/music room.  At any given time there is someone reading on the couch while another is trying to form the new Jonas Brothers.  Amps and guitars usually fill the space.  I wanted this room to have a whimsical feel while also giving a nod to the library aspect.  I went with a tree and poem wall that I think rocks the space.  This Robert Frost poem has always been a favorite and it now serves as a reminder to take the road less traveled (I have definitely always taken the scenic route). 

Master Bedrooms are always last on most of my client’s design to do lists. I definitely advise against this.  But, I’m a “do as I say and not as I do” kind of gal.  The master suite was not really on my radar for this project go-round.  But, it somehow made the cut.  We painted the walls a pewter metallic with a putty swirl design.  We added pops of orange with the vintage sofa, bedding and art. 

 Creative people need creative spaces.  For my office, we went with a large stripe on the walls with a dark aqua and candle light metallic paint combination.  The desk was made from my dads old workshop table (I love this touch).  I finally got a chandelier in my office along with all of my favorite books and pictures surrounding me.  No excuses now…I better get the design whip crackin!

I finally got my turn!!!!!  And, I would definitely recommend my designer…she was great!