Let’s Start Fresh

Some know my story…some don’t. I’ll give those that don’t a re-cap.  2 1/2 years ago we had our beautiful baby girl Sydney.  You know how they say you’re never ready to be a parent…couldn’t be more true.  This little ball of fire entered our lives full force.  We loved her from the minute we saw her but she cried…cried a lot!  Turns out she had colic and continued to for the first 5 months of her life.  At the same time, the economy was  in the gutter and Brad, a bartender, kept having every place he worked close down on him.  Prior to knowing how upside down our lives would become, we decided that I would stay at work and he would watch Sydney during the day and still tend bar on the weekends.  Only weeks after we started down this new schedule, we knew it was not going to work.  The screaming all day was excruciating for him so we made the decision that Sydney needed her Mommy as much as possible.  No more working at the Showroom during the week for me.  Our finances took a hit and we then decided that it would be best for everyone to move in with my Mom.  It gave me the ability to stay home with her until she got a little older and we’d have the help from my Mom.  During that time I really worked my butt off trying to build my own business.  Late nights…whatever it took.  I wanted the best of both worlds. To be able to work in the design world as well as be with my daughter as much as possible.   This became grueling. But somehow, I managed to get The Bean to her toddler years while taking on bigger and more challenging design and event projects.  Brad and I  were also working hard to be able to get us back in our own place and that….we have now done!  After being on the waiting list for a brand new apartment our number came up.  We just moved a week ago, are living in a mountain of boxes, but are loving that we are finally our very own family again.  Something we hadn’t had since our daughter was 3 months old.  An apartment isn’t exactly where we thought we would be at this point but it’s a stepping stone and we are fine with it.

 

{Birth photography by Jennifer Skog}

The next big change is that Sydney just started Pre-School, the last puzzle piece to getting things back on track for us.  Juggling a business and staying home with a toddler is CRAZINESS!  I was counting the days until she could start school so that I would have a little relief.  We were on the waiting list for school too…guessing that her number wouldn’t come up until June and then…a week before we moved we got the call that she could start!  Hallelujah Momma was relieved.  Not only for myself but for her, who I knew was more than ready at this point to venture out from under her Mother’s wing.

Here she is on her first day…such a big girl I can’t believe it!  She ran off as soon as we walked in the door and Brad and I had to drag her back to get some goodbye kisses!  She could care less if we were there or not…our independent child.

And here she is after school…deliriously tired since it was a big day for her.  Messy little pigtails…I  LOVE her!

 

And not just a moment later full blown meltdown.  Nap time!

So why is all this taking place on my business blog and not The Bean Blog?  Well for one, I’m learning that I just can’t do it all.  Although it was a huge part of my life for so long and I enjoyed writing it so much, I have to let it go. It’s hard enough to keep up writing one blog let alone two.  I promise to keep the primary direction of this blog design…but I still might add some posts here and there of Miss Beans…hope you don’t mind =)

So let’s splash a little design into this post.  With all of these changes I decided why not change her room?  We lived in our old house for such a short time before we moved in with my Mom that she never actually slept or played in her old room!  My workroom had so generously gifted me custom drapery panels as a gift for her original nursery.  Well I just went to hang them up here and they were WAY too short.  The windows are very tall here and the old panels weren’t going to cut it.  Rather than try to add on to those panels I said “screw it let’s start fresh!”

I still wanted to use the artwork and I also had tons of black and white items I wanted to keep.  I was on the hunt for a fabric that I could wrap around an old canvas I had.  I found this print by Mirimekko and I fell in love.  Bold, colorful and modern…oh and would go with my black stuff!  It’s on it’s way and I can’t wait until it gets here. I’m thinking of pulling the black and white, wide stripes out of this and using that pattern on drapes.  I’ll post a progress photo when it’s up!  I’m really happy with all of these new changes in our lives.  Where some people hate change…I thrive on it!

 

 

 

What Can Hourly Design Do For You?

I think most people in general think it’s all or nothing with designers.  Either you hire them to work on your entire space or nothing at all!  Well, it doesn’t have to be that way.  In fact most designers provide hourly consultations and the hours can be used for whatever the client needs assistance with.  A good portion of my business is hourly consultations, especially in this economy where hiring a designer for full design is a luxury most cannot indulge in.  I have clients who have me come to their home for just a few hours, to get them moving in the right direction.  I have others who will work out their entire design themselves and then just consult with me before making final purchases in order to eliminate mistakes.  I’m their little insurance policy!  An hour or two of consultation can be a lot cheaper than having to re-do bad design choices. 

Let’s take a look at a bathroom for Meg Sexton, a client for whom hourly consultation was a great help.  She had a general idea of the look she was going for but was overwhelmed with finalizing all the details and needed a little guidance.  She had already chosen white subway tiles for the shower walls as well as the vanity.   Yet to be decided was flooring, an accent for the shower walls, faucet/lighting  fixtures and paint.  We started with the floor tile.  We found a dark brownish-taupe tile that had an almost metallic overlay on it.  The metallic is subtle but just adds a touch of polish without the floor becoming glossy.  Next, I found her a limestone mosaic that we had installed as a border in the shower.  We originally wanted something with less beige in it but I found this as a remnant and it had the right price tag attached to it.  It turns out I actually like the mix of warm and cool tones in it.  It helps tie together the mix of them going on in the rest of the bathroom.  Before we move on from the tiling, please take a look at the tile on both the floor and walls.  In the shower, it’s installed all the way up to the ceiling.  Always run your tile to the ceiling….it just looks better!   As far as the floor tile I like to use the largest tile the space will allow for.  Here is the rule, “The larger the tile, the larger it makes the area look”.  It’s an illusion for your eye.  I’ve gone head to head with clients on this one. I’m not generally a bragger but on this topic, I’ve always been right!  Plus…think less grout…less cleaning. I never use anything smaller than a 12×12 for flooring unless it’s a mosaic and if a 12×12 is chosen by a the client I advise them to use a 12×18 instead.  You’ll get the same full amounts of tiles laid side to  side as a 12×12 but a 12×18 just seems to have a more updated look to it.

    

Courtesy of Meg Sexton Photography

Courtesy of Meg Sexton Photography

Courtesy of Meg Sexton Photography

The aqua-blue paint we chose makes this bathroom feel so tranquil.

Courtesy of Meg Sexton Photography

Courtesy of Meg Sexton Photography

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Double Vision

When I found out I was pregnant, after the initial excitement of becoming a Mommy set in…my mind started designing the Nursery! I had no idea which gender I was having yet so I decided I would come up with some mock designs for both. At that time I really felt like I was having a boy, so I designed that room first. Well, I was WRONG so on to the next thought process. Maybe for fun I’ll have to post my boy’s design board later!

When designing, I like to take one item whether it be an art piece, area rug or even a fabric pattern and build off of that. It takes much of that overwhelming feeling out of design. The hard part then becomes what will that one piece be? I wanted a room that would grow with my daughter so it had to be more mature than a typical baby room but still be whimsical enough for a baby. When I found these art pieces, I knew I had found my inspiration. I have a Boston Terrier (ahem…see my Design Assistant) and what woman doesn’t love purses! A yellow & black palette would give the room some sophistication…BINGO…we have set our mood!

 
 

 

 How do you like that table accessory…wink wink?

 

Ok, so now on to why this post is titled “Double Vision”. My best friend Jen Skog threw me the most AMAZING baby shower. She took my vision for my Nursery and turned it into a whimsical soiree. Jen is a professional photographer but from the looks of her design I’d say she has a career in event design wouldn’t you say? Her design was even featured on The Cake Blog.  Details included Boston Terrier and Handbag cookies for the favors as well as the cutest floral arrangement I’ve ever seen.  A purse made from yellow poms to mimic the purse in my inspiration artwork…SERIOUSLY?!?!  I was blown away.  I’m going to let the photos do the rest of the talking.

 
 
 
 
Here I am looking ready to pop but was no where near! 
 
 
All in all both Jen’s and my visions came to life and it just goes to show how different areas of design, whether it be interiors, fashion, events, etc. all go hand in hand.
 
Lil Miss Sydney Bean enjoying her new nursery!
 

 

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