It's finally the end of the week...I'm so very happy about this! The weather here in Seattle is really starting to get to me (as it usually does this time of year). Not only is this mist and grey making my hair a constant ball of poufness, but it is seriously messing with my sinuses. I'm tired and no matter how much Vitamin D I pump into my body, I just feel like taking an all day nap. I thought I would end this dreary week on an inspirational note though and show you some wonderful images of wall style and decor. One of my favorite things about going to other peoples homes is getting to check out what they have on their walls. There are some creative people out there, that can quite frankly do it way better than I can! I will leave a wall bare for months trying to decide what and how to hang my pictures, artwork, etc...I keep things pretty simple, but I simply adore those that can come up with creative ways to dress their walls for beauty and function. Have a great weekend everyone!
Hello all, happy mid-week! Today I am finally, finally (did I say finally?) able to say that my mantle project is finished! Now this has been 3 years in making, which is a long time to have an ugly corner in your living room (my husband and I called it the brown blob-which is exactly what it looked it when you walked by). Here's a little bit of a back story: someone (previous home owner), took a perfectly nice stone fireplace and glued down an ugly piece of granite to the white travertine and then thought it was also a great idea to glue down another piece of granite where the mantle is supposed to be and use it as such....ahh deep breath. I couldn't stand that granite, therefor I tore the mantle piece off immediately and waited a couple of years to scrape off the bottom piece-slow work that involved myself, my brother and my husband and boy did the stone underneath look bad after all that scraping! However, the final result is what matters the most, so once we were really determined to finish it we could only think of how beautiful it would be not to have the "brown blob" in our living room anymore! I'm happy to share that final result today and tell you how important it is to have patience with your home projects-they take time, they take money, they take determination and I'll throw in, they take a little focus (and if you have a little money but no time, determination or focus, you can always hire us here at m.o.i. designs to tackle your project for you!). Have a wonderful day everyone!
Once all the glue and gunk were scraped off my husband filled in the cracks and I painted the stone white. Brown stone has never really been my thing and I really wanted the mantle to pop. We found the perfect piece of reclaimed wood and the talented guys down at Urban Reclamations in SoDO cut it, coated it and made us the brackets to attach the mantle to the wall-the wood is outstanding, it's simple really, but adds a huge touch of uniqueness to the corner of our living room. We actually had this finished right before Christmas and the kids were pleased that we could finally hang our stockings! It's amazing how just one part of the bigger picture makes a huge difference in how a room looks and feels!
images by Desirae Wilkerson for m.o.i. designs
Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Well, I am sitting here still coming down from my football high from this weekends game. It's wonderful and it's an exciting time here in Seattle right now, but nonetheless, I still have to get back to work-right? As the holidays turned to New Year's then to the gloom and grey of January, there is no better time to give the house a clean sweep and do a bit of rearranging. I've been busy these last few weeks trying to get my house back together and make a list of new projects I would like to complete this year. One room in the house though that is always evolving, is the dining room. The dining room is probably one of the most used spaces in the home, second to the kitchen. I've always found that once that perfect table, wall color and light fixture are picked out you can pretty much adorn anyway you would like. I love large rustic tables and a mix and match of chairs. Pretty linens, candles and vases that can be arranged and swapped out for a new look depending on the season, mood or occasion. It's a versatile space and the perfect space to splash a ton of personality. I love the array of looks below-from large lighting to colorful chairs, from benches to modern and farmhouse tables. What is your style? What dining space speaks to you the most? Pick one, then start with table, pick your lamp and style away from there! I look forward to posting my fireplace make-over later this week, which was a ton of fun to complete-kidding...it wasn't, but I love the way it turned out!
Have a wonderful day!
Hello everyone and happy Monday! I know I talk a lot about details on this blog, but they are truly something I am passionate about in spaces. When I furnish an interior space, the details of a room are often thought of first, even when I'm thinking about and seeing the bigger picture. Ceiling trim, wood color, hardware finish, these things are just as equally important as rug color, reading lights and artwork. They are the details that go into the space to make it what it is-it's the added personality, the living creatures in the room, that if not done right, will fail miserably when you are trying to get your point across when the room is finished. Did I ramble...? So today I just randomly chose some images that really let me focus on the details. A color, something on the wall, countertop finish, they all inspired in some way to look from detail to big picture. Take some time to look and see if anything stands out. What would this room feel like if you popped out one detail and added another, hmmmm.... I hope you all had a great weekend and are heading into the week nice and refreshed. I watched football all weekend so I am ready to go (get off my butt) and get back to work!
Have a wonderful day!
Details such as the cage light, pillows and artwork leave this room feeling well mixed and cozy.
via: apartment therapy
Sleek and smart kitchen details always get me giddy-brass faucets, marble countertops, oh my!
via: grey and scout
I love these ceramic bells in all their different colors-definetely on my wish list!
clay bells by Michele Quan
Could you live with concrete walls? I think I could with the addition of a shaggy sheepskin rug and plush platform sofa.
Bea B&B in Knokke, Belgium via: yatzer
I always have more room for linen things-table cloths, napkins, you name it, but I don't like to get to fancy. I love the look of these everyday stick pattern napkins by Koromiko.
Ooh and aah, these stairs-need I say more?!
Hello everyone, I hope you all are having a fabulous week so far! I am trying very hard to stay optimistic and bright in these dreary, grey days of winter, but I have to say, I've been popping a little extra vitamin D these days just to balance out what sun we get. I will say though, I do enjoy the grey in some aspects-I can never see the smudges all over my sliders when it's grey outside (so I ignore it) and well, it's just a beautiful and soothing color that doesn't get enough credit when it comes to brightening things up on your walls. I love a good balance of greys, whites and muted down neutral tones. When done well, all of these colors combined can brighten my day just as much as a bright blue wall and adding wood tones to the mix is only that much better! What do you think? More color for you, or do you find a boldness in muted tones too? Have a wonderful day all!
Hello everyone and welcome to the first Monday of the new year! Back to the grind and back to the routine that I have to admit I kind of missed! I got my year started off right by celebrating the new year with my family and friends (and yes, I even stayed up until midnight, haha). I did a little redecorating after taking down the tree, organized myself a bit and got ready for the first birthday party of the year-my daughter Iona just turned 4! Having two older boys who are now into hanging with their friends for parties in the kid cave, planning a simple girl party with color and sparkle was my dream come true. She's old enough now that she wants to have her friends join in and I must say-she truly appreciated all of the little details involved in celebrating her birthday, including the decor! Rainbow cupcakes (her choice), a little pink and gold and the cutest little tots around-Iona had a blast and mom did too! I hope your new year is off to great start, I look forward to bringing you new posts this month and getting back to a routine I enjoy so much!
Have a wonderful day!
all photos by Desirae Wilkerson for m.o.i. designs
Hello everyone and happy Monday after the holiday rush (and what a rush it was-I did not get to watch one single full showing of A Christmas Story this year-now that is sad....)! However, I hope you all enjoyed your holiday and got to spend some quality time with family and friends this year. Now onto the new year, starting fresh, making goals and trying to keep them! For my last post of 2014 I wanted to share some holiday decor in my own home this year. These pictures came a tad late due to the fact that I just finished completion of my fireplace and mantle remodel in time to hang the stockings (boy were the kids relieved). I look forward to what 2015 may bring in my personal life and in my business. I have big goals this year for my career-meeting new clients, rebranding my website and blog, writing more here and a little bit of this and a little bit of that (what that is yet I don't know, but that's what keeps life and work creative and fun). So I leave you this year with happy feelings of starting anew and I look foreword to bringing you some new before and afters pictures of a few projects I've doing around my home. Happy New Year everyone!!!
all photos by: Desirae Wilkerson for m.o.i. designs
Hello everyone and happy mid-week! So, when it's time to set the table for that perfect holiday dining experience do you deck the halls, or go minimal? I think I fall somewhere in between-keeping some things simple such as the flowers and centerpieces and then I squeeze as many twinkling candles in there as possible. Whichever way you decide to decorate your table, a personal touch is always a must and generally pops out whether you are trying or not. I like to do something new each year which thankfully doesn't involve buying all new. I take a few things from here and there and bring them together with gorgeous holiday greens and this year-plants. Buffet style or sit-down, a beautiful table for the holidays is a fairly simple and fun thing to do. Mix and match, pull a few twigs from your tree to adorn your tableware, add some lights and don't forget the candles (you can see I like candles-the more the merrier). Check out some of my inspiration pics below and remember that whatever you choose, this years holiday dining experience is sure to be one of kind-a personal experience that you share with your family and friends while noshing on delicious food and reveling in the holiday spirit!
Hello everyone and welcome to another beautiful Monday (maybe??). Today I have a special guest post by David Frederick an interior design writer for Thomas Lloyd, a traditional leather furniture company. I welcome David and everything he has to tell us about how to create that perfect traditional interior as well as how to garnish our traditional spaces for the holidays. I don't normally swing to far towards the traditional style here on my blog so I was happy to do something new and learn a thing or two about traditional decor. Thank you David! Enjoy all and have a wonderful day!!
creating a traditional style living room
With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to write an article about creating a traditional style living room. For good measure, I have also included some of my favourite Christmas décor ideas.
Traditional interior design is held in high regard for its charming combination of casual and formal design aesthetics. One thing that homeowners and interior designers love about traditional décor is that the passage of time doesn’t detract from its appearance. The traditional style will not only make your home more welcoming to guests, but it will also help to create that genuine homely atmosphere that so many homeowners crave.
One of the key reasons why traditional décor is so popular is because of the way that it incorporates diversity. Unlike styles such as shabby chic or vintage, traditional décor has the ability to incorporate modern elements and boldly colored objects without looking odd. For instance, your favorite piece of art and a less traditional item of furniture can be combined if you want your living rooms theme to be diverse. By creating a combination such as this, you will make your prized item more prominent and prevent the traditional style from becoming too boring or homogeneous.
Mid-tones are the best color choice for traditional decor. Choosing mid tones will mean avoiding the bright and dark colors, both for floor coverings and walls. Lighter colors such as pale blue and crème will look the nicest on your walls and slightly darker colors will be better suited for the floors, this will create a nice balance. Also, make sure you don’t paint adjacent rooms in very different colors, this is a bad idea. Your color palette should progress gradually, shifting from the warm mid-tones to cooler mid-tone greens and blues in the back of your home.
focus on furniture
Traditional furniture items can be finished in any color tone; natural woods are a particularly common choice amongst homeowners and designers. Apart from using traditional wooden furniture as a centerpiece in your home, you can also use similar styles of wood molding around doors, baseboards and windows for increased design unity. Leather sofas are also popular amongst designers looking to create a traditional style. One piece of furniture that epitomizes the traditional design style is the Chesterfield. For some inspiration, take a look at Thomas Lloyd’s handmade Chesterfield Sofas.
When I suggest that you incorporate antiques, I don’t mean that you should go over the top with these. Accessories such as antique vases can be a great way to add character to a living room. Yard sales, thrift stores and antique stores are all great places to pick antiques up. When you have antiques, you have the luxury of creating a truly unique and rustic feel.
incorporate dramatic window treatments
Because traditional style living rooms were primarily used for the hosting of important guests, window treatments were designed to add a touch of dramatic charm to the room. To emulate this tradition and create a truly authentic look, choose curtains in heavy, rich fabrics or colours. If you have large windows in your living room, Floor to ceiling drapes are a surefire way to make a traditional design statement. For smaller windows, heavy looped valances can be used to achieve the same look.
traditional christmas decor
Now that you have your traditional style living room, it’s time to add a traditional touch of Christmas. The great thing about Christmas decorations is they give you a chance to express yourself whilst doing so with tons of excitement.
incorporate red flowers
I am a big believer in Christmas décor being red and would highly recommend incorporating some red flowers to bolster your living rooms Christmas charm. You don’t need a huge floral budget for this, just a few fresh red roses!
hang stockings on the fireplace
If you’re a traditionalist, you probably do this already. It’s a really nice way to add a touch of Christmas magic to your fireplace. And as we all know, Christmas is all about the magic.
Wreaths are one of the first things that people think of when the words Christmas decorations are spoken. While it’s easy to go out and buy a wreath, why not make your own? A number of DIY tutorials can be found online which will take you through the process. For maximum impact, hang a wreath on your living room door.
be creative with candles
Candles play an integral part in traditional Christmas décor, so why not get creative with them? Decorate white slender candles with green and red ribbons. Tie them into a bow or just spiral them around the candle. As a finishing touch, attach a bell to the base of the candle.
buy a real tree
While artificial trees can be more practical and produce less mess, nothing beats the beauty and smell of a real tree. Remember, your Christmas tree is your unique expression of the holiday season. Pick a tree that you love and then decorate it lovingly. Baubles and lights will bring your tree to life and enhance its already magical charm.
Traditional decorating styles allow you to create a classic home that will be comfortable for all kinds of events, whether you’re having the family around for a get together, or celebrating your kid’s birthday. This style also works well with a variety of different colors and architecture allowing you to completely personalize the look of your home. To achieve this look, follow the tips above.
Just a little holiday cheer to get you through the weekend (and isn't this just cutest advent calendar you've ever seen-next year my friends)! Keep it wonderful and check back next week for a guest post and inspiring holiday table decor and if I can get it together in time, my home for the holidays!