Showing posts with label Target. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Target. Show all posts

Friday, June 12

Summer Home Tour - DOTS Style!!!

Helllloooo! Thanks for visiting Designing On The Side, better known as DOTS! If you are joining us after visiting designPost interiors, welcome! I was thrilled to be invited to participate in this Summer Home Tour, which was organized by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. Safe to say I am in some pretty sweet company this week. Read to the bottom of this post to see the list of all 29 other bloggers who are participating. After DOTS, the next stop on the tour is Peaceful Home Decor so be sure to check them out when you are done perusing. 

Two years ago we completely gutted our 1940s colonial and added on more than 1500 square feet. The kitchen is where we spent the most time, money and effort when we remodeled and there isn't anything I don't love about this space. It's bright and sunny and clean and white without being cold. The backsplash is a moroccan tile - in grey behind the range and in white everywhere else. After countless hours considering different countertop options, we went with a white granite that has some grey veining and redish flecks. It mimics marble but without all the hassle of having to worry about a wayward lemon leaving behind an etch-a-sketch on the island!

One day this winter, I got crafty and made this fun little herb garden out of an organizer set I found at Target. It is hanging on the wall in the kitchen and it's fun and easy to make. But it's a little harder to keep alive...especially when you install it over a heating/AC vent. If anyone has any ideas on how to keep them from dying (other than moving them) lemme know!!!

Looking out from the kitchen is our great room. This space is constantly evolving and is in it's summery stage right now. Bright colors, lots of different patterns and textures and my crazy ottoman which I made from an old coffee table (learn more about that here). After what seemed like 38 months of winter, I went through the space and  added some fun things like the coral on top of the books (one of which is a signed copy of Sarah Richardson's new book and I am completely and totally obsessed with her design).  I am convinced we would be best friends if we met. Just sayin...

In my earlier days of decor and designing rooms, I was obsessed with red and you can see that I still have pops of it throughout the house. But as I grow up and my tastes change, I have slowly been shifting away from it. I haven't gotten rid of my lovely little red chair from Crate and Barrel though. Here is a close up. 

On the other side of the house is our living room. This space presented some challenges as it is a bit of an odd shape and having my mothers GORGEOUS piano in there left not so much room for furniture. I shamelessly copied the board and batten wall idea (right down to the paint color)  from our friend Sarah at Life On Virginia Street).  The room right now is decked out in summery yellow colors and my awesome new Lilly Pulitzer for Target porcelain tray (and luckily no real bodily damage was done to me during that sale..phew!)

Next stop on the tour is our Master Bedroom which is 99% complete at this point - just one more major dresser purchase and we are there. I love how it's turned out so far and lucky you...I haven't shared these pictures yet on the blog. SNEEK PEAK Y'ALL!!! Check back soon for the final product. 

And last but not least for this tour is our master bathroom - which isn't particularly summery but is so great I feel like I have to post it anyway. And really, who cares which season it is when you can hide in your bathtub?

So that's it! Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of our home. Feel free to poke around the rest of the site to see more. And when you're done, head on over to Peaceful Home Decor and check out another great house. Or click on any of the links below to see tours from earlier in the week. Enjoy!

Monday, October 6

The Business of Design & Finding A Balance

I am but an infant blogger having only done this for a short time, but one thing I've learned quickly is that I am not alone in this space. A quick check of the website BlogTopSites and I found more blogs in the Home and Garden category than I could count. Literally, I got to number 718 and stopped out of sheer exhaustion. Some are more successful than others such as Thrifty Decor Chick with her 2.5 million monthly page views or  Centsational Girl with her only slightly less impressive 1.5 million. Hometalk, the popular platform for people to share their decor and DIY projects boasts more than 715,000 Facebook followers and there's even a national conference called Haven which "allows people to learn from and gather with some of the most notable DIY/Home bloggers in blog land." A whole conference on blogging about home decor. This isn't a cottage industry folks, this is big business! 

Of course, blogs are just one part of the home decor cosmos. HGTV is seen in more than 99 million households with an annual revenue figure of $176 million. According to Target's 2012 annual report, close to $13 billion in sales came from their home furnishings and decor department. That's almost equal to the GDP of Iceland people!!!

So why the national obsession? I suppose I am in a good position to answer that given I am one of the masses. For me, it is my creative outlet. Starting with a blank slate and creating a beautiful space gives me pure joy. There's no drama. There are no deadlines. No one is yelling at me or counting on me. It's just me and a giant puzzle that I am obsessed with putting together. The minute I have a scheme in mind, I literally can't wait to implement it. And once it's done, I keep going back into that room to look at what I've done. I know how that sounds and let's be honest, being an amateur designer and beginner blogger hardly makes me Mother Teresa.

So how do I balance my obsession with pretty things and my inner desire to give back? I got a small glimpse at how I might be able to do both this summer when I was contacted by BJs Wholesale Club who asked me to help them redesign a teacher's lounge at an elementary school in central Virginia. On a hot August day, I took my 10 year old daughter with me and we took shots of the lounge and then using all BJs products and a very limited budget, I came up with a concept to transform the space. Here was how the room looked when I visited:

And here is the inspiration board I created using all products from BJs. I provided them with a detailed and numbered guide on how to implement the design and which products to chose from their website. Unfortunately, scheduling and budget constraints kept this project from being implemented in this way, but I was happy to do the work and it inspired me to do more.

Now that I have reduced my work schedule and am close to finishing my own house, I am going to start looking for more projects where I can give my time to helping the designer challenged. And I think you know who you are. JUST KIDDING! What I mean is finding deserving people/places that could use a little pick me up to make daily life that much more enjoyable. A balanced life awaits!