Saturday, July 11, 2015

2015 Craythorne Parade Home Bedrooms and Jack & Jill Bath

I chose to decorate the two additional bedrooms in the parade home with girly flare. I still needed to keep the bedroom finishes neutral, but had fun adding little touches here and there to bring them to life.
The first bedroom I decorated as a nursery. On the wall over the crib we added a boxwood wreath and these simple but beautiful ceramic birds found here.
 A darling neutral zebra print rug from Rugs USA, helped ground the room. I also used a white dresser, two gray linen chairs and a white side table, all found at TJ Maxx to anchor the space across from the crib.
 The crib bedding and bed skirt is from Pottery Barn. The gold chevron pillow is from Target and the white and gold polka dot pillow is from Lighting Design. The "Goodnight" and "Sleep Tight" signs are from Hobby Lobby. Some of my pictures from this room are incomplete. I'll post additional pictures on a later blog post.

For the second bedroom, we started with board and batten around the whole room. Again, the colors used in the entire house are Sherwin Williams "Agreeable Gray"  and the trim color is HHW.  For this room I used a gorgeous day bed similar to the one shown here. This one was actually purchased through my furniture rep at a discounted cost. Contact me if interested for pricing/purchasing info. The bedding is really the highlight to this space. I used a white and pink polka dot bed skirt from my own collection. Next I used crisp white sheets and a white quilt from Home Goods. The floral duvet cover was found online here. I used the IKEA ruta duvet cover for the end of the daybed. I love the buffalo check pattern and couldn't resist using another duvet cover to make the curtain panels for the room. I have simple tutorial for making these found here on my blog. The green felt flower accent pillow was purchase at Down to Earth a few years ago. To provide additional lighting to the space I used IKEA sconces, that were inexpensive and quick to install. 

Some fun accents on the dresser are these paper flowers found at TJ Maxx and these beautifully covered classics found at Anthropologie.  

 One of my favorite features in this Craythorne home is the Jack and Jill bath these two bedrooms share. I love the natural light these cute windows provide. I tried to carry in the soft pinks and greens into this space to tie the two rooms together. The cabinetry finish is a soft gray wash stain with nickel finish hardware, the counter top is carrera marble from North Davis Cabinetry. I found this amazing mirror at Target, and the light fixture is from Lighting Design. The shower curtain was purchased at Kohl's. The bathroom rugs, towels and counter top accessories were purchased at Home Goods. The beautiful tile work pictures of the shower were not immediately available and will be posted on a later blog post.

Decorating this part of the home was such a treat and appealed to my second nature being the mom of three girls. Stay tuned for my next post about the gorgeous parade home office.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

2015 Craythorne Parade Home Master Bedroom and Bath

The feel of the Master Bedroom needed to reflect a calm and relaxing space. To accomplish this, I brought in this beautiful bedroom set from Ashley Furniture. (Using my furniture Rep, I was able to get this set for a great deal. He can usually get most Ashley Furniture at a substantial discount. Contact me if you have any questions or are interested in purchasing anything from Ashley.) This King size bed features a tufted head board and a whitewash wood finish. The nightstands feature a slide out tray and a smart drawer with usb ports and plugs for your electronics. To frame the headboard, I used 2 tall gray distressed mirrors behind the night stands. The lamps were a fun find at Home Goods and bring a little bit of metallic finish into the space. The flowers are from Home Goods as well. I love the little touches of yellow that brighten the room. The duvet and shams are from Pottery Barn, the Ralph Lauren comforter and quilt are from Home Goods, and the accent pillows are from Smith's Market Place.

My favorite addition to the Master Bedroom is the Barn Door that leads into the Master Bath. I love both the character and function of this door. Inside the Master Bath, I stayed with the same color palette using Blue, Gray and White in the towels and accessories, all from Home Goods.

 The lighting for the Master Bath is Capital Lighting from Lighting Design. I love the simple sophisticated look, especially the darling light fixture over the Master Bathtub. For the cabinetry, we went with a gray wash stain and a dark gray granite for the counter tops. Chrome fixtures finish the look. I'm missing a few pictures of the awesome tile work in the shower, and will add those later. I love the calm oasis feel of the Master Bed and Bath.

Tomorrows highlights will include the two additional bedrooms connected with a darling Jack & Jill Bath.  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

2015 Craythorne Parade Home Kitchen

On the opposite end of the Great Room is the kitchen, otherwise known as the heart of the home. To carry in the craftsman/farmhouse design in this space, and give it the WOW factor all kitchens should have, I went with a custom range hood, tile back splash, farmhouse sink and spectacular pendant lighting.  

Cabinetry is my weakness. To me it is more important than the furnishings in the home, because of the cost, and the ease, to change out at a later date.  

I love all white kitchens, especially white cabinets. However, with the budget I was working with, that was not a possibility. A great compromise is doing your island the accent color (white) in this case and leaving the built in cabinets a stain grade, which is typically 60% cheaper than a painted (white) cabinet. This still gives the look of a custom kitchen at a fraction of the cost. 

Another stunning feature in this Craythorne home, is the tall ceilings through out. This allowed us to take the cabinetry all the way up to the 9ft ceilings,and gives you ample storage (by using a step ladder of course), you can add in fun design elements too, like the glass windows at the top of the cabinets doors, to display decor. 

The beautiful lighting throughout this home, including the pendant lights over the island are Capital Lighting purchase from Lighting Design.

The bar stools tie in with the Woven Grass Chair in the Dining Nook and were purchase from my furniture supplier. If you're interested in ordering them, please contact me.  The rug was purchased from Home Goods.

A must for this kitchen was to incorporate a farmhouse sink. The contrast of the white sink and the dark cabinetry is eye catching. The beautiful chrome faucet is like adding the perfect piece of jewelry to an outfit, and ties in the cabinet hardware. 

To keep things light, I went with a light colored granite and white subway back splash. Above the cook top, I used a natural stone colored hexagon tile to add more interest. This home also features under cabinet lighting and accent lighting in the upper cabinet windows. It looks absolutely stunning at night. The cabinet and hardware pulls were picked out at North Davis Cabinetry.

The counter top decor was kept simple with a few blue and white vases from Home Goods, Topiary from Tai Pan, Yellow wreath from Down to Earth, Decorative crab plate from Home Goods, Small olive plants and Lemons from a wholesale floral company, Cook book stand from World Market, White Pitcher, Glass Bottles and White Strainer from IKEA, and a Wood Slice Disc from JoAnn's.  

The Dining Nook

 Right off the Kitchen and Great Room is the perfect Dining Nook. I love all the natural light in this area of the home! The Nook boasts a custom built in bench to provide plenty of seating. This space was a fun place to showcase texture and color by adding an upholstered cushion by West Creek Design in a blue and cream herringbone fabric, and pillows from Home Goods and Pottery Barn, to make it cozy.

We also mixed up the color and texture with the seating by adding two upholstered blue chairs with white piping and a woven grass chair with a white cushion, all from Home Goods. The Kitchen Table is a perfect warm shade of brown to tie in with the cabinets and was purchase through my furniture rep. Contact me about pricing/purchasing this table if interested. Another tall topiary in a natural woven basket accents the space along with a striped navy and cream rug found at Target. The whole space is grounded by a gorgeous drum shade light fixture from Capital Lighting purchased through Lighting Design.

The tablescape brings a smile to my face every time I see it. It was also another fun way to bring in color and character. The runner is from Home Goods. The 2 lanterns, metal chargers and artichokes are from a wholesale floral shop. The glass candlestick are from my personal collection. The white dishes are from IKEA. The blue dishes are from Pottery Barn. The White linen napkins are Kate Spade. The gingham napkins are from Target last year.

I can't wait to share the beautiful Master Bed and Bath, along with the sweet girls bedrooms tomorrow, see ya then....

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 "Craythorne Home" Great Room/Kitchen

I wanted anyone who walks into this space to feel at home. To start I focused on the main focal point in the Family Room/Great Room, the beautiful traditional brick fireplace. I love how the floor to ceiling brick is the star of the show, accented by a simple lightly glazed white mantel and built-ins. The brick is actually the same brick we used for the exterior. A off white grout is a great contrast to the "Charleston" brick and ties in the cabinetry nicely, as well as carries our craftsman/farmhouse theme into this space. The custom built-ins and mantel by North Davis Cabinetry offers plenty of storage for the electronic components and balance out this focal wall. 

I chose to use symmetry in decorating both sides of the built-ins with mirrors, baskets, and lamps from Home Goods. The faux hydrangeas are one of my favorites and are from Michael's. To throw the balance off just a hair, I used books on this side from a local thrift store with the covers removed, and last but not least (my favorite) is the rocking bird from West Elm.

A glass jar from TJ Maxx was used on this side of the built-in's.

I love to bring in natural decor when ever I can. These fun aspen tree limbs are from my dear friend Amber's tree that she cut down earlier this year. The wire basket is from Home Goods.

 One of the best tools, I use as a designer, who is working with a very specific budget, is to do the HIGH/LOW. Meaning splurge on your budget for a few key pieces, and then shop for accessories and smaller items with the rest.

For the furniture in the Family Room/Great Room I custom ordered the couch, love seat, chair and ottoman from England Furniture. The linen fabric with the navy twill piping and tufting is such a gorgeous feature. I covered the chair and ottoman in opposite fabrics to contrast the couches. Both were finished off with Ralph Lauren Pillows and throws purchased at TJ Maxx.

I have a wonderful retailer who offers lots of fabric samples to choose from, and is a retailer for England Furniture. Feel free to contact me if you're interested in purchasing from England and I can refer you to him.

The side tables are Ashley Furniture, and match the dark walnut kitchen cabinetry. They have a beautiful leg design that is one of my favorite features. The lamps and decor on the side tables are from Home Goods, local thrift stores, and Tai Pan. The natural diamond area rug that grounds the sitting arrangement is from Target. Again, the beautiful ceramic wood tile is the perfect choice, carrying through this space, and tying in both the dark and light cabinetry and furnishings. The wall color for the entire house is Sherwin Williams "Agreeable Gray".

 I came across this clock while shopping for lighting at Lighting Design. It is the perfect scale to fill a rather large wall in between the kitchen and family room.

A tall topiary and basket from Home Goods, and the perfect blue and white striped Riviera Curtains from Pottery Barn frame the beautiful family room windows.

On the opposite wall, I placed a matching console table from Ashley Furniture (Check out the gorgeous legs) topped with fun accessories. The frames and baskets underneath are from Home Goods, faux greenery and pot are from Tai Pan and the metal orb is from a wholesale floral supply company. One of my favorite quintessential farmhouse decor pieces, are the rustic wood/glass vases made by my good friend C.C. Creations. These gems are also something that can be ordered. Contact me for pricing. 

On tomorrow's blog post I'll be highlighting the fun built in Dining Nook and beautiful custom Kitchen. See you then.

Monday, July 6, 2015

2015 "Craythorne Homes" Northern Wasatch Parade of Homes

In February of 2015 I was approached by Craythorne Homes to design and decorate their Parade of Homes entry. 

I loved the character of the exterior immediately and started there. 

The exterior features Rock, Hardie Board and Brick.  We decided to use Sherwin Williams "Gauntlet Gray" for the color of the Hardie Board.  Next, we selected  a traditional brick called the "Charleston", that had red, grey and a few white bricks added to the mix.  We then, chose a natural rock to bring in a little more texture to the front porch area. The color of rock is called "Savannah", and is a show stopper on the columns on the front of the house. I wanted everything trimmed out in white for a great contrast. We also picked a craftsman style front door stained in dark walnut to welcome you, as you enter the home.

 I loved how everything came together and was especially excited when Craythorne Homes won "Best Curb Appeal" from the Northern Wasatch Parade of Homes for this beauty.

Here are a few picture of the great entertaining space the back patio of the home offers....

Right as you enter the home, you're greeted by a gorgeous chandelier in the entry way, inspired by one of my favorite shows "Fixer Upper". 

I wanted the theme of this craftsman style home to lend itself towards a traditional, farmhouse feel. We accomplished this in the entryway, and most of the main floor, by using a wood looking ceramic tile. This tile has a great blend of medium and dark shading making it look like real wood. To finish off the entryway decor, I added a West Creek Design DIY console table flanked on each side by tall topiaries, a ammo box tray (another West Creek Design creation), weathered urns from Pottery Barn filled with magnolia leaves, a gold sphere and a beautiful blue and cream rug. 

However, right off the bat, the real eye catching feature of the entry way is the grid pattern trim work that stretches all the way across the hall into the stair well.  To make the trim work pop, we kept the stair case wood work in a dark walnut color. We also left the baluster and railing a simple square shape keeping with the craftsman farmhouse feel. A large and lovely lantern light fixture feels like a cherry on top, complimenting the space. Not to mention the great windows this home offers.

Come back  for tomorrow's blog post highlighting the amazing Great Room/ Kitchen of this custom Craythorne Home.