Thursday, January 23, 2014

Inspirational Things

I find inspiration literally all over the place, but since I'm fairly plugged in to Instagram and the blog world, I find my fellow blog friends to be a great source of it. I just wanted to share a couple of noteworthy projects lately that have captured my attention and admiration.

First, sweet Erin of Design Crisis. Her beautiful home recently graced the pages of a new quarterly Texas shelter publication called Bungalow (why can't we have something like this in Tennessee? Seriously lacking in this area). I'm sure you've seen her blog and home before, but if not, you must check them out. Erin knocks it out of the park with her thrilling mix of vintage furniture, rugs, accessories and art - my God, the art. Bungalow obviously took notice with a great article on her. Not sure I can pick a favorite but her bedroom is currently killing me softly.

Next up, Ally of From the Right Bank. I've long been an admirer of her style and blog and keep up with her through Instagram mainly these days. A photo she posted yesterday stopped me dead in my tracks. Did you see it? 
She used scrubbable vinyl wallpaper that she found at LOWE'S to transform her wet bar. It's sort of mind-blowingly unique, I think. Talk about making a statement. You can read more about it and see the before here (the before looks pretty good by the way; I just love that she had the vision to make it so different). Makes me want to run out to Lowe's and then wallpaper something. Anything. Maybe my dogs. 

Anyway, I just wanted to share these two inspiring ladies/spaces with you. Enjoy! Now, let's go do something creative.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sick Day Shenanigans

Staying home with a sick child can throw kinks into one's plans. And while I could have been doing all kinds of productive things with my time at home today (working, organizing, etc.), I told myself that I needed to stay near Pierce on the sofa. With my laptop. So, I started looking at Craigslist. And sometimes it takes just one thing to set off my brain. Today, it was this vintage sofa . . .

I know some of you think I may be sniffing glue, but I love a good vintage print sofa. It might be a little over the top, but the colors are so pretty and saturated and the design is so unique. Here are some rooms that showcase a vivid sofa to great effect . . .

both photos via
So, I poked around a little more on CL and found some other finds that I thought might work in the same room - a faux bamboo dresser, gold vintage mirror, Moroccan brass tray table (that my friend Bri is selling) and two faux bamboo wing chairs (there are actually two different CL sellers selling the same chair - they would just need to be painted to match). I mocked up a little inspiration board with the CL finds supplemented with some Nate Berkus lamps from Target, a rug from World Market and some homemade art courtesy of Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook (I borrowed her actual art for the inspiration board but check out her post to see how you could create your own). 
Paint the walls a vivid blue (or complementary hue of your choice) and you've got a room like no other. I'm calling this one Vintage Girl because I can totally see this in a young lady's home. So fun and fresh. 

It was fun exercising my creative brain for the heck of it. You never know what a little Craigslist searching will yield. I do this kind of sourcing and boards for clients as well, so give me a shout if you need any help spiffing up your place.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I know we're now several days into 2014, but my children finally went back to school today so I have some time to blog. Plus, I started the new year being ill so I'm just starting to feel a bit like myself. I've been reading all the resolutions/goals people are throwing out there, and it's very exciting and invigorating.
I don't really make resolutions, but I do like to take this time to stop, reevaluate and make some goals. I started this blog four years ago yesterday (happy blogiversary to me), and while I've never been a daily blogger I do feel like it's a big part of my life. It's opened so many doors and allowed me to make some amazing friends both locally and far away. I won't get all gushy, but I do plan to continue blogging this year and hope to share more projects with you as I do.
Sorry, my husband sent me this a while back so I couldn't resist throwing it in.
Thanks to everyone who keeps reading . . . it means a lot. Which leads me to my business, K Interiors. In 2013, I took on a few more design clients, revamped my logo/identity and finally established a business website. I would love to take on more clients in 2014 and grow my business further.

And on a more personal note, as always, I plan to spend lots of time with family and friends enjoying those around me. It makes me incredibly weepy when I think that my children will be turning 12 and 9 this year, so I want to soak up these fun ages while I can.

Now, off to get some stuff done. What are your hopes and goals for the new year?