Thursday, April 30, 2015

Flower Frenzy -I-

The flowers in our studio are blooming like crazy -- our sculpted clay flowers of course.  All of these flowers have genuine Swarovski crystal centers and a special snap embedded in back so they can be easily added to our different necklace components.  They can be arranged in different color combinations or pop one onto a hair barrette, bracelet or ring.

We wanted to have a good supply of items for the Craft Culture show this weekend so have been putting in long days.

Mother's Day Printable -0-

Today I am excited to share this Mother's Day printable that Diana has come up with! I love her reasoning for picking this quote and I'm sure all our Mothers could use this reminder that they are doing a good job! 

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I've been thinking a lot about Motherhood and what it means to me exactly especially since Mother's Day is just in 2 weeks.  I think moms all around the world set expectations for themselves that are just too hard to meet and we beat ourselves down.  The best days for me as a mother, are when I become more involved in my kids lives rather than trying hard to get everything done.  I heard this quote a few weeks ago and it has stuck with me ever since.  I feel like we are amazing mothers and there are SO many ways to be one.  This print is downloadable in an 8x10 size and would make a great gift for any mother in your life because we all feel this sense of overwhelming task we have to complete in order to be the best mom! Happy Mother's Day and enjoy this free downloadable print!

Diana is a graphic designer running her own shop called Livy Love Designs.  She loves using fresh color schemes and bright patterns.  She enjoys drawing, sewing, and learning new recipes.  She is married and has two little kids who she attributes where most of her inspiration comes from.  Aside from her shop, she has recently started working with Modern Yardage and is a fabric designer for them, which has been a dream of hers ever since she started graphic design.  You can follow along with her blog at Livy Love.

Family Basement Reveal -0-

Today I am sharing a basement makeover I recently did with Erin. Yesterday I gave some insight into the process and shared all of the before pictures but just as a reminder here is the basement before...

We lightened it, layered it and brought in some color! I love how it turned out. 

Our clients had the room painted in Restoration Hardware's silver sage at 75%. Those tan walls HAD to go! 

Immediately when you enter the basement you see this table and these lamps. The table is from DownEast Home. The coral is also from DownEast.  The lamps are from Lamps Plus. We got the curtain panels from West Elm

I'm so glad we decided to use a rug to ground the t.v. seating area. I think it was necessary in this long room. 

The rug is the Charing Cross rug from Serena and Lily. Side tables are the Bone Side Tables from West Elm. The t.v. console is the Blake Grey Wash Media Console from Crate and Barrel. 

The spindle chair is from Alice Lane Home Collection. The ottoman was reupholstered in Westley in Indigo by Pindler. Rocky Mountain Upholstery did all the upholstery for the space. 

The blue pillows are from Plush Studio. The tan pillow is to-the-trade.  We had the sofa upholstered in Pindler & Pindler Sanderson in Parchment.  It's a super durable fabric and soil and stain resistant! 

We took their existing chair and upholstered it in Robert Allen's Nesting Zig Zag

The ivory pillow is from Target. The coral pillow is from West Elm. 

We got this great garden stool on Overstock. We used grasscloth on the back wall to create more of focal point in the nook. 

The leaning ladder is from Amazon.

The shelf turned out so much better once it was painted white! We added a bunch of accessories from Target and T.J. Maxx. 

I picked up a beautiful asian needlepoint from a thrift store for a steal! While going through our clients things we found this adorable house made out of popsicle sticks that one of their sons made. I love using sentimental items in our decor whenever possible! 

In the seating area the octopus art is such a statement! The chairs are $215 a piece on Overstock.

We found this desk at Pottery Barn. The desk chair is the Porter Upholstered chair from West Elm. 

We printed off this rock art from here.

This room was so much fun to design and install. Game rooms and basements are usually a dumping ground for all the leftover furniture and decor. But I believe they should get a little attention too! After all this where your family will be gathering and spending so much time together.

A BIG thank you to Jylare Smith Photography for taking these great images! 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SD Eibar - Sevilla FC -I-

Last Week's Links -0-

If you follow me on instagram (@kirstenkrason) you know that we spent most of last week in St. George, Utah. It was delightful. We spent our time hiking, swimming and hitting up cool vintage shops! I did manage to pin some fun stuff and browse my favorite blogs while we were gone. Here are the links I was loving last week. 

1 | I am in love with this image from the latest Country Living Magazine
2 | I'm craving a cool wedge like this for summer.
3 | Last week I rounded up some of my favorite children's products over at A Lovely Lark.
4 | This DIY art project will blow your mind.
5 | Love this beautiful little bath hook project.
6 | These are the perfect "everyday" earrings.
7 | This fantasticly cute roll up chalkboard makes me smile.
8 | Great roundup of the Top Ikea Hacks from 2012.
9 | This is my new motto.
10 | This is the coolest/comfiest skirt. I can't get enough of black and white lately!


Family Basement Design Plan -0-

I am going to be revealing a fun basement makeover that Erin and I worked on. So today I wanted to give you a look at the process and of course share before pics! 

In November Erin and I were contacted about designing a basement living area for an adorable family of four.  They had been living in the house for a year and were finally ready to make their basement into a fun game and lounging area. Here is what we saw when we went out for the initial consult. 

Not horrible but not great.  It obviously needed some color and life breathed into the space! 

All of the furniture in the room was from their previous house.  They had paid a lot of money for the pieces and they still loved the shape so we decided to reupholster the sofa, ottoman and one of the chairs. 

For the current seating area we decided to get two new chairs, a side table and some new art.  We also talked about moving their existing cabinet piece to the seating area and making the area by the window into a ping pong area. 

We wanted to create a fun place for sitting, chatting, playing games but also leave enough space for their two boys to run a little wild.  

The t.v. space needed some help as well. We thought a rug would be good to ground the furniture. Without a rug it felt like everything was floating in the space.  We also wanted a new t.v. piece, an additional chair and some wallpaper for the back wall. 

The client had some brown built-ins that we decided to paint white.  They also had an unused corner next to the bathroom. We thought this would be a fun area for a desk.  

We also wanted to make sure the basement flowed with the design of the rest of the house. Here is a picture of their dining room to give you a feel for their style. 

Their main floor felt a little formal and they wanted their basement to be much more causal but still feel like it belonged in the same house. 

Here is the initial mood board we sent over to the client with the color scheme of navy, chartreuse and coral in mind. 

And here is the layout that we liked for the basement. 

They had also spent a lot of money on their main floor and they were hoping to keep the costs down for the basement makeover.  We got to work sourcing some really fun stuff! We took a high-low approach to the budget which we do in all of our spaces.  Here are some of the pieces we saved a little money on:

We fell in love with this amazing octopus art from Natural Curiosities but the price was way too high at  almost $5,000! So our client tracked down this look-a-like for a fraction of the cost.

We did have to have it custom matted and framed but we still saved so much money.  

We also found these blue chairs on Overstock for only $215 a piece! 

We thought about making custom window treatments but to keep cost down we went with ready made panels from West Elm instead. 

Another way we saved was by buying almost all of our accessories at T.J. Maxx and Target. We also shopped quite a bit at local clearance stores for a lot of the furniture. 

Tomorrow we'll be sharing the reveal! Here is a sneak peek... 

One Room Challenge - Final Details -0-

This is the last week before I reveal Jane's new room! I have all the main pieces now it's time to add in the last details.  I've found some fun accessories and accent pieces.  

I love brining in sweet and unique pieces for little girls' rooms. I love both of these from Land of Nod. 

I also have been obsessed with Jana's lamps for awhile now so I bought one for Jane's dresser. 

I just love the bold effect it brings to the room. 

Like I mentioned last week I wanted to find ways to draw the eye up in the room since the bed is so little.  I'm putting this pretty lamp in the corner.  

I think it will be the perfect way to finish off the room! 

Here's a sneak peak! I can't wait to share it with you next week!

Here are all the participants so you can follow along with everyone:

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