I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for ways to jazz up my work space. It’s hard to be creative in a space that doesn’t move you. My current office isn’t nearly where I’d like it to be but it’s getting there (like the rest of my house). In the mean time, I find myself continuously searching for inspiration for my dream working/writing/reading/creating space.
Here are some recent finds from the all mighty Pinterest:
This is so romantic and sweet, one could pen a love letter from here
Feminine and glossy. I love the bookcases painted pink
Speaking of pink…Great way to use a closet and who couldn’t use a little disco ball sparkle to kick off casual Friday?
Multipurpose space for displaying books, reading and working.
Love the bright color combination.
Ashley Goforth’s rich delicious office. I LOVE this
I absolutely fell in love with this when I saw it.
Way to re-purpose some old wood. I wish I had a nook like this.
This is one of my all time fav’s…I love everything about this especially the way it looks as if it may have once been a closet. It’s so chic and pretty.
Small space, big glamor. What a fantastic way to glitz up a nook.
I’m fairly sure I’d be more than a little productive here!
I’m curious, what does one’s office space say about them?
I have been searching high and low for the perfect rug for our newly tiled floors in the family room and when I say HIGH, I mean I found some really expensive rugs out there that I would just LOVE to have the budget for.
I really wanted a super soft shaggy rug, something that the my 6 year old can just roll around on with our lovable lab, Cali but I just can’t justify the expense of a really high end rug right now.
Then, I accidentally stumbled into the rug department at Home Depot the other day and changed my whole game plan. I found a really nice shag rug for around $150.00 but right next to it was this lovely carved chenille looking number that had the colors or our newly tiled fireplace surround on it.
I deliberated, texted a picture to my husband
(Who’s response was, “for $150.00, I don’t care. I love the price”…thanks, babe.)
Took a shot in the dark and decided on the latter.
I got it home, rolled it out, tried not to over think it and then picked my son up from school.
When I came downstairs a bit later, this is what I found:
Looks comfortable enough, right?
Works well with the fireplace tile.
But this was the ultimate seal of approval. It feels good enough to watch TV on while curled up with your best friend.
Well, now that you’ve seen my living room, I thought I would show you my work in progress dining room.
This is a room that I really haven’t spent a lot of time or effort on mainly because we’ve been concentrating on the rooms we use more often, such as the kitchen, family room and back yard. It has pretty much looked like this since we moved in and it’s really really beginning to bother me.
It’s the first room you see when you walk into our home so I know it needs to be addressed and SOON.
The chairs were some cheap Costco numbers we found on a whim. We actually made our table…what you don’t see is that the rustic wooded top sits on top of a travertine marble base and I really love the juxtaposition of the two but you can’t really admire it because of the hideous chairs. I’m thinking bench…
I like the finishes and I like that they don’t match everything exactly. They also would tie in beautifully with our new flooring since as I said, the entry IS basically our dining room, this is what you see:
How ’bout those baseboards lying there?
our tile looks like washed wood and the boarder matches the tile around our fireplace.
Here’s a view of the dining room from our livingroom:
I’ve been shopping for woven blinds to add some texture and be rid of the ugly builder supplied blinds and I’m CONSIDERING lightening up the buffet
(garage sale find that I painted so I’m not too worried about screwing it up…love that)
as well as the table top. The chandelier was a freebie from my brother-in law and sister in law which I love. That’s a keeper. Free is AWESOME.
The walls are going to be painted Sherwin Williams, Dorian Gray.
Here’s some inspiration photos to illustrate the feel I’m going for:
Comfy but elegant
Love the formal chandelier with the rustic table and those garden stools are FABULOUS.
Anyway, like I said before, one step at a time…by the time we actually GET to the dining room after we finish the baseboards, re-texturing a couple of walls, painting, finish off the built-in’s, I may have changed my mind and be going a whole different direction. Maybe not…I think I’m pretty committed to this look now.
Ha! Maybe this is why our projects take so long…I think I just had a break through!
Well, I have come to a decision. I have been talking FOREVER (over a year now) about the new built in’s we were working on in our living room. For those who were not readers of my former blog, you can see the beginning stages of it here.
I really wanted to have one of those glorious moments that you see on Candice Olson or numerous other blogs in which there’s a huge “Tah Daaaah” and the curtain rises and there is the completed project all shiny and perfect and everyone oooh’s and ahhhh’s and says, WOW!
I have come to the conclusion that I am not much different than a lot of people who pride themselves on their DIY skills. Sometimes, it just takes TIME and progressive moves to reach the ultimate goal and so, that said, I’m going to show you where we are NOW, TODAY, as I type this. I just took these photos a few minutes ago and so:
In progress, but getting there!
When we bought our house, there was no fireplace, which believe it or not was a huge surprise to me. See, we had looked at this same floor plan around the corner that HAD a fireplace along with about 15 other homes that day so when we decided to put in an offer and it was accepted, it wasn’t until we did the final inspection that we realized that we were confusing the other house with this one. That was one thing on my list of “must haves” that I had to cross off…or did I?
Fast forward a year and here’s what we had done with our living room:
That armoire (one of my favorite pieces of furniture) held our television and that chair was a road side find. All in all, cozy and cute enough but that side of the room always felt out of proportion to the rest of the space.
Then one day, I was trolling around my local Re-Store in Mckinney and came across an electric fireplace for $95.00! I couldn’t resist…it came home with me along with a quickly formulated plan in my head of what it was going to look like when it was all said and done…
After some sweet talking to my husband and convincing him that it really wouldn’t be THAT hard, the work began and the point of no return had been reached:
A frame of 2 x 4′s kicked it off…
Then the MDF panels went up…
and then the holiday’s hit.
Not exactly THE home to visit on the holiday home tour but hey, Santa had a faux fireplace to visit even in there was no chimney
(something that required explaining to our then 5 year old son).
Oh, and did I mention that this was Christmas 2010????
We kind of got side tracked by our back yard when the weather warmed up:
More on that later…
Are we the only people who get side tracked on projects or is this more common than I realize???
Anyway, here we are today-NOT quite done but still:
Wall where the wow factor is going to come into play soon…
I have plans for baskets like the one on the right side of the fire place for all four bottom cubbies, possibly even the 4 above as well. I like the idea of hidden storage there for blankets, books, magazines and the ever present stray lego that I seem to step on without fail.
The accessories are still coming together. I’m learning a very important lesson in editing and simplifying. I’ve figured out what I want, now I’m just trying to find the exact pieces.
I have plans for that wall where the armoire used to stand. Poor guy had to be banished to the garage until we find a larger home someday which is heartbreaking because, as I said, it’s one of my favorite pieces. Unfortunately, the only other place for it would be upstairs in our bedroom but it’s so heavy that it just wasn’t an option. We’ve nick named it the Widow Maker for a reason.
We DID install new floors recently which is why the baseboards are off and there’s that little gap in the corner. We’re going to be painting next week
(fingers crossed…I’ve learned not to hold my breath on making time line plans).
A rug will HOPEFULLY be on the floor by this weekend…again, let’s just take it a day at a time.
Let the accessorizing continue!
In the mean time, here we are.
I’m so proud of my husband for taking a leap of faith with me and since he actually DID the work, having never done something like this before, I think he deserves a prize!
This, like just about all of our home improvement projects, is a lesson in patience and cooperation sprinkled with the realization that keeping a loose grip on time lines and the expectations that go along with them are just a part of the process.
Good news is, as they happen I have posting material so stay tuned!
I’m super excited that, aside from grouting the newly laid tile in our closet and under the wash-a-ma-dryer (as my son used to call it), our floors are finished! This has been an ongoing project, like ALL of my projects tend to be.
I’ve been busy digging up inspiration photos via Pinterest to help direct the next step in our process and I was surprised today when I looked over the past weeks pins to find that it is NO WHERE the direction I had planned on.
Its no secret to anyone who knows me how much I LOVE a white room. I’m actually heading more into the griege tones but just for fun, I thought I would compile my dream white house here. Tell me what you think:
First, the living room…I love the subtle orange and I’m dying over that coffee table. Where does one find mini saw horse bases like that??
This dining room with the gorgeous wooden table juxtaposed with that chandelier…so perfectly simple and elegant!
This table scape is a “MUST do soon”. I saw some super cool lamps at Ikea the other day that would work as those square candles…have to think about how to run the cord, though.
and while I know this isn’t white, it seems like it should be incorporated into my little dream, don’t you think?
I keep coming back to this bathroom and I’m fairly convinced there will be a version of this in either our master bath or the powder room. I love the simplicity.
Of course, Jr.’s room would be the coolest hang out in the hood with a bed like this. I know I posted this the other day but again, I keep going back to it.
and then, we can just end the day here in this elegant, sophisticated manner…not too precious or over done. Simple elegance.
One thing I keep coming back to is that it takes a great deal of self control and restraint to pull off a white room well. If it’s not done with discipline, it can look sloppy. If it’s not done with deliberate intent, it can look boring. I’d say these all hit it right on the nose!
So, how many of you saw this fantastic office reveal from Emily Clark yesterday?
I was cracking up last night while crawling around Pinterest because clearly, I’m not the only one who was super impressed with how this turned out. I mean, seriously, it was EVERYWHERE!
Truth be told, I’ve been trying to talk my husband for months now into turning our mostly unused dining room into an office. Like most people, we use our formal dinging room MAYBE 5 times a year and right now, my office is a tiny upstairs nook with no windows and horrible lighting. I miss the sun! I need a view! I hate feeling cooped up!
Yesterday, when he came home, I gave him half a minute to shake off the day before I hit him with the photo…this is exactly what I’ve had in mind and after really looking closely at my space I came to the conclusion that we can have both…an office for the 350 days a year that I would use it as such and for the 5 days a year we need a dining room…we can have our cake and eat it too(at the computer, if we choose)
My plan is to keep our existing dining room table and turn it into a double desk with the built in wall unit behind it. When we entertain, we can turn it back into a dining room table…so simple.
Remember I showed you our nearly finished fireplace/built-in’s that we’ve been working on?
Here’s a view of the flow of our home:
I’ve been envisioning the continuation of the built in’s past the wall…
and into the dining room….
along the wall that used to house our buffet….
Which looked like this but is currently undergoing a little bit of a nip /tuck…
Don’t judge yet…there IS a vision here.
So, I have to say Thank You to Emily! I knew what I wanted to do but the photo of her gorgeous office/former dining room gave me a visual to successfully sell the idea to my husband, whom I will say, usually trusts my judgement but was having a hard time seeing the whole picture, I think. Best of all, we’re both getting what we want…he wants a dining room, I want an office with a window, light, air…you get the idea.
So here we go…Next Project in the works! Bring it!
I’ve been doing a great deal of color consulting lately which is always a sure sign of spring being on it’s way.
I LOVE this time of year because people are often excited about tax returns and how they can use them to improve their homes. I’ve been really fortunate to work with some really adventurous people.
I think the accessibility to great design blogs and online magazines is so helpful in taking the fear out of thinking outside the standard tract home box.
In honor of these brave and adventurous gems I have the honor of doing work for, here are some great examples of fearless color:
These dark blues are so daring and sexy…that opalescent effect is insanely cool.
Kelly green blended with white or charcoal gray is so chic. I’m totally LOVING those combinations!
I’m not sure that personally, I could ever live with a yellow room (my master bath and bedroom are a story for another day) but I love how cheery this space is. I especially love the whimsy of the floor.
another example of a daring painted floor with that smokey gray painted wall.
Love, love love!
And the ultimate risky move…Sexy in black, hugely successful here.
Not sure everyone could pull this off but if you can, holy moly, go for it!!
After months of careful consideration and advice seeking from many many trusted sources, I made the decision to close Modus Operandi Designs. This comes with a great deal of deliberation since I started this in 2001 and had tremendous success with it while we were in California but upon moving to Texas, it just didn’t seem to work.
Essentially I’ve had little success in branding myself here and have decided that in order to start new and fresh somewhere, sometimes one must reinvent oneself all together.
The moment I came to this conclusion my phone started ringing and business has begun to show up on the horizon and there are so many exciting projects in the works…FINALLY. Its as if God has said, “yes, that’s the right direction…keep going”.
Therefore, I have repackaged my business plan which includes a new name and a new blog/website filled with not just design inspiration but food goodies and gardening dreams that will hopefully be fulfilled.
I sincerely hope you will follow me there and that you will enjoy the new adventure with me.
This is the first official blog post for this new site and I’m super excited about what’s in store. As you can tell from the tabs above, I’m going to be sharing with you some of my passions, specifically interior design, cooking and gardening!
My husband and I bought our first house two years ago and have been slowly but surely turning an average, vanilla tract home into something much more special and doing it for as little as possible so that we don’t outspend the neighborhood.
Stay tuned for lots of great photos and progress…
In the mean time, I’m SUPER excited about the nursery project I’m kicking off.
A dear friend of mine is expecting her second little girl and I have the honor of helping her put the new nursery together! Normally these inspiration photos would cause my uterus to twitch but knowing that I get to play with a new baby and then GIVE her back, I’m a happy girl.