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My 2013 Design Resolutions

Ok, 2013, let’s do this!

I try to make design resolutions each year and I am running at about a 50% success rate at keeping all of them.  So, in addition to re-painting and organizing our entire new house (eeep!), here are my 2013 design resolutions:

  1. Use more fabric and mix pattern with confidence.  I am comfortable with a dash of pattern or a pop of color, but I am paralyzed by the selection and price tag of committing to any “custom” fabric selection (like bed skirts, shams, curtain panels or duvet covers).  But, there are a lot of affordable fabrics out there and patterns can be mixed without a huge commitment.  Time to inch outside my comfort zone!  {Design below by Jamie Meares of Furbish — she is the master of mixing pattern and color}furbish
  2. Invest in at least one piece of original art.  Again, I am often paralyzed by the selection and price tag of original art, so I end up buying a bunch of cheap stuff to put on the walls, and when you add it all up, I could have spent $150-300 on a really beautiful, impactful piece of art.  {Gorgeous original painting of the Low Country (one of my favorite spots on earth) by Carol Cerny for sale on Etsy framed for $150}.etsy
  3. Be more deliberate about furniture layout.  In our last house, I felt like we had a lot of “dead space” that could have been used more effectively (hello, our entire living room).  Before just putting furniture where it fits, I want to really examine each room and think hard about the best furniture layout. {I like the layout below with functional seating, table space, storage and flow.}furniture
  4. Add “cubby” built-ins at the back door.  Our new house does not have a coat closet near the back door.  So, everyone comes in and sheds coats, purses, work-out bags, shoes, gloves, scarves, you-name-it, in a trail from the back door into the kitchen.  We really need a space to organize all of our stuff when we walk in the door.  {I like the shoe trays and ceiling detail on these below}. cubby4
  5. Explore bathroom renovation.  My daughter has a half-bath off of her new bedroom, and we have a full hall bathroom shared by 3 of the bedrooms upstairs.  I would love to explore converting the half bathroom into a full bathroom (and only having 2 bedrooms share the hall bathroom).  The logistics of the water and drain may prove to be cost-prohibitive, but I would love to check-out the option. {I love this tub/shower design for a girl’s bathroom.} bathroom14
  6. BLOG MORE!  I am going to try to blog at least once a week in 2013.  I would love to get back to posting 4-5 times a week, but my family and work schedule make that really challenging right now.

So, there you have it.  I tried to be ambitious, but not undertake so much that I would be overwhelmed and get nothing done!

What do you think?  What are your design resolutions for 2013?

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y’ALL!

P.S. For past design resolution posts, check out 2009, 20102011.  2012 is missing because I was having a baby!  🙂

New Years Prezzie-lution….Hallway Update

 My New Years “Prezzie-lution” is a hallway update.  My upstairs hallway is, well, empty.  Aside from my pelmet box project, it is a pathetically sterile segue.  It has gotten left behind as all of the bedrooms and rooms downstairs got prettied-up.  So, as a half New Years Resolution and half “prezzie” to myself, I resolve to give it a little facelift. 

To start me off, below are two inspiration boards using two different color schemes.  This is a jumping off point, and sure to change!  The walls are painted American White by Benjamin Moore, and I have already started a gallery wall using black frames with wide, white mats.  I would love to acquire a runner, console, lamps and maybe recover my cute pelmet box (currently in the green P. Kaufmann fabric shown below). 

Green Color Scheme 

[Left to Right: 1. Benjamin Moore’s American White, P. Kaufmann’s Curly Q in Green Tea, 2. Pottery Barn Wood Gallery Frames in Black, 3. Fabric Drum Shade from Shades of Light,  Spindle Lamp Base from Shades of Light, Medallion Drum Shade from Shades of Light, 4. Parsons Console from West Elm, Coventry Jute Rug from Ballard Designs.]

Red Color Scheme

[Left to Right: 1. Benjamin Moore’s American White, Red Imperial Trellis Fabric, 2. Pottery Barn Wood Gallery Frames in Black,  3. Chinese Red Column Lamp from Shades of LightParsons Console from West Elm, Coventry Jute Rug from Ballard Designs, 4. Striped Braided Rug from Ballard Designs.]

What do you think?  Leave me a comment and let me know whether you like the green or the red look better!  I can’t wait to take you along as I keep my New Years Prezzie-lution, for once!  🙂  Happy New Year, y’all!