{organizing with style} Small Coat Closet Storage Solutions

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall is officially here, which means winter is right around the corner. As the temperature starts to cool down, now is a great time to tackle coat closet organization to save time and stress when you're trying to find a matching pair of gloves on your way out the door. 

Last year, I whipped my coat closet into shape and shared lots of coat closet organization ideas that can be applied to both large and small spaces. But since I'm lucky enough to have a larger than average closet, I realize that the photos of my closet might not have seemed practical to those dealing with a more cramped quarters. So today, I want to show you an example of some great small coat closet organization ideas!

{decorating with style} Designing a Comfortable, Modern Guest Room

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Remember a couple of months ago when I showed you the very colorful design plans I was working on for a client's hip rooftop deck? Well that same client also had two extra bedrooms that he wanted to transform into stylish and comfortable spaces for welcoming guests. Today, I want to show you what we're working on in the larger of the two guest rooms, where we're even managing to squeeze in a little work space as well.

{diy with style} IKEA Hack: Bookshelf Makeover Without Paint

Friday, September 8, 2017

I think it's safe to say that I have no fear of color. Especially when it comes to decorating kids' rooms, I say, the more color the better! 

BUT I also have my practical side, and I'm passionate about creating kids' spaces that can grow with them {I even wrote a post with tips for designing a boy's room that grows with him}. So when I wanted to add some vibrant color to the bookshelf in my sons' new shared bedroom, I didn't want to do anything too permanent. Rather than painting the doors of their bookshelf, I found a way to get the look I wanted with a quick and easy, temporary update.  

{seasonal style} Fall in Love with these Fall Leaf Projects

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The school supplies are purchased, the days are slowly getting shorter, and a few leaves are already starting to fall from our trees. There may still be a few more weeks of summer, but there's no denying that autumn is on the way. And that makes this the perfect time to get a start on some simple and stylish fall decor projects. 

Each month, I team up with the All Things Creative team to round up some of our favorite creative ideas, and this month I think you're going to fall in love with this collection of fall leaf craft projects.

{diy with style} How to Clean a Dishwasher

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How often do you clean your dishwasher? I'll confess that I don't clean mine nearly often enough! I wash dishes in it daily, so surely it's getting clean at the same time, right? One look at my dishwasher filter proved that theory wrong. Ewww!

This week, I gave my stainless steel dishwasher a thorough cleaning, and now it's no longer the dirtiest clean spot in my house. It turns out that it's actually pretty easy to get it sparkling with minimal effort. And a clean dishwasher certainly means cleaner, more sanitary dishes as well!

Here's a quick step by step guide for how to clean a dishwasher...

{a few of my favorite things} Happy Mail!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I thought I'd start a little something new on the blog. From time to time, I want to pop in to just chat about a few of my favorite things! In a digital world, where my phone never stops dinging with one message or another, I find there is something so wonderful about getting mail. Real mail. The kind that you get to rip open.

So today I'm chatting about some of my favorite kinds of happy mail... and a few more things I like to get in the mail!

{diy with style} Framed Paint Brush Art

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Every garage needs art, right?! Ok, maybe need isn't the right word. But the framed paint brushes in my garage sure do make me happy, and this garage art was pretty easy to make! Last week I showed you all the organized garage details, and today I wanted to share this easy paint brush art tutorial. This would also make the perfect display for a craft room, art studio, or in the bedroom of a really creative kiddo!

{organizing with style} Brilliant Ways to Organize the Garage

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Our garage used to be my dirty little secret. I would go out of my way to not let friends of family ever sneak a peek in there because it was so bad. SO bad. Like "no room to park two cars in a three car garage" bad! 

Last fall we finally reclaimed our garage and I shared lots of pictures with you when we finished. Since then, I've gotten quite a few comments suggesting that the photos looked good because it was just a "staged" version of our garage, and that it wouldn't look that way once we started really using it with all of our stuff. 

But almost a year later, I'm proud to say that our garage still looks almost exactly the same. And that is for one reason, and one reason only...

{diy with style} 10 Insanely Cool Upcycle Projects

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

There are so many things I love about DIYing... saving money by making something myself, creating something totally unique and perfect for my home that I couldn't buy in a store, and of course, the opportunity to give a fresh new life to something that might otherwise find its way to the trash pile.

Each month, I team up with the All Things Creative team to bring you a collection of creative ideas, and this month is all about upcycled DIYS. We've got some insanely cool ideas to share with you... 

{decorating with style} Designing a Colorful Rooftop Deck

Monday, July 17, 2017

I'm working with a new client who has a very hip house near the city, with a modern and colorful vibe. We're starting from scratch on a few rooms in the house, and sprucing up a couple more. Transforming the rooftop deck is his top priority, so we're hurrying to finish it in time for him to enjoy a couple of months of warm patio weather before fall arrives. 

I love working on design projects, and this time around I wanted to get you guys involved in the fun as well! Over the last couple of weeks I've asked you to share your opinions on Facebook and collectively create a rooftop deck design by voting first for your favorite outdoor rug, then couch, chairs, and finally an outdoor coffee table. I absolutely loved seeing what you guys chose in each round of voting, and hearing your thoughts about the options!

As promised, today I'm going to show you the initial plans that I put together for my client's rooftop deck, as well as the final version of the plan after the client provided his input.

Let's start with some context. The client's house is half of a relatively new duplex in a popular urban neighborhood. It's built on three levels, and the top floor includes a guest room and bathroom, as well as a bar that opens out onto a rooftop deck with west-facing Rocky Mountain views.  

The bar has a vibrant orange countertop that reflects the owner's fearless approach to decorating. My favorite of all design approaches!

Just beyond the end of the orange countertop is a sliding glass door that leads out to the rooftop deck - a space with a current vibe that could best be described as abandoned.

But this rooftop deck clearly has tons of potential! It just needs a little vision, comfy furniture, and some vibrant color to turn it into the coolest spot in the neighborhood!

The tall wall on the left side divides the deck from the neighbor, and it was definitely calling out for some way to dress it up!

When I'm designing a new space, I always like to start with an idea of how the space needs to function, and one key design element to build around. Let's talk about the key design element first. I knew right away there needed to be at least a touch of orange in the patio color scheme, to tie in the bar countertop. The client also has of shades of teal throughout the house, and I noticed a lot of blue in the two band posters hanging in the bar.

With these colors in mind, I started shopping for a large, outdoor rug. These were five of my favorites:

SOURCE LIST: (contains affiliate links) Blue Tropical; Multi-Color IkatTeal Graphic

I like the blue, tropical vibe of the first rug, and the color would tie in nicely with the posters in the bar, but I wasn't sure it fit the client's style well enough. The same was true of the multi-colored ikat rug - the colors were perfect, but it's more my style than his. The last option - the orange rug - felt like too much orange. With it narrowed down to the teal graphic rug and the striped rug, I liked that the stripes brought together all of the colors that I wanted to incorporate in the design, so I began designing the plan around that rug.

For the deck, I knew that it needed to provide lots of seating for entertaining, while still feeling intimate enough for a smaller group of friends to just sit around and chat. Because it's up on the roof, the client doesn't plan to ever BBQ or serve meals on this deck, but I did want to provide plenty of space for a spread of appetizers or snacks to compliment the bar.

Here's the space plan I came up with {the light green square that overlaps most of the seating area shows the coverage that the umbrella will provide}:  

And here's the proposed design that I presented to the client. Although this design board just shows one concrete console table and one couch, there would actually be two of each in the space {as shown in the space plan}.

I recommended those round, teal stools to serve dual function - acting as side tables most of the time, but providing extra seating for larger groups. I also wanted to add some "green" to the outdoor space without giving the client too many plants to take care of up on the roof. I recommended a few white planters filled with low maintenance grasses, combined with four repeating pieces of outdoor canvases with photographs of aloe that provide a nice pop greenery with a touch of orange.

In addition to presenting my recommended design plan, I always like to give clients a variety of alternate items to consider. Fortunately the client loved the striped rug, even after seeing all of the other rugs options. Since the design was really built around that rug, I was so glad that I pegged his style just right on that one! 

One of the alternate coffee tables did immediately catch the client's eye. I thought he might pick the fire table, but it was the cement coffee table that he fell in love with, so we swapped that out in the plan.

modern outdoor coffee tables
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The client was also not totally sold on the color block chairs that I used in my plans. After debating on numerous options, we found some chairs that he really loved - the Morocco Round Chairs. The white cushions on these chairs tie in nicely with the white metal frame of the couches, and their unique shape will add a lot of design interest on the deck.

Modern Outdoor Chairs
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Black Metal with White Cushions

The only other tweak we ended up making was to swap out the round, teal stools for Carilo Blue Square Stools. With those changes made, here's the final plan that we are currently working to implement:

And now, here's the really fun part! Let's see how this compares to the plan that you guys created by way of your Facebook votes. Scroll through the images below and you'll see how the popular Facebook picks came together to create a unique rooftop deck design.

SOURCE LIST FOR OUTDOOR COUCH OPTIONS: (contains affiliate links)

Ikat Rug
; White Frame Outdoor Couch; Color Block Chairs; Concrete Coffee Table 

Thank you guys so much for playing along with me on Facebook over the past couple of weeks. It's been so fun hearing your opinions and your insights on what you'd pair together and why. It really helps me to hear how others think about design! 

You guys seemed to be having a good time with it too, so I think we should do more of this design voting. I'm also designing two guest rooms for the same client, so keep an eye out over the next few weeks on Facebook for some bedroom decor voting, and then I'll share the final plans here on the blog! 

Until then, here are the plans in a pinnable form in case you want to save them:
Modern Rooftop Deck Design Plans