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PACIFIC NORTHWEST NURSERY | ONE ROOM CHALLENGE REVEAL

Today feels like Christmas!!  The nursery is complete and it’s finally time for the big REVEAL!   I can’t believe that six short weeks ago, I decided to get on board with the One Room Challenge with the suggestion of a dear friend.   I really can’t believe that I DID this in six short weeks!  But, it happened and now there is a beautiful, sweet nursery to show for it.   This space is so personal to me…  I put my heart and soul into this room.  Truly a labor of love as I was painting the trim in this room the night before shoot and reveal day!  In the end, it was completely worth every second of time that we put into this nursery and am truly grateful to everyone that had a hand in making my vision come to it’s full potential.

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge  REVEAL
If you've popped over onto this post from the One Room Challenge site, Welcome!  I'm so glad you're here!  I'm a professional Interior Designer and Blogger in the Greater Seattle area with a high focus on Commercial Interior Design, Residential Remodels and my team and I specialize in Remote Design Projects all over the world!  This is my first time as a participant in the One Room Challenge and although it's been taxing, I've genuinely enjoyed every second of it. - heather scherie

Looking back at where this all began, the room was where clothes no longer worn went to die, baby items we weren’t ready to get rid of "just in case we decided to have another child" got stored away, and our sweet Rhodesian Ridgeback had the joy of having the biggest “dog bed” in the world.   We basically moved in 10 months ago, got it to habitable spot and really never stepped foot in it again.  And although we knew once we did find out we were having child number two that this room would need to become that child’s bedroom, had it not been for the One Room Challenge, it may have stayed just as uninspired for at least a few more weeks!  So, here it is in all its glory. The before and the after. 

BEFORE

Whitestone Design Group - Before - Pacific Northwest Nursery

AFTER

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

I feel like I had SUCH a clear vision from the beginning of what I wanted to accomplish in this baby space. It's fun to reference back to the Design Inspiration Board and see the path from start to finish really never wavered.  It feels organic, minimal, and that Pacific Northwest palette really shines through! 

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge | Inspiration Board

If you've missed any of what's lead me up to this point, you can catch up week to week below: 

week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4 | week 5

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

I have so many favorite details on this project.  The drapery panels and the crib bumpers turned just the way I imagined them.  I still can’t believe that I actually whipped out the dusty sewing machine and fabricated them!  It’s been so long since I actually worked on my own soft goods… It’s even crazier that I remembered how to do it!  Well, in perfect transparency, I did have to reach out to my mother for a little guidance, but that’s what moms are for, right?

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

The artwork blows me away!  I can’t wait to get a float frame on this piece, but I wasn’t able to fit that into my timeline for this challenge.  I absolutely love working with talented, local artists.  For this particular piece, I worked with a great friend, Wynne Earle, who is one of the most talented artists I know.  I talked through the overall feel of the nursery and shared some photographs of images I was inspired by and THIS beauty is what she came up with!  I’m so particular about art.  Picky is actually an understatement.  But, this is what commissioning a piece of art specifically for your space gets you!

Acrylic wash on canvas

Acrylic wash on canvas

BEFORE

Whitestone Design Group - Pacific Northwest Nursery - Before

AFTER

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

If I had to pick one last detail to fave from this project, it would have to be the semi-custom dresser that my husband and I built.  I had an idea in my head and when I see the final product, I feel like he and I nailed it!  I wanted simple, clean and highly functional.  This dresser doesn’t disappoint!  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect, but it feels like a piece that’s all our own made with our own four hands.  Six, if you count our toddlers sweet efforts to help!

BEFORE

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery - Before

AFTER

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

Here are some detail shots I just can't get enough of! 

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

For anyone who's concerned about where the Ridgeback, Miss Makeena, wound up laying her head... 

No need to worry!  The princess is VERY happy in her new bed. 

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

I owe a HUGE “thank you” to Wynne of WHEarlePhotography.  When the daybed, which was a huge solution to one of the initial challenges of the entire project, was massively delayed, I gave her a call to see if she could work with the time adjustment.  Although I knew I was going to be asking A LOT!!  She happily said that we would make it work.  As promised, she came out the day of delivery, photographed this incredible shot list, and turned the images around the very next day for me! It was fascinating watching her edit and seeing just how much goes into each image! I owe her sooooooo much and couldn’t have done this without her.  I may have had a six week challenge, but this brave woman gave herself a 24 hour challenge.   Bona fide - rock star. 

Another huge “thank you” is owed to my lovely husband, who looked at me a little sideways when I suggested that I join this challenge, but smiled and said okay anyway.  He got on board with all my ideas and supported my vision even though he couldn’t clearly see it until the end.  He did so much of the heavy lifting for this girl and I am beyond grateful.  

Thank you so much to all of the vendors who agreed to work with my crazy deadline and shipped so many of the adorable things you see here far quicker than their promise dates.  Next week, I will be sharing all of the sources for the details and products that were used on this project.  So, if you’ve got your eyes on something here, I can’t say enough wonderful things about everyone that I purchased items from. 

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Most importantly, thank you to those behind the scenes of the One Room Challenge.  This platform gives so many talented Designers and Bloggers the opportunity to put their very best skills to the test.  It's been such a fabulous experience and I have relished in the opportunity to remotely meet some seriously talented individuals that I fully intend on developing further relationships with.   I am so, so, SO impressed with the reveals from both the Featured Designers and Guest Participants.  PLEASE don't miss the opportunity to check in on some sensational before and after projects.  Click here to see all of the submissions. Thank you to Linda from Calling it Home and the partnership with House Beautiful for making this possible. 

Lastly, thank you to you.  My readers, followers, supporters and clients.  Without you all, there would be no me as a Designer.  

- Happy Designing - 

heather scherie of Whitestone Design Group

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BEFORE & AFTER | KITCHEN REMODEL IN BELLEVUE WASHINGTON

WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel

We have a great before and after to share with you today!  As a Interior Designer, there's really nothing quite as rewarding as seeing a client's face truly light up when they see their vision become a reality in their very own home.  This particular kitchen renovation really embodies just how much a space can change by opening up some walls and adding so much needed windows.  This client found a special way into our hearts making our connection to this interior design project that much more important to us.  

WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel | BEFORE

This couple definitely came to us with different visions when it came to the style of what they wanted, but by listening to both of them intently, we were able to come up with a design solution that accommodated the stylistic details that were most important to each of them individually. 

WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel | BEFORE
WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel
WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel


WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel

The whole space before was really dark and the artificial lighting was terrible.  Being a family that loves to entertain, both the dining room and kitchen just weren't accommodating their lifestyles at all.  Our goal was to implement far better natural light, use finishes that were soft and inviting, and make the room feel less like a dark, dreary, cave. 

WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel | BEFORE
WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel
WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel
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Yep!!  That dingy, dark nook became and coffee and wine bar!  An entertainers dream kitchen! 

WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel
WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel

Congratulations Scott and Nicolette!  We are so happy that we could make "the kitchen of your dreams" come to life for you. 

Let us know what your favorite details are about the space in the comments below! For any questions about sources or if you are interested in having Whitestone create a stylish and comfortable space within your home like this one, please contact us at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com - Thanks for stopping by and letting us share with you!

And thank you so much to our fabulous photographer WHEarlePhotography 

HAPPY DESIGNING! 

Heather-Scherie of Whitestone Design Group

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DESIGNER DIY | MUD CLOTH INSPIRED PLANTER

Mud cloth has the "IT" factor that is taking over the design world right now. 

photo via Pinterest

photo via Pinterest

 

Mud cloth prints are EVERYWHERE right now and I can't get enough! I have always been attracted to black and white everything, so I am so naturally drawn to this geometric and playful textile.  You can find mud cloth in a variety of colors and patterns, blues are particularly popular right now.  But, what I really love about this gorgeous material is the rich history behind it that instantaneously gives any space that "traveled feel" touch.   

Mud cloth is the direct translation of the word Bògòlanfini, meaning cloth died in mud.  In the Malian culture, women die the cloth in fermented mud and men are responsible for weaving it.  Men wear it for hunting and women typically wear it as they transition into adulthood and after childbirth.  The fabric itself is believed to absorb danger under these circumstances.  You can now find the mud cloth motif in anything including garments, wallpaper, furnishings, you name it!  And you can only expect to see more of it throughout 2017. 

A tiny insight to me, I'm a compulsive Home Depot shopper... I mean, I can literally roam the aisles as most women do through Target. A few months ago, I bought two black plastic planters to transfer two small trees I had received from a client.  They seemed to be my sleekest options and they were self-watering, which is highly necessary for this girl!  But, I couldn't help but look at them without feeling they were a little boring and wanted to put a personal stamp on them.  This is where the idea to do a Mud Cloth inspired design came in.  So, I went back to Home Depot and found myself a white paint pen.  Happy Dance!!  I wanted to give the planter a little height too, so I bought a small barrel mover as well.  Doesn't hurt that it makes it easy to move the finished product around either! 

Painting my pattern was a great creative outlet for me.  Some days, I just need a little time to myself to "create!"  This project was easy to knock out in just under an hour and I went at it really organically.  I love how the mud cloth textile has both a geometric feel to it, but kind of has no rules.  I started without a plan and am so happy I did.  I didn't want to copy a pattern that I had seen before and it was important to me for it to feel like it was my own.  Now, I don't know that it would meet the people of Mali's standards, but I still love the end result!  

This little gem has certainly perked up my front porch!  What spring projects are you into right now?  Do share, I need my next one! 

You can see more details on my personal design style on my personal pinterest board.

Happy Designing !!!

heather-scherie

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MISSION TO MINIMALISM | WEEK 1

Bathrooms can't be that bad to make a shift to minimalism, right? 

image via Pinterest

 

I wanted to start with a space I thought would be fairly easy, so I chose the master bathroom storage areas.  I've often looked through them and thought to myself, "How can two people fill these drawers up so easily?"  I mean, what could possibly be in them to make them burst at the seams at all times?  Granted, they are just drawers, so things just tend to pile on top of one another.  This, in of itself, is already a major issue for me.  The next issue is that my husband and I don't own this home, which will provide some difficulties with this challenge over the next year, but I'm still determined to get closer to my most minimal self.  

So, back to assuming this area would be easy... I was WRONG!  Full disclosure, I'm a makeup and skin care hoarder and had zero clue that was the case. As I sorted through each item and diligently placed them into my piles - keep, toss, and save for later - I realized I had already taken a wrong turn.  What in the actual heck was I doing? Save for later? That completely defeats the purpose of this challenge.  So after I finished the initial sort, I turned to that ridiculous save pile again.  Some of these products I had had for years!  After staring at them for far too long, I recognized that if I hadn't used them thus far, I probably was not going to. If the product in question wasn't serving me on at least once a week, to the toss pile it went. 

When I got to my husband's section of drawers, I was surprised to find that he was even worse than me!  He must have had  fifteen nearly empty bottles of sunscreen and I questioned him on each one, they all seemed to be acceptable to hang onto!  Luckily for me, he's completely on board with the whole minimal way of living and with an ever so slight tilt of the head that clearly sent the message, "Really Hun?," he conceded.  When all was said and done, the drawer wound up with a mere four bottles in it! 

Once I finished with the elimination process, I could see what was actually needed and come up with a game plan as to how I would start storing things in a more efficient way. I was EMBARRASSED by how many duplicates of things we had!  So wasteful!  So, first design solution I committed to was to not having layers of items so that we could more clearly see what we actually have instead of buying more without finishing what we still have.  I decided dividers in the drawers were going to be my ticket to have a cleaner  and more user friendly system in our vanity. I drew up my plans and off to Home Depot I went! 

I got lucky and my sweet father-in-law happened to be in town this past weekend, so he, along with my sweet pups, helped me cut and paint my new drawer dividers.  Easy and extremely affordable! 

Overall, this kick off project was a little more challenging than this Interior Designer expected.  I found myself trying to justify items a lot more than I expected.  In the end, coming up with a design solution was satisfying and I feel incredible ridding my home of so much unnecessary baggage!  For not owning the home and being able to just rip out the vanity entirely, I'm happy with the outcome we came up with an the amount we were able to offload. 

Although I won't be bringing much into the house, I will be searching out a few perfect accessories to finish off the bathroom.  Just a few details that make the space feel more like "us" and give it a sense of being finished.  The details, of course, are always my favorite part of the process! 

Just for fun, as the husband and I continue to search for the perfect home, I'll give you a glimpse into the style of bathroom that makes my heart skip a beat! 

image via Pinterest

If you're looking for a Design Team to help you pair down your living, or just need a little help with design projects around your home, we are here to help!  We're always up for a good challenge!   Happy Designing! 

heather-scherie

To see more about my home and what inspires me, you can view my Pinterest Board

To read more about this Mission To Minimalism, click here

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NURSERY REVEAL

Although my passion for Interior Design is wrapped up in construction and remodels, this particular design plan is most certainly the closest project to my heart to date.  I am so excited to announce that my wonderful husband and I are expecting a baby late this spring!  I knew when we got married that we would eventually want to start a family, but nothing in this world could have prepared me for how much more I would fall in love with him when we discovered that we were pregnant.  Now we find ourselves in this excruciating waiting period for our little bundle to arrive...  Our bedside tables are piled with baby books, our date night conversations are suddenly filled with name options for our little nugget, and our newest project at home is complete... THE NURSERY!! 

Yes, we are that couple that has chosen to wait until our delivery day to find our the gender of our baby.  I know that it is really challenging for my husband, especially when we have our doctors appointments!  But, for me, I didn't care whether we had a boy or a girl and therefore, didn't see a reason to find out the sex.  When it came to doing the nursery it did provide some challenges.  I found that so many of the adorable things out there for children have become so gender specific.  However, I throughly enjoyed the challenge and I'm so in love with the outcome. 

I DID have to give up my closet to do this room... Yep, I was that girl that had an entire bedroom devoted to fashion, but seeing as how this room is directly next to the master bedroom, it only made sense.  The sacrifices we make for our children!  

I owe a very special thank you to my dear friend Heather Roddy of Valzora Bell.  I use her pretty much exclusively for nearly all of my projects that require a custom touch with softgoods such as window treatments and pillows.  Naturally, she was my go-to on my own project too and she worked diligently with me to get all the details just right for my perfectionist mind!  We added this adorable felt, fuzzy ball detail to the lead edge of the curtains to make them a bit more special.  And the bumper was made to fit this crib specifically!  That's the beauty of going custom on your details! 

Here are some of the details that make me fall in love with this space every time I sit in it.  I'm assuming that I may be spending a lot of time "sitting" in this room, so it's a good thing I'm particularly fond of it!  Perhaps the baby will be partial to adorable details :-) 

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and take a peek at what's in store for my life!  I'm so passionate about baby spaces and if you'd like to see more of how I came to all my design decisions for our nursery, check out my family | manzer babe Pinterest Page!  It can be so challenging to wade through the endless options of ideas for nurseries, so if you find yourself or a loved one needing a little help with that special place in the home, feel free to email me at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com.  

All photos taken by Wynne H Earle of WH Earle Photography

For more images of this gender neutral nursery, please view Bellevue Nursery on our Gallery Page.

Thanks again and Happy Designing!

heather-scherie

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DESIGN PLAN | KATIE'S HOUSE

Whitestone Design Group | Design Plan | Katie's House | Interior Design | Seattle, WA

We're getting a little personal today! As interior designers, we are constantly planning, creating, envisioning designs for our clients, so when it comes to our own homes, you better believe we do the same thing. A design plan helps put your goals in place for your own home, but also it helps you envision your current furniture with possible new furniture in your home whether you are wanting to change things up, renovating or even moving. In my case, a new plan was necessary when my husband and I had to unexpectedly move a few months ago. We decided to move into a new construction apartment from our tiny old bungalow style rental house that was being put on the market. We were sad to move, because we made that house our home for 3 years, but we were excited for a brand new everything space and somewhat of a fresh beginning. Before we moved I took pictures and measured the whole space so I could plan out the furniture placement of our current pieces, weed out what we wanted to get rid of and source some new pieces to finish off the place. To start, here is my inspiration of what I feel embody's my style (and my husbands) the most:

If I could best describe my personal style and aesthetic, it's a blend of midcentury-modern, mixed with some rustic, traditional and global influences and textures. A hint of a masculine feel but keeping the colors soft and light and playing with different finishes (like brass and mercury glass) for a touch of feminine. And like most, my style is ever-changing and evolving! It's smart to invest in key pieces of furniture that are timeless and can transition with different styles and trends as the years go by. 

We had our television above our fireplace in our old house, so this time around we needed to address the tv area with some media storage - I will be sharing an easy DIY/Ikea hack that we did at a later date! Here is the inspiration:

Here are a couple of the plans for the open living and dining area. I've mixed in pieces that we already own (like the sofa and coffee table) and have added in my "wants" for the rest of the spaces:

Whitestone Design Group | Design Plan | Katie's House | Interior Design | Seattle, WA

Did you notice I switched up the arm chair in the plan above compared to the first one? I can't decide which direction I want to go in! Which one do you prefer? The modern Wegner wing chair or the feminine tufted armchair?

Whitestone Design Group | Design Plan | Katie's House | Interior Design | Seattle, WA

It's maybe halfway complete, so I'm hoping that by posting this blog about my design plan will get me to finally get some wedding photos printed and framed (nearly a year later!), finish hanging art and styling the living spaces and possible have the amazing Wynne photograph it for me before we call a more permanent house our home! 

Also, can you tell I'm a cool tone girl? Give me all the whites, blues and grays and I will be happy happy happy :)

If you have any questions about sources, comments and thoughts, please leave us a line in the comments below or send an email to us at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com, we'd love to connect! If you want to check out some more inspirations, you can see my Pinterest board here.

xx Katie

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BEFORE & AFTER | STYLISH LIVING ROOM

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BEFORE & AFTER | STYLISH LIVING ROOM

We have a great before and after for you today and one that we've been so excited to share! There were a couple hangups like a lot interior design projects typically have, such as a custom sofa that felt like it took forever to arrive. This client has been a long time client, doing a little bit at a time with me. At the end of last year they were finally ready to feel settled in their new home. The home's architecture boasts some modern craftsman details like most new construction in the pacific northwest with dark hardwood floors and soft white trim and millwork. The kitchen has a lot of warm wood tones and rubbed bronze hardware that doesn't fall in line with our clients love for Hollywood regency glam. By combining some natural and reclaimed materials along with more refined finishes like glass and mixing metals, incorporating some velvet, tufting and sparkle, we were able to create a luxurious and casual feel. Enjoy the dramatic before and stunning after:

Let us know what your favorite details are about the space in the comments below! For any questions about sources or if you are interested in having Whitestone create a stylish and comfortable space within your home like this one, please contact us at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com - Thanks for stopping by and letting us share with you!

Photography by W H Earle Photography

xx Katie

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Before & After: Sammamish Residence

This is a great residential interior design before and after showcasing the power of paint and taking the client's modern aesthetic and meshing it with the traditional architectural details of their home. This young family had just moved into this home, purchased a few pieces of contemporary furniture and once it was delivered, they realized they needed some HELP. We were so happy to come in with an initial paint consultation and ended up completing a full service interior design package. Take a look at the results and let us know what you think!

Formal Living Room:

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Formal Dining Room:

Formal Living Room:

For any inquiries on product sources or if you're interested in doing an interior design project like this one, please contact hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com

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Before & After: Alki Beach Condo

We had a great opportunity to transform an empty condo living room for our newly transplanted clients from Philly. The challenge was that it was a very small space that needed storage as well as an ample amount of seating.  They are a young and fun couple, so we wanted to give them a warm and vibrant space inspired by their colors of choice: navy, camel and coral tones. Working with a small budget, we treated this project as we treat our remote E-design projects: we pulled together the full design plan, created an easy to follow shopping/purchasing list, provided all necessary paint and finish selections, and our client did all of the purchasing and receiving. We came in after everything was delivered with an assortment of accessories to incorporate with some of their own, styled the space and put our finishing touches on it! We are thrilled with how this small project turned out in such a short amount of time!

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We used Benjamin Moore, Arctic Gray on the walls and drapery panels with a neutral graphic pattern from West Elm and classic brass hardware from Crate and Barrel to really pull the room together, make the ceiling feel higher and windows feel larger than they really are. 

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The Ikea Besta storage system was the best choice for the space, because it's so low profile and provides so much storage and display while looking sleek and modern. And most importantly, when you walk into the room, the LAST thing you notice is the tv, which is always our goal!

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How perfect is our client's dog, Gilly?!

How perfect is our client's dog, Gilly?!

Thanks for stopping by to view our latest work and let us know your what you think in the comments below! If you are interested in any of the product sources, doing a project like this one or a remote E-design project, please email hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com for all inquiries.

xx

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