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HALLOWEEN HOME TOUR | 2018

H A P P Y H A L L O W E E N

Now that I have little ones running around my home, I feel like this was the appropriate year to start adding a little spooky decor around the house and I’m so glad I did. Here’s a few photos of the minimal decor I started with this year and a few links to some Halloween Decor I’ll most likely be adding next year.

INSIDE

Whitestone Design Group |  Halloween Home Tour | 2018
Whitestone Design Group |  Halloween Home Tour | 2018
Whitestone Design Group |  Halloween Home Tour | 2018
Whitestone Design Group |  Halloween Home Tour | 2018
Whitestone Design Group |  Halloween Home Tour | 2018
Whitestone Design Group |  Halloween Home Tour | 2018

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Whitestone Design Group |  Halloween Home Tour | 2018
Whitestone Design Group |  Halloween Home Tour | 2018
Whitestone Design Group |  Halloween Home Tour | 2018
Whitestone Design Group |  Halloween Home Tour | 2018

Outside I went with some fun, muted toned pumpkins and these amazing plants that I found at my local grocery store. The rest of the items I was able to gather around from my home in order to make it looks welcoming and pretty.

What I used…

5. Halloween Art 6. Small Gold Pumpkin 7. Letterboard 8. Black Candlesticks

A few goodies for next year!

9. Candelabra 10. Spider Tablecloth 11. Spider and Web 12. Halloween Banner

Stay safe and enjoy this festive eve! Happy Halloween and Happy Designing!

heather-scherie

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST NURSERY | "ONE ROOM CHALLENGE" - WEEK 3

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge - WK 3

This week has been interesting as I've been doing most of my work from a distance.  A GREAT distance.  As in, I'm currently checking in from Maui!  I wouldn't trade vacation for anything in the world, and one of the best parts about my job is being able to doing 85% of it from anywhere, BUT, with this six week deadline (only 3 of which are left), it's been an interesting challenge to make sure all the necessary things are getting done! 

Thank the heavens above for the internet and technology.  My biggest task for this week of the One Room Challenge was to make some final decisions on the items I'll be using in the Pacific Northwest Nursery and ensuring that they'll be available on time.  Because there are so many resources online these days, that option has been sooooo helpful.  I'm generally a "touch, feel, fall in love" kind of girl, but I've decided that with this project, I will have to leave those enjoyable parts of the project for the end.  Here are a few of my decisions I still have left to make.  PLEASE!!  Do not hesitate to weigh in with your preference on any of these items.  I've already been so lucky that have the help of some readers with a few other selections I'm so excited about. 

DECISIONS, DECISIONS... 

1. Crib

I love both of these.  I'm going for "unfinished" kind of natural feel, but I like the small painted detail on crib #2 even though it's not completely what I initially was shooting for. Both have non-toxic finishes and are convertible. And both have that minimal look that I was looking for initially. 

2. Paint 

I love Benjamin Moore's paint and their color selections.  I want a nice, earthy green to pair with the clean, bright white I get from BM's Simply White, so here are the two I've narrowed it down to. 1. is Boreal Forest, AF-480.  2. is Lush, AF-475. 

3. Drapery Pattern

I love both of these SO much!  I feel that its impossible to go wrong with either of these, but am a little afraid that one might be a tad overpowering.  However, either way, I need to decide ASAP because this is one of the projects that could push me over on time. The fabric I don't use to make the draperies out of will be used as additional pillows for the nursery. 

WHAT WE HAVE SO FAR - DESIGN SOLUTIONS

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1.  Because the room is all hard surfaces, ya know, brick, drywall, and bamboo floors, I need a BIG area room that's soft and provides a lot of visual texture.  So, I'm going to go with this 8'x10' jute/sisal rug to help cover the majority of the floor. 

2. BYE BYE boob light!!! Can't get the existing one down fast enough!  And a HUGE "thank you" to everyone who helped me to select this gorgeous light fixture.  So excited to see it in this babies space! 

3. I'm loving layered rugs right now, so I'm repurposing an existing 5'x8' moroccan wool rug that I own to accomplish that soft, layered look.  I'll probably position this rug underneath the crib.  

4. Want to come visit?!  We've got you covered!  This day bed is AWESOME.  It's size is perfect in the room AND folds into a Queen sized bed solving our issue with needing the extra room to sleep guest.  Our pup Makeena will be happy to know she's still got a good size comfy spot to take her many snoozes in. 

5. The room isn't quite big enough to have a daybed and a large rocking chair in.  So, I decided on this small scale rocker that will go with the rest of our homes decor once we're done using it in the nursery.  We have a great rocking chair in our sons room that we'll use in our living room when the baby is small and requires a lot of night time feedings from half awake parents.  But, the small scale should work great for getting babe to sleep for day time naps in the privacy of he or she's own room. 

6. Woven wood blinds - because I'm a SUCKER for texture.  Then, more texture.  On top of some additional texture!!!  I have a love affair with texture :-) 

7. I've decided to do a collaboration piece with my favorite Pacific Northwest Wood Craftsman. So, although I do love the look of this particular piece, you'll have to check back week 6 to see the final outcome of the custom side table that we come up with! 

8. I love Moroccan leather footstools.  The color is perfect for the nursery and I'm praying that since I've ordered it from Morocco directly, it arrives on time! 

9. Every little one needs a rocking chair.  And this little modern gem is going to do just the trick! 

10. This is where I seriously need to get on my game.  I need to make a selection for the drapery fabric and I need to make it soon!!!  None-the-less, I feel confident about the patterns I have to choose from and I can wait to implement them. 

11. I'm so in love with this fawn fabric!  This textile is soon to be made into adorable bummers for the, yet to be decided, crib.  Haha, seriously, if you have a suggestion, I could use all the help I can get! 

WHAT'S NEXT 

By next week, I'll have to have made all final decisions and product should definitely start rolling in by the truck fulls.  We'll be painting, building, DIY-ing, and documenting.  All of which, I'll be happily sharing with YOU!  Be sure to check out what the other Designers are doing with their One Room Challenges here. 

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Thank you so much to all of you keeping up with what's going on with this Challenge with me!  I truly appreciate your support more than words can say. 

- Happy Designing - 

heather-scherie with Whitestone Design Group

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NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS

See ya 2017!  

And just like that, another year is behind us and we find ourselves here in 2018 with the ability to put our new intentions into motion and take a good look at what matters most.  Isn't it fortunate that we have this truly amazing time of year?  Collectively we get the opportunity to slough off the weight of the last twelve months and move forward with a fresh perspective and energized spirit without judgement because we're all just crazy enough to be doing the same thing!  I'm personally a big fan of a new year, a new attitude, and a set of new goals.  I've decided to take it easy on myself this January because 2017 was depleting to say the least. So, I'm keeping this year's goals focused and attainable.  Here we go! 

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1. MINIMIZE MY WORKLOAD  I'm all about working smarter and not harder.  Ask anyone who knows me, I say this A LOT!  But, I also have a strong tendency to say "yes" A LOT as well.  Far more than I should anyway.  While I love taking on new challenges, meeting new people, offering my skill set to others in need, I know full well that having a plate that is constantly overflowing really packs a punch to my stress level.  Moving into 2018, I want to give myself permission to have less responsibility.  The pressure of raising a good human really is enough on one person.  But, when we start stacking the careers, charity work, social engagements, etc. on top of it all, we really end up doing a number on ourselves.  I've made the decision that I want to do the things that give me the most joy really well and not have a laundry list of additional obligations waiting behind them.  Sorry, not sorry. 

2. GET MORE INVOLVED WITH MY DESIGN COMMUNITY  Now, I know that this might seem contradictory to my goal of minimizing my workload, but I'm not looking to get involved in a role that requires my weekly attendance or something like that.  Seattle has such an amazing network of truly talented Interior Designers and Creatives and I'd like to spend more time rubbing elbows with like minded individuals in my field.  I always feel inspired after talking to someone who shares my passion for the creative arts and in this last year, I've felt rather isolated by keeping my head down and taking good care of my workload.  So, this year damnit, I'm going to get in on the fun!  In case you didn't know, Designers really know how to throw one hell of a party. 

3. BLOG MORE FREQUENTLY  I do not claim to be a spectacular writer.  However, writing about projects and client experiences really is such a wonderful outlet that I genuinely enjoy.  It's very easy for me to put blog posting on the back burner, simply because I know that I have to get the work that my clients are paying me for out the door.  But, I love the feedback I get from my clients when they see their projects featured on the blog.  I love the comments that gets left on my blog post when a reader has found a post to be helpful in regards to a project that they themselves are tackling.  I also really enjoy hearing tips from others on how they attempted a DIY project I featured differently than I approached it!  What a great way to learn new skills!  

4. LEARN TO USE THE 5 SECOND RULE  I recently participated in an online workshop presented by Mel Robbins.  It was a personal development workshop that encourages people to stop functioning out of fear and start taking action in your life and business.  To quote her, "knowing what to do will never be enough."  We often allow our brains to talk ourselves out of going after goals, sometimes without evening knowing it.  And generally, its very quickly.  The 5 Second Rule is a simple one.  It's as elementary as when one has the impulse to act on a goal, they must physically move towards it within 5 seconds.  I believe that starting to remind myself everyday that the only thing that really matters is RIGHT NOW, will help me in every facet of life.  

5. PRACTICE MORE MINDFULNESS  This is almost a "cheater" goal since it kind of goes hand in hand with the goal of minimizing my workload, but I have no qualms about doubling down on doing less and being more present.  As a creative, I feel like my brain is ALWAYS racing.  I mean... If you spent 30 seconds in my head, it's likely you'd think I'm a bonafide crazy person because I'd probably being having about 30 thoughts inside of said 30 seconds.  No. Joke.  I always have so many balls in the air and so many obligations to others that I can find it quite challenging at times to even be in a conscious and undistracted state around my loved ones.  I can hardly sit down to watch a movie with my spouse without having my laptop open to send some client coordination. To make my grocery shopping list.  To ensure that I've ordered my best friends birthday gift.  To schedule my sons next doctors appointment.  To check that all the bills have been paid... You get the idea.  And frankly, it's exhausting.  

Having it all comes at a very high price.  So, I'm deciding to have less.  

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So, here's to a prosperous, healthy and happy New Year to you all!  I'd love to hear what goals you have for yourself this year!  Share the love and inspire us all! 

HAPPY DESIGNING!  

heather-scherie

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Do Not Feed the Bears | Baby Shower

When my husband and I found out our dear friends were pregnant with their first child, I couldn't have been more excited for them!  And quite frankly, we are just as excited that our children will be so close in age that they will grow up together! Best friends in the making.  I was so happy when she said yes to letting me throw a shower for her.  Best part, they aren't revealing the sex of the baby!  So, it was time to get creative with the gender neutral theme.  

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Because we all love the outdoors and do at least one annual camping trip a year, it seemed like the perfect fit!  And hey, my sweet tooth is always up for a delicious s'mores treat!  I'm looking  forward to doing our first camping trip as a group of six!

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Pulling it all together was easy once I became fixated on making a buffalo check bunting banner.   Things seemed to naturally evolve after that.  I warn you though... Set aside enough time for such a task...  I got more than I bargained for! 

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The tent was a huge hit!  My dog wanted to make it her home, but we sent it home with the parents to be for their newest addition to enjoy when they're older. 

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The table came together quite easily.  I repurposed the wood from a prior event, gather the rocks from my yard, filled in some space with some live plants and topped it off with some tasty treats! 

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The s'mores bar outside was a huge hit with the kids! 

WHITESTONE DESIGN GROUP | BLOG | GENDER NEUTRAL BABY SHOWER

Gifts for the new parents! 

The favors turned out so cute! 

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I am so pleased that the party was a great success!  We were thrilled to host our friends and their loved ones, and celebrate this extremely exciting time in their lives!  We couldn't be happier for their new family and can't wait to plot future camping adventures!

Congrats Ryan and Brynn! 

We love you and can't wait to meet your cuddly bundle of joy - xoxo

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A huge "thank you" to Wynne of  W H Earle Photography for the fantastic photos!!

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MISSION TO MINIMALISM | WEEK 2

"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you'll ever have." - Eckhart Tolle 

with my family and friends in Whistler, BC

Week two of this journey was slightly delayed...  It was a much bigger commitment than one week would allow and much harder than I thought it would be.  I have come to terms that I am not, in fact, Wonder Woman.  I have spent the first few months of motherhood trying to have it all and, quite honestly, it sucks.  

The pressures on the modern woman are written about all the time.  I don't need to reiterate them. But, figuring out how to be a perfect mother, perfect wife, perfect business owner, perfect friend, and perfect member of society just isn't going to happen for me.  I care so much about all of it, but recognize that I have been spreading myself too thin.  So, in effort to really tackle this minimalism thing holistically, I took some time to practice "presence" over a period of the last ten days.  

When I was with my little one, I was thinking about work.  When I was working, I was thinking about him.  I would lay in bed at night wondering if I was giving my husband enough attention.  I would see social media post written by my dearest friends and feel guilty that I hadn't seen or reached out to them in weeks.  I was getting to a place where I was feeling overwhelmed by every single step I took.  Who can live like that?  I decided, not me.  Do I want to be an outstanding mother?  Hell yes!  Do I want to be a loving wife?  Damn straight.  Do I want to be an excellent Interior Designer?  You bet your ass I do!  So, I've been practicing doing just that.  Each one.  At their given and designated times.  

The transition has been interesting.  Focusing on being mentally present with each task or encounter that I'm having, it definitely doesn't come natural to me... My brain certainly wants to run 8 million miles a minute, but I owe it to myself to minimize distraction and be focused on who I'm with or what I'm doing.  Minimizing my home and surroundings is all for nothing if I can't minimize my mind for the better.  

For example, the early morning when my son first wakes up, is when he is at is absolute sweetest.  He coo's and smiles and flails his tiny chubby arms around making me fall in love with him a little more each day.  As a bonus, he thinks I am the most hilarious person on the planet in that hour and a half I get with him.  I caught myself in the early weeks of his life checking my email, rushing to get my social media posts for work taken care of and jumping in to get myself a shower in those precious 90 minutes.  Over the past ten days, absolutely not.  There is no phone call more important.  There isn't a news blast that can't wait.  And the shower will certainly be there when he has gone down for a nap.  

This will obviously be an ongoing challenge for me.  I will slip up and have to refocus myself.  But, the days where I have managed to be mindful of what I'm doing or who I'm with, I've never felt happier.  Being present has allowed me to actually feel like I've accomplished something instead of feeling like I'm accomplishing half of a lot of things.  

When was the last time you had dinner with a girlfriend and didn't have your phone on the table?  When was the last time you chatted with your partner for a full hour without checking sports highlights or making sure that your favorite show was recording?  It's not easy, but I promise you, its worth it even if you just make the effort once in a while.  

Happy Designing

heather-scherie

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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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GENDER NEUTRAL NURSERY

A NIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR OR A PRETTY, PRETTY PRINCESS? 

I LOVE baby spaces!  I also love a challenge...  So, designing a nursery in which the gender of the new baby is unknown creates such a fun opportunity for me to push myself! It can become such overkill to do the predictable pink nursery for a little girl and the typical blue nursery for a boy time and time again. Time to get creative!

My personal design style is tailored, but soft and inviting, which I was really able to apply to this particular room.  It goes without saying that it's so important in a gender neutral nursery to strike a good balance between masculine and feminine.  I used heathered wool drapes and the bold accent color of black to give the space that "menswear" look I'm so fond of.  I threw in softer elements such as the adorable Norwegian rocking sheep and the sheepskin rug to pack a punch of that softness  I wanted to accomplish. 

"Themes" aren't really my thing, but while browsing the Land Of Nod, I came across a changing pad cover that was just too irresistible to pass up!  It was covered in the most adorable little tan sheep, making me have one of those swooning "awwww" moments.  It was certainly the right color palette to work for this baby space. Paired with a few sweet sheep art prints I found on Etsy, it was just enough without feeling like I was throwing sheep around everywhere!  I needed to find balance between the organic and earthy feel of the sheep, so I mixed in strong geometric prints with a large area rug and designed custom crib bumpers with a strong Nate Berkus fabric that I couldn't be happier with!

With the defining design elements established, I was now free to fill in the blanks on all the important, functional pieces.  A gorgeous crib, a ridiculously comfortable rocking chair, plenty of storage, and great lighting.  Lastly, it just wouldn't feel like a space that I designed without mixing some metals, so you better believe I found all kinds of wonderful accessories to put the finishing touches on this adorable nursery! 

Naturally, once the little bundle of joy arrives, we'll be able to add some touches of that are more indicative of a sweet baby girl or a handsome baby boy!  I've included some images and links below for some of the fun ways to personalize it come June! 

I can't wait to share the pictures with everyone of how this Gender Neutral Nursery came together.  This has truly been one of my favorite projects to work on to date!  Check out additional baby spaces I can't get enough of on my Baby Spaces Pinterest Page!

If you are interested in Professional Interior Design Services, please contact me at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com.  

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY MY FRIENDS!  HEATHER-SCHERIE

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