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WELCOME 2019

Whitestone Design Group | Welcome 2019

I’ll be honest…. 2018 was NOT my best blogging year. Both my business and personal life were a total whirlwind, but I have zero complaints. Welcoming my newest baby into my family has been the greatest joy… Having baby number one was fantastic, but the feeling of my family now being complete just feels like everything in my life is just as it should be.

One of my greatest accomplishments of last year was leaning into the ability to surrender. Life with a business, two young babies, a new home, friendships that I hold near and dear to my heart has been a total blessing AND a lot to juggle. The perfectionist in me has traditionally been insane about deadlines, had to have every detail in place at all times, and never lets people down (or says no). Last year taught me to prioritize and accept that the little things that go unfinished will not be make my life implode. Blogging was one of those things that I needed to let go of a little bit. My family and my clients came first and I’m okay with that.

Whitestone Design Group | Welcome 2019

With that being said, I’m excited and feeling refreshed to start sharing all over again. I love sharing before and afters of the projects completed here at Whitestone Design Group. I love sharing DIY projects. And I especially LOVE sharing both mine and my families travel experiences! There’s great design all over the world and I intend to see it all!

In this coming year, readers can expect to hear from us hear at Whitestone weekly. We have tons of projects to share with you and insight into our own lives and projects! Even more exciting, we are sooooo excited to announce that we will be opening an online shop this year! One of a kind pieces… Local goods…. All of mine/our favorite pieces in one place! I can’t wait to share how this all comes together.

Please leave us a comment on the things you love to read about the most! I’m putting the finishing touches on this years blogging calendar and want to make sure that you as our reader are getting what you’re coming here for! Thank you so much for stopping by. Happy New Year!

Whitestone Design Group | Welcome 2019

Happy Designing!

heather-scherie

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NURSERY DETAILS | SOURCE GUIDE

After the rush of the One Room Challenge, this girl needed a bit of a break.  But, I'm back!  And I wanted to share all the sources for the Pacific Northwest Nursery as the space wouldn't have been nearly as successful without all the wonderful people and vendors that helped me out in a six week time crunch! 

The cutest!!!  I can't wait to get our tiny new soul into this onesie

The cutest!!!  I can't wait to get our tiny new soul into this onesie

1. Nice To Meet You Onesies - The Oyster's Pearl -   I ordered it from their Etsy shop.  It was a quick turn around and the quality is just lovely! 

2. Washington State Teether - Little Spalding Toys - I am so happy with this purchase!!  This might end up being a go-to purchase for all my friends and clients having babies.  They have tons of other adorable toys too. 

3. Wood and Crochet Pacifier Clip - Vikas Creations Shop - Now, in all actuality, my first born refused a pacifier.  But, I'm praying that I don't have that issue with baby number two!  This clip is so my style with the cool combo of crochet and birch wood beads. 

4. Grey Moccasins - Freshly Picked - I bought two pairs for Baby P and can't say enough good things about the quality and comfort Freshly Picked offers.  I couldn't pass up a tiny pair for the impending newborn! 

5. Wooden Blocks - Amazon - Really happy with the quality and I love that they have a modern vibe.  

I love everything about this image!!  The drapes turned out gorgeous and serve as the PERFECT backdrop to this mobile. 

I love everything about this image!!  The drapes turned out gorgeous and serve as the PERFECT backdrop to this mobile. 

6. Felt and Wood Mobile - Sproutling Co. - The owner of this shop was sooooo sweet and accommodating!  She was excellent at letting me know when to expect my order and I have nothing but excellent things to say about the quality.  It does come with a short attachment piece, but I kind of loved that I was able to add my own special touch by creating a longer cord from the ceiling by hand.  In my opinion, the price for the quality is exceptional! 

7. Emerald Drapery Panels - Whitestone Design Group - I'm so excited to share that Whitestone with soon be launching its shop!  These drapery panels will be available in 3 lengths in 5 color ways!  We designed the fabric and hand selected the colors that we feel are both timeless and on trend.  

8. Prayer Beads - Whitestone Design Group - Another available product coming to Whitestone Design Group!  You'll be able to snag these custom designed birch bead prayer beads with handmade cotton tassels in 3 lengths! 

Couldn't be happier!!  

Couldn't be happier!!  

9. Brass Chandelier - Mod Creation Studio - I cannot believe I got such a high quality piece for such a great price!  I get so many compliments on this light fixture.  My favorite part about this piece is that I actually replaced a HORRIBLE boob light with this fixture.  It was awesome to be able to purchase this with a small drop in order to make it work in a bedroom with standard ceilings and not fear it would hit someone in the head! Major win. 

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10. Natural Crib - Ikea - Clean and simple.  It fit my vision perfectly and I was able to get it quickly.

11. Tassle Blanket - Opalhouse for Target - Soft and lovely.  

12. Leather Pouf - Sousou Design - I was really picky about color when looking for this ottoman/pouf.  The quality is great and it came stuffed, which I was really happy about.  I needed quick and efficient! 

13. White Rocking Chair - AllModern - really happy with the quality and I don't have to worry about child number 1 completely wrecking it! 

14. Faux Fur Pillow - World Market - I wanted some great texture and this pillow delivers!  World Market is such a great spot for quick pick items. 

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15. Custom Painting - This painting will soon be available via Whitestone Design Group in three sizes.  It's stunning and I love that it was hand done by a local artist that we'll be partnering with.  For more information please contact us at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com. 

16. Natural Daybed - CB2 - it's best selling feature is that it becomes a queen size bed! 

17. Jute-Sisal Rug - RugsUSA - So soft to the touch!  I'm so happy with the quality with this rug and would order it 10 times over. 

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18. Homegrown Onesie - Mini and Meep - I mean... This onesie couldn't have been more perfect for this nursery if it tried.  And, it's organic! 

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | Blog - Source Guide

19. A B to Jay Z Book - The Little Homie - cutest. book. ever!!  This child of the 80s/90s LOVES it!

20. Buffalo Print - Target - framed and all... Can't beat the price.  

Although this nursery didn't take first place in this years One Room Challenge, I can't complain.  The nursery that did win was absolutely adorable and I still love my space SOOOO much!  Now, it's time to sit back and welcome baby number two to their new bedroom! 

Thank you again to all the vendors that bent over backwards to help me get this space together.  And thank you to the magical Wynne of Whearlephotography for taking such beautiful images of my work. 

- Happy Designing - 

heather scherie of Whitestone Design Group

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST NURSERY | ONE ROOM CHALLENGE - WEEK 5

One.  Week.  Left.  I can't believe what a wild ride these past five weeks has been.  I can't believe I've made it?!  I can't believe that next week, it'll all be over and the space will be complete?!  Of all of the weeks, I can say without hesitation that this past week has been the most demanding.  Painting, drilling, coordinating, and making last minute judgement calls has been what this week has been made of.  But, as this challenge is coming to it's close, I feel the sense of relief starting to seep in that makes every, single design project worth it. 

Along with getting everything in place for this awesome One Room Challenge, this mama is busy getting everything ready in our home to welcome this new babe! 

Along with getting everything in place for this awesome One Room Challenge, this mama is busy getting everything ready in our home to welcome this new babe! 

No lies, I'm completely and totally exhausted!!  I have had multiple nights this past week wondering, "What the hell where you thinking?!  I mean, you're 80 thousand months pregnant for God's sake and your toddler has never been busier!"  However, I just took the time to check some items off of last weeks list and that at least makes me feel a bit better.  If you're just checking in for the first time this week, you can view the previous post in relation to the One Room Challenge below: 

week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge - WK 5 Checklist

Receiving the custom designed fabric was one of the biggest highlights of my week!  Having a fabric line for Whitestone Design Group has been a DREAM of mine for years...  Seeing it come to fruition has been beyond rewarding and the excitement of seeing the soft goods in place is keeping me motivated.  

The other HUGE win this week was wrapping up the DIY Dresser that we are using as storage and the changing table.  THAT was a labor of love... When I originally drafted up my design plans for my intentions with the old dresser, I thought that the construction would be a piece of cake.  Lies... all lies.  It took quite a bit longer than I expected and I got a few more splinters than I was planning on.  However, I am really, truly happy with how its come together and I look forward to putting a Designer DIY post together once this challenge has concluded to share how we made it happen. 

The sad news...  I had to cancel the daybed.  After weeks of delay, I finally called and cancelled.  As Designers, we always have to have backup plans.  I really loved the Lubi Daybed by CB2 because of it's size and color, but a six week timeline is no joke and as Tim Gunn of Project Runway says, I had to "make it work!"  So, "bye bye" beautiful grey daybed and "Hello" natural linen!  

Out with the Old

Out with the Old

And in with the NEW!!! 

And in with the NEW!!! 

WHAT'S NEXT

So, as you can see on the list above, there are some big items left to complete.  We were able to put the new trim and baseboards in, but I fear that there just won't be enough time to wallpaper the closet.  None-the-less, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I am excited to share how this gender neutral nursery comes together next week with you all!  

This week, I'll be finishing up all the soft goods for the space, pillows, draperies, etc.  I'll be finishing up my little crafting projects which you can see more of on my Instagram Stories ORC Highlights.  I'll be patiently waiting for the remaining furniture pieces to arrive as well as the commissioned art (eeeeek! I can't wait).  And last, but not least, I'll be starting to fill the room with all the tiny, little things it takes to take care of the new babe!  

Here are a few teaser images to get you through to next week.  As always, thank you SO much for following my journey.  Having babies is such a special time in life and getting to be involved with this One Room Challenge in the midst of it all has been more fun than it has been stressful for sure. What a ride!!!  Make sure to check in to see what the others are doing here.  I'm in AWE of some of the rooms that these talented Designers are pulling off in just 6 week! 

See you next week! 

- Happy Designing -

heather scherie of Whitestone Design Group

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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

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

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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PACIFIC NORTHWEST NURSERY | "ONE ROOM CHALLENGE" - WEEK 2

I have to admit, the last time that I did a design plan in this type of time crunch, was back in college!  This week has been a whirlwind.  Planning alone is always fun and a little bit of a challenge, but finding myself needing to make design decisions also based on timelines and product availability is something that I haven't had to do in a LONG time!  However, the inspiration has been flowing and I'm completely in love with the direction this sweet little nursery is heading in. 

Inspiration Board

Inspiration Board

THE CONCEPT

I moved to the Greater Seattle Area in late 2012.  I've been in love with the great outdoors here ever since.  This area offers SO much hiking, fishing, camping, and so much more.  People chat about the rain a lot, but the continuous mist that sticks around through the winter certainly makes for one of the most beautiful color palette I've ever called "home."  So, what better inspiration can I pull from than that of my own backyard?!  

This is the view we have from our local park! Lucky us! 

This is the view we have from our local park! Lucky us! 

My personal design aesthetic is very clean, straight-forward, and highly functional.  I'm attracted to Scandinavian inspired spaces for their minimalistic feel.  I also LOVE bright, white, cheery spaces.  Living here in the PNW, I've also developed a strong love for gorgeous, natural wood elements, which is why they show up so frequently in nearly all of my client projects!  I'd like to incorporate a "natural" feel to the space while still having an element of sophistication as well.  Here are a few examples of some spaces that reflect my personal aesthetic. 

1. Whitestone Stone Design - Gender Neutral Nursery

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2. A House in the Hills - Mateo's Nursery

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3. Jaimee and David Morse - Nursery

Whitestone Design Group | One Room Challenge - Inspo

4. Akin Design Studio - White and Green Nursery

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WHAT'S NEXT

Over the next week, I'll be firming up the last bit of the design plan in order to make sure that all the components I'm wanting in the nursery will fit.  In addition, wrapping up the final details of the purchasing plan and verifying that all the elements are available by the deadline.  You can tune in next Thursday to see the final design plan before I move into purchasing and implanting the design!  

Thank you so much for all of you that are coming along this journey with me!  Your support means the world. 

- Happy Designing -

heather-scherie of Whitestone Design Group

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Be sure to check out what's going on with all of the Designers and Participants this week here

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Design Trend | Black and Gold

If this black and gold kitchen doesn't make your jaw drop like it does ours, this trend just might not be for you. But, here at Whitestone Design Group, this Design Trend has snagged our attention and we don't foresee this trend going anywhere soon. Black and Gold will be huge in 2018.

Kitchen Designed by Fox Group Construction 

Kitchen Designed by Fox Group Construction 

The black and gold design trend is a versatile color combinations that lends itself to a lot of different design styles and is capable of making your home look and feel exclusive. Black and gold is generally identified as a luxurious color combination, and its certainly setting the bar when it comes to interior decor at the moment. With the presence of black and gold in your space, your home will most definitely gain a unique look that is sure to distinguish it from others. The two colors together are perfect for creating wonderful sense of an elevated interior.

Below, we will highlight to you some of the reasons why the combination of the two colors is taking over and making waves in the Design Industry as one of the hottest trends for 2018. 

Style

If you ask interior designer about what it is that black and gold colors bring to their work, the answer would be: Fabulousness!  The two colors combined together to bring a touch of elegance to a space. The colors can be used together exclusively or in addition to other colors when decorating a room to give it a vintage style vibe and can be utilized with furniture and accessories to exude that "Art Deco" feel seamlessly.  Farmhouse, you got it!  Modern, black and gold can be added with ease.  It's that perfect color duo that works with all design styles and rarely disappoints. 

Who doesn’t love a little bit of luxury? Everyone wants to have the feeling that they can buy whatever, whenever. Using a color combination that has been frequently found in palaces and high-income homes is a no brainer when attempting to achieve that "life of luxury" look you might just be going for.  Add a little... Add a lot!  How far are you willing to push your style?! 

As seen in Decorholic.org Designed by Carlene and Michael 

As seen in Decorholic.org Designed by Carlene and Michael 

Home Appliances and Utilities

Using the colors black and gold to decorate the powder room or a master bath, for example, makes it look entirely different from 2017 dominate design trend of an all-white lavatory. Some of our favorite examples of how impactful the color trend is has been in kitchens and, of course, bathrooms. Who knew bathrooms could be so exciting?!  There really are no limits to the use of these colors.

Furniture and Accessories

If you have taken a good look at the homes that make people stop and stare lately, we're noticing that it's the furniture and decor that really makes it stand out. Especially in neighborhoods where the homes are starting to use the same floor plans and construction materials. Using the two colors – black and gold – in a combination seems to bring out the value and quality of the furniture.  The two colors are timeless and definitely make one heck of a DIY project.  The same thing goes for accessories.  Gold accessories have been nudging their way in for awhile, but the combination is fresh and new.  In our opinion, every room looks better with a bit of black.

What are your thoughts?  Is this trend for you?  Could you make the black and gold design trend work in your home, even if just in a small way?   Share your projects with us!  We'd love to see them and share how our readers are making moves in the 2018 Design Trend that we are crushing on! 

Happy Designing! 

Whitestone Design Group Team 

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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 3

LET'S SELL SOME STUFF! 

As a professional Interior Designer, when I start a project with a new client that already has a furnished home, I almost inevitably get asked, "What should I do with all my old stuff?"  I often give a long sigh because I personally know how overwhelming it can be to have a room full of furniture that you no longer need, but feel your heart break thinking of just setting it out at the end of your driveway with a "FREE" sign on top of it.  I mean, even if it was starter furniture or pieces that worked great in your old home that just don't fit into your new space its nice to get something for your past life furniture and decor! Now, if its a beer stained, cat scratched, POS you've had since your fraternity days, the street corner will do just fine. 

As I've been digging through each room, storage space, and you know... Those nooks and crannies that things just seem to pile up in, I realize that same position my clients are always in. Therefore, I get to do exactly what I advise my clients to do... Craigslist that shizz.  And yep, it is, in fact a daunting task.  I know that in order to get it done successfully and profitably, you do have to be committed to doing it right.  So, I thought this would be an excellent time to share some of my best tips with you! 

TIPS

1. Take EXCELLENT photos. Seems lame, right?  You're getting rid of it!  It's possibly even hanging out in your garage or storage shed, but dusting that bad boy off and putting it in some good lighting will pay off in the end.  I like the make sure the items look "staged."  Think of a home being staged in order to get top dollar.  Your furniture or decor items will do best if you treat them the same way. 

2. Give great detail. Don't hesitate to be wordy.  You can mention where and when you bought it, but avoid mentioning what you paid for it.  I find that it often backfires, so I avoid it all together.  I always think its a great idea to let people know why you're selling it too. All to often, people assume that items are broken, damaged, or undesirable if you're selling it.  My coffee table looks like a death trap for my new tiny human, so I put that simple detail in my posting so that people can relate and assume that if I didn't have a little one running around, I'd be happy to keep it! 

3. Be HONEST.  Don't get yourself into trouble by saying that your item is in great condition thinking you'll get more bang for your buck.  You'll probably have to deal with a lot more potential buyers and wind up being disappointed with zero cash in hand.  People should wind up knowing exactly what they'll be getting when they arrive so that the price is already finalized before they arrive.  No surprises please! 

4. Keywords! Keywords! Keywords!  Think of the words that your potential buyer is going to be looking for.  Vintage. Retro. Mid Century. Rustic. Tufted. Drexel. West Elm. DWR.  Think about what makes the piece noteworthy and throw it in BOTH your title and body of your listing.  You can search for keywords on Google pertaining to your particular item if you're creativity just isn't working on that particular day.  

5. Create a "Garage Sale" feel in your posting.  I like to list the other items that I'm selling in each individual posting!  Why not, right?  If someone is in the market for an end table and coffee table and they see that I do have both in the same posting, I may have just sold two pieces much easier than all the items individually.   After I do my write up on the item that I'm listing, I'll but a note at the bottom that says something like this, "Also selling, matching vintage nightstand, two West Elm Ottomans, Brass Schoolhouse Electric Lamp, and a glass top contemporary coffee table."  People can search you as the seller and then see all the items that you're selling.  

6. Price Fairly. Yes, people are going to try to negotiate with  you, but that doesn't mean you should start your price so high that you don't get a single hit.  Take a quick peek at what others are selling similar items at and price accordingly.  If you feel your item should sell at a higher dollar mark, just be sure to share why its priced higher.  

7. Delivery.  Obviously, if you're willing to deliver, it helps A LOT.  But, to be honest, I don't do that anymore as my vehicle size has shrunk! 

8. Posting Time.  My most successful time to post is on Friday evenings.  When people are willing to run around on the weekend to look at items or pick them up, they are generally the most available on the weekends.  So, Friday when people are getting home from work or Saturday mornings when they might be feeling fresh is the time to make your move.  

9. Be Clear.  If YOU'RE only available on the weekends, say so.  If you only want cash, share that info.  It often helps to weed out scammers anyway.  Let your potential buyers know what your expectations are for having the item(s) off your hands.  If you don't feel like dealing with a bunch of emails, you can be straight forward and let people know that only serious calls welcomed.  

10. Lastly and most important. BE SAFE.  I only allow people to come pick up large items from me when my husband is home.  Even if I'm meeting someone on neutral ground (very public place), I bring someone with me.  Call me paranoid, but better safe than sorry.  

Now that I've gathered up quite a few of the items I'm looking to sell, I'll be making a big Craigslist Ad this weekend.  Here is an example of what one of my post will look like. 

PAIR OF FAUX VELVET, TUFTED ARMLESS CHAIRS - $100

  •  faux velvet chairs
  • armless
  • tufted
  • brown fabric
  • dark brown legs
  • 28" wide x 28" deep x 30" tall 
  • $100

I bought these two chairs about 5 years ago from Target when I was living in a smaller apartment.  I've loved them and they have moved with me between 4 homes now!  I have decided that it is now time for me to get a pair of chairs that have arms since the scale will suit my current living room more appropriately.  They are a really nice dark, chocolate brown and the fabric is super soft to the touch.  I have two dogs now, but they have spent a lot of time without pets or children and therefore are in great condition! I've always paired them with a mid-century sofa, but they also have a classic feel too. I'm only selling them as a set and am only willing to take cash.  Their replacements will be here within two weeks, so I'm looking to have them gone before hand.  

I am also selling 2 nightstands, 2 gourd lamps, 1 gold lamp, 2 coffee tables (1 contemporary and 1 rustic), 2 large area rugs and a baby changing tray. 

Keywords - pair, tufted, mid-century, armless, small-scale, apartment furniture

Hope you find some of these tips helpful! To read more about my Mission to Minimalism, click here.

Happy Designing!

heather-scherie

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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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