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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

OUTSIDE

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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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. 

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

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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PACIFIC NORTHWEST NURSERY | "ONE ROOM CHALLENGE" - WEEK 1

I may be a glutton for punishment, but the time is NOW!!  The Spring 2018 One Room Challenge with House Beautiful has begun and I've decided to go for it.  I'm so happy to announce that for the next six weeks, Whitestone Design Group is going to be a Guest Participant in this years event.  Nothing like a HUGE deadline to get an extremely necessary project completed.  

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THE SPACE 

Whitestone Design Group | One Room Challenge | Pacific Northwest Nursery - Blog

This delightful, little catch-all room, serves as storage, guest room, and our queen sized dog bed :-)  She's spoiled and she loves it.  But, it's time for this Ridgeback to grow up and move into her roll as guard pup to her new sibling!   This challenge could not have come at a better time considering this Interior Designer/Mama has moved into the third trimester of my pregnancy and have yet to do ANYTHING for this impending baby's room.  

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THE CHALLENGES

1. Because my husband and I do have a lot of company that visits, we would still like to make this room be capable of sleeping additional guests.  We want to keep this room multi-functional but, it's a little too small for a full size bed and a crib.  

2. The brick wall adds soooo much dimension, but it makes hanging things tough.  Not to mention that I love bright, fresh spaces and the brick makes this room feel a little heavy.  So, I'll need to address that.

3. The lighting in this room is dreadful!  If you've been following me for awhile, you know I have a strong opposition to the "boob light," so, it's gotta go.  Pronto.  

4. The timeline!  I'll be honest... this is probably that challenge that has me feeling the most nervous. Being a professional designer for as long as I have... I know that delays are bound to happen.  Fingers crossed that I can make some quick decisions and get items ordered so that this can all come together in SIX weeks!  

5. Lastly, we are the crazy people that don't find out the gender of our babies.  We didn't with the first one and we'll be following suit with this baby.  In a world where most couples do find out the sex of the baby, the options for nursery decor have become so gender specific.  However, I'm not one to back down from a challenge and feel confident that I can, once again, come up with a space perfect for a little prince and sweet enough for a tiny princess.  

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WHAT'S NEXT

The Design Process begins!   You can follow my family | babe #2 Pinterest Board here to see where things are at right now.  I can't wait to share this journey with you all over the next several weeks.  Wish me luck! 

I want to say a huge "Thank You" to Linda of Calling It Home and House Beautiful for all the work that is done to make the One Room Challenge come to fruition.  I am so excited to try my hand at my first challenge and make this space beautiful! Make sure to check out what others are doing with their challenges here!

Thanks for stopping by and watching this adventure unfold! 

- Happy Designing - 

heather-scherie of Whitestone Design Group

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BEFORE & AFTER | KITCHEN REMODEL IN BELLEVUE WASHINGTON

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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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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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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 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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