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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 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 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

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge - Week 1

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BEFORE & AFTER | KITCHEN REMODEL IN BELLEVUE WASHINGTON

WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel

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

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

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

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


WSDG - Blog | Before&After | Bellevue Kitchen Remodel

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

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

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

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

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

And thank you so much to our fabulous photographer WHEarlePhotography 

HAPPY DESIGNING! 

Heather-Scherie of Whitestone Design Group

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SETTING YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR A RENOVATION

WSDG - BLOG - WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A RENOVATION

At some point in the middle of cooking your family dinner, you may decide that you hate your kitchen.  Perhaps nothing seems right in your dining room anymore?  Or maybe it's your formal sitting area that has your mind churning.  Hell, perhaps you should embark on total renovation your entire house!  I mean, what is the worst that can happen? Nothing can surprise you at his point. Right? 

Well, before you go swinging the sledgehammer, there are some unexpected things which may occur during a renovation.  While a renovation can do your home a lot of good, going through the process of remodeling might not be awesome every step of the way.  We would like to provide you with a little insight to a few things that might make you a little uncomfortable here and there, while giving you the confidence that you can do it! 

1. Your regular day-to-day life will be disrupted

While the construction team may not be around all the time, keep in mind that renovating the house is a 24-hour contract. You would have to deal with the noise of saws and hammers by day and by night suffer in the hands of saw-dust and bear the emptiness of the house.

The disruption to your life might not be limited to the areas with all the appliances. Planning on renovating the master bath? You’ll have to find somewhere else to sleep.

2. It could get messy

If you are an extremely neat person, this might be your worst nightmare yet. The dust, coupled with the disorderliness of everything could consistently strike a nerve. Your contractor might be extremely careful, but you should know that covering your floors won’t be enough to keep the place clean. The extremely small particles would become air-borne and get attached to everything in the house.

Storing clothes in a sealed plastic bag far away from the site is extremely helpful. You also need to be prepared to clean every area of your house after the construction.  We generally recommend figuring a professional cleaning service into your overall budget. It's well worth the cost! 

3.  Prepare to be stressed out

You might not be doing any heavy lifting of your own, but there's a strong possibility you will be exhausted mentally and physically. You will be worried about deadlines, cost of the renovation. And remember this: while your contractor might do all the work, you are still in charge of making all the decisions if you aren't working with a professional designer or architect - from something as imperative as the type of flooring to a seemingly mundane one as the color of the paint.  

4. Its cost might surpass your expectations

You surely will have a price estimate before the work begins, and a reputable contractor would try stick as close as possible to the estimate. But you should be prepared for the worst when budgeting for a renovation project.  Beware of being infatuated with several features which were not part of the initial plan.  

Or you might even decide to change your mind when something is finished, and you don’t fancy it like you thought you would. Then you go ahead and “spend more” to get another one done. To prevent being overwhelmed financially, a backup amount should be available beyond the estimate. Or extremely cautious planning should be done.  Here at Whitestone Design Group, we factor in a 15-20% contingency cost depending on the scope of the project.  So, if you're going it alone, try to keep that number in mind. 

WSDG - BLOG | What to expect during a renovation

Renovating your home is something we urge you to be fully prepared for.  While it may seem like a tedious process, you feel it’s worth when you see the project come together. It’s like seeing a painting which only existed in your mind finally come to life!  You’re creating a life you love just for you when you renovate.  Here at Whitestone Design Group, we say “You can do it!” with full conviction, and we are here to help if you have questions. 

Happy Designing,

Whitestone Design Group Team 

 

 

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Before & After : Studio Six The Salon & Spa

We were approached in the late fall by two wonderful business women (and sisters!) that had taken a leap of faith and bought a hair salon together.  We were flattered when the two of them thought of Whitestone Design Group to transform the space into the business of their dreams.  With one of the owners being a Professional Esthetician, they needed to retrofit the existing hair salon into a business that could also accommodate skin care and massage.  Using the minds of Professional Interior Designers proved to make their wishes come true in one of the most rewarding transformations we've done to date! 

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BEFORE : 

We went on quite the journey exploring what look we wanted to achieve, but it was the surrounding businesses and the owners love of a feminine color palette that determined the overall aesthetic.  Together Heather Scherie and Katie developed a new space plan that would maximize the selling power in the reception area of the salon.  With a smartly thought out design plan and a flexible team of contractors, Studio Six was able to keep their doors open for business throughout the two weeks of construction.  Remodels are never easy, but this project was certainly one of the smoothest we have experienced thus far! 

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Although the space turned out beautiful, perhaps the part of this project that we are most proud of is the amount of revenue the salon is now producing through the product display and storage we factored into the space.  A crisp, white, lighted product feature wall allows the salon and spa to highlight speciality items that drive their business and increase sales.  

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The makeup application counter allows them to book appointments with prom attendants, brides and their bridesmaids, and the date-night-bound woman.  It also serves as a great way for them to try out products on interested clients and host tutorials and seminars.  

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Renovating your business gives your clients and staff confidence.  As an owner, it shows them that you are committed to your business and increases everyone's sense of pride.  Working with an Interior Designer on Interior Architect can help lead you down the right path to making the financial decisions that will help increase revenue and customer experience.  We are so proud to have been part of this tenant improvement project and look forward to working with them on the next phase of their growth!  Please enjoy some more of our favorite details shots from the photo session.

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Paint Colors below are from Benjamin Moore's Color Stories Palette, Lace Handkerchief CSP 220 and Picnic Basket CSP 730.  Trim color is Benjamin Moore's White Dove OC-17

We really appreciate you taking the time to check out our before and after transformation of Studio Six, The Salon and Spa.  Interior Design is our passion and Whitestone Design Group is here to help with both Commercial and Residence Renovations of all sizes.  If you know a business owner in need of a renovation, or a growing business moving into a new or larger space, we certainly can make their transition easier and more enjoyable!  For inquiries, contact us at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com

xx

 heather scherie & katie

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