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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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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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BEFORE AND AFTER : Rainier Medical Building

One of the things I love most about doing Commercial Interior Design projects is truly being able to add value to a space.  When we were approached to provide some updates to the Rainier Medical Building, the owners originally contacted us for suggestions on fresh paint and some different lighting.  Through some cost analysis research of what similar leasing space in the area was going for, we were able to show the clients that investing about 25% more money on top of the assumed budget, they would be able to ask for a higher leasing rate for the newly renovated tenant spaces and earn the money back within a year and a half!  It is so rewarding to provide not only a remodel that we can be proud of as Interior Designers from an aesthetic and functionality stand point, but to design in a way that allows also our client to come out ahead financially as well! 

AFTER

The space was built in the 1960's.  Although it did appear that the paint had probably been updated within the last twenty years, it was certainly time for a little bit of a remodel for this building. 

BEFORE

We were lucky to work with some of our favorite products and some wonderful vendors to make our vision transform this space into something current and indicative of the Pacific Northwest. 

AFTER

One of the areas I feel the most proud of is the bathrooms.  A clean and minimal approach turned out to be effective and impactful.  

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All-in-all, we had a wonderful time working with these clients.  I have a certain passion for Commercial Interior Design and Tenant Improvement projects.  This particular project really allowed us to showcase what it is that makes the Pacific Northwest so beautiful by bringing the outdoors in and showcasing on of our favorite furniture designer, Bruce Hanamura with The Design Pallet's, stunning work. 

Another company that we can't say enough great things about, is Apex Railing Solutions, serving the Greater Seattle Area.  They worked closely with us to collaborate on these beautiful railing systems to specifically suit this project. 

More pieces from Bruce at The Design Pallet

If you, or someone you know are looking for a Professional Interior Architect or Interior Designer, we love helping business grow and change.  Please feel free to send us an email to set up a complimentary consultation.  hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com

heather scherie

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Lifestyle : We're going to VEGAS!

Between the two of us, we've been a lot of places, butI personally have never to Las Vegas!  As we have a pending wedding on the horizon, we decided to take this opportunity to ship off to Sin City and see what kind of trouble we could dig up for ourselves for a bonafide Bachelorette Party! 

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Naturally, there were many outfits to be planned, many bags to be packed, and a large list of destinations to be seen.  We had such a great time and have documented some of the events from our travels! 

My favorite place we went to for food was by far  Tao.  There isn't a single expense spared in any of the restaurants or nightclubs in Las Vegas, but Tao made my jaw as an Interior Designer drop straight to my freshly manicured toes!  From the moment that you walk into the facility, everything is PURE luxury.  Which, here at the Whitestone Design Group, we are really big fans of.  

We spent a lot of time in the sun at pool party's and while I find that MGM's pool is beautiful, The Hard Rock Cafe's pools were a spectacularly good time!  People looking for a dance party poolside, Hard Rock is your spot.  The pools all feel like you're at a beach and the pool side cabana's are a real treat.  You will likely have to spend some time in a line that feels as long as the Empire State Building is tall, but it is worth it on the other side.  

Fashion in Las Vegas... ANYTHING goes!  It is Vegas, so shiny and short tend to be the most popular items on the shelves, but style comes in all shapes and sizes in this town.  And the shoes!!  It was impressive to see how many women were brave enough to wear heels around time I would only commit to if I were walking from the front door to the car.  The group of ladies and I went for cute and our version of sexy, but shoes that we would be able to wear until 6am! 

My tips I will leave you with for traveling to Las Vegas, travel with people you trust, you only need three days there, and book a pedicure for when you return home!  Thanks for reading about our time in Vegas!  Until our next travels... XX

Heather-Scherie

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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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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! 

AFTER : 

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.

AFTER :  

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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