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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

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge - WK 2

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

Whitestone Design Group | One Room Challenge - Inspo

3. Jaimee and David Morse - Nursery

Whitestone Design Group | One Room Challenge - Inspo

4. Akin Design Studio - White and Green Nursery

Whitestone Design Group | One Room Challenge - WK 2

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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DESIGN TIPS | MIXING PATTERNS 101

Mixing patterns in your home is a great way to add color, interest and depth!  It is also my favorite way to give it that custom touch and make it 100% your own.  While so many want to be able to achieve that perfect balance in their patterns, it can be a little daunting. I want to share some tips to ensure that you can get that designer feel on your own!  Keep in mind, as a Designer, I love breaking rules, so think of these as basic guidelines to ensure that you get it right the first time. 

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Today, we are going to work as if though we are designing a living room space and we will primarily focus on a sofa.  While all of the fabrics I'm sharing with you could easily go onto one sofa, they most definitely could be spread out around your room as well.  An accent pillow on a chair, a dab of color thrown over the top of a blanket basket... You get the drift!  And while there certainly is an art to mixing patterns, we'll just go over five basics that anyone can master!  If you love it, let me know and I will write up or do a short video on getting a little more in depth, taking your space on step further!

GUIDELINES FOR BEGINNERS 

1.  Your largest pattern is best on your largest piece. Some put their largest pattern on their floor via an area rug.  Some put it in their print on the draperies.  But, for this tutorial, we'll strictly be talking pillows.  So, a major key in getting the pillows right on your sofa or sectional, is choosing different sizes of pillows for your furniture piece and allowing your largest pillows to don the largest of your patterns.  A good rule of thumb for the sizing of your pillows is 22" square, 20-18" square, and 18"-16" square pillows.  Varying the sizes allows for the viewer to really see all the prints and patterns presented. 

2. Vary the scale of your patterns.  While I don't often mix two floral patterns together, you can get away with it if one of those patterns is an extremely large, open print, and the other is a very small, uniform print. The key to any great design really is getting scale and proportion right and where that applies to furniture and decor, the same reigns true for mixing patterns.  You can mix two of the same style of pattern, it just needs to be a dramatically different size.  

3. Stick with a consistent hue. Working exclusively with brights, neutrals, or jewel tones, etc. will help you immensely.  It's fun to play around and mix them up once you have a really good feel for getting your scale and pattern down to a science, but to get started, staying within a palette will be great practice to getting it right. 

4. When in doubt, throw in a solid. If you've got your large scale pattern, and small graphic picked out, yet you still can't seem to get that third pattern in between just right, go with a solid. Pick a color out that you love and ties the other two together and you just can't lose!  The best part of going with a solid, is that even if you eventually found another print to mix into your patterns, solids can usually find a home pretty much anywhere! My insider designer tip when going with a solid, try a crushed velvet!  It always looks rich and expensive and has tons of texture and movement all on its own!!  Velvets come in tons of colors, so many colors in fact, I wish you luck picking one out! 

5. Let your large pattern dictate your color palette.  This large print, that we now know we are going to put on our largest patterned piece or pillow, is a wonderful tool to help you drive your entire rooms look.  If you want to achieve a tailored, monochromatic space, select a beautiful, bold print that has a multitude of values in the color you're sticking with.  If you want a playful room with a lot of color, select a print that is full of life and texture.  

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MAKING IT HAPPEN

Time to show you how to make it happen!  I've broken some examples down into some aesthetic groups that I love to help make it easier to grasp how to accomplish "looks" inside your home.  If there's a certain style or look you'd like to achieve thats not below, feel free to leave a comment and let me know! 

MODERN MONOCHROME 

love monochromatic spaces!  In this palette, we are going to let our large scale pattern set our stage.  It's so very important when you're designing minimal spaces to use dominant patterns such as fabric one to avoid the space from getting boring.  Our second pattern is a playful animal print that is of medium scale.  Animal prints are classic and tend to work with whatever the style you're trying to accomplish!  The variance of values in this particular animal print really goes from the dark end of our color spectrum all the way to the lighter end.  The third is a small scale geometric.  This is still visually interesting and adds a lot of texture to this pattern mix.  The fourth pattern is another medium scale pattern in a luxury fabric.  It includes our darkest color here and our medium neutral color.  This is really the gem on top and adds a lively punch to the grouping!  

Styling - If I were styling a sofa with these patterns, I would go for a balanced, sophisticated look.  I would have two large 22" of the first pattern, two 20" of the second pattern, two 18" of the third pattern, and one of the luxury print in a lumbar pillow to finish it off! Yummy!!! 

GLOBAL GLAMOUR

Time to play with some color!  This whimsical print on fabric one is the epitome of a large scale pattern.  It's full of phenomenal color to pull from and makes a statement all on its own.  I'm choosing my medium scale pattern on this eclectic ikat print. Because I've chosen such a bold color for my medium pillow, I love this small scale leopard print thrown into the mix!  it ties back to the most dominant color in our first print, the black, but the scale is so much smaller, it could stand on it's own with just our anchor pattern.  Lastly, I figured we were having so much fun with this palette already, why not add a touch of the wild in there!  I can't get enough texture in spaces and sheepskin will certainly add a dollop of just that into your space.  

Styling - If I were styling a sofa with this print palette, I'd probably go asymmetrical just to compound on the fun!  I would do two large 22" pillows in fabric one, and probably do a gorgeous gold welt just to amp up the eclectic vibe.  I would do two medium 20" pillows in fabric number two.  I would do one 18" in fabric number three an put it on the side of the sofa that makes the most sense to have visual weight on.  Typically that's the side thats nestled into a corner or has a large to medium piece of furniture to the side of it.  Lastly, I would do a crazy, fun lumbar pillow in fabric number four and let it wander wherever it may! 

MINIMAL MENSWEAR

For me, when I'm working with spaces with a masculine feel to them, symmetry is everything.  I feel that in some instances, symmetry can come across as boring, so selected powerful prints can make all the difference in the world.  Fabric number one is an ikat inside of a chevron print!  I love navy in this look, crisp and mature.  The next pattern almost reads as a solid, but if you look closely, it's a herringbone, which is where we capture our texture.  I like this modern plaid in this palette because its lighter weight than so many plaids, but what says "mancave" more than a plaid?!  It's tonal values really tie all of the fabrics together brilliantly.  Lastly, leather.  Leather pretty much works in any space, but here, I think its going to serve as our perfect accent pillow.  

Styling - I would lay this out much like our first palette.  Two large 22" pillows anchoring the corners of our sofa in fabric one.  Two medium 20" pillows in fabric two. Two smaller 18" pillows in fabric 3 and finishing it off with a lumbar pillow in this delicious leather.  

OUTDOORS OCEANSIDE 

I love outdoor fabrics and actually find myself using them indoors as well, especially in homes with little ones!  Again, these fabrics could all be mixed up in a variety of ways due to the size and scale of the patterns, but for the purposes of this blog, I'm suggesting that the first serve as your statement pillow.  It's a bold, fun, geometric print that would stand out as your largest pillow to anchor your patterns.  I'm suggesting here a playful colored solid pillow to mix in.  It gives an unexpected twist to the palette, but the jewel tones are all natural coordinates.  The polka dot print serves as our small scale print.  For me, a polka dot seems to work well with both geometric and more organic, curvilinear prints because they are structured and typically only consist of two colors.  The fourth print here makes for an excellent accent pattern! It's playful for your outdoor seating area and because it as well as the polka dot only consist of two color that are pulled from our anchor fabric, it won't compete with the geometric pattern.  

Styling - With outdoor spaces, there really are no rules!  You could do your bench or chair cushions in any of these and any of them could be your lumbar pillows.  You truly couldn't mess this up, so have some fun!  

 

 

So, there you have it! Mixing patterns 101, brought to you by us here at The Whitestone Design Group.  We'd love of you to share with us what patterns your mixing.  Drop us a line and send a picture to our email, hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com, or leave us a comment below.  I you want more suggestions or styles you'd like us to touch on, let us know that as well!  We aim to please.  

heather scherie

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DESIGN PLAN | KATIE'S HOUSE

Whitestone Design Group | Design Plan | Katie's House | Interior Design | Seattle, WA

We're getting a little personal today! As interior designers, we are constantly planning, creating, envisioning designs for our clients, so when it comes to our own homes, you better believe we do the same thing. A design plan helps put your goals in place for your own home, but also it helps you envision your current furniture with possible new furniture in your home whether you are wanting to change things up, renovating or even moving. In my case, a new plan was necessary when my husband and I had to unexpectedly move a few months ago. We decided to move into a new construction apartment from our tiny old bungalow style rental house that was being put on the market. We were sad to move, because we made that house our home for 3 years, but we were excited for a brand new everything space and somewhat of a fresh beginning. Before we moved I took pictures and measured the whole space so I could plan out the furniture placement of our current pieces, weed out what we wanted to get rid of and source some new pieces to finish off the place. To start, here is my inspiration of what I feel embody's my style (and my husbands) the most:

If I could best describe my personal style and aesthetic, it's a blend of midcentury-modern, mixed with some rustic, traditional and global influences and textures. A hint of a masculine feel but keeping the colors soft and light and playing with different finishes (like brass and mercury glass) for a touch of feminine. And like most, my style is ever-changing and evolving! It's smart to invest in key pieces of furniture that are timeless and can transition with different styles and trends as the years go by. 

We had our television above our fireplace in our old house, so this time around we needed to address the tv area with some media storage - I will be sharing an easy DIY/Ikea hack that we did at a later date! Here is the inspiration:

Here are a couple of the plans for the open living and dining area. I've mixed in pieces that we already own (like the sofa and coffee table) and have added in my "wants" for the rest of the spaces:

Whitestone Design Group | Design Plan | Katie's House | Interior Design | Seattle, WA

Did you notice I switched up the arm chair in the plan above compared to the first one? I can't decide which direction I want to go in! Which one do you prefer? The modern Wegner wing chair or the feminine tufted armchair?

Whitestone Design Group | Design Plan | Katie's House | Interior Design | Seattle, WA

It's maybe halfway complete, so I'm hoping that by posting this blog about my design plan will get me to finally get some wedding photos printed and framed (nearly a year later!), finish hanging art and styling the living spaces and possible have the amazing Wynne photograph it for me before we call a more permanent house our home! 

Also, can you tell I'm a cool tone girl? Give me all the whites, blues and grays and I will be happy happy happy :)

If you have any questions about sources, comments and thoughts, please leave us a line in the comments below or send an email to us at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com, we'd love to connect! If you want to check out some more inspirations, you can see my Pinterest board here.

xx Katie

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WHITESTONE OFFICE RE-DESIGN

Growth is such an important part of any small business and we are so happy and excited to see ourselves experiencing some of that growth!  One of the especially FUN part of our progression here at Whitestone Design Group is starting to work on our own re-design project for our office! As interior designers, once we get busy with other people's design work, it can be so easy to lose focus on projects around our own homes, so it's nice to be able to squeeze in some time pointed efforts towards our very own workspace! 

While it is still very much in the beginning stages of design, it has been a blast to start getting things down on paper for what we'd like our office to evolve into.  Our goal is to achieve a clean and approachable space where our clients feel both comfortable and inspired.  We also wanted a good mix of high-low design elements.  Fresh white walls will provide us a space that us a work environment that us allows to see color in all its glory.  Simple lines on furnishings serve as functional elements without being distracting for our clients.  And the graphic rug, inspired art mixed with accessories we love prevents the space from being boring! 

sectional | entertainment unit | rug | chair | accent table | overall paint | accent paint | gold starburst | coffee table | inspiration on our pinterest board

What elements are you loving?  Leave us a comment about things you love in your own workspace! And, if you're needing help with your own workspace, shoot us an email at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com. 

heather-scherie

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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.  

BEFORE

AFTER 

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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OFFICE DESIGN

Heather-Scherie and I were approached last week by a young tech company located in Bellevue, WA to outfit their new office space. The challenge was....they needed it functioning immediately! If they had their way, they would have wanted it up and running with all the furniture in place the same week we met them, BUT interior design and furnishing any type of office is a little tricky to do when you aren't purchasing it yourself. Since we were on a time crunch, it was very important that we sourced the product from only a few different stores and it all has to product is in stock and ready to ship. With budget, time and space constraints we pulled together a very comprehensive design plan that will be functional and organized for their six employees while also making an impression when meeting with clients! Here is the plan for their "Lounge/Flex Area":

Whitestone Design Group - Modern Office Design Plan
Whitestone Design Group - Modern Office Design Plan

SOURCE LIST: SOURCE LIST:
sofa  /  swivel chairs  /  short coffee table  /  tall coffee table  /  lap top table  /  floor lamps  /  round mirror  /  geometric art  /  coral pillow  /  navy & aqua pillow  /  yellow pillow  /  plaid lumbar pillow  /  area rug  /  tall glass vase  /  short glass vase 

If you're interested in doing an interior design project like this one, please contact us at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com

 

xx Katie

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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! 

AFTER : 

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! 

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.  

AFTER : 

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.  

AFTER : 

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

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 heather scherie & katie

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