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PACIFIC NORTHWEST NURSERY | ONE ROOM CHALLENGE REVEAL

Today feels like Christmas!!  The nursery is complete and it’s finally time for the big REVEAL!   I can’t believe that six short weeks ago, I decided to get on board with the One Room Challenge with the suggestion of a dear friend.   I really can’t believe that I DID this in six short weeks!  But, it happened and now there is a beautiful, sweet nursery to show for it.   This space is so personal to me…  I put my heart and soul into this room.  Truly a labor of love as I was painting the trim in this room the night before shoot and reveal day!  In the end, it was completely worth every second of time that we put into this nursery and am truly grateful to everyone that had a hand in making my vision come to it’s full potential.

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If you've popped over onto this post from the One Room Challenge site, Welcome!  I'm so glad you're here!  I'm a professional Interior Designer and Blogger in the Greater Seattle area with a high focus on Commercial Interior Design, Residential Remodels and my team and I specialize in Remote Design Projects all over the world!  This is my first time as a participant in the One Room Challenge and although it's been taxing, I've genuinely enjoyed every second of it. - heather scherie

Looking back at where this all began, the room was where clothes no longer worn went to die, baby items we weren’t ready to get rid of "just in case we decided to have another child" got stored away, and our sweet Rhodesian Ridgeback had the joy of having the biggest “dog bed” in the world.   We basically moved in 10 months ago, got it to habitable spot and really never stepped foot in it again.  And although we knew once we did find out we were having child number two that this room would need to become that child’s bedroom, had it not been for the One Room Challenge, it may have stayed just as uninspired for at least a few more weeks!  So, here it is in all its glory. The before and the after. 

BEFORE

Whitestone Design Group - Before - Pacific Northwest Nursery

AFTER

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

I feel like I had SUCH a clear vision from the beginning of what I wanted to accomplish in this baby space. It's fun to reference back to the Design Inspiration Board and see the path from start to finish really never wavered.  It feels organic, minimal, and that Pacific Northwest palette really shines through! 

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If you've missed any of what's lead me up to this point, you can catch up week to week below: 

week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4 | week 5

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

I have so many favorite details on this project.  The drapery panels and the crib bumpers turned just the way I imagined them.  I still can’t believe that I actually whipped out the dusty sewing machine and fabricated them!  It’s been so long since I actually worked on my own soft goods… It’s even crazier that I remembered how to do it!  Well, in perfect transparency, I did have to reach out to my mother for a little guidance, but that’s what moms are for, right?

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

The artwork blows me away!  I can’t wait to get a float frame on this piece, but I wasn’t able to fit that into my timeline for this challenge.  I absolutely love working with talented, local artists.  For this particular piece, I worked with a great friend, Wynne Earle, who is one of the most talented artists I know.  I talked through the overall feel of the nursery and shared some photographs of images I was inspired by and THIS beauty is what she came up with!  I’m so particular about art.  Picky is actually an understatement.  But, this is what commissioning a piece of art specifically for your space gets you!

 Acrylic wash on canvas

Acrylic wash on canvas

BEFORE

Whitestone Design Group - Pacific Northwest Nursery - Before

AFTER

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

If I had to pick one last detail to fave from this project, it would have to be the semi-custom dresser that my husband and I built.  I had an idea in my head and when I see the final product, I feel like he and I nailed it!  I wanted simple, clean and highly functional.  This dresser doesn’t disappoint!  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect, but it feels like a piece that’s all our own made with our own four hands.  Six, if you count our toddlers sweet efforts to help!

BEFORE

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery - Before

AFTER

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

Here are some detail shots I just can't get enough of! 

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL
Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

For anyone who's concerned about where the Ridgeback, Miss Makeena, wound up laying her head... 

No need to worry!  The princess is VERY happy in her new bed. 

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge REVEAL

I owe a HUGE “thank you” to Wynne of WHEarlePhotography.  When the daybed, which was a huge solution to one of the initial challenges of the entire project, was massively delayed, I gave her a call to see if she could work with the time adjustment.  Although I knew I was going to be asking A LOT!!  She happily said that we would make it work.  As promised, she came out the day of delivery, photographed this incredible shot list, and turned the images around the very next day for me! It was fascinating watching her edit and seeing just how much goes into each image! I owe her sooooooo much and couldn’t have done this without her.  I may have had a six week challenge, but this brave woman gave herself a 24 hour challenge.   Bona fide - rock star. 

Another huge “thank you” is owed to my lovely husband, who looked at me a little sideways when I suggested that I join this challenge, but smiled and said okay anyway.  He got on board with all my ideas and supported my vision even though he couldn’t clearly see it until the end.  He did so much of the heavy lifting for this girl and I am beyond grateful.  

Thank you so much to all of the vendors who agreed to work with my crazy deadline and shipped so many of the adorable things you see here far quicker than their promise dates.  Next week, I will be sharing all of the sources for the details and products that were used on this project.  So, if you’ve got your eyes on something here, I can’t say enough wonderful things about everyone that I purchased items from. 

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Most importantly, thank you to those behind the scenes of the One Room Challenge.  This platform gives so many talented Designers and Bloggers the opportunity to put their very best skills to the test.  It's been such a fabulous experience and I have relished in the opportunity to remotely meet some seriously talented individuals that I fully intend on developing further relationships with.   I am so, so, SO impressed with the reveals from both the Featured Designers and Guest Participants.  PLEASE don't miss the opportunity to check in on some sensational before and after projects.  Click here to see all of the submissions. Thank you to Linda from Calling it Home and the partnership with House Beautiful for making this possible. 

Lastly, thank you to you.  My readers, followers, supporters and clients.  Without you all, there would be no me as a Designer.  

- 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 4

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge - WK 4

Week 4 of the One Room Challenge has come to a close!  This past week has been a productive one.  All the decisions have been made and items are starting to come in on the daily.  I still have a little fear that all the items won't arrive on time... But, I'm trying to focus on the list of things I can control and make the best of it! 

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge - WK 4

One of the most fun parts of this project has turned out to be the dresser DIY that we have taken on as a little family :-)  We took a dresser that we were using in our last home that no longer worked in our master bedroom and decided that with a little love, we could turn it into a dresser that could double as a changing table.  I had a vision and, luckily, a husband that was willing to get his hands dirty with me.  Not to mention the adorable toddler that always wants the opportunity to help out! 

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge - WK 4

Prayers that it turns out as great in real life as it looks in my head!  Because.... replacing it with something else with only two weeks left isn't an option anymore! 

The best part of Week 4 is all the items starting to show up!  We received the light fixture the day after we got home from vacation and you can bet your behind that I had that bad boy up within 24 hours!  And, I have a new love affair with ceiling medallions.  This pregnant mama was looking for ANY possible way to avoid painting the ceiling and this magical, gorgeous, and minimal ceiling medallion swooped in to save my day.  I absolutely love it! The window shade came this week.  Because it will take a bit of work to get up, that task will have to wait until the weekend.  Annnnnnnnd, my fave!  I've wanted a LetterFolk board for well over a year.  Thank you sweet new, unborn baby for giving me the perfect reason to finally own one!  The quality is fantastic and I can't wait to see it up on the wall. 

WHAT'S NEXT

Whitestone Design Group | Pacific Northwest Nursery | One Room Challenge - WK 4

Here's where I'm currently at with the To Do list.  It seems like there's a lot of items left to do, but as I mentioned before, I genuinely feel good about managing the tasks that are left.  In a perfect world, I'd hope to have these items done by the end of next week so I'm not making a complete mad dash to the finish line.  Some of these items will be dependent on all the items arriving, but I'll do my best!  In the end, going with the flow, having six back up plans, and finding joy in the chaos is what the One Room Challenge is all about!    

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Don't forget to check out what the other Designers are accomplishing with their One Room Challenges.  I know that everyone is working SO hard and we all pour our heats and souls into these projects.  I feel so lucky to be doing this challenge with such talented people.  

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To those of you who are checking in weekly to see how it's all shaping up, I can't be more grateful.  It's your support and feedback that's making this all worth it. 

- 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 

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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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DESIGN ROUNDUP | FLUSHMOUNT LIGHTING

We've all moved into places that are flooded with the dreaded "boob-light."  You know the one I'm talking about...  Cheap, frosted glass with the bolt that runs down the center and winds up looking exactly like female anatomy.  They're AWFUL!!   And, here at Whitestone Design Group, we realize that replacing these fixtures throughout your home may not feel like the most glamorous or exciting purchase you'll ever make.  So, we're here to share some of our favorite flushmount lights that are available Spring 2018.  Hopefully, we will have you believing that this particular fixture can actually be attractive! 

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GEOMETRICS

1. Clear Glass Star - Boswell 2-Light Flushmount - Only $139!  Slammin' deal. 

2. Textured Glass Bronze Prism - Olivia Star Flushmount Bronze - Perfect for an entryway! 

3. Frosted Glass 8-Point Star - Shelby Flushmount

SEMI-FLUSHMOUNT DROP PENDANTS

4. Modern Take on Retro Globe - Sfera 8" Semi-Flush  

5. Bronze Old-School Opal Globe - Newbury 6"  

6. Gold Geometric Glass Globe - Fuller Clear Glass - Whitestone Design Group Fave! 

NOT-SO-STANDARD DRUM SHADES

7. Updated Drum Shade with Style - Cedar & Moss Conifer 18"  

8. Feminine Petal Shaped Drum - Georgia Linen & Velvet Piped Flushmount - So pretty in a guest room. 

9. Gold Jaw-Dropper Metal Drum - Suzette Ceiling Mount   

SPRAWLING LIGHT 

10. Industrial- Modern 8 Light Fixture - Whaleback 8-Light Semi-Flushmount - A lot of light for $169.00! 

11. Light Fixture Meets Sculptural Art - Zanadoo 12 Light Semi-Flushmount  - Guaranteed to make a statement. 

12. Light that goes a Long Way - Cristobal Semi-Flushmount - Whitestone Design Group Fave. 

THE GLAM SQUAD 

13. Floral Ceiling Mount - Capiz Flushmount

14. Wood Bead 3-Light Fixture - Didier 3-Light Semi-Flushmount 

15. Sputnik Inspired  - Sputnik 6-Light Flushmount

BONUS - JUST BECAUSE WE LOVE THEM 

16. Multi-Globe Light - Vega Black Nickel Flushmount - Great Price $249.00

17. Wood Pentagon Fixture - Pentagon Prism Flushmount 

18. Lights Behind Glass Fixture - Moon Round Flushmount - Whitestone Design Group Fave! 

We hope you found something that can work for you!  If you're looking for some additional lighting inspiration, check out our interior design | lighting Pinterest Page! 

HAPPY DESIGNING

Whitestone Design Group Team 

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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.  

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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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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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