Friday, January 31, 2014

A Home Office Makeover {Client Design}

In my last post I talked about how much I am loving the trending color combination of Navy & Gold.  It really is a traditional, classic duo that looks sharp and sophisticated with just the right amount of antique character with some aged brass thrown in.  {see the whole Trend Spotting...Navy & Gold post here}

So, when a recent design project of a Home Office was presented to me a couple of months ago, I knew this color palette would be the perfect combination to this classic style home.

Let's take a look back at the initial Mood Board I started with for the clients.

{See the entire design process here.}

The office is mainly used by the husband.  So I wanted to do a traditional, manly home office.  Think sophisticated gentleman's club vibe!  However, the rest of the household -- wife and three young boys, would also be using the space from time to time.  So, it had to be for the entire family, with the husband's wants and needs coming first!

Here's one last BEFORE picture before we check out the amazing transformation.


The client's boys aren't babies anymore, but they love these professional pictures they had taken of them when they were all babies.  So they were custom framed and hung in a row to give them a cohesive look. 

It is hard to see the artwork on this wall but I loved it!  It is a piece from  The husband loves Abraham Lincoln, so there are a lot of nods to him throughout the space.  I chose this specific piece of art because it wasn't just a big portrait of Abe, like in your face!  It is a more subtle way of bringing him in with the artwork. 

Remember how their desk lamp used to look?  Silver!  Well, I gave it a little makeover too.  With just a can of spray paint, it now looks brand new!  By chance, the homeowner's existing desk lamp is very similar in style as the sconces I chose for the bookcases.  So I am glad we decided to keep it, and just change the finish.

I went back and forth on whether to do a settee in this space for the seating area, or two chairs with a side table in between them.  I liked both options.  I love settees and I don't think they get used enough.  So I left this one for the client to decide.  Either option would be about the same price depending on the pieces we chose, so that wasn't a factor.

So, after much deliberation......we all agreed the settee would look the best!!  {See how we weighed the PROS and CONS of chairs vs settee here.}

Last minute, we decided to add some lighting to these bookcases!  It really adds the wow factor this room needed!  {See how that came about here.}

We also added navy grasscloth wallpaper to the back of the bookcases!  LOVE!  I would use grasscloth in every room if I could!  It really gave the room that pop of color it was needing since we kept the walls a warm taupe color.  And it added a level of sophistication to the space.

sconces via Ballard Designs

 The counter top of the bookcases was stained versus painted to bring in some richness to the room.  It also coordinates with the stain color of the desk and the two new side tables which makes all 4 pieces now cohesive.  The husband made this entire section/bookcase/furniture piece all by himself, by hand!  He far beyond, exceeded my expectations!  And it was actually his idea to stain the top like this!  Kudos to him! 

The accessories in this space were a HUGE factor!  They are the main focus in the bookshelves, so they had to be meticulously chosen to give the space its own personality.  I did  a mix of old and new.  Some antique and thrift shop finds, mixed in with some new decor from Target.  The "old" adds in the character and story the "new" may lack. 


This Abraham Lincoln art I made!  I just ran a sheet of dictionary paper through my printer, selected a picture from Google Images that I wanted to use, and printed!  I printed one of George Washington as well, for one of the other shelves for a reoccuring theme.

I love all the little details that go into decorating bookshelves.  Like these pheasant feathers I chose to fill this gold vase from Target.

Another Abraham Lincoln quote!

I loved how the homeowner just stood and stared at the his bookcases he made filled with all of the perfect accessories I chose for them.  He made me go through and tell him which piece was old, picked up from antique and thrift stores, and which pieces were new!  I loved how the new and old gold and brass tones blended together so seamlessly, he couldn't even tell!

 You get the idea!

This space really started with the bookcases.  Everything was designed around them.  So I have to give a HUGE shout out to  Thrifty Decor Chick who inspired me on the design of the bookcases.


These are her bookshelves in her Dining Room that she built herself with the help of some pre-made base kitchen cabinets.  Hers are beautiful and was a great inspiration for my client's Home Office Makeover! 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Trend Spotting...Navy & GOLD!

Today on TREND SPOTTING, I am talking about my new favorite color combination

Navy & Gold is one of my favorite color combinations trending right now.  With the rising trend of brass and gold metals, it is easy to get confused with what to pair the gold with.  Navy is the easiest and best choice!  The darkness and richness of the navy compliments the brightness of the gold.  That is why the two work seamlessly together.  

Here are some examples of how the powerful duo work together in Home Decor...



via Domino

You can use NAVY in a bold way by painting your walls navy and using gold tones as your accent.  

Sarah Richardson Design
As always, Sarah Richardson Design nailed it in this Dining Room Design.  She used a navy grasscloth above the handrail and a bold teal below.  If you are scared of making the gold move, start with brass.  It is not as scary as gold may be to you.  This honed, aged brass is a more subdued way to get the gold and navy trend in your home as Sarah did in this dining room.  And it works with navy perfectly, just as gold does.  

Here the navy and gold is a little more  restrained by just using it in small accents like a mirror.  Paired with some beautiful navy drapes. 

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 In this beautiful bedroom, navy makes a bold statement in the upholstered headboard.  With more subtle gold tones in the pillows and accents. 

Sarah Richardson Design

This soft and bright bedroom is mostly gray.  But at second look, you can see navy in the fabrics -- pillows, upholstered chairs, and drapes.  And of course those subtle aged gold accents with the mirrors and sconces!  Love! 

via Domino

If you are really daring...use navy tile in the bathroom like these gorgeous striped tiles on the wall.  They kept everything else white and bright to keep the navy tiles the main focus.  A gold, thin framed mirror is the perfect touch to all the navy.


If you are still warming up to the idea of gold and navy, here they added the color combination in a small area.  Just small accents in the bookshelves.  Mixed with mainly white accessories, the gold and navy really stand out.

Easy ways to bring this trend into your home...

Not ready to completely transform an entire room with this color combination?  Try bringing it into your home in small subtle ways...

via Target

A gold Starburst mirror for only $35 would really stand out on a navy painted accent wall.


Looking for an easy DIY project?  Paint an old set of deer antlers in the navy and gold combination.  This would be a stand-out accessory in bookshelves or on a stack of books on your entryway table. 

via Crate & Barrel
If you feel like splurging, around $1000 to be exact, this rug is amazing in this gold color.

via Ballard Designs
For $430, you can have a pair of these Paris Bistro Chairs to add navy and gold tones to your kitchen.

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Here, a navy wall gets an unexpected update with gold polka dot wall decals.

This gives me an idea for my navy Powder Bathroom!  {see how it looks now here}

via The House of Smiths

The House of Smiths added these wall decals to the bottom half of one wall.


I'm loving these wall decals!  Here they added them to one small wall in the toilet room for an unexpected surprise and a touch of elegance behind the toilet!  How fun is this?!?

via All Things Thrifty

I also love the idea of putting these decals on the ceiling -- maybe in a closet, in a bedroom, in a bathroom?!?  The ceiling is the "fifth" wall that most people forget about.  So why not liven it up with a little gold!

The best part of these wall decals, they are removable!  So as soon as your are tired of this trend or you just change your mind, they can be ripped off!

If design and decorating isn't your thing, you can also bring this trend into your everyday fashion! 


Gold and Navy is definitely a trend that is going to be around for a while, so don't be scared to try it or to splurge a little to bring this look into your home.  There are tons of ways you can accomplish this look.  Paint an old dresser navy and add gold hardware to the drawers.  A white table lamp with a gold lamp shade.  Go big or go small.  Either way, this classic duo is a strong, traditional look! 

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