Saturday, December 31, 2011

{new stuff}



One of my goals for the new year is to improve Modern Grace Designs!

 Last night I created PayPal links on my Interior Design Consultation's page....so now there will be less invoices for me to send out (woo hoo!) making the process quicker and easier (for both of us!).  I also added a form site which all 1st time Clients can go to and fill out some general information for me about themselves and their room (s)...this is going to be super helpful and informative for me to refer to in the design process!


I also created another option for those local people that need help with their homes!

 "In-home" Design Consultations, which are paid for by the hour.  If you are local and wanting to take the design process on yourself but are needing help getting pointed in the right direction then I would be happy to help with an hourly design consultation. The hour (s) is yours to ask whatever you would like. We can walk through your home room-by-room or spend the time in one room exploring different design options, furniture layouts, wall treatments/ paint options, window treatment options, furniture suggestions,and home decor.  With this option you pay instantly for the 1st hour and I will invoice you for any additional hours you would like to add.

You can also add the "The Complete" Package in conjuction with the "In-home" Package if you would like a Room Vision/Design Board done for your space as well as an in home visit.  Please just email me for prices (I offer a combination discount for this option!)

Anyways...just a couple ways I'm trying to improve my business. Please comment below with any other suggestions you may have for me to improve my business- I love getting feedback from others and let me know if you have any questions!  


Hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Weekend, I have to say I totally agree with this....


Friday, December 30, 2011

{2011 recap}

The end of 2011- how could it be? It seems the older I get the quicker the years pass? Why is that?  I have to say it's been an amazing year watching our little baby boy grow into a little man with a big personality to boot. A year ago - I was quiting my job to become a stay at home momma, allowing my husband to take on a new job. I was thinking I'd go absolutely crazy staying home all day long...I'm a go-getter you see. So staying home by myself with a new baby seemed frightening and completely overwhelming to me, I was worried I'd be miserable. 

But I'm here, now. saying I haven't regreted that decision one bit.  Someone once said to me "You will never regret a day spent with your kids, But you will ALWAYS regret a day spent at work that you could have spent with your kids." I couldn't agree more.  Time passes so quickly...I'm so blessed to have gotten to spend the last year with my baby watching him, teaching him, comforting him, loving on him, and  ultimately learning from him how to be a great momma.  I will always look back on 2011 with such fond memories.

So anyways, I thought it'd be fun to go back through the year and share what all was happening here on the blog & with our little family. 

January:

Our BIG move to Texas- Mr. Cattlebuyer's new job- meeting new Texas friends-new home- missing our old home




February:

My mom came to visit us- still meeting new friends- new baby goats at our house- Cash is getting bigger and bigger every day- went to our new church for the 1st time- Grandpa passed away- still missing home terribly






March:

Lots of visitors this month (Burkeys and Uncle Cole) - Cash turned 6 months old - missing home even more now


April:

My Birthday and Easter fell on the same exact day- Start walking at the park every day- Days spent laying on the blanket in the front yard



May:

Our trip back home for family pictures- wedding shower - Cash's Baptism- Texas is starting to feel like our new "home"


June:

Summer mornings spent at the park- swinging in the front yard tree- evening walks with daddy at the bike trail- watering our lawn like crazy!



July:

Our trip back to Nebraska for our friend's wedding- Less Park, More Air conditioning (Texas drought)- Cash experienced a pool for the first time- Attended the 4th of July Parade



August:

we got married- need I say more? It was my favorite month by far.


September:

Our niece Atleigh was born- Cash's 1st Birthday Party with our Texas friends- Trip to the Pumpkin Patch- Evening walks on the hike n' bike as a family


October:

Cash's Rooster Halloween Costume was a hit- Trip back home to see family and celebrate Cash's Birthday with Family, Our Friends the Burkey's came to visit, Another trip to a different Pumpkin Patch



November:

Grandma Sherri and Uncle Cole came to visit us for Thanksgiving- Our 2nd new niece Persephone was born! -1st snowfall- Enjoying the beautiful fall weather- Family Christmas Pictures-


December:

Christmas Shopping- Christmas visit to see all our family- Christmas Eve Candle light service- Christmas morning opening gifts & eating cinnamon rolls



I cannot wait to see what 2012 holds for our little family...I have a feeling it's going to be a BIG year for us! :)


Happy Friday Friends!
xo
lesley




Thursday, December 29, 2011

{color crush: tangerine tango}

Have you heard the news? Pantone's 2012 color of the year is Tangerine Tango (last year was Honeysuckle and the year before that Turquoise)! It's described as a “high-visibility, magnetic hue,” expect to see Tangerine Tango appear in fashion, cosmetics, and even home decor. 


According to Pantone, Tangerine Tango adds a “dynamic burst of energy” to the home if used sparingly in home accessories such as in pillows, bedspreads, and art. Or, perhaps painted on one wall of a room.

Talk about a bold color choice Pantone! I love using orange- its such an expressive, energetic, vibrant color and adds the perfect punch for nearly any room.

Here are a few of my favorite orange-y spaces:

Talk about a dream closet! Ah-mazing! Loving the glamorous combination of orange and gold.



love this punchy accent wall and that sink takes the cake! Anybody know where I can find me one of them- and so continues my on going obsession with plumbing fixtures! :)


deep browns paired with pops of orange is always a win-win!


accents of orange are always nice too!


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these monogram pillows. 


this storage ottoman (you know I'm dying over the nail head trim detailing...) is not only functional but quite pretty as well!
chevron + orange = perfect pattern. perfect color.  need i say more?






So what do you say? Orange it is for 2012!

Shout out to my Mother-in-law who has a super fun ORANGE kitchen! Love her kitchen!  I'll have to take pictures next time we visit....

Hope y'all have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

{wiww}

It's Wednesday again, so I'm linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for another week of outfit inspiration! 



Green cardi: Christmas Present from my husband I've been wanting one FOREVER! I now think I own a cardigan in every single color.  :)
Flannel : Old Navy
Jegs: Target
Belt: F21
Boots: Wally
Necklace: Made by me
Earrings: Cowgirl Cottage
Nail Polish: Raspberry by Essie (love it!)


Happy Wednesday Friends! Come see me again next week! :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

{design board: dining & family room}

I just recently "wrapped up" a couple design boards before the holiday festivities began.  This gorgeous dining room and family room are from the same amazing client's house.  I am thrilled with how they turned  out.   We may still tweek a few things...but overall I think both room boards achieved the relaxed cozy feeling we were going for! The homeowner wanted the dining room to have a little bit of a "lighter" feeling....more neutrals less color, you know I was totally okay with that! ;) Love me some neutrals.

So here are the design boards, you can see for yourself how beautiful they turned out! I can't wait to see these rooms once they are all put together!





Hope y'all have an amazing Tuesday. 

be blessed.

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If interested in interior design services please contact me at:

moderngracedesigns@hotmail.com

I'd love to help walk you step by step in making your interior design dreams become reality!

Monday, December 26, 2011

{joy}

Cash's 2nd Christmas was nothing short of magical and joy-filled....especially with the pretty snowfall we had over the weekend in West Texas (yes, we had snow in Texas!).  We attended Christmas Eve candlelight service Saturday night, and opened gifts and ate our traditional yummy Cinnamon rolls Sunday morning.  We spent the rest of yesterday enjoying the holiday with our friends in Lubbock. I have to say every year together as a family just keeps getting better and better.  I can hardly wait to see where life takes us next Christmas....

Sunday, December 25, 2011

{merry, merry!}

Merry Christmas Friends!




I just wanted to drop in and say thank you to everyone who reads this here little blog of mine....I can't believe the places this blog has taken me in the past year.  It's pretty amazing! I hope you all have lovely day...we woke up to our lawn blanketed with snow....I have to admit, it was pretty magical!
Now we are heading out to celebrate the holiday with our friends!

I pray all your days be merry & bright and all your Christmas's be WHITE! :)
Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

{countdown to christmas: book pages}

Merry Christmas Eve!
I normally don't post on the weekends- but since I was gone most of last week and Monday of this week I couldn't resist.  Plus, I need to finish up my "countdown to Christmas" go-to holiday decor. 

Today is Book Pages, yes, I'm sure you all are rolling your eyes wondering if I've gone off the deep end.

But I promise I have not....

Book Pages add texture are super CHEAP (woohoo!) and can easily be used in various ways....










Hope this post inspires some of you to think differently about those old books you have laying around your house....sheet music or dictionaries work great too! I sure had fun thinking up this week's "Countdown to Christmas" holiday decor, there's just something so special about decorating our homes for Christmas! 


In case you missed the rest of the week, here's a recap, click the links below:



Friday, December 23, 2011

{countdown to christmas: feathers}

Can you believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow!?

Well to continue on... with my traditional and classic holiday decor.  I'm mixin' in a little more of my favorite elements....and if you haven't noticed feathers are everywhere this year!

I love the texture they have- and they seem to look good just about anywhere...classic yet slightly un-expected at Christmas time.

I especially love them on wreaths- like this bleached peacock feather wreath.  for.the.record. I'd keep this baby out year round.


love the rich jewel tone colors in this feathery beauty:


Or the more classic white feather....which seems a little glamorous to me.


Maybe a wreath is too much for you? 
How about this genius idea feather + clear Christmas bulb....love how it makes the feathers appear so they are floating! 

Or perhaps a feather tree is more your style? Such a pretty vignette, except that wrinkle-ly slipcover on the chairs is driving me nuts! anyone else?


these fluffy trees are pretty darn cute as well. 


this fun feather tree with a bird topper,  it's only appropriate!



Feather decorative balls are always a great idea too.  Tuck these guys in a pretty bowl with some greenery and you are set!


Another great idea- if you just want to add a hint of feather-y fun...stick a few in your garland for the perfect touch.


Or maybe real feathers aren't your thing...how about some porcelain feathers? too cute.


Hope you all are having a wonderful Friday on the Eve of Christmas Eve. I'm really looking forward to spending this weekend with my little family...It's going to be fun!  We are planning a relaxing weekend celebrating the holiday with our great friends here in Texas!  I'll be back tomorrow for one last "countdown to Christmas" post tomorrow.... and then I'll see you all after the holiday! And just in case I miss some of you tomorrow, Merry Christmas Friends! Choose Joy and always remember the true meaning of Christmas- the birth of our Savior!

One last great quote from "It's a Wonderful Life"....I couldn't have said it any better myself George! :)






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