Wednesday, July 31, 2013

{it's all in the details: greek key accents}

In my mind there are very few patterns that stand the test of time in the design.  Greek Key is up there in my top 5 favorite timeless, design patterns. 

Although, it has a very repetitive simple geometric pattern it is anything but boring. This key symbol was very important in Greece because it identified infinity, unity, bonds of friendship, of love and devotion and that's the reason it's often given as marriage gift. 

 I personally love using it as an accent trim (pillows, window panels, bed linens, lamp shades...) Pretty much anything looks good in/with greek key and if you don't believe me, just look below:: 

Greek Key

bunk beds; striped walls

greek key roman shade

Mary McDonald | Schumacher

PBC Style: 1/16/11 - 1/23/11

Greek key headboard

love greek key trim

What is one of your most favorite timeless design patterns? 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

{summer floral lovin'}

Summer Fresh!

Pretty floral prints get me everytime!  Living with two boys I don't ever get to indulge in my floral crushes, but I still enjoy them from afar! I think it'd be so fun to switch out our bedding in the summer for something floral, however I don't think I could ever convince my husband of such a "crazy" idea. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

{designer love:: haskell harris}

One of my favorite "new to me" blogs is Magpie by Haskell Harris.  She always features the latest and greatest in the design industry.  Her work is fresh and clean with a touch of beach-y southern chic.  Her and her mother's (also an interior designer) work was recently published by HGTV magazine. Click here to go to the original article. 

haskell harris

all images via 

Monday, July 22, 2013

{artist love:: christina baker}

I love art, always have, always will! 

Being an designer I also know how personal art is to each client.  Art is like design, it's all so subjective....what one person loves, another person loathes.  But that's what makes it fun! 

The best thing about Artwork is that it can be a game changer for a space, taking it up a notch instantly.  It has such a resonating effect and if done right, it can be the centerpiece for the whole room.  There's two things I frown upon when designing a room: having no artwork (boo!), or even worse yet having reproduction big box store artwork (yuck!!).  Just say no to the big box store art...find something original.  There are thousands of starving artists out there, someone can make you something personal and one-of-a-kind for less than what you'd pay at a big box store, I guarantee it.  

That is all to say, one of my current favorite artists is Christina Baker.  I love how fresh and colorful her abstract pieces are.  You can check out her work here

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Christina Baker

Christina Baker | Gummy Bears

Abstract art by Christina Baker - available via Artsy Forager

Christina Baker | Rose Garden Promises

Christina Baker | Jelly Beans

Abstract art by Christina Baker

Hope y'all enjoy your Monday! 

Friday, July 19, 2013

{design board:: purple paradise bedroom}

This bedroom was so much fun to work on.  I don't think I've ever got to use much purple in any of my design boards from the past, so this was especially fun!  We centered the whole room around this gorgeous deep purple velvet tufted headboard.  We threw in some less traditional furniture pieces:: the clean-lined night stands, the bamboo chair & chandelier.  We did a simple gray flat roman shade with ribbon detailing  for the windows to tie in with the custom geometric duvet cover. And to top if off we used some unexpected purple coral artwork to set the relaxed tone for the whole room.  I love how the rich velvet plays off and contrasts with all the natural textures like the rug/bamboo/brass. So great! 


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Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!! 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

{designer love:: aerin lauder}

Aerin Lauder has created a global lifestyle brand, curating collections that span from beauty, fashion accessories, and even home decor.  Of course, being the home design junkie I am, I've been totally drawn into her home decor line.  I love that most of her pieces are classic and timeless, but yet she views things with a modern point of view (totally my design philosophy!).  Her pieces are a little higher in price point than what you would pick up at a franchise store, but they are high on style and totally unique! 

You can check out her fabulous line here.

Monday, July 15, 2013

{dog days of summer...}

I can't believe it y'all summer is half over....

In the midst of what has become our summer wide house search, my nugget boy just keeps growing. Like seriously I have to pinch myself daily whenever the thought of his birthday (at the end of summer) rolls into my head.  I just want to freeze time. right here, right now. I'm going to refrain from party planning for as long as possible...I might even be in denial about it.  

Age 2 really has been the funnest (is that a word) age yet.

Hope y'all have a great Monday! 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

{client work}

I've been meaning to share this post with y'all a long time ago, but kept getting distracted by other things....but better late than never right??

First up, was a client single question design board I completed a few months ago.  (This was actually two questions so maybe I should say a double question design board...).  My client needed help with rug & drapery fabric selection for her vintage/cottage dining room which was open concept to her family room and kitchen.  My client already had a beautiful start with her farmhouse table and windsor chairs, but just needed help with a these two loose ends.  As you can see, I love pattern mixing (in my next life, I will be a textile showroom sales rep).  I always try to mix organic patterns with more geometric or solid prints.  This gives the room interest, too much of one type of print pattern is never a good idea.  I gave my client a few schemes to work with (something I do for all my e*design clients....).  The larger rectangles are the rug options and the square fabrics in the center are the drapery options.  I think any of these combinations would be a beautiful compliment for her dining space.  


Next up are some progress shots from a client I worked on last fall.  Do you remember these design boards? 

Master Bedroom Design Board via Modern Grace Designs

Here's my client's interpretation of the design board! She's doing a great job, love how it's coming together! 

And here is her great room design board.  She ended up doing a custom built-in entertainment center instead of the original console idea, which I love. The larger built-in entertainment center really balanced the weight of this large space perfectly.  

Great Room Design Board via Modern Grace Designs

Thanks again for my clients past & present for sharing your home with me and my readers! 
Y'all really are the best! 

Friday, July 12, 2013

{design board:: country chic master bedroom}

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Monday, July 8, 2013

{design board:: elegant master bedroom}

My wonderful clients wanted an elegant bedroom retreat, somewhere they could go to escape the craziness of their busy corporate lives.  For this master bedroom we surrounded the entire room in soft ivory and gray tones, but used bold touches of black accents to ground the space. To break up some of the monotone colors we also added soft touches of yellow/gold accents which really pop off the otherwise neutral backdrop. We carefully selected modern furniture pieces that feel fresh and timeless and to add a touch of youthfulness, we choose abstract black and white artwork and funky orb lamps.  It really is the perfect relaxing retreat for these busy young professionals! 


 I would love to work with you to create a home you adore! If you are interested in my design services please contact me at:

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{target threshold major clearance}

If y'all haven't hit up Target NEED to go immediately. Their fabulous spring Threshold items are on major clearance.  Too good of prices to pass up. I was there last week, and they had lots left at our local stores, so hurry up and get going if you want to snag some deals.

Although, there are some "trendy" pieces in the threshold line, there are also lots of great classics as well! The classics are my personal favorite for my home.  

I picked up two of these white linen shades with plaid lining got one for $13 & one for $5. 
Threshold Linen Lamp Shade with Plaid Interior Print

Got two lamps for $15 each compared to their normal $50 price tag. 

Threshold Wood Turned Table Lamp CFL

I also picked up this woven willow basket for only $17 originally $60.  I will probably end up cutting off the faux leather straps because I think they look cheapy, and use this for toy storage in rover boy's room at the foot of the bed. 

Threshold Woven Willow Basket

I also grabbed this rug below.  It was only $20 and is indoor/outdoor so it's durable and cleanable! 

Threshold™ Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug - Neutral

Wish I could have found these urn lamps, they would have been so perfect for our master. 
Threshold™ White Ceramic Lamp Base

loving this cute stripey footstool too, but not sure what I would ever do with it....

Threshold™ Black and White Stripe Accent Stool

and IMO you can never have enough storage ottomans in a house with children.  Would have loved to see these in person. 

Threshold Storage Ottoman - Tan

You can also check out the threshold line online.  Their are some items still for sale there too, but the prices aren't nearly as good as the in store clearance! 

Hope y'all snag yourself some deals! 

Friday, July 5, 2013

{brick floors}

Brick floors. 
 I've always appreciated their gorgeous color, texture, and patterning they add to rooms.  I particularly like them in casual, foyer/entryway settings.  They just seem like the perfect fit for that transition space between outside and inside.  They hide everything and despite being a little cold on the feet, their warm reddish brown color can visually really warm up a small space. Plus they are a little unexpected (you don't see them very often around the midwest).

I absolutely love everything about this foyer.  The white washed walls, the gorgeous dutch door, the rustic light, black and white gallery wall, and of course those yummy floors.  

Love the combo: wood paneled walls, brick floors and dutch door - and the iron scroll on the railing.

I also really appreciate this more refined version of brick floors, how cool are these one's below? I'm dying over the brick + wood combination. They play off each other beautifully and dare I say it makes the brick feel a little more elegant and less rustic. 

In the back entry hall, Morris brings the outdoors inside with brick flooring, botanical prints, iron lanterns from South of Market, and a pair of weathered Catalan chests leading out to the pool.

Brick laid in a herringbone pattern is always perfection. 
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More herringbone brick goodness: 
{design by: Amy Morris, via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles}

Total rustic country brick floors.  They are nothing real fancy, but no other flooring would fit as good as these brick floors do for this casual mudroom space. 

brick floor in the mudroom. really cool back entryway.

So what do y'all think about brick floors? 
I think in the right house they can be a wonderful unexpected fit. 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

{happy 4th of july!}


Love the simplicity of these watercolor stars. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

{back again}

 Y'all I'm back again and just needing to share with you a piece of my heart. God is making things happen in our lives and we are feeling incredibly blessed in more ways than we can count. I still don't fully understand how quickly our lives have changed in the past month and a half, but I truly believe God has been working on some of the littlest details of our prayers the past few years and things are starting to come together for his glory! Mostly, I just want you to know today that wherever you are, whether you are completely comfortable on top of the mountain peak or on the opposite end, feeling defeated and stuck in a deep valley in your life-- God knows your heart, he cares about the smallest details of your life, he's listening, and is working on your dreams even if you can't see it right now. Praise him in all times, I know we are thanking him for all the work he is doing right now in our lives! 

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