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A French Country Inspired Kitchen: Reader Redesign

Good news….my knee is on the mend….and Stella has spent the last few days apologizing…in her own special way:) Sometimes I miss the mark….and this moodboard was one of those times. What I had envisioned for this client was not exactly to her liking. She loved some of what I put together….but she was going for a different vibe. That is one of the pitfalls in “e-design”, I cannot have a personal interview of the space…and walk through other rooms in the house to get a better idea of the clients taste. Marybeth decides to go with a beige on the wall…and she is going to keep me posted…so I am looking forward to see it come together. However, I wanted to share with you what I “saw” when assessing her space… a little French inspiration today….

I was recently contacted by MaryBeth. She was trying with all her might to recreate an inspiration picture she had cut out of a magazine awhile back. She wanted it to come alive in her own kitchen. Marybeth had her cabinets painted a creamy white and new granite countertops are being installed. She had chosen a light colored granite / marble countertop and her backsplash was not going to change. She had painted her walls a yellow color…just like the inspiration picture however she and her family were sort of unsettled with it. Her words were, “I feel like I’ve picked everything in my inspiration picture but yet my kitchen does not reflect the same feeling.”

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I set out to do a design plan for her that could pull everything together and help her vision come alive. Her taste were (under my assumptions) traditional French country…. cool tones of blues against warm yellows and whites. She loves white and blue pottery and after looking at her inspiration picture I came up with a plan to see her vision through.

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One major difference between her kitchen and her inspiration kitchen was the flooring. In her inspiration picture the floor was much darker. In her kitchen the flooring is more honey than brown. It was fighting with the yellow on the wall. Here are my suggestions that I sent her to create the feel of this French Country Kitchen.

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Instead of doing yellow on the wall I suggested doing a blue. The idea in using a blue on the wall is that it wouldn’t fight the floor and it would complement the existing backsplash and the countertop that she had chosen.

 

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(in the pics below I applied the wall color using Sherwin Williams color visualizer…)

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Touches of yellow would come in the form of the fabrics and the area rug. I suggested that she update the lights above the island with these easy fixtures that basically use the recessed light housing…just switch out the bulb and hang…easy! No electrician required. I like the idea of warming up the table and chairs with slipcovered chair backs. Also pulling in some yellow and blue on the window treatment. As for her feature wall I thought it would be a great idea to do a nice chunky chalkboard frame maybe in a distressed white finish…with possibly wallpaper behind framed out.

 

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Here are my suggestions that I sent to MaryBeth:

 

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We want to really play up the cabinetry and the counter tops and my thought is to put a true or color on the wall. The one I show here is Sherman Williams Distance. I think that your taste are a bit more traditional. My feeling is that you do enjoy a little bit of French country and this kitchen will lend itself nicely to that color palette. I think that grounding the room with a statement rug like this from rugs USA will really bring your tile, your family room and your kitchen to all work cohesively. The rug has touches of red, blue and yellow and will work to ground those spaces together. You can leave your family room the color that it is. It will work with this blue very nicely. I would also suggest to possibly painting the ceiling this Buff color by Sherman Williams (or ½ strength of the Hawthorne Yellow from the family room. It will make your trim work really pop off the ceiling and be a nice feature. I think that this plan is similar to your inspiration picture. As I said in my previous email your floors have a lot of honey color which will fight most yellows that you put directly vertical to them. That is why I really like the blue to be in the entire kitchen and your accents to be in yellows and whites and reds. The blue that I like for the walls is called Distance by Sherman Williams. I would just try it on a large poster board first to see how you like it with the cabinetry and counters. A few accents that will really put this room together are as follows,

 

1. These pendant recessed light adapters sold by home decorators would be perfect above your island. They are really easy to use you just unscrew the recessed light and trim kit and replace with the pendant light. A very low cost way to add island lighting.

2. I think making the kitchen table light a little bit more special would be a great idea. This chandelier sold by overstock.com is just a little touch of jewelry above the kitchen table it has soft colors and a little bit of sparkle at a very good price.

3. Adding some fabric will also tie this room together. I would suggest this fret work pattern in yellow for valence above your door and your window. I also like the idea of possibly slip covering the leather chairs with this striped fabric. Fabric is an inexpensive way to really finish off the room and also whenever you tire of it it’s very inexpensive to change out.

4. As for the wallpaper I’m not a real huge fan of just doing one wall. However, you could use some on the feature wall. I like the Cole and son wallpaper in the Albemarle Chatterton pattern. Pale yellow would look beautiful against the blue walls. Instead of doing the entire wall you could make a large picture box to go in between those two doors on the feature wall. Trim it out in picture frame trim and paint white. Inside you could hang a few prints like the ones I have suggested on art.com.

5. You could also consider doing a large chalkboard with magnetic paint. Frame it out in an off white trim. You could also do some floating shelves for vases and plates to display. A few plate racks that hang on the wall with the white and blue porcelain plates would also be a nice piece of art to introduce.

I hope this is looking more like your inspiration picture! If this is not the direction that you were looking to take please be sure to contact me and we can talk it out. I just think that with the light colored floor and the light colored countertop you really do need to inject some color like this blue to really show off those finishes.

 

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Overstock light http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/5-light-22-inch-Rosielee-White-Chandelier/9616488/product.html?refccid=4TCPDCWG7W2JBWCBWGDFKBXGBA&searchidx=51#more

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Chair fabric: https://www.fabric.com/buy/0321201/duralee-home-claires-stripe-ii-twill-blue-yellow

Art: http://www.art.com/products/p17270800599-sa-i7036805/albert-koetsier-blue-rose.htm?sOrig=CAT&sOrigID=155704&dimVals=155704&ui=FBC59318E8604E74B2C4A8C10B0D8A39

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Do you have a space that you need some help pulling together? See the design services tab at the top of the blog….I’d love to help you!

 

Have a great weekend friends!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Cozy Coastal Family Room: Reader Redesign

It seems that design work has kept me as busy as blog work lately….and I love it! It is rewarding to help people see their homes in a new light…and turn it into a space that they truly love. I have been helping the Adam’s family for about a year now. They live in Seattle and love the coast…and the colors that it inspires. They asked me to help lighten up the living room….and I have fun putting the plan together. Take a look at some of the suggestions I came up with….maybe they will help you breathe some new life into your space too.

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Here is the pictures that they sent me…..

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And here are some of my suggestions….

1. The first thing I would suggest is too maybe lighten up the wall where the fireplace is. I would love to see the brick whitewashed and above the fireplace possibly doing a plank whitewash pine all the way to the ceiling (Traci from Beneath my Heart has a great tutorial.) This will add some architectural interest for not a lot of money. I have attached a picture and a blogger project if you want to take a look at how she did that. I whitewashed my brick in our old house and it was very easy and probably didn’t cost me even $10 to do. That will make a big impact on that wall.

2. As for the furniture I feel like it should be grouped closer to the fireplace. I would suggest placing the two club chairs on one side of the fireplace with the ottoman in the center and then the sofa opposite the club chairs. This will create kind of a cozy grouping and blend for conversation nicely. The bay window would be a great spot to place maybe a few bean bag chairs or just a cozy spot for your kids to grab a book and read. I would keep it minimal and just add some bamboo shades to the windows along with the two windows on the fireplace wall to bring some cohesion.

3. I think that the sewing machine table maybe is a little too small for the wall that it is on. You might consider incorporating that as an end table on the other side of the sofa placing a lamp on it. You could always paint it to lighten it up a bit.

 

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4. I would suggest under the track lighting on that wall possibly doing a bar of some sort. A long console table with a large mirror above it would be a nice feature for that wall and also make use of that space. It would be nice if you entertain to create a conversation area near that bar. That tall bookcase that is close to that corner might work better where the sewing machine table is.

5. I also think it would be a great idea to possibly add an area rug. I’m a big fan of grounding an area with a rug even if you have carpeting. I have placed a few on the design board for consideration. I think the colors that you need to focus on are creams and light blues with a little brown in it. These pillows would be great and lighten up the space a bit. I think you could find similar pillows and throws at TJ Maxx or home goods or target.

6. That goes with the artwork to. Maybe doing a watercolor piece above fireplace with some lanterns or glass jars. Possibly some black and white photography would look great too.

7. I put in the velvet sofa as may be another option for seating but I’m not real sure what else you might be able to fit in the space.

8. Accents of brushed metals like the accent table along with some darker woods kind of warm up the space but keep it modern. I like the idea of panels on the fireplace windows. Hanging the ivory burlap really close to the ceiling and doing a material tie back. Another way to soften the room. You don’t have to worry about doing the panels on the bay window. Since all the windows would have the bamboo shades that would be the unifying window treatment.

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Do you have a room that needs a little direction? I would love to help. See the Design Services tab at the top of the page:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Train Station Playhouse

It’s snowing…like a lot…and school is probably cancelled again tomorrow. I feel like we have been pretty lucky this winter….so I am just going to try to enjoy staying in my jammies for a few days…hope it is warmer where you are!

I am busy working out the final details for this year’s charity playhouse I told you about last week. It is really coming together beautifully and I cannot wait to see Noah and Gabe’s reaction!! I wanted to share with you some of the fun details I am incorporating into Gabe’s Train Station.
Here is the mood board for the train station side. Many of these things could be incorporated into a little boys/girls room also. I have many many factors to consider. One being that Gabe’s favorite color is lime (neon) green. I wanted to take this color into account…while still fitting in the train theme. The other factor I have to consider is the ceiling is same color in the Church and in the Train Station. Porter Paint has graciously donated all of our paint…so we are trying to make as few request as possible.

 

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The first thing I bought was this large mural it is 9 feet wide by 7 feet tall it comes in two panels and is adhered to the wall like a vinyl. When you open the door to the train station this will be the first thing you see on that big wall. I thought it would be really cool to make it look like the train was approaching the station and this vinyl from magic murals was a perfect fit. We’re going to do a wainscot treatment that mimics rail road tracks that will also be a bookshelf. Cannot wait to share that when we install it!

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Mark is working on a train track “rail” for the spindles and railing in the loft area too.  There will be stairs made from pine and oak. The color Gabe likes is a pretty bright green so I had to mute it down a little bit. Ceilings will be Aqua Sparkle (PPG).

The other fun things that I’m going to incorporate–a pulley so that when you’re in the loft area you can pull up a basket of snacks to the person who is above. This is something we have at our lake house and it was always such a big hit! We are going to incorporate a chalkboard that will have arrival and departure signs… along with Gabe’s Train Station sign. I made the sign yesterday and it really came out cute! As for the exterior colors we are going to do white siding on the whole entire play house, a red metal roof, gray door, red trim and accents of beige. It will really look like an old time train depot:)Dust

A ticket taking window with a shelf along with some “ticketing” tools will sit in front of one of the windows. I found some railroad nails that I’m going to try to incorporate some sort of hook system for him to hang up his engineering hat and any other pretend play things that he might want to hang up. L & N credit union is helping us out and has donated some things like traditional railroad crossing signs… a bell to ring , and some bean bag chairs for lounging.

It really has been so rewarding to be a part of this….we are getting close to the big reveal! TIme to get busy!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Do you like Marsala?

Guess what!?!? Our new family room light is being installed today…..cannot wait to see it up! I think it will make a huge difference in this room.  I am chit chatting today about the Pantone color of the year. Have you seen it yet? When I first saw the color all I could think of was 80’s. But I thought it would be fun to play around with it a bit….

When is Marsala ever a good idea? And we ain’t talking about the wine….because that’s always a good idea am I right or am i right? I’m talking about the Pantone Color of the Year Marcella. It’s kind of a purplish pinkish color that I’m not naturally drawn to. I feel like I say this fairly often when it comes to the color of the year. I tend to not really be too trendy. My tastes have changed over the years but the color palette I think that I have now I have always naturally been drawn to…although there was definitely a phase I went through of jewel tones. I do feel much more comfortable in a relaxed cool palette with soft furnishings.

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The Pantone Color of the Year is not really my style but I thought it would be fun to come up with a way incorporate it into a room.  I think when you add in little bitty pieces of trendy colors like this it make sure home feel updated but still very much your style.

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I put a mood board together that would introduce the color of the year. My board came our more pink than “terracotta” …but still in the mood of this Marsala color. Sometimes all it takes is an art piece or a vase or maybe a special rug to pull out certain colors that you might otherwise would have overlooked. Mixing it in with natural colors and tones….along with a little bit of bling….I could see this working really well together.

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All of the buying list for this mood board can be found on my Olioboard. Are you looking to update a space in your home this year? I would love to help you out. Just check out Design Services tab at the top of the blog to find out more information. Have a great weekend friends and stay warm!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Dining Room and Library Inspirations featuring Kalaty Rugs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kalaty Rug for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Popping in to share two designs that are centered around some really cool rugs.  My friends at Kalaty.com rugs invited me to put together two rooms that are based on two styles of rugs that they sell on their website. I was inspired by the warm colors of fall and winter. What is great about a fabulous rug is that it can be multi seasonal just based on the furnishings and accents that you put in the room. Either of these rooms would look great in the summer by just adding in a few different tones in the accents.

Dining room inspiration @cleverlyinspired (2)   The blue rug here can play cool in the spring and summer by adding a touch of pinks and whites. Here it looks great just for the holidays with accents of gold and cranberry colors. The right rug can make such a difference in a room. I was very impressed with the large selection and also uniqueness of some of their rugs. I would encourage you to look at some of their newest rug collections contemporary,ikat, and southwestern styles. Many of them are unique and could make all the difference in your living space.

Blue Rug

Dining room inspiration @cleverlyinspired (1)   The other rug that I chose is a bit outside of my comfort zone. I am typically not drawn to Southwestern styles but I found the colors in this rug so warm and inviting. It made me think of the library with a roaring fire some good wine and a great book. All of the buying list for these collections can be found on my only board here and here. Also be sure to check out all the rug collections at the Kalaty website.

Southwestern Rug

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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