Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dreaming of a modern cabin...Also, do you have any advice?

So the thought of building a modern cabin is taking up permanent occupancy in my mind. I have thoughts all the time of the importance of securing my financial future now and not waiting to make decisions like this until I'm older.  I believe real estate is a good solid investment for the most part if you are smart about it. I'm thinking we would use the cabin for personal use and also a vacation rental.  I love design and I love to escape and travel so I feel that this would be the perfect combo. So now that these ideas of mine won't leave, I am gathering up information so I can make an educated decision and go from there.

Part of my struggle is believing in myself enough to take risks not knowing what the outcome is going to be. I would love to for-see the future and be given the thumbs up to move forward. I think if I focus on the positive and really hone in on the talents I've been given rather then focusing on the negative and the risks that things will work out, right??

Have you ever taken a business risk that required a huge leap of faith and if so what advice do you have? I would love to hear from you!

The pictures below are examples of the look I am imagining.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

E-Design Giveaway..

I recently finished this kitchen design for my E-Design client, who is going to be remodeling her kitchen,  I love the way it all came together.  I really enjoy working with E-design clients because it is a simple and fast approach to give you a head start and direction on your project while taking into consideration your budget, space and style. 

Here is how E-design works: I will have you fill out a brief design questionnaire then I will have you email me pictures and measurements of your space as well as a link to your pinterest board. Once I have received the questionnaire, I will be able to determine my time and figure out a flat rate price.  I provide you with a custom design board as well as links to product sources and step by step instructions on how to execute the plan, all of this is done online. 

I want to help you make over your space so I am giving away a custom E-Design board. All you have to do is follow me on my new design Instagram account and tag 3 friends. You can find me at @asaltboxdesign.  I will pick a winner Weds, April 22nd.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Window box additions...

I live in a tall saltbox style house. I have been wanting to add permanent interest to the exterior and bring in year round color to the front of my home. The idea of window boxes came to mind and I'm hoping this will do the trick to add some character that seems to be lacking.

I measured my windows and was on the hunt for 30" window boxes in a modern/contemporary style. I wanted this project to be budget friendly and the problem that I ran into was that most of these what seemed to be simple, easily to construct boxes was the price tag.  Why did a 30" rectangular box have to cost an upwards of $100 a piece? I wasn't willing to pay that so I headed over to Home Depot and came across these wood window boxes in the size I needed for $20 a piece.

 I wasn't a huge fan of the redwood color so I brought home several paint swatches and landed on Behr's Elephant Skin, I chose the exterior flat finish. I like the look and the color it goes much better with my home. I am going to add them to my second level windows to start and see how it goes.

Anyone have experience with window boxes? Have any tips or tricks?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Come follow me @asaltboxshop and enter to win my E-design giveaway!

If there is a room in your home that could use a makeover, come on over to my new instagram account @asaltboxshop and enter my E-Design giveaway. I will be picking a winner tomorrow so hurry on over! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

The kitchen is the new living room...

I don't know about you but I feel like when I'm home, 90% of my time is spent in the kitchen. I have to admit, I really don't enjoy cooking or baking but between preparing food, cleaning up messes, unloading/loading the dishwasher and helping kids with homework, a significant amount of time is spent in the kitchen.  I believe a lot of thought should be put into the overall design and functionality of  a kitchen, this is why I am truly passionate about creating a space that makes sense, something that my client will be proud and excited about!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Girls bedroom E-Design reveal...

Here is the design I created for my niece's bedroom that I posted about on Monday. We did the whole design process online, I love how it turned out! I really like the brass colors combined with the more sophisticated turquoise paint color.  I want to use this color in more projects, I love the dramatic appeal without being too dramatic:)

Everything you see on this design board came to an affordable $350. You may have a room in your home that just needs pieces added to step things up a notch! 

Contact me for a custom quote stacichavez@ymail.com if your space could use a minor or major face lift! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

An Affordable Design Plan> Girl's Bedroom...

I recently put together this design board for my cute niece. She didn't need an entirely new room full of furniture and accessories, she just needed some "filler" pieces and a new paint color to make the room feel more put together. I love designing bedrooms and had so much creating this affordable design. The entire cost of what you see here came to only $350. Whaaaaat, can you believe that? It is possible to create a stylish new look for your space without breaking the bank. 

Do you have a room that could use help looking and feeling more put together? Contact me for a custom quote @ stacichavez@ymail.com

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