Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bathroom dreams...

I created this bathroom dream board for myself. If I were to start over with my master bath, I would  combine carrara marble with brass, the two together is a no-fail approach in my mind.  I would do the herringbone tile on the bathroom floor including the shower and do the marble subway tile on the shower surround. I would paint the walls in Benjamin Moore, white dove. 

I don't know why I torture myself with new ideas. I guess this is my idea of fun:) I don't plan on remodeling my bathroom anytime soon but if I were to do it, this would be the plan!

I love putting together new projects and remodels especially when it involves tile and paint!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fresh new living room E-Design...

Is the weekend really already over? Why must it go by so fast? My kids start school right around the corner. I have been feeling so ready to be on a schedule and have some "me" time. Now that the reality is kicking in, I'm somewhat mourning the fact that I won't have my little shadows around with me all day going on adventures and hanging out at home. I love them so much and need to embrace every stage and every age instead of being sad about the inevitable! Easier said then done..

Anyway, onto this..Just wrapped up this living room E-Design. It's always interesting to see how the design starts out and  where it ends up. I am always tweaking things and moving things around until it clicks. This one took a while but I'm really happy with the end result! It comes pretty easily for me to design for others but for myself, it is a bit of a challenge... still trying to figure out why that is. I think because I have to live with it and if I buy the wrong piece of furniture or paint the walls using the wrong color, I have no one to blame but myself.

I am so passionate about design and love putting together these E-Design boards. Makes it so worth it to receive positive feedback and excitement for the design plan! Need help with a room? Email me at stacicahvez@ymail.com for a quote.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New E-Design board for client lucky!

After taking a summer hiatus and only working on several design jobs, I am ready to start taking client's again. I have thoroughly enjoyed my summer travels and spending time with family and friends, it was a break well needed. I feel refreshed and ready to press forward and focus on my blog as well as my design business.

I had a client from California contact me about making over her living room utilizing my E-Design services. After establishing her style, the colors she's attracted to, her budget and the over all look and feel she was wanting to achieve, I came up with this design plan.  She wanted to incorporate her favorite colors, mustard and navy blue. The chester sofa and swoop armchairs paired together make an attractive combo. I love that she was not afraid to go bold and add lots of color and personality to her design plan. 

She is thrilled with the look and can't wait to start ordering the pieces and putting her room together. It makes my day when I get such positive feedback and excitement for the design. I can't wait to see the new look,  I know it's going to be stunning!

Need help with a space in your home? My E-Design services are an affordable alternative to the common interior design services. We will communicate via phone, text and FaceTime to establish a look that's right for you and your budget. The best part is that you can live anywhere in the world:)  To learn more about E-Design and pricing, check out my "services" link. Email me: stacichavez@ymail.com for more information.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Home Exterior: Before & After...

My cute neighbor and friend had been wanting to change the rust accent color on her home's exterior for years. The color never clicked with her, she wanted to go with a more neutral color that would compliment the existing color scheme. She also wanted a different color for her front door.

I brought over my handy Sherwin Williams color deck and we tried finding the perfect color. We all know how tricky picking out the right paint color can be, trying to pick out the right color from a 2 inch color swatch is no easy task:)

We thought we had settled on the right colors and started painting. The color ended up looking like a stark white and was not blending well with the existing colors. I started painting the front door and the pretty green tone we picked out ended up looking more like a florescent, lime color. We knew that these colors weren't working well. 

Back to the drawing board. I pulled out my swatch deck and went to the color swatch of my fool-proof, go-to color...Agreeable Gray. I have used this color in so many client projects and I have yet to be disappointed. If you are looking for the perfect greige color, this is it! It works well with both tan and gray tones. However, Agreeable Gray was looking a bit too light for this project so we went with the next darker shade down on the swatch, Anew Gray. This color was the perfect balance of the right color and the right shade. For the front door, we thought a darker shade would pop more so we went with a darker shade on the same swatch, Warm Stone.

These two colors were meant to be, they blend perfectly and compliment the existing color scheme. My friend is so happy with the new look and is feeling like it is much more her style! A day spent painting with fun friends resulted in a entirely new look and feel.

What do you think of the new look?

If there is something in your home that has been bothering you and you need help figuring out what to do, contact me stacichavez@ymail.com. I work with local and distant clients and I would love to help you fall in love with your home:)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Bathroom Makeover Reveal...

I've had the bug for quite some time now to makeover my half bath. Before, this bathroom was totally plain and had no personality! Initially, I had planned on doing paneling on the bottom half and wallpapering the top. After spending hours online looking for the perfect wallpaper, I decided that I'm not committed enough to take the plunge:( I always love the way it looks but I change my mind far too often!

This bathroom is on my main floor and gets the most use so of course it makes sense to dress it up a bit! If you know me, you know how much I love wall paneling and the ability it gives to completely change the look and feel of a space without breaking the bank! We had already started the paneling in the "before" pic on the wall behind the toilet..



I wanted to frame in the entire bathroom to bring the eye up and makes the room feel a bit taller. The wainscoting is a darker shade than the walls.  The lighter wall above the wainscot can trick the eye into thinking the ceiling height is higher. I wanted to go with a timeless design that I wouldn't be tired of in 5 years.  I found the artwork at Home Goods in the clearance section for $25 #score!

My sister and husband were the dream team in making this transformation happen, I am so happy with the end result! 

If you need help transforming a space in your home, please contact me stacichavez@ymail.com. You can live anywhere in the world, I do most of my work via email, phone, text etc. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Before & After: A Sweet Baby Boy's Nursery...

My dear friend that I've been friends with since Junior High School recently had the most handsome baby boy that she named Finn:) I was so lucky to have been able to help her put together this sweet nursery for him, I absolutely love putting together spaces for little ones.

We did most of the design process through text and email. She texted me the before pics of his room. My first thought was that the paint color needed to change, she wanted the overall feel to be light and happy. She loves blues so we went with one of my favorites, Restoration Hardware's light silver sage. I have this same paint color in my son and daughter's room and I never tire of it which is rare for me! It's amazing how the paint color alone made such a huge difference, paint really does have the ability to completely change the tone of a space!

We wanted to keep the room pretty simple and non-cluttered. One afternoon, we took a trip to Target and filled a whole cart full of items for the nursery. We were able to get a lot of pieces from there for a really great price! I let her use my old crib that my huge babies are no longer using :( A comfortable chair is a must in a nursery, I had the blue aztek lumbar pillow made and the pouf adds just the right dose of pattern. The stylish x-base night stand is the perfect addition alongside the sweet, floor lamp!

The light colored dresser brightens up the space and of course I can never resist a pretty, textured mirror that bounces the natural light around the room! My friend found the darling vintage prints that she hung in just the right spots! The pretty woven basket is Nate Berkus for Target, works perfect to double as a laundry hamper.

I love how the nursery turned out, it makes my day when my client's are happy and proud of their new space, I feel so blessed to do what I am so passionate about! Please contact me stacichavez@ymail.com if you are in need of help with your home, you can live anywhere in the world and remember that you don't have to have a huge budget to make huge changes!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

BEFORE & AFTER. My discounted new table and chairs...

If you know me personally, you know that I get extremely excited about a good bargain. I believe that creating a beautiful room does not have to break the bank. I love to look for images online and try to re-create that same look by finding pieces that have the same look/feel without the same price tag.

I have been wanting to get a new kitchen table for a long time now. I think we had our previous table for a good 8 years, we found it at a furniture clearance place for like $90. It has served us well but I was ready for a new look. The problem I ran into was that all the tables I was interested in were an upwards of $700, it wasn't in my budget to pay that. I also wanted to add two tall chairs to both ends of the table so I had to figure that into the cost as well.

I went to World Market looking for something unrelated to a kitchen table. I took a wander over to the kitchen table area and fell in love with the Greyson table. Being the cheapo that I am, I wasn't willing to shell out the $700. I looked at the floor model and the corners of the table were pretty scuffed up but it didn't look like a hard fix. I asked one of the workers if they would discount the table because of the repairs, she asked her manager and came back and said that they would sell it for $250. It was pretty much a no-brainer, I was more than willing to pay the $250.

I was still on the hunt for two tall chairs, I thought that I wanted to do upholstery but in reality, I know that the fabric wouldn't look so hot after a couple weeks with a couple kids:) Overstock has an outlet not too far away from my home, I ventured out there and found these amazing solid mango chairs. I love the high back and the quality is great! I wasn't sure the price on the chairs so I took them up to the register, my total for the two was $45. I looked them up on the Overstock website and the price is $225 for the pair.

I got a major discount and have been thrilled about the new look. I took a little trip over to my Mom's to cut off some of her "popcorn" tree as a centerpiece, I don't ever want them to die, they make me happy!



If you need help giving your home a new look, please contact me stacichavez@ymail.com. You can live anywhere in the world and we can makeover your space via facetime, email, and phone. Let's make it happen:)

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