Monday, April 7, 2014

Do Good/Warby Parker



“Architecture for Humanity is
proof that good design can be
an impactful (and long-lasting)
resource in the most critical
situations. We’re happy to
celebrate the organization and
its 15 anniversary with this
collaboration.”
–Neil Blumenthal, co-CEO and co-founder of Warby Parker

“Warby Parker and Architecture for Humanity are like-minded organizations using good design to help many. Through these sales, we will be able to bring more design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed.”
– Matt Charney, chair, board of directors, Architecture for Humanity 


Warby Parker's signature retro-hip frames, excellent customer service (free shipping/free returns), stylish website, and their home try-on program that allows you to try on 5 of your favorite pairs for 5 days 100% free is genius!

When the marketing department from Warby Parker contacted me about writing a post to help spread the word about their collaboration with Architecture for Humanity, I was more than willing to help a company that does so much good in the world. I have always admired the Warby Parker look and any business that gives a portion of their proceeds to help others in need, has my vote and as always, when you purchase a pair of glasses from Warby Parker, they provide a pair to someone in need.

For over 15 years, Architecture for Humanity has helped millions of children and individuals that live in vulnerable communities have a safe place to learn, live and play. I believe that those who serve to give aid and relief to people in need will be blessed in immeasurable ways!

Two new frames have been designed for their collaborative efforts with Architecture for Humanity. The Aslin and the Fowler have streamlined angles and are built with materials that are meant to last. Created with Japanese titanium and Warby's signature acetate, you can depend on these glasses to last you through the years.

Starting today, the collaboration between Warby Parker and Architecture for Humanity begins. You can order your stylish glasses at Warby Parker stores and online at WarbyParker.com/Architecture-for-humanity. The cost is an affordable $145 per pair.

Below are the stylish new looks. My favorite is the Aslin in Oak Barrel, at first sight they won my heart over with the clean lines and darker shades.












I hope you will go check out the Warby Parker website and comb through the stylish selections they have to offer, you will be sure to fall in love! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Artwork For My Entry...

Sorry I have been delinquent on my blog posts. I would give you a million excuses but instead, I'm not going too:) So this mirror has been on my mind lately. I was carried away by the design when I first saw it so I purchased it and hung it on this very tall wall that you cannot see in its entirety. It was love at first site and then the love started to fade as I realized that this mirror was not the right scale for this very tall wall. 


The plan was to buy a larger size mirror until I went to Home Goods and this over sized piece of artwork caught my attention. I didn't purchase the piece and had regrets all night. The next day I called first thing and they still had it. I was beyond excited to bring this beauty home! I thought it would for sure fit in my car and couldn't believe how big it really was, I had to make some calls to get this pretty a ride home.



It fits the space so much better and the colors are all of my favorite combined. I really didn't think about it matching my front door but it just so happens to. 



I felt justified in my purchase because I listed and sold the mirror online and some of the proceeds went towards my new purchase. Out with the old and in with the new, I think that might be my new slogan:) So that's my story about my new artwork...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What's Making Me Happy?

The signs of warmer weather coming make me extremely happy! I am a lover of the sun and being warm. The blossoms on the trees, birds chirping, kids playing outside, plants coming back to life and spending time outdoors are all things that make me happy!


What else is making me happy? The various design projects I'm working on...Working with a client to get new furniture and accessories for her living room that we recently worked on to go along with her new paint and carpet. One of my best friends is having her first baby and we have been working on a nursery for her soon to be baby boy. Also, working with a friend of mine to re-do her dark kitchen to lighten things up! I'm excited to be posting pics of these projects soon:)



And last...I know I have blogged about these supplements before but I'm gonna do it again because if you haven't tried these..guess what...you need to! I like to share things that I love here on this blog.. Don't waste another day feeling stressed, unfocused, depressed, unable to sleep, worried, anxious or any other mental issue. STOP IT! I used to get so easily stressed, anxious and let's not even talk about my PMS mood issues because they were crazy!

It was a true answer to prayer when my neighbor gave me a week sample pack of EmPower Plus Q96 to try. I had a good week but was still skeptical. I purchased a month supply bottle and with each passing week, I felt my brain coming back, I felt calm, things that would normally drive me crazy were no longer. And most importantly, my crazy PMS up and down moods went away. I promise you guys, these work so well if taken diligently and they are good for you! 36 vitamins/minerals and amino acids are exactly what your brain needs to function at full capacity. Totally safe for children too!! Okay, I will stop.  You should order a bottle and lemme know what you think, I think you will love them. You can order them HERE. Do your research about this product. A website containing more information can be found HERE.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Client's kitchen design...

I just got home from spending a week with my family in CA. We had such a good time, the weather didn't want to cooporate much, it rained the majority of the time but we still tried to make the best of it.  I had a lot of fun taking pictures, I will post some of those on here this week.

I have been working with my client to come up with a plan for her kitchen. She wants a new look, one that feels bright and clean. This is what we have come up with so far. I have to tell you that this backsplash is beyond stunning in real life, it will take center stage in this kitchen. The color is a lot lighter then it appears in this pic. The counertops are going to be white, again hard to tell in this pic:) I will post the before and afters once the project is complete, it will be a good one!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Basement Dreams...

We have lived in our home for a little over 3 years now, hard to believe how fast time has gone. We have an unfinished basement and I haven't been too interested in finishing it because I feel like I can barely keep up with the existing housework. The designer in me now wants to finish the basement because I have lots of ideas floating around my mind..

When we were first designing our home, I had dreams of doing high gloss white cement floors throughout our whole main floor. My dreams were crushed when I went to get a bid and found out how labor intense they would be to do on a second level.. I didn't think about how heavy the floors would be and how we would need a bunch of reinforcement to hold the weight:( It would have cost lots of money to pull off the look!

My dreams could now be a potential reality on a basement floor with the existing concrete. I know cement sounds cold to do in a basement, I would have to go heavy on the rugs!






As soon as I laid eyes on this bathroom, I fell in love with the style. I wouldn't change a thing. I would love to go after this same look for the downstairs bath..Could you die over that tile, mid-century style vanity and over sized mirrors?



I love to workout from home and think having a home gym would be ideal. Somewhere I could store all my fitness equipment and not run into furniture or toys while exercising sounds pretty nice:)




I want to add a kitchen on a smaller scale, doing something a little more masculine involving brass, metallic and wood sound really appealing right now!

So these are my ideas and they could all change next week because that's what happens when your taste changes weekly:) I hope we get started soon, I will share all the details as we go along!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Saltbox Shop On Instagram...

I just opened up a instagram boutique. I will be updating my feed regularly with unique and affordable, one of a kind home decor items. To celebrate the opening, I am doing a giveaway. All you have to do to enter is follow me on instagram @asaltboxshop, I will be announcing the winner on my instagram next Monday Feb 4th. Come enter:):)



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Client E-Design Boards...

E-Design (online design) is gaining so much popularity for a variety of reasons. Some of my local client's prefer to go this route. Why? because we can makeover an entire room online from the comfort of your home.  First, I have my client's email me over several different photos taken from different angles of the room they are wanting help with. I have them send me over a "wish" list of what changes they would like see along with their budget. 
I create a personalized pinterest board of different design options and make notes under each photo of how and what I would do where. This process allows the client to get a visual of what I am describing along with instructions on how to execute the design. There is no guessing or wondering about the instructions I am trying to relay with this process. I also will create a design board like the examples below so the client can view a mock up of what they can expect the room to look like upon completion. 
I have worked with client's as far as London and it has gone surprisingly well! Not only is this option budget friendly but can also be done in a quick, timely process. I am so passionate about design and find it so rewarding when the project is complete and my client's are just as excited about the end result as I am. I love working on exterior design as well!..Below are examples of design boards that I have created for my client's. 










This last design board was done for a client that wanted paint and flooring ideas and wanted to see what the paint would look like next to the flooring. We settled upon this design and the finished space looks stunning!

Need help with a room? My E-design option starts at $200 per room. Email me for a custom quote stacichavez@ymail.com
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