Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Makings of a Fall Refresh

This weekend Micah and I head to Chelsea and Zac's house to refresh their living and dining space with Lowes.  Packages are arriving daily, and we're finalizing all of the little details, picking up accessories and gathering supplies.   I could tell by Chelsea's application that she was really open to something bold and not too serious, which definitely caught my attention.  She's a self-proclaimed hippie, so I had plans to tackle a style I don't do much of myself, but really admire in others.  I started pulling images...

But I soon found out that Chelsea loves Kate Spade.  She may be boho in thinking, but she also longs for some glamour and a bit of sophistication: colorful sophistication.  So we landed here...

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Don't think I'm totally leaving Zac out.  He's a Royals fan (hence the blue) who loves to read, so we're going to try and create some storage for those books of his.  The first image was definitely my main source of inspiration, but then I showed her this, just to test the waters and she was like "yes, yes!"

Some of you are saying "yes!" right alongside us, and some of you are probably thinking "huh?" Trust me.  Within this space are all the elements Chelsea is hoping for.  It's bold, graphic, sophisticated yet playful, and the plants and natural wood elements done a bit differently will feel granola.  So I'm calling Zac and Chelsea's room Granola Glam.  Sticking with Chelsea's desire to reuse we're repurposing quite a bit she has good taste and already owns some great things but also bringing in new pieces that will really shine in the space and pull in that glam factor.

The Craig's have lived in their house for two years now and to say this will be a dramatic transformation in the time frame would be an understatement.  The beige walls and popcorn ceilings are going away, and in their place will hopefully be a space that their little family loves to spend time in and is proud to share with guests.  I'll save their story for the reveal, but I'm so honored to help give them a place they'll love to live life in.

I'll be sure to show behind-the-scenes over on snapchat and Instagram (@themakerista) this weekend, so head there to follow along!


Monday, October 5, 2015

When to Ignore the Trends

I love trends.  They keep fashion and home decor exciting.  An "on trend" piece can bring a space to the here and now or an outfit from mediocre to modern.  But I definitely have a love/hate relationship with the idea of everyone having the same thing at the same time.  I've kind of coined my love for new things as a draw to what's just peaking it's head out from behind the curtain.  She's not in the spotlight yet, but you know as soon as she enters stage right everyone's going to be entranced for the rest of the act and buying her CD in the gift shop after the show.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

New York, New York: A Stylemaker Event Recap

About a month after I started The Makerista I met Julie Blanner at my first blog conference here in Kansas City.  As the newbie, she was kind enough to befriend me that day.  We got to talking and Julie told me she was going to a Better Homes & Gardens event in New York City the next month.  It sounded like just the sort of thing I would love to be a part of: learning from some of the best creatives in my favorite city.  I distinctly remember going home and writing the "Stylemaker event" down as one of my blog goals.

Eddie | Fieldstone Hill | Jill Waage of BHG | A Storied Style

I've always heard that writing down your goals helps make them happen, and in this case I think it was true.  I was so honored to attend the Stylemaker event last year ok, I miss my long hair and got to head back to New York again in September.

To be honest, I sometimes feel hesitant to share something like this experience with you.  I never want to come across as boasting or prideful, but rather share a little bit of hope.  I had kind of committed to the idea of being a suburban stay-at-home mom long ago, but part of me longed for something else too.  And with some work there's definitely been some sacrifice I've been able to have the best of both worlds.  For me those worlds include raising my kids and creating with others like me.  I didn't think I could have both, but I do, and if I can find my balance it's not a perfect balance, but nothing ever is I know you can too.

Being surrounded by 75 extremely successful and talented bloggers can be a bit intimidating at first.  But it doesn't take long to get past that "internet friend" thing and realize how much we have in common in real life.  These woman are some of the most kind, genuine, hardworking people I've ever met.  From Emily to Megan to Ibie...I could go on and on about so many of them.

While getting to meet internet friends in real life is the best bonus to this whole experience, we're all there to learn from the creatives at Better Homes & Gardens.  The magazine's new editor, Stephan Orr, was such a delight.  He's incredibly hands on and I have a feeling BHG is headed to even greater places with him at the helm.  We spent the day in workshops from floral arranging with Matthew Robbins...

to tablescapes with Eddie Ross.

The Stylemaker panel was excellent.  I don't even like cooking, but Clodagh McKenna made me want to love it.  Her passion for food was infectious and mesmerizing.  Erin of The Forest Feast was so lovely and her talent abounds: I want her cookbook simply for the beautiful photography and illustrations.  Maybe it will make me want to cook?

After a quick change we headed up to the rooftop for a cocktail party.

When you learn that you have so much more in common with someone than just style...Grace and I met last year, but we really connected this time around in much deeper ways - not only as sisters in Christ but as sorority sisters too!

And then there's this guy.  I've known Eddie for about 7 years now, and it's been so exciting to watch his career flourish.  He showed me the cover of his new book on his phone last year.  This year I got to hold it in my hand.  It's a beautiful coffee table book, but it's not just pretty's chalk full of wisdom when it comes to finding thrifted pieces, restoring them to their former glory and infusing them in fresh ways throughout your home.  Whether you're an avid thrifter or just curious about it, I'd encourage you to pick up a copy.  You can get it here.

Thank you so much to Kaelin, Kenzie and all of the BHG team for the invitation.  It's the event that continues to inspire and recharge me to be a better blogger, and for that I am so grateful.

If you're a blogger and interested in attending next years event, be sure to apply to be a BHG Insider.

You can see my recap from last year here.

Most photos by Avi Gerver.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Halloween Bone Table Runner

When I first started concepting our dining room for Halloween, my initial idea was something gruesome running down the table.  I came across these bags of bones, and they seemed like the perfect item to focus on: the bones are sculptural, graphic, and provide a lot of impact without being too much.

Monday, September 28, 2015

DIY Ink Blot Art and Acrylic Frame

In my book, a room is never really complete without art.  You can have loads of color in a space, but without art it can still fall flat.  Art is personality and life.  I think art can be overwhelming for some people, but it doesn't have to be expensive or difficult.  

Friday, September 25, 2015

A Spooky Supper Setting

Happy Friday and welcome to those of you joining me from DesignPost Interiors!  I know for many people fall decorating is all about autumnal colors, plaids, pumpkins and leaves.  While I like those things and have used them in the past, when I think of fall I get excited about moody shades, eery objects and spooky skulls.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Custom Buffet

After months of searching for the perfect dining room buffet, I decided to check into having one made.  The table is 9' long and it needed a piece that could compete with it.  Everything I had found was not nearly big enough or cost an arm and a leg.