The Baby's Room

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I have had the idea of how I am going to decorate the baby's room done for a while now. It was just a matter of cleaning out the room, which used to be the office AKA "the catch all room". It was basically the room where things went before they were either thrown out or put in the basement. And when we were doing the porch, it got real bad because we put all our coats and shoes in there. But now it is finally cleaned out!

Charlie and David started work on the room this past weekend and got the paint on the walls and the new flooring down. I also finally found the dresser I wanted for his room.



The dresser was a tough search for me. I searched Craigslist almost everyday and it drove me insane. I wanted a real wood solid dresser, nothing cheap. And the way people describe things on there is frustrating. Just because its old, doesn't make it an antique, its just old.

I intend on keeping the dresser as is, but to polish it up and paint the draw pulls. I also have a few more DIY projects to do for the room that aren't included on the design board below, like the blinds. But there will be a tutorial to follow when I get it done. Hopefully within the next week or two, since baby is due in a month!


*If your looking for design help, feel free to email me erica.ann413@yahoo.com

Yellow or Teal bedroom

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Between work, the house renovations (which is 95% done), getting ready for baby number 2 (8 weeks left!), real estate classes, and wrangling a 2 year old, I have not had time to do much else and blogging has taken a back a seat of course. But I wanted to stop in quick and share what I have been working on.

I have a couple of design projects coming out soon but I just haven't been able to post them yet. So here's the first one I have.that I did for my sister in law. She wanted to work around the quilt set she already had below. And while it looks kind of off white/cream in the picture, its not, it is a lot brighter and vibrant in person. Just goes to show how much the internet can really change a picture. Based on this alone, I probably wouldn't have chosen it for the room.

She was between painting the room yellow or teal. My vote was for yellow, or just an accent wall of teal. Maybe its just me, but I had a bad experience with a light teal before that ended with tears and teal dog prints on the kitchen floor. I like the color in accessories and small quantities, but seeing it all over the wall (or floor) is just to much for me. But It's not my room, which is why we have options of either yellow or teal. Not sure which she is going to go with yet though..


Embellishing a Space

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

You know when a room is missing something, and you just need a few things to finish it up, but can't figure out what. Or how about when you are moving and you have the majority of things you need, but maybe have extra space your not sure how to fill... Well that's whats happening here. A friend moved into a bigger place, and while she had the big ticket items, she needed some more decor to help personalize and decorate the new space.


Sources: Medallion Pillow - Hello Pillow - Chevron Pillows - Suede Pillows - Scrabble Letters - Pivot Print - Sunburst Mirror - Basket - Yankee Stadium Print - Dance Print

Embellishing a room can be as easy as just printing a few prints and framing them on the wall to add something new. Or simple DIY projects, like the scrabble letters above would be easy to make with wood squares and stencils, or even stickers. A few new throw pillows can also provide an easy pick me up to a room.

If you need help putting the finishing touches on a room, picking out curtains or pillows, or just want to switch things up, let me know. I would love to help! erica.ann413@yahoo.com

Girl Nursery

Friday, February 13, 2015

Only 3 and half months left till baby boy number 2 is here. And we have A LOT to do. When I first found out I was pregnant, while excited about having another baby in general, I was also excited at the prospects of decorating another room. I had ideas for both a boy and a girl room, but since I already did a boys room, I started making up design boards for a girls room first, just in case.

I knew the one color I did not want in the event this baby was a girl, was pink. A little pink here and there is OK. But truly deep down, I am not a pink person. I can't deal with it all. I started searching color combos and came across this light blue and purple room in a parents magazine one day sitting at my doctors office and I fell in love with it. Totally outside my usual go to color, yellow. I got excited with the thought of decorating a girls room because I could get as girly as I wanted. My whole house is geared to either gender neutral or a boy, so it was fun to do a room for a girl, something I am not used to.

SOURCES: Pillow - Pillow - Lamp - Brick Wallpaper - Curtains - Heart Print - Rug - Crib - Crib Sheet - Shag rug - Clock - Mobile

I do love this room, but I will tuck it away for another day. I do have the room done for this boy and I am pretty obsessed with it., but I'll share that another day.

*Looking for advice or need help with a decorating project? Let me know I'd love to help! erica.ann413@yahoo.com


Red Sox Toddler Room

Friday, February 6, 2015

Sometime last year, Benjamin Moore came out with a Fenway Park collection of paint. Unfortunately it is not available in New York and is only a limited time collection. I want to go out and get it now, so when were ready to re-do Charlie's room, meaning when we move, Ill have the paint already on hand.

I love Charlie's room now and have no intentions on changing it. Plus, David wants to build him a bed. Right now, hes in a toddler bed, on his own choice. He wont be 2 until March but he pretty much decided on his own that he was over the crib back in December. Which I guess is a good thing since we'll need that crib for the babies room. But I wasn't ready for him to be in a big boy bed yet.

Instead of David rushing to build Charlie a bed now, since we have 50 million other projects going on, we opted to get him a cheap toddler bed from Target for now. So eventually, in the future, this is the room I want to do for him when hes older, and when we move.

Prints

Thursday, February 5, 2015

One of the easiest ways to update any space is by using different prints in various frames. They are so easy to find, all over Etsy especially. Some you are able to download instantly and have them printed at home, Target, Staples, where ever prints can be made. The best part, they are super cheap. All the ones shown below are under $12 some $5. Prints like these are awesome when creating a focal point, gallery wall, or even a way to say welcome.


Motivational quote, motivational print, motivational poster, wall decor, dreams dont work unless you do, motivational art, inspirational

BOMB.COM - Instant Download - 8x10 - 11x14 - Printable art - Gray -  Bomb - Love Art  - Home Decor

https://www.etsy.com/listing/177404397/printable-typography-art-inspirational?ref=favs_view_8

Frankly My Dear I Don't Give A Damn - Instant Download - 8x10 - 11x14 - Printable art - Black - Typography - Motivational Art - Home Decor

This Kitchen Is For Dancing - Instant Download - 8x10 - 11x14 - Printable art - Black - Kitchen  Art - Home Decor

Boston Print, Printable Poster Wall Art, Travel city Poster, wall decor, typography art print, Boston digital poster print, INSTANT DOWNLOAD

5 Reason to choose E-Design

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I love decorating, houses, and all things related to the home. Making your home some place that speaks to you and that becomes your favorite place to be, is very important. Personally, I love to help people make their homes, their sanctuary. Where they want people to come by, where they want to be, and where they feel their best.

I am looking to add to my portfolio, so if you have heard of E-Design, but aren't quite sure what it entails, here are a few tips to consider when researching E-Design as opposed to traditional design services. If this intrigues you or you want to learn more, feel free to email me erica.ann413@yahoo.com. I would love to help!








One: Cost
Generally speaking, full fledged interior design services are going to cost a lot of your pennies for the designers pretty insight. Let's be real, not many of us have that kind of dough to shell out on design services. E-design will cost much less than what you think. Every designer has their own cost break down on how they want to charge for their E-design service. Some do it by hour, others by room. Make sure when you are choosing a designer, you find the one who's price structure matches your budget the best.

Two: Time
We live in a world where when we want something, we want it now. Patients, for me personally, isn't one of my strong suits. When I am buying something online, I always wish I could get it right away. With E-design, while it does take some time for the magic to happen, it is a lot quicker than you think. Provided you are working with a designer who has a clear image of the design style you are looking for. Things tend to move pretty fast. Within a few short weeks, you can have the plan of your dreams to design your home, instead of months some more traditional designers can take.

Three: Online Shopping
Online shopping, one of my favorite guilty pleasure past times. The luxury of being able to shop when and where you want and being able to watch and snag the item you desire at the lowest price is the best. With E-design, clients are provided with a source list with the link and price of the items on the design bored. Armed with this, clients are able to buy all items needed without wasting time driving from store to store. It also allows for a greater variety as some stores may not be in your local area,

Four: Try before you buy.
I say this because most decorators have blogs that you can research and review. You will be able to find if that decorator will be a good fit for your style. You don't want to spend your hard earned money on a design plan meant for someone with traditional taste when you are modern. Following your favorite blog, learning about the decorators process, style, and life, will help you decide on a style that best fits your taste.

Five: No Rushing
Once you receive your design bored and shopping list, you are free to implement the design as quick or as slow as you want. It is in your hands. The beauty of this is that you will be able to control your budget better, saving you money in the long run. No need to buy all things at once if you are unable to. Also, to help stretch the dollar further, you will be able to watch and wait for sales on some big ticket items.