Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Photoshop Residential & Commercial Project

Hi guys! First off, I'm sorry for being the most MIA blogger on earth lately. Eek. Let's just say, never again will I be taking 5 classes at once (mark my words). 

BUT to include you in some of my busyness, I just wanted to pop in and show you a few things I've been working on in school lately!

These are both from Photoshop (my favorite class). It's once a week for two and a half hours, but honestly, I could stay in there for hours longer working on these fun things if I had more time.

For these projects, we were given blank room and were assigned to fill them with materials and furniture in perspective! This first one had to be a commercial space, and the second one was a residential space. 

I'm still planning on adding some lighting to this little cafe, but here's my start!

Hope you guys had a great Memorial Day weekend and are having a wonderful week!

PS: I haven't forgotten to tell you my big news. Hehe. Soon.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Introducing: Gather

Hey guys! I'm over at The Inspired Room today for my new column called 'Gather'! This is a new column that I will be doing regularly over there at my mom's blog.

In these posts I will be gathering groups of items from around the internet and sharing them in a collage. Today's post is Red, White, and Blue themed to celebrate Memorial Day coming up!

Click HERE to go to the post and see the cute things I found!

I can't believe it's already Memorial Day weekend. My plans as of now are to serve at my church, take a moment to recuperate from this crazy week, and then take a day to head to a coffee shop bright an early and work for hours upon hours. Let's just say the end of the quarter is approaching and I still have ridiculous amounts left to do. My to-do list has been made and I can't wait to start checking things off my list.

What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend? 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

5 Confessions

5 confessions: 

1) It's 12:30 AM as I type this and I should be sleeping because:

2) I have to be up in less than 8 hours. But instead I'm dying over the perfection of this dining room...

3) And also dreaming of how my roommate and I 
will arrange our room next year...

4) But mostly dreaming about how 
exciting my summer is going to be.

5) And I cannot wait to announce WHY my summer 
is going to be so great. I'll tell you all soon. 

But for now let me just say, it's basically a dream come true. :)

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Future Is Exciting.

Sooo, are you tired of me ranting and raving about interior design? Well if you are, sorry. I can't be stopped. :)

In class today we were asked how we felt about the field we are entering into. When that question was asked, I literally felt my heart fill up with excitement and gratefulness. This isn't just my major or a hobby that crosses my mind every once in awhile. 

That doesn't mean it will always be a breeze, and maybe I won't love every aspect of my future jobs. But at the end of the day, I'll know that I'm working in a field that I am seriously passionate about, and that is priceless!

I don't know exactly what the future holds for me. But oh man, I am getting so excited for it.
Ian Coyle

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pattern Mixing

So, I love pattern. 

It brings a room to life and adds personality like none other. I think a lot of people are intimidated by pattern and what to do with it. And I understand why! For me, there is definitely a fine line between a fun mix of patterns and an overwhelming amount of busyness. But then again, it just really depends on how much pattern feels like too much for you. Sometimes I want a more subtle room with less pattern and more texture, but other times I like to mix patterns together like stripes, florals, and geometrics.
6th Street Design School
Caitlin Wilson Textiles
You can't do a post about pattern mixing and not mention Sarah Richardson. Her pattern mixing blows me away. She has an amazing design sense and is one of my greatest design inspirations!

Country Living - Sarah Richardson
Sarah Richardson
A little pattern can also quickly change the way a room feels. This room above, for example, would feel entirely different to me without that sweet polka dot pillow or without the sky blue vine fabric on the bedskirt. Can you picture the room with those gone? The style definitely changes. Not necessarily bad, just a different feel!

Are you a fan of pattern? Do you like to mix it or does it intimidate you?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bedroom Design {Inspiring Spaces}

While procrastinating on writing an essay today, I decided it was about time to clear out my alarms on my iPhone. Naturally a priority over my homework, right? 

I had probably a million alarms saved because I set two different alarms every morning, five minutes apart, to make sure I don't hit snooze and sleep the day away. 

Why am I telling you this? I deleted each alarm, one by one, I had a realization. Every alarm that I had set is a time that I was woken up. Then, my designer brain had another thought. For every one of those alarms that went off, I woke up in my bedroom. And however it looked the night before is how it looked when I woke up. That, my a roundabout way of saying that the design of your bedroom is really important. Possibly even more important than other rooms in your home. Your bedroom's wall color, the comfort of your bed, the scent...all of these things may subconsciously affect the way you start your day. 
Here's a few bedrooms that have caught my eye recently! I wouldn't mind waking up in any of these lovely spaces.

Apartment Therapy (Brooke Hanson)

Melanie Turner Interiors
What's your favorite part about your bedroom?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Building Construction Model & A Future DIY

So I built a house. 

Well, the frame of a house. Out of little wood pieces. 
With an exacto knife and a glue gun.

I made this for my Building Construction class, a class of only 5 girls where we learn about the structure of an interior and what goes on inside the walls of a building. I've learned so much in this class, and now I have this little model to remember it by!

We started by making elevations and floor plans of the walls.

Then we bought some balsa wood, cut them to size,
 and started gluing! 

Many hours and glue covered fingers later, and the walls are done! I've always wanted to build my own house someday. Now I can say I have! Except I was thinking of a house I could actually live in. But for now, this will do. That'll do, Pig. That'll do. {that's from the movie Babe, if you weren't sure why I was suddenly talking about a pig. Sorry, couldn't resist!}

I've said it before and I'll say it again, 
I feel so blessed to be studying what I love.

PS: I'm super excited to be over at The Designer Lifestyle today sharing my favorite piece of furniture and my ideas for it's transformation this summer! Click the link to go see how I found this gem and what I plan to do with it! And if you haven't been to the Designer Lifestyle yet, I definitely recommend you check it out.She's a future fellow interior design student! Woo hoo! So excited for her. You will love her and her definitely go check it out :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Inspiration for Senior Portfolio Class

Well, spring quarter is quickly coming to an end, which means senior year is coming closer. I'm not sure if I should be excited, nervous, relieved, or fearful for my life. Or all of the above. For now, I think I'm just going to choose to be excited :)

Awhile back, I talked about my favorite business cards and mentioned how I wanted to get a head start on thinking about my branding for my Senior Portfolio Show next year. This is where all of the senior design students get to show off their hard work from the last four years. 

I know it will be a big process to actually choose the elements that I want and then put everything together. But for now, I'm just gathering some ideas that inspire me!

K Flick Studio
I love the idea of brown paper with gold writing.
Molly Jacques

I really like Molly Jacques calligraphy logo. I'd love to try to incorporate some kind of calligraphy into my business card or portfolio cover!

I'm quite a fan of the shape and the stitching on these business cards by Paper and Thread.

Right now I'm loving the idea of neutral with one or two colors as an accent. I also really want there to be some special elements of detail, like the threaded edge of the Boutwell Studio business card.

But you know, let's be honest. I can be kind of indecisive. So I wouldn't be surprised if my ideas change many times! It will be really fun go see the current seniors' portfolio show to see their work and maybe get some more inspiration for next year. Until then, let my pinning spree of ideas continue! 

Hope you're all having a wonderful week!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cafe Feature {Moomah in NYC}

So, I had called this cafe the 'coolest cafe ever'. And it still is. But today, I'm showing you the cutest cafe ever.

Have you guys heard of Moomah? It's an ADORABLE cafe in New York that offers craft workshops, values wholesome food and trying new things, and supports some great non-profit organizations. And they specially designed this cafe to have a home away from home atmosphere.

Seriously? Cannot get better than that. I love their whole philosophy. Click here to read more about it on their website!

Hello birdcage pendants of my DREAMS...and stools of my dreams and countertops of my dreams and everything of my dreams...

This is one of their classrooms that is available to rent out. My question is...why can't all classrooms in the world be this pretty? Personally, I think everyone would learn better in an environment like this.

Pulled back picture via Babyology

So, are you as in love with it as I am? Whoever lives near NYC must go there. And take more pictures. And send them to me. But seriously.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Special Gift

A few weeks ago, my grandma gave me this precious Anthropologie butter dish as a gift! I just love it. Now it sits proudly in my kitchen for my housemates and I to use. These pictures were taken in my living room, though. My kitchen is not exactly worthy of having its picture taken at the moment. Heh heh.

My grandma is the best. She is an inspiration to me in so many ways, and she is actually one of the main reasons why I'm studying interior design today! We have walked through several Street of Dreams homes, explored open houses together, and had many fun conversations about design. She has an amazing eye for those things. So, this is more than just a cute butter dish. It's a special way for me to think of my grandma every time I see it!

My favorite way to make a house feel like a home is to have things in it that remind you of special memories and people in your life. 

Do you have things like that in your home? What are they? I'd love to hear!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Promise Me

I just love this sweet quote that Christopher Robin said to Winnie the Pooh. And how gorgeous is that lettering by Molly Jacques? My love for calligraphy continues...

Hope this quote encouraged you today as much as it did for me!
Art by Molly Jacques