Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bree's Room

Hello my lovely readers. Today I bring you a sweet, simple and sophisticated little girls room I recently completed. This little girl is just darling and her mama wanted something for her that wasn't super little girly and a little different.
By the way, this little girl reads a chocolate baking cookbook for her bedtime story! How cute is that?! We definitely needed something special for this smart little cookie :-)
I chose a palette of purples and grays. Purple is her favorite color and was an easy sell.
The Thomas Paul bird print was the first fabric I found and we fell in love with it. It drove the whole space. We wanted to keep the space design minimal as, just like any little girls room, there would be tons of things in the space that were her personal items (books, dolls, toys, etc), and we didn't want the space to feel cluttered once all of her things were in the room.

The details...
I think it turned out very simple and sweet.I hope you're having a great week!

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Couple of Sneak Peeks

Here are a few progress shots of current projects that I am working on. Cabinets went in last week in my 20's restoration. This is the master closet. Yeah, you read that right, the closet! It's absolutely fabulous!

Same project here. French herringbone floors were installed in the dining room. More fabulous!

My Austin project is in the final stretch, almost ready for final pics :-) Dining room below.
I hope you're having a great start to the week!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Remodelaholic Features M. E. Beck Design

I am beyond flattered to have one of my recently completed projects featured on Remodelaholic today. This fantastic website is chock full of great design inspiration, fun before & after features and great design tips. I am honored to be featured on such a great site. I hope you'll swing by and check out my feature :-)
I hope you're having a great week!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Nursery Journal: Part I

Up until now, I have made zero commitments to the nursery. I've been so busy with work that I just hadn't focused on it yet. I've also had no direction, which obviously makes it tough to move forward when you have no direction. I am 27 weeks and I haven't done a thing!!! Yikes!
But alas, I have finally found my direction. I came across the above fabric, while I was pulling fabrics for a client, and I fell in love. It is setting my palette. There will be NO theme. I do not like themes.
It's funny how many people ask me about the nursery. I can only assume it is because it is what I do for a living. People usually ask about the nursery before they even know what I am having or what her name is...seriously.
So I haven't appropriated the fabrics yet, I just know that I am using them, and I have a good idea where they are going. These are just two of the fabrics. I'm pretty sure the graphic below will be on the drapes, but we'll see.
I've decided on a crib and I've bought some prints on Etsy, so I guess my little client might actually have a decorated room after all ;-) I'll be sending the fabrics out to my workroom this week, so hopefully I'll have more to show you in Part II. Check back soon.
In the meantime, I'm so enjoying being pregnant! I love feeling her move around inside of me and I feel so close to her already. I can hardly wait to meet her and see what her little personality will be like, and if she'll look like me or Frank...or both. Pregnancy is truly a miracle and I am feeling very blessed these days.
I hope you're having a great week!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What I'm Loving...

Our powder bath door
I'm loving my new dark doors.
I've talked about this subject here before. It is something that I frequently tell my clients to do to their doors to help with the 'builder-basic' plague.
I wanted black doors, a la Thomas O'Brien, for my home and had my husband promptly paint ALL of the downstairs doors black. We set up a "paint room" in the garage that somewhat resembled a Dexter 'kill room'. My sweet husband painted all of those doors black and had them all ready to install in the house. Meanwhile, I was checking in on my Austin project, which I specified a dark door color for, and the minute I saw the color I picked for her doors I wanted it too and immediately thought "I have to change the color, like now, and Frank is going to kill me...and he's already got a kill room set up!". Soo, I got home that evening and politely told him that I wanted to change the color, which was followed by a laugh from him, because that is the sort of thing you would joke about after someone has been painting for 3 days! I then received a blank stare for what felt like a full minute and a loud sigh. I'm pregnant, so I get a lot of sympathy these days. Well, the doors are no longer black, they are a beautiful deep browny-black color and I loooove them! Thanks babe! ;-)

The door to our pantry

Our bathroom off of the sink area
What do you think? Do you love them as much as I do?
Speaking of our bathroom...I realize I keep promising those who are asking to show more of my own home and never do :-/. Designers are so much more critical of their own spaces, and they also are rarely "complete". Here are some details of our bath. I had to clean it up to show you the doors so I thought I would throw these in :-)

I will be posting 'my nursery journal' soon. I'm the worst. I haven't committed to a single thing for the nursery yet!...and I'm 6 1/2 months! I've ordered several swatches of fabric that hopefully will inspire me. The thing about being a designer is...your own home usually gets pushed back behind client's. I'm beginning the process though, and will document it here...if you are interested :-)

Happy 'What I'm Loving' Wednesday!