Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pre-Teen Bedroom Refresh

I recently completed a really fun bedroom refresh for twin sisters on their 10th birthday. I had painted their room when they went from a baby room to a "big girl" room back in 2009. The theme was "princess" and it looked like this (some of you longtime readers might remember?!):

The girls were getting older, and more opinionated about what they wanted and didn't want, and for their 10th birthday, their mom decided to redecorate their room. They did keep the clouds in the trey ceiling. :)

They wanted teal and coral, but everything else was up to the creative process. We decided to paint the walls gray as a nice neutral base that they can live with forever, then add all the pops of color in after that.  I only have photos from my iPhone right now, but I still wanted to share the end result, because it ended up being a bright, poppy, happy space for the girls to share.

Here is our end result:

I found the metal letters at Hobby Lobby and spray painted them coral. They add such a fun punch of color and a little bit of whimsy into the feminine space. They already had the beds/nightstand/mirror since the princess bedroom days, so we worked with what we had on that. 

We bought the new bedding from Pottery Barn Teen and lots of fun accessories from places like Hobby Lobby, Homegoods, and Target. I love using the consistent colors but mixing patterns. 

The lucite benches at the ends of the bed add a nice change of pace, and provide extra seating for putting on shoes, clothes, whatever.

I love the peachy/coral fluffy pillows! 

We replaced the heavy curtains from the princess bedroom days with light and airy white curtains with coral tassels on the edges. The brass hardware is a fun, feminine-but-modern touch.

Across from the bed is their dresser. We decided to do a gallery wall around the dresser mirror, and I LOVED how it turned out. It brings presence to the space which felt kind of empty before with only the mirror. 

It was starting to get dark when I took these photos, so the lighting is kind of yellow here. 

I love the wicker egg chair - it brought really nice texture to the room, and a place to read.

 The pink sparkly pillow was from the Dollar spot at Target ;)

We also repeated some elements in the bathroom, but I only got this one snapshot. I will get some better photos soon and post them as well, but I loved this grouping of four of the same pieces all together. Easy way of getting a "larger scale" with small art. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pop-Up Shop at Madewell

hey folks!

I wanted to let you know that I am hosting a pop-up shop at the Madewell store at Lenox Square (here in Atlanta) tomorrow, Sunday November 20th from 1-3. Please join me!

There will be sips and snacks during the event, and shoppers will enjoy 20% off retail purchases made at Madewell on purchases over $125. A perfect time to do a little holiday shopping for gifting (or yourself!)

Please come shop + sip! I am excited and also nervous no one will come. Hah!

Here's a little preview of some of my pieces. I really love coming up with new color combinations...

"gingham" added to this piece was a fun change-up

super-into this mustard color...

work on paper that is going to be for sale, framed...

bebe paintings!

hope to see y'all there!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

I'm Back!

Wow. It's been a while... again. I just sort of stopped blogging. It was unintentional, but a lot of life got in the way, and I was completely uninspired to blog here. I have been doing almost solely interior design work for a while now, and I find that making time for blogging, in addition to keeping up with emails, client calls, project sourcing and logging hours (and Instagram!) is just hard. But, I'm slowly starting to miss sharing my ideas and inspiration with someone other than my best friend, so I hope to make this a regular thing again. 

I'm not sure really where to begin (like I said, a lot has gone down in the last year for me, personally and professionally), so I'm just going to pick up directly where I left off, and kind of dive back in as if I never stopped writing.

I have quite a few projects going on right now, and they all hugely vary in style. This keeps things fresh, and I wear a lot of hats. However, I find more and more that clients and builders are coming to me for my particular style (color, modern, vintage, eclectic), and that is rewarding. 

One of my favorite projects I'm working on right now is what I have been referring to on my Instagram as the #partyshed. 

This shed is in my neighborhood and owned by some very cool neighbors. Although their house is new, the shed has been on the property for years and years. My clients are wanting to turn it into sort of an outdoor extension to their house - a place where they can hang out with friends and their daughter (who is 3) and relax. 

It doesn't have running water, but we wanted to make it functional as a space where they can make drinks and serve food (so we needed a bar/storage), sit down, and hang. 

The floors are concrete from years ago, so we were working with what we had on those, and the beams that were in there were existing and basically there was only one in the center made with raw 2 by 4's. It was lonely.

I wish I had better "before" pictures, but deleted them when I figured I'd never blog about it. Argh!

Anyway, I came up with a plan to wrap the existing cross beam in reclaimed wood to make it look more substantial and intentional. We also added a faux beam in the back and front for balance.

I told them I could see a 7' bar across the back, centered left, with a pipe shelving system behind it for looks and functionality. Here's my (very noted-up) sketch:

You'll see my vision for the bar on the back left, as well as the shelves. To the right, where you walk in, there is a bench seat that is L-shaped. We had a funky existing concrete knee-wall to cover up, and this helps greatly, while also adding seating and storage (The seat lifts up for their daughter's toys and has a soft-close henge so no pinched fingers!).

Here it is after my good buddies from Woodology built it all up for us! We painted it in Sherwin Williams' "Argos":

You can see the wood-wrapped beams, as well as the bar (minus countertop - still TBD) and the shelves. The shelves are high-up, so that little hands can't reach them, and also to make it easy to navigate the smallish area behind the bar.

On the other side of the bar, they have a fridge and 2 cabinets - one has a lock. 

I love how the bar "floats." Very modern and clean-looking.

As you can see, we kept the concrete floors. We did, however, even them out and add a water lock sealer. 

Here is the bench seating area I was talking about. You can see the knee-wall in the bottom left of this photo:

The height of the seat comes up to the trim height, so that when the pillow cushions are added, they will all be even. We also added this fun little corner built-in table top so that guests can set a drink or whatever, down, and not be inconvenienced by a table in the middle of the floor (this area is really more for the kids!). 

As you can see in the photo below, we also added a shelf on the window-side for shoes. 

Next comes my favorite part (well, they're all kind of my favorite parts...).

I showed my client my idea of adding FLOR Tiles to the space, and she thankfully loved it. 

This was the style inspiration:

FLOR carries so many colors and fun styles. You can cut them to your liking, and choose whatever your heart desires. I love working with the Atlanta FLOR store here - they're so nice and helpful.

Anyway, I went over there and came up with a fun color scheme (coming up with color combos might be one of my most favorite things in life...dork):

I always say that adding weird (like the sage and hunter green, above) colors into a mix of colors that I think or more normal (pink, orange, black, white) is what really MAKES a combo. Adding a touch of whimsy and the unexpected. I did some soft blue because of the little shed's exterior (and the big house). The exterior is white, gray and this soft blue.

I selected the Argos from SW color for the cabinets because it is a cool gray that has some blue in it, and I thought it would complement the exterior nicely as well as the concrete floors.

Anyway, here is a photo of the FLOR tiles after they were installed. I decided to install them myself, because I knew that I would need to be there anyway, while the "professional" installer did them, so that they were dispersed nicely and it didn't make sense for my client to pay both me and my installer, so I made it a DIY project. Another one of my favorite things in life, as you guys well know if you have read my blog for a while. :)

Here was the general idea:

It took some interesting cuts, but FLOR tiles are really easy to lay yourself. You can see on the top right of this photo, that you essentially just lay down these ultra-sticky FLOR stickers sticky-side-up, and adhere all 4 corners of the square.

Towards the beginning of laying them.. weeeeeeeeeee

at the end! Photos do not do this justice. It added SO much character and personality! 

I forgot to mention that FLOR tiles are industrial-grade, so very easy to clean, and durable. Also, a nice thing about them is if something got stained really badly, all you have to do is pull up the triangles that are damaged and replace them - an easy fix.

I love them.

Now, we are onto selecting the countertop (going with a matte black counter to bring in the black of the pipe shelves and the rug), as well as having bench cushions made (black and white stripes!).

I will be back with more progress. Thanks for reading and sticking around.

I will try and keep blogging regularly. I post on my Instagram account almost everyday, if you care to follow along. It's @kfddesigns.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Wow, it's been a while. Two months, almost. I wanted to check in and show you guys some progress on some recent projects that are finally starting to take shape. I am currently working on a few interior decorating projects, a few new-build design projects and one TV show. Life is busy and good. 

Last we left off, I was talking about this built in bench that I had made for a client. 

We got the cushion in, and how it's all finished. I love how it came out.

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It matches the fabric in the front living room, which is just across the house. I will share some photos of the furniture too, which is all coming in and looking great. I'm really happy with how this living/dining/kitchen is looking. My clients have great taste, which makes me look good :) 

Like I mentioned before, I'm working on a few new builds too. 

We had this cute bungalow that we are renovating (from the studs) painted white with black accents and I love it and want to move in.

Here is the before picture to jog your memory:

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And here is a little peek of what it looks like now (not finished, obviously)

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The ceiling will be stained, as well as the front door. I love the white paint on all of the moldings and brick. It tones down all the texture, and modernizes it. The old moldings are still there, but not as prevalent as before. I'm really into black and white right now, and as you can see, I did the sashes/trim black, along with the vent detail on the top of the gable. The black paint on that was only supposed to be on the horizontal vent pieces, not the outer trim - that will be fixed later. We also selected black drains, which almost acts like a frame for the house. I selected cute black modern farmhouse lights for either side of the front door. 

On the interior, things are coming along really beautifully too. Like I said - I want this house.

Here's a peek at office:

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do those doors look familiar? I have the same ones in my house, also in a dark, almost black. The board and batten wall is a favorite, and is echoed in a couple of other places in the house.

The guest bathroom:

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And the master bathroom:

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I kinda go nuts over that black penny tile. 

The plumbing fixtures are brushed brass throughout the house...ahhhh. This makes me happy. 

I can't wait to share the final photos of this house, as its one of my favorites of all time, and I've had a carte blanche on every finish selection (So naturally I love it, haha). 

As for a couple of the other new-builds I've been working on, here's one of my favorite photos of the prairie modern that is set to close in a couple of weeks:

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That's a reclaimed wood accent wall that is in the living room, next to the kitchen. I love the color we chose for the kitchen cabinets. So unique. I can't wait to see the light fixtures go into this house - they are some stunners. Specifically a really cool sputnik chandelier that's hanging in the foyer. Will share when they install!

The other modern house I'm working on is a true modern, and here are a couple of photos from it:

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applying the stain to the hardwoods yesterday. 

As you can see, this house has a little bit of a black and white theme too (this might be my calling card of 2015?), with the black doors and white walls. The kitchen cabinets are black, too, with white vertically stacked subway tile, and killer wooden open shelving. 

There are a couple of bathrooms I'm really excited to see come together, as well. 

Here's the tile in the master:

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I love it.

We have a beautiful handmade wooden cabinet being installed that will be the perfect warmth needed to accompany all the black. Sexy!!

There's a guest powder bath downstairs that is also going to be moody and a little dark (dark cement gray walls, really raw beautiful countertop, black vessel sink and some killer lights), too.

My friend Mark has made these really cool pendants that will hang in the corner over the sink. This bathroom is going to be so cool.

Check out the lights (before they are darkened to black - so this is just the raw steel)

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There are two, and one hangs about 10" lower than the other one. And like I said, they'll be completely black when they're finished. I can't wait to see them installed. 

Besides design work, I have also done a little bit of painting. 

I did this American flag painting for my designers that design condo buildings. I busted 3 big paintings out in one weekend. It was kind of fun to get back into my painting clothes and sling some paint.

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and, an abstract.

Jennifer (Designer) sent me a pic of them framed and installed. 

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And, on the non-work-side of things, I did this map for my brother's wedding in Virginia a couple of weeks ago:

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It was fun. 

And also: update on my tree...

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it's dead.