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Wishlist Wednesday

Today’s post is dedicated to my beautiful friend Hayley, who is also one of the only people that actually read my blog! YAY!

Hayley just put an offer down on her first place – an awesome condo in Portland, complete with views, large outdoor living spaces, and lots of room for a growing lifestyle (that will hopefully involve babies one day – a selfish wish on my part). Although she still hasn’t heard about her offer, I just couldn’t resist starting to design a beautiful interior living space just for her!

First up, a little background info on who Hayley is…*Note she does not know I am doing any of this

· Hayley is a bit of a hippy
· Hayley is environmentally friendly
· Hayley is a world traveler (and seems to me to love the exotic places most)
· Hayley doesn’t own any furniture – except for a futon (shamefully).
· Hayley- like myself- wishes to be more glamorous

Because of the above sentiments, I already had a concept in mind for her new space, involving words and images like eclectic, Moroccan, inviting, funky, fun, warm. To go along with the images I had swirling in my head, I created an inspiration board in pinterest.
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The space is big and has a lot of unique features to work with, like polished concrete floors and exposed wood ceiling beams. The orange stain to the wood perfectly goes with the color scheme I have in mind. So, lets put this plan into action!
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I started my design with this color scheme in mind.
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Add in some pops of orange, teal and eggplant accents, and voila!
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*note all after images are photoshop creations to help visualize the space!

The view of the kitchen show s a new mosaic teal colored backsplash, cappuccino colored walls, a grey ceiling to make the space more inviting, A free standing kitchen island complete with colorful metal barstools, and some rustic, reclaimed lumber shelving for the environmentally conservative spirit. Also in view, is the wall opposite the entry. For a fun and graphic pop, a giant rust colored dart board logo is painted onto the wall behind a teal, hand painted chest.

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In the living area is a dark grey/blue velvet sofa from home decorator’s collection, some funky owl side tables from West Elm with Moroccan inspired table lamps set an inviting stage. A feminine, two-toned patterned rug defines the space and is set with a metallic coffee table from zgallerie and colorful Moroccan poufs for extra seating. A pair of west elm side slipper chairs are patterned with a modern and funky fabric to spice up the room and reveal its young and playful personality!

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Looking closely at the large open dining space, adjacent to the kitchen, we have a metallic Moroccan inspired wallpaper accent wall and the deep teal green color along the window wall. Grey window curtains add a softness to the space while creating an element of privacy and light control. The dining table is a mixture of metal and reclaimed wood while the colorful metal chairs continue to add an eclectic element. A metallic 3 tier chandelier hangs over the table to complete the look.

And lastly a note to Hayley:

I sincerely hope you hear good news about your offer on this fab condo, and not just because I so desperately want to help with the interior design. You deserve a beautiful place to call home and finally settle down :)! Also, if you hate all of my ideas, too bad I will happily change them to fit what you want! I love you old friend!

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Oh yeah! We always have been super glamorous!

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The countdown begins…

It is coming to an end. I have only 8 weeks left until my sweet baby girl is set to arrive. And by my calculations I am estimating more like 6-7 weeks! This is leaving us with a whole lot to do and not a lot of time to do it…

My husband is starting a personal training business and ordering top of the line weight training equipment for his training gym. The equipment is supposed to arrive in 6-8 weeks. Sound familiar? I guess we will have the “perfect storm” where I am in labor at the same time he is needing to get his business up and running. But we seem to thrive on busy chaos, so I am sure it will all work out nicely.

Recently has been a lot of busy chaos; taking care of one thing after another. And although I am super anxious for our baby to arrive, I am not sure the reality of raising a toddler and infant has quite hit me yet. Mostly I am looking forward to no longer being pregnant.

This blog is about me trying to be more glamorous. Obviously. But for the next 8 weeks being glamorous is just not a realistic option. I was holding it together pretty well up to this point. Yet, over the weekend, by belly grew several inches and baby’s limbs have taken up residence in my ribs and hips. My lungs and other vital organs are being pushed aside and smooshed which make simple tasks difficult and tolling. No longer can I bend over to paint my toes or even tie my shoes (back to the Ugg slippers for me!). Climbing a flight of stairs leaves me panting, and my 1 year old must be sensing that a change is coming because she wants me to be holding or carrying her at all times. “Up” is her favorite and most clearly spoken word.

Now, I must at least try to accomplish a glamorous goal or 2 in the next 6-8 weeks, so on Friday night I gave myself a teeny makeover which included box dying my hair and cutting bangs to attempt to disguise the fact that I grow a new chin every week. Obviously not going to have a professional do these services for me isn’t glamorous at all, but I just figure why pay someone to do something I can do myself?

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Spring Break Update

This week has been my spring break – a wonderful relaxing week to rejuvenate so I can finish the rest of the school year happily… NOT! This week has been non stop stressful. Let us recap:

The story really starts about 2 weeks ago, when my husband went to a conference in Rhode Island and everything imaginable went wrong. My car tire was slashed, then my mother and sister got into a hit and run accident while driving my afore mentioned car. Which put us into a stressful debacle of should we fix the car, take the insurance money, sell the car… and on and on it went. We decided to fix the most necessary things, and then this past Monday listed the cute little red truck that I got in high school on craigslist. And a mere 5 hours later, it was SOLD!

Suddenly we were without a car. I mean, we listed it, we wanted to sell it, but we were thinking it would take AT LEAST a week. So, Tuesday morning began our new, used car hunt. Tuesday was a fail. No good cars. Wednesday morning I had to start a painting project at a clients house, and we resumed our car search Wednesday afternoon. Another fail. Luckily Thursday early morning, we found a car! We basically were able to trade up, from our 2000 Nissan Frontier 4 door truck with 165,000 miles to a 2002 Nissan Xterra with 119,000 miles, and for the same price I might add! Good thing we found the car, because the stress of not having a car was starting to make me crazy. Then this morning, Friday, I finished up my painting project and came home for a nice snooze while my husband put some labor into cleaning out our new-used car.

Being that I am now 7 months pregnant, I can not believe the projects that I allow myself to take on. But since we do not currently have a house of our own, and my nesting instincts are kicking in rather strong, I just can’t resist a good interior design project! It turned out rather nice I must say!

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My client loves bright colors and I believe said this one looked like a Tijuana Sunrise. I must admit that if you have to do laundry you might as well do it in a bright and cheery room.

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This powder room truly went from drab to fab. The teal paint was glammed up with faux molding (white sparkle paint). Don’t under estimate the power of paint!

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Taking cue from the golden granite and honey colored wood cabinetry in the kitchen, we striped the wall along the breakfast nook and into the family room with a butternut and metallic gold. It sounds as delicious as it looks.

Although the week was busy and stressful it is always a relief when it comes to an end and you can see the awesome results of all your hard work. Hopefully April with be a little slower and more relaxed so that I can be stress free as we anticipate the arrival of Baby Hadley!

Another glamorous week in the world of interior design!

-Lexie