This bunkhouse was so much fun to dream up! The homeowner wanted a gender neutral space for kids that complimented the “outdoorsy” aesthetic of the rest of the home. We painted a faux deer head and added bluebirds for a fairytale vibe that coordinated with the black and white artwork hanging beneath it. We also made the large canvas art ourselves- using a shower curtain. Yes- a shower curtain! We painted over the trees and deer to add depth and texture. We wanted to create a fun place for kids to come visit, explore and relax on vacation.
I experimented with some functional vignettes in my kitchen this weekend. I wanted something that saved counter space and brought some aesthetic appeal. I was inspired after visiting numerous kitchen vendors while helping my parents embark on a renovation of their own last week. There are so many ways to use trays to group things together for organization and beautiful displays.
Isn’t this quote the truth?! I feel that my previous background in social work really helps me tune in to people’s emotional needs and translate that into a design that brings comfort to their surroundings and feeds their soul. Understanding how color, texture, lighting and space makes you FEEL is so important. Do you agree? I love how walking into a well designed room makes me FEEL. It’s all about the “feels” for me.
In Colorado our winter will last through March and part of April. It starts to feel like Spring will never come! I always feel like bringing some of the outdoors inside, with houseplants and beautiful blooms, helps to make it feel like Spring is within reach! Here are 10 winter houseplants that won’t disappoint!
Moss Terrarium- does well in a drafty room Jade Plant, Christmas Cactus
Dry, Arid climates:
Fiddle Fig plants, succulents, snake plants, Aloe eVera plants,
Adaptable and do not require direct light:
ZZ plant, Pothos plant,
Cyclamen- blooms Dec through April. Fragrant blooms resembling a heart shaped. Great for Valentine’s Day!
Desert Rose- beautiful blooms,
African Violets, Rosemary- fragrant and easily found at big box stores during the holidays.
I fell in love with this piece of linen fabric and immediately saw a masterpiece of artistry in the block print pattern. I decided to frame it. I purchased a poster frame (yes, that lovely gold frame is actually a poster frame from Target) and used Velcro tabs to adhere the linen fabric to a piece of plain white fabric, then I framed it with the gold frame. What do you think? Can a gorgeous fabric remnant become a beautiful piece of wall art? I think so!
Before: Huge widows with lots of natural light. They will be getting new window coverings and custom blinds.
Our family decided to decorate for Christmas early this year. We usually decorate the day after Thanksgiving. But, this year we felt like we needed more than 25 days of Christmas Joy. we haven’t put our trees up yet but we are in full tinsel mode at the Kautz House.
I had the pleasure of designing the theme, color pallet and furnish this entire, newly built home. The homeowner was a dream to work with and is very happy with the look and feel of his new home. He wanted a Rustic, Modern Farmhouse with a touch of Industrial flair. I think we hit the mark.
Photography by AnnMarie Ortega with Ortega Photography