BEFORE AND AFTER






What a week.....Life can be so funny....if you are on Instagram then you might have read that Monday was a crappy day for me.  

I use the term crappy because if I think back and put it in perspective it probably pales in comparison to people who are suffering so much more than me.

The first thing had to do with my divorce.....and what felt like some terrorizing from my soon to be ex.  It took most of the day to iron out.  I will say it's the first time I have ever tried deep breathing and then I remembered that petting a dog brings your blood pressure down so I grabbed Cami and just loved on her for a good 15 minutes.

You know what?  It really helped!

Anyway around 3  I called a friend to take me to pickup my car from the shop.  I had her drop me off because I knew it was ready.  I "be-bopped" in feeling so much better after handling my situation [and my love session with Cami] and threw down my CC.  He promptly said we don't take AMX.

No problem I came prepared and took out my check book.  He again promptly said we don't take checks.  Huh?  Well there you go.  I don't have a Visa or Mastercard [which taught me another lesson.....like I needed more lessons that day!]

So guess what?  I had to Uber home.  Yeah.  Icing on the darn cake.

Anyway......On Tuesday I helped my friend Rose with her installation.  If you don't know.... we help each other on install days.  It makes it so much more fun and Lord knows I needed the distraction!

I will show you the before.

We started with the bookshelves.  I would say we mostly worked with what she had.  We had gone to a flea market and picked up a few vintage items  to help warm them up.  


BEFORE


We started by taking everything down and grouping them into categories like books...family pictures and small items.


I will say there were some other bookshelves in another room that we pilfered a few things from.

 AFTER

Here is the after....What we added....some brown wood accents....that we found while at the fleamarket.




She had some blue vases and Rose had picked up a couple from HomeGoods!

Anyway they have a more curated look now.

So here is the before of the space before anything was done.


There was a sectional and Rose worked out a whole new floor-plan.  The sectional went downstairs into the finished basement!



Removing the furniture!
Laying the new rug!


 The new furniture plan!  2 sofas and 2 chairs....so warm and cozy.  Let's discuss...all the fabric on the chairs and sofas are performance.  Since this is her only living space she wanted something a little bit more formal.....


Details....






It's so pretty....Rose Kipper Interiors did an amazing job!

All of the upholstered furniture is Charles Stewart.  Made in America!

Rose managed to brighten up this small sitting room also.  We zhushed up the bookcases with what was left and she picked up a throw, the blue and white garden seat, and the rug!



The wall color wasn't changed but Rose added some textured Thibaut wallpaper to warm it up....


  
She found some pillows and a lamp at HomeGoods!  

Also on Tuesday I received so much love from tons of people!  My good friend Cindy Hattersley featured me on her blog Rough Luxe Lifestyle!  It's a series called Ageless style....with pictures and an interview.

If you want to know all of my style secrets....haha....head over!

After a sh*#y day the skies opened up and and I felt tremendous love from all of my social media friends.  I have only spent a little time with Cindy [at the mart once for 2 days] but she is such a kind person and has been incredibly supportive during this difficult year....checking in on me.  One day I will get to visit her and see her incredible house and all of my favorite California "blogging" friends.....

I hope you guys will be able to celebrate this Independence Day with family and friends....small gatherings only please:)

Shaywillsurvive








DESIGN PLAN







I hope y'all had a great weekend....mine was low key.  Doing a little work and hanging with my bestie.....Cami:)

I have spent so much time with her lately that she is indigent when I leave the house....haha.

Monday came at me like a tsunami....and I am not gonna lie....I had a few "how much more can I take" moments. I'm tired of "life lessons".....at my age can we just do away that part?

So I promised I would give you a glimpse of my design thoughts for this renovation that I posted about on Friday.....

First of all with 3 boys....everything has to be performance fabric.....





The Lee Industries iron chairs with be in the light color below....with pillows from the Schumacher
texture.  I am in love with this fabric right now....






The sofa and chair fabric will be very durable....and also 2 leather stools.  I want her to be able to get through their younger years without having to worry too much.  That being said....performance does not mean it won't have to be maintained.  Always get any stains out as soon as possible!

All of the walls in the house are painted BM China White....lately my fav white!


I am loving that it is still safe to use neutrals in a family room....which normally I would have done darker colors and save the lighter ones for a living room.....

The kitchen fabrics are below....leather barstools [it's actually more gray] with the Mark Alexander plaid on the back of them.  The kitchen cabinets are painted SW Mindful Gray.

I am still researching a few pieces.....so if you don't think we put thought into these plans....think again.  I can overthink like it's my job.....oh wait haha....it is!

Today I am helping my friend Rose with an install....stay tune for some instastories....

I almost forgot....I started watching Queer Eye on Netflix this weekend and spent a little time with a kleenex wiping my eyes.....some of the stories are so touching.  There is no doubt that it is life changing for these people.  And the "fab 5" are very entertaining!

Thanks for reading.....listening and hanging with me.  I never want this blog to be a big complain festival but I do want to be vulnerable and share that occasionally my life is a s#*t show.

Shaylookingahead










DESIGN PLAN





Well here it is Friday....see how I pat myself on the back just for getting a little old blog post up.  It was a busy week since I am a little behind after all the mayhem in my life.

I had last weekend to get a design plan together for some clients...that was a little tricky as it can usually take 2 weeks or longer.

This is a total renovation [Ladisic Fine Homes....builder] [Pritchett Dixon the architects] I have been working on for about 6-7 months.

I am going to show you the floor plans I did for the family room....

Its a pretty big room.....
They are a family of 5 with 3 boys....so even though there are playrooms and a full basement we all know that the room right off the kitchen is where they will all gather!



Above with 2 sofas and below I played around with a sectional.....








Below is OK using 2 smaller occasional chairs...but this one is really not that great.



This was the clear winner with the sofa and 2 swivel chairs.  It has the best pathways into the room.

Below you can see the kitchen right off the family room.....



This is the FR with a killer porch right off this space.....





I am sure they will be using this space a lot!!!



The smaller room [right off the kitchen] is a cooking porch which will have a grill area and a small table!


Before above and after....painted the new colors.  I know you are going to ask me but I can't remember right this second.....


The bathroom tile has been installed....she wanted to keep it very neutral....


Love this subway with the trim on it!

I pushed her to use this tile and now she said it is her favorite:)




We did all ceramic in the secondary bathrooms but did a pretty marble in the master....




Below is the inspiration board I did.....

I know y'all want to see the decorating part....and we will cover that next week.  I am busy getting the estimates and firming it up!

Now for the good news....went back to the doc yesterday and it was confirmed....Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever....which I should fully recover from!  

Also I have not updated you on my BIL....he had his surgery.  They did find cancer in 5 lymph nodes but at this time [after conferring with the Mayo Clinic] no more chemo.  They removed his port and feeding tube.  He will be scanned every 3 months.  That is good news as there were some really rough times before and after the surgery.

OK.....I just want to warn y'all I am thinking of moving my blog from Blogger to my website!  Really scared about this as I have over a 1000 blog post and people have said that I might lose some and then of course I have to learn a whole other platform.....my goodness...this could be a disaster!

There are reasons which I will share with you later.....

I hope y'all have a great weekend.....I will probably be working but hey....the good thing is I am alive:)

Shaymovingforward



 


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