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NPFL- Video Feature

This post really has nothing to do with design…but I thought some of you might be interested in getting to know me a little better and seeing a side of me that is not always evident through the blog.  This is a video The NPFL put together while I was at the Combine.  I talked a little more about the NPFL and what it is right here if you missed it. :)

‘Til tomorrow!

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Contemporary Farmhouse Living- Stage 1

Hey Friends! Today I am showing the beginning stages of a makeover that I started a few weeks back!

The family I’m working with recently moved into their new home and they weren’t feeling the vibe the living room was putting out. So, they called me with hopes that I could bring some of their personality into the space. Here’s the room we started with…

BEFORE

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The goldish-beige paint color was way too traditional and and the room was lacking the character this fun family desired.  After speaking with the homeowners, we settled on a style.  A “contemporary farmhouse” is the look we are headed for!  It will have a rustic charm mixed with modern pieces.  And of course, we’ll layer it up with color and character filled accessories!

But first things first! We had to set a good base with some architectural upgrades! Here’s how the room looks now….

AFTER

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As you can see, we added some large, wooden beams to bring attention to the vaulted ceiling and to create a more intimate, farmhous-y feel.  More wood was brought in to adorn the fireplace wall.  It adds a beautiful, rustic texture and draws attention to the main focal wall of the space.  The fireplace surround/mantle was made over and given a much more contemporary look with clean, squared off lines.  Oh, and the whole room got a new coat of paint!

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We’re not quite done with the fireplace and we’re certainly not finished with the room!  Stay tuned to see it come together in the next few weeks!

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DIY Brushed Metallic Wall

Hey, hey friends!  Today I am going to revisit the brushed metallic wall that I mentioned back about a month ago.  Before I posted a quick video that gave an overview of the process….

but I thought I would go back and do a written post for all of you who aren’t able to watch the videos.

Here’s how the room started….a blank slate…

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The homeowners went ahead and painted the room in a deep blue color that I suggested. Then, I came over to spice things up a bit.

First, I drew a straight line down the center of the wall and applied painter’s tape to break the surface up into manageable work areas.

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Then I got out my Modern Masters Paint in Snowflake….

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I quickly rolled it on, only doing small 3 foot high sections at a time …

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Then immediately, I took a broom and starting in the corner I dragged the broom towards the tape…

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This created striations in the finish (as you can see below)…

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I finished the whole wall using this technique.  As you can see, when you step back the effect is really quite striking…

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After the wall was finished, it was time to start putting all the other pieces in place!  Here’s a little sneak peak of the space in it’s semi put together condition.

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I think it’s going to turn out beautifully! With any luck, I’ll have finished photos to share within the next week! :)

Modern Masters has all sorts of fun paints to try out.  You can buy the brand at your local Spectrum Paint or find another provider here!  Happy weekend friends!

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Duluth Gets You Going with a “Kick In The Pants” Contest

Oh my goodness, so lately my plate has been extra full as I prepare for the Crossfit Regionals competition while also continuing to move forward with client projects.  Of course, that means my own projects have been slowed do to an extra packed schedule!  When you have so much on your agenda (like we all do) its easy to lose motivation.  For example, I have a number of projects around the house that would take less than an hour to complete, but because I don’t generally have an hour of free time, these projects don’t get started, much less finished.  But if I would just put in 20 minutes here and 20 minutes there, I could be much more efficient with my time.

Well, sometimes all it takes is a little urging from an outside source to kick things into gear….and I happened to receive that much needing prompting from Duluth Trading Company this week!  Duluth is a work wear clothing company that specializes in all attire made for getting work done while looking your best!  Duluth is launching a “Kick in the Pants” program aimed at inspiring you to finally finish that project that’s been on your to-do list for way to long.  These guys not only wanted to help me kick start my project with $100, they wanted to help me do it in style!  Duluth sent me their adorable Ripstop Dress to keep me working not only comfortably, but stylishly!  This super cute dress allows me to go from the workshop to client meetings with ease.

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I think a thin leather belt and some strappy sandals will make for an adorable and quite comfortable outfit!

Duluth also wants to give you a “Kick in the Pants!”  Read all about the contest below and  click here to enter!

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As far as that project that I’m going to take on….it gets started today!

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Part Designer, Part Athlete

Hey Friends!  Excuse me while I diverge from the purpose of this blog for a bit.

This weekend was super fun and exciting for me!  You may have picked up that I am an avid crossfitter and that working out/competing is one of my favorite things to do.  Well, this weekend I had a chance to be a part of something very special.  There is a new sport coming to town and the league is called the NPFL (National Professional Fitness League).  This league will give amazing athletes the opportunity to make a living while inspiring others with their hard work and determination.  The matches will include 11 races and will consist of all sorts of movements, from olympic lifts to gymnastic-y feats, to all around athletic activities!  Each team will consist of  4 men and 4 women working together to complete the races.  Talk about fun!!!!

This weekend 1 of 4 combines to try out for this league was held in Dallas.  The first day was all about individual performance as you tried to show off your strengths and skill sets.  The last day, we were put into teams to run through a match (all 11 races).  I can’t tell you how much fun I had and how wonderful it was to compete alongside amazing athletes.  After the weekend was complete, 18 women and 24 men were selected to move on to the second round of tryouts, which will be in Las Vegas this June.  I am so very happy to say that I made the cut!!!! Yay!!!!  Here are some pics and fun videos from this weekend if you’re interested!

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We’ll be back to design stuff tomorrow! ;)

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