12.02.2016

Honoring Bobbi - Philanthropy & Design

We are nearing the anniversary of my mom's passing, and while she is never far from my thoughts, these days she is always on my mind.  She was the kindest, most thoughtful person I have ever known, and I've been thinking a lot about her life goals.  She accomplished almost everything on her list, but one thing she always wanted was to be a philanthropist.  I've been trying to figure out how I could continue on with her dream, and I realized that no act is too small when it comes to promoting kindness.  

So, I am offering you a deal: if you write to me by Monday, Dec. 5* and tell me about a philanthropic act that you have performed for others in the past week (or email me by Mon. about something you did over the weekend), I will send you a design idea board, at no charge.  These boards are already designed, so they are not custom, but there will be a few different ones to choose from (i.e. farmhouse, neutral, mod traditional, etc.)

All you have to do is perform a philanthropic act and let me know about it, and you will be sent the design board of your choice.  Pretty easy, right?  Now go spread a little hope and love in this world - just like my mom did every day of her life. :)

*email me at hcbinteriors@gmail.com


12.01.2016

Holiday Home Tour

Every year, I look forward to the many holiday home tours that pop up in blogland.  There is so much creativity and inspiration out there! 

Yesterday, I hosted a small brunch at my home and decided to snap a few pics after the fact (had to document a time when the house was clean!).  We haven't finished decorating (we don't even have a tree yet), but I wanted to share just a few snippets of our home during my favorite season.  I've incorporated more fresh greenery this year, and it makes such a difference; it has a presence that allows you to decrease the decor throughout the rest of the room, providing the cozy & simplified feeling I was after.  

(As an aside, if anyone has a photography class or book they can recommend, please share! Our home faces south, meaning some rooms are always too bright and others are always dim; a challenge when shooting interiors.  I'm always trying to improve my novice skills, and would love to learn more!)


Welcome to our home! This year, I finally found a local source for the temple bells I have admired for years.  I love their soft clanging sound, and the contrast of the bells against the greenery.


Our O Holy Night sign from Between You and Me signs always takes a place of pride on the mantel. I added fresh garland on the mantel this year, and it smells so good.  See the plant on the fireplace? Had to move it up there when little fingers kept pulling all the leaves off ;) 


Not sure if I've ever shared a full shot of this side of the room, or at least not a finished shot of the built-ins.  I am so happy with the way they turned out, and even though a few contractors scoffed at me for designing them in a space that only allowed for them to be 8 inches deep, I think they add so much character to the room.  


Fresh greenery, a mini tree in an antique pot, and my girls' silhouettes.  Simple changes to the room that make me love it even more.  


Found this pot over Thanksgiving while visiting my in-laws 200 year old farmhouse, and it is a perfect home for this mini-tree that we will plant in the yard next spring.


The garage door all dressed up with a boxwood wreath (an ineffective attempt to hide the clutter in the garage lol).  And a handprint Santa to send us out the door each day.


The master bedroom received a few small touches of Christmas for the first time - my favorite pillow on the bed and a small wreath hung on the door.

Hope y'all have a wonderful Christmas season! Thanks for visiting our home!

11.15.2016

Giving Back - National Philanthropy Day

I am so very grateful for the opportunity to follow my dreams and help others create a home.  I am also very passionate about giving back.  From now until the end of the year, I will donate 10% of all proceeds to one of three charities: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, CURE Childhood Cancer, or Folds of Honor.

And, I will continue to donate in 2017, if you contact me before Dec. 31, 2016.  It's a win-win: you get a new space, and someone in need benefits.  If you're interested, or would like to see more examples of my work, please contact me at hcbinteriors@gmail.com

Thank you for helping others!


11.10.2016

One Room Challenge, Fall 2016 - The Big Reveal!

Well, it's the end of the One Room Challenge, and while it's not a huge transformation, I'm happy to say that we have a cozy, clean space to offer our guests and we did it on a tight budget (under $200 to be exact).  When we started 6 weeks ago, the room was a cave-like space in our basement that we used mostly for storage, and would frantically clean every time a guest arrived. Full of plastic storage bins, and lacking both windows and overhead lighting, it didn't exactly scream welcome. The main challenge came in trying to brighten and lighten the space while sticking to a practically non-existent budget (we mainly reused items from around our home).  I think we accomplished our goal.  To see the progress, you can check out my posts from Week 1 , Week 2 , Week 3 , and Week 4/5.  Next up on my to-do list: learn how to use my camera so that taking pictures of a windowless room in a basement isn't such a challenge!


Now on to the reason why everyone is here - the Before and After!

Our Mess









I love the look of the drapes behind the bed.  It creates a layer of coziness and warmth in a room full of hard surfaces and no natural charm.  It also gives the impression of a wall of windows, so it's not quite as obvious to our guests that we are sticking them in our dungeon. ;)



In addition to the lamps placed around the room, we installed this plug-in sconce on the wall right next to the door.  Now you can turn on a light the second you walk in the room, as opposed to walking across a dark room to turn on the lamp on the nightstand, the only option previously for lighting the room.



Every good Southern room needs a little blue and white.  This large wall across from the bed needed something to fill it, especially because this is the view when lying in the bed.  One of our favorite paintings by a local artist of the Georgia shore, surrounded by some of my Blue Willow collection, adds a fun boost of color in a mostly neutral room. 

Before of the wall across from the bed, aka more storage



I added a little seating area/reading nook in this previously unused corner.  Hope it provides a spot for our guests to relax and escape the hubbub of a home with small children. :)


As always, I am so glad we participated in the One Room Challenge.  Thank you so much to Linda for creating the ORC, and for providing encouragement to create a space in your home that you truly love.  Be sure to check out the other participants; there is so much talent out there!

*Edited to add sources and budget

SOURCES
Drapes: P Kauffman Buffalo Check
Bedding: white coverlet - Pine Cone Hill, white shams with monogram - Pottery Barn, blue/gray quilt                 and shams - Tuesday Morning
Tablecloth: Lacefield Designs Pagoda for Ballard Designs
Sconce: Pottery Barn
All other lighting, furniture, artwork: family pieces, gifts, or thrift store finds

BUDGET (about 95% of the room was recycled from other rooms or storage)
Drapes: bartered with a client for design services  $0
Bedding: white bedding was outlet or garage sale finds, blue/gray from a discount store  $80
Tablecloth: purchased on FB garage sale group  $35
Pharmacy style floor lamp: thrift store find $7
Curtain rod: $20

Total Budget: $142

11.03.2016

One Room Challenge, Fall 2016 - Week 5

Well, you may have noticed that I skipped right over Week 4 in the ORC.  There just wasn't enough progress to warrant a post.  But, we've gotten a lot more accomplished this week, and I am excited to reveal our revamped guest room next week.  It's not going to be the most dramatic of reveals, but I am so pleased to be able to offer our guests a welcoming space instead of the cluttered dungeon-like room it was up until a month ago.

We hung the drapes along the back wall, and it makes such a difference in the coziness factor.  My dad (who is fairly oblivious to all things design) even commented that it makes it seem like there is a wall of windows hiding just behind the bed - exactly my intention!  The dimensions are a little off since I had to work with what I already own and wasn't able to customize the drapes to the space, but I think it is still as step-up from a windowless room with drop tile ceiling. :)


ignore the wrinkles ;)


I also set up a little reading/relaxing nook in the corner of the room that previously held all of our junk.  Just a tiny bit of an improvement, I'd say. Still waffling over my accent fabric choices (the pillow and throw pictured are just stand-ins), but since it's down to the wire, availability may become my most influential factor.



That's my quick update for now.  See you next week for the reveal!
As always, don't forget to check out the other participants in the One Room Challenge!

10.20.2016

One Room Challenge Fall 2016 - The Most Boring Week in the ORC (Week 3)

So this will probably be the most boring One Room Challenge update in history.  Aesthetically, nothing much has happened to the room.  But, we cleaned it out and began organizing the closet.  It felt SO good to purge and put things where they belong, instead of tossing them in a pile and slamming the door shut before the pile escapes.  Lol.  It doesn't seem like we've made a lot of progress, but when I look at the empty space in the closet, it helps ease my ORC jitters.

We had hoped to hang the drapes, but they were full of wrinkles (not surprising, given that they were at the bottom of the giant closet pile), so we will hang them as soon as possible, hopefully this weekend. I also realized that we need to switch out one of the nightstands as there is too big of a height difference between the two we currently have in the room, so we may have to steal a table from elsewhere in the house (or hope for a lucky estate sale find?).  This will also hopefully happen this weekend, although my husband does not get as excited about moving furniture all over the house as I do.  And since a narrow flight of basement stairs is part of the obstacle, I don't think I'll be moving anything by myself.

And that is about all folks.  Not too entertaining, but at least it was short and sweet. ;)

Be sure to check out my fellow participants here.  And thanks as always to Linda from Calling It Home for hosting!

10.13.2016

One Room Challenge Fall 2016 - Guest Bedroom Design Plan, Week 2

Welcome back to week 2 of the One Room Challenge! A quick synopsis - we are participating in the Calling It Home blog challenge, and updating our guest bedroom in just under 6 weeks.  This week, I am presenting my design plan for our windowless basement guest room.

To be upfront with y'all, the only way my husband (aka my electrician, carpenter, and sometimes plumber) and I could fathom being a part of this round's ORC was if we agreed to tackle the room that would take the least amount of effort, time, and money.  So, the majority of the room's elements are things we already have, and we are repurposing them (aka stealing) from other rooms in our home.  Sometimes hoarding collecting pillows, lamps, etc. can come in handy.

We've also made zero progress on the room this week; we escaped to the mountains for a few days during my daughter's fall break, and it was totally worth it.  I'll just have to put that much more effort into this upcoming week!

As for the design of the room, I mentioned in week 1 that I was going for a Southern coastal look.  We love going to the beach, and I wanted to bring the relaxation we feel during our trips to our guests.  It also helps that my in-laws gifted us a painting of the coast that has been in the family for years, and I can use it to tie many of the elements together.  When we researched the name on the back, we discovered that the little-known artist has actually become quite the collector's item.  And while it's not worth millions (or even close), it's neat to know that it does have a history.

The design brings together some of my favorites: buffalo check, toile (either classic or chinoiserie - haven't decided yet), and the color combo of creams and blues.  To address the lack of lighting, both natural and overhead, I'm bringing in a lot of lamps.  In addition, the room will have mirrors on two walls to bounce the lamplight.


The inspiration image is a room I have loved for a long time.  It was designed by Lisa Whitley for a Southern Living home in South Carolina.  I especially love the painting over the bed, and the windows and drapery behind the bed.  That got my wheels turning, and I realized I could give the impression of windows by hanging drapes behind our farmhouse 4 poster bed.  I happen to have some P. Kaufman buffalo check drapes that did not work well in our home but I just couldn't let go of them, so they are getting a second life in this room.  The other fabric in the room will most likely be either Pottery Barn's Matine toile in porcelain blue, or Lacefield Design's Pagodas Seaside.  The walls are Benjamin Moore's White Dove (my go-to white).

Check back next week to see our progress (or lack thereof), and be sure to visit the other participants in the One Room Challenge!