Monday, March 31, 2014

The Story of a Room: The Initial Consult

By Ethan Lucas | At 4:00 AM | Label : | 0 Comments

 It's back!! I have another great before and after story to share with all of you this week.  You can read past room series here and here.

As I stated in the original series, every project I do is so vastly different that it's hard to pinpoint an exact science or equation that I use every time. So I love giving readers a peek into how a room actually comes together. The start to the finish and everything in between. 
This week I am excited to share that process with you through this week long series, The Story of a Room. Each day I'll take you through a part of the process. Today we are starting with the initial consult and by Friday you'll get to see the finished room! 

This is a fun project to share because it's one Erin and I did together. We visited the cutest client of all time right before Christmas.  She had just bought her first house and needed help with her Living Room, Office and Entryway.  Here is what the Living Room looked like when we came out.

This room had great bones to work with.  She had already purchased a beautiful sofa and a great rug.  But she struggled with a few areas.

The first one was this awkward nook.  It was hard to put any seating there because it felt separated from the room too much. Erin suggested putting a table in the nook with storage for toys. 

We also had this t.v. wall to think about.  Our client mentioned that she wanted two chairs on either side of a new t.v. credenza and we thought that was a great plan. After chatting with her these were our assignments for the Living Room:

- two chairs
- coffee table with rounded edges so it was safe for her kids
- a table for the nook
- t.v. credneza
- new pillows
- roman shades
- new accessories
- side table
- floor lamp

Moving onto the office. 

This room is right off the entryway and it literally had nothing! So we had to really had to build a room from scratch.

We talked about doing a desk floating in the middle, two chairs by the windows and shelving behind the desk. So here is what we needed for the office:

- rug
- desk
-desk chair
- art
- shelves
- coat rack
- chairs
- side table

The last space our client needed help with was the entryway. 

Uhhh... don't mind me in this pic.  

We didn't have room for a huge entryway table due to the french doors opening and taking up wall space.

Here is what we discussed needing for the entryway:
- rug
- light fixture

After the initial consult we spent some time browsing her Pinterest boards to get some inspiration for her style.  Here are a few of the images she pinned....

 via Better Homes and Garden

Stay tuned tomorrow for the design plan we came up with for the Living Room!  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How to See Paris in a Day and a Half

By Ethan Lucas | At 4:00 AM | Label : | 0 Comments

Those who follow me on instgram (@kirstenkrason) saw that we took a little trip to Paris last week.  One of the many perks to being a pilots' wife is extremely cheap international plane tickets. There is a non-stop flight to Paris from Salt Lake that we've been dying to use. We fly standby so before we ever take any trips we always make sure the flights are wide open. But even with a wide open flight there is no guarantee. Luckily we made both of our flights there and back. 

We left Sunday night and got home Wed afternoon so this really was a quick trip!

We booked two nights at the Derby Eiffel Hotel.  The hotel was great as far as cleanliness and location.  Our room was itty bitty but we were barely ever in our hotel so it didn't matter to us.

We slept really well on the airplane so we weren't too tired when we got in Monday morning.  Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower! It was a 10 minute walk from our hotel.  There was a HUGE line to take the elevator to the top so we decided to take the stairs.  It was a great reminder of how out of shape I am! (the air was probably a lot thinner in France right?).  

The view was amazing even from the lower levels.  We ate at little sandwich stands both days for lunch.  The bread is so tasty. 

The weather was supposed to be in the 50's which seemed pretty nice so we naively didn't bring any coats!  It was pretty cold though and at night we were freezing! So we set out to do a little shopping.

Pretty much every single street you walk down in Paris belongs in a movie or a dream.  There are picture-perfect scenes every where you turn.  We headed to the main shopping area where I found a great  coat at H&M and some gloves and a scarf!

After shopping we talked back to the Eiffel tower and looked for some food on our way.  We stopped at the cutest little restaurant (they are all cute!) right by the tower. 

The crepes in Paris are AMAZING. SO good.  I can hardly even look at this picture without my mouth watering. 

Day two was really our only full day in Paris! We really wanted to see Versailles so we decided to dedicate the day to that and then see whatever else we could fit in when we were done.  We took a train out there and it was really neat to get to see some of the smaller areas next to the big city.  

Versailles is stunning.  I lived in Russia for awhile so I feel that I've seen my fair share of beautiful palaces but this one was unlike any other.  Every corner was opulent and ornate.  

After touring the palace we rented bikes down by the canal to ride around the gardens. 

No matter where we ever travel we always try to find some moments to enjoy the outdoors. 

After Versailles we walked to Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle. Both were beautiful.  

My one huge disappointment from the trip is that the Louvre was closed! I was super bummed but I guess it's just an excuse to go back! We walked back to the Eiffel tower and grabbed dinner at another restaurant right off the street. Then we decided to hike the tower again so we could see the city at night.  

While we were up there the lights started twinkling all over the tower! It was incredible . 

Before we went back to our hotel we had to make time for one more crepe stop.  I can't get enough.  

The trip really was so fun.  I hope to see lots of beautiful and inspiring places in my life.  My husband is hoping our next trip is somewhere warmer and tropical. We shall see....

Monday, March 24, 2014

Last Week's Links

By Ethan Lucas | At 4:00 AM | Label : , | 0 Comments
 If you follow me on instagram (@kirstenkrason) you saw that we took a spontaneous trip to Paris last week. I'll be posting all the fun details tomorrow! I loved catching up on my favorite blogs when I returned. Here are some of the things I'm loving most from last week...

1 || There are so many things I love about this kids room but that framed art is genius!
2 || Bought this and so many other goodies at Old Navy over the weekend. They are having a great sale!
3 || I am always looking for a fun way to use these pretty felt balls.
4 || You have to check out this list of 60 free printables for kids!
5 || I just bought this water bottle and I'm pretty excited to try it out.

6 || I cant' believe how good this gold foiled pot DIY is.
7 || This little table would make a great nightstand.
8 || You can get some insight into my fashion style over at this post
9 || This is a great knock-off for one of my favorite fabrics.
10|| This map art is so easy for any one to do! 
11 || I'm so honored that Jane's birthday party was featured on one of my favorite blogs.
12 || I found this to be an interesting read. 

top photo - Sawyer Berson // bottom photo - design dump

Friday, March 21, 2014

Feature Friday: Kayla Taylor

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Today I am featuring the home of Kayla Taylor. She currently is sharing peeks of her home on her instagram account. You can follow her @kaylawtaylor.

Here is what she says she loves most about her home:

I fell in love with my house the second we walked through it. It has been the perfect blank canvas for my design experiments and in three short years has already evolved as we have grown as a family. I have loved personalizing our house with secondhand finds because it has made every piece of furniture feel intentional and unique. I love our house. Someday we will look back at it as the place where first steps and first day of kindergarten pictures were taken and I feel like filling it with beautiful and inspiring things pays tribute to the important and special place that it is. 

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Photos by Mckenzie Mortensen Photography
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