Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Family Basement Reveal

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

Today I am sharing a basement makeover I recently did with Erin. Yesterday I gave some insight into the process and shared all of the before pictures but just as a reminder here is the basement before...


We lightened it, layered it and brought in some color! I love how it turned out. 


Our clients had the room painted in Restoration Hardware's silver sage at 75%. Those tan walls HAD to go! 



Immediately when you enter the basement you see this table and these lamps. The table is from DownEast Home. The coral is also from DownEast.  The lamps are from Lamps Plus. We got the curtain panels from West Elm


I'm so glad we decided to use a rug to ground the t.v. seating area. I think it was necessary in this long room. 


The rug is the Charing Cross rug from Serena and Lily. Side tables are the Bone Side Tables from West Elm. The t.v. console is the Blake Grey Wash Media Console from Crate and Barrel. 


The spindle chair is from Alice Lane Home Collection. The ottoman was reupholstered in Westley in Indigo by Pindler. Rocky Mountain Upholstery did all the upholstery for the space. 



The blue pillows are from Plush Studio. The tan pillow is to-the-trade.  We had the sofa upholstered in Pindler & Pindler Sanderson in Parchment.  It's a super durable fabric and soil and stain resistant! 


We took their existing chair and upholstered it in Robert Allen's Nesting Zig Zag


The ivory pillow is from Target. The coral pillow is from West Elm. 


We got this great garden stool on Overstock. We used grasscloth on the back wall to create more of focal point in the nook. 


The leaning ladder is from Amazon.




The shelf turned out so much better once it was painted white! We added a bunch of accessories from Target and T.J. Maxx. 


I picked up a beautiful asian needlepoint from a thrift store for a steal! While going through our clients things we found this adorable house made out of popsicle sticks that one of their sons made. I love using sentimental items in our decor whenever possible! 




In the seating area the octopus art is such a statement! The chairs are $215 a piece on Overstock.






We found this desk at Pottery Barn. The desk chair is the Porter Upholstered chair from West Elm. 


We printed off this rock art from here.

This room was so much fun to design and install. Game rooms and basements are usually a dumping ground for all the leftover furniture and decor. But I believe they should get a little attention too! After all this where your family will be gathering and spending so much time together.


A BIG thank you to Jylare Smith Photography for taking these great images! 

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Family Basement Design Plan

By Ethan Lucas | At 4:00 AM | Label : , , | 0 Comments
I am going to be revealing a fun basement makeover that Erin and I worked on. So today I wanted to give you a look at the process and of course share before pics! 

In November Erin and I were contacted about designing a basement living area for an adorable family of four.  They had been living in the house for a year and were finally ready to make their basement into a fun game and lounging area. Here is what we saw when we went out for the initial consult. 


Not horrible but not great.  It obviously needed some color and life breathed into the space! 

All of the furniture in the room was from their previous house.  They had paid a lot of money for the pieces and they still loved the shape so we decided to reupholster the sofa, ottoman and one of the chairs. 



For the current seating area we decided to get two new chairs, a side table and some new art.  We also talked about moving their existing cabinet piece to the seating area and making the area by the window into a ping pong area. 

We wanted to create a fun place for sitting, chatting, playing games but also leave enough space for their two boys to run a little wild.  

The t.v. space needed some help as well. We thought a rug would be good to ground the furniture. Without a rug it felt like everything was floating in the space.  We also wanted a new t.v. piece, an additional chair and some wallpaper for the back wall. 


The client had some brown built-ins that we decided to paint white.  They also had an unused corner next to the bathroom. We thought this would be a fun area for a desk.  


We also wanted to make sure the basement flowed with the design of the rest of the house. Here is a picture of their dining room to give you a feel for their style. 


Their main floor felt a little formal and they wanted their basement to be much more causal but still feel like it belonged in the same house. 

Here is the initial mood board we sent over to the client with the color scheme of navy, chartreuse and coral in mind. 


And here is the layout that we liked for the basement. 


They had also spent a lot of money on their main floor and they were hoping to keep the costs down for the basement makeover.  We got to work sourcing some really fun stuff! We took a high-low approach to the budget which we do in all of our spaces.  Here are some of the pieces we saved a little money on:

We fell in love with this amazing octopus art from Natural Curiosities but the price was way too high at  almost $5,000! So our client tracked down this look-a-like for a fraction of the cost.


We did have to have it custom matted and framed but we still saved so much money.  

We also found these blue chairs on Overstock for only $215 a piece! 


We thought about making custom window treatments but to keep cost down we went with ready made panels from West Elm instead. 


Another way we saved was by buying almost all of our accessories at T.J. Maxx and Target. We also shopped quite a bit at local clearance stores for a lot of the furniture. 

Tomorrow we'll be sharing the reveal! Here is a sneak peek... 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Last Week's Links

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

 Last week I had the opportunity to attend SNAP.  It was amazing. It was my third year attending and I learned SO much. I went to classes on legal, accounting, hiring an assistant, publishing a book and being on t.v.  I always feel so motivated after attending blogging conferences. I have a million new ideas going through my head. Now we'll see what I'll actually be able to accomplish!  Here are the links I'm loving from last week!


1 || There is something about this beautiful artwork that I can't get enough of! 
2 || This is the perfect spring dress. The colors are so pretty.
3 || If this stuff works I want it!
4 || I am dying to try out these homemade fruit snacks.
5 || This is the cutest laundry basket ever.


6 || Wouldn't this watercolor mural transform a party in an instant?
7 || Everything looks better when it's gold leafed. Check out this great DIY art tutorial.
8 || Check out the door knobs in this post
9 || I love these tips for styling an entryway.

10 || If you follow me on instagram (@kirstenkrason) you saw these yummy Popsicles I made. I wanted to share the recipe with you. They were so quick and easy!

1 banana. 1 cup berries. 1 cup mango. 1 cup pineapple. 1 cup coconut water. blend and freeze!

top photo - Rachel Anne || bottom photo - Watercolor Mural

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kia Orana! Little Polynesian Resort

By Ethan Lucas | At 11:01 AM | Label : | 0 Comments
This resort has been designed with every opportunity to take advantage of its natural resources. The Ares are built right into the natural setting of palm trees and tropical foliage. Your veranda will open to a view of strikingly clear turquoise ocean, spellbinding waves and all perfectly framed with the lush green of palms overhead and completely around you.

























The Little Polynesian offers all the amenities one would expect from the Cook Islands' most upscale boutique resort. Overbeach Ares (bungalows) promise aimless days of looking out to the lagoon's turquoise waters and waking up to the gentle sound of waves, while the scent of tropical flowers fills the air around Pia Tiare (garden units).






























Over the Beach Are (Bungalow): Overbeach Ares (bungalows) will turn even the most jaded of cynics into romantics.
Pia Tiare (Garden Units): The scent of tropical flowers fills the air around four Pia Tiare.Whichever you choose, you will be immersed in nature at the Little Polynesian. 

Whichever you choose, we guarantee you will be immersed in nature at the Little Polynesian.











A typical day at Little Polynesian begins with a "Tropical Island Breakfast" delivered to your room every morning. This delightful start to the day consists of local fruit (in season), yogurt, honey, toast, cereal tea or coffee. 



At midday, lunch brings a wonderful variety of salads and bistro style options. When evening beckons, our bistro offers an eclectic menu with an exciting mix of Island and Mediterranean cuisine including freshly caught seafood, delicious lamb and beef as well as tasty vegetarian options. Dessert menu is equally tempting, with its tropical flavored delights. 



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