Powder Room Make-Over WITH SERENA & LILY

I feel so lucky to have partnered with Serena & Lily on our powder room make-over and I'm BEYOND excited to finally share the big reveal with you all! 

 by Heather Holt Photography

by Heather Holt Photography

I mean, let's talk about impact! POW!

As a reminder, this is how our new, clean, all-white blank slate of a powder room looked minutes before the wallpaper was installed....

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And, then, boom, the AFTER....

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Let me just put it out there that I’m a HUGE fan of Serena & Lily and believe their products can make any and all rooms look gorgeous. They embody coastal, cool, effortless, California style with sheer perfection, and recommending their products is always a no-brainer. And as you can imagine, collaborating with them on a space in our new house has really been a dream come true!

Anyway, in deciding what to do with our powder room, I had to take into consideration that it's the only bathroom on the main floor and in clear eye shot of the all-white kitchen. 

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With SO many stunning prints to choose from, I teeter-tottered between a few, but quickly decided on the Palm Print Wallpaper in navy. I mean, does this pattern not have my name written ALL over it?!

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In deciding on a wall mirror, I had to find one that fit the 29" width of real estate above the pedestal sink. No easy feat! Fortunately, the Lawson Ledge Mirror fit like a glove and I can never say no to a big round mirror, let alone one made of recessed bamboo and a white lacquered finish.

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In terms of lighting, the Savannah Double Sconce was an easy choice, and a major improvement from the ugly builder grade sconce that the house came with. I ended up flipping ours downward after installation because there was quite a bit of space between the top of the mirror and the electrical wiring hole-thingy (clearly I’m no electrician!), but I think it looks just fine.

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Not to be forgotten, the Banded Border Bath Hand Towel is luxuriously soft and the Small La Jolla Lidded Basket is an ideal hiding spot for extra toilet paper. Love when function meets beauty!

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I’m insanely happy with how this powder room turned out and can’t thank Serena & Lily enough for helping make my palm-loving dreams come true!

If you had to choose a room to wallpaper today, which room would it be? What print would you choose?!

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Jupiter Family Room Update

I had the great honor of revamping our very close friends' family room and kitchen several months back and recently realized I never shared anything about it over here on the blog. I kept meaning to....but, then, just didn't. Solid excuse, I know!

Quite frankly, the pictures I've taken of the process have been less than stellar and I've been meaning to reshoot the "after" for some time. But then summer, kids, work, family, travel, blah blah blah, got in the way.

While I want to do these beautifully updated spaces justice, my amateur photography skills (with an iPhone that's constantly on the fritz) coupled with my forgetfulness to bring/use the "good camera", has brought us into August without any sharing of my design projects. 

So, I'm just going to throw clear, crisp, professionally edited photos to the wind and share the real deal crappy iPhone pics I have. Please use your imagination, and, perhaps, squint a little. 

Let's focus on the family room first, why don't we? 

Here she is in her "before" state. 

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A tad dark for my liking, and definitely a bit overcrowded with that big bulky sectional and overly dramatic fan, but I knew this room had serious potential. 

Taking my friends/clients needs, wants, desired style, functionality, and reality into consideration, I sent them three initial moodboards to consider (all using an image similar to their existing rug as the foundation)...

OPTION 1

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OPTION 2

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OPTION 3

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After hearing their feedback, and one round of revisions, they were sent an extensive final design plan that included this moodboard:

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My recommendations included swapping their old TV console for a new one (from my fave, well designed, affordable IKEA), framing the windows with soft white linen curtains, saying sayonara to the old sectional and hello to a new lighter  more proportionate one, and adding texture, pattern, and personalization through pillows, poufs, and a family gallery wall.

Check out the stunning "after":

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Not to be overlooked, I can't forget the huge impact this fan switcherhoo had on the space. 

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BU-BYE old clunker and HELLO GORGEOUS beautifully designed ceiling fan by Star Fans.

If you aren't familiar with this contemporary, energy saving, color customizable indoor/outdoor fan company YOU HAVE TO CHECK THEM OUT! They sent me a gorgeous white motor with bleached blade fan to use in this space and it's really a very cool show stopper. Pun intended.

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Grainy iPhone pics aside, how good is this transformation?

I'll be sharing the family room "before" and "after" at some point in the near future too....perhaps after a reshoot!?

 

Finding the right framed print

I'm sorta all over the place decorating the new house. On one hand, I love love love everything about this creative process, but on the other I'm feeling totally scattered and ADD. I hop from room to room trying to figure out the best solution for what should go where...and once I think I've decided on THE plan, I change my mind. I'm seriously my own worst client!

This week I've chosen to focus on Milo's room. It's the biggest of the kids' rooms yet with door and window placement it's a challenging space. 

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While I continue to mull over where to put the bed and desk, I'm focusing on what to hang above the dresser. Which to be perfectly honest, is my most favorite part...like icing a cake or deciding on accessories, shoes, and the perfect handbag!

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I have a few options to choose from but I kind of want something new for his room. (My husband is currently rolling his eyes as he reads this!) I've placed this square mirror above the dresser for now but it's clearly too small and I'm not digging the look long-term.

I noticed that Urban Outfitters is having a 25% off sale and unbelievably framed prints are included! Between you and me, this is one of my top secret, go-to sources for fun, affordable, large-scale framed art.

Here are some of my top contenders for above the dresser....

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And then here's one I just like and am trying to find a home for around the house (maybe guest room or laundry room, or even somewhere along the upstairs hallway?):

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Which one do you think would look best above Milo's dresser? Imagine these prints large, either  30x40 or 40x60. Thoughts?

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