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Quick Before & After Progress Shots - Long Distance Design

I worked with A on a birthday present surprise for her daughter, E.  We wanted to take her room from little girl & clutter to grown-up & organized.  She recently sent me a progress picture that shows a few simple changes - new bed, bedding, end tables, lighting & an organized closet - what a difference!  There are still a few things to complete, like wall art, a desk & seating area, but I just wanted to show an example of what a difference thoughtful design can make.



From A - "My daughter's bedroom was transformed from an overstuffed cluttered juvenile mess, to a serene sophisticated Tiffany inspired space, all thanks to you. As time allows, we are slowly adding items from your expertly thought out and thorough design format. The pictures do not do justice to the actual space. My daughter loves her new room, and we can't thank you enough."

If you're interested in Long Distance Design - working with an interior designer without breaking the bank - please, contact me!


Nailhead Trim

I recently came across this image and had to share it!  I know, nailhead trim is everywhere  - what's so special about it?  Well, the detail here kicks it up a notch:


Further searching for interesting nailhead design led me to the images below - very pretty!



It's been eons since I've blogged, but I hope to pop in more often as I come across things that I love :)


How a Tree becomes a House. Or Furniture. Or Floors.

I follow ReBuilding Exchange (a great local Chicago resource for reclaimed building supplies & fixtures - love it!) on Facebook & they posted a picture of this sculpture by Vincent Kohler.  It is a great visual that explains how a log is cut & planed to create wood ready for building.  I found it to be fascinating!  


I went into the ReBuilding Exchange last week just to poke around a bit.  They have aisles of old doors, reclaimed wood, kitchen cabinets, sinks, toilets, you name it!  What I also loved were the carpet tiles.  At $2/tile, I was able to put together a  4x6 rug for $12.  It was high performance contract carpet, perfect for an entry.  I wasn't able to think of a place to use it, so I put it all back...but let this serve as a notice to you if you're in the market!


Painted Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans get a bad rap in the design world.  I've always thought it was a bit overblown, since they are often quite necessary!  But if you're stuck with builder basics and don't want to pay $$$ to install new, modern models, here is a great alternative!

I pinned this DIY this morning from Kristen F. Davis Designs (a super talented decorative painter), then thought it would make for a great post - something you may not have thought about before, but could do on your own.

Take apart your fan, spray paint the metal parts (if you want to get rid of brass, or whatever) and paint the blades.  Based on comments, it looks like the designer used layers of different colors, but that inexpensive FolkArt craft paint was mentioned in the comments, making this a really affordable project.

Filing this away for our home as well!


I Love this SO MUCH

There are so many photo a day type video/slideshows out there that I have always liked.  Pregnancy documention, baby growing, etc.  When a friend of mine posted this video on Facebook, I skipped past it (as I do with most linked videos when I'm just quickly checking in) but later scrolled back up to watch it.  I am so glad I did!


2012 in 366 Seconds from James Bernal on Vimeo.

I admit that it is sometimes hard for me to remember to take H's weekly picture (we're doing the oft copied Young House Love photo project), and this would be even more challenging, but my hope is that with daily repetition it will become habit within a couple of weeks.

H pulled up to stand for the first time yesterday and I managed to get it on video.  Yesterday was also May 1st, a perfect date to start this project, no??