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Thought I would share some finds from a recent concept board I put together for an entry + living room in a California coastal home. Light furniture, warm woods, a play on patterns…perfect for a small sitting room.

 

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The Orb Chandelier from Ballard Designs.

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Slipcovered loveseat from Restoration Hardware (*different but similar version shown above).

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Concrete round coffee table.

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Club chair from Ballard Designs, shown in a different fabric than above – with many more options to choose from.

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Coral Needlepoint Bench, shown in red (additional colors available).

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Cowhide Patchwork Rug

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Rustic Wood Mirror.

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Floor Lamp from here.

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A floral arrangement (as seen on coffee table).

For more room looks & concept boards, view here.





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Have to admit, in recent months Overstock.com has become an increasingly “go to” source for me when sourcing for clients. Initially it began with clients emailing me their Overstock.com finds, often with a cringe (in comparison to some of the other great things I was finding elsewhere) but with budgets (& yes, those knock-offs!) – it’s often hard to pass up! Especially with my online design clients, it has become a great resource for those looking to furnish their homes when on a budget!

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{Several items seen in the above concept board were sourced from Overstock.com for a living room online design project I designed for a client, young first time homeowners that were looking to furnish their new home on a budget.}

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This ottoman is available on Overstock.com for just $185, and comes in a range of colors including purple and taupe (I included the grey one on the concept board).

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Also featured on the concept board, this lounge chair available on Overstock currently for $206.

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For accessories, these throw pillows at just $22 (& included in the above design scheme too) make a great find!

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And while I only showed one of these table lamps on the console table on the board, they come as a pair for only $184.

Some other great finds:

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Manchester Nailhead Club Chair for $363.

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Stuart Floor Lamp for $165.

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Christopher Knight Home Adjustable Natural Fir Wood Finish Barstool for $116.

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Gallery Linen Sofa with Pillows for $989.

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Pair of Oak Finish Side Chairs (Two) for $162.

There is so much more…happy shopping!





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I thought I would share with our Material Girls readers one of my online design projects, a “Get the Look” feature for a master bedroom. The online design services I offer works for client’s anywhere, looking for design help and direction. Clients email pictures of the room they are looking for help with along with the room measurements (including any other specific requests such as budget, style, needs, or existing furnishings to incorporate). Once received, I provide two furniture floor plan layout options for them to decide on. In this instance, the client chose the one below for her master bedroom:

From there I start selecting the furniture options (in most cases providing several options per furniture piece, varying on pricing – highs and lows) for the client to choose from. In putting together the concept board, I will usually select the best of the best options (as well as it becomes an exercise in seeing how the pieces work together). There are many times I move items around, switch things out, or even update selections as they are decided upon!

Here are a few key pieces of the master bedroom featured above for your own “get the look” -

Pondicherry Headboard with Nailheads from Serena and Lily – this headboard comes in several fabric options to choose from!

“Amelie” Mirrored Nighstand from Horchow – currently on sale!

Meena Table Lamp from Home Decorators – I love this lamp, wish it for myself!

Chloe chair from Room & Board (one great thing about Room & Board is that you can customize the leg finishes on many of their pieces).

 Serpentine Steel Gray Flatweave Rug from Layla Grayce – one of my favorite go to sources for fun and graphic area rugs!

“Maria Theresa” Chandelier from Horchow – another item currently on sale!!

Maison Armoire from Restoration Hardware – so pretty!

Grey Haze Hand Painted Print from Ballard Design.

{Additional accessories and furnishings that are shown on plan, not included in this listing.}

If you are interested in the online design package I offer, feel free to click here for more info.





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DIY Kitchen Transformations

Posted By Jill-LA | Feb 20, 2011 | 8 Comments | Category: Budget Design, Kitchens, Paint

As an interior designer, I love to see a great transformation. Whether it’s a piece of furniture repurposed or an entire room transformed – the process of changing or transforming things is usually really exciting.  So recently when I was invited to experience two new products in kitchen transformations from Rust-Oleum – I was curious to see how this product could work and what the outcome would be.

Rust-Oleum Transformations has two kits for the DIY-er to transform kitchen cabinets or kitchen countertops as an inexpensive and efficient alternative to replacing cabinets or countertops entirely.  Experiencing the product for myself, I can say the process is simple and easy to use (that’s coming from a person who isn’t capable of anything DIY-the fact that I could actually do this was a bit exhilarating for me!). The kit includes everything needed to complete the project. (The kits can also be used for bathroom counters/cabinets or even furniture.)

With the help of the people from Rust-Oleum, each of us got to test out both the countertop kit and the cabinet kit, using the easy step by step process.

The kits come with everything needed to complete the project. The countertops involve five steps, and the cabinets involve four steps.  Depending on the size of your kitchen most transformation projects could be completed in a weekend.

The countertop kit comes with five color options, from light to dark, replicating a “granite like” finish (solid finishes are not yet available).

There are many options to chose from for the cabinet colors.

The kits can be purchased from local home improvement stores (such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc) or visit the Rust-Oleum Transformations website for more info, including details and tutorials. The retail price for a newly resurfaced countertop kit is $250 and cabinets $150 (depending on your square footage).

The outcome?

Countertops and cabinets that look like they were custom without the custom price!

Thank you to Rust-Oleum for inviting me to experience the products hands-on!





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As much as I enjoy residential interior design, I like retail design too. In this day and age, retail design has really taken traditional store design a step beyond.  Commercial interior finishes are truly intriguing and having worked for commercial design firms, I often find myself applying finishes used in commercial projects into my residential projects.  To keep up on the trends of retail design, I follow such sites as DDI and Retail Design Diva.

A recent post on Retail Design Diva featured this wine shop located in Greenwich Village, NYC.  I thought it was so interesting, just had to feature it!  It was designed by the commercial design firm MADLAB LLC based in New Jersey.  The 600 sq ft store just happens to be located right next door to Jonathan Adler’s Greenwich Village boutique.  (Speaking of having a little wine with your design…)

The story behind the project is the typical scenario:  design process underway, custom features & design elements drove the costs way up, and the price tag was beyond what the shop owner had ever imagined.  Instead, MADLAB brought in an artist/design team to work with second hand furniture/thrift store finds  and leave the raw space as is.  The result is a 25-foot long massive assemblage of furniture (all painted in white) in which to display the wines in a clever way.

I guess this story reverses the philosophy of bringing commercial finishes into residential projects, instead second hand furniture turns into retail chic!

Take a look:

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Shabby Chic: High & Low

Posted By Jill-LA | Nov 05, 2008 | 2 Comments | Category: Budget Design, Decorating, Furniture

It’s always so much fun to see the versions of “High” and “Low.” Often, they will be from two different manufactures. For example, in reference to the post Lauren had done awhile back: “Would you fake it?” which featured a high end rug from Madeline Weinrib or Ikea & Pottery Barn’s knock off version of the same rug. Well, with Shabby Chic you have both high and low from the same company! There is the high end line at Shabby Chic stores or the retail line at Target called “Simply Shabby Chic” which we all know would account for low-er priced. Check out some of these finds:

SHABBY CHIC: BAROQUE MIRROR $255


SIMPLY SHABBY CHIC: MIRROR $69.99


SHABBY CHIC: 3 DRAWER ROSALEE DRESSER $895.00


SIMPLY SHABBY CHIC: 3 DRAWER DRESSER $249.99


SHABBY CHIC: PETITE CHANDELIER $690.00


SIMPLY SHABBY CHIC: METAL FLOWER CHANDELIER $39.00


SHABBY CHIC: AUSTIN CABINET $1850.00


SIMPLY SHABBY CHIC: ARMOIRE $449.99


SHABBY CHIC: CAMILLE BEDSIDE TABLE $450


SIMPLY SHABBY CHIC: VANITY TABLE $129.99


SHABBY CHIC: ROUND LEAF OTTOMAN $292.00


SIMPLY SHABBY CHIC: VANITY STOOL $37.99





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Oh those LACK tables!

Posted By Jill-LA | Sep 30, 2008 | 4 Comments | Category: Budget Design, Furniture

So I’m sure many of you have seen those ubiquitous Ikea “LACK” tables. They come in the form of coffee tables, console tables, side tables. They are truly inepensive, have a range of colors, are functional, modern, simple – and they are in my own apartment AND imagine my surprise when I discovered they were in Sarah Jessica Parker’s own home! In the book, “So Chic” from Elle Decor they are featured in her house in the Hamptons!

Ikea LACK tables featured in the living room of Sarah Jessica Parker’s house in the Hamptons:


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