Saturday, January 29, 2011


To be honest I have not been consistent at my "Designer of the Month" posts and I apologize for this. Luckily I still have two more day's left until it's a new month so...

January's Spot Light Designer is the beautiful and talented AUBREY MESSICK - soon to be MRS. AUBREY LAIDLAW. (Congrats!)

I met Aubrey when I moved to Orange Country and my first thought was this girl has got great style! Which is ture! And she is also very talented, determine and super fun.

At the time she was working at a floral boutique and was toying with the idea of starting her own floral business. Well I am happy to report that she did, Design By Aubrey, and now the world is a better place because of it. Check out her amazing arrangements.

Congratulations Aubrey on your engagement and company's success! You deserve to be happy and showered with flowers.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Conceptual Design

I am on the beginning stages of the design process for one of my clients. This room requires a custom made sectional in order for it to fit nicely within the space. Also on the list - to design a room that can accommodate lots of guests, both comfortable and inviting, and most importantly withstand activity of their three young, beautiful children. Wish me Luck!

Client Install

I had a busy and successful week on a design install for one of my clients. I have been working on the design for over a month and it was nice to finally have all the ordered furniture and accessories under one roof! I am thrilled to report that everything made it in one piece and in the right size, shape, color, texture, fabric... ( this is a designer's wish come true!)

The best part of the job was putting everything together, turning my client's house into a home.

Here is a sneak peak...I should be expecting the final images by the end of next week.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Designer's Wish

I dream of the day when one of my clients asks me to do this to their ceilings...


or this...

and this...

Preferably in a coastal cottage or mountain ranch (with reclaimed wood of course.)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Storage Crate For Any Use

I am designing a playroom for one of my e-clients in California. In the process, I stumbled across this wonderful storage crate from Serena & Lily (one of my go to stores) and need to share.

I am a big fan of investing in a few pieces for kids rooms/playrooms that eventually can transition with the child or be used nicely in another area of the house. This storage crate can be use for books and toys for now, but later be use to display firewood or store blankets when the playroom is not longer needed.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Fabric Library

Right now I am in the process of simplifying and organizing my fabrics. This is never an easy task for there are so many great designer fabrics in the industry, but with the limited space I have for design resources it is out with the old and in with the new. Thank heavens everything is online!

Check out the fabrics that made the cut.

Christopher Far Cloth

Semma Krish Design

Mally Skok Design

Lee Jofa

Dwell Stuidos by Robert Alen

Raoul Textiles

Paper Flowers and Photography

It has been a busy couple of weeks for wedding industry...

First, the fashionable couple, Hilary and Justin from Alta Moda Bridal, launched their new bridal boutique Lily and Iris. This store caters to the mother of the bride and bridesmaids, dressing the bridal party in designer wedding attire.

It was a privileged to be asked to design Lily and Iris's window display for their grand opening.

Second, the Utah Bridal Showcase was this past weekend at the Salt Palace. Whitney Lewis Photography asked Riehl Events to design her booth this year. Whitney remembered the fabulous job Riehl Events did for client Utah Bride and Groom at last years showcase and desired a smilar sleek modern feel. RE gave her a design that reflected her photography and made Whitney Lewis stand out against her competition.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Revamping for the New Year

The new year can mean a new look for your home, which can lead to new furniture, but before you start heading to Pottery Barn consider the option of reupholstering. You can often find great second hand furniture from your grandmother's home, the local distribution center or Craigslist. Better yet, you may already have a solid piece of furniture that just needs a little face lift with fun fabric.

Warning: do not let looks deceive you! Older furniture has good bones, meaning its been hand crafted and built to last, more solid than the mass produced furniture you can find today. My design advice is to look for furniture that has character in the frame, such as a carved chair leg or a curved back.

Reupholstered furniture is a great way to reflect your personality and achieve a one of kind look for your home!

Images found here


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