Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring Is In The Air

My next project is a small cabin in Sundance. It is really exciting for me to design with nature as my guide. Lucky for me, I don't have to go far to be inspired - Utah is one of the prettiest states I know. With the smell of spring in the air and Pintrest by my side, this is bound to be one of my favorite projects.

Images from Pinterest

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Behind The Scences

Last week I photographed my client's home. Photo shoots are extremely fun, but they also can be exhausting and a little crazy. Photographing interiors is very different then photographing weddings. It is a lot less free style and more structured. Every time you change angles, everything else changes - lighting, sharpness, color, tweaking and moving accessories, etc. Often times my photographer (Mrs. Charlotte Beck) is either standing on furniture or crouching down low to showcase all the design elements. A typical shot can take an hour and an half - sometimes 30 mins if you are prepared.

Just like I ask my clients to provide conceptual interiors they prefer, it is helpful to provide a list of all the shots you want to get or show examples to your photographer. Visual people are visual learners. This way the photographer will know exactly what you want.

Lighting is very important, you should know how the light will move about your house. You should have a general game plan on the order of shots you will be taking and which rooms you'll be shooting during what time of day. Be mindful that sunlight is the one thing you have no control over so let it guide your order of operation.  

It's nice to have extra accessories & arrangements on hand to play with and IF POSSIBLE you should have it all set up the day before photographing. Time is money!  But with photographing client homes, setting up days prior is not a always a realistic option. You don't want to be a burden and expect clients to tip toe around your staging. It is best to have your photographer come the day of your final design install when everything is in its place.

On a photoshoot every second counts so you scarf down lunch and barely remember to go to the bathroom.  It's one of those crazy days where you just plop down at the end and go "'phew."  We had a blast and I can't wait to get the new photos up!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mood Board

I am in the process of creating a brand, a website and all that jazz for Ashley Winn Design. My graphic designer ask me to create a Mood Board which I was ecstatic about. Usually I am the one asking clients for Mood Boards to better understand their personalities. Creating this was harder then I expected, there are just so many styles and designs I love! But I feel this best represent me.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Before & After Master Bedroom

You might remember my conceptual design for a master bedroom. Well here is the finish product.

My client may kill me for showing these before pictures. According to her, the room is an absolute mess, but she is the cleanest person I know! Please don't judge.

Thank you to Mrs. Beck for the lovely photography!



Bedframe - Clients
Dressers - Clients
White Bedding - Pottery Barn
Decorative Throw Pillows - Esty
Lumbar Pillow - Restoration Hardware
Quilt - Restoration Hardware
Silk Quilt - Target
X-Base Stools - Wisteria
Area Rug - Bellacor
Bedside Table - High Fashion Home
Light Sconce - Crate & Barrel
Picture Frames - Pottery Barn
Nail Head Tray - Z Gallerie
Drapery - West Elm

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Burning With Fire

I made the rounds to all my flip homes today and I am just glowing over how this fireplace turned out! What do you think?

I apologize for the mess!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Nip & Tuck

Often times I get clients that already have great furniture, they just need a little help pulling it all together and adding the final touches.

For example, my client and good friend wanted to freshen up the guest bedroom without spending a fortune. No problem! We added some colorful bedside tables and new bedding, with decorative pillows, to lighten up the space. Everything else (well almost everything) remained in its' place.  

This is what I call my "Nip & Tuck" design service. I come in and tighten everything up for a more youthful, yet natural look :)  Sometimes a fresh set of eyes is all you need!



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Moving Forward

My client and I are moving from the master bedroom to the home office.  We are keeping to a neutral color palette with a few hints of yellow in the accessories. The space will be repainted a warm grey and we are adding a custom built-in/ desk for storage. I am excited!

Area Rug - Shades of Light
Bamboo Roman Shades - The Shade Store
Accent Greek Key Table - Home Decorators
Contemporary Artwork - Etsy
Table Lamp - Crate & Barrel
Black & White Frames - Pottery Barn
Tufted Desk Chair - Home Decorators
Drapery Panels - West Elm

Monday, March 5, 2012

White Subway Tile

I just love the timeless look of white subway tile and I use it in almost every flip. Not only does it add a simple, clean charm to a kitchen & bathroom, it is also inexpensive! If you are searching for a uniformed look and an easy install, subway tile is the way to go. You can find a 3 x 6 classic white tile at Home Depot. To spice things up, intermingle a herring bone pattern with a brick-lay pattern, use it on a fireplace surround or choose black or grey grout to make the tile pop.

This is a shower in one of my current projects...

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