Office ‘Before’

Today, I want to share the office project I’m working on with you.

This post will have ALOT of ‘before’ photos so you can get a good idea of how the space looked the first time I saw it. If you think it looks bad in the photos, just imagine it worse, my camera has made it look nicer than it actually is. Haha.

The entrance: the only thing I am able to change out here is the sign. A new one has gone up in place of the Lean Kit sign.

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When you walk through the door, you go through the lobby of another company then get to a set of stairs. My job starts at the bottom stair. You are greeted with your first dose of this not-so-lovely red that takes over a lot of the space.

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Once you reach the top of stairs, there is a random little area that I am calling the “landing”.

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Which leads you to a hallway…

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Oh the hallway…the dreaded hallway. Let me give you some words that describe the hallway: dark, dingy, creepy, gross…just ew! Haha. Red and black paint EVERYWHERE!

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There are two bathrooms in the hallway. The first is lime green, but shows up more yellow in these photos. In person, it is beyond lime!

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The second bathroom is…see if you can guess…yep, you’re right! Red!

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When you exit the bathroom, you walk a little further down the hallway…

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Then you finally get to the office door(the door on the right)

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As soon as you open the office door, you are greeted with a wall that blocks your view of the space.

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This is the view to your left.

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And your view to the right.

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Once you walk around the wall, you are in a big open space with great high ceilings, big windows and cool beams.

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Walk past the stairs and step down to another area.

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This doorway leads to what will become the conference room.

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Foyer to the conference room.

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A huge positive to this space and project is that even though it is very rough around the edges it has really good bones! Exposed brick, the beams in the main room and lofts really give this space a cool feel!

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This is the room that will become the conference room.

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This brick wall is the only thing I don’t have to change in this room 🙂

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Weird wall of soundproofing panels.

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Leave the conference room and you are back to the foyer.

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I know that was a lot to take in, but hopefully now you have an idea of the huge task this office has given me! I am SO excited to see this place transform!

After all of those ugly photos, I want to leave you with an inspiration photo for the space!

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Clean, crisp, simple, contrast.

xoxo,

O

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Clean, Simple, Contrast

Hey guys! Exciting news…I am designing an office space for a music tour/band!! I am so thankful for the opportunity and I am beyond thrilled to take on this project! I will post before, in the process, and after pictures of the space as things are happening. The ball is starting to roll and I cannot wait to see my vision come to life!

For now, I want to share some inspiration photos with you.

Clean, simple, contrast describes the look I want to create in the office!

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By now, you probably have a pretty good idea of what vibe I am trying to create…can’t wait to share the whole process with you!

xoxo,

O


TeePee Dreams

All I can think about when I hear the word teepee is that SNL skit with Will Ferrel. “Who’s that Spartan in my teepee? It’s ME, It’s ME! Ha!

Anyways…my sister in law asked me to help her decorate a teepee she was giving her girls for Christmas and I was excited she asked me. She wanted it to be whimsical and magical like the tent in the movie ‘The Holiday.’ If you’ve never seen it, first of all, watch it and secondly, here is a photo of the adorable tent.

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She ordered the teepee off of Etsy and I was in charge of everything else. I bought some pillows and a soft blanket from TJ Maxx, ordered some pillows off of Etsy and Society6, made fabric garland and paper stars, bought sheepskin rugs from IKEA, and some white lights to make it extra magical.

This is the space BEFORE the teepee:

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And AFTER:

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We love the way it turned out! All of the elements work together to make the perfect magical space for any kid…hey, I want one for my room 🙂

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So that’s the magical little teepee. I had a lot of fun decorating it!

Anybody else want their own teepee? I know I do!

xoxo,

O


The Wheels on the Bus: Part 2

The bus is finally finished!!! Yep…finito, done, complete! It has been a long process, but I am so happy with the way everything turned out.

This bus is occupied by 12 men at all times so I had to design accordingly. My thought process for the design was the feel of a luxury hotel that is neither masculine nor feminine, but nice, clean, simple and luxurious. I chose the dark wood finish first then the leather, flooring, fabrics, etc.

Have a look at the finished product!

This is the front lounge.

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The view you get right when you walk on the bus.

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Detailed shot of the only patterned fabric I chose and one of my favorite things on the bus…the sconces from Restoration Hardware complete with Edison bulbs.

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I love the gray barnwood-esque floors against the camel leather couches, chocolate brown walls, and amazingly soft fur pillow!

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The kitchen area is definitely one of my favorite parts of the bus. You can never go wrong with white subway tile and charcoal gray grout 🙂

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The bunk area was hard to photograph because there is no natural light, but here it is. I chose a gray check sheet with a soft, navy blue pintuck comforter. Ignore the creases in the sheets 🙂

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The back lounge:

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The shower: Once again I chose subway tile, because its my favorite, with a hexagon carrera marble floor.

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Well, that sums up the bus tour. I hope you liked it! I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to do this project and can’t wait for what’s next 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,

O


The Wheels on the Bus

Go round and round…I’m excited to share with you guys that I have had the privilege of designing/decorating Newsong’s brand new tour bus!

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I was very flattered/intimidated to be asked to take on such a big job! I’ve clearly never done a tour bus before so I was definitely a little nervous, but it’s like a home on wheels so I just pretended like I was decorating a house 🙂 I’ve had a lot of fun throughout the whole process and seen just how much work goes into building tour buses. I picked everything from the wood finish on all the walls, to the floors, to the leather for the couches, the fabric for window valances and bunk curtains, sconces, countertops, backsplash…you get the picture…I had to pick everything! I’m excited because the bus will be done soon and I can’t wait to see how everything comes together!

For now, I’ll share some pictures of the bus the first time I saw it; the bunk area was already built out and some of the wood paneling was in.

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Hopefully very soon I will have ‘After’ pictures to share with you!! Hey, maybe after this I’ll be an interior designer for tour buses 😉

xoxo,

O


Pumpkin Painting

Stephen and I decided to have a little pumpkin painting party for 2. We got our Pumpkin Spice Latte and Caramel Apple Spice from Starbucks, put some cinnamon rolls in the oven, put on a Miles Davis record and started painting our little pumpkins! All of those things combined makes for a perfect day!

Here’s the set up.

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And the delicious cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven. Yum!Image

Once we polished off a couple of cinnamon rolls we got right to painting! I chose to do a simple white polka dot pumpkin and a gold and white stripe/dots pumpkin!

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Stephen getting down with his crafty self. Haha.Image

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The finished products:

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A couple of shots of all 3 together!

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And the artists with their masterpieces 🙂

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It was super easy and a really fun fall activity to do together! Go get some pumpkins and paint and see what creation you come up with!

xoxo,

O


Get Your Craft On

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at stenciling on a canvas to create some personalized art for a while now and just haven’t done it. Well, no more excuses..it was time for me to get my craft on!

Lately, I can’t get enough of the new Hillsong Young & Free album! It’s an amazing worship album and the lyrics are so beautiful! One song in particular called “Lifeline” has been stuck in my head nonstop, so that was my inspiration for this project. The lyrics I used are: “You are my hope, You never let go. Jesus forever, You’ve forgiven my failures”. Such truth in those lyrics! I’m singing it as I type this…But seriously, if you haven’t listened to it you really need to. Here’s a sample you can listen to but the lyrics I used are closer to the end of the song!

So first things first, the supplies:

  1. Blank Canvas
  2. Stencil Letters
  3. Stencil Brushes
  4. Craft Paint

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I used Martha Stewart metallic craft paint in Titanium.

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Also, Martha Stewart stencil brushes and letters.

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First, I unwrapped my canvas and started planning out where the letters would go. There are ways to stencil more professionally than I did, like making straight lines as a guideline for your letters and taping the letters down as you paint, but I did neither of those. Haha. I just eyeballed it which means it didn’t turn out perfectly, but it turned out pretty good.

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Next, dip your stencil brush into the paint making sure there is only a thin layer on the brush.

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It was coming out a little messy at first (that’s why I said to make sure there is only a thin layer of paint ;)) because the paint was bleeding through the line of the stencil, but thats what white touch up paint is for, right? As I continued, I used less paint and started understanding how to stencil better.

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After about 2 hours of stenciling..what can I say I’m a stenciling ammature, it was time to find a place for my new masterpiece (not really a masterpiece but still a ‘work of art’ :)) I found the perfect spot for it on top of my refrigerator. I always like to decorate the top of my fridge because it’s not cute and needs a little attention 🙂

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It didn’t turn our perfect, but I still like it! My first try at stenciling I think i would give myself a B- haha, but you have to start somewhere. Next time I will actually follow the guidelines they give you, but it was fun to just go for it not knowing exactly what I was doing!

Have you ever tried stenciling? Any tips?

xoxo,

O