Color

One Classy Baby! Putting a Sophisticated Nursery Together

One four year old girl loves her baby brother! Mom loves plaids and a vintage vibe so Creative Touch Interiors is going to put together a sophisticated nursery for this handsome little man. A new set of dark furniture can be tough to compliment with plaids – it’s important that the nursery look like it’s suited to a child and not old and stuffy like a man’s study. The solution is in the plaid:  use primary colors. Neutral walls allow the furniture and linens to take center stage. A vibrant red coverlet sets off the plaid pillows. Mom’s penchant for vintage has inspired a quest for the perfect accent; after speaking with a local artist we’ve picked out two vintage transportation posters that we are going to apply to the walls in paint. The colors on the artwork will be customized to match the palette of the room.

It’s important to keep big sister involved, too! Upon ripening to the young age of four she’s finally decided on her favorite colors – pink and lavender. Her nursery was originally blue and already has luxurious draperies so Peggy and her team will be utilizing their local artist to design a focal point in the inset archway that frames the bed; a stunning cherry blossom-like tree with pink and lavender flowers. The artist will also accent the iron headboard with pinks and lavenders to pull all of the colors together. The existing upscale bedding will be incorporated and new accent pillows will bring in the new colors. Since big sis is growing up so fast we are also adding a built-in desk for projects and homework! The project she is most excited about, though, is helping to take care of her new baby brother!

Once our project is complete we will post photos of these gorgeous rooms!


Lawn Furniture for Literalists

Photo Courtesy of Ready Made Blog

I couldn’t help but spread the blog love on this post I saw at Ready Made. Incredible to think you can build a permanent seating fixture in your garden with some wooden stakes, plywood, soil and sod. If you build this at your home we’d like to hear about your experience! Also… we’d like to know what detergent you use to get the grass stains out of your clothes.


How to Build a Nursery

Congratulations! Adding a new member to your family is one of the most exciting events that will happen in your life. Whether it is an addition to your own or you are getting a room ready for grandkids or guests it’s important to create a space for an infant that is safe and conducive to all of their activities! Here’s a step-by-step guide to putting a room together for your little one:

  1. Start with a bare space. Take every item in the room out, clean the windows, wipe down the sills and the baseboards. If we aren’t doing anything to the walls then I like to clean any scuffs off with Magic Eraser or another wall cleaning product.
  2. Decide whether you want to decorate incorporating the baby’s sex or if you want to keep it gender neutral.
  3. Create an inspiration board with photos that include colors, furniture styles, shapes, patterns, and motifs that you enjoy. Look at blogs, magazines, and books – skip the retail catalogues, they don’t get personal enough.
  4. Step back from your inspiration board. What do you like about each picture?
  5. Decide on your crib ensemble first. (bumper pad, dust ruffle, sheets, etc.)
  6. Based on what you’ve decided already, pick out your furniture:  crib, chest, changing table, and rocker/glider. What other additional storage might you need? A toy chest? A hamper?
  7. Outfit the bedroom closet. There’s no need to be able to fit adult size clothing in there! Leave enough hanging space for onesies and other adorably tiny clothes! Install shelves with bins and other organizing tools for the remaining clothes, itty bitty accessories, and bulk diaper containers.
  8. Decide on the theme of your room! Do you want to pass on your love of animals to your child? Perhaps your passion for the stars and planets! Thinking about a more sophisticated space? Try an english garden theme or a sailing theme where you can create a backdrop that’s more subtle and bring the theme to life through bright accents.
  9. Add color to the walls. Pick out wallpaper or a paint color that will work with your theme. Think about thick horizontal stripes – they will add color and pattern without being overwhelming. If you want to use wallpaper, keep it to a minimum so the room doesn’t get too busy. Consider bold graphics for a more sophisticated nursery!
  10. Take a sample from the wallpaper or fabric that you’ve chosen when you make your baby registry.
  11. Decide on the style and fabric for your window treatments – you want to pick something out that will have longevity so that your child can use them as he or she grows. Also, you might want to incorporate blackout curtains, shutters, or layer the fabrics in the window to reduce light for your infant.
  12. Creating a room on a budget? Utilize other furniture from your house, attic, or a donated piece from a friend then paint it and change the knobs to give it a whole new life.
  13. Don’t forget your bathroom! Install a high faucet (they start at $150) so baby can bathe comfortably.
Think about your baby in the long term – Crib4Life is a crib that can expand into a bed as your child grows!


Cool It

The Stunning New Color Palette

Warm sundrenched colors graced the living room of a traditional home; golds, burgundy reds, and accents of navy created a formal space that was starting to seem dated. In the hot Houston summers, the family tended to steer clear of this room, even though they needed the space.

Outdated Layout

With three daughters (12, 8, and 4 years old) running the home everyday activities can get kind of raucous. The room needs to address all kinds of family needs including a formal living room, game nights, musical practice room, and entertaining space for both adult events and an annual slumber party for the girls and their friends.

Outdated Color Scheme

Whenever we design a room we put together our design board and build our layout for the room on AutoCAD. Take a look at these sumptuous steel blue neutrals paired with cool browns. Our layout for this room is going to take this square footage from faded to fabulous.

Living Room Floor Plan

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A Side Project!

You might have noticed a little break in our postings! I really missed posting and telling you about all of the exciting things going on at the firm BUT…

I got married!

So I HAD to show you some photos because Creative Touch did the decor and they did a FABULOUS job. I am so lucky to work with such talented women. A big thank you to Peggy for her help collecting all of the items AND staying on budget. All of these photos are taken by amateurs with an amazing eye – thanks to my friends for letting me borrow them for this post!

My hubby and me!

Instead of cake, we went with pie. MMMmmmmmm......pie...

Gorgeous Centerpieces!


Massive Move-In: Playroom

Jennifer and Jamie

Jennifer and Jamie take on the Playroom

Boxes

Where do we start??

A mountain of plush toys sat in a giant fuzzy pile – their oversized eyes begging me to jump into their midst and cuddle with all of them. (What?) After reliving my childhood for a moment, we set about organizing over 40 boxes of toys, games, DVDs, books, and more toys. Did I mention toys? A large cabinet designated for the TV, video games, DVD player, and accessories was quickly filled with all of its’ corresponding items.

The centerpiece of the room is a fun, whimsical piece of furniture that gives the user endless compositions; from a lounge chair with ottoman to a sectional sofa to a sofa bed. The endless possibilities allow the children to use their creative side – and the light weight of each piece gives opportunity to pillow forts any day of the week. The fun, energetic, and perefctly mismatched fabrics makes each piece unique and easily replaceable – IDEAL for the playroom.

Together, we created separate play spaces within the room for playing with doll houses, tea time, games, and story time. Complementary artwork, hand selected by Mom (who has a number of favorite artists she has commissioned) adorned the walls. Also, a large custom window seat is being created to play off of the wide color palette in the room.

How long it will stay gorgeous, organized, and pristine is an entirely different question…

Playroom

Pillow fort....ahoy!

Ahhhh....

Gorgeous and Organized


The Colors of 2011

Barefootin is the "in" color in 2011.

Every year furniture, artwork, and fabrics are fabricated around a single color; a color that will define that years’ style from my industry to the fashion industry. Before we explore the color chosen for 2011, let’s take a moment to reflect on who gets to do the choosing. The Color Marketing Group (CMG) was founded in 1962 and is an association of 1,100 Color Designers who forecast colors one to three years in advance for all industries.

The forecasted color for 2011 is “Barefootin’” defined as, “a warm neutral juiced with orange; similar to the color of sand.” I love this color because it is functional, practical, and it pairs well with so many other colors. The CMG recommends pairing this color with soft muted grays which will elevate this color in sophistication and elegance.

This Anthropologie camel coat reflects the impact of the CMG.

Durable outdoor fabrics are making lighter colors more accessible and feasible for consumers. You will see trends toward white, the ultimate color of luxury in an outdoor setting. Although white fabric seems as though it would be incredibly difficult to keep clean, these fabrics resist fading from sun exposure and are resistant to dirt. I especially love Sunbrella fabrics, click this link to see what they have to offer.

Do you have any barefootin’ in your house already? What colors would you pair with barefootin?