Thursday, July 31, 2014

Design Advise- Telling your story


My brother was in town visiting a few weeks ago and he and is adorable wife finally closed on their new home, which took them over 2 years to find. Portland Oregon real estate market is just crazy!

Their house is small and they have to choose furniture that is smaller is scale. The nice thing about a small house it is so easy to do it well because you generally do not need as much and your funds are freed up to add the details which say so much about who is living there.  They are purging all their hammy down furniture and getting new piece and wanted some design help. They are going with a clean modern Danish style which is perfect for them and the house.

This is the  sofa they decided on;
KARLSTAD Sofa IKEA Soft, hardwearing and easy care leather ages gracefully.
They asked for my advise on what chairs to pair with it so these were my suggestions:
Sculpted Metal + Leather Bowl Chair
My brother was surprised at the price of these chairs but this is the advise I gave him “It is expensive but it depends on how much you love it. A piece like this is  a piece of art telling your story. Remember this is furniture you are investing in for the long haul.”

It think this is such valuable advise when you are furnishing your home it puts everything into perspective.


He is choosing the last one.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chairish Design Inspiration Board


I was thrilled to be  invited  by the team at Chairish to participate in a design inspiration board project using one of there wonderful “bright” vintage chairs.

Chairish is such a great company they  “ makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another. Our shop exclusively features curator-approved treasures in a full-service and trustworthy environment. “ I love that all these pieces are so easy to access you have to check out all the amazing pieces that they have that are changing all the time. It is a great place to find that chair that tells your story.

The project was to pick from a list of images of different brightly colored accent chairs from their latest collection you can check out all the amazing accent chairs on their site- declare my favorite chair from the different styles, then create a styleboard designed around that color scheme! I choose the pink zebra print Louis chair for my starting place on my board.
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Chairish pink Zebra Louis Chair
$699

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July

 

I am taking some much appreciated time off to enjoy the summer this week. Looking forward to a visit from my brother and his wife and preparing for 4th of July fun.

I wish I could sit on the hammock and do nothing but my creative energies never stop we have a full day of preparing from tomorrow.

We are going to me making a few of these…

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Candle light on the table….

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And possibly a centerpiece like this…

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You can probably find me doing some of this during the day…

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Enjoying…

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and tomorrow evening….

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Enjoy your holiday weekend.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer musings

Happy Summer- so happy it is here! Wow it has been busy here I feel like I have not been able to come up for air. The studio has amazingly busy and I have been busy working on a few other projects one that I will share today.

The Farmhouse-( now named Teaselwood Farm), I have not posted much about progress recently, after living here for 7 years (the longest we have ever stayed in one house) we been itching to move for many reasons. After going back and forth so many times making my self crazy and sending my husband too many houses for sale (which he had no desire to see as he has his dream man barn-say no more) we have finally laid it (or should I say I laid) to rest and decided to stay put. 

We have a history of finding the unloved house and restoring them top to bottom and just as the last piece is nailed in we turn around and sell. I think we both get bored and itchy for something new and a new project.  I am not sure if  I am getting smarter or older and lack the energy or just know how much hard work it is but every time I think of that direction I get completely overwhelmed . I am really excited about our decision, there are so many more things that we can now do to our house that is not out of need but purely fun and just for our family. Our house really has a great floor plan and it is the perfect size for our family and it is location is good for work. Now I get to dream the fun projects.

Few things on the horizon since it has finally gotten nice my attention has turned to the outdoors.  I really  need to get grip on our landscaping which I have to say is not a strong point for me. We have 2 acres of land that needs to be cozied up. Here are some inspirations that I am toying with:

back yard

 

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Thom Felicia

( wish we had the lake Smile)

divine landscapes

Perianal paradise

In the studio we have been super busy with a bunch of new projects.  Will post some photos as soon as they are closer to being done.

Not sure if you saw on my Facebook page my husband and I have launched Teaselwood Farm 

tf logo alonewhich is a collaboration between Elan Interiors and Timber Mountain Woodcraft. We are offering custom cabinets and furniture focused on farmhouse living. We will also have a farm house store on the site soon. Please stop by and take a look and like our Facebook page. Here are a few images from our new website

Andy Buckika of Teaslewood Farms

Andy Buckika of Teaslewood Farms

Well that is all for now I have one more project that is totally different that I will be sharing soon.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Design NY Magazine

 

We just received our latest issue and have a fantastic write up about our Hotel Skyler project.

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http://www.designnymagazine.com/features/what-considerate-building

Thanks to all the great people at Design NY.

The magazine is a great design resource for our area worth a look.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thank you

Such a nice surprise to open your blog feeds and see such a great post from Melissa at  The Inspired Room.

Chriaty Buchika of Elan Interiors

Follow the link to read all about it.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Guest Blogger: Mari from Arcadian Home

Color Inspiration: Brilliant Greens Hello, everyone! It’s Mari here, with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog, a great place to find interior design inspiration for everything from beautiful foyer lighting to colorful decorative accessories for every room. Brilliant greens are the focus of today’s post. If you love green and haven’t tried a splash or two of one of the brighter hues you might discover you’ve been missing out on a great opportunity to bring another great green into your home. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together eight images of rooms that are made better by this brilliant hue. Please enjoy! Thanks to Charity for letting me stop by for a visit. ~ Mari Brilliant Green
This already colorful foyer gets a few pops of brilliant green with tall buffet lamps topped off with green shades, along with great stacked boxes. Brilliant Green
Wall art is an exceptionally easy way to bring a splash of brilliant green color into the entryway to set the tone for what’s to come in other interior spaces. Brilliant Green
Here in a living room with gray walls and neutral furniture colors, brilliant green is seen in long drapery panels and an ornate leather stool. Brilliant Green
A lovely mix of greens brings this comfortable living room to life with a big infusion of color. On the walls and in the upholstery, it looks stunning. Brilliant Green
Once again art brings color into an interior space. This time set against a neutral gray green wall. It really is a beautiful focal point over the fireplace. Brilliant Green
A modern country dining room done in white and pale woods serves as a backdrop for vivid green wingback chairs at the dining table. A modern pendant light seems the perfect design choice for this room. Brilliant Green
Brilliant is certainly an appropriate one-word description for this all green kitchen’s color and design. Even the refrigerator is faced in the same gorgeous color as the cabinets. Brilliant Green
A brilliant green upholstered bed is the focal point of this designer showhouse master bedroom. It’s paired unexpectedly with a coral watercolor wallpaper from Black Crow Studio. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 What do you think of these brilliant green inspirations? Leave your thoughts below in the comments, and stop by our blog for more home decor and pendant lighting inspirations!