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Bar Carts and Kitchen Islands

One of our most interesting observations over the last two days is the incredible amount of bar carts and kitchen islands that we have seen. Coming in all shapes, sizes and finishes, these pieces are all really great additions depending on your specific situation. Here are a few of our faves~

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This last one is what my rep and friend Bill likes to call a ‘social cabinet’. A much more sophisticated name compared to ‘bar in a trunk’!

If you have a smaller space or want to have a contained ‘social’ area a bar cart could be a great option for you.

And the kitchen islands are just plain AWESOME! They provide great functionality as well as a sharp look to contrast your cabinets.

Stay tuned for more great Market finds coming right up!

My Favorite Market Find Today

As we were heading back to the bus after an amazing first day at the High Point Market, we stumbled upon an incredibly touching…..chair. Yes, that’s right, an incredibly touching chair.

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This chair was created to promote friendship among children and to deter bullying in schools. Acacia, a 10 year old little girl, was born with a few physical abnormalities and as a result she experienced severe bullying in school from her peers. Well this tiny girl with a big dream set out to change the way that kids behave and interact with one another by choosing to focus on the positive traits that we should all exemplify on a daily basis….as kids and adults!

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These words of encouragement helped Acacia through a rough time and her goal is to make sure that other children do not have to go through the same thing. Acacia wanted to create a safe spot for kids to go to at school or on a playground if they need a refuge and this bright, happy, fun and encouraging Friendship Bench became that place for her and for many other children around the country. Acacia’s innovative refuge quickly caught on and she began partnering with many different schools and organizations to speak on this topic and give them the opportunity to place this Friendship Bench on their property.

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Acacia even saw the need for our littlest children and created this toddler sized Friendship Bench. Partnering with CR Plastic Products, these Friendship Benches are all weather and incredibly durable. And how cute and fun are they?! My Dad had a big sign in his office that is ingrained in my memory…..Attitude is Everything……and this chair is the perfect example of a positive attitude. I love it!

CR Plastic Products makes exceptional outdoor products and you can check out their line here. Mom and I decided to give their BIG chair a try~

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Organizational Board

I am in LOVE with this awesome organizational project that we just installed!

My clients just moved into their new home and they immediately picked this big blank wall in their kitchen for their wall of organization. They had a vision for this wall  and my carpenter and I had so much fun bringing it to life!

Here is the wall and Dan the man coming up with his plan~

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My clients wanted a place to display their daughter’s art work, a place to hang their family calendar of events and a place to showcase the word of the week and other family messages. I knew right away that I wanted to use one of my custom frames for the border and Dan and I came up with a plan to fill the inside of it.

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As you can see this board has already been put to great use! We installed a sheet of cork along the top 2/3 for notes, the calendar, art and two really cute chalk tiles for family notes. On the bottom third we used a sheet of galvanized metal to display their daughter’s artwork without having to poke holes in it and it is easily changed out. And because it is on the bottom, the girls can come home and post their masterpieces themselves.

This organizational wall was a fairly quick and easy project and is so well used and appreciated by this busy family on a daily basis. And if you are thinking about something like this in your home, it can be done on a smaller scale or even vertically. And if you want to add a dry erase section or add more metal and less cork or vice versa, it is entirely customizable. How cool, right?!

Hopefully this is a helpful hint to get your family more organized!

A Very Special Makeover

I have very exciting news to share! 

I was recently contacted by the CBS TV show, The Doctors, to makeover a very special little girl’s nursery. The Hall family is a local Charlotte family who has been through a lot. 2 years ago their daughter, Amy, was born and since  a few days later, she has been fighting a battle with chronic salmonella. Just a few days after being brought home from the hospital, Amy became very ill and it took some digging to find out why.

Like any pet owner knows, dogs are curious and protective animals. So of course they wanted to smell, sniff and lick their new little sister. Unbeknownst to Amy’s parents, their dogs were already infected with salmonella and had contracted it through contaminated dog food. Their saliva passed along the infection to baby Amy, triggering years of hospital stays, various medical treatments, and an altered childhood compared what was expected the day that she was born. Read more about her story here.

The Doctors found out about Amy’s condition and invited the Hall family out to their show to bring awareness to this family’s battle and to show their support for Amy’s fight.  They also wanted to give the Hall family a little surprise to lift their spirits….enter, moi!

I met with Brian, Amy’s father, during a secret in home meeting when Amy’s mom, Elizabeth was out of the house. This was my chance to see Amy’s nursery, take pictures and measurements and learn all about what this amazing little girl likes. My big take away was that I learned that her favorite color is purple! And that she loves Doc McStuffins! I believe that Amy began to identify with the Disney Jr. character during all of her own doctor’s visits. I definitely took down those notes for little Amy’s plans!

The overall goal was to create a beautiful sanctuary for Amy that will grow with her. Amy’s bedroom has been the constant source of security for her as she knows that is the one place where there are no doctors and no one is poking or prodding her and she can just be a kid. But the space was ready for a new look, something that better represents Amy’s bright personality and her toddler age instead of her baby nursery.

Here are some before pictures~

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I took a lot of notes and listened intently to Brian as I only had 2 weeks from that day to pull this room together! And I had to do it all on the sly too so that Elizabeth would be surprised on the show when they did the big reveal! I quickly gathered my team together to fill them in on Amy’s story and everyone was immediately committed to donating their time, products and labor for this amazing give back room makeover.

Here are a few ‘during’ shots of how Amy’s room went from normal baby nursery to WOW big girl room! What a difference just paint makes, right?!

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Yes, we all stretched ourselves to the max for this special makeover!

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Even my Finley wanted to pitch in! She was very intent on helping to pick out items for Amy’s new room. She found the fluffiest bath towels that Target had to offer!

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After one late evening and one busy morning Amy’s room was complete!

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This makeover has truly touched my heart and I am so grateful to everyone involved who helped me pull this off. The Hall Family returned from taping, where Elizabeth was absolutely surprised, and came by the shop to say hi and thank you in person. Which meant that I got see Amy again and get her awesome hugs!

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This is one amazing family with a trooper of a little girl and I am so honored just to know them and have witnessed their strength.

I put together a video of our entire adventure in making over Amy’s room and you can see it HERE.

And be sure to tune in to CBS to watch The Doctors on September 11, 2014. It is going to be an amazing reveal and I cannot wait to see Elizabeth’s reaction on the show!

Thank you for following along during this incredible experience!

It’s a FALL Contest….Your Chance to WIN!!

Happy start to Fall y’all!! I know that some of you are already over the pumpkin flavored everything but not me! I could live in Fall all year round! So to kick off this FAB FALL season we are about to embark upon, I decided to do a little giveaway!

YOU could be the lucky winner!

CLICK HERE to learn how!

(or also visit The Design Network for the details!)

Good luck y’all!

And here is a little inspiration for where you could use one of the giveaway items!!

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Drop Zone Makeover

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Just in time for school to start, our drop zone got an easy peasy new look!

Here is the before~

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And the after~

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Everything about this area stayed the same functionally but I used Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in color Bauhaus Buff to give it a brighter and happier look. It took 1.5 days and I am THRILLED with the results! We use this space many times every day and I love how it works for us but it was such a dark area, kind of like the big black, well actually brown, hole.  And now it is a cheery, happy place that looks so fresh and clean! And Amy’s paint is so durable that it is ready for all of the ‘stuff’ to go back on it and it will be put to good use starting Tuesday when the girls go back to school. It is ready to rock and roll!

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I plan to add a cushion for a bit of comfort and color but I love this mini makeover so much!

What do you think about this bright transformation?

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How to Accessorize a Wall of Shelves

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This before and after is by far one of my favorites. My client used this conservatory area of her home as her office, where her and her team (made up of her family members) worked on a daily basis. The space is light and bright and very rectangular, so it was the perfect place to set up several desks in a row for an optimal work space. But she knew that she would one day want to claim this space as a piano and sitting room as the light and the view are both beautiful and it is a room right off of the formal living room.

Well that day came and I was thrilled to put the plan together! Here is the before~

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I utilized some of my client’s existing furniture and we brought in a few new pieces. Here is a shot mid way through the project before all of the finishing touches were brought in~

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And here are the afters~

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My client wanted a light neutral feel, utilizing texture and pattern and highlighting her natural greenery found outside of all of her windows, on the inside. She also wanted a great conversation area with lots of seating for friends and family to chat or listen to the baby grand piano on the other side of the room.

I am so in love with this room and that wall of accessories! We worked very hard to create the right combination of size, pattern, texture, scale and personality by using the picture frames.

Here is a shot of the other side of the room~

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Natural elegance is the name of the game here and I hope y’all love this transformation as much as both myself and my client!

Stay tuned for more room transformations from this wonderful home!

Watch Beautiful Happen!

Create an Oasis in Your Bathroom TV spot!

I recently did a post, How to Create an Oasis in Your Bathroom, and I am thrilled to share with you how that topic looks through the eyes of a morning talk show!

I was recently asked to appear on The Joy Sutton Show as the interior design expert to share with her awesome viewers how to breathe new life into your bathroom. It was an exciting experience and Joy is a truly inspiring woman with a fantastic show. Be sure to keep up with her here!

Click here to watch my segment!

Here are a few shots from my trip!

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Our Appearance on the Hit Show: Space Off

 

A few weeks ago my Mom, Linda, and I were asked to come and be the judges on the hit show, Space Off, which airs on The Design Network. We were so honored to have been asked to analyze the hard work of two amazing teams of designers. We were excited to go and knew that it would be a challenge to select a winner but we had no idea how truly difficult that task would be once we saw how amazingly talented these designers are!

The challenge they were given was to design a home office for a female blogger that would be both inspirational and functional at the same time. And this is an area that both my Mom and I identify with as we both have work spaces at home, and we both have blogs! So we were very excited to see these two spaces and how the teams utilized their own talents to please their clients.

Mom and I both know the challenge of  stepping into the minds of our clients to bring to life a space that will be aesthetically pleasing and personally smart for them but doing it in just a few short hours is incredibly challenging! So we both want to extend a huge congratulations to both teams again!

Click HERE to watch the full episode!

And here are a few images recaping our awesome experience at The Design Network!

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CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of this amazing makeover challenge! Can’t wait to see them advance in the Space Off challenge!

For more exciting design inspiration and tips on all things HOME please log in and subscribe to the Lauren Nicole Design’s channel on The Design Network!

Watch Beautiful Happen!

Making a Non Custom Home CUSTOM

I visited a new home site yesterday that is under construction and about to get dry wall. But this was not just any home site, it is the future new home of my parents! It has been a long time coming but they are about to settle in to their new abode and I could not be happier for them! And it also means that…..it’s project time!!!

We started planning paint colors and furniture  yesterday and I love the direction that my Mom wants to go in. Light and happy yet warm and cozy and definitely current and custom. I grew up in an English style Tudor home out on 5 acres so living in a neighborhood is definitely foreign to my parents, and to me, so making this non custom home feel custom is very important to my Mom.

We filmed a short clip standing in their future kitchen~

Click Here to Watch!

We even brought back up for extra opinions!

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Chris was in charge of paint selection and modeling them for us.

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The girls had to test out the beds in the model. Yep, kid approved!

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Campbell had the best view in the neighborhood!

Stay tuned for more fun and fab planning! Here some of our favorite paint selections from yesterday~

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