Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The New Coastal Threshold Line...

Target you sly biotch....You've done it again. 
Your Threshold line has pulled at my heartstrings for some time, but this new summer/coastal line is seriously at the top of my list. With my impending vacation, I've been dreaming of the beach, so all of these coastal accessories are right up my alley...
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Is it weird to hoard things for a future beach house that you can in no way afford at this current time?....I don't think so.
I couldn't leave this shopping trip completely empty handed...
I mean what if Target's everywhere burnt to the ground that night and I never had another chance to buy a piece of the Threshold coastal line? 
So with that indisputable logic in mind, I left with this Threshold frame:

On sale nonetheless....I've been feeling like my living room was too "model homeish" #technical term. So I thought the rustic wood in this frame might add some soul to my very contemporary Expedit bookcase...and I was right. 

How about you? Do you love the Threshold line as much as me? Any other hoarders out there?
Oh and just a reminder, I will be on vacation the next week or so, so it may be quiet around here for a few days....forgive me....or don't, I'll be on vacation so I really don't care ;)

Monday, March 31, 2014

McDreamy's Dreamy Home...

Jillian and Patrick Dempsey's (you all know him as Dr. Derek Shepherd from Grey's Anatomy...me?, I know him as Ronald Miller from Can't Buy Me Love and Robert from Enchanted) 5000 square foot Frank Gehry home in Malibu is nothing short of Amazing. Sitting on five acres, shaded entirely by olive trees, this house oozes charm, casual coziness, and a natural, textural wonderland. 

The large palm (if you follow me on Instagram you know I love a good palm tree) and daybed greet you at the front of the property.

I love the comfortable dining space they created with a banquette and 4 large chairs.
Those green chaises had me at hello.
The living room is probably my favorite space. I could talk about the wood wall installation for hours...no seriously try me.
The bright and industrial kitchen is open to the rest of the home and I absolutely love the rustic island, that adds soul to a mostly commercial kitchen. And how cute is the chalkboard wall, that Jillian was inspired to do from Pinterest (yes, even the stars use Pinterest). 
And if they weren't adorable enough, this small Airstream trailer sits on the back of their property and is used for date nights for the couple....I mean, seriously....gush.
all images via Architectural Digest

What do you think? Is anyone else as enamored by this home as me?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Story of A Room...Part 1

My friend Leesa is expecting her second beautiful baby girl in Septermber. Because her and her hubby make some of the best little human girls in the world, I'm over the moon excited. She's not due until after I will be moved, so we're starting on the nursery pretty early, because of course I want to be a part of that design, like I was for her first daughter, Charlotte's nursery. Plus I can't resist doing some "big girl room" reworking for my girl Charlotte too. Because, Leesa is such a good sport (and I'm working for free), she's letting me share the entire process on the blog (yes, I'm pretty desperate for blog content right now). I've talked about the E-design process before here, but since Leesa is a client turned very, very good friend, we're a little more casual about the whole thing. Casual like, I can drink wine, and tease her about not being able to drink wine while we work.
We've had many a conversation about what she wants this room to be for her new bundle, and these are the basic guidelines:

  • No pink
  • Bright and fun
  • Bohemian vibe (which I'm so excited about...no more "model home decorating" for this gal)
  • Needs to work with the architecture of the older home they live in
  • Storage, storage, storage

We have very little space. They are not willing to part with their playroom (for good reason), so the small sitting room off of their master bedroom will be baby G's new room. They're adding transom doors, like these (again working with the architecture of the home) to the space so that when she's older and moves in with her big sister, this could be transformed into Leesa's new study/"momcave". There is no closet in this space, so storage will be a must. The room DOES have a large beautiful window, with chunky molding, a tray ceiling (that is just dying for a splash of color) and beautiful wood floors that flow from the master.
From here we both starting collecting images/ideas to create an inspiration board (not to be confused with my pinterest board for her here) and here's what I came up with:

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The center picture is the feeling I'm going for....collected over time, vintage, but with some bright colors thrown in. I'm dying to leave the walls bright white (Leesa is taking some convincing, but I'll get her there like I always do). The tray ceiling, will be painted a bright turquoise blue (not quite the color in the above ceiling picture) that I will pull from that gorgeous green rug. Since storage is such an issue (no closet since it's not a traditional bedroom) I thought the Hemnes system (anchored to the wall so sister Charlotte doesn't get hurt when she inevitably tries to climb it) would be great for the nursery, but also afterwards for her in a study. Adding gold hardware and molding around it, will hopefully give it the affect of being built in....again matching the architecture of their vintage home. I've been dying over these acrylic bookshelves (bought from here, so they are also super cheap) and I love that they let the beautiful covers of all of the babie's new books be the art in the room. I'm hoping to find a vintage dresser, possibly one we could leave with the natural wood or paint a bright fun color to use as a changing table (with the proper lipped changing pad attachment of course...no rolling babies here) and for even more storage. The gold side table will sit next to the rocker and I'm hoping to DIY a vintage style Love sign like the one above, or maybe just find the letters in an antique store. I would love to find a vintage chandelier/light, I've been hitting up Habitat Restore/Goodwill and praying for a miraculous hidden treasure that they didn't know they had in our tight budget, but haven't found one yet, so I may have to go with this one by YoungHouseLove, it's really great (I have many plans for this fixture in our new house) and a fantastic price. I've found tons of textiles on Etsy I'm dying to use and am still contemplating window treatments. 
This is where we are now. 
I will be on vacation next week, but I'm excited to create an official mood board with some finalized design decisions to share with you guys in the next couple weeks.

So what's your process when you're designing a new space?

Monday, March 10, 2014

A whole new world....

Ever wonder what happens when an interior stylist wannabe and handy hubby get bored on a Saturday afternoon at home?.....Here's a hint via Instagram: 
Answer: They completely reaks havoc in their living room....
I've been wanting a change in here for awhile, but with the odd layout theres not too many options. But this is what we came up with:

So far I'm loving the space. Having the sofa pushed over and the expedit bookcase (the one with the pretty hardware from here) turned vertically really opens up the space and makes the room feel twice the size.....And for those of you of you that are regulars here at The Gray House...Why, yes we did get a new sectional. It's by Simmons and is in their famous gray color "gunsmoke"...and although its definitely reading blue in these photos, it is in fact a beautiful gray.
Its super comfy, seats way more than our old sectional did due to the chaise, and the ottoman fits right into the corner of the sofa, for optimum movie watching comfort.
This space has changed a lot in the last few weeks, but right now its reading very model home-esque....which is great for our new realtor but not so great for an eclectic gal like me. The space needs soul. Everything is too new and contemporary. Id love to replace that green side table with an industrial/rustic table just too add some depth. Something like this perhaps:
via World Market
Either way I'll keep you posted.
Also let me apolgize now, for what I'm sure has been a post riddled with gramatical and spelling errors. I'm typing this post from my tablet (which is proving to be more difficult than I first perceived), since my laptop is currently in the shop...and by the shop I mean my computer-genius of a husband's office.
So there you have it, a lazy Saturday afternoon turned musical chairs  sectionals...
What about you? How'd you spend your weekend? Do tell...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Doin' it for less...

After doing the research for my Keepin' Up with the Kardashian's post (found here), I fell in love with Penelope's nursery:

 I realized quickly that it probably cost more than I make in a year for this one space, so I decided to see if I could do it for less...less than $2500 that is...and because I love to share, here you are:
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