Client Kitchen Reveal

Thanks for all your kind comments last week on the client living room I posted. It was such a joy to work with the homeowners on their house! Today I'm sharing the kitchen reveal, which again has a crazy before and after. This particular client hired me before any work was done, but after she had already pinned and dreamed up her dream kitchen, so it was fun to help her bring the vision to life. Like I mentioned last week, this client of mine is one of my favorites and has a special place in my heart. Not only is she extremely kind and warm, she's also very creative, stylish and knows what she likes. I love working with people like her! 

She had been dreaming of a clean, bright, white kitchen but with some contrast in the island. I love how it came together. Like me, the homeowners loved the idea of mixing metals, so we pulled in tones of gold and silver (and copper, in that pretty pot below!) I also love that we decided on the classic shape of the subway tile, but spiced it up with a color other than white. Other major changes are seen in the larger kitchen sink window, cabinets to the ceiling (which makes the ceilings looks SO much taller!), flooring throughout, the gorgeous island, beautiful quartz countertops, lighting and well...everything else ;) 

Take a look at the BEFORE below:

This is the story of a basic builder home that was loved on for years by a family of 7 and taken care of by one amazing mom. My sweet, deserving client finally got her dream kitchen and I couldn't be more happy for her and her family! 

Here's the AFTER:

I still remember finding this tile in the showroom and looking at each other, knowing it was the one! It has such a pretty glaze finish and adds the right amount of contrast between the backsplash and the creamy white cabinets.


My client decided on the arch hood and I couldn't love it more. I suggested we echo that arch by creating a focal wall behind the stove with some marble tile. We both agreed this was such a show stopper in the design!

We made sure the colors in the marble pulled out other tones from the kitchen. Lots of the creamy gold tones are also found in the quartz countertop to pull it all together.

The island is a rich walnut finish, accented with unique gold and mother of pearl knobs. This walnut color was begging to be paired with a warm gold tone.

Paint: Revere Pewter / Cabinets: Starlite (white: Fieldstone, walnut: Mouser) / Countertops: Viatera Soprano Quartz / Pendants / Gold Mother of Pearl Knobs / Copper Pot / Similar Counter Stool

Hope you enjoyed the kitchen reveal and tour!


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Fashion Show in Grand Rapids + Fall Outfit Inspiration

I'm really looking forward to an upcoming event here in Grand Rapids, MI and I hope to meet some of you there, so I'm tellin' you all the details today! A local boutique called Lee & Birch is hosting a fall fashion show, Runway Off Wealthy, in partnership with our local West Elm store, who will be providing the VIP seating lounge (so fun!). The whole event is meant to inspire you for fall, but mostly to raise money and awareness for an amazing charity called Kids Food Basket.

You can get your ticket HERE! If you attend, let me know so I can say hello :)

I headed over to Lee & Birch to get a preview of their fall items (all so cute!), so of course I tried a couple of outfits on. The stylists helped me choose some looks and put together jewelry and everything. I've never been so put together ;) Hopefully these looks give you some fall outfit inspiration!

This black dress was so soft and the bell sleeve was right on trend. You could easily transition this into winter by adding tights or leggings and booties.

Now for the below pink jacket...this is not something I'd ever pick out or try on by myself, but the girls in the store chose it, so I went with it. I ended up loving it! It's so feminine and adds some personality and color to the look.

These layered necklaces are all over the place right now and I'm not mad about it. I love how they look so effortless and put together!

The second look was a pair of vegan leather leggings (try wearing these on an 80 degree day with humidity...) with a casual white tee & another bomber jacket. I love how the green jacket dresses it up a little! These leather leggings would be great for winter; they're super insulated. I'm definitely going to add thick leggings to my winter wish list!

Again with the cool layered necklace look. So fun!
Photos by Rayanne Barker 

Head into Lee & Birch on Wealthy Street to grab any of these pieces. Or you can browse the website! Use the code ROW20 for 20% off your purchase :)

Hope to see you at the runway show on September 14th! 

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California Trip Recap

As you know, last week we were in California visiting my family. We brought Lincoln on the plane with us and he did great! More on that, if you're interested, below. I'm sharing a few snapshots of our trip here today! 

California is just so beautiful...we saw multiple sunsets with beautiful watercolor skies.

If you are wondering how Lincoln did on the flights, here was our experience. He's still small enough to fit in a carrier under the seat, so that worked out really well. I just got a soft carrier from Chewy that fit the measurement guidelines on our airline website. We flew United and they were nice and accommodating. Although we had it, no one asked to see his health certificate, we were able to take him out and walk him in the airport (which I wasn't expecting to be able to do) and we even put him on my lap for about an hour of one of the flights, because I could tell he was getting hot under the seat. The flight attendants didn't say anything, luckily. I've heard that some flight attendants are more strict than others and make the pets stay under the seat, so you kind of just have to feel it out! We scoped out the Pet Relief Area in each airport we had a layover at, and although Lincoln didn't do his business in it, it was nice that it was an option. It's not uncommon for puppies to only go where they feel comfortable, so the fact that this was a new place probably is what turned him off from using it ;)

Morning of the flight, we gave him a few pebbles of food, but not many. I just wanted his stomach to have something in it. We offered a quick sip of water in the morning, then no more after that. While we were on the flight, we let him have a quick drink as well so he wouldn't be dehydrated. I packed bones and toys and by suggestion, put a blanket in his carrier that smelled like us so he would be as nervous. It seemed to work before he slept the whole time! I think the sounds of the plane help that + puppies do like to sleep a lot!!

I got Starbucks cards for the people sitting next to us, in case Lincoln started barking or being a less-than-desirable seat mate ;) One woman loved him so much, she wouldn't even take the gift card! I'm planning to pay it forward next time I go to Starbucks with that leftover card. Another sweet older woman gladly accepted the gift card, but only because it was her birthday and she loved Starbucks! She pet Lincoln many times throughout the flight and it was so cute. I'd do it again with no hesitation! He was a great traveler. 

Onto our trip :)

We visited the Golden Gate Bridge (and drove over it to visit my cousin) then stopped at the lookout for some pictures. It was a mildly foggy day, but we could see the bridge just fine!

We also took a day trip to Carmel, the city we were married in. It was foggy near the water, but so sunny and beautiful in the valley. The dogs (my parents golden retriever, Hope, plus Lincoln) got to play on the beach for a bit, then we headed out to the Valley for some wine and appetizers at the place we had our rehearsal dinner, Holman Ranch Tavern.

Clearly he loves the sand. And also, this is the moment in which I realized he needed a haircut ;) HA!

My mom and I with the pup! He might be wondering where his hat is ;)

My first doggie, Hope. She LOVES the water. Lincoln, not so much!

I caught a picture of my dad and Hope as he played ball with her (her favorite) on the beach.

Even with the fog, the water was still so pretty and turquoise.

In the Carmel Valley are TONS of beautiful wineries, so we went the wine bar / restaurant we had our rehearsal dinner. By this time, Lincoln was wiped out, so he just laid on his own chair the whole time for the snooze.

My mom snuck some cuddles.

We just love being in Carmel Valley, so we had to document it with a family selfie!

We also stopped by Santa Cruz on our way out of the Carmel area to get back home. My dad has a new office center here, so he showed us around. My husband found a great coffee shop, Cat & Cloud Coffee (perfect for him, as he's a coffee snob!) so he bought some beans to take back to Michigan with us. He said it's one of his favorite coffees ever!

Before we headed home, we were so excited to take some one year anniversary photos + pictures with Lincoln with my friend Danyelle Dee Photography. She came to one of our Bloom Workshops last April in Carmel. I love her work and was so excited at the chance to work with her! I can't wait to share the pictures soon. We took them at the beautiful Villa Montalvo Arts Centerx.

While in town, I also got to meet with two of my California clients to check on their progress. Below you'll see potential fabrics for window treatments. I'm using The Shade Store for this project and I just love working with them. Such quality & beautiful fabrics / selections!

That was our trip in a nutshell! I'm so grateful we were able to go spend some time with family. I always treasure these times!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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Vibrant & Colorful Fruit Wedding Inspiration

You may know that in addition to my interior design business, I also am the co-founder of The Bloom Workshop. We travel the country equipping women in creative industries! I wanted to let you know about an upcoming workshop in Michigan + show you last year's workshop that was just like it. Hopefully you find some styling, color, and event inspiration!

 We are currently gearing up for our September workshop, The Styled Wedding Shoot workshop. We thought since this is coming up quick, we'd show you our styled shoots from LAST year's styled shoot workshop. Styled inspiration photo shoots are a wonderful tool to use to hone your photography and design skills, as well as creating something beautiful to add to your portfolio, in order to attract your ideal client. If you want to spend a day focused on honing your photography and styling skills, this workshop is for you! We have special teaching sessions on how to create and execute a styled shoot, photography tips, shot list guides, how to get published + what editors look for in publications, plus a few breakout sessions on client experience, flat lay styling and a portfolio review. We set aside an hour and a half for our styled shoot portion of the workshop, which will feature 3 separate styled vignettes, each with their own models, paper goods, tablescapes, and other beautiful details like blooms, rings, and gorgeous gowns!

Check out the details on Bloom's website, but first...feast your eyes on this beautiful vignette from last year's workshop at The Felt Mansion. I still can't get over the gorgeous florals, vibrant colors and insane dessert bar.

Photography: Ashley Slater Photography, Florals: BLOOM Floral Design, Invitation Suite: Sable & Gray, Furniture Vignette: The Found Cottage with arches by Feather & Birch, Bar: West Michigan Rental Company, Venue: Felt Mansion, Ribbon for styling: Adorn Company, Ring Box: The Mrs. Box, Bridal Ring: Susie Saltzman, Bridal Gown and Jewelry: Spring Sweet, Cakes & Desserts: Holland Cakery

We always love collaborating with such talented artists for our shoots. Creating beauty together is one of our biggest joys and reasons we love The Bloom Workshop. This colorful vignette will hopefully give you, as a bride, courage to go in a more colorful direction if that's what you love. The results are always stunning! As a photographer or event planner, or even interior designer, we hope you can see our styled shoots and gather inspiration to create your very own! If you don't know how to do that, we'd love to meet you at The Styled Wedding Shoot where we'll teach you everything you need to know.

Have a wonderful day!

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