Design 23: Poppy Turquoise Laundry Room

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Here’s the latest for the 30 Designs in 30 Days Personal Challenge. While creating this space, I realized it would be a good idea to add a piggy bank to a laundry room. Weird thought? Yes. Practical? Absolutely. I don’t know about you, but with the number of times I pull loose change out of the clothes in the wash, I’m sure it would take no time at all to fill a piggy bank. You could even have a set goal for that loose laundry money (like buying the pair of shoes you’ve been eyeballing for the last week). It might even encourage you to do your laundry more frequently. OK, let’s not get carried away. :) Still, I think it is a good addition to any laundry room.

What time saving or functional additions have you added to your laundry space?

Design 21: Redadie’s Kitchen Reno

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Today’s design is for Redadie, an amazing Olioboard member, who is in the process of redesigning her kitchen. She enjoys contemporary and modern designs with a mix of traditional touches and plans on keeping accents of red in her new kitchen design.

The entire west wall of the kitchen is all window and has a large open space for eating and relaxing. With that in mind, I designed a space to include a full length window seat to enjoy the view outside. A window seat is a great way to introduce loads of fun fabrics, patterns and colour to a kitchen. In front of that full length window seat I picture a long reclaimed wooden table that sits eight to ten comfortably and for seating on the opposite side of the table, I envision Hans Wegner’s, Wishbone chairs in a red finish.

When it comes to kitchens, I’ve always preferred light coloured cabinets over darker tones. For me, kitchens should be bright and welcoming. I also like the idea of having glass upper cabinets to display your favourite ceramics and dishes. Open shelving is also a great way to display your favourite pieces and practical for easy access to the more frequently used items.

I finished off the design by adding some warm natural tones, yellows and accents in red. One thing that I think would be a great addition to this design is a space for a blackboard. I saw this door on an olioboard that Redadie had made and think it would work really well in this design.

I’d love to hear what you think of this red and white kitchen or, better yet, if you feel you have a great design to offer, head over to Olioboard and add your vision of Redadie’s kitchen to the challenge.

Design 20: An Experiment in Shades of White

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Today’s design was a test to see if a room could still prove visually appealing using a single colour. I don’t know about you, but I like it. I didn’t expect to, (I thought it would be a bit boring), but this really works for me. I think it’s the dream like state the different shades of white have created in this space.

I remember reading somewhere that the secret to making white on white work, is all in the textures you mix and match into the design. If you go really minimal in your colour palette you should up the ante when it come to various surface textures. It’s also a good idea to play with various tones of the same colour to add a little depth to the space.

What do you think? Can one colour achieve a full look?

Design 19: Afternoon Tea With The Girls

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Hey guys, Sorry I have not been as chatty for the last few blog posts. With the launch of the new Olioboard, time has been very tight for other personal projects. I’m one design behind but I promise to catch up. This olioboard was inspired by the lovely ladies I have afternoon tea parties with. Yes, I like quilting and holding tea parties. Some days I think I relate to grannies more than girls my age. Fortunately for me, so do the ladies that inspired this board.

I don’t think there is a single item on this table that I don’t love. I found the plates in the Layla Grayce collection. I love the simple graphic designs and that each plate isn’t identical. Another great set of plates that caught my eye were insects and sea life 1 found at laurazindel.com. I think they also would have worked really well in this design and the illustrations are amazing!

The fabric was simply too gorgeous to pass up and adds a bold splash of colour to this otherwise neutral palette. It also tied in well with the birdcage serving platter and the wild woodland vase from Anthropologie. When it comes down to finding stunning ceramics, loaded with character, you really don’t need to look any farther than Anthropologie and Jonathan Adler. They are two of my all time favourite brands and always have fun and unique pieces that bring so much more to the table.

On a small note, if you didn’t notice it, please check out the creamer. How fun is that piece? It makes me smile every time. I think I need to get one for my next tea party.