Before and After: Watson Project





On Facebook and Instagram I recently posted some highlights of a local home I got to work on. Sometimes with my e-design clients I don't always get to see the finished product. I get SO excited when I see my designs come to life! This time I got to work with the cutest family of 7! They were such a joy to and we aren't done YET!!!

Before they purchased the home I was called to look over the home and see if it was something we could work with, that wouldn't require too much to fix design wise. What they should work on now, and what could be held off until later. I made some suggestions, and they gave me a call after they had moved in!

We worked first on the entry and main living area. It was very important to my client that they had a nice place for their family, as well as for others. I feel we accomplished the goal. The home is easy for them to take care of, nothing is too precious, but it still looks stylish!

First was the floor plan. We worked together to come up with a fix for this awkward space that would house toys and could look pretty in no time! They requested a sectional and a place to hold some extra chairs from their kitchen dining area. We incorporated some of their previous furniture with some updates, and added more storage where we could. The area on the right is for the kids to play and the sofa table houses baskets for a quick clean up!


Next was the mood-board. Although this client was local, I love to do these to help them get the vision of the space. We worked together with a shared Pinterest board of ideas. By going with the fixed elements throughout their home (St. Cecelia Granite) We were able to have a color pallet that looked fresh and let them keep the existing granite instead of over renovating.




And for the big reveal we have the before...







And AFTER (entry included!)







Amazing transformation if I do say so myself!! :)  Here is a beautiful testimonial I got from the cute now family of seven:

When my husband and I, and our 4 young children moved into our new home,  it was obvious the place would need a lot of work before we could really call it our own! The colors, the layout, well so many things really just weren’t working for us. I called Annie, desperate for some help, and that is where the magic began. Annie asked us lot of questions and got to know what we were looking for when it came to design, function, and the general feel of each room. I was worried that the task would be too much to take on, what with a tight budget, and needing a very kid friendly, yet classy and well designed environment throughout. I wasn’t sure if our “dream” living spaces were even realistic with young children in the home, but Annie made it possible!

After our consult, she came back with amazing idea boards that had everything that was important to us incorporated in them. I was blown away at how she was able to take our likes/dislikes and within days create these beautiful boards that had us speechless! It was obvious that she knew exactly what we wanted. She not only paid close attention to all the details in the colors/textures/function of each piece in the room, but she also took into consideration things that I would have never thought of like where the Christmas tree would best fit etc. She was always a step ahead, and planning for those things that had not even crossed our minds yet!

  Annie took us through each idea board and explained the functions and “why” of each item. She also sourced each one, so I knew exactly what I needed and where I needed to go to get it. Having her to work with took away all the indecisiveness that comes with the normally daunting task of choosing home d├ęcor.  With Annie there was a plan, and we understood the beginning to the end and the why of it all. We were excited to do it right the first time! Having Annie’s idea boards and sources meant saving us money and time, as we would not be buying things not knowing whether they would work long term or not and we wouldn’t be caught painting coat after coat trying to find that perfect shade!

  First on our list was our dysfunctional living room and entry, and boy it went through such a drastic transformation! Thanks to Annie’s design and talent we were able to get that classy yet comfortable living area that is clean and inviting, yet kid proof and kid friendly, so there was no need to fuss over anything getting ruined or worn out. I love that my family room functions so well for my family now and that everything has its own space so that clean up is quick and easy and done in a matter of minutes. 

Our entry way is perfect! Thanks to Annie’s suggestions I was able to use some of my own creative talents along with her direction to make it unique and a true reflection of our family. I love inviting our friends and family to come over and relax in these areas, and I always get so many compliments when I do. I also love that after the effort and work we put forth to create these spaces with Annie (and do it right the first time), my family and I can just relax and enjoy them and I don’t have to worry about shopping for more decorations or trying a different shade of paint etc. It’s done and it’s perfect!

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I hope you guys enjoyed seeing a little of the process of the design of this project! Next up is their beautiful Master Bedroom!

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1 hour promo

I am in a silent auction and thought I would post the promo I made. The photos are of my remodel with more to come soon! Enjoy.


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What I've been up to...

I have been really busy lately with client projects and my family, sometimes a girl needs to take a break and this blog was one of them! Just keeping this post short and sweet to tell you about what's new. We have been trying for another baby for about two years now. It is not news to us that it takes us a long while to get pregnant but this one has been taking longer. I personally have friends who have tried for 7-8 years before having another child (with multiple miscarriages in between) they are my heros. We were lucky enough to get pregnant a few months ago but it sadly ended in a miscarriage. I feel incredibly lucky to have two kids (one of each gender) but we feel that there is at least one more out there.... I have taken up an affirmation from one of Louise Hay's books that says "Divine right action is always taking place in my life. I love and approve of myself, all is well." She always seems to have everything worded just perfectly. Saying the affirmations each morning in the mirror to myself seems to help too.




On the other hand I have also been extremely busy getting everything ready for our home remodel. We really love where we live and hope to be here for a long time. Our home desperately needs some love and care as it was sitting for over a year when we bought it. We have been here for two years saving till we can get this done the right way. I have been pouring over details on how we can make this home be less tract home and more of a classic home.

 I live in Arizona and because the architecture of my home leans this way, I am looking to a Spanish Colonial style but a bit more updated. In fact, this home is a good representation of where I am going with it (on a much smaller scale of course). When I saw it I literally yelled YES!!! It was what I had been thinking of but hadn't seen done yet. I have discovered that I am a very visual person, so it helps to see things and get ideas.  I really wish more home builders here in Arizona would go back to more classic designs, but that is a topic for another day!!


The other day I came across this wonderful quote. I decided to make it "pin-worthy" and to share it with all of you! The photo is from my father-in-law Michael Rytting, taken in Arizona. I thought it was the perfect image for the quote.


Enjoy!
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Designer Challenge:Which Desk?

Today is a great day!  First, because I am off to Little Rock to see Tobi Fairley at Design Camp A-Z! I am beyond excited! Make sure to follow me on instagram and twitter for updates and tips!

Second, because I am part of the Designers Challenge at Satori for Design Living. Thanks Shauna for the opportunity!


Come check out which desk I chose to create a room around? Is it the one you would have chosen?

Designer Challenge Desk One- Dorothy Draper Pink Desk- OKL

Designer Challenge Desk Two- Anika White Laquer Desk

Designer Challenge Desk Three- LaCourte Upright Desk- Williams Sonoma


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Bright and fun entry for a young family

I have the opportunity to work with a great family. We are slowly making our way through their home bit by bit. They are a young family with 4 kids and a turtle! :)

First up is the entry

As I said before the entry is a sneek peek into the rest of your home. Make it a great one!

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