INTERIOR DESIGN - MY GOLD CEILING


Bay window situation before curtains and paint

Some weeks are more inspiring than others. That's obvious. When it comes to designing my own space, I'm telling you, I take FOREVER to make a decision. That's why I love the One Room Challenge that much, because it obliges me to think fast, to stop looking for "a better option", to pull the trigger and buy the fabric! With a limited amount of time, I have no option but trusting my gut. And it works!

That said, I'm not doing the #ORC challenge this time (I should have, though!!) Go take a look if you want to go INSANE with design inspiration, even mi favorita de la vida, Christine Dovey, is working her magic again!

Anyways, THE POINT IS I'm trying to put a little pressure into my own design process and I've decided that I will share much more of it in here with you. That's right. It might not sound like a lot, but it is. I'm SO scared! Why? Because this means I commit to myself - and to you - on finding a time to work on big changes around my house. Because I will share the ugly, the mistakes, the dreams and the glorious accomplishments in here. Because I'm tired of playing music chairs and I will now focus on wall trim. And this post is sort of the beginning :) (I AM feeling dramatic today! JAJA!)

So, this is what started it all. I woke up on a Saturday morning, went to the living room and BAM! I was done with the white canvas that my bay windows were at that point. I knew I wanted some dark curtains both to block the light a bit and to frame that little seating nook. So, this happened. Hi curtains! :)

Great! I'm happy with them and so is S! Pheeewwww! I knew I needed to change almost everything in this area. We brought all our furniture from our old apartment and even though I found a way to make it work in this space, it was not convincing me at all.

I needed to change something with my own hands

And because I can't design/create couches of my own yet (hello, deep secret of mine!), I decided to paint. And, just like that - next morning - these chips were on my ceiling :) :) :)

...and S goes... so, I guess you think you are painting the ceiling gold?!

I said: Yes.

What do I do on Saturday evenings? I GO WILD! I frame my ceiling with painters tape and paint with the shiniest shade of gold I could found. It was craziness. A happy and fabulous crazy moment. I had to take the curtains DOWN, and adjust screws and curtain rods again but you know what? It was worth it. I'm so happy with it :)

I don't have proper pictures of how the space looks now but here's a - very shiny - sneak peek of how it ended up. Curtains are up again and I'm in the process of... changing everything! wohooooooo!! 

So, this was a big first step and now I can't stop. Do you like it?! Are you mortified by its beauty?? jaja! Let me know what you think! I would love to read your first impressions because remember, this is going to be a journey! :) :)

Thanks so much for reading!!! You are THE BEST.xx.

EASY STYLING - FALL DECOR


Don't you love the weather these days? It's time for blankets and tea and getting cozy at home. Today I wanted to share some of my work in progress with you.

When it comes to designing my own space, I take double or triple the time than when doing it for a client. Somehow making decisions takes forever! And so, I haven't been able to make drastic changes in our petite living area except for some curtains! Yei! :) and of course some fall decor. 

Decorating for seasons doesn't mean you have to change everything around.

Incorporating natural elements and metallics makes the space look warmer and more inviting.

How to do it? Include wood and other pieces of nature around your space - I personally love decorating with fruits and flowers. In this case I used lemons on a wooden bowl. Gold velvet pillow covers, pumpkins and a lot of copper are my version of fall orange. And, oh yes... have you seen the amount of gold on my walls? That is just expanding without control and I'm foreseeing a golden explosion at some point! jaja! 

Small changes keep me going, but expect MAJOR changes in here! I have decided to - FINALLY - focus on the design of our living area, and I'm very excited about it! I will be sharing some possible pieces of furniture and obviously a ton of inspiration on Instagram. So, stay tuned! And let me know what you think. I LOVE reading your comments. Have a wonderful day. xx.

CREATIVE COLLABORATION - CONTEMPORARY COWGIRL OFFICE


One of the best things about becoming an entrepreneur is the amount of talented and amazing women I've met during my journey. I'm extremely fortunate to be part of this movement, to share and learn from so many creative ladies. One of them is my friend Sadie, whom I met when Splendor Styling was just starting. We worked together on my marketing strategy and her input definitely helped enhancing my performance and business' outreach.

Women should help each other grow.

I can't stress that enough. We grow bigger and stronger if we do it together. Trust me. There is room for everyone at the party and we can all succeed. Sharing your knowledge and talents will get you further. And this is what Sadie and I did :)

A creative collaboration. I needed her marketing knowledge. She needed my design advice. It was perfect! I got to help her with the design of her first office as a home owner. As in many DC homes, the space needed to double as a guest room and as a home office. It needed to be inspiring for daily work; and comfortable enough to welcome friends and host business meetings. We already had some of the right key pieces: a small sofa bed, a glass desk and bookshelves; but we needed to rearrange furniture, get accent pieces to make the space ultra functional, and give it a fun creative character.

Take a look at the results! 

BEFORE

CONTEMPORARY COWGIRL OFFICE by Splendor Styling

An old leather stool and a a side table frame the small sofa bed creating the sensation of a living room. Accent pillows and greenery give the space a homey feeling; and a comfy storage bench serves as a coffee table and hides bedding and pillows for when guests arrive ;) 

An easy DIY mural was created with two colorful triangles matching the cow art on the opposite wall. Bringing colors from your pieces of art to the walls in the room makes the space look more cohesive and fun! The round mirror gives the wall a final touch reflecting light and colors all around.

This was a happy and fun project. Sadie and I were in touch all the time and constantly discussed ideas through email and text messages. E-decor is the perfect design alternative for busy people! My main advice for her was the one I always give to my clients:

If you fall in love with a piece, buy it! You will always find a way to use it in your decor.

This colorful and funky cow art was love at first sight, and because she loved it so much it ended being the main source of inspiration for the entire design.

I'm very happy about this collaboration and the results! And I'm happy to have this amazing female powerful energy around. My entrepreneur friends are a constant reminder that dreams come true; and that hard work pays off. Thanks for being part of this journey. xx.