So I had these Pottery Barn frames sitting in my closet for over 2 years now and hadn’t done anything with them! Partly because I didn’t have anywhere to put them in our rental house and partly because last year my husband and I purchased a new home and they got lost in the move! While cleaning up a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon them and thought I need to use these somewhere. I decided these frames would be perfect to hang on my stair wall. So I put some family photos in the frames and up they went ( I still need to find one more picture to put in the very top frame, but I still decided to hang it ). I think the frames turned out pretty great!
All Images via I Design Love
This weekend was a busy couple of days working on client projects! Currently, I am working on a kitchen design for my client and we are in the process of picking out the perfect Soapstone counter top. So this weekend my client and I went to look at some Soapstone slabs; although, we didn’t find that perfect slab this weekend I am sure we will find it soon! While at the stone and tile shop I fell in love with the perfect kitchen back splash for my client. Originally, I was going to go with a Calcutta Gold subway tile, but when I saw this scalloped Calcutta tile I thought this would be more unique and add an interesting touch. Remember my post from a few weeks back on lighting selections for my client, well we picked out a light fixture and it came in on Saturday! I stopped by on Sunday to see how it turned out and it looks stunning! Also, I picked out some fabric options for the foyer bench. I am still unsure on what fabric I want to use, but once I sleep on it I am sure I will have a decision soon.
Wouldn’t this back splash look great against the soapstone counters?
Here is the bench that I am reupholstering. Right now it is a pretty boring bench, but once I reupholster it I think it will add the punch of color and pattern that this foyer needs.
These are the fabrics that I am considering. Which one is your favorite?
All images via I Design Love
Here is a sneak peak of the nursery so far. I would say that we are halfway finished with the design. This room has come along way since my husband and I started and I think it is turning out great. There are a lot of details that still need to be purchased, but I think we are off to a good start.
All images via I Design Love
I am excited to annonce that I will be offering E-Design through my new interior design company; Kristine Bishop Design! E-Design is a fabulous way to get a budget friendly space with a designer touch. Using my designer experience and stylish touch, I will put together inspiration boards with furniture, finishes, and accessories for any room of your choice! My clients personal style is very important to me as well and I work hard to design rooms around what you like! Also, I’ll provide you with a complete shopping list so you can go pick out your favorite items! Access to designer sources will be available for an additional fee as well. Rooms start at $250. E-design is a great way to take advantage of my personal design services if you do not live in the Metro-Detroit area!
For those looking for a more in depth design, Kristine Bishop Design offers full design services. Full design services are for the client that would like a complete custom design. After the initial consultation I will provide complete design boards, photos, and inspiration to create a beautiful space that reflects your style and taste. An hourly fee will be based on scope of the project. Of course, I will work within any budget! Currently, I am living in the Metro-Detroit area, but I will gladly travel to your destination depending on the scope of the project.
For someone looking for a updated fresh look to their space, KBD offers color consultations starting at $50.00. Color consults are a great way to get your feet wet without having to redesign your entire space. I always say a little bit of paint goes a long way!
Please e-mail Kristine@kristinebishopdesign if you are interested in any of these services.
Below are some E-Design boards that I am currently working on with clients. I will be posting some updates as these projects come to a complete!
For Baby Z’s nursery I have decided to use roman shades on the windows. I love the look of a roman shade, it is so simple and refined; I think it will go perfect with the rest of the decor. My mom is planning on making the shades since she loves to sew! The nursery is painted a deep navy, (I can’t wait to share with you the finished result! We are almost done!) so I am thinking a simple white roman shade with red grosgrain ribbon trim would add that special touch. I can’t decide if I want to do a Greek key border or a simple border along the edges. Take a peak of some of my inspiration photos.
This roman shade is simple yet brings together the space with the touch of the orange border to tie in the colors in the room.
Love this window treatment, especially the valance.
The scalloped edge adds a custom element to these shades.
All images via Pinterest
This past weekend I watched the new season of Sarah’s House on HGTV. One of the episodes that really caught my eye was the kitchen renovation. Sarah was designing a kitchen with builder grade materials, which are not a designers friend! For the counter tops she was given a selection of granites that would work within her budget, but none were catching her eye. So Sarah asked if she could get the granite honed instead of the traditional glossy look. She was told for a slight up charge she could get the granite honed. I was amazed because I never really thought of that. I knew honed counters existed, but never thought to use this on granite. Granite is not my favorite stone, I feel that it is way overdone and a bit cookie cutter. For some people getting an exotic stone is not in their budget, so granite is the affordable option and what a better way to making granite look unique and exotic by giving it a honed finish. The granite that Sarah chose was a charcoal color and when they installed the kitchen it looked amazing!! It looked like Soapstone, but without the price tag. My husband and I wanted to put Soapstone counters in our kitchen, but if we can get away with honed granite for a lot cheaper than I think we will go that route.
All images via HGTV
Since I have baby on the brain, all I can think about is designing the nursery and everything related to baby! One thing that I have been thinking about lately is a playroom for when my little bambino gets a little older. I dream of a having a room with built in bookshelves on every wall, a huge window seat to sit and read countless books, an amazing art easel and art table for the little one to explore his creative side. What would add to my dream playroom would be a chalkboard wall. I love the impact of an entire wall painted in chalkboard paint, not only does it create an amazing wall color, but it acts as art in the space because your little one can go crazy and draw all over the wall! Below are some images of innovative ways chalkboard paint was put to use.
I have been working with a client to design an amazing space and recently she presented me with an interesting challenge. My client needs multiple lights for her foyer, hallway, and kitchen; however, she would like to get all these lights for around 1,000. Well totally do-able, it will make my job a little more difficult! In design if you can create a space for less and make it look good you can do anything! My client’s foyer has low ceilings so putting a large chandelier is not feasible, but a semi-flush mount would work perfectly! I love the look of the Bell lanterns ( number 4 on my design board). They are very simple, but create an elegant statement in a room. The bell lantern (4) mixed with the flush ceiling bell lantern (5) would be amazing for the foyer and hallway. For my client’s kitchen, I love the orb chandeliers ( 2 and 5 on my design boards). They give a high design look with out breaking the bank. If I had to pick a lamp for my clients kitchen table you can’t go wrong with either orb chandelier that I have selected below. What are your favorite lights?
I am 28 weeks coming up and I am bursting out of all of my clothes! So far, I have gotten by without having to buy much maternity clothes but since I entered my 3rd Trimester my belly keeps getting bigger; nothing seems to be fitting me! I am going to have to bite the bullet and buy some new maternity clothes. Around me, there really aren’t too many stores that carry maternity clothes. We have the usual; Gap, Old Navy, Pea in the Pod and Target, but those stores just don’t do it for me. Pea in the Pod has a few cute items, but it seems pretty overpriced for their selection. I will say they sell designer jeans which is something I love. Since we don’t have much in are area for cute maternity, I have turned to the internet. So far my favorite stores would be ASOS, Topshop and Belly Dance Maternity. ASOS has some super cute clothing and their pieces look like you could wear them after giving birth. Below are some of my picks for cute maternity clothes and some maternity fashion inspiration from some of the fabulous bloggers out there.
I love this red maxi skirt. I need to find one asap!
Sydney from The Daybook is always super stylish! This outfit would be perfect for work.
This outfit is perfect for fall. I already have a faux fur vest now all I need are some jeans that fit me and a maternity tee.
Kristin Cavallari looks super cute in this white maxi dress.
This woman is super maternity chic!
This outfit is super cute and would be the perfect weekend outfit.
I am in love with this entire ensemble from ASOS. This would be perfect to wear to work.
Again from ASOS, this top is perfect for fall.
Super cute sweater from TopShop
Love the purple pants!!