School's out. Daylight lasts well into the evening. And you are ready to show off your new swimsuit at the pool. Every evening after work, and every day of the weekend - you want to spend all your free time outdoors.
Clothing can be luxurious. Think cashmere sweaters and Louboutin heels. But if they are ill-fitting or not the right cut, you will not be comfortable. Your mood and experiences will reflect that discomfort. Clothing can be comfortable. Your favorite yoga pants or pull-over hoodie are comfortable but may not reflect your lifestyle.
With summer fast approaching, we are dreaming about sitting poolside with dinner on the grill. One question we hear over and over is how to actually create an outdoor oasis for your home. Today we are spilling secrets so you can create your own!
We had the pleasure of speaking with Todd Boatwright, host of Austin's local TWC series House Proud, about steps you can take to create your outdoor oasis.
All I can say is that there are times that all the hard work is worth it. We were honored to be invited to join a team of 9 fabulous designers to create a 'housewarming' for a group foster home, Central Texas Table of Grace. Given only one month from walk through to installation, this was a quick project to put it mildly. However, in that month, I was time and again pleasantly surprised and humbled by the generosity of those I know - and those I had never seen before.
My friend and fellow interior designer, Kelly LaPlante, invited me to join a team of Interior Designers for a great cause. The project is to create a beautiful environment for a new group home for kids, ages 6-17, in Round Rock. All the designers met at the home, Central Texas Table of Grace (CTTG) to kick off the project on September 9th.
Nurseries today are versatile with modern designs, gender-neutral décor and creative storage solutions to transition baby well into the toddler years and beyond.
“Clients are looking for their nurseries to function appropriately for their newborns, but are also aware that kids grow so quickly that the look and function that they need for a newborn changes pretty quickly,” said Robin Colton, interior designer with Robin Colton Studio.
You may not know this about me... I was an accomplished pianist back in the day. I learned how to play on my parents upright piano. I wish now that I could remember if they had it and I started playing it, or if they bought it specifically for me. What I do know, is that I actually really loved to play - through mandatory daily practice sessions and all!
I love my clients. I love design. I love finding solutions. I love to craft spaces that inspire and elevate people. The work that I do satisfies me in every way every day. but. then. again. It is FABULOUS to be recognized for the work I do!
I realized this morning that one year ago, we were making final preparations to head out on our longest and most extravagant family trip yet ~ we were headed overseas to Europe!!! My daughter had spent the Spring semester of 2014 studying abroad in Angers, France. Well, I missed her terribly (thank you Skype for existing and keeping us in touch) and we thought what better excuse to head to Europe than to pick her up at the end of her semester. My husband Mykol had never been out of the country (only Vancouver BC on our honeymoon when we lived in Seattle, but that’s not that far out of the country…), and I had not been to France since my high school exchange trip to France. Needless to say, I think we are both reminiscing about our trip these days as our dinner conversation last night revolved around the European lifestyle and how different it is than the American lifestyle. This got me to thinking
Q : I am ready to start the process of creating a color palette for my home. How do I know where to start?
A to the Q : This great question came in regarding color scheme and how to select the right one. Color inspiration is everywhere ~ I'll show you how to sift through it all and create a color scheme for your home.
I was sweating through my morning workout today, and the instructor in my online video stated “Detail is king!” She was of course referring to all of the little adjustments and positions that I am supposed to think about through each and every exercise - ears out of my shoulders, pull my belly button to my spine, toes at 1 and 11, knees bent right over ankles… each of these ‘details’ during my workout is meant to maximize my results and minimize injury. So every morning at 6:30 when I turn on my Barre3 online workout, I am thinking about detail already. I don’t think I have to tell you, that thought process stays with me All. Day. Long.
Q : I walked into the house you were showing on the tour and loved the gray color on the walls! What is that paint color and how do I know if it's right for my home? A to the Q : The question-of-the-day on the Interiors Tour was 'What is the color on the walls?' The answer - Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl. But here's where the lively discussions began!
The best things come to those who wait... OR they come very quickly and without warning! To conclude our fabulous 2014, we were honored to be asked to participate in the 2nd annual Tribeza Interiors Tour.
Last Spring, I travelled with my family to France and dined (and danced) under the stars in Paris. Each evening, sitting at a cafe table in Paris, I saw more than the company I was with and the food I was served. I could see PARIS. The feeling of that moment - the time in the evening when friends, family, and lovers fill the outdoor cafe tables to dine together - this was the inspiration for my picnic table presented at DIFFA's Urban Picnic by Design.
1. Pretty in Pink Robin's favorite moment in her home is the lipstick pink accent wall affectionately known as "Grandma's Wall". As Robin describes it; "Every day I see a bright pink smile from my mom."