Jul
27
2015
The Design Confidential Poolside in my Dream Home

I have something of a major obsession happening with small but chic rectangular pools. Naturally, I have spent a fair share of time dreaming about how to make this happen in real life. I'm not entirely sure this is even a remote possibility, but for now, I am attempting to figure out how it might be...

Many of these pools are very small and that suits me well. Regardless of size, every single pool here is visually stunning and perfectly designed. It just goes to show that good things come in small packages sometimes... I might even love a rectangular wading pool, just deep enough for me to float. If you have a thing for small but chic pools too, I have an entire pinterest board filled with gorgeous poolside inspiration! Go crazy...

The Design Confidential Poolside in my Dream Home
The Design Confidential Poolside in my Dream Home
The Design Confidential Poolside in my Dream Home
The Design Confidential Poolside in my Dream Home
The Design Confidential Poolside in my Dream Home
The Design Confidential Poolside in my Dream Home

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Mar
12
2015
The Design Confidential Room Envy California Dreamin + 5 Things Nursery Design

This nursery is the epitome of California design. Throw in some over sized agave and a few hanging plants and you have yourself a true California Dream. Light, Bright and Airy this room makes me think the people who live here are laid back and barefoot much of the time, yet entirely worldly and well traveled. It must be so peaceful here, and quiet. Doesn't it seem quiet to you? It isn't often a room speaks to the sound that emanates from the space, but this one is speaking volumes to me at the moment. It would certainly be funny to find out that it is in fact wild, loud, and rambunctious in this home, in real life. Somehow I think not... but perhaps it's all just wishful thinking on my part.

5 THINGS // Interesting tidbits and a few of my own California Dreams

One // I am currently sporting a pretty amazing infection and it is sucking the life force out of me. It is unusual for me to be tired during the day, pretty much ever, but it is taking all I have to function like a human even just a little. Ugh.

Two // I am never working on less than 4 projects at a time, and at any given moment, at least one of those projects involves seating. Chairs are quickly becoming my kryptonite - and I have no less than 12 in my 'workshop' this very minute.

Three // It is my dream to design products and I am going to be putting a bit of my time and energy into this aspect of my career for this year. Who knows where this will lead, and maybe nowhere at all, but I think it's important to pursue what makes us unbelievably ridiculously happy whenever the chance presents itself.

The Design Confidential Room Envy California Dreamin + 5 Things Nursery Design

Four // My older boy Blake is equal parts easily embarrassed and completely shy at first encounter. On the flip side he is utterly social and outgoing once he has a good grasp on things, so to speak. But I can't even truly put words how completely out of left field it was to see him, for the second time in a year, dance his little heart out in front of the entire school and all of the parents during their class performance. This is the kid who refused to wear his Halloween costume several years in a row, for sheer embarrassment, and most definitely would not wear the outfit all of his classmates wore during their preschool performance (only a year prior to his first dance performance I speak of here). The whole things was so unusual in fact, that during his performance last year, the mister and I both sat there with our mouths hanging open in complete shock and awe. I think you can hear our exclamations on the video and strangely the camera started to droop and film the back of the chair in front of us. I blame the shock. Who is that child, I have never met him before. He just owned that stage... so weird - perhaps it was a fluke - but no, he just did it again, for the second year in a row. But according to him he hates dance and wouldn't even dream of taking dance lessons? I can attest to the fact that he can jokingly twerk better than most of the housewives and they are actually trying. I don't know where he learns this stuff... ?

Five // I would like to collaborate with some interesting folks in an adjacent industry this year. Food, fashion, photography, maybe graphic designers... not entire sure how this would go down or what it would even be, but I know for sure that I am completely inspired by so many amazing artists and creatives out there and I truly believe it helps us as creatives when we push our boundaries and step outside of the norm. To be immersed in another world for a bit is good for the soul.

To catch up and read through past Room Envy articles, click here! I am certain you will learn something odd / interesting / funny about little old me that you didn't know before!

Via Domaine Home / Design by Amber Interiors

Living 
Jan
23
2015
The Design Confidential Room Envy // A Tall Drink of Water + 5 Things

This room is everything. Really it's more like a wall within a room, but still... soooo good. This space is like a tall drink of water in the Sahara - relaxing and serene yet filled with life, warm and calm like a gentle breeze in the hot desert sun. It draws me in like a stressed out mama to netflix with the promise of hours upon end of binge watching the last season of Peaky Blinders (so good - by the way).

It has been a while since I have posted a Room Envy article and 5 things so I thought today would be the perfect occasion! If this is your first Room Envy + 5 Things here at the House of TDC, you can read past articles here, and they are basically my chance to share a room or space that seems to represent a life or lifestyle worthy of envy and 5 things about me that you likely don't know. A little up close and personal with a bit of pretty inspiration thrown in, so here goes...

1 // I am supposed to be at ALT this very minute and instead I am sitting here with a sad face moping about how fab last year's ALT was, while I focus on everything I am missing out on. Ya, a pretty positive way to handle things, no?

2 // I turned 35 in November. In many ways it was unremarkable, which I consider a good thing, because it is not lost on me that I very likely seem older to younger people and I am now officially no longer part of the young adult crowd. At 35 I can't even stretch my imagination to claim such a thing. It isn't as if I could at 30, but I guess it finally dawned on me that I am now seen differently from the outside world than I feel on the inside. It is a weird dichotomy, to be sure.

The Design Confidential Room Envy // A Tall Drink of Water + 5 Things

3 // I get to have my wisdom teeth removed in two weeks. Yep, lucky me, at the not-so-young age of 35 I get to party like a young buck with nothing but a popsicle and water diet. Maybe I will lose 5 pounds in the process... A gal can dream can't she?

4 // This Room Envy space is actually the inspiration for my Dining Room. You saw my unlikely nightsand turned dining room storage and display and I will be sharing other tidbits next week. I am not sure how close to the original inspiration the room will actually be, but it was a fabulous jumping off point.

5 // I am working on one of the greatest makeovers of all time, while I am chipping away at the Dining Room. It is a whopper of a before and after reveal, I can say that for sure and I am not even close to the after yet. Well that isn't precisely true, I guess I am more than half way finished and it is incredible already. I will be sharing the before pictures with you next week also! But you have to promise not to judge... or at least not to judge to harshly, eek!

Images Via

Living 
Jan
06
2015
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal

It has been many many moons since I gave you this teaser and now I suppose it is high time I finally share my family room overhaul with you, especially since I have already started changing things up (yes ridiculous, I know). There are a few fab DIY projects in this space, a great many budget scores and a lot of gorgeous goods that are vintage and were also extremely kind on the wallet. All told, this room was a bit tricky to pull together given it's size, and without having much in the way of funding to dedicate to this space I had to be creative, to be sure. 

I shall stop talking and let you browse. Then we can all dish on the details later... yahoo.

Of course if you would like to check out other spaces I have recently finished, visit my Home Tour page and for some of my recent styling work you can check out my recent work page (it's new and will be getting a makeover soon).

Now where were we...

The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal

Many of you remember the ever popular DIY removable wallpaper wall of 2013, it looks so very different to me, in this space with all new decor and shows just how far this room has come since we moved in. As a room wrapped in windows that all sit lower than most furniture stands, the layout of this space was quite a task. I think the current arrangement will be around for a while, but I am dying to try a totally new arrangement just for the hell of it. Trying something unexpected is always where I find my happy place in a space.

The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal
The Design Confidential Home Tour // My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal

I will follow up with a full list of sources and projects for this space this week! There is one in particular that involves an inexpensive version of fabric trim and I can't wait to share it. It's just spectacular and I have now used this little styling secret 3 more times since originally doing it for this space. *Squeal* because seriously specialty trim is crazy stuupid expensive and truly not affordable for most of us, and so we go without... but not anymore - stay tuned for that project! 

I hope you like this space as much as I do! It is so very comfortable for my little family and a snap to keep clutter free - crucial for my sanity! 

TDC 
Nov
18
2014
The Design Confidential Bathe Well Rounded Mirrors in the Bath Marble Vintage Floating Vanity Sconces Round Mirror

I have been secretly working on a big project behind the scenes here at the House of TDC, with the amazing folks at Kohler. Consequently bathroom design has been on my mind in a very big way. The bath is a funny space, that both requires an immense amount of functionality and encompasses all of the challenges of small space living at it's finest. It is often difficult to add style and personality to something that is so completely dictated by function but I am determined to do precisely this. With an overload of visual inspiration, it is hard to sort through all of the spaces I am drawn to, but eventually some patterns begin to emerge from the rubble and I can see that I am drawn to certain features time and time again.

Generally this is a pretty darn good indication of where my head space is with a particular project and where I am likely to find myself ending up when all is said and done. Right now that path appears to be paved with unique options for the ever important bathroom mirror and streamlined and minimal floating vanities. This roundup of bathrooms is riddled with subtle nods to a bygone era that I happen to adore and each space flaunts a unique spin on a gorgeous round over-sized mirror in place of the more typical rectangular version found in bathrooms around the world. I just love a break with tradition so perhaps this is precisely the kind of risk I might take in the bath.

The Design Confidential Bathe Well Rounded Mirrors in the Bath Smitten Studio Bathroom Round Mirror Floating Credenza Vintage Herringbone Tile Pendant Lights
The Design Confidential Bathe Well Rounded Mirrors in the Bath Vintage with Inspired Sinks Wood Paneling Double Sink Hanging Brass Pendant Lights
The Design Confidential Bathe Well Rounded Mirrors in the Bath with Marble Vintage Floating Vanity

What do you think? Too outside the box? Risky in that I might like it only for a short while? Do you like to take risks when you make changes in your home or do you prefer to play it safe with bigger decisions?

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Nov
11
2014
Details of The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

 

This post is sponsored by Honeywell. I received a Lyric thermostat and compensation in exchange for coverage. All opinions and thoughts about this product are my own.

 

With two dueling entrepreneurs living under one roof, to say that getting out the door and on our way is challenging would be an understatement. Having something of a household system helps us stay on top of things so that we don’t have to add trivial tasks to our already out of control daily list of things to do (like finding the car keys, shutting off the lights or hunting for a particular pair of shoes. You know — the important stuff). So like any good person in charge, I created easy organization for basic everyday things, and I try my best to stick to it.

The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

Jackets, scarves, shoes and keys all need a clear and present place to live that feels easy to access and looks out of sight. I prefer not to see clutter and chaos — it makes for a much more welcoming place to come home to at the end of the day or a business trip. I am a creature of habit for the most part, but having a place for Mr. TDC to put his keys and wallet helps him keep track of them so he doesn't spend 20 minutes on the hunt each time he tries to walk out the door. At the moment, I am on the hunt for a small tray and a few vintage hooks to add to this space, and once I source the right pieces, this area will be complete — until I switch things up again, which I am known to do rather frequently.

View of City from Airplane Leaving for Business Trip and The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

With the nature of our work, both the Mr. and I see a great many sunrises and sunsets from jet-plane windows. If we aren't traveling as a family, it is a fair guess that I am away for business and he is overwhelmed by all of the little things required to run the household with any sort of sanity. With the rise of smart technology for the home, there are quite a few things I can do from my phone or tablet while I am on the go. Every little bit counts when you are caring for two little boys and trying to work simultaneously, so when I can use an app from abroad to keep our home running smoothly, we are both all the merrier for it. I don’t have to hand over a to-do list a mile long, and our utility bills aren't going to skyrocket with no one manning the controls or remembering to turn things off when they aren't in use.

Coordinating Modern Devices for The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App
Lyric Thermostat App in Use for The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

I recently installed a Lyric Thermostat by Honeywell, makers of the original round thermostat, and it has already earned major brownie points in my book. Not only does it look cute with its gorgeous face and white mirror finish, but I can program it to adjust throughout the day and night automatically and from my mobile devices, which I adore.

Lyric Thermostat in Various States of Use and Functionality for The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

I can even make changes on the go using the app if we decide to take an impromptu trip somewhere spectacular. Since it lives in our newly styled and organized entryway, which is quite a jaunt downstairs from the master bedroom, being able to sit in bed and turn up the heat when a cold front moves in is nothing short of lovely. No need to drag my cold toes out from under a warm blanket in the middle of the night just to make sure Baby Bird isn't freezing at the other end of the hall. Everyone is happy and most importantly well rested.

View of Sunset over New York City from Airplane Window and The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

I much prefer to focus on a view like this than worry about missing my plane because I couldn't remember to turn on the porch lights or turn down the thermostat. Being able to travel in comfort is certainly one of life’s little luxuries.

Lyric Thermostat / Honeywell

Baskets for Shoe Storage / HomeGoods

Copper Planter / Smith + Hawken for Target

Black Candle Holder / Dot + Bo

Vase / Vintage

Table / Vintage

Copper Coat Rack / DIY - coming soon

Accent Rug / HomeGoods

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