You have to start somewhere.....

OK, I have finally decided (or shall I say frequently urged to "do something" by my loving husband...) to jump on the Blogging band wagon!  I follow a couple blogs of women I admire and Im so impressed with what they have to say and what they post, I actually look forward to them.  I just never thought I had enough to say to fill up a blog let alone make it interesting enough to read.....but like I kind of mentioned, my husband seems to think I have A LOT to say, so here I go!

And yes...you probably guessed it by now,  I will be blogging primarily about Interior Design (I will pause for your applause:) What you may also be asking is what could I possibly blog about that someone hasn't already said?  Yes, good point, but what I mainly will be talking about is MY point of view and thoughts and hints and opinions and ideas on Interior Design.  And, as far as I know....there is not another "natural red headed Interior Designer name Laura Aguilar who recently relocated to North Carolina from Southern California" who is blogging right now about Interior Design sooooo.....there you go!

So hopefully you can all follow along with me on my new blogging journey. And maybe even invite your friends to follow too.  You have to start somewhere , right? Some blogs will be interesting, some funny, maybe one or two boring.....and maybe, just maybe some will actually be helpful!  (no promises, but Im going to do my best) So stay tuned, I am going to come up with my first blog very very soon.  I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what it will be about...but what ever it is, and whenever it is, I can for sure say that it will be about something "Interior Design-y" (is that a word? can I make it one? )

Stay Tuned......in the mean time, here is my view as I attempt this whole blogging thing:)

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House to Home

I have known this sweet family for a couple years now, and was thrilled to death when she called to me to help make their new house into a home they can love and raise their adorable toddler in.  They needed a family room and dining area that was beautiful and cozy but also durable and "break resistant" for their very active little two year old.  They are a young couple with amazing taste and basically gave me free reign to "do my thing" to bring it all together. What fun I had on this project!  And for not a lot of money, these before and after pictures show what can be done to make a house into a home....Enjoy! 

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Girls Rule!

I was so excited to work with my next client.  She hired me to decorate her two girls bedrooms in their new home they recently moved into.  Why so excited you ask?  Because I live in a home with three boys, one husband and one large boy dog!  Not much "girly" going on in my home, so I jumped at the chance to decorate two lovely girl rooms.  One sister, a 12 year old beauty , loves natural, peaceful, organized, and cozy decor. The younger sister, a lively 10 year old, loves rainbows and animals and Pink!  They even made me their own "vision boards" of pictures of bedding and colors and decor they each loved.  So sweet and so much fun to work with these two.  Like their mom, they have amazing taste and know just what they want.  I had a great time with this project.  I adore all the boys I share my home with , but it felt so good to let my inner "girly" out.

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Pasadena Beauty

Who doesn't love the city of Pasadena?  It is filled with the most beautiful old historic homes and scenery.   So when my next client called and asked if I would like to work with her on her home in Pasadena she recently moved into, I jumped at the chance! Her home is a beautiful 1920's home with original hardwood floors and windows.  The room she needed help with is actually an addition added later on that never really felt right. This room is right off the kitchen and serves as the family room for this busy family filled with four teenagers and lots of friends!  She needed all new from the ground up!  New carpet, furniture, paint, window treatments and decor.  She also needed the small bathroom attached to the family room updated as well and later on, she added on a small guest room and bath around the corner that needed some attention and "warming up".  We wanted to keep with the traditional look of the home but make these rooms durable and cozy enough for a big family to relax in.  I think we accomplished just that!  I love how it all came together, and my client , her kids and all their friends will be just as pleased im sure!  

 

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Here are the before's and afters of the small guest bathroom just off the family room...Small changes made a big difference.   We added wallpaper,  had a new light fixture installed above a new mirror, and added a new faucet and all new hardware.  

Made a big difference in quite a small space!

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And here are the before's and afters of a small guest bedroom and bath room.  Again, some small changes but they made a big difference.

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Sweet Home Alabama

So excited to share this latest project with you.  This has been a long time coming , but the results are exactly what I had envisioned and my client couldn't be happier.  I met my client through another client's home I did several months ago.  She loved the design of the room's I completed and asked if I would possibly travel to Alabama to help her with her own home...and of course I would!  The project started off with the complete re-design of the "Living- rooms" in her home..these were the dining, office, family, eating nook and sun room.  But soon, she decided since we were doing all this work, might as well complete the entire house so she added in the 3 remaining bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  We completed this job in two trips back to Alabama.  First trip was to decide on the new design and style of the home as well as picking out paint colors and purchasing all the new furniture pieces needed.  The 2nd trip back was to complete the project.  That was a long and very buys 10 days but in the end, the results are amazing.  I am so pleased with how the house has been transformed, but even more, so happy my client is so happy!  

I also had some amazing help with this project..and you know who you are!   I COULD NOT have completed this home with out you.  This will be a project we all will never forget. Thank you for all the help, laughter and amazing memories.  Love you both:)

Roll Tide!

 

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I do not have the "before's of the rest of the rooms...but just had to post the "after's". Enjoy!

Guest Bedrooms

Master Bed & Bath

Master Bed & Bath

These two rooms didn't undergo huge changes...but what we did made a huge difference!  My client already had the furniture needed and even the bedding she wanted to use, just didn't know how to make it all work.  So I came in, added paint to the walls, rearranged the furniture for a better flow and added some finishing touches. Did the same to the attached master bathroom as well.   Not a lot went  a long way in these two rooms I think, and the owners are thrilled with the results.  

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Room fit for a Princess

As a mother of three crazy yet adorable boys, I rarely see anything pink in my home.   So when my next client approached me about doing a very girly, pink, princess-y room for her own little girl, I jump at the chance.  She didn't want to spend a lot , but wanted a girly room her daughter would love to be in now and maybe a few years from now.  Her little girl knows what she likes and that's barbies, dressing up, makeup, and of course being a princess.  There already was a beautiful bed and dresser to re use,  but we still needed bedding, lighting, decor, storage and of course....some pink!  The walls got painted a pretty soft grey color, and along with the pink curtains and lamp shades, I decided to add in a splash of turquoise blue to give the room some pop.

I love how this room came together. Almost as much as the little princess its belongs too! 

 

 

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Family Friendly

These rooms needed some attention...they came with great bones...a great couch, nice big windows, lots of counter space in the kitchen...but just needed some freshening up.  The family room, kitchen and guest bathroom all got some much needed decor and organizing to make them feel finished.  Had to be comfy enough for this family of four to relax in at the end of their very busy weeks, but still be pretty enough to feel like a finished space.  With some new decor and window treatments, re-arranging of some rooms and a couple new furniture pieces the spaces were finally finished.  Im sure this family will be enjoying these rooms for years to come.

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Cozy Sitting and Dining Room

These two rooms have made a big change!  They went from hand-me-down and uncomfortable to up dated, and so cozy.  The dining room had the biggest change, with a new paint color,  tall bead board added to the walls, all new furniture (a great mix of new and antiques) and a beautiful chandelier.  The sitting room got all cleaned up as well.  We kept the chairs but added new paint, a great new bookcase and an area rug.  

I love the way these rooms turned out, you really do just want to sit, cozy up and stay a while.  

 

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Guest Room Re-do

This room I actually finished several weeks ago, but life is slightly crazy busy right now...so Im just happy Im getting this uploaded now!  This guest room is in the same home that I had recently finished the living and pool table rooms in.  She loved the color and feel of those rooms I already did and wanted the same for her downstairs guest room.  I already love her taste and colors so this room was a cinch!  Only thing we kept in the bedroom was the bed and the wall color,  the rest was up to me.   I also decorated the quest bathroom that is attached to the bedroom... that room got  a much bigger face lift with a new paint job, removal of a very dated wallpaper boarder and all new decor.  Take a look and see for yourself, that a little change really does go a long way!

Cozy Family Room

I was so happy to be a part of this project.  After a hard year,  my client needed a  cozy retreat to come home to every day, something to give her and her family peace and comfort at the end of some long days they have been having.  She told me what she wanted, and what she didn't want, and after some wonderful people volunteered their time, and gifts into helping this room re-design happen, I think we accomplished what she has been needing.  A cozy, warm, and peaceful family room to retreat to.  So happy with how it turned out! And I know my client and her family are too:)

 

Beautiful Dining Room Re-Design

This room was so fun to do!  My client knew what table, chairs and buffet table she wanted to use, but then gave me free reign to do whatever I wanted...all with in budget of course but you get the idea.   So I did!   I just love dining rooms, especially ones that are their own separate rooms, like this one is.  I wanted the general colors to match the rest of the home, but wanted it to make its own statement as well.  This room needed some architectural detail first so I had some paneling installed and LOVE the way it turned out.  Adds so much character and interest to the room rather then just repainting the walls.  I went with the "board and batten" style paneling, and went high up the wall to make a big impact.  Then had the walls painted a deep peacock blue color to match the accent color in the living room that is right across the way.   Also, had a chandelier installed as well.  Not as easy as it sounds... given this room had no "J Box"  for one. But had a  wonderful electrician install what we needed, picked out a beautiful chandelier and we were on a roll!

 Love the big difference of  the before's and afters of this room...hope you do as well!
 

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Front two rooms....

My next client has a beautiful and spacious home.  All the home needed was just  a little help living up to its full potential.  She definately knew what she "didnt" want..so I helped her decide on what she did.   

The rooms started out with lots of fuirniture, but none of the pieces were to her taste anymore so she got rid of it all and we started fresh. We kept the current wall color exept for a touch of grey we added over in the pool table room.  So with a new color scheme of cream, grey and black we got started!   My client had mentioned that these rooms honestly didnt get much use,.. just that they were the "first rooms you see as you enter through the front door,  so they need to  make a good first impression"...Im thinking we did just that!  

(I dont have a lot of "after" pictures, more soon to come!)

 

Master Bedroom & Living Room

You cannot help but instantly like my next client!  She is the most down to earth, kindest person I have had the privileged of getting to know in these last couple of weeks. And she has amazing taste as well!  Just needed a little help in pulling it all together...so that's where I come in.

 For the master bedroom, she recently had it painted a soft "Greige" color, and my client also had a "pile" of accessories and furniture and lighting that she has been collecting over the past couple years that just needed homes inside her room.  We then got to work installing a beautiful patterned wall paper to one side of the room for an accent wall, painted the backs only of an existing built in bookcase a soft blue color, and had a beautiful chandelier installed above the bed.  Then, (with a couple big dogs to keep in mind while selection finishes)...I got to work adding all the finishing details to her rooms.   I say we hopefully made what she has been wanting to create all these years for her master suite a success!  While working on the bedroom, she mentioned she needed help pulling together her living room as well.  Again, the room already had the furniture needed for the room (we actually took some out of the room)..it just needed  to be rearranged and accessorized.  So I got to work on that room as well. And as an added bonus..,  I just started work on her dinning room too! Those pictures soon to come:)

So take a look at these before's and afters of the two rooms....I had such a great time working on them and getting to know this homeowner,  hopefully you will enjoy them just as much! 

 

Teenage boy's room and a soon to be Guestroom

These were fun rooms...a little challenging, but fun!  I have three boys of my own so when a mother of two boys asked me to re-do their rooms?... piece of cake!  And pretty much it was...I had so much fun designing her 14 yr  old's  room.  Had to be cool, but not to trendy so it can grow with him in the next couple years.  The other son was away at college, but is home for a while now, so she wanted to design his room more like a quest room but still be "guy" enough for her son to stay in while he is home.  Being careful not to be to "theme-y" I still wanted to display their interest and make the rooms their own.  

Take a look at the before's and afters....they are Small rooms with some Big changes!

 

A big brother's new room, and a sweet little nursery.

I just love this family! They are the most beautiful, loving people, and they are thrilled to be welcoming another little family member very soon.  They have a wonderful home, just needed a little re-arranging of the rooms...big brother is moving out of his room to give the new baby a nursery close to mom and dad, while he is gaining a bigger, more open play space/bedroom.  We kept the existing bedding for both rooms and some of the furniture pieces.  For the nursery we needed decor, storage and had moms favorite rocking chair re-upholstered.  For big brother, he needed storage, storage, storage!  As we moms of boys know, they come with a lot of toys, cars, footballs, basketballs and yes, drum sets!  So take a look at the before's and afters...we didn't need to spend a lot to make some big differences to both of these rooms.  Big Brother was thrilled with his room,  and hopefully new little baby will be equally as cozy in his/her new nursery. 

(again...better quality pictures soon to come:) 

 

no more flowers and fairies...

This room was so fun!  My client promised her daughter that for her birthday present she could get rid of her "flowers and fairies" bedroom and have a new up to date " cool" room...so she called me! I was so excited,  not only is she a very sweet girl to work with, but having three boys of my own I don't get a lot  of chances to decorate with "girly" colors.  She already had great furniture to work with, but everything else needed a little up-dating.  Thankfully, she is  thrilled with her new "cool"  bedroom...and there isn't a fairy in sight!  

(These are not the best "after" photos..they are just from my phone, much much better after pics will come when my cousin the "best photographer ever" is here in December..but these will do for now:)

small changes to a small room...big difference!

This was a small bathroom I finished a couple weeks ago for a client....a very small room but when I was finished, the overall feel to the whole room was huge!  We changed the wall color, light fixture and added more up to date accessories.   Not a lot of money was spent, but it made a big difference to the room.  Just goes to show you, that no matter what the size of the room is, making small changes will make a big difference to the overall feel of your home.  If decorating makes you nervous...I say start in the smallest room and work your way up.  At least you are starting somewhere!

More DYI projects...

Here are a couple more DIY projects I have done for my latest clients Master Bedroom and Bathroom...  

  1. I revamped a garage sale dresser I found by having the painters put on a fresh coat of white paint and up dated the knobs with some bronze spray paint.
  2.  My clients old hope chest was given a face lift with a new upholstered top, a coat of crisp white paint and some legs to lift it up a bit and it's as good as new.  
  3. I added some fabric medium to the wall paint that was used in the bedroom and painted a stripe around an Ikea Euro pillow sham to add some color to an otherwise plain set of pillow cases.
  4. I had the oak colored bathroom vanity sprayed the same crisp white color that was used on the dresser and hope chest to make the bathroom feel clean and bright.  Then added some nickle colored handles and pulls  to the fronts of the drawers and cabinets to match the faucets and light fixtures in the room.  Also, we framed out the mirror above the vanity with some baseboard molding and had that painted white as well to give the mirror a custom look without having to replace the whole thing. 

Hope you enjoy these before's and afters...such fun projects to work on!

DIY- Headboard

I am not a crafty person.. I'm creative, but not crafty.  I've tried scrap-booking once...and lets just say my oldest is going into 6th grade and I'm still trying to finish his Kindergarten year in his scrap book.  So, when I got the bright idea to do several do it yourself projects in my latest clients home, I seriously do not  know what came over me. But for some reason, I knew I could do it...craft challenged as I am...I knew I could do this.

My client had a good size master bedroom with vaulted ceilings.  When she first brought me into her room, my eye instantly went to her bed and it was seriously lacking in height.  The bed is the main focal point for a bedroom, so I knew she needed a new head board...but my clients budget would have been eaten up just in that one piece alone leaving no room in the budget  for the rest of the room.  So my wheels started turning...and I decided to "make" her one.  And thankfully, I am married to a very handy man who I knew could help me with this project......actually he is good looking and handy!..... yes, I scored:) 

Anywho.....here are some of the before, during and after photos of the King size headboard. We simply attached it to her existing bed frame and also to the wall for added strength.  I chose to go with burlap fabric , its affordable, has great texture and the color was perfect for this space.  I also covered the buttons I used for tufting the headboard with burlap as well. (Thanks to my amazingly crafty neighbor KarenJo who had all the tools needed to make this process go much much easier.)

Enjoy! 

Here are some photos from along the way..... 

 

Finished headboard - right proportion for the vaulted ceilings in the room...pretty focal point too!

Finished headboard - right proportion for the vaulted ceilings in the room...pretty focal point too!