My weak spot

Casa del Pullman, Modern Spanish, Phoenix Designer, Projects

Every designer as a weak spot. Granted, I am not really a professional, I didn’t go to school for or get a degree in interior design. But still, I love design. The room I am definitely the weakest in is the Master Bedroom. I don’t really know why, but it is always the room that seems to come together the slowest for me. I struggle with making it cohesive. Add to the struggle I am working with furniture that we had in our last house that I

  1. Don’t necessarily love, but it is functional
  2. Worked in our last home, but is there because we don’t have another spot for it in our new home.  So it ended up in the Master Bedroom.

This morning after I got my hoard of kids off to school I checked the mail. The Design Within Reach catalog was in my mailbox, just begging to be perused through, bookmarked, and eventually recycled because I can’t justify their prices. This time it was different. I saw a beautiful spread that loved that I could recreate on a budget AND help me with my weak link.

It is gorgeous, right? Warm woods, with white-ish walls and contrasting drapes.  I can work with this.  Now this is the current situation.

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The breakdown:  This Crate and Barrel Petrie sofa is the first ‘big girl’ piece of furniture I ever bought.  Six years ago I saved, used a coupon and waited till September when they have their annual upholstery sale.   I still love this couch.  It had it’s own special place in our last home.  In this home, it is shoved into the master and I am sad about it.  However, if you have small children that like to come into your room at night, you need a couch.  The kids know that they sleep on the couch.  Kids are not allowed in our bed.  Damon and I need uninterrupted sleep or we ain’t happy the next day.  I am loosing focus.  Sorry.   The headboard is a Craig’s List score, the desk is from Ikea. One day I won’t have desk in here, but it is sure nice when I need to get things done for school and can lock myself a way.  The eyeball sconces are from Urban Outfitters and a total score.

It is a real hodge podge.

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The fireplace is it’s own special case.  I am mulling ideas, but holy crap can we all agree that it is just kinda weird?  These dressers are West Elm beauties.  Again, our last master bedroom was ridiculously huge, so two worked there. Not sure about here.

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THE PLAN

  1. Paint the Walls.  I am thinking Chantilly Lace white.  The baseboards are already done, the kids and I did those before we put in carpet.
  2. Black/ dark gray drapes.  I make my own drapes.  I think I need to do a tutorial about that.  You can save so much money making your own drapes.  The dark drapes will hopefully make it easier to tie in the dark sofa.
  3. Figure out the bedding situation.  Currently we have awesome Parachute Home linen duvet and sheets- but don’t have a duvet insert because Arizona.  Arizona is so hot right now.
  4. Replace the ceiling fan.  I know that a cool lighting fixture would be amazing.  Again, Arizona.  Notice we have a giant fan on the desk AND a ceiling fan.  Arizona is so hot right now.

I am excited to make this happen.  I think all parents deserve a sanctuary. Now lets all appreciate the new carpet we had installed in July.IMG_5172.jpg

😍

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Entryway Update

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Paint Projects, Phoenix Designer

The paint is done!  The lights are installed.  I love it.  It is such a process righting the wrong of the brown paint, but can I just say how satisfying it is?  Its like preforming an exorcism on a home, making it clean and pure and restoring it to its full potential.  It literally took a week of me painting the entry way trim and walls, and a whole weekend with me and my husband painting the ceiling.  (Lets be real, we are working/ going to school and have four kids to take care of.  This would probably be done in a weekend total if you had no distractions.)

Let’s all hold hands in a show of support to witness what it was before.  (Deep breath) Prepare yourself…entryrenovation-1

Yikes.

The brown just makes it feel choppy and segmented, and the strip of brown on the ceiling?  Why tho?  I don’t understand.  The lighting circa 1979, original to the house.  Questionable, at best.

I had a $500 budget to get this done.

Here is the process on a project like this. I can not emphasize this enough.  Prep.  Is.  Life.

  1. Degloss or lightly sand the surface.  We used this sander/deglosser to degloss the tray ceiling and trim.  The best part about it is you don’t have to wipe down and clean the surface after.  entryway-30
  2. Have Hot Husband remove super classy smoked glass mirror from wet bar.
  3.  Prime the Surface with Kilz or Zinsser.  We love Zinsser.
  4.  Paint the first coat.  We used Dunn Edwards Aristoshield in White. This is where I had my mild freak out moment.  It looked splotchy and uneven.  Don’t stress.  Keep going.
  5. Wait at least 12 hours before coat two.
  6. Paint coat two.
  7. Rejoice in how awesome it looks.
  8. Wait for it to dry.
  9. Hot Husband installs the new lights from overstock.  He is amazing.  Ladies and Gents, get yo’self a man who is handy.

Can I get an amen for these lights?  I mean, at $107 a pop these can’t be beat.

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Also the ceiling?!!  I love some good mill work, and the while against the dark bronze iron lighting is helping me achieve that modern Spanish vibe.

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This is Mila.  Mila is hilarious. She is four and rules our household.

This is a little before and after.  It looks SO much better, but still work to be done.

Next Up? Wet Bar and Half Bath cabinet painting.

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My next exorcism awaits…

When you second guess yourself

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Phoenix Designer, Projects

This week has been the first week back to work/school, and it was a doozy.  My hallway still looks like this…modernishhome-painging trim-5

Baseboards sanded, cleaned, and primed, but that’s about it.  (Side note, this is our dog Nash.  He’s a boxer who we absolutely adore.)  I have had zero time to finish the baseboards.  My husband and I made the executive decision to buy new door kits, the paint is so bad that I can’t sand it without taking off all the brown paint, and it does’t come off evenly, so we are just starting from scratch on those.  I am relieved and annoyed.  That was a cost I was hoping to avoid, but new doors!  Wahoo!

I have been so second guessing my paint choice, I am going with Dunn Edwards White on walls and trim.  I painted the office and I love it.  There is a blog post coming next week about that.  Painting white in a hallway with kids seems like a bad idea, but I feel like it needs it.  The hallway is long, with no natural light expect what comes through the rooms it leads too.  There are also these weird lights at the bottom of the wall, which I am hoping to be able to move to sconces or recessed lighting when we have the electrician come out to fix some things.   Anyway.  Here are some images that are giving me courage to plow full steam ahead with my modern Spanish all white everywhere vibe.hallway inspo for modernish home

Source Studio McGee

We are doing something very similar down the hallway with symmetrical frames from Pottery Barn.  We have twenty of the square 8×10 large mat frames from our last house and I think it is going to be amazing.  I love this image from Studio McGee, so clean and fresh, the windows, the lights, everything!

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source STUDIO SEIDERS

White wall courage right here.  Contrast and texture come from wood, rugs and that subtle brick wall.  This feels so right it can’t be wrong!

Trying new things is so scary sometimes, even for a person who helps people pick out paint colors for a living.  I usually go with a safe color, and this is so outside my comfort zone.  If you haven’t read Nate Berkus’s book, you really should.  This quote is my go to  when I have self doubt in my design abilities.

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Here’s to a New Year, Trying things that scare us a little bit, and approaching life with a sense of wonder and discovery!

Have a great weekend.

XO

Rach

Set Design

Phoenix Designer, set design, set designer, Uncategorized

Sometimes I design homes, other times I design sets for commercials.  It is so much fun, so fast paced, and has really challenged me to think on my toes and work with what I have.  This past job was one that I was really excited about, I can’t say too much except they are launching on kickstarter in February and it’s going to be amazing.  This was a true joy of a project to be a part of.

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This was a test shot and I moved the rug after I took this, but you get the idea.  The clients wanted a clean, crisp bedroom feel.  I loved the head board.  We were not to thrilled with the upholstered options, as they look SO different on camera than in real life.  Anything darker than the wall was a giant magnet for the eye.  I thought of an iron headboard, but it was really short notice, and I was scrambling.  Then fate intervened.  I used offerup and found an awesome brass head board that I was going to spray paint black, and the guy selling it happened to be a custom cabinet maker! So he will be making my girls vanity in the spring.  Back to the commercial.  I spray painted the headboard with Rust-Oleum primer and paint matte black and it looks awesome.

Second scene was shot in front of the the most amazing, huge, gorgeous soap stone fire place.  I mean, wow.  Just for scale the photos are all 16×20, not including the mat and frame from Ikea.  I think it was 96 inches wide. The client wanted to continue the idea of clean luxury, so I layered books with natural elements, with art that subtly hinted to the company’s name.

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The lunar and ocean art is from White Orchid Prints, the rest is my own photography.

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I just finished another shoot with these guys, and I can’t wait to another in-depth post about this company.

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(If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like behind the scenes, here ya go. A 12 hour day goes into just a few minutes of film.)

The New Modernish

About us, Casa del Pullman, Modern Spanish, Phoenix Designer

I’ve never been the type to think about selling my home when I buy it. I didn’t think about selling my home while I designed and renovated it. I did it because I loved my home and I love design projects. I knew in the back of my mind that it would help resale value, blah blah blah, all that stuff. It’s good, but not why I do what I do. I love to make my home mine. I want it to reflect me and my family.

A year ago I found myself in my orthopedic surgeons office. My knee is well on its way to arthritis, and I need to get out of my two story house. ASAP. Not exactly what a 33 year old wants to hear, or what a designer who has put her heart and soul into her home wants to hear.

So we’ve been looking. And looking. And looking. The Phoenix real estate market is so hot right now (hehe. See what I did there? Both a movie quote AND a quip about the weather)

Last week we found it. My Spanish beauty with just enough character and the right amount of renovation. It’s a 1979 semi custom single level. We made an offer. Offer accepted. We listed ours. We’ve had a lot of showings, and hoping for an offer this weekend. If all goes well, we will be in right after Thanksgiving.

Here’s to the new Modernish!