When you second guess yourself

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

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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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.)