Start Fresh (It’s been TWO YEARS)

This image is from my absolute favorite styled photographer Shay Cochrane.

Can we start fresh like “January 1st with a salad because I’m starting a new diet” fresh? I can’t even wrap my mind around the last two years of projects that I should have blogged about. I’m just going to start writing. Writing about my day, writing about something I learned, writing about having a business with my mom. You get the gist.

 

Start fresh… start fresh… Let’s talk about my Monday. Today was a lot of movement. We went to ProSource of Coppell this morning because we have a remodel in Southlake that is at the second stage. First stage was downstairs and I’m sure going to write about that because it has been a blast! Second stage is upstairs bathrooms. We are changing the floor tile, shower tile, toilets, bathroom accessories like hand towel holder & toilet paper holder. I never would have imagined there was so many bronze towel holders. I’ve got the flooring tile and shower tile selected for one bathroom. Now I’ve got to select the grout and then the tile for the second bathroom. I’ll add pictures soon. Or I won’t add pictures to this post because I’ll forget, but I’ll do another post with more about this remodel.

 

After ProSource, my mom and I had to meet a client at our showroom which just happens to be in Runyon’s Fine Furniture (500 N US Hwy 377 Roanoke, TX 76262). How that came to be is a whole other post or two. We have been working with this client for about 2 years. Going room to room placing furniture and creating window treatments. She’s got a son graduating high school and wants to get the main rooms finished to have a graduation party. The fun part of being in Runyon’s and partnering with them is we get to use a beautiful store that has furniture and accessories on hand to finish out her areas. Let’s hear it for instant gratification!

 

Once I left Runyon’s I had to go to my workroom and load my Traverse up with 18 panels and 18 sheer panels to take to a Southlake designer. That’s a big project! I was able to drop those off, but I’m going to need to go back tomorrow with drapery hangers since they are not installing the drapes till Friday. Can’t leave drapes where they can get wrinkled. I knew I needed to invest in drapery hangers, but I always had the space to lay out the drapes. With really big jobs I just need to hang the drapes to keep my space.

 

Once I got home I just wanted to sit down and cool off because it was hot today, but no. I had quotes I needed to write because we’ve got to keep our pipeline flowing to, yeah know, survive.

 

So why did it even occur to me to blog? WordPress sends me a MILLION emails from spam comments and I had to figure out how to even log into my blog. I’ve got 14k comments for approval. There’s no way I’m going to make it thru that. I can’t even bulk delete. It only let’s me delete maybe 100 at a time. When I saw that it’s been 2 years since a blog, I figured “why not.” Why not just start fresh. Start somewhere. I read somewhere that this one crazy famous blogger just started writing whatever popped into her head that day to just get consistent in posting and remembering to post. So that’s where I’m at. Whatever happens that day or whatever pops into my pretty little’ish head. That’s what I’ll blog about.

 

I wonder what’s on the calendar for Tuesday.

PS – You should follow us on Instagram. We’re pretty cool there. @BrandiReneeDesigns

 

Quick Promotional Goodie Bag Idea

It’s the end of the month and I completely forgot about having a promotional goodie bag for Rhonda with Your New Neighbor. I usually do coffee mugs, but I ran out and forgot to re-order… I’m forgetting a lot nowadays! When I’m in a pinch for a creative idea I go to Pinterest.

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With summer on my mind I had to do something that means summer to me… Lemonade! I looked up a recipe for lemonade and found something that sounded yummy… Lemon box pie!

Ran to Hobby Lobby for clear bags that would fit my brochure. Gathered up my raffia ribbon supply, scissors, printed recipes, brochures, business cards and pens. Hit up Goody Goody Liquor for my favorite bottle of wine. I was ready to stuff goody bags! My evening was set.

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I think my little whipped together goody bag rocks!

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Dallas Market in June 26 – 28, 2015

 

June is a time for summer plans to begin. My June will always involve going to Dallas Market Center for the Dallas Home & Gift Market. I love staying up on all the new trends and displays! Spending the weekend walking from one end to the other is a strength of wills contest with my feet. Sometimes my feet won and we went home before my mind was ready… Here’s my weekend in pictures.

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I am starting Friday with a look through Outdoor Living. This nesting pod is so cool!

 

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Accent Decor has so many contemporary accessories and they always keep up with the trends.

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Surya is the place to do lunch. Kristen is a big Surya rug lover! They have a great design program that Kristen uses a lot.

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Global Views is hands down the best displays every year. The color combinations and layering the pull off always gives me such great ideas to bring to my clients.

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Discovered this diamond of a company – Moon and Lola. They have such fun stuff!

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Love reading funny signs!

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We have a huge contemporary project coming up and there is no better place than Sterling for some great pieces.

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Sterling definitely has some great trending pieces like all the gold accents.

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I feel like I walk into a whole new market when I go to the Trade Mart!

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Always end market with a well deserved margarita!

 

Next market is a mini-mart September 10 – 12, 2015. Will I be there? Of course! Best part about living in the DFW area is I can be at every market!

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Black and White is Still Powerful

I went to a Interior Design Society meeting today at Dallas Market. As I was walking to the meeting I was stopped by the striking chevron black and white chair in this window. Black and white together will never go out of style… Ever… Ever.

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Then my eye was drawn to the dramatic combination of a kelly green velvet sofa and the black and white smaller print chairs. The color can be any strong, deep color like red or teal. That’s the beauty of combining black and white with color.

Side note: I’m not so thrilled with the floral ottoman.

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I had to control myself since the aisle was covered with a sample sale. I had to move quickly to keep from buying a bargain! My accountant would kill me if I brought anything back. I can’t sneak anything by her…

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Stay fabulous,

 

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Fear of Spring Cleaning

Does anyone have the fear of “spring cleaning” out their closet and being filled with regret when you let go of too many clothes? I thought about using the cleaning tip of turning my hangers around and at the end of the year getting rid on all the clothes that I didn’t turn around and use, but I know that would mean half my closet! Right now with so much going on at work with all the interior design jobs and model homes my uniform is my BRD Live Love Design shirts and black pants with sneakers.

I’ve forgotten what pretty clothes I have! Jamie, our company President, comes to work looking ready for a fashion runway… then by noon has to flip into her own BRD shirts and jeans because she’s moving stuff around in the warehouse or installing window treatments. We have some crazy times ahead because we are SO busy so I don’t think I should follow the “spring cleaning” tip until… nevermind… I just need a bigger closet.

This one would do just fine!

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If you’re interested in the spring cleaning tip I’m fearing here it is:

http://www.organized-simplicity.com/wednesday-tip-turn-your-hangers-around-to-keep-track-of-what-you-wear/

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My Chic Gold Home Office Makeover

Space is what you make of it… and I’m making a home office. An office where I can be comfortable and just write. Write about what goes on behind the scenes of decorating, write about our lives and kids, what we learn on a daily basis, what new and yummy thing we made for dinner. There’s so many things I can write about… if I have a pretty office. I’ve started piecing together a glorious space in my mind and on my Pinterest board. I’ve been pinning like crazy very chic looking offices with white lacquer desks. They looked so fresh and clean as opposed to my office at work that’s an espresso color. I sourced one desk that looked perfect! It’s from World Market called the Josephine desk. Here’s a picture of the desk in use by blogger JustDandy.org that I saw on Pinterest. josephine desk 1

I already have black IKEA Lack book shelves so I’ve got black and white colors to work with. I went to Hobby Lobby to get accent pieces when I discovered that they have white, black and gold wall art. I’ve got a thing about gold foil right now and it felt a little like the “heavens opened” on the gold foil area. Right there was gold foil picture frames, a gold elephant (he was adorable and I’ve named him Peter), a gold and white box, a black, white & gold tray.

Now that I’ve got a solid color direction I can add pieces that inspire me to be creative, be encouraging, be productive. At Hobby Lobby I found a pack of specialty cardstock from Mambi for a baby girl that has some awesome gold foil patterns and positive sayings in gold glitter that I framed in IKEA Ribba frames. Some of them are “You Sparkle & Shine”, “Follow Your Heart” and “Do Small Things With Great Heart.” I’d say those are pretty encouraging with easy and affordable thrown in!

Hobby Lobby Links

http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/gold-polyresin-feather-with-black-base-948281/

http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/decorative-deer-head-tray-874487/

I found a couple different gold foil and white pattern paper to wrap some old books to act as lifts for props such as Peter (the elephant), glass box and picture frames. In my world travels I’ve picked up a couple mementos. One such memento is the Eiffel Tower statue I got when I was at the Louvre in Paris, France. I spray painted it gold so that I can have on my desk to always remember that I love to travel and traveling is what keeps me creative.

By getting all the pretty stuff out of the way, it’s time to get actual office supplies. With gold starting to be my prominent accent color I started researching gold plated staplers, tape dispensers and scissors. I went to Staples, Office Depot, Home Goods, Hobby Lobby…nothing! I thought I was going to have to order online from Etsy or something similar. I was grocery shopping at Target the other day. I was cutting through the office supplies when I saw the Nate Berkus accessories. Low and behold… there was a gold stapler, tape dispenser, scissors and magazine holder! I love Target. Target has definitely come through for me a couple times.

A desk always deserves beautiful flowers! Don’t forget to get fresh flowers whenever you are going to be working from home.

Here’s a quick shot of my desk today. I’m pretty ecstatic with how everything came out.

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Discovering Minutes Matter

Today I was going to clean and organize my apartment. I got a cup of coffee and decided to just check my email…Big mistake! I’ve been sucked into trying to figure out Minutes Matter (computer program to create renderings for window treatments, bedding & furniture). Brandi has asked that we all learn Minutes Matter because it would such a help with our interior design clients. Since I know Adobe Photoshop it’s a little easier to grasp the concept faster. I had an email from Minutes Matter about a Studio class and I just thought about clicking around in the program… POOF… 6 hours later… I’m awestruck! I made a bed set that I’m going to try to get Brandi to add to her collection because it’s so PRETTY. Bedding Design - Coral and Grey Medallion

 

Then I got started on a window treatment. I decided to keep the same fabric selections because I added the bed to the room. I wish the “warping” tool was easy to handle, but I’m pretty spoiled by Photoshop… Of course, I had to drop in some wall art and furniture to fill out the room. Side Note: I’m going through a sketch phase. I love sketches in logos & wall art.

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Then I discovered the Marketing section in Minutes Matter. How nice is that!?! There are storyboard templates built in for pretty presentations. It’s just fill the boxes with your swatch fabrics and drop in your pictures and BOOM. Instant presentation! Love it!!!

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I feel very productive and satisfied right now… Also VERY hungry! It’s after 3PM and I’ve only had coffee. It’s so time to eat and be happy!

Have a great day Y’all! It’s almost shopping time. Black Friday is HERE!

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Memo: Manic Monday is now Tuesday

“It’s just another manic Monday (updated to Tuesday), I wish it were Sunday” is the song of the day by The Bangles. It’s a race against time to get our interior designing jobs complete and installed before the holidays because what better time to show off new window treatments and your custom bedding than when family and friends are in town. We worked through the weekend  and Monday with so many window treatment installs. It’s a great feeling when customers are happy and loving what we created for them!

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Jamie and Kristen unloading window treatments from the van.

 

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Adam installing this swagged cornice.

Today was about getting our Canton First Monday Trade Days store set up for this coming weekend because one store for us is apparently not enough! I love shopping at Canton so why not try to sell our awesome products there… Of course we just had to set up THIS week of all weeks.

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We didn’t get finished today so there goes my leaving work early tomorrow… Boo…

If you’re in Canton this weekend shopping stop by and say “Hi!” We are in the houses by the Arbors. It’s #22 by the snow cone stand. I made sure there wasn’t a funnel cake stand close by… That would be deadly good…

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6 Secrets for Holiday Table Settings

6 Secrets for Show Stopping Holiday Place Settings

Sharing a special meal with family and friends is a holiday season highlight. Whether you’re hosting a casual family dinner or planning an upscale party, an elegant and striking tablescape will enhance the occasion.

Party planning can be stressful, but decorating your table does not have to be! A few small additions, like beaded tassels or a colorful table runner, can instantly update your existing china and linens for a vibrant setting befitting your festive gathering.

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Make every meal special this holiday season – get inspired by our favorite holiday table setting secrets:

#1: Get colorful. Set a stylish table by picking a colorful table runner in a deep burgundy or chocolate. These rich shades are the perfect backdrop for gold candlesticks, hurricane glasses filled with silver mercury ornaments, or evergreen clippings and holly berries. Break away from traditional green and red color schemes by trying jewel tones, metallic turquoise and silver, champagne and gold, or other vibrant combinations.

#2: Do double duty. Invest in bold centerpieces that will last through the holiday season. For example, an evergreen centerpiece can go from a relaxed family gathering to an upscale dinner party by swapping out table linens, dishes and glassware. Add beaded tassels and gold accessories to complete the look. Nothing says elegance and glamour like gold!

#3: Be inspired by your dishware. Leave the basic white plates on the kitchen shelf and instead express your style with colorful patterned china. Choose a contrasting color for the napkins, centerpieces and the table runner to create a cohesive design. A few simple variations on the same color are an easy way to pull together an entire table.

#4: Add a little bling. Even a rustic centerpiece, like pinecones and evergreens, can benefit from a little bling! Beaded tassels are an easy way to add sparkle to your holiday table settings and reflect the season’s magic. Dust pinecones or branches with a gold powder for a subtle holiday glow. LED tea lights add romance without the fire hazard – and your tablescape will sparkle in the soft candlelight.

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#5: Be bold. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures. For an eye-catching place setting, rest a brightly colored napkin between stacked dinner and salad plates. The vibrant colors will draw out the patterns in your china. In this photo, the napkin and beaded tassels bring out the purple and gold shades in the beautiful paisley print. Paired with a bold tablecloth, it makes a stunning design statement.

#6: Add a personal touch. Small details welcome friends into your home and bring a personal touch to your table. Surprise guests with small treats that act as both placeholders and favors. Tuck a sprig of holly inside the napkin ring. Or use holiday stamps to mark gold cardstock for an instant (and sparkling) place card solution.

Tell us – what’s your go-to secret for easy holiday table decorating?

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Obessed with Gold Foil in Baby Room

I don’t know what it is with the gold foil look that has captured me in it’s grasp. It is so chic and elegant looking! I’m trying to use the look in the model homes we are doing for Serene Homes, but I’ve been told I can only do one room with gold foil… I’m so bummed. I want it everywhere because it’s so pretty.

So I’ve decided what room is getting the special treatment. It’s the BABY ROOM! You want to know why? Because of Hobby Lobby. They have come out with some adorable gold framed with gold foil print wall art that is just perfect for a baby room.

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Hobby Lobby “And Baby Makes Three” Wall Art

So I bought three different pictures that coordinated and thought I did great. I’m going to have them above the changing table that was paint a cream color.

Then I made the mistake of going back to Hobby Lobby to “browse.” They put out more gold foil with coral colors added and it looked FANTASTIC! Ughh!! Another color to think about using because it looks amazing with the gold. Come on HOBBY LOBBY!!! Why do you have to be so stylish and make me go outside my gold foil box?!?

Anyway…

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Pretty right!?! Sorry. No link to buy it. Hobby Lobby doesn’t have on their website.

To bring the coral / pink into the room we are making the rocker, crib set and changing table out of a matching coral / pink fabric. It’s meshing very well.

 

Oh Oh… Here’s another one, but this one we changed. The original from Hobby Lobby was black background, but that didn’t work for me at all. So we painted it! We’re some crafty people up in here… Up in here… Sorry. Song got stuck in my head for a minute.

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Hobby Lobby Black & Metallic Gold Love Sign Wall Art

The drapes are going to be panels that are a cream velvet with gold painted swirls that are just so rich and yummy! We are painting the walls a light coral color to make all the gold and white frames POP off the walls. We install the model homes in November so definitely check back for the after pictures because this room will be AWESOME!

 

 

 

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