I’m not sure if it’s the former magazine editor in me or what, but there are few things I love more than a good before-and-after. In this project in particular, it might be because we didn’t change anything structurally or even extend the built-ins to the ceiling like we’d first planned. Spoiler alert: Buying a new house, especially in an NYC suburb, is basically akin to emptying out your bank account until just a few coins are left rattling around. So with these lovely young homeowners, we had to be judicious about how we allocated their design budget. In this room, that translated to “out with new built-ins and paneling” and “in with a fresh coat of paint.” I’m really excited about what an impact such a relatively inexpensive update has had on this space- it feels infinitely brighter, lighter and more modern. Almost every project I’m involved in is a variation of the same story- clients want a new, well-designed space but have to stay within certain budgetary restraints. And I get it! Hello, you’d be seeing a whole lot more of my own home on this feed if money weren’t a thing and I could design everything without looking at a price tag. (My style has changed a lot since I first did our house almost eight years ago!) Buuuut since a frequent redesigns aren’t reality for most of us, a little creativity and flexibility go a long way towards the ultimate design goal of getting “the look for less.” I like to think that dealing with this pesky fact of reality in my own life makes me a more relatable designer, since I understand where clients are coming from and also understand why every soda or rug doesn’t need to be a 5k spend. This is real life with real kids and real spills, and most of all real budgets. So we make it work with what we have, and that’s secretly one of the things I find most satisfying about what I do. If everyone had the means to design a show house, well, surely it would be beautiful but it wouldn’t require any of the realities of designing for my usual client. So I actually love this aspect of my job! Swipe to see what a difference a little paint and some well-placed accessories make. Peace out, dark wood!✌🏻 #interiorstylist#sodomino
Tonight's look using Jaclyn Hill x Morphs Ring the Alarm pallete...not bad I guess lol
Eyes: Jaclyn Hill x Morphe vault palette - Ring The Alarm @morphebrushes @jaclynhill
Butter London Double Decker Lashes @butterlondon
Elf liquid liner @elfcosmetics
L.A. Colors Concealer @lacolorscosmetics
Chella tantalizing taupe eyebrow cream @chellabeauty
Face: Wet N Wild photofocus foundation in Desert beige @wetnwildbeauty
Sol de Janeiro Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil @soldejaneiro
Smashbox photo finish centering citrus primer water @smashboxcosmetics
Lips: Grande Lips Hydraplump liquid lipstick in Rebel Raisin Matte @grande_lips
London Fog is definitely my new jam!
#fallcollection#2018#mixedmani#neutrallove 🍂London Fog
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It’s amazing how the littlest things can make such a big difference.
Just adding hints of warmer colors into my home for Fall just gives me the warm + fuzzies. It’s like switching from dress clothes into softies... or better yet - putting on those comfy undies you’ve had for wayyyy toooo longggg but they just feel good on your tush.... I may have taken that analogy too far, but I’ve got my lucky comfy pair on now so... okay NOW I’ve gone too far. It’s clearly time for bed. Who’s ready to call it a night in their “comfies” ?!