Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Living Room Progress

I have to admit that showing a room only halfway finished is so hard for this perfectionist over here! BUT. I promised I'd keep you all up to date on the design process of our new place, so here I am. First of all, thank you for your input on my hardware decision! I went with the Ory Knobs and couldn't be happier!

Ok, diving into the rest of the room. I should probably start with a few inspiration pins from my interiors board to give you an idea of the direction I'm heading:

This is just a small sample of the mid-century modern inspiration taking over my Pinterest account as of late. I can't get enough. Now living in a bungalow built in the 1950's (with the hardwood floors and finishing touches of a 1950's bungalow), I decided it was the perfect excuse to let that inspiration come to life.

*When working with neutrals, it's important to include a lot of texture to maintain visual interest in the room. I kept that in mind as I began the process. 

So, here's where it stands: 

And where [I think] it's headed:

A rug is definitely needed. This one is an obvious choice because of how popular it is right now in mid-century design. But I'm not totally sold on it, nor do I want to choose something just because it's trendy.

I also LOVE this coffee table & this one too, but I'm not quite ready to pull the trigger on that price tag. I definitely want something close; the marble/metal are great contrasting textures to the heavy weave on the couch and wood floors. 

Accessories and artwork will come down the road, but this gives you an idea of my vision. I LOVE our new sofa, but it is still an IKEA sofa, so I plan on doing a few more hacks to hide some of those obvious signs [i.e. those awful square peg legs!]. 

Another challenging area is that built-in bookshelf. The shelves are glass which I'm not a huge fan of and the placement of the shelf in general is a little awkward. I'd initially thought about just covering it with a mirror, but i can't find one tall and skinny enough! So I'm back to square one with that one.

Finally, I would L-O-V-E to paint. Why oh why Utah insists on painting every wall in sight that bandaid brown is beyond me. I hope to approach our landlord in the coming weeks to broach the subject. We'll see. Any advice from those who have convinced a landlord to let them paint wound be appreciated! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Possibly The Most Important Post I've Ever Written

Did you know that 1 in 3 women worldwide suffer from domestic abuse? And did you know that in Ukraine that statistic is almost doubled? Unfortunately, the resources available to these victims are scarce. Even law enforcement will turn its back. Which is not ok.

The founders of Courage to Hope sought out the few safe shelters there are, and have done wonders over the last six years to provide these shelters with the help they so desperately need to continue running.

 In 2009, Jesse (my hunny) had the opportunity to go to Ukraine with Courage To Hope. He was able to see the shelters where these women and children can find refuge. He met many of the victims. He heard their horrific stories. 

But he also witnessed the ray of hope these shelters, and Courage To Hope, offer. The impact it had on him was deep, and he has since shared that with me through his stories and pictures. Together we have committed to continue helping their efforts to help these families. 

With the turmoil that is happening in that part of the world right now, these shelters are facing some steep mountains. They need our help.

A few weeks ago we sat down with one of the founders, and made this video.

Please, please share this video in any capacity that you can. Facebook, twitter, instagram, blogs. Get the word out to as many people as possible! If you feel inclined, donate. 

This is Yulia. Jesse was able to capture her story while in Ukraine in 2009. Listen to it here. 

If you are not in a position to donate, please share your social media. Share the video above. Share the message of Courage To Hope.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ikea Tarva Hack -- I Need Your Help!

Hi, you. I'm avoiding the calendar [a.k.a guilt] so I don't know how long it's been. A few updates! Modern-Atelier is keeping our weekends packed and my weekdays full of editing, which I love! But in my best efforts to keep on top of everything, I failed to keep on top of everything! I want this blog to only have worthwhile informative content, which may result in fewer but RICHER posts. And I'm ok with that. I hope you understand as well.

In other, somewhat related news, we moved. I loved certain things about our last basement bungalow, but I'm so excited about this new place. I want to dive deeper into this subject, but I'll save that for another day! 

I will say this, moving [and especially moving to a place with such design potential] has completely fueled my design fire! I'm basically starting from scratch, and most certainly plan on keeping you in the know throughout the design process. 

If you follow me on instagram, you know what I was up to last weekend. My first ever Ikea hack. Also, my first ever experience with wood stain. ALSO, my first ever experience having a place to do some serious DIYing in. Did I mention we have a garage? We're kind of excited. 

I've been drooling over mid-century consoles. We had an ugly heating component on one wall in the family room that needed to be hidden. I searched high and low for a console that was the right dimensions and was coming up short. So, I decided to go the Ikea hack route. And you know what? As HARD as I have tried to avoid Ikea, it's solved three design dilemmas for me already. So what can I say? 

The Tarva dresser was exactly what i was looking for, and you can't beat the price. I found this tutorial and decided to follow it very closely. Unfortunately, there are not as many options in the gel stain family, but Cherrywood was still a good fit. Also, staining is not for the impatient. You have to wait 12 hours in-between each coat. Luckily I only needed one coat, and even then I was dying! Thank you to my patient husband for keeping me on-track. I'm positive it would not have turned out this good without his help.

Oh, and we decided to stain/paint before assembling so we could pay more attention to detail. For anyone considering this route, just know it means committing to finishing every single surface [as opposed to just the exterior, visible, surfaces after it's built].

[materials used]

To give it a more unique mid-century look, I decided to paint the "shell" of the console [top, sides, legs, outer frame]. I'm super happy I went that route. It just gives it an extra touch of detail. *Note: I made sure to stain, not paint, the middle support beam [in-between the drawers]. 

Finally, I chose to use unique hardware, which is where I need your help! I initially went with the Faceted Ory Knob from Anthropologie. But there were only 6 in-store and they are out of stock till mid-April online. I love how they add a bit of a feminine touch to the piece. However, I also love the Streamline Knob. So here's what I'm thinking. 

A: go with the original plan of all Ory Knobs
B: keep Ory Knobs on the top drawers, then use Streamline Knobs on the bottom two drawers   

[A OR B]

What's your opinion? Which plan do you like more, A or B?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Challenge Update: Cupid's Arrow Advent Calendar

I'm super excited about this little project. I wanted to reuse the stenciled bags from my christmas advent calendar but put a Valentine's Day spin on it. So I created little cupid arrows and hung my bags from them. You can add as many or as few days to each arrow. I decided on two and will hang the arrows all over the house using command strips. 

This could totally be altered by using felt pockets, envelopes, or other types of holders for the days. Also, this could be made into a darling garland [connect the arrows] and hung on a mantle.

Don't forget to share your creations on instagram with the hashtag #designstudio_challenge.

Photos: Property of Third Floor Design Studio

Monday, January 27, 2014

TFDS Weekly Challenge

>>> Make a countdown calendar to February 14th! 

This week's challenge is creating a countdown to Valentine's Day. I loved creating my advent calendar for Christmas and since I kept the stenciled bags, figured I should use them at any opportunity I can! So I'll be recycling my paper bags but adding a cute Valentine's Day touch to them.

And don't forget to share your challenge updates on instagram with the hashtag #designstudio_challenge. 

Happy Monday. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Challenge Update: Mosaic Paper Hearts

I almost always bring out the scrapbook paper when it comes to holiday decorating. It is for sure an inexpensive way to add something new, and can always be recycled post holiday. This year I want to keep my holiday decor modern and simple. So for this week's challenge that is all about love+hearts, I created simple mosaic paper hearts [with a touch of gold glitter of course]. 

 Don't forget to share your creations on instagram with the hashtag #designstudio_challenge.

Photos: Property of Third Floor Design Studio

Monday, January 20, 2014

TFDS Weekly Challenge

This week's challenge is all about love+hearts. Valentine's Day always catches me off guard because, unlike Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas, it happens in the middle of the month! So not to rush January away [although is it really a favorite month for anybody?], but let's get ready for February!

The next few weekly challenges will be focused around decorating for Valentine's Day. This week's is focused on hearts. Make [or buy] a new heart decor addition.

I have a few ideas I'm deciding between, so I'll check back in later this week with an update. 

And don't forget to share your challenge updates on instagram with the hashtag #designstudio_challenge. 

Happy Monday. 
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