Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Teen Scene Decor

As a designer, I am drawn towards bright, fun and vibrant colors. While my clients don't always let me use these kinds of palettes in their home, the one place I usually get to use them is when I'm decorating their children's rooms!

In my opinion, the most whimsical rooms I get to work on seem to be kids' rooms because basically anything goes! They can be played up with fun fabrics for younger kids, soft sophisticated ones for teenagers or a mix for both. While searching on Houzz today, I came across this amazing neon lit sign in a teenage lounge for a home, which reads "you only live once". 

It is functional because this would be a great room for friends to gather, do homework, and have their own space to feel like young adults without being to kiddish in design.  The color palette is playful and I love the way that the pictures are organized into a heart shape, adds that extra whimsical touch. Probably one of the toughest parts about designing a kid's room is that you want the child to not grow out of it within a year or two, especially if you are doing custom window treatments, bedding, etc. I always suggest to clients that if they are doing a teenagers room to make sure that they aren't going to be selecting anything too juvenile that they will not be able to grow into as a young adult.

What are you looking for when you're redesigning a space for your young adult? Let me know! 

Be sure to check out my Little Ones: Kids & Pets Board on Pinterest for other Kreative ideas for crafts, DIY and decor for kids! 

Until next time, make sure everyday you do something kreative!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Shop the Set: You've Got Mail

Movies have always captivated me ever since I was child. What started as a love for fairytales and Disney movies has evolved into a love for the storytelling capabilities and because of my chosen profession the set designs and the details you would miss if you weren't looking for them. While most people are focused on that screen stealing joke, I am looking at their surroundings. The homes, stores and other places these movie characters find themselves in I find completely fascinating.

You've Got Mail came out when I was just starting to watch PG-13 movies. I can remember being captivated by this amazing storyline but I also remember looking at Meg Ryan's character, Kathleen Kelly, and wanting to be her. While essentially the life that she knew was crashing down with the closing of her bookstore, she had this FABULOUS brownstone in NYC, what little girl didn't want to live in the heart of New York. This was long before Carrie Bradshaw and her friends had hit that scene so my ten year old self wanted to be Kathleen Kelly in some way.

Fast forward to fifteen years later, my dream has changed but my love for the fabulous things in life hasn't. After recently being snowed in thanks to Nemo, I pulled this DVD off the shelf and decided to re-watch it. Every time I watch a movie that I haven't seen in awhile I always notice different things. This time I was really watching the stylizing of Kathleen Kelly's brownstone, simply put, shabby chic at it's finest. While this isn't my favorite interior design style, I appreciate it for what it is, a style, which rings true to the entire movie. 

Allow me to help you "Shop the Set" of this classic love story by sharing some of the great finds that are inspired by the movie, You've Got Mail. 

1. This white enamel colander is just like the one in Kathleen Kelly's kitchen. 2. Her apartment is filled with different sort of prints like this floral arrangement. 3. While all of her correspondences with Joe are via AOL, Kathleen has an old typwriter like this one to write her childrens book. 4. "I love daisies.. They're so friendly. Don't you think that daisies are the friendliest flower", one of my favorite lines in the movie. 5. This flower delight pillow would fit in perfectly with her flowerly Laura Ashley decor. 6. Pride and Prejudice is brought up a few times throughout the movie, this is actually a clutch from kate spade new york, love it! 7. Another great find these wood lamps are very reminiscent of the two that flank her dresser in the picture below. 8. One of my favorite scenes in the movie takes place in Zabar's, where Kathleen doesn't have cash in the cash only line and Joe swoops in to save the day. 9. This occasional chair is a dead ringer for the one that she has at her desk in the picture below. 10. The epitome of shabby chic is in this loveseat, oversized with that slip cover look, so much like all of the furniture in her apartment.

Kathleen Kelly's Upper West Side brownstone is country shabby chic defined. This movie takes you back to a time to when people used to utter things like, "I go on line, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three words: You've got mail", it's impossible not to feel nostalgic at the sound of the screeching AOL dialup.

Until next time, make sure everyday you do something kreative!

xo Kristina