Friday, March 27, 2015

Client Reveal: Custom Curtains + Friday Finds!

There are a few Friday Finds down at the bottom of this post, but I couldn't help but share the pictures of the gorgeous curtains in my client's living room first! I absolutely LOVE how they turned out! If you've been following the past few weeks, I've show you a few updates we've made to my client, Brittani's, living room. We styled the bookshelves, picked out custom pillows, and finally, we hung the custom drapes.

Both the pillows and the drapes are made by my Grandma, an interior designer and seamstress. Together, we have a custom linen shop called Lilac & Grace. We help you source designer fabric and make that fabric into pillows, curtains, bench cushions, napkins, placemats, etc. The options are endless!

For Brittani's living room, we knew we needed to spice up the darker gray couches with some fun, light and colorful pillows. Once we did that, we realized that the room could be taken to the next level by doing some new curtains in a coordinating fabric to the pillows. The old drapes were a dark gray, almost the color of the walls, so these lighter panels really open up the room and make a huge difference.

I also helped her finish off the space in her entry from the garage. All they had at first was this console table. We added a mirror for function and to reflect light in this darker corner, and added a tray, bowl for keys, and terrarium for some color.

Photos: Michaela Noelle Designs
SHOP: Mirror, Tray, Bowl

What do you think about those curtains?! I wish I took a before picture...bad blogger! ;)

*Need some interior design help or want custom linens for your home? Get in touch with me to find out about my services and pricing. I'd love to work with you! Contact:

Friday Finds:

1. Anthropologie is having a Free Shipping deal for orders over $150. Use code FS150 at checkout! Their new spring arrivals are amazing!

2. Ruche has restocked a ton of beautiful pieces and pretty phone cases! Get them while you can! Shop HERE.

3. Nordstrom's sale is always fantastic! Shop all the clothing on sale HERE! Here are my 4 favorite sale items, all under $40!!!

4. Lulu & Georgia is having a 25% off friends and family sale! Use code FRIENDS&FAMILY25 at checkout. Shop HERE!

That's all I've got today! TGIF! Enjoy your weekend,


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Design Files: Desiree Hartsock

A few weeks ago I mentioned I would be blogging for Desiree Hartsock in her "home" section of the blog every few weeks. Today I am over on her blog sharing tips for your next outdoor get-together! And guess what?! Desiree is here chatting with us all about her style! Learn how her passion for designing gowns came about, how she designed her own wedding dresses, and learn how her style translates into their home design. We share a passion for vintage details and both attended The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Let's get started...

1. When did your love for design begin?
My love for all things design started the second I could pick up a crayon. I would always draw, sketch and create things, but my love for fashion design began in high school when I would make dresses for my friends. My passion for bridal and wedding gown design really grew while attending FIDM.

2. You are a wedding dress designer. How does your creative process start when you design a new dress or collection? Where do you look to for inspiration?
I am always inspired by nature and the intricate beauty of vintage details, but the process of designing for me begins with the touch, look and feel of the fabrics chosen. I get inspired by the texture, drape, or color of the fabrics and from there the designs begin to come to life. As far as creating new collections and styles, I am often influenced by different cultures or shapes, while still keeping my natural and vintage inspiration as the foundation.

3. What has been one of your biggest design challenges?
TIME! I was doing custom bridal gowns prior to creating my collection with Maggie Sottero and it was difficult to manage the time needed, due to increasing obligations during that time. Being too busy also diminishes creativity, so I had to learn how to take time out for it all...the dresses, the obligations, and for myself to stay creative.

4. You designed your own wedding gowns, which were stunning! Was it harder to design and choose a gown for your own wedding?
It was actually quite opposite. I have worked in the bridal industry as a bridal consultant for many years and have seen almost any dress you could think of. For me, I just wanted to stay true to what I liked and create dresses that were different than what I have seen. I loved wearing them! ;)

5. A design don't:
Don't over emphasize all the assets. Leave an element of intrigue that flatters in the right areas. 

6. Even though you're a wedding gown designer, we'd love to learn how that aspect of design translates into how you decorate your home. Do you prefer symmetry or asymmetry? Tell us a bit about your style.
I would say that I prefer symmetry. Just as I am inspired by nature for my designs, I am inspired by nature when decorating my home. Chris and I both love neutrals with soft grays, blues, and tans. I'm drawn to creating a soft look that is welcoming and also reminds me of living by the beach.

7. I couldn't live without _____ in my home.

Throw blankets. It's the best to cuddle up on the couch in warm blankets and watch a movie. 

8. What is your favorite spot in your house?

My favorite spot is our bedroom! It's so cozy and comfortable. I also like the personal details that make the room even more special, like our wedding photos and a conch we brought back from Antigua where we got engaged.

I'm not sure about you, but her wedding gown with the gorgeous beaded back is exactly something I'd choose for myself (one day, one day!!) Desiree, want to design my wedding gown when the time comes?! ;) Their dark blue bedroom walls are a beautiful contrast with the white bedding. I think she's right-- personal details are that perfect finishing touch on a space!

Don't you just adore Desiree's gowns?!

Head on over to to check out my guest post for her today.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Save & Splurge

Doormat 1 / Doormat 2 
Gold Garden Stool / Gold Accent Table
Marble Cutting Board  1 / Marble Cutting Board 2 
Wood Charger 1 / Wood Charger 2
Chair 1 / Chair 2 

Isn't it fun to see certain items for your home that look SO similar around the web, in different places and at different price points?! As a designer, it's important to find those stand-out special pieces for my client's rooms and sometimes you have to splurge on those items (and then other times those pieces happen to find you at a garage sale or vintage store for a lot less!) In order to stay on budget for my clients, once we splurge on a few items, we have to save in other areas. Luckily, there are so many great items that have a high-end look for less. Today I've rounded up a little something for everyone's budget! 

These wood chargers are totally calling my name. We are using them for the April Bloom Workshop photo shoot! I have a purchase list for my apartment, so when I have the budget for the next item of priority I can get it. The next thing on my purchase list is a marble cutting board. I'm going to get this one! It's going to cover up my laminate countertops (blah!), be a great cutting board and pastry chef slab, AND double as a great background for photos. Finally, these chairs. AHH. Love them! World Market has a very similar version to the Restoration Hardware chair. Can you even really tell a difference?!

There are certain things worth spending a little extra money on and then those are some things that just aren't worth it. What pieces of furniture or accessories do you think are worth spending money on and where do you save the cash?!

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Client Reveal: Home Suite Home Kitchen

I'm so, so, so excited to show you the reveal of the Home Suite Home kitchen. As you might know, I worked with Lauren and her husband, Jake, to turn their mother-in-law-suite apartment into something that felt more like home. We have been posting about this design project for months, polling our readers and asking for design opinions along the way. It was thrilling to see the final reveal photos, and even more thrilling to share them today with you!
The kitchen area final photos was one of my greatest joys of the whole place. The goals of the kitchen were to make that black fridge disappear (or at least not stand out!), create stylish storage, and add some accessories. We painted the back wall with black chalkboard paint, since the refrigerator is on that back wall, placed sort of awkwardly. It's amazing what it does for the kitchen! We added shelving above the island cart and a fun new turquoise bookcase, filled with pretty special touches. 

Just for fun, here is a BEFORE shot of the space, because who doesn't love a good before and after?!

And now for the AFTERS!

What's your favorite element of the design update?! To see the other rooms in the Home Suite Home series, click here.

Happy Wednesday!
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