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Our California Closets

Friday, February 1, 2019
Have you all ever had the chance to work with an outstanding company who defines great customer service? That is how I would describe my recent experience working with California Closets here in Carmel, Indiana. They truly set the example for going above and beyond for their clients and I was able to experience this first hand.
So let me start at the beginning and tell you how this all began. 
We moved in to our home two and a half years ago and from the beginning we knew we wanted to remodel the basement. Well, remodel is a stretch because honestly it was so bad that it looked kind of like you could film a horror movie in it. It needed to be completely finished because not only did we want the space to be functional and beautiful we also needed an office for our growing business and the space in the photo below wasn't cutting it. 
We needed a space where we could meet clients and feel happy working in all day long. Needless to say, no one wanted to be down here when it looked like this!
We got to work and as we finished the framing, drywall and flooring part of the remodel we started thinking about how we wanted the space to feel. We knew we needed storage and an area to display products for our clients to see. We needed desks of course, and a place for our employees to work. We needed a coffee bar!
When I realized that we needed all of these different design elements in the space, I knew that I needed a little help. Thankfully, it was right around that time that I had the amazing opportunity to partner with California Closets. With their help I was able to create a workspace that was functional, beautiful, and checked off all of the items on our list. 
Here it is! The same basement as the photo above but this time with a major facelift! We added luxury vinyl plank flooring which is crazy durable and waterproof. We kept the walls white to make  the space feel as light and bright as possible and added in elements of wood tones for warmth. The slated panel wall provides definition in the space while still allowing it to feel spacious and if you look to the far end of the room you can see the sliding door that opens to our little office powder room. This room is still in the works, so more to come on that soon.
The 10ft bank of drawers from California Closets is one of my favorite additions to out client meeting area. It holds all of our samples and catalogs. We added the shelving unit to the top and that gives us a place to display all of the accessories that we use in our clients homes. 

Our little coffee bar is the perfect spot to hold all of the household items that our office needs. Because is it really an office without coffee?!  From this view you can see how the California Closet built in cabinets have the waterfall edge effect that I love so much. It's those small details in the design that add so much interest to the space.
Just around the corner from the coffee bar is our work space. This is where you will find the team when we aren't out on site visits or sourcing for clients. We really love how this space feels. I was so worried that moving our office to the basement would feel cold and yucky! But it's actually just the opposite. The ceiling in this area is lower than the other room because this is where all the working parts of the home live, so we didn't have enough height for a drywalled ceiling. As an alternative we  sprayed the ceiling white which actually is less noticeable when you're in the space and it feels so bright now. Here is the before of this space just so you can see how much it has changed, eek! 
I love how the desk runs the length of the room and allows for much more workspace then we would have had if we had chosen to go with a single desk option. We continued the wood waterfall effect in this room with the lacquered white cabinetry. I love the straight lines of the flat front cabinets. It keeps it clean and simple which is exactly how I like to approach all my designs. 
We are just so happy with how our office space turned out. I know we will be adding to it as time goes on because that's how we roll around here but I think that choosing to use California Closets in the design of the cabinetry was by far our best decision in the overall remodel.  They were so attentive to our needs through out the entire process. From the designer to the installers, we felt like we were their only client along the way!
 I'm just so impressed with the quality of the California Closet cabinet we chose for our office and now I'm thinking about how we will use them in our master bedroom remodel which is the next big project on the list. Stay tuned because I'm sure I will have a lot more to share again soon! 

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Delta Bathroom remodel

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
I can't lie, this tiny bathroom remodel might literally be the marathon of remodels in the history of House Seven Design. There were so many factors involved that made it take longer than expected but I guess the general rule is, ALL GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME and I'm so happy with how this space turned out. 
The bathroom is very small and originally only had a one sink vanity. Our plan is to stay in this house forever so we were going to have to find a way to make room for a double vanity. The three girls share this hallway bathroom so the single vanity wasn't cutting it. We had about 52"in length and 18" in depth on the wall opposite the tub and that was the only place to put the new double vanity so Brian created a custom pine vanity to accommodate the vessel sinks and still leave enough counter space on the sides and the middle for items like soap and the girls accessories. 
One of my favorite features in the bathroom are our new wall mount faucets by Delta Faucet. They are from the Trinsic line and so pretty in the Champagne Bronze finish. They were exactly what we needed to save on the little bit of space we were working with in here.  The lighting from Lucent Light Shop accents the Trinsic line perfectly.  
We used the same Delta Faucet Trinsic line for the bath accessories and the shower and tub faucet. I love the simplicity of the design, it fits perfect in our minimalistic design. Brian built the double vanity to have a storage shelf below that holds all of the towels and baskets for bathroom necessities that the girls would need. 
We added vertical shiplap to the wall behind the vanity for some texture and the mirrors are a simple black metal. I'm sure I will have more to add to this space as we live with it for a little while but so far its working great! 
This post is sponsored by Delta Faucet. All thoughts and photography are my own


The Company Store White Sale

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
If you all know me at all, then you know that I'm obsessed with a super comfy bed. Possibly my favorite thing in the whole world is a hotel with the most amazing bed and linen's.
 Laying in a pile of white sheets and a fluffy duvet while enjoying room service is basically my heaven on earth. 
Thanks to the Company Store, this heavenly hotel I'm describing is now my very own room. Okay, so there isn't any room service but I do have that bed now and its wonderful! 
 I am telling you guys without a doubt, this bedding is the softest and most comfortable I have ever slept on.  I take my sleeping very seriously, so this is a big stinking deal!

So let me share everything that I picked to make this the most comfortable nights sleep ever! 
First, I started with the actual mattress itself. It needed something. It needed fluff, like a cloud kind of fluffiness and that's exactly what I got when I put my new Baffled Square Feather Bed on top of the mattress. Holy smokes you guys, it's so comfortable! Measuring at 4" deep, it feels like you are sinking in to a cloud every time you get in to bed. 

Next I added the Legends 800 Thread Count Egyptian flat and fitted sheets. They feel like butter. They are cooling and so soft and seriously the nicest sheets I have ever laid on. You all really need to try them out for yourselves because I promise you will love them just as much as I do. 

Did you all know how much I love linen? Like all linen and everything linen!
 It's no surprise that I chose the Comfort Wash solid linen pillowcases and duvet. They are what I would describe as luxurious, casual comfort. So beautiful and well made and the linen pairs perfectly with the sateen sheets.  It exactly the texture I needed for my bed.

Now let's talk blanket's. Do you keep a blanket at the foot of your bed? I have to because I'm always cold and Brian is always hot. I need that extra layer to pull up over my side of the bed so when I found the Cloud Blanket, I knew I had to have it. 
Okay, so maybe it was the name because I'm a sucker for any bedding with the word cloud in the name. But I wasn't disappointed in the least. It's the perfect 100% woven cotton blanket. It's so comfortable and I love the way it lays on the bed. It's so textural and layers perfectly. 

I don't know about you all but I totally struggle with finding the right down pillow. I feel like I'm not alone here, since there are so many company's out there claiming their's is the best. All I know is that I ordered the best down pillow and the side sleeper and stomach sleeper I've slept great every night since. My neck doesn't kill me in the morning anymore and that's all the proof I need. 
Sometimes I just can't help myself and I had to have this Alpaca striped throw blanket to finish off the look. It's beautiful and only gets better with each washing. 
You guys, I'm seriously so happy with all of our new bedding! If you haven't had a chance to check out the Company Store, you really need to. The White Sale is going on right now and it's the perfect time to try out the Company Store for yourselve's and get a great deal in the process. 
I hope you will love them just as much as I do!  

Whitefish Montana and the 2019 Honda Pilot

Monday, December 31, 2018
Whitefish, Montana
The most beautiful place on earth. Seriously, its so beautiful there and I can't wait to go back one day soon with the entire family. I was solo on this trip because I was fortunate enough to be asked by Honda to visit and test out the new 2019 Honda Pilot in Glacier National Park. 

The 2019 Pilot was just as impressive as the surroundings with its new exterior and interior. So sporty and athletic in design and the perfect ride in this snowy terrain.
I love the interior of the 2019 Pilot so much with its creamy leather seating and this center console charging dock. It's genius! Right there above the cup holder is a charging dock. Just lay your smart phone on it and it automatically charges your phone. For someone who can never remember to plug in her phone, it was my favorite feature. 

We were able to explore the park on a cold and sunny day. The ice blue sky's seemed to go on forever there and the snow covered mountains were beyond breathtaking. We also stumbled on the cutest lodge all locked up for the season but I can imagine how fun it would be to stay here in the warmer months to come. 
The 2019 Pilots heated front and back seats kept us nice and toasty while we toured the park and the 590 Watt Premium Audio system kept us singing along on our 3 hour tour. For was actually 3 hours of driving through all kinds of terrain which allowed us time to try out each of the driving modes. If I only had a photo of me climbing the steepest hill in sand mode! It was a little scary at first but once I realized the Pilot would handle it so well, it was a breeze.
 The HGTV 2019 Dream home was one of the stops on our trip and it was so fun to see the house in person!
The interiors were full of color and I love how it felt like a real ski retreat.  Definitely a place I could spend the winter months cozied up by the fire or soaking in the outdoor hot tub looking out at the amazing views in every direction.

This was a trip and an experience I will never forget. Thank you Honda and the 2019 Pilot!

My Favorite Projects of 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018
This post is sponsored by Elkay but all opinions are our own. 

What an incredible year 2018 has been for us. I'm so beyond grateful that our little business has continued to grow and with that so has our opportunity to work on some truly amazing projects with so many amazing clients. 
This was definitely the year that the projects grew in size with more full home remodels. Unfortunately, that has meant that my blogging about these projects has become less and less. Which kills me because as I was pulling these images from some of my favorite projects this year and realized...Wow, we really have worked on some excellent projects with the kindest clients this year.  So prepare yourself....this is like 3 posts in one!

This was one of my favorite projects of the year and one of the reasons is because  Brian and I worked on this one together. We don't always get to work on all of our projects together so its always more fun when we get to. This house was built in the 1980's and if you can imagine lots of cherry wood, bud flower wall paper and old school paneling everywhere, then you can imagine what the house looked like before we got our hands on it. 
The kitchen was such an important room in this home and every element had to be perfect. We paneled the refrigerator to match the custom island. Added a quartz countertop and open shelving. One of my favorite features in this house was the kitchen sink. Up until this point I was a one basin type of girl but after using the Elkay Fireclay Equal double bowl farmhouse sink in this home, I now want to put it in all our homes. The custom cutting board that comes with it is such a great add on and so functional. 

This next home remodel has been a work in progress since February and I have to say the transformation of this family home has been nothing less than remarkable. 
We are actually still working on the lower and upper levels of this home and I can't wait to photograph and share all the before and after moments with you. But for now let me share with you  these images from the main floor.

 The plaster two story fireplace in this home is a true show stopper. It's big and bold but still understated and simple in design. It also inspired me to use plaster on the fireplaces in our Meridian project below.

The custom black hood with brass banding is giant. Measuring more then 5ft wide you can't help but notice when you enter the kitchen. 

I also had the opportunity to design one of the Indyrama homes here in Indianapolis this year. This row house is located in downtown Indianapolis and was a complete remodel. The house was taken down to the studs and completely rebuilt into this gorgeous modern family home. I love the overall vibe of this house. Clean, simple, modern but still feels cozy. Exactly, the way I love to design. This house pretty much sealed the deal that we would also be replacing all of our existing windows with black ones like the ones we used in this project..they are just so good!
The deep green island pops against the white walls and those pendents with the black Anderson windows were the perfect choice. 
The sofa is from Restoration Hardware and such a great piece. I love how structured it is but still so comfortable. 
The bed is from Room and Board and the rug is West Elm. I love this Cb2 bench and use it in a lot of my projects because it's such a unique piece and I have yet to find a bench that I love more than this one. 

I love the semi flush light in this mudroom from All Modern. Such a cute and super affordable option. 
I have never loved adding overhead fans to design projects but that was before I discovered this one by Hunter Douglas. Its so pretty with its simple design and brass accents.
 Its the perfect addition in this little girls room. 

What an amazing year 2018 has been for us. I can't wait to see what the next year brings. Thank you to all of you that have followed along and supported our business through out the year. We have never forgotten that we are living out our dream because of all of you. 
See you in 2019!