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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! 

Sleep Frankly

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Every holiday my entire family comes to our house to stay with us and we need to make sure everyone has a place to sleep. Recently we moved our oldest to an upstairs bedroom and out of this room. She took our youngest daughters room and now our middle and youngest share a room....did you get all that? 
Basically, that meant that we needed a bed for this now guest room. With that the new bed, well, we also needed a mattress....queen to be exact. 
Thats when I discovered the Frankly mattress and lets just say, I am more then impressed with it. You might ask, how do you know? I mean, it is the guest room after all so I probably haven't slept on it. To that I say, you are incorrect. I have indeed slept on this mattress. I'm not just going to go on what my guests say about it. I need to know for myself, and what I do know is that its so super comfortable! 
Maybe one of the best mattresses I have ever slept on because I slept like a baby. 
Which is a bit of a weird expression because to my knowledge, babies don't tend to sleep that well. Or long for that matter. Maybe thats just in our house? Either way, I did sleep very well, and very long, for which I thank this mattress! 

Not only is it comfy but it really does stay cool which is something I need.  I'm always cold when I first go to bed and then eventually wake up in the middle of the night sweating to death. I didn't have that issue with the Frankly. I swear to you, I woke up the next morning and thought....oh my gosh that was an incredible nights sleep. I didn't wake up once all night. 
This mattress totally met all my needs. A luxury, memory foam mattress that was comfy and cooling and also supportive. I didn't wake up feeling like I just moved ten sofas up a flight of stairs!  For all those reasons, I give this mattress a A+ and I also really like why its named Frankly....

And guess what....they did! 

Café Appliances

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
The holiday season is in full swing around here. Recently, we said goodbye to the last of our family as they headed home to the different states that they traveled from to spend Thanksgiving with us and we are all ready thinking about Christmas that is just a few weeks away. It was so fun to have the chance to spend so much time with our family and host them all at our home. We are the house that everyone comes to and we totally love every minute of it! 
One of my favorite things to do is create a beautiful table scape for my family and I've been so inspired by black this year. I've always been drawn to white but I'm totally having a love affair with black right now and its inspiring a lot of changes around our home. 

I used black placemats and paired them with gold flatware. I really love how the gold plays off the black. Its always been a favorite combo of mine when it comes to design. I added little sprigs of myrtle branches to each place setting because fresh greenery is my favorite accessory when it comes to styling. 

From my table scape to the new exterior of our home. Black is my color and I can't get enough of it! 

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Louisville KY with an amazing group of fashion, food and interior design influencers to meet with the fine folks at Café where we learned all about their new line of kitchen appliances. Being with this group was so incredibly fun and let me tell you when you have the chance to be in a room with this many talented creatives, the feeling is electric. 
And let me just say, this is what I have been waiting for all my life! You guys, check out this new line of customizable appliances. Finally, we aren't stuck with stainless steel as our only upscale design option any longer but we can actually chose our own finishes for these beauties! 

I can't say enough great things about this company and their crew. From the people working in the factories, who by the way, were so friendly! You could see on their smiling faces just how much they love the company they work for to the executive staff that sat down with us and told us all about their amazing new designs and the vision of the company and this new line of luxury appliances. 

It was great to be completely immersed in the Café Appliances. Learning all about this new line that will be installed in our own home this coming week.
 Seriously, I could not be more excited! 
We spent the day working on mood boards that spoke to our design inspiration and how our own personal design is so reflective in our choices for our homes. Now we can have appliances that are not only beautiful in design but completely cohesive with the rest of our home. 

This board totally shows the direction I've been headed with my designs lately. Moody blacks and greens with touches of metals in gold tones. Loving textures from natural elements and kilned dried ceramics. Organic colors and elements. 
The first thing I thought of when I saw the new appliance hardware was that they completely reminded me of jewelry. We actually had the chance to make our own jewelry in the same finishes as the Café Collection! Such a creative touch to this trip and helped me realize that my final choice in finishes was perfect. 

If you haven't already guessed, I chose the Matte Black appliances with Brushed Bronze hardware and they are so good!    Not only are they simply gorgeous, they are killing it with ease of use and overall functionality. I about died when I discovered that my new refrigerator has an built-in Keurig® K-Cup® brewing system.  I can use the Wifi Connect App on my phone to heat the water right from bed and there isn't anything that will get me out of bed like a hot cup of coffee will! 

I love that there is a variety of finishes to choose from in the new line. We were all so excited to see them. The Brushed Bronze was my favorite out of the new collection for my own home but I can't wait for the opportunity to use the others in upcoming client projects.

I can't wait for my new Café Appliances to arrive this coming week. I totally have plans to add some green to my kitchen and that may be in the cabinets. Although, I may have to wait on that, its totally on my mind to make the change from white in there. I guess we will just have to wait and see on that one.