Because Therapy's Expensive
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We love to use decorative elements in unexpected places. Paint on the ceiling, wallpaper behind shelves, and our latest obsession, tile on stairs. We first did this in the Cox project on the step up to the kitchen. It turned out so amazing that Shauna had to do it at her own house.
So, Shauna reached out to our friends at Fireclay Tile to see if they wanted to partner with us on the stairs project and they were all in. Now, you would think she would go all color and pattern, right? Well the one thing about tile is that it is pretty permanent. Not as easy to switch out as a rug or lamp so remember our mantra, "neutral base, pops of color and pattern". So, white it was, but as you'll see, not the least bit boring.
By rotating the orientation on every step, it gives that extra design element that totally elevates the look. Such an easy trick. Well, maybe not for the tile guys but they are used to our wacky ideas. Y'all seriously, check out Fireclay Tile. All hand made in California. Amazing patterns and colors. We just bought an amazing peacock blue Moorish tile for a fireplace and can't wait to see the finished product!
Tile resources: Ogee Drop pattern in White Wash
Well, we've missed you too! It's been a crazy 6 weeks since we started shooting photography for the coffee table book. Between photo shoots, keeping up with client projects, styling, a quick trip for Shauna and the fam to Disneyland, it's been a whirlwind! We are taking a pause in the book project to catch our breath, see where we are and what we still need, but we wanted to give you a sneak peek in to what a photo shoot day is like.
What we'll do for the shot...
9 am: Shauna and the team arrive to the home loaded up with pillows, rugs, and accessories to freshen up the space for photography. Fresh flowers, plants, food, candy, and anything else we need as props are also brought in. It seriously looks like we are moving in to stay. Someone takes pics of the client's home before we start re-styling so we remember how it needs to be put back together.
10 am: The photographers arrive and Shauna goes over the shoot lists, determines which photographer will shoot which room and the shot sequence. Shauna works ahead of us, styling the room to get ready for photographers to slide on in and do their magic.
10:30 am: Shooting begins. Style. Shoot. Tweak. Shoot. Tweak some more. Shoot. Shauna reviews. Tweak some more. Shoot. You see where this is going. We usually have no fewer than 25 shots before we get to the one where everyone agrees, "that's it!"
12:30 pm: Everyone starts rumbling about lunch so someone (usually Riley) is voted to go get food. We stand up in the client's kitchen and scarf down Whataburger (if we are feeling indulgent), an Eatzi's salad (if we are feeling fat) or the charcuterie board we just finished shooting for the Entertaining section.
12:45 pm: Lunch break over, back to work.
1:30 pm: This is when we start getting a little wacky. Need to let off stome steam, be a bit silly, walk away from the set just for a minute so we can come back to it with fresh eyes. Sometimes we get the insane idea to include the family pet in the photo and then either cry or cheer based on the result.
3:00 pm: Time to start wrapping up. Our creative brains are fried and we have a shit-show of a mess to clean up. Here is when those photos we took of the client's home before we started come in handy. Sometimes, the client loves the re-style so much that they want to keep the rug/pillows/bedding/whatever and well, we always love it when that happens.
4:00 pm: Loading up. Our photographers killed it, yet again. Now to prep for the next one!
We love having models!
The master at work...
It's always exciting to get a call from Meda at 360 West looking for content for the magazine. We shared with her the Cox project that we worked on last year and after meeting the home owners (and their precious pooch), she was sold on the story. What we love about the Cox project is that it was something completely out of the box for Shauna. The bold, colorful, eclectic style she is known for was replaced with a light, refreshing, subdued palette accented by great art, pops of color, and unexpected details. "I admit when I looked at her website, I wasn't sure if we would be a good fit. But she stepped in, took over, and we have never looked back," says homeowner Erin Cox. Read more about the transformation in the March 2019 issue of 360 West Magazine, and check out our before and after photos below.
Isn't it amazing what a coat of white paint can do? Painting these bookshelves was the first step in transforming this dated living room to a modern, airy space.
The homeowners felt that the dining room was a space better used to entertain so we transformed it to a chic lounge. Read more about the lounge here.
Gary was thrilled to see an updated recliner included in the design for his den. See? Comfort CAN be stylish!
Updated wallpaper from Hygge & West, new light fixtures and mirror were all that were needed to give this powder bath a chic new look.
This space just to the right of the front door was an awkward spot that provided a challenge to Shauna. Now it's a cozy nook to chat on the phone, go through the mail, or wait for your husband who can't find his keys yet again.
Wallpaper with metallic accents and white drapes and bedding allow a colorful rug and artwork to pop while still keeping a serene vibe.
The master bath was completely reconfigured to create a zen-like wet room for shower and tub. Brass fixtures and mirrors in vanity with it's subtle floral wallpaper provide a glamorous contrast to the tub area. Bathroom resources here.