Designing a Custom Table

I wanted to share with you a peak at a custom table that I am designing. I had a strong desire to make my ideas into something real, and after working piece by piece, I have developed a design process. It starts with inspiration. For this table, my client, Veronica came to me with the idea and picture of a table that she really loved.

Next, I pictured a piece that would meet her visual and space requirements.

I often sketch by hand, which is a traditional technique. I like took a class called rapid visualization that gave me skills to do relatively quick hand sketches. I know a lot of designers work in different ways, and many prefer computer generated sketches.

I always wondered where I could buy beautiful quality hardwood. When, I needed a countertop custom cut, I came across House of Hardwood through a referral.

Ever since, I have been sourcing FSC hardwood for my walnut sofa wraps.  I always wanted to have a custom piece made by the carpenters there. I enlisted Andres to help us take this piece from the page to reality. He helped us to select materials and tweak the measurements into something precise.

We decided to use White Oak hardwood for the top and a paint grade pine for the base, along with a White Oak plywood for the shelf.

Once we had the carpentry complete, Veronica and I experimented with several stains before deciding on the perfect shade of gray. We wanted a warm gray that would compliment the chairs and stools in her kitchen, along with a grayish white for the base.

Here is a snap of the test shades.

Next week, I plan to reveal the fully painted and finished piece!

I would be curious to hear more about your design process. How do you transform your creative ideas into something tangible?

So far, my summer has been filled with creative challenges. Over the weekend we finished Lulu’s bathroom, later in the week, I plan to show pictures of the demolition.

 

 

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DIY Summer Tote Printmaking Tutorial

Over the weekend, I spent a little creative time in my studio! Although, I am constantly designing…it has been a while since the last tutorial and I am excited to share the process.

I plan to showcase my home decor products at the Renegade Handmade Market in downtown Los Angeles July 26 and 27th. Every week this month, I will be preparing my product line and shop!

I thought it would be fun to create tote bags for shoppers. I have been visualizing the design on a large cotton canvas tote bag for quite some time now.

I wanted to do skinny stripes with a bright dip dyed twist!

First, I ironed the bag until it was pretty flat. Then, I sectioned off the stripes in 1″ segments. For this, I simply started at the top edge of the tote and measured 1″ down on either side, placed a mark…then drew a straight line using painter’s tape.

You will need:

  • A ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s Tape
  • 1″ foam brush
  • Container for dye bath
  • Black Textile paint
  • Jacquard Acid Dye (any color of your choice)

 

I decided to do five 1″ stripes in black. I smoothed on black paint with a 1″ foam brush. I experimented a bit first with only four stripes…

I couldn’t choose which one I liked the best four stripes or five…

Then, I hung them all up to dry. I even removed some tape while they were wet…some lines were a bit wiggly, but I think I like the hand printed quality goes well with the dip dye bottom.

I prepared the dye bath by following the directions on the jar. I added boiling hot water and a bit of white vinegar to the powder dye and stirred up the bath.

I was to scared to dip a bag in straight away…so I practiced on some white tea towels to get the hang of the dipping. I hung everything up to dry over some cardboard which drained to the kitchen sink…our kitchen was looking pretty in hot pink!

The next day, I hand washed the excess pigment from the fabrics which lightened them up a bit.

I think this will make a perfect tote to pack to and from design meetings, art classes and fof course trips to the beach!

I will have these totes for sale at Renegade…or you can purchase one in my shop. I would love to see what you make using this printed stripe and dip-dye technique.

Please share your projects and photos with me!

Hilary

 

 

 

 

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Lulu’s Bathroom: Before Demolition

I felt honored when my friend Lulu and her husband asked me to work with her on customizing her Dream Bathroom in her new condo near the beach.

Their home is really perfect: modern, fresh white paint, a great location, and hardwood floors!

The bathroom was functional and move-in-ready. I liked that the shower and tub surround were clean and white. As a designer, the bathroom was an empty canvas.

We made plans to transform and customize the space from the floors to the ceiling. From the dark slate floor tiles to the time worn vanity, which made the room appear outdated…

The lighting fixtures and mirrors were basic and lacked originality…since Lulu has great taste, they were just too simple for her liking!

Here is a running list of the things we are removing:

  • Mirrors
  • All lighting fixtures
  • Noisy ceiling fan
  • Shower enclosure
  • Bathtub
  • Shower head
  • Sink vanity and faucet
  • Floor Tiling
  • Shower bar and Accessories
As you can see form this list, that’s basically everything! 

Follow our daily sneak peaks via Instagram, where you can see materials, fixtures, and demo pics.

Please stop by and see all of our inspiration for tile layout and design on our ever-evolving shared pin board!

You will see how they all come together in our new bathroom design.

Happy Wednesday~ thanks for looking!

For more process pictures, check back weekly:)

 

 

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Renovation: Finishing Details

Today, I’m sharing all the miscellaneous details and bonus photos of our property renovation on Keats Ave.

There is a bonus room located off the kitchen, that was historically an addition to the property. We found evidence of the addition in the augmented rooflines of the home. I think this room might function as a formal dining room, den, office, extra bedroom or nursery. I wanted to keep the space traditional, neutral, and versatile. For this reason, I chose the color, Silver Plate by Sherwin William, which allows the window trim to contrast beautifully against the walls and ceilings.

In the daylight, I enjoy the combined look of the chocolate malt hardwood floors with the painted gray walls and white trim. We reinstated transom windows above the exterior and interior doors of the property to keep classic details within the property.

We fixed up the stairs by painting the steps espresso and white. The original banister really matched the floors pretty well, so we just kept it the same, which was lucky because they can get pricey. I thought a sisal runner would add texture to the stairs and protect the paint for the time being.

Meanwhile, we painted the upstairs bedrooms in Whisper White by Dunn Edwards. We used nice 5″ architectural baseboards through all the bedrooms of the property. Our carpenter created custom door and window trims ranging from sophisticated to basic. In the bedrooms, we kept trims basic.

We saved money by using closet doors from Habitat for Humanity resale store and economical carpet from Home Depot.

The basic light fixtures and recessed lighting throughout the property are all about creating illumination. You can see how the white walls and open doorways really create an open feeling in the front living space.

Painting the gray door was a finishing touch to the property. I felt it added to the Scandinavian sensibility that I am really drawn to.

You can catch up on the rest, if you missed out on the bathroom and kitchen designs.

As for now, I’m staying busy!  Lulu’s bathroom demolition starts tomorrow and I will keep you looped in via Instagram.

 

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Lulu’s Stylish Master Bath Inspiration

This summer, I am working on Lulu’s Stylish Master Bathroom.

First of all, I can truly say that working with Lulu is a pleasure because she has such a great spirit and energy. We have a similar style when it comes to design, so I truly enjoy everything!

From discovering our favorite Bathroom inspiration:

(Via Elle Decor)

To collecting all of the products and images in a collaborative way.

I love the modern square tiles and the warm clean lines of this bathroom sink cabinet.

We came across many fellow bloggers who served as inspiration for the design, but ultimately, the choices we settled on embody Lulu and Matt’s unique style and needs:

  • Clean modern lines
  • Classic Carrara Marble tiles
  • Funky bits of black and brass
  • Clean modern walnut vanity cabinet
  • Stylish chrome faucets and accessories

 

This design board is merely a preview of what is to come!

I can’t wait to reveal the project from demolition to renovation once it is underway.

 

 

 

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Renovation: Master Closet Reveal

The Master Closet was something that I struggled with when renovating the property in Historic Clifton.

I loved the idea of a fully customizable closet and wanted to provide all of the features that I could. On the other hand, we were on a budget doing the entire property and the closets seemed to be something extra beyond a necessity.

I came across this closet by Ana White.

I love Ana’s carpentry and her comprehensive design plans. Since, I do not have the ability or time to DIY this one…I showed these to my carpenter to obtain a quote. Unfortunately, in this instance the cost was in the labor and not the materials. His quote was over $1,000….so I had to really consider the value vs. money a built-in closet might add to the property.

I was back at the beginning, looking for ideas when I came across this stunning minimalist walk-in closet on a budget.

via Stylizimo

From this photograph, I mapped out simple design plans for my carpenter to see. This idea came in way under budget because it required minimal labor and materials.

We planned to add:

  • 95″ wooden clothing rod
  • 95″ upper shelving
  • 95″ lower shelving
  • shoe rack
  • mirror
  • decorative lighting

The L-shaped closet within our Master Suite seemed to lend itself to a similar layout and design.

There is a area to the right of the door is large enough to place a dresser or dressing table.

Around 16″ from the floor we used a piece of paint grade pine to build a shoe ledge or shelf for bins and storage on top of a ledge placed by our contractor to hide some HVAC duct work.

Here, I would consider placing a large rectangular mirror on the wall at left.

So, there you have it…by providing minimal shelving along with a sturdy 95″ clothing rod, we designed an open closet space with lots of potential for customization.

I am happy with the results and believe that anyone would love to have a clean slate like this to dress-up and organize their wardrobe.

Thanks to Stylizimo for being my inspiration.

Stay tuned for more on the Master Suite coming soon!

 

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Special surprise: It’s a boy!

Today we are so happy to finally share our news with you!

Although, I have kept the baby bump photos and pregnancy posts to a minimum, I can truly say that the path to Motherhood for me has been mostly smooth.

I have really enjoyed pregnancy and the support of family, friends, and neighbors has been astonishing to me. It seems everywhere I go, I meet other parents and we share a common bond that I hadn’t felt before.

From the laid back baby shower which was hosted by good friends…

Catered by local restaurants Joan’s on Third with yummy tarts from Amandine, a French bakery on the westside…

To the beautiful view from the delivery room the day that I gave birth.

It is even more appropriate that I introduce you to Neel Sky Vaid. Neel means blue in Hindi…Could the view of the sky from the window have been any more perfect?

Neel was born on May 7 and every day since that day the world seems brighter and more joyful to me.

Here are a few photos of him at 1 week old.

I find myself humming these Stevie Wonder lyrics to him as he wakes up:
“You are the sunshine of my life, that’s why I’ll always stay around,
You are the apple of my eye, forever you’ll stay in my heart…”

I find him changing day by day and I was inspired by the words found in Joanna’s tips on Motherhood to savor these moments.

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”

~poem by Mary Jean Irion.

These small moments are making each day special.

I have found these writers resonate even more now that I too have a little one. If you are a Mom like me, you may also enjoy:

Jen’s creative projects and admire how she’s making it all happen with 2 kiddos.

The cute pictures and anecdotes that Joy shares about her daughter

I hope you have enjoyed the long, sweet, weekend! We took the opportunity to get outside and soak in the nice weather.

Tomorrow, I am looking forward to showing you how I updated a Master Closet on a simple budget.

 

 

 

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