Thursday, January 31, 2013

Everything is going to be allwhite

Today's adventure is brought to you by the color white!  You may be saying to yourself, "I didn't think white was a color."  Well, in my color theory class we are learning about the ways that color exists, so you may be wrong or you may be right in your thinking.  In color as light, white is a color.  In color as a pigment, white is not a color.  In color as vision and reflection, it kind of blends the two answers together, because white reflects all the colors of the visible light spectrum to the eyes, so therefore, it is a color too, and in the interior design world, we definitely refer to it as a color.

As we pack up to head out of town on a snowy adventure, I am thinking about bright and vivid white.  It's the color of ultimate purity, This color brings feelings of peace and comfort while it dispels shock and despair. White can be used to give yourself a feeling of freedom and uncluttered openness. However, too much white can give feelings of separation and can be cold and isolation.  I love white, I love how color pops against white, I love the juxtaposition of warm woods in  white rooms.  Everyone who knows me well, knows that one day, I will paint my kitchen cabinets white.  But for now, let's just look at these beautiful white rooms.  
This first room works so well because of all the wood and tone and that window!  The sofa is layered with many colors and textures of pillows that add a softness and coziness to the space.

Again, this dining room combines white walls, white furniture and rich, dark wood.  I'm totally digging the pops of yellow too!
I love that pink flower ceiling pendant, the pink throw, and the varying sizes of art and photos on the wall.  I'm also loving that washed out herringbone wood floor!  This room looks like a happy, vibrant, fun and cozy place to hang for a while.
And finally, this lovely dining room.   The round table and the vintage industrial tolix metal chairs work so well with the modern art and the traditional chandelier with the metal covering.   It seems that I'm finding a theme of white and wood floors (although, I do have to say I'm still smitten with white rooms and white floors too!)

I'll be back in a while to hopefully share some pictures of a lovely weekend in the mountains with lots of fresh snow, and maybe even take on a post about my white kitchen obsession!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In one of my classes we are working on a pool house for a fictitious client who lives right outside of Charleston, SC.  The house has a modern feel, and the pool house will be constructed from an old shipping container.  I've collected some of my inspiration onto a pinterest board and will be adding in pictures of my sketches and elevations soon.  I'm imagining a long glass wall (well actually sliding glass doors) with this beautiful two way fireplace right in the center.

I would also love to use this custom ping pong table on the outside that would convert nicely into a dining table to accommodate up to 10 people!

I would have at least 2 of these on the outsides with a table in between.  

I'll update you with some bits and pieces of the insides in the next little bit.  What would you do with your converted shipping container?  Turn it into a mountain getaway, a guest house, or just a private retreat from the daily hustle and bustle?  Feel free to check out my pinterest board for more of my inspiration sources!

hello blog world

As part of my adventures as an Interior Design student, I'm taking the dive into the blogging world.  In the course of semesters to come, I will share my design style, my sources of inspiration, and my growth and progress as an interior designer.  I hope to bring a fresh and playful approach to the world of interior design.  There is beauty in life, and as a designer, it will be my goal to find beauty in the simple, the mundane, the everyday and ordinary.

As I keep trying to come up with a name for my design company, I waffle from name to name, but for some reason, I think of birds, or chicks, of girls with ducks on their shoulders or church cupola chicken coops, and I've landed on Chickgirl Designs.   So, today, along with my first post, I'll share this example of finding something beautiful in the simple, the mundane, the everyday and the ordinary. 

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