a little design style from Mexico~

After doing a fair amount of listening to my disjointed home, I finally have a plan to unite it! I have probably said that before, but each step is moving me forward to loving these four walls we have been blessed with.  Before I dive head first into fulfilling what I believe is the best design for a home, I spend time getting to know it.  This process is even more difficult when the previous owners who had the house built didn’t know what they liked and were influenced by multiple styles, a design identity crisis.  This house has French, southwest and western rustic influences and none of them done very well either.  Not being one to have a home that felt out of place in its environment {I’ve never been a fan of that ever so popular Tuscan~style here in the states for example}, it only makes sense that this home be influenced by its roots.  It would seem that my options would be limited being in the southwest, but that just isn’t the case.  The question is which direction to go?

First, a list of essentials that must fit into the style definition~ something to include white leather with chrome and nail head trim, splashes of color mixed with loads of neutrals and a bit of linen, my parents’ horse trophies, my Le Crueset mugs and my French, Italian and Mexican pottery, my mother’s modern painting she did in the 70’s and Candace’s Spanish dancer oil painting… only one phrase with do~ Spanish Chic.  I tried Spanish Swank, or Posh Mexican, or a more dated phrase like Southwestern Glam… well shoot, I just didn’t like any of those.  I hate to use the word chic since it is so over used, but there you have it.  Of course, I could always go with Fresh Mex Style… ohh, I kinda like that!

Here are some key elements I would like to add to unite the home!  My plan is to remove some of the leather and replace it with upholstery.  The leather was very spread out in the previous house, but with this open floor plan it seems all you see is a sea of leather.  When you have solid stone floors, various wood tones, lots of leather and glass windows it comes across as cold.  Upholstery softens a room, it adds warmth and a feeling of comfort.  Plus this house had loads of every shade of brown.  Floors, walls, ceilings, woods, counters… virtually every surface was a variation of brown!  Now that the walls are white it allows the colors to stand out.  It also helps the floors to come across as whites and tans.

So here is what I am adding:

This banquette from Joss & Main~

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A pair of these World Market Kendall chairs~

kendall chairAnd the absolute prize for adding color, some Otomi textiles which I found on eBay {these were from Neiman Marcus}~

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This gorgeous Talavera tile from Hadeda Tiles~

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These World Market counter stools~

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I don’t look at rooms to inspire how I should decorate, I look for rooms that have the elements I already have in mind so I can find a source to buy from.  I can see a room in my head and then the struggle is finding the products I imagine.  This can be frustrating, many times what I want for a room isn’t available, but this time I got lucky!  The furniture has been delivered, the Otomi textile has been ordered and I am in the process of finding just the right tile.  The quotes are coming in for the kitchen and a design has been made.  I can’t wait!!!!

I would like to find some of these wonderful horse sculptures to carry on my family’s heritage of training, breeding and showing horses:

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And a bit of preview of what our stairway will look like

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It won’t look that grand by any stretch, but you the basic idea.

A little Fresh Mex Style!  So there you have it, some resolutions for our home this year.. breathing life and cohesion, interest and identity, starting with the kitchen.  What are your design goals this year?  Let me know!  Also, stuck on figuring out a room?  Email me a photo, I love working with problem rooms!

xokelly

ps~ that fireplace from the previous post?  It is getting new tile too, can’t wait for that transformation!

pps~ all photos may be seen on my Pinterest page ‘scottsdale to do.’  The last two photos were not linked back to the original site so I am unable to give them credit.

 

 

 

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winter wonderland~

I had hoped to get this to you before Christmas, but with a house full of 9 people and a little Jack Russell, it was not to be.  I do get very excited about January though, here are a few photos of my wintery bedroom fireplace, which, by the way, is a work in progress~

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I decided to keep this little winter scene out, the rest of the Christmas décor is packed away till next Christmas.

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These gorgeous glass ornaments are used for air plants and small terrariums.

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A small tree and an elk make this winter scene.  I love how clean and simple it looks, plus it was so easy!

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Here is a view of the whole fireplace.  I will be making some changes to the tile work.  I know, I know, too much white is what most would say!  Here in the southwest there is lots of color and to the left there is a massive window overlooking the pool and Pinnacle Peak, so the fireplace is not the main focal point in the room.  The mantel is great, but this area needs some love…. as does a long list of little areas in my house.  It will have to wait!  I think with different tile it will look less dated.  But overall, I really enjoyed getting to throw a few decorations in here.

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So even though this is after Christmas, I guess it is a lovely reminder that winter is still here and to enjoy every moment!  I wish you warmth and rest this January~

xokelly

 

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a little Christmas~

Here is a glimpse into the living room~

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I had lots of help from my kids in deciding the color scheme.  I was hoping they would go for something subtle, but now that it is finished I think it looks fantastic.  Reds, blues, and silver this year with a hint of gold.

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This is my cane collection, it looks so fetching in these old equestrian boots.

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The mantel was particularly fun with massive ornaments and silvery reindeer.  The frosted branches and berries added enough nature to make me happy and the colors pleased the kids.

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The sleigh is holding some presents, but earlier it was the setting of an intimate get together.

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There is always the challenge of incorporating the southwest into my designs, especially with the overwhelming popularity of the cottage look; trying to be true to your home can be a challenge.  But for me I love the southwest, how wild it is, how green, the incredible wildlife… so although I don’t have the pleasure of enjoying a cozy cottage, I am beginning to enjoy finding the heartbeat of this particular home.

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Here is our tree!  I have been wanting a flocked tree for a few years now and have even looked at the canned flocking.  But the tree was spendy, so I settled on my little trick that I have used now for a couple years, flocked branches with pinecones and realistic pine needles.

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And finally, the white wreath with our little Arizona red cardinal ornament.  Cardinals can be seen in a flash of sweeping across the sky here and they have quickly become one of my favorite birds.

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I have one more post to sneak in before Christmas, I have a new camera and have taken quite a few photos but my schedule has been so hectic!  I hope you are enjoying the lovely Christmas season so far!

 

xokelly

 

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oh Christmas tree~

I was much more excited to do our family room tree this year!  The walls are now white and that has been a huge help with the blah beige house that we moved into.  I usually let a little something move me and this year it was my parents’ sleigh bells.

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I always start first by adding additional lights to the tree, usually with a larger bulb.  Then I add additional branches that have a more realistic look with pine cones.  The icy branches and wreath get added to the top along with adding in the sleigh bells.  I always tuck the larger bulbs closer to the tree trunk and the smaller ones toward the end of the branches.

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It turned out fantastic!  But before I move on to that, here are a few more changes I added to the room~

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The armoire received some new knobs, hooks actually.  I found these horse hooks at an antique show.  I had been mulling over what to do with them when I realized how amazing they would look on the armoire.  I also added some mercury glass pulls to the drawers and bottom doors.  It turned out so lovely!

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Carrying on the horse theme, the coffee table got a little love too.

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There’s a tiny peek of the tree~

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A candle on a sleigh pulls together all the memories; my parents used to hitch up the sleigh in the wintertime and we would ride in to town to buy groceries, bells jingling all the way…. magic, it was pure magic.

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And here is the tree!  I hope you like it~

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I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season so far, blessings to you and a lovely day~

xokelly

 

 

 

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a fall topiary~

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These are the lovely leaves I pressed from Oregon… such gorgeous color!  I had this…. well you could say ‘expired’ topiary sitting on my desk waiting for a new life.  How pretty this looks and it was so easy make!

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The colors are so vibrant, the leaves almost look like they are made of paper.

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I just tucked the leaves into the open branches, they could have been glued to ensure they would stay put, but I knew I was going to change it out so I didn’t glue it.  I also added moss around the base of the tree.  This isn’t the most practical craft, but I thought it looked so beautiful, I had to share it~

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My mom picked up these cute little acorns from her neighborhood in Portland, thanks Mom!

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xokelly

 

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