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interiors / emerald green +

Hi friends. I last spoke with you about renewing your space by planning + rearranging before you buy. I thought a lot about #2 ( editing your ideas so that you have a concept for your style ) and realized I need to really dig into this for myself. I think it is good to do this every year actually, as your taste and needs will change. Because I am constantly looking at products and working with other people regarding their style, I have a tendency to get confused about my own style. There’s just so much to love out there! If you are in any creative field, I can imagine you struggle with a bit of this too.

In my next few posts, I am going to go over several areas of interior style and at the end I will narrow my favorites onto a design board for my dream living room.

First, let’s discuss color. It is the first thing I typically discuss with clients and a constant struggle for me in my own world. I gravitate towards color and pattern but would really love to have a space that has just enough color in just the right places.

I LOVE deep hues, especially emerald green ( pantone’s color of the year! )

emerald green + other interior obsessions

I also enjoy the fact that the photo above has deep tones balanced with lots of light, there’s a large scale mirror, and a neutral wall color. That room has a grown-up, luxurious feel that I hope to have in some way down the road.

I like this next photo because when I do paint a wall a color, it typically ends up a soft green of some sort. This minty shade is similar to the one in my office right now and I love it.

emerald green + other interior obsessions

I also picked this photo because the eclectic mix of furniture and flooring, the contrast welt on the upholstery, and the brass finish on the coffee table. I rarely pick images for design boards that only have one thing to point to…when coming up with a concept you need the board to “feel” like you want your space to feel in the end.

Last but not least, everything I am drawn to that isn’t green or white is…drumroll…gray.

emerald green + other interior obsessions

And let’s just all please take note that there is a lot of mint green in that little area. I adore the shelving, the books {although I would probably remove half of them to give it a cleaner feel}, and the wallpaper pattern too.

So what colors are you drawn to for your main living areas? Pin your favorite rooms, tag me in them and tell me why you like them!

                                                  till next time – taylor

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interiors / tips for renewing your space

interiors / tips for renewing your space without breaking the bank

Sometimes I get in this mood where I want to get rid of EVERYTHING and buy all new EVERYTHING for my home.  Jordan and I have discussed this, and then we cry laugh because the reality is… there just isn’t a budget for that! Being resourceful and planning ahead will help keep your pocket book happy. Here are some ways to renew your space without breaking the bank:

1. Gather ideas. Whether you have a Pinterest, a scrap book with magazine clippings, or prefer to sketch out what is in your head (This post by my former professor is a great resource for sketching a view of your room), start gathering inspiration that helps you imagine new possibilities for your space. This will help get the creative juices in you flowing.

2. Edit your ideas. What is the common thread in all of the inspiration you have gathered? Write a couple sentences about the feeling you want your space(s) to evoke, the colors you want to see in it, the items you need to make the space(s) function properly and the items you want because you are into them at the moment. Select three images/products that you feel best show the direction you are headed and reference back to these to remind yourself of what you wanted. Nothing is worse than what I call “schizophrenic decorating”…random purchases that make no sense together in the end.

3. Re-configure furniture. Moving a few major pieces around might change the function of the room(s) in such a way that you no longer “need” an item that was on your list. Try this before immediately going out to buy something.

interiors / tips for renewing your space without breaking the bank

4. D.I.Y. That trendier item that you’ve pinned a thousand times can probably be replicated with a simple D.I.Y. project. While this will take some effort, it will save you money and you can personalize your project more than the store bought version.

5. Swap things out. Once you have furniture in place, have repainted, or built/made something new – you might decide that your accessories don’t work the way they did before. Try moving what you have around to different rooms, or to different surfaces.

For interior inspiration check out my Pinterest page or follow @perfectlytay on Instagram!

- Taylor

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interiors / 07

Communication. 

interior design sketch

It’s not what I thought of when I imagined all I would learn while becoming a designer. More and more each day however, I find that the technical skills I have been practicing all point to the same end result: understanding. I have to first help clients explain their needs to me, then I show them my vision. Once we are on the same page, I then have to ensure that any other contractors or vendors involved also understand the direction we are headed.

interior design sketch

Drawings have been an extremely helpful way of “talking” to my client and I have enjoyed using this technique. My sketches are often made under a time constraint, but what they lack in straight lines, they make up for by delivering my ideas in the most efficient format possible.

interior design sketch

Yes, I always knew I would have to talk with clients, but I didn’t know how often I would need to switch gears and find different ways to communicate depending on the circumstances. Sometimes I wish that drawing was an acceptable option when trying to communicate in “real” life too, because it sure is fun! ;)

-taylor

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( all images by taylor for PTI and West Elm )

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contemporary fall decor inspiration

I’m always looking for creative ways to do things without breaking the bank. This is true in many areas of life, but today we’re talking home decor! Taylor and I have come up with a few fun diy decorating ideas for fall that will leave you with some extra cash.. maybe for a pumpkin spice latte? ;)

contemporary fall decor inspiration, easy diy project creatively using beads and wheat for a simple and inexpensive autumn centerpiece or table decoration

For this first project.. we used wheat and beads to create a festival center piece!

contemporary fall decor inspiration, easy diy project creatively using beads and wheat for a simple and inexpensive autumn centerpiece or table decoration

contemporary fall decor inspiration, easy diy project creatively using beads and wheat for a simple and inexpensive autumn centerpiece or table decoration

contemporary fall decor inspiration, easy diy project creatively using beads and wheat for a simple and inexpensive autumn centerpiece or table decoration

contemporary fall decor inspiration, easy diy project creatively using beads and wheat for a simple and inexpensive autumn centerpiece or table decoration

contemporary fall decor inspiration, easy diy project creatively using beads and wheat for a simple and inexpensive autumn centerpiece or table decoration

contemporary fall decor inspiration, easy diy project creatively using beads and wheat for a simple and inexpensive autumn centerpiece or table decoration

We learned the key to this was to not go over board. Using just a few elements actually made it more interesting to look at than overloading it!

contemporary fall decor inspiration, easy diy project creatively using beads and wheat for a simple and inexpensive autumn centerpiece or table decoration

For the next piece we used the remaining wheat from the bundle, neon cord or string ( from home depot.. or lowes? haha ), glue, and gold ribbon with glitter. We ( and by we I mean Taylor as I cheered her on ) simply wrapped the wheat with the neon string tightly, secured it, and then glued on the strip of ribbon.

contemporary fall decor inspiration, easy diy project creatively using beads and wheat for a simple and inexpensive autumn centerpiece or table decoration

contemporary fall decor inspiration, easy diy project creatively using beads and wheat for a simple and inexpensive autumn centerpiece or table decoration

contemporary fall decor inspiration, easy diy project creatively using beads and wheat for a simple and inexpensive autumn centerpiece or table decoration

contemporary fall decor inspiration, easy diy project creatively using beads and wheat for a simple and inexpensive autumn centerpiece or table decoration

This baby is living on my coffee table right now. It’s going to be hard to put her up! Even to make space for Christmas decor! haha :)

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( photography by taylor + jordan for create like crazy )

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