purple and gray

hello! i am well aware that it has been over 20 days since my last blog...shame on me. my excuse is that my blog is "broken". you cant tell by looking at it...but it is not working right behind the scenes and i am soooo irritated! trying to figure out a problem with blogger is next to impossible. you cant just call google and get someone on the phone. however, i can still post...but i have been so frustrated with the rest of it i havent even done that!  sooo...here is me getting over it for now.... to talk about a color combination i dont normally use...purple and gray.

i am working with a client who absolutely loves purple (not barney purple as she always tells me). originally she wanted to do a gray and turquoise color combo...but we couldnt seem to come to an agreement on the color turquoise she was going for. so about month in...we switched it up to purple and gray. i have been thoroughly enjoying myself through this process. we are working on the entire downstairs of her new house and using many variations of this color combo. i am quite pleased with how it is coming along ...and i think my client is as well. she is the funniest woman i think i have ever met!

here are some inspiration photos (all from pinterest) that i have been using to get me in the mood...

all of these photos have some beautiful elements using purple and gray. you dont have to love the whole room to appreciate the nice use of this color combo.

here is a photo of some of the fabrics we are using in the sun room and family room area

these are just the basic fabrics...we will be adding some fun pillows as well!

here is the wallpaper we will be using in the living room/dining room...as well as some of the fabrics from in there.

this wallpaper is sooo pretty with a little sheen to it (my client looooves shiny things...i have had to reign her in or i am pretty sure her entire house would be furnished with mirrored furniture:)). it looks very brown in this photo...but paired with the deep purple paint we are using....its beautiful.

of course....famous last words...i will take photos when we are finished!  this has been a fun experience...because it is taking me out of my comfort zone. it is always good to challenge yourself in  design!

what about you? have you challenged yourself with any color combinations lately?:)


goosebumps (5) & gardening

recently i had a day to really clean out my desk and files...it felt so good! i found a folder marked "blog ideas" that i didnt even know i had. it is great idea if i would remember to look in it every once in a while. anyway, in the folder i found an article from last spring about a garden that made me swoon. seriously, look at this....

those gates!  i love the design...dont you just want to sit down and have a delicious summertime meal there?

take a closer look....

i am definitely keeping this one in my "dream house" files. it was designed by lisa bynon, a landscape designer. i googled to find out more about her...but really only came up with other bloggers who wrote about this same article last year.

one blogger in particular stood out and i have to share the link to her blog august fields. sara used this same article as an inspiration for a garden and she and her family did an amazing job! be sure to check out her garden along with many other pretty things.

we started a little veggie garden of our own this year too. ahem...it doesnt look exactly like the garden above..but its a start:)

once again kevin came to the rescue...or he rescued wood (trex this time) from a dumpster and used it to make a raised bed for me. we put it on the other side of our house...that we never really use.... beacause it gets geat sun.

of course i had help...finally ethan gets some face time on this little blog:)

and of course my faithful sidekick...

here is a view of the whole garden, with the little markers ava made that lasted about 10 seconds in the rain!

i will have to keep you posted on the progress. these were taken a few weeks ago and now we already have some carrots popping up. it really is satisfying to see things grow from seeds. the kids are loving it!