Sunday, March 31, 2013

Savannah- Day 2

There are a lot of ways to see Savannah... buggy...

...on a bike... foot... boat...

...but I like the way I saw Savannah- on the arm of the most amazing man!  Chris and I had a beautiful day together!

We loved the river...

We loved the historic buildings...

We loved the squares...

We loved the sunset...

I hope you all had a fabulous Spring Break too, but I find it hard to believe it was as great as mine was!

Savannah- Day 1

What a fabulous Spring Break I had!  The Phillips and I drove to Savannah on Thursday to hear Andrew and Grissom's Jazz Band play in the Swing Central Jazz Festival.  They were one of twelve bands chosen nationwide to participate and we were all so proud and impressed with their performances!

Look how tall Keri is getting!  She was a great travel buddy!

A sweet weekend with a sweet friend...

It was so fun to eat at Paula Deen's Lady and Son's restaurant!


Love my starches!

Now for Day 2...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Interior Design II Final Project

Nothing feels as great as finishing a semester-long project...watching the ideas that began in my head become actual plans, perspectives and elevations!  This is the first project where I combined digital design with hand-rendering and I'm happy with the finished product!

As I've described before, this project is for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Competition.  They gave us a make-believe client and project specs- a 1920's church that was to be turned into a bakery, pastry school and residence for the owner.  We even had to name the business and design a logo! 

Concept Statement:

The client’s request for an environmentally-friendly design inspired me to create a sophisticated urban residence and bakery.   Because Take A Whisk Bakery and School is located in an area undergoing urban refurbishing the overall design of Urban Pop Art pays homage to the neighborhood’s history and appeals to the artistic, young locals.  Rather than pursuing an expected design direction of using the church’s architecture as inspiration, I took a risk and used the shell of the church as a blank canvas… graffiti-ready!

The bakery and residence design relate to each other in their color schemes; the bakery is bright with graffiti accents (including a digital graffiti wall for patrons), while the residence has a calmer urban color scheme.
The deconstructive, sharp angles of graffiti art inspired me to design a floor plan that is also deconstructive.  I created harmony from the chaos of that deconstructiveism through the use of repeated angles in the design of the floor plan.

In a nod to the church’s history, colored packing tape is applied at sharp angles on the windows, creating an Urban Pop Art version of deconstructed stained glass.

Because being environmentally-friendly is important to the client, I chose reclaimed steel for all cabinetry.  Other green choices include a recycled aluminum can tab chair and recycled commercial whisks for the bakery lighting.  An active lifestyle is also important to my client, so I have incorporated indoor bike storage and a climbing wall. The wall’s graphic color and angles anchors the living room while taking full advantage of the tall ceilings.

With all the design elements chosen what was once a place of solemnness is now an urban pop art hot spot!

Floor Plan:

Lighting/Security/Sound Plan:



Elevation A:

Elevation B:

Here's the latest for my Visual Presentation II class...a very abstract version of a sandwich in 3-D Box that I had to construct.  The pieces of the "sandwich" are placed at staggered heights and can I just say, I still smell like glue!

And yet another rendered perspective...practice makes perfect!


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Into Everything!

Honey Bunch continues to surprise and slightly stress me out with all she discovers!!!

Under the rug...

Half-in, half-out the blinds... (Please notice all my window sill decor is now gone!)

Curled up on her corner of the couch...

Laying ON my arm while I was TRYING to type...

And the latest and most shocking...

Climbing UP the window panes in the living room!

My life, house or sleep schedule will never be the same again!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

By Your Grace...

I recently heard a song by Gold City that so well spoke the prayer of my heart these days.  Thought I'd share...

By Your Grace & For Your Glory

Where would I be without Your love?
What kind of life would I be guilty of?
If not for Your redeeming hand that reached so low to raise me up and let me stand

By Your grace; for Your glory
I am here to tell the story
Of all the doors You've opened for me
That I might give, I might love, I might live
By Your grace; for Your glory

Not by my strength have I survived
My reckless steps and my selfish pride
Not by my works of righteousness
I owe it all to You alone that I am blessed

By Your grace; for Your glory
I am here to tell the story
Of all the doors You've opened for me
That I might give, I might love, I might live
By Your grace; for Your glory

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Here's what's been goin' on...

Homework, homework, homework...

Keri's started track...makes me remember why I don't run!

Spent a wonderful day in T-Town with Jeana who showed me all around the University...Roll Tide!

Honey Bunch keeps discovering new spots, regardless of my decor.

Someone was particularly clingy this day...

She's laying ON my homework...

Miami Ice, the shaved ice shack near campus is open for the season so I treated myself to the Justin Bieber: cake batter, cotton candy and cream. I've never loved the Biebs so much!

Spring Break is next week and my giant ID 2 project is almost done, so stayed tuned for pics!!!

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Freshening Up to Go On the Market

A new client contacted me a few weeks ago, asking for help getting her house ready to go on the market.

Our goal in preparing her home was to spend as little as possible so I got to do what I love best- rearranging and redecorating with what she already had!

In the front living room, I wanted to emphasize the shape of the room and round light fixture so it changed it from this:

To this:

The couch in the above pictures needed some sprucing up so, I covered the cushion with a tablecloth my client had- a no-cost solution!

The entry tables needed some updating so I "stole" some pictures from the master suite and added more layers to the tables. Here's the before:

And after:

Since the light switch hindered hanging one picture at the correct height, I embraced the asymmetrical option and love the contemporary funkiness it adds!

In one of the bedrooms, I rearranged the furniture to make better use of the space and create a more generic room.

In another bedroom, we lacked art big enough for over the dresser, so I raided her son's closet and used his ball caps as another no-cost solution!

Her breakfast nook was already cozy but the addition of a giant pillow and bright art, pulled the space together and I don't know how potential buyers could resist! We also used one if my favorite centerpieces- lemons!

One of my favorite solutions was in the stairwell leading to the basement. The stairwell is hugely tall, so instead of trying to fill the vertical space, I used African masks my client already had and emphasized the width of the space. I hung the grouping at eye leave of mid-stair. It adds just the right punch of interest and color the space needed!

I was able to also work in the dining room, a few more bedrooms, the basement and the master, but don't have pictures of everything.

I hope some of the no-cost solutions I used will help my client sell her home!

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Friday, March 8, 2013

One Pound At a Time

It's a been a long journey, but I have finally lost 100 pounds!

In January 2008, I realized I had a problem with my weight and started seeing a nutritionist who taught me how to count calories.  I also started exercising for the first time in my life.  I didn't have access to equipment, so I literally walked in place in my living room for 30 minutes at a time!

Within a year I had lost about 80 pounds but then faced some rough times and I lost my focus and ended up putting 40 of those pounds back on over the next 3 years.

My second wake-up call came last April when I saw a picture of myself and knew a change was needed.  Weight loss is such an emotional and spiritual thing for me, but the Lord had been teaching me and strengthening me and I knew He'd give me the discipline I needed to get healthy. 

And He has!

Since last April I've drastically changed my habits- I split meals, pack my lunch, make healthy snack decisions and avoid eating out if possible.   But I also eat something in moderation if I have a craving for it, so I'm not tempted to binge.  I found an elliptical machine at a garage sale and work out most days.  Being able to forgive myself for bad decisions and getting back on track after plateauing is also key!

In the last year, I've dropped 57 pounds and the scale this morning confirmed I'm 100 pounds lighter than I was in 2008!  I've also gone down almost 7 sizes!!!

My journey is by no means over, but this milestone is worth celebrating....just not with cake!





Thursday, March 7, 2013

Weekly Update

This is the point in the semester where everything starts getting a little crazy!

In my Visual Presentation class we started learning how to hand-render floor plans and elevations. Who knew there were so many techniques in using colored pencils?!? I have a long way to go but here are my first attempts...

The deadline for my Interior Design II project is fast approaching so I'm finalizing my floor plan so I can focus on the finish/sample boards and renderings. Here's the floor plan as of today. I'll walk you through it in more detail later...

And I can't post without including Honey Bunch! I feel like we are in the terrible twos of kitty-hood...she's into new things everyday and its a little stressful, but I'm trying to love her through it!

She's a cutie, even when she's crazy!!

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