Valentine’s Day is just three weeks away and since the color of 2011 also happens to be ….

I thought some fun pink hued Valentine-y looking living rooms would be fun!

{Amanda Nisbett-House Beautiful}

Hot pink and dark coral look vibrant and energizing when paired with yellow!

{Country Living}

Pink is soft and serene when done with bright white, dark wood and gold accents.

{via Decor Pad}

Honeysuckle tufted chairs look fun and sophisticated at the same time in this room. It gives it just the right amount of POP! Um, but what’s up with the funny ceramic Collie by the fireplace? Really?

One of my fav ways to do pink…paired with rich brown it makes a room warm and comforting with just the right amount of youthfulness.

Do you have any pink in your home that is NOT in your little girls’ room?


January 21, 2011

moving right along

by Shelly

Sometimes working on a design project really does feel like giving birth to a baby.  You plan like crazy before anything happens, and then little by little progress happens and the room begins to take shape.  I have had SUCH a fun time working with my close friend on her new guest room/ hubby office addition the last few months.  New builds are never easy.  Especially when you are living in the home during the construction AND I might add with a brand spanking new baby!  My buddy is a brave, patient lady for sure!  Here are some pics of the project along the way.

The walls go up and the floor goes down. The room is still just taking shape.

The stairway leading to the downstairs and the main part of the house.

And here the room is with walls up and painted a nice gray, windows in awaiting window treatments, beadboard built ins being put in and will be painted a glossy white and recessed lighting and ceiling fan up.  SO exciting!

The stairs will be getting a fun, colorful striped rug….

Like this!

And to give you a bit of an idea of what the room will look like when it is all finished, here is the look board for the room.

The finished reveal will be very soon! Stay tuned!


Man, I am going to crawl out of my skin with all the excitement that has been going on with me lately.  First, I am FINALLY having my Van Rozeboom Interiors website designed and built out by my lovely, talented hubby.  Thank God I have a computer geek for a husband eh!?  Second, I am starting work on my first retail space for a really fun stationery store and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  This will be a total growing experience as a designer and I just LOVE a challenge!  And finally, I have signed up for not one, but two design blog conventions this year!

At the end of February I will be attending the Design Bloggers Conference in Los Angeles, that is sure to be an exciting event!  Tons of great interior design bloggers will be speaking at the event and I can’t wait to learn some tricks from some masters of blogging.

Then in May….totally last minute yesterday and with a lot of begging to my husband…I signed up for Blogfest 2011 in New York City!  This is BIG for me…I have a  difficult time in New York.  I’ve been twice, once for work and once for a wedding.  And both times I felt totally like the little country girl in the big city. Yeah, yeah I’m from Los Angeles for God’s sake.  This really shouldn’t be a big deal.  But if you’ve been to both cities you know….there IS a difference.  I’m a beach girl. Casual. Laid back. Enough said.

But I honestly couldn’t resist when I saw some of the speakers!  It’s like going to the Academy Awards for designers!  Seriously…Newell Turner, Barbara Barry, Margaret Russell and many more.  I’m dying.  So now I just have to figure out who the heck is going to take care of our three year old while I’m in NYC and we’ll be set!

Soooo, are you to any blogging conventions this year?  Which ones?  I’m really hoping to not only meet colleagues, but possibly fun, new friends this year!


January 13, 2011

Bedroom Seating

by Shelly

When we moved into our current home we were amazed at how freaking HUGE the master bedroom was.  Coming from a small, cottage size house of 1100 sq. ft. to more that 3300 in our new home was quite a shock.  We just weren’t use to that kind of space!  Our master bedroom, by far, has to hold the bulk of that square footage.  We lovingly refer to the room as “Vegas”.  After all, there really WAS a weird platform set up in the corner of the room when we moved in.  I guess the previous owners used it to raise up their tv.  I don’t know…looked like a stage to us.

In any case, we purchased a new bedroom set shortly before we moved in.  However, the room is still lacking some finishing touches that I think will really make it feel pulled together.  Here are some inspiration photos of bedroom with seating areas that are similar to what I am working with.

{217 North Cliffwood Drive}

So I’m thinking of a few combos for the room…. bench at the end of the bed with a comfy chair and ottoman in a corner,  small settee at the end of the bed with maybe a small ottoman in front of it, or two chairs and a small table or ottoman between them.  I could go so many ways!  But really the basic thing we need is just somewhere to sit and put on our shoes!  Right now the bed is too high to be able to do that comfortably.  Here is a fairly recent shot of our room as it is now.

And here are some looks that I am considering for the room…..

Which look would YOU do?


January 7, 2011

Randomness for Friday

by Shelly

Apparently I’m totally new.  Since becoming quite addicted to this little thing called Twitter I have become COMPLETELY engrossed into the world of design.  I know, as if I were not already.  But then I stumbled onto the Twitter profile of Jenny Andrews from My Favorite and My Best and I was SUCKED IN!  I spent a good part of last night and then again this morning pouring over her blog and reading post after post.  This girl cracks. me. up.

Oh….  but just a little FYI… if you don’t like cussing (a lot actually) or a potty mouth, then her blog is definitely not for you.  Both are a requirement to read it.  You’ve been warned.

On another note..

I’ve been checking out the idea house over at Cottage Living and saw this bathroom…

The walls of the room feature the lyrics to Johnny Cash’s song “Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart.” Clever.  But then I thought after reading loads of MFAMB..

Wouldn’t it be funnier to have these Johnny Cash lyrics on the walls instead:

“I fell into a burning ring of fire

I went down, down, down and the flames went higher

and it burns, burns, burns the ring of fire

the ring of fire.”

My husband would think so and a bunch of other males in my life too.  Potty jokes.  Oh the joys. The hubs and I are HUGE Johnny Cash fans btw.  I think it’s a prerequisite for guys from Central California (where my hubby is from).

Anywho, I’m going to go back to this…

I know.

Awesome huh?

This can all be blamed from reading this post, which sent me into a tizzy of file organization. Oh and this was about an hour after I had spent all day organizing 2010 receipts and paperwork for taxes.  I had just literally cleaned the room up and then… well you get the picture.

By the way, did you take a look at my office in ruins progress?  We’re going on one year now. Still not done. Blame it on the economy or my husbands’ spending freeze.  One of the two, but it’s still not done. Ugh. It is still just a mish mash of junk, chairs that are NOT office chairs, frames, and other various assorted things that should not be on an office floor.  It is priority #1 this weekend, as is painting the front door finally.

Do you have any 2011 projects you will be working on this weekend?  I feel like everyone is sprucing things up, organizing, trying to be a better person, cutting back, trimming down, etc. etc.  Cue The Scorpions, Winds of Change…..