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!
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.
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?
I finally got a little time yesterday to catch up on magazine reading and online mag reading too! In the October/November issue of Lonny there is a fabulous spread on Mary McDonald who is celebrated for wonderfully capturing old Hollywood style in her designs. I fell in LOVE with Mary’s dressing area that is featured in her new book Mary McDonald: Interiors: The Allure of Style.
The wallpaper is AMAZING first off! And I only wish I had a dressing area like this…wowzers! The tufted ottoman, that gorgeous blue, the mirrored vanity..so pretty! The one idea in this room that I might just have to borrow, is the way she hangs her handbags on hooks in the closet. Such an easy idea, but it looks so nice and organized!
Well, the little one and I are guy free this weekend. The hubs is at a guys getaway, so its just us girls! I’m having a fun ladies wine party tomorrow night with a Halloween theme. I’ll make sure to recap the details on Monday! Hope you have some fun planned this weekend too!
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that we’ve lived in our house for almost a year now and I want our living room DONE! We need a cocktail table, sofa table, new lamps, new chair of some sort and odds and ends. I want it done in one month… Not sure my hubby will be ok with this decision since he pays most of the bills and we’ve been on operation save lately (not sure if I was cc’d on that memo). To start off the room I want this…
You’ve probably seen these babies all over the place. They are in every design mag lately…all the designers are using them in their interiors..and I’ve been crazy for them since I spotted them. The problem was I had no idea what they were. I’m talking about the ficus lyrata…
There’s just something so sculptural about them and just so NOT a palm. I’m over palms…and I don’t like regular old ficus trees. They scream 1980s to me. But I just love having live plants in my home, so I was determined to find out what kind of tree this was. After weeks of searching, one of my clients happened to have two in her home. She gave me the name and I was set! Unfortunately, when I did finally find them at a nearby plant store they were PRICEY!!! $200 bucks to be exact. That’s what I get for liking a tree that the rest of the LA area has also decided they like as well.
Then from some extra internet searching I found The Plant Stand.. WHOO HOO! I love this place! I’m quite the crazy plant lady and this place is just up my alley! I found my lyrata plant and at a nice price of $85 bucks. I’ll take that! It’s now gracing our living room and I am in love.
Yes…I realize the pot I have the tree in is too small. I still need to find something I really love to put it in. Since I threw out my back yesterday, that is going to have to wait.
And although I was totally in pain yesterday after I got home from The Plant Stand, I still somehow managed to drag that baby out of my car and into that pot. Stupid, I know! I think I made my back worse. And since I had to wait a few hours to see my chiro…I whipped these babies up…
Orchids and ferns. Just what the house needed to bring some life into it. Feels very New Year to me! Now back to umm nursing my back. No bueno!
My lovely, wonderful, creative hubby (was that enough?) has been working hard on creating a website for newly re-established interior design company!
I am so thrilled to be going back into design after a seriously long hiatus…8 long years to be exact!. And even though I haven’t “officially” been in the biz for that serious stretch of time, in no way did it ever leave my life. In fact I would go so far as to say I did MORE design during those years than before. I planned and designed my own wedding, as well as a few friends weddings, we bought a new home that needed a complete overhaul inside and out, I helped out friends and family with their individual remodels and design projects and I threw more parties and social events than any non-socialite should! And because of our last big life change..buying our dream home that is 3x the size of our last!….I realized that I want to be back in the field for good! So here is the first step towards working back in my dream field. Let me introduce to you www.vanrozeboom.com! We’re still working on the actual site, but at least I have an online face now. I’m giddy with excitement at sharing my design projects and events! Now if I could only find the file with my portfolio…..
By the way, I have to give some serious credit to some designers that I have found the last few years through design blogs and magazines, that have inspired me (without their knowledge) to get back into design again and give it a go on my own. Thanks guys!!!