Boho Cheat

They say you always go back to what you know.  I was born in the late 70's, and I like to think that my fondness for the more subtle decor of that era is sentimental.  My grandparents built their retirement ranch compound, with a mix of 1970's finishes and older pieces from the 50's and 60's, decor collected from their world travels, and an solarium full of tropical plants with a wall of window that stretched two stories.  I have dreams of building such a home one day.  One of the hallmarks of 1970's decor was macrame- a series of knotted strings fashioned into wall hangings, hanging plant holders, table runners.  As our cultural obsession with mid century interiors moves to the next era, here it is, back in fashion.  I don't want to decorate my whole home in macrame, but a wall hanging here and a plant holder there wouldn't hurt.

I suppose I could learn to make my own, I did after all find an intact DIY macrame kit at a crafting reuse center- original 1971 packaging, for only $2.  But time, I don't have time.  CB2, Urban Outfitters and anthroplogie have wall hangings, with the latter ranging $400-$2500, but then I discovered that Anthro also sells a 16x90 hand knotted table runner for only $68.  I bought it  and using a stick, some twine and a gold tack nail,  I layered the runner and made a wall hanging to spiff up my groovy 1968 bathroom.  Because it's a runner, it can be hung at several lengths for different wall spaces, and I can always take it off the hanger and use it as intended.  I also think it would make for an interesting floating headboard in the right room ( a king is 81" W). There's not much to it, but here's a tutorial...

How It Works

Yesterday has become today.  Family duties come first, and I was needed.  So today is the day that I will be talking about the Make+Haus design services. In subsequent posts I'll be sharing specific projects, I have a few to finish photographing, and I hope to take you through some projects as they are happening, but for today I want to talk about how it will all work, and how I got here. 

I've been moonlighting as decorator for friends and family for years.  Have me over for Sunday Football and I'm likely to help you rearrange your floor plan. I get tapped to find people couches, lamps, rugs.  So after writing the blog for a few years, I decided to go back to school to make this interior design thing a reality, and learned how to read drawings, to sketch, textile and materials, and business practices. In the end I had to admit I was more passionate about decorating than remodeling, and so this January I decided it was time to move forward as an interior decorator/stylist, I was ready to make it a real thing. 

Before I got started I wanted to figure out how to work with real clients in this capacity,  what type of projects I wanted to work on, and how I'd structure pricing, so I reached out to a group of friends to see if they'd like to be my guinea pigs.  They  were all over it.  After working out the process with them, what I landed on was this: collaborative design.  I create the design concept and do the styling, while the client acts as their own project manager.  This allows clients with smaller budgets and big dreams (my target demographic) to do much of the work themselves and gives me the freedom to take on multiple projects at once.  I can consult at an hourly rate for small projects and styling, and offer a package for a more involved re-design.  In any case, after meeting with a client, it all starts with a Pinterest "Haus" board where we start our design collaboration and hammer out a direction. This is the very fun part.

Pictures say a thousand words, and starting this way helps me to get a firm grasp on what the design will be, their style, and how that will work within the parameters of their space. 

After testing the waters with a few clients with larger projects, I was able to draft up a proposal for a package service for prospective clients who need to do a full re-design of their space, but don't want to invest in full service interior design, which can really eat into a tight budget.  This package is offered as a set price dependent on the scope of the project with extras including shopping and project management available for an hourly rate. 

The shopping lists include mood boards so that the client can see how the pieces can work together.  After all the paint is on the walls, and the furniture in place, I come in and help organize the space,  style the shelves, get the pillows just right.  All that stuff I've been doing for years.

Here's a sample of an accessories mood board I did for a newer client.  They are into mid-century, but they are also really passionate about the Brazilian martial art Capeoria, and have many beautiful instruments to display in their multi-purpose family room.  After laying out the floor plan, and furnishings, I suggested accessories that would complement their eclectic style.

So there you have it!  I'll keep sharing as things evolve. I know they will.  Hop on over to the Design Services tab if you think you'd like to work together and please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested! 

Week in Review

Week in Review

This has been a super fun and very packed week. I'm in the middle of two new projects that I hope to share very soon, and I started seeing new clients!  On Monday I will be sharing more about my design services.  I thought it would be fun to let you in on the process of building this business, what I'm learning along the way, what's working and what's not. Stay tuned.

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Naturally Dyed Playdough

Naturally Dyed Playdough

Every Thursday my little Wylie stays home from preschool and we have a day.  Perhaps it's because of the endless summer, but lately I've been a little kid-weary, work-distracted, and uninspired, and our time together has been pretty blah.  I've been feeling  kind of bad about it, so yesterday I decided to give him my undivided attention and we worked on some fun projects, like baking his favorite pumpkin bread and making the play dough for his school.

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Homemade Pita Bread

Homemade Pita Bread

I like smorgasbord style eating, lots of options, everyone getting to pick what they like for their plate. One such meal we do this with is Mediterranean mezze.  Easy to throw together, it can be composed of store-bought hummus, canned dolmas, kalamata olives, pre-made falafal, and tabouli, and pita.  You don't really need to cook anything at all and you have a feast on your hands.  But if you have time, I recommend you do one thing from scratch, make fresh pita bread.  Like pizza dough, it takes very little skill or cook time, and the result is so much better than store-bought; it's soft, spongy, and flavorful.  Here's how I make it...

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