Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BEFORE and AFTER shots from a SF video game company's completed project....!

I always appreciate a BEFORE and AFTER series showing the design transformation of a space. So I thought I would share just that from my latest completed project. I worked on a SF based video game developing company over the course of 5 months and the end result was something both the clients and I were super happy with.

The initial concept was to divide the large open space into specific work areas while creating spaces that felt natural, residential, interesting and timeless. While we did use some graphic wall treatments and textures we didn't want the space to feel gimmicky and for the impact of the time and money spent on the design to lend itself for the years to follow. Incorporating natural textures (like the reclaimed redwood you will see) and plants were crucial for the clients and helped to take some of the sterilized feeling of an indoor workspace away. By adding layers of light throughout the office, the employees could switch on all the decorative lighting during the day without having the overhead florescent lights on - which as most of us know, can make you feel like a zombie after spending hours in the green glow.

The front area started off with all white walls......

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and a really open floor plan:

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After developing floor plans we created three separate areas that all function for specific tasks within the company:

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BEFORE....

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and AFTER:

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The meeting room was the perfect place to make into a music/recording room - complete with these amazing acoustic tiles from BAUX and FLOR tiles to further absorb sound....BEFORE:

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and AFTER:

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more BEFORES:

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and AFTER:

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The bathrooms needed a major kick in the pants. Without spending a ton of money we landed on this fun David Hicks wallpaper - a different color in each bathroom - and a modern/rustic storage cabinet to take them from drab and sad to super fun (if you ask me):

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super scary

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super fun

The work/desk area created a challenge with it's huge backdrops of white walls....these seemed like the perfect place to wrap in reclaimed redwood and instantly added a ton of warmth and coziness to the space. We used FLOR tiles again (for color and texture) and brought in 14' tall, faux ironwood trees to add drama and ground the back part of the room.....here's a BEFORE:

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and AFTER:

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In the same work space was a pony wall dividing the kitchen. To create more storage space we added a few case pieces and repeated the wallpaper found at the front of the space. BEFORE:

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and AFTER:

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This was a really fun project. The clients were amazing and were totally game to incorporate some new and fun elements into their space. More like these, please!

all BEFORE images by Janel Holiday Interior Design....all AFTER images by Michele Lee Willson Photography. Be cool and ask for permission before using, k? Thanks.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DIY bachelorette PARTY INVITES: for a cute + beautiful bride-to-be....!

I love a party. Especially a party that involves a cute outfit or two or three. And champagne. Of course. So when I recently took the my "matron-of-honor" reins for a bachelorette party I was in charge of throwing for the bride-to-be I got a bit crafty on the invites. First of all, us ladies were going to stay at The Madonna Inn...you've heard me talk about it before, right? It is glorious. Kitschy, pink, gold, thematic, tufted, dripping in roses and super campy....I'm obsessed with it. One thing I love to do with for any party I am planning is to run with a theme and I was thrilled to incorporate The Madonna Inn into the invites and get the girls prepped and excited for what was sure to be a weekend to remember.

I like to do all my own graphics for my invites if I'm making them. #1: It's nice to put that school stuff to use and #2: I'm a control freak. For Jamie's invites I looked back at some photos I took of The Madonna Inn for inspiration and knew I wanted them to be: pink, green, gold, rosey, striped, tufted and glittery....!

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Paper Source is my go-to for invite supplies. They have a wide selection and range of colors for the basics (card-stock, envelopes, etc.) and tons of great roll and single sheet decorative paper to do custom envelope liners. I decided on large bright pink envelopes, blush pink and bright pink cardstock for a two part invite and gold glitter paper to line the envelopes. They will totally oversell you on all the stuff to do these crafty things at home. Let them - the stuff works!

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Once I had my supplies I designed the two part invites to fit the cardstock knowing I would embellish them with glitter (because, glitter) and other fun stuff that would embody The Madonna Inn.

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I like to use thicker PhotoPaper.....glossy is good. It makes a sturdy finished product, it takes hot glue and Modge Podge (see below) really well and basically creates a good foundation to glue stuff to. Easier to cut as well.

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It's very important to have an assistant on hand. even if they just stand around and look cute.

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I love these envelope liners from Paper Source....just trace out, cut and then use double-stick tape to secure....

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save your scraps for other things...I made gift bag tags and heart cake toppers for the weekend with mine. I try to carry the theme throughout the party.

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gold glitter + pink. what is not to love?!

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I use glue sticks to secure the invite to cardstock and then wedge the finished dealio under something heavy to get them to stick and dry flat.

Once dry, I used things I picked up from Michael's and just piled it on until it felt Madonna Inny enough.

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to finalize them I brushed a layer of Modge Podge (with glitter of course) over the tops. On a side note, I realized that I have "sparkle" Modge Podge and that an "Extreme Glitter" one exists without my knowledge. How I did know this is bizarre. It's been ordered.

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Lastly, I always want whomever is opening the invite to have maximum enjoyment (while thinking, Janel is flipping NUTS)....so for these puppies I found a gold striped paper that I cushioned between the two invites and then wrapped each invite with a pretty bow before tucking them away in their hot pink, glitter homes. So it was like a little present to open...!

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And there you have it. Fun and festive invites for a beautiful bride-to-be....! If you make your own invites I would love to see them - please share!!

All images by janel holiday interior design - be a doll and ask permssion before using - thank you! xoxo, janel