At the LAKE with Style and Grace

It's not very often that you get asked to do a complete lake house from top to bottom.  When I say top to bottom, I mean TOP to BOTTOM!

From the wall color, to the new floors, to painting all the cabinetry. Oh, and did I mention every. single. one. of the accessories as well as all the furniture and lighting? That's what this project was!

My clients approached me about six weeks ago and mentioned that they had bought a lake house and were looking for someone to help them with the remodel start to finish.  It took a minute for me to respond, just a minute.  

In a hot second, I said yes. I mean, who wouldn't want an opportunity like this? I've always wanted to design a secondary home for someone so that they could feel like they have a relaxing oasis. A home away from home. Somewhere where you go and you feel comfortable and relaxed and you can just enjoy your weekend with your family on the lake. 

So it began.

First, we had to nail down all interior selections and get them done quickly. There were contractors lined up and they were ready to move and we only had six weeks to complete this. With it being a lake house, the family wanted to have access to the house as soon as possible during the summer months so they could enjoy it together. 

Here are some "before" picture just to set the scene for you...

We removed the tile, which was a total game changer. Without this design choice, we would never have had the opportunity to create a warm feeling for the space. 

GAME ON.

"I mean I've never done a project this quickly, but I think I can do this," is all I was thinking the whole time! 

They were counting on me and leaving it in my hands, so I needed it to be perfect. This property is a few hours away from my home so I definitely needed to take a trip there to feel out the space. I packed up and went on a quick little road trip with the Handy Hubs. I can always use his expert advice in certain situations. He will go anywhere with me, do anything with me and never asks why. He's MY perfect guy. So with him in tow, we ventured out!

We walked the space and I figured out all of my floor plans! Now I just had to get all this furniture ordered and delivered on the exact date that I needed. Easy, right? For the most part... you really just need every furniture company to honor their word on when things will be delivered and you will be just fine!  Well, they did. Honestly. I was hoping and praying for the best...and you know what? It all worked out!

Before hand, we had decided that I would also do the whole entire install. I needed my own Joanna Gaines "Fixer Upper" moment! I mean this opportunity doesn't come along very often. When you can surprise the family. Literally open the door and say "Welcome Home!" then take them on a tour through their home that they have not seen any of the touches that you've been planning for the last six weeks! 

It was magic. It was just like you see on TV. I open the door and their reaction was priceless! They were excited and happy. Before they even stepped in the door... I knew I had done my job. 

Here are some looks at the entryway and family room... 

Bedrooms

I was super excited to take the kids down to their spaces! They ran down to see what their rooms looked like and it was everything I hope for! They were so excited...they had been waiting just as long to see their "home away from home" rooms!

Outdoor spaces

It takes a lot of trust and faith to put this into someone's hands blindly and say "Just GO, We trust you!" 

I have been really lucky in my design career. I somehow keep finding clients that let me go with my design plan. It truly has been a wild ride so far and without clients like these, I wouldn't be where I am today. 

Designing homes for families is what I truly love to do. It's awesome...I get to create these warm spaces where they will hopefully enjoy family time together for many years to come. I get to leave my mark...I place a little bit of my heart in each one of these designs and I am grateful that my clients allow me to do so.

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We've got a new space!

Here's a look at what used to be my home office! This sweet little space sits right off our master bedroom. I got a wild hair to take over the true home office on our main level and politely asked the handy hubs to "ease on down the road" to our basement (once it's ready)! He didn't mind thought, because that's just who he is. I think he's a keeper! 

We painted the cabinets to give them an updated look, added a rug and a few chairs and voila! A perfect space to hang!

Stay tuned for a look at my new office and our updated basement!

ShowMe Renovation Season 2 Guest Designer!

Hey Everyone! For those of you who haven't seen or heard me me talking up a fun project I'm involved in. LET ME FILL YOU IN!

I was recently asked by some pretty awesome people to be a guest designer on this season of ShowMe Renovation. Of course I immediately said YES! I had watched the show last season and thought it was such a fun project! All of the designers are super talented and easy to relate to! Who wouldn't want to be part of a cast like that?

Meet the cast!

From the top left: Brad Antisdel, Kim Antisdel, Jennifer Bertrand, Dustin Bates, Donald Jonas, Deb Volger, Erin Shipps and Sebastian De Geer.

Right off the bat, they made me feel like family. It is a little scary to jump into something that you have NEVER done before and feel comfortable doing it ON CAMERA! It is a wild feeling to have that camera in front of you recording everything you are saying and hoping that you look cool while doing so! Insert Sebastian DeGeer (the production guru). If you are feeling awkward or uncomfortable in any way, he is the guy to calm your nerves! Put these two gems together and you have a one-of-a-kind, genuine feeling of comfort and peace while you hurdle yourself into the unknown that is reality TV! 

I was assigned a bedroom and I instantly felt like it should be a kid's space. It was small and quaint and in the front of the home with the most perfect view of a magnolia tree (one of my faves). For some reason, that made me want to style it like a little girl's room. I headed off to Target, where I am famous for spending at least $50-$100 at the drop of a hat, so I figured it would be easy to find a jumping off point for this room. The first thing I came across was a whimsical flamingo bedding set.

I know, I know. FLAMINGOS? Totally out of the box for me and most unexpected, but they were adorable and fun. I felt like this room needed a slight punch and this could send me that direction in a subtle way! Anyway, fast forward to finding a fabulous blue pillow and the perfect salmon colored comforter and poof! you have the start to a dreamy girl's room fit for a princess! I will spare you all the details of each piece selected but I will tell you that I had a ton of fun pulling this room together!

If you are still reading, the end of the story is, this was fun. A TON OF FUN. I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved with such fabulous people. They made it exciting and isn't that the way life should be?

Surround yourself with with a blanket of dreams...and maybe, just maybe, they become a REALITY. 

xoxo, 

Erica

The Hope House Is Finished!

We had a great time showing off Braden's Hope House as a Home of Distinction on the Tour this year! Check out some shots from this weekend and some finished shots of the space! I absolutely loved this project!