Thursday, March 29, 2012

0 DIY in progress

niki mcneill DIY tufted headboard
I'm working on a tufted headboard for my studio and MAN, is it difficult! I'm happy with the progress so far but I had to take a break from it last night because my hands were sore & my frustration level was approaching 10.

A few tips for anyone attempting tufting on your own:

1) Make sure you get a super long needle! My needle is not long enough and I've been struggling to work it through the holes.

2) Make sure the holes you create in the foam are a nice size (two fingers) and very clean so the needle doesn't snatch on the sides.

3) I used 4 inch foam for my headboard, which I think is a bit much to have to pull buttons through! 3 inch should be just fine.

Wanna see the results? Don't worry: I'll have a step by step tutorial including some VIDEO once it's done next week!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

1 loving green & gold

No. 1// No. 2// No. 3// No. 4

Anytime someone asks me what my favorite color is, I always say that I love them all! It's too hard to pick a favorite. Every once and a while though, I'll become obsessed with a certain color pallette. Right now, that's green & gold! I love a deep emerald green paired with a bright (not yellowish) gold. There's something so regal about it!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

6 design talk webisode 5: thrifting 101

Since we started this series, we've had soooo many requests to do a webisode about thrifting! Although it's hard to share all our secrets without actually walking you through it, we wanted to give you a few great tips to start or improve your thrift store shopping experience! This video is a little longer than the others, but I promise, it's an entertaining and informative 8 minutes! :)

As always, we want to hear from you! Keep giving us great feedback & ideas, and we'll keep filming.


PS - WHY does YouTube pick the WORST screenshot possible for the video thumbnails??

PPS - Tricea is on Twitter now! Tweet her @TriceaM

Monday, March 26, 2012

1 happy monday!

photo via the smiley effect

Whew! It's been crazy busy around these parts. I'm gearing up for another busy week this morning with a big cup of coffee and prayer. I'm looking forward to starting new interior design projects and closing out the month of March on a strong note. I'm feeling inspired to work SMARTER towards my goals.What do you have planned this week? Let's get to work!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

2 thanks for the feature!

Thanks so much Le Rapport Minoritaire for featuring me as one of '100 Outstanding Individuals in Art & Design'! It's always humbling to get recognition from my peers, and to be included amongst such a great group of professionals. The magazine is fabulous too, check it out below!

Friday, March 9, 2012

0 happy friday + watch design wars!

hgtv design wars designer claire watkins
hgtv design wars

My friend Claire of High Gloss Blue will be competing against Kerry Howard & Robert White on today's episode of Design Wars! Be sure to check it out TODAY at 1PM on HGTV. All 3 are such fab designers so I know this episode will be amazing! Kerry is hosting a fab premier party tonight here in Atlanta, so I'm excited to go and celebrate with them tonight.

Have a great weekend y'all!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

1 moment in life

This week has been one of those weeks when things feel like they are finally falling together. Sometimes I get so caught up in the feeling of busy-ness that I don't stop to see the bigger picture. Do you know what I mean? Great things are coming my way guys! I can't wait to share. This song captures my mood perfectly, enjoy!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

3 the bauble bar

I just discovered my newest addiction. Bauble Bar! It's packed full of the most gorgeous baubles and gems. AND they have a $10 item each Friday.... I'm in love!

the bauble bar jewelry

These are just some of my favorite picks from the current collection. Have you seen the rest? Check it out here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

0 delicious rooms

house beautiful magazine march 2012 color issue

The current issue of House Beautiful magazine is packed full of delicious rooms! The "Color" issue features spaces that overflow with color and pattern. Just how I like it!!

house beautiful magazine march 2012 color issue
An all white kitchen, sputnik-inspired chandelier and those tufted blue chairs... Perfection!

house beautiful magazine march 2012 color issue
I LOVE this heaboard shape and the chair is to die for...

house beautiful magazine march 2012 color issue
That chartreuse leather wing back chair jumped off the page at me in this photo...

house beautiful magazine march 2012 color issue
This room is the ideal example of how to layer pattern and shape without feeling busy!

house beautiful magazine march 2012 color issue
I love the choice of a "disco ball" chandelier in this otherwise traditional dining room.

house beautiful magazine march 2012 color issue
And lastly, Tricea loved these greek key patterned shades in a dark bedroom. So beautiful!

All photos via House Beautiful

If you don't already have this issue, go pick it up! There is sooo much more goodness to see.

Monday, March 5, 2012

4 surprise! new design talk webisode

design talk niki & tricea

Good Monday Morning! Tricea & I realized that we never really introduced ourselves at the start of the Design Talk series, so here is a little video about our backgrounds & design styles. Enjoy!

Friday, March 2, 2012

1 happy friday

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Have a fabulous weekend! I'll be working on projects around my studio and catching up on some much needed sleep.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

0 what I'm reading

write it down make it happen henriette anne klauser

My sister recommended this book to me at the beginning of February and although I haven't finished the entire book, I HAD to share this with you. This book is AMAZING, to say the least. If you're a person that believes in anything larger than you, this book will reinforce your faith. The premise of the book is to prove that the act of writing down your thoughts/desires/fears literally accelerates what manifests in your life. She gives anecdotal evidence, as well as scientific basis, to help you create a step-by-step system of writing for yourself. The thing I like the most about this book is that there is not right or wrong way to do what she proposes for you to do. This book isn't aimed at a particular race, age, sex, or religion because it works for EVERYONE.

The funny thing about this is, the day that my sister recommended this to me, I had just received a brand new blank leather bound journal and pen as a gift from the Brizo team! I was actually really excited to have a new "sketchbook" and it's almost as if God was giving me a "textbook" on what to do with it, by having Adrianne recommend this book. Since then, I've been writing in that book pretty consistently, and I have to say, it feels great!

I highly recommend you pick it up: either in paperback or on your e-reader. Here is a very animated, but in depth, review of the book from one of my favorite YouTubers - Shira. She's hilarious and her enthusiasm will MAKE you get this book! :)

What are YOU reading right now? If you've already read it, let me know what you think!
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