junior league kitchen tours – sneak peek #4

With an original plan for custom window treatments, Michelle Llewellyn and her family opted instead, for a Kitchen Remodel.  Having a floorplan of a traditional ranch-style home, meant lots of walls and unused spaces.  As the Llewellyn’s weighed the cost of custom window treatments, they also weighed the cost of these unused spaces, the constant frustration of tight spaces for a family that entertains a lot, and the need to invest in the heart of the home – the Kitchen.  Beck Allen Cabinetry entered the picture and the project was underway! 

Remodeling and knocking down walls to open up a space always has its challenges.  The Llewellyn’s ran into dangling electrical wire within the walls and the need to work around a load-bearing wall.  A summer of paper plates, grilling and eating out, allowed this family to continue living at home while the project was underway. A little over a month past the goal, the project was complete and the result – functional, warm and inviting!

The Junior League hosts “A Gathering Place” on April 21st.  For more information about the Tour and to purchase tickets, please click here!

Junior League Kitchen Tours – Sneak Peek #2

Julie and Cliff Heggs have lived in the Central West End neighborhood for more than 30 years and were part of the neighborhood revival back in the 1970’s. They take pride in their 1890’s home and wanted their new kitchen to reflect their own eclectic sense of style.

Cliff Heggs, having a background in art, drew up initial floor plans for their kitchen. Once hiring Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath to help them with the design of their kitchen, they were lucky enough to find a designer, Anne Boedges, that took their plans, tweaked them, and added her own finishing touches to the space.

The result of this collaboration is lovely. New Zealand laminate wood flooring, reclaimed wood supports, knotty alder and painted maple cabinets, two differing suede granite countertops, and a stand-out hood design are just a few of the many beautifully designed choices to notice when touring this kitchen.

The Junior League hosts “A Gathering Place” on April 21st.  For more information about the Tour and to purchase tickets, please click here!

 

 

diy headboard wall – part 2 by andrea beckman

At last….I’ve finally completed my ‘headboard wall’!  If you have not checked out my first post diy upholstered headboard – part 1, I started this project over two months ago and it has been on my ‘to-do’ list for about seven!  None the less it’s finally complete and I’m happy to say it turned out beautiful, it’s exactly what I wanted!  There were a couple bumps along the way, one which included me almost firing my assistant (Dad), but he pulled through!  Actually I couldn’t have done it without him.  I had the vision but he was the brains behind this operation, and together we brought it to life.

Let me quickly refresh your memory…

BEFORE

 

  1. I fell for a pair of wall lamps and purchased them for my new bedroom, which at that point was only a figment of my imagination.
  2. I found a beautiful apartment and moved in!
  3. Unfortunately, the only wall that my bed could fit on has windows located on each side, thus providing no home for my wall lights….This momentarily put a little hitch in my giddy-up, but I quickly determined that I could work with this.

Solution……

 

VISION

 

  1. Build a headboard with side extensions for my wall lights to attach to.
  2. While I’m at it, construct floating shelves to act as bedside tables.

We first created the actual upholstered headboard which was part – 1.

 

UPHOLSTERED HEADBOARD

 

Now for part – 2…

Step 1 We first built the two side extensions ahead of time.  I decided to use planks of Western Red Cedar to construct these units.  I chose Western Red Cedar because of it’s wood grain, color and it was readily available.  As I mentioned in my first post, I wanted to create a slightly rustic look while keeping it refined.  This is why I decided to leave the wood untreated and in it’s natural state.  I also liked the way it contrasted with the upholstered headboard and added to the mix of textures!

 

SIDE EXTENSIONS

 

To create these pieces we used (4) 1 x 12 planks of Cedar and attached them to a 1 x 2 (on edge) sub-frame using brad nails (head-less nail).  This gave us a clean flush look with the structural members behind.  To design the box units we used (3) 1 x 10’s on the top and sides, and a 1 x 12 for the bottom.  I originally intended on using the 1 x 10’s for the entire box, but I did not plan for enough material and we were short.  So, to prevent spending more $ and having additional waste, I decided to suck it up and put the left over 1 x 12’s to use.  Surprisingly, once in place I really liked the way it looked.  I love when this sort of thing happens…I love it when you have to get creative due to lack of funds, or a ‘mistake’ ends up turning into something great!  In some unexpected way, the deeper piece at the bottom provided this subtle detail that really added a nice touch.  In fact, I wish I could say I planned it that way!  We also used brad nails to create these box units and attached additional screws from the back and bottom to give it extra support and strength.  While this is not engineered to be used as a step ladder, it will hold somewhere between 30 – 50 pounds.

 

Step 2.  We attached the side extensions to the sub-frame of the headboard using (3) 1-5/8″ Phillips drive screws (cordless drill is a must)!

 

STEP 2

STEP 2

 

We built the ‘headboard wall’ in three separate/ modular units.  We used removable screws so that it could be easily dis-assemble or reassemble at a later date.  This also allows the different pieces to be used independently of one another, not to mention it would be extremely difficult to move as one unit.

Note: Before attaching the final section, be sure to secure a ladder behind the unit.  Because this was designed to take up the entire wall space, once you’ve attached the last section, you might have a difficult time getting out from behind!  We used the ladder numerous times!

 

Step 3.

STEP 3

 

Once the last section was installed and everything was flush with the top of the headboard, we attached a 1 x 4 board (that ran the entire length) behind the unit.  This was attached to the verticals of each section’s sub-frame and provided extra rigidity to the entire unit.  In addition, we attached a small 1 x 4 piece of lumber behind the center of the headboard.  This also attached to the 1 x 4 on the back side (see below).  This was necessary for step 4 and continued to provide extra rigidity.

 

Step 3

 

Step 4.  The final design detail included a top piece that capped off the entire structure and visually tied it all together.  Again, it also added to the overall structural support.  This was screwed into 5 places…the top of each section’s sub-frame and the center 1 x 4 piece that was just added in step 3.  This really gave it a nice finished look!

 

STEP 4

 

Below is why you need the ladder….

 

HALF an HOUR LATER.....IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SPEED, THIS IS NOT YOUR GUY!

 

Step 5.  Lastly, to secure the entire unit in place and ensure this bad boy wasn’t going anywhere, we used (2) 5″ – ‘L’ brackets and attached the sub-frame to the inside of each window jam, using one screw.  This last step solidified the entire unit and it’s as sturdy as a tank…oh yeah!

 

Final Steps….

 

PUTTING UP CURTAINS AND INSTALLING WALL LIGHTS

 

INSTALLING WALL LIGHTS

 

Side note…I do know how to work a power drill, but Patrick always insist on doing it himself!

 

Final Result!

 

AFTER

 

 

AFTER

 

 

AFTER

 

 

AFTER

 

I think what surprised me most with the final result, was how much larger it made my entire room feel!  That was nice and I’m not going to lie…it does add a touch of sophistication that I do enjoy!

The entire headboard definitely possesses that home-made touch and is not perfect.  It is however ‘perfectly – imperfect’ which is perfect for me!  As always, it’s about ‘blooming where you’re planted’…creating a space that you love, utilizing what you love and most of all, with the ones you love~

 


 


 

 

DIY Upholstered Headboard Wall – Part 1 by Andrea Beckman

Every design starts with a vision.  This vision is often inspired by a particular piece you love…a chair, a table or piece of artwork.  Whatever it may be, it begins to set the tone and direction in which you design; but sometimes certain things such as layout or window placement can hinder that vision.

Prior to moving into my new apartment, I had a vision for my bedroom and it included wall lights.  Refined and somewhat industrial looking is what I had in mind.  So when I came across these wall lights (on sale + coupon) it did the trick.  I bought them and set them aside for my future space.

wall lights

Now, let’s fast forward to the apartment that I found and am currently living in…..

Challenge: There is only one wall that works for the bed to go on.  That wall has windows on it…well how about that!  Now where do I hang these wall lights that I am committed to using?

before

Solution: Create a “headboard wall”.  Build a headboard that has end pieces extending past and in front of my windows.  Mount my wall lights to the side extensions.  To complete the look, cantilever shelving to act as bed-side tables.

sketch

My thought…this will create a dramatic focal point that is cozy and most of all, house my wall lights!  When I shared this with a few others, their response was, “And cover up the windows”?  Well yes,  I figure the windows are tall enough where they can still allow for plenty of light in the space, and because they are tall you’re still able to appreciate them.

This is no new concept, but it is new for me and my assistant (dad) to build.  Important Note: Whether or not this turns out is still TBD…it’s not complete yet!!  I have only completed the first phase which is the upholstered headboard.  You will have to stay tuned for my follow up post which will include the finished product.

Now we begin, DIY Headboard – part I, creating the actual upholstered headboard!

Step 1: Decide what you want your headboard to look like.  Is it going to be arched, scalloped, squared?  What material do you want to use…solid, striped, patterned? Do you want to add any details?

Because I knew this would be next to my lampshades and wood planks I wanted a material that would provide a nice contrast.  I chose a heavy textured linen in a charcoal with blue undertones.

My inspiration:

West Elm: Nailhead Upholstered Headboard

When I came across West Elm’s upholstered nailhead headboard I loved it!  It was exactly what I had in mind.  While this headboard is reasonably priced and I’d love to have the ‘real deal’, it was still more than I could afford.  I already owned a huge roll of imitation nailheads that I bought years ago and this would give me a reason to finally use them.

West Elm: Nailhead Upholstered Headboard

Step 2: Create your frame:  We created a frame out of 2×4’s.  Three verticals and two horizontal with an overall dimension of 26″ x 60″.  This is for a queen size bed.

STEP 2

We then covered the frame by running 1 x 6’s horizontally to create the face.  You could also use 3/4″ plywood along with many other material options.  We used 1×6’s because we already had it to work with.

Step 2

Step 3: We adhered 2″ foam to the face and left a 1-1/2″ perimeter along the top and two sides.  We did this to allow for the nailheads.  To attach the foam to the wood we used a heavy duty spray glue.  That baby is going no where!

Step 3

Step 4: We then stretched an inexpensive white backing material to cover and give the backside a finished look.

Step 4

Step 5: We stretched 3/4″ backing material over the foam and stapled to the backside.

Step 5

Headboard with the batting on it.

Head board with Batting

Step 6: Finally the fun part, attaching the fabric….or maybe the not so fun part, five re-dos over!  Because my material had a very distinct weave in it, it was very difficult to keep it perfectly perpendicular and strait.  When stretching it, the slightest pull too hard in any one direction would make the whole thing look crooked and off.  My material also had some natural give to it that made this even more challenging.  The more tout the material the easier!!

Step

Before adding nail heads

Finished product!

Completed Headboard

 

close up

 

Stay tuned for “DIY headboard – Part 2” to see the finished product and how it all comes together (cross my fingers)!

 

“Come & Knock on Our Door” by Kimberly Reuther

Holiday Tips for Your Front Entrance

There’s a quote, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  Never is that statement more true than at the holidays as you prepare to welcome dozens of guests and proudly showcase your home in all its festive splendor.  By now, you’ve brought out box after box of ornaments and garland for the tree, you’ve traded your first born child for the dining room centerpiece, and you’ve tucked beautifully wrapped packages in every nook of your home.  But don’t forget your front door & walkway as this is truly the first impression of your home.

Here are some tips and photos to help you make it just as stunning as your interiors:

1.  Think outside the circle.  Yes, the typical circular wreath can be beautiful on your front door and there are so many varieties.  But why not do something more unique?  I love this idea of using stockings on the door; it adds so much personality.  I’m also always a big fan of the coned swag which complements the shape of your front door.

 

Twigs & Moss Swag

 

Front Door Inspiration

Williams Sonoma Tree Wreath

2.  Make a statement.  Again, this their first impression so don’t be afraid to go overboard with ribbons, garland, lanterns, hanging ornaments, oh my!  Add details to your existing architectural features or just make it up as you go along!  Incorporating elements into you walkway makes a cold walk to your door much more inviting!

Make a Statement

 

Twigs & Moss Inspiration

Extend Your Entrance

3. Be organic.  It’s outside so it doesn’t need to look like a staged holiday card.  Make it asymmetrical, add a few branches and functional elements.  Forge a ribbon out of tree bark, or add feathers for a bit of unexpected whimsy.  As long as it reflects your personality, you can’t go wrong!

Feathered Wreath Idea

Twigs & Moss Bark Wreath

Rustic Inspiration

by Kimberly Reuther, Interior Designer & Founder of DesignSpeak (previously posted on AT HOME’s website).  Read more of Kimberly’s blog posts here.

Photos courtesy of Twigs & Moss and Pottery Barn

 

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