Lake House Design Client Reveal

If you've been keeping up with my lake house design client, then you might be excited to see the whole house done today! We got it photographed a few weeks ago so I'm thrilled to finally show it off. My client is actually the builder of the home, which was so fun to work together on. I feel like I learned so much about new construction homes through the process, too! It was also fun to be stretched outside of my norm, in that this client is a single male and typically I work with couples or families and usually meet mostly with the wife. I just love how the lakehouse turned out and was thankful that my client trusted me with a few things he wouldn't have normally chosen! I love when clients go out of their comfort zone a little and trust me like that! This house is narrow and deep with the back of it facing the beautiful lake. It has 3 bedrooms on the upper level and one on the basement level, along with an office, but we just photographed the kitchen, dining, great room and master bedroom and bath.
Here's the kitchen and through the little walkway is a small entryway with built-ins. I'm so happy we went with white cabinets and a darker gray backsplash in this cool handmade tile. The quartz is a gray / cream blend and it's really beautiful in person. All of these light and medium tones perfectly contrast with the dark floors.

The doors lead to the laundry room and garage and the stairs go down to the basement living room/kitchenette, office and bedroom/bathroom.

I love how these stairs turned out! They're just so cool and contemporary, but without feeling too modern for a lakefront home.

All the door handles and hinges are black satin (matte) so we kept the light fixtures all black as well. Choosing a lighter rug for the dining room was something my client wasn't sure about, but when it arrived, he loved it. My reasoning was to make the darker wood dining table (that he already had) pop off the darker floors and add some texture, as it's a natural fiber rug. You can find the dining rug here. 

This is my favorite space in the house for a number of reasons! The beautiful shiplap ceiling is a favorite feature because it's not overly farmhouse or shabby chic. In fact, it's a simple detail that draws your eye up and adds texture to the taller ceilings in the family room. We continued the shiplap behind the bookshelves to create continuity and I love how this turned out. I'm a sucker for symmetry, so flanking a fireplace with built-ins is always a great idea in my mind!

This rug is another favorite element of the room and again, I'm so happy my client trusted me with the pattern! With everything pretty simple and solid, the floor is a great place to bring in some needed pattern!

You can find some of the items on the bookshelves below:

In the master bedroom, you might remember we did a simple yet impactful board and batten treatment on the focus wall. His existing furniture looked great in here popping off teh white wall (we painting the wall the same color as the molding), and we had custom drapes made from Martha & Ash for this massive window!

The shower is another favorite design element. Look at that floor and accent stripe of hexagon by the showerhead! I love that it's the same tile style, just a different shape.

Thanks for following along with this project! 
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The Short List No. 8

Hope you all had a good weekend, everyone! We spent two days in California and now we're on our way to Kauai for a week. I'm popping in a couple times while we're gone, but not too much. I'm sure you won't even miss me ;) Today I'm sharing what we're up to in one of my favorite monthly series, The Short List. Share with me in the comments what you're up to! I love getting to know you!
What We're Watching: I'm on season 5 of Gilmore Girls and if you've watched it before, then you know that I'm a little mad at Dean right now. HOW COULD HE?! ;) I'm also watching Project Runway, Married at First Sight (don't judge me, people!) and The Voice. I'm not sure I can handle Katy Perry on American Idol. Are you guys watching?
What I'm Using Most: Well, I didn't really mention it a lot but 2 weeks ago I got strep throat and was allergic to the antibiotic I was taking. I got a horrible raised rash on my entire face, chest and neck. It was probably the worst I've ever felt about myself :( Thankfully it went away but then turned my skin super dry, so I've been lathering this moisturizer on my face and it's almost all the way back to normal now! I was also using Thieves oil, gargling with salt water and cleaning all.the.things like crazy when I was sick. Thank God my husband didn't get it!
What I'm Cooking: My friend Ashley passed this Tex Mex Cauliflower Rice Skillet recipe to me last month and I absolutely loved it. My husband didn't even know the rice was actually cauliflower! WIN!
What I'm Wearing: I just got this swimsuit before our trip, my mom got me these sandals for my birthday last year so I'm loving them (haven't been able to wear them until now because #michiganwinters), and I'm also wearing this sweet floral maxi dress from one of my favorite shops. 
What's on My Desk: Right now I'm working on furnishing one client's home, putting final touches on another, starting the building process with another client, and designing a nursery for a baby boy. As soon as I have more updates, I'll be sharing. I don't have tons of pictures of where we're at right now, sadly, but this baby boy nursery is going to be pure fun and class combined. We're going for a darker, more refined room that will be easily transformed into an office once the baby is ready to move to the upstairs room. The overall theme is vintage transportation. You know I love that!!
What I'm Looking Forward to: Well we're in Hawaii right now, so THAT! ;) Beyond that, I'm also excited for my upcoming trip for The Bloom Workshop to Nashville in May. I need your Nashville recs!
What We're Reading: I'm currently reading Something Blue by Emily Giffen. Usually I stick with Christian books or devotionals, but I brought this one to Hawaii and it's a fun, light read!
What Lincoln's up to: Well, I think we've finally got his barking under control with the citronella collar I wrote about last week. HOORAY! He's currently staying with his dog brother in Michigan while we're in Hawaii, so I'm sure he's having the time of his life. So grateful to be friends with another dog family in his litter.
Hope you have a great week! Follow along on instagram to see how our trip is going if you'd like.
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Friday Finds: What's in My Suitcase

For today's Friday Finds, I couldn't resist sharing a few things I'm bringing with me on our Hawaii trip next week:

1. This light blue floral maxi dress from Morning Lavender:

2. This super fun printed Lily Pulitzer dress from Rent the Runway:
More colorful than I usually go, but I just adore it for a tropical vacation!

3. This adorable romper from Rent the Runway:
I cannot wait to wear this one! It's in my favorite colors-- blue and white! It'll be perfect with the sandals my parents got me for my birthday back in November that I haven't worn yet. 

4. This cute-as-ever maxi dress from my new favorite boutique, August Cloth:

It's so precious + fully lined!

5. A really cute floral kimono from another favorite boutique The Mason Jar. Mine is sold out, but this one is super similar.  Shoes here (they run kinda wide)

I love black suits! I think they make you look more tan than you actually are. Is that a real thing? Ha! I'm the most self-conscious about the area by my armpits-- and if you get the wrong cut suit, it can do that area no favors! This suit makes said area look great and doesn't make it look like there's extra skin or anything there. The lace detail is really pretty, too! I already had a pair of black bottoms that I'm going to wear this with. 

7. These peep toe sandals are some of the most comfortable heels I've had! I just grabbed them this week and I love them already. They're not stiff at all, which is why I think they're so comfortable. They're way more comfortable than these wedges. The heel isn't too high and the strap is adjustable.


1. The Loft: 40% off spring faves + 70% off other items

2. Anthropologie: 40% off sale items! // 20% off home items.

3. Nordstrom: new markdowns!

4. J.Crew Factory: Buy any item, get a second item FREE! THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Bloom Bash Nashville

Most of you probably know I'm the co-founder of 
The Bloom Workshop. My business partner, Ashley, and I travel the country equipping and inspiring other women in creative businesses. After getting lots of emails asking about how we both started our businesses (she's a photographer and I'm an interior designer) we decided rather than answering all these emails separately, we should create a workshop that addresses all of the questions people ask and turn it into a two day event where women can come fully immerse themselves in all things business and creativity. It's truly an amazing experience having so many women gathered who are passionate Creatives!

We have our first two-day workshop coming up in NASHVILLE (I've never been, so I'm really excited!) at the gorgeous Riverwood Mansion, which plays host to many TV shows, weddings, and country music stars weddings and parties. So fun! 

For a peek into our workshops, take a look at this beautiful video my friend Nicole created for our last workshop in Dallas. This is truly the why behind what we do at Bloom:
Bloom Bash Dallas from Nicole Cole Photo + Film on Vimeo.

Photos: Love the Nelsons 

You might be wondering what you would learn at Bloom Bash. Let us fill you in:
  • Two full days of education and learning. Time-tested strategies from industry leaders, practices you can put into action in your business and blog now, and hands-on training. 
  • Branding & Business Class: you will work on developing a mission statement, ideal client, and words to use to describe your business with your fellow attendees. We circle the room to help brainstorm and be your sounding boards!
  • Blogging 101 Session: why should you be doing it? And -- holy wow -- HOW do you possibly do it?
  • Social Media Strategy Class: we get down to the nitty-gritty of how to use Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and more for your business. It’s not always about the number of followers. You’ll learn how to engage the followers you DO have and gain their loyalty!
  • Photography 101 Class: you’re going to leave knowing how to use that camera of yours! Whether you’re a photographer or have a different creative job, we believe upping your skill set is always a way to make you more desirable to clients.
  • Design and Styling Lab: don’t just watch someone do it-- you’ll get design principles, then feel empowered to practice styling vignettes like a pro.
  • Calligraphy Class with Alex Bray of Prairie Letter Shop: take a break from your everyday tasks, put pen to paper and learn a new skill. Maybe you’ll be a natural and start writing hand-written notes to your clients!
  • Floral Arranging Session with Amy Osaba: creating with your hands in a medium you may not work with every day is a sure-fire way to garner inspiration and pick up new skills along the way
  • Styled Photo Shoot: we pull out all the stops by producing a gorgeous inspiration shoot, complete with models, tablescapes, florals, invitation suites, and stunning rings. This is the culmination of everything you learned at Bloom, as all of your skills will come together, helping you photograph and style the pretty details for your portfolio. With experts to help you along the way, this is a safe place to practice and continue learning.
  • Q&A Panel: after our two days together, we’re sure you’ll have some questions, so we set aside ample time to get those burning questions answered from our expert panelists, who you’ll have access to all workshop long.
  • Networking opportunities. Bloom takes pride in featuring speakers and guests who love to share their hearts and success. You will love the warm environment that sets the stage for developing new lasting friendships, mentors, business partnerships, and collaborations.
  • Catered breakfast and lunches on both days of the workshop.
  • Professional headshots of yourself or your team. Ashley Slater Photography will be providing an opportunity for you to have your photos taken for your business or blog.  
  • sweet box of swag and other thoughtful gifts, sprinkled over the two day workshop.
  • Support after the workshop comes to an end. We love to continue working with you even after the workshop is over. Our Facebook page provides a space for attendees to bounce ideas off one another and share success! 
  • Believe it or not, even more surprises than those listed above are in store for our guests!

    Here is our inspiration board for our styled shoot (if you're thinking it looks similar in palette to our wedding, you'd be correct!)

So if you own a small creative business, blog, or shop (or that's your hope for the future!) we'd love to meet you on May 8-9 for Bloom Bash Nashville. You can use the code MND20 for 20% off your ticket, since I'm so grateful you're a reader here :)

If you're interested in learning more about Bloom, you can read about our journey to starting the workshop here.

Happy Thursday, friends!
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