Design Inspiration| Laura Umansky

I’m on Houzz a lot.  Have you ever used it?!  It’s a great resource for designers and architects, and also home owners and builders.  It’s chock-full of pictures, articles, professional contacts, and advice that anybody can benefit from!  It’s similar to Pinterest in that you can create your own “boards” where you save pieces of information, but it’s strictly home-related (kitchens, baths, yards, storage, lighting, etc.) and much more detailed.  Rather than linking to a bunch of different websites, all of the information is within the Houzz website itself.

Anyway, it’s great.  And if you haven’t checked it out, you should!

In my Houzz perusing, I stumbled upon an article that featured some design work from Laura Umansky.  I had never heard of Umansky let alone seen pictures of any of her work…but as soon as I saw the pictures in this article, it was like love at first sight.  Her work is phenomenal!  She’s mastered the art of eclectic and knows exactly how to make a room feel finished without it being over-done or fussy.

Nothing feels too heavy, even when she incorporates bold patterns and vivid colors…the spaces are always cheerful.  And I love the use of large geometric shapes in furniture and art.

umansky 1umansky 2It’s clearly interesting and inspired.  She knows exactly how much neutral to mix with bold pops of color and even though almost all of the pieces in her spaces are unique, there’s no competition–everything just works.

umansky 3I guess you could call Umansky my #wcw!  If you’re interested in seeing her full portfolio, check out her website here.  Too bad she’s in Texas….

Happy Wednesday!




Color Crush | Mint

I’m over dark colors and pale skin.  It was fun while it lasted but I’m ready to move on. Even though we’ve had some 80 degree whether, it still feels a little like winter around here…maybe because of all the rain.  I’m hoping the time change this weekend will help.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to fun spring colors and one of my favorites is mint!  Mint was popular last season, but I think it’s still going to be big this year.  So this week, I’m featuring it as my color crush and I’ve put together a little board with some great mint accessories.  Maybe it’ll help us all get a head start on Spring decorating!


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What’s your Spring color crush?

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Shameless Inspiration| IKEA

About a week ago, I had the pleasure of going to IKEA with my husband.  I’ve done IKEA a million times.  I don’t go through the showroom area, I come with a list of exactly what I need and cut through the checkout line section directly to the shopping area.  Believe it or not, I can get in and out of there in under 20 min. IF the checkout lines move quickly.

This was not the case on this particular visit.

I had my list and I knew exactly what I wanted but when I started to cut through the checkout area, Jason was like, wait!  why are we going THAT way?  Let’s go this way.  So, on this visit I had a drink in the cafeteria, sat on some sofas, checked out the finish on different entertainment centers, felt some of the rugs, and even played with some of the toys in the children’s department.  I think we were there for 2 hours….

Even though I would’ve been happy to avoid the entire upstairs all together, I was glad I didn’t.  IKEA has some great stuff.  And it’s not like I don’t know that, but seeing it in person rather than online is always a good refresher.  Now don’t get me wrong, IKEA isn’t always quality, but it’s like Target, you still love it because it’s fun…and sometimes fun beats out quality because it’s not necessarily junk either.

While we were in the kids section, I spotted this great mobile that is actually a new item.

mobileIt’s adorable!…the balloons and little animals.  You can’t go wrong!  Plus, it’s only like $10!  Thank you, IKEA!

It totally inspired me to design a fun gender-neutral nursery to share with you and see if you were inspired as much as I was.  What do you think?!

Nursery Design Board with labels

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Some of the items I used for the design are from IKEA but the rest vary.  I love it!

Oh, and if you’re wondering, this is how the end of the trip to IKEA played out…my husband standing on the cart, holding onto the hood of my jacket and letting me pull him around.  Classy, right. 🙂


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Inspiration in Design | Animals

Animal art in design is one of my favorite “go to’s” to bring personality, nature, and even sentimentality to a space.  There are multiple ways to sneak these accents into a room or even make them explode on the scene.

As a child, there was a moment for me when it became clear that I had a talent for drawing.  Naturally, as a girl who loved horses, dogs and anything else with fur, animals were my muses.  It only stood to reason that my house would be decorated with various animals when design became my medium.

It can be scary decorating with animals since they have such a personal nature, but if you have a beloved pet or just a quirky personality you might find it fun to display an accent or work of art that will definitely be a conversation starter!  Here are some pictures of pieces I did of my own animals as well as Jenna’s cat.

Puppy and KittyBanks 2I love, Love, LOVE the idea of a 5’ by 6’ abstract-ish, wildly colored moose or bull on my wall.  It can bring simple color and texture to a quiet design—or even incredulous inquiries and laughs from unsuspecting guests.  Watch HGTV when they redo homes for the average person—they will put large pieces of unpredictable art subject matter in the design, and it is so graphic and unexpected.  Anything done in giant scale is pretty much cool in my book.

Birds, sea life, and anything that embodies serenity in a design, or simple traditional styling is a wonderful go to create a large composition with an art series.  The relationship between the subject matter creates a “collection” with style, that doesn’t look ordinary.

One of the most wonderful things about animal art, is the way it captures a person’s love of a place or beloved pet.  Those are the animals that hang in my home—in memoriam of our children before we had children!

Accent pieces like bookends, sculpture, baskets, stools, lamps etc, can bring whimsy and texture with a bit more subtlety.  Check out these fun pieces!

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With all of these ideas, I expect that you will be adding some fun, quirky, creature to your spaces very soon!

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