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!



stuff to check out

The “Selling Handmade Online” series from Harbor Breeze is over.  If you missed it, though, here’s the index so be sure to peruse through for some last minute ideas!

Day 1: “Meet the Teachers”
{4 bloggers tell their handmade business stories.}
Day 2: “Product Branding”
{graphic design and store banners}
Day 3: “Organizing a Workspace”
{when you live where you work!}
Day 4: “Presenting your Product”
{tips for photographing}
Day 5: “Wrapping up a Sale”
{packaging for shipment}
Day 6: “Promoting your Shop”
{getting the word out}
Day 7: “Balancing it all”
{multitasking in life!}
My latest post goes live tomorrow on Dr. Mommy–it’s all about potting benches.  I don’t have one yet, but writing that post inspired me!  There may be a potting bench in my near future!  I’m think something like this, maybe.
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  We had a great weekend, all-together–got house chores done on Saturday, saw Hunger Games Saturday evening, Church on Sunday morning, and then some family time in the afternoon!  It even got a little cool here, which was so nice.
For Easter, my husband ordered me the Tocca perfumes I posted about here.  I’ve never purchased perfume without smelling it before, but they should be here soon so I’ll let you know what I think!
Happy Easter Candy Recovery Week! 🙂

color stuff

We’ve all seen the “paint preview programs” at Lowes and Home Depot that allow you to upload a personal picture of your own room and then put paint color on the walls.  Usually they don’t work and end up being more frustrating than helpful. …and I admit, it can be hard to visualize paint color in an entire room especially considering that sunlight and artificial light can play major tricks on you!  But have you ever wanted to do the opposite?  You see a picture of an already completed room in a magazine, blog, or on Pinterest and you LOVE it…you just can’t figure out what the actual paint colors are (you know…gray isn’t always just gray, it’s blue-gray or purple-gray or it has more black in it…).  This is where Sherwin Williams’ Chip It comes in.

You simply upload the image url

{and it can even be a blog home page…it’ll pull ALL of the pictures}

Select the image you want to “Chip” and get this!

Pretty cool, huh?!  I will definitely be using this!

On another color note, have you seen the Hunger Games nail polish series?!

It’s crazy that there’s actually a nail polish series for the Hunger Games but also a little genius. I love all for of the front colors!..and I’m sure everyone will be wearing glitter on their nails for a while.

Happy Friday, friends!