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July 18, 2013

Picking an Apartment in Copenhagen

We're setting off on our big European adventure next week! All the logistics are in place (I hope) and we have a place to live! I thought it might be fun to show you what apartments are like in Copenhagen. We had three options:

Østerbro 1
This apartment had the most tasteful interior by far and it was the only two-bedroom on our list. I loved the wood floors and the Scandinavian Modern design.


However, this is the bathroom. That is just way too much business in way too little space.



Frederiksberg
This apartment was way under budget and had a nice city view from the large balcony. Look at all those windows!


Unfortunately, the windows were all it had going for it. It was small, ugly, and had the longest commute. And a media set up straight out of 1995.



Østerbro 2
This apartment had the most square meters, the shortest commute, and the nicest neighborhood. The decorating leaves something to be desired--the words on that subway art? But I love the exposed beams, the pitched roofline and the abundant natural light. 


Can you see the lovely rooftops? The view was a major selling point.



The bathroom (+washer/dryer?) had so much more space than the other apartments. Another major selling point. And this is the one we picked!


So this is where I'll be living for the next 6 months: Østerbro. I'll take some photos of my own when we get there... after I take down that subway art! :)

June 27, 2013

Nursery eDesign: A Riff on Traditional Pink


There is no mistaking a baby girl is destined for this space. As much as I love gender-neutral nurseries, sometimes you just have to go all out. (If I ever have a girl, I'll probably go for broke on pink/shiny/sparkly, it may be my only chance!) But this nursery stops short of overdoing the pink theme, with pale slate walls and sophisticated accessories.

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June 24, 2013

TwentyOne7 Giveaway


UPDATE 7/1/13: Winners have been notified! Thank you for entering!
I love having a shop where I can refer clients and know they'll be getting great service and the best prices on designer products. TwentyOne7 carries fabric, wallpaper, furniture, art, lighting... essentially everything you need to decorate your home.


Remember this eDesign? You can get everything single piece from TwentyOne7. Kravet, Currey & Co., Arteriors, Schumacher, Quadrille... they've got it all.  And they're giving away $50 gift certificates to TWO lucky readers!


TO ENTER:
Leave a comment to tell me what you'd use the gift certificate toward if you won.
For a bonus entry, pin your favorite item with the hashtag #twentyone7giveaway.
(Keep in mind: TwentyOne7 carries anything by these vendors, not just the products listed on their site!)

I'll post the winners on July 1.
Good luck!


Fine Print: Open to residence of the U.S. only. Shipping not included. Must spend full amount in one transaction, no cash back.

June 13, 2013

Color & Character in Austin

I've had a lot of HGTV playing in the background while I'm packing. One of the celebrity house tour shows featured this beautiful place in Austin, home of singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin. She had me at the wallpaper! Gondola in Blue by Cole & Son. And the rug, wow. Also the styling. And the fan. Basically, this whole room.


Good wallpaper is a general theme. I really love this one... it's probably the calmest thing in her house (go figure). And there is color, pattern, and character everywhere you look!


Check out the rest of the photos by Ryann Ford for Austin Monthly Home.

June 10, 2013

we're moving to EUROPE!

To say I'm excited is the understatement of the century!

I'm running around like a crazy person coordinating the move: we're leaving in July (yes, next month) and we'll be there until early next year. We're planning trips to all sorts of dreamy places: Italy, Switzerland, Prague, the UK, all over Scandinavia...

Somebody pinch me!

Follow the fun on Instagram: @marissa_waddell.

June 7, 2013

schumacher stationery!

Some of Schumacher's great patterns (like Chaing Mai Dragon, Imperial Trellis, Shantung Silhouette) as stationery. So pretty.

May 29, 2013

a happier office

Going back to work after a nice, long weekend can be rough! But I think it's a little easier in a cheery office with cute things. 

I put together this little office mini-redesign for my college roommate, Hayley. She inherited the usual bland (but large) corporate office with her new job. Hayley is anything but bland, so we're adding personality to her space with little punches of color and pattern.

May 20, 2013

Beach House eDesign

This sophisticated, beachy living room eDesign is brought to you by my newest sponsor, TwentyOne7!

I was actually introduced to this shop by one of my clients and friends. She needed several yards of designer fabric for a reupholstery job and found the best price at TwentyOne7. But they don't just sell fabric.  All of the items in this design are available through TwentyOne7:

Viola Chandelier | Arteriors 
Abbot Birds of Georgia Prints (1 & 2) | W. King Ambler
Pelham Sofa | Kravet
Pillow Fabric: Nolita Embroidery in Coral | Schumacher
Pillow Fabric: Nympheus in Teal | Lee Jofa
Tennyson Stool | Arteriors
Remy Buffet | Kravet
Artichoke Set | Nearly Natural

They have contracts 150+ vendors for fabric, furniture, art, lighting, wallpaper, and more. The products  listed on the site are really just the tip of the iceberg. If you want something that's not online, just ask for a quote by phone or email. (Don't be shy, they're way nice and will give you the best price!)


1 // 2 // 3 // 4
And I really dig the fabrics.

May 16, 2013

cheap chic: kate spade confetti

I found this lookalike at La Redoute (one of my favorite online shops)-- their "Confetti" pattern is a dead ringer for Kate Spade's "Market Street" dinnerware! The pattern comes on a tablecloth, aprons, and tea towels. You could frame a couple of tea towels for adorable and inexpensive kid's room art!

In case you missed it, here are 20 of my favorite online shops for affordable decor:


May 13, 2013

e-design: chic stripes + gold + abstract art

This design is one of my latest favorites. I got to use so many favorite pieces in one place!
If you think you've seen the art recently, you have. I wasn't kidding when I said I love it!

I've talked about it before and will probably talk about it again: Caitlin Wilson's Gold Hong Kong Pillow is perfection.

I'll take one, 22".  :)


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May 9, 2013

lucite, brought to you by a nightmare

Last night, I dreamt I was working on an eDesign. I was almost ready to send it to the client, when I realized everything I picked for the room was lucite.

Don't ask me where that came from!

So here are some pretty lucite/acrylic things, inspired by my weird dream:

1. Jonathan Adler  //  2. Overstock  //  3. Jayson Home  //  4. One Kings Lane  //  5. CB2 //  6. Overstock


Just don't use them all in one place. :)


Lucite is really expensive for some reason. So check out this tutorial for DIY acrylic rods on the cheap!

May 6, 2013

clean & classic living room inspired by abstract art


I love designing rooms around great art. I did this room recently for a client who loves abstract art. It's clean and classic, designed around these twin pieces from Horchow.


Are they not gorgeous??


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May 3, 2013

funny family art

I've been visiting my parents in Utah this week. This painting is hung in their office... yes, my grandfather commissioned a 4' tall portrait of himself playing handball! Who does that?



Apparently weird family art is a thing in my family... we also have several silhouettes.



And a bust of my dad as a child!

It's hilarious, but I love it.

Anybody else have funny/unique family art?

May 1, 2013

little gold tables

Do you like gold?  I'm all for it--it's a neutral, but an exciting neutral. It's my favorite!

I needed a little gold table for a project, so I checked Overstock and turned up a treasure trove! These tables are all Safavieh, which sold lots of places, but Overstock's prices are usually the best. Safavieh a great brand for reasonably priced, decent quality stuff that's a good blend of modern and classic. And if you're in the market for a cool little gold accent table, here are 9!

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April 29, 2013

pillow styling for sofas & sectionals

Love pillows, but have a hard time styling them? I created this little diagram to show some ideas of how I arrange pillows on sectionals (it works for sofas, too), from just a couple of pillows to a bunch. It also demonstrates some pattern mixing, though the point is really to show placement and sizing.

For clients, I most often suggest the 5th arrangement. It looks full but not overcrowded, and can be more complex or simpler depending on the colors and patterns you use. I like 22" covers for the largest square pillows and 20" for the smaller (with down inserts 2" larger). I almost never use 18", I think they look dinky. 

Need ideas for your bedroom pillows? I also made a diagram for bed pillow styling here.


Want to create rooms you absolutely love? Lets work together!

April 23, 2013

genevieve for capel rugs

If I could pick any designer to do my house, I'd pick Genevieve Gorder. She's a brilliant designer who favors global patterns, brass, and pieces with a story (bonus: she's also happy and funny). She works particularly excellent magic with kitchens and bathrooms:











Genevieve has an awesome collection with Capel Rugs. Every one of them is perfectly "her" look. These are my favorites:

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Genevieve showed her new collection at High Point Market this weekend... I can't wait for it!

April 17, 2013

8 favorite wallpapers

I don't think I've ever lived in a house with wallpaper (minus the Orca whale border in my childhood bathroom, oh yeah). Wallpaper always seemed kind of "granny" to me, but in the past few years I've really started to love it. Like, want-to-put-it-everywhere love it.

These are some of my favorites:
Maybe I'd change my tune if I ever had to put up or take down wallpaper... but I love it.

Are you a fan? 

April 15, 2013

no-fail color palettes for dress or decor

Fact: I'm not very clever at pulling innovative color palettes out of thin air. The place I get more color inspiration than anywhere else? J. Crew.

I love their clothes, but it's the styling that's truly genius. Whenever I'm in the store, I take pictures of the mannequins, displays, product styling... sometimes even covert ones of the employees or other shoppers. Creepy, but true.

I've noticed a commonality among many of their good color palettes:
any two colors + a mixture or a shift.


Here's what I mean by a mixture:
Color 1 + Color 2 + the color in between.


And here's what I mean by a shift:
Color 1 + Color 2 + a tint (add white) or shade (add black) on either color.


Two colors alone looks fine, but adding that third color tones it down (and makes you look like a styling genius). 

Do you have a fancy trick for picking colors?

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April 9, 2013

vermeer's lead-tin yellow

When I was in New York in December, I visited the Frick Collection with my mom. The art is amazing, especially if you love French Impressionism or Rococo. Even if you don't, you should go just to see the mansion!

The painting that caught my eye more than any other was Mistress and Maid by Vermeer. The yellow he used, "lead tin yellow," is electric in person! It was so unusual and happy. I think of this painting whenever I see bright, lemon yellow.

Inspired by Vermeer

April 8, 2013

herbed pork with peach reduction & roasted brussels

This weekend was LDS General Conference, during which it's family tradition to have TONS of food. I made one of my favorite super delicious, fast, and easy meals. I'm always looking for good recipes, so I thought I'd share!


Pioneer Woman
This herb roasted pork tenderloin is by Pioneer Woman. The only changes I make are to use Italian herbs instead of Herbs de Provence and 14-16 oz. peach preserves instead of 8 oz. plum preserves. Delicious. (And I'm thinking it would be equally good for duck or chicken.)


A Hint of Honey
This recipe for roasted brussel sprouts is so simple it hardly needs explaining, but I got it from A Hint of Honey. This is my favorite vegetable dish, by far.


It's simple and light meal, but sooo delicious.

See more recipes I want to try here, and more recipes I've tried and like here.

April 5, 2013

fresh pillows for spring

Do you change your pillows with the seasons?

When the weather gets warm, I'm inclined to add a little color and brightness to my usual pillow lineup. These are some of my favorite pillows this spring... though I can't promise I'd put them away in the fall!

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