Office Project

This is what you can do in 9 days and twelve hours of work!  The deadline was tight, so I had to shop locally, which is limiting, but made the best of it and accomplished the goals of the space.  The main requests for the room were to be functional, comfortable and colorful.

The office space is in an old brick building with new paint, floor covering & built in’s.

DSC_0244Lisa was willing to start fresh with her existing furniture.

DSC_0246DSC_0247DSC_0242This office was the last to undergo any attention, so the funds were tight.  Seating was important and I was able to find an affordable set.  The color of the seating went really well with the room and the neutral cushions gave me a neutral palette to work with.

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The bookcases just needed some rearranging of books and added a few other small personal touches, such as candles, plants and small vase and photos.

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DSC_0313A sweet work of art, given to Lisa as a gift was hung above the loveseat.  The art against the bricks is the first thing you see when walking to the office, but your eye immediately goes down to the blue throw that is draped perfectly between the colorful pillows.

DSC_0253   The old desk was replaced with a sleek simple desk.  The key to having an inviting office is the placement of the furniture.  Floating the desk at an angle gave enough room for office supplies behind and opened up the rest of the room for a comfortable sitting area.

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DSC_0305A pop of color is just what the room needed to tie everything together!  Since the chairs are neutral everything around them could be very colorful.  Teal and yellow are also found in the pillows on the loveseat and of course the books.  The artwork is done by a local Dover artist, Caryn of “Creative Spirit Art Studio“.

DSC_0308The windowsill just needed some greens and Lisa had a special elephant that was getting lost on the bookshelves and needed it’s own special place.

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Lisa Flynn of ChildLight Yoga~

“As a busy professional in a new space, there was no time to shop and make decisions about design and decor. I knew I wanted a warm and inviting office space in which to work, but had no idea how to start. In fact, I was so intimidated to make a decision style-wise, I was paralyzed and found myself working in an empty office of unpacked boxes for weeks. And then, I remembered Denise! We met the very next day, established a budget, and after making a few immediate suggestions and taking a few measurements, she was on her way to shop. Within 9 days, just in time for our grand opening, I had the office of my dreams, on budget! Denise’s calm and friendly demeanor, combined with her design confidence had me feeling I was as much in a therapy session as a style consult that week. Beyond that she saved me a ton of time and most likely a ton of money as well with a finished product that would have taken me a year to pull together. Thank you Denise. You a gift. I look forward to working with you again…and again!”

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Planning a Party

Sharing a special occasion with a celebration should be well thought about.  As always, great presentation is in the details.  Think about the location, setting, food & drink and don’t forget the decor.  Decorations can be as simple as specialized cups, plates, napkins, signs, balloons and more.  It doesn’t have to be ‘over the top’ to make the party special, just keep things simple and do them well!

Some simple and affordable ideas on what I’ve put together for parties or parties I’ve attended!

Invitations~ send them out and make them personal and reflect the feel of your party!  Get them made by shopping Etsy.

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Table setting~  this is what people usually see first, so make sure it is set and personalized.

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Cups~ can be a lot of fun as there are so many great inexpensive options and don’t forget that you can embellish them!  Here are the one’s I recently made using three different stickers.  All the glasses don’t have to be the same and the guest of honor should have a special cup!  Don’t forget the small cups~ they can be decorated as well!

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Banners & Signs~ everyone enjoys signs, especially if they can be a photo backdrop.  Again, handmade is best!  Be creative!

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Cake~ this is where you can really go all out!  All of these cakes were handmade!  There is nothing more fun than a theme  cake!

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Other ways to make the party special~ note tree, specialty drink, table signs-photos/quotes, silverware bundle with handmade napkins.

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Endless ideas on making your celebration special!  Contact me if you need any ideas!!  The key is to keep things easy & fun!!

Thank You Gifts

Give a gift that counts.  It should be thoughtful, pretty and make sense.  Think about the person you are giving the gift to and ask yourself if, ‘they would like and appreciate it’, if not then go to plan B.  When I give teacher/staff gifts I want to say within a maximum budge of $5.  We do go in on a ‘class gift’ for the regular teachers, but I like to give to the supporting staff and principals.  I start thinking about gift a month before school ends.  That way I give myself enough time to shop on a budget.

 

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We tried planting Peppermint seeds, but they didn’t germinate in time, but still made a really fun gift to give.  I found these pops just as they are at “The Christmas Tree Shop” for $3.99.  I wrote “thank you” myself, added tissue &  used a close pin for the tea bag.

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Colorful tissue adds interested to the gift.

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I like to use baskets to deliver gifts with the boys in school.

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I found they great peanut shaped ‘Inspire’ dishes at Micheal’s for $1.99.

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Collect all your items then figure out the best ways to put everything together.  I like the give to be on display and not in a gift bag.  Gift bags are expensive and I’ve found you don’t need them if you have tissue paper and ribbon!

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I picked this canister up at Micheal’s for $2.99, added Red Sox peanuts for $1.99 and wrote “thanks for being our Healthy Nut”.  This was for the Gym teacher!

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I had already had tissue paper, “thank you” stickers and ribbon on hand, making this an easy gift to put together.

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I picked up some of these bath goods at the local grocery store for $1.99 and the soap was on clearance at Micheal’s for $1.00.

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I used tissue, ribbon and a sticker to put the gift together.

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On some I cut out paper and used double stick tape to attach to the ribbon.

Just use what you have!

Be creative!

Make your own custom art

I’m picky about what I’ll display in my home or clients homes.  I do like rooms to feel personal and decided my mantle needed our last name initial.  This DIY was pretty simple and recommend you making your own.

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Supplies you need:  Burlap, paint, pencil, font type, glue, and frame

The process:   Find the frame you’ll be using first.  Make sure it fits well on your mantel and I recommend using a glassless frame.  If you use a frame with glass then glue your fabric on the glass.

Measure the area inside of the frame.  Cut your fabric to size.  No worries if you’re off a bit, as I was then just grabbed some trim I had and glued that layer on to cover my mistakes.  You can use any kind of plain fabric.  I like added texture, so went for burlap.

Find the font you want to use.  There are so many fonts out there.  Check out tootledoo designs, as they are amazing!  You can write anything you want, a full monogram, entire last name, or just an initial.  You may want to enlarge one of the fonts and copy it, make a stencil and trace on your fabric, or freehand it using pencil.

Once you’ve drawn your letter, go ahead and use a smaller brush to apply paint (any kind works) on the outline of the letter.  Then fill in the entire letter with paint.

After the paint drys decide if your letter needs anything else.  You may want to outline the letter in another color, or glitter…think about what makes sense with your style.  Go ahead and use clear glue on the surface of your frame.  Affix your fabric and let dry.  Add any additional trim on the inside of your frame.

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Neutral Monochromatic Style

Monochromatic is defined as having or consisting of one hue or color.  Most people could handle as neutral monochromatic hue as they tend to be bright, yet soft and feminine, yet masculine.  I personally wouldn’t want to look at an entire primary colored room all day or everyday.  It would be too much for me to live in and feel very dark in the later hours.  The images below have several threads in common, they are clutter free, giving a pretty simple feel to the room, but all contain great texture within the same hue.  It takes focus and discipline to maintain a monochromatic room.
DIY chaise sofa.  This would work well for my spa room.  Twin size mattresses with simple frames and furniture legs.  Just add extra large pillows and lots of them. I love this whole style for upstairs loft idea!

We love this rustic, nature-inspired entryway. More ways to decorate with natural elements: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/seasonal/fall/decorating-with-natural-elements/?socsrc=bhgpin060213allwhiteentry

Colour love | Creamy, Earthy + Muted

I love this room
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Love!

Gray, Blue, and White
małe mieszkanie,47m w stylu skandynawskim,jak urządzic małe mieszkanie

pomysły na aranżację sypialni
Zdjęcie:  szare panele,jedwabna narzuta i futrzane poduszki na pikowanym łóżku

Cozy in White

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Image credits: pinterest

Fabulous DIY

Gift giving is one of my most favorite things Ever!  I just love doing it, always have and I love getting gifts, well….when they are thoughtful.  If you’re going to Give, then make it good.  Just giving a gift is not good enough, make the gift count.  It doesn’t have to be expensive if the gift is special.  Here is one of the gifts I gave this year.

Start with this. . . .

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To make this . . . .

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I start with thinking about the person I’m giving this gift to…what is their style?  Funky, country, earthy, rock n roll, etc.  Keeping in mind your friends’ style and home decor while you shop for your frame.  Also, the photo must be fabulous. . .a photo that makes you smile because of what is happening, the place and the people.  Determine if the photo fits the frame well.  Don’t put a sleek looking black and white photo in a pine frame.  Do what makes sense.

Supplies you’ll need:  glitter glue, super glue, letter or words, accents and tons of rhinestones.

The process:  make sure you have some time on your hands, and don’t forget to start this project early to account for drying time.  I layout the larger items along the frame first.  The lettering may need spray painting, but if you buy pre-painted letters then you’re all set.   Super glue works the best to glue the rhinestones on and I alternate colors and sizes.  Once those are all down and dried, go back and fill in the left over spaces with glitter glue.  You may want to add smaller rhinestones in these smaller areas as well.  On a scale of DIY projects this one is pretty simple, yet so chic and awesome!

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Made the birthday girl H*A*P*P*Y ! ! ! ! !

Giving a thoughtful gift actually in turn gives back to the gift giver.  It’s very rewarding for someone to enjoy a DIY gift that you created yourself.  It can be as simple as a poem that you wrote and added in an embellished frame!  Or a hand drawn picture or you’re own art.  I love quotes, so why not frame an amazing quote in a beautiful complimentary embellished frame!  Go For It!  Think, Plan and Do!  Happy DIY-ing!

Wardrobe Essentials this Fall into Winter

Every closet should be stocked with clothing staples and a few trendy items to ensure getting ready “made easy”, yet right.  You don’t have to be a hot mess and throw on those yoga pants, jeans, or slacks with whatever top you have.  If you have the right wardrobe essentials your outfits will look polished, sharp, smart and envy worthy.  If you follow these clothing tips with your wardrobe then getting dressed will be fun and easy.

Fall into Winter clothing & accessories to have in your wardrobe:

Staples: Long sleeve shirts in black, white or gray & 1 pop of color, Black leggings, Skinny Jeans, Skinny gold or silver belt, Black printed or solid scarf, Tall leather boots, Trench coat, Wool coat, White button down, LBD, Black skirt, Tights & Undergarments (thongs & push ups), Sweater vest, Black blazer, Basic sweaters in cream, black or gray, Denim shirt and make sure you have different socks (thick, wool, thin, high, ankle).

Trends: Leather Biker Jacket, Shoe booties, Black & white striped clothing, Floral on black, Plaid anything, Metallic finishes, Leopard or Animal prints, Pastel jackets & sweaters, Studs & Spikes, Leather or Pleather pants, Leather details on shirts, Pencil skirts, Faux or Fur coats, Chain link jewelry, Cutout clothing, Army clothing, Lace pieces, Heel booties, Over the knee boots, Velvet clothing.

Clothing Tip:  Keep your basics up to date-no fading, ironed & clean to wear all week and make sure you have plenty of clean undergarments and socks/tights on hand.  Keep your handbags and footwear wiped down and clean.  Jewelry should be organized and accessible to pile on.

How to wear your Basics and add your Trends:  Dress yourself mostly with your basics and add a trendy item or two.  Layering is the key to stylish dressing.  Decide if you’re in the mood to wear pencil skirt, black leggings or skinny jeans then decide what to wear on the top.  For example, if you go with a pencil skirt to be dressy, then go for a trendy blouse and decide if you’re going to layer your sweater vest, biker jacket, trench coat or black blazer on top.  Now figure out your shoes…try on your options in front of a long mirror.  Try the shoe booties, tall leather boots and heals to figure out which ones make the best looking outfit for the day.  Lastly, spice up your look with accessories and trends…scarfs, jewelry, belts and handbags.

Remember getting dressed is all about layering.  If your outfit isn’t right, then go back to your basic items and swap something out, for example if you’re wearing that pencil skirt and you like what it looks like, but is too dressy for the event your attending, then replace it for the back leggings or if really casual then put on your jeans.  Or if you just have to wear the pencil skirt but need a more casual look, wear a long sleeve basic shirt then either add a sweater or skip the sweater and layer your sweater vest, biker jacket or trench coat with your scarf.  If you have the right staples then making outfits is so easy.

My final advice on polishing your outfit for the day is to make sure your hair style and make up reflect and enhance your look.  You don’t have to have the perfect face, but if you’re going for a natural look make sure you have the right make up to correctly achieve this look.  With make up it all starts with the basics as well and layer to add different colors and make up trends to your look.  Really it’s the same concept!

If you’re closet is organized by color then getting dressed can be a breeze!

If you don’t have the time to make your closet work for you, I have a service that may work for you.

  D.Jacobsohn Designs ‘Closet Special’

Designed to meet with you once to get clothing completely under control.  We’ll clean out, clear up any clothing confusion and organize your closet.  By doing this you will not continue to feel frustrated with your wardrobe and spend extra money on any unnecessary clothing.

This is a 2 hour service and a Flat rate of $100.  Happy to create fundamental outfits + $75.  I can also create a digital portfolio of wardrobe essential to purchase on your own  + $75

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