Keepin' it Classy!

A lot can change over a decade, including our taste in style.  This remodel has an eye for being current by creating a classic backbone.  The backdrop for this Great Room has classic lines and paneling painted in a creamy white for a timeless design.  Adding fabric to the walls by putting up drapery panels really adds warmth to the room as well.  This client really took on the vision we helped them see in this room and literally created this labor of love by installing the paneling on their own.  We then had it painted and did some fresh and current accessorizing to transform this bright and beautiful space!

                                                  BEFORE                                                                                                 AFTER

Cariloha featured on Studio 5 with Meagan Rae Interiors

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I love Cariloha sheets! No really I love them.  I love them to the universe and back again or as my kids would say I love them as big as the whole world.

Why do I love these sheets you ask, simple, I always want my clients to have the best.  Luxury Linens can cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars.  This is usually too high of a price point for most clients.   I like to get a lot of bang for my clients buck.  Many sheets in certain price points are just ok….well just ok is not good enough for my clients.

Then I discovered Cariloha sheets.  They are made from 100% Bamboo.  What does that mean?  Ok, I will send you to their website to find out, really it’s way cool to wear Bamboo so I suggest you read about the benefits.  www.cariloha.com

Cariloha’s price point is perfect and they feel like luxury…in fact I have clients that have replaced every sheet in their home with Cariloha sheets, yes even those ultra expensive, posh fancy sheets.

The Company is in Utah and I wanted the Meagan Rae Interiors team to know all about this product that we recommend to so many of our clients.  The CEO Jeff Pederersen was nice enough to host us and now we are even bigger fans. 

We had a great time thanks for having us Cariloha!

Before & After, The Magic of a Meagan Rae Remodel!

Here are some great Before and After pictures of a house we remodeled recently! It's amazing what a little paint and some new accessories can do for your home!

Brass is Back: 5 Ways You Can Incorporate Brass In Your Home

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Brass is back! For many homeowners thinking of adding brass or gold accents can be scary. Do not let your fears stunt your homes growthI said it once, and I will say it againBRASS is BACK! With every shade of gray being used in today's design world, I can't think of a better accent color than gold.

Gold can help bring warmth to popular cool color pallets. Lighting is an unexpected way to add gold or brass to your home. Check out these amazing gold lighting fixtures that will make your jaw drop. This one goes out to all the gold enthusiasts . . . I know you're out there!

 The Pretty Lady  For all lovers of tradition, this chandelier stays true to traditional roots. Its classic shape and simplicity would look amazing over your formal dining room table. 

The Pretty Lady

For all lovers of tradition, this chandelier stays true to traditional roots. Its classic shape and simplicity would look amazing over your formal dining room table. 

 The Trend Setter  This fixture is perfect when trying to kill two trends with one stone. The sphere style chandeliers has been up and coming for a few years. Select this fixture in gold and your friends may start calling you the "Trend Setter".

The Trend Setter

This fixture is perfect when trying to kill two trends with one stone. The sphere style chandeliers has been up and coming for a few years. Select this fixture in gold and your friends may start calling you the "Trend Setter".

 The Industrial Drum  Drums lights were extremely popular during the 1950's, and have definitely been making their comeback. This drum has an exciting industrial twist reminiscent of a vintage scissor arm lamp.    

The Industrial Drum

Drums lights were extremely popular during the 1950's, and have definitely been making their comeback. This drum has an exciting industrial twist reminiscent of a vintage scissor arm lamp. 

 

 The Mad Man  With mid-century modern becoming more popular in home decor, how can I not feature a lighting fixture that is Mad Men inspired? This sputnik chandelier in polished gold would look amazing in any mid-century modern inspired home. Hang two over a long rectangular table for a unique look.   

The Mad Man

With mid-century modern becoming more popular in home decor, how can I not feature a lighting fixture that is Mad Men inspired? This sputnik chandelier in polished gold would look amazing in any mid-century modern inspired home. Hang two over a long rectangular table for a unique look.

 

 The Subtle Touch  If gold is not your thing — but my persuasive writing has made you question everything you thought you knew — this light fixture is for you. The sleek design with a subtle brass interior looks amazing in a kitchen, dining room, or over a pool table. Also, can I say something about the mixed metals? I think I have died and gone to heaven. Add the vintage light bulbs, and this fixture will steal the show. 

The Subtle Touch

If gold is not your thingbut my persuasive writing has made you question everything you thought you knewthis light fixture is for you. The sleek design with a subtle brass interior looks amazing in a kitchen, dining room, or over a pool table. Also, can I say something about the mixed metals? I think I have died and gone to heaven. Add the vintage light bulbs, and this fixture will steal the show. 

Adding brass or gold finishes to your home will not only keep your home current, but also timeless. Not only is brass back, but it is here to stay.

Doors, Doors, Doors

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I had a client with a problem…  “We have too many doors and company can never find the restrooms!”  The home’s main floor has 10 doors, they were all a solid wood.  It reminds me a little of the old game show, “I’ll take door number three, Chuck!”  Well, door number three is a coat closet and that is no help at all to someone in search of relief.  To make choosing the right door easier, I had an idea, we cut the center of the doors out and replaced them with some art glass.  Art glass would provide privacy, a requirement for most people using the bathroom, but it also would let in light, give great character and distinguish that door from all the rest.  The door turned out beautifully and now she just says “Restroom? Oh yes, the door with the glass, don’t worry, nobody can see in…”

Hey, you look good in stripes...

Stripes are in and when done right, they are a fun way to add some liveliness to your paint scheme. The sky truly is the limit with stripes.  I’ve done quite a few projects that incorporate stripes into the design and for this, we focus on a more traditional, classic style.  The goal is to add color and dimension to a flat surface without turning it into a circus tent.  Here is how I normally go about a “striping project”.  First, assuming you have hired a painter, be sure to tell them what you want up front.  The more you communicate before the paint goes on the wall, the less likely it will be that you open a door to find a room out of a Dr. Seuss book, unless of course, that is the look you are going for!  I have found it better to let the pros do the work, but it’s not impossible to do it yourself.  Here is my DIY explanation.  Lay out a grid pattern using painter’s tape.  Take into account the size of your wall to figure out spacing.  I like 8 to 10 inches for a horizontal stripe to achieve a more classic feel.  Using your paint sample deck make your choices.  For a safe “go to” color pallet, use Benjamin Moore’s historic colors.  Pick a shade that you like for your base now change the value of that shade up or down two shades.  Those brighter or darker shades will be your stripes and they will work well together because they are the same core color.   This will give a monochromatic elegance to the room without being drab. 

Framed Fabric Swatches a la Picasso!

In a home I recently did there is a loft area leading to a couple of girl’s bedrooms.  There is a long stretch of wall leading to these rooms that was crying out for attention!  We needed to break up this featureless expanse with some decorative style but our budget didn’t allow for a Picasso mural, so this is what we did as an alternative. 

I created a collection of fabric swatches that mirrored the colors and style of each of the girl’s rooms and took them to my frame company (I used the Framing Establishment).  I chose some gold frames in different sizes, had the Framing Establishment custom cut some white matting to back the fabric swatches and, low and behold, we ended up with a collection fit for an art gallery!  Rather than being just another boring wall in a non-descript hallway, we now have an area of interest with texture, pattern and vibrant color worthy of the Spanish master’s signature.

Intro to Meagan Rae

Why did I start a blog: 

Interior Design is a process.  This blog will be a way for me to share a “behind the curtains” glimpse to how we get the finished look that you see in my portfolio.  It is also a way I can also show a bit of my personality and be adventurous with my creativity.  While I plan on focusing on homes, it will also focus on my lifestyle and things I love.

When did I start doing Interior Design:

I have been designing interiors for as long as I can remember.  Growing up we had an Interior Designer who became like another member of our family and the most exciting time at home was if he was there and working on a project.  Rearranging the dresser in my room took on new meaning with him looking over my shoulder and I absolutely loved it! Needless to say, we learned a lot from him.  My parents had great taste and I think some of it rubbed off on me.  As I got older, people began asking me to decorate for them and finally it occurred to me in my late 20s, with two kids, that I finally knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I went on to get a degree in residential design and started my own firm about 10 years ago.  Now with two more kids, yes, 2+2=4 (designers can do math!) I have found my passions, to please my clients and my family. 

My fashion style:

 I love fashion!  I also love to be comfortable and I am convinced looking good should not be physically painful!  I think “stylish casual” best describes my wardrobe.  If I have a Louis Vuitton, Raybans and some spectacular tennis shoes, I am happy!  I will admit that I love men’s wear and prefer to shop for my husband over myself.  He would prefer I not shop for either of us but it really isn’t up to him is it?  There is nothing better than a beautifully tailored suit with classic patterns and a killer tie…oh and don’t forget the shoes.  You can tell a lot about a man, and the fashion sense of his wife, if he has good shoes.  Anytime my husband doesn’t have on good shoes please note that he did his own shopping and dressing that day.

My personality:

Witty and maybe a bit sarcastic but not mean.  I hope I am never mean!!  I love to laugh!  Humor is my favorite and I do subscribe to the “spoonful of sugar” with any medicine way of thinking.  I can’t take myself too seriously and I am often goofy.  I love me some Nacho Libre and Napolean Dynamite and I often find myself quoting them to clients.  “Gosh….” 

My approach to interior design:

It is my ultimate goal to bring my style and vision together with my client’s dreams so that they love their home.  I seek for casual elegance without being pompous. A home should be used for entertaining, personal retreats, family gathering and above all, a refuge from the craziness whirling around outside those four walls.  Of course a design must be beautiful but it has to be usable or the effort is wasted.  With an eye for mixing patterns, managing space and layouts while adding layers of texture we can make sure those efforts pay off.  I really am a traditionalist with a love for a little bit of funk.   I am drawn to the blending of current and traditional styles as long as it is executed to perfection.  I love what I do! It is my passion, my joy and my obsession.

My perfect day:

It’s a toss-up.  I would have to say driving the soccer carpool through endless road construction and the smell of sweaty shin guards OR, and this wins by a hair, being on the beach with my family, a diet coke, my Raybans and a great snap back trucker hat.