Here is a little process video I have put together to show you how I achieved this look.
Creating a beautiful focal point with a range hood can really transform a kitchen. There are so many possibilities, from pewter, copper, and bronze, to wood. If the price of a metal or wood range hood doesn't fit in your budget, another great option is to do a faux finish. In one of the kitchens I am working on for a client in North Carolina, I am finishing a range hood to look like oil rubbed bronze. This will be the focal point of the space and will tie in to the lighting and fixtures that will be installed.
Here is a little process video I have put together to show you how I achieved this look.
For this last de-clutter challenge I thought I would write a post on de-cluttering your kitchen. I am about to start the process of renovation my kitchen, so now is as good a time as any. For me a kitchen needs to be as functional as it is pretty. Before I begin I will start with the following:
Throughout the coming months I will be sharing my kitchen renovation. Follow along, comment, share. I would love to hear you de-cluttering solutions as well!
The next steps I will be posting will cover:
Planning, Permits, Budgeting, Material Section, Lighting and Hardware Selection, Appliance FYI, and some DIY tutorials.
Over the next few months I will be sharing and presenting challenges to design a life to love. Join the fun, follow along, and share. Use the hashtag #elliemacdesignresolutionchallenge
I am one busy woman, designer, and mom. Throughout the craziness of the year, it is not uncommon for my guest room to look like a storage closet.
I live in an older home with limited closet space, so this room houses my second closet. It is also home to part of my library and where I store my luggage and extra blankets.
So lets lake a peak at my disastrous before space.........
Now for the fun part!! Dressing up that clean space!
This is a great opportunity to change things up. Add some new art, bedding, accessories. Make the space feel new and inviting.
The Bed as the center piece
The bed in the guest room is the easiest place to dress up a room without much expense. I put a vairety of pillows tohether and even added a personal touch with some pillows I hand painted.
I also placed all my extra guest pillows behind the decorative ones to store them while they are not in use. It created a vary luxurious feeling. That with my lovely little iron bed from www.Horchow.com and I have a guest retreat that I want to escape to.
What space are you tackling this new year? I would love to hear your stories and see you spaces. Share here in the comments or on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #elliemacdesignresolutionchallenge
Follow along to see what spaces I take on this January with the Janusry declutter challenge.
As some of you know I am a nomad of sorts. Next to creating, I would say traveling the world and meeting people from all walks of life is one of my favorite things.
Which leads me to my next adventure. Right now I am gearing up to head to Dubai, UAE for the 2017 ING Creatives Festival. As I start getting things in order, I have decided to enter the Call for Creatives Contest to help cover some of my expenses. Fingers Crossed! I thought today I would share with you the story behind this fun little design:
My 'Sixteen Pointed Doppler Star' is a mixed media piece. The colorful background is an intuitive painting I painted with florescent high flow acrylics. When painting in this style I let the paint guide me and let go of preconceived notions of what is supposed to be. There is no order. It is in this process, that order is created naturally. The title of this painting is 'Lady in the Light.' After careful observation you see a figure illuminated by light.
The graphic 16 pointed star digital overlay is representative of the many directions we are pulled in and the grace and precision of the natural order of geometry.
I then created shrinking layers that have the shape of a camera eye. Looking in, looking out, moving away, coming closer, as the creative process does organically, mathematically, spiritually, and through many unexpected layers of twists and turns. That to me is the meaning of Making and Creating.
This piece represents the creative process of coming from nothing to the light.
For more information about his event visit http://www.ingcreatives.com/
If you are struggling with a place to start decluttering, find a sanctuary space. This is a place that once you have decluttered, you can retreat to. It can be a bedroom, your office, a sitting room, or even your kitchen table. Brainstorm:
-What is working/ not working for you?
-How do I want this space to function for me (and/or other users)?
-What makes this space speak to me?
-Take an inventory of what you need to keep in the space.
I have decided that after a year in my new studio space, the layout just isn't meeting my needs. So I set out to create more efficient work stations and better storage solutions. Here are a few ways I have decided to rework my sanctuary space:
This time of year we all start to think of a fresh start and what that means for us. Most people start with diet and exercise. But this year I feel more weighted down with clutter. Let the decluttering begin!
This month I will be sharing and posting helpful ways to declutter your home, life, and come to a more organized fresh start. I welcome you to share your own declutter stories using the #elliemacdesignresolutionchallenge.
Our first step in this new journey together is to:
Grab a sexy notebook and take an inventory of what you need to declutter. Studies show that we are more likely to achieve our goals if we identify them and write them down. It is also very rewarding to look back when you are done o see how much you have check off and achieved. It also helps to hold yourself accountable.
I always like to start with a fresh new notebook. There is something intriguing about a book of empty pages just for me to write in. And for a little extra pazzaz, grab a glittery gellyrol pen and add some sparkle to your journey.
Here is to a new beginning!
In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I have created a fun and inspiring Living room design. I recently had the privilege of painting with Flora Bowley in Ireland. I have selected a few of her pieces here that can be found on her website at www.braveintuitiveyou.com. Her painting, "Life Story," is shown here as the centerpiece of this vignette. I selected this piece because of the layered approach Flora uses, the vibrant color palette and the metaphors that can be made from the shapes and lines. The white sofa is indicative of the innocence you begin with and the chairs, the darkness that is often embraced by innocence (the white chair frames). The table is both reflective and translucent, which I used to capture the changes in how we both see ourselves in this journey and how other see us. The base of the table had three rings, God, family, self. The lamps are like tall pillars of strength that we surround ourselves with, they bring us light. The pillows on the sofa with the geometric design represent the process in which the battle is fought and how that end of treatment becomes like a target and leads you to this idea of, "the light at the end of the tunnel." The center pillow it a tribute to the life of the survivor. Rising like the phoenix and on a humorous note..... the fan shape reminds me of my little hot flash fan. On each chair is another pillow by Flora Bowley. "Release Become."
Our spaces, like us tell a story. They tell our story. Our homes and our businesses are an extension of who we are. This is just one example of how a space can tell a story... What's your story?
Recently, On a trip to Ireland, I was sitting in the garden on the grounds of a beautiful Irish Castle. I snapped this picture in an effort to capture the moment and all the texture and color that surrounded me. I do this quite often as I have traveled around the world. My mind became filled with ideas for textile designs and paintings. Reflecting now back on the picture I am amazed at the abundance of texture, pattern, color, and the juxtaposition of this hard classical structure rising through the plants and flowers. It reminded me of the value of a tactile experience within space. One that draws a visitor in, wanting and encouraging them to engage with the space. That places that capture such quality unite the human experience with space and place.
My pastel drawing, "The Dancer," finally matted and framed. There is something really magical about this piece.
Ellie McIntosh, grew up as a creative thinker. Inspired by her father, a furniture designer an inventor and musician, she took the path to creativity. Her artistic journey has taken her as far as France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Spain, Germany, Morocco, and many places throughout the United States and Mexico, where she utilized various