Category: Decor

NewPrintsAndGoldTattoosInTheShop

Sorry for the late post today! I have been working like crazy juggling everything with the new class launch, podcast, podcast editing, etc.

But I’m thrilled to share a project today that has been cooking behind the scenes over the past few weeks:

New prints for the shop – and GOLD intention tattoos!

TheLivelyShowKateArends

Yesterday I got back from Nashville after speaking at the AH Inspired retreat. I had a fantastic time with some amazing women.

But, today I’m back in action with a new Lively Show episode for you!

This one is good, guys.

Really good.

I’m talking with designer Kate Arends, of the well known design blog, Wit & Delightand one of the newest Target collections!

Kate is smart, honest, vulnerable, and takes her craft seriously.

In this episode, we cover a gamut of topics including: how minimalism has evolved away from its original intent, her personal journey to learn to love and accept herself, and her relationship with mental health issues.

This episode is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about minimalism, authenticity, thriving with mental health issues, or designing for Target.

 

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Before I get to today’s Lively Show guest, I’d like to share two exciting announcements:

# 1. Life With Intention Online registration opens next week!

If you are interested in learning more about the class and getting access to special bonuses, please hop on the special email list here.

# 2. I’m going to be next week’s guest on The Lively Show.

If you have a question you’d like me to answer on the show, please comment below or send me a tweet with your question!


 

Today on The Lively Show I’m talking with Caitlin Wilson, of Caitlin Wilson Design and Caitlin Wilson Textiles.

Caitlin is a talented interior designer with a popular fabric, pillow, and rug line as well as a mom of three little ones living in Portland.

In this episode, we talk about how she manages her priorities with three little ones (one of which is just three weeks old!), a marriage, and her career.

In addition, we discuss how her relationship to social media has changed over the years, particularly now that she has children.

This episode is perfect for interior design buffs, moms juggling careers, or people looking to have a more balanced relationship with social media.
 
 

the guesthouse hotel lobby project tour

August 5th, 2014   |   DecorLife

GuesthouseHotelTour

Almost two years ago, I moved into my most recent Chicago apartment with Mr. Lively.

We had just gotten married, and I was furiously decorating our entire apartment top to bottom so that it would be ready in time for our families to celebrate our marriage over Thanksgiving weekend.

While I was decorating, the builder for our (gut rehab) apartment building was walking through with city inspectors completing final inspections.

As he walked through my apartment, he asked if I was a designer.

At the time, I had only been hired by one woman in the city to help decorate her studio apartment. So I told him yes, I had done a studio, but never had the time to do it more seriously while I was juggling my old accessory company (Jess LC), the blog, traveling workshops, and business consulting.

However, since I had recently decided to close Jess LC to do the consulting and workshops full-time, I suddenly did have more time to devote to design projects.

Long story short: he hired me to design the interior of The Guesthouse Hotel lobby, decorate it, re-brand it, and re-design the website.

As an huge fan of Sarah’s House on HGTV, this was a (surreal) dream come true.

For the past 21 months, I’ve worked with them to complete all of these projects.

I’ve already shared the hotel branding before and after and a mid-build lobby update, but today I’d like to show how the lobby design came together!

We decided to go with a collected and classy “old” Chicago feel.

As you’ll see below, we started with an empty lot… which over the course of 10 months became a completed hotel expansion.

CreatingAnIntentionForYourSpace

Before I get into today’s post about creating an intention for your space, I have some exciting news to share!

TheLivelyShowWithVictoriaSmithHappy Lively Show Day!

I’d like to ask you a question about an idea I am considering.

A few people have been asking for more podcast episodes, so…

TheLivelyShowWithErinGatesToday’s show is a huge honor for me!

I’ve been a big fan of Erin Gates of Elements Of Style for many years and I have loved reading her blog and learning from her as a designer and following her life and career.

In this episode we talk about her exceptional career path and book deal.

But our main topic is perfectionism (starting at 18:30) – how Erin has learned to make the most out of it and appreciate it for what it is, rather than fighting to change herself.

This episode is perfect for bloggers, designers, aspiring authors, and anyone who struggles with perfectionism. 

hotel lobby project update

April 8th, 2014   |   DecorLife

TheGuesthouseHotelLobbyProjectUpdate

Lately, more and more of my time is being spent on The Guesthouse Hotel project that I’ve worked on over the past year.

I’ve already shared the hotel branding before and after on the blog.

But the hotel lobby progress has been shared primarily through Instagram.

What started out as an empty lot last summer:

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Good morning and happy Thursday Lively Show Day to you!

In today’s episode, I am talking with the candid founder of Design*Sponge, Grace Bonney.

If you’re not already familiar with Grace, she has a (hugely) popular design blog and is the author of Design*Sponge at Home.

TheLivelyShowKimVargo

Today I have a fun new episode of The Lively Show for you chalk full of actionable advice for starting your own business as an artist and adopting or rescuing a pet.

My guest today is Kim Vargo of Yellow Brick Home and The Pet Shop (her pet portrait business). She’s sharing about her unexpected journey to becoming a successful artist (over 700 custom paintings sold!) and pet rescue advocate.

HotelBrandingBeforeAndAfterAs many of you may have noticed after yesterday’s announcement, I launched a new With Intention site!

It’s pretty, easy to use, and very mobile friendly – which is important as things keep moving in that direction.

Anyways, I’ve also been working on another website redesign that I haven’t shared yet, the hotel!

As you may have seen over the course of last year, I have been the Creative Director for a local boutique hotel in Andersonville called The Guesthouse Hotel.

Last year I guided their brand redesign and website and this year I’ll be designing their new hotel lobby.

Here’s a quick look at the before and after at the logo and website (because there’s something so satisfying about a good before and after, right?).

 

Logo Before

GuesthouseLogoBeforeThough not bad, this logo was not quite hitting the right tone for the hotel.

It was clean and simple, but felt more “commercial real estate” than “boutique hotel.”

 

Website Before

 

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The same goes for the website. Clean and simple… but not extremely inviting.

 

Logo After

 

GuesthouseHotelLogo

To set the right tone, we selected Alex Yeske to design the logo and business cards.

Her eye for style was exactly the right tone for the new direction.

What I love about this logo is how relatively timeless it is. We considered some other more popular font styles, but stuck with this classic design that won’t look dated in a few years.

 

Website After

 

GuesthouseHotelWebsiteAfter

I personally designed the website and had Mr. Lively programmed it to life.

It’s easy to use and sets a much nicer tone.

 

New Photos

 

GuesthouseHotelPhotoI also encouraged the hotel to get new photos taken of the gorgeous units (they are actual condo-quality units with full gourmet kitchens, living rooms, etc.).

For this job, I recommended Daniel Peter, a Chicago-based photographer who I’ve worked with over the years for my own business.

 

Lobby Design

 

Because the lobby is actually still being built from the ground up (literally!), there is a lot to consider. But what was once an open hole last summer….

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Will soon look like this!

photoAbove is a quick snapshot I took of the mood board I created for the lobby.

As things come together over the next six months I’ll be sure to check in with some updates — if that’s something you’d like to see!

 

 

PS – Thinking about signing up for a Life with Intention Online class? Each one is already almost 50% filled, so sign up soon to grab your spot.

 

armchair before & after

December 12th, 2013   |   Decor

ArmchairBeforeAfter

It’s finished! After months of finding the right armchair, finding the right fabric, saving for the reupholstery, and actually getting it recovered and painted, the coral armchair is now finally in the living room.

It all started last year, when I went super neutral in the living room.

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Very, very neutral.

As you can see from the text on that image, I figured out that there was enough room in the back corner to fit an armchair.

After scouring Craigslist, I bought this guy for $75.

Armchair

The wood was in decent shape, but not great. And the upholstery was pretty worn, though not in such bad shape that we couldn’t live with the chair in its original condition for a few months while we saved for the makeover.

Then, I asked you what color you thought it should be (neutral, navy, or coral). The resounding majority confirmed the idea to go coral.

Here was the coral inspiration.

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And here’s how it turned out.

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Finding the right shade of coral fabric was a little tricky. After doing a lot of searching online and at Fishman’s in Chicago, I found that there aren’t that many shades of coral upholstery fabric in the perfect shade. Many were too rusty, red, pink, orange, or expensive.

Eventually, I spotted a Sunbrella fabric that was the Goldilocks of corals – not too pink, not too orange, not too pricey. Juuust right.

The fact that the fabric is designed for outdoor use is kind of a nice surprise. The quality is great (it doesn’t feel too stiff or outdoorsy) and I don’t have to be super stressed out about wear and tear.

For the painting and upholstery, I called on my friend Meg of Meg Made (her boutique just opened, by the way).

I’m also loving the new cream and grey striped throw from Nine Space. The neutral pattern ties in really well with the rest of the living room.

NineSpaceStripedBlanketMeg loved the blanket so much that she practically stole it from me when she dropped off the chair.

(Joe, if you are looking for any Christmas present ideas… hint, hint.)

CoralArmchair2Overall, I’m super happy with how it turned out. It was totally worth the 5-6 month process.

I’m also quite thankful that I am married to a Mister who doesn’t mind the color coral.

 

This post is sponsored by Nine Space (c/o the super comfy striped throw). 


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