Design a Space with #momthebuilder featuring Lyndi in the City & EP Design House
I don't even know where to begin because I am so excited about all the content going into this blog post, content by the amazing Erica Perebijnos of EP Design House of course! Bare with me because I love details. The process of designing a piece of furniture or even a whole space is just as special as the end result if not better. Lyndi, style expert and blogger of Lyndi in the City is a mama on a mission and I knew whatever we would do together would be fab. This collab started out with Lyndi just wanting a piece of furniture made by me, I didn't want to stop there. She had explained how she wanted to do a piece for her patio to give it an outdoor living vibe. Of course my mind keeps going and I get this really cool idea to collaborate on the whole space, but not just that, to have the whole process photographed so we can share our experience and show other woman and mommies out there they can do it too!
Once we had the design inspiration for the outdoor wood sectional we could now decide on cushions, which would result in our inspiration for the rest of the space. Lyndi surprised me with her love for very classic neutral tones. She's always wearing funky colors and prints so I immediately was drawn to those when I started looking for cushions. But she has a very chic and classy neutral with a little bit of rustic home style. Very Restoration Hardware meets Anthropologie. You catch my drift? All that being said we ended up going with light to medium gray tone cushions and Erica was able to put together this Inspiration board for the rest of our design project.
When I got there we chatted about the layout and which direction we wanted everything to be facing. We ended up unloading and deciding once we got the furniture over to the patio area. Which let me tell was not an easy task (up and down many stairs and through small walk ways) but thankfully Lyndi was a trooper and able to help carry these pieces no problem!
We decided on putting the sectional along the wall so it would look out over the park and garden view to keep the space open instead of closing it in.
Cushion time! I found these cushions at World Market for less than $50 each and they could not have been any more perfect for this piece. Not to mention they come in a zillion different prints and colors so you can always change them out with seasons or occasions!
After we got the sectional in it's place and set up it was shopping time. We had World Market, Pier 1, Home Depot, and Home Goods on our radar.
Pier 1 was our first stop. Well, kind of. The World Market near her house was closing down due to relocation so we had no options there (thankfully I already purchased the cushions at another location). Off to Pier 1 we went.
We were on the hunt for some unique candle holders or lanterns so we can set them up on either end of the sectional to give it a chic and romantic vibe. We found some really pretty ones that came in a few different sizes so we can mismatch them on both ends.
But thennnnnnnn! We saw some lanterns hanging in the store and that was it! Our whole design would be based around these lanterns. We hunted and hunted around the whole store and probably touched every single one in there. They were all so beautiful but we decided to keep it classic and chic with a touch of rustic.
We left Pier 1 doing exactly what their bag says to do "find what speaks to you". #lanternhappy
From there we were off to one of my favorites, Home Depot! We needed to get some chain and hooks to hang the lanterns from her 12' outdoor ceiling and some succulents.
When the guy who works at Home Depot doesn't know how to use the chain cutter you gotta do it yourself! And then show your client who's not afraid to learn something new! Right?!
Home Depot had the most perfect pots with the exact look we were going for. We found a chic white collection and fell in love.
There is NO going wrong with succulents. They're perfect in any space especially when they are the "pop of color".
We had one last stop before we could go back to Lyndi's and put this beautiful space together. We were banking on Home Goods to still have the indoor/outdoor rug she had seen the day prior.
Thankfully they did! I also found these awesome remote LED candles for in the lanterns and an amazing little atrium planter that could not have been a better fit for this space! Score!!
After a few hours shopping and running around it was finally time to pull everything out of the shopping bags and do the damn thang!
It must be something about moms with boys man, cause we sure ain't afraid of a little dirt. Succulents are my favorite pop of color in any space. I feel like they added an earthy and organic but modern vibe with all the chicness going on!
Onto placing the rug! Oh and did I fail to mention how perfect this indoor/outdoor rug was for this space? Nailed it! On top of that it was under $100 at Home Goods!
After we laid the rug out it was time to start putting things in place. Everything just went. It was so fun and so rewarding seeing it all come together!
Last but certainly not least it was time to hang those beautiful lanterns. Thank goodness for some construction going on next door because Lyndi's 6' house ladder was not gonna do the trick for hanging these babies from her 12' ceiling!
Lyndi was the perfect assistant. All three holes for the hooks we bought needed to be pre drilled before screwing them into the wood on the ceiling. Thankfully I'm not too afraid of heights haha!
After a long day of being rough and tough, which let me tell you! Never let the size of someone fool you of their strength. I was so impressed with how Lyndi hopped on board and did what needed to be done! This mama is strong but this ladder was stronger! Haha! Thankfully her head had somewhere to go!
A good laugh was the perfect end to our day! After we got everything cleaned up we had designed the most beautiful space that was so functional at the same time! A space Lyndi can sit in and watch her boys skateboard or play in the grass, a place she can have some girl time, or even turn the candles on to make the vibe a little more romantic!
Done & Done!
A day spent with two uber talented and rad mamas while being creative and all contributing was a day well spent! Hope you enjoyed this as much as we did. Showing everyone an end result photo is always rewarding but showing everyone what we did to get there is even better!
Photography & Creative Directing by EP Design House