Design a Space Collab with 'Lyndi in the City', 'EP Designs' & 'Mom the Builder'

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!

Xx Christa 


Photography & Creative Directing by EP Design House


Shayne Lamas-Richie Q&A for Home & Styles by #momthebuilder

Shayne Dahl Lamas-Richie

Where do I even begin with this beauty? Shayne Lamas-Richie really is a queen, wife to Nik Richie notorious owner/blogger of, daughter of Lorenzo Lamas, granddaughter of Arlene Dahl, and most importantly mother of Press Lamas-Richie, Rex Jagger Lamas-Richie, & one more on the way.

Her soul is as beautiful as the Christian Louboutin's on her feet. She is the true definition of glam. I've always been a fan of Shayne's fashion sense, I knew I had to hear more about her home. From the shoes on her feet to the hats  on her head she is always dressed to the 9 whether it's a casual day in the park with her daughter or a date night with her man. She is an amazing mother, wife, and human. I knew this interview would be amazing. Get to reading. Muah! xx

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q. Tell me how you would describe your home style?

a. Mid-century shabby chic California colonial transitional vibe.

q. What about your home would surprise people?

a. I have a library totally decked out with a Upper East side Manhattan brownstone vibe.

q. Does your home reflect your fashion style?

a. I would say it does not. Only because my home is my sanctuary, my safe place, and most importantly my home is comfortable . My fashion style isn't comfortable re: my daily shoes of christian louboutin 160mm Daf booties ... But dammit they are bitchen with jeans.

q. What or who inspires you?

a. For my home decor, what inspires me usually comes from the mood I'm in. My home grows with my family, as change occur in our lives so do the drapes. Also, seasons or modern decor will inspire change.

q. Where is your favorite place to shop for your home?

a. Gosh, I can shop anywhere for anything but I am addicted to Horchow's catalogs! But, gotta love the flee market finds and the awesome trinkets at places like Home Goods, Target, Ross etc.. You will not find me anywhere near an IKEA, ASHLEY Furniture or in the Home department at Macy's. I 'd rather jump off a cliff.

q. Did becoming a mother and having a little one in the home influence your decor decisions?

a. One thing the baby bible forgets to mention is your entire decor goes out the window and rubber safety corners dorn that once beautiful mirrored coffee table. I have a storage for the glass tables And Versace China set aside until further notice.

q. To date, what is one space you have designed that is your favorite? Why?

a. Oh! My vanity/makeup dressing area. It's the only thing that's off limits in my home. I need a barn gate like you have lol. It's my favorite space because it's my personal space. It's my collections of the most coveted pieces I own and my place to feel beautiful . Whenever I do get ready I know that my space is always organized smells pretty and lighting is always perfect. I designed my dressing area to be so glamorous and sparkly that my daughter awes and oohs every time she steps into my vault. It's my thrown in our Castle and is my most loved space to date. Soft pink silk drapes, a vintage chandelier and ottoman with fresh flowers no fuckin children or husband nagging it's just amazing.

q. Does your home decor vary over seasons? If yes, how so?

a. Yes, absolutely every season ushers in new found light, energy, and love. Every home must welcome it, starting at your front door with Wreaths of each season. Flowers that blossom from my backyard , colors of summer, colors of winte. They should have a place in each time. I always interchange my throw pillows, throw blankets, vases, candle scents, hand soap in the guest room, the coffee table books etc..

q. Do you ever seek your husbands opinion on home decor or are those the Queen's decisions only?

a. My Husband sleeps in Pratesi sheets flown in from Italy, he doesn't mind the occasional pink and fluff.

q. & most importantly. What is your personal favorite Salvaged Soul piece?

a. I need like 10 of these ...

5 Interior Design Trends of 2015 with #momthebuilder

5 Interior Design Trends of 2015 by #momthebuilder

Here we go! I am really excited about this article I am writing and getting to share some of my favorite 2015 interior design trends with you guys. I have such a love for interior design and I am so fortunate that I get to be part of an industry I am so passionate about.

1. Mid Century Modern: This is one of my favorite 2015 trends by far. I personally am a huge fan of mid-century modern and I am happy to see all the these styles coming back. Palm Springs aka soul of mid-century modern is one of my favorite getaway's and to see all the life in these homes with their original beauty makes my heart flutter. Designing and building more mid-century modern pieces will be a huge part of my business for 2015. This mid-century modern style accent chair can be found on, this is definitely one of my go to pieces and would be a great fit in any room.

2. Geometric Furniture & Décor: ANYTHING geometric is fab! I love the clean lines and versatility with shapes, modern but playful looking. Simplicity at it's best whether it be an octagon shaped rug or dining table. Add some flare to a babies nursery or even your kitchen with my triangle wall shelves.

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3. Furs & Cow Hides: These for me will ALWAYS be a trend. I'm obsessed with cozy time and fur throws are where its at. I have a few fur rugs that I love as well. Now days you can find them in pretty much any color too!  As for cow hides, they are so rustic but so chic at the same time. Both furs and cowhides are timeless and will go with any style of décor in a home.


 4. Colors: I'm not going to lie this whole color trend took a little while but has fully grown on me and I am digging everything about the colors of 2015. You know how it was always popular to stick with neutrals and add a pop of color? Well now it's the opposite. I am talking deep royal blue, emerald, and red! Finding furniture in these colors is key to having a room really pop. Whether it be an oversized red headboard or finding the perfect blue sofa. Metallics go great with these fierce colors of 2015 as well. So let's say you have your "safe" neutral furniture already, you better get to painting! One accent wall in one of these three colors would make a world of difference in a room.

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5. Rustic Wood Furniture & Accent Walls: This is more of a timeless trend to me as well. You can take the most beat up reclaimed wood coffee table and place it in front of a vintage victorian sofa and it will go perfect. Or you can have a bathroom full of glossy black subway tiles with a gold chandelier,  put a rustic vanity in the space and it will end up being the focal point of that room. I have designed and built some beautiful rustic wood beds, they will never be off trend either. You can always design and decorate around a rustic wood piece of furniture. Another really great thing to do with rustic wood is accent walls. I recently did a set of oversized, each measuring 4' x 7' barn doors for an accent wall. That is and will always be the focal point of that beautiful space.

Rustic Barn Door Wall Accents & Bathroom Vanity Hand Crafted by Salvaged Soul

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Bathroom Photo Courtesy of Dave Cusworth  & Style Bites

Tnee's TPees Designer & Owner Courtney Gray Q&A for Home & Styles by #momthebuilder

Courtney Gray Co-Owner & Designer of Tnee's Tpees

I cannot start this one out with anything but the word amazing! I've loved Courtney's design and style of her and her husband's Tnee's Tpees since I laid eye's on them. If you're a mom you know when your babies become toddlers they want to explore 24/7 which means fort time is on! Courtney got very creative and designed the most unique and functional but still so pretty at the same time there is no need for it to be taken down like most forts made with blankets, couches, chairs, ect.  


Tnee's Tpees recently featured on the Ivory Lane Blog


Our Tnee's Tpee is custom gray with a world map print on the front, it's the best part of my boys room by far. It serves a purpose in many ways and we all know how much I love some versatility. It's a pretty decor piece as well as a fun fort for my littles. It's easy to take down if need be and it is the perfect prop for a little mama/baby photo sesh. 

Q&A with Courtney Gray


q. Tell me how you would describe your home style.

a. My home is simple yet colorful. I love color, but hate nicnacs. 

q. What about your home would surprise people?

a. Most furniture pieces are from yard sales, from handmade shops, or hand me downs from my older siblings.

q. Does your home reflect your fashion style?

a. Yes! I love to wear simple yet colorful items. A little unique, but not too out there.

q. What or who inspires you?

a. My mom. She has a way of making everything she touches beautiful, and I hope to be able to do the same.

q. What is your favorite place to shop for home decor?

a. My absolute fave is Home Goods.

q. & most importantly. What is your personal favorite Salvaged Soul piece?

a. My favorite piece of Salvaged Soul that I own is the four large picture frames that sit on top of my entertainment center with silhouettes of myself, my husband, and our two kids. Not only are they my favorite Salvaged Soul pieces, but my favorite area in my home.