Nadine Before and After.

This project was completed a while ago and I forgot to share it with you! The before and afters are crazy. I have a special place in my heart for bungalows of course, since I live in a 1920's bungalow in the Houston Heights. It's important to me to keep the houses in our neighborhood well designed and fitting with the area. I only work with builders and homeowners that are committed to a high quality of life. 

Look at that raised ceiling! Gorgeous. I could have moved right into this house. It's a two bedroom two bath with a dining and study at the front of the house. The layout is so good, since a great couple lives here now I won't share that, but trust it's great. Creole Design designs the additions for P&G Homes, I provide the interior & exterior details and selections. 

Can you believe the exterior of this house before? I love improving the neighborhoods house by house! The neighbors were also happy to see this house redone as apparently there were some unsavory dealings going on before. Sidenote: This part of the Heights has many homes that have not been kept up mixed in with gorgeous homes that have been meticulously maintained.

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Here's the after! I think it's the cutest house. I designed the concrete blocks to add a bit of contemporary keeping the house from being too sweet. I love combining traditional bungalow elements with contemporary features, keeps it modern while still respecting history. 

The moldings and cabinet work is very important in my designs. Luckily P&G Homes has an excellent craftsman and they also value the millwork. My goal when designing with builders is to create spaces that look beautiful without furniture in them. The architecture of the space and how people will live in the home is always considered. Sometimes I think I'm a frustrated architect.

Posting before images like this always make me cringe. Nevertheless, here's the kitchen before. Obviously original cabinets, but not much else is original to the home. It's almost like the character had been removed (probably in the 80s). 

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Raising the ceiling as much as possibly completely transforms this kitchen! The light in here is amazing. The cabinetry is beautiful. I want this kitchen in my house. My key to selecting paint colors without having a specific client or family in mind is to keep it neutral but not plain. As long as everything is pulled together it will be beautiful. I don't want to design bland homes just to appeal to everybody, thus appealing to nobody.

Yep that's the hall bath before....

I design cabinetry, selects paint colors, selects all fixtures, assists with floorplan layout, designs flooring and tile layouts and provides exterior paint colors and landscape design services to builders in the Houston area that are committed to building quality homes. Jamie House Design does not provide staging services.

The P&G Homes team creates beautiful homes that I love being a part of!

If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love contact me to learn more about Jamie House Design interior design services.

Routine.

I've been pondering how to get a daily routine for myself. Since starting Jamie House Design a little over a year ago I've been winging it. I work from my home studio so my work is always there. I'm always working or thinking about projects. It's exhausting.

Today is the start to my daily rituals. My creative habits. My work routine.

Here's how the schedule is going to go down... Get up and work out, shower and get ready for the day, breakfast and coffee, blog, make a priority list, get working for the day and end at 7ish (no later than 8 for sure). 

I inherently rebel against such structure so I'll be checking in with you guys on this new routine till I don't think about it anymore. 

 

Routine in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.
— W.H. Auden (1907-1973)

In preparation of the newfound daily routine I picked up a cute little book called Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. I've been reading a few rituals a night to see how other creatives worked out their day. It's fascinating to see how each varies so dramatically.

I've been highlighting and marking pages of my favorite passages. I've developed a new idea cataloging system that I'll talk about later using index cards. It's proven very handy. Plus I get to use my vintage brass index box. :) 

Here's an interesting snippet about Frank Lloyd Wright...

"A friend of Wright's once observed that as long as she had known him, the architect seemed to spend the entire day doing everything but actually working on his building designs. He held meetings, took phone calls, answered letters, supervised students- but was rarely seen at the drafting table. The friend wanted to know: When did Wright conceive his ideas and make the sketches for his buildings? 'Between 4 and 7 o'clock in the morning,' he told her. 'I go to sleep promptly when I go to bed. Then I wake up around 4 and can't sleep. But my mind's clear, so I get up and work for three or four hours. Then I go to bed for another nap.' During the afternoon he would often take an additional nap, lying down on a thinly padded bench or even a concrete ledge; the uncomfortable perch, he said, prevented him from oversleeping."

I love hearing about how each artist made down time for themselves. It's so important! Even throughout the day I find that I have to step away from work for a bit to recharge myself. 

This quote from William James illustrates what I'm searching for with this newfound routine:

"The more of the details of our daily life we can hand over to the effortless custody of automatism, the more our higher powers of mind will be set free for their own proper work. There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation."

It really is about simplifying my life to make room for more creative. The creative must be the priority in order for me to remain sane. 

Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work
— Chuck Close

If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love contact me to learn more about Jamie House Design interior design services.

A Day in the Life- JHD

I did my best to document what I did along the day, missing large chunks and even leaving my phone at the studio at one point. D'oh! This is my studio day. I take one day a week to not schedule appointments so I can have large chunks of time to really get into projects. It's a struggle, but man everyone benefits from my studio days.

So first of all I broke my cardinal rule and met a contractor at a jobsite on my studio day. The day before was super rainy and I just did not want to jobsite in the rain. I mean look at this mud! Interior Design is glamorous and chic.

This meeting was reviewing cabinetry and millwork drawings that I designed onsite to be sure everyone understands my concept and details. DETAILS. They're so important. I prefer to design all of the millwork if possible as well. It's much more fun to dream up ideas than to search catalogs.

This is so embarrassing. But it was requested that I actually BE in my posts sometimes ;) It was SO COLD. 

I got to see how my wood floor inlay design turned out and I LOVE it. BUT I don't love the mud and power tools all over it... Really this site is so muddy with all of the rain they've done a good job trying to keep it clean.

I'm back at the studio to have coffee and emails. I usually run out the door quick in the morning and bring coffee along but since I knew the meeting would be quick I'd rather have my coffee in my fav mug cozy in front of the laptop. My desk is really a table, not the final but great for now. This is usually the state of things around here during the day. This randomness is actually organized chaos I promise!

So working working working is going on. A quick Skype call with my business coach, so paint color selections I should have photographed. These apples taste JUST like candy. Almost too sweet. Almost.

My assistant insists that we sit in the same chair. It's really cozy. & I love it. Perks of having a home studio!

So still in the office working through projects. I can't live without my notebooks. I write everything down. I just can't go full digital, I think with my hands. I've always sketched out plans and drawings before putting them into AutoCAD. I still have to write out ideas and to do lists before adding them to my calendar or emails. Are you fully digital?? I am more than I was a few years ago but I love to draw things out, it's like meditation to me.

Here's where I left my phone (my life!!!) at the studio. There is a great reclaimed wood dealer in my neighborhood so I popped over to meet a contractor there to look at some reclaimed beams that were brought in from Roundtop for a fun project I'm doing. This picture is from a few days earlier but you get the idea. This place is full of treasures.

So I ended the day meeting up with some good friends for a double date and we popped by a client's place to see how everything's going since we were close. Also since my client doubles as my friend's mom ;) Her place is really livable and cute. Maybe one day I'll share some about the people behind the rooms I design. This space is a complete reflection of her. And look she even lit candles! The sweetest. This room was wood paneled and just blah before. My most favorite part of interior design is creating spaces that reflect my client's tastes and lifestyles. I have the best job. 

So I ended the day meeting up with some good friends for a double date and we popped by a client's place to see how everything's going since we were close. Also since my client doubles as my friend's mom ;) Her place is really livable and cute. Maybe one day I'll share some about the people behind the rooms I design. This space is a complete reflection of her. And look she even lit candles! The sweetest. This room was wood paneled and just blah before. My most favorite part of interior design is creating spaces that reflect my client's tastes and lifestyles. I have the best job. 

If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love contact me to learn more about Jamie House Design interior design services.