Hi everyone! I’m Austrie, Lisa’s Design Assistant, and I’m beyond excited about the invitation to be a contributor to this Décor & Style Blog, All Por Ju. (Thanks Lisa!) I just graduated from BYU-Idaho’s Interior Design program this spring and I love the experiences being an Interior Designer brings in the glamorous city of Las Vegas!
I just returned from an amazing trip, I experienced many “firsts” during my travels! My first visit to the state of North Carolina, my first experience at High Point Market, my first mastermind coaching event with one hell of a business woman Terri Taylor (stay tuned for a future post on her and the fearless team she leads), my first time meeting the one and only … K E L L Y W E A R S T L E R ! Need I say more???! I’m still on cloud 9 a week later!
Since July 2014, I have been working on a one story semi-custom home in the southwest area of Las Vegas. My client contacted me as he was signing documents to purchase the lot. With the opportunity to lay a solid foundation and make decisions that would affect the overall design, I was more than happy to take on the project! Construction started in August, drywall went up in November, and the home was turned over to us by the beginning of this year. That statement alone makes me chuckle because it sounds so quick and simple! If only….
In the wise words of Jenna Lyons, “As far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement, my love for the print has been strong since childhood. I must give credit where credit is due and it is because of my adorable grandmother. “Gram,” as we called her, was a fashion forward lady beyond her years! Leopard print was a staple in her wardrobe and I have followed suit. This fierce pattern is chic and always on trend, and not just in your wardrobe…
With all major holidays comes a flood of relevant reminders, inspiration, and DIY recipes in our social media feeds. Being that I am a visually-drawn person, sites such as Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr are my go-tos. In case you’ve forgotten or haven’t been reminded by whichever platforms you follow, Valentine’s Day is coming up in just five short days! While I try and narrow down what romantic and affectionate expressions I’ll be creating for my loved ones… here are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day related PINSPIRATIONS.
One of the blog categories I hope you’ll be looking forward to is “CWO” (Currently Working On) where I share a diary of inspo, mood boards, products, photos and anything else that contributes to the evolvement of my designs and projects. If you want to start from the beginning, check out CWO: Private Residence at the Mandarin Oriental Part 1 HERE.
Last week proved to be a busy one for design professionals alike. With five trade shows to choose from, the second annual Design and Construction Week kept Las Vegas hustling and bustling. My design assistant Amber and I attended Las Vegas Market since our focus is in interior design, decoration, and styling. Over 140 new showrooms were added to the roster, so we had a lot of square footage to cover. Here are the highlights of a few of my favorite products, showrooms, and vignettes.
It’s that time again, Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas! Having just one year under it’s belt, this year is proving to be the biggest and best yet. With five trade shows in five days, yes I said F I V E… Las Vegas is forecasting more than 125,00 design professionals to flood the city. I can’t wait to see all this week has to offer between new products, networking events, and educational opportunities. The best part of all, it takes place in my backyard.
If I’m ever lacking creativity or need a rush of artistic insight, beauty tips, a fashion update, and pretty much anything under the sun… I look to Pinterest. It’s my go-to site and houses over 5,000 ideas I’ve collected since joining. I love the fact that I can easily organize projects, have the ability to “hide” ideas and sources with those sneaky secret boards, as well as share links with friends, family, and even my clients. No matter how busy my week has been, I always fit Pinterest into my schedule. Here are some of my latest pins.