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….
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.
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.
One of the most exciting parts of what I do is witnessing the progression of a project, to keep track of it’s growth on my trusty iPhone camera, and to breathe life to a once dead space. “Currently Working On” will probably be one of my favorite blog categories because I can share the story behind every design. I’m happy to post my first “CWO” blog featuring a project that holds a special place in my heart.
The much anticipated announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 was declared last week as Marsala. As Pantone puts it, “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”