Inspiration Infusion - Love Nest Designs

Today I'm thrilled to have an interview with one of my local inspirations... I hope you enjoy learning more about Love Nest Designs as much as I did!

Dining Room- Love Nest Designs - London, Ontario

Tell us about what Love Nest Design is

 

Love Nest Design actually began as an Interior Design blog.  The name came about when my husband and I purchased a new home that needed a lot of….help.  Aesthetically.  We were bound and bent to turn it into our perfect little paradise!

As an Interior Designer I could not wait to dive right in, and my super handy husband was completely on board.  The blog became a way to document and share our experiences, as we updated our 1970’s two-storey, into something a little more our style.  About a year into the blog (and the renovations!) I decided to begin my own Interior Design Services Company.  After graduating from the Fanshawe Interior Design program and working in the industry, it was time for a little more creative control.  The blog evolved into the company it is today, and the renovating continues….

Family Room- Love Nest Designs - London, Ontario

Where do you go for inspiration?

 

Fabric and function.  I can spend many hours perusing page after page of gorgeous fabric prints and patterns.  It is often the jumping off point for a room design.

I find my most motivating form of inspiration is FUNCTION.  I am constantly looking for ways to make the world around me easier to navigate.  The better your environment caters to your needs, functionally, the more productive and less stressed you are able to be. This means a place for everything, and everything in its place.  Even the wrong color can prevent a space from functioning properly for a person.  If it doesn’t make you feel good, it doesn’t function for you. Design IS function, folks!

 

What is your favourite part of what you do?

 

The diversity of the business.  One minute I might be choosing fabrics for a custom piece of furniture, the next space planning for a retail environment.  Each project is different, it keeps things interesting!

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Biggest piece of advice for someone ready to revamp their home?

 

Have a plan

Have a concrete design before you start, and a step-by-step plan to make it happen.  A designer is skilled in providing a functional design, and can provide project management to keep the renovation on track.

Expect surprises.

Even with the most careful planning, unexpected issues can arise, especially if your renovation involves ripping out walls or flooring.  If you prepare yourself for possible set backs, both in your timeline and budget, the process is much easier to navigate.

Enjoy the process.

There are so many options out there!  Don’t let them overwhelm you!  Stick to timeless styles for expensive items you aren’t likely to replace, and show your personal style with accent items that you are willing to change out in a few years if your style preference changes.

 

 

If you could sit down to coffee one on one with anyone in the world, who would it be?

 

This is a tough one! I suppose I’d have to say either; Sarah Richardson, Jann Arden, or Margaret Atwood.  All three are down to earth, proud to be Canadian, women who are not afraid to go after what they want, but do so with grace, and integrity.  Now, that is something to aspire to.

 

Huge thank you to Allison Cooper from Love Nest Designs for sharing her time with us today.

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Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

London's Rebecca Nash is the London, Ontario based Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind Rebecca Nash Photography. She takes her emotional, elegant, artistic, and whimsical style and applies them to every portrait, wedding, or fine art experience she provides her London, Ontario photography clients.

"I believe every person’s story is different, every person is unique, and no two relationships are the same - this means no two photo shoots are the same. I thrive on the opportunity to create stunning images for amazing people all around me while giving them an experience they'll remember for a lifetime. Each client is trusting me with the opportunity to know their story, share their story, and help them in celebrating life and love in art." - Rebecca Nash

Renovation & Renewal: Month Two - Home

It's month two and more changes are coming!

This month I'm still looking at the Studio Space. I spend a fair bit of time in my office and studio, as do my clients, so it's important to me that it gives a great impression.

This week I've been traveling and had the opportunity to get into new surroundings (and stores) for added inspiration. This inspiration has lead to new ideas of what I want my studio to be.

Now here are the changes I can't wait to start making to The Home Studio: - Remove the Dark Green Carpet and Replace with a light toned laminate or hardwood flooring - Paint! The black walls help to prevent extra light bouncing around but it's so dark! I'm looking at going to a light grey to lighten it up (if I start adding too much colour it does funny things to peoples skin tones) - New couch or slipcover - looking at a nice ivory or linen colour. Something light and neutral - Bright textured/patterned throw pillows on the couch (pillows say polish, fun, and comfort to me) - Replace the wood table with a nice glass coffee table for extra lightness - Get some framed work, an Uppercase living quote, and decorative pieces up on the walls - Pick up some small decor items to add life to the space - And so much more!

 

And what wishlist would be complete without outlining the someday dream. Here's Mine!

The Dream Studio: - Large exhibition space to showcase my own work but also other local artists & photographers - Office space with printing, framing, and work spaces as well as a reading corner - Dressing Room & Bathroom for clients (think old hollywood style - Vanities, couches, Clothing Racks, etc - Large Studio with Large Windows for Natural Light work (and a way to block the light too when needed) plus prop storage space (maybe a separate room) - Lounge area (couches, coffee tables, comfy chairs, table & chairs set etc) for consultations & ordering sessions. - Glass walls for a more open and bright feel

Do you have a room like this in your house? A room that you have you wishlist for now but your dream list for someday? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

                                                                                                                                                                                  
Rebecca Nash is the London, Ontario based Creative Director & Photographic Artist behind Rebecca Nash Photography. She takes her emotional, elegant, artistic, and whimsical style and applies them to every portrait, wedding, or fine art experience."I believe every person’s story is different, every person is unique, and no two relationships are the same - this means no two photo shoots are the same. I thrive on the opportunity to create stunning images for amazing people all around me while giving them an experience they'll remember for a lifetime. Each client is trusting me with the opportunity to know their story, share their story, and help them in celebrating life and love in art." - Rebecca Nash

Wedding Wednesday: Immersed Centre Pieces

When it comes to floral arrangements and center pieces for your reception everyone has an opinion! There are traditional floral decors, there are candle and mirror displays, and the list goes on and on! Today I want to share one of my personal favorites for a more traditional wedding...flowers or twigs submerged in water!
First Decision is always what to submerge...if you love a floral motif that ties in to the bouquets Calla Lillies and Orchids lend themselves extremely well. If however, you love something more earthy and natural, twigs add a fabulous texture to the centerpieces.

When you're looking at these immersed arrangements you have many options. These can be done in a single large vase, uniform sized vases lined up side by side,  or multiple heights of thin vases grouped together like these displays.

I love all these beautiful creations! Considering using a combination of crystals and candles in and/or around the vases to create an amazing, romantic feel to the reception as the lights go down. It's all about modern elegance with these immersed arrangements!

                                                                                                                                                                          

London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.

Style Me Monday: Does your space reflect you?

Does your space showcase your style or is it purely functional?
Today I'm turning my style on my space. Looking at my studio space I realized something...there's a major disconnect between my style and personality...and the way I've set up my space. This is where my journey began...
My goal is to reflect my personality and style, so first I had to figure that out...What is my style? How do you describe my personality? How do I want clients to feel in the space?
Examining this I came up with this list of words/descriptions:
  • Young (but not childish)
  • Fun
  • Elegant
  • Classic
  • Energetic
  • Warm/Comfortable/Welcoming
  • Stunning Details
  • Luxurious
  • Open
  • Bright/Light

 

I began to look at my space and GAH! this was completely not the way my current space reflects. Right now it comes across more dark, basic, and a little disorganized.

Before I can move forward I need to come up with my vision and budget to revamp the studio space so I jumped over to Polyvore and created the type of look I'd love to achieve.

What do you think? Did I hit the mark?
This set up brings in the warmth and comfort in the the large comfy chairs and pile of pillows on the couch. The young, fun, colourful, & bright came in the choice of colours in the couch, the rug, and the choice of artwork on the wall. The elegance, beauty, and details are the beautiful lights.
This is the look that I'm keeping in mind as I work to create the studio space of my dreams!