Brand*Eye Home Portfolio

I switched up my website a bit and now have a portfolio section on my website. It has photos of all of my recent interior projects. Click on Portfolio to see more details.

If you’re looking for someone to help you design your space, hit me up. I am now offering design services for interior styling and design. Email me at brandeyehome@gmail.com for more details. Let’s create your dream space.

In the process of updating the design of my website I some how lost my blog. But now it’s back thanks to my brother in law Brian who fixed it for me. If you’re into obscure punk band and Philly t-shirts, check out his website www.adultcrashing.com.

Easy Halloween Decor

I am typically not one to specifically decorate for Halloween. Usually I just do the fall  pumpkin and generic autumnal vibes so that the decorations can last through to Thanksgiving. But this year I felt inspired by crows and feathers. Here’s what I came up with.

Feather wreath and bat entryway

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2018-10-21 09.50.42-2The feather wreath was from a craft store and I stuck it to this mirror with a suction cup hook thing. The bats were just cut from cardstock. Instructions below.

Week 3: Fall One Room Challenge-Guest Bedroom

Hello again. So… not much has changed in the last day and I am still way behind on this One Room Challenge. But I did just figure out a few small details and made an inspiration board.

I am going to take advantage of the skylight and add a few hanging plants. Maybe not this many, but wouldn’t that be cool?

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The above credenza/wall pic (center) is from a Cup of Joe. The blue chair above I already have. It was actually an estate sale find that I had reupholstered. It was for sale in my now closed online home shop. I schlepped that darn thing to no less than 3 markets and it never sold. So now I am keeping it and it looks great! I am going to try to make the TV look like less of a focal point on the wall by adding art around it. I may also move my cutting table and use a credenza instead.

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I am still trying to decide on the floor. I want to do cork, but I got a sample and ‘tested’ it by trying to scratch it. It scratches more easily than I’d like so I need to keep looking. Oh no pressure, just have only 3 more weeks to figure it out AND install it. Yikes.

Don’t forget to follow along and see all of the other guest participants.

You can find my Week 1 post here, and Week 2 post here.

Week 2: Fall One Room Challenge-Guest Bedroom

And so week two begins (and ends). I basically have done nothing except order a few flooring samples and I am currently in Ireland for a week. (Edit, I was in Ireland for a week, and was unable to post this while there. Sorry for the delay!)

I think I maybe should have planned this a bit better. Oh well. Here is some inspiration that is sort of the vibe I’m going for in this round of One Room Challenge. inspiration

There will be lots of house plants. And the below wallpaper will also make an appearance. I have one roll and need to use it for the one wall in the bathroom. Since I will have some extra I will also use it for a small wall in the guest room to tie the two together. It is the very famous Woods Wallpaper by Cole & Son. Believe it or not, this wallpaper was designed in 1959! It is actually something that could have been installed in our home, which was built in 1963.

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The room below (from Martha Stewart, read all about it here) is sort of the sparse vibe I am going for, but with more plants. Let’s see if I can do sparse in a room with so much going on! You can find my week one here, with before shots of our guest bedroom.

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Come back next week (tomorrow 😉 for more details of this One Room Challenge. And be SURE to follow along and see all of the other guest participants who are surely farther along than I am.

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Green Hex Guest Bathroom

The guest bathroom is finished and it looks fantastic! I am so happy with how it turned out! The best part is that the green cement hex tile is even better than I imagined. You may remember I was trying to figure out which way to lay it, and I think the layout I decided on works well with the layout of the room and gives a focal point to the room.

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I am SO in love with this floor. IMG_20180913_112207

Week 1: Fall 2018 One Room Challenge

Do you remember when I redecorated our Master Bedroom last spring? Well I’m partipating again in another One Room Challenge and I’ve decided to start it on the very first day that our bathroom remodel is completed. Whew, I may be crazy.

I’m planning to redo our guest bedroom, to try to compete with our new guest bathroom. There are two key differences for this room, I’m working on a very strict budget and it’s DIY.  I have a few ideas that I’ve been bouncing around my head, so let’s see what I can come up with. The guest bedroom at Ewok (the nickname given by Ewok’s most frequent guest) is also my sewing/craft room. So it has to serve both purposes. Here is the space from about a year ago.

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The above actually looks way more cluttered now, because I added a tv and shelves. I am now thinking that I like this wall better without the shelves. Hmmm. A fabric cutting area is a must and this really is a great place to do it. I think most of the above will be staying2017-02-02 14.25.02-2

This area definitely needs to be decluttered. I made the curtains out of this awesome coverlet that I bought in India. But, they just do not look great in this space. It is a cool fabric though and I hope to find something to do with it. 2017-02-02 14.25.42-2

This area above is actually super cute as is. But I am thinking of a bit of wallpaper above. The paintings I made of our beloved pets Moz and punch. Our current love bug is below, Winnie.

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Oh yes, I forgot to mention this is also Winnie’s bed. She has pretty much claimed all beds, chairs and sofas in this house.

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The major area that needs to be addressed is the flooring. It’s currently a very stained and sad beige carpet. I want to ditch the carpet and the replacement is still to be decided. We also use this area to watch tv, so I need to find a way to make it more comfortable.

Stay tuned to my blog for the next 6 weeks as I make over this space. And be sure to check out all of the featured designers and fellow guest participants in the One Room Challenge here.

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Guest Bath Design

The guest bathroom renovation has begun and I can’t wait to see it finished! Here are the choices I’ve made so far. It’s all coming together and the only remaining decision is the mirror.

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The green floor tile is where this design began, as I shared in the last post. The green hex tile will be the main flooring, and the shower floor will be the smaller matte black hex. The shower wall tile will be the white subway tile, arranged in a linear pattern. And the countertops (I think) will be a light grey quartz. The lighting is from Rejuvenation and the vanity will be a custom floating sleek walnut vanity with a shelf below it. Our contractor, Fritz Carpentry, will make it so that it fits perfectly in this space. Here are some Photoshop mock ups with a few mirror options.

This round wooden mirror would work with the wood in the vanity and mimic the shape of the lights. sink wall moved for stories round wood

The hex mirror would pull in the hex shape from the flooring. It’s gold, so it would also bring in another color. I am debating if I want to keep everything black (faucet and shower hardware will all be matte black), or bring in some gold accents.

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This round mirror is very over sized and would bring in the gold.

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And this gold one has a cool cat eye shape.

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I was initially leaning towards the cat eye, since it was so unusual, but now I am thinking I like the round wooden one best. I’m also into finding a vintage or antique one to add some originality.

What mirror do you like best?

Guest Bath Before

Our guest bathroom has been on the list of rooms to update and it just had to move to the top of the list for repair. Since it needed to be repaired (the shower hot water only works with a screwdriver), we decided to redo the whole thing. In pictures it doesn’t look too terrible, but in real life it’s drab and slowly falling apart and generally looking crappy.

Here are some before photos. This is actually an improvement. It was a dark, scratched vanity, and I recently painted it white, because I couldn’t take it anymore.

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We are going to get a custom vanity from Fritz Carpentry and we are super excited about that. And the tile walls will be drywall so there will be the future potential for wallpaper here. The shower walls will be tile and I like all tile walls, but we are trying to save $ where we can. Tiling only the shower will be an easy place to save some dough. Plus without tile walls, it’ll be easy to switch around art work. As you can see above, I never even got around to hanging the prints, because hanging things on tile is a pain in the ass. before

The  tub area above to the left will be a standing shower. What floor tile to use in this shower area is currently the dilemma. The shower walls will be white subway tile installed in a stacked pattern. I’m trying to decide if it should be vertical or horizontal. And the shower floor is TBD.

Below is the main floor tile choice. I was eyeing it up on the internet, and then I saw an Instagram story from Estrella Tacos and they had some left over for sale (discounted!)  I snagged them up and they’ll be the definite star of the bathroom. tile

There are so many ways you can lay this tile. This is one top contender. updown pattern

Or on the diagonal. I am thinking of just the original way though (the first one close up). I’ll walk through my designing process with this, so check back to see what I’m up to. And you can follow along on my instagram to see more up to date progress. diagfloor

What do you think of the green floor? I am in love with it and can’t wait to see how it all turns out!