Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Inspired Colors :: Lodge Style

This is going to be the last post from the trip... I know, I have really spread it out, and shared a lot of different elements of our time in Montana, but it really was just so beautiful and so inspiring.

So here are some color schemes I created based off of images from the trip. You can use these schemes for your lodge home, or wherever they speak to you. All of the colors are Benjamin Moore, however this is not an endorsed post. (I just love their colors.)

The first scheme is based off the glaciers:

This is really two color schemes, from Dakota Shadow to Baby's Breath or from Baby's Breath to Holiday Wreath. This is a very earthy set of colors, inspired by all of the water, the trees, and the layers of rock and snow on the glacier. There is a good range of colors here to have your baselines and your accents.

The second color scheme is based on the Prairie from the Bison Range (Also such an incredible experience):

I included the colors of the flowers and grasses here as well as some colors from the antelopes' fur. I love the shape of his (or her?) antlers and how they almost form a heart. This color scheme again could be applied in your lodge home or wherever you feel it speaks to you. You could break this into multiple schemes or use the three shades of browns on the left and mix in one or two of the colors on the right to make it your own.

What do you think? Do you use the images from your trips or beautiful things that you see to create color schemes? I cannot wait to have a place of our own that I can paint the walls and really apply some of this inspiration!

Happy scheming, and happy inspiration!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday Styles :: Lodge

Inspired by our recent trip to the Pacific Northwest and Montana, I thought I would do a little Saturday Styles post on Lodge decor and share some of the photos from our trip and where we stayed, as well as some key elements in lodge decor.

One of the breathtaking views in Glacier National Park

We were lucky enough to stay overnight at the Grouse Mountain Lodge after a day of exploring and hiking the glaciers in Glacier National Park.

A few images from the Grouse Mountain Lodge. 

Key elements of the design include color-schemes, patterns and textures inspired by nature. In this design space you are really in the outdoors, and the goal is to let your space reflect that natural setting so take cues from what you see outside your windows.

Here are some great examples of letting the wilderness around you guide your design decisions in a lodge setting:

The windows are the center of this space. surrounded by exposed wood and masonry walls.

Exposed rafters and the fireplace cozy up this lodge bedroom.

Eat-in kitchen with a modern lodge twist.

Quintessential lodge living room.

So what do you think? Are you a fan of the rustic and nature inspired elements that create the warmth and coziness of the lodge style? Can't get enough lodge style? Check out our coordinating Pinterest board for more on this area.

Happy Styling!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Do Play With Your Food

As a kid, you probably heard your mother say, at least once, "don't play with your food!"

Mexican lasagna with a side of fresh guacamole-YUM!

But I am here to say, DO! Do play with your food! Experiment with flavors that you like, and flavor combinations that when you think of them they make your mouth water.

My recent food play led me to create a mexican lasagna. (Which with a little web searching, told me it wasn't really that innovative...) Here's what I did:

I cooked up a can of lean ground beef with some taco seasoning, and once it was all browned up, I added a can of refried beans and stirred them together for my meat layer.

For the sauce I used canned diced tomatoes with green chilies, and mixed in some enchilada sauce.

Here are the layers:

The layers, all stacked up.

1. A layer of the sauce to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
2. Corn tortillas
3. Protein layer (meat & bean combo)
4. Spinach
5. Sprinkle Cheese mixture (I used Trader Joe's Soy Cheese Blend)
Repeat these 5 layers until the pan is full finishing with a layer sauce and cheese.

Pop it into the oven and bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes (you are really just warming it up and melting the cheese.), and here is your finished product:

Bon App├ętit!

Whip up some guac to accompany the dish, and enjoy! (Best of all this meal is entirely gluten-free and dairy-free!)

Happy eating!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Local-Global Inspiration

The other day, I stopped at the local Starbucks, and was very pleased with what I found.

They had made some minor renovations since the last time I had been to this location and created a little studying/work alcove with a gorgeous table, light fixtures, and a focal point design on the wall with a beautiful message.

An overall view of the space.

Their accompanying message:

  • This wall is made from wood repurposed from a Starbucks store in New York. (aka-repurposed locally.)
  • The wainscoting and millwork in the store is made from bamboo, a rapidly renewable resource.
  • This store was painted with low VOC pain to improve the air quality around you. (VOC = volatile organic compound)
  • The table behind you is made from standing deadwood.

The aforementioned table in all of it's natural beauty:

Starbucks' overall message (it should become a mantra): "Shared Planet"

Shared Planet: You and Starbucks. It's bigger than coffee.

Sustainability is something that I feel so strongly about. It is so important, yet its importance doesn't get nearly enough attention. I was thrilled to see that a company, especially one with a global presents, is taking steps to be 'green.' Not to mention, the overall space is aesthetically appealing too!

Way to go Starbucks!

Happy Sustainability!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I've Got Some 'Splainin' To Do...

I know, I know, it has been a while. And I appreciate you sticking around to see what is up. 

Right now, I am sitting in a beautiful lodge, in the stunning mountains in Montana. But where have I been for the last few months?

The view from yesterday's hike in Glacier National Park.

Well, I have taken a more career focused job as a bathroom designer in New Jersey. This means that not only was I changing jobs, I was relocating. And that process isn't the normal relocation process, as P is still working in CT and living in our place full time. So I am temporarily staying with family in NJ, until we can figure out what we want our next move to be with housing, etc.

As for the new job, I am loving it. It is the first position I have held that truly feels like a career not just another job. I get to use my design skills everyday and help people design their bathrooms. That being said, it is a big change from what I know. There is a lot to learn, and everyday I cover some new ground, and I am really truly loving my new position.

However, it eats up a lot of my brainpower, and when I get home, I exercise, then I feel like I can't muster the energy to do anything else. 

I have been stockpiling post ideas and snapping lots of pictures of my surroundings, or anything I find inspiring... now it is time to bring these things to you. The short of it is that I am not going anywhere, DBK is here to stay! I've just been in an adjustment period. I hope you understand. 

For more images and excitement between posts, you can always follow me on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter, as I seem to be active on those outlooks of social media pretty regularly. 

Thank you for your support, and we will return to our regularly scheduled programming shortly.

Happy Changes!