Client Project: Modern Farmhouse Progress

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! How's your Monday so far? Mine's off to an early start with lots of design work ahead today for my clients + watching one of my sweet friends' two little girls for a few hours. 

I thought I'd show you some progress pictures of the custom build I'm working on right now! I've been mentioning it on Instagram stories a lot, and so finally today I'm showing you some peeks. I'm so honored to have this home in the Michigan Parade of Homes this coming May! It's always been a business dream and goal of mine, so the fact that it's happening is definitely a "pinch me" moment!

This is the kitchen. The cabinets went in and look gorgeous! I cannot wait to show you the backsplash for the kitchen. We're doing a white subway tile with a crackle finish and then a gorgeous marble hand laid tile above the range.

This is the little desk area in the kitchen:

The laundry room also has white cabinets, since it's right off the kitchen, so they'll tie nicely into each other. This backsplash is also going to be really beautiful and sleek!

The floor in the laundry room is so fun (below), so we paired it with a simple quartz (the same that will be in the kitchen to keep things consistent). To finish it off, we're doing a stainless steel backsplash all the way up to the cabinets. It's going to be a show stopper!

This is the mudroom. The laundry room door is the right of the picture, we're standing in the kitchen to take the picture, and the door to the garage is to the left of the picture. My client has 5 kids (5!!!) so this locker storage is a necessity. It's going to be beautiful and functional for their family! We'll be making a custom bench cover for the little window seat.
The basement of the house is really large, featuring a kitchen, family room, 3 bedrooms + 1 bath, and a work out room. The countertop is a gorgeous quartz with some beige and gray (greige) veining, which you can see below. You know the 5 kids I was telling you about? 4 of them are boys, so all of their rooms are in the basement and will be sharing a bathroom. The bathroom design is below with the darker wood cabinet, this same quartz we're using in the basement kitchen, and we will be tiling the entire wall behind the vanity with this amazing wood-looking tile in a herringbone pattern. It's going to have a really cool, industrial farmhouse look for the boys.
Another thing I'm looking forward to seeing come together is the gorgeous lighting we have picked out for this home. You can see some of the selections below:
glass pendant (kitchen) / recycled glass multiple pendants (dining room) / recycled glass sconce (master bedroom) / schoolhouse curved arm sconce (powder room) / schoolhouse flushmount
Those are all the sneak peeks I have so far, but stay tuned on my Instagram Stories this Wednesday, as I'm going on site and will share more progress!
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Friday Finds: Booties, Boots and Flats for Fall

I'm sure glad it's Friday, because I need some rest this weekend! The weather has been insanely beautiful this week, which I'm so thankful for! However, while in the middle of writing this post, our power went out (no idea why-- it's 70 and sunny!) so I am now writing from the Starbucks down the street. Not complaining about that ;)

Since getting two new pairs of booties for fall this year, I've been obsessed and noticing booties, boots and other cute shoes for fall everywhere I go. I thought I'd round up some of my favorites for you incase you're in the market for some new kicks. 


A few favorites:

3: I have these cut out bootiesand showed you them here. I absolutely love them, but make sure to size down a HALF size! 

4: Love the chestnut color of these!
5. I haven't gotten a pair of loafers yet, but I have my eye on this pair!
6: I have these boots and they are, by far, the most comfortable pair of tall boots I own. They come in black and brown. Get a pair now and thank me later!!

7: I also have these tall boots and they're my second most comfortable pair of boots. I have last year's in the non-suede, but my mom has the suede. They're really pretty! (ps. this picture makes me cold looking at snow!!!)

10: These are WATERPROOF, ladies. Such a game changer for living in Michigan. Also SO comfy!! On sale now! Sorry, I know I shared these Monday, but I couldn't resist since now they're on sale.

Anthropologie: 25% off sale
This gingham top is calling my name.

I love the Loft, it's no secret-- I share their clothes all the time. They always have sales, which makes it even better! I think I'm going to get this poncho in navy.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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3 Decorating Mistakes You Might Not Know You're Making

Alright friends, we're talking about design crimes today. Over the past 6 years of owning my interior design business, I've seen a lot of rooms and houses! I don't think people do things because they think it doesn't look good (who would do that?!), I think people make design decisions because they just don't know the more pleasing way to do things. Don't be offended if you're making any one of these three mistakes!! I've made lots of decorating mistakes over the years-- thanks to my parents for letting me experiment with their house while I was in high school, so I could get a lot of them out then ;) Hopefully these will be helpful to you as you're creating a home you love. #3 is more of a decorating lesson, so I hope you learn a little something there!
1. Hanging art or wall decor too high or too low.
I see this all the time! It mostly happens when a shorter or taller-than-average person is doing the hanging :) The center of your art should be about 55-60" high off the floor to achieve the "perfect" height!

 The other thing to note here is that if you're hanging an object (like a mirror or painting) above a piece of furniture or over a mantle, there needs not to be too much space in between the said mantle and the bottom of the object. If there's a huge gap, the two things look very disjointed. So if you follow the ~60" center rule and it's too high above whatever you're hanging it above, then you can cheat it down a little. Every rule always an exception, right?! ;)

2. Furniture pushed up against your walls.

This is a big one. A lot of people are misguided when it comes to furniture placement. Most would simply put their sofa and chairs up against walls, but often that can make a room look smaller and create an awkward pit right in the middle of a room, which also becomes the place everyone has to walk through the room. All that dead space in the middle of the room is anything but inviting! 
When you pull furniture off the wall and really think about a functional layout, your room feels like it can breath, you create a more interesting layout, AND you can create intentional pathways for people to walk. Bonus is your space usually looks bigger and more inviting, because you are able to create better conversation areas!
(Of course there are exceptions to this! A media stand and tv should always be against a wall, so should a buffet in a dining room. This is more specific to a living or family room...or even an office!) 

3. Not lighting your space.
Builders don't always put the right lighting in a house to really make it feel welcoming, create ambience and give you good task lighting (lighting you need to complete a task). This is one of the reasons I love working with clients who are designing a new home or doing a reno on a current home from the beginning-- things like lighting often get overlooked! What I'm getting at here is that you can have a beautiful room with pretty decor, but if you can't see it, what's the point?! ;)

One of my favorite elements in a room is the lighting.  It's the light that truly highlights and brings to life the architecture and design of any room. It's like jewelry for your home! In interior design school, I learned all that technical stuff like lumens, wattage, foot candles, A-lamp, R-lamp, that is the not-so-fun-but-still-important-part. Lost you yet?! ;) I don't want to bore you with that stuff, but I DO want to educate you on bringing the proper light to your space. Remember to include 3-4 of the 4 types of light in every room:

1. General {the overhead lighting that generally lights up the room}
2. Task {light that helps you perform specific tasks, like reading or cooking. These are typically can lights or table lights.}
3. Accent {sconces, pendants, or recessed lighting that are used to highlight artwork, sculptures, fabric, or architectural details}
4. Decorative {primarily the ornamental chandelier lighting, wall sconces, candles, entry fixtures, that are meant to stand out and draw your eye to them as being a statement piece.}

Above images by Ashley Slater Photography for Michaela Noelle Designs

 Michaela Noelle Designs

How's that for a design school lesson?! 
So, are you committing any of these design crimes?
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Our Finished Gallery Wall

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me post about a new piece of art I had my friend, Chelsea, do to complete our gallery wall. She used watercolor to paint a picture of my bridal bouquet! I'm so in love with it, because it's one of my very favorite details of our wedding day, so I'm really thankful to have the memory of it preserved in the painted form. I thought I'd show you the final product today!

The gallery wall hangs at the top of our stairs, as you walk into our apartment, so this is our entry way.

 I absolutely love this piece! I'm so grateful to have such an amazingly talented painter as a friend!! Every time someone comes over, they ohhh and aww over this art. I just thought the other day about what a perfect gift this would be as a wedding planner, photographer or florist, to give to a bride. I know I would love it :)

Now our gallery wall is finally complete! Do you have any unique pieces that are extra special in your gallery collections?

Happy Wednesday!

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