My Summer Class- A very special project

Happy Monday everyone. Whew I have been super busy. Cleaning up after demo is no joke! Today I wanted to share what I have been up to for my class this summer.

For my summer class this semester I wanted to do an independent study and teach myself how to use sketch-up. Sketch-up is a computer aided program that allows you to create a 3 D model of things and/or spaces. I chose to create a bedroom suite for a young girl with special needs, specifically a young girl that is medically fragile. A former teacher that I worked very close with at the Cedar Lane School offered to be a second mentor on this project. She has in the past taught home and hospital so I thought she would be perfect for the job. As a person coming into a child's home to teach she would need a few things to help her help the child better. For those who aren't aware( its OK, I got you :)) home and hospital is for kids who are to sick to attend school as well as those who miss a lot of school due to their condition. In this case a teacher like my mentor would create lesson plans, gather supplies and visit the child on the scheduled date. 

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For comfort I added a specific desk space for the home and hospital teacher to use. In the event that the child is well enough to sit in their wheel chair I wanted them to be able to be pushed up to the desk. A desk with an open space under it is perfect for that. My mentor mentioned that there have been times when she has gone to teach and the child is still in bed, there is plenty of space for the bed to be rolled to the desk or for the teacher to roll the desk chair over to the bed. I was having a super proud of myself moment(computers and I struggle at times) when I discovered I could import textiles for the window treatments and accent pillows. I found two prints perfect for a young girl:). I also added a cozy chair at the foot of the bed for the child's nurse or care giver to sit in while the teacher is teaching. 

For the bathroom access I wanted to use a door that was easily accessible and didn't take up floor space with a door swing, I thought this paneled barn door was perfect for that. For my design I took the comfort of not only the child into consideration but also that of the care giver. A spacious bathroom with a roll in shower allows the child and the care giver to be in the space and use the space cohesivly.  

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Lastly I created a spacious closet that would allow for the child to be rolled in and out of, not only to help pick their clothes out( a girls always gotta shine)n but for them to be cared for. Often times children that are medically fragile require hygiene care as well. I chose to add a dresser with a changing pad out side of the bathroom, it feels less clinical and it also provides a better area for the care giver to move around in. I found a metal "hello beautiful" sign that adds a nice touch to the space, its a fun qoute for a young person to see and to hear. 

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Thank you so much for checking out this very special project that is close to my heart. After spending two years in a school where I worked hand in hand with medically fragile children, I can honestly say they changed my life:)

As you scroll through you will see both Duralee fabrics( one for the accent pillows and one for drapes), the Kravet accent chair and the Herman Miller office chair.

Paint Colors- Some Bold, Some Neutral

Happy Monday Everyone!!

This week I want to talk paint paint paint. 

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I love paint colors and the way that paint can change a space. When we moved into our home the walls were a dull color that had been there for a very long time it seemed. I was ready for a refresh but do we go bold or neutral. We both sat down and went back and forth about it, I love grays and whites and soft colors while he loves earth tones.  Our tiny cozy home is filled with all kinds of colors ( they all complement each other well without over taking each other) and I have to say I couldn't be more excited. 

The office has a bold accent wall with a bright orange while the master and guest bedroom are softer colors. We struck gold with almost all of the colors except for the first color in the kitchen. The paint swatch we picked up at the store was reading much darker then the color actually was( it had a surprising yellow undertone) so we changed it that night. We went to the paint store and narrowed down the choices, we ultimately chose Rosemary which is much closer to what we thought we were getting in the other color. Its a darker richer green that adds a nice since of calm to the house. Speaking of calming colors, I recently found an article on the psychology of paint that I found very interesting. The article suggests that blue( one of the most popular paint colors) and green have calming affects. The blues and greens in our house certainly make me feel calm when I see them. The article also suggests that adding pops of orange can invoke creativity, I found that appropriate since the orange in our home is in the office. I have always found it interesting that changing a paint color can change how the space makes you feel. I find this to be so true with our house, our cozy home feels brighter and "bigger" with all of these colors. 

We also changed the exterior of our front door, I was a little apprehensive at first because having a colored door can make a statement. I wanted to make sure we had the right color and I gotta say, Salty Dog on our door is perfect. Every time we see it we are both like "check out our front door" with huge smiles. Changing the paint color up a bit on the exterior as well as the interior has definitely made this house feel more like our home. Below are some of the colors we chose, Do you prefer neutrals or bold vibrant colors?

 "Salty Dog" on our door, We are loving it with our new black storm door:)

"Salty Dog" on our door, We are loving it with our new black storm door:)

Welcome to the blog

Welcome Friends!

I wanted to take some time to tell you about what my vision is for this blog and Vintage Soul Designs. Going back to school for interior design has truly changed my life and I want to be able to share that joy and passion with you. I hope to create a space through this blog where you can come for inspiration, new ideas and to share some of your own ideas. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I love fall, coffee and farmhouse style but above all I love helping people. 

The name vintage soul was inspired by not only my love for all things vintage, (I have been antiquing with my best friend since we could drive ) but also from people saying I have an old soul. Whether you share a love for vintage or not I am positive I can help you create a home that makes you feel relaxed and cozy.  Our homes should be a place where we feel safe, can create memories and live our best lives.

Coming up on the blog I am going to be talking about some fun stuff including a Christmas in July post,  my first design project, the demo work we have been doing on our fixer upper, and some of my current decor obsessions:)

I look forward to being able to connect with you all and getting to know my vintage soul friends!

 A favorite photo from our engagement shoot many moons ago:)   

A favorite photo from our engagement shoot many moons ago:)