I hope you are having a great summer! Ours has been packed full in many ways. We just got back from a great family vacation hanging out with friends and then just the five of us tooling around the northwest. We went to Glacier National Park and saw the remaining glaciers there (they’re melting fast so if you want to actually see glaciers at GNP go soon!). We also saw grizzly bears about 30 feet away from us and somehow got all three kids up a mountain for a 12 mile hike! (OK, John carried Becky the ENTIRE way. Still not sure how he did that…).
Besides a great and much needed family vacation I have been working hard on the design end of things too. I decided at the last minute to attend the BOLD Summit in Las Vegas next weekend and I am so excited to go. So many great people to learn from here. Can’t wait to give a report on that.
And if you occasionally check the blog you know I hired an office manager in the spring and Terri has been phenomenal. So glad to have her on board keeping me on track. In addition, this summer I added a design assistant, Samantha (Sam), who has also proven I have incredible taste in hiring people! Sam is amazing and is already adding so much to my little firm. I really don’t know how I got along without both of them for so long.
I mentioned earlier that I had moved to an office in West Berkeley and even though it’s been a few months we have still not gotten the place totally settled yet. I’m taking it as a good sign that we are so busy but still, I was hoping to share photos when it was all done and now I’m wondering if that will ever happen. :) So for the time being, here are some pics of the little office we share now.
The above pic is my desk and our shelves which still need some work…
Sam and Terri’s desks/work tables.
Even though the view leaves much to be desired, the light is amazing!
It took me about 3 months to get the light fixtures installed but they are so much prettier than the flourescents that used to be there. We have other things in the works (hopefully a sign will be coming soon) so I’ll try to keep you posted.
I’m so happy to have an office and get so much more done away from home. We also have some exciting projects in the works–it feels like we are really making it happen.
I just wanted to share some quick photos from part one of an installation I did this morning for a client. We are working on the upstairs bedrooms–one master, one guest room, one teen boy room, and one office. We have some pieces coming in little by little but today we installed the bedding in a couple of rooms.
The house is an early 1900s craftsman and they love the deep saturated craftsman colors they chose a few years ago and didn’t want to repaint. They are lovely colors and provide a great back drop for an updated craftsman feel. It was fun trying to choose fabrics that updated and tied everything together.
Here’s the guest room:
The vintage textile on the bed was the jumping off point and makes the room feel warmer. I love its bold graphic pattern too!
For this room the Quadrille Contessa fabric was the perfect combination of colors to tie in the deep purple of the walls with the reds and burgundies of the vintage framed map above the bed that they have. I love Contessa in a Craftsman home because it is such a great update of a craftsman-like theme. Plus the colorways are beautiful…
The lamps are hammered tin with linen shades.
I actually just used Contessa in another project in a different colorway and am still waiting for the workroom to finish the pillows to install them. Can’t wait to share that one too!
I just had to share a nice mention about an older project. Most of my readers have seen this project plenty of times, but recently I was contacted about sharing some images of the bachelor retreat for an article on living rooms on Today.com. Please check it out and scroll through the images to the last project.
Last week I had the wonderful compliment of a client asking me back to help her with a second room. Last year I helped her and her husband pull together their master bedroom and I just found out they are expecting their second child in November and wanted some help pulling together what will be the girls’ shared room. She is a sweet and wonderful client and I was so happy to reconnect and get a chance to see how their bedroom is working out for them.
Since I never posted pics of their space last year when we were working on it I thought I’d share some now. There was some pretty harsh evening sunlight streaming through the window so I apologize for the brightness:
I can’t seem to find any before pics but this was a pretty dramatic change. The jumping off point was the vintage textile we found when I took her shopping at the Antiques Faire. We had the ticking stripe pillows custom made. The rug is vintage and so is the bedside table. The head board is a reproduction but has the vintage charm too.
Perhaps my favorite part besides the textile is the tulip drop pendants as bedside lamps. Their amber glass is such a warm accent and they really get your attention framed out by the windows. Originally the bed was on a different wall but this makes such a statement as you come in. I love the peacock print too! We curated the art together on Etsy and it was so fun! For some art inspiration check out my curated Etsy finds.
Once again this client has provided such great inspiration photos for the nursery/girls room that I can’t wait to get started. They are such an adorable and sweet family. Thanks for stopping by!
You may have noticed that the web address is now www.lanemcnab.com–but the blog is still called Urban Orchard Interiors. I’m excited to get back to blogging and sharing all the new projects I’m working on and the blog will still be a big part of my process. But since the main focus is designing (as it has been for a while), I wanted my website to reflect that.
The second change is that I have gotten an office outside of my home. It feels great to have work and home be separate for a while–at least some of the time. It’s coming together slowly but when it’s a bit more finished I will share some photos. It’s fairly small but has great light and is about a 10 minute drive from my house. So far it seems like the perfect little place to focus and create and I’m happy to have all my samples and ideas in one somewhat organized space!
And the last big change is that I have hired a fantastic new assistant/office manager–Terri. She’s the yin to my yang right now and is helping me get so many processes in order. Really happy to have her on board!
Amidst all this change I have also been working on several projects I hope to be able to complete, photograph and share soon. Some are finished but not photographed, some are in the final stages and some are still a few months out but each one is exciting and challenging and unique. I love collaborating with clients and tweaking each design to their needs and aesthetic.
So I just wanted you all to know I’m back and planning to post more regularly or at least more often. Thanks for hanging in there! We’ll talk soon…