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Saturday Morning Musings, June Edition

Perfect Dining Room | Covet Living

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Goooooooood MMMORNING!!!!!  Ahhh Happy Summer!  Hope your weekend’s off to a great start.  I’m currently doing what I do best on a Saturday morning, which is drinking my 10th cup of coffee to the sound of Gus destroying a bone at my feet, whilst I scroll back through my last few months’ worth of pins and marinate in the glory of all the inspo on my phone I’ve been stockpiling.  I just noticed everything I’m obsessing over right now is in washed-out shades of blues and whites… guess it’s à cause de summa.  Anyway – wanna play??

This Ann Sacks tile knocks my socks off.  It’s got such a calming, iridescent, under-the-sea, understated thing going on.  Also reminds me of the tile from that Steven Gambrel kitchen that served as inspo for my Bright Copper Kettles project.

Ann Sacks Medina Tile | Covet Living

I cannot even handle this baby fluff ball.  I mean, I *KINDA* wanna get married and have kids someday when I grow up, but I also KIIINDA wanna buy a farm and raise golden retrievers.  JUST KIDDING JAYNE JUST KIDDING.

Baby Golden | Covet Living

Saw this number on a friend of mine in a pic on Facebook and immediately demanded to know where it came from.  Perfect dress for summertime wedding-guesting, date night-ing, picnic-ing, etc.

Bella Maxi Dress | Covet Living

This Bevolo Lantern makes me weak at the knees.

Bevolo Governor Lantern | Covet Living

And so do these Billy Haines vintage chairs that I’d give my left nut to get my hands on…

Billy Haines Vintage Chairs, Chairish | Covet Living …and recover Walter G’s Kanoko Pacific Blue Linen (via Nicky Rising), which is about the most perfect fabric I’ve ever seen.

Kanoko Pacific Blue Linen, Walter G | Covet Living

Hows about making this for suppa tonight?  Caramelized Goat Cheese, Kale & Fig pizza.  Operation 6-pack can start tomorrow.

Carmelized Onion Goat Cheese Pizza | Covet Living

Dew drop glass hex tiles… I would do up an entire shower wall in these.  Can you imagine???

Dew Drop Hex Tile | Covet Living

Look past the light fixture/table to the cabinetry on the end of that dining room… Perfection.  I’ve had to design a lot of built-ins lately – especially for dining rooms – and it’s always a balance trying to get ample storage without looking like you just slapped a 12 ft wall with as much cabinetry as you could… that gets to feelin’ REAL HEAVY REAL FAST.  What I love that they did here was: a) left breathing room in the middle.  There’s obviously a window here, but even if there wasn’t, they added shiplap, which adds some visual interest and keeps the center portion from looking all cheese-stands-alone.  b) They did mirrored glass inserts with a wire mesh detail in the upper doors, which keeps it feeling open – like an extension of the window in the center.

Dining Cabinetry | Covet Living

This dress may look like Lilith Fair 2016 and you may hear Sarah Mac jamming when you look at it, but I’m telling you, it’s stunning on, and what’s more – it’s PJ status comfy.

Free People Other Days Maxi | Covet Living

Sigh… reminds me of how the light looks when the sun starts to go down on warm summer nights.  Heaven.

Fresh Farmhouse Shadow | Covet Living

I’m dying for one of these giant clam shells to corral – wuhhhl – I’ll let you know when I figure it out.  But I totally need it.

Giant Clam Bowl | Covet Living Please God can my hair dry like this?  Not that I don’t love having the albino version of Buckwheat’s hair / human pipe cleaners attached to my head when I get outta the ocean.

Hair Envy 2 | Covet Living

One of the most perfect blue-greens I’ve ever seen.

Hazel, Sherwin Williams | Covet Living

This chandelier in a room painted in that color above?  Yes please.

Vintage Gilt Chandy, Etsy | Covet Living

Saw these at Anthro the other day.  Great for summer entertaining al fresco.

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A to the Men, one thousand times over.  I cannot, cannot, CANNOT wrap my head around how quickly time passes.  I legit think the 90’s were like 10 minutes ago, and then I realize I was in high school 17 years ago.  It’s going too fast, and there’s just no time to not say what you feel and to not do all the things you’ve wanted to do. The nicest thing one of my friends ever said to me was that I was her only friend who she knew who would never have to live with any regrets… (which basically means I’m nuts enough to take any and every leap of faith).  I miss a lot for sure and it doesn’t always work out, but I do try my best to live by that mantra.  Also just means you never have to wonder.  So how bout them apples.

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Tabarka’s new collection is so unreal.  This might be my favorite yet.

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I really, REALLY want to use this for drapery panels in Karrie’s entry.  It’s understated without being boring and so, so soothing.  Pretty sure if Meryl could’ve made an extra pair of luscious draperies for the set of It’s Complicated, she would’ve used this.

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Behold: the perfect little summer dress.  Courtesy of Free People.  I’m not small (5’9″ / not a stick) but that’s a size small, so it runs large.

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Bless you, nice lady who posted this Limoncello cocktail recipe that I’ll be making later today.

Limonchella Cocktail | Covet Living

LINDSAY COWLES could knock me down with a feather with the 4116 Caribbean bad boy on grasscloth that just hit the streets.  Also, girlfriend just had a babe – congrats, mama!!!!!

Lindsay Cowles, Grasscloth | Covet Living

These heels.  I cannot.

Heels | Covet Living

I accidentally tried this “Queen of the Sun” maxi on at Free People (do I live there?) the other day, then accidentally laid it on the counter and accidentally let them swipe my credit card.  It may not translate but this is one of those stunning dresses in person that you see like, once every 5 years and then still kick yourself 10 years later if you didn’t buy it. It’s ethereal and flowy and I’m totally wearing it to a wedding next weekend… right after I have a tailor tweak the boob situation.  PS, I’m usually a 6, and this sucker is a 2, so it runs large as well.

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Attention peeps on a budget with kiddos: Joanna Gaines’ new rug collection for Loloi does NOT disappoint, and this is my favorite one.  Bonus: it’s made of polypropylene which means your nuggets will have a tougher time screwing it up.

Joanna Gaines for Loloi EJ-05 Dark Blue | Covet Living

The old (fashioned) person – and the semi-southerner – in me wants a set of monogrammed linen cocktail napkins REAL bad.

Linen Cocktail Napkins | Covet Living

Please, please please can I put this in some friend of mine’s nursery????  Might be the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.

Pato Otomi Pendant | Covet Living

From Maven collection, and coming soon to an inspo board for my room at Casa Covet Living.

PInk Vintage Rug, Maven | Covet Living

I’m not a red person, and Lord knows whether or not I’ll ever see the aisle (cuz I’ll be REAL busy with my farm of baby Gusses), but I do NOT hate this bouquet.  Not even a little.

Red Bouquet | Covet Living

Please, sweet Safavieh chair, get in my beach house.

Safevieh Chair | Covet Living

I found this ditty from Lee Industries on Craigslist yesterday when I was trolling for cheap settees to recover for my dining room.  It’s not cheap ($800), but considering it retails for close to $3k and is almost brand new, that’s not unreasonable.  The lines of it are stunning – and unlike a lot of upholstered benches for a dining area, the back isn’t too reclined and it’ll keep you sittin’ up nice & straight so you don’t spill your Wheaties in your lap.

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I’d like to blow this Slim up super big time and also pop in said dining room.

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Hot hot hot.

Steve Madden Sassey | Covet Living

Perfect off-the-shoulder and perfect sunnies.

Summer off the Should | Covet Living

These wall sconces would be SO COZY flanking a big upholstered bed.

Sunset Plaza Sconce, VC | Covet Living

I may wear these on my next trip to CB.  Rawr.

Tassel Shorts | Covet Living

Thonet + Cane + Bleached Wood = heaven.

Thonet Chairs, Fresh Farmhouse | Covet Living

I’ll take my piña colada at the swing-up bar, svp.

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Those side chairs are to die.

Wicker Chairs | Covet Living

What I wanna live in all summer long.

Summer Whites | Covet Living

Come to my farm little muffin!

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Mama needs that hat.  (I am mama).

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Tabarka.  Seriously slaying me one tile at a time.

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Wishlist to the max.  I love the beige tortoise action.

 

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I insta’d this the other day when I looked up and realized my room looks a lot like what my life feels like.

Stephanie Ballard | Covet Living Interiors

Not to get all weird, but when I sat back and thought about it for a stitch, I also realized I wasn’t sure how/when my life became one where started my own business and make my own schedule and pick out beautiful things for people (and then they pay me – OMG), and also separately work for the nicest/best boss ever and get to design kitchens and bathrooms and learn everything you ever wanted to know about cabinets… or that I live this washed-out technicolor existence where I ride around this little beach town on my little mint green beach cruiser, run with Gus on the beach in the morning and inhale saltwater / feel sunshine on my shoulders all day, scoot to yoga in the mornings, scoot off to remote mountain wonderlands some weekends and fly fish with someone who will remain nameless for now but is a damn gem, slam fish tacos for about 2 meals a day, spend weekends in Malibu and at Casa Covet Living, live in the most beautiful place ever and have the best friends and family, ever.  Etc.  Two and a half years ago I remember a time when I COULD not see the light at the end of the tunnel and could not fathom that I wasn’t going to drown in that sadness.  Even a year ago, the residue of (that) was still pretty constant, and I was also in another pretty unsavory situation with someone who seemed to delight in telling me all the things I wasn’t capable of doing / couldn’t possibly handle.  Life’s too short and ain’t nobody got time for that, so if anyone’s doing that to you right now, dontchoodare listen to um… and know that that’s about them, not you. Anyhow.  Just shows to go ya how much can change for the better if you let go of all the things you know aren’t good for you, kindly say goodbye to the people who neither respect nor appreciate you, focus only on what you can control, put yourself and what you do best out into the universe and glean as MUCH positivity from every single situation that you possibly can.  And that you can ALWAYS start over.  So. That’s it for my monthly preach… ‘cept I’ll leave you with this:

Go For It | Covet Living

BOOM!  (( that was the sound of me dropping the mic )) Happy Weekend!

Steph's Scanned Signature

Casa Covet Living: She’s all done, folks!

Kitchen | Interior Design by Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living
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Kitchen, After | Interior Design by Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

It’s been so long since we last posted about our beloved dollhouse project / labor of love that I don’t even know where to start…  I could break this up into about 10 different posts, entitled things like:

  • Hardware is a real b*tch” (for how tricky it is to find inexpensive hardware that isn’t heinous… especially brass.)
  • Couldah Shouldah Wouldah” (for the things we may’ve done differently if we had ’em to do over… but for every one of those, there’s also a ‘this fortunate accident actually turned out way better than we’d expected.’)
  • Ohhhhhhhhh F**********dge” (for the mistakes we caught just in time that could’ve been REAL ugly.)
  • Fifty (million) shades of grey” (for the daunting paint selection process… because no matter how many ‘these are the 5 best no-fail neutrals’ posts that are out there on Pinterest, the truth is that EVERY paint color looks different in EVERY individual house, and sometimes you have to just have to slap a bunch of ’em on the wall and stare at them for a few days until you’re cross-eyed. Slash, I say that, and yet there are actually a few neutrals I’ll keep in my arsenal from now on.
  • Splurge & Save” (for what not to skimp on, and where you can cut corners).
  • Timing is Everything” (aka a good solid order of operations / checklist you need to have in place when you’re approaching a renovation.)
  • Talk to me, Goose” (for how ABSOLUTELY VITAL it is to have a solid working relationship and open line of communication with your contractor, because the second that breaks down is the second something slips through the cracks. And while we have spatted (is it spat or spat-ted?) like brother & sister a few times – he yanked my pigtails, I’ve def put him in timeout more than once, etc – I do adore, have the utmost respect for and have been incredibly lucky to have been able to work with Karrie & Tim’s contractor, Joe Borci.  Who really is the absolute best at what he does.  And who – bless his heart – we legit tortured with things like hilariously inappropriate group texts, April Fools jokes, endless intricate details for him to implement that probably made him want to lose my #…

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We also tortured him delivering weekly payments delivered in envelopes like this:

poor joe | casa covet living
poor joe | casa covet living

And wardrobe razzing like this:

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But I’ll save all those tangent posts for another day, cuz this sucker’ll be long enough.  Probably best to go take a bathroom break now before you settle in and start reading.  But I bet y’all just wanna see some before & afters & some highlights, right??!  Welp, here you go!  We’ll start back at the beginning… remember this chopped up, super vintage fixer upper it seemed there was no hope for?

{ BEFORE }

BEFORE Floor Plan | Casa Covet Living

{ THE PLAN }

The idea was to open the space up, which basically required blowing out most of the interior walls in the main living area and kitchen.  The major challenges were then that we needed: a) a long wall to put a built-in media center on, b) a home for the washer/dryer, and c) an office for Tim.

blowing out walls | casa covet living

{ AFTER }

This is where we landed… After we blew out those interior walls (and had to bring in a few huge support beams), I extended the hall bath wall to create an office for Tim where the “bar” once was, which gave us a spot for the entertainment center.  We also decided to house the W/D inside of cabinetry in the office.  AND reconfigured the master suite some – removing that giant heinous fireplace wall

AFTER Floor Plan | Casa Covet Living

{ KITCHEN… BEFORE.  HOLY MOSES. }

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before kitchen 1

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{ DEMO }

…To sum up all of us during the demo / design process, I was kinda like this:

Interior Designer Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

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And Karrie was kinda like this: (“…hey girl, a little to the right.  Waiiiiiit, whaaaaaat?  Timeout – could somebody bring me a mai tai?”)

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LAWD.  Which prompted me to stop and refuel at the West Hollywood mothership (Gracias Madre) a few times – and by refuel I mean wash down a hill of nachos with a margarita or 3.

working lunch, gracias madre | casa covet living

nachos, gracias madre | casa covet living

gracias madre margarita | casa covet living

And, Tim – bless his heart – was all posted up in a suit and serious at all the Friday a.m. construction meetings, trying to reign me & Karrie in and (unsuccessfully) trying to put the smack down on things like the mint pineapple hall bath wallpaper.  Ask him how that turned out for him.

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{ CABINET DETAILS }

We did a few extra custom details to make Karrie & Tim’s house extra warm & fuzzy.  Behold: the X wine rack over the refrigerator… because wtf does anyone ever really do with that space??  Other good options would’ve been to do a top hinge, so that the door lifts upward and it’s easier to access what’s inside… or to have added vertical dividers and stored baking pans / cookie sheets up there, since it’s 26″ deep and there’s plenty of space for lesser-used items.  But we wanted to open the space up some, so this was a perfect solution.  Also… a moment of silence, please, for Henri – Tim’s godawful life-size-wine-rack-man that used to sit in their breakfast nook in Santa Monica.  And that I always wanted to chuck over the balcony.  He’s currently sleeping peacfully in a dumpster behind their old apartment.

x-wine rack over refrigerator | casa covet living x-wine rack over refrigerator | casa covet living

{ HARDWARE }

We sprung for the most beautiful tarnished brass hardware on the island (look at the x-detail on those sweet aztec knobs – color: light bronze | hex pull – color: light bronze), and cut a major corner by scoring cheapie and fabulous ORB hardware for the perimeter cabinetry.

Brass Cabinet Hardware | Casa Covet Living

ORB Hardware | Casa Covet Living

Master Bath got glass knobs & pulls, courtesy of Home Depot (again – we needed hardware on that vanity that would “go away” and not detract from that gorgeous finish):

Master Bath Glass Pulls | Casa Covet Living

And for the Hall Bath, we recycled the perfectly gaudy vintage cut glass golf ball knobs that were there when Karrie & Tim bought the place:

vintage hardware | casa covet living

hall bath | casa covet living

{ SCALLOPED TOE KICKS / FEET AT THE KITCHEN SINK }

scalloped toe kicks | casa covet living

{ X-TOWEL RACK IN MASTER VANITY }

x-detail, master vanity | casa covet living

{ L-O-V-E HOW THE CUSTOM FINISH CAME OUT ON THAT BAD BOY, BTW }

It’s almost got a bluish undertone, which I love with the lagoon glass shower tile.

master vanity | casa covet living

{PS, ME & TEEM TOTALLY WON THE BATHROOM MIRROR BATTLE …hip hip, hoooraaaay!}

Sidenote: chalk this up as maybe the first thing in history we’ve ever agreed on.

master bath | casa covet living

The sconces in the master bath were also a huge score… the finish is “brown nickel” – which I have never seen done before and which is super baller in person.  We needed something that wasn’t too matchy to the polished nickel plumbing, but brass (albeit amazing) wasn’t the right call either.  These are perfect… even Joe thought so.

master bath | casa covet living

polaris sconce, arteries | casa covet living

{ THE PRECIOUS GEM THAT IS THE MASTER SHOWER }

Shower Tile Going In | Casa Covet Living

master shower, blue glass tile | casa covet living
master shower, blue glass tile | casa covet living

Karrie | Casa Covet Living

{ AS A REMINDER, THIS WAS THE MASTER BATH BEFORE.  YEAH. }

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{ DELIVERING OUR COOING, BOUNCING TWIN BABIES TO THE JOBSITE }

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I'm an aunt! | Casa Covet Living

{ AND THEN WATCHING IN WONDER AS WERE HOISTED TO THEIR RIGHTFUL HOME IN THE SKY ABOVE THE ISLAND }

island pendants | casa covet living
island pendants | casa covet living

island pendants | casa covet living

kitchen AFTER | casa covet living

{ RECLAIMED OPEN SHELVING }

I sourced the open shelving from Reclaimed Wood San Diego, from this giant hill of lumber.  The best pieces were on the bottom… whoops slash HUGE thanks to the amazing folks who work there who heave-ho’d it out for me.  I grabbed 2 long planks of White Oak that we had cut into 27″ shelves.

reclaimed wood san diego | casa covet living

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Their lead time was too long so we had to have it custom stained in LA.  And buzzang – did they come out PERFECT:

reclaimed shelving | Casa Covet Living

{ TABARKA INSET JUST WENT IN THIS WEEK.. CAN YOU DEAL? }

PS: Amiel for President.

tabarka inset | casa covet living

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kitchen AFTER | casa covet living

kitchen AFTER | casa covet living

{DRUMROLL… HALL BATH BEFORE & AFTERS}

* sink *

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hall bath | stephanie ballard interiors | casa covet living
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* shower *

before hall bath shower

brass hall bath shower | casa covet living

hall bath | casa covet living
…don’t worry – I already christened this bad boy with a bubble bath the other night.

hall bath | casa covet living

* I can’t take it. *

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hygge and west mint pineapple wallpaper | casa covet living

hygge and west mint pineapple wallpaper | casa covet living

* Look at our boy Javier go! *

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hygge and west mint pineapple wallpaper | casa covet living

hygge and west mint pineapple wallpaper | casa covet living

{ KITCHEN SINK }

kitchen sink | casa covet living

kitchen sink | casa covet living

kitchen sink | casa covet living

{ FAMILY ROOM BUILT-INS }

PS, this is about the coziest dang situation I’ve ever seen in person.

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GYAH IT’S JUST NOT UGLY.  The construction / design portion is finished, and Karrie & Tim are merrily unpacking boxes as we speak, but we still have SO MUCH work to do on the decorating end it’s not even funny.  Starting with barstools… and we’re using this stunning Carolina Irving fabric:

Carolina Irving Aegean Stripe | Casa Covet Living

And for the breakfast nook / dining area, which currently looks like this…

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We’re in the process of making nook seat cushions…

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Using the NUBBIEST EVER Thibaut Crypton fabric for the bench cushion seats… that way ain’t nobody can ever screw ’em up. Crypton is amazingly pet / kid / Pig Pen Karrie friendly, because of its stain, moisture and odor resistance.  The fabric literally has an integrated moisture barrier, so most stains come up with a damp cloth and water, or if they’re super stubborn, mild soap and water.  Bing bang boom.

thibaut crypton juno in flax | casa covet living

Also in the process of choosing throw pillow fabrics.  Which is basically like trying to choose a favorite piece of candy from Candy Land.  And by Candy Land, we mean Nicky Rising & Hollywood at Home.

Interior Designer Stephanie Ballard | Covet Living Interiors | Casa Covet Living

We’re leaning somewhere towards here – for one, because we’ve both loved this Tulu Textiles fabric since the beginning of time, but also because it’ll show fewer spaghetti sauce / red wine stains.  Jury’s out but we’re percolating… hard.

Breakfast Nook Fabrics | Casa Covet Living

One more time for good measure. Cuz this post isn’t long enough:

Before & After | Interior Design: Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

Before & After | Interior Design: Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

Before & After | Interior Design: Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

Before & After | Interior Design: Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

Before & After | Interior Design: Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

Last but not least, this is about how we all feel about the house at this point… all a little bit deliriously happy.  I don’t think it translates via pictures or even video, but it is magical in person.  So cozy, and exactly what we wanted.

{ KARRIE }

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{ TEEM }

{ ME }

stephanie ballard | casa covet living

Also – totally holding Karrie to this:
 

And this was the scene last week when I popped up to shack up at Casa Covet Living. Home sweet home.
 

done! | Casa Covet Living
 We’ll keep you posted as we continue to layer goodness into Karrie & Tim’s happy new abode!!!  Thanks for following along with the renovation and helping us make decisions along the way and cheering us on!!  You guys are the BEST! Sidenote:

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PS: Steph’s Interior Design website is currently under construction, so in the meantime, stay tuned here and over on her insta for updates! She’s currently booking out projects for the Fall of 2016 – email: stephanie.m.ballard@gmail.com with inquiries.

xoxo,

Steph & Karrie