Archive of ‘Interior Design’ category

Write now.

Writing new music looks A LOT different than it used to. I remember sitting in my bikini on the beach in Hawaii, with the wind in my hair as inspiration just crashed upon me like the waves in the ocean. There are no waves or sand now. These days I’m lucky if I get through an entire day without finding food in my hair. Having a child will do that to you. It will also change you for the better in ways you couldn’t even imagine… One of the biggest blessings of my life! The hardest part about writing for me now is the urgency of it.

“Selah is asleep, get creative. Right now. Write NOW!”

I find it difficult to rush inspiration. What I’ve found that helps me is the aesthetic of the space I’m in. Being surrounded by things I find beautiful helps me to create (prayerfully) beautiful things. So this is what I had in mind when began to design our home office.

I LOVE black and white. I love the contrast, contradiction, and courage they display together. Just looking at the combination of the two often inspires me, so I like to incorporate the black and white duo as often as I can.

Here’s a look into the new rachaelmessini.com HQ:

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I’m not big on new year’s resolutions, but this year I decided that in 2014 (and beyond) I am going to live more in the “now.” I often struggle with trying to balance it all, being present, and not always looking to what’s coming next. Whether I’m hanging with my husband and daughter, writing music, or designing a new space, I want to be right there and be intentional about it. So I decided to write it on my heart and (literally) write it on the wall in hope that my “now” clock will serve as a daily reminder to enjoy what’s happening in every moment and in every season.

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My daughter outgrew her beautiful crib at about 18 months… and by outgrew I mean ‘wouldn’t stop climbing out of it.’ Out-climbed? Yea, that’s better. It was too pretty to just get rid of, and soon after we transitioned her to a toddler bed the crib was recalled anyway. So I didn’t know what to do with it! I basically had a pile of beautiful pieces in our garage that needed a home, but didn’t fit in with the aesthetics of the rest of the rooms in our house. I decided to make them all work together for the office!

We gave the crib new life by redesigning it into a small love seat where Selah can play or I can cuddle up with a good book; it’s actually quite cozy!

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My new ‘desk’ is actually a sofa table that I’d previously painted a minty color but never assigned a home. I gave it a new purpose by painting it black and pulling up a chair. Turns out it is just the right height for a very comfortable desk.

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I thought the closet doors could use a little love too, so I painted the middle and top panels a glossy black. I love how much drama black paint can add to a room!

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My absolute favorite part of this space is the view. It has a magnificent patio* that overlooks our backyard! The doors let in so much natural light and there is almost always a wonderful breeze blowing in. It’s hard not to be inspired when I sit down at this desk and look out at God’s beautiful creation!

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*Stay tuned for a post on my patio makeover coming soon!

xo,

r.

Whine & dine.

In October of 2013 my husband and I sold our home with no clue where we were going next. The value of our home had increased significantly since we’d purchased it in 2010 and we knew it was an amazing and much needed financial opportunity for our family, but it was so, SO scary! On a major leap of faith we put our house on the market and it sold within the first month. We were blessed to have a interim place with family to stay and to have found our dream home while we were in escrow. God was and always has been so incredibly good to us!

I never wanted to be one of those people who complained about how ‘hard’ it was to buy and sell our homes at the same time, record a new album, and have a 2 year old running around at the same time, but let’s be real…it was a nightmare. An actual nightmare. You may be familiar with the saying, “Cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth with Oreos…” Well, think that but then add paint, drills, music, snot, and about a zillion DIY projects everywhere. Honestly, I wasn’t a sane woman for a while there. It is a difficult task to try to implement a vision for your new home in the midst of chaos, but I can tell you right now that it was all so worth it.

Let’s start with the Dining Room!

(The before shots are from the previous owner of our home)

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The rope orb chandelier (which I am in LOVE with) was from http://www.onekingslane.com, and was only $199! Such a steal, especially in comparison to the $1,400 one I first fell in love with from Restoration Hardware. Our bank account quickly reminded me that it was out of my reach, so I was so excited to find a comparable piece that was priced just right for our budget!

I love a nice open concept layout, but sometimes separating one space from another can be a challenge. I’ve found that if you are able to create an accent wall in your dining room it really helps to visually set the space apart from the rest of the room.

I fell in love with this wallpaper from American Blinds:(http://www.americanblinds.com/wallpaper/productid,78156)

Wallpaper is a wonderful option for any accent wall. The most important piece of advice I can give you in regards to wallpaper is this: buy wallpaper paste even if the paper you choose is “pre-pasted.” ┬áIt rarely sticks well enough and is a huge pain; I chose to use both together and it worked wonderfully (by wonderfully I mean I only wanted to pull my eyes out 20-30 times, rather than 100)! Wallpapering is on the extreme side of annoying, but the results make it completely worth it in my opinion!

Our Living Room is one of my favorite places in our home. The windows give so much light to the room and it makes me want to snuggle up on the sofa and read a good book with a cup of Ovaltine (that is, if my 2 year old would take a nap…but that is a completely different subject).

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I LIVE for floor-to-ceiling drapes. They add so much drama and height to any room. Once I tried them I became addicted and now they are in every room in our home. I absolutely love our new sofa…”The Magdalene” ($1295) from Living Spaces (http://www.livingspaces.com/ProductView.aspx?productId=71968).

I’ve always wanted a chesterfield sofa, but they can be pricey. I didn’t want to be that mom who is constantly freaking out if our toddler is touching our sofa, so this was a really affordable option for us since I wanted it in a light color. The fabric is also very durable and cleans extremely easily so I don’t have to have an anxiety attack every time she wants to sit on it. Ha!

Our grandfather clock is a Craigslist find that I upcycled. It was actually really easy to do! I took out all of the inner parts, added shelves, and painted it to create a unique curio. I have also made a red one in the past for my daughter’s room and use it to store her diapers! I will make sure to write a post on those DIY projects in the future!

Hope you enjoyed our Living Room and Dining Room makeovers!

xoxo,

r.