Budget Friendly Shiplap

 

It’s all the rage and I can’t deny my love of shiplap. No longer reserved for an older home, shiplap is making a comeback in a major way. Thanks to shows like HGTV’s Fixer Upper, I have more clients asking for this look and I’m more than happy to oblige. In fact, when I was designing the AWD treehouse studio I knew from the start that Shiplap would be my wall cover of choice.

A few shiplap looks I love…

Who say’s shiplap always has to be white?

dark Shiplap
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livingroom shiplap
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I knew I wanted to find an affordable option for my little design abode so I assigned the job of finding a suitable alternative to my husband and AWD project manager, Scott. I knew I didn’t want a seamless look, but rather something that showed off the “shiplap” look’s character and charm. We discovered that by stapling roofing tar paper to the walls we would find our answer.

Using nickels as spacers (you knew those pesky things at the bottom of your purse would come in handy for something, right?), we were able to construct the shiplap-esque walls while still allowing a bit of the black to peak out between boards. Completely budget friendly, our Spruce came in under the true shiplap boards that averaged right around $8.22-$13.00 at our local home improvement store.

 

 

Budget friendly SHIP LAP-2

So are you ready to get going on your next shiplap project?

 

AWD: Give Us All the Gold Lamps

Continuing my love of all things gold…

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Lamps. Did I ever tell you my love of lamps? I always have a strong reverence for any piece that can be a statement all on its own. I’ve also always felt strongly that lighting can’t be underestimated- You can have the most incredible room, but add in poor lighting and it just falls flat. When I’m working with a client whose budget requires us to be particularly choosy on which areas we “splurge” I find spending a little bit more in the lighting department (whether lamps, chandeliers, etc.) is always the best decision; in fact, can you pick out which of these beauties is under $50?

That being said, I’m sharing with you all today just a few of my favorite lamps that I’m currently loving, all in gold ( a color I’m glad is trending at the moment).

uttermostgoldlamp
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confettilampcurreyco
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Targetgoldlamp
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wayfairlamp
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Gold Hershey lamp
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Goldlamp
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Stardustlamp
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AWD: Give Us All the Gold

 

What am I loving right now? GOLD. Seriously, give me gold everything. You can’t miss this trend as its virtually everywhere from accessories to fabrics, gold is hot. I decided we should do a little series on all things GOLD.

I’m especially loving the look of gold coffee tables.

Gold accents can add that extra touch of sparkle to a space that really makes it pop. I also love how many variations are out there of this trend.

Below are just a few ideas that have me falling head over heels for gold this season… Look for one of these beauties showing up in a client space soon….

 

gold coffee table
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 Gold coffee table
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gold coffe table
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The Best Furniture Stores in Charlotte, NC

 

 

Shhhhhh…. can you keep a secret?

Want to know a few of my favorite furniture stores in Charlotte, NC ? Some of the most interesting furniture stores in Charlotte are easier to find than you may think. These stores range from whimsical to modern, and just about everything in-between. Is there anything better than finding exactly the right piece for your space, especially when you can see it in person? Here are a few of my favorite local Charlotte area design stores.

 

Slate

1401 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205

Over 90 unique merchants and artists showcase their pieces at Slate, an interior design store located in the heart of Plaza Midwood. What do I love so much about this gem? It might be the fact that you can often find exceptional pieces or the fact that Slate is a plethora of carefully cultivate furniture, art, and accessories unlike any other in the Queen City. It also might be that Slate is always my go-to when looking for that art or accessory that will just complete a room. Inventory changes daily so there is always new arrivals to fawn over (and maybe take home).

Slate interiors
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Slate Interiors
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Nadeau

3100 South Blvd, in Charlotte, NC 28209

Run don’t walk to this furniture store. Seriously. Real wood pieces with trendsetting appeal combined with incredible prices make Nadeau a must see if you are looking to furnish your home. Open seven days a week, the store is continuously updating their stock and things move quickly. What is on the floor is what is in stock- so if you find something it is probably in your best interest to purchase that day. Tremendous quality for the price, check out Nadeau if you need anything from a side table to a large buffet.

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Nadeau Charlotte
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Nadeau Charlotte
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Elements 4 Life

6024 NC-73, Davidson, NC 28036

Right outside the quaint town of Davidson (about 3o minutes North of the Queen City) lies a whimsical looking cottage where unique pieces and beautiful accessories can be found. Elements is a one stop shop for funky outdoor accessories and lovely garden adornments. Once inside, each room is assembled as an eclectic mix of whimsy with the pure essence of rustic chic. You can find my Simplicity furniture and accessory line here as well.

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Simplicity Furniture Elements 4 Life
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Elements 4 Life
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Reinvented Charlotte

3224 Benard Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206

Located in Noda, Reinvented Charlotte takes preloved pieces and not only just reinvents them- they revitalize them to better than their former glory. Owner Michael Lankford takes “pride in mixing modern design with vintage furniture & textiles for a modern twist with a timeless foundation.” I’m never disappointed in the selection and love that I can find unique items for my clients that they won’t find anywhere else.

Reinvented Charlotte
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Reinvented Charlotte
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I’d love to know if you have been to any of these Charlotte area furniture stores?

The Best Fall Style from AWD

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I don’t know about you, but I am ready for all things Fall. Bring on the pumpkin patches, the crisp air, changing leaves, and yes, I will be that lady in Starbucks waiting for my PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte- nonfat milk hold the whip). I can’t help but think that this change of season gets everyone excited as well. Even the men are happy about it, although it probably has more to do with football season than their wardrobe or choice of drink.

This year I’m hoping to find a few transitional pieces to bring me gently into Fall. Our North Carolina weather can be unpredictable at best, going from frigid damp temperatures in the morning to sunny and a bit warm by afternoon. I swear I feel sometimes I need to bring two outfits for the day, especially when going from the design studio to a job site. Nothing like breaking a sweat (I’m not sweating- I’m glistening, right?) while out hunting for furniture with a client. I’ve been on the hunt for the best Fall style.

Here are a few of my latest pins while on the hunt for Fall wardrobe additions. Visit my Pinterest page here for style, interior design, and more.

 

 

Grey fall jacket
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Fall wardrobe
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professional fall style
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cream cable knit sweater
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Warm stylish fall wardrobe
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Fall sweaters and boots
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Great Transitional Fall pieces
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AWD’s Favorite Currey & Company Beautiful Chandeliers

 

Currey & Company Chandeliers

I can’t stress how important good lighting is in a home. No matter how many beautiful pieces you put in a space, if you have poor lighting or improper proportions of your fixtures, you run the risk of throwing off your whole design scheme. I love to mix affordable options with high-end pieces, but more often than not if the budget allows I will splurge a little more on lighting. Trust me- It makes all the difference.

I have my tried and true sources for all things design, and I often find myself choosing Currey & Company again and again. It might be the impeccable attention to detail, the on point trends or timeless lines, but more than anything else it’s the craftsmanship and quality that makes Currey & Company a no-brainer when it comes to picking the right piece. I can truly say there hasn’t been a time when I couldn’t find that perfect pendant, lamp or chandelier.

Below our my favorite recent picks for lighting from Currey & Company. If you are interested in any of these pieces let me know (Contact me here).

Alright, commence the drooling.

Don’t worry- it’s a no-judgement zone here at AWD. A little slobber never hurt anyone.

 

Seaward Chandelier
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Two tier chandelier
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Birdcage Currey & Company chandelier
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Currey & Company Wood Bead Chandelier
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Hannah chandelier
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Goldrush Pendant
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Driftwood chandelier
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Beautiful Currey & Company sea glass chandelier
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AWD’s Pins of the Week

I’m so excited everyone- really, really excited. You want to know why? I finally have set some time aside to curate my most favorite pins to our Ally Whalen Design Pinterest account. If you aren’t already spending countless hours on this incredible platform, let this be my word of caution- once you go Pinterest you never go back. Truthfully, the ideas and inspiration that come from pinning are just incredible. Need to find that perfect dinner dish for company? Pinterest. Want to find some of the hottest trends in kitchen design? Pinterest. You get my point.

As I am continuing to grow my curated content on Pinterest, I decided to give you all a sneak peak of my favorite weekly pins.

 

Take me to the coast… preferably to this HGTV Smart Home…

HGTV smart home
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Love these dramatic windows in this home…black panes can make such a statement!

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Quote to live by…

Interior Design Quote
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This gorgeous wallpaper from Phillip Jefferies. Swoon!

Phillip Jefferies wallpaper
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These amazingly comfortable shoes- you will thank me later.

Women's antelope shoes
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This beautiful Jennifer Meyers ring…simple and understated- perfect. Want to find more inspiration like these? Find me on my Pinterest … new additions to my boards happening daily.

Beautiful Affordable Ring
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Ally Whalen Design Lately

life latelyIs the Summer almost over with already? I feel like it was yesterday I was shivering from the winter blues, longing for warm lake days, and here we are with this season coming to a close. This summer Ally Whalen Design really hit our stride with incredible projects that took us all over the country and culminated with a strategic move into a new shop in Davidson, North Carolina (The Elements 4 Life). We even managed to sneak in a few family trips, boating excursions, and checked off a few of our to-do items at home as well (being able to design spaces is an incredible job, however I would venture to say most interior designer’s have a laundry list of things that they never quite get done at their own homes).

Although life hasn’t slowed down, I believe it has become so much sweeter. I’m finding myself surrounded by clients that allow me to fuse my creativity with their sense of style, ultimately culminating in some gorgeous design spaces. Scott and I have also been intentional in carving out more family time, especially with our two beautiful daughters. We both are entrepreneurs and constantly looking to expand our knowledge and areas of expertise, and that is why AWD as well as our family has flourished- we make it a family business. Working together as a team, Scott and I have grown this small little side job of mine into a full-fledged, nationally recognized interior design company, complete with our own line of furniture.

Reflecting on life lately, we are growing in the right direction with supportive friends, family, and clients- I can truly say we are right where we belong. Thanks for such an incredible summer!