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My Journey Began With Fear

My Journey Began With Fear. Interesting title choice, but true. Have you ever stopped to think about what Your Story is? Not your history but what brought you to your current place, position, or passion. The reason WHY I began my business back in 2010 really came following a place of fear. The fear that I would lose my son to an illness he had been fighting for months-a parasite. It was a very hard time for me but one I learned from and it transformed me.

Let me back track a bit. My husband and I had moved to many homes and two states within a short amount of time-something like 7 years. I began to feel the desire to be grounded. If you’ve moved a lot then you know it takes time to establish yourself, meet friends, and find your place. It can really bring you down and it can strengthen your drive. I became very good at living streamlined, organized, and chose to be surrounded by the things that gave me joy.

I am a mom of two energetic, young boys and the last move we made was to Memphis, TN. I knew no one. Shortly after our move my eldest son became very ill. He was 3 and my youngest was 1. For months I was alone at home with a son in pain. Alone. During this duration and many visits to doctors and hospitalization I realized I needed a positive motto to focus on for him and myself. BIG-STRONG-BRAVE. That was it. We said only this during the really hard moments. It gave us something to focus on. Courage.

Months later he was kicking karate butt and building his body back. It was time for me to stop the super focused momma fear and turn back towards me. It was necessary for him and the rest of the family. That’s when I began to journal and write about my passion and why I wanted to help people feel peace, calm, and a sense of restoration in their home.

I learned how important a serene space really effects our emotional well being.

We continue our three words to this day- BIG STRONG BRAVE. We moved again to Atlanta and completed our own renovation and during yet another transition and starting a business over I keep these words in my heart and mind always.

I live efficiently and streamlined in my home. Not because I think I’m moving again but because it’s more peaceful that way. I know where things are and I’m surrounded by things that give me joy.

I am a positive, energetic, passionate person and I want you to know my story. I have a lot in my history but my story is about a mom who fought for her son, then fought for herself, and truly knows that YOU deserve to love the space you’re in.

If you are having a personal struggle or fighting an illness or fighting for someone else, use words that give you focus and that you can speak when words are hard to come by. You can use ours.

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Be BIG Be STRONG Be BRAVE.

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Textile Design

Textile design begins with a talented artist with great vision. This is my part 2 to my original post Featuring Textile Designers where I feature the first two of my must follow artist and designers.

My first spotlight is an easy one for me because he’s located in Atlanta and I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know him.

Steve McKenzie

Steve McKenzie is an artist, designer and owner (with his lovely wife Jill) of the interiors and lifestyle store Steve McKenzie’s. When you visit the store you may find Steve in the upstairs loft painting a piece of art that might just become his next addition to his fabric collection.

 

Steve McKenzie via HouseBeautiful

Steve McKenzie via HouseBeautiful

 

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Steve McKenzie’s

 

I love this scalloped design they’ve used on these chairs. Isn’t this entire dining ensemble fabulous?

 

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Steve McKenzie’s

 

Design Tip: Consider updating the upholstery of a more traditional chair or antique with a fabric that has a modern or graphic pattern to get a refreshed, updated result.

Be sure to follow Steve McKenzie’s on Instagram, here. Follow the blog, here.

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Steve McKenzie’s Instagram

 

Cotton and Quill

I love it when the stars align and good collaborations are close to home. Steve McKenzie’s has partnered with Alabama based textile designer, Mary Catherine Folmar of  Cotton + Quill. (I actually had already selected these two as my next feature before I heard that Steve McKenzie’s will carry this fabric collection–yay!)

Cotton and Quill’s fabric collection takes inspiration from the south and revs up the interest with vibrant colors and bold, artistic patterns.

 

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Cotton + Quill

 

Punchy colors and fun patterns can transform an entire space with just a single piece of furniture or a few sofa pillows.

I recently visited Cotton and Quill while attending AmericasMart Atlanta. It was great seeing her fabric collection in person as well as the launch of her new wallpaper line. I absolutely loved this grass cloth-stunning!

 

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Cotton + Quill

 

Talk about good collaborations.  Cotton and Quill partnered with Taylor Burke Home and upholstered some of their furnishings. A perfect marriage! (image taken at AmericasMart Atlanta during market week)

 

Cotton + Quill fabric with Taylor Burke Home

Cotton + Quill fabric with Taylor Burke Home

 

Be sure to follow Cotton and Quill on Instagram, here. If you are in Atlanta stop by Steve McKenzie’s for your shopping needs and be sure to check out Steve’s fabric collection as well as Cotton and Quill.

 

Sharing the talent of others as well as introducing you to fabric collections you may not already know about is fun! Wouldn’t you love to have these stylish fabrics in your home? I’d love to help. Be sure to visit JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com or email me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com and I’ll help you Love the Space You’re In!

 

 

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Winter Weather Escape

Winter weather is pounding much of the country right now. I think they are calling this wave the Siberian Express. I’m not stuck in the snow like so many of you but I am choosing to hibernate more than usual during these low temps here in Atlanta.

What’s a person to do during winter hibernation?

  • Read missed blog posts and Facebook sharing. Facebook is not our friend. I rarely catch the latest posts or shares by those I’ve chosen to follow. For this reason, I search my Like list and go to pages and catch up on shares. I also do this for blogs that I’m loving. Just go to their site and enjoy catching up.
  • Organize a space for instant gratification. I don’t care if it’s my sock drawer, silverware, or toys, selecting a quick fix does wonders and usually leads to more organizing.
  • Do something with all those photos. Instagram, Iphone pictures, desktop folders… it’s overwhelming. I find that spending an hour moving, deleting, or organizing photos makes me feel so accomplished. I’m horrible at keeping up with photos. My goal is to get one album printed by the end of this week. Goal!
  • Enjoy a fire while watching your recorded shows on OnDemand. Why not? We don’t have to be productive all the time. Cuddle up with a throw and enjoy a daytime night routine.
  • Give yourself a manicure. That’s it.

A few images made to inspire.

 

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YoungHouseLove.com

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What are you doing on these cold Winter days?

Catch up with me on JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com and see how I can help you Love the Space You’re In.

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Lighting Design

Lighting design is by far one of the most important elements in a home update, renovation, or new build. Don’t let lighting be something that you just grab during a panic attack because your electrician needed it yesterday! Don’t do it. Plan for all of your lighting in the beginning of your project.

Your electrician is going to ask you what type of light will be used in every single space during the framing phase of a construction project. They need to know the type of fixture you will want installed. Is it a ceiling fan with or without a light, a semi-flush mount, flush mount, pendant, chandelier, sconce, recessed…and on and on. Then, your electrician will need to know the location of light switches and which require dimmers…and on and on.

You then need to consider if any rooms require floor outlets – and that you may only know if you know your space plan and furniture layout. Oh, and then there’s the location of cables, phones, speakers…. It’s a lot! I shared the importance of planning in this post (here).

Back to lighting.

I planned out the lighting needs in our renovation when the project first began. This does not mean I chose the exact fixtures but I did have some clear idea of what was needed and what I liked. Lighting makes a space and can set the style in your home.

The wow factor when you walk in my home is our entry chandelier illuminating the barrel ceiling-which we added and love.

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The lighting choices in our open living space work together in my transitional style but have different finishes and interest. Here’s a glimpse of some of our lighting.

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I won’t leave you hanging on this topic because there is so much more! I happen to LOVE lighting and what it does to a space. It’s magic! If you need help with your project I offer a Renovation Rescue service along with my other services, here.

I’d love to help you Love the Space You’re In! Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

 

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Featuring Textile Designers

Featuring textile designers seemed only fitting when I tell you I LOVE what these talented artist create and the process that goes into textile design.  So, I’ll be sharing two today and another two talented artist and designers next week.

Be sure to follow those featured!

I’m totally a kid in a candy store when it comes to fabric stores/showrooms. The process behind the beautiful textiles begins with a very talented artist.

Artist and designer Rebecca Atwood shares her latest collections as well as sketches in progress on her blog, here. Be sure to check our her shop too. I absolutely love her line and hope to use it in a future project!

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A piece of artwork that is then seen on pillows, window treatments, wall coverings, or table linens is just amazing to me. A great example of the full process from art to textile can be seen by following Designers Guild and its founder, artist, and designer Tricia Guild.

I love their use of scale in patterns and color combinations and am inspired watching how Tricia Guild and her team pull it all together for a completed designed line.

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Tricia starts with inspiration that then gets turned into the beginnings of a mood board. See a glimpse into the world of Designers Guild by watching this video with Tricia, here.

 AMAZING artist, designers, creators, style setters–inspiration overload!

Be sure to follow todays features on social media. I happen to love Instagram for those in-the-moment images. Follow me there too! @JulieMInteriors

Rebecca Atwood on IG is: Rebecca_Atwood and Designers Guild on IG is: Designersguild

I’d love to help you in your space. Be sure to check out JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com. I’m here to help you Love the Space You’re In and make sure you have fun along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

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Avoid costly renovating mistakes

Avoid costly renovating mistakes by taking time to plan and get educated. Have you ever bought a piece of furniture only to later feel that the comfort, size, or style was completely wrong? Hiring a designer can SAVE you (necessary plug!)  This may be a costly mistake but one that will  pass fairly quickly. Now, what if you knocked down a wall or had tile installed and the color was all wrong? That’s one you may have to live with longer… or permanently if you’ve opened up a space you now regret.

Ask yourself LOTS OF QUESTIONS. How do you want the space to function? How do you want to move throughout the space? What does the home lack for your lifestyle? What will you miss if you remove that closet or select a pedestal sink with no storage? Where’s your stuff going to hide?

Consider the entire home even if you are changing a smaller space.

Before you make a big change to your space find out if it’s good for the value of the house. Ask a really good local realtor that knows your hood.

In my own home I chose to take a large formal living room and turn it into a small study in order to gain closet space in the master bedroom. (This picture was take when I was first unpacking)

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I absolutely love this space-the detail, richness, and size make it usable and very inviting. In addition, I now have ample storage for my things in the master.

 

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Don’t make costly mistakes. Know what things cost and ask experts. I’d love to help with your renovation rescue. There are so many options out there that selecting can be overwhelming. Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com and follow me on Instagram at JulieMInteriors. Go to JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com for more

 

 

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Decorating dilemmas

Decorating dilemmas do not have to keep you from pushing forward with your space.

I have openings in February for both e-Design and 3-hour consultations to tackle your area of need–and get you feeling great! Stop pinning ideas that don’t become reality. I’d love to help.

 

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Full-Service and Renovation Rescue available too! Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

 

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Decorating and design inspiration

Decorating and design inspiration comes from seeing what you see.

On a recent trip to Rosemary Beach, Fl I was walking with my son and asked him “what are you doing?” he replied, “seeing what I see.” That is precisely the simplest way I can put it-See what you see.

Take notice of the details of what is capturing your attention or driving an emotion.

It’s the emotion we get when we see something we like that inspires and connects us–and that’s what you listen to.

Whether you are embarking on a full renovation or simply selecting paint colors (though I know that alone can be a daunting task) take time to see what you see.

You don’t have to go on a trip to the beach to get inspired. Walk your own neighborhood or be a tourist in your own city. Take pictures of what you notice and make a mental note of how it makes you feel.

I’m most inspired when I am at a beach. The colors, the sounds, the feel, the calm–and of course a break from the day to day. I get such clarity in thought and that impacts everything. The pure white shells I collected remind me of pure, simplistic beauty. Things don’t have to be much more than that.

Beach Inspiration

 

The color combination of the sand, ocean, and sky is one I’ve brought into my own home. Soft, soothing, and calming.

 

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I love design, architect, color, and the impact of lighting. Though I notice the big picture it is the details that make the whole so interesting. Take a look at these details and color combinations!

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How do you translate what you see to your own home? If the pattern on the garage door or brick catches your attention maybe you can use the look on flooring, tile layout, patio decking…

 

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This window adds such a simplistic wow factor.

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I spend time in fabric stores, reading design books and websites, and browsing design centers to gain daily inspiration and creative ideas but the great outdoors is where I get clarity.  Walking and seeing what I see- that’s where you begin.

I’d love to help you create your vision so that you can feel great in your space. eDesign services and consultations are a great place to start! email me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

 

 

 

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Building a House

Building a house and a business while settling two children following a big move- one word, overwhelming. I had good intentions that I would share the journey of our renovation every step of the way. That was before I felt pulled in too many directions-a thing called life. I had to make the decision to focus on my family and our future home and focus less on computer work or re-starting my design business. No, I didn’t stop sharing completely but I chose to utilize Instagram (@JulieMInteriors) more and more–which I love.  Designing our home was a labor of love and the final result is something we are very proud of.

It’s a New Year and I’m pushing forward with drive and determination. I am empowered and want to empower others.

The renovation process and the after shots will be shared as well as the honest obstacles and not so fun aspects of doing a big project. The Simply Savvy blog will continue to include design inspirations, tips, behind the scene moments, and so much more.

Through it all we spent a lot of time enjoying this!

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This is just one space that I’ll be sharing…

 

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My design services are changing on my website. Please be patient with me while I accomplish the not-so-fun task of updating my web pages. Email me for service inquiries Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com. I’d love to help you Love the Space You’re In!

 

 

 

 

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Kitchens and Bathrooms: Design Details

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important design decisions you will make when you build or renovate a home. These fixed elements can define much of your trim/woodwork color throughout your space. It is imperative that you decide on these spaces in the early stages of your project. Custom cabinetry takes time (in our case 10 weeks) and needs to be designed and ordered early on.

I’ve decided on a white kitchen and a white master bath. White is timeless, classic, fresh, and soothing and will flow well with the adjoining rooms.

First, here’s a reminder of the previous kitchen. Isn’t it FANTASTIC! We’ve removed walls and now have a large kitchen, walk-in pantry, breakfast nook and desk area that is all open to the family room. So exciting. (These BEFORE pictures were taken by the local super talented Photographer Christina Wedge)

 

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BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

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BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

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I’m now deciding on the perfect white for the marble bathroom as well as the cabinet white and countertop options for the kitchen- marble yes or marble no?? A lot is happening as you can see. Be sure to keep following here and on Instagram @JulieMInteriors #followmyrenovation.

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