Wednesday, July 28, 2021

VHH Guest Bedroom Tour

Welcome to my guest bedroom.  This room has taken on several iterations.  Initially, it was my daughter's bedroom but when she expressed a desire to style her own room (just after I had wallpapered the ceiling), I suggested the empty room down the hall as her new bedroom and she jumped at the opportunity.  That's how this room became the guest room.  

I never take my decorating too seriously.  I love to find unique light fixtures and elements that will make a statement in a room.  The Dutton Sputnik light in this room with turquoise spools is a real show stopper in this room.  As if it wasn't enough to have this over the top light, I also wallpapered the ceiling in Meg Braff's Navy Swirls.   The wall color is navy with Kate Spade custom shades on the windows.  

Duvet by Trina Turk Home, Turquoise Nightstands are vintage from Parker Kennedy, Kelly Green Mirror is Vintage, Artwork is various artists including photos of Smidge and art by smidge. Hepburn Vogue Silk Pillows by Kate Spade.  Headboard by Ballard Designs.  Cachepots by Jayes Studio.  Grosgrain Ribbon Chair is Dransfield & Ross.  


Photography by Vanessa Van Ryzin from Mindful Motion Photo.  
Styling by Heather Grahling from Vivid Hue Home
Photo Shoot for Jaye's Studio Home Products in Heather's Home. 

Thank you for touring my guest bedroom today!  What is your favorite part of this room? 


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

VHH Main Bedroom Tour

 It's probably no surprise that my bedroom is filled with bright colors and patterns.   The  current design is a result of my adding layer after layer over the years.   

My favorite elements in the main bedroom are the fireplace, tray ceiling and separate his/her closets and bathrooms.  I have spent many cool mornings with the fireplace turned on while sipping my coffee and watching tv.  It's a special addition to the room!  

The tray ceiling gives the room the illusion of additional height and architectural interest.  We added dimming lights around the perimeter of the ceiling and it projects a soft mood when all other lights are off.  

The his/ her bathrooms were a suggestion by my husband (now ex) when we were building the home.  He really loved the idea of having his own getting ready space.  I embraced the idea and designed his bathroom with a metropolitan modern masculine feel and my bathroom with more of a French country feminine feel.  

The drapes and chevron teal rug have been in my room from day one (2010).  When I decided to update my duvet cover a few years later, I actually selected a design that specifically incorporated these shades.  The duvet is custom by Cotton & Quill in their Runnin Wild design from the Art Deco Collection.    

The chairs by my fireplace are one of my favorites.  They are Society Social's Duchess accent chair with a glam gold frame upholstered in a royal blue modern gingham check (also exclusive to Society Social).  These chairs were in the Vivid Hue shop for a spell until Annie, my shop manager, mentioned how fabulous they would be in my bedroom.  

Pondicherry Headboard by Serena & Lily | Melon Side Table Lamps designed by Meg Caswell as part of her collaboration with Couture Lamps | Nightstand Tables by Bungalow 5 | Chevron Rug by Serena & Lily

The hallway that leads to my closet and bathroom has a long floor length mirror that I use daily to assess my outfits before leaving the house!  After my divorce, I decided to fully embrace the idea of renovating my closet and making it very fun and bright!  I think I accomplished that!  ha.  See my post about the closet renovation here.  

Here is a snap shot of the "his" bathroom.  

And here is the "hers" bathroom.  I used to day dream about wallpapering this bathroom in a palm beach print but I actually like it all white because so much of my home is filled with colors!  

Hope you enjoyed the main bedroom tour!  Please check back for additional posts as I share tours from the other rooms in my home.  

xoxo Heather 

Monday, July 26, 2021

It's All About The Bag

I've always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman's outfit.  Take a simple dress and add a unique handbag and it instantly escalates the outfit! It takes one great piece to stand out from the rest.  

When I opened Vivid Hue Home in 2015 it was with an emphasis on home decor; featuring custom furniture, stylish mirrors, unique lamps, decorative pillows and one-of-a kind case goods.  Sure, we also carried items that were perfect for hostess gifts, birthday and graduation, wedding and anniversary.  
But then, almost as an afterthought, we carried a small collection of jewelry and fashion accessories.  

 Over time, I realized that many customers were coming into the shop searching for the fashion accessories, particularly our unique purses and handbags that weren't easily found in other stores.  I slowly started to expand our collection of handbags and clutches.  And recently, I realized that we have curated quite a unique assortment.  What I love most is that I have found things that don't cost a fortune and still look stylish.  Who doesn't love walking into a boutique, falling in love with a great bag and then realizing when you look at the price tag that you can actually afford to purchase it! 

This summer, we closed our shop for a day for a store refresh.  We do this a few times a year and our goal is to mix things up so they feel fresh and new to us and our customers.  During this project, I decided that we were going to dedicate more real estate in the shop towards merchandising our great purses and handbags!  Our footprint is small and we had stuffed so many great bags into a corner on a circular rack where they couldn't be easily seen or shopped!  

Today I'm sharing some of my favorite purses and handbags that we currently have in the shop and I'm also going to show you how we decided to merchandise them!  

One key element of our refresh was to add more dedicated shelving to display our handbags and accessories.  Rather than overstuffing them onto a purse tree, we imported three new shelves that are now dedicated to our handbags.  

This shelf is now dedicated to displaying some our bohemian chic summer totes, summer clutches and beach totes.  We have many more to offer but we carefully curated each row with totes and clutches to compliment one another without becoming visual overload.  

Another improvement we made was dedicating real estate to display one or two handbags in a tasteful and stylish way versus piling a ton of bags onto the shelf that can't easily be sorted through.  
Below,  our Navajo Group Clutch is displayed on the same shelf as one of our hand beaded boho necklaces.  I love the two paired together and I love that they both have the same bohemian chic theme.  

PS, on a side note, the beaded necklaces are a sure win.  It creates an immediate statement the second you add it to a dress or white blouse.  Here's a picture of my mama wearing one of these necklaces with her Jcrew summer dress!  

The next vignette highlights various clutches, each with a different rainbow theme, along with some of our raffia and beaded cheetah print clutches.  

Another refreshed part of our store is this faux boxwood wall!  It is in the process of becoming our selfie station where I hope ya'll come and take photos and post on your social media, but while we're still in the process of waiting for lighting to arrive, I have found that it makes a pretty cool back drop for taking photos of our merchandise.  (Shown in the multi color cheetah neoprene tote).  

As a small boutique, I find that we are constantly tweaking the way we are merchandising products to our customers.  Our locals love to step into the store and see fresh inventory or fresh ideas on how to wear our accessories (or decorate our home products).  Hopefully ya'll know that we also ship our products all over the country, daily!  We sell a lot via our instagram and Facebook profiles and being able to stage our products in a visual way online goes a long way in how well the products sell.  That is the reason we put so much emphasis in the store too for how things are displayed.  Let's face it, we all want a fun shopping experience when we're looking at eye candy!  

I'd love to hear your thoughts about how we've tweaked our unique purses and handbags in the shop!  (And as always, follow us on instagram/Facebook for daily updates and happenings with Vivid Hue Home!)

xoxo Heather 


Friday, June 11, 2021

Closet Makeover Final Reveal

 Thank you for following the process of me organizing and styling my closet.  I have been so happy with the results that I actually keep my closet doors open now and the closet space has quite literally become an extension of my bedroom.  I'm so happy that I decided to I ignore my thoughts about how my colorful changes may impact the resale value of my house (if and when I decide to sell).  I mean, come on, I have a Kelly Green wallpapered mudroom, a turquoise sunroom  and a teal study.  Here are some snapshots of rooms around my house.  As I've resurrected this blog, I realize that the previous posts about my house are pretty outdated, so stay tuned for future shares of rooms In my house.  

Let's digress for a quick minute: 
Here is a view into my sunroom.  The walls are turquoise, even on the ceiling.  There are 3 walls of windows and lots of colorful pillows.  This is my happy space.  This photo was from a Jayes Studio Photo Shoot at my home, aren't these Bowl's fabulous?  They are by Danika Herrick as part of her collaboration with Jaye's studio, and yes!, I sell them at Vivid Hue Home here.  

Vivid Hue Home Sunroom, Photo Credit: @mindfulmotionphoto

This is Smidge's room.  She's 12, almost 13 and this is probably the most picked up it's ever been.  

Vivid Hue Home House Tour, Smidge's Room 

Another view of my sunroom.  This grosgrain ribbon chair is my absolute favorite.  It's the Louis XV Chair by Dransfield and Ross.  They no longer make it but I am glad I found one when it was still available and I will always treasure it. 

Vivid Hue Home Sunroom 

Vivid Hue Home Guest Bedroom: Styling by Vivid Hue Home, Photo by Mindfulmotionphoto

Vivid Hue Home Living Room 

Vivid Hue Home Study, Styling by Vivid Hue Home during Jayes Studio Photo Shoot, photography by Mindful Motion Photo

Now back to the original purpose of this post!  This is supposed to be the final closet reveal!  We last left off with me purging the excess out of my closet and then adding pink peach paint to my closet.   Now let's move on to see the final results!  

Recall. BEFORE


Left side of the closet BEFORE

and AFTER 

Before view of the dresser cubby areas.  


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Closet Makeover Part 2, Let's Paint!

Today I'm going to take y'all on my continued journey of my Closet Makeover.  To see where I started with my makeover, revisit this post, Vivid Hue's Closet Makeover.   This endeavor started with the goal of organizing my closet.  After the first round of purging which led to twenty bags for donation, I became motivated to not only organize the space but also make it more feminine.  Within one night, I'd created a mood board for my vision pulling budget friendly sources that could be delivered to me quickly.  

I was determined to make this space feel girly and colorful like the rest of my home.  These built In drawers were giving me agita.  There was just no easy way to work around them and yet I didn't set out to spend a lot of money.  In the end, I decided I would paint these and I was going to go all In.  

To prep the surface of the dresser, I used a fine sandpaper sponge to rough up the surface and remove the slight glossy finish.  The goal wasn't to remove all of the dark wood coloring it was to add some texture to the surface so the primer would have something with which to adhere. I wiped the surface with a damp cloth to remove the slight dust film. 

I selected Benjamin Moore Pink Peach 2009-40 paint color and a one coat primer that the paint store tinted with a bit of the pink peach color.  This helped expedite the process because as I was adding the primer, the drawers became one step closer to their final color.    Y'all that have followed me for some time know that I love to skimp on my DIY's any way I can.  Yes, it's true.  I become excited to see the end result and I often rush the process. That said, I didn't even remove my drawers from out of the closet or put a drop cloth down.  I literally sanded and prepped them right there.  

The initial coat of primer went on light and streaky.  I let it dry overnight and then returned to do another primer coat.  The more thoroughly you cover the original color of your surface with primer, the better the final coat will adhere.  

The actual paint was a high gloss because I wanted a sheen to the surface.  Below was the start of adding the final coat.  I didn't put more than one final coat on the drawers.  I did, however, have spots that had drips and I had to resand those sections down a bit and retouch.  

You can see some of the paint streaks In the photo below.  I sanded those down with the drawers In place.  

Bradley Cooper relaxes In the closet on the new MadCap Cottage Rug! And I practice to take selfies of my outfits from my closet!  

Next, be sure to check back to see how the finished project turned out.  Now that I had updated the interior of the closet it was time to return to actually organizing and straightening the items In there.  
Also, like the style you see on the blog?  Why not head over to the Vivid Hue Home shop and see all of the awesome home decor items we sell!