I’ve had a new blog idea swimming around in the back of my brain for a few months now (along with any number of other random items) and after what’s been a very challenging and busy few weeks, I decided it was time to put that idea to virtual paper. So, today I’m introducing a new blog series called The HRDC Digital Digest!
It’ll be a new way to share all the happenings here at Harper Rae Design Co, including some behind the scenes, all the trials and triumphs of running my own design business from home, and maybe a few personal highlights sprinkled in for good measure. Hopefully you’re excited to hear a little bit more about what I’m up to and if nothing else, writing is always a cathartic process so maybe it’ll help me feel a little more like I have my head on straight when things get chaotic like they have as of late. So, without further adieu…
The HRDC Digital Digest!
Monday was a holiday and my husband had the day off work, so we spent it playing with the girls, sneaking in a much-needed nap, and welcoming this lovely little delight of a table into our dining room, which is currently going through a small revamp. I’ll be sharing more of the why’s and how’s of the update here and on IG soon, but suffice it to say bulky tables that stick into pathways of running toddlers don’t end well.
I received another round of these beauties in the mail and continue to love them just as much as the first day I got them! I’ve had so many of you ask where I had my logos done and cards printed so it was high time I shared the details. My graphic designer, Sarah at Braevin, was such a pleasure to work with and did an incredible job at bringing my brand to life. If you need help designing a logo or putting together a whole brand kit (see what she dreamed up for me here), then you should reach out. She also recommended Moo for printing my biz cards and I was sold after finding out you could choose multiple designs for the back on just one order. If you use this code, you get 25% off your first order.
Mid-week I packed up the girls to drive across the city to a client’s home to review woven wood shade samples and custom sofa base options for her and her partner’s living room furnishings project. One of the best parts of this job is having sweet clients like this that welcome my girls with open arms. I loved having the opportunity to show them what mom does outside the home! And the decisions made at that visit mean we’re one step closer to seeing their bold vintage modern living room dreams come true, including a custom sofa in this luxurious but durable Pindler fabric.
I finalized and sent over this moodboard for a commercial bathroom remodel for a local CrossFit gym. This project is near and dear to my heart because my husband used to co-own it with his best friend and I spent a few seriously fun and inspiring years of my pre-baby life as Operations Manager. The bathrooms have been in major need of an overhaul for years so it’s exciting to be helping out at the gym again in a brand new way. I’m digging the minimal industrial modern vibe this project is headed in so far.
Been working on an e-Design project for the sweetest family down South. They’re making over a bonus room into a playroom/hangout space for their two girls, ages 6 and 12. We’re in the initial stage of nailing down a general mood and aesthetic for the space, so I sent two options over this past week: this neutral traditional coastal moodboard and this traditional twist moodboard with a bit more color.
On Thursday, I had the honor of speaking on a graduate panel at Heritage School of Interior Design. I hadn’t been in the classroom since last summer and walking into that same room where I spent countless hours absorbing every bit of design knowledge I could had that nostalgic coming back home feeling. It was inspiring to feel all the excitement in the air for another round of talented and creative-minded design students!
Sunday, we capped off a wildly busy week prepping for the remodel of our own master bath which starts Tuesday (more details to come but here’s the moodboard for our mixed modern master bath). And by prepping I mean we begrudgingly forced our exhausted bodies to move our master bedroom into a small office space down the hall. Everything from the office is scattered across the guestroom and basement and the house feels sort of in shambles but the chaos of renovating always pays off big in the end, so it’s worth it. I see a lot of Goodwill runs in my future and not a lot of guests visiting… ;)
So that’s the rundown for this week! I’ve been slinging moodboards left and right and can’t complain one bit. It’s one of my favorite parts of the design process and putting them together has a sort of calming effect that I think must be quite similar to one of those adorably cute mini zen rake gardens.
What are you all up to this week? XOXO, Rach