In Good Taste: Bria Hammel Interior Design

Bria Hammell Interiors entrance
Spacecrafting Photography

 

Good morning, friends! We hope you had a fantastic Martin Luther King Day. We always pack those little bonus days off from school with lots of activities and fun. I think I look forward to them as much as my son does. So we were both really bummed out that he had a sore throat. (Well, to be fair, it was much worse for him than it was for me since he was the one that had to be sick!)

He met his reading goal of 1,000 pages this month–I know, 1,000. First grade is not what it used to be!–so I was going to take him to Lowe’s and Dank Burrito, which was what he had requested if he met said goal. 

 

Bria Hammell Interiors living room
Spacecrafting Photography

 

Yes, Lowe’s is my first grader’s favorite store. He likes to build anything and everything. Unfortunately, I had to do the responsible mom thing and say no to burritos and boards. (And torx screws. He taught me what those were.)

 

Bria Hammell Interiors dining room
Spacecrafting Photography

 

But, today is a new day, and we’re saying yes, yes, yes to this lighting! Demure in the dining room? Never!

 

Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography

 

From the flowers in the sink to the perfect pendant light, this kitchen is positively dreamy. 

 

kitchen Bria Hammel Interiors
Spacecrafting Photography

 

And it’s no surprise, really.

 

Bria Hammel Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography

 

Because dreamy, as you can see, is what Bria Hammel Interior Design does

 

Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography

 

In these designs, as in life, it really is the little things. The instant chicness (and practicality!) of a library ladder in the kitchen, 

 

Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

 

A statement backsplash that says, More over, subway tile, 

 

Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography

 

And a fume hood that the kitchen wears around like a jaw-dropping piece of jewelry.

 

Bria Hammell Interiors kitchen
Spacecrafting Photography

 

Hammel does a twist on tradition so, so well, 

 

Bria Hammel Interiors mudroom
Spacecrafting Photography

 

And makes even the most industrial of spaces an experience. 

 

Bria Hammel Interiors teepee
Spacecrafting Photography

 

Speaking of experiences… Have you ever? A reading nook fit for a princess! We think we’d like to curl up in one of these! But not on a sick day. Maybe on a burrito day. After a trip to Lowe’s. Whatever your favorites are, we hope you get to do them all today!

Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic. We love seeing you!

 

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Empty Playrooms and Full Preschools!

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Studio McGee | Lucy Call Photography

 

On Friday I wrote a note to the FedEx man. And left it on the kitchen counter instead of the front door. Then I drove to school to pay tuition. And forgot my checkbook. It’s like my brain’s subtle way of saying: You need to get back on a schedule!

For fourteen weeks of summer, I’ve been pretty on top of it. Those last few days, my brain just conceded the fight. We’ve loved every moment of playing all day. But all good things must come to an end. And, eventually, it’s just time to get back in the swing of things.  

playroom Collins Interiors
Collins Interiors | Nathan Schroder Photography

 

But it’s a lot easier said than done to go home to an empty playroom. Of course, it’s easier to clean up without anyone protesting that you’re throwing away the stack of folded Kleenexes that were a part of a very avant garde art project that you failed to understand… But it feels very, very wrong, all the same! Those first couple of days, trudging up to my spin bike that resides in Will’s playroom will feel so quiet. And I’m sure I’ll be sad.

Collins Interiors | Nathan Schroder Photography

 

 

But then, when I realize I can watch The Today Show while I’m peddling instead of Dinosaur Train, when I discover that I actually know what’s happening in the world again, I’m sure I’ll adjust.  After all, it will only be a few hours until the teepee will be full again. Really full. Because four-year-old play dates are so much fun! And four-year-olds still ask in front of their friends if they can have their friends over so there’s no way to say no!

Collins Interiors | Nathan Schroder Photography

 

And, who knows, once the toys are all returned to their rightful places and the “boat” (a million pieces of cardboard with paint, marker, stickers and random household paraphernalia glued to every inch) is returned to the closet, I might even get some fun ideas for a little design tweaking!

Collins Interiors playroom
Collins Interiors | Nathan Schroder Photography

Even if I don’t, there are sure to be dozens of brand new pieces of artwork to grace the walls. And a whole new year of memories to be made. A few weeks from now, we’ll be longing for summer again. But, for today, we’re savoring the idea of a fresh start–and we hope you are too!

 

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We are so thrilled by the number of beautiful homes we are going to have as a part of the Slightly South of Simple book tour for next April and May. If you might be interested in having the Slightly South of Simple tour come to your house (or town!), or would like more information, don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected]