Dance li’l darlings…

August 21st, 2012

Had an impromptu photo shoot with my friend Kelly over at Desmond Brown Design. The little girls had a blast…check out how sweet they are…just dancing away without a care in the world : )

We hope you adore these new pieces. In order to keep things new and keep my sanity, I’m going back to the days of creating a few pieces of each style. I’ve tried to mass produce (and still will to a certain extent for wholesale orders) however, I am not a machine and in sticking with unique, creative and being true to myself, this will be the way it shall be. Keeps me happy and my customers happy : )

Happy day! Take a little time to dance…

DIY weekend

January 16th, 2012

Hello, I’m Hazel and I’m addicted to Pinterest. As you can see from my previous post, I found some DIY projects and worked on them over break. I also find home remodeling/decorating ideas that I can never follow through with either because A) we don’t have the money to do what I REALLY want to do and B) if I think of one project, it always leads to another, bigger, more expensive project…(see A.)

Well, with the encouragement of my home decorating/design girlfriend…her house looks like Pottery Barn all the time. We once went to look at model homes and there was a cutting board with cheese, some vegetables, etc….and I said, “who’s kitchen looks like this?” and then looked at her and said, “oh yea, yours”. Another more recent example of how perfect her house looks and her decorating drive…she came over and I wanted to decorate my mantle. She asked, “where’s your greenery, your garland?” and I said, “Um, I don’t have any. You need to tell me what to buy.” She asked, “Do you have any trees?” and proceeded to go out back and trim up some greenery from a pine tree in our backyard. She picked up the twigs that I asked the kids to throw over the fence and brought them in and did up my mantle. Fabulous.

So, enough rambling, I was pumped to get this house looking cozy and finally feeling like home…I know, I know, what do you want…I was busy having 5 kids. Now I’m ready to give time to our home.

I’ll just post some before and after pics. I really love it. The pictures don’t do it justice. But I love it….I actually love my home. And for once, I’m not staring at walls and wanting to take a sledge hammer to them…I’m content. Happy.

Project #1: The Mantle

Before: Boring, blah, …

After: A little detail goes a long way…we trimmed out above the mantle to add height and character…I’m gonna shop for more decor for the mantle but it’s gonna be fabulous. I can’t just buy nonsense knick knacks so I’m anxiously waiting for the Kane County Flea Market to open the first weekend of March. I’ll keep you posted…

Project #2: The dreaded L-shaped island/breakfast counter/ugh….

Before: again, just drab…no fun, hate it, wanted to bust it out and get new counter tops and paint the cabinets…(so sad, this is a pic that I took when we bought the house…apparently, I hated it so much I never photographed the kitchen).

this pic is an “Oh wait! I forgot to take a “before” pic”…so one side of the wainscoting is already up…I wish I had a shot of the ugly corbels (learned that word from decorating friend Jen)…they were metal, just ugly…

After: brighter, cleaner, more character…makes me want to actually USE the breakfast counter…

Oh, and BTW…we had mismatched appliances and getting a new fridge and stove to match and make it all stainless made a HUGE difference. I no longer feel the need to paint our cabinets and for the first time can say I actually like our kitchen.

Project #3: bare windows

Before: we have a sliding doors and a wall of floor to ceiling windows that were trimmed in white. I love trim. I love woodwork. I feel like it adds character. I thought it was fine on it’s own. (sorry for the dark pictures).

After: Made drapes for both the sliding door and the wall of windows and it feels much more finished, cozy and homey. I love it! (The laundry has always been there and has no affect on the design what-so-ever…except, that maybe, I should put it away…)

I still have some bare walls but these 3 little projects really changed the feel of the home and I’m happy with the hard work the hubby and I put in this long weekend.

You can follow me on Pinterest and also follow my friend, Jen’s design blog…www.harrisonhomeblog.blogspot.com

Gettin’ crafty over holiday break…

January 8th, 2012

I’ve loved crafts all my life. I’ve cross-stitched, crocheted, knit, painted, made jewelry, designed stationery, scrapbooked, etc, etc….oh..yea, and I sew. Well, when I found Pinterest (sigh) I kept pinning all these things that “I’d love to do if I had more time” so…here ya go…a car ride to the Dells and a late night on the couch catching up on General Hospital…and Voila!– this is what you get…

Some colorfully crocheted coasters…

and a rag rug that I crocheted out of scrap fabrics…(that my son seems to think is better used as a play mat for his action figures)

Oh…and here’s a pic of the popcorn blanket that I crocheted…

to go with the newly covered sofa cushions….

Hope you like!

December 2nd, 2011

Wrapping up the end of the year with 2 events this weekend…
Saturday, Dec 3

Brooks Holiday Show @ Brooks Elementary School, Aurora, IL

9-2pm

Sunday, Dec 4

Elmwood Holiday Show @ Elmwood Elementary School, Naperville, IL

9-3pm

Also…a little treat for you…offer good until the end of the year! Enjoy!

Pre-Thanksgiving Sale! Mon 11/21 thru Weds 11/23 midnight CST.

November 21st, 2011

New shops…

May 26th, 2011

So sorry to have been missing for the past few months…what’s new in the world of HB designs? Well, for starters, we’re working our way into new boutiques. We’ll try to keep you updated on facebook (which is so much easier to update than the blog), but I’ll try to get better at this.

We’re now in M & Em’s in Glen Ellyn, IL and will be coming soon to Ana Bananas in Naperville!

What else is new…working on some new styles for fall. I know…it’s a bit early to mention fall, considering summer has yet to show her beautiful face. Today was my #3′s last day of pre-school and she had to wear a coat!! Insane! Anyway, I’ve got some ideas up my sleeve and just need to find some time to sew everything out.

This summer, we’ll be showcasing HB designs at the 3 French Hens Market in Morris, IL. Stop by if you’re in the area! I’ll keep you posted on dates and times!!

Hmmm…yup, this was totally random. I’ll get the hang of it…someday! For now…visit me on facebook and become a fan!!

Coming Soon…!!

December 6th, 2010

You’ll be able to find hazel brown designs at two new locations. Heatheresque in Naperville, IL, as soon as this week!–and Red Door Studio in Waldorf, MD. Red Door will open their doors on January 8th. I’m very excited! If you know of a boutique near you where my products would be a good fit, please let me know!!

HB Contest/Giveaway: Win a free pair of Livi Leggies!

November 28th, 2010

The holidays always seem to fly by so fast every year. I can’t believe Thanksgiving has come and gone. Hope you all had a good one!! Share your favorite part of this weekend and win a pair of Livi Leggies!! (May vary from those shown below).

Contest ends at 11:59pm, Sunday, November 28th, 2010. Winner will be notified on our facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/hazelbrowndesigns

Sam @ Puddle Jumpers Photography…

September 22nd, 2010

I finally had professional pictures taken….they’re simply delicious. Sam @ Puddle Jumpers Photography does awesome work! Take a look…

Take a gander…

August 23rd, 2010

Here are some of the things I dropped off at Monogram Madness last week.

Ruffle Wristlet…

Ladies’ Skirt…

Grey Velour Ruffle Pants

Livi Leggies…

If you’re local, you can stop into Monogram Madness to check out these items and more — 190 E 5th Ave, Naperville, IL. Otherwise, check out all our goodies at www.hazelbrowndesigns.com