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Happy Wednesday! Lately, I’ve been using a lot more faux plants in my designs, including some really beautiful faux succulents. One of my favorite ways to display these faux succulents is by arranging them in stone planters — I love the look!

This is a beautiful, yet simple, way to add something extra to your kitchen island, entry or dining area. For this client’s home, I went with this handsome limestone planter and selected mainly purple and gray succulents that would complement the color tones in her kitchen. Below, you can see how easy it is to put an arrangement like this together.

(I was in a bit of a rush putting this together so I apologize for the quality of the photos.)

  1. Cut the floral styrofoam to fit the inside of the planter — this will help hold the succulents in place.

2. Add moss on top to camouflage the foam.

3. Next, add your faux succulents.

You can cut, or bend, each to the size you need. I always believe more is better, so I ended up adding about 15 succulents to this 10″ x 5″ planter.

If you would like to see more of my examples of faux plants, check out my pilates studio project.

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This was a wonderful project to work on! Not only was this project for a dear friend and fellow designer, Lisa Woolley, but this home had so many unique and charming elements that it really made the project an exciting one to do. Built in 1940, the home was originally designed as the “mother-in-law” home to the house next-door. Initially, the house had two entrances, one on either side of the home. A main design goal was to direct guests to the now principal entrance which was through the courtyard to the left. When I first saw the home, it really seemed to have an Old World charm about it so I decided to continue the theme. I used a lot of shrubs that could be shaped into conical and rounded shapes as the garden matured and chose shutters that were reminiscent of a home in the European countryside.

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Above, some of the main elements that I wanted to incorporate into this project. I wanted a beautiful and strong trim color, so we went with ‘Iron Mountain’ by Benjamin Moore. I also wanted to use a rose shrub, in the front entrance, and went with a shrub called ‘Belinda’s Dream’. Not only does this shrub have wonderful blooms, but I thought is would look elegant as it cascaded over the nicely trimmed boxwood border.  I also kept many of the original boxwood for their sculptural shape and just trimmed them a bit. Lastly, I wanted to incorporate one of my favorite elements, lighting.

Above, a before photo of the courtyard. After removing the shrubs, I noticed a nook that would be a wonderful place for a seating area. I thought it would be perfect place for my client to enjoy a cup of coffee while watching her kids play.

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Above, a before shot of the right side of the home with some wishes from my client.

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Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Happy Wednesday! Today, I’m sharing a kitchen renovation I did in Austin, Texas. Originally, this part of the home consisted of three rooms — a play room, the kitchen and the dining area. By removing all the walls, we opened up the entire space allowing for the perfect open floor plan for an active family that loves to entertain. Photography: Madeline Harper

Below, a before shot of one of the walls we removed between the living room and the kitchen.

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Below, a shot of the original kitchen and dining area.

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Above, a shot of the space gutted and walls coming down.

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Happy New Year! I’m a little behind with this post but I wanted to wish you all a very happy & prosperous New Year! This past year I was blessed to work with wonderful clients who supported and entrusted me with their homes and businesses! Thank you so much!

SHANNON AHERN DESIGN 2019: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Pilates Studio in Studio City

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South Bay Home

One of my favorite parts about this project was renovating the back studio (photo below). Click here to see more on this project.

Glendale Cottage

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A little more design work at one of my favorites in Austin

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Favorite Blog Post… Garden Party in San Antonio

I had so much fun hosting this garden party with my dear friend and fellow designer Lisa Woolley!

This coming month, I’ll be sharing a couple of new projects with you — a kitchen in Austin and an exterior project in San Antonio. Looking forward to a great year!

Wishing you all the best for 2020!

~ Shannon

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Last week my good friend and fellow designer, Lisa Woolley, and I hosted a garden party in the courtyard of her San Antonio home. We had just completed the exterior of her home and thought there’s no better way to celebrate than to host an intimate get-together in her newly designed garden.

With the holidays around the corner, the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing super easy tips for decorating and entertaining during the season.

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It’s been about two years since we started this exterior project, and the design is maturing beautifully.  Many thanks to my wonderful clients who have done an incredible job keeping up the integrity and look of the initial design. We still have a phase two happening to the front, which I’m really excited about, but for now I’m very happy to share the latest. See before and after photos below.

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A sneak peek of the backyard, which we are still working on. Hopefully, we’ll be done by Fall 2020.

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By removing a dated atrium in this Texas project, I gave my clients a much larger dining room, as well as more storage space in the kitchen. See the before and after photos below.

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Next time, I’m sharing my 5 favorite bedrooms.

Happy Thursday!

 

 

 

Photos: Madeline Harper

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“Free rein” were the instructions given to me when I took on this project, something a designer relishes in. Therefore, when it came time to design the kitchen I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to design it around an island, a very large island. A place that would bring family and friends together, where kids could hang out as meals were prepared and guests could pop over for a cup of coffee or glass of wine. I knew it would become the heart of the home and place where many memories would be made.

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PHOTOS: MADELINE HARPER

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I’ve posted the interior of this Austin project before, but I recently had it photographed, so today I’m excited to share the first batch of photos with you.

Originally, the fireplace was covered in stucco and there was a large atrium that took up most of the living space.

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Photos: Madeline Harper

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The kitchen is by far my favorite room in a home, so I always love to get my hands on a remodel. Initially, we were not going to do a serious rehab on this home, but decided in the end it was the better way to go. We knocked down most of the walls surrounding the kitchen, and replaced all flooring throughout the home. New cabinets, countertops, recessed lighting and sconces were added for extra interest.

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Tomorrow, my favorite room in this whole project!

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