Utility Jumpsuit

Not long ago I went shopping in SOHO, and I kid you not, at least four girls working in shops around the neighborhood were wearing utility jumpsuits. So, it’s cool girl thing to wear. Even after seeing a slew of cute and fashionable shop girls sporting this look, I wasn’t quite ready to get behind it. I still felt it was a little too mechanic for me. Flash forward a few months and I think I’m warming up to the idea. And it’s good timing, because there are so many fantastic options at every price point. Would you rock this look?

Utility Jump Suit
Utility Jumpsuit
Utility Jumpsuit

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One Room Challenge // Kitchen Renovation Week 2

Week 2 of the One Room Challenge. I’ve had 10 break downs thinking it will be impossible to finish, followed by several todos checked off. In case you missed last week, I am working on my mom’s kitchen, which needed a MAJOR update.

It’s been a week. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know that my grandma passed away last Friday. It’s strange because my dad passed away during my first One Room Challenge, I almost feel like I am cursed and I’m afraid to do another. Since I am working on my mom’s kitchen, which is over two hours away from where I live, Grandma’s passing actually allowed more time for the project. In between family time, I was a working machine and had some extra helping hands, plus it took my our minds off the sadness. The kitchen is coming along really well, and currently, I actually feel like we could pull it off.

Today I’m going to share my paint palette choices. I LOVE me a white kitchen. I have painted two kitchens white, including a rental and my last home. when I asked my mom if I could help tackle her kitchen, she was totally game, basically gave my free reign. I know her style, modern country, and I wanted to push her just a little out of her comfort zone. I automatically knew I wanted to do a palette of white and grey, but oh so many choices.

One Room Challenge Paint Color Choices

I bought a few paint samples on my first trip to Home Depot. I brought back my favorite white, Polar Bear by Behr, a beautiful warm grey I used in my bathroom, Cotton Grey by Behr, as well as an off white I’ve used, Swiss Coffee by Behr.

One Room Challenge Paint Color Choices
One Room Challenge Paint Color Choices
One Room Challenge Color Inspo

After inspiration shopping on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to do the uppers and lowers different. My initial thought was Swiss Coffee for the uppers, Cotton Grey for the lowers, and Polar Bear for the walls, but after painting a swatch on the cabinets, the Cotton Grey looked very light, and much cooler than it had when I used it before. I ended up going back to get more swatches and choosing a darker grey for the lowers. I went with a darker grey lowers, True Taupewood, which contrasts nicely against the off white uppers. My mom wasn’t loving the bright white walls, so in another twist, I put the light Cotton Grey on the walls and ceiling. The blue is for the door, I went with a color called Opera Glasses.

One Room Challenge Color Palette
One Room Challenge Progress

For hardware, I was torn, I planned on doing black or rubbed bronze, I bought all the knobs, then after more Pinterest browsing, I back tracked and went with gold tones. Mom had gold hardware before, but bad, shiny gold, I found some knobs with nice tones that add warmth and shine, without being blingy.

Here is a progress shot of how I added trim to the cabinet faces. I did a whole post on this a few years back. You can read all about the process here.

One Room Challenge Progress

You can see the painted Cotton Grey swatch on the right drawer below. It’s the same color of the panelling and walls, but looks much lighter.

One Room Challenge Progress

You can see a sliver of the section of butcher block we installed in the photo above. Here is what we’ve done so far:

  • added trim to cabinets

  • painted and reinstalled uppers

  • painted lowers

  • added trim to paneling

  • painted walls and ceiling

  • swapped out one light fixture

  • painted door

  • painted most of the trim

We still have to:

  • cut and install butcher block counter tops

  • tile backsplash

  • install sink

  • install two light fixtures

  • make and install banquet seating

  • accessorize

See all the before photos on week 1. Don’t forget to follow along on instagram and see our inspiration on Pinterest.


Color of the Fall // Rust

Everywhere I look I see this color! Rust is a non-neutral, neutral and so perfect for fall. It pairs perfectly with saffron or tan and unexpectedly well with bush and blue. What’s your favorite color of the season?

Color of the Fall: Rust
Color of the Fall: Rust
Color of the Fall: Rust

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rust round up

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One Room Challenge // Kitchen Renovation Week 1

I am so excited to be participating in my second One Room Challenge. If you are not familiar, the One Room Challenge is a huge blogger challenge, currently in it’s 15th season, where 20 “headline” bloggers and hundreds of guest bloggers renovate a room in 6 weeks and document their progress on their blog and social channels. You can follow along with all the guests and bloggers here.

The first One Room Challenge I did was in spring of 2017, I turned my garage into my studio. This time, I went even bigger. I am tackling my mom’s very dated kitchen. During the last One Room Challenge I did, my dad passed away. That was a big catalyst for my family to move back across the country to Michigan to be closer to family. Since we are still in between homes, I thought helping my mom tackle her kitchen would be a great way to spend quality time with my mom. My mom is the most generous person I know, I am honored to be able to give something back to her.

My mom is planning to move out of her house, my childhood home, in the next few years. My goal is to update her current space to give her a modern traditional kitchen that will be a lovely space to spend her last months in a home she’s lived in for almost 40 years, and will also help with resale value, all for a tight budget. This mood board is my inspiration for this project. Colors will mostly be grey and white with warm wood tones and blues brought in through accessories.

Studio McGee One Room Challenge Inspiration
Modern Traditional Kitchen

The space needs A LOT of love. It was last updated around 1995, and that was also on a budget. Currently it’s a farmhouse Christmas wonderland, the cabinets are bright green and the paneling is dark red, with plaid wallpaper and a farmhouse border with actual farm animals. The counter tops and backsplash are laminate and there is a lot that doesn’t seem to function well for my mom and brother. I plan to address it all.

One Room Challenge Kitchen Before

Here’s what we are tackling:

  • adding trim, painting cabinets, changing hardware

  • updating trim (goodbye scallops)

  • butcher block counter tops

  • built in banquet seating that will also function as a dog cage

  • removing wallpaper

  • adding trim to paneling and painting walls

  • update lighting

One Room Challenge Kitchen Before
One Room Challenge Kitchen Before
One Room Challenge Kitchen Before

Click here over to my Pinterest board to see all my inspiration and sources I’m planning on using.

Moody Dinner Party Mood Board

Welcome October, time to usher in the start of the holiday season. I have an INSANE and exciting month coming up here. I am doing my first ever bridal show, the Beer Hop Bridal Show on October 28th, so I have some prep happening for that. The One Room Challenge starts on Wednesday, when I will show you the scary before I’m working with on my mom’s kitchen, and I’m helping my friend Miranda of Thoughtfully Thrifted style a fabulous dinner party. That’s where the mood board comes in. The party will be on November 3, if you would like an invite, find @thoughtfullythrifted on insta and shoot her a DM. We are two newbies to West Michigan trying to cultivate relationships. As I mentioned, I have the honor of styling said party, which is truly an honor, because Miranda is a woman with amazing taste, I am thrilled she is trusting me to make it look fabulous! The vibe for the dinner party will be moody and slightly rustic. Since “thrifting” is in the name, I intend to shop my local thrift stores for pretty pottery dish ware, brass candlesticks and wood elements to create a cohesive moody look.


Dream Home 2.0 // Big Boy Room

The e-design of my dream home series continues, this time I’m sharing Ollie’s big boy room. When we left New York, our little dude was still in a crib. The crib will stay in storage when we get to our new home and Ollie will get his very own big boy bed! I have big plans to whip up this Ikea hack to give my boy the upholstered bed he’s never dreamed of. I’m feeling inspired to use a lot more pattern, and of course, a lot more color in a little boy’s room, than in the other rooms I’ve shared. I am just in love with the mud cloth wallpaper pattern in the photo below on the right, by Spoonflower, it’s in consideration once we see a space. I also love how the room on the left incorporated the pattern into the headboard. I also want to upgrade his kiddo art work (check out his nursery here) and incorporate more photography. And of course, some really fun elements like the dinosaur lamp pictured below.

Big Boy Bedroom Inspiration

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Big Boy Bedroom e-design

Colorful Brooklyn Wedding

There is nothing I love more than flushing out a vision with my clients, and these two had fabulous one. Darcy and Sonja are the ultimate yin and yang couple. Darcy a spunky blonde and Sonja a calm brunette, they compliment each other perfectly. I loved getting to know this beautiful couple and seeing their pink and yellow vision come to life. Darcy and Sonja were my favorite kind of brides, hands on, yet relaxed. They hand made cement coasters for each place setting, brought me a neon sign to work with and designed their bouquets with florist, Indy Faso, to have an ombre effect when placed together. No detail went unnoticed. Their beautiful friends and family made it an all night fabulous party and I am so grateful they allowed me to be part of it.

Lauren Koster Creative wedding at Berg'n
Lauren Koster Creative
Lauren Koster Creative wedding at Berg'n
Lauren Koster Creative wedding at Berg'n
Indy Faso
Lauren Koster Creative wedding at Berg'n
Lauren Koster Creative wedding at Berg'n

coordinator: Lauren Koster Creative / florist: Indy Faso / venue: Berg’n / photographer: John Videler

Favorite Organizational Instagram Accounts

I have to admit I seriously geek out over good organization. I like to spend days, weekends even, sorting, cleaning and making labels for my closets, drawers and cabinets. An organized space functions better, and something that functions better, makes your life better, thus an organized space really makes your life better. In fact, one of my favorite organizers on the list below, Shira Gill, argues that cleaning and organizing your sock drawer can change your life. No seriously, she explains herself in episode #216 of The Life Coach School Podcast. She also has a free download guide to tackle small space to change your life! I totally believe it too. I’ve been thinking about how much better my life would be if my desktop, both physical and virtual were clean, but I never take the time to put in to practice a system that would keep them both clean forever. These Instagram accounts are inspiring me to change my ways and up my organizational game. Here Container Store, take all of my money!


Favorite Organizational Instagram Accounts


Favorite Organizational Instagram Accounts


Favorite Organizational Instagram Accounts

follow @shiragill


Favorite Organizational Instagram Accounts


Favorite Organizational Instagram Accounts

follow @hordlynyc


Favorite Organizational Instagram Accounts


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Favorite Organizational Instagram Accounts