Dec 19 2013

Pop! Goes the Color Weasel

color-pop

Image source: Stellan Herner for Swedish ELLE Decor
Jonathon Ensor is a freelance design blogger writing on behalf of Empire Today. He thinks there needs to be a hip-hop song lyric featuring the rhyming of “puce” and “chartreuse”.

Lately, I’ve been feeling trapped by creams, taupes and oatmeals. Neutrals are timeless for a reason – they’re easy and elegant backdrops for getting creative. But when I noticed my living room was the same color scheme as my dentist’s waiting room…some flags went off in my brain and they were crimson, not ecru. › Continue reading


Jun 22 2013

Interior Design Defined & Re-Defined

Sometimes you have to take some time away from the daily grind and do something you love! I love love to design and make things beautiful whether it is a website, logo, wedding invitations or in and around my home. There are a lot of things I love, but today I am focusing on interior design. I think it takes years to make a home your home. We have lived in Biblegrove for 7 years in July. We are still making this home our home. Along the lines of Interior Design we have remodeled bathrooms, painted walls & then repainted, built furniture & signs, hunted {or haunted works too ;)} auctions, junk shops & antique stores, made memories {some great, some not so great}… and we still have some unfinished projects. But we have come a long way baby! We have also had a lot of help along the way.

This is the definition of Interior Design from dictionary.com

Interior Design: noun
1.the design and coordination of the decorative elements of the interior of a house, apartment, office, or other structural space, including color schemes, fittings, furnishings, and sometimes architectural features.
2.the art, business, or profession of executing this.

I think that kind of sums it up. But it sounds too stuffy. Interior Design to me is surrounding yourself with things you love, from the images I share you will probably get a good feel for the things that I & Justin love. I am very thankful to have a husband that has amazing taste and can build me anything we can dream up. › Continue reading


Oct 19 2011

Justin the Builder.

I am not the builder. I love to design, paint things, create my cards, cook, dream etc… but I am not the builder. And sometimes I am not even the designer. I just had to share pics of these pieces that Justin my builder not only designed but built from reclaimed barn wood for our anniversary and my birthday. I know… I am a lucky girl and so thankful to have my very own builder! I am in love with Justin and the furniture he builds! :)

We both had to work a little for these pieces… I was working away at my computer and he says ‘Let’s go!’ — When Justin says that I never know what to expect… it may be a drive over the farm to scout for deer or go rock hunting {yes, we have to hunt for rocks in Biblegrove — but that is another story in itself}, it may be a spontaneous trip to the city for a date or to find that tool needed for his latest project. On this day ‘Let’s go!’ meant something entirely different. We headed to an amazing old barn… a tall barn that we climbed and climbed to the top. From there we hauled out some old barn wood that had been milled years and years ago… it was stored in the barn. And it was work! But work that was well worth it, as you shall see.

FIRST: A beautiful coffee table made from reclaimed barn wood. Justin surprised me for our anniversary with this piece… he wondered what I would change about it. NOTHING!

SECOND: This rustic console/buffet/whatever you want it to be – amazing!! This one he surprised me with for my birthday, which is only a few days away from our anniversary.

THIRD: A Garden arbor that goes perfectly with our fence — as you can see I am trying to get climbing roses to take off up and around it. Can hardly wait to see how it looks next year! Another birthday surprise… I had gone to town and came back to him, Branton & gpa & gma all helping to get this done before I got back.

June was a good month for me. :) Justin & Branton sure know how to make a girl feel loved and they went above and beyond with these amazing works of art. And did I mention it is work! :) Barn wood is usually really hard and not easy to work with… but that is part of what makes these pieces that much more special. This isn’t really a DIY, it’s more of a Justin did it… but you never know, you may just be able to find your own pieces by Justin someday… Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your time here and maybe got a little inspiration!

PS Did you see the really cool Red Rooster Felted silhouette pillow on my couch? Well, if you fell in love with it you are in luck! You can find these pillows at viAnnelli on etsy {http://www.etsy.com/shop/viAnneli}. Rumor has it she will even do custom silhouettes… all I said was, could you do a Red Rooster and she came up with the perfect, felted Red Rooster silhouette… can’t beat that!


Oct 4 2011

Handpainted Business Signs

I believe in ‘curb appeal’! Especially when it comes to your business. When you have a storefront it is important to show on the outside that you care about your customer and what you are offering them. A hand.painted business sign is one way {and not as expensive as you may think} to show that and draw your customers inside for more! The hand.painted part is not the only beautiful part of these signs… they also have logos & a color palette that make them stand out and allow the sign artist to shine! I have had the pleasure of working with Mike Meyer on a few different signs… he has been hand.painting signs for a long time and it definitely shows. Not only are these signs beautiful, but since Mike has the experience he knows how to make them so that they last for years to come. Check out the signs he hand.painted below using custom logos by Bb design… now don’t you just want to stop in and see what’s going on behind these doors. If you are in NE Missouri Area… you may have seen these signs… I am hoping to get a few more up in the area. Aren’t they beautiful! What a fabulous and cost effective way to show a little pride in our community & businesses.

First up is the Scotland County Pharmacy… I had the privilege of building their logo a while back and was so excited when they decided to get a sign made using their new logo. Mike is pictured with his wife, Aileen, in the first picture… it was so much fun to meet this couple. They love life & really enjoy what they do together!

Mike Meyer Signs

Scotland County Pharmacy

Next up is Memphis Area Pregnancy Care Center. With the combination of the new sign & the vinyl decal in the window, this really makes their curb ‘appeal’ just that much more and makes people take notice. Mike graciously hung up the sign for us as we are not the experts in sign hanging.

Memphis Area Pregnancy Care Center

MAPCC Hand Painted Sign

And last but definitely not least… The Willows Lakehouse. I have been working with The Willows for several years on different projects, starting of course with their logo… if you have not discovered the Willows, you must check out their site and plan a visit. Especially if you are in NE Missouri area… this is the perfect getaway that is not too far away! {www.thewillowslakehouse.com} Mike took the Bb sign design & hand.painted it to make a sign that I would even love to decorate my home with!

The Willows Lakehouse Retreat

NE Missouri Lakehous for Rent

OK, just one more… Red Rooster Trading Company… Mike took the logo I built for Red Rooster and knocked this one way way outta the park. I actually do have this one hanging in my living room cause we loved it so much! Mike sent me some behind the scenes pics of the Red Rooster sign which I will blog about soon! He really takes care in his work & it shows, what a gift!

Red Rooster Trading Company

Thanks for stopping by! And if you are interested in pricing for a hand.painted sign by Mike Meyer & Britta burrus design. give me a shout… call or email and I will be glad to discuss your needs/wants for your business. 509-429-1989 or design@brittaburrus.com

PS… I think a personal sign would also be wonderful… so if you are interested in one for your living room, kitchen, hanging outside somewhere {barn, garage, house} or bathroom… whatever your ideas, I know we can come up with something beautiful!


Mar 28 2011

The Bb blog gets a makeover, slowly… but surely…

Spring is in the air and with that comes the need to reorganize, clean things up a bit and work on a little marketing for Bb. :) I have all these ideas in the back of my head for Bb & Red Rooster… it’s finding the time to work on them that’s the trick! Clients projects of course come first and with Spring on its way, the flower & veggie gardens are calling my name. Anywhooo… I am working on reorganizing the Bb blog. Don’t you love it when things are organized & all in their place! I reorganized the blog into the following categories…

Bb {Portfolio} : featuring Bb projects to give you ideas on what we can do for you
Design, Marketing, Social Tips : Everything from Marketing, Design, Brand, Social {e.g. facebook etc} and maybe even a garden & cooking tip or two thrown in.
Inspiration & Gift Ideas : What inspires me, what inspires you? and Gift Ideas
Quotables : inspiring, provoking, funny, clever quotes
Fabulous Freebies : Fonts, Textures, Software, Bb Notecards — who doesn’t love a good FREEBIE!
Behind the Biz : Featuring some of the businesses that I have the opportunity to work with and the who & inspiration behind them. My clients ROCK and I want to share a little more about them and how they got to where they are today.
DIY {Your Way} : Do it Yourself Projects
I {heart} cooking/baking : Recipes… :)
Red Rooster Trading Company : posts and pics about what Red Rooster is up to.
RiBbet : Most of you might know that I love to make cards, still do, just haven’t had a lot of time to spend here. RiBbet will be the place to find the Bb cards. Someday, I plan to have an online shop exclusively for them.

I went through all the previous posts and organized them according to category, so, you can start browsing. Hope you have some fun and get some ideas & tips along the way. Thanks for stopping by and hope to have you again! Look for Mondays post next!

~Britta


Jan 9 2009

inspiration & creativity at its best.

My husband, Justin was inspired this Christmas. He went into the shop and used some reclaimed oak from an old barn on the farm that he is rebuilding. He cut them to size, drilled the holes and roughed them up a bit. We finished them off with some bubble candleholders and red candles. They were a huge hit. I love mine! The inspiration didn’t stop… he then used some leftover lumber and built me this awesome shelf with cubbies for my office. He did this as part of my Christmas presents. Wow! I am so grateful.


Dec 12 2008

the ‘people’ ornaments.

Some fun pics of the finished ornaments below… we still have a few to paint and ended up having bake them an hour instead of 30 minutes.


Dec 10 2008

the christmas ornament.

Being a new family we don’t have a mess of Christmas ornaments. Branton has been wanting to make what he calls ‘people’ ornaments. I guess because they are not the Christmas balls. So, I googled ornament dough and found good old fashioned ‘salt’ dough. It’s pretty easy to make and bake, but not sure how they will hold up. See the fun below.

{ recipe: 4 c. flour, 1 c. salt, 1 1/2 c. warm water – mix, knead for 10 min or so – roll out, cut shapes and don’t forget the hole for the string – bake at 300 degrees for 30 or more min – let cool and decorate }

Branton getting creative and shaping a candy cane by hand.

Branton getting creative and shaping a candy cane by hand.

Ready to put the ornaments in the oven.

Ready to put the ornaments in the oven.

All the fun shapes

All the fun shapes.

This is where is gets a little messy, Ready to paint!

This is where is gets a little messy, Ready to paint!

Check back soon to see the finished product!