Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's all about the base.

Starting with a basic piece and customizing it to fit a room/client's taste is really the most fun part of my job. 
 It's also what takes a room from looking generic to looking fabulous!
Here's a couple of recent pieces that I have customized for clients. (if you follow me on instagram you've already seen)

Here is the base piece I started with
similar here

Windsor Smith fabric
Nanotex with dura-block (trade)

Base x-bench

similar here

You can see a few other pieces I have transformed here, here and here.
Look around your home is there a tired old ottoman or other small upholstered piece that could potentially become the star of your room?
Speaking of a base piece...every room needs a good base.
I found this awesome article on the
You can read it here!
And last but certainly not least... you have to see this bathroom redo from Sherry Hart at Design Indulgence.
 She took a basic bathroom and turned it into a funky, fun bath!
Check out the before here!
Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Design Bits and Piece Part II

Still reeling from the end of summer
and the frantic race to get the kids ready for school.

Haven't had time to write a proper blog post so I thought I'd share what I've been up to lately.
First off bought this Mecox Gardens chest for a steal for a client's entry while on vacation. Typically I don't purchase on a whim but this was just too good of a deal to pass up.
Here it is in the entry not styled and the mirror needs to be hung but it works ... whew!
Love how the mirror ties in perfectly with the hardware on the chest!
I've also been sourcing a lot of lighting lately.
Thought these pieces were cool and a bit different.
For a play room/boy's room or kid work space

Industrial looking shade with a chalkboard on the inside of the shade.
Chalkboard is not real:(
I've always wanted to use this Branches Chandelier
Gwyneth Paltrow had an even pricier but similar one in her home in the Hamptons prior to her unfortunate unconscious coupling situation.
Here's a pretty alternative that would be great for a girl's room at

I've also ordered one of my all-time favorite large lighting elements for a client from Robert Abbey's Bling collection.

I'm using this chandelier in the dining room of an old stone house with vintage Baker furniture. It will be the star of the room -- can't wait to see it come together.

Oh, and have you ever wondered about the ...

Me too! Check out the article here from Domaine Home. Definitely will be trying the Matouk Sierra Hemstitch (starting at$75). If your local you can purchase Matouk bedding at the Blue Turtle in Wayne, PA:)
That's all I have!
Thanks for reading!!  xoxo

Friday, August 22, 2014

Back from the beach with design bits and pieces

It's been about a month since I last posted:) Glad to be back and share some project updates.
This morning we installed the final element in a family room I have been working on.
White linen Robert Allen
Greek Key trim Pindler & Pindler
trade only
Wall color is Chelsea gray by Benjamin Moore
These roman shades are simple clean and crisp. White linen with a medium gray greek key trim. The pictures do not do this room justice. The treatments TOTALLY made the room!
Also notice how adding light pillows to the dark leather couch brightens up the whole space!
Just down the hallway we installed this treatment in the powder room.
So fun... don't ya think?
In other news...
I had a chance to check out Windsor Smith's new collection for Century Furniture for a client's living room and it's fabulous!!
Classic with a modern spin. You can check it out here.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces
So pretty:)
That's it for now. Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Friday, July 25, 2014

It's been a pillow kind of week...

Delivered these beauties on Monday
Along with the pale blue animal print with chocolate trim
Duralee animal print
Last but not least these hot pink velvet ones trimmed in a pale silver

Duralee velvet

These chairs were delivered to a client in such a pretty pale blue

A window installation went down like this


And I fell in love with these CR Laine swivel chairs

And I'm so excited I may be using this lacquer strie Phillip Jeffries wall covering in a new client's home!
Design by Bradley Stevens
There you have it!
Thanks for reading!! xoxo


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wanted: Wallpaper

My Phillip Jeffries rep just left and it was a wonderful reminder of all the fabulous textured wall coverings made by this company.
Here's a peek at some of my favorites
Mad for Plaid
It's Greek to Me.... Love the orange colorway
Great for a girl's room
I look at this and I think Beach House.
All of these wall coverings are handcrafted, not machine-made.
To take another look or learn more you can check out the Phillip Jeffries website.
Some other goodies I spied this week...
A stunner in person
And talk about purple crush
That's all folks. Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

House of Turquoise Guest Post

Hey People! I'm guest posting over at the House of Turquoise.  Check me out here!
And make sure you poke around a bit. Erin's blog is filled with beautiful pictures:)
Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Scenes from Spain

I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful country of Spain this summer. Here's a few highlights...

Beautiful iron work on the balconies

  Architecture by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona. Very different from the rest of European architecture.
They say it's the origin of the word "gawdy"  ...
 you decide.

A cathedral currently under construction in Barcelona to be completed in 2020. Construction started when Gaudi was alive.

Personally - I loved his work.
ooops how did that slip in there?
This bottle came from a beautiful winery that was opened for business in the 16th century and is still operating today!
There are three Guggenheim museums in the world ...Venice, New York and Bilboa, Spain.
Here are some pictures I took of the outside (no pics inside)
In case you were wondering what stainless steel tulips look like.
A puppy made of gorgeous flowers? Yep, they had too!
And what I admire most about Spain as a decorator - the vivid colors and patterns found everywhere.
Are you still awake? Good for you! Nothing like looking at other people's vacation pictures to make you want to take a snooze:)
 So, bare with me for one last group shot in Barcelona in front of the W Barcelona. A must go for a drink and a bite to eat!
I'm the one in the tribal shorts and black sweater.
And would never have had such a great time if not for this group:)
Thanks for reading!! XOXO
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