Monday, March 2, 2015

Colorful dining rooms!

It's been quite awhile since my last blog post. I'm super busy with design projects and this poor little blog has been neglected as of late.  
 
But as many of you can relate too I'm knee deep in kids activities, birthday parties, sports and teen dances. And honestly, I don't want to miss a thing.
 
In the immortal words of Ferris Beuller....
 

I started this blog almost two years ago to share ideas for all of you do-it-yourselfers out there who share my passion for decorating and design. The goal of this blog has always been to share images of design work by others and myself to help inspire what you do in your own home.

In addition, I like to realistically portray the design process. You must start with an overall plan and budget for your space. Design not only takes money, it takes time to carefully plan and execute a beautiful space.
It doesn't happen overnight and your design plan can evolve into something different than originally planned over a period of time. So you're not alone in taking your time with design decisions!!

 I hope I'm still accomplishing this goal .... and thanks for continuing to read:)

Okay so if you follow me on instagram you may have seen these images.

Dining rooms are typically filled with lots of hard surfaces like tables, chairs, buffets, china cabinets, consoles, etc. There are less places to add color and pattern then say a living room where there's  lots of upholstered pieces. So a great way to add color and texture to your current dining situation is on the wall! Below are two examples of rooms where I'm using colorful textured wallpaper and I love.
 
I've used neutral grasscloth in many spaces and I love it too but there's something about adding color and texture to a dining room that really brings the space alive.
 
Before
This client is keeping her grandmothers dining room pieces and wanted to keep a more traditional look with simple yet classic lines.


 
Where we are now....


 



 
Beautiful NEW navy textured wallpaper, host chairs, new mirror and lighting. The navy really makes her wood pieces feel rich and warm.
 
Still needs:
Lamps
Carpet
Draperies
New fabric for chair seats
 
 
Another fabulous example ...
Before
Client is keeping her beautiful dining room pieces as well.



 
Where we are now...
 
We added this gorgeous kelly green phillip jeffries wallcovering, wainscoating, and sconces (not seen).
 


 
Still needs:
New buffet lamps
Carpet
Accessories

And  I love how this green room partners well with her charcoal gray family room. Loving gray and green together lately!


What do you think? Have I convinced you to go bold and colorful??

And speaking of color.... you may want to run not walk to the The Blue Octagon in Malvern. Ah-MAZING home décor!

And stay tuned am using this fab wallpaper in a powder room

 orchid by cole and son

Thanks for reading!!!XOXO




 


 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Living fashionably in college! A client after...

 So I recently finished up a dorm apartment for a Temple University student. 

 It was such an amazing project! 

 It also tested my skills on how to provide a fun space on a VERY tight budget:)

I kept thinking throughout this process if my room looked like this in college would I have studied more?? Probably no.

Quality of pics are so poor.... sorry:( 

 















 
 
 



 
 
  
Such a cute doggie!!!
 
 
That's all for now...Thanks for reading!! xoxo
 
ooops!  forgot one more thing-- the start of something fabulous for a nursery...
 
 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Design bits and pieces

Happy New Year! Haven't written a post since November--yikes!  but boy I've been up to my eyeballs in design.
 
Sourcing some cool lighting from Urban Electric.
 
Sabina
 

 
Started the process of decorating a beach house! So excited. LOVE beach houses. The house is a total gut job hasn't been touched since the 70's. SO fun!
 
Here's one of the MANY design boards to get the ball rolling
 
 


This is how the house looks now. You can only imagine...
 
 
 
It's gonna be so good when it`s done. Stay tuned.

 
I've been working with clients on a whole house renovation. It's a beautiful old home built in the early 1900's. The entire house was taken down to it's studs saving as much as the original wood work as possible.
 
The first room we're decorating is the front room/living room/entry.
 
 
 
It's a beautiful room with an awkward layout. It will be used for adult conversation and fireplace watching. Stay tuned for design decisions and furniture layout. I know your on the edge of your seat, right?
 
These were installed in a college apartment.

Custom window treatment
duralee fabric to the trade
 
Here's where they hang.
 
Coffee table CB2
Mirror Pier 1

 
Love the above mirror from Pier 1. It's totally fab and needless to say perfect if your on a tight budget.

Table pier 1
art Stephanie Kraus Designs
flowers - owners

When designing this dorm/apartment everything had to be purchased and installed within a few weeks. Furniture, rugs, dishes, artwork so everything had to be quick ship or purchased off the floor. Quite a challenge but it turned out perfect for this young student!

And boy has college living come along way since I was there!!

Thanks for reading this past year and I hope your new year is off to a great start... here's a peek at some of the projects that appeared in this blog in 2014

 
 xoxo!







Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!

 
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog this year!
 
Here's to a happy and healthy New Year! xoxo
 
 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, newsworthy, client happenings and black Friday possibilities!

I've got a lot to get to but first --- Happy Thanksgiving!

I need to get off this computer and start brining my turkey asap. If your hosting you may want to check out my post on how to set a simple holiday table -- here!



Just found out the Philadelphia Inquirer is going to interview one of my all-time favorite client's for it's Sunday Haven home section. Very exciting!
 
Here's the kitchen the Inquirer will be writing about:) You can read more about this project here and here or wait for the article!
 
 
 
 Here's what I've been up to this past week (according to my iphone anyway)

Checked on the progress of a total reno for a fun, fabulous and young family... here are some pics

LOVE this gorgeous window


paint color is nimbus Benjamin Moore


Some of their beautiful lighting was installed all from Visual Comfort.

This is probably my favorite lantern of all time --- I use it a lot -- I just can't help myself:)


I've also used it here about a year ago

 you can see more of this room HERE

The lantern below was chosen for it's versatility.

We're going to start with it hanging semi-flush to the ceiling but eventually we're placing a large circular entry table in the space and we'll lower the lantern to give it a more formal appearance.



Like this



Another one of my favorite sconces. I love it's simplicity and modern lines.


Here's the kitchen in progress


And their new modern master bath
 
On another note...

We installed these classic yet beautiful navy curtains in a family room I've been working on...


We also added a gorgeous navy textured wallpaper in this home.
 
Thibaut
 
And this wallpaper in a pre-teen's room
 
F. Schumacher
 
More pictures to come later as these spaces develop!!

Or if you want more... check out my feed on  Instagram. So much more going on over there!

 And last but not least I wanted to share some items I've been wearing and loving... possibilities for some black Friday shopping!!

This fur vest

ZARA
 
I layer this over a black turtleneck...

525 America
Here

These leather leggings ON SALE!!!
Theory

And the most most FAB, WARM (yes, warm) coat

JCREW
Here

That's all for now!
Thanks for reading!! xoxo
 
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