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- 05/29/13--07:19: _O' Say Can You See?...
- 06/05/13--13:00: _Cocktail Ottoman Be...
- 06/10/13--18:02: _A New Playroom for ...
- 06/13/13--12:14: _Porch Swing? Yes, p...
- 06/14/13--03:00: _I'm bringing Navy b...
- 06/17/13--16:47: _Pull up a stool; a ...
- 06/20/13--05:44: _A Second Chance to ...
- 06/21/13--05:34: _A New Space to Deco...
- 06/25/13--11:44: _Off to work-A home ...
- 06/27/13--02:48: _Kitchen Botox- Cris...
- 06/29/13--05:06: _Geometric Patterns:...
- 07/02/13--05:00: _An Office Space to ...
- 07/08/13--07:50: _An Amazing Transfor...
- 07/09/13--18:16: _Under Construction!
- 07/10/13--19:46: _Wall Art: How to ma...
- 07/15/13--03:00: _Color crush: Chartr...
- 07/17/13--04:06: _Playroom Update: Li...
- 07/19/13--05:36: _Top Six Favorite Co...
- 07/22/13--08:39: _5 Easy Summer Updat...
- 07/23/13--03:00: _Dine in tonight on ...
- 05/29/13--07:19: O' Say Can You See? Decorating with Red, White & Blue!
- 06/05/13--13:00: Cocktail Ottoman Before & After-Fun, Frugal & Fabulous!
- 06/10/13--18:02: A New Playroom for Ruby (and her Mommy)!
- a playroom where multiple children could imagine and play
- Ruby's arts and crafts area (creating, storing and displaying)
- a place the family could watch tv
- a place for overflow guests (when the guest room is full!)
- 06/13/13--12:14: Porch Swing? Yes, please! Part 1
- 06/14/13--03:00: I'm bringing Navy back! I think!
- 06/17/13--16:47: Pull up a stool; a garden stool!
- 06/20/13--05:44: A Second Chance to Shine
- 06/21/13--05:34: A New Space to Decorate!
- I'm very excited about that kitchen island. It is 8 feet long. I.love.it.
- The screened porch is my new BFF.
- And, I'm pretty stoked to have a dedicated space for a "mud room" (called the key drop below). I macgyver'd it in our last house.
- Although it says dining room, it will be an office SINCE I'M NEVER HAVING ANOTHER DINING ROOM AS LONG AS I LIVE.
- I'm going to miss my first floor master dearly.
- The master bedroom is ALOT smaller than my last master so I'll be ditching ALL my old bedroom furniture for an upholstered headboard.
- 06/25/13--11:44: Off to work-A home office to inspire!
- 06/27/13--02:48: Kitchen Botox- Crisp, clean ceramic tile
- 06/29/13--05:06: Geometric Patterns: A fabulous trend AND a Homegoods giveaway
- 07/02/13--05:00: An Office Space to Adore!
- 07/08/13--07:50: An Amazing Transformation: Interior Redesign
- the main furniture pieces had to stay
- many of the accessories had sentimental value
- the homeowners wanted clear, open walkways
- the homeowner's hubby enjoys sitting in the room with his morning coffee and seeing their beautiful backyard (if there's one thing every woman knows about decorating, its to keep the man of the house happy!)
- 07/09/13--18:16: Under Construction!
- 07/10/13--19:46: Wall Art: How to make a BIG impact with a small budget!
- 07/17/13--04:06: Playroom Update: Lighting
- 07/19/13--05:36: Top Six Favorite Collection Displays
- 07/22/13--08:39: 5 Easy Summer Updates for your home!
- 07/23/13--03:00: Dine in tonight on a Banquette
The weekend's festivities got me thinking...about decorating, what else? Nothing says summertime like patriotic decor. OK, watermelon and flip-flops pretty much sum it up too but I'm trying to stay on topic here! And...Sorry I'm a couple days behind, but that's kind of the story of my life. In all fairness, Jacki and I ARE hard at work on an ADORABLE playroom!
Tablescapes like the one above are an EASY way to let out your inner patriot! Besides being patriotic, don't these three colors remind you of the beach and picnics and 150 degree NC summers? And, of course fun times spent with family and friends...near some sort of water.
Last but not least...
While shopping at my favorite boutique aka Goodwill, I came across a slightly beat up cocktail ottoman for $36. After snapping a quick picture in my driveway, I quickly unscrewed the top and began painting.
After removing the cushion, I primed and painted the base with Benjamin Moore's White Dove. If you listen carefully, you can hear my disdain for my newly acquired coffee table. Turns out, those squares are a pain in the rump to paint. I told Catherine that the paint department requested a raise.
After five hours of painting these grids, I was ready for a shopping trip. At Jo Ann's I found this fun aqua vinyl to recover the top. It was under $20 with their coupon. It's thick enough to completely hide the seamed, damaged, vinyl that was previously the brown, drab top. It's going to look great in the playroom we are designing.
After a couple of coats of paint and a shiny new top, this cocktail ottoman will be the perfect addition to our client's playroom. Now that's what I call, fun, frugal, and fabulous! (Note: after such hard work, this is no time for humility!) Stay tuned for the big reveal of the playroom project! WE.CAN'T.WAIT!
We had SO much fun this weekend installing a playroom for an AH-DORABLE little princess! Jacki & I (and the oh-so handy hubby, Patrick) went over Saturday morning and got to work. We kept some of the details secret so the reveal was extra special. If we had a film crew and producers, we could've had our own HGTV show for this one!
We loved the room but we loved everyone's reaction to their new space the most!
The room was being used as an office/guest room before we arrived on the scene.
Our client wanted the room to function in several ways:
|Check it out! We're full service...we even vacuum!|
|We knew she would love it!|
the Janette curtains,
|What can I say? We got cRaZy at Ikea!|
and for seating around the arts and crafts table: the marius stools. A great value and the color was almost an exact match to the Majestic Blue wall color.
catalina cove rug from Pier 1. Bonus: It's indoor/outdoor so spills will clean up nicely.
|I'm in love with all this organization!|
|A spot to display masterpieces and corral stuffed animals. Mr. Squirrel makes sure everything is put in its proper place.|
And last but certainly not least...the dress up area! The room had an over-sized closet that fit the bill. The mirror came from Craigslist and got a coat of Krylon Citrus green spray paint.
|BONUS: You can close the doors after a hectic day of being a princess!|
I love all the special details! The vinyl tree is awesome and the art Jacki created is super sweet!
|Yes, if you're four, bunnies and turtles CAN live in trees!|
Jacki and I REALLY enjoyed the entire process but the BEST part was mom and daughter's reaction(s) to the room. While Mom squealed with excitement, our smallest client gave her seal of approval by putting the room to use immediately!
|High praise indeed!|
|Twin mattress with an outdoor fabric cover.|
|It's very important to quality control your work.|
Patrick used 1" manila rope (about a buck a foot) and weaved eye splices in the ceiling end of the rope. The other end slips through slightly oversize holes in the arms and through the side of the base frame. This end is secured with a simple overhand knot under the frame. The ends can be dressed up with lashing or left to fray a bit.
|Friends, this is what $200 worth of pillows looks like!|
Most of the pillows and accessories came from World Market. You can see the collection here.
|I love this picture of Nathan resting his broken arm. Jacki's grandmother made that afghan in 1974 in case you couldn't tell.|
The Original Charleston Bedswing!
The home is nestled in some trees so it is pretty shady inside. The one room that has enough light to balance a dark paint choice is the office. It is CALLED the dining room, but I won't be not-ever-using-it-yet-obsessing-over-decorating-it-as-a-dining-room. It will be an office space for me and also a place for the kiddos to do homework. As the first room you see when you come in the front door, it needs to be great!
Navy is a classic, go-to color that is sophisticated and svelte. I love it. But, I'm kinda skeered! I've been scouring the internet for
I've been WEARING navy for years. As my friends will attest...it's a staple of my closet. Can I infuse it in my decor?
We even found navy cabinets:
Of course there are many nautical inspired pieces in navy home decor.
I'm digging the navy floor & door!
Have you noticed these intricate, drum-shaped, often perforated stools in home decor shots? Well, they are ceramic Chinese garden stools, and they originated during the Ming Dynasty more than 1,000 years ago. Once quite an expensive antique purchase, new, more affordable versions are available at just about every home decor store out there.
|Here is the little blue beauty next to the settee I never sit on in my bedroom.|
Casa-Diseno blog did a nice piece on these little jewels. Read about it here.
Safavieh Thailand Elephant Garden Stool, Wayfair 2. Button Tufting Design Ceramic Garden Stool, Pearl River 3. Lemon Palmer Stool, Z Gallerie 4. Warwick Garden Seat, Williams-Sonoma 5. Gnome Stool by Kartell 6. 18″ Ceramic Garden Stool B Green 7. Faceted Ceramic Stool, PLANTATION 8. Ceramic Double Coin Mix Orange Stool9. Porcelain Garden Stool Blue White
If you like terra cotta, then this one from Wisteria is sure to woo you. Wouldn't this be great out on the patio for extra seating or to hold a cold beverage?
If you are looking for a little garden stool accent table but don't want to spend a fortune, I LOVE how Myra turned a dated little yard-sale-find into this beauty:
|Read about the fab DIY here.|
One of our favorite bloggers, Emily Clark used a little white garden stool as an end table in her family room. What a refreshing change from the typical end table.
These little guys are so versatile! They make great accent tables for a pop of color or texture and can be moved around anywhere in a room.
|This one's from Anthropologie.|
The idea of a garden stool under a console table is pure genius. Pull it out when you want an extra seat or table, tuck it away when you don't need it. Look at the impact the green makes in this space. That's what I call fabulous.
And now for my all-time-favorite.....
I'm thinking our client's music room, could use one of these babies.
I can't wait to see where Catherine can use one of these in her new house! Have you joined the garden stool posse yet?
Linking up with The Dedicated House today.
Sometimes Patrick stops at the Habitat Reuse Center on his lunch hour and occasionally, he scores some kind of awesome find. This time, he brought home this enormous iron carriage light that he thought was going to hang over the kitchen table. (That's why I'm the designer and he's the installer :)
Um, yeah, did you see the size of this thing? For $65, it might be worth more than that in scrap metal. Seriously.
Wrong shape for over the table, but I DID have an idea of where we could hang it.... the STAIRWELL!
See these cheetah chairs? Yep, a Habitat find! $65. That seems to be a fabulous, functional, FRUGAL theme.
The stairwell seemed to be the perfect place for the iron giant.
TGIF people! T-G-I-F! I'm happy the weekend is here! Well, almost. Hubby is on his way home from a week long business trip and I am SO ready to "let him spend some quality time with his kids". Not to mention I kinda missed him too!
Before too much time passes I want you all to know that while we are homeless today, we have a home in the works! We sold our beautiful-yet-way-too-big-for-us home earlier this month and are spending the summer at my parents' lake house.
Um, yea. This.is.not.hard.
Now before you start feeling too sorry for me, I will tell you our "homeless lake adventure" will come to a screeching halt when school starts at the beginning of August. Hopefully our new home will be finished and I can feed my kids something other than pop tarts from the back of the mini-van on their first day of school!
As you can imagine, I have approximately 4,327 ideas swirling in my head on how I'm going to decorate the new place! I keep trying to talk to Jacki about my plans but she keeps droning on about the paying customers--how rude! Equally unfortunate...I am fresh out of storage space so I'm pinning ideas like crazy and saving my pennies. Of course I sold a bunch of stuff on craigslist so I've padded the home decor budget nicely. And, as soon as I unload the three storage units we have, I will sell some more stuff.
While I will be reusing a lot of my stuff, we will need some new goodies because we are moving from a house with 10-foot ceilings to a house with 9-foot ceilings. And as we said earlier, decorating for 10 foot ceilings is a horse of a different color than decorating for 8 or 9 foot ceilings.
We ended up making an offer when the window for making changes to finishes and options was just about to close. LUCKY ME! So, I did get to make a few changes. As the summer progresses, I'll go through room by room and dish the deets on what is already in place and my tentative plans for the spaces.
For now, here is the floorplan:
FIRST FLOOR HIGHLIGHTS:
So there you have it. Stay tuned for all my diabolical decorating plans....MWAHAHA!!! I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!
We're linking up with Liz Marie, Recreate & Decorate, What's Shakin and The Dedicated House today.
popular package, where we design the room and you take the steps we suggest and make it happen.
Let's look at the "before". You can see we had a large room with great bones: hardwood floors, decorative molding and two windows.
The homeowners had a few inspiration pics that helped guide the design.
Calm, cool colors of soft gray-blue, with pops of teal.|
While working on a project for another client, we were inspired by this model home! We really liked the chairs in front of the windows.
Centered on the back wall is this credenza from Craigslist. Our suggestion is to have it lacquered for a modern look with a vintage vibe.
Since this will be a his and hers office, two work spaces are needed. While a long desk with two spots for working is popular, we didn't want them facing the wall (read: Jacki insisted they will NOT face the wall). This L-shaped desk configuration is fabulous, functional and it's IKEA so you know it's frugal.
|Drawer bases on either end of the desk for storage.|
|Trestle desk leg in the center of the structure for added design interest.|
We can't wait to see this design implemented. It is going to be fabulous!!! What do you think?
You may have noticed something like this on the side of our blog:
When the full face-lift is too much, try a little botox on the situation.
These homeowners needed just that--a little freshening. Their kitchen got an updated new look. Here's a kitchen that our expert tilers spruced up over the weekend!
Our installers like to use a commercial grade under-layment that creates a barrier between the tile and the sub floor. This prevents cracks in the concrete slab from causing the tile to crack. This client isn't going to have to worry about any cracked tiles. It's an extra step that will pay off in the long run. As they say, the devil is in the details.
It's not quite as pretty without the grout, but still a major improvement.
Could your kitchen or bathroom use some freshening? We'd be happy to give you a consultation and estimate. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Today we're linking up with The House of Hepworths. Head on over there and check out all the neat ideas being linked up!
There were towels,
and a ton of sheets!
Phillip Jefferies Chain Wallpaper...if you're brave enough!
And, it comes in NAVY!!
If you're loving the chainlink but can't commit to wallpaper, try a stencil like this one.
Today we're linking up with Liz Marie, a fellow North Carolinian and super-DIYer. Swing on over and check out all the goodies from across the blogosphere.
Last but not least, here's how to enter our giveaway for the cool HomeGoods frame:
|Shoe Bench in the back entryway-LOVEEEEE!!|
|Screened porch = my new bestie!|
I am in LOVE. We told you earlier this year about the pantone of the year, EMERALD. I am totally digging it. And you know I love NAVY! They were meant to be together, don't you think?
I think I'm just going to mull this fab mood board over for a bit but I have to say, I REALLY like it. I'd love to know your thoughts...
Today we're linking up with Not Just a Housewife.
And don't forget to enter to win our HomeGoods giveaway. There's only one day left. It's such a cute little frame and totally on trend with its geometric pattern!
While this isn't the best "before" pic, you get the idea. The furniture was along the walls and its position didn't invite folks to sit and stay for a glass of tea (notice I said glass, not cup--it's the south people!)
Before the moving and shaking commenced, there were several guidelines we were asked to remember:
We began by clearing the room. This was helpful because our visual field wasn't cluttered by what WAS in the space and gave us a bit of a clean slate to get started.
The chest pictured below was sitting to the left of the end table. That meant it was the first thing you came to when you walked in the space. Therefore it blocked your initial view of the room and the yard. So we relocated it to the other end of the sofa.
|May I hold your drink sir? Ribbit! Ribbit!|
Today we're linking up with The Dedicated House!
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While a lone tea cup or one piece of pottery may not say much, these inexpensive objects add up to a powerful statement en masse. While perusing Craigslist (a daily habit of mine), I came across a stack of Ford Magazines from the 1960's. I remembered seeing a magazine article with a grouping of framed "New Yorker" magazines and thought, "I can do that".
Ollie's had a closeout on 11x14 frames matted to 5x7 which was exactly what I needed. I think they were about $8 a piece bringing the total for 12 to under $100. If you don't have an Ollie's near you, I've found another good place for inexpensive frames is Big Lots.
Don't they look great? The paint color is from Ace Hardware and is called Woodlawn. It's a soft gray blue.
This formerly blank wall in my powder bath now makes a huge statement!
Just like these magazine covers, our customer's vast collection of Fenton Glass (blue hobnail glass pieces) were special dispersed throughout her home, but gathered together, they created one stunning statement.
No matter your passion, tiny treasures or oversize artifacts, get those collections out so that they can gather compliments, not dust!
Today we're linking up with House of Hepworths and the Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts! Head on over and check out all the cool projects and crafts folks from around the blogosphere are showing off!
Check out the ideas at The Shabby Creek Cottage too!
I've had crushes before, but it's rare that I fall, madly, deeply, stupidly (is that a word?) in love. Even rarer is falling in love with a can of spray paint.
When we were working on our client's playroom, we fell in love with Krylon's Citrus Green spray paint. It was REALLY hard to find and when I did score some (ignore the drug reference; but it IS like a drug), I bought all that they had.
Note to Amazon: I love thee madly, but when I need a freakin' can of spray paint, you let me down!
I was spray painting anything that wasn't nailed down like this giant whiteboard
This lead me on a hunt for another client that would allow me to use this wonderful bold color in their home. (Still looking in case you are interested!)
This nightstand, which also serves as a magazine rack, in my beach cottage bedroom is chartreuse and it makes me smile every time I see it. If you'd like to see the whole house tour just follow the link. It was a gift from my cousin Stephanie who has a great knack for vintage style.
The hunted interior's console table diy thrilled me to no end. Kristin has a fun design approach and you should hop on over to her blog and check it out.
|Pinterest, chartreuse wedding tablescape.|
I don't know why, but I really want to plan a wedding. Of course, that would only be if the bride would let me use chartreuse. This palette of basil green, chartreuse green/yellow, blue and white is just drool-worthy. It reminds me of my other love, the Ikea Janette curtains.
I am not a huge fan of pink; okay; I actually hate pink and do not own one single thing that is pink, however, I CAN appreciate a good pink, especially if it's raspberry pink. And paired with a chartreuse Smeg fridge? Um, yes, please.
What's your color crush?
Today is my 40th birthday! Yes, I know, I don't look a day over 25, but really, I am 40. In honor of my birthday, we are linking up with The Dedicated House, Skip to my Lou, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, CraftoManiac Monday, Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple and Mom 4 Real!
We brought you this crazy, awesome playroom design last month. We were so excited to design the room and absolutely thrilled about Mommy and daughter's reactions to the new space. We also discovered our secret love--chartreuse.
No matter how carefully you plan, there are some things that just seem perfect on (graph) paper and don't cut it in real life. This Maskros light was one of those instances.
|Heidi, the giant schnauzer!|
Check out the size of those paws! The "paw" on the left is Patrick's and he's 6'3".
Today we're linking up with Emily A Clark. How appropriate! She's doing a $500 Pottery Barn Kids gift card giveaway! Head on over and check out all the great kids spaces that have already linked up and enter for your chance to win!
|Kids Space Link Up|
Whether your passion is tiny figurines or extra large old metal road signs, group them together and make a statement.
Translation: I will ignore my children, obsess on ebay, not fix dinner, debate where to hang them, and generally do nothing else until my quest to find some is fulfilled.
A lone tea cup or solitary pottery piece may not say much, but en masse these objects add up to a powerful statement.
Vintage Milk Glass collection grouped together on a silver tray. Ahhh-May-Zing!
Our client had several pieces of this incredible Fenton glass in various rooms throughout the house. When we gathered it all up and placed it in this open cupboard; POW!
|This is what the cabinet looked like before our interior re-design.|
Check out this great idea from Tim Melideo showcasing his passion for photography.
Why didn't I think of this vintage brooch bouquet for my own wedding? Dang!
What kinds of collections do you have in your home? We'd love to hear about them, or better yet, see the photos! Post your photos on our Facebook page.
We're so thrilled to have been featured!
We're also linking up with The Dedicated House and Shaken Together.
Summer is a time to shed the layers--clothing and home decor. Try these five, easy summer updates for a breath of fresh air in your home.
When you were a kid, did your mom ever tell you to "think cool thoughts" as you complained of being hot? One way to start is with your decor. Since we're at the end of summer (in retail-speak only) there are a ton of sales so now is a great time to make some updates without breaking the bank.
One of the first things I would suggest for an adaptable interior is a neutral canvas. It is going to be difficult to blend your "pops" of summer or seasonal color with a crazy couch and wall paint! So, IF you're in to tasteful, seasonal decorating and you have one of everything in your favorite color (chartreuse??), you may want to start toning it down. Assuming you have that under control, here are our 5 picks for easy, summer updates!
1. Seasonal Curb Appeal:
2. A Welcoming Front Door:
Choose a wonderful color like this yellow:
That will keep you happy all year long!
3. A Wreath & A Welcome Mat:
As your guests are waiting for you to answer their knock, they're looking around and getting their first sense of your style. I suggest keeping a wreath on your door. I think that *may* be a southern thing since a friend of mine from the midwest told me they only do that when someone dies. While that is a depressing thought, a nice wreath can keep you and your guests happy, without anyone dying! You can make your own or go somewhere like Michael's or AC Moore where floral designers can assist!
Check out the one Jacki made for me for Valentines Day. I think she loves me!!
Fact: no one feels welcome on a faded/worn out/half chewed by the dog door mat! Seriously, you can get one at Target (for you Frenchies, its pronounced Tar-jay) for less than $15. If yours fits into the above category, skip lunch out with your girlfriends and go get one. Like now.
White matches with almost anything. Add a couple of white slipcovered chairs to your dining space for instant brightening!
Check out this sweet spot from the 2008 HGTV Green Home:
*Bonus: You can add pillows that will invite your guests to linger long after the meal is over!
**Double bonus: You can throw them in the wash when your kids get crazy on enchilada night.
5. Matelasse Coverlet:
Heavy, dark, damask is for winter. Lighten up! If you have a heavier comforter or duvet, add a light, matelasse coverlet and some matching pillows. My personal style is to fold the heavier bed covering at the foot of the bed for layering and interest!
I hope these tips have inspired you to make some frugal, summertime updates around your place! Try to stay cool!
Today, we're linking up with our peeps at The Dedicated House, Skip to my Lou, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, CraftoManiac Monday, Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple and Mom 4 Real! Swing on over and check out all the cool ideas posted at these link parties!
Have a cramped dining space? A banquette can be your space savvy solution! It can be used as a casual dining spot, homework station, or a resting spot for reading the paper while sipping your morning coffee.
When there's limited space to move a chair in and out, a stationary seat is the better option. This banquette fits snugly here, but doesn't appear cramped, as chairs most certainly would.
I especially like the look of a corner seating area with a round table. How cozy!
This was the inspiration for Catherine's kitchen nook:
And this is how it turned out:
In case you can't commit to a true built in piece, there are other options. Like this curved, free standing piece from Overcourt.
World Market also has a nice option; the Hayden bench:
Whatever your size parameters, a built in banquette can be the answer to your decorating dilemma.
|From: Style Carrot|
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