Sep 11, 2014

3 easy (and cheap) accessory transformations

i don't consider myself particularly crafty, but i SO enjoy pulling off a simple, easy DIY project...especially when it yields funky, unique results that save me some serious money.

first up, this super easy crystal  topped lacquered box.
if your idea of a DIY project includes more clicking than gluing, this is the project for you!

the box is from the container store, and cost $20.
the $4 epoxy can be purchased at just about any store that has a hardware section.
the crystal cluster is the only item that took a little hunting. it is from ebay, and i purchased it (including shipping) for $14. 

it was simply as easy as gluing the crystal onto the box!


this box currently lives in my mini office, on top of a stack of books, and i have to say...i kinda love it. uh LOT.

 next up....
two thrift store finds that i bought because i loved how quirky and unique they were.

the winged pig was pretty adorable, but the pink color and the large  advertisement on the side had to go. i wanted to keep the gold parts, so i taped the wings, feet and ears to mask them, and then gave the whole thing a few coats of glossy black spray paint.

 after removing the tape, i did some touch up with a black pen...

and, here she is, standing guard over some storage boxes in my office!

for the lion, i really liked the crown on his head, but wanted the rest of him to feel more simple.

i taped off his crown, gave him a coat of gold spray paint, and then i gold leafed him.
look how regal and shiny her looks now!

to see more pictures of my office, click here!

Sep 9, 2014

design plan: neutral, eclectic living room

today i am sharing a very budget friendly design plan that i worked on for a newlywed couple!
my client requested a neutral room with a pulled-together, comfortable, eclectic, grown up look that used as much of her existing furniture as possible.
here is the plan i came up with:

interested in working together?
email me at and lets get started!

Sep 7, 2014

affordable find: modern brass pendant

sometimes, all you have to do is wait for a good thing.
let me explain....
i have two empty plates on the ceiling over my island, waiting for some incredible pendants. i have had my eye on the goodman pendant every since we started building our house, nearly 2 years ago. at a whopping $800+ each though, i just haven't taken the plunge and purchased them. 

i always thought that the profile of the goodman pendant was SO simple...and wondered why someone wasn't manufacturing a knock off! patience paid off!

medium goodman handing lamp
circa lighting

morgan pendant
ballard designs

my house, just after we moved in last summer:

i still haven't decided to go with the knock off for SURE....there are a few features of the goodman pendant (that chain of one!) that i am pretty in love with. but, purchasing the morgan pendant would save a LOT of money. agh! decisions, decisions....

happy shopping!!

Sep 3, 2014

yo. my bathroom is in a BOOK.

well hi!

...just wanted to let you know that THIS book is available for pre-order.

oh yeah...and my girls bathroom will be featured.(!!!!)
(the author, wendy hyde is a very talented local designer, and author of the popular blog, the shabby nest.)

do you remember my INSANE, crazy-pants, nutso week while i whizzed my way from this:

to this?

(me too!! I'm still a little burned out!)

anyway, the book is filled with practical, stylish decorating solutions for REAL life, and is being released october 14th. this is the first time that i have had a project of mine published, and i am JUST a little excited.

pre-order your copy here!

Aug 28, 2014

boys room- design plan, TWO ways

kids rooms are often the most "all-over the place" type of rooms that i work on. what i mean is that it can be difficult to narrow down a color palette or look for the room because there are SO many fun options!

this client was looking for a "big boy" room for her young son. she wanted something that was playful, timeless and had a touch of red (his favorite color!).

i came up with two options...
as you can see from these two design plans, there are many elements that are the same, but the overall look is quite different:

which plan would your choose? the top or the bottom?

interested in working together to make a space in your home more functional and beautiful?
email me at to set up a consultation! (my september is quickly filling up!)

you can read about my services here.

Aug 26, 2014

beach houses of watersound

oh, i know.
everyone with kids has school on the brain.

(either your kids started school a week ago or more, or they started school yesterday (ME!!), or they are about to start!)
well, of course i have school on the brain, but i also have the BEACH on the brain. we returned just over a week ago from our summer vacation to florida.

we stayed in an area between two busy beach towns in the panhandle (panama city beach and destin) area that is laid back, family and bike friendly, and one of our very favorite places to visit.

if you like easy-going beach towns, great local restaurants, white sand beaches and emerald green/turquoise water, then you might want to check out this little strip of heaven, generally called the "30-A area."

this year, we stayed in an neighborhood called watersound west beach. it is part of a larger development known as watersound.

here is the house we stayed in:

 now, the neighborhood where we stayed had a GREAT pool, and some beautiful houses, but the real gems were in the development next door: watersound. take a looky:

i almost crashed on my bike when i was taking these pictures. these houses are so full of detail and charm! i loved the little recessed porch on this house, as well as the trellis under it (which is a great way to disguise a "blank" area on an elevation!)

whats to love here?
--"x" detail on the porch and garbage door
--mix of shingles and planking
--flared base on garage
--small balconette on garage with metal roof
--trellis detail over garage windows
--aqua shutters and detail around built in bench on front porch

 the details on this house are just lovely, don't you think?

 the entire neighborhood definitely has a new england/cape cod feel.
(yah, know...if cape cod was on the gulf of mexico, and everyone that lived there was super rich. and wanted to live really close to their neighbors!)

 a gate leading to a lawn area, pool, and the ocean!

 i really like the arched door on this house. and i like that they kept the door wood. its actually a little unexpected at a beach house.

 really nice detail on those garage doors! oh, and i love the corbels, and the slight overhang!

 the horizontal slats on the second story porch makes this house feel a little more causal. that conner trellis is a great way to add some detail, as well as some shade!

 hello there gorgeous, shingled tower!
you know what i think when i see this house?
if THIS is the beach house, what in the world does the REAL house look like??

 shed dormer. metal roof. simple lines. herringbone brick roads.

 i posted this picture on my instagram feed.
such a charming house! the gambrel roof is a nice touch.

 one detail about all of the watersound neighborhoods is the fabulous detail on the roads and curbing!
pretty phenomenal, if you ask me.

 great use of trim to break up the facade!


detail on the tabby chimney.

 isn't the dark color a surprise? i love it.
love that porte cochere too!

 LOVED the detail around the upper window!
(and the windows, flared eaves, and the neat detail at the top!)

 another simple, great way to dress up an elevation!

 this one is nice too, don't you think? so much detail.

and, even though you didn't ask, here are a few more snippets of our stay:
amazing artisan popsicles. a must after a 9 mile bike ride!

 a walk through seaside:


  a look at the pool and pool house at watersound west beach:
(and for  those of you who have teenagers, i hope you have better luck getting a NORMAL picture of your kids than i do. *sigh.)

my 3 kiddos:



have a fabulous tuesday everyone!!
and good luck with that school thing.