Shop For Your Home like an Interior Designer

So, first, you daydreamed and let all the ideas come.

After that, you narrowed down, refined and put together a room that you love.

Bravo!  You are way ahead of the pack.  You are on the verge of having a plan.

Today we are moving on to Step Three in our Design Series:  The Doing Stage – Create the Vision.

(Wait…you’ve done Step One and Step Two, right?)

Raise your hand if you’ve ever meandered around the aisles of, say, Home Goods and bought some pillows or a lamp, only to find out it didn’t fit into your house at all once you brought it home?  Did you then decide you’re not very good at this decorating thing, get discouraged and wish you’d gone to art school?

What??  You too? [Read more…]

How One Simple Tool Will Help You Design Like a Pro

This week I’m following up on my post where I help you design a home you love.  This series began with A Beginner’s  Guide to Designing the Home of Your Dreams.  

If you haven’t read my last post and done your homework, make sure you click here and do Step One first!

Today is an important step because most people (yours truly included) skip this part.  It’s one thing to gather inspiration and start dreaming, it’s a different thing to pull all those ideas together and craft an actual design plan.

Today we are going to talk about Step 2:  The Planning Stage – Write the Vision.

Have you ever noticed what designers do when they are conveying a plan to their client on, say, HGTV?

They create a mood board.

A mood board is nothing more than a place to pull together all those Pinterest ideas.  The main difference between your Pinterest board (where you are dreaming) and the mood board (where you are planning), is you must begin narrowing down your choices.

This is where you pull together every element of the room:  paint color, dining chairs, table, curtains, artwork, rug, etc. into one place so you can see how everything works together.  The mood board accomplishes two things: [Read more…]

A Beginner’s Guide to Designing the Home of Your Dreams

Lately I’ve been looking at my home with a critical eye.  We’ve been here for 12 years and it has just sort of evolved as I had the time and/or money to tackle different areas.  Some rooms look great, a few are completely neglected (because I could never get a vision for that space), but most are almost but not quite finished because I got stuck.

Stuck picking out a durn rug or figuring out what to hang on the walls like I did here.


Or stuck when I lost steam because I didn’t have the heart to tell my husband that I hated the paint color I had picked out and sworn to love.  Ahem.

And a lot of people get stuck right here.

empty room [Read more…]

Gilded Buffet: Grey & Gold

Last week I painted a gorgeous buffet for my client, Shannon.  She bought the buffet about a year before she had a house for it!  (Sounds like a girl thing to do, amiright?)

Shannon’s vision was something elegant with metallic accents and we spent some time discussing ideas before we settled on the perfect finish.

Here’s the before:


And the after:


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