Archives for April 2016

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.

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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.

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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:

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And the after:

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A Simple Porch Party for Six

Last week something tremendous happened that called for a party:  my baby turned 20.

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No more kids around here, just grown up adults.

So I threw a grown up adult party.  Kind of like if we were having friends over and just hanging on the porch being all casual like.  Bonus if there’s a bonfire afterwards. [Read more…]

The Number One Thing You Must Do Before Your Next Furniture Makeover

This is so simple, I hesitate to write a whole blog post about it, but this is the number one take-away everyone thanks me for after classes and workshops.

It’s my first suggestion when people ask me what color they should paint something.

It’s what I didn’t do for a long time, until I got smart and realized how much time and energy I could save.

It’s what designers do all the time.

Ready for the big secret? [Read more…]