A few before and afters……

A while ago, I posted about a bathroom remodel that I was working on and I asked you to guess which antique table we decided to go with for the vanity (if you follow me on Instagram then you got a sneak peek!)  Here are a few before and after shots of the bathroom, although please keep in mind these are not the ‘styled & professionally photographed’ after-shots, but then again you guys know me better than that.  ;)

 

The easiest way to hide dated wallpaper is to cover it up with a wall treatment and these planks did just the job.

The bathroom is part of a basement living area that also consists of a family room and a small secondary kitchen.  My client wanted to make a few cosmetic changes to the kitchen that would update the look without gutting it.  She already had a navy blue sofa and we selected 2 navy and white striped chairs from Ballard’s in the family room (you can see a little bit of the chair in the picture below).  So for the kitchen design, I worked off all of the navy and white and went with a classic, nautical look…..and the fact that this home is on the river, it just seemed perfect!

Kitchen:  Before

Kitchen:  After

You know I love seersucker!

We added navy grass cloth and a polished nickel light fixture and my client painted the existing table and chairs.

The antique ice chest was in her garage, yes, her garage!  She texted me one day and asked if I thought this would work in the kitchen.  I quickly said, “yes, and what else do you have in there?  I may need to come shopping”.

We are now working on the upstairs living room and dining room and I promise I’ll have real pictures to show you when it’s finished.

And just so you know I mean it…I signed up for The Lettered Cottage “Shoot Fly Shoot” course last week.  The thought of finally learning how to use my camera has me beyond excited!  My friend Maria is taking the course with me so we can hold each other accountable (Maria, have you started yet?!?)  Uh-ha, see what I mean?

Have any of you taken the course?

Thank you for stopping by!

 

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A glimpse at my week….

Hello Monday.  You came too soon.

Thought I’d share with you what a typical week looks like, although no 2 weeks are ever the same.  But then again, that’s one of the things I love about my job.

I’ve been working on this great room with a sweet client who lives in a cute, historic cottage.  The dining room is about to get built-in’s on each side of the window and a built-in buffet under the window.  What an impact that will make.  In the meantime, we worked on the gallery wall to the left of the dining room.

My client had been collecting frames and pieces for the past year but wasn’t sure how to put it together.

She cut out a template of each piece and then let me go to work.  Sorry I don’t have the after to show you yet but you can start to get the idea.

Stopped in a local rug store to pick up samples and came across this beauty.  Check out those colors!

Of course spent a good bit of time at the fabric showroom (I’m starting to feel like I need to make a donation to their coffee station) and here are just a few fabrics that caught my eye…..

These next two have me wanting to design a little girl’s room.  Can’t you just picture it?!?!

 

And my favorite part of the week is checking in on projects and seeing what progress has been made!  I’ve dubbed this project “Bungalow Blue” and I cannot wait to show you the before and afters.  I love visiting this house…it has such a bright, happy feeling to it.

The artwork for the fireplace has been ordered and once it arrives all that is left to do is accessorize.  Just to give you an idea of how long the process takes, we started working on this house in October and should finish up next month.  As we all know, design doesn’t happen overnight!

Alright, time to get this week started.  Make it a good one.

 

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Kitchen cabinets….painted or white?

Good Morning, friends.  I want to thank you for your warm welcome back.  I’m so happy YOU are here.

Here’s a Monday morning pop quiz for ya.  Which do you prefer….colored cabinets or white cabinets?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Have a great day!

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Before & After: My family room chairs

Hello.  I’m scared to ask if anyone is there.

I received this text last night from my step-mother…..

Yikes, has it really been that long???  I am happy to be back.  I’ve missed this place and have thought about it a million and one times.  Thank you for sticking with me.

Recently, I had my old family room chairs slipcovered.  I’m very excited that they are done!  Now I know how my clients feel when they’ve waited for install day.  Fun stuff.

Before I show you the “before” pictures, here is the back story on these little guys.  They were just that, little.  I needed 2 petite chairs to place by my fireplace for additional seating and since our family room is narrow, finding the right scale was challenging.  Then one day my neighbor put these 2 chairs in her garage waiting to be picked up by the goodwill.  Of course seeing a couple of distressed pieces of furniture across the street piqued my interest so I asked her about them, and she said, “hey, do you want them?”   You know I said, “yes!” and just like Cinderella’s slipper, they were the perfect fit and FREE!!!

 

 

If you look close enough, you will see that they aren’t exactly the same.  My seamstress, removed the attached backs and made down-filled loose back cushions and reworked the bottom cushions.  She also tailored the slipcovers so the arms on each chair would match. (I wanted them to be more like the chair on the left)

And what would a design decision be without agonizing about it forever?!?!  I promise there was plenty of that to go around.  I ultimately chose a Khaki seersucker by Shumacher.  You can see it a little better in this picture……..

 

 

 

 

I’ve also been working the gallery wall, which is mostly a collection of landscape paintings which I’ve picked up at antique stores.  I need just one more small little picture to go on the left to complete it.  Oh, so close.

My next big project is selecting a fabric for my sectional sofa slipcover.  It will be off-white so I need it to be durable, forgiving and reasonable (I need 40 yards!).  That is going to be a bit of a challenge, right?  Any suggestions?

  THANK YOU so much for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

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Colorful Rugs

Often I’m asked to source rugs for my design projects that are durable, kid-friendly and pet-friendly.  When my client’s are looking for something softer than natural fiber rugs, my next go-to source is Dash and Albert.  Their indoor-outdoor rugs are the perfect solution…soft on the feet, scrubable, easy on the budget and colorful.  I am so excited about a new line of rugs they are about to launch in partnership with Bunny Williams.  Take a look at these beautiful patterns and colors.  Hard to believe they are indoor-outdoor……awesome!!

Do you love these pillows and throws as much as me?!?  Pretty space.

 

Moss green….great color!

 

 

 

 

How cute with these rugs be in a nursery?

 

 

 

I’ve used this pattern often and now it’s available in coral!

Blue.  Enough said, right?!?

 

Did you see a favorite?!?  Lots more on their website.

Yikes is it already February 5th???  Have a great day!

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The Plantation Shop

How about a little Monday morning furniture shopping?  I recently made a quick trip to Amelia Island to visit The Plantation Shop.  Wow…is all I can say!  They receive containers of French and English antiques on a monthly basis, and while that may sound expensive their prices are really good.  Enjoy!

This cute side table is going in a client’s living room.

My pretty Mom doing a little pillow shopping :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out their facebook page for even more inspiration.

And thank you for kind comments about my newly painted foyer.  You make my day!

Hope your week gets off to a great start.

 

 

 

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My Weekend Project

Last week, I shared an image of a store in Savannah that stopped me in my tracks.  Something about that color caught my attention and made me want to paint something teal.  I threw caution to the wind, grabbed my paint brush and started painting before I had time to talk myself out of it (you know how that goes) and I’m so happy I did it!  I used Benjamin Moore, Bermuda Turquoise.  I love how the foyer feel like it’s own little room now and how the planking stands out.  Oh, the power of paint.

This is the view from my favorite seat in the house.  Funny how a color can make you happy.

I purchased the secretary a year and a half ago from a local antique store (The Antique Market) and it’s a workhorse.  It keeps all of our household paperwork organized and the drawers house my table linens and china (yes, my china).  Best purchase I’ve ever made hands down!  The green umbrella stand from ebay holds my new collection of bamboo walking sticks.

The chair, painting and federal mirror also came from the Antique Market.  Can you tell I like antique shopping?!?

 Have you been inspired by color lately?  Please, do share!

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A pretty light.

 

 

 

Loving this pretty light from Boots N Gus.  Check out their etsy store to see more of their upcycled lighting.

Have a great weekend!

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Cozy Up

It’s cold.

This weather makes me want to hibernate inside and any of these spaces would do just fine.

Layer, layer, layer.  And I’m not talking about clothing.

 

This room proves that cozy doesn’t have to be dark.  Notice the mix of floral fabric on the sofa and the Beni Ourain rug….I like how unexpected that looks and it works beautifully.

This library by Beth Webb is one of my favorites……maybe it’s the fireplace.  It has “keep the coffee coming”  written all over it.

Love the classic, English feel that Tammy Connor created in this space.

Stay warm, friends.

 

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Let’s get this new year started

Hello friends, happy new year!!  I love the feeling that comes with a new year….you know, like anything is possible.  I’m looking forward to seeing what 2014 has to offer!

Last weekend, my husband and I took a quick trip to Savannah to celebrate my niece’s 21st birthday.

We stayed at the Andaz, I would highly recommend it.

 

Stopped in a few of my favorite stores.  The Circa Lighting Annex is filled with amazing deals.

This wall color in One Fish, Two Fish stopped me in my tracks.  I’m ready for color in 2014, how about you?!?

With a new year you need a new calendar.  I found this cute little wall calendar on Esty

 

Each month is a 5″ square and the back side is coordinating printed paper.  So after you finish using the calendar, it can be framed and becomes inexpensive wall decor.  I found these frames for 6.99 that can easily be painted.  She has lots of other cute things in her shop, too.

 Here’s to a healthy and happy 2014!

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