Happenings Around Here

Long time no blog?!? It’s been long overdue and I’m glad to be back at the keyboard. I think it’s so quick and easy to keep up to date on instagram, that it takes some thought and time to get back into blogging. But I have always loved it and even though it might not be on a regular schedule, I do plan to write here more often! Here are some highlights lately…

Before and After Bathroom design! I worked with a local client on her bathroom overhaul. {#projectclassictrad} This space was original to their 1950 home and it was fun coming up with a classic, timeless design.

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I loved being a part of this transformation! There are still more accessories to install and we will eventually have the space photographed, but it is fun to see how far it has come!

I just presented a new project design for a sweet girl’s room. We originally started working together for their daughter’s nursery and then moved throughout the home. {You may remember #projectclassicliving} We are now redoing the original nursery design into a girl’s bedroom and play room. Here are some of the presentation sheets…

 

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I am over the moon in love with these cute fabrics! I can’t wait to see it all come together!! My brother’s wedding is coming up soon and I went out dress shopping. It is a barn wedding in the fall and I know it will be such a picturesque place. This dress is the winner!

 

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I am definitely not a fashion blogger by any means! ūüėČ This dress is comfortable, should work well in fall weather and a great blend of casual/dressy. {The royal blue dress in the background will be for the rehearsal the night before.} I always have great luck in Ann Taylor! My fast¬†summer time staple was no hair drying and a quick bun with wet hair. I will miss that carefree¬†up do, once the freezing weather gets¬†here!!

We have made it a mission to start going to more state parks. It’s a fun family time¬†adventure and this one did not disappoint…

 

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The hiking was tough at times, but the falls and scenery were well worth it!!

I am working on a new living room project where their gorgeous area rug is my color inspiration…

 

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Isn’t it stunning?!? That will be a fun one, for sure! I will try to stay more in touch and give design updates here on the blog! Happy Monday!!

Introducing Project Neutral Trad

I just recently presented a new local project that I’m so excited about! Project Neutral Trad is the name and you can find it on instagram and twitter under #ProjectNeutralTrad My clients moved into a new home and are looking to make it their own, over¬†time. They love watching Fixer Upper on HGTV and are looking for that same relaxed, casual, traditional- meets- modern style in their own home. We have started with the morning room, dining area and living room. When I present to clients, I like to show¬†them inspiration images, to give them an idea for¬†the overall design aesthetic and direction¬†of the room. I then take each space, breaking it down by¬†vignettes/areas and show them the chosen pieces for that space. I also bring in the actual fabric samples that will be suggested for the pillows and furniture. We lay it all out on the table, so we can start to see how the room will transform and how all of the pieces will tie in together.

The Living Room

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The fabric samples from Ballard Designs are the possible ottoman fabrics. The deep charcoal will definitely go on the club chair and we can either match the ottoman with the same fabric or opt for a camel herringbone outdoor fabric. I love the stripe fabric sample from Tonic Living! That will be the lumbar pillow for the chair.

 

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These pages show the other side of the room and rest of the seating. I love the mix of metal finishes and warm and cool fabrics. I can picture this room complete in my head!! #eeeekk

 

The Morning Room

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The Morning Room shares the same area with the dining space. There is room for three oversized, slipcovered chairs that will sit by two huge windows. It will be a perfect spot for a cup of coffee and a great book! As you walk into the room {which is directly off of the living room}, there is a long wall, perfect for a quote sign. This accessory was an etsy find, from the sweet shop Between You and Me. What I love about their shop, is that you can purchase a ready made sign, or have them make a custom piece of something meaningful and personal to you.

The Dining Area

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I love the look of mixing up the head chairs and side chairs. These modern windsor head chairs are a dramatic height and will look beautiful in this room. The table runner and woven basket for the firewood help to bring a casual, not so formal approach to the design.

I look forward to showing you the progress of these rooms in the coming months! Follow along with the hashtag #ProjectNeutralTrad                                                      Have a great day!!

 

Transitioning Into Spring With Pottery Barn

We are finally in the month of spring and although it is still freezing outside, I am inching towards adding spring accessories to my home. {Maybe if I just start slow and add some¬†linens, cottons and coral branches, I can wish the warm weather to get here for good!!} I teamed up with our local Pottery Barn store and brought some of their beautiful accessories¬†to News Channel 9’s Bridge Street. I¬†did a segment with Sistina and TeNesha¬†about slowly transitioning your living space and bringing some light and bright fabrics, beach inspired accents and various textures to get ready for spring. If you live in New York, it will still be necessary to leave out the velvet pillows and cozy cable knit blankets for some time, but at least you can start to get your space ready! My jumping off point for adding some color was found in this embroidered pillow…

 

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I love using at least one accessory to help tie in the room’s color palette. Sometimes, that is done with the area rug, art, or in this case- the pillow! This pretty applique option allows you to go so many different directions with the room’s color story. Its lightweight cotton fabric makes it perfect for spring and summer months. Since we are in a slow transition and still need those heavier weight fabrics around, I also showed how you can pair this with velvet pillows. Anytime a room has various metals, wood finishes and fabric materials, it gives the space depth and dimension. Adding velvet with cotton did just that…

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I love the way this solid lumbar¬†brings out the dark blue in the colorful pillow. I am also all¬†for mixing different print pillows and various shades of the same color. This Shibori indigo print pillow has a cool, eclectic tie dyed design. It gives a nice ombre effect, which I love…

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I also love a pretty buffalo check print and this pillow also made the cut…

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I think it gives a modern look in¬†the gray and white color way. And after the pillows are set, it’s time to add texture…

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These beachcomber baskets are the perfect addition for any living space. They are great for extra pillows, blankets and books. Adding different metal finishes in a room gives a layered look. I brought a small brass lantern for the studio’s table. I think it’s also is a great accessory¬†for the warm months ahead…

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Lanterns

And since it still feels like winter here, I definitely brought along a cozy throw blanket. Actually, blankets like this are perfect for chilly summer nights, too…

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Throw Blanket

If you know me and my design style, I love to mix it up and use several different shopping sources within each room I design. I think it brings a collected over time style to your home. Today though, it was all about some fun new accessories from Pottery Barn. And I had a blast seeing how well their products work together to bring a layered, complete look. Thank you so much to my local Pottery Barn for helping me put together this segment. I¬†truly appreciate it! Anytime I get to chat design with Sistina and TeNesha on Bridge Street, it’s a great day! They are amazing.¬†Until¬†next time, Bridge Street! And if you missed today’s segment, you can catch it HERE.

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Guest Room 2 Source List {Project Bedroom Refresh}

Today is the final installment from the source list series in Project Bedroom Refresh. This was such a fun project with amazing clients! I always love to see the completed product after the initial vision and hard work. There’s nothing like it. And seeing it through the lens of talented photographer Sarah Heppell is such a treat! This is the front guest room in their home. This was a bit of a diversion from the other two bedrooms, in that blue wasn’t a main color {or a color at all!} But that’s ok. You don’t have to have all of the same colors throughout your home, in every room. It is important to take a couple of similar elements, to tie the spaces together. We did that here with texture, earth tones and an overall neutral palette. We also added the buffalo check print¬†again, but just in a different colorway. Enjoy!

 

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// drapes // roman shades & curtain rods // round mirror – Hobby Lobby // bedskirt // quilt // sheets //

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// headboard // side tables // throw pillows // vases & throw РHome Goods // mirrors РHobby Lobby //

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// woven basket – Target // throw //

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// tufted ottoman, tray & marble gem – Target // pillow & art – Home Goods // design book //

I hope you enjoyed the tour through this design process. It’s also fun for me to look back and see the various stores and sources that go into a room design. It¬†helps to bring a collected over time feel to a space. Have a wonderful day!

Guest Room 1 Source List {Project Bedroom Refresh}

I am excited to continue on with the source lists for Project Bedroom Refresh. Up today, is the back guest room. I also went with more blue in this space and the design definitely has a coastal edge. The amazingly talented Sarah Heppell took all of the after photos. Enjoy!

 

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                          // wall color // quilt // palm leaf // palm pillows // blue & cream pillows // sconces //bedskirt // mirror, art above bed, sheets, vase and night stand Рhome goods // headboard Рclient piece //

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// lamp & driftwood branch – Home Goods //

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// dresser & lighthouse print – clients pieces //

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drapes // roman shades & curtain rod // striped throw РHome Goods //

The next and final source list for this project will be the front guest room! Have a great day!

Master Bedroom Source List {Project Bedroom Refresh}

With a new year, comes new blog posts! I have made it a goal of mine to write more on this blog. I love having this little space on the web and it’s fun to look back at past projects! As promised, I am going to look back on Project Bedroom Refresh and give a complete source list for products in each room. First up, is the master bedroom. My clients have always had a traditional design aesthetic and were looking to bring an updated, fresh take on that for the bedrooms. That style is right up my alley, as I love a great blend of modern with traditional. And the beautiful after photography is all by the very talented, Sarah Heppell Photography.

 

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bed mirror // greek key pillows // dragon lumbar pillow // duvet and shams // sconces // drapes // linen shades // wall color // curtain rods // sheets РHome Goods

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chandelier // bedskirt // oversized wall frames // navy gourd lamp // wall basket //  wall art РMinted, free printables & Home Goods

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brass floor lamp // woven basket // armchair // lumbar pillow // side table // wall art – Home Goods

I hope you liked the look back at this project! Up next, will be the source lists for the guest rooms!

Snippets of Our Holiday Home

I can’t believe Christmas is only a few days away! As always, this time of year is busy and fun. I didn’t get around to posting an entire holiday home tour, but wanted to show you little pieces of our home, decked out for Christmas. I like to keep things simple and add little doses of cheer around the house. Whether it’s one ornament on top of a book stack or Christmas beads placed in¬†a dish- it’s all about the little unexpected surprises (and minimal pick up in January!) ūüėČ Truly, I just love to slow down and spend time with family at this time of year. That’s what it is all about! Enjoy!

 

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Nutcracker collection- Target, Christmas Tree Shop, Dollar Store

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Marble & Wood Star Bookend- Target last year

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Happy Holidays to you all! See you in 2017!

Project Bedroom Refresh… The Final Reveal

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was packed with fun family events and finishing up our Christmas decorating. I am ready to show you the final reveal for¬†Project Bedroom Refresh! Up today… the front guest room. My clients were wonderful to work with. It was a blast for us all to see the three rooms take shape. And the final icing on the cake was seeing Sarah work her photography magic. There is something so rewarding and exciting about seeing the finished designs through her lens. We worked with my clients¬†dresser and table lamps. We refreshed the space with a new wall color, headboard and accessories. On Friday, I mentioned that there would be a bit of a change in this space and not incorporate all of the same colors. I went without the blue in here, but you’ll notice the neutrals and even some buffalo check, helps to tie the three rooms together. So let’s get right to it! Here is the room when we began…

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And here it is now…

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All After Photos by Sarah Heppell Photography

I hope you enjoyed the tour of Project Bedroom Refresh! I have more exciting projects to show you after the New Year!! Stay tuned later this week, to see some snippets of our home for the holidays.

 

Project Bedroom Refresh… The Reveal Part 2

Welcome back to another reveal day for Project Bedroom Refresh! Today, it’s all about the back guest room. I carried¬†in the same shades of blue from the master bedroom, to tie the two spaces together. My client’s home has blue and neutrals throughout, so this brought some continuity to the overall design. And like¬†yesterday, the wonderfully talented Sarah Heppell Photography took the gorgeous after photos! Here is where the room began…

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We kept the headboard and one¬†dresser for the space. We also used some of my client’s art work for the walls. And here it is now…

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All After photos by Sarah Heppell Photography

My clients really love the laid back coastal vibe this room has and how it ties in well with their master bedroom. On Monday, I’ll be back for Part 3 and the final reveal… the front guest room! The third room will be a bit of a diversion with the color story, but it will be tied together through fabric patterns and an overall neutral design. Stay tuned!

 

 

Project Bedroom Refresh… The Reveal Part 1

It is like Christmas came early around here… it’s reveal day!! I love being able to see a project from beginning to end. And once my favorite photographer, Sarah, puts her magical stamp on the project, it’s ready to reveal! I have loved working with Sarah on several design projects. She shows every room in its best possible way. So let’s get right to it! First up, will be the master bedroom. My clients wanted to update their bedroom, as well as their two guest rooms. They hadn’t been decorated in some time and they were looking for a major change. They like¬†a traditional style and were ready to infuse some modern design to the mix, as well. Here is where the master bedroom started…

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We kept most of the furniture for this room and gave it a design update. And here is where we are now…

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All after photos by Sarah Heppell Photography

I hope you enjoyed day 1 of the Project Bedroom Refresh Reveal! Up tomorrow… the back guest room. Have a great day!