Blue and White Kitchen - Before and After

Last time we met I shared a living room transformation with you if you missed it you can go

here

We also renovated this client's kitchen. 

I wanted to share the official before 

and afters with you.

It was so fun to work on and I love how it all turned out.

Here is how the kitchen looks today 

Here is where we started

It was a pretty simple layout change. We removed the peninsula and added a free standing island in the center of the room. 

We knocked down the wall across from the sink and relocated the refrigerator to the cabinet wall across from the oven.

 Instead of removing the window on the left side of the kitchen we decided to keep it so we could have the natural light and added a  window seat with storage below. I just love window seats in a kitchen.

The counter tops were replaced with carrara marble and white shaker style cabinets and subway tile were selected for a timeless look. 

Here it is again.

What do you think??

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Blue and White Living Room -- A before and waaaaay after!

So I worked on this house many, many moons ago but just went back to photograph the home and work on a few more updates. I've posted about this space before but it was so long ago I'm not sure where to even find it on this blog:)

To make a long story short we re-configured a living room, dining room and kitchen... knocking walls down and making the first floor feel more open and spacious for a family of four kids.

Here is the before of the living room

I know its not a good shot. 

It has some over-sized furniture and yellow walls but fabulous windows letting in lots of natural light...so my thought was to really draw the eye to the beautiful floor to ceiling windows (they are actually sliders but they have so many doors in the back of the house they don't ever use these). 

Good thing for us. 

We were going for a casual, relaxed California vibe but with a bit of color and east coast symmetry:)

Here is the here and now.

 To be honest I'm SHOCKED everything looks this fabulous ... it's been over three years. 

If this were my house??? Forget about it. My dog and my five year old --- Total wrecking machines. 

For the photographs we moved some things around and her oomph coffee table is actually on order. I used mine for the pictures.

The beautiful Serena and Lily chairs were placed in front of the windows to allow as much natural light in as possible and because of the high contrast of the navy stripe on the white chairs your eye just goes to it.

Next time I'll share the kitchen pictures...

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Beach House Master Bedroom/Bath and Guest Room Before and Afters

Happy holidays! 

If you missed my previous beach house posts you can go

here

,

here

, and 

here

.

To jog your memory this house was decorated on a VERY TIGHT budget so my goal with the bedrooms was to include one item with impact in each space that would make it special and specific to each family member.

First up is the master bedroom. My clients wanted something un-cluttered, simple, modern and fresh.

Here is the Master Bedroom before

Here is the after

Throw by lemlem

The art was the main element in this space. I loved my clients piece that we hung next to the modern canopy bed. We kept everything else simple and clean.

Here's the master bath before

After

We glazed over the red marble-meat colored tile by glazing it all white and replaced the cabinetry, painted the walls a light gray and accented with navy. Done. Simple and clean.

Guest Bedroom Before

The After

Bold banana leaf fabric by Bassett McNabb

Robert Abbey table lamp

pillows and headboard designed custom by SKDesigns

As you could probably guess the main design element in this space was this fabulous headboard and pillows designed in this bold, large scale pattern.

To recap

Rooms that are simple, clean yet fun and kind to the wallet:)

One last thought...

Thanks so much for reading my blog this year! and

Before and After Beach House Part 3

Back to the beach... I know, I know Christmas is around the corner and winter is settling in but I'm still thinking beach:). 

So i thought I'd continue the tour of the Avalon house. 
If you missed the previous beach house posts you can go here and here.

Let's head upstairs to the family room/dining room. This is how the owners found the space.

Family Room/Dining Room Before


Below are the sofas we re-purposed here for this space.



Family Room/Dining Room Now

table lamps Regina Andrews
pillows Quadrille in kazak

swivel chairs by Lee Industries



Large abstract by Baltimore artist Janine McGuire


 Pillows Quadrille in kazak


light fixture Anthropologie
table custom



So how did we approach this space? First we repainted all of the dark paneling decorators white and added new cypress hardwood floors. We also removed the stone fireplace. This was not in the original plan due to budget constraints but we discovered it was unstable and unable to hold the TV so we removed the stone and added new dry wall. For a little pop we painted the interior of the fireplace box a bright blue. 

We kept my client's coffee table and just styled it. We also added new slip-covered sofas and linen swivel chairs from Lee industries. 

To add just the right amount of color and pattern, we added custom made Quadrille pillows with a bright blue contrast welt. The pillows you see on the swivel chairs I bought retail and added the perfect color trim to the plain white pillows. And we hung a large colorful abstract in between the sliders. 

The cool light fixture above the table is from Anthropologie and the dining table was custom made by the owner.

One last look.

Before

After






Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Teenage Bedroom Refresh Before and After

So one more mini-makeover before I share the rest of the beach house before and afters. If you missed the previous beach house posts you can go here and here.

But first, here's a quick teen bedroom makeover for a client's daughter. It was her Halloween/Birthday surprise. 

I have worked fast before but this one REALLY takes the cake. 

We only had two weeks to complete this. Yikes! I had to buy everything on the spot practically right there on sight after I took measurements. We could only purchase items that would arrive in one week. Challenging yet so fun!

Here is the before
(It was used as a storage space)







My client's daughter wanted a more sophisticated color palate and uncluttered space so we painted the walls classic gray and all the trim super white by benjamin moore.  The room was given a clean, fresh start. She also loves black and white and loves sailing in the summer. So we incorporated that into her room as well. 


Here is the after

(not the best pictures it was POURING down rain that day)

Table lamps and nightstands from Pottery Barn Teen
Chair custom Stephanie Kraus Designs




leopard pillow Etsy, lambswool pillow West Elm



I just love pairing leopard with black and white!

Bedding Bloomingdales



The shoes were a gift from here mom.... LUCKY gal!












Bath Before




Just some navy paint after






Simple, clean uncluttered and perfect for a teen!

Want to see more teenage bedroom before and afters go here and here.

That's all for now....

Thanks for reading!!

Older House Renovation Before and After

I thought we'd take a break from the beach house update and give you a sneak peek into another renovation I worked on this past year. This was an old house built in the early 1900's that was rehabbed beautifully by a local builder. The house was taken down to the studs and completely gutted.

You can read more about this home here and here.

The client and I worked together on the finishes, lighting, flooring,  paint colors and interior furnishings. The entire house is not "decorated" yet. They have two small children so they're taking their time and decorating in stages.

But I thought it would be fun to share where we are so far.

Living Room/Entry

I don't have any real "before" pictures but I do have where we started the design process... an empty room which is both a living room/entry for the home. This client loves lots of pattern and color. So this project was right up my alley!

Living Room/Entry Before
(these are bad pictures of a pretty space- cloudy day)







As you can see this room will be an entry point and needs to have appropriate flow from the entry door to the stairs and to the rest of the home. It also needed to be bright, open and spacious.

We chose to use four swivel chairs instead of a sofa and two chairs so the room would not appear blocked off or have any weird dead spaces in the back. 

For additional seating we added two cubes under the console in the back of the room. 

With this configuration the room looks beautiful no matter how you enter.

Living Room/Entry After

Window Treatment fabric by Kravet in riad indigo
Lee Industries swivel chairs custom upholstered in Quadrille fabric
Little table by oomph
Paint color nimbus benjamin moore


Lamps Robert Abbey
Console Society Social
Bright orange cubes s private label Stephanie Kraus Designs, LLC.


Here's a peek into the kitchen 


Beautiful white cabinetry and gray subway tile.

And a quick look at the master bath


Modern, fresh and serene.

Hope you enjoyed this mini tour.
Thanks for reading xoxo!!

Before and After Beach House Part 2

Here's Part 2 of the beach house tour. If you missed Part 1 you can go here

Now here's where we get really creative and I mean REALLY REALLY creative. 

As I mentioned in my previous post, the owners were on a very tight budget because they weren't sure if they would be here for just a season or maybe two. So naturally no major work was performed just a cosmetic update.

I'll share the before and after pictures first, then I'll explain the creativity behind the scenes. It was both a challenge and fun working within the these budget parameters.

 So stick around you'll want to hear what we did:)

This is the before picture of the lower level family room

BEFORE


Family Room After




Before I go into detail about this space you'll  want to see the before of the lower level guest bath




Guest Bath After


Let's talk about the family room first.



The dark paneling was kept and painted white. How did we stay on budget with this project? None of this furniture is new. Nothing. This furniture was the previous owners and it was cleaned, painted and recovered. It totally has that beachy, palm beach feel doesn't it?

Why keep the furniture? 

1) The owner really thought this was going to be a temporary fix  and this room is so awkward if we purchased new upholstery for this room we couldn't be sure if it would fit or would work in a new space. 2) We had a vision that if we re-purposed the furniture it would give it a cool vibe and make the space interesting, unique and so fun! 3) Budget. That's the real reason:)

So the table. A table, magazine rack and lamp all in one.
Gotta love the practicality and the throw back, right?



We painted it bold blue by benjamin moore so it would pop off the white walls. I purchased a new shade and trimmed it in blue.

The rattan sofas
The frames were painted bold blue too and reconfigured to help with the flow of the room. Here is what they looked like before.




 The sofa cushions were re-covered in an indoor/outdoor fabric from Trina Turk for Schumacher. Since it wasn't a complete re-upholstery job it was inexpensive to re-purpose these pieces. And I designed the throw pillows to break up the mod pattern on the sofas.

The table. It weighs a ton and it has that beachy, palm-beach vibe. Why mess with it?

Here is the family room again.



Moving onto the Guest Bath



All we did was re-glaze all of that beige tile. If you need an inexpensive way to update a bathroom with crazy colored tile re-glazing is the way to go. A new basic shower enclosure was also added. 

One last look.


Paint color palladian blue by Benjamin Moore
Little table - oomph




More to come so stay tuned. Thanks for reading! xoxo

Beach House Before and After Part 1

I know it's fall and winter is upon us but I thought I would share a project I worked on this summer. It was a beach house built in the early 70's and I don't think much changed in this house until my clients and current owners purchased the home last year. 

So, a little background on this house-- the owners hired me for a temporary fix. Yep. Temporary.

Just to get it up and running and functional for a season or two because they weren't sure if they were going to sell it or tear it down and build new.  So as you can imagine it was a VERY tight budget knowing it may not be there next year.

And NO new kitchen, NO new bathrooms, NO new window treatments or major renovations of any kind were done and happy to say it turned out so pretty they may keep it longer than expected.

AND I think it's a great example of how you don't have to tear these old houses down just spruce them up a bit and they can be so charming! One more interesting fact is the owner grew up coming here as a boy. He knew the family and knew that the house was filled with love and special memories and he wanted to re-create that same feeling for his family.

Without further ado, I'll share the before pictures of the entry as my clients found it

Entry Before



Entry Now


The wall-to-wall carpet was removed. New cypress flooring was bleached to keep it from yellowing and then installed. The dark wood paneling was kept just painted decorators white  and all of the trim was painted super white by Benjamin Moore. The red console is from Host Interiors Ardmore, PA and is by Mitchell Gold  and Bob Williams. I love this console for tight spaces and trust me it's a great red.


 The owners weren't sure what to do with the iron railing but I wanted to keep it as is. I love the lines of this railing. They just don't make'em like this anymore.  Look how fresh and clean the space looks now.

At the end of the entry we had this BEFORE



AFTER



This was sort of an awkward space because to the left of this bench is the entrance to a bedroom. But we added a bench and a few custom pillows. 

In every project I  try to use fabrics and pieces that I've never seen/used before and that have personal meaning to my clients.  I usually get tired of seeing the same fabrics and furniture pieces used over again and I don't want my clients house to feel like a furniture showroom, RH or PB or whatever their favorite furniture/accessory store may be. It has less meaning and it would feel like they've seen this before... right? 

In addition, I always try to include something custom and original in every room to make it special and specific to each homeowner. So as an ode to the owner who is an avid fisherman and boater we added the red Manuel Canovas calypso pillow in red and the navy and white "flagish" looking pillow on the bench. Just enough (I hope) without being too "theme-y"

I also added a large mirror to open the hallway and reflect light from the new door the client added. You can also see the modern flush mount lighting we added in the reflection of this mirror. The new design of this space turned this dark entry into a light-filled fabulous space. 

The goal was to turn this 70's house into a clean, modern fresh space with clean lines yet keeping it a bit traditional in line with the client's taste. 

Stay tuned each week as I share the before and after's of this fun, yet budget-minded beach abode!

oh and if you want more mind-blowing before and afters on the web check out Calling it Home's One Room Challenge here. This is where talented designers transform one room in six weeks. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

A Teen Room Mini-Makeover and tips on how to get the look!

Hello again! I know it's been awhile. I've been designing and installing the first floor of a n old farmhouse in Bluebell over the past year or so. 
It's turning out beautifully and will share professional pictures with you once it's complete. But here's a sneak peek... with  really lame iphone pictures.


original stone wall


Thibaut wall-coverings, draperies and chair pads.





Since the designing and installing of an entire first floor can take a while I'm usually asked to spruce up the children's spaces at the same time. Typically it's their daughter's room so that's what I'm going to share with you today from this home... so fun!! 
And I'll include some tips on how to do it yourself!

Here are some before pictures.

I don't have any before, before pictures showing the furniture before it was painted this pretty shade of gray and turquoise.








How did we start the project? 

With a jumping off wallpaper. This stylish young girl fell in love with this wallpaper from Osborne and Little. And I always love a bold wallpaper so it was a go!



Now we have a color scheme.

 We kept all of the furniture and bedding (just cleaned it up a bit)  And remarkably the background of the wallpaper matched the color of the walls perfectly so no need to paint (that never happens). 

I would have liked to have placed the wallpaper on the ceiling instead of an accent wall but as you can see the room has the original beams and we loved the rustic touch it adds to the space.

Now we just did a little sprucing up to her space since we are using most of the budget to renovate and decorate the first floor.

I always like to include at least one custom piece in a room and in this case it was these beautiful cornices designed by me and beautifully executed by my work room.


I've also found teens just love the iconic ghost chair and no matter how hard i try to persuade them to go in a different direction they always stand firm in their conviction so I customize the chairs for them.


So now we have two originally totally custom pieces designed specifically for this young girl.

Here is how the rest of the space is coming along...

Bedding by PB teen and pom-pom throw from West Elm.








Pink lamp, leopard print pillow and multi-colored plate all from Dana Gibson.

And the art... I just love the modern art mixed in with these traditional pieces!!



Still waiting on..

This custom chair from Society Social in pink with white welt

Bookshelves, accessories, new hardware, new rug? and a bathroom redo!
P.S. If you want to see more of what I'm up to follow me on instagram.  I don't have much time to blog these days! I share what I can on insta from clients who give me permission ... not all clients allow sharing and i respect everyone's wishes!

P.S.S. Want to see more behind the scenes makeovers? Head over to the One Room Challenge from Calling it Home.... I'm not participating but I am following along for sure!!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Before and After Villanova Residence

Villanova Residence

Before and After

Here is a project that was finished awhile ago but we just got around to photographing. 

I absolutely adore working with this family and I'm so appreciative that they allowed me this opportunity and they trusted my vision!

The first room I helped transform was their cozy family room den

Here is the BEFORE

AFTER

Family Den

A study in neutrals...

Beautiful new built-ins were added to give height and dimension and architectural interest to the room. We also added brass library sconces from Visual Comfort and roman shades with simple greek key trim.

I love the warmth of the worn leather sofa from Restoration Hardware and the coolness of the dark gray walls. It's truly one of my favorite combinations.

We chose chelsea gray walls paired with lots of white for high contrast and to add depth and light to the space.

We also mixed metals and textures in styling the bookshelves... brass, mercury glass, lacquer, driftwood and creamy white objects.

It's all in the details...

We added a pair of mirrors flanking the bar area to make the space feel larger and reflect light from the large picture window.

The bar cabinetry was painted high-gloss white and the hardware was upgraded to a brass faucet and marble counter tops and back splash were added.

did u spy camera? need to photoshop these pics ha!

Loved keeping this space neutral. I think most people like my colorful designs but I do love designing neutral spaces too!

Moving right along ...scenes from  the "before" Dining Room 

Dining Room NOW! WOW!

We kept the window treatments and most of my client's beautiful furniture so we jazzed up the space with green grass cloth from Phillip Jeffries, new host chairs with pillow fabric from Aerin Lauder's line for Lee Jofa  and colorful modern art. The grasscloth has now become the star of the show!!

We also upgraded the lighting with classic yet modern fixtures from Visual Comfort and leopard lamps from Dana Gibson.

Table by oopmh sits next to window seat

And let's not forget this lovely little powder with Scalamandre and a striped roman...

SORRY no before

ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY THE MOST FABULOUS

JOANNE POSSE

!!! 

XOXOX

Gardner/Fox was contractor used for family den.

That's all for now!! Thanks for Reading!! xoxo

Dorm and Apartment Decorating



So you have a daughter or son heading off to college or their first apartment this fall.

Remember those days? Just spent last weekend with a college roommate and loved reminiscing about the good ole days. It's probably what inspired this post:)

 But back to the subject at hand...I have many clients and friends who fall into this category and I've  been asked by several for advice on decorating and bedding for college dorms.

Last year I designed a college room and loved how it turned out. 

May have hit the books a bit more if my space looked this.






You can read more about this room here.

So here are some fun items I found for a dorm, first apartment or even a teen's room...

First up check out this website


It's basically a room in a box. Like a bed in a bag but waaaay better.

Here is an example of what comes in the box
And here is what it looks like in the space


Fun, right?  They have several colors and patterns available.

Need art for above the bed or desk?
They have that too

So go check it out!

Some other bedding I found perfect for this group
is from one of my faves Urban Outfitters







And we can't forget IKEA the sweedish king of dorm decor




Have fun decorating!

Design Bits and Pieces

Well I've committed the cardinal sin of blogging... taking a long unexcused break for no reason whatsoever. So, if your reading this thanks for hanging in there with me:).

I've been up to my eyeballs in projects--- so I thought I'd share what I've been up to and divulge a few secrets along the way. 

First let's talk about paint panic... can you relate?

I'm working on a new TOTAL renovation in Bryn Mawr and whenever I work on a total reno that doesn't have a full design plan in place ahead of time I always get that panic, frantic call. "My builder/contractor needs paint colors for the entire house by tomorrow and there are like over 25 rooms in this house!!"


Sneak peek: New ceiling treatment and millwork are happening

Now I always try to avoid this by planning ahead but it's not always possible. Either because I'm brought into the process late or the client understandably doesn't want to make a million decisions all at once like flooring, tile, cabinetry, wallpaper, fixtures, carpet, furniture, etc. you get my drift. Way too overwhelming and I get that!

So after I talk them off the ledge we go room by room and select colors from what we know is going in the room. That could be back splash, counter, bedding, furniture or whatever we have on hand. If we know nothing and trust me this happens... we go neutral. Paint is the cheapest thing to change so let's not panic... am I right?

You can read more about how to select paint here.

Another fun total renovation I'm working on is happening at the beach.

And since we are on the subject of paint. PAINT can cure all ugly!

This is where we started with the reno. It's not finished but I want to demonstrate the power of paint!

Before
Dated 1970's panel entry, vinyl flooring which you can't see



Entry in Progress

Paint color decorators white Benjamin Moore, natural, cypress wood flooring



In progress as you can tell! And yes, I swear this is the same space!



Before
Dated 70's dark panel, faux stone fireplace





In progress
Paint color decorators white Benjamin Moore, cypress flooring

(notice I didnt remove remotes, etc. keeping it real here until a real pro takes pictures which I am not!)




New little side table is on its way...

 This home is a temporary space so we're keeping the budget in check until they find a permanent space. So we kept a lot of their own furniture like this coffee table and wine rack but....

I'll share a little secret with you. If you are looking for a great beach house slip-covered white sofa try the Willow sofa by Crate and Barrel. 




Sleek with modern arms, comfortable and reasonably priced but best of all comes in one week! VERY important if you'd like to enjoy your beach house for the season. Custom sofas which I normally spec out can take 8 to 12 weeks. And this sofa? .... won't fade in direct sunlight. A HUGE issue with beach house installations.

Another hint? I LOVE using swivel chairs especially in vacation homes where you have several focal points in a space. In this room you can swivel to see the water and sunset... swivel to talk to your friends and family watching TV to see the weather for the week and swivel to tell your mom, dad, or host in the kitchen what you'd like for dinner or what cocktail you'd like to enjoy!




These Lee Industries chairs are comfortable and small in scale great for a living space that was built with a room designed in the 70's.
You can check out the specs here.

Here's another space where I used these chairs. 
Here is where we started







It's a very awkard small entry hall/living room space with a fireplace in the back corner of the room. Most definitely need to swivel to enjoy the roaring fire in winter!

Here is where we are now...

The Lee chairs are covered in a much more aggressive Quadrille fabric! We are waiting on a pretty gray indoor/outdoor rug and other design elements for this space.






That's all for now. Will share more pictures as we finish all three spaces!
Thanks for reading!! XOXO




One Room Challenge: Week Six - The Reveal!

I made it! Whew. Thanks to Linda at

Calling it Home

for lighting the fire I needed to put this room to bed (so to speak).

The mission for the room?

To make it fun, colorful and a happy place for an 11 year old girl to wake up in!

Fyi - this post will feature mostly the images from my daughter's new space. All links to products and fabrics are at the end of the post.

Let's not forget the closet...

One thing I've learned because I've done a lot of teen/young adult rooms (after doing their parent's spaces) is that when you do it 100% of the way down to the last little detail and take in their input (my daughter chose the wallpaper and it snowballed from there...)

they really tend to keep the space clean and neat. I have walked into spaces I've done 2 years later and the parents will tell me this. Once it's neat and clean and pretty they want it to stay that way!! BONUS!!!  

Thanks to my friend 

Joanne Posse

who took these amazing photos! I just love her and her work!! You can check out her photography 

here

.

And a huge thank you to the 

One Room Challenge

 sponsors for making this room look beautiful!

Loom Décor

Linen fabric for headboard

Fabric and custom fabrication for the draperies and color block bed skirt

Minted

Artwork above desk and above two night stands

Mark and Graham

Striped bed sheets, monogrammed pillow cases

monogrammed paperweight

Wayfair

Desk

SEE BELOW FOR DIRECT LINKS

Now, it's a MUST for you to check out the rooms from these very talented ladies. Everyone worked so hard and did an unbelievable job! Thanks ladies for all of your support!! xo

Jana Bek

Autumn Clemons

Coco+Kelley

The English Room

Vanessa Francis

Greige Design

Hi Sugarplum

I Heart Organizing

Jenna Sue Design

Stephanie Kraus

The Pursuit of Style

Julia Ryan

Savvy Home

Simple Details

Simply Grove

6th Street Design

Jill Sorensen

Swoon Worthy

Waiting on Martha

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Stephanie Kraus Design's

Sources

Imperial Trellis Wallpaper  

Schumacher

Wall paint custom by Benjamin Moore

 Headboard custom design by SKD. Fabric by

Loom Décor

Bedding and Shams 

Pottery Barn Teen

Striped monogrammed pillowcases 

Mark and Graham

Color block bed skirt custom made by

Loom Décor

Draperies  custom made by

Loom Décor

. Fabric

Loom Décor

Drapery trim  M and J Trimming

Drapery hardware  had forever:)

Desk 

Wayfair

Amethyst Mirror -

Bungalow 5

Monogrammed magenta paper weight

Mark and Graham

Nightstands - had forever:) Paint - Pilgrim Haze by Benjamin Moore

Nightstand hardware

and

Closet hardware

Anthropologie

Brass Sconces 

Visual Comfort

Nightstand

and

desk art

Minted

Pink abstract on large wall  Wendover Art - trade only

Lucite Bench - trade item

Alan Campbell fabric

 (trade only)

FABRIC SEALED BY

Fiber Seal

- Let them know Stephanie Kraus Designs sent you!

http://fiberseal.com/

French desk chair - daughter's own

Fabric on French chair and long bed pillow 

Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Thanks to these local businesses:

Monograms by

Tibbar Tibbar

Blue Desk Lamp - Robert Abbey 

The Blue Octagon

Sunburst brass mirror above bed 

The Blue Octagon

White elephant

The Blue Octagon

Dana Gibson white and gold trash container

The Blue Octagon

Other accessories - my daughter's

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

One Room Callenge: Week Five


Just a couple of images from week five.  Getting down to the wire and here's what happened this week...

Draperies installed
 
Draperies Loom Décor
Trim M and J Trimmimgs


Accessories were purchased



Mark and Grahm

Finish this week....

Install sconces

Hang art

Minted

Install mirror

Bungalow 5

Style bed 

Custom headboard
fabric Loom Decor

  check out what everyone else is up to
 
And don't forget to checkout the linking participants tomorrow!!

 

One Room Challenge: Week Four

Coming down the stretch and moving right along.
 
This week I'm sending out my daughter's lucite bench




to be recovered in this Alan Campbell fabric.
 
 
 
I'm deciding between two fabrics for her desk
chair.
 
 
This one by Caitlin Wilson
 
here
 
or
 
This one from ROMO
 
here

Thoughts, suggestions?
I LOVE everything from ROMO but that grey background in CW's fabric is just killing me.
 
And my sconces will be coming any day for above my daughter's headboard so she can do some late night studying...
 
here
I fell in love with these sconces when I used them about a year ago for a client here.

 
That's it for now...
 
 Thanks for popping in again this week!
But before you leave check out what everyone else is up to
 
And don't forget to checkout the linking participants tomorrow!!

One Room Challenge: Week 3

Thanks for stopping in again to see my slow but steady progress for my daughter's room. You can read more about my plan here and here.
 
 
So this week a few goodies arrived like this desk.
 
Wayfair

 
 
This gorgeous headboard was just delivered from my work room. The linen fabric is from Loom Décor.
 
 
 
 
This beautiful and super cool color block bedskirt is also from Loom Decor! They fabricated it and I selected the fabric from their website.
 If your looking for beautiful fabrics and custom duvets, draperies, etc. you NEED to check this website out!!
 
 
and This AMAZING Gabriella mirror from Bungalow 5!
 
 
Next up figuring out a fabric to recover this chair with and use as my daughter's desk chair...
 
 
 
That's it for this week hope to have more for you next week:)  Fingers crossed!!
 
Now check out week three below ...

and don't forget to stop back to Calling it Home on Thursday to check out the linking participants!!


 

 
 
 

One Room Challenge: Week Two

Welcome back!!
 
Just to recap I'm working on sprucing up my daughter's room.
You can check out my design plan here.

Not only am I upping the style ante but I'm improving the function of my daughter's space.

She's in middle school now and gone are the days of toys, dollhouses and arts and crafts. She's spending more time studying in her room and hanging out with her friends. This room should carry her through until she leaves for college someday (OMG did I just say that out loud?).
 
She also plays a lot of sports and is a bit of a fashionista. One of the struggles we've had is keeping her organized. Keeping track of school uniforms, sports pinnies, lax socks, basketball sneakers, shin guards, etc. you get my drift.

So we've had her closet done professionally to improve function.

So here's her new closet...
 
 
 



 

Exciting, right? Not so much I know but it will improve the function of her room:)
 
Tips for closet organization especially for your young child/pre-teen/teen, etc.
 
1) Include drawers --- you can NEVER have enough drawer space. Forget a closet full of open shelving your kids will NEVER ever keep their clothes stacked and folded neatly. never. ever. And if you think they will hang their clothes up? HA! laughable ... at least in my case.
 
2) Forgo the in-closet hamper your kids will never open the closet door and pull open the hamper and drop in their dirty clothes. Never -- too many steps. How do I know? Because I've made that mistake before. My kids do best with a laundry basket with an open top even then .... questionable.
 
3) Include shelves for shoes. They can keep out of season shoes/boots in that spot.

4)Make sure most of the hanging space is a "double hang". You won't need much space for long items.

Speaking of closets here's one of my favorite scenes from Sex in the City


Here's the link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo3vHKimpi4

I thought I'd throw in a sneak peek of the other side of the room too!



Now check out week two below ...

and don't forget to stop back to Calling it Home on Thursday to check out the linking participants!!

 
 

One Room Challenge: Week One

If it's your first time here welcome!
Thanks for popping over to see what I'm up to during this six week challenge.

I'm so very thankful to Linda at Calling It Home for asking me to be an official participant in the One Room Challenge this Spring.
 
I'll be honest the ORC has been the best incentive for me to complete a room in my own home. I tend to procrastinate when it comes to making decisions for my own house.

In my last ORC I refreshed our dining room.  You can check out the details here.



So my daughter is thrilled that I'm participating this time around because it's her room I'm going to tackle.
 
Here's what it looks like now
 
Ralph Lauren pink and toile custom bedding and draperies
 
Original nursery furniture
 
Vintage headboard and footboard
 
Extremely messy closet
 
 
 
 
Don't get me wrong I love the bedroom and I was crazy about this pink and white Ralph Lauren toile. But I installed the curtains and duvet over 10 years ago when my daughter was a baby and she's 11 now and begging for a change.
 
So for her 11th birthday I'm gonna make it happen. She wants the toile out. She wants lavender and blue in and the room to function a lot better since her room is on the small side.
 
I totally got this.
 
The Plan:
 Whenever approaching a room to decorate you need to start with a full plan and budget before you begin.
Like they say "If you fail to plan then plan to fail".

To improve function of the space:
 
A new desk for studying
Closet organizer
Task Lighting

To improve style:
New modern headboard
New bedding
New draperies
New accessories

Here's what I'm including in my design plan

This mirror

Bungalow 5

This wallpaper

Schumacher
 
 This fabric

Quadrille/Alan Campbell
This bench
recovered.

Horchow

And from the ORC sponsors

This linen from Loom Décor

Fog Loom Décor

This art from Minted

Land of Plenty

And this desk from Wayfair

 
How?
By setting a strict budget and
we're consigning old furniture, clothing and using birthday money to pay for the new stuff ...  my girl's gotta understand the value of a dollar!
 
And don't forget to come back next Wednesday to see what I'm going to do with these beauties...


Anthropologie
 
 
And you MUST take a look at the other extremely talented one-room challengers...
 
 
You need to check out their rooms here:

 

 

 

 

P.S. This challenge is not a contest it's just for fun-- there are no judges or prizes and no one wins ... well in this case my daughter would consider herself the winner!



Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Colorful dining rooms!

It's been quite awhile since my last blog post. I'm super busy with design projects and this poor little blog has been neglected as of late.  
 
But as many of you can relate too I'm knee deep in kids activities, birthday parties, sports and teen dances. And honestly, I don't want to miss a thing.
 
In the immortal words of Ferris Beuller....
 

I started this blog almost two years ago to share ideas for all of you do-it-yourselfers out there who share my passion for decorating and design. The goal of this blog has always been to share images of design work by others and myself to help inspire what you do in your own home.

In addition, I like to realistically portray the design process. You must start with an overall plan and budget for your space. Design not only takes money, it takes time to carefully plan and execute a beautiful space.
It doesn't happen overnight and your design plan can evolve into something different than originally planned over a period of time. So you're not alone in taking your time with design decisions!!

 I hope I'm still accomplishing this goal .... and thanks for continuing to read:)

Okay so if you follow me on instagram you may have seen these images.

Dining rooms are typically filled with lots of hard surfaces like tables, chairs, buffets, china cabinets, consoles, etc. There are less places to add color and pattern then say a living room where there's  lots of upholstered pieces. So a great way to add color and texture to your current dining situation is on the wall! Below are two examples of rooms where I'm using colorful textured wallpaper and I love.
 
I've used neutral grasscloth in many spaces and I love it too but there's something about adding color and texture to a dining room that really brings the space alive.
 
Before
This client is keeping her grandmothers dining room pieces and wanted to keep a more traditional look with simple yet classic lines.


 
Where we are now....


 



 
Beautiful NEW navy textured wallpaper, host chairs, new mirror and lighting. The navy really makes her wood pieces feel rich and warm.
 
Still needs:
Lamps
Carpet
Draperies
New fabric for chair seats
 
 
Another fabulous example ...
Before
Client is keeping her beautiful dining room pieces as well.



 
Where we are now...
 
We added this gorgeous kelly green phillip jeffries wallcovering, wainscoating, and sconces (not seen).
 


 
Still needs:
New buffet lamps
Carpet
Accessories

And  I love how this green room partners well with her charcoal gray family room. Loving gray and green together lately!


What do you think? Have I convinced you to go bold and colorful??

And speaking of color.... you may want to run not walk to the The Blue Octagon in Malvern. Ah-MAZING home décor!

And stay tuned am using this fab wallpaper in a powder room

 orchid by cole and son

Thanks for reading!!!XOXO




 


 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 

Living fashionably in college! A client after...

 So I recently finished up a dorm apartment for a Temple University student. 

 It was such an amazing project! 

 It also tested my skills on how to provide a fun space on a VERY tight budget:)

I kept thinking throughout this process if my room looked like this in college would I have studied more?? Probably no.

Quality of pics are so poor.... sorry:( 

 















 
 
 



 
 
  
Such a cute doggie!!!
 
 
That's all for now...Thanks for reading!! xoxo
 
ooops!  forgot one more thing-- the start of something fabulous for a nursery...