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The secrets to making teenage girl's happy!

Well if I knew what made teenage girls happy I'd bottle that right up, sell it, make millions and buy a villa in St. Barth's.
 
 I can however, attempt to make a teenage girl happy by zhushing up her room a bit:)

 
 
In addition to divulging some of my sources,  I thought it would be fun to discuss how I go about designing a space and use this room as an example... 
 
 
If you want to see the before and after pictures of this room first you can go here.


 
When starting a design plan, I usually begin with an inspiration piece usually it's a fabric, sometimes its a rug or even a piece of art. That inspiration piece comes from the client.  In this case I used the clients pinterest board and found this image.
 
pillows by Caitlin Wilson
 
I also found lots of animal prints and ghost chairs. We have one very stylish teenager here!
 
Now I didn't use any of the above fabrics in the room but I let them be my guide in creating a color scheme. In this case turquoise, pink and grey. I also wanted the room to feel fresh, young, crisp and not too trendy and well-edited.
 
 Okay, moving on, I remembered this fun little rug from Dash and Albert that I've always wanted to use. It reminds me of ice cream ---  I think it's the name - the Neapolitan.
 

 
I also found this colorful print by Britt Bass
 
 
With these pieces in place the other elements just fell into place.
 
I definitely wanted to include an animal print but I didn't want it to be overpowering and I wanted to keep with our turquoise, grey and pink color scheme --- luck would have it she had pinned this on her board as well.
 
 
 
I think she was dreaming of built-ins but if I forgot to mention there was a VERY limited budget for this room (meaning nothing custom) which I was totally on board with because what if our client changes her mind next week, right? And to boot this room redo was accomplished in less than four weeks as a surprise for this lucky gal!
 
So instead of papering her whole room in this Thibaut wall covering we chose a focal wall where her bed would sit and we then painted the rest of the room in a coordinating color... silver drops by Behr. Her dad in fact lovingly painted the room for her!
 

In addition to the "pretty" I equally take into consideration the function of the space.
 
This room was going to be used for 1) getting serious about homework and 2) getting serious about hitting the town with friends:)
Hence the desk/vanity situation I have going on.
 
 
 
Here is where she can sit and do her homework and with the large mirror above can blow dry her hair, apply makeup and primp!
 
I absolutely love this desk by Pottery Barn and the large mirror above was found at Home Goods.
 
 
 
All the accessories on the desk are from the Container Store. The silver lamp was from the Land of Nod and the large turquoise flower art also another Home Goods find.
 
 
The draperies are from Pottery Barn Teen with black out lining.  I know first hand that teenagers like to sleep in so this was chosen on purpose. The bedding is also from Pottery Barn.
 
The quilt, and black chevron tray? Home Goods. I like to always have a touch of black in every room!
 


 
 
 
Headboard from Ballard Designs $199, lamps from Home Goods and vintage bedside table from Vintage Home in Paoli, PA.
 
The toughest part of the room for me was choosing the art. Art as we all know is personal to everyone but I didn't over think it too much and went with fun pieces!
 
 
The colorful macaroons came from the
Paper Source just a sheet of wrapping paper that I framed.
 
 
 
The grey piece came from Home Goods and the ice cream print came from the Land of Nod.
 
Now I did lie a teensy bit and did customize a few things. Her euro shams were monogrammed at Tibbar Tibbar in Wayne PA.
 
 
And wanna know the secret to making your bed pillows look lush and full? Use two pillow inserts!! Honestly, it's life changing.
 
And the turquoise pillows found on the bed and ghost chair are this custom fabric avail to the trade .
 
Robert Allen's spaced out
 
 
There you have it!
 
Here's the before
 
 
And the After
 
 
 
 
 
 
Are you still reading this?
My gosh good for you! This was a LONG one...
 
Thanks for hanging in there!! xoxo
 
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A before and an "almost" after of a client living room!

Blue and white vs. Red and Gold... thoughts?
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We have been working on this space for quite some time now and we're still not finished but I thought I'd share anyway.
What the heck?

The feeling we were going for is a very casual living room (not stuffy or fancy) where this family of six can hang out and watch TV, do homework and have family game night!

Here is the ALMOST done:




Here are the Befores:
Get ready for some red and gold people!
(sorry pics are blurry)



 
 



My kids snuck in here.... such hams!!



 NOW
Here are the almost Afters:
 
 
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 Pics are a bit blurry and some random furniture still remain)
 
 


 
 


 
 
 


Here's one last before:


And After:


What's left you ask?

Artwork/mirrors for next to fireplace

Fireplace needs to still be painted

Side tables
Bungalow 5

Rug for layering

This...

Serena and lily
Or that...

Dash and Albert

Whattcha think so far???

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Chair envy

 
Love these chairs that have arrived in a client's house -- we still need to finish the TV and fireplace molding... but it's gonna be gooooood.
 
I have to admit I have a chronic case of chair envy. But can you blame me? look at these chairs... sitting there so fresh and crisp in navy and white.
 
 
 

 
Found this lovely oomph navy coffee table for another client.

Who knew coffee tables like to build pyramids when were not paying attention?
 
the table I chose is the bottom right navy table!

Love this rug by Dash and Albert


I'm considering it for a kitchen I'm styling. Love the color combo!

Saw this baby announcement on pinterest. Clever, right?

 
Dry skin? Me too!!
 
 
Works miracles in this cold weather.

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Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Deals and steals in home design and a pink flamingo miracle!

In my pursuit of a well-designed home I sometimes stumble upon some great home design pieces that are both beautiful and inexpensive so I'd like to share them with you.

But you'll have to bare with me a bit so I can share something of a decorator moment with you:)
 
So I was charged with a new project.



 

 
Now I ask you how am I going to improve upon this girly perfection?

 
 
I mean, really?

 
 
So I added these bedside lamps.
 
Land of Nod
 
Cute, but it's still not rocking my world and I'm feelin' the pressure because this little gal I'm designing this room for is such a fashionista. AND...  when I came over to chat about her room we automatically hit it off. We were instant BFF's. And I happen to know the other plastics in her posse Audrey S and Ella S. And I swear if I were 3 again (and I most certainly am not) this would be my posse. I imagine we would play dress up, Barbies and swoon over Sophia the First..

So you can feel my pressure  ... right?
 
So I hit the marketplace on a rainy gloomy day to see if I could create a show stopper in the room by reinventing this piece.

 
And then this happened.
 

 
BAM!
 
Hand to God as I was standing in the showroom and this fabric magically appeared on that gray gloomy day the sun came out, the rain stopped and I swear I heard a faint hallelujah in the background.


 
 Flamingo Fabric on ottoman
Pink on chair with white piping.

Perfectly in sync with wall art and window treatments (trust me on this)
Now that's a happy ending any Disney princess would be proud of!
 
Some of my favorite inexpensive go-to's in home décor
 
Kitchen and Mudroom Rug
 
You know that spot in your kitchen near the sink or that area where your dog and kids track in mud?
 
This is the perfect rug it's bold, modern and fun and there's not a lot of white space in the rug so it hides dirt and stains and if it were to stain? It's indoor outdoor and you just hose it down.
 
Dash & Albert
Black and white diamond indoor/outdoor rug
GREAT for all those white kitchens!
 
 I have it in my house under the sink and I swear I haven't touched it in almost a year!
 
Small flushmount
 
Have a long narrow hallway, small mudroom or entry?
 
These are clean and modern ... and they come with a chain so you can use as a pendant!

 
Shades of Light
$149
Source -- can't remember where I got this picture anyone?


Console Table

Need a long, narrow console table? Maybe to anchor a TV or to put behind a large sofa? I read about this table somewhere (can't remember) and have used it bc it has a depth of only 12".



Here it is in distressed black



 
$349


Pillows
  Please Pottery barn I beg of you never to discontinue these
I know a lot of you know about these but they're great pillows to fill in amongst your designer pillows. Love the jute braiding to add just a bit of texture.
 
Pottery Barn
from $19.99 
 
 Okay this was just a sampling I promise to try and add a great find to each and every post. So stay tuned!!

oh yea -- two more things I had to share....

Beautiful faucet of the day


Beautiful office of the day



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15 of the Best Outoor Rugs: Adding Another Layer to Your Outdoor Room


Love the grid
pinned from here

Outdoor flat screens... a must:)
pinned from here

How would you like to relax in here?
 

Before we know it, we'll be sipping frozen cocktails on our porches and patios this summer so we might as well do it in style!

Although I'd love to discuss outdoor flat screens, rooms over pools, etc. I'm going to focus on outdoor rugs today.

So if you missed earlier posts I discussed where to buy your affordable outdoor loungey furniture here and where to place all of your beautiful flowers here.

Now I'm moving onto the finishing touches with my favorite outdoor rugs. So, take a gander...

Love the blue and white!
frontgate

For all you anglophiles

Are these crazy fun or what?


All three above available at Dash and Albert.

 
You can't go wrong with a classic stripe

ballard designs
 
Dash and Albert
Layla Grace

Dash and Albert



You dog, you!

Hayneedle
 
Even more pattern...
overstock
Layla Grace
Wayfair
grandin road



Neutrals your thang?
 
Restoration Hardware
 
Overstock
Wayfair

Next part of this series will include outdoor accessories. Stay tuned...wohoo!!

Guest post...


Looking to give an old, outdated piece of furniture a more modern look?

Well, I have a very talented designer friend, Shannon Duzy, who is a fabulous do-it-yourselfer and loves to tackle projects like painting furniture on her own. So I hope you enjoy her guest post on ...
 
How To Make Your Own Chalk Paint

Hi there! Shannon Duzy from Duzy Designs here and I had several pieces of furniture in my home that needed some serious painting.  I wanted to paint the furniture with chalk paint because I knew there was no prep work needed and the paint sticks to the furniture very well.
 
So I did some research on chalk paint. I found an easy recipe: use one cup of latex paint in any color and finish (flat, semigloss, etc.) and then add 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout.

product used
 
 
The grout makes the paint very thick and the finish very durable. I use Johnsons clear wax as a top coat and sealer.
 
I use this chalk paint on every project because you don't have to sand the furniture and can easily mix the paint in a red solo cup which makes clean up easy. Here is a piece I painted with my chalk paint recipe. So go ahead and give it a try yourself!

During
Finished piece

Hope you enjoyed this do-it-yourself project!! Until next time ...