vintage home

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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One Room Challenge: Week 6.... the finale.

Time's up! Put your pencils down.

Thanks to Linda for hosting this party and inviting me to link up! Thanks to my fantastic clients and Andrew Lam Photography for putting up with all this craziness!!

If you missed previous weeks you can start here.

And here's where we are at the six-week mark.
Not done... but almost there:)

Hold it. Let's stop and take a look at the Before images before I carry on.

Okay, now here's the after.

NOW KEEP IN MIND NO NEW FURNITRE WAS PURCHASED!! It can be done people on a tight budget. We don't need to thow everything out and start over now do we???










Well, it's about 80% there. To quote my client "the last 10% of this remodel is taking longer than the first 90%."  So true. Remember that anytime you take on a design project--it's the little details that take the longest.
So, what's missing?
This light

Well, she's arriving fashionably late .... sometime in November


Still missing
New floor lamps
 Final styling and editing
Sources - only 6 weeks to pull this room together?
Right off the floor my friends from ....
Benjamin Moore - paint color is Hale Navy
Table, console, all chairs, bench - clients own
Large rectangular mirror - clients own
Lamps- clients own
Cubes - clients own, custom fabric available from SKD
Striped chairs - clients own,  fabric available from SKD
(see not bad for not buying any new furniture from this room)
Gold Bowls and boxwood - Willow, Haverford, PA
Wheat Sheaf Sconces - High Street Market
White monogram box - C Wonder
Pillows - navy C Wonder similar here, pink geometric - custom by SKD
Navy and white plates - Crate and Barrel
Blue and white vases - Wisteria
White vases - Home Goods
Gold Bowls - Home Goods
Round mirror - clients own
Sunburst mirror - Vintage Home, Paoli PA
Moroccan shaped mirror - Bed Bath and Beyond
Window Treatments - custom by SKD

Now go and check out these other talented people who participated here!!

oh ---and another BIG shout out to Stephanie Shaw of Stephanie Shaw Designs.... thanks for your collaboration, input and letting me hang around your talented self:)

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Thanks for reading!! xoxo


Traditional with a twist -- client progress.

This room makes me happy

 Love all the color, pattern and texture they've got going on in here.
How about you?

Good. Okay. Moving on...
Remember Georgia's entry?

If not you can read all about it here.

Well, that ole gal got her wallpaper installed.... here's a looksie.

It's Kelly Wearstler's fern tree for Schumacher.

 Looks Ah-mazing!!! And Georgia ... well, she's just thrilled!
Now we need to hang the mirror, artwork and add a new rug and style it pretty ... but this once bland hallway now feels like a grand entryway. love it.
And over on the other side of town ....we have new chairs and pillows at another client install...

I'm really crushin' on this purple velvet and Beacon Hill fabric pillow. The fabric is called  Groundworks and it's just devine!
Now let's talk about you good people who are so sweet to take the time to read my blog...
I've got a few good deals and steals for you today!

I was out shopping at Pier One for this cool starburst mirror

 to finish off the One Room Challenge room (If you have no idea what I'm talking about you can read all about it here)

When I saw this DD-like chest, I stopped dead in my tracks. Great price and Great look.
Why spend a lot of money on what could be trendy pieces? No need as long as you mix the high and the low together in the right way:)
Was at Vintage Home in Paoli, PA this week and I spied with my little eye an RH - looking coffee table without the hefty price tag.
And that large tray is removable.
Anyone out there have their holiday on yet? No-- of course not, right?!!!!!! Do we all agree that it's utterly absurd that every big box store has their Christmas merch out already?
Totally Ridic.
Please forgive but I did eye this up on pinterest the other day.
Easy peasy. Silver balls. Greens mixed with boxwoods.
I'm all about that.
Thanks for reading!! xoxo


What's happening around town...

I've been doing some serious shopping lately. For clients, for client's beach houses, friends, family and myself of course.

Thought I'd share what I found ...
Home Goods
St. David's

Shiny x-benches with black croc seat. I die at $179.

Next onto ...
Wayne PA
This tray was so pretty it pained me not to take him home. I'm seriously in love with it. I visit  him once a week and just stare. He may need a restraining order soon.
Love this fabric. I'm such a sucker for hot pink and orange.

Brass? Check please.
 You stud, you.

Hiya, crabby.

Paoli, PA

We do this in my house ....

 And we do it with this guy...

 Whaddya think? some good stuff, right?
 I'm working with a client on styling her bookcase among other things, She said her husband has taken it over. Not for long:) Stay tuned to see how we transform it! 
If you need your home restyled and refreshed shoot me an email. I'd love to chat!
Have you found anything fabulous in your shopping travels?
Do share!!