Thursday, January 22, 2015

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...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Design bits and pieces

Happy New Year! Haven't written a post since November--yikes!  but boy I've been up to my eyeballs in design.
Sourcing some cool lighting from Urban Electric.

Started the process of decorating a beach house! So excited. LOVE beach houses. The house is a total gut job hasn't been touched since the 70's. SO fun!
Here's one of the MANY design boards to get the ball rolling

This is how the house looks now. You can only imagine...
It's gonna be so good when it`s done. Stay tuned.

I've been working with clients on a whole house renovation. It's a beautiful old home built in the early 1900's. The entire house was taken down to it's studs saving as much as the original wood work as possible.
The first room we're decorating is the front room/living room/entry.
It's a beautiful room with an awkward layout. It will be used for adult conversation and fireplace watching. Stay tuned for design decisions and furniture layout. I know your on the edge of your seat, right?
These were installed in a college apartment.

Custom window treatment
duralee fabric to the trade
Here's where they hang.
Coffee table CB2
Mirror Pier 1

Love the above mirror from Pier 1. It's totally fab and needless to say perfect if your on a tight budget.

Table pier 1
art Stephanie Kraus Designs
flowers - owners

When designing this dorm/apartment everything had to be purchased and installed within a few weeks. Furniture, rugs, dishes, artwork so everything had to be quick ship or purchased off the floor. Quite a challenge but it turned out perfect for this young student!

And boy has college living come along way since I was there!!

Thanks for reading this past year and I hope your new year is off to a great start... here's a peek at some of the projects that appeared in this blog in 2014


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog this year!
Here's to a happy and healthy New Year! xoxo

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, newsworthy, client happenings and black Friday possibilities!

I've got a lot to get to but first --- Happy Thanksgiving!

I need to get off this computer and start brining my turkey asap. If your hosting you may want to check out my post on how to set a simple holiday table -- here!

Just found out the Philadelphia Inquirer is going to interview one of my all-time favorite client's for it's Sunday Haven home section. Very exciting!
Here's the kitchen the Inquirer will be writing about:) You can read more about this project here and here or wait for the article!
 Here's what I've been up to this past week (according to my iphone anyway)

Checked on the progress of a total reno for a fun, fabulous and young family... here are some pics

LOVE this gorgeous window

paint color is nimbus Benjamin Moore

Some of their beautiful lighting was installed all from Visual Comfort.

This is probably my favorite lantern of all time --- I use it a lot -- I just can't help myself:)

I've also used it here about a year ago

 you can see more of this room HERE

The lantern below was chosen for it's versatility.

We're going to start with it hanging semi-flush to the ceiling but eventually we're placing a large circular entry table in the space and we'll lower the lantern to give it a more formal appearance.

Like this

Another one of my favorite sconces. I love it's simplicity and modern lines.

Here's the kitchen in progress

And their new modern master bath
On another note...

We installed these classic yet beautiful navy curtains in a family room I've been working on...

We also added a gorgeous navy textured wallpaper in this home.
And this wallpaper in a pre-teen's room
F. Schumacher
More pictures to come later as these spaces develop!!

Or if you want more... check out my feed on  Instagram. So much more going on over there!

 And last but not least I wanted to share some items I've been wearing and loving... possibilities for some black Friday shopping!!

This fur vest

I layer this over a black turtleneck...

525 America

These leather leggings ON SALE!!!

And the most most FAB, WARM (yes, warm) coat


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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sources, Secrets and Tips on my ORC dining room reveal

Before I share the details and secret sources for my dining room I wanted to thank you for reading this little design blog and leaving so many kind and thoughtful comments on my dining room refresh.

In addition to the amazing Linda from Calling it Home...
Thanks  to Bungalow 5 for this shout out on Insta
And to the Centsational Girl for this mention!!
And for the mentions from...
Sherry Hart at Design Indulgence
who killed it with their own ORC!
Jennifer at Rambling Renovators
so, so grateful:) xoxo
So here's some more scoop on the dining room. I will try to keep it short and sweet.
Hummingbirds from Cole and Son. You can check it out here.
You can purchase through the trade, online or at your local fabric/wallpaper stores like Aubusson Home and Pryor's in Wayne, PA.
I always recommend  to clients that we determine how many rolls of wallpaper we'll need before we start our search. Most companies charge by the single roll but you may have to purchase in double rolls each company is different. Philip Jeffries charges by the yard. Important when determining the budget for the space.
High-Gloss Paint
I brought the wallpaper to my local Benjamin Moore store to custom match the background of the wallpaper.
Not as easy as it sounds because you can go in so many different directions here. I chose to move toward the greenish/mintish/pale blue tint because I wanted to envelop the whole room in this color and I wanted it be a fresh crisp modern color and not too colonial/nursery blue... make sense?
Window Treatments
Measured for these over and over again. Made templates. Walked away. Measured some more. Determined where I wanted my steps on the cornice to start. Other questions I asked myself: How wide did I want the cornice to be at it's shortest point? How far did I want the cornice to extend on either side? What width did I want for my side panels?
 I wanted them to feel modern and not too heavy or "old school" traditional so scale and proportion were so important. The material had to be silk for its lightness. Trim had to be a bright orange. One thing I've learned over the years is when you add trim to a fabric it can change the look/color/brightness of a fabric so I chose to go with the lighter mint color silk and add a darker brighter trim.
Details are everything.
I ordered lamps from Bungalow 5 that I LOVED but they didn't arrive until the day after the photo shoot (insert knife in heart).
So I picked up these lamps at Home Goods. Yep, these beauties came from Home Goods and were 1/10 of the cost of the lamps I purchased and guess what? I'm definitely keeping them and no you can't have them:). I have a secret Home goods if you know me or you're a client of mine you know my Home Goods. Not all Home Goods are created equal my friends:)

Painted a high-gloss revere pewter
Knobs and pulls Anthropologie (the day before the shoot!!)
My furniture before paint job
with large paint swatches on top. In contention were classic gray, stonington gray, and revere pewter
More Modern and Fresh
There were many sources for this mirror Shades of Light offered me the best price with my trade discount.
Gold tray - bought local Valley Forge Flowers
White vase - the

That's all for now! More scoop and details in my next post!
Thanks for reading!! xoxo
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