Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A mini bar makeover

I know I went radio silent for awhile --I was on vaca in Florida. But due to client work, kids, sports, and family life in general I will probably be blogging a bit less for now on so you must follow me on instagram. I'm all over that. It's quick and easy.

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So my client and I started out here with this innocent looking built-in.


The client wanted to turn it into a bar for entertaining purposes and I always think a bar is good idea ... no matter what the circumstance:)
So here's what we ended up with.
The styling needs to be touched up a bit. The alcohol needs to be added (obvs).
But I think it says HELLO! Sit down and have a cocktail with me!
We painted the built in high gloss black and added new gold knobs. We also added some Schumacher wallpaper for a bold statement.
We need to add more  barware and sculptural elements but so far so good!
Do you have a space in your home that you can snazz up? Go for it!
Have a great day!!
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Four things under $30 that changed my life and more client progress on client's neutral, dark gray room...

I hate to iron. In fact I NEVER iron.
 I hate to look wrinkled even more.
My Little Steamer


 I use it for all my clothes and to steam wrinkles out of draperies.
Does it work,  you ask?
Like a charm.
Bobby Brown's
Pot Rouge Lips and Cheeks
in Pale Pink 11
bobbi brown
Looks a lot like clown makeup but looks so natural on!
Best. Hairspray. Ever
$14.99 available at drugstores everywhere

Lavender Vanilla oil post shower.
European women treat themselves to crèmes and oils and really take care of their skin. When I use the oil I feel kinda worldly and exotic. And it smells so good and I swear it relaxes me!!:) Hence the name SLEEP.
And just a dab will do!

 Bath and Body works

Okay so the construction is complete on my client's room. Fireplace, built-ins, lighting, and bar hardware and counter top installed. But we still have a looooong way to go.

The feel of this room is traditional with a few modern yet sophisticated touches. All fabrics and upholstery are either leather, crypton,  sunbrella or coated because they have 3 small, beautiful kids under the age of 7.

 I stopped in today so I thought I would show you the latest and greatest!
And show you where it all started.

And of course in typical fashion these are crappy iphone pictures.

Bar area BEFORE


Cabinet was painted high gloss white. Marble counter top and brass hardware was added.
Walls were painted Chelsea grey by Ben Moore.

Oh and the baby seat? by GRACO.
I swear this client has the cutest sweetest kids ever.... just like her:)

Fireplace BEFORE

Fireplace Now

Plank Board was added and westport sconces by Circa Lighting.
I kept the remote control in there cause I'm keepin it real!

Sofa area Before


Built-ins were added along with really cool sconces also from Circa Lighting.

Now don't you worry your pretty little heads. These shelves are not styled yet -- sometimes I bring stuff from my house to give a client an idea of how we're going to style the shelves before I actually go shopping.

AND... she's hosting Easter so she will have some stuff to occupy the shelves:)

Chesterfield and coffee table both found at RH outlet


So we need to style the shelves and add a few finishing touches but the best part to be added will be these amazing window treatments... this is our inspiration!

It's gonna be awesome!!

I'm just so happy this amazing family is back in their room enjoying it after some serious construction. I can't wait for them to celebrate Easter with their family and relax and enjoy their new space!!
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A before and an "almost" after of a client living room!

Blue and white vs. Red and Gold... thoughts?
Sharing this post at the Pink Pagoda Blue and white bash -- join me here.

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!!

Here are the almost Afters:
 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


Serena and lily
Or that...

Dash and Albert

Whattcha think so far???

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

My living room ... ready for Spring!

Here are some shots of my living room taken by Andrew Lam photography!
I am thrilled and soooo humbled that Main Line Today  Magazine chose my firm to be featured in an upcoming article titled Designing Minds in the June issue. Be on the lookout people!!


SO FUN!!!!
In other news ...
just purchased this desk from pottery barn for a teen girl's room that I will be making over.

The room has to be finished by graduation - yikes ... game on!!
We are banishing all the "little girl" items from her room. This desk will be a great jumping off point. Sophisticated and stylish!!
Possibly combined with this wallpaper
And this gray bedding
With pops of blush pink everywhere or turquoise.... what's your vote?????
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