Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tweaking a client's space

I have this awesome new client whose style is what I would call sophisticated cottage. She called me in to help her tweak her space and "finish" the room.
Easy job for me... she has great taste.
So I'm going to show you where we started and where we are now.
Warning: not a dramatic transformation since where we started was pretty fab.
Here's where we started
Here's a peek at where we are now
Host chairs - Restoration Hardware
Light- Horchow
Monogram - Tibbar Tibbar Wayne, PA
Topiary - trade item
We replaced the heavy, wrought iron light fixture with a pretty chandelier from Horchow. We removed the piano and bird print from the back wall and are commissioning a new piece of art for that space. We replaced the white queen ann chairs with square cane back chairs for a more formal feel and added host chairs with monogrammed slip covers.
Here's where we started with the china cabinet
Where we are now
Square back cane chairs - Restoration Hardware
Clients own pottery and coral from Pottery Barn
This was a simple fix. All we did was streamline her collection of plates and pitchers and made the vignette symmetrical and added the pretty, modern geometric Thibaut wallpaper to the back of the cabinet. All we need to do now is change out the hardware for a more sleek look.
Here's where we started on the other side of the room

Here's where we are now
Table lamps - Lighting by Design
Mirror and box - Home Goods
We removed the white chest and mirrored frames and replaced them with a more modern chest and an on-trend round mirror. This really added a lot of warmth and texture to the room:)
We still have some more updates to make so stay tuned and
thanks for reading!!! xoxo

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A window into my world...

Gotta whole lot of pretty happening around here.
Let's start with this living room...
Beautiful new silk curtains were installed last week.
This space is stunning. Go ahead take a peak around...
You can read more about the velvet chairs here.
Such a breathtaking and beautiful space:)
Here's a sneak peek at another window install I had this past week.
Will share more pictures soon!!
Moving on...
Saw this on trend round mirror at ikea for
 only $99
I am working on this pale blue and coral fabric scheme for a young and hip musician living in philly. The above mirror will most definitely be making an appearance in her new space:)
Loving this indoor/outdoor carpet for under a kitchen table

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It's all about the base.

Starting with a basic piece and customizing it to fit a room/client's taste is really the most fun part of my job. 
 It's also what takes a room from looking generic to looking fabulous!
Here's a couple of recent pieces that I have customized for clients. (if you follow me on instagram you've already seen)

Here is the base piece I started with
similar here

Windsor Smith fabric
Nanotex with dura-block (trade)

Base x-bench

similar here

You can see a few other pieces I have transformed here, here and here.
Look around your home is there a tired old ottoman or other small upholstered piece that could potentially become the star of your room?
Speaking of a base piece...every room needs a good base.
I found this awesome article on the
You can read it here!
And last but certainly not least... you have to see this bathroom redo from Sherry Hart at Design Indulgence.
 She took a basic bathroom and turned it into a funky, fun bath!
Check out the before here!
Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Design Bits and Piece Part II

Still reeling from the end of summer
and the frantic race to get the kids ready for school.

Haven't had time to write a proper blog post so I thought I'd share what I've been up to lately.
First off bought this Mecox Gardens chest for a steal for a client's entry while on vacation. Typically I don't purchase on a whim but this was just too good of a deal to pass up.
Here it is in the entry not styled and the mirror needs to be hung but it works ... whew!
Love how the mirror ties in perfectly with the hardware on the chest!
I've also been sourcing a lot of lighting lately.
Thought these pieces were cool and a bit different.
For a play room/boy's room or kid work space

Industrial looking shade with a chalkboard on the inside of the shade.
Chalkboard is not real:(
I've always wanted to use this Branches Chandelier
Gwyneth Paltrow had an even pricier but similar one in her home in the Hamptons prior to her unfortunate unconscious coupling situation.
Here's a pretty alternative that would be great for a girl's room at

I've also ordered one of my all-time favorite large lighting elements for a client from Robert Abbey's Bling collection.

I'm using this chandelier in the dining room of an old stone house with vintage Baker furniture. It will be the star of the room -- can't wait to see it come together.

Oh, and have you ever wondered about the ...

Me too! Check out the article here from Domaine Home. Definitely will be trying the Matouk Sierra Hemstitch (starting at$75). If your local you can purchase Matouk bedding at the Blue Turtle in Wayne, PA:)
That's all I have!
Thanks for reading!!  xoxo
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