For the sake of "keeping it real" - the blog image for today's post is the best representation of our house renovation for the past few weeks. Stacks of drywall, dust, and debris - not very glamorous, but all very necessary. It's easy to get a little impatient during this phase of a renovation - none of the progress is pretty or fun to look at, but it is all sooo important.Read More
Can you believe it! It's that time of year again - the much-anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I'm sure you've seen lots of hype all over the interwebs about this sale, BUT I'm seeing most content cover the clothing and fashion steals. So, I've put together a roundup of my top 40 picks for your HOME! And don't delay - many items will sell out. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is running July 20th - August 5th.Read More
Another week, another room design plan to share! I hope you've enjoyed following along with this design process. This week, I'm sharing the design plan for the guest bathroom - which I'm excited about, because it will have a slightly different design flair from the rest of the house.Read More
Thank goodness I've committed to documenting the design process of this home renovation here on the blog - because oh-my-word the blog "deadlines" are forcing me to kick it into design overdrive! If you've ever lived through any kind of renovation, big or small, you know that there are about 17,000 small decisions that must be made. I'm trying to stay ahead of that decision overwhelm phase, and have all of my design ducks in a row, by the time my contractor is ready to implement. But wow, it's a lot.Read More
Following this very awkward middle-of-the-week holiday, I hope this design update for #studioLplacetodwell can be the perfect distraction while you settle back in to your normal work/life routine. And if you missed last week's blog about the kitchen design for our fixer upper, check it out here.
The next space I wanted to tackle is the master bathroom.Read More
I apologize for the radio silence on my end, but a major development has been taking place, and I could not be more excited to share it with you!
Earlier this month, my husband Richard and I closed on a "new" home! And not just any home - this house was flooding during the reservoir release after Hurricane Harvey. The house was completely gutted by the previous owners, after taking on 14+ inches of water.Read More
Have you ever seen the TV show Million Dollar Decorator? It was on Bravo a few years ago, and it was a RIOT. It followed several celebrity designers in California, and showcased their lifestyle, process, and challenges of working on HIGH dollar projects, often with celebrity clients. All of the interior designers were extremely well-dressed, fancy, polished, and said the word “darling” in their everyday conversations. Darling! Their project budgets were sky high, and they could literally buy anything for a project with no second thought to the price tag. It was so over the top, and I absolutely loved watching such an outlandish and entertaining show.Read More
It has been a minute, so I think it is high time for a good Before and After blog post! This project was AMAZING to work on, because the clients are friends of mine from college! They had recently purchased a charming, beautiful home in Fort Worth, and they needed some help with a furniture plan for the formal living room.Read More
With spring in our midst, I’m happy to report that incorporating interior plants and planters in your home is big-time on trend! I love planters and live plants, because they add the cool organic element like nothing else. I’ve compiled a roundup of tons of my favorite interior planters that you can order now, to truly liven up your space.Read More
A kitchen renovation is a monumental project….with hundreds of decisions and materials and gadgets to consider, storage is one element that cannot be overlooked. The internet if full of cool ideas on how to store kitchen stuff in really clever ways. These are my 5 favorite kitchen storage hacks, that I plan to put in place for my own upcoming kitchen remodel!Read More
Designing the 5th wall (aka the ceiling) of a room is an idea that most homeowners overlook. However, your ceiling has unlimited design potential, and is the perfect canvas to help set your home apart from all of the other houses on the block. Check out my ideas for maximizing your 5th wall:Read More
You might be HGTV obsessed when:
- A trip to Magnolia Market is better than going to the Super Bowl
- You can’t help but crush on a couple of twin property brothers for their design and real estate skills
- You know the housing market for every city in America like the back of your hand, even though you never plan to leave your town
Whenever I meet someone and they learn that I’m a designer, it is extremely common for them to ask if I love HGTV. And the answer…..well, it’s complicated. Let me tell you why.Read More
They might seems like a small, insignificant detail, but sofa throw pillows are one of my favorite parts of any design project and can make a huge impact. You probably love the look of a well assembled grouping of throw pillows, but have struggled to bring the right elements together to create the look in your own home.
I’ve put together a few simple formulas to help you create beautiful combinations of throw pillows that will elevate your living room in a flash.Read More
If you have followed interior design blogs or Pinterest or Shelter magazines for any time at all, I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of interior designers share a tip for giving your room that “designer edge” - by using a bit of black in every space. Typically, they are referring to a black piece of furniture, or accessory item, or small detail. Well recently, I’m seeing the black dial being turned WAY up, and I’m not mad about it! If a bit of black is good, then perhaps a lot of black is great. Let’s look at a few ways you could consider adding the darkest hue to your rooms.Read More
Construction dust, jackhammers, paint fumes, muddy boots - the reality of being in the thick of a home renovation project is mostly completely awful. Especially if you plan to live in the house while it’s going on - yikes. Of course, the pain is worth the gain of a beautiful new bathroom - but you aren’t alone if the thought of that process makes you cringe. I get it!
I’ve put together 3 practical DIY ideas that can radically update your bathroom. These will help you get by, until you decide to take the renovation plunge.Read More
The layout of this beautiful West University home is traditional - immediately off of the entry, there is a formal dining room to the left, and the formal living room to the right. The formal living room is incredibly open from the foyer, so the design of the space impacts the welcoming feel of the home.
This family wanted a space that would set the tone for the rest of the home, and be a beautiful room for the adults to enjoy when hosting guests. There was only 1 piece that had to stay - their beautiful piano. The rest of the room was a completely blank canvas! Check out these photos of the formal living room before…Read More
It’s that time of year - spring cleaning is upon us! Last week we talked about 3 practical steps to decluttering your home. Once you have tackled that step (bravo!) you might need help with ideas for organizing all the necessary items you kept after your purging quest. I have compiled a list of my absolute favorite organization products that I cannot live without. This is not a sales pitch - I use every single one of these products!Read More
That time of year is right around the corner….spring cleaning! A time beloved by some, and a season feared/hated/ignored by many. You may have resolved this year to simplify your life, by getting rid of clutter in your home and tackling the home organization you so desperately want but can’t seem to attain. I applaud your goal, because decluttering and organizing is a very necessary step before you can even consider taking on a design overhaul.
As a self-proclaimed lover of organization and keeping things simple, I wanted to put a few of my personal practices down on paper to see if they might help you.Read More
If you’re anything like me, you absolutely love the trend of global/ethnic influence in home decor. Globally inspired pieces add such an interesting layer of charm and authenticity to any space. One of my favorite global styles is bone inlay - a beautiful technique that creates a stunning mosaic on a variety of items: tables, trays, stools, chairs, beds, and more.Read More