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
Ok now, I do realize that this post will likely be a polarizing one. But stick with me here. Due to the charismatic and wonderful duo known as Chip and Joanna Gaines, a frenzy of farmhouse inspired EVERYTHING has taken over the nation. And I get it - I really do! Their work is well-done, cozy, lovely, and charming. Their designs epitomize family and togetherness and small town charm.
But, when a good thing comes along, it is often repeated over and over until it becomes not-so authentic and less-than well done, and I believe that the Gaines craze has caused this very thing to happen in the realm of interior trends.Read More
The day of sugary heart candies, handmade love notes, and fluffy bouquets of aromatic roses is approaching quickly! Valentine’s Day is basically a celebration of all things pink and romantic, but have you ever considered using a valentine-friendly color in your own home? There is definitely such a color on the list of current trends - the design gurus call it “Millennial Pink!” Honestly, anything with the “millennial” label is usually a turnoff for me, but this shade of pink can be so sophisticated and soft.Read More
Was your New Year’s Resolution to work on prioritizing sleep for better health? How’s that going for you? Or perhaps your current bedroom situation is just plain sad and anything but dreamy or romantic.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, and let’s be honest - with sleep being a requirement EVERYDAY OF YOUR ENTIRE LIFE - don’t you think our bedroom’s deserve a little love? I have 3 simple tips that will elevate your basic bedroom into a dreamy, snuggly paradise. I promise you, your eyelids will thank you.Read More
The past several years, cool steely gray has dominated the neutral color game. Some of you may gasp in horror, but I believe we will be seeing less and less cool gray in the upcoming year. Well then, you may ask, which neutral will reign supreme? Let’s take a look at my predictions for the new neutrals in 2018.Read More
I’m sure you’ve heard this advice before - your master bedroom should be a restful, calming retreat, where you can peacefully retire from a long hard day. Now, is that your current reality? Probably not. For most of us, the bedroom is a place where laundry is piled, books/paperwork is stacked, and nighttime TV is blaring.
But doesn’t the idea of a retreat - in your own home - sound really nice? We are hearing all the time about the health benefits of a restful nights sleep, and I can honestly tell you that a bedroom designed for calm and relaxation can really make a difference.Read More
Whenever I meet someone new, the usual introductory questions are exchanged to better get to know each other. Those questions of course include, “where do you live” and “What do you do for a living?” When I answer that I am a professional interior designer, 9 out of 10 times some variation of the next statement follows: “Oh wow, that is so much fun! Your house must be amazing!”Read More
If you have ever watched HGTV, even for 3 minutes, it would be safe to say that you saw some form of subway tile in some type of space. I know, I know - it can get old quickly! Subway tile is used so often because it is extremely economical, durable, and easy to clean. While you might be tired of seeing it installed just about everywhere in straight, offset rows - I bet these more inventive subway tile patterns below could reignite your interest in the classic material. Let's take a look...Read More
The lands of Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz, etc. are filled with unbelievably gorgeous images of perfectly styled kitchens. You probably look over them and swoon, but assume achieving this level of day-to-day styling beauty is a pipe dream - those kitchens are photoshoot ready, after all. Well I have a few helpful pointers today on how you can accessorize and style your kitchen - in a practical way! These styling tips will still keep your kitchen running as smoothly as before, but will help elevate the beauty around you as you assemble school sack lunches.Read More
With 2018 just around the corner, you might be thinking about refreshing a few areas around your house in the new year. But you might be wondering - which changes would give you the greatest impact? Today I'm giving you visual proof of 2 home decor categories that are guaranteed to dramatically change the vibe and style of your space.Read More
If you're a lover of all things patterned - today you're in for a treat! Patterned ceramic tiles have exploded in popularity recently, and I'm a huge fan of the trend. Using a boldly patterned ceramic style shows style confidence and a bit of risk-taking, which makes the end result so much more exciting. There are millions of safe tile choices out there, but why not have some fun?Read More
t's been awhile, so I'm thrilled to share a recently completed client project! This lovely couple hired me to design their formal sitting room, after completing their dining room and powder bathroom design earlier this year (take a look at "Handsome Heights Home" dining room photos here). For the sitting room, they dreamt of a space that was cohesive with dining area, but had it own flair of southern and British Colonial Style. They also wanted the room to be a great space for conversation and evening cocktails.Read More
It’s a time for celebration - you’ve decided that your home/space needs a serious interior design refresh, and you’ve made your case to the necessary parties (aka your significant other). Next step is hiring an interior designer, or making a plan on your own for all of the beautiful new pieces you need to buy to make this grand vision of yours come to life. How fun! But wait…..you suddenly realize you have to deal with the old tan microfiber sofa you have, that is not looking cute. And the wobbly table lamps you’ve been hauling around since college. And the high quality Persian rug your grandmother gave you, that just doesn’t work in your new design plan.Read More
Hey there! This week I wanted to feature a few of my favorite items from the home decor brand that we all know and love - Magnolia Home. Chip and Joanna Gaines can do no wrong in the field of design and decor, and their line of rugs/accessories/throw pillows/furniture/and more is no exception!Read More
A live fiddle leaf fig tree is a plant of true beauty: the tall narrow trunk, the huge glossy leaves, and the organic touch it adds to your home is really hard to beat. However, you might be wondering if the “live” version is something you can pull off, or should you leave that to the professionals. ;) Take a look at the care required and details for each:Read More