Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Find

If you love fabrics as I do, you will love this website I stumbled upon.

It is full of custom designed fabrics. With this website, you can upload your design and they will turn it into a fabric! You an browse & purchase tons of fabrics that others have designed. I could have browsed for hours! Here are a few that stuck out to me:


ikat - blue

Pennants, Lemon - Sun Soaking

Night Owl


fwren_and_linen's love...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Parade of Trays

I love decorative trays.
The above picture is from this website, and you can make it yourself!

Here are a few others I found today. I would gladly sit any of them on my cocktail table or nightstand with a few beautiful accessories on top:

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Navy and Yellow Bathroom Design

This is an e-design board that I have been working on. I love how bright and welcoming it feels. (You need that on those occasional drowsy mornings to get you going!)

The yellow zebra-print wastebasket is from here.

The tree art is from here.

If you are interested in e-design email me at

Monday, April 25, 2011

Today is a BUSY day!!!

But, in honor of Easter (yesterday) here are a few spaces
sportin' Easter-like & Spring-like colors...

Decor Pad

House Beautiful

Country Living

House Beautiful

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dressing Up a Mantle

Fireplace mantles are an instant focal point in a room and deserve to be dressed up.

Here are a few different ways to show them off:

Isn't this one great?

Forget the art, use wallpaper as a back drop, and place a variety of stunning accessories.

Image via Metropolitan Home

Okay, so this room is just all together beautiful. I love how the designer used a large mirror to add life to the space and then hung interesting art on the sides. I think there is even a cute tiny lamp on the mantle.

Image via Domino

Go big or go home. Sometimes just a large piece of art is all you need on a mantle. Okay, so there is also a vase in the photo, but you get the point :)

Image via Domino

This arrangement is interesting. I would have never chosen to place two round mirrors next to each other over a mantle. I can't decide if I like it...

Image via Domino

Gorgeous, masculine, and sophisticated. A beautiful symmetrical arrangement.

Image via Elle Decor

I like how this mantle is decorated with a theme - letters. Fun idea.

Image via RealSimple

If you need help decorating your fireplace mantle

email me at

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bold Painted Wood Floors

Yesterday, I watched a portion of the Nate Berkus Show. The segment I saw was about going bold in your home. He had a guest on his show who had painted their wood floors because they couldn't find area rugs in their preferred colors. Take a look:

Gorgeous, huh? Sometimes taking a chance in your home really pays off!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy Powder Bathrooms

Wallpaper in a powder bathroom makes me happy- seriously.

Look at these photos - don't they make you just smile a little?


Their are so many drop-dead-gorgeous wallpapers these days. Occasionally, I suggest wallpaper to a client and sometimes they get a worried look on their face. I usually have reassure them that I am not talking about their grandma's wallpaper from the 50's!

The trellis pattern in very popular right now - but nonetheless, very beautiful...




I say, if you need an inexpensive way to dress up a blah bathroom, wallpaper is a great way to go. I promise (if done right) yow will feel happy every time you walk in :)


If you need help selecting wallpaper for your powder bathroom (or any room for that matter) email me at

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Finds

Trusty ole' Target had these great trays. $10-15!! I wanted all three! target!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A 'Must-Have' for your home...

A beautiful silver bowl

(yes, this is on my list of 'must-haves' one day)

An elegant silver bowl is so versatile, and can be used in so many way in your home -
Whether your home is modern or traditional a silver bowl can be a striking design element.

Do you have a beautiful silver bowl?

Sources for photo mosaic - left to right, top to bottom:

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Parade of Stair Runners

Stair ways are an excellent place to add a strong design element to your home.

In helping a friend and client decide on new stair runners, I found tons of decked out stair runners that really caught my eye. While we are going for a more classic look for my client (as shown above - very beautiful and sophisticated) Below are some other fun ideas:

House Beautiful

Painted stair runners...

As you can see, you can really let your personality shine through.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stretching the Life of a Bouquet

Now that spring is here, fresh bouquets are the perfect finishing touch to any space. I always like to make bouquets last as long as I possibly can - flowers make any girl happy, right?!

Here are a few tips to help stretch the life of a bouquet.

Day 1: Only buy flowers at the market if you plan on rushing home right after. Be sure to use a clean vase, any lurking mold will only speed up the decaying process. Cut stems at an angle, remove any leaves below the water line, and have your vase ready with fresh clean water. Remember to change the water daily, & trim the stems every few days. Finally, keep out of direct heat & sunlight.

Day 3: Remove any dried leaves, and throw out any withered blossoms. Transfer bouquet to a new smaller vase appropriate for a smaller arrangement.

Day 5: As more flowers continue to die, gather the remaining healthy blossoms and transfer to an even small vase, such as a tiny round vase.

Day 7: For that sweet little last blossom, place in beautiful tea cup or small bowl & place on a nightstand or by the powder bathroom sink.

Source of flower info from All photographs from

Friday, April 8, 2011

Project Progress

This is the design board I put together for my client's little girls room. It has been really fun to work on and I think it is going to turn out really cute!

The white sunburst mirror is a DIY project that is made out of white poster board. This fabulous ideas is from

The 3 prints at the top of the design board are from - I received these little gems in the mail the other day, they will be so perfect. You have got to check out her website!

On Wednesday, I found these items:

The lamp was a steal! On clearance at TJ Maxx Home Goods for $30---Perfect! Also where I found the picture frame.

The letter 'K' is from Joanne's and I quickly painted it purple.

Anyway, it is all coming together!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Quick fabric makeover

Last week, I found this fabric for $10 a yard. Isn't it a great modern geometric pattern? I bought 1/3 of a yard and this is what I did with it...

**Hollywood fabric designed by Alexander Henry

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Parade of Ottomans

I always love to incorporate ottomans in interiors.

Ottomans are so versatile - they can be used as extra seating, cocktail tables, foot rests, and just really add a lot of character to a space. Here are some of my favorites that I've rounded up:

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lavender Love

I purchased this sweet little lovely online today for a client. I am dying to see it in person.