My latest labor of love!

Please take some time to click the following link to see how I transformed an old "paint on pottery" spot into a successful financial planning firm's new office space!





Um, OMG. Couldn't wait to share what I just saw. This product has just turned my world upside down and I think a few of you might need to sit down. Whether you're a thrift store shopper like me or love to sneak in an Ikea piece or two into a space without anyone knowing it's actually from Ikea...this product will knock your socks off!!!!

So, I'm flipping around on my nightly blogs and BAM!
I run into this post from Amanda Carol at Home...
where she shows how she did this...
from this Ikea dresser...
and these...
after spray painting them like this...
from a company called O'verlays.

I know!!!!!
You must go check out their site and see all the fab ones they have. 
Not cheap. Not terribly expensive. 
But, I ADORE them.
Must. Do. This. Soon!!!!

Have a great night!


Pretty as a picture!

Isn't this a fabulous find?! 
A local second hand store had it for only $75 and a friend of mine snatched it up before I did!
I hate when that happens!
Oh, well. We set to work coming up with a plan to transform it into a picture perfect bench to sit at the end of her daughter's bed. We selected some perfectly girly and fun fabrics through Interior Image and then had the girls in our workroom do their magic on it by skirting it and creating a bench seat.

And before we knew it, our pretty little bench was complete! Sweet, isn't it?

Love it, Kate! 


Think you dislike purple? We'll see.

I think I thought I really disliked purple for many years before becoming a designer. I thought of Barney and bad lavenders and this one too tight pair of koolats I had in 6th grade that gave me camel toe before I knew that had nothing to do with Egyptian animals. 
But, I've learned the same thing about purple that I have about every other color in the spectrum...there are beautiful shades of every color you can think of and even those you think you dislike, you wouldn't if you saw them done well.
So, for those of you purple haters, take a look at these beautiful spaces done so well that I think even you would have to admit that purple could be your friend. 
Maybe not your bestie, but a girl that you thought was really snotty until you got stuck in an elevator one time for an hour and realized she was just shy until you get to know her and 
now you do and the two of you have lunch together all the time now. 
You know...kind of like that. 
Oh, geese, just look at the darn pictures and oooh and ahhhh a while. 

So fresh and vibrant, isn't it? 
via decorpad

Even just a pop of purple is sometimes all the color you need.
ina garten's kitchen of the year

Grayish purples are my favorites because they really just turn into lovely neutrals. 
This is the perfect pic to prove why I insist so often client's pull their sofa away from the wall and place a sofa table behind it. It provides great depth and a perfect spot to place a couple of lamps and accessories. Try it! You'll love it!
via elle decor

chad eisner designs

This suzani still makes my heart go pitter pat. Love it.
via lonnymag

Dining rooms are the perfect place to go dark and sexy.
via decorpad

I've been coveting this chandelier for years!!!
via elle decor

ina garten's kitchen of the year

Isn't this just the perfect shade of purple on the walls? Depending on the time of day and the light it could be gray, greige, brown. Love it.
heather garrett designs

This kitchen haunts me. It's just right and would suit my life perfectly. 
My checkbook is another issue entirely. 
ina garten's kitchen of the year

khloe kardashian's "office"

kimberly seldon's designs

kishani perara designs

If I were goldilocks, this one would be just right for me. 
laura martin bovard designs

laurey w glenn designs

via nest

Does it get any better than this? The clover chair and window? The storage? The huge double sided mirror separating the space? I would be late every day if this were mine...I'd never leave!

tish key designs

tish key designs

windsor smith designs

Are you a convert? Already loved purple?
Either way, have a wonderful weekend!


Stencil this!

For those of you afraid to jump into the commitment of wallpaper, there's a bunch of really great stencil websites out there that will give you the look without the worry.
One in particular is really reasonably priced and does a good job with the styles of some of them.
Here are some of my personal favorites from their site:

Below is a link not just to their site, but also to a short video that shows just how easy it is to use the stencils. If you tackle this project, I recommend giving yourself a full day after painting the basecoat before moving on to the stencil work to make sure the tape doesn't disturb the base. 


Wallpaper Wednesday!

Although I might be partial to wallpaper in certain rooms of the house, there are no steadfast rules. I suppose I'd tend to keep it in entries, dining room, bathrooms (especially small half baths) and kitchens, but only because for me these are the rooms where I'm not constantly changing things up. I'm rarely moving furniture in these rooms and don't feel the need to switch up my color schemes seasonally or every other year. So, I suppose it feels a bit safer of an investment to me and my lifestyle in these spaces. But, I'm all about wallpaper wherever you see fit. Even in closets! Love.
I tell people all the time when they ask, "Is wallpaper back?"..."It never went anywhere!"
So have fun! Be brave! And let me help you pick the perfect paper for your home!
Connecticut House eclectic home office

Glenwood Residence eclectic bathroom


Architectural and Interior Photography eclectic family room

Amoroso Design contemporary dining room

Bathroom Pictures eclectic bathroom
Doesn't this look like amazing in-laid wood and mother of pearl?

Pulp Design Studios modern bathroom

Kitchen traditional kitchen
So, I'm pretty sure that's insanely gorgeous tile on the backsplash, but you could 
easily do a similar wallpaper and cover it in plexiglass for the same look.

Modern bathrooms contemporary bathroom

Just a few that I hadn't seen before here! Hope you have a lovely day!

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