December 15, 2014

Blankets and Throws - get cozy with STYLE!


Hey guys, brrrr it's cold outside have you curled up by the fire with a favorite throw lately?  I have and have to say this is one of my favorite ways to spend chilly Winter evenings at home with my family.

So today I thought I'd share a few blankets and throws that I am simply swooning over.  And many of these finds were sourced from one of my favorite sites - Houzz!  I simply LOVE their products tab which is a great Design Resource to bookmark for later.  They have a great selection of designer home decor and furnishings.  Check it out here. 

Okay here are my picks for shaking off the chill, in STYLE...

I love the coral, cream, navy and gray colors here!  And the patterns in several of these throws including stripes, quatrefoil, greek key, even herringbone are such fun designer trends right now.  The chunky knit throws from West Elm and the real sheepskin throw from CB2 will add warmth and texture to any room!  And throws make wonderful gifts too.

Okay there is nothing better than getting cozy with a great throw on cold Winter night!

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December 9, 2014

Our Christmas Mantle - {before and after} Merry and Bright!


Hi guys, today I'm sharing the Before and After of our simple Christmas Mantle! If you'll remember just after the Holidays last year in January we gave our family room a makeover painting the entire family room, kitchen and red brick fireplace a very light gray.

This time last year our fireplace looked like this below....

And here's what our fireplace looks like now...

Wow, what a difference!  It's so much lighter and brighter now.  Here's a closer look below at our simple Christmas mantle decor. I went with a red, white and gold color combination this year.

Now of course all the Christmas decor I've used here is super affordable!   The tan and cream Christmas stockings are from Tarjay ;)  And the sparkly gold twigs and faux poinsettia leaves are from Old Time Pottery!  The faux mercury glass candle votives are from Michaels.  

And here are a few more Instagram pictures of our home all decked out for Christmas...

A welcoming entryway

Diy stamped Christmas coasters

A festive coffee table

The tree merry & bright ;)

Awww, love my furry baby!  Okay guys I'm linking this Holiday post over at Shine your light!

Happy Holidays!

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December 4, 2014

Fabulous Finds...Holiday Decor


Well hello it's December already!

Have you finished decorating for the Holidays?  We've been very busy these last few weeks and our tree is the last to go up this year.  Tonight we'll be trimming that tree in fact.   Every year around this time I start thinking about updating our existing Holiday Decor with a few stylish pieces.  So here are a few festive Holiday finds on my wish list.

Golden Deer Sculpture - West Elm   $129
Nordic Candle - Crate & Barrel   $9.97   sale
Joy Oblong Pillow - Target   $15.99  sale

Wood Stag Tray - World Market   $29.99

Peacock Christmas Wreath - Etsy   $95.00

Deco Letter Ornaments - West Elm   $4.50  sale

Faux Fur Stockings - Pottery Barn   $39.50

Ahhh, we've got color, texture and shine...I want them all!  But that's not in the budget.  Well of course I love the gold stag head, they've just become a classic in Christmas decor over the years.  The sequined pillow above from Tarjay would add a little bling to any room.  And the colors in the peacock Christmas wreath are so unique and pretty.  Finally, I absolutely {heart} these faux fur stockings above, they just look so cozy! 

Yes a few of these festive finds are sure to update any Holiday home.  So what's on your Holiday decorating wish list?

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December 2, 2014

Design Round Up - black & white stripes


Hey guys, it's great to be back!  We traveled North to Cincinnati for Thanksgiving this year and had a great time with my family and even showed our kiddos where Mom & Dad grew up!  Blog breaks are always nice because I always come back refreshed and ready to get creative again.  Now I had hoped to have a Holiday decorating post for you today, but our tree is still not completely finished!  I'll have that post up soon though.
But something else has got me inspired lately, simple black & white stripes!Check out these fun Design Inspirations - all images via Houzz...

Ahhh from simple striped pillows and rugs to painted striped walls and even a bold striped upholstered love seat.  Graphic black and white stripes are a super fun design trend these days.  And if you choose paint, a very affordable design element as well.

So if you've been thinking of creating a new look for your home in 2015, think about incorporating contrasting black and white stripes.  The look is bold and provides the perfect backdrop for a fun pop of color too.

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November 20, 2014

Client Project - Patio Design Board


Hey guys, wow it's cold outside, and all this snow we're having in November is just crazy!   So today I thought I'd warm things up with a patio or screened porch Design Board  I made for a client about a month ago.

This wonderful client moved into her home and immediately realized her huge screened porch needed more furnishings and accessories.  She did have a patio furniture set with green cushions.  However that was all and the set was looking very small in this big space that clearly needed pillows, poufs and other outdoor furnishings and accessories to complete the room.  Oh and one more thing, she wanted color!  Ahhh, the words every decorator wants to hear.  But this is also a space where her husband hangs out a lot watching football.  So I knew the design couldn't be too femanine.  So I made two design boards from which they could choose...

So which design do you like better?  I think it really depends on your personality.  The first board is more neutral with a soft blue/green color scheme.  And the second board is straight up colorful with this vibrant orange.  Both are fun and will really bring this awesome screened porch to life!  My client actually chose the second.

Here are the sources...

Bistro Set - Target
Orange pouffs & pillows - Overstock
Blue/Green Pillow - Overstock
Faux Natural Fiber Pillow - Pottery Barn
Classic Stripe Pillow, blue - Etsy
Tan Knitted Pouf - Overstock
Cream Garden Stool - Wisteria
Blue Garden Stool - Arcadian Home
Ceiling Fans - Overstock
Candle Hurricanes - World Market

A few items are out of stock :(  And can you believe all the Awesome items I sourced from Overstock?  Love the O!  Okay I know it's cold outside, but it's still fun to design and think about warm spaces.

Happy Snowvember ;)

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November 18, 2014

Fabulous by design, LLC - take advantage of our Holiday Special!


Hi guys, I updated our business site yesterday with this fun collage below.  These pictures actually reflect my personal STYLE.  Although I love many different decorating styles and my goal (when working) is to design spaces that reflect my clients personalities.  I  gravitate towards traditional spaces with warm woods, updated accessories and a few fun design trends.  I also love mixing design styles to create eclectic spaces that are layered  with pattern and texture and look collected over time. 

So today I thought I'd give you the details on our Holiday Special!

For the months of November, December and January our hourly design consultations are now just $40.  That's $10 off our normal rate of $50!

I also offer custom Design Boards too starting at $75.  Here's one I did for a client recently...

It's a great time of year to spruce up your home just in time for Holiday guests!  Or to start off the new year with a whole new design for your home.  Okay you can check out our design services here.  In addition to Design Consultations we offer Color and Home Staging Consultations.  As well as Fixed Rate Interior Room Designs and On-line Consultations.

If interested, contact me at  I'd love to hear about your Design & Decorating needs!

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November 12, 2014

Fun Feature...Crane & Canopy!


Hey guys, I'm so excited - Crane & Canopy featured my coastal chic bedroom roundup today over on their blog - Beautifully Simple! 

This bedroom roundup started with the Cora Green Duvet.  Here I combined soft colors in beachy blues & greens, creams and gray.  And for fun I used a fresh pop of coral, as well as an eclectic mix of modern and traditional furnishings and accessories. 

If your bedding needs an update check out Crane & Canopy!  They have a beautiful selection of quality bedding and home decor including duvet covers, sheet sets, pillows, throws and more.  And right now all of their duvets are on sale!

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