January 23, 2015

Friday Five - Shopping, a Review, an Award & More!


Hey guys, how was your week?  I can't believe its Friday already!  I know, I say that every week.  Does anyone else feel time slipping away faster and faster as we get older?  Well I have been super busy sourcing, shopping and helping a few clients with their Decorating needs this week.  Here's the scoop...

Have you seen Pottery Barn's throw pillows lately... I am in LOVE!  This week I picked up a few navy pillows for a client's distressed brown leather sofa that we scored shopping together on consignment.  While there I also purchased some baskets that were on sale.

On Tuesday I posted a Review of Nadeau Furniture here in Charlotte, and wow, I love this place!  They simply have Awesome imported furniture at great prices.  I can't stop thinking about this zinc topped kitchen table and upholstered chairs!  If you missed it click here for the Review.

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Have you guys been to At Home yet?  If not you need to check em' out!  This store is the new and re-branded Garden Ridge.  Now At Home is still very similar to Garden Ridge.  However they have majorly improved their home decor, furnishings and accessories.

I was really impressed with their rugs.  This one above would look great in an eclectic space with modern sofas, brass lamps and a few poufs.  I seriously want to create a Design Board around this rug!

I had a fun Design Consultation & Delivery Day for a client this week.  I brought over several vases, picture frames, baskets, and a chic chinoiserie dish that I seriously wanted to keep for myself ;)  While there I even hung a few wall galleries.  This is one above, aren't these family photos beautiful? 

And finally, I'm so excited because my local Decorating Business was awarded another BEST OF HOUZZ award in their Services category for the second year in a row!  I really feel blessed to have a job that I LOVE.  And where I can still be a full time Mom to the most important people in my life...my kids!

Okay guys that's my Friday Five for the week, have a great week-end!

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January 20, 2015

Nadeau Charlotte - awesome imported furniture!

Hey guys, I recently discovered an unbelievable Furniture Store right here in Charlotte!  Actually they have over 20 locations across the US.  It's Nadeau and their tag line is - furniture with a soul.  And after shopping there the other day, I couldn't agree more!  Nadeau's furniture has loads of character and charm and is imported from all over the world.  The owner believes that beautiful furniture should be attainable by everyone, Yes!

Shopping here really is like a treasure hunt, just check out their huge inventory!

See this big beautiful dining room table below that seats 8?  You won't believe the price, it's just $500!  And the chairs I believe were less than $200 each.  Amazing.

They have unbelievable prices period.  And you never know what you'll find!  It's almost like a high end flea market where you don't have to spend all day shopping.

These are fun nightstands below, I could see them in a cozy bungalow or beach house!

Need a chic eat-in kitchen table?  Here's a zinc table top for $809.  And I am loving these tufted upholstered chairs.

And you'll find colorful painted furniture pieces too.  This blue beauty below would make a great TV console or even entry table.

Okay guys if you've been looking for a new way to shop for furniture, then Nadeau is the place!   You'll find quality, one of a kind furnishings that are both stylish and affordable.  Okay  Nadeaunow you know!  Click here for a complete list of locations across the US.  You'll also find the address and directions to the Charlotte location.

{this post is sponsored by Nadeau, however the opinions, photography and text are 100 percent mine}

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January 17, 2015

Friday Five - Fabulous Finds!


Hey guys, wow is it Friday already?  This week has flown by!  Actually today is Saturday - I'm posting this a day late because I was busy yesterday with life stuff from morning until night.  Okay this is my new weekly post where I'll be sharing five favorite - Fabulous Finds from my weekly design adventures.  So lets get to it...  
Have you guys heard of a site called Chairish - they sell one of a kind vintage and gently used furniture and home accents!  Chairish carries a great selection of mid century modern, bamboo and Chippendale chairs like this lovely one above plus great home accessories too.  And you can list your furniture there too, this site is Awesome!  

I'm also excited because they've asked me to create a Design Board around a few of their vintage chairs - I can't wait!

I made a Design Board this week with a few rustic poufs and am loving their versatility.  Not only do they add extra seating, but they mix well with traditional furniture w/ clean lines, giving any space a rustic chic vibe easily.   These above are from West Elm!    

I was shopping for a client this week at Kirklands and was surprised by their curtain selection.  Not only do they have some great colors and patterns (I love this navy blue gate hill) .  But they carry 95 and even 108 inches in length!

I came across this chic end table sourcing finds one day on Zinc Door and about fell off my chair!  It's the Worlds Away Peyton Bamboo lacquer edged three drawer nightstand.   I seriously would LOVE to design a space using this fresh green color.   But priced at $1,400 each  - this may be a great Diy project instead ;)

Finally, these Twist Swivel Stools from World Market were on sale a few weeks ago and I just had to snag a few!  I love their modern - Farmhouse style and they look really good in our black painted kitchen.  I'll post about these guys soon ;)

Okay guys that's my Friday Five for the week, have a great week-end!

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January 14, 2015

Rustic/Chic Design Board...


Hey guys, today I thought I'd share my latest Design Board and the style is Rustic Chic!  I have a client who needed to give their open concept family room/office a whole new look.  These two spaces flow right into one another with no divide, and their existing brown leather sofas needed to stay.  So the first thing I did was use a divider screen to separate the two spaces and define their function. 

Next the orange in the artwork inspired me to use orange pillows and orange curtain panels in the office to visually tie the two spaces together.  A cream mongolian fur pillow and patterned curtain panels add pattern and texture to the space.  And finally the poufs, tribal end table and deer stag head add a rustic element to this space for an overall eclectic look!

Now did I mention these wonderful clients were on a major budget?  Yes indeed, so I swapped out a few higher priced items for more affordable ones.   But first here's a cost breakdown from the original board, Low to the High...

Spice Orange Curtain panels - Kirklands  $34.99
Gatehill Curtain Panels, Taupe - Kirklands  $39.99
Neptune geometric Pillow - The Pillow Collection   $55
Woven Cebu Screen - World Market  $99.99 sale
End Table - World Market  $115.99
Tribal Carved Wood Accent Table - World Market  $119.99
Cal Floor Lamp - Wayfair   $124.99
Coffee Table - World market  $179.99
Ikat Pouff Ottoman - AllModern.com  $179.99
Club Chair - Target   $311.19
Canaan Pearl Table Lamp - Houzz Products   $398 
Chroma Print - Crate & Barrel  $450

Ahhh, so many super affordable finds here and a few higher end ones too!  FYI, World Market is having a huge sale right now so check that out because it's ending soon.  We also switched out this $398 lamp above for an almost identical one from Home Goods for $49...total SCORE!  Even affordable pillows from Pier One were used instead of the ones sourced above.

So that's the scoop on my latest Rustic Chic Design Board.  For me this is the easiest way to get a high end look, for less.  It's all about mixing the High with the Low ;)

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January 9, 2015

Friday Five - fabulous finds for the week!


Hey guys, I'm so excited because I have been super busy with my Interior Design Consulting business!  The downside to that though is that it's hard finding the time to blog.  So it hit me today as I was driving home after a successful delivery day with a client that it would be fun to start a Friday Five - favorites post.  

After all as I'm working throughout the week I see so many fabulous finds that I either use for my clients, sometimes for myself or that simply Inspire me!  So let's get to it...

I am loving these Chinoserie Fortune Knot Embroidered throw pillows from AllModern.com  The colors are so fun and who doesn't need a little extra good fortune in their lives?

I used this Woven Cebu Screen from World Market for a client this week and it was a hit!   Overall it has a modern look with clean lines, yet the way the bamboo is woven is so detailed, It reminds me of a geometric trellis.  This is a great find and it divided my clients open concept family room/office space beautifully.

Ahhh, a shower curtain that is longer than 72 inches, Yes!  This is the Suzanne Kasler Greek Key Shower Curtain from Ballard.  First off I am in LOVE with the greek key design, and the fact that it is 78 inches long, Wahoo - it's the little things in home decor that make me happy ;) 

OMG, have you heard?  Lilly Pulitzer is teaming up with Target for a brand new limited edition collection coming this Spring - April 19th to be exact!  This is so exciting, I love Lilly's colorful n' classic resort chic vibe!

Finally, while sourcing possible rugs for our home office.  I came across this 6' x 8' beauty from Overstock.com priced at just $179.99!  I love how the rug here is paired with a few mid century modern pieces so the look is less rustic country and more rustic chic!  And it looks so real.

Okay guys, that's my fabulous five for the week!  Have a great week end :)

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January 5, 2015

2014 Design and Diy Projects - Recap...


Hey guys, happy 2015!   Are you excited about a fresh start to the New Year?  I sure am.  Today I thought I'd share a recap of a few decorating and Diy projects we tackled last year in 2014.  

  Exactly one year ago the hubby and I gave our family room a full on makeover.  We painted our family room and kitchen a light gray, Sherwin Williams - Useful Gray to be exact.  We also painted our red brick fireplace the same color as the walls for a clean and more modern look.  The house feels so much lighter and brighter now.  Go here for the scoop on this makeover if you missed it.

This collage below shows our home office (bottom right) as well as a few other spaces in our home.  As you can see, I love mixing pattern & styles for an overall layered and Eclectic look.  

Finally this year was my first time participating in The One Room Challenge over at Calling It Home!  I seriously had so much fun giving our upstairs bonus room a full on refresh, as well as seeing all the other participants Awesome redesigned spaces.  

 Our whole family has been enjoying our new bonus/media room watching TV and movies together.  In fact, it amazed me seeing my kids reaction to this space week after week as it came together.  With each new design element, especially when they saw the finished painted armoire and this fun Diy Art, they just lit up!  That my friends is what I love about Interior Decorating & Design.  Simply put a nicely decorated space just makes you feel good.  And especially when you do it on a budget!

Okay these were just a few projects from 2014.  I'm looking forward to even more fun design projects and updates for our home in 2015!  Of course I'll keep you updated ;)  Happy New Year!

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December 29, 2014

Top Design Boards - 2014


Hi guys, it's so great to be back!  Now I'm not an every day blogging kinda gal.  However you may have noticed I've been MIA over the last few weeks.  Well in the worst stroke of luck known to mankind I threw my back out 3 days before Christmas.  Yeah, not fun!  I'll spare you all the deets from this painful ordeal, but my back is fine & healing and I'm ready to tackle 2015!

Everyone around blogland is posting their top blog posts for the year.  So today I thought it would be fun to share {per Blogger Stats) my top 3 Design Boards for 2014... 

I created this Modern Coastal living room above for a Design Challenge that I do from time to time with a few other fabulous bloggers.  This casual space has soft colors in grays, creams, blues and even pink!  Grounded with a jute rug and shimmering silver accents, this fun space is both beachy and chic!

This classic coastal space above was made for a client who wanted both functional and neutral colored furnishings, with comfy cozy leather club chairs.  I really love the navy and orange pops of color here, as well as all the pattern and texture.  Ahhh, and those heron prints!  I love using nature as my inspiration when designing spaces.

Finally this board above I created for a busy working professional who is out of town weekly.  She hired me to create a design board around her existing sage green sofa.  This idea is central to my design philosophy - there is no need to buy everything new!  If you're looking to save money, Identify the pieces that work, and then go from there.

Okay so we have three very different Design Boards here.  My goal is to create stylish, balanced and functional spaces that not only look great, but reflect my clients personalities too.  And here I think we've got a little something for everyone!  So which Design Board best fits your style?

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