March 26, 2015

Perfectly Imperfect - Driftwood!


Hey guys, okay I've said this before...I absolutely love using nature in home decor and design!  And driftwood is one of my favorites.  I love the fact that it's wood that is weathered by the Sea and moving water, as well as it's modern - sculptural shape.

So let's swoon shall we?  All images sourced from Houzz...

I love this driftwood coffee table above, as well as the soft blue green colors in this space!

Wow, what a great centerpiece idea!  Here driftwood sticks fill this large bowl.

This large driftwood branch above serves as an art sculpture for this accent wall.

Here's an interesting way to use driftwood - in a mudroom or entry.

Ahhh, another driftwood round table with a glass top.  This is a great idea for a beach or lake house.

Wow, pieces of driftwood are incorporated into this stacked stone fireplace!

Here driftwood along with a candle hurricane are used as a fun coffee table accessories.  I also love the coral colors in this space.

Here's a minimal space where a hunk of driftwood functions as part of the chandelier, very cool!

I absolutely love this stunning driftwood mirror above, as well as the plantation style cabinetry!

And finally above this fireplace we've got a driftwood sunburst mirror, how fun!

So think all natural driftwood the next time your on the hunt for some fun home accessories and furnishings!  Driftwood is light and airy, with a sculptural - almost modern feel that mixes well with many decorating styles.  And my favorite part about driftwood, is how the imperfections in the wood add to the charm and character of each piece.

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March 18, 2015

A Screened Porch Refresh {plans}


Hey guys, well all I can say is...Ahhhh!!!  Because I've been steadily busy with my Decorating Business, I've only been able to blog once - maybe twice a week and you know what - I really love slow blogging!  It's nice to blog when I want and when Inspiration hits.

Well Spring is here and we're ready to get outside!  However, our screened porch has been feeling a little dull lately and I'm thinking it's time for a mini re-fresh.  Not a big one, just a few well chosen accessories for a fresher and more updated feel.  And here's what got my wheels spinning the other day ;)  This picture below from Pottery Barn...

Yes, these Awning Striped pillows from Pottery Barn in black are sure to add classic style to this neutral space.   Here are a few pictures of our screened porch now...

When I decorated this space a few years ago, I wanted a neutral and calm getaway.  Just a quiet place to relax and watch our kids and dogs play in our 1/2 acre wooded back yard.  And I loved it at first, in fact I still love it!

But now I'm craving a little color as well as a classic design element and these striped pillows are sure to make a big impact without spending a lot of money.   I also think they'll add a more sophisticated look to our brick colonial home. 

Awning Striped Pillow - Pottery Barn

Nautilus Outdoor Pillows - Ballard Designs

Okay the pillows are ordered and I've placed a few new accessories on the garden rack behind the sofa.  I'll also be adding a few more potted plants.  Yay for Spring and the warmer weather!  

I'll be back in a week or two with After pictures.  I love changing the look of a space with simple throw pillows and a few well chosen accessories.  In fact, mini makeovers like this are one of my favorite things!

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March 10, 2015

Fab 4 Less - Kirkland's


Okay guys who loves Kirkland's?  I sure do!!  

Which is why I was so excited when the nice people at Kirkland's asked me to write a blog post about their home decor.  So I visited their website, and was totally INSPIRED and created a Design Board around my favs.  Check it out...

1.  Flynn Beige Tufted Sofa   $999
7.  Navy Vanness Pillow   $19.99
8.  Tan Diamond Velvet Pillow   $19.99

Wow, I am in LOVE with this neutral tufted sofa above!  Wouldn't this be pretty in a living room or sitting area?  Now I'm not usually a fan of faux flowers.  However I'm totally digging these faux peonies with their black and white striped pots.   And these throw blankets above look like they're from Pottery Barn -  for about half the price I might add.

One thing I love about Kirkland's is they have a great selection of 96 inch curtain panels at amazing prices, and this orange geometric pattern above is so fun!  And check out this chic-ola mid century modern glass table lamp - love the sleek design and gold finish.  And speaking of gold, this gold matte sphere above is so cool!  Sphere's are great accessories for coffee and end tables.  And finally I'm saving the best for last - the throw pillows!  I love pillows because they can re-fresh a room instantly.  I also love mixing patterns because it's the easiest way to add texture and style to any space.

Okay guys have you been to Kirkland's lately?  If not you need to go!  They've totally stepped up their home decor.  You'll find stylish and updated home furnishings and accessories that are without a doubt -  Fabulous - for less!

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March 2, 2015

Roof Top Deck Dreamin'


Hey guys, okay it's official - It happens every year at around this time, I've got the Winter blues.  It has been too cold and even worse too rainy here in Charlotte and I am ready for warmer temps and a little sunshine would be nice.  We actually saw the sun today for a brief couple of hours.  However, the forecast for the week is looking bleak again with more rain, ugh!

So today I thought it would be fun to daydream a little.  Let's get inspired by some fabulous rooftop decks shall we?  Because you never know - if you've got kids and live in the suburbs like we do, it's entirely possible that one day when the kids leave the nest, we can retire in a fabulous urban apartment or loft right?  Absolutely ;)  #neversaynever

Okay let's dream!  All photos sourced from my fav - Houzz...

I love the comfortable outdoor furniture used in this space above.  And how the wall of windows brings the outdoors IN.

Providing shade on a roof top deck is a must!  I'm sure this large umbrella keeps this space cool and comfortable.

Okay one key element every roof top deck needs is container gardens and plants!

I love how the container gardens in this outdoor space above separate the dining area from the sitting area.

This large outdoor sectional provides maximum seating for all the fabulous parties I'm sure they have here ;)

Here's a pretty spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or read the paper on a beautiful morning.

Wow, check out that city view.  This roof top deck is Amazing!

And with stunning plants and container gardens like these, a roof top terrace can be a calming retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.  So there it is.  A little Roof Top Deck dreaming and I can feel my Winter Blues fading.

Okay hang on guys, because Spring is just around the corner!

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February 25, 2015

Rug Pad Corner - a Review!


Hi friends, today I'm Reviewing a rug pad from Rug Pad Corner! 

Now I know what your thinking...rug pads aren't exactly the most exciting thing in the world.  And I agree, until you find yourself in a situation where a rug you love has problems and a quality custom rug pad is the solution.

Back in January we purchased a new shag rug from World Market to add an overall lighter look to our family room and to incorporate some cleaner lines.  We also got a smoking hot deal on this rug thanks to World Markets awesome rewards program :)

However once we laid the rug down, we noticed it was thinner than other rugs we've had in the past and would slip around a bit when we walked on it.  This is not good.  And I new right then that we needed a quality rug pad to anchor this rug to our hardwoods, and to add thicker padding under the rug for comfort and stability.

That's when in a stroke of luck, Rug Pad Corner contacted me and they were kind enough to send over the perfect rug pad for our new rug.  But first they needed detailed information about our rug.  Like the size of the rug, the thickness as well as the rug's material.  And what surface the rug is laid on - in our case solid wood floors.

So from this information Rug Pad Corner custom designed the perfect rug pad.  They also custom cut the pad to be 1 inch smaller on all sides than the 8 x 10' size of the rug.  This is so the rug edges lay flat on the wood and aren't raised up on all four sides creating a tripping hazard.  Case in point here, Rug Pad Corner thought of everything so that our new rug pad functioned perfectly for our rug.

Check out the quality of this pad!  It's thick, durable and soft underfoot.  This is not the typical thin rug pads I often see at Lowe's or Home Depot.

Okay thanks to Rug Pad Corner and the custom rug pad they provided, our new rug feels thick and luxurious.  And the rug doesn't slip around anymore.

 If you've got a rug that needs stability, or even added thickness and comfort.  Check out Rug Pad Corner.  They simply know rugs and rug pads.  And can solve any rug dilemma!

Check em' out!

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

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February 19, 2015

Vintage Modern - Family Room (Design Board)

Hey guys, I met with a new client a few weeks ago and am soooo excited for my latest project!  This young family lives literally within walking distance to uptown Charlotte in an adorable home built in the 80's that resembles a 1940's style bungalow!  Now we obviously want to update this home with modern and stylish decor, but still maintain the home's character and charm that is so evident in the surrounding area and neighborhood.

The clients already have a great start decorating their dining room with beautiful abstract art (in red-orange, brown and gray colors) a new dark wood dining room table and sideboard.  However they want a new chandelier for above this dining room table, and a whole new look for their adjoining family room.  
Vintage Modern - Family Room  (click pic to view larger)

This young couple has a few ideas of their own and I love that!  They want a family friendly leather sectional for its durability with their dog and adorable little one.  And they spotted a vintage style chandelier at a friends house that they really liked.  Ahhh, this chandelier alone got my wheels spinning ;)

So my goal was to create a family friendly space that is balanced, stylish and functional, that also visually ties both the dining room and family room together.  And to mix the vintage elements with the modern  & wouldn't you know mixing styles is my favorite thing!

I'm so excited to see this space evolve.  And I hope to have some great Before & After photos when it's all finished too.  In the meantime, while waiting on furniture delivery, I'll be shopping both on-line and locally for vases and accessories for their sideboard, a lamp, entry rug and mirror, and finally some frames and wall art for a fun wall gallery in the dining room!
Okay guys, I sourced this hand crafted chandelier on Etsy here.  Isn't it fun with it's vintage - industrial vibe!  And the clients chose it, not me.  I love decorating spaces for clients that reflect their personalities.  After all, a well designed space shouldn't just look good - like a page from a magazine.  I believe it should feel like HOME and most importantly feel like YOU!

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February 4, 2015

Mix it up with Bamboo Chairs!

Hi guys, I think I've found my new favorite furniture piece...bamboo chairs!  I don't know what it is, they just have the ability to mix up a room instantly with a fun eclectic look.  Check out these design inspirations all sourced from the one and only, Houzz...

Wow, I love this light and bright office space below.  I could seriously get used to working here everyday.  And the room can serve double duty as a dining area, love that!

Okay if you've grown tired of your dark wood and traditional dining space that looks the same today as it did 20 years ago, then this is your remedy below!  Add a fun color combination in the room like this teal blue and green, keep the dark table, but add Chippendale bamboo chairs in a contrasting cream.  Pinning for sure!

Transitional Dining Room by Milton Photographers Michael J. Lee Photography

Bamboo chairs in vibrant colors make great accent pieces.  They even make great office chairs and are really fun in the kitchen office too.

If your lucky enough to have a vacation home, bamboo furnishings are perfect in coastal spaces.  Since bamboo furniture originated in China and Britain, they instantly give a room a collected and well traveled look.

Another fun Chippendale accent chair!  love the blue and green color combination in this space.

DeBeach Style Family Room by Boston Interior Designers & corators Annsley Interiors

If you love color and aren't afraid of a good Diy project, then spray painting bamboo furniture is the perfect project.  And like this turquoise bamboo furniture below, the color options are endless.

Colorful or neutral bamboo chairs, it doesn't matter.  I very often see faux bamboo furniture pieces that are awesome!

Ahhh, another dark table with white chairs.  Love this fresh look!

Here they are in black.  This look is very sophisticated and chic.

Wow, how pretty are these light blue bamboo chairs below offering cool contrast to all the warm wood tones.

Okay it's official, I'm smitten!  And will be stalking Craigslist and a few of my favorite Antique and Thrift Stores in my area.  My home NEEDS a few of these.  And I'm also ready for a fun Diy project this Spring!

Okay so if your home's decor is a bit too matched up and falling flat.  Add a fun Eclectic vibe  and mix things up with bamboo furniture!

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