Friday, May 27, 2016


While working on the Kitchen Of The Year [KOTY] showhouse we had to get creative!   Furniture was donated for the main living area off the kitchen and the porch but nothing for the DR and living room.

We all know that seeing an empty house is OK but decorate it and we are like a heard of buffalo getting through the doors right?

So after brainstorming we thought "what about a consignment store"?  Let's start with the best....Swoox Consignment Store!

Y'all this is not your Mama's consignment store.  It is chock full of beautiful things along with some pretty incredible art!

We took a field trip to look at what they had at the moment and got pretty excited!

Here are a few pictures of delivery day!

Trying to figure out how to arrange everything.....we had no sofa..... just chairs.

We selected a lot of art and decided to go with a gallery look....

After we moved everything about 10 times we settled on this arrangement....

I was imagining a room that was pretty to walk through but you could sit and have a martini while reading a design book.....ha ha....cause I do that on a regular basis with my "extra time"!

A girl can dream.....

Can you believe how nicely this all came together?  I love the treatment on the walls where you can change out the art if you wanted.

It did make it hard to do curtains so I had to do roman shades....

The walls are painted Farrow and Ball Charleston Gray and the trim and ceiling are FB Cornforth White.

I took this picture from Rhoda at Southern Hospitality [she wrote a post on it also] because these white chairs, mirror and art also came from Swoox.  I think I have already mentioned that this color is FB Oval Room Blue.

Some pictures from Swoox.....

If you live in Atlanta then you are in luck because all of this great stuff is available to you!

You're welcome:)

Update....I finished my closet.  All the hangers match and I took 5 huge bags to GW.  Life is good.  I found the best deal on those thin hangers was at Bed Bath and Beyond.  50 count  for 29.99 with a 20% off coupon....booyah.

Have a great holiday weekend......It's gonna be hot here in Atlanta and Netflix has just released season 2 of Bloodline!


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016


It was the first weekend in a long time that I did not have an agenda.  So I planned.....what you ask?

Well my husband was going down to the beach....because he can.  He's retired.  Me on the other too much going on. mission was to do the "great closet clean out of 2016"....or possibly the decade.

I can't do it while he is home because he won't let me throw away anything even if it is 3 sizes too small and has stains all over it.  Him: "I can do chores in that shirt"  Me:  "You don't do chores".

I bought all of those thin hangers they had at HomeGoods and after waving him off at 8:00 am Sunday morning I was like a ninja running into the house to get to work.

I made great progress finishing his side and getting almost half of my side done after 6 hours!  Just one do pants shrink just sitting in the closet:)

I have some updates on a project I have been working on since last August.  This house was a complete gut....I mean there wasn't anything left untouched.

 First up is the island....stained oak!  I'm excited about this especially with the tiles floors.....

This Walker Zanger herringbone backsplash.

And Oh Baby....this pewter table top by Francois and Co I love when I suggest something and my client get's excited also.  Whoop.

In the "scullery" kitchen we used soapstone countertops and a dark charcoal subway tile from Renaissance Tile and Bath....hubba hubba!  The countertop will get darker after it is oiled.....

Pretty iron window!

You wanna see more?

Dining room favorite Circa Lighting....the Belvoir.

The antique mirror over the mantel.  This was such a small firebox we had to make it special and used these concrete balls....

The Emtek door hardware....

This is a linen closet upstairs...can't wait to pick out some pretty hardware for these doors....think I'll head over to The Matthew Quinn Collection to find something special!

3 of these Circa Lighting Regent Oval sconces in the LR

The laundry room light from SchoolHouse Electric.  Blue paint color is SW Indigo Batik

GP and Baker wallpaper with the Circa Lighting Monrovia star light in the powder room....

Thibaut grasscloth with a damask pattern in the foyer.

We went for pure whimsy in this small half bath using a Scion wallpaper.

In the 2 guest baths upstairs I used I used these CL Graydon sconces

Kohler Margaux faucets with a gray honed granite

And last.....
Picking out the floor stain color on the hickory floors.  We went for the 2nd one up 1/2 dark walnut mixed with 1/2 jacobean.

There is so much more to post about this project! Every once in a while you get a client who enjoys the process as much as you do.....we both get giddy when we are at her home and  see that something pretty has happened:)

Have a great week!


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Friday, May 20, 2016


I'm coming down off my high now from all of the activity of last week!  Catching up with work from my other clients [I'm sure they all hate me] and taking note of some thoughts about my One Room Challenge.

There were a couple of questions....
The floor lamp was from Target!  The blinds from Overstock.  Did you notice that I shortened the skirt on the chair just to make it not so stuffy:)

These awesome pulls were from Ikea.
This fabric was from Stark.

One of the sponsors of the KOTY was Thibaut and we had so much fun picking out wallpapers!



We all know that wallpaper is huge now and I was really impressed with their range of patterns. Price points from low to high.

Also here is the fabric we used for the master bathroom....

This was the inspiration board in the very beginning.....

And other places....
Dining room

Living room

I will be doing a post with all of the light fixtures that were used along with the Farrow and Ball paint colors!

A picture from the party....part of the hard working team!

While I was there Michael called me over to meet Suzanne Kasler.....[one of my design idols!].  She asked me if I did Michaels house and in my mind I took her hand warmly and said how nice it was to meet her and that I admired her work so reality I stood there like an idiot and said "hi"......

I'm such a goober.

Hope y'all have a great weekend!


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