February 25, 2014

Design Crush: Cynthia Childs

by Shelly

I spend far too much time on Pinterest, but it truly is where I find so much inspiration for my design projects, what I wear on a daily basis, what I cook, etc.  How did we live without it!?  Recently a girl friend pinned the above fabulous outdoor sectional, so I headed over to architect, Cynthia Childs’ site to see more.  Beautiful work. All of it. This home in particular takes the cake for me, especially since I’m a sucker for great outdoor spaces!  I love the hardscaping material used for the patio and walkways, along with the mix of succulents, ferns, iceberg roses and boxwoods.  The concrete and large clam shell fountain is awesome too!  I think we may need to recreate this in our own backyard. It’s really different!  Head over to the site to see more pics, including the inside of the home.  It’s stunning!

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It seems to be all about contrast for me lately. I am digging graphics, black and white, and interiors with details that POP!  Over the last few weeks I got lucky with some major sales and added a few things…some needed…some not….to my wardrobe.

{the loot}

Black leopard calf hair flats. A neutral in my book. A cute, lace trimmed, three quarter length sleeve tee. A delicate black and white beaded necklace with tiny tassels.  Black patent heels. Black and white tiny dot shirt. And the hubs got me the fun bright, coral geometric necklace.

And my big project has been FINALLY finishing up our family room.  I’ve been recovering a few things, adding new pillows, and am in the market for some giant framed botanicals. I can’t wait to show you!  But I will give you a little sneak peek.  Here are the two fabrics I am adding and I think they will add a lot of punch and CONTRAST (my favorite) to the room!

{the star of the show}


{the accent}

I should be done by the end of the month and I will for sure share once I am!


Hello!  Hope your weekend was fabulous.  There is nothing better than getting a message from your mother, freaking out that she just read your name in Better Homes and Gardens magazine which hit newstands over the weekend!  I love giving design advice to my friends and family and loved having the opportunity to do the same in the magazine.  Hopefully someday soon I’ll have a chance to work with BHG on one of my projects!  A girl can dream! *wink wink*

Check out the feature below and in the August issue of Better Homes.

Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek and the great tips from all the contributors!



Limited budgets often get in the way of our home decorating dreams.  But more often than not, a small budget, a new set of eyes, and some professional help CAN help transform a space!  Case in point….



My clients’ cute little condo was feeling cluttered.  With a few too many knick knacks, patterns and a case of crowded furniture, her home lacked a defined style and wasn’t feeling “pulled together” like she wanted.

We were working with a pretty small budget, so figuring out what needed to go and what should be replaced was very important in keeping within her limit.  I suggested we rework the floorplan as much as we possibly could.  The room is small and it didn’t offer many alternatives as to how the big pieces in the room could be placed.  With that being said, we also didn’t have the funds to replace the red sofa, matching chair or any of the other big pieces in the room.  The client had recently bought the painting of the woman above the sofa and wanted to pull more of those colors out to tone down all the red.  So, with those thoughts in my head, we worked up a plan to make the room a bit more sophisticated and girly like my client. :)


The first thing on my list was to remove the striped linen panels and wood and fabric cornice boxes on the windows.  They looked dated and made the room feel more country/old world, than glam traditional like my client wanted.  We added silk duponi panels from Pottery Barn and hand forged iron rods to the windows.  I put these up myself in a hurry just to get the shot, but we will be adding iron rings as well.  They are out of stock right now.

The oval side table that was originally there was replaced with a larger round side table to fill the space better. I would have liked to see an even wider round table there, but again budget was a factor here.  On top of the table we replaced the dated crystal lamp with a clean, more modern glass lamp with a simple linen shade.  The hammered bowl is from Nate Berkus’ Target line and the frame is the clients.  To the left of the sofa we paired down the two floor lamps the client had in the room and replaced it with this mica shade adjustable lamp from Ballard Designs. I apologize for the glare from the lamp! The ivory linen pillows on the sofa were added to bring in a bit more neutral color to the space.  And then to the lucite coffee table I added a cool gilded gold tray and mercury glass vase from West Elm, along with a lacquered sea urchin….another Nate piece!

I moved the clients’ antique Swedish chair to the sofa wall, to open up the other side of the room and to make the chair more of an art piece.  I then placed her stack of House Beautiful magazines under the chair…again to give more of a “look” to the chair.

{close up of coffee table}

We’re adding some more touches next week and I will be sure to post more photos of the updated space then.  But in the meantime my clients’ space has been freshened up just enough and in time for a little holiday party she is having tonight!  Enjoy Jen!!!

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October 15, 2012

Design Crush: Lara Spencer

by Shelly

This weekend I just happened to catch Lara Spencer’s new show “I Break For Yard Sales” on HGTV.  If you missed it, make sure you check out the episode online here!  Lara Spencer, if you didn’t already know, is the lifestyle anchor on Good Morning America and has a knack for decorating and turning flea market, yard sale, and dumpster dive finds, into treasures that look like they cost much more than they did.  She’s quite amazing at it!

In this particular episode she is helping her best friend decorate her new home in the Hollywood Hills.  Lara’s friend requested a Palm Beach meets LA, preppy and modern vibe.  I think she got her wish!

Here are some photos that I snagged off the internet. They were the best I could do since it seems there are no photos from the episode. So the snipping tool was my best friend here.


The fabulous entry using Kelly Wearstler’s Imperial Trellis wallpaper for Schumacher. I just love the black trim. It really makes it pop and gives it more of a quirky edge.

I couldn’t quite get a full shot of the dining room. I wanted to get the fabulous chandelier, but that didn’t happen. ADORE the Christopher Farr Cloth fabric that is used on the curtain panels. One of my favorite fabrics! And I don’t think I ever would have picked up that dining set as it was originally. It was SOOO ugly and 70s looking!  But darn it, it looks pretty fabulous here!

The hot pink rug in the living room is crazy bright!  I loved it as soon as they rolled it out. My husband said no way in a million years would he live in a house with a room this bright. I think it’s fun and very happy!

Sorry that the picture is blurry!

A better shot… the sofas were an estate sale find that she recovered in a white linen.

Also, the bright yellow, velvet wingbacks were a find she recovered as well.  In fact I’d say most of the items in this room are “finds”.  Damn, she’s good!

This breakfast room is one of my favorites!  Chartreuse and aqua are such a great color combo and has long been a fav of mine. And the birdcage chandelier is so fun!

And finally the family room.  Hot pink and orange….bold, but again definitely cheerful!

A closer shot of the sofa.  This was also found and recovered. And I love the nailhead detail that was added to the bottom.

So now I’m wondering if I need yet another decorating book.  I LOVE antiquing, dumpster diving and the like, so this might have to find it’s way home to me.

In any case, check out the show if you haven’t already!

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