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This is Ryder's room. It was inspired from the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and decked out in Star Wars gear. When his mom and I were designing the space she loved the idea of a rough wood ceiling, blue walls and a twin over full bunk bed. This is how it turned out.
We ordered the bed and bedding straight from P.B. Kids (similar bedding found HERE). His mom found the locker style chest of drawers and was nice enough to let him have a fish tank in his room! The ceiling is quarter sawn pine stained to match the "Rustic Chestnut" stain of the bunk bed (similar bed found HERE).
On a trip to Ikea, I picked up these great stainless steel shelves and brackets. They used to hold all of Ryder's Star Wars figurines, but now show off the important things in his life. They are the Ekby Mossby found HERE.
I felt the ceiling Read more [...]
I can't wait to share my friend Laree's Anthropologie kitchen with everyone! This is the same house with the Anthropologie Meets Glam Living Room I shared a bit ago. Laree and her husband let me be the designer on their remodel a few years ago, and let me tell you, they were a DREAM to work with AND their house turned out fabulous if I do say so myself. The house was only 5 years old and was the model for our track neighborhood, but it wasn't the right size or style for their family so a reno was in order. Why not move somewhere else where they could build or find the perfect house? Because our neighborhood is unbeatable. Seriously a dream, I happened to live two doors down from the reno so keeping up with every detail was a snap.
First of all the kitchen was tiny in the original design so with the help of a local architect and Read more [...]
A few years ago I was honored to be the designer/decorator for my friend Laree's house remodel. It was a crazy whirlwind start to finish in four months. She has graciously let me take photos of her home so I can share how amazing the finished product is! Today's tour is of her living room.
We were going for an Anthropologie meets glam funky look, and I think we nailed it.
The walls are bright and funky, while everything else is layered neutrals adding texture and depth. I'll be honest, I knew this was going to be a love it or hate it room. Before any furnishings were brought in, I think my sister and I were the only two in the LOVE it column. But, after we added all of the furnishings, most were converted to our side.
Voluminous curtains add weight and balance to each side of the room.
It all started Read more [...]
In the Spring, my back yard comes alive. Nothing beckons me to spend more time outside than my climbing roses. I remember during my teenage years driving up Mt. Helix, in San Diego, and stopping by the side of the road to pick what appeared to be a wild rose plant. The roses were very small and the palest pink. They had a light spice sent and I loved them. The vines grew crazy and covered telephone poles and anything else it could wrap it's tendrils around. When Justin and I moved into this house, we knew we wanted a lot of climbing roses, but when I stumbled upon the same roses that I loved years before, I knew just the place to plant it. Our back yard is small, but backs up to a large grassy field. We inherited a black chain link fence that would have seemed trashy to me before, but now it is the perfect built-in Read more [...]
Last week I posted about my Summer Chalkboard and I figured you'd all like to see where I hung it! This is my new entry layout with my black and white summer gallery wall.
This layout cost me exactly $3.19. Here is how it all went down. I started by gathering any and every frame that I had that was black. After rearanging another part of my house, I realized I also had this black little chest that I added to the pile. I started working on the arrangement and weeding out the frames I didn't have room for (there were a lot, I was willing to take art out of old frames from years ago and put my own photos in them but they were too big in the end).
Start by removing everything from the space
Check your space limitations including door openings
Arrange the largest items first
Begin to layer Read more [...]
I was recently asked to do a cubicle makeover for Brooke Walker of Studio5 for just $50. This may seem like an impossible task, but with a little thought and a lot of effort I think it turned out awesome! I was on Studio5 today, here is the video of Brooke, Darin and me talking all about it:
Here is what the cubicle looked like Before we started.
Pretty typical. Middle of the building, no windows, basic gray and maple.
Here is the After.
Let me show you how we did it.
First, it is important to start with the feeling you want the space to have when it is finished. After communicating with Brooke, we understood that what she was really looking for was a fresh, feminine, and simple look for her space. We started with the background and found a clean and funky damask fabric with a small Read more [...]
Easter is coming, I can't believe it is already next Sunday! Here is a Woodland Easter Tablescape I laid out in prep for family coming over.
The runner is actually my Chevron Rug, washed up fresh for the table. Below you can see a chunk of wood left over from my wood block lamp excursion. I layered it with a piece of burlap ribbon, some paper grass and candies with a nest my kids found on the street in front of our house a few years back.
How cute does that chocolate bunny look in the pocket of my burlap slipcover?! A few peeps (bunnies, cause let's face it, they are cuter) tucked in paper grass and an empty cardboard egg holder sit ready to be snacked on. The little ducks in the pond was an applique from a Baby Gap t-shirt 11 years ago. I love the image and have kept it in storage till the right project Read more [...]
Can you guess what is hiding behind these cabinet doors? Would you believe me if I told you that this small block of cabinets is the hub of our home?
They hold office supplies, my crafting arsenal, and all four of my kids papers and art supplies (oh, and a paper junk drawer)!
This has been a dumping ground for years. The counter space is the spot where the rest of the kitchen gets cleaned up to. You know, the place where when people come over all the mess gets "hidden" to. But not any more.
Here are the Before and After photos. You can see that the cupboard on the left is under utilized and the counter is overflowing with unorganized junk. Let me show you how I optimized the space, and organized it for good.
When we built our house, we had the builder install an outlet in the cupboard for our cordless phone. Read more [...]
This is the room we call the "Red" room. It's the first room in our house off the left of the front door. It's kind of a multi-purpose room for us. At one time it held our giant air hockey table, till we finished part of the basement game room...phew. It has great light in the morning and is a great place to read the Sunday paper. We have a desk with a family computer and shelving to hold all the nececcities, and for me that means decor. I thought I'd show you around and then give you my tips for styling open shelving.
For the walls I chose a dark deep red with a flat finish. We left the ceiling the main house color (KH Desert Sand) and the trim is glossy white. The black and white print is a lithograph of Paris my hubs ordered from the Louve, it's huge and I love it. The white sofa was a hand-me-down and Read more [...]
With a family of four boys, we are always looking for adventure. A few years ago I wanted to give one of my boys an Indiana Jones bedroom. We already had army green walls with a Star and Stripes Mural on one wall (from a previous airplane themed room). The star and stripes would work perfect with the vintage travel and adventures of Indiana Jones.
The opposite wall was painted a medium blue and then I painted a (really easy) World Map mural. It was to remind me of the maps they show when Indie is flying from one archaeological site to another. A spare craftsman desk and vintage industrial chair help create age to the space.
The ceiling was already a sand color which matched the Berber carpet.
The bed was a great purchase 11 years ago for my first son (see it HERE in his surfing room). It has a slide, Read more [...]
This is the last of the open house series on my first house, a French Cottage. The interior was full of toile, hand distressed beams, florals, checks, 70's stripes and Ralph Lauren paint finishes. Truly a labor of love ten years ago, hopefully you'll find something still relevant today (please excuse the photo quality, these were taken a long time ago with out a blog in mind).
The foyer was a large two story open space with the staircase in the center. One of the upstairs bedrooms had an open window with home made shutters overlooking the entry (inside the room there was another single shutter that could close). The entry was so large and we had such a small amount of furniture, I threw these bookshelves on either side (the proportions of the picture and mirror drive me crazy now). A large Read more [...]
On the main floor of our home we have a tiny guest bath. I have tried to spruce it up many times, even going so far at to paint it Kelly green (yikes! that lasted less than 24 hours). I decided to go the opposite of bright. I went for a feeling of weathered, worn, dull and peaceful. Style influences vintage, industrial, farmhouse, and beach.
This is my Reclaimed Barn Wood Ceiling
I painted the walls a light grey (Ralph Lauren Tudric Pewter interior eggshell paint - mixed and matched at Lowes)
I wanted to something on the ceiling. This was a small space with nothing interrupting the ceiling except a bathroom fan (which I later spray painted gray to blend in). About a year earlier I came across a lot of FREE wood (read about it HERE). I nabbed two small sheets of very weathered ply wood. I had enough Read more [...]
I have a problem, I am a compulsive organizer. My kitchen pantry is the subject of this weeks obsession: Pantry Organization. I like my pantry to be "merchandised" like a corner store. When I walk in or glance in at my pantry I want to be drawn in to a neat, clean, well stocked space. A space to inspire me to whip up a yummy treat or grab a quick snack.
Note: if you would like to tour my Midnight Beach Kitchen, check it out HERE.
Here are a few views from outside the pantry.
First of all, you must be able to see well in your pantry. When we built our current track house, the builder wasn't going to put a light in the pantry! I insisted on a fixture being wired and then we purchased and installed a light from IKEA for $19.99. I LOVE it because it gives off tons of light (and of course it is incandescent, Read more [...]