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DIY Picture Frame Molding

I decided to make a few changes in my living room right in the middle of the holiday season. :) I swapped the old sconces and chandeliers for more mod...
18-12-2017 21:52

How I Choose A Rug

My stepdaughter lives in San Diego while she?s in nursing school. To soften the terra cotta tile floor in her rental and as a layer under her small na...
16-12-2017 21:34

Design Lover, Must Travel

During the Cyber Monday sales, I booked several trips for the beginning of 2018 because flights were cheap. I can?t help it, travel is my healthy addi...
15-12-2017 21:34

Hilltop Towns of France

I?ve been busy this week preparing for Thanksgiving, cleaning and organizing in anticipation of a house filled with guests. I started to daydream abou...
15-12-2017 21:34

DIY Lighted Wood Bead Garland

Season?s greetings friends! Yesterday I worked up a little DIY lighted wood bead garland while I watched a movie relaxing in my family room. I like to...
15-12-2017 21:34

Budget Friendly Brass Lighting

On impulse I began a living room refresh last week, right in the middle of the holidays! Crazy I know. I started by covering the gray walls with fresh...
15-12-2017 21:34

8 Everyday Things + Weekend Reading

Weekend hellos! I?m in Thanksgiving prep and gift buying mode this week, the same as many of you! I?m making my grocery shopping list and setting my T...
15-12-2017 21:34

Window Desk Ideas

I know it?s the holiday season but I can?t help but think ahead because with this next project I get a lot of practicality. Do you remember the old st...
15-12-2017 21:34

Keeping It Simple: Evergreen Wreaths

I opened up the Christmas closet last week and brought out a few bins of favorite holiday things, the same sets of reindeer and bottle brush trees and...
15-12-2017 21:34

100 Gifts Under $100

Hello my friends! Today I?m picking up my turkey and doing the last of the grocery shopping. I?m also putting the final touches on my Thanksgiving tab...
15-12-2017 21:34

Textile Spotlight: Hmong Fabrics

I got a history lesson today as I was browsing for fabrics when I stumbled across Hmong textiles on Etsy. Loving the motifs, I dove into that category...
29-08-2017 22:00

Weekend Reading & Blog Name Change

Hello friends! Happy late summer weekend to you! I?ve been really busy behind the scenes this week. I took on a new kitchen remodel project for the lo...
26-08-2017 22:01

Cheap & Easy DIY Shiplap

A simple tutorial for cheap & easy DIY shiplap using inexpensive material from a home improvement store.   When I was contemplating this wall treatmen...
21-08-2017 22:03

Mix It Up: Black + White Pillows

Black and white is still going strong as a popular palette, it looks chic and it?s easy to pull off, all you need to do is mix patterns in this neutra...
17-08-2017 22:01

Lake House Style

If you?ve followed my Instagram stories, you know I was up in Lake Tahoe for a few days, it was the perfect end to summer. I was with a group of girlf...
15-08-2017 22:00

DIY Tiered Plant Stand

You know every house has an empty corner that could use some decor. Here’s an idea: fill one of those corners with greenery by building a DIY tiered...
07-08-2017 21:57

Styling Bookshelves Revisited

I was helping a friend rearrange her bookshelves in her family room and I was going through my step by step process with her. How to style a bookshelf...
03-08-2017 22:04

Why I Love Teenagers

I?ve been in and out of airports all month. First to Las Vegas to work on the flip house, then to Atlanta for the Haven Conference, then to Savannah t...
02-08-2017 21:59

Foyer Chandeliers for Two Story Homes

I offer design consulting services for locals, and one of my clients is moving into a new construction home in two weeks. She told me she desperately ...
27-07-2017 22:00

DIY Criss Cross Wall Trellis

My friends today I?m happy to share my latest DIY project with you! For the longest time I had a blank wall in my courtyard behind the vintage iron so...
19-07-2017 22:01

Bold Geometric Floor Tile

Hello my lovely friends, I hope you enjoyed your weekend! I was looking back through comments on the blog and realized oh no, I never responded to sev...
17-07-2017 22:01

Summer Breezes in the Guest Room

I have a guest room upstairs that everyone fights over this time of year since it’s the one room that has floral print duvet and shams in there for ...
11-07-2017 21:59

Hooray for the White and Blue Kitchen

This week we celebrate the Fourth of July and it?s my second favorite holiday, I love it! I look forward to all the food, fireworks, and festivities e...
03-07-2017 21:57

Modern Ceiling Fans

Last week we had a big heat wave here in Northern California with temperatures in the 100s. No doubt you heard about the soaring temperatures in the S...
29-06-2017 21:59

Sonoma Plaza Stroll

One of my favorite things to do when visitors come to town is take them on a stroll around the Sonoma Plaza, it?s always a good time and no one is eve...
27-06-2017 21:59

Layering Rugs Under Beds

A question from Mary showed up as a comment on my master bedroom today. Mary asked, ?Is the bed a king or a queen" And then, what size is the rug"” ...
22-06-2017 22:00

Vertical Garden Supports

I?m in the middle of constructing a garden trellis for my courtyard, one to support climbing vines up a wall. I plan to incorporate a geometric design...
19-06-2017 22:02

Closed Cabinets v. Open Shelving, Revisited

In a recent article on controversial kitchen choices at Apartment Therapy, a reader quiz revealed a 2/3 to 1/3 split on open shelving, most readers pr...
12-06-2017 21:57

Stack Bond Tile

Up in the studio above my garage there is a little kitchen and I was looking at it this week thinking it?s time for a few upgrades in that space. I pa...
08-06-2017 21:53

Catching The Wave

Hello and welcome summer! Mine will be filled with a lot of empty days and some road trips too. I’ve enrolled my children in a few summer camps to k...
06-06-2017 21:59

Consoles & Round Mirrors

I?m helping some new clients decorate their home. It?s a new marriage for both and they?re starting from scratch with new furniture as part of a fresh...
31-05-2017 21:57

Flip House Progress: New Windows

It?s hard to say with a straight face ?new windows are sexy? but you know what is" Major savings, extra money in your pocket, the dough you save on yo...
25-05-2017 22:01

Scandinavia Highlights

Hello friends! As you know I love love LOVE to travel, and a few weeks ago returned from a 12 day trip to Scandinavia. That region had been on my buck...
23-05-2017 22:00

Fave ORC Spaces

It was such an honor and a pleasure being one of the featured designers in the most recent One Room Challenge. I?ll admit, it was a lot of work but it...
18-05-2017 21:58

Trending: Metallic Base Seating

I added chrome base club chairs to my master bedroom because the combination of navy fabric and shiny metal appealed to me. Counter stools are availab...
16-05-2017 22:02

Master Bedroom Makeover

Designing a space from scratch is always a challenge, if it?s for a client the final look must meet their needs and expectations and when you finish y...
10-05-2017 22:02

New Fabric: Reverie

I haven?t featured a fabric of the month in a while since I?ve been busy with other things but I?m back to designing some new prints for summer and I ...
08-05-2017 22:06

One Room Challenge: The Window Treatments

It?s Week Five and we?re down to the wire! This week I?m focusing on the little details that remain, hanging the art, installing the new chandelier, a...
03-05-2017 22:01

My Travel Essentials

Hello everyone! I arrived home from my 11 day trip to Scandinavia yesterday and spent the evening reconnecting with my family. I stayed up as late as ...
02-05-2017 22:01

One Room Challenge: Nightstands + Chairs

I?m still halfway around the world and today I’m taking a train from Norway to Sweden. It?s pretty crazy that I scheduled a trip in the middle of th...
27-04-2017 21:57

Mother’s Day Gifts Under $50

Hello friends! Today I?m wandering around Oslo with my traveling companion. She?s from Norway so it?s nice to have someone to show me around this week...
24-04-2017 21:58

I’ll Be at Haven!

Greetings all! I haven?t mentioned it here but I am today. I?ll be attending the Haven Conference in Atlanta in July this year, it?s been so long sinc...
21-04-2017 22:01

One Room Challenge: Fireplace Makeover

It’s Week Three people! We’re halfway through the One Room Challenge and you want to know something completely crazy" Right now I’m on an 11 day...
19-04-2017 21:55

Hiding Small Appliances

The kitchen cabinets for the flip house in Vegas will arrive in a few weeks. In addition to the main cabinetry that surrounds the big appliances (rang...
18-04-2017 21:53

One Room Challenge: The Flooring

It?s Week Two of the One Room Challenge and I?m here to report on the status of the floors upstairs. They?re done! Boom! I?m so excited about these ne...
12-04-2017 22:05

T-Shirt Memory Quilt

Happy Monday friends! Today is my stepdaughter?s 25th birthday, I?ve had the pleasure of having her in my life for over 20 years. It?s hard to believe...
11-04-2017 22:08

One Room Challenge: The Plan

Exciting news friends! I?ve agreed to take on a major room makeover as part of the now famous One Room Challenge. The room I?ll be tackling is my mast...
05-04-2017 21:51

DIY Cyanotype Diptych Art

Try saying that three times fast: cyanotype diptych cyanotype diptych cyanotype diptych. Kinda hard. But this art project sure wasn?t! My favorite kin...
04-04-2017 21:48

8 Ways to Style a Mantel with Art

My default decoration above a mantel is typically a shapely statement mirror, and I?ve hung one in my living room for some time. Over the years I?ve a...
31-03-2017 21:49

Trendspotting: Thin Frame Round Mirrors

The thin frame round mirror is the wall accent of the moment. It?s popping up everywhere in interiors, I even used one in a recent bathroom remodel an...
28-03-2017 22:07

Favorite Book Quotes"

It?s been a lazy spring break for us here. While many friends are out of town, some away on tropical vacations (I wish!) I?ve been sitting at home doi...
24-03-2017 21:49

Taupe Kitchen Cabinets

I placed the order for new kitchen cabinets at the flip house. I chose a pale taupe color for the lower cabinets and the kitchen island, and a soft wh...
22-03-2017 21:56

Renovation Mistakes & Design Nevers

The most recent update on the flip house revealed our flooring installer cut the edge of the flooring in the master bathroom too short. I had plans fo...
16-03-2017 21:57

Modern White Planters

Raise your hand if you?re over winter" Yep, me too. With the time change I?ve got a full case of spring fever, and this week my focus is on plants and...
14-03-2017 21:52

Benefits of Traveling Alone

For me, travel is the best form of education. I find I learn and grow so much when I place myself in environments outside the one I live in, the one t...
09-03-2017 21:53

Galley Kitchen Remodel

This is kitchen renovation #2 completed in partnership with the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), a local non-profit that services homeless people ...
07-03-2017 21:51

Wanderlust: Australian Home Tours

Greetings from Down Under! This week I?m hanging out with my two American cousins, they?re brother and sister and they have lived in (separate parts o...
27-02-2017 21:53

Blue Painted Bath Vanities

I?m looking at the pedestal in my powder room and considering swapping it out for a small vanity with storage. (I hate having the TP out in the open)....
23-02-2017 21:53

Sunroom Writing Desk

I bought my first investment house in Vegas a few years ago and I stay there whenever I visit. I’ve rented the home in the past but it’s vacant ri...
21-02-2017 21:50

Hall Bathroom Makeover

Today I?m excited to share the renovated hall bathroom at the flip house. This is a full bathroom in a single story home which was built in the mid 19...
16-02-2017 21:51

Blush Pink + Happy Galentine’s Day

I hadn?t heard of Galentine?s Day until this year (where have I been") but I love the idea! How cool to dedicate a day to celebrating the ladies in yo...
13-02-2017 22:05

New Favorite Etsy Shops

Greetings friends! The storms continue here, I?ve been hiding indoors just waiting for all this rain to stop. I?m over it and craving some sunshine! A...
10-02-2017 22:04

Wood Bathroom Vanities

I chose to use wood vanities and white quartz countertops in both bathrooms in the flip house in Vegas. I?m traveling there later this week to finish ...
07-02-2017 22:04

Colorful Table Lamps

Sad situation here. One of the two navy blue glass lamps I had up in my studio got knocked over and (insert sad emoji) shattered on the back side. I l...
02-02-2017 21:55

Modern Mountain Homes

I just returned from a trip to the mountains and wherever I go I?m always checking out the local architecture. We stayed in a little chalet that had r...
31-01-2017 21:56

Spotlight: Paneled Doors

With the exception of two sets of French doors, all of the interior doors in my house are like this basic builder grade style. I can?t complain about ...
25-01-2017 21:52

Greenery as Art

Hey everyone, thanks so much for the kind words on my last post. I?m so proud of that kitchen remodel! I stated I pulled out one upper cabinet to leav...
20-01-2017 21:49

Budget Kitchen Makeover

I?m so happy to be sharing this kitchen makeover today! Several months ago I toured this house before a crew came in to give it a makeover. This is an...
17-01-2017 21:51

Budget Sources for Area Rugs

It?s been three years since I rounded up my favorite sources for affordable rugs, so I thought it time to do another list. It?s hard for me to spend a...
11-01-2017 22:25

Family Room for Veterans

I?m so very happy to see this most recent project complete! Last week was the move in date for the COTS transitional home for veterans and I was delig...
10-01-2017 21:50

Marble Fireplace Makeover

When we purchased this investment property last year, one of the things I knew I wanted to change was the fireplace in the living room. It?s a focal p...
05-01-2017 21:49

Flip House Progress

January greetings and Happy New Year! The past ten days have been really great, I took a break from the blog and most of social media and that felt so...
03-01-2017 21:55

Season’s Greetings

Christmas and Hanukkah greetings! I love when both holidays occur at the same time, it feels extra special when they do. I hope you are feeling the lo...
25-12-2016 21:48

2017 Wall Calendars

It?s almost Christmas! There are still a few things to do around here to prepare for Santa?s arrival but we?re excited! I?m headed back to Las Vegas n...
22-12-2016 21:48

Trendspotting: Still Life Floral Wallpaper

Hello friends! What a crazy weekend it was with parties and events galore, I had to take Monday off just to chill and get my groove back :)  I?ve just...
20-12-2016 21:46

Welcome Home Holiday Porch

Weekend greetings! Today I?m joining in a welcome home tour and front porch feature hosted by Chris from Just A Girl. She invited several bloggers to ...
16-12-2016 21:48

Favorite Christmas Cookies

Hello all! This week has been crazy for me and I?m sure for you too! All that last minute rushing around to get ready for Christmas and a party this w...
16-12-2016 21:48

A Touch of Greenery

I wrote an article for Glidden on trending green paint colors and wouldn?t you know the very same day it was published, Pantone announced ?Greenery? a...
13-12-2016 21:49

Golden Glow with Modern Masters

Happy holiday weekend! I?ve been busily prepping for a gathering of friends coming over next weekend. Also picking up last minute gifts, you know the ...
11-12-2016 21:49

Games to Gift

Whenever I go to Vegas to hang out with my collection of cousins we always spend an evening around the dining room table at someone?s house drinking w...
09-12-2016 21:50

DIY Merry Sign + Holiday Porch with Lowes & Habitat for

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas! That?s what I got to say two weeks ago when Lowe?s asked me to cheer up a porch for a family that?s benefited from a new ho...
06-12-2016 21:55

Minimalist Greenery

I spent Friday tiling a backsplash for a kitchen at a transitional housing project for my local Committee on the Shelterless (COTS). Long time readers...
05-12-2016 21:52

Gifts for Guys Under $50

It?s time to give the guys some attention! I rounded up twelve great gifts to give this holiday season for the special men in your life, all under $50...
02-12-2016 21:51

Gifts for Her Under $50

Mid week greetings! I thought this week I?d share a few gift ideas, ?tis the season! I rounded up a few favorites for the gals all under $50 !   She?l...
30-11-2016 21:50

Cement Look Tile for Less

We began the install on the bathroom floor last week at the flip house in Vegas. I had been searching for a geometric pattern tile and found a great o...
29-11-2016 21:54

Simple & Natural No Stress Thanksgiving Tables

You?ve got your tablelcloth, chargers, dinner plates, napkins, and flatware for the big feast, but what about a centerpiece" If you?re hosting no doub...
23-11-2016 21:53

DIY Paper Leaf Garland

Before I left town for the Thanksgiving holiday I did a little decorating on the living room mantel. I feel extra crafty this time of year and last we...
21-11-2016 21:53

Velvet Sofas

I?m painting my master bedroom this week and changing the color on the walls to the palest gray just so I can hang my new velvet curtains. (The new pa...
17-11-2016 21:56

Favorite New Stockings

I?m feeling under the weather today, I?m fighting off that first sign of a cold so I?m taking it easy. Zicam + homemade soup + hot tea has worked for ...
15-11-2016 21:54

Alternatives to White Subway Tile

Well the sun came up today. Half the nation is upset, the other half is celebrating, we knew that would happen. My hope is for healing and a more unit...
10-11-2016 21:51

Saving Money in College

Hello everyone, today?s topic is slightly different than the usual around here. I mentioned yesterday that this month my stepdaughter is traveling in ...
08-11-2016 21:50

DIY: Fur Pom Pom Wreath

This season I?m into faux fur everything. Throw blankets, pillows, and today a DIY wreath! I made this fun and furry wreath with faux fur pom poms tha...
07-11-2016 21:59

Holiday Cards from Minted (Giveaway)

Greetings everyone! Now that November is here, it?s not too early to get started on your to-do list for the holidays, especially the ones that take a ...
03-11-2016 21:52

Smaller Doses of Black in the Kitchen

The holidays are here! Now that Halloween has passed, the topics all around the blog world will be dominated by holiday themed ideas. Get ready! I?m f...
01-11-2016 21:53

Etsy Sources: Mudcloth Pillows

Mudcloth fabrics have taken over the design world, they?ve been appearing everywhere this year but the textile is not new, it’s been around since th...
28-10-2016 21:59

Modern Looks for Leather Sofas

This morning, cup of coffee in hand, I disappeared down a rabbit hole of inspiration in search of images of leather sofas styled in modern ways. I got...
26-10-2016 21:54

DIY Dyed Fringe Pillows

I?m so sorry I missed a weekend link roundup for you all, I barely sat down this weekend, there were so many activities on my plate. I?ll be back to t...
24-10-2016 21:52

Dining Room Benches

Is there a more versatile piece of furniture than a bench" I think not. I added one to our dining room recently (see my last post) knowing if I ever w...
20-10-2016 21:54

Dining Room Changes

I made some changes to the dining room this month. This space has always been a mix of formal and casual, I dress it up for holiday dinners and dress ...
18-10-2016 21:57

Not to Miss in Munich

I was invited to an Oktoberfest party in town this weekend and I was reminded how much fun I had in Munich in July. I ended my brief European tour the...
13-10-2016 21:49

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