Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One Room Challenge Link Up Week 3 - Kitchen Remodel

Welcome to Week 3 of the One Room Challenge Link Up!

The kitchen remodel is buzzing along nicely!

If you missed the last post click here.

We've had the carrera marble countertops and the tile backsplash installed!

Note, we changed out the electric burners (see below before) for a sleek black cooktop.

We ran the tile up the inside of the kitchen window frame:

And this newly installed faucet is a little (aka BIG) jewel in the kitchen!

You can find a similar faucet here.

We've selected the cabinet paint color and we had the painter paint one to make sure it works.....


Still to do:

Paint Cabinets
Finalize Hardware
Install cooktop hood
Pick wall color
Install Lighting
Select counter stools

And off we go!

Check out the other Link Up participants on Calling it Home!

Finials- My favorite Finds

Hillary Thomas has some beautiful little gems (aka finials) for lamps on 


I'm a huge fan of her work and have used her finials in my master bedroom.

This sweet finial took a an inexpensive lamp from JC Penney to swoon worthy level!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Crushing on Coral

I'm still obsessed with coral these days.  
I've been using it a lot in my interior design and staging projects!

Crushing on coral

I recently staged this house that is for sale, and I added neutral furniture (black and white) with pops of bright coral color.

The above picture is the 'after' pic.  Here are a few shots of it before:

The bookcases were heavy with books and overwhelmed the space.

Sorry for the iphone pics.  I take photos of every room of a potential staging project so that I can remember how the space looks and feels.  I see so many homes, that it's a good way for me to keep track of the house.

The dining room got a little update as well.  Here it is before:

And here it is after:

We changed out the light fixture and added more pops of color with coral, yellow and a crazy zebra rug!  It lightened and brightened the space! And those coral chinoiserie panels are so fab!

Crushing on Coral!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Week 2 of Kitchen Remodel - One Room Challenge Link Up

Hi there!

Well it's been a busy week!  If you missed last week's post about the challenge of remodeling a kitchen in 6 weeks, click here for Week 1.

The kitchen started out like this:

And here it is today:

The overhead hanging cabinets have been removed, and the doors and drawers of the existing cabinets have all been replaced with shaker style fronts.  It's amazing how much more light and airy the kitchen feels without those hanging overhead cabinets!

Extra storage was needed in this tiny kitchen, so we had the cabinet maker create some more space:

Our plan is to have carrera marble countertops, white cabinets and a white tile backsplash like this:

The linoleum floor will also be replaced by hardwood flooring and I'm excited about the new lighting that will be installed.

I created this design board for my clients with some ideas about how it will all pull together:

Next week we hope to have the carrera and tile installed!  

Be sure to check out all the ORC Link Up participants at Calling it Home!

Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Friday Finds Under $50- Fresh Coral

Spring Coral Outfit

Friday Finds Under $50- Fresh Coral

This outfit all started when I snapped up the Havaianas (flip flops) from Urban Outfitters. I love coral and had to have them!

The earrings are only $14!  Can you believe it? And the beaded leather cuff -- so cute!  I've worn it with a white t-shirt and jeans and I feel so dressed up!

And of course, I love clothing that is drapey and non-clingy.  Target has some amazing skirts right now and the asymmetrical tee  from Urban Outfitters is one of my wardrobe staples!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

One Room Challenge! Linking it up!

Hi all,

I'm so enthused to be able to share that I am joining the One Room Challenge (ORC) as a linking participant.
Linda from Calling it Home created the ORC as a motivational and inspirational six week challenge to get one room designed and finished.  She's invited 20 bloggers, and then spread the love by allowing those of us who would like to link up to participate as well.

So, what is my One Room Challenge?

It's a client's kitchen, that we are going to endeavor to modernize without changing it's footprint.

Here it is before:

What's our goal?

Here's our inspiration:

Traditional Kitchen by Minneapolis Architects & Designers Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd

We're planning on removing the overhead hanging cabinets, painting and refacing the existing cabinetry, replacing the formica with carrera marble slabs, adding a backsplash, new lighting, upgrading appliances, eliminating the vinyl flooring and replacing with hardwood....and creating overall pizazz!

All within a moderate budget!  

Stay tuned for next week!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Tray of the Day

If you've check out my portfolio section, you'll see that that this beautiful room was designed by my friend Kelly Scanlon of Kelly Scanlon Designs (I did the accessories styling).  She has a great eye for design and we often collaborate together when she needs some zhushing done for her photo shoots.

Presenting.......The Tray of the Day!

The tray is from West Elm along with the Waterscape Vases that are reminiscent of beach glass.  Love! 

The brass sea urchin is no longer available at West Elm, but this little sphere would do the trick:

The books are vintage (thanks mom and dad!) and the little fern is faux.

Here's a shot of the room.

And just to show you the 'behind the scenes'........

The photographer in action...

And Kelly Scanlon, the designer.

 It was a long day!