Thursday, April 24, 2014

Box Beauty - The perfect gift for Mother's Day

Aren't these just lovely?

Box Beauty

I came across these absolutely gorgeous agate boxes on One Kings Lane, and I think they are so sweet!

They'd be a perfect gift for Mother's Day, a sweet graduation gift, or a beautiful accent on a coffee table!

Click here to see the sale.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One Room Challenge Link Up - Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of the One Room Challenge, created by Linda from Calling it Home.  She's challenged talented designers and invited those of us in the blogosphere to create a room transformation in just 6 weeks.  

I am working with a client on a kitchen renovation.  The renovation is taking place within the original footprint of the kitchen and we are working with a moderate budget.

Click on these links to catch up if you've missed the last 3 weeks.

This week we focused on finding counterstools, finalizing paint colors for the cabinets and the walls, confirming hardware, lighting and refinishing the floors!

We ended up going with these super affordable counter stools from EZMOD.

(via the EZMOD website)

And BTW, EZMOD has excellent customer service!  One of the bases arrived damaged and they sent a new one, lickety split!

The options for the stain on the hardwood floors were presented:

A sneak peak of the painted cabinets:
(blue tape is being used to open them since the hardware is not here yet!)

And just to recap, this is the kitchen before:

And this is one of our inspiration photos:

We're getting there!

Tune in next week!

Check out the other participants here.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Vintage Cerulean Lamps

Cerulean means 'resembling the blue of the sky'.

I just love the look of a vintage lamp next to a bed and these days I've been drawn to the color blue.

I came across the most beautiful lamp recently at Leftovers SF 
(one of my FAVORITE places to shop!) 
and had to have it.  

I put it in my sons room. (I styled his bedside table for the purposes of this photo).

But here it is in real life.

I did a quick search online and found a few fun lamps with the same vibe.

I'll be posting about more things that I've purchased recently for clients from Leftovers -- including a silk hand knotted rug from a house built and interior designed by Frank Lloyd Wright!  The rug was the deal of the century!  Stay tuned!

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!