home decor for the holidays ::

if you’ve stopped by my blog before, you may have noticed that i LOVE the holidays!  i love having family and friends visit to share time and make memories in hopes that i’m creating a rich legacy for them.  so when you mix my love of the holidays with my passion for design, it’s no surprise that i look high and low for great inspirational ideas this time of year!  so if you too love all things holiday and design … read on!

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the first impression your guests will make will happen before they even reach your front door!  greet them with a darling message written on pumpkins, of course!  {image above from bhg.com}

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or perhaps a classy monogram carved on pumpkins is the look you like! {image from bhg.com}

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paint some cute little bats on pumpkins and hang them from the flower basket holders that no longer support blooms!  {another image via bhg.com}

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who doesn’t have an empty glass vase sitting around the house?  why not fill it with birdseed and display with pumpkins … you’ll make some feathered friends too!  {yep, it’s a bhg.com image}

once your family and friends have crossed the threshold, what will they find inside?  how about a lovely table?

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{this spooky table image above via marthastewart.com}

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{image above via goodhousekeeping.com}

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{this scary tablescape above found on delish.com}

all it takes is a bit of imagination, some items found around the house, farmer’s market, or craft store, and a desire to make lasting memories!  happy autumn!

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from dream to reality ::

i feel so blessed to have found a niche in interior design working with families to create living spaces that are both functional and stylish.  while some of my work revolves around new construction and remodels, much of the design work i do is focused on smaller projects – simply sending my clients down the right path to the design that is best suited to them to update their kitchen, living room, or another space in their home.  my husband, however, has found a completely different niche in the home building industry.  while his company designs and constructs homes of all sizes, some could easily be classified as “dream homes”, and I wanted to showcase one of his recently completed projects today!

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… and a “magazine worthy” wine cellar!

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{home by L & L Custom Builders; photos by yours truly}

so no matter the size of your space, take the steps you can to make it your own, and create an enjoyable home for your family and friends … and a legacy of memories in that home!

interior design … let’s get started ::

each day, i have friends and clients tell me how they would like to refresh the design of their home, but just don’t know where to begin!  it can be too overwhelming … so it never gets done!  i agree, design can be overwhelming – until you have the right tools and plan in place.  so where to begin?  the best place to kickstart the redesign of any home is with a design board and room layout!  this design board and room layout helped one of my clients start on her way to a beautifully redesigned master suite!

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1. pier1;  2. sherwin-williams;  3. home decorators collection;  4.  home decorators collection;  5. pottery barn;                6. ballard designs;  7. pottery barn;  8. west elm;  9. ballard designs;  10. west elm;  11. pottery barn

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with these tools in hand, you’re ready to tackle any home design project!  need a push in the right direction?  leave me a comment!  i currently have a waiting list for local interior design consultations, but have room in my schedule for one e-design client.  contact me for details!

table tips for fall ::

with shades of red and gold covering the lawn and fall parties filling the calendar, this weekend was the perfect time to design a fresh tablescape for the season!  my goal this year was to use items from around the house, and i’d say it was a success!  for those of you would like to design your own centerpiece but don’t know where to start, this post is for you!

the first step is to select a beautiful tray to use as your base – metal, glass, and wood all work.  i happened to have this gorgeous antique edge mirrored tray that was begging to be in the spotlight!  be sure to place furniture pads on the bottom of your tray to avoid scratching the table.

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the next step was to gather glass pieces from around the house.  be sure to search your attic or basement – you’ll be amazed at what you may have forgotten about!

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use a variety of heights and sizes for an eclectic display.  i love to add a bit of shine to my table as well – gold accents were just the answer!

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now it’s time to add the candles – use the same color for a sophisticated look!

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then an antique beautifully covered book and organic shaped accessory – one exception to my “not new” rule, i scored this golden metal orb at a local decor shop last week!

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next a few more accents to remind guests of the holiday at hand.  i plan to change these through the holidays so this tablescape will greet guests for thanksgiving and christmas as well!

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… and it’s finished!

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don’t wait until your company is standing on your front porch to make your table the focal point of your fall party.  use this guide to arrange a beautiful tablescape today!

a new life for an old frame ::

my close friends and clients know how much i love a great do-it-yourself {better known as “d.i.y.”} project, and often have one … ok, maybe five … going at all times in my studio!  today i wanted to share with you this wonderful d.i.y. project that is full of impact and character.  the best part?  anyone can do this!

so here’s how it all began!  this beautiful 38″ square frame found for only $25 at goodwill!

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first, i had to remove the paper backing, glass, mat board, and existing print.  have your tool box handy because you’ll need it!

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these next few steps take a bit of muscle, but are so necessary to ensure a professionally finished look in the end!  i took a fine/medium grit sand paper and sanded the surface of this frame to remove some of the gold finish and create a surface to which primer would adhere.  i was so lucky to find a beautiful solid wood frame underneath all of the gold!

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once the frame was completely sanded {and cleaned with a damp cloth} the primer was ready to go!  since i knew that i was painting the frame a dark color, i applied a tinted primer … two coats, of course!

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next came the deep espresso paint {since it was a dark color, i applied three coats}, and the finish gloss coat!  once those were complete, i took a gorgeous piece of slate blue textured fabric that my client and i selected, cut it to size and wrapped the original mat board with the fabric.

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…. and the finished art!  i absolutely love how a cast away frame was refreshed into a focal point for my client’s powder bathroom!

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check back soon for “before & after” photos of the powder bathroom that was inspired by this beautiful d.i.y. fabric art!