Sunday, November 25, 2018

Christmas Decor 2018

hey, guys!

Long time no post.

I don't know what came over me, but I felt inspired to post a "tour of homes" for my Christmas holiday decor this year. I haven't posted many photos of my little fixer upper here in Atlanta (I still need to write about all of the renovations that have happened), but this year my decor feels especially cozy, so I figured I might as well. I won't lie - it took me a while to dust off my photo skills (mainly having to download new software for the program that I transfer photos from, find cords, edit, etc) because I never use my nice camera anymore. It's crazy how easy it is to use our iPhones to capture everything now, and even edit them in a split second. Honestly, I prefer it, and I'm not really sure dragging out my Canon really made that much of a difference, but here we go.

This is the view peering in from my dining room. I did real garland (from Lowe's - everyone keeps asking!) around the arch and a mistletoe ball hangs from the top of the arch. I tied a black and white ribbon around the base of the ball.

 The tree! She's colorful. I can't help it. I always think maybe I'll do a more simple, neutral tree, but I never do. I am a color lover.

My mantel. The stockings and stocking holders are from west elm, and I just did a very simple (obviously faux - I got tired of hanging real garland at this point, haha. I generally do real here.)

I LOVE my vintage (mixed with new) houses and bottle trees. I have been collecting vintage Christmas decor for years. I tied the black and white plaid ribbon on the ends here, too. 

I may add gold balls to the garland, we'll see.

These mini vintage reindeer are one of my favorite possessions I've ever owned! You may remember them from my studio windows about 5 years ago? They're so cute.

View from the living room. I am now kicking myself for not clearing off my coat rack a little more for the photo, but oh well. 

View from living room into the dining area. I filled my dough bowl with ornaments (I have SO many vintage glass ornaments) and then did 2 simple modern black taper candles on either end.

bar/record area. Excuse the cords - a necessary evil here!

The kitchen. The only Christmas decor here is the Santa (and ho ho ho board - I'm really bad at keeping that thing up to date, and kind of lazy with it, haha) and the garland over the kitchen sink. I did get out my old red rug and lay it out for the winter since it covers more ground, and I am really loving it!

I added lights onto the garland this year, and bows on either end. It's so cheery!

 View from dining area to the back door (the area to the right is my office). 

Bedroom! I can't remember if I blogged about it, but I painted that design on the headboard wall in the bedroom. I added a little white tree, a "merry christmas" garland onto the window, and some glittery tinsel garland to the antlers of my white elk. This part may be too cheesy - I haven't decided. haha. Knowing myself, I probably will leave it.

he's festive.

 This rose gold metal garland is from Target a few years ago.

This little white tree is SO OLD. I probably have had it about ten years, for real. Holding on for dear life, but still cute as can be.

and hey look, it's me (and my dirty mirror)! haha. Very cool face I am making. This is the hallway, which I also hand painted.

I hope you enjoyed the "tour"... merry christmas everyone!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Atlanta Magazine HOME Spring 2018

Hi everyone!

 I just wanted to pop in and show you guys that one of my projects has been published in  Atlanta Magazine's HOME Spring 2018 edition.


My clients, Andy and Mitch, have a beautiful, cool, hip modern-with-traditional-elements kitchen that I am so proud of. We worked really hard to create a unique and special kitchen, and I feel like this captures it perfectly. This kitchen was a new-build, but we did lots of custom and "off the shelf" items mixed together, to get a fresh look that I think is pretty unique to the Atlanta design scene. 

Anyway, it's always so much fun to see your work in print and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Thanks to Lisa Mowry for the great write up! I will blog about this kitchen soon, because I have a lot to say about the design process and I just realized I haven't written about it!

Happy weekend, everyone.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Restful Master Bedroom

Hi! I just wrapped up a master bedroom install yesterday, and even though I don't have professional photos of it, I couldn't wait to share some that I took with my iPhone.  

These clients are so easy and sweet to work with. We have decorated their living room and kitchen, as well as guest room. When they contacted me to do their master bedroom last year, I was so excited. They are very well-travelled, and enjoy pieces with a story that remind them of their travels. That was almost the only directive that they had - restful, adult, stylish and perhaps bring in a few pieces that represent them as a couple. 

Their house was new when they bought it a few years ago, and the walls were Benjamin Moore's "Sea Salt." It's a beautiful color that they weren't opposed to keeping, but of course I wanted to mix it up a bit!

Here's the before shot:

blanket hanging down for dramatic effect. :)

As you can see, there are sconces on the side walls. We'd done Roman shades when they first moved in, with the knowledge that they needed to be neutral and fit with a future decor scheme. You can kind of see above that the bed was existing. I believe it was made by my client's grandfather, so it was a special piece they wanted to keep. As you'll see, we added a new headboard. 

They also had this dresser that was a family piece with meaning (and it's always nice to just reuse what you already have!):

And here are some "after" shots!

As you can see, we kept the bed base, but added new brass hardware and a pretty upholstered headboard. We have new nightstands and lamps, as well as bedding and art. I wanted the bed to be pretty but comfortable-- not stuffy. We did a jute rug with a layered antique oriental rug on top (probably 90% of my clients will tell you I make this suggestion for their rooms, but it is always A) so gorgeous, and B) pretty cost effective as well as stain friendly!)

very simple bedside accessories

I don't like a lot of items on nightstands, and they both had a stack of books that need to be able to hang out somewhere. This is real life!

Opposite the bed is this gorgeous dresser and antique botanical chart that we had framed. I found this piece on Etsy, and we had it framed in a sort of shadow box look. It's HUGE. I love the juxtaposition of the modern frame and white mat mixed with the antique botanical. Somehow I managed to NOT get a pic of this yesterday as the final "after" shot, but it has two beautiful lamps on either side of it now.

See the lamp, below? There are 2. Also, hi, there is me. They needed a dressing mirror, and this pretty white framed one in the corner was perfect. 

In the same way I don't like a lot of clutter on nightstands, I don't like a lot of clutter on dressers. I did a simple bit of greenery, a frame and a candle. A nice bronze mirrored tray holds it all. The rest of the dresser can be left to hold things that dressers hold!

As I mentioned before, the roman shades were custom made (They're a few shades lighter than the wall color) and we added store-bought curtains to them to soften the windows. 

The Indian kantha throw was a wonderful textural element we found and added to the simple hotel style bedding (again - I'm a broken record with the hotel style bedding, I love it).

The woven basket mounted over the bed was a piece I found from Africa. I LOVE IT. It's lightweight and brings so much interest to the room. 

bedside accessories. I love this little salmon dish that picks up the color in the rug

On the right, you can see the dresser we repurposed, completely made over! I really love the new hardware we added and we painted it a shade that is a few shades lighter than the walls. Isn't it nice?

a great family photo was framed with a simple store-bought frame and mat

I added a fern and some cooking books, and there you have it. Kidding! Cook books will eventually be replaced with other books (I gave them a mission to find some cool art books to go there). Also, this is when I go ahead and tell you that ferns are the new succulents -- you heard it here first. ;)

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing this project! It was so fun to work on, and I feel like it truly represents my design aesthetic: approachable; modern-meets-traditional; with some global touches throughout. 

Monday, October 2, 2017



I just wanted to check in and write about some of what I've been up to lately. My days fly by, full of all kinds of design problems to be attacked, and I realize that I never blog about anything I am doing. I know a lot of you follow me on Instagram (, but I do miss writing here, too. Do I say that every time? Whoops.

Anyway. A little of what's been on my radar lately...

I have been working on a playroom redecorating project that has been so much fun. It's always nice when a client lets your true (crazy) colors fly. This is how it started:

The rules were simple. 

-A couch

-Homework area

-Gymnastics practice area


... and that's really it. So, I pulled together a bunch of inspiration and here is where we are now:

pretty fun, no? We still have a little bit to do, but we are probably 85% there and I'm loving where it's at. I striped the walls with huge horizontal stripes, except on the wall with an angle where the stripes are vertical. They get broken up in the little daybed area...

We had a custom desk built for homework time. It's not quite done, but looking great so far. It'll have a custom bulletin board over it, running the length of the desk, too. You can see here the vertical stripes! (we need to switch out bulbs in the new fixtures, too...)

Last Friday I delivered the window shades that we had made, and the photo grid gallery wall.

It was really hard to get a pic of this area, but we had a new cover for the bench seat made as well as that roman shade. It's a teal blue that matches the end tables - hard to tell because this photo is so backlit. I had the hardest time photographing it!

here's a picture of the other (smaller) window's shade:

These are Ribba frames from Ikea, and I had simple 12 by 12 prints made at Walmart (for only $6 each!) to put in them. My client sent me some family photos and I edited them to make the colors more fun and crazy to go with the room.

Such a fun project, I can't wait to do more. 

When I picked up the shades from my work room, I also picked up this beautiful pillow that I had made for another client:

I love the floral here (usually I'm not a floral person, but this is so painterly and the colors are killer. Plus that weird mustard-green hybrid color is my favorite color of fall 2017...) and the butterfly flange detail I had them do on the edging. 

love it. 

At that same client's house, I hung this gallery wall a little while back, and need to find some cute prints to go inside the gold Target frames in her office. 

She used to be a big runner, so we had these metals framed which I think are a fun mix to the usual rectangle or squared off photo frame. Please ignore the exercise equipment, we are trying to get rid of that. Anyone want a half-broken stair climber?

I'm also working on a loft project over in Castleberry Hill. My client is renovating it himself, because he is a builder and I'm basically just doing consulting work with him. I've been telling him which colors to use, finishes to select, etc. He loves everything-wood, so basically my job is just telling him to use a different material than wood. ;) haha! Kidding...kind of.

He has this cool loft space, and I recommended the paint colors. Isn't it crazy the difference paint can make? 


and now:

so much more modern, huh?

Another little something I worked on last week was color selection for these modern homes in Old Fourth Ward. 

I was REALLY wanting to make hunter green (or some kind of green) work on this house, but it just wasn't right with the gray stained wood that we had already selected. So, we went with a dark blue-gray that's really pretty, instead. 

samples, samples, samples. 

last but not least, I have addressed a couple of problems in my own house. For some godforsaken reason (only slightly dramatic) I told my contractor I would patch, sand and paint the holes in my kitchen and dining room ceiling from him moving/installing can lights. I thought I would save a buck and it was one of the few things I could DIY with those renos. Why oh why did I not do it when there was already dust everywhere? I kicked up a nice pretty layer of snow all over my house last week. 

excellent idea!

Oh well, it's done now, and I re-cleaned the house. Lesson learned... just let the pros do it when they're doing everything else. I probably barely saved any money on that, anyway. haha. 

My contractor did look at me like I was crazy when I told him I'd just do it myself. But not as crazy as when he saw the pink door. Anyway.

Another project I'm happy about (which I did this evening) was organize my refrigerator door. It's the little things, guys.

do you guys follow The Home Edit on Instagram? It's amazing and I love them. It's taking a lot of self control not to write the category of each food item on the little stall door in front of them. In fact, if I can find a white paint pen... 

;) My mom is queen of all things organized, so sometimes it comes out in me. Not as often as it should.

This weekend, I also got some pumpkins at the Atlanta State Farmer's Market. They had such a great selection! I kind of did some Halloween decorating as well, but full-disclaimer I'll probably be way tired of looking at it by Halloween. Haha.


Anyway, hope everyone had a decent Monday. It was a very sad day for our country, and my heart has been heavy all day thinking of all of the people who are grieving today. Prayers, love and light to everyone out there.