Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Wow, it's been a while. Two months, almost. I wanted to check in and show you guys some progress on some recent projects that are finally starting to take shape. I am currently working on a few interior decorating projects, a few new-build design projects and one TV show. Life is busy and good. 

Last we left off, I was talking about this built in bench that I had made for a client. 

We got the cushion in, and how it's all finished. I love how it came out.

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It matches the fabric in the front living room, which is just across the house. I will share some photos of the furniture too, which is all coming in and looking great. I'm really happy with how this living/dining/kitchen is looking. My clients have great taste, which makes me look good :) 

Like I mentioned before, I'm working on a few new builds too. 

We had this cute bungalow that we are renovating (from the studs) painted white with black accents and I love it and want to move in.

Here is the before picture to jog your memory:

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And here is a little peek of what it looks like now (not finished, obviously)

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The ceiling will be stained, as well as the front door. I love the white paint on all of the moldings and brick. It tones down all the texture, and modernizes it. The old moldings are still there, but not as prevalent as before. I'm really into black and white right now, and as you can see, I did the sashes/trim black, along with the vent detail on the top of the gable. The black paint on that was only supposed to be on the horizontal vent pieces, not the outer trim - that will be fixed later. We also selected black drains, which almost acts like a frame for the house. I selected cute black modern farmhouse lights for either side of the front door. 

On the interior, things are coming along really beautifully too. Like I said - I want this house.

Here's a peek at office:

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do those doors look familiar? I have the same ones in my house, also in a dark, almost black. The board and batten wall is a favorite, and is echoed in a couple of other places in the house.

The guest bathroom:

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And the master bathroom:

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I kinda go nuts over that black penny tile. 

The plumbing fixtures are brushed brass throughout the house...ahhhh. This makes me happy. 

I can't wait to share the final photos of this house, as its one of my favorites of all time, and I've had a carte blanche on every finish selection (So naturally I love it, haha). 

As for a couple of the other new-builds I've been working on, here's one of my favorite photos of the prairie modern that is set to close in a couple of weeks:

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That's a reclaimed wood accent wall that is in the living room, next to the kitchen. I love the color we chose for the kitchen cabinets. So unique. I can't wait to see the light fixtures go into this house - they are some stunners. Specifically a really cool sputnik chandelier that's hanging in the foyer. Will share when they install!

The other modern house I'm working on is a true modern, and here are a couple of photos from it:

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applying the stain to the hardwoods yesterday. 

As you can see, this house has a little bit of a black and white theme too (this might be my calling card of 2015?), with the black doors and white walls. The kitchen cabinets are black, too, with white vertically stacked subway tile, and killer wooden open shelving. 

There are a couple of bathrooms I'm really excited to see come together, as well. 

Here's the tile in the master:

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I love it.

We have a beautiful handmade wooden cabinet being installed that will be the perfect warmth needed to accompany all the black. Sexy!!

There's a guest powder bath downstairs that is also going to be moody and a little dark (dark cement gray walls, really raw beautiful countertop, black vessel sink and some killer lights), too.

My friend Mark has made these really cool pendants that will hang in the corner over the sink. This bathroom is going to be so cool.

Check out the lights (before they are darkened to black - so this is just the raw steel)

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There are two, and one hangs about 10" lower than the other one. And like I said, they'll be completely black when they're finished. I can't wait to see them installed. 

Besides design work, I have also done a little bit of painting. 

I did this American flag painting for my designers that design condo buildings. I busted 3 big paintings out in one weekend. It was kind of fun to get back into my painting clothes and sling some paint.

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and, an abstract.

Jennifer (Designer) sent me a pic of them framed and installed. 

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And, on the non-work-side of things, I did this map for my brother's wedding in Virginia a couple of weeks ago:

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It was fun. 

And also: update on my tree...

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it's dead.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Light & Airy Design

Lately, my design work has involved a lot of light, white and airy. Not sure why, it just has.

I'm working on a modern new-build, and we are selecting all plumbing, electrical, tile, flooring and cabinetry (and later, furniture). We've selected all the plumbing and plumbing fixtures, and are almost done selecting electrical. The cabinetry is going to be really special. I am most excited about it, because I personally spent a lot of time toiling over the design and the look. I told my client, that in a modern home, I feel like the finishes and designs of cabinetry (and all surfaces) is really important, because in general everything is very simple. So, the pieces that do exist in the space have to speak volumes, to make up for the lack of.. well, anything. Does that make sense? 

We're doing some really cool cabinet designs, and I really can't wait to see them come to life. If all goes according to plan, we will be using some special woods and really nice light fixtures to create MOOD. I can't wait! 

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I spent a little time the other day picking out tile. I went a few places and took this photo at Floor & Decor. This small tile was not one that I selected for this house in particular, but I do love it. (though the uneven grout lines drive me nuts in this area, haha)

They actually have lots of fun "vintage" looking tile that I think will be really usable in a couple of other houses I'll be designing soon. I'll need tile for a new show I'm working on, along with another renovation that I'm working on. 

This is a house that I am helping select finishes for. We are in the middle of selecting exterior colors and I am PUMPED about it. It's going to be so much fun, and so my style - I will want to live here, too. How cute is the brick and dental molding at the top? 

Remember the photos of the bench and the table that I showed you guys the other day? For one of my decor clients?

Here was my initial sketch: 

Well, we had the bench installed and the table delivered, and I am loving how this place is coming along.

Here is our bench before it got sprayed white and installed:

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and here it is now:

I love it! We had it custom made. It's about 8' long, and we designed it so that shoes can go in the middle. We had to have the air filter incorporated into the design, hence the shoe shelf in the middle. 

We did deep drawers on either side, so that my clients can walk in the door, throw shoes, bags, dog leash, etc into the drawers. We are currently having a bench cushion made to go on top, and I can't wait to see it installed, too. It's a pattern, and the fabric is absolutely perfect in this space. As you can see above at the top of the photo, we did custom white roman shades in these windows (so that we would have flexibility elsewhere) so it will be fun to see some pattern in the room. 

We also had the custom dining table delivered, and it's beautiful. The thing that I was most worried about with this table was the stain color. The color of the doors and window sashes are a sort of greenish/grayish/putty color, and the walls are a pale pale sea blue-green. They're both really beautiful colors, but very distinct, and I didn't want the stain color to be too blue of a gray. It needed to teeter more on the green side of things. Mike at Woodology is so good about working with me on things like this, and he created a few samples for us to choose from. We got lucky the first time, and one of his stain colors was dead-on. It looks beautiful in the space and we are so pleased!

we also recently got these cute metal chairs. I think the end chairs will be upholstered Parson's chairs but we are working on that now. We also have a large seagrass rug coming in.

see how unique the stain is? I love it. Bonus is that since this table is already distressed, it can't really be messed up by kids or animals or rowdy adults ;)

alright, back to work! Spending a lot of time at the computer these days, so it's nice to get off track for a few minutes every now and then but I need to return. I'll leave you with this nice picture of my shark tooth collection from our St Augustine vacation this summer...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Life Lately

Wow, it's been a while. As usual, life and work has been busy, and I found no time for blogging. I worked as a designer on another show this summer (this time for DIY Network), and I think that was the start of my non-blogging period. 

Anyway, I have been doing a lot of design work this summer (primarily design and less painting), and enjoying it. This has been a big transitional year for me, work-wise, and I am enjoying it a lot. 

I thought I'd share some photos of my designey life, as of late.

My clientele right now is pretty diverse, but most of them are city people, that live close to me. I enjoy that they want to create homes focused on art, modern living and unique design! Right up my alley. I have quite a few new-build projects happening (meaning, I'm selecting finishes and designing cabinetry, etc), as well as a few decorating gigs.

For one of the decorating projects, we are have a few big pieces delivered/installed today, that I am so excited about!

We had this table made by Woodology. Mike and Colin have built several things for me in the past, and are great guys and so easy and professional to work with. 

They constructed this gorgeous farm table for my clients:

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the stain finish was a custom stain Mike mixed -- I love it. My clients' home currently has pale, pale sea-blue walls and a grayish/greenish putty colored trim that it will be beautiful with. 

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We have some metal chairs that are ready to sit at the table, and I think we will do some sort of patterned upholstered chairs at the ends of the table. I'm so excited to see this all come together. 

We also commissioned a custom built in bench (built by Casey at Beautiful Renovations) for under the window at the back door. This will serve as a place to throw shoes into, along with other things like a dog leash, balls, etc. 

This is before it had been painted ( I can't wait to see it painted white!)

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It will also have a cushion that sits on top, made of this fabric:

For the island, we have these really fun stools on order:

I am happy to see all these elements coming together!

Back at home, over this past weekend, I did a little home maintenance work. I repainted all of our trim in our downstairs (well, just the tops of the trim, where they've been kicked, chewed on, etc) and touched up the walls. It looks soooo much better now!

I also moved my newest fiddle leaf fig into a larger container, as suggested by some friends. I'm trying to keep this third one alive. Cross your fingers! Have any of you had good luck? The one that I have upstairs has been happy for a couple of years now,but my downstairs ones apparently don't like me. 

apparently this one was root-bound, though, and had no more room to go. So, I freed her up with a larger (MUCH larger) pot.


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grow, plant grow. Or, just don't die.

I found the cutest little papered soaps at TJ Maxx recently:

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and am enjoying the arrangement on my downstairs kitchen shelves, as of late:

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simple and clean.

And, I did squeeze in a painting last week. This was a big watercolor of a bowlers hat:

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it was about 36" wide, so pretty big. They wanted the specific colors, and also instructed not to have too many defined edges - more bleeded and drippy. I was happy with how it came out! It is going to live in a spec condo. 

Alright, off to do some work. Thanks for sticking with me, even during my periods of non-blogging!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Collaborative Work With Abode

So, as I've mentioned before, I did some collaborative work with abode. Christopher, the builder/architect behind abode, is the builder of our house, and a few other houses in the neighborhood. (We live in Reynoldstown, in Atlanta) Christopher is in the process of building a small development of 12 houses and hired me to select a finish package for the houses. Essentially, the homeowners could choose from three finish packages - one that Christopher did (modern), one his wife did (more transitional/farmhouse) and one that I did (whatever you classify my style as ;)

The houses are going up, and I recently got to tour the ones that my finishes are in. I LOVE how they look. Here are some photos:

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this is an upstairs bathroom. I really love the black penny tile!

Also, yes, that's a gold doorknob. Love.

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cutest little bathroom:

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Christopher had to take down some trees on the property to build the houses. He is very resourceful and into using items taken or removed from the properties and turning them into something useful inside the home. He had the trees milled into wooden countertops and long planks to make accent walls. I love it. See the live edge counter top here? From the tree! So cool.


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All finishes I selected. I love the mixed metal finishes - gold and silver. So pretty. 

powder bathroom. With more wood from the sourced trees...

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same bathroom:

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!!!!!!!!! i love.

Isn't it amazing? Always so exciting to see a moodboard come to life.

Here is the bathroom one I made months ago:

And the kitchen one:

Friday, May 29, 2015

Life Lately

Hey y'all!

I'm headed over to ADAC to finish up my vignette for the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival's Rathbuns' Watchlist event tomorrow. It's going to be so much fun! It's been fun transforming my space... I can't wait to share pics! I have painted the back walls in the craziest pattern...

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hot dog and mustard pattern. Haha. It's not super-noticeable unless you look closely. My chef is preparing a "franks n beans" dish, so I went with it (the sauce is some kind of mustard sauce). So far, it's a hit. Now to finish off the rest of the space! I am very close, but just need a couple more key pieces, and to hang the art. Tomorrow, we eat and drink. I can't wait!

here are a couple of other photos from the event I snapped this week:

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laying out some artwork that I will be taking over today. I probably won't use much of it, but I need options :) 

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these pretty little pots will be on my shelves...I love them and would like some for my own house :) 

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Lastly, I'm using this painting by Lindsey Cowles in my space as well. I LOVE it. I'm sure you're not surprised. I borrowed it from Bradley

Besides working on this (which has taken most of my week this week), I have been doing a thousand other things too. Painting, designing, etc. I wake up, get coffee and get on my computer to start working, wait til 9 so I can start calling people, make calls, then go work, then come home, eat dinner while working, play on my phone or watch tv for an hour or so, and then go to sleep. Haha. But it's ok! I love staying busy, and love doing what I do. So I won't apologize for not blogging, even though I do feel guilty!

I also don't know if I've mentioned it here, but I will be starting another TV show next week. It's going to be called Super Great Rooms, and Chip Wade is the host again (like Elbow Room). It should be fun! We have already begun planning, and I think it's going to be such a fun design exercise (and maybe some painting thrown in there too!) It's only 6 weeks this time, so not as crazy. 

Have a great weekend!