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My Project on the Cover of Traditional Home!

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I am so happy to share some exciting news with you: My project is featured on the cover of the April issue of Traditional Home that hits newsstands and mailboxes across America this week! It’s such an honor and I am so thankful to Ann Maine, Krissa Rossbund and the entire Traditional Home team, especially because they also gave the project 10 pages inside!

It really means so much to me to have the cover on this issue, since it’s one of the last to have the stamp of Ann Maine, who is retiring as editor in chief of Traditional Home. She has been such a mentor and huge influence on me, and I wish her well as she moves into a new chapter of her life!

In the coming weeks, I’ll bring you more inside looks at this luxe farmhouse project, including before-and-afters! If you see the article, let me know what you think. It’s definitely one of my faves!







My New Column in Traditional Home!

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I’m SO excited to announce that I’m the newest columnist for Traditional Home magazine! In my column, Transformation, I’m going to give you an inside look into the renovation of my own home and its amazing transformation from dark and dated to fresh and fabulous!

In the current issue of Traditional Home, I’m giving you my best tips for planning a renovation by showing you the changes that were important for my dysfunctional project. And at I give my thoughts on whether you should move out of your home during a remodel like I did. We talk about budget and layout and I even show you the pretty things that inspired my project in my design mood board.

And in the coming months, we’ll celebrate my love of color, I’ll give you all the details of my kitchen renovation, we’ll look at the major remodel of my pool and backyard, I’ll show you the transformation of my master bath and we’ll talk about how to design rooms that are best for welcoming guests all before the holidays season hits again next year.

And stay tuned to Traditional Home’s website between issues because we will be adding videos and other new material all year long.

I’m excited to have you follow along on my year-long adventure, which will be capped off by an exclusive look at my finished home all dressed up for the Holidays in the last issue of the year.

I can’t wait to hear what you think about my exciting project. Thanks for taking this trip with me this year!








5 Ways to Create a Magazine-Worthy Room

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If you’ve ever flipped through one of the great shelter magazines like Traditional Home or Elle Decor and thought “why don’t my rooms look like that” – you’re not alone! Even for those of us who are trained to be interior designers, creating a magazine-worthy room is hard work. There is so much thought and planning that goes into each room. But I’m going to make it easier for you by giving you my top 5 tips for getting that editorial look!

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1. Edit! Coco Chanel always said: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” That’s exactly what you should do for a room, too. You want to clear out the clutter and knickknacks and give your room space for the eye to move around! Look at your favorite homes in House Beautiful or another magazine and you’ll see what I mean. The rooms are free of “noise” and even the smallest space seems more open and airy because it’s been edited with just the right amount of furnishings.

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2. Use original art. You can really set your room apart from others by using original art – it gives your room personality, and a look that can’t be replicated. It can also give you inspiration for the color palette in the room – just be sure to let the art be the star.

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3. Fortune favors the bold. Consider a bold color or an out-of-the-box pattern in the room. The spaces that really capture attention aren’t cookie cutter – they have a personality, too. You can add that through a fun color on the wall or a graphic pattern on a fabric. Don’t do something just to be different, though. It should be a choice that makes sense for you and for the room!

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4. Fresh flowers. Notice all of those amazing homes in the magazines, they almost always have flowers, branches, or live plants in them. But now look closer – they are usually fresh and in one color family. That again lets the eye “rest” in the room – a big multicolored bouquet would be fighting with all the other colors and points of interest in the room.

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5. Proportion and placement. If a room is big but the furniture is smaller proportioned, a room will always feel “off.” And the reverse is definitely true, too! You want a room with a mix of proportions so the space feels balanced. You also want to be sure that they’re placed in the room correctly – balancing heavier items with lighter ones and skirted upholstery with exposed legs, will give the room a great look. I’m also a stickler about the placement of lamps and lighting. Be sure you put the lamps where you need them – my pet peeve is to see lamps on the outside edge of a bedside table unless you’ve also layered swing-arm lamps at the bedside so you can see, for example. If you’re going to read in bed, lighting should be close to the bed. So use this sort of common-sense approach for getting published and just good function of your space.

Most importantly, study the rooms that you love from your favorite magazines. Notice the color, balance, proportion, and personality in each one and pull out the details that you love for your own spaces! It can be great inspiration for your finished room. Good luck!