Posts Tagged ‘Stripes’

Before and After: Outdoor Oasis

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I’ve had an amazing response to my new pool and patio that’s featured in the June issue of Traditional Home! And since we’re starting a fabulous long holiday weekend today, I thought I’d show you the before shots of my home’s outdoor area and tell you a little about how I transformed it!

The existing pool and patio had an aggregate concrete surface and crumbling tile surround. It was way beyond time for a renovation, and I couldn’t wait to get rid of this old and battered concrete.

With the help of outdoor living expert David Munsey III of Better Lawns & Gardens, we resurfaced the patio with black-and-white Techo-Bloc Tux Pavers and the pool with black-and-white frost-proof tile from Daltile. The look speaks to my personal style and to the age of the house, which was built in 1968.

Here’s a shot I took of from the sunroom just as they were about to pull up all that concrete. I was so happy to see that old surface go!

As you can see in the before photo above, the sunroom of my house overlooks the outdoor area, so visual flow between indoors and out was especially important. I wanted to take colors and motifs from my interiors to the patio to make the decor look seamless and integrated.

For the outdoor decor, I wanted to have that 1960s glam vibe, like Palm Beach or the Beverly Hills Hotel. To enhance the cabana feel, I added a valance and draperies to the roof overhang.

And you know me, I have to have color! So I added energetic splashes of pink and green, as well as preppy stripes for extra kick. I furnished the patio with pieces from a line of Chinese Chippendale furniture that I designed for Woodbridge Furniture. And the Duralee fabric on the cushions feels like comfy terry cloth, which is great for a pool area!

To make gatherings even more memorable, there’s an outdoor music system, a pink flamingo float (named Frankie, after Frank Sinatra), and a giant chess set. I found chess pieces online that fit perfectly on the checkerboard tile. How fun is that? And I think Brooks Pools did an amazing job on our pool renovation.

Here’s the fabulous landscape designer David Munsey III enjoying my new patio with me – we may never go indoors!

So what do you think about this new outdoor space? Don’t you love being outside in the summer months? Let me know in the comments section below!







Before and After: The Spa Life

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A master bathroom should really be an oasis, a place to wash away the cares of the day, or to get you ready for the day in a relaxing atmosphere. I love to create spa-like bathrooms for my clients to give them that calming space!

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One of my clients really needed that redo in their master bath. As you can see above, it was dark and dated, with a lot of brown tones in the cabinetry, the wallpaper, and the counters. It had a totally ’80s feel that made it seem dreary and out-of-date.

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We reworked the floorplan to take advantage of the windows in the room, and that really made a huge difference! Especially when I also made the color palette lighter and brighter, too.

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The original shower, above, was an awkward shape, and it had more of the heavy tile with those brown tones that weighed the room down.

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I added a touch of those beautiful spa colors in the new tiles, creating a fun stripe on the shower walls. And, as you can see below, we also made a bit of an outline around the floor with the same color.

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And of course every master needs dual sinks, and I also wanted to give them much more counter space and storage. The result, below, is a great counterpoint (pardon the pun!) to the lighter colors in the room.

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So what do you think of the spa-inspired bathroom I created for my clients? What is a must-have in your master bath? Let me know in the comments section below!







What Is That Color? Far-from-Basic Black

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Black seems to be one of those colors that people are afraid of – they think it will be too dark or too daring for their homes. But black is an amazing neutral that can be a dazzling accent or a super-dramatic focal color! When my clients asked me to create some colorful drama in their outdoor room, I knew black would definitely be in the mix.

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My clients wanted this pavilion right off their pool to feel like a fabulous and airy tent. And those amazing angles in the ceiling really lent themselves to bold stripes like the best of summer awnings – so I had them painted with white and Sherwin-Williams’ Tricorn Black. It’s a deep and rich black that is one of my favorite go-to colors!

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With two neutrals anchoring the space, I was able to add in bright and bold accents in coral, turquoise, and sky blue, perfect sea-worthy colors for an outdoor space. But the black is what draws your eye in and really creates a breathtaking look!

So what do you think of bold black? Would you use it in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






Making the Most of Stripes on Your Walls

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Stripes are always a classic motif – in fashion and in homes! I love using stripes to add a lot of interest to a room, so I wanted to give you a few quick and easy ideas for your own walls. First, as you can see in the bedroom I designed above, consider painting stripes in different shades of the same color. That adds a nice tone-on-tone effect that’s soothing to the eye.

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You can also use wallpaper, like I did in the bathroom above, for a super-precise placement of lines. I also like using thinner stripes like the ones above – they are chic and sophisticated with great contrast in white and grey.

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To mix things up, take the stripes horizontal on your walls! You can do this with wallpaper or with paint to give your room a fun look. In this powder room, I used tile and paint for the stripes, which created a cohesive look that functions well in a bathroom.

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Speaking of tile, you can always create fabulous stripes and lines on your walls with tile. This works in bathrooms and in kitchens, and there are no limits to what you can create with tile!

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You know I like to call the ceiling the fifth wall, and stripes definitely work there, too! I painted bold black-and-white lines on this cabana ceiling to create the feeling of being under a gorgeous tent. I’ve also used wallpaper on the ceiling to showcase fabulous stripes.

So as you can see, stripes of any size and color can really make your room’s design pop! Do you like this lined look? Let me know in the comments section below!







New House Diary: 6 Ways to Make a Powder Room Pop

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One tiny little room in your house gets a lot of traffic – and that’s the powder room. If you have guests or family over regularly, they will see this room more than your guest bedroom or your laundry! So it’s smart to combine a great design with terrific function in the powder room.

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As I’m working through the design of the powder bath in my new house, I’ve come up with 6 things this room needs to have in order to really impress guests. So I thought I’d share them, along with a few hints about what this room will look like when it’s finished in my house!

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1. Bold walls. This is the perfect room to pack a punch with your design, so I love to use bright and graphic wallpaper or bold painted stripes to really make give this tiny space a big personality.

2. Great color. You know I’m all about color, so I also like to use bold color in the powder room. You can bring in color on your walls, the ceiling, the cabinetry, or all three! Really push your comfort zone in this room – it will make a big impression on guests.

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3. Tidy up. Because this room is so small, you want to keep everything tucked away and out of sight, so I like to use cabinetry with plenty of space to hide cleaning items and extra paper supplies. The 2 oversized drawers in my new powder vanity will hold a lot and be easy for guests to use.

4. Light bright. Since this is a small space, and since most powder rooms don’t have windows, you want to provide lots of light. I like using an overhead light as well as sconces beside the mirror.

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5. Mirror mirror. Guests will want to adjust their lipstick, or ensure that every hair is in place, so give them a fabulous-looking mirror so they can check their reflection. An added bonus is that a mirror helps bounce the light around the powder room, making it seem larger than it is.

6. Handle the hardware. Be sure you have a lovely faucet and cabinet hardware. Your guests will appreciate the beauty, and the heft, of well-made fittings in the powder room.

So now that I’ve given you a little peek at the drawings for my new powder room – as well as a look at some rooms I’ve designed – what do you think? What is most important in this tiny room for you? Let me know in the comments section below!