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The Wait is Over: The Big Reveal of my Home in Traditional Home Magazine!

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It’s here! It’s finally here! I’m so excited to finally share my newly renovated home with all of you and it’s all dressed up in it’s holiday best.

That’s right, my home is featured in the holiday issue of Traditional Home that is hitting news stands today and I can’t contain my excitement! I’m so thankful that all of you have followed me on this journey through the many re-designs, construction, installation and now I get to show you all of the beautiful photographs.

We have so much to talk about: the color story, how I’ve adjusted the layouts, the plumbing, tile, flooring, furniture and every little detail. All of that will be coming in future blog posts. But for today, let’s just revel for a bit (shall we) in the color and the pattern and the excitement of the big reveal.

I’m obsessed with my fabulous entry with classic black-and-white checkerboard floors, large scaled Cole & Son wallpaper, and one of my Tobi Fairley for New River Artisans stair runners! My Rothesay lanterns hangs down to light the way into the Dining Room, and the pink and gold Christmas tree sets the tone for all the delicious pink velvet on my freshly recovered dining chairs.

One detail that I don’t want you to miss that made a huge difference in the entry are those pediments I added over the doorways. Architectural detailing does so much for the character of this entry way. I’ll show you what I mean in a future before and after post, you’ll be amazed at the difference.

But just for a minute lets go back and linger on that tree…

Okay, now for the dining room…

I know what you’re thinking, “Pink! How on earth did you get your husband to agree to an all pink and floral Dining Room?!” But to be honest, as long as there is good food on the table and comfy chairs, he doesn’t care what color the walls are, or the ceiling for that matter! And he even admits the pink is really growing on him.

And have you seen the stunning pink and chartreuse Clarke & Clarke floral wallpaper wrapping this room, topped with a light pink ceiling courtesy of C2 Paints.

My inspiration for this room started with the gorgeous pair of yellow Jan Showers lamps and evolved from there. There is so much to love in this room if you are a color-lover like me. I can’t decide which detail is my favorite but the pink and yellow color palette is definitely one of the freshest I’ve used. 

The Dining Room isn’t the only space with a pop of chartreuse. Can you catch a glimpse of my study that’s across the entryway in the background? Let’s take a closer look.

I couldn’t bear not to include my Elle chair from CR Laine in my home. It’s named for my daughter and in this luxe leopard print, it feels iconic. And it’s only part of the fabulous pattern mixing in this space. Throw in that graphic original painting by Jane Booth and this room has a lot of wow!

Bookshelves line the walls in the study painted in a moody blue-grey and were added to house my collection of design and architecture books. The walls upholstered in a Clarke & Clarke check, with matching drapery and wing chairs create comfort and charm in this space.

Accents of chartreuse show up in the contrast welt of the wing chairs, my collection of original art (the piece on the left a Christmas present from my amazing hubby!), and on the monogrammed sofa pillows. This study is the favorite room in the house of many of our guests. I think that’s because its quaint and warm. My husband loves to hang out and watch the big game in here, but that may be because it’s just a few steps from the Wet Bar (wink)!

Yes, step right out of the study, and into the Wet Bar for cocktail hour! The same grey-blue covers these cabinets with a beautiful F. Schumacher wallpaper and beveled marble subway tile backsplash. And I love my “mini art” collection (all tiny in size) that I have collected all over the country from Hawaii to Napa Valley to Memphis and locally from Little Rock artists too.

Just a few steps away, my living room may start with a soft grey color palette, but I quickly turned up the volume with accents of bright cobalt, wild leopard print, and deep plum accents for an inviting place to entertain family and friends during the holidays.

If you’ve been following my journey through my New House Diaries blog posts, then you know that my living room is very long, so I created multiple seating areas throughout – all with a line of sight to the TV per my husband’s request!

This room, once covered in 1970’s dark paneling, feels SO good with natural light coming from 3 sides. And I am crazy about how the fireplace and hearth turned out. Covered in Dekton solid surface material, and then with a bit of a throw back to the 60’s and 70’s origin of this room I added gray velvet seat cushions on the long hearth for function. I think they give a nod to the “conversation pit” trend from around the time this home was built.

Another stunning piece by Kansas City artist Jane Booth makes this room come alive with cobalt over yet another seating area. We can seat over 20 people in this room for holidays and entertaining. And in the photo below you see how this long room covers so many functions with a desk tucked in the back where many mean games of family scrabble have already taken place.

From the cool grays with that punchy cobalt in the living room, we transition back to softer shades in the kitchen. Situated right in the middle of my house and the hub of all the activity, everything takes a calmer turn with the Kitchen color palette. The cabinets turned out just a I envisioned in a lovely shade of blue from C2 paint. I can honestly say the kitchen is my favorite room in the house!

The vintage-style bistro flooring is definitely a highlight of this room. It’s actually a glass tile from Daltile with the look of marble. I am so happy with the look and function of this flooring, especially because it fits the age and architectural style of my home so well. But what I upgraded from the “Brady-bunch” era of this home is that stunning oval window over the sink. Remember when that was a giant pass-through that looked dated and drab? Now that area is anything but!

As you will see when I remind you of the floorplan changes I made, the extra 3 feet of length I added to the kitchen made the space extremely functional and allowed for the great new island.

Lots of baking, food prep and serving happens on the island and it’s all illuminated by those handsome, oversized pendants by Hudson Valley Lighting.

My luxurious Thermador appliances are certainly the focal point of my new kitchen. And finding the perfect range hood for my pale blue cabinetry was hard, so I had one custom made and painted to match. I love how the powdery paint color and the stainless steel banding look together.

The breakfast room is crisp, white and simple, and looks gorgeous as an extension of the kitchen. And you may recognize the photograph by Kristen Hatgi that I used in the Hampton’s Designer Showhouse in 2014. I loved that piece so much I couldn’t let it go, so I designed my breakfast room around it. The photograph hangs in the high traffic area from my bedroom to the kitchen, and is the first thing I see when coming in from the garage, so I enjoy looking at it many times everyday.

You may have seen a glimpse of the finished upholstered door between the dining and breakfast rooms in the previous pictures. And you may remember the “in progress” photos of it from my Instagram feed when I was deciding on the perfect color for it.

I settled on a pale blue vinyl that perfectly matches my kitchen cabinetry, with polished nickel nailheads and pushplates. I would say this door is the item that gets the most attention from our guests. It really is charming. I mean who wouldn’t love an upholstered swinging door with an oval window in their home?

Next door in my Master suite, light blue, Kelly green, and timeless black-and-white create this serene retreat for my husband and me. After a long day, my bedroom has always been my location of choice to unwind. And now that I work from home, this is where I find myself most often during the day, working at my bedside desk with a lovely view out the window and down our pretty street.

The digitally-printed Chinoiserie wallpaper from Fromental, the black-and-white Lucy bed from my collection for CR Laine, and green Barclay Butera wing chairs (do you remember these from my previous home?) cover this space in blissful colors and interesting textures to ease my mind.

And just through those Kelly green double doors lies the most relaxing Master Bathroom.

With black and white and pops of green, this stunning bathroom is all mine! A chic Greek Key border–thanks to daltile–lines the room and highlights my ultra-relaxing new Kohler VibrAcoustic tub (seriously…it plays spa music y’all!) and the high-performing white beveled subway tiled shower!

I’m thrilled to begin and end my days here! That pretty little round window we installed adds gorgeous natural light to this previously dark space. And thankfully, the shower is almost double its original size. This black-and-white color scheme is such a classic, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it and it certainly won’t go out of style.

And speaking of relaxing, my guest room definitely fits that description too. It’s black and white and pink all over! Well, blush to be exact, but you get the idea. Yes my guest bedroom took a seriously chic and feminine spin with blush upholstered walls, headboard, rug, and bedding.

I wanted my guests to feel like they were staying in a glamorous five-star hotel, so I indulged in upholstering the walls in my Tobi Fairley for Duralee collection Isabella Damask and covered the headboard in my velvet Faux Bois. I think the faux fur pillows and leopard print x-benches help bring the luxe to this relaxing space!

Just down the hall from the guest retreat, the design is decidedly not pink. Turquoise, white, and cobalt blue are the colors my pre-teen wanted, and that’s what she got!

The striped ceiling (her idea) and ikat draperies are perfect as she grows from a pre-teen to a teen. She and her friends have plenty of room to spread out from her queen bed to her built-in daybed with a hidden trundle. This room seems to constantly house teenage girls for all of their slumber parties and I couldn’t be happier about it!

And when my house gets overly quiet, I can bet that my preteen is tucked away in her daybed with curtains drawn, headphones in and her favorite episode on youtube or Netflix playing on her ipad.

And here’s one last space that you haven’t seen.

My sunroom (off the kitchen) was originally planned to be another living space and it certainly does double duty as that thanks to my comfy Taylor sectional from CR Laine.

And it’s the way to this cute powder room which works perfectly for my design team and clients by day and also for our family and friends on nights and weekends.

But now that I moved my design studio into my home, the sunroom’s main job is playing office for my team and me.

How great it is to work from home in this sunny space with all the windows that look out onto our pool and the golf course beyond? And what’s even better is that I am home when my family arrives at the end of the day!

And just for fun, here’s a look back at my pool that lies just beyond the sunroom. No matter if you come in the the front door or the back, the story in my new house is definitely pink!

All of this fabulosity was captured by my photographer extraordinaire, Nancy Nolan. Without Nancy, you would never be able to experience all the nuances and layers of my work in such vivid color and composition! And she even captured our sweet baby Beckett who was a tiny pup last year when we photographed the house.

So what do you think? Was it worth the wait? The good news is I have barely scratched the surface of telling you about all the choices I made throughout the renovation!

So for more, be sure and check out the latest issue of Traditional Home for the full spread, and the fun article on my family and our favorite holiday traditions. And for a refresher on the before and during of this process, revisit my Transformations section of the Traditional Home website for all the articles and photos.  Then stay tuned for more details from me coming right here on the blog. And I will finally release all the videos of the process soon too. Trust me, there isn’t a detail that we won’t discuss.

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping Guide: Glamorous Thanksgiving

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I’ve been dreaming about a glamorous Thanksgiving with a tablescape dressed in moody hues! Sleek and sexy dark metallics paired with black, with plenty of votives and white calla lilies make for a perfect evening in my book! I’d love to serve an elegant meal surrounded by family and friends at this dazzling table. Let’s take a look and what this fashion-forward Thanksgiving could look like!

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  1. Ita Cheese Plate & Forma Spreader: I’ll start this dinner off with wine and cheese served on this elegant polished agate plate. Both natural and chic, this server will add some sparkle to my table.
  2. Waterford Corra Tablecloth: Setting your table starts with a good base, so a fabulous tablecloth is essential. This dramatic wine colored linen/cotton tablecloth will set the mood.
  3. Vera Wang Wedgwood Polished Noir 5-Piece Place Setting: Stainless steel place settings in a polished black finish are the fashion-forward element your table is looking for!
  4. Crystal Votive Holders, Set of 3: Line the center of your table with these sleek cube crystal votive holders for a warm sense of high-end style!
  5. Juliska Emerson Side Plate: Beautiful white ceramic stoneware side plates, with a fabulous pewter-glazed trim, are just edgy enough for this tablescape! And, they are dishwasher, oven, microwave, and freezer safe – does it get any easier?
  6. Apilco Reglisse Dinner Plates, Set of 4: I love how dramatic each setting looks with a matte black (and scratch resistant!) dinner plate! These plates are on the larger side to hold up to those generously sized Thanksgiving servings!
  7. Silver Heritage Bottle Opener: Everyone will want to serve drinks with this alluring crystal handled bottle opener with a pure silver edge detail!
  8. ‘Pewter’ Stoneware Soup Bowl: This warm pewter-glazed stoneware will hold everything from soups and salads to pastas and even dessert! And when you’re guests have gone home, just pop them in the dishwasher to make clean up a breeze!
  9. Classic Serving Set: The shiny mirror finish on these teardrop-shaped servers gives them a classic look that you will enjoy for years to come! These will fit seamlessly into your décor any time of year.
  10. Mode Living Positano Linen Napkins, Set of 4: I want to add a little feminine touch against these sleek, modern elements. A lovely floral linen napkin ties together the color scheme!
  11. Amulet Napkin Ring: These napkin rings are to die for! These brass napkin rings in a silver finish will add plenty of sparkle to each setting with its faceted face!
  12. Tri-Corner Bowl: Beautiful curves meet with 3 gentle points on this serving bowl to elegantly serve all of your special sides to your loved ones!
  13. Carine Red Wine Goblet: These gorgeous red wine goblets feature an organic-inspired textural finish that will add plenty of interest!
  14. Waterford Crystal London Smoke Decanter: Cocktail hour and after dinner drinks will be a fabulous way to end a perfect evening with this decadent crystal decanter.

Shopping Guide: Farmhouse Chic Thanksgiving

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It’s fall y’all, and time to start thinking about setting your Thanksgiving table. I’ve been thinking a lot about a farmhouse chic tablescape in beautiful shades of white, orange, and light blue with pops of copper! This tablescape puts a polished spin on the rustic Thanksgiving décor from the 90’s! Add in a few blue hydrangeas for a centerpiece and you are ready to set your table!

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

  1. ‘Berry and Thread’ Dinner Plate: A beautiful shade of light blue glazed ceramic plates with a thread and berry embellishment gives these plates a charming country feeling! Better yet, they are freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe to make your Thanksgiving clean up a breeze!
  2. ‘Berry and Thread’ Salad Plate: That same lovely embellishment, this time in a white salad plate, will add another layer of color to your tablescape!
  3. Parquet Napkin Ring: I love mixing wood and brass for a glamorous natural element like these hexagonal napkin rings!
  4. Sentiment Napkin, Thankful: Simple linen napkins get an upgrade with a little embroidery to express the sentiments of the day.
  5. Ralph Lauren Home Wyatt Salad Bowl: A simple white porcelain bowl accented with removable leather handles is a clean and chic element to serve up a colorful salad for your guests. Then, just pop off the handles to make it dishwasher safe!
  6. Vista Hammered Copper Flatware Place Setting: Hammered copper flatware adds a metallic pop of sophistication to your farmhouse setting! And this set is so beautiful; you will want to use them every day!
  7. ‘Berry and Thread’ Rimmed Soup Bowl: Serve up some pumpkin soup in this generously sized soup bowl with a vintage berry and thread embellishment around the rim.
  8. Marble and Copper Salt & Pepper Shakers: Adding in natural elements is essential to the farmhouse look, so these marble and copper salt and pepper shakers are both fashionable and necessary!
  9. Copper Salad Servers: Toss up a yummy seasonal salad with these gorgeous copper salad servers!
  10. Chalkboard Runner: How fabulous! You can decorate this chalkboard table runner with names for each of your place settings, label your different dishes, and entertain the kids all throughout dinner!
  11. Round Copper Finish Aluminum Tray: Warm bread or cute pumpkin desserts would be stylish on this hammered copper tray!
  12. ‘The Skye Collection’ Wood Tiered Dessert Stand: Stack your appetizers and desserts high on this sophisticated wood carved two-tiered stand.
  13. Alexandra Ferguson Give Thanks Placemat: Layer in all of your fall colors starting with these bright orange placemats.
  14. Williams Sonoma Encore Goblets, Set of 4: These fabulous all-purpose goblets are great for water, iced tea, or wine for your casual Thanksgiving dinner!

Join me in a month of Gratitude

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Hello lovely readers!

You may have noticed that it’s been a few months since my last post.  I have been enjoying my life more than ever before. That’s right, this isn’t a post about how busy I’ve been, its a post about how happy I’ve been.

I started 2017 with a focus on Joy and this has definitely been my most joyful year yet. From finishing my home remodel and chronicling it all in my Traditional Home column (you’ll see the big reveal in Traditional Home in the next issue), to completing my first year of having my design studio in my home, to making my family and my marriage more of a priority than ever, 2017 has been one of my favorites and I have so very much to be grateful for.

And though I have have been enjoying life instead of blogging, that doesn’t mean that blogging is a thing of the past for me. I have actually been putting the finishing touches on a new website and blog that you will see before year end. It is a major overhaul to our online presence and incorporates many exciting additions to my design and consulting businesses. The new year will bring exciting growth for my company, especially online, and 2018 will mean you can get more access to my designs and my business, life and health coaching than ever before, all right from your computer. What’s even more exciting is if you haven’t worked with me in the past because of price, my new offerings will make my consulting and coaching work more accessible than ever.  And all these changes mean even more work-life balance for me, because more of me online means I can work from anywhere and work around putting my family and my health first. How can I not be grateful for that? Plus I’ll teach you have to have more work-life balance too.

So as November kicks off today, I am kicking off a focus in my own life on gratitude for all the things that are going so right, and for all the challenges that brought learning and growth this year. I already journal every day and my November journal will be full of thanksgiving for my loves and my life. I hope you will join me in this practice as this year comes to an end. Grab yourself a pretty notebook today and start making your list. Gratitude has a way of making what we already have more than enough. And I believe it will make the holiday season full of joy like only a gratitude practice can do.

If you want a reminder to start your day full of gratitude, you can get this pretty little print here. Happy November, my dears. I hope you spend the month counting all your blessings. I’ll be counting mine too.

xo,

 

 

 

Shopping Guide: New Year, New You

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I love a shiny new year! It’s so full of promise and things-to-come! That’s why it’s the perfect time of year to start something new, or to set goals and intentions. Whether it’s making a commitment to health, learning to cook something new, or deciding to keep a journal through 2017, I’ve come up with the perfect list to help you get your goals on for the new year!

Happy Shopping, and Happy New Year!

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  1. “Live Life” Faux Leather Journal– It’s a fresh start with a new year and a new you, so seize the opportunity to start journaling to track your inspiration and how you grow this year!
  2. Kate Spade New York Gold Dots Agenda– We all start out the new year saying “This is the year I will stay more organized!” Well this year, you really can with a beautiful Kate Spade agenda with trendy gold polka dots.
  3. 13” Saffiano Computer Case by Kate Spade– Staying organized can be fun and chic with this crisp linen colored leather computer case with gold hardware.
  4. Classic iPad Case– A bright Kelly green (one of my favorite colors!) leather iPad case is easy for the on-the-go student or business-minded individual!
  5. Metro Leather Strap Watch– Maybe your resolution this year is to be on time? Well you can’t do that without a stunning camel and gold watch that will match every outfit perfectly so you’ll even want to be a few minutes early.
  6. Swissmar Arosa 11-Piece Stainless Steel Fondue Set– Throughout the year, it’s easy to get too busy and lose sight of what is important. Start a new family tradition – fondue night!
  7. 32-Ounce Water Bottle– Drinking enough water is a constant struggle, so make it easier with a cute water bottle that reminds you to “Drink Up”!
  8. ‘Lunar’ Training Shoe by Nike– One of the most common resolutions is to exercise, so let’s start it off right with new training shoes!
  9. Floral-Embossed Yoga Mat, Magenta– You all know I love yoga, so I can’t wait to get back to my routine after all of the holiday festivities with a fresh yoga mat in inspiring, bright magenta!
  10. Moto Full-Length Sport Leggings– A pair of super chic biker-style quilted yoga leggings can quickly go from workout to cute outfit for lunch and errands! It’s impossible to not workout when the clothes are this cute.
  11. Mia 2 – Seabreeze Sonic Skin Cleansing System by Clarisonic– This year is all about you, and making you feel your best. Put your best face forward by cleansing every night with this compact, and easy to travel with cleansing system.
  12. Williams-Sonoma Reserve Chardonnay Wine Glasses, Set of 2– Spend more quality time with the special someone in your life over a glass of wine- whether it’s your significant other, best friend, or your bubble bath!
  13. Schwinn 870 Treadmill– Are you planning a 10K in the near future? Keep your training on track regardless of weather or scheduling restraints with an at home treadmill.
  14. ‘Alta’ Wireless Fitness Tracker– Let’s keep track of all of our fitness goals this year with a Fitbit that will track your distance, activity time, calories burned, and steps! Plus, this model will track your sleep, gently wake you up with a vibrating alarm, and remind you about your workout goals.
  15. Nest Plus 9 Cups and Bowls Set– Is your goal to cook more this year? You’ll need your kitchen to be fully stocked with all of the essentials, which are included in this convenient stacking set of measuring cups and bowls.
  16. Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer & Cookbook Set– You never knew eating healthy could taste this good! Start off the new health you with a spiralizer and cookbook set to add more vegetables into your diet while serving up some delicious creations for you and your family.