Saturday, December 29, 2012

new Etsy shop opened

I am excited to share my new Etsy shop, I just opened it the other day. I am taking a different direction on my art and painting dogs. I love dogs and I love painting and I decided to take the two and merge them together and paint custom dog portraits. I have been painting for years and even though my work now is focused on interior design projects, this is a great way for me to be able to still enjoy painting and what a great subject to paint. So check it out here.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Under the weather

Nothing like being sick on Christmas. I think that I feel worse for my kids that I wasn't able to really enjoy Christmas with them. When your kids are 6 and 9 it's hard to fake functioning at 100% when really I felt only about 25%. I don't think that I have had the flu or anything like this in years and never had such worse timing. But hoping to start the new year off feeling much better, and back to posting soon. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

sneak peek at design challenge ideas

I just thought I would share a few of the ideas that are in the works for the design challenge room. After talking through some decisions in the room, my client and I both came to the conclusion that the wood paneling should stay as it is and that maybe just the bottom of the wood cabinets would be painted, the wood is so pretty that it really seemed a sin to paint it! Below are the pictures of the rug, pillows, and lamps pulled together for the space as well as the paint color for the walls...stay tuned to see more of the progress.

Benjamin Moore Silver Gray

rug from West Elm
all pillows above and below from West Elm


West Elm- lamp option 1

Pottery Barn- lamp option 2

Restoration Hardware-possible window treatment idea

Ballard Design- possible panels for windows

Saturday, December 8, 2012

repurposing mini pumpkins and gourds

Every year I try to recycle my mini pumpkins and gourds so I can use them throughout the holiday season. All you need is a little metallic spray paint, or metallic acrylic paint and wallah, you have shiny, pretty, holiday pumpkins. I have gotten the kids involved a few times and painted them, but found even though painting them may have been more fun, it is much easier to use spray paint. It is such a quick and easy idea that really adds to your holiday greens. I did all mine in the silver metallic but gold would be really pretty too. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

favorite wreaths for this holiday season

I am trying to get inspired for my holiday decorating, I have been a little slow this year getting my act together. We did get our tree today, so I am slowly getting there. We went to a tree farm with the kids and cut one down. It is a crazy experience standing there critiquing each tree and trying to find the perfect one, judging each one for its height, width, not enough branches, bare spots, (how cruel we are to these poor innocent trees) but we managed to find one that we thought was just right. 
So to keep in the holiday spirit, I was looking online tonight to try to get inspired for holiday decorating and I came across some great wreaths. Some are beautiful, while others are fun and unique. Now I am just trying to decide which one I want to put on my front door!





Country Living



Martha Stewart

Happy decorating!