Friday, May 8, 2015

Backyard retreats

I have this space in my backyard that was made into a club house for my kids, a little secret area in the back corner of my yard. They no longer go in there so I decided to start dismantling it.  At first I was just going to turn it back into more yard space and mulch but then starting dreaming of all these possibilities. There are so many creative outdoor spaces, so I started looking for inspiration. I've decided that I want to turn it into a cozy area to hang out and read or take a nap.



 




I came across this super quick fun idea, cinder blocks and 4x4's, I could fit 2 in there on an L shape and add tons of outdoor pillows and a cushion, add some solar lights, some canvas panels and I may just be taking a snooze there everyday!



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During my search, I also came across some other ideas that I am sure would inspire any backyard enthusiast. I will be keeping my space much more simple since it is quite small but these are so beautiful to look at.



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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Website





I finally got my website up and running, really don't know why it took me so long! You can check it out here Thanks for checking it out!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Inspiring Easter eggs

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These are not just any ordinary Easter eggs - you know, the ones you buy in the little kits and make with your kids every year? From beautiful gold foiled, marbleized, moss covered, to fun painted silhouettes, beautiful robins egg blue, to chalk painted eggs to personalize, these eggs are beautiful and so unique. They would make a beautiful addition to any Easter d├ęcor. And I love showing off eggs in glass vases and cloches. Here are a few of my favorite photos to help inspire you this Easter season.



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Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring Cleaning


Apartment Therapy
It's coming! Even if we have to force it a little bit like these branches above, but Spring is almost here!
Usually with Spring I start to get that Spring cleaning bug. It could be because it is lighter out later into the day and I start to notice more of the dust and clutter and signs of being trapped indoors. So I started thinking about how to tackle this seasonal chore we all seem to do every Spring, I know I need motivation!

Spring Cleaning 101

What not to do:

    ~ Get overwhelmed.
    ~ Take on more then one room at a time.
    ~ Keep all the cute winter projects up your kids made, new spring ones are sure to come.
    ~ Hold on to all those snow boots, gloves and snow pants you think your kids will get one more
    year out of when they are already jammed in.              
     ~Keep all the Christmas and Valentines candy you still have, Easter is right around the corner!

Things to do:

     ~Work in one room at a time and don't move to another room until you are finished.
     ~Clean out the closets and really throw out those clothes you've been holding onto since college
     hoping they'll come back in style and they still fit!
     ~Wash all the salt and grime off your floors.
     ~Wash your windows inside and out, although if you haven't cleaned inside yet, it will only
      make it brighter showing off more clutter and dirt.
     ~Open the windows and get some fresh air in.
     ~cut some flowering branches and put in water, force the buds to open, it will make you happy.

Happy Spring Cleaning

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dreaming.....

HGTV photo
I know that I am not the only one dreaming about the possibility of my family living in this years' 2015 HGTV Dream Home, in Martha's Vineyard.....just move me right in! The entry to the contest has ended, so I'm sure there are many hopeful dreamers out there. Although I have never been to Martha's Vineyard, I have been up and down the New England coast and also to Nantucket many times, in fact I got engaged there, so its always been special to me. New England is so beautiful with all of its coastal towns and Martha's Vineyard I'm sure, does not disappoint.



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This year's Dream house is so inviting and has such a cozy feel, and although it's not too big, 
there are so many great design elements that have been packed into this home. The open floor plan is great for everyone to be in the same area and it's all centrally located in the middle of the house where it's so bright and open with tons of doors and windows.




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With so many coastal inspired and beautiful features carried throughout this home, there's 
no doubt where you are. All the fabrics chosen work so well with all the different neutral shades and blues carried through the home, but the colors also transition nicely from room to room by bringing in other colors as well. 
Besides the nice living room space above, there is additional seating spread around creating 
their own smaller spaces.


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The guest bedroom below is so fun and bright, and the use of orange in the room adds such a bright pop of color.

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But seriously, if this was mine, I don't think that I would have any reason to even leave this beautiful, serene. master bathroom in the picture below. I love the use of the turquoise blues brought in here, it is just gorgeous.






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No matter what, how big or small your gathering, everyone always ends up in the kitchen, and with the nice substantial island in the space, it provides plenty of room for all your guests that are for sure to come!





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Whoever the lucky winner is, and I sure hope it's me, would have a hard time complaining about anything in this Dream Home, fingers crossed! 





Wednesday, February 11, 2015

color trends

Photo from Pantone
I love the new Pantone color of the year, Marsala.  It is such a beautiful, deep, rich red. I'm not about to change everything in my home to follow the latest color trend, but an accent here and there could work.


   
This Old House
                                                                                                    
When I go out to a client's house to help them pick out paint colors, fabrics, accents or other design needs, I often get asked what the latest color trends are. I try to tell them that although it is nice to keep up with what's new and trendy, it really all depends on what you really like, what you're comfortable with and how design trends fit in with your current style. So as beautiful as the room looks above with that rich sexy color, Marsala, it would get pretty expensive to change your look every year to keep up with the color trends. But certainly some things are easy to change out and work with, paint and accents for example.

I 'm working with a client right now and helping to design her kitchen. It's an older home with a very challenging kitchen, the whole thing is going to be gutted. We are planning on crisp white cabinets, super white granite and warm wood tones. But what I am so excited about is that my client loves turquoise. We have been working through all the details, and have been talking about bringing turquoise in the kitchen and she is really excited to add in a pop of color. She has the color carried through out her home and has a great painted turquoise buffet in her dining room. She went out appliance shopping and came back with this idea, the beautiful water blue, Blue Star range below. It is going to look so amazing with the other things we have planned in the kitchen and will make a great focal point in the kitchen. It is a big commitment to go with a color for a major appliance but it works so well for her home because it's carried throughout house, and she feels comfortable with the color. So even though its not the official color of the year, it is what she loves for her home, and it will make her happy every time she walks in her new kitchen. Can't wait to start posting the project.

Blue Star