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Office Project

This is what you can do in 9 days and twelve hours of work!  The deadline was tight, so I had to shop locally, which is limiting, but made the best of it and accomplished the goals of the space.  The main requests for the room were to be functional, comfortable and colorful.

The office space is in an old brick building with new paint, floor covering & built in’s.

DSC_0244Lisa was willing to start fresh with her existing furniture.

DSC_0246DSC_0247DSC_0242This office was the last to undergo any attention, so the funds were tight.  Seating was important and I was able to find an affordable set.  The color of the seating went really well with the room and the neutral cushions gave me a neutral palette to work with.

DSC_0310I really loved the colors and texture of these Crate & Barrel pillows.

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The bookcases just needed some rearranging of books and added a few other small personal touches, such as candles, plants and small vase and photos.

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DSC_0313A sweet work of art, given to Lisa as a gift was hung above the loveseat.  The art against the bricks is the first thing you see when walking to the office, but your eye immediately goes down to the blue throw that is draped perfectly between the colorful pillows.

DSC_0253   The old desk was replaced with a sleek simple desk.  The key to having an inviting office is the placement of the furniture.  Floating the desk at an angle gave enough room for office supplies behind and opened up the rest of the room for a comfortable sitting area.

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DSC_0305A pop of color is just what the room needed to tie everything together!  Since the chairs are neutral everything around them could be very colorful.  Teal and yellow are also found in the pillows on the loveseat and of course the books.  The artwork is done by a local Dover artist, Caryn of “Creative Spirit Art Studio“.

DSC_0308The windowsill just needed some greens and Lisa had a special elephant that was getting lost on the bookshelves and needed it’s own special place.

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Lisa Flynn of ChildLight Yoga~

“As a busy professional in a new space, there was no time to shop and make decisions about design and decor. I knew I wanted a warm and inviting office space in which to work, but had no idea how to start. In fact, I was so intimidated to make a decision style-wise, I was paralyzed and found myself working in an empty office of unpacked boxes for weeks. And then, I remembered Denise! We met the very next day, established a budget, and after making a few immediate suggestions and taking a few measurements, she was on her way to shop. Within 9 days, just in time for our grand opening, I had the office of my dreams, on budget! Denise’s calm and friendly demeanor, combined with her design confidence had me feeling I was as much in a therapy session as a style consult that week. Beyond that she saved me a ton of time and most likely a ton of money as well with a finished product that would have taken me a year to pull together. Thank you Denise. You a gift. I look forward to working with you again…and again!”

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A feel of History

My house has exposed wood beams and everyone seems to enjoy how different they make the room feel.  I find that when wood beams, bricks or early wood floors are added or exposed in a home, it adds so much depth and character to a home without trying.  Here are some examples of rooms that feel like they have a touch of history to them.  What I love about all these rooms is they don’t feel entirely ‘old’, the historical elements add character to these updated rooms.  Classic mix!

7 Creative Bedside Table Ideas | StyleCaster

Old World Home Decorating Ideas |those floors!!!!!! Design Ideas and ...
neutrals

Painted brick.

Mix of traditional and contemporary - Stone wall, stainless steel, exposed beams
a cool, earthy vibe

blue & white small kitchen

mantle hood, pine floors and old world style lighting in this kitchen make it look like an olde english countryside kitchen
Brick room
A downstairs room in Charleston’s Miles Brewton House, Town & Country Magazine
Old World Home Decorating Ideas | See your home could reduce the way you see
A loft in an old warehouse - PLANET DECO homes world
Hang Beams Overhead - Rough-hewn ceiling beams (even faux ones) lend old-world charm to any room. Try them in your common areas.
photo credit Pinterest

Introducing my new Living Room

After 13 years, last March I decided it was time to revamp the living room!  We were using our 13 year sofa that was all wrong.  The rug is only 10 years old, but I was ready for a new style.  Since my kids were babies I’ve used a round soft ottoman with tray on top, but now the kids are 6 and 9 time to have some sharp corners!  Our tv was in a cabinet which was outdated as well.

The Process

Cover the sofa or buy a new one….we bought a new one!

Painted the wall a new lighter creamy color.

Cover the chair or buy a new one….new one of course!

Swapped out the rug for a new style.  My old style was more traditional and now I like cozy mod.

Ditched the TV, stand and ottoman

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I wanted a more neutral and cohesive look when you walked into my living room.  The focal point is the fireplace and after I painted it, it felt so fresh and light and that’s when I made the decision to start “Project Living room”.

The old wall color was a brownish taupe that worked really well with gold tones.  Painting the walls was my first change and I went for a creamy color.  The color really lightened up the room and gave me room to play with the upholstery colors.  Before I was really stuck with golden/taupe sofa.

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Moving away from brown tones to cream tones gave me the freedom to switch to gray.  I loved going for a deeper sofa color since all the walls went so much lighter.

You can also see my old oriental rug in photo above with my old chesterfield sofa.  Below is my new chevron rug in gray and cream.

I ditched the soft round ottoman and added two square mirrored tables that I had from three years ago.  I picked them up at Target for $35.00 each.

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Before my sofa faced our fireplace but once I knew I was ready for a change, I wanted to have a chaise on my sofa and move it to the right of our fireplace.  The antique brown cabinet stores my china, candles and various decor items.

I didn’t want to have the TV in a cabinet any longer, so I talked my husband into getting a flat screen and console.

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I found this stunning mirror and silver Paltrow Console Table on Joss and Main for $450.  This console not only matches my coffee tables, but my starburst mirror that is high above my fireplace.

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Though the brown paisley chair was so cozy with the matching ottoman, it was worn out and ready for a new home.  Our new chair is in a solid light gray.  By keeping the sofa and chair print free, I had the freedom to go bold on the floor and will have fun with throw pillows and blankets.

My New Living Room!

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I accessorize with antique, new and collectables.  The mantel turned out far better than expected.  Several items are one of a kind, from various trips my father in law took.  The large jar is filled with beach finds than my boys search endlessly in the summer on several Maine beaches.  The other two tables in the room are antique finds.  The mirror and copper bowl of over sized grapes are also antiques from our family.  I’m not afraid to repaint things as you can see from the items that are hung high over the mantel.  I have several framed photographs and figurines that are put away or in other rooms, but if there’s anything I can’t say enough is ‘edit’ and ‘edit again’.  Less is more and quality is always better.

A White Christmas

There is nothing more magical to me than seeing All White.  When I look outside after a fresh snowfall.  I admire an all white outfit and even more so an entire room in white.  Here are my all White picks. . . . oh so fun!

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We're loving how fashion blogger Christine Andrew styled our ivory high low sweater - add brown accessories and a little sparkle to an all white outfit for a chic fall look #fallfashion

I'd totally do this if my hubby had to go away at Christmas for some strange reason....i LOVE all the white. ~~sigh~~

In the Know: An all white outfit is one trend we HAD to jump on board with! Adding pumps makes for an on-point day-to night outfit!
Flowers: 30 paper white narcissi, 25 white ranunculas, 25 white single tulips, 15 white hyacinths

Classic Chic Home: Dreams of Living in an All White Room

I've been trying to find something to do with the old doors from my house...this is a great use & I like the sparkly chandelier too!
pallet table - love the finish

Milk Glass Collection....thanks Mom :)

all white dessert table

Modern White Christmas Lounge from Elite Home Decoration. #laylagrayce #holiday

Nature is AMAZING!!
I wish that I  could just scoop these pearls into my hands and feel their beauty!  ♥
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Packaging White Xmas.  I would do all one color (ex. Red, Green, White) with different textures of paper and ribbon.
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Merry Christmas by All Things Shabby and Beautiful

Home layers

I love a home that has a lot of layers and accessories.  The best way to achieve this is to use various collectables, art, books, pictures, flowers, candles and vaces.   I find the areas in a  room I’m drawn to feel like they were layered at different times and items were accumulated over the years of the owners’ life.  The best way to ‘fake’ it is to buy items from unexpected places, such as tag sales, thrift stores, flea markets, auction houses, on line and don’t forget to revisit your own items hiding in that attic.  Most people like two colors, but I find more the better.  I’m drawn to an eclectic arrangement of unexpected items, textures and colors.  Which ever you enjoy, a couple colors or several, try different looks and items in your space as you never know what will happen, you just might like it!

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I love how neutral these accessories are in light grays and cream and work perfectly with this beautiful blue color shown in the handmade art and books.

The Enchanted Home: accessories arranging

Mostly white & lime with splashes of color.  The twigs brings nature into this traditional space.

A wooden desk decorated with books and sculptural home accessories

                          Layers of vintage items add so much interest to this space.

Shelves in a nook with accessories
Shelving is the perfect place to display your collections.
painted shelves bring out the accessories

I love how these accessories pop on the dark colored shelving.

dark shelving with white accessories

Whites and creams shine when layered together and pop with a dark background!

Cute shelves to organize in the bathroom.

I love the balance between functional and decorative accessories grouped together.

All white bookshelves and accessories give this sitting area a clean aesthetic.

White on white is so chic and so in control!

Party Cards

If you are planning a wedding, shower or any party and want to welcome cards, create an inviting place for your guests to place them.  Cards are always welcome in my book.  You never know what you’ll find inside a card!

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I used a store bought box that is made to look like a vintage suitcase.  You can use just about anything to hold cards, but make sure you can keep it open for your guests.

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I made the ‘cards’ mini banner on a vintage local map, glitter glue and glued it onto a pretty ribbon.

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The suitcase was a tad big, so I added a small bud vase, lined with tissue draped an old doily off the corner for added interest.

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The doily was white, but I made a tea bath and soaked it for a couple of days.

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A couple of the guest who couldn’t make the party, mailed cards, so I went ahead and added them before the party.

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I love real flowers, but using a silk flower is just as inviting and pretty.

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Colorful Style

painted stairs, rainbow, home decor

yellow

BEAUTIFUL

Glossy mint with black & white floors
So interesting….check out the artless frames!
waking up happily (Sasha Adler from Nate Berkus design firm)
POP OF YELLOW
Street Style Spring 2013: Milan Fashion Week Disparate elements of leopard, turquoise and red come together effortlessly here.
Crisp, white table with loads of bright colors makes for an on-point created Sassy styled office.    Find out what type of home decor style you have by taking our Stylescope quiz. Click here!
A very popular color combo~ pink and green
How to Style Punchy Patterned Shoes
LIVE & DIE FOR THESE SHOES
I know this isnt a dorm but i Love style the bright patterned pillows
Bold colors mixed with white always works
Red and pink Valentine.  #Romantic #Fashion #Style
Luving the bright decorative colors in a white painted room
Madison Magazine Australian Fashion Summer 09 Bright Style Glamour Beauty Feature Pantsuit 70s Retro Orange Watermelon Peach Wedges Beach Tropical Sixties Canary Yellow Mod Aztec Tribal Print Floral
This isn't my style at all, but for some reason this picture just makes me happy. :)
Gray looks great with primary colors
#eShakti, #sunny, #yellow, #dresses, #bright dresses, #flowers, #pretty dresses, #spring, #summer, #color, #prints, #spring prints, #nautical, #style, #trend, #customized, #custom clothes, #women's #apparel, #blouses, #tops, #printed dresses, #wedding, #bridal, #bridesmaids
bright decor. i want that chandelier
NYFW Day 5 Street Shots, style
Great colorful dress with bold two tone necklace
*Pinterest Images

Our Easter fun

Easter & our boys

P1010874This year James wanted to place the eggs in the boiling water (only broke 7)

P1010881  We went with ego egg dye from William Sonoma & Kool Aid!

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P1010981The eggs turned out just as well with eco dyes!

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For every holiday we have quite a book collection (from my teacher years!)

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One of my favorite books…”The Truth about Easter Rabbits”

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Love what they say about Easter Rabbits

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Ace loves Easter.  He would never miss out on all the fun!

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My attempt to make breakfast

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The hunt is on

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Every year John finds less eggs but gets more dollar bills

P1010950Jame found 27 of the 50 eggs

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Stickers, change, dollars, stamps & bubbles come in our eggs

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Easter ears a must

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Egg fight fun

Our Easter isn’t fancy but it’s fun and while our boys are young we want them to believe in the magic of Easter.

DYI Transform a screen into a custom headboard

If you have one of these cheap folding screens and want to upcycle it, why not make it into a custom headboard!  It’s easy and you can do just about anything your heart desires.

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Step 1:  Spray Paint~ I used a more expensive paint to avoid having to spay so many times.

Tip: Take your time when you spray paint, it’s best to do in light layers.

Step 2: Add metal hardware on back of screen to avoid the screen to fold.  Then Hang on the wall behind your bed.  Either drill a hole through the wood or add hardware on the back.

                Tip:  Resist adding your decor to the screen, as this is large and awkward to hang and you don’t want your hard work to get ruined.

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Step 3:  Collect and create the decor you want to add to your screen.  Use Velcro to affix items to your board.

Tip:  Don’t be afraid to add a few things to start then add over time, as this is a large space!

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I made my own Fishing sign by hot gluing store bought pebbles onto letters!  Use shells or seaglass as well!  The Bait bag is actually an old clothes hanging pin bag!  I hand painted the words and picked up vintage wooden fishing hooks to add to the bag.

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My son collected stickers, shells, and driftwood and I picked up the signs, handmade fishing pole and the clothes pin bag from a yard sale, and the Pottery Barn pin board shark

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Wall of Art

I enjoy being creative so I am drawn towards art work that evokes feelings, is modern with a heavy frame or mixed with traditional decor.  I love photographs mixed other eye catching art.  To me a frame is the bow on how the image is presented and enhanced.  One of my most favorite things to do is create an eclectic collection of images and art that hang together.  They don’t have to be like one another, but how they relate to each other or how you feel when you look at the pictures together.  Here are a few collections that I appreciate and admire.

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Love the different sizes and styles of grouped art.

One giant piece of work surround by various frames.
Black and white photographs that are the same size and same frames, but matted differently!
Similar color pallet, gold tones and art famed and unframed.  The the various sizes but all rectangles.
A mass of pictures that are symmetrical in style.
All this colorful art is created with white backgrounds.  Pops of color!
Framed the same!
Similar color pallet
Styles are very much the same and mostly unframed.
I tend to create photo collections that are of different styles and mixed medium.