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Pillows Donated to Hospice Event

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These are the pillows I just finished making.  Aren’t they pretty?  I’m donating them to a silent auction for the Hospice of the Rapidan Gala being held on November 9th.   More info here: http://www.hotr.org/images/2013/Gala/HOTR_gala_invite_for_distribution_10_3_13.pdf   Happy Decorating!      

October Window Safety Month

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If you are thinking of cordless shades, this is the time to buy!  Give me a call to discuss your needs!   Happy Decorating!

Before & After: Living Room Cornice Boards

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Before:  A traditional living room in need of clean lined window treatments.     Solution:  Cornice boards help give this room a little softness, warmth and finishes off the space.     Happy Decorating!    

Remodeled Bathroom with Roman Shade

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Adding a roman shade as the finishing touch in this newly remodeled bathroom created a finished and clean look while adding privacy.  Roman shades are a great option for many windows where you still want to add some fabric to the room for softness but don’t want the bulk that draperies add.  They add a little more personality that just a wood or cellular blind. Happy Decorating!          

Foyer Window Treatment adds Impact

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Here’s a quick before and after.  Alot of homes now have those soaring 2 story foyers.  Sometimes it seems we just have to put up with that plain window up there.  But that’s not the case.  There are several options and this is one.  My client already had swags and cascades in her two front rooms, so it made sense to do the same in the foyer. As you can see, the foyer now has alot more personality, color and drama by adding a window treatment.  Speaking of drama……people always worry that there will be alot when installing a […]

Before & After: Wing Chair Update

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Most of the time wing chairs are considered traditional.  Yet many times they are used in not only traditional spaces but in transitional and even contemporary spaces.  What makes the difference?  The fabric used.  The client’s chairs have great lines and a new fabric will give them and the ottoman new life.  Which is appropriate in this case because all three pieces of furniture both moved house and started a fresh new life in the home of newlyweds!  They needed a totally new look to work in their new home. The new space is more eclectic so some fresh […]

Before & After: Artwork Update

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Here’s a great way to update your artwork along with the new color scheme of your space.  If you love your artwork, you can change out the matting as well as repaint the frames.  That’s what I did so that we could use existing artwork.  Below you can see the before with the orange matting and the gold tone frame.  The after shows the new charcoal matting with newly refinished frame using craft paints (I used two different colors).  I refinished several pieces to go back into the space. Happy Decorating!              

New Finish for Old Planters

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Tired looking planters just make you want to toss them out and buy new.  However, if they just look bad, as in they are sun faded from a few years of use, you can paint them.  I have some planters that I use on my porch.  And although it’s covered, the planters are really bad looking, as you can see.  But I happen to really like these planters.   So off to the hardware store to find spray paint to give these girls a face lift.  I used Rust-Oleum Universal Paint and Primer in One, Metallic spray paint in […]

Cherry Blossoms 2013

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It’s spring, otherwise known as Cherry Blossom time.   I love seeing those beautiful pink blooms against the blue sky! This one looks as if it was taken late in the day.  Isn’t the light on the water pretty!   Blossoms on a park bench.  It would have been fun to be there as they were blown off the trees.  A pink storm! I really want to walk down this street!   chroniclebooks    This is so beautiful it looks like a dream.   artsonearth Japan  This is gorgeous.      Walking into a room and seeing either of these […]

2013 Color of the Year

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In case you haven’t heard, Emerald is the Pantone color of the year.   You’ll find it in fashion and interior design.  I love an energetic green in decorating.  Sometimes those green accents can make all the difference in how a room looks and feels.  If you are into having your fashion reflect the latest trend or color, go for accessories in Emerald.   If Emerald is one of your favorite colors, here’s your chance to make it a dominate color in you decor or wardrobe.     Green bedroom with upholstered headboard.  The headboard works beautifully with the […]

Family Room Before & After

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Here’s a quick before and after.   Window treatments can really help the room feel finished.  Adding a little color in the room creates an inviting and more personal space.   The warm reds of the window treatment fabric brightens up the whole room.    It doesn’t take much to make a difference. Happy Decorating!            

Bonus Room Fix-up

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Everyone has one.  A room that you close the door on when company comes.  It’s that catch-all room that you’ll “one day” decorate.  Well folks, I have one too.  And its day has come.  Well, phase one anyway.  However, phase one has made a huge difference in how I now feel about this room. A place my son has chosen to study, do homework and art projects.  It’s now neat, organized and really stylin’ with that decorative painted back wall.  This is also the room where the extra house guests get to crash when we have a house full […]

February – Get Started on that Decorating Project

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With the cold weather, and staying inside you may have noticed at few things you want to change around the house.   Change your room colors, update your window treatments, or finally decorate your bedroom or family room.  Now’s the time, take advantage of discounts off my design packages.  There are several levels to choose from….sprucing up to complete redo.  Come back and visit my website to see some of the projects I’ve been working on!

The White Room

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I love beautifully decorated white rooms.  There are several blogs and facebook pages that are dominated by beautiful, elegant, and romantic white rooms and I look forward to their posts.  These rooms are beautifully put together and the  mirrors, gorgeous drapes, and sparkly chandeliers are highlights.  Below are some rooms that have caught my eye.  Check out the moldings in this room.   I love this dressing room so much that it would probably take me all day to find something to wear!    I want these pocket doors!  Not sure where I can put them, but I’ll worry about that […]

What to do With Those High Ceilings

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Ok, so you get a house with really high ceilings, because they are so grand, and beautiful and spacious.  You can’t wait to decorate, then you get into the space and say, “what was I thinking, what am I going to do with all this space?”  Decorate it of course.  It’s important that you don’t just ignore it, because it will just let you know that you are ignoring it.  That means, don’t decorate the room like it’s only 9 or 10 feet tall.    So let’s look at some rooms with big decorating ideas.  This room is great, […]

Elegant Chandeliers in the Kitchen

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Want to know how to up the style in your kitchen? Add a great, elegant chandelier, full of sparkly crystal drops. Take a look at these great kitchens.  Pictures say it all!         I love this one!   Happy Decorating!      

Drapery Hardware

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Custom drapery hardware can really make the drapery or window treatment.  It’s one of the necessary components when you are going the custom route.  Why spend the money on your custom treatment or drapery and purchase flimsy hardware that doesn’t hold up?   I work with several vendors that create beautiful and substantial rods and finials, of which only a few are pictured here.  Finials are my favorite part of the drapery hardware and I’ve posted a few pictures that show some of the detail, color and material choices available.     These finials are very customizable.  You can create […]

Upholstered and Fabric Headboards

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You can add alot of flair to your room design with an upholstered or fabric headboard.  Between all the fabric choices out there, and with the various shapes, the design options you can create for your headboard style can vary widely.  While these two headboards are neutral, they are very stylish and distinctive.  The one on the left has a classic shape, tufting and those great nail heads.  The one on the left is wing-backed, just like a wing-backed chair.  This style looks incredibly cozy and elegant to me.   Both are from the Candice Olsen collection.  See below what […]

Ottomans for Every Room

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I recently went to High Point Market and wanted to show you some of the great ottomans available. There is literally an ottoman for every room and style.  Take a look at these pictures and see if there is something fabulous that you could envision in one or more of your rooms. As you can see, there are lots of options for ottomans.  What’s in style?  Tufting, nail head, linen, shapes, colored leather, and my favorite a swivel ottoman.  If I can help you with an ottoman choice, let me know.  They’re fun to shop for!  Contact me if […]