Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

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Truth? I had every intention of sharing a holiday home tour with you, but, like everyone else, finding a spare moment proved to be just too challenging.

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Now that the holiday season has passed, time has slowed to much more respectable rate and I can finally reach out to wish you all a very happy and healthy new year. 

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I hope you had a wonderful 2017 and want to thank each of you - from family, to friends, to clients and coworkers - for making my 2017 one of my most memorable years yet. I worked on, and completed, some of my most favorite projects to date ... 

finished projects

finished projects

I also started a lot of exciting projects that will be carrying through to 2018. 

in progress projects

in progress projects

Although blogging has taken a bit of a backseat to my design business (and there's probably no one even reading this other than family and friends), I do plan to continue to share with you from time to time because without your support there would be NO design business. It just wouldn't be right to start off this new year without recognizing that. So thank you, again, for helping me to have the best 2017!

Here's to an amazing 2018 - for all of us!

More to come...

In The News ... 3

It's almost October ... how did that happen and where have I been? Weeellll, I've decided to take a step back from the weekly blog posts. Mostly because life has taken me in different directions - the kids are back in school, I've upped my hours at the store, taken on more clients and enjoyed some downtime (including a bit of travel, more on that later). But, also, because I feel like the world of blogging is already so saturated and I don't think I'm adding any value at this point. My plan, for now, is to pop back from time to time to post inspiration, client work and/or just a life  update...because I know, enquiring minds want to know. I've loved blogging over the last 7+ years and truly appreciate everyone that supported and followed along week after week. 

Before this spirals into an entirely different post, let's change the subject and chat about life lately...

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With the kids back in school, I have been able to open up my schedule to take on a few new client projects. Obviously, some are bigger than others. Can't wait to share the updates as they roll in. 

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We recently traveled overseas, to Southern France, for the first time since we moved back from London 8 years ago. Our trip brought back so many memories of our time living and traveling around Europe, and provided inspiration for design as well as lifestyle.

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Slowing down, enjoying the simple pleasures of life is always a big take away from our travels. And, of course, the amazing fresh food we enjoyed inspires our cooking at home. Here are some of the recipes I've made lately and really enjoyed:

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While traveling, we were also inspired by many beautiful gardens. So much so that we've finally decided it's time to tackle some much needed updates in our own garden. Starting with tidying up the paths, which had become overgrown and undefined over time. Here, you can see we've started in on the main path - lots more to go on this project! 

I'll be sure to pop back in to provide updates on projects and such. Hope you enjoy some of the recipes. And, thanks again for following along for all these years.

More to come...

 

 

Summer Porch Reveal

Um, hellllooo? Welcome back after an unexpected hiatus, am I right? Summer...what can I say...time is scarce and who wants to be stuck behind a computer anyway!?! Not this girl. But, I thought I'd make an exception and jump on the ol' blog for a mid-summer post and an update on our porch refresh. Especially after I Instagrammed a quick shot of the porch and got such nice feedback - thanks guys! 

chillaxin'

chillaxin'

squishy pillow = actual porch usage

squishy pillow = actual porch usage

palms + blue&white - my fav spot!

palms + blue&white - my fav spot!

Indestructable plants

Indestructable plants

Bistro Chairs!

Bistro Chairs!

art outside...what the what?!? Convenitly covering the old school intercom

art outside...what the what?!? Convenitly covering the old school intercom

Solar candles...nothing better

Solar candles...nothing better

porch pup

porch pup

Sorry it's taken me absolute ages to share our porch refresh - we've been using the you-know-what out of this space all summer. Well, mostly mornings and evenings cause it's just been too HOT here, but you know what I mean. 

I feel pretty proud of this space and the update we've manage to complete with very little time/effort/dinero. New pillows from Target and World Market, dining chairs from TJ Maxx, our DIY console and loads of plants all from Home Depot. Everything else we had. The cute pup helps, too!

You know where to find me...

A Sitting Room Refresh {client work}

Oh my goodness, summer snuck up on me. Well, not so much snuck up, more just happened faster than I was prepared for it to happen. Preschool ended before Memorial day, we headed out of town over the holiday weekend and I've had my little "helper" with me ever since. And, now, elementary school has come to a crashing end with the stomach flu! Today, our first official day of summer break, the kids and I are already exhausted. Remember when summer was a relaxing time? Yeah, me neither! 

Well, before the summer schedule takes over even more, I thought I'd share a recently completed client project.

This space was created for another repeat client who happens to love the beach and all it's colorful influences. In an adjoining room we used seafoam as an accent, in this room we really embraced it - complete with a new couch and rug!

Loved creating this little vignette as the first resting spot for your eye when viewing the room. 

I'm still not sure what the details are of the piece we found to act as the media cabinet. It's tall and narrow, three doors across - I think English in origin - beautiful, no matter the function.

Drapery and wall color were a big influence on how the room and design plan came together. 

Love the contrast between light and dark, new and old. 

What a treat to work in this space! As I've said before, I love mixing old with new and this space is a true testament to how this design practice can create a unique, lived in, layered look in your home. So happy with the results!

Thanks to the Cowan family for inviting me into your home and working with me to create this beautiful space. 

More to come...

Outdoor Console Refresh {A DIY Project}

Work continues on our back porch refresh, we're not ready for the reveal yet, but progress is being made so I thought I'd share a little DIY we recently completed for the space. 

back porch preview!!

back porch preview!!

Adding additional surface area for food, drinks and entertaining was high on my list of must-haves for our refreshed space. I wanted something that would coordinate and tie in our iron and stone dining table, but after lots of endless searching I wasn't finding anything I loved that was also in the budget. Typical, right? 

Enter this beauty.

Ok, so she's not much to look at now, but she does have iron legs (that have a certain European feel to them) which means she can obviously be outside - bonus. And she's fairly budget friendly - also a bonus. So let's see what we can do with a little creative thinking.

First a trip to the stone warehouse for the perfect remnant. 

Then a little coat of paint to tone down the gold.

Yes, I'm usually a fan of gold, but not on this table. Outside. On our porch. 

Voila! As they say...

With not much effort and a minimal extra cost I got the perfect console for our outdoor space. Yeah for progress! And porch weather. And wine on the porch. And just wine in general. 

More to come...