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Looks Like Teen Spirit

These awesome Decatur teen girls share a room and were desperate for better use of their space. Their mom got them these double loft beds but did not know where to go from there. They were so massive in the space and seemed to take over.

The colors we took from the moroccan rug and I decided to give them a boho glam cool girl vibe with a capiz shell chandelier, wooden beads, baskets, colorful art and shine in the mirror and window treatments.

For teens, (as with all of us!) design is all about self expression. I learned what they liked but I also gave them a wall with empty cork boards and magnetic chalk boards so they can fill it up with memories and their favorite rock star heartthrob (or educational pursuits).

I talked to the girls about their interests and went from there. One of them is studious and a swimmer. She got a desk area and art and pillows focused on swimming. The other girl is all about climbing and when she isn’t doing that, she is lounging hard. She loves everything soft and plush. We gave her a bean bag chair and fur.

They love their new room. And when we were done, it looked like teen spirit.

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Little Changes, Big Difference

Raise your hand if you have a sparsely decorated guest room in your home. I see you, there. And there. Yup, I see you too. Okay, put your hands down. We’ve all been there. You want your guest room to be a refreshing and comfortable space for your guests: a place where they feel special and welcome in your home.

The guest room may be the place you feel that you just don’t have the money to invest. The rooms aren’t used often — and you’d rather spend your creative energy and money on spaces shared by the entire family all the time. I get that. However, friends: I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to rejuvenate your space. Quick, inexpensive updates can be made with pillows, lighting, and side tables.

After designing their patio, living area, entry, and master bedroom — my clients wanted to tackle their guest bedrooms as well. These rooms are fantastic examples of how accessories can completely transform a space with minimal investment.

Let’s tackle the “red” room first (see on left). Here’s the REVEAL:

Here, we added a beautiful lamp that was an appropriate size for the room – and will give any guest ample light to read (okay, look at Facebook on their phone) before going to bed in this new space.  Replacing the art with a larger, more graphic print brings the red theme of the room together, enhanced by the inexpensive new shams and throw pillows. A side table completes the look.

Finally, let’s check out the “blue” room.

We started with this fantastic print that was already hanging in the space. We brought out the vibrant green and blues with the throw pillows (can we talk about how that pillow with all the tassels is my REASON FOR LIVING?!), and ensured that the space felt fresh with the white side table. New lighting makes the space feel polished, and blue is repeated in the room on the bookshelf and on the window seat.

Interested in gussying up a space in your home with new accessories? Contact me!

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A Place Where Dreams Are Made

I love it when clients want MORE. After transforming the entry, living room, dining room, and patio area earlier in the year, my clients hired me to update their master bedroom and guest rooms. Today, we’ll explore the master bedroom.

Since the downstairs has lots of color, she decided to go neutral with lots of texture. We started out with grays, beige, ivory, white, and gold tones and textures.

Now, let’s see the place where the dreams are made!

Next up in this gorgeous home tour?  The guest bedrooms.  If you haven’t checked out the rest of this home, click here.

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The kids are saying I’m amazing

My client’s little girl had a gray room that needed a high-voltage shot of life. Here is how I found it:

And here’s how I left it:

We did an accent wall in a bold teal with a lighter shade on the rest of the room, bath and closet. We focused on art and books to bring our color and accented with that awesome colorful rug. She now has a great little reading corner with light up stars to make it feel nothing short of magical. Painting spice racks hot pink made inexpensive shelves she can easily access. The mirror and basket will be a great area for her as she grows into wanting to play dress up. The art are all images her moms knew she loved. When she saw it, I KID YOU NOT, she said “Amazing” for the first time. My work here is done.

Living Room

My clients had purchased this large, beautiful piece of metal art but it felt oversized and out of place, the only color in the room.

We balanced the color throughout the room by adding window treatments, a vibrant rug and pillows full of texture. The shelves are accessorized to bring balance to the art, making it picture perfect!

Master Bedroom

My clients did not like their master bedroom. I feel strongly that your bedroom should make you happy when you wake up and be restful, cozy and essentially be a big hug when you go to bed. Their favorite color was purple and we decided to use green as an accent.

The current pieces were too severe all together, so we went for a gray upholstered bed and kept the side tables and dresser. Botanical prints in greens and purples graced the walls along with an abstract over an abstract print chair. Saturated purple on the floor provided a good foundation for a crisp, clean white bed and an accent pillow in our colors. Mirrors behind the lamps added a touch of easy glam and reflected the light in a beautiful way.

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Apartment Turns Home

Design can be healing. This is another amazing project to share because the process was so special to myself and my client.

She had just experienced a very difficult life change and found herself in a new space. Her request? She wanted this new apartment to look NOTHING like her old place. She needed her apartment to be peaceful, calm, restful, and healing: she needed that apartment to become a home.

You know those design shows that have the “white box” challenges? That’s what walking into this apartment was like. White box with a white sofa. The apartment complex had a no-paint policy — so we had to work to think how the furniture and accessory choices could provide that warmth and peace she was seeking. She loved the beach, and the complex was located next to a lake, so our inspiration became water. It was a great symbol for the peace, calm, and healing she was hoping for in this design.

One of my favorite projects here is the shelving unit we created in her room. I took the inexpensive IKEA VITTSJÖ shelving unit and gave it a couple of coats of gold spray paint. This is such a simple DIY project – and the result is stunning, sophisticated, and adds the right amount of elegance to her bedroom.

With a blank page in a new chapter of life and a blank canvas of an apartment, I designed a space that was rich with color, metallics, and texture to reach our goal of warmth without the use of paint.

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