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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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Fresh in the Highlands

My clients have a gorgeous tudor home in the Virginia Highlands suburb of Atlanta. It needed to be fresh and rescue dog friendly! Before I work with a client, I have them do homework to determine their style preferences. For this client, her boards were full of shades of aqua, teal and gray. That became our starting place and we had a blast unifying the space with color, his father’s photography and lots of plants for fresh air and an airy feel.

Let’s start with the entry!

When a living space does not have a formal foyer or separate entry area, it’s very easy to create a sense of that space with a console table, a great piece of art, and some seating. Mirrors and plants add light and freshness, welcoming you into the larger living room space.

In the dining room, our design plan called for the addition of a grand, industrial display and storage unit. This is not your mother’s china cabinet. We softened the room with some upholstered accent-turned-dining chairs, soft teal curtains, and the aqua-toned rug.

By adding a large sectional sofa, we separated the living area from the living room area from the entry to give the feel of two separate spaces. The round coffee table is a great contrast to the lines of the sofa; the art and throw pillows continue the color scheme into this space. The plants add the fresh element that connects this space with the sun room.

And last, but absolutely not least, is the sun room. Since we’re allowed to have favorites, obviously, this is my favorite. We started with great seating. Our objective was to use the aqua and teal accents to make the plants the real star of this comfortable room.

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Every playroom needs a Climbing Wall

My clients  wanted the playroom in the basement to be the neighborhood hangout – high voltage and lots of fun. Fun and Done! Every basement, neighborhood hangout needs a rock wall. Right?

Here’s where we started:

Basement, BEFORE the amazing rock wall installation

Basement, BEFORE it became a neighborhood hangout

We started with the colorful rug and pulled the wall color and art from that inspiration. The furniture and storage pieces were kept white and simple. We have a place for legos, a doll house, dress up area and the rock wall, of course! The granite foundation was painted a glossy white and foot holds were added so the kids could climb like the monkeys they are. Insta-hit!

The rug served as the inspiration for this basement playroom

Everything in its place

Completed Rock Wall installation

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