Displaying Memories in Glass Jars

August 16, 2011

Beach Treasures

I guarantee if you don't live by the beach and only have the opportunity to visit once or twice a year, you (and your kids) collect and bring home bucketfuls of shells and rocks.  On our recent vacation to the glorious Martha's Vineyard, we were grateful to visit two beautiful beaches that were filled with these must-bring-home collectibles. But when I got home, these treasures sat in the garage, and the memory of the amazing beach filled days disappeared.  I knew I had to do something with them. While on my daily a TJ Maxx visit the other day, I picked up a large glass jar and … [Read more...]

The Best Online Home Decor Resources

August 15, 2011

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As an Interior Designer and blogger, I'm always searching for the next best thing. Whether it's a new product or an awesome deal, I'm continually "on the hunt" to share new and interesting home decor items with my clients and you.  Instead of keeping all the go-to places to myself, I'm in the mood to share some insider secrets. I'm often asked, "where do you shop?"... well here's the scoop ~ One Kings Lane If you're an SAS veteran, you know my design philosophy is to inspire you to achieve a high-end look at a fraction of the cost.  One of my favorite resources that parallel this … [Read more...]

Kitchen Makeover Reveal

August 12, 2011

Kitchen Makeover Complete

FINALLY the day has come that I can officially say that the kitchen is complete! It feels wonderful to finally make the reveal - you've all been very patient and so kind with your comments!  After weeks of project posts and minimal pictures, here it is~ If you haven't seen the kitchen before, here it is.  The cabinets were an orangey oak color with hunter green laminate on the countertop.  When we first moved into our house about a year ago, we quickly updated the cabinets with new hardware, but left everything else...until now! Before When originally sharing the pictures of the … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Repurpose a Wine Barrel

August 11, 2011

Wine Barrel

I'll admit that I enjoy a nice glass of wine every once in a while, but I never thought about getting an actual barrel of wine.... until now.  Living far from wine country, barrels are difficult to come by in my neck of the woods, but I recently stumbled upon some unique and interesting ways to repurpose wine barrels (that don't relate to drinking).   Kate of Centsational Girl does live in wine country (lucky duck) and has quite the advantage of getting her hands on some awesome wine barrels.  Upon being inspired by this planter, she decided to create her own.  Isn't it awesome?!  … [Read more...]

A Favorite Summer Dish

August 9, 2011


Despite the summer being more than half way over, I couldn't resist sharing my favorite summertime dish, Fresh Vegetables & Pasta. It's SO simple, yet SO scrumptious! With all the fresh produce from my local farmers market, this dish is a winner in my house!  With just a few ingredients (and alot of love), this meal is light, refreshing, and O so yummy! I love this dish because you can add anything you like... Clean out the refrig and add your favorites! My vegetable preferences are: Onions (I like red because they add a pop of color), Squash, Zucchini, Peppers (red, yellow, and/or … [Read more...]

Choosing and Installing the Best Lighting Fixture

August 8, 2011


Finding the perfect light fixture for a space is always so exciting!  But have you ever been confused about the right height to hang it or wondered if the fixture is too big or too small for the room?   Put those worries aside, because I've got the answers! How high should a chandelier be hung? Over a Table When hanging a chandelier over a table, it's important for it to hang low enough over the table, but not too low so it's blocking the conversation between people sitting across from each other. A fixture is best positioned about 30-32" from the bottom of the fixture to the table … [Read more...]

Saturday Spotlight #23

August 6, 2011


Welcome to the 23rd edition of Saturday Spotlight! This linky party hosted by Jenna of SAS Interiors and Jenn of Green Door Designs is fun and unique! Link up your project ONCE and it's showcased on TWO blogs = More exposure...More FUN?! Our combined FEATURE pick from week #22Beautiful bedroom sparkle by Diane of Home Sweet Homemade Jenna's Pick from week #22I'm just loving the transformation that this dresser took by adding a little peacock (color); created by 551 East Furniture Design. Jenn's Pick from week #22Loving the gorgeous update to this side table; created by Patricia Ann If … [Read more...]

Kitchen Makeover Phase Four: Creating an Open Cabinet

August 5, 2011

Kitchen Makeover

You're probably saying to yourself..."Isn't she done YET?"  Who takes this long to redo a kitchen.  Well, between work and summer activities with the kids, my kitchen makeover has definitely been dragging.  And being away this week, hasn't help matters.  But I can promise you, the FINAL REVEAL will be very soon!  I pinky swear!! Before I left, I made another change to the kitchen that I am very excited about.  In the 'before' kitchen, I had a baker's rack with baskets that housed alot of misc things.  I didn't think it meshed with the look of the 'new' kitchen, but I still needed a place to … [Read more...]

Make a Statement with your Windows

August 4, 2011

WT_Valance and Bamboo

'Blast from the Past' Post: Choosing Window treatments for your home While away, I thought this would be a perfect post to share.  Window Treatments can often be tricky because there are SO many options. Here are some ideas on choosing the right style for your space. ................................................................. If you have one or multiple windows in a room, deciding on window treatments is often a challenge. When thinking about window treatments for your home, here are some things to consider: your style, the architectural details of your home, your colors, the need for … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger – 221 Vision: Stool Revamp with Zebra

August 3, 2011

221 vision

I'm so excited to have the fabulous ladies, Carrie and Angela of 221 Vision, as my Guest Blogger for today. From creative DIY projects to delicious recipes to inspiring crafts, these ladies are awesome.  Check out this easy, yet eye-popping transformation... .......................................................... Thanks Jenna for having us at your place today! We love updating old furniture into something new and funky. I found a great little bench at a local antique fair about a year ago. It was covered in this hideous print: I promptly recovered it in this leopard print...not my … [Read more...]