Teen Room Roundup

May 17, 2012

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With a plethora of interests, hobbies, and sometimes messy habits, a teens bedroom can often be a challenge to design. Some parents (and their kids) would rather just close the door to the often unsightly views, but many want to leave the door open to show a well-designed room that reflects their childs unique interests and personality. After finishing up my son's bedroom makeover (even though he's not a teen - thank goodness) a few weeks ago, I thought it would be fun to put together some inspirational ideas and solutions for a well-designed, functional, and Totally Rad Teen … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

May 9, 2012

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It's been a little crazy around here lately and one of the reasons is because I just wrapped up three design jobs this week.  It's always so gratifying when a project is complete and the vision that I originally had for a space comes to fruition.  As I finished up the final details of these latest projects, each client said (in a different way, of course) how I made them think outside the box and how the space wouldn't be what it is without my assistance.  That surely brought a smile to my face :) Many think, that an Interior Designer is only for the stars or the uber-wealthy.  So not true! … [Read more...]

5 Simple Must-Know Thrifting Tips

April 19, 2012

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Even though it took us a while to find out her "real" name (sometimes I still want to call her Madigan), Shannon is the super creative and talented DIYer behind Madigan Made, where she shares simple DIY ideas for you and your home.  From crafting ideas to holiday creations to blogging tips, Shannon shares simple crafts & decor for everyday living.  With Spring in full swing, this is the best time of year for garage sales and thrift shopping, and thanks to Shannon, she's sharing her favorite thrifting tips. Shannon, take it away... Hi there! I’m Shannon and I blog over at Madigan … [Read more...]

Boy Bedroom Makeover {Reveal}

April 17, 2012

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I've talked about it enough and now I am finally delivering... my son's bedroom is complete and I'm making the reveal {squeal}.  It's been enjoyable and fun to work on some new do-it-yourself projects and make some design updates in his room, but I'm also happy to say, it's DONE.  And what a coincidence that the reveal is today because it's also his 6th birthday - wow the time has gone fast. Let's stop the chattin' and get to the room reveal. If you happen to remember way back when before painting the stripes, I created this quick sketch of what I wanted the space to look like once we … [Read more...]

5 Simple Steps to Complete Darkness + Giveaway

April 13, 2012

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No I haven't turned to the Dark Side, but I now am in complete darkness thanks to my new blackout cellular shades.  Thanks to the fine folks of Payless Decor, I got the opportunity to hang & test their shades and I have to say they are different & better than what I expected!  Read on... I am a huge fan of layering window treatments, not only for aesthetic reasons (to look pretty), but also for function.  Who wants the bright sun glaring through the windows at 5 a.m.?  I don't :)  Adding dimension and layers to your window treatments not only picture frames the exterior, but it also … [Read more...]

15 Inspirational Outdoor Spaces: Part 2

April 11, 2012

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With Spring in full swing, my mind has left the indoors and is focused on outdoor living.  Yesterday I shared 15 of my favorite outdoor spaces and today I'm sharing 15 more.  Let's bring the indoors out and be inspired by this outdoor living spaces. Beautiful summer table in shades of blue by Centsational Girl Relaxing outdoor oasis featured on Delight By Design Bold & Beautiful outdoor space feature at House Beautiful Outdoor living space filled with rich color and texture featured at House Beautiful Relaxing outdoor haven featured at BHG Cool, comfortable, and neutral outdoor … [Read more...]

15 Inspirational Outdoor Spaces

April 10, 2012

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Since the first 50 degree+ day a few weeks ago, I have been non-stop trying to tackle outdoor projects.  The Mister and I have been hard at work the last 3 weekends, transforming our side yard which has been in need of TLC since we moved in.  Two weeks ago we had about 15 trees removed (something that we couldn't DIY since they were 40-60' feet high) and ever since, we have been clearing out overgrown shrubs & debris. Our overall vision is to create a grassed area with a garden for some flowers & veggies, as well as a patio and seating area.  A LOT still needs to be done, but in the … [Read more...]

An Office to Dream About

April 6, 2012

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I often sit at my computer, in my home office, thinking and dreaming about my ideal office space. What colors would it be?  How would I introduce texture? How would the WOW-factor be met?  I'm very happy with my current desk and the changes that I recently made, but a girl can still dream, right?? This bright and cheery office space designed by Lauren Nelson Design is a blissful space to work.  From floor to ceiling, this office is filled with bold colors and interesting patterns, yet still evokes a happy, airy space to get the creative juices flowing.  I love the eclectic style of the … [Read more...]

10 DIY Projects Using Burlap + Giveaway

April 2, 2012

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I've made quite a few projects using burlap and coffee sacks, so obviously it's a favorite material of mine.  It's unique feel and look give any decor piece or creation an added depth and texture that an ordinary cotton or equal doesn't. Burlap can really be used for anything!  From wreaths to wall art... from clothing to crafts... burlap is a strong, rigid, and eco-friendly material that has endless possibilities.  Burlapfabric.com is a great resource for burlap, coffee sacks, jute webbing, jute twine, plus has a great selection of sisal twine, cheesecloth fabric, bulldog tarps, and rags - … [Read more...]

Spring Mantel with Shades of Turquoise

March 27, 2012

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Last week here in Upstate NY, the weather was amazing and I soaked up every bit of sun I could get. Now it's a little chillier, but Spring and Summer will be here before ya know it! In the midst of the gorgeous weather, I took some time to put together my new Spring Mantel. Over the past few months, I have been introducing more cooler colors than the warmer colors that I've lived with for many years. So my latest mantel creation has a whole lotta turquoise, which is a beautiful and dynamic compliment to the burnt orange focal wall. Here it is... What do you think? Turquoise is … [Read more...]