Happy 2013!



[deviant art]

I hope you all have some exciting plans for New Years Eve.  We’re planning to ring in the new year with a low key evening at home and a nice glass of bubbly. 

If I were going to have a NYE party, the décor would be white and glamorous just like these rooms.  Maybe next year…


[Crystal Gentilello]


[Canadian House & Home]


[Elle Décor]


[Sally Wheat’s home via Décor Pad]


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[Rue Magazine]



Happy New Year!

Queen of Hearts & Charm Home



Today was exhausting yet so much fun at the same time.  I was finally able to install my booth at the new Queen of Hearts in Marietta.  I’ve been collecting and refinishing furniture for what seems like forever in preparation for today.  Not only was it great to see everything all put together in my booth, but it was so nice to be able to get my dining room back.  I’ve been storing every item that went into the both in my dining room for the past month.  Talk about cramped.  My house seriously looked like a house from an episode of hoarders.  I have my fingers crossed that I’ll actually sell something.  I love the stuff but I’m hoping other people will too.  After each piece that I finished I wanted to keep it for myself.  Good think I had the hubby to keep me in check.  If he hadn’t been around to say no I might not have ever gotten rid of the pieces.

The new Queen of Hearts Antiques & Interiors in Marietta opens to the public tomorrow, November 5th, at 10 a.m.  If you live in Atlanta you really should check it out.  I walked through the rest of the store today after my mom and I got finished setting up my booth.  There are so many great booths here.  I think the Marietta store is definitely going to rival the other Queen of Hearts stores as the best one.

This is what my booth looks like.  I still have an upholstered wingback chair on the way.  It should be in by Wednesday.  I can’t wait to see it.  I’m bound to want to keep it though.




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photo credit – AHL

Thanks to all of you for the comments on the MYCOLOR™ INSPIRED BY PANTONE® PAINTING PARTY!  I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the ideas that you guys have for painting projects. 

The winner of the MyColor by Pantone paint is Rae from Through the Haze – Reads.  Congrats Rae! 

I hope that everyone in Sandy’s path stays safe.  Take care if you are on the East coast.  For the rest of you have a great Monday!

MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party! + A Giveaway


Today is a fun day here on the blog. Starting at Noon EST I’m participating in the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party along with 5 other fab bloggers. We’ll all be sharing projects with you and giving you the DIY scoop.  There’s also a great chance for you to win a sample of MyColor™ paint yourself.

Here are the other bloggers that will be joining me for the party…

1. Sarah @ Alderberry Hill, 2. ME!!  3. Sara @ House Bella, 4. Jerusalem @ Jolly Goode Gal, 5. Katie @ Craptastic & 6. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely

I haven’t really shared too much on my blog but I have some exciting news.  I’ll be opening a booth at Queen of Hearts Antiques & Interiors in about a week.  So, needless to say, I was so pumped when MyColor contacted me and wanted me to participate.  It was a great opportunity for me to finish some of the pieces that I’ve been meaning to finish for my booth.  The colors that I selected were Trekking Green, Lunar Rock and Blue Haze, and let me tell you I was so pleased with the colors.


I have been purchasing baskets for the booth but they are plain Jane.

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After a little help from MyColor™ they are perfect!

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This project was super-easy.  Since MyColor™ is self-priming I didn’t even have to prime the baskets first.  This saved me tons of time.  For the baskets with lines I used tape to give me a straight line.


I also used a craft brush for each of the baskets.  A craft brush gave me much more control then a large paint brush.  I painted a couple of coats of paint and then removed the tape. 


One of my baskets was woven in a herringbone pattern so I took full advantage and painted a zigzag.  This was by far the hardest one to paint because it was really hard to follow the pattern of the herringbone and stay straight.  Eventually I opted to use tape at the top and bottom edges so that I made sure my zigzags stayed the same length.


I was so happy with how my feathered basket came out.  I laid on the paint really heavily at the bottom of the basket.  Then once I had a good base at the bottom, I started feathering my paint upward (oops, sorry guys, but I didn’t take a pic of this).  I did it until I thought it looked even.  There really was no plan for it.  Once all of that paint dried, I flipped it upside down and painted the bottom with a thick layer of paint so that it really looked dipped.


I really couldn’t be happier with how the baskets turned out.  I can’t wait to put them in the shop next week. 





Now, for the part that you are really excited about…THE GIVEAWAY!  You have 3 chances to enter to win a sample of MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint . 

1.  Leave a comment telling me how you would use MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint for your own project.

2.  Tweet your project idea to @MyColorPaints with the hashtag #PassItOn, then come back and comment on this blog post for a second entry.

3.  Like the My Color Inspired by Pantone facebook page, post your painting project on the Facebook page, and leave me a comment saying you did so.

In all of your comments please be sure to leave me your email address so that I can notify you if you are the winner.  I’ll announce the winner on my blog on this coming Monday. You can post comments up to Sunday night at midnight.  Good luck and get inspired at the next party over at Sara’s blog House Bella.     

Happy Painting to Ya!


ADAC Opens its Doors

If you live in Atlanta and are exposed on any level to the world of design, then you most definitely have heard of ADAC.  Until now, ADAC was a place for designers to visit, but the general public wasn't allowed access.  As of tomorrow, October 1st, any and all will be welcomed inside the campus consisting of 550,000 square feet with 60 showrooms offering 1,200 of the industry’s finest product lines including furniture, fabric, rugs, lighting, accessories, floor and wall coverings, antiques, fine art and framing, kitchens, bath, tile and stone, and home theater product.  It is an exciting venture for ADAC and the entire design community.

To kick things off there will be two weeks of events open to the public as well as designers.  For a detailed calendar of events you can visit ADAC's website.  You can register for any of the events listed by going here.  On Wednesday, October 10th, I'll be speaking along with five lovely ladies, Shelly Hart of Design Indulgence, Erika Ward of BluLabel Bungalow, Claire Watkins of High Gloss Blue, and Helen Young of Whitehaven; moderated Wendy Shannon at With a Southern Twist.  We'll be dishing about what is in, what is out and what is hot in the world of blogging and design.  Please join us!  It's a really fun group and I'm sure you will be entertained.

Breakfast Nook & a Second Season



Every time I finish a new project I always get so excited.  My design projects are like babies to me. I love and nurture them until they are all grown up.  Well…not exactly (raising a little one is way harder) but you get the idea.  I think any designer that is passionate about what they do becomes very attached to their projects.  Especially when the clients are awesome to work with and have great style.  This was the case with my latest project.  I’ve been working with these clients for the last few months, and it has been a total joy.  They came to me asking if I would design their breakfast nook in their new home.  They moved to Atlanta from Houston and didn’t have anything that they wanted to keep in their new breakfast nook.  It was so much fun to literally start from scratch on their design.

I built their design around this fabric from Kravet.


I love using botanical posters from The Evolution Store in my designs.  They make such a statement in a room.


To give the room that warm and fuzzy feeling I shopped at local antique stores for accessories and one of a kind finds.



I found the cute little footstool at Target.  I’ll be reupholstering the top with plain burlap, but in honor of the London Olympics I left it in my photos.






On another note, Elbow Room got picked up for a second season on HGTV!!!!  I’ve already started designing with Chip and the rest of the team.  I’m looking forward to another fun season.  Last year I was so bad about taking behind the scenes pictures while we were on set.  I’m going to try to make a point to capture more of the good stuff on camera this year.  We have so much fun on the sets and I’d love to be able to share that with everyone.  We start filming in mid-October.  We are still accepting applications so if you live in the Atlanta area and need a renovation please apply.  You can apply here.  Good luck if you apply. 

Saw It. Loved It.

Just found this piece of art through a random google search. Saw it. Loved it. Got inspired. Don't know the artist and didn't save the link from the blog but I'm just dying over the colors. A master bedroom redo may be in the future after seeing this...if only I could convince the hubby.  

Happy weekend!