Archive for May, 2012

Shopping Deals

When looking for a good deal for the home, a good place to look is JCP.  I paruoused their online shop, and here are some goodies that I will keep in mind for projects:


Windsor Bench

Gourd Lamp

Rectangle Table Lamp

Plaid Rug

While on the website, I couldn’t help but also check out their clothes…

Pin Blouse

Printed Blouse

Woven Dress

What do you think about JC Penny?  Have you shopped there recently?

May 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM 2 comments

In Progress

I really only like to show the finished product of projects because the in progress shots are not nearly as pretty.  But I thought it would be fun to see a little more behind the scenes.  Keep in mind these are all I phone pics and the project is NOT finished!

The office that I was referring to yesterday will be getting 8″ horizontal stripes in the alternating colors of Pale Oak and White Dove by Benjamin Moore.

Here is what the room looked like when I was called onto the project:

The first thing to get changed out were the chairs.  We wanted to do comfortable office chairs with a large impact since that’s what you see as you enter the room.  Enter these vintage ETSY chairs which I blogged about before…

And in the room…

I love the high back, the interesting shape, the happy green color with the white banding and my client is so thrilled that the chairs are on casters and they are super comfy.  My client has two adorable girls and she will often sit in between them on the stool while they are doing their homework.  She found a super cute stool that goes so perfectly with the new rug.  Please note – the rug is NOT in the position that it will be in permanently.   We’re going to wait until the painters move out the furniture to paint the room and when they move it all back in, we’ll be putting down the rug first.

We have custom romans and a custom settee, lamps, a coffee table, a bookshelf, a new overhead light and a large whiteboard to go but we’re getting there.  The paint job should be finished next week so I can show you an update next Friday.

Happy Friday everyone!!

May 18, 2012 at 5:03 AM 2 comments

Tone On Tone Stripes

I’m meeting with a client this morning to finalize paint colors for some tone on tone stripes that will be painted in their family office.  I really like the look of large horizontal stripes in a room and when they are tone on tone they have a very classic look to them.

Apartment Therapy

Young House Love

Sara Richardson Design

When going for the tone on tone look, just pick a paint colors that are about two shades away from each other to get that subtle look.  If you would like a bit more differentiation, you can do one color matte and the other glossy.

May 17, 2012 at 5:23 AM 5 comments

Frances Reid Clothing

While Graham and I were in Palm Springs, my family was hanging out without me (how dare they?!).  It was Easter after all so I guess I’ll forgive them.  They went to my cousin’s home in Sonoma and hung out by a pool all day.  My incredibly talented sister-in-law, the designer and creator of the children’s line, Frances Reid Clothing made all of the children’s outfits.  How adorable are these clothes?!

My little nieces and nephews are the cutest!!  Special shout out goes to Elise and Reid for posing like pros.

The different fabrics that Bridget chooses are simply irresistible and I love how she combines various patterns.  For example, check out this playsuit…

Hansel Playsuit 

I love the green seersucker with the blue and white striped fabric detailing and the blue buttons.  Then the awesome back of the playsuit…

Couldn’t you just die from all of the cuteness?!

All of Bridget’s clothes are handmade in Oakland with organic fabric.  She also does custom orders.  Check out more of what she has in store, here.

May 15, 2012 at 5:23 AM 4 comments


I thought I’d share some of what has been ordered and coming along for projects…

This fabulous Jayson Home and Garden console table will be going into a front entry…

This beautiful Christopher Farr Cloth fabric is going to be a seat cushion for a built in bench in a different front entry…

This fun Katie Ridder wallpaper will be going up in a Jack and Jill Bathroom…

This headboard is getting covered this week for a master bedroom…

This classic green and white striped fabric will be used as a roman in a little boy’s bedroom…

This ETSY stool is one of the jumping off points for a family room…

This delicious raspberry Schumacher Shake It Up fabric is going on vintage spoon back chairs…

I tell you, is my job fun or what!!  The only thing is that I, like my clients, wish that everything would just happen with the snap of a finger once we decide on a plan.  Wouldn’t that be nice?!!  There is a lot happening around here and I can’t wait to share with you along the way.

May 14, 2012 at 5:43 AM 4 comments

Happy Mother’s Day

To my very special mom,

Hi!  I know you read this every single day and for that I am so incredibly grateful.  What clients don’t know, is that you are often my barometer for what’s chic and what’s just gone off into crazy designer land.  Thank you for all of your helpful advice in this arena.  You study with great interest my I phone pictures as each client’s rooms progress.

You are obviously so much more than just a sounding board.  You are my best friend.  I love dropping by home to chit chat with you.  We could and we do talk for hours.

You are also an inspiration to me.  You always choose adventure.  You are about to take off, with a friend, to walk Spain’s Camino De Santiago and to hike 18 miles a day.  From there, you will take your first solo trip through southern spain.  Now that is choosing adventure.

Us in quicksand in Namibia

They say a mom’s job is never done because she doesn’t have set hours of the day.  Well, a mom’s job also goes beyond the years of when we need mothering the most.  No matter my age, you’ll still be the one I come running to, to make it all better.  Nobody else can make it better quite like you do.  So, while the scraped knees have slowed down (thank God), the tears still come from time to time and thanks for being there with open arms.

Thank you, mom!  You are the absolute best!!  I love you!  Happy mother’s day!!


May 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM 3 comments

Thank You!

My little tini, tiny apartment that could.  I’m so incredibly happy about the blog shout outs I’ve been receiving about my previous apartment.

First off, A Diary of Lovely wrote the most amazing post about it and then a few days ago, A Piece of Toast wrote about my hallway with very lovely comments about the rest of the apartment.  This past weekend, Glitter Guide also posted a shot of my hallway on Pinterest, which got an incredible amount of love.  Then, Layla Grayce, an absolute favorite store of mine, also pinned it on pinterest.  Yesterday, Kiki’s List wrote about my hallway as inspiration for a DIY project. Shots of my apartment have since been pinned and repinned.

I want to say a huge thank you for the recognition and the sweet, sweet comments. It has meant the world to me to read them!!  Seriously, words can not express what it’s like to be seen and recognized by names and designers who I read daily and whose design aesthetic I hold so highly.  I am on cloud 9!

And if you’re new to this blog, please do stick around.  I have lots of projects that are finishing up and I’ll be sharing them here!  Also, if you posted about my apartment, please let me know and I’ll add you to my thank you post.

P.S.  I also found out on Kiki’s List that the dog silhouette was originally $498.  I found mine in the sale section of Anthropologie (about three years ago).  The print was in a corner and flipped upside down, I turned it over and fell in love.  I got mine for around $200 and it was a birthday gift from my mom – thanks mom!!

May 10, 2012 at 7:47 AM 7 comments

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