Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Project Sneak Peek, Million Dollar Ocean Views

Good morning,

I have two current projects which are getting close to completion, which means close to reveal. Exciting!

Today I want to share with you a little bit more of one that I started to reveal. It is a great example of the power of paint, removing walls and selecting the right lighting options which literally takes 10 years or more off your space.

Don't be afraid to go neutral and white, it is my favorite thing in the world. For me there is nothing better than a bright light space, and if you have the kind of view my client does that doesn't hurt either;).

In my last post I talked about removing walls and how much of a difference that makes, well take a look at the lighting and furnishing of that space which instead of taking away the amazing million dollar view, actually opens the space right up to nothing BUT that view.


The dark trim, over done drapes, lack of lighting, faux finish on the walls, terrible engineering which put the entire kitchen behind a wall blocking the entire ocean view made for one big hot mess! This trend continued throughout the entire unit.

For this one, I had to remove the kitchen wall and completely relocate the plumbing column which runs through the entire building. I also had to drop the ceilings about 3-5" total in order to add lighting and electrical since Florida beach condos are made of concrete! It has been quite the process.

Here is a look at the progression with some I-phone pics that I snapped up, clearly not top grade, but they will have to do.


This neutral and white palette and low sleek furnishings make the view the center stage here. I removed all moldings for a more contemporary look, and added strategic high hat and decorative lighting throughout. I am still waiting on the draperies and a few accent pieces, but the change to this project is undeniably awesome!

Can't wait to reveal more of it.

Stay tuned for an entirely different project of sorts. I am hoping to show you in the coming week or so.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Project Sneak Peek, Tear Down The Walls

Good morning,

I want to share a peek in to a project of mine since I am finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel, literally!

This project is a really amazing condo right smack on the beach, and when I started with it you couldn't even appreciate the surrounding beauty in this stuffy outdated and cramped space. To change that I tore out the walls, opened up the kitchen, and lightened every inch throughout.

Take a look at where things started.


It's hard to see, but beyond that dismal and might I say random wall is the kitchen! Why would someone put a kitchen behind a wall which blocks a million dollar ocean front view I may never know, so here's what I decided to do.


It's time to blow that mother out! Notice how the removal of that one wall alone instantly brightened the space.

Now take a look at the progress with the new kitchen.


And for that million dollar view???

Well I gave them that as well.

Remember, if you are living in a closed in space with a choppy non-functional lay out removing the interior walls will not only change the look of your space, but also the function of it. I highly recommend it, and I do this in most of my spaces.

Take a look at a couple of my past projects to see how dramatic this change really is.






The house above is my own home, so yes I do practice what I preach;)

Can't wait to share more of what I've been up to with you, so stay tuned!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Year New Changes, Budget Lamp Score

Good morning and Happy New Year!

I am going to show you more of our home this year as well as my current and updated projects. So many exciting changes and work projects have kept me blissfully busy.

Be sure to check out my Portfolio  tab which I did make some updates to.

One of the changes around here is exciting since it involves a pretty awesome score on some VERY VERY VERY similar Arteriors Sabine floor lamps shown below straight from the pages of Kelly Hoppen's newest book.

You see that amazing brass floor lamp next to that black table?? Yassss!!! That is the one I've been dying for. In case you haven't noticed or have been hiding under a rock gold is everywhere, and brass specifically has such a throw back vintage feel to it which I just love! Sadly for me, these lamps run a hefty $936 ( times two) and I just can't justify spending that on a floor lamp. I would spend top dollar on good furniture or chandeliers and lighting, but for floor lamps in my ever rotating living room not so much.

So I went on a hunt searching for a twin to Sabine because I've never been as lucky as some and walked in to a Home Goods and found one for $99 that looks just like it as the lucky girl from Desert Domicile did shown below. Lucky girl!

I wasn't that lucky, but I did find perhaps the evil twin to Sabine for much much less. She's brassy, classy and she'll kick your assy! OK maybe not, but she really is a pretty amazing lamp. Take a look at my Sabine floor lamp replicas.

Now this one may not have the large "v" as her base, but who the heck cares?! Not I, because it sells for only $358 plus I got an additional 15% discount and free shipping!!

The total price for my Diamond Lighting lamps from was only $304.50! I know it's not the same as the $99 Home Goods score, but it is a VERY reasonable price for this lamp. Score!

I also added some Kelly Wearstler pillows in that room. You will be seeing more of her throughout the house this year since I've adopted a 70's vintage glam over the top craze fest around here, and the is just the epitome of Kelly Wearstler. OK I'm definitely not that over the top, I just can't be. I need neutrals to keep me grounded, but pillows and accessories go a long way when exploring design trends.

I bought the pillows from who has a great selection in most sizes. The pillows shown are Channels in Plum/Oatmeal, and Bengal Bazaar in Graphite/Rose.

Have you changed anything up for the New Year yet???


Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY Kate Spade Inspired Ikea Storage Boxes

It's Friday!!!!

Let me start by saying I'm sorry, it's me not you:) I've been working....allot. I'll try to post more often. Don't hate me.

You've heard me say it before and I'll say it again, kids come with clutter! The key to kids rooms is to give them a place to put the clutter. Case in point is my daughter Isabella's room which has driven me close to the point of insanity. It is small and challenging, which is typical for kids rooms.

For me the Ikea Expedit (now called the Kallax) has been great for organization and is a universal solution in most of the children's rooms that I design. It's compact, affordable, is perhaps one of the most versatile pieces EVER, and can be so chic when staged well.

Case in point for todays post was inspired from the image below.

That Ikea unit is staged so beautifully with decorative boxes from Kate Spade and I wanted them! Sadly, at close to $60 for a set of 3 and the fact that I am a Crazy Designer Lady and change my mind (and my house) far too often I wasn't shelling out that cash for the amount of boxes I need.

My solution was this crafty little tutorial that I found on The Decoist using the very affordable Kassett storage boxes which I already had from Ikea.

Her tutorial was so simple. Take an Ikea Kassett box and electrical tape and wrap it. Use your tape as a spacer. Fast, easy and affordable. Check out her blog for a step by step.

For the polka dotted boxes I had to be a little more creative. My solution was to take the Flatpack Decals Dots/Blocks wall decals that I found in a pack for only $9.99 from Target and stick them on the boxes. Yes, it really was that simple. The one problem was that there weren't enough black ones so I took a black Sharpie and colored all of the blue. Done!

Here are my results for my DIY Kate Spade Inspired Storage Boxes in Isabella's room.

Here are a couple detailed shots for you of the DIY Kate Spade Inspired (easy as heck) Storage Boxes.

I'm obsessed with the results!

In case you are interested in any of the other items, I included a list of what was recently purchased (the rest are things I owned prior in my ever rotating house).

Storage Boxes-White Ikea Kassett **various sizes, Pink Ikea TJENA
Brass urchins 3pk
Lamp and shade
Brass Magazine Holder Nate Berkus for Target

Let me know if you're happy to see me again so that I know if I should keep making this blog a priority. It's been rough lately, but if you want the posts to keep on coming I will commit to getting them out there for you guys. I love my followers and I love your feedback!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DIY Moroccan Wedding Blanket, Oh Yea!

Good morning,

I've been very busy lately and in and out of town for personal business, but I have been dying to share with you a recent DIY project that I completed and I think many a fan will be VERY excited about this one.

I'm talking about an easy DIY Moroccan wedding blanket using nothing more than trim and fabric glue!  You heard me correct, I glued trim to an awesome blanket that I found and created a similar version to the costly crowd favorite at a much lower cost.


Here is my DIY Moroccan Wedding Blanket.
Sequins and lamb's wool and cotton, Oh my! Let's take a look at where the obsession started. You can find these blankets in white or in shades of cream and with some color to them as well, and they all have the most amazing sequins and trim details. Here are some of my inspiration images which I used to drool over guide my DIY Moroccan wedding blanket.

Moroccan wedding blankets are known as handira and are hand woven from cotton, wool and linen by Berber women and given to brides who wear them on their wedding day. They are said to ward off evil and to award fertility. These blankets are hand woven which you can imagine takes a lil bit of time and effort. They are gifted to the bride who wears them as a sort of cape for her journey home.

Here is a close up of one I found on Ebay.

How cool is that? As you would imagine, these hand woven babies can cost hundreds of $$$ and since I don't have any Berber women around weaving me one up I decided that I had to either pony up the cash, or figure out how to make one of my own which is exactly what I did.

DIY Moroccan Wedding Blanket Tutorial (No Sew!):

To start off with I needed to find a blanket, and preferably one with some texture to it so that it better resembles the natural texture of the woven handira or Moroccan wedding blankets.

I found this lovely blanket from Linen Source in a size king for $89.95. You can find your own here.

It comes in a variety of colors, however for the purpose of a Moroccan wedding blanket either the white or the natural would work best. I used the white. I love the textured lines on it as well as the fringe which adds a worldly touch in my opinion;)

Total blanket cost $89.95 with free shipping.

Next you have to get some trim. This can get expensive so measure wisely. For my blanket I decided to go with 3 types of trim, a gold sequin trim, a silver sequin trim and a yarn that I found on clearance for $2.00 per roll which was shades of grey with slight gold sequins in it. I decided after the fact to omit some of the gold which just didn't work in the space. You can see how this would be a costly mistake.

Here is a close up of my trims.

The tricky part is figuring out how many rows you will want to do. I found that each row needed 3.17yds of trim. As you see from the picture above I spaced them out by two rows for each sequin trim and one row in the middle of each yarn trim. You can do yours any way you like with as much or as little as you prefer. What you will need to know if how much of each trim you will need in total.
For my blanket I used:
- Patons Pirouette in Silver Sparkle that I happened to find on clearance at Joanne's crafts for only $2.99. I made 32 total rows of this which comes 17 yds. per pack which was a total usage of 5 packs.
-7/8" silver stretch sequin trim for $3.99/yd. I used 10 total rows at 3.17yds per row which was roughly 32 yds. at $3.99 minus a discount coupon of 40% (oh yea!) for a total cost of around $76.
-7/8" gold stretch sequin trim for $3.99/yd. Same usage and cost as above.

Total trim cost: $166.95
Next up is the easiest part of all, original tacky glue which is basically fabric glue. Do yourself the favor and get the mega large one, you'll need it. It's about $7.00 for 16oz.
Total cost of glue: $6.99

The only other thing you will need for this project is scissors.

To actually make your blanket you will need some time, and patience. To begin you simply run your trim down the blanket and measure it. Cut it when it gets to the ends of the fuzzy raised part of the blanket just before the fringe. Once you have a few pieces measured, cut and laid out you simply run the glue down the length of the blanket and then come back over the glue with your trim pressing it down in to the glue. I found it easy for me to get a paper towel and run it over the entire strip to make sure that it was securely pressed evenly down the blanket. I also glued the trim directly on to the raised fuzzy part.

Here I am in the beginning process to give you an idea. As you see, you will need some space for this one.

That's it! Hours of labor and cutting, laying out and gluing aside you can stand back as I did and marvel at your new creation.

This was a late night shot when I got to stand back and finally see it completed, and I just thought it was stunning!

And here are a few shots of the room in it's progress with the new addition.

Master Bedroom Update/ DIY Moroccan Wedding Blanket:

Now this is much less expensive than the $700-$800 dollar blankets in the larger sizes I wanted, though admittedly it wasn't exactly a "cheap" DIY it still brings a smile to my face when I walk in to my bright bedroom and see it sparkle. You could cut your own costs down by going with a smaller sized blanket which would in turn need less trim and less mullah $$. You could also shop around for trim and see what discounts you find. What I love about DIY is that there is a sense of instant gratification AND you get to tell a story about something. As an interior designer I LOVE THAT! It's not only about how much something costs, or where it comes from as much as it is the story of how a space comes together that makes it truly magical. I'm sure there will more changes as things progress such as with the accents and pillows until I'm truly happy with it (and when I'm finished rotating things from all over my house,) but for now things are shaping up nicely.
What do you think?