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right smack on the beach, and when I started with it you couldn't even appreciate the surrounding beauty in this stuffy outdated and cramped space.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???