Friday, April 29, 2011

Hmmmm....Stairways...Bright Basements...and Built-ins

Happy Friday!!!

Here's some Friday randomness that isn't so random...

Fun Stairways

Classic Stairways

Image via Living With What You Love

Dramatic Stairways

Image via Living With What You Love 

Beautifully Raw Stairway

Bright Basement

via the fabulous Flourish Design & Style

 Built-ins and Displays

oh...and This Stuff too...

images via Caleo Designs 


Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Update: Another Black Door!!

I painted the other door! I'm on quite the door painting spree!

You might have to take the black paint away from me now...

Remember the before....

here it is now...

P.S. The other door is where I write my child's crazy sayings. Like the name of the monster that scares her at night, "bookiemonkie scaredy cow goblin". I don't know where this stuff comes from, but it cracks me up, so it goes on the door.

The next doors to be tackled are these:

This one has to be refinished and then it will have mirrors in the panes.

This other one needs something in the panes and I'm not decided on the plates yet. Now I'm thinking mirrors in this one too. This narrow dining space could use a bit of magical widening and mirrors could do the trick.

Can't wait to get to these!!!

It's official. I'm a door collector.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

His and Hers Decorating

A few weeks ago the completely fabulous Nicole Culverson, PR Manager, over at, asked me to write an article about Merging His and Hers Styles. I was thrilled and immediately started putting something together.

While reminiscing my previous experiences as designer/mediator, I realized that my most important role isn't always played as designer, but in playing the monkey in the middle.  I don't mind being the monkey in the middle because it's part of the journey. If we never trample through the rough spots, we'll never get to the pretty ones.

I used a somewhat personal example. You see, my husband had an afghan that his Grandmother made for him a very long time ago, it was orange and brown, and had holes in it. It even caught on fire once. Long story. Anyway, he wanted to use it on the couch in our first apartment. Out where everyone could see it!
I hated it! I thought it was ugly! It was not even close to being "Kelle Dame Approved". I did eventually find it in my heart to let it live on the couch knowing how special it was to the Mr.

I do not have pictures to share, and the afghan did eventually bite the dust ( it wasn't me!), but I do have a concept board showing just how I would incorporate the infamous afghan into a bedroom design:

It's not so bad when it's turned into a funky pillow! Can you spot it?

You can  read the full article over at by clicking HERE.

Hope you all enjoy it! I'm excited about contributing monthly and reaching the fabulous readers of!

and here's a HUGE THANK YOU to Nicole and to and to ALL of YOU, my FABULOUS readers!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Update: My Latest Craving...A Black Door

I did it!! I painted the front door black!

I was nervous at first because going from white to black is huge and can be really overwhelming. After about three strokes with the brush, it's boldness won me over.  Black is so chic and timeless. It added instant elegance.

I went from hating this door, to LOVING  it!! I feel more at home now. Especially with Bailey's painting right next to it!! ( I'm still giddy over it!)

Here's the before:

And NOW....

I used some chalkboard paint that was leftover from another project, so I didn't even have to go out and spend money. I love it when that happens!!

I'm pretty happy with the transformation and I think it will hold up nicely until I get my dream door. I'll wait much more patiently now.

I can also scribble notes on it if I feel like it. I haven't informed my daughter that she can actually draw on it yet. I may never tell.

Since I love this door so much, I'm contemplating doing the same to this door....

It will soon have a white roman shade with a black detail, like this...

image via Coco Cozy

It only makes sense and my daughter would love it too. Good thing I still have some paint left!

Now for a light that is this one....

....or this one.....

.....this one would do too....

I'll know the one when I see her. Most likely somewhere unexpected and when I have zero cash. I will then devise a plan to make her mine...muahahahaha!

Another black door coming soon!

Hope you are all off to a good start this week! Can't wait to see what you've been up to!

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Guest Post @ Cottage & Vine

Happy Friday everyone!!

Today I'm guest posting over at Cottage & Vine

I was thrilled that Rene asked me to do a guest post!!! It's my first guest post ever! I'm sharing my love for displaying kid's art as well as some of my ideas on how to do it can check it out HERE.

Here's a little sneak peak....

My daughter's watercolors. The first one is reminiscent of a sunset wouldn't you say?? I swear she even attempted making a little sun! Can you see a long necked bird in the second one?? I can.

You're sure to love Rene's blog! I hope you love the article too!! 
Next week I'll be sharing my first article to be published on the blog! I'm excited!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

This Blog's Gotta Brand New Look!!

Thanks to the talented and fabulous Shari, from Little Blue Deer, I have a brand spanking new blog!!!


Didn't she do a FABULOUS job?!?! I'm absolutely in love with it!!!

She also got me updated to the new version of editor....boy was I living in the Stone Age!! This version is so much easier to use!!

If you want a new look for your blog...Shari's your girl!! She is an absolute pleasure to work with and she's freaky fast Jimmy John's style! Most importantly, she's super sweet and won't disown you if you keep changing your mind! That wasn't me at all...

You can check out more of her work by clicking HERE. Her portfolio of blog design and web design is quite impressive!

I hope you all love it as much as I do.... and DON'T forget to grab my new button!!!

The last time I had a custom button, I was 15!! It was a picture of a clown and a microwave, and said
"Got more time for misbehavin since I started microwavin!!"  Don't ask.

The new version of blogger will definitely give me more time for misbehavin AND playing Barbie's with my daughter! I'm so tempted to go all out with a vintage Barbie theme for her new big girl room!!

Can you tell I'm still a HUGE Barbie fan? Especially vintage Barbies! Growing up is so unnecessary!

That's all for today folks! There are a couple other BIG things in the works for this a guest post over at Cottage & Vine, and my first ever seriously published article...more on that later! It's sort of a big week!

Can't wait to stop by all of your blogs and see what you fabulous bloggers have been up to!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Whistle While You Work....

Is your workspace a place that makes you whistle while you work??

It's important. Just like the saying goes, "we are what we eat", we are what we surround ourselves with.

So many people doubt the wonders of great design.

Too many people fail to see the value in creating an efficient and beautiful workspace.

It's completely understandable. It can be overwhelming. Where would you even start?

Sometimes people don't even know what they're missing out on. Especially if they haven't ever had the pleasure of working and living in a space that truly feels like "them", while functioning with the greatest of ease.

Here's a thought...

If time = money, then how is improving your workspace NOT a great investment? It just makes sense. If your workspace is highly efficient, you can be highly efficient.

Great design improves efficiency, thereby decreasing stress and tension. Is there anything more annoying and time wasting than when you can't find something???

I don't know about you, but I go berserk!

If anyone even tries asking me a question while I'm looking for something...WATCH OUT!!! My poor husband...the abuse he endures...anyway, your work space should work just as hard as you do.

Maybe even harder.

As for my space, I have to squeeze a lot into a very small space in our guest bedroom. I have hundreds of inspirational images to keep organized. Most of them are a result of my magazine addiction.....I can't help it....the images have come in handy on so many occasions, I just can't let them go, so I have a library...

Several white binders. One for each subject. I have customized each one!

Each one contains a notebook for related notes and ramblings.

My collection of quotes, meaningful articles, and lyrics.

My absolute most favorite article about real Simon Doonan. You can find the full article in the December 2006 issue of Oprah Magazine. It's completely hilarious and packed full of wisdom.

As you can see Oscar Wilde's last words grace the cover :) Not everyone can be so witty till the very end.
( and not to be morbid, but keeping a binder of meaningful words and images like this, is a great way for the people that will come after you, to "know" you)

Various images of jewerly and accessories that can inspire accent colors and the "jewelry" for a space. The information I need on my favorite sources for home accessories are all inside.

I keep a close eye on fashion...

Since fashion design directly relates to interior design, I stash away inspiring images that could later translate into the design detail of a throw pillow or a trendy color for another accent piece.

I won't share each binder, seeing as how I have 900.

Everyone has a different way of working and a different concept of "organization". You don't have to have 900 white binders, but whatever you do, it has to work.

If you are constantly losing stuff, it's not working!

Photo boxes and magazine files are great for storing lots of other little things. Like paint chips, small office supplies, client files, random business cards, vendor brochures, catalogs, the list goes on.

I love them because they come with built-in labels and nice label holders. These containers are easier on the eyes than each of these individual items would be stacked together. Even if the items are neatly stacked, they will still overwhelm the eye and look cluttered.

You can even still have some clutter...

But in a contained sort of way.

Most creative minds have an inspiration board or inspiration wall. Mine is scattered with my favorite quotes.....

Images of beautiful little vignettes....

meaningful items....


.... my favorite models:) Aren't they beautiful?!? Why aren't there more models out there like these? They beam with youthfulness because they are at peace with aging and brimming with confidence. ***I hereby promise my future self a cute vintage bike with a basket, so that I can ride around wearing a fabulous hat and glasses with my striped tube top and flouncy skirt!!***

This isn't just about being organized, it's about being inspired, so that the best "you" can come out and play each day.

My work room recently inspired this pillow...the official flag for a little place known as fabulous town.

It's difficult to quantify feelings. How can you place a certain value on experiencing a certain feeling? How can you place a value on working more efficiently? If you asked 20 different people, you would get 20 different answers.

Sometimes, when people ask what my fees for organizing their project would be, I can only answer with the question, "What's it worth to you?"

It's good to know up front, right? :)

I hope this will inspire you to create or improve your workspace so that it works hard and inspires you.