Rearranging

I can't express enough how much I love accessorizing and styling. It's the final touch that really pulls the room and makes it look complete.

Without these final touches, a room is just pretty fabric or furniture without any real life.

And I especially love it when my designer friend, Ever, calls me to help him out on installation day. And actually on accessories shopping day. We make a fine team.

You may remember last year when I helped him stile and accessorize this project. This year the client decided to work on the downstairs portion of the house.

Again working with a limited budget, Ever decided to work with existing furniture, mostly rearranging items and painting to give the living room, sunroom and family room a fresh, updated look, while keeping the client's traditional style in mind.

Here's the living room before.

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Kept the existing sofas and rearranged them so they faced each other, moved wingbacks to sunroom, added chandelier, painted, purchased new rug, installed drapes and restiled the heck out of it.

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Client already owned lamps and coffee table was brought in from family room.

I only snapped this one angle because the left side of the room wasn't complete yet. I think (hope) you get the idea.

Same with family room. I only snapped one angle.

Kept sectional and just painted, rearranged some things, added drapes, new ottoman and accessories.

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My favorite was the sunroom. I mean, what a difference. Amazing what some paint and rearranging will do to a room. Client pretty much already had all the furniture pieces. It was really just a matter of decorating it.

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These were the wingbacks that were in living room

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After

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Room already had the wall to wall sisal as well. It adds such great texture and feels perfect for a sunroom.

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Room now feels like a sunroom; bright and, well, sunny. Great little room to sit and chat. And drink.

Happy Tuesday!


Cute Bohemian - Leighton's Big Girl Room

I'm so pumped to finally get to share this styling project I worked on with my blogger buddies turned friends in real life (FIRLs), Erika and Sabra.

A few months ago, Erika was working on transitioning her daughter's nursery to big girl room, during the same time that Sabra was working on launching her own photography business. While Sunday brunching one afternoon, we discussed collaborating on something together. We decided Leighton's room would be the perfect opportunity to teamup.

I came in to add some final touches Erika was looking for and get it photo ready for Sabra. The result was a Cute Bohemian big girl room for Erika's daughter, Leighton.

I think she liked it.

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L_books

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She's quite the artist too. Most of the art in her room is drawn by her.

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So much cuteness and color. My kind o' room.

Check out Erika's blog for a list of all sources and see the room before as a nursery.

Happy Friday!


Interior Styling. What do You Mean?

Interior Styling. People ask me what that means and the best way I've been able to describe it thus far is, I come to your house and I move your stuff around. I still get the puzzled look so then I go ahead and say, it's like a decorator only it sounds cooler saying Interior Stylist.

Styling basically means, picture ready. I come stile like it's ready to photograph. It's the icing on the cake or the salsa on your taco, the way I see it. It's what comes after the design concept has been finalized and executed.

I often find that clients have the right accessories, they're just not being displayed optimally. Whether it be for bookcases, entry consoles, coffee tables or nightstands, people are stuck on how to accessorize. I live for accessories because I think they are the jewel of the home. They're what personalize your space and they're the easiest to hoard. I mean, move around. My favorite part about consulting at someone's house is creating different options for their trouble areas.

I did this recently for a young couple who needed help styling their apartment. They had the big furniture pieces but were still not fully happy with the overall look of their place. A trouble area was their entry console. I get the, "What should I put here" question and have found out that demonstration is the best way to exemplify.

Below are three distinct examples of restyling the same area.

 Flower prints and rustic table were picked up while road tripping through Solvang. I say always bring home something you can decorate with on your travels. Look for unique textiles, pretty bowls, accessories other than refrigerator magnets and t-shirts you'll only wear to bed.

Table stayed the same and then I just came with three different stiled options, most of them just brought in from different areas of the apartment.

A lamp propped up on books for added height, the flower print is now leaning to create a layered look, and a dish atop a decorative box to place keys when coming home.

Here it's about color and pattern. The layered look is now created by double-ing up on the rugs. I used the basket to hold old records, but it can easily be used to place other personal belongings, or toys for kids or dogs, if you have kids or dogs. Baskets are great for anything, really.

In this last option I used a mirror. I like the idea of having a mirror near the entry because most of us rush out the door and a quick glimpse at yourself before you leave can help point out some hair or wardrobe mishaps.

I showed these images to TH and he didn't even notice it was the same area! I swear, I could come home with a purple sofa and he'd be like, did you get a haircut?

There you have it, three different looks, minimal money spent.

Happy Thursday!


Project Sofa

I'm happy to share I was one of 11 designers picked by Society Social to participate in their Project Sofa.

The task was fun, simply take their new, white upholstered Charlotte sofa and style it in a way that expresses your design aesthetic. You know I went with colorful and cute. The newest lookbook launched yesterday and I was excited to see who the other designers were as well as their designs. It's always interesting to see the variety of options displayed when given the same blank canvas, one sofa - eleven completely different looks.

I highly suggest you check it out to see the array of color, pattern and styles created by a great round-up of designers. A little Monday morning inspiration if you will. You'll also get to read a little Q and A with each of the designers.

On an even cooler note, I also had the opportunity to create my own pillow to use in my design and have it featured on Society Social's site for sale.

Buy yours today. Or tomorrow, or the next. My family is all getting one for Christmas. Maybe.

Check it out here!

I went with Quadrille's Zen Charcoal to tone down all the color. A touch of black always adds some drama. The scratch pattern felt a little feisty and contrasted against the quirky heart and floral pattern.

And to add more distraction to your day, you HAVE to check out Style Me Pretty Home for a chance to win a $150 giftcard to shop Society Social. All you have to do is vote for your favorite styling and you'll be entered to win.

Hurry, go. Tell your boss you need to take a break.

Happy Monday!


Open Book

When looking through images of styled rooms, I'm always checking to see what stylists do to make the room feel more real; what tricks are used to appear like people are using the space.

Looking through Emily's portfolio, I noticed she does the open book thing quite often. I guess you can say she inspired me because I too have done the open book thing, here.

Cool, right?

images via emily henderson