Archives for May 2013

Room Service 2013 | The Afters!

It’s done!  Lori, Rhoda, and I finished our girl’s apartment at the United Methodist Children’s Home last week for the spring 2013 Room Service Atlanta project.  After teaming up last October on three spaces in the boys’ cottage at UMCH, we decide to combine our powers for the three-room girl’s apartment as well.  You can’t have an after…


…without the before.  Remember this is where we started:IMG_3352

Our inspiration was the art we found in the UMCH thrift store.  From there we found FREE fabric from Award Fabrics–navy stripe for the euros, navy solid for the bedskirt and drapery, and ivory solid for the drapery.  We added bright pink and orange with fabrics from Lewis & Sheron.  All the bedding and drapery fabrication was generously donated by Angela Thee–thank you!

We painted things we had around the house or found at the UMCH thrift store.  Lori donated the daybed from her own girl’s room–she and Rhoda painted it gold.


The bedside table is thrifted, ceiling lighting is from Home Goods, and the starburst mirror is from Target–spray painted orange.  Lori donated the bamboo nesting tables.  The rug is from RugsUSA.


Oh, paint, you work miracles!  Glidden donated four gallons of paint–Polished Limestone on the walls and White on White on the trim and bathroom/kitchen walls.  Gainesville Paint donated four gallons of Benjamin Moore paint–white ceiling paint and Bold Blue for the doors and kitchen cabinets.  Thank you for all the free paint!  Generosity makes these projects happen, and it is a beautiful thing to see!

Aren’t those bamboo shades lovely?  Rhoda’s sponsor Payless Decor donated those to the room–thank you!  I impressed myself by installing them–so easy and they work great!  The pink side table is from Home Goods, lamp is thrifted, and the bookcase and upholstered chair are from my hoarding stash.

The before of the table wall:


The after:

The table is from IKEA and the wicker chair is also from my house.  And while we planned to do a gallery wall here above the table, this 2007 painting of mine decided to make itself at home.  Cute remnant fabric lines a sweet brass thrifted tray.  And, y’all, my daughter sewed that pink pillow for the room!  (Proud mama.)

The kitchen before:


The after kitchen is scrubbed and painted afresh!  We removed the scalloped window trim, installed a new vent hood, and painted the cabinets Benjamin Moore Bold Blue.  Angela Thee made the sweet cafe curtain, and Rhoda donated the blue plates and wall shelf.  Most all the other items were thrifted.  Rhoda’s sponsor Moen donated the new faucet and her other sponsorKarran donated the new countertops with integrated sink–thank you, what a difference this combo made!

The rug is from Home Goods, and the little thrifted stool (along with the white plate) got the paint-dipped treatment.

The bathroom before:


Sherwin Williams donated the pink paint for our stripe in the bathroom.  A thrifted shelf painted the same pink offers more toiletry real estate.  We painted the existing medicine cabinet/mirror pink, too, to blend in.  Lori’s other bamboo tables help offset the lack of countertop space.

The shower curtain is from Jonathan Adler’s new line at JCPenney’s (I know, right!?  The line is fabulous!)  And, we found the brass shelf at the UMCH thrift store.

Working on these Room Service projects is one of my favorite things to do!  Making happy spaces for people in need–what can be better?  Thank you to my partners, Lori and Rhoda, for all their hard work, ideas, and talent.  Thank you to Chris for installing all our lighting, the vent hood, the shelves, and saving the day by solving a little countertop issue.  No install is without a snag or two, right?  Thank you to all the generous donations, and thank you to YOU who shopped my Joss & Main sale back in February to fund the space!  I hope the young lady who moves in will find the apartment comfy and homey.  We left plenty of space for her to make her own unique stamp on the place, too.

Yes, sir, it is one of my favorite (and most exhausting) things to do because the bonus to the giving-back part is being inspired by what all the other designers are doing in their rooms.  Please visit these AMAZING spaces by the other designers…you won’t be sorry!  (And I’ll try to add links as they come available.)

Kristin at The Hunted Interior

Ally at From the Right Bank

The Kitchen | After

Last spring we embarked on another little kitchen refresh in our 1950s ranch house.  Yep, these days it takes me a whole year to post afters.www.tphblog.comBefore I take you on the tour, here is how the kitchen looked when we viewed the house before buying in 2007:

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What I love about this kitchen redo is minor change equals major impact.  The first kitchen changes happened in 2008.


This isn’t a huge kitchen renovation.  We only switched out the refrigerator and the dishwasher so all appliances are the same finish, stainless steel.  We kept the existing granite countertops and tumbled marble backsplash–although the color of the marble actually was pink and didn’t coordinate well with the granite, which complicated my paint selection process.  I wanted to go white on the cabinets, but it just didn’t look right with the marble and granite so I chose Sherwin Williams Brainstorm Bronze.  We kept the existing cabinets and just replaced the doors with a shaker style and added millwork to the soffit to give the illusion of cabinetry to the ceiling–this dramatically affected the feel of the room by making the ceilings seem higher.

The 2008 changes were an improvement to the previous kitchen arrangement, but after a few years the wall of upper cabinets and the mullioned-kitchen window were making me feel closed in.  And I loathed that pink tumbled marble.  We did our best to keep as much as we could to minimize costs but do enough to make a big difference.

We removed all the upper cabinets and soffit that spanned the sink wall and installed a new kitchen window.  It was amazing what this did to open up the space–so happy!

I had planned to put basic white subway tile on the wall for a classic and affordable solution, but when I asked for designer Sherry Hart’s opinion, she suggested this gorgeous 6 x 12″ white marble.  She pointed out how well it went with the granite–coordinating with the grays and the browns speckled in the countertop–and, most importantly, it modernized the kitchen and distracted from the ho-hum granite.  The marble cost twice as much as the originally-planned subway tile, but it was so worth it–Sherry said it would be, and she was right!  I love it, the scale and the subtle veining.  The marble elevates the kitchen in a way the white ceramic wouldn’t have.

I was so thankful that I could confer with Sherry about these changes.  Having another person with a trained eye and immersed in the business to weigh in on the options is so valuable, and I would encourage anyone to hire an interior designer–even if it is just for consultations.   Mistakes can be avoided, beautiful discoveries and options revealed.

I’m still surprised that I went with a navy for the cabinets.  I had narrowed down my choices to gray or navy but knew deep-down I’d play it safe and go with the gray.  But then as I wondered if I could pick a gray to blend with our mismatched stainless appliances, this now-famous kitchen was published in Canadian House & Home.chg

I think officially those cabinets are black, but they look navy and I was sold.


The brass handles were a surprising Home Depot find!

Chris, the contractor, custom made the red oak shelving where closed upper cabinets used to be.  I’m an open-shelf convert.

The table has been with us for 12 years now–originally all-over pine and then a brief stint in orange.  I stripped the orange and used some leftover gray paint for the table base.

Chris also made the bench for us–great for kids.  On the matter of new chairs, my first gut feeling was to do the Panton chair.  But, of course, I had to look at a million and one different chairs to finally realize that indeed I wanted the classic chair.  They are surprisingly comfy.  And Ol’ Big Red, the chandelier that I bought from Ally, makes me so happy.

So there you go, finally, yellowed and unstyled photos of our kitchen refresh!

Here are the deets:

Paint | Benjamin Moore Polo Blue

Handles | Artesia Liberty at Home Depot

Pendants | Sfera 8 from Rejuvenation Lighting

Chairs | Vitra Verner Panton at All Modern or the knock-off

Tablecloth | Handmade for MyColor Paint Party

Rug | eSaleRugs

Artwork | Yours truly (my daughter did the orange still life)

Cat | Heaven sent

Please don’t hate me because I don’t have the marble tile info…I will update here if I can dig it up.