Summertime Times

If you have kids at home this summer, you know where I’m coming from.  It’s a juggling act of maintaining my own gig while also keeping the kids occupied and off their screens as much as possible.  We have a summer to-do list to tackle and a pool pass to wear out.  While I will take a little time to paint and tackle some things around the house, I’m officially taking the summer off to be with the kiddos.

On the days I do let them gorge themselves on video games, I want to paint, clean out closets, cook some new recipes, and do some dekorating stuff.  Mainly, I want to get the living room finished–the drapes and paint the walls.  Blush bandwagon, folks!  Look at this lady’s lounge from Amy Morris, as seen by me at the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Showhouse this spring:
www.tphblog.comIt’s gorgeous, no?  I love that russet banquette with the blush walls.  I’m gonna try it and see if I like it.

Sooooooo, happy summer to you all!  I might check in here before school starts, but I will be around on Instagram.  XOXO

Favorites from the One Room Challenge

I hope it’s not too late to share some One Room Challenge rooms that caught my attention.  The talent displayed between the featured designers and participants is inspiring.  There is a room style for everyone…even a crazy red-painted 80s playroom.  Wink, wink.

A room for Nicole’s sister…check out the hand-painted drapery.  Gorgeous!


Albertina’s vintage-mod mashup for her daughter’s room…my art makes an appearance!


The most colorful, happiest bunkroom I ever did see, by


A sexy, art-filled bedroom by


Speakers as chic decoration in Gwen’s cozy man


And, I love a black dining room–Erin’s is


Kate’s beautiful backyard oasis includes a cheeky turf-covered ottoman that I


Claire’s classic living room for her


Now that the playroom is done, I’m back to painting again.  Hopefully I’ll have some new things in the shop next week or so.

One Room Challenge | Week 4

Week F-O-U-R of the One Room Challenge!  I’m a linking participant, you know that, over at Calling It Home–thank you, Linda!  Check out the other participants and featured designers.

This is what is done:

Remember the Target table?  I did some stripety stripes on it.  It will go by the window seat.IMG_7946

The trim is painted!  Although it took them a good four coats to do it.  I love the red room from baseboard to crown.  It’s dramatic–and cozy, too.IMG_7943

Chris is busy working on the built-ins.  Can’t wait to see how that changes the space.IMG_7944

I picked up half of the pillow order from Sudi–such beautiful work!  Here they are in the sleeping alcove:IMG_7896

And the ceiling…I had hoped to show you that this week, but I had another idea!  Wall decals.  I know.  So they arrived yesterday and I figured I would see if the decals could give the same effect I am after with paint…bars

I threw a few on the ceiling to test–I like it!  No painting for me.  I’ll show you the ceiling strewn with the black bars next Thursday.  (I used 1″ black tape from Walls Need Love, which I cut in half to make 1/2″ bars.)

The rug comes tomorrow.  And once the trim has time to cure, I’ll hang the woven wood shades.  Those two layers will really texturize the space for you to see next Thursday.  The sofa also comes next week!  If only the Clarence House fabric makes it in for the ottoman upholstery.

Overall, I’m feeling good about completing the room in time.  Famous last words…

An Early Design Influence

It was sometime in the 1980s, and our next door neighbors were redecorating their home.  I was friends with their daughter, and in those days we bounced back and forth to one another’s home.  So it was with keen interest that I took in every detail of their project, looking forward to seeing what was new on each returning visit.  Normal for a kid?  Probably not.

The fact now that I can see each room vividly fascinates me.  At the time I didn’t know I was cultivating a passion within me, but my inner fire was being fanned by their design process.  They chose a pickled hardwood floor for their dining and living areas with an inset ivory carpet banded with blue and peachy-pink.  The new sculptural sofas had pillows to coordinate with the carpet, and a Lee Reynolds painting hung above a console.  They papered their walls in the kitchen with a showy floral and bird pattern in blues and roses.

It was all very pretty to me, but I remember being struck especially with the gameroom that was off the kitchen.  My friend and I played a lot in the gameroom–chess at the bar or billiards…I’m sure we did a number on the felt.  But in the remodel, the pool table was traded in for a smaller bumper pool table and the other half of the room became a TV lounge.  I can remember being so excited at their choice to put in black and white checkered flooring, thinking even at the time that it was daring and fun.  It paired well with their wood-paneled walls and was just an overall beautiful graphic punch.  They layered a neutral fuzzy rug over the checks with a large square white coffee table.  The sofa was dark gray, and there was a Eames-like lounge chair in the corner.  One whole wall was the wet bar with mirrored walls, with a large stereo cabinet nearby.  And, they covered the windows with a textural ivory vertical blind.


It was the first room that really struck me.  It was all the pattern and textures: checks, wood, mirror, leather, carpets, lacquer, plush upholstery–enough to make a budding artist take notice.  And, I think the fact that the design was so classic appealed to me even if I couldn’t articulate that at the time.  It’s a strange, beautiful, mysterious thing to watch the passions build in young people, to watch the natural attractions occur.  I love seeing it in my own children and wonder what it is that is building in them.

So I am anxious to see if my memories are as accurate as I feel they are.  Time to check in with the neighbors.

What is your earliest design influence?

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