Before & After

New Years Eve I received a phone message from a friend I have known since I was 5.  He wanted me to help him decorate/furnish his new home in Birmingham.  He explained he wanted to start with the main living area and then work our way through the home.  I was thrilled listening to message with ideas bouncing in my head -- I was about to hang up when I heard him say " oh and I would like the living room to be done in 2 months."WHAT!!!! 

Two months later my friend has his living room...

The mismatched furniture and too small coffee table had to go.  More functional seating was needed. He has an amazing collection of art that needed to be showcased more.   The only thing that had to remain was his leather chair and ottoman--loved by him but more by his sweet lab (seen below sleeping in chair) 

We kept the neutral wall color and the large sisal rug.  A larger, deeper sofa anchors the room flanked by two large scale floor lamps.  Two Lee Industries swivel chairs replaced the overstuffed love seat.  Custom linen window treatments a shade darker then the walls soften all of the hard angles but still allows tons of natural light in.  An antique Turkish rug layered over the existing sisal grounds the furniture arrangement and highlights the rustic brickmaker coffee table.  Once this rug was rolled out I loved how it brought out the rich colors of the client's artwork and knew this one was the winner.

We have a bit more accessorizing to do and room will be complete.  I am thrilled with the finished product.  and a big thanks to
 Richard Tubb Interiors, Paige Albright Orientals, Miranda Alexander Interiors  for having the right pieces and the right time! And to my drapery workroom for working like crazy to get the window treatments sewn and installed.

Coming up next--the Dining Room.  Again, I did not want client to have to repaint the room.  It was a nice neutral green/gray that I knew we could work with.  I saw this rug at Paige Albright Orientals and knew it was going to look perfect in clients dining room.

Photo was shot with phone and with the sun streaming in so hard to see this stunning rug.  More on Dining Room coming soon.

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Can't Stop Thinking About You

With Valentines Day just a few days away,  this is what's making my heart flutter....


1)  Love everything by the talented jewelry designing duo Dannijo Spilk Ring.                                   2) Ashley Tudor's Bronze European Mounts are a work of art                                                              3)  I have had this album on repeat for months.  Can't get enough
4) Loving this paint color.  Perfect in a dining room painted high gloss                    
5) This little paint pen is genius--no more dragging out the brush and paint 
 can for minor touch ups. 

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And the Winner Is...

Emerald--  Pantone has named emerald as its 2013 color of the year.  A color that was huge in the 1980's is making a comeback but this time it is a bit more vibrant.  Of course we have all love emerald green for jewelry and clothing but in interiors?  Well even a skeptic like myself has been proven wrong.  I design neutral interiors, live in a pretty neutral home but every home needs a pop of color now and then.  Below is how I would bring a little of this color into my own home.

1. Brighten up your front door by painting it Benjamin Moore Amazon Moss                2.  Love the glass tumblers from Zara Home    3.  Update those old wooden planters with a coat of emerald stain--complete look with topiaries     4.  Bring this trend into your kitchen with colorful cookware like this dutch oven      5.  In decorating with Emerald, a little goes a LONG way.  In a neutral living room this pair of lamps would take center stage.  Definitely a splurge!!

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Woke up early and headed north--Spent the day with a client who is building a home outside Nashville. It's going to be pretty fantastic. Such a fun day

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Not your grandmother's perfume

Part mad scientist part perfumer, Christopher Brosius ( CB) creates scents you never dreamed you wanted to smell like. If his name does not ring a bell perhaps his first company will--Demeter--remember when we all could smell like Grass, Dirt and Tomato with just one spray!  

I discovered his new line CB I Hate Perfume while in DC this summer and was blown away by the scents.  One spray was all it took-- and I decided I needed a bring a bottle back to Alabama. 
My Favorite??
 Russian Caravan Tea--a dark and smoky fragrance of smoked black Indian tea, bergamot and the hint of shelves full of old books. It smells fantastic.  

Check out website for all scents.  The travel sizes for $12 are a great way to test out his collection.

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Backsplash install

Remember my client's dream French inspired kitchen--

and this tile

they finally came together--

 The pale blue does not show up in my iPhone photo but it complements the island painted Farrow & Ball Green Blue.

Farrow & Ball: Green Blue

Detail of Backsplash

So worth the wait!  This client pushed me out of my comfort zone of less curve and by the end of the project I was wanting to bend and curve everything.  I am so pleased with results.  That is what I love about design--sometimes I need to push clients out of their comfort zone and sometimes I get a dose of my own medicine.  We collaborated-- taking client's love of all things french and feminine and scaled down making it still modern and not too themed.  And nothing makes me happier than client's that love their home and realize all of the stress of building a new home is worth it!

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...with this powder room. 
 Few things stop me in my tracks--this image did. 
It is perfection.  

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