January has been a busy month of travel and heavy sunroom updates (drywall is up next!), so we didn’t get as far along on our goal list as we’d liked. We did, however, cross off two items last weekend — both of which happen to lie in the lighting department (one of my favorite parts of any room).
Remember last year when I returned home from San Francisco to a newly unearthed fireplace? It’s been nearly twelve months, but we finally finished the room! I’ve got a feeling you’re going to love our new Swedish dining space:
A few notes about the space:
1. You may or may not recall our former faux grandfather clock decal. After we lived with the clock for a few months, we realized that although we love our sweet decal, it was far too Victorian for the rest of our home. You win some, you lose some. In this case, we had to lose the decal to win our new DIY plywood clock. I’d say we came out on top!
2. We chose a FLOR rug design* (this one!) because we installed FLOR carpet tiles in the rest of our home and they’re the easiest things to clean in the entire world. Perfect for a dining / entertaining area and an accident prone female (read: me).
3. That super modern pendant you probably fell in love with in the video? You can score your own at Iacoli & McAllister. I highly, highly recommend.
As always, I’ll be hanging out in the comment section if you’re wondering where we purchased anything else! See you next week!
DISCLAIMER: The custom rug shown in the above video was provided to me by FLOR for review purposes only. I was not paid to promote or endorse this product and all thoughts and ideas are truthful and reflect my opinion alone.
You remember our laundry room, right? The second scariest room in our entire home? (Don’t worry, you’ll see the first – our sunroom – next month!)
Still in progress, but a vast improvement.
Well. I’m pleased to announce that our laundry room is no longer scary. Not even a bit. And in case you need a visual reminder, here’s the before, photographed last winter:
The frightening before...
…and a progress shot, photographed today:
Living spaces are so difficult for me to decorate, as it’s really hard to find the right combination of completely comfortable, quiet and calming yet still relatively inspiring. Fortunately, Ken and I nailed it with our recent makeover. I think you’re going to be very, very pleased!:
What do you think? Could you live in a monochromatic living room? How do you like finished design compared to my mood board? And who wants to guess how old that TV is?
Tell me in the comments below.
Ah. The first episode of my brand spankin new show, Secrets From a Stylist. (The launch is saturday at 9pm. 1 day and counting, geez. And the official title of my first episode?… Hollywood Regency Meets Country Club). It’s like the first day of high school. I remember it like it was yesterday, but I feel like I’ve grown up a lot already by the second semester, er 10th episode. The first week EVERYBODY was trying to figure out their roles; what were our strengths, weaknesses, and the general crazy timing of it all. And don’t forget while i’m styling and hosting each episode, i’m still working on the next four to six designs, so i was having a blast, but was kinda also doing the first week of training for the mental olympics, well my version of it anyway. But the first week, like freshman year, was full of excitement, anxiety and total madness. And it all begins with the style diagnostic…..
Me, Hillary and Bobby
So Here’s a Secret
We’ve got a juicy sneak peek of the first makeover from Design Star winner Emily Henderson’s new series, Secrets From a Stylist, premiering on Saturday, February 26 at 9p/8c.
Emily’s also been putting her design know-how to work helping readers discover their personal style. Upload photos and videos of items that represent your personality for the chance to have Emily diagnose your design style.
Isn’t that couch bonkers?
And here’s your invite for our Twitter party during the show!
Live Twitter Party with Emily Henderson (@em_henderson) during Secrets from a Stylist Premiere
Sat, 2/26 from 9-9:30pm ET
Like many cooks, I fantasize about a bigger, better, prettier kitchen.
Design*Sponge showcased a kitchen makeover recently that had two items which will now be added to my kitchen fantasy file: blue tiles and a copper hanging lamp. I’ve never seen a lamp like this one, but it creates such a lovely visual reference to copper cookware. And what a perfect color compliment to the tile work. Nicely done!
Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service website, and you’ll see this: “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.” In researching this post, I learned about some awesome ways those with a passion for interior design or crafts are volunteering their skills and talents to make a difference in other people’s lives. I share two of them with you.
- Bhutanese Kudzu Basket Project – Atlanta: A call to help Bhutanese refugees, victims of ethnic cleansing new to the Atlanta area, led to a repurposing of “the vine that ate the South.” With the support of volunteers, the refugees have been empowered to harvest kudzu growing near their apartment complexes, use traditional techniques to weave baskets and sell them at local shops, festivals and farmer’s markets. That’s how I learned about the Bhutanese Refugee Support Group Atlanta. The work of these refugee artisans help pay for rent and other essentials. I hope they open an Etsy shop someday!
- Blissful Bedrooms – NYC: NPR recently reported about this nonprofit “committed to transforming the bedrooms of young people living with disabilities.” These stellar bedroom makeovers are all the work of volunteers. And the transformations make a tremendous difference in the lives of these differently-abled young people who are frequently confined to their bedrooms. The reveals when they first enter their new Blissful Bedrooms are joyful times a zillion!
Do you felt toy animals for an orphanage or knit blankets for a domestic violence shelter? Have you donated your interior design talents to renovate a chapel or your handiness with tools to help winterize a senior citizen’s home?
Let us know. We’d love to hear from you on this MLK Day.
So, I spent a good portion of September traveling to New York, San Francisco and everywhere between while Husband stayed home doing what he does best: building things. And one of those things he built? Well… you’ll just have to see for yourself:
Tune in one hour earlier this Sunday night at 9/8c for the season finale of HGTV Showdown. Former Showdown champs Vern Yip and Angelo Surmelis team up with carpenters Anthony Gilardi (team Vern) and James Lunday (team Angelo) take on this disjointed and dated kitchen/mudroom.
How will Vern and Angelo tackle this challenge? Will they add new flooring? Remove the wall dividing the two spaces to create one large kitchen? Bring in new cabinets or new appliances? What would you do to update this room?
On the topic of your thoughts, how would you caption this photo?
Kimando gave us this gem: “Napkins are plentiful as Anthony and Vern practice the ancient tradition of rubbing a kitchen god’s head to bring them luck in their kitchen renovation.”
Think you can come up with something better? Well, bring it on! Head on over to the Showdown blog and show us what you got!