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bachelor pad

When a friend's younger brother closed recently on the purchase of his very first home, he turned to me for help decorating it and I jumped at the chance to design an amazing bachelor pad for him! To start, we're working on the living room, which is open to the kitchen- the perfect setup for a guy in his late 20's who loves to entertain.  It was such a breeze to work with him - from the start, he knew he wanted a similar feel to designer Jimmy Stanton's living room, so we used that as a jumping-off point:

His parents offered to buy a new sofa as a housewarming present and, after much debate, this gorgeous leather chesterfield sofa became the basis for which the design for the rest of the space was based.  Carpet is getting replaced by beautiful handscraped, wide-plank floors with an espresso finish and walls are getting new life with charcoal gray paint. We're going for a masculine, moody feel with industrial touches, reclaimed wood accents and warmth and texture from a seagrass rug, bamboo Roman blinds, linen curtains and antique brass sconces.  Inexpensive reproduction subway roll signs add interest and patchwork pillows and a tripod lamp keep the vibe fun and fresh.  Here is our plan, so far:

Up next is the dining room plan and progress pictures of the living room...hope you're off to a great start this Monday!


oversize welcome

When it comes to decorating an entryway or foyer, I am a firm believer that you're best off going big or going home. A large piece of art or a generously-sized gallery wall are great options, but, for me, nothing makes a dramatic impact quite like an oversize mirror.  Round, square, rectangular or sunburst, only one thing matters....the bigger, the better.  Mirrors can do wonders for even the smallest entryway - they bounce light, make even the smallest space live large and create a beautiful focal point.  Here are a few foyers that wouldn't be half as amazing without the hellp of their beautiful, ginormous mirrors:

Steven Gambrel

Daniel Romualdez via Vogue

Victoria Hagan via Architectural Digest

Ruthie Sommers

House and Home

Atlanta Homes & Gardens

Christy Ford via Lonny

Colleen McGill

Ina Garten via House Beautiful

Have a wonderful weekend!


fit for a little king

With all the nurseries and baby furniture I've been commissioned to work on over the last few months, I should seriously consider changing my business name to "Nurseries by Bungalow Blue"! Kid's spaces are so much fun to work on because they are almost impossible to take too seriously and I get to be a kid myself, while designing them!  Lately, it's been nothing but pink, pink and more pink, so I'm super excited to work on a space for a baby boy!  We may be going neutral, but there will be a lot of texture and interest, thanks to the most amazing flokati rug, a mounted longhorn (Daddy is a University of Texas alumni), a burlap/linen glider, beautiful slate linen curtain panels and a generously sized gallery wall.  Here is where we're at so far:

We're also adding this buffet, which is currently in the process of getting a makeover and will serve as the changing table:

It's going to be refinished in this gorgeous gray/blue paint, Benjamin Moore Pewter:

...and then topped with a coat of tinted glaze, light distressing and these adorable monkey's fist knot knobs:

This is going to be a quick turnaround, so stay tuned for progress pics soon!


beautiful organization

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are off to a great start in 2013!  I had a great time up north with my dad and brothers, but nine years in the south has definitely spoiled me....a few days in Philadelphia felt like I was in the tundra!  Still can't believe how 2012 FLEW by, either....I'm not much for making New Year's resolutions, but the one thing I do get the bug for right around this time of year is better, more efficient organization-something about starting the new year off with everything in its place and a place for everything, right?  Thank goodness for all the pretty, color-coded and orderly images on Pinterest of closets, pantries and drawers organized to within an inch of their lives-the inspiration is never ending!

I'm currently loving the closet of Kate Davidson Hudson, former Senior Accessories Editor for Elle.  Not only does she have amazing personal style, but her organizing and compartmentalizing skills are equally impressive.  The costume jewelry in just one of her drawers probably costs more than a year's worth of my mortgage payments, but I love how she treats her clothes, jewelry and accessories like art, displaying necklaces on 18th Century first edition books and making use of every last inch of space on her built-ins.  Everything is orderly and....gorgeous!

To see more of her space, check out The Coveteur here.



There's nothing like a few throw pillows to brighten up your space - when working on a tight budget, it's one of the first things I suggest to freshen a room and add a pop of color.  CCDeuxVie is one of my favorite online sources for custom pillow covers.  Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, etsy shop owner Carolyn Cobb specializes in high-end vintage furniture and accessories, as well as upholstered pieces, but I can't get enough of her fabulous line of custom pillows in designer fabrics.  I have coveted the navy, cream and camel chevron pillows above for quite some time now and am just waiting for the right opportunity to use them in a client's space (hint, hint, Sarah!)  Check out some of the lovliness from her shop:






To see more of Carolyn's pillows and to check out some of her fabulous upholstered pieces, visit her website here.  Have a wonderful weekend!