Entries in Interior Design (208)


color crush: peacock blue

I am obsessed with this color!  The perfect mix of blue and green, it's such a rich, saturated shade that is perfect for Fall, especially when paired with gold or brass accents.  While everyone else is crushing on burgundy and hunter green this Fall, I'm still stuck on peacock blue.  Like any other bold hue, it's most dramatic in small doses, like throw pillows or an ottoman, the backs of bookshelves or an accent color for a ceiling.  I'm feeling a bit under the weather today, and I can't think of anything better than some eye candy in this gorgeous shade.  Happy Monday!

Southern Living

Elle Decor

Design Sponge

Terra Cotta Properties

Velvet and Linen

House and Home

Atlanta Homes & Gardens

massucco warner miller

adore magazine


for the birds


Framing pages from a book is one of my favorite, inexpensive ways to display art. I hung a series of sea life creatures from a book I found on clearance in my entryway, which always gets a ton of compliments, but lately, I've been drawn to wildlife prints, namely birds.  It's almost impossible to see a bird print and not think of the great John James Audubon, whose book Audubon's Birds of America showcases over 400 of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitats.  I don't think I'd have the heart to rip up a book like that (God knows I had a hard enough time tearing pages out of this one for my entryway), but luckily for all you bird lovers out there, there is another alternative!  The hubby and I were in Barnes and Noble last week and saw these sixteen frameable prints on the clearance aisle - he immediately loved them and so I didn't waste time wondering where I would hang them-for less than $20, it was a no brainer!  Here are a few of my favorites:

And here are some inspiring images that got me started on these prints in the first place:

Country Living

Design Sponge

Hutker Architects via Remodelista

Garden and Gun


Chicago Home and Garden

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

I'm thinking my prints will go in our guest room, which is the next spot in my home to get a little love.  Stay tuned to see some before and afters!


luxe for less: bling chandelier

Robert Abbey's Bling Chandelier has always been one of my favorites and it was the first thing that popped into my head when sourcing lighting to add a bit of glam to a client's living room I'm working on.  Unfortunately, the $1400 price tag was a tad bit out of reach, so I beat feet to find an affordable alternative that still had the same wow factor and wouldn't you know, I found it on Overstock, of all places!  Here is the pricey, yet aptly named Robert Abbey Bling chandelier in all it's glory:

And here is the much more affordable, $250 version from Overstock.  Can you tell a difference?

Here are a few shots of it up in my client's living room.  After attaching 200-some glass balls, it was completely mesmerizing!

Isn't she gorgeous?  Find yours here.


john derian's makeunder

There's nothing I like more than a good design before and after, especially when it's underdone as opposed to over decorated and John Derian's Manhattan abode in the East Village is a beautiful example.  I absolutely loved his rustic summer retreat in Connecticut, so I was not surprised to have fallen in love with his 150 year-old apartment in the city and how well he preserved its integrity while adding modern touches like that fabulous tufted backless sofa and gorgeous, gleaming brass hardware.  The space is undoubtedly sparse and rustic and yet warm, welcoming and cozy at the same time, thanks to well chosen antiques and furniture and beautiful art and lighting.  Makes me want to curl up under a blanket with a book and a cup of tea on a gray Fall day like today!


for a little princess

Hello!  I apologize for the blogging break-the last week has been a whirlwind, between my brother's wedding up in Philadelphia last weekend and speeding to complete a kitchen and bath renovation before my clients deploy, I've been burning the candle at both ends!  I'm so excited to get back into blogging mode and especially to share this little girl's bedroom today.  Bijou and Boheme is one of my favorite blogs to read, but unfortunately, I haven't had time to check out her posts lately so, late last night as I scrolled through and saw the big girl bedroom recently designed for her little girl, my jaw dropped!  Navy blue, pink and gold with just the right amount of glam for a pint-sized princess, it is truly breathtaking! Every detail is delicious, from the gold wallpaper to the hot pink settee and that amazing chandelier - I can think of plenty of adults who would covet this room for themselves...what a lucky little girl!

To see more of this space and to check out all the graciously-provided sources, check out Christine's blog here.  Have a wonderful weekend!