(Really) Cool Rustic Signs – Available!

Reverse stain 1

  Remember this sign that went into my clients living room?   Well, because of it's absolute awesomeness, it became a kind of popular & sought after item in these parts.....and I was asked to create custom pieces for other people. Like this one   And this one for a restaurant...   The … [Read more...]

Home is A (Well Decorated) Feeling….

Rustic Vintage Masculine Living Room After

I received an email with the subject line  “Need help”. The email read “I recently bought my home (2011) and did an extensive kitchen, living room, bathroom renovation. I am now looking for design help for furniture selection, theme and overall look and feel.” What my client meant by “Need help” was simply hiring someone to create that overall … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays & Some Personal Musings….

Follow your Heart

I’m writing this post curled up on my sofa with my dog, in my jammies, in front of my perfectly lovely, absolutely imperfect & non-blog worthy, sparkly Christmas tree.  It’s one of those peaceful, soft moments. It feels almost weird to be writing - I haven’t been here in so long - but for (at least) the last 5 months I’ve been … [Read more...]

A Family Room re-designed

Family Room design & renovation

  This is the Family Room that (now) adjoins the Kitchen we recently completed. Gorgeous, isn’t it? Here’s where we started....   The functional changes we made to this space included closing up an entrance from the hallway, and removing a half wall into the kitchen.  This created a more open concept, and a better … [Read more...]

Beauty is as Beauty Does

Kitchen Design After

  Sometime bad kitchens happen to good people.  It’s an all too common, sad but true, fact. Such was the case for my clients.  They longed for simple things - cabinets that matched, floor tiles that actually looked clean when they were, maybe a bit more cooking space - nothing lofty.   The original, white melamine … [Read more...]

Powder Room Pretty

Powder Room Design

  Let’s talk Powder Rooms.  And I mean gorgeous and fabulous powder rooms.  Powder Rooms are pretty much purely functional spaces...I think that just means it’s even more important to make sure they’re pretty....kind of a distraction from all that, um...function.  Plus, powder rooms are intended for guests, so it’s kind of the … [Read more...]

Sophie’s Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen renovation After

  Do you remember Sophie?   Or maybe these 2 great bathroom renovations here & here ? Well, Sophie’s parents decided that their kitchen needed some updating as badly as their bathrooms did, so back we went.  It hasn’t even been a year that they were with living in ‘reno mode’!  But I think you’ll agree, it was well … [Read more...]

soulstyle, Oprah, aha moments

Oprah & Tracy

I’ve been totally MIA here for a few weeks – I’ve missed you!  I hope you check to see signs of life from me on FB and Pinterest.  And even Twitter now!  (but #ihatetwitter, keep that in mind).  With several design projects in varying states of progress, staging projects and well, the whole ‘life’ thing, it’s been a bit crazy!  There are so many … [Read more...]

Let’s Love Wood Again….

antique hutch

  I think you know by now I’m a fan of painting furniture.  If you’re new here, and maybe you don’t know, check out here & here.  Trust - I’m a fan.  I love DIY, I support anyone being inspired to create their version of beauty in their home. BUT Ready?  I think wood furniture is beautiful.  Let me clarify: I think beautiful wood … [Read more...]

Righting the Wrongs…

Bathroom Renovation Design 2

  Given my field, I am in A LOT of houses….enough houses to realize that builders in the mid to late 90’s had some seriously bad ideas and taste. Like, seriously weird-ass taste.  And bad judgement. So though I wasn’t shocked at the plethora of WRONG in this bathroom at the initial consult, I was kind of expecting him to pop out … [Read more...]