Beauty is as Beauty Does

  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 … [Read more...]

Powder Room Pretty

  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...]

My Christmas Home

  Welcome – I’m so glad you’re here!  YOU are the very best kind of Christmas visitor – I can only offer you virtual drinks and snacks (requiring minimal effort), AND I can host you while in my fuzzy pj pants, ghastly hair and no makeup. I'm not even kidding, it's Perfect.  Blog Hosting is the shizz. The Christmas in the Living … [Read more...]

Guest Bedroom MakeOver

  This is the story of how a dreary & sad guest bedroom (that clearly didn’t even deserve sheets, poor dear) became brilliant and dazzling.  It was actually even drearier than this ‘Before’ pic, because before ‘Before’, it was still Builder Beige with bad carpet.           And … [Read more...]

Mirror, Mirror (or Door) on the Wall

  I'm loving beautiful old doors....All the carved details, weathered finishes, and architectural elements are amazing You don’t even need to do anything with them – just lean them against the wall: fullbloomcottage theparisapartment But you CAN do some really cool projects with old doors, like these: Mount bedside sconces on … [Read more...]

Halfway

  And what I mean by ‘halfway’, is that I have no completed & gorgeous dressers to show you, accompanied by riveting & informative tutorials. No, I do not, but I am halfway done. So, given the fail on this timeline, I thought we’d just share some time together this week, sorta just hang, look at some pretty, maybe chat about your … [Read more...]

Why yes, That is crazy

  Here's how this particular episode of crazy began.....recall my post about our “New-ish” Night stands necessitating “New-ish” dressers? Leading to round the clock surveillance of Kijiji to find the perfect pieces? Well, we brought the new dressers home Tuesday – it is possible that they are the heaviest dressers ever made in the … [Read more...]

….And Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas….

Even though I do this for a living, I think it’s easy to become overwhelmed with design ideas on how to Holiday Up your house....I follow so many amazing blogs with such talented & creative decorators/DIY-ers, the inspiration is endless. Between my blog pals and Pinterest, it could be noon before I’m even dressed. Don't ever tell anyone … [Read more...]

Cape Cod Stylin’

[facebooksimplelike] Last week I mentioned my special client who wanted to create Cape Cod spaces in her home.  The 2 ‘spare’ bedrooms (not the Master) were to be transformed into a cottage bedroom and a TV room/lounge space. My client Laurie spent most of her childhood summers in Cape Cod, at 445 Turnip Field Rd....for her, to have rooms that … [Read more...]

Bathroom MakeOver

  I recently had a very special client with a vision for re-designing 2 bedrooms in her home; one was to be an actual bedroom, the other a TV room/lounge area.   Her wish was to create spaces that felt sort of 'cottage-y’ -  pretty & fresh, with a Cape Cod vibe.  She holds very special memories of summers there as … [Read more...]