Reveal day is here, and I couldn’t be happier with how my guest room design turned out! I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t come together just how I imagined, but the details worked themselves out and the final result is something I’m super proud of. As you might remember from the original design board, I was really going for a soothing blue and green look that would inspire rest and relaxation for anyone lounging or sleeping in the space. I wanted to take full use of the daybed and make it a convertible piece that could easily transition between sofa and bed, and the lack of accent furniture in the before pictures below will also show how the room needed some help being a living room as well. Since the room was originally a movie room, the orientation of the room worked for watching movies, but wasn’t necessarily the most efficient or well-designed use of space. By placing the daybed by the stairs (my mom’s brilliant idea), it gave me much more room to expand the seating area. All improvements aside, the biggest impact of this project might be simply bringing a cohesive color palette to the room through a mix of blue and green hues and patterns. I couldn’t have done it without my mom for receiving all of the large packages and picking up pieces while I was studying away in Ithaca, and the amazing sponsors for this project. At Home for accent furniture, Dash & Albert for the area rug, DecoratorsBest for wallpaper and fabric, Home Depot for blinds, plants, and planters, Minted for art and pillows, Shelby Dillon Studio for pillows, and World Market for the daybed cover and… more pillows! Click through to see how the space came out.
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Right before I came up to school in August I shot an exciting before and after project with Home Depot that I had been working on all summer – and I’m thrilled to share the reveal today! I used pieces from their Home Decorators Collection to reimagine the dining room in my mom’s house, updating the look from oversized heirloom pieces to a mix of traditional furniture, contemporary accents, and a more comfortable aesthetic to create an inviting mixed-use space that flows well with the living room (which was just updated last fall). When I first approached the dining room’s new design, I knew I wanted to include banquette seating, which would not only make a more intimate dining nook but also open up the room to make space for a seating area under the window for after-dinner sitting or a coffee and a newspaper in the mornings. Make sure to see the complete makeover (with before photos) on Home Depot’s blog!
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Today’s the big day for my Home Depot Style Challenge patio reveal! When I started dreaming up my patio makeover, I wanted to create a new outdoor room in a space that was a rather bleak concrete pad. I imagined defining the floor with a DIY gravel area and the walls with palms to make an inviting space that felt intimate but accommodating and inviting. Using these elements and our new Beverly sectional, the patio transformed into an outdoor living room with lush plant life and a splash of color. Ready to tackle your own patio makeover? Consider these tips: add gravel for a chic foundation, use potted palms for lushness and intimacy, stick with dark colored furniture for durability, add ambient lighting with string lights and lanterns, and tie together your space with a consistent color palette. Read More
I’m thrilled to announce that I will be participating in this year’s Home Depot Patio Challenge with a slew of talented bloggers (more on that soon). As spring approaches, I’m eager to start giving my dad’s patio a makeover to kick-off a season of outdoor living and entertaining. With the great garage doors in his back room, the whole back of the house opens to a concrete patio, which I’m hoping to transform into a lush outdoor living space with the help of Home Depot. I’ve gathered some inspiration with specific elements I want to incorporate into the new patio design. Let me know what you think of these spaces – do you have an outdoor area of your own to decorate?
Pea pebbles are a classic terrace element, but look great with any style furniture and decor. They add a hint of European influence – like the loose pebble terraces of country homes and châteaux. I’m imagining a layer of gravel over the existing concrete, which will prevent them from sinking down to keep a deep layer across the area. Read More
My family spends a lot of time in the kitchen – we love to cook (and eat), and my sisters and I help make dinner and clean up each night. It’s an important space for our family to be together in. One of my favorite activities is to play the “what would I change” game in a room – although sometimes far-fetched, it’s interesting to think of the simple solutions that could improve a room’s light, space, and efficiency. Of course, the kitchen often becomes subject to these daydreaming sessions, as it’s a room that’s central to the house and frequently used. Besides, I think kitchens are the most easily dated rooms, because they are expensive to upgrade. One of our old kitchens hadn’t been updated since the 50’s, so the blue linoleum floors and counter-top oven were all still in place. Compared to that, our current one really wasn’t a bad starting place. Everything was painted white, which made for a great blank slate for our rental kitchen makeover! Read More