Category Archives: HOME SWEET HOME

Bring Outside In

These are parsley blossoms. They look delicate, but they have staying power. Parsley grows so easily here in North Carolina. And it grows in abundance so I let it bolt.  They make for lovely arrangements indoors, too. 

Even next to my fake, purple flowers on the mantle. 

Plants are back. With a vengeance. And it’s not just ferns and fig trees. It is everything: twigs, oak leaves, evergreens.  And it’s beautiful. 

You don’t need a green thumb. They do pretty well on their own. 

A nice privacy screen and setting for my porch.  Instant relaxation.  

That rose has seen better days though.ūüė¨

“Welcome Home, Office.”

Patiently, my client and I waited for the day we could return to her home office and finish what we started.

She called me for some help to make her home office feel more inviting and peaceful. ¬† When you work from home, as I often do, you know it’s important to have a space that adds to your day. ¬†One that encourages happiness, which in turn, produces greater creativity and productivity. ¬† After all, it’s not about decorating stuff. ¬†It’s about finding you. ¬† Your best you.

In this case, we started in a lovely room with high ceilings,  pale blue walls with cream, crown molding in the far corner of her first floor.  Truly it already felt private, but it was lacking that connection you need with a space you spend lots of time in.

And one must be inspired to be productive.  The most important question:  What makes you happy?

You must bring it.

She loves everything about the beach. ¬†The colors, the sounds, the shells, the memories. ¬†The place to go with her husband and daughter. ¬†Years of diligently collecting, organizing and displaying these seashells is a passion they share. ¬† Many a wave was taken for a shell. ¬†And I’ve never seen such beautiful shells of all sizes and shapes. ¬† It was clear that we needed to bring the beach home. ¬†In the office, the place they all like to use.

Your bookshelves are that space for you to tell your story, provide memories and inspirations. ¬†In this redesign, we used everything she already had in her home, with exception of some baskets and magazine holders.¬† The biggest change is once again…paint color. ¬†Thanks to an amazing job by Juan Jimenez¬†, those shelves are alive and telling lots of stories.

Check out the transformation in this slideshow.

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My client texted me early this morning. ¬†She couldn’t wait to start work today. ¬†‚̧

That is music to my ears.

Cheers!

Stephielou

Paint color:  Sherwin Williams, Dove White

A Playroom Revisited

It’s a common complain among my clients. ¬†They like most of the furniture they purchased, but it doesn’t feel¬†the way they want it to feel. ¬†And it’s making them crazy.

In this particular case, it is the playroom of a sweet eight-year old girl in Cary, North Carolina.

It’s a spacious room. ¬†Pretty wall color, high ceilings, natural light. ¬†Here’s a look before we made any changes from each angle. ¬† ¬†IMG_2665That’s what¬† you see when you enter the room.

This photo below is from the other side.  Lots of potential to make it more inviting.  She has a beautiful pink kitchen in there.

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Last angle: ¬†this is the wall between the main entrance to the room and the bathroom. It’s time to roll up the sleeves and move a few things, starting with those big baskets and bookshelf.

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I love this part of the redesign. ¬†It suddenly becomes place of movement and laughter. ¬†And lots of lifting, pausing and sometimes moving again. ¬†It’s a process. ¬†And then you just know. ¬†It’s feels different.

Here’s how the room looks now.

IMG_3267By placing the black bookshelf behind the couch, ¬†it doubles as a console and¬†as place to access her books and crafts since it’s in the same area now as her favorite owl beanbag and table for creating stuff.

From another angle:

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Now this eight year old can use this area for pretend play, crafting, or even doing homework.

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By moving the couch closer to the front of the room, it creates two distinct spaces and purposes.  One is for independent, semi-private play, and the other is for family lounging, playing a game or just hanging out. Adding lamps warms up the space and allows for some cozy evening reading and relaxing, too.  The wicker boxes now serve as storage and end tables.  Add a square tray to place on top and it can holds the drinks and popcorn for movie-time.

The best part about this¬†is we simply used what they already had and didn’t have to spend a dime buying more stuff. ¬† Down the road, ¬†that beautiful back wall could be a built-in window seat with storage and shelving on both sides, but for now, I’m told a certain eight-year old girl loves her playroom.

Less stuff,  more connection.  And hopefully more opportunities for the whole family and friends enjoying time together.

Here’s a last look:

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Nesting

Any day now…

Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

This why I play in the dirt. 

How To Make Your Television Almost Disappear

All it takes is a quart of paint.

What is on the wall? ¬† It’s Kendall Charcoal, Historic Collection 166, Benjamin Moore

Fireplace? Edgecomb Gray, HC- 173, Benjamin Moore

 

Shadows on the Ceiling

When I was a child, I used to pretend the ceiling was a floor.  I imagined how crispy clean it would be to feel and loved the idea of experiencing the life turned upside down.   Just walking around would feel a bit futuristic..  IMG_9978Looking up at the ceiling also makes you look twice.  Like, “wait, is that really the light causing that rectangular strip or did somebody miss a spot?”

And then you realize, nope…just light and shadows at play… in the middle of an afternoon. IMG_9976

Summer is meant for many things, but slowing down the pace, noticing the space around me,  is most definitely at the top of my list.