Tuesday, December 11, 2012

diy tables…

I just received the gift catalogue from Anthropologie, a store I love to shop at. 

I noticed interesting tables holding gifts, a few years ago Martha Stewart described making a console table in a similar way.


Here are the instructions,

Perfect for your entrance way, this demi-lune console is actually something you can create at home!

1.  Start with a round or oval dining table with leaves.  Check your garage, attic or thrift shops for the perfect candidate!

2.  Separate the table where the leaves are usually inserted.  Remove any additional hardware that protrudes beyond the straight edge of the table.

3.  Using a mounting cleat or heavy duty L-brackets, mount the table flat edge against the wall (connecting with a stud or using strong anchors).

4. Leave the table natural or paint depending on your look and you’re done!


Now to the tables I found in the Anthropologie catalogue.

 cut table 1

This one has been attached to the wall and kept only 1 leg.

cut table 2

This one uses three legs.

What do you think?  Would you take an old table and do this in your home?

I think I will keep my eyes wide open next time I’m at a garage sale or my local thrift store. If I find an interesting piece that would work and I just might have to try this for my own home…

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Design… so good !

Sharing a few of Candace Olsen rooms with you all… this is how you do it right people, notice the size of the area rugs… enjoy the many great idea’s

Industrial warmth, the 2 metal dressers as TV stands on the back wall, great focal point… this rug could have been a bit larger…

Bright and fun… wrapping the floors, walls and ceiling in white enlarges this room. Rug not to dark…

So loving the pink accents, large rug again.


Large rug, pop of colour with the pink wall…


Notice the drapery rods are all at the same height… extra large rug…




Must have been a custom rug used, enlarges the room…

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Space plan me, Amazing!

As a designer I so love the space planning part of my job, it’s how a room totally comes together… before the fabrics, paints, tables are picked… knowing what will fit, to me is so important.

This room was designed by Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe for their show.

I have hand drawn the floor plan to give you an idea of how the furniture fits in the room…

Hand drawn space planned floor plan

This is great use of this space…

Left side of the room

Looking from the entrance, the fireplace

Wonderfully scaled chairs…

Looking from the entrance the right side of the room.

Close up of the sweet sofa used.


Using the same lanterns above… laying one area rug through the two spaces pulls it together.

Looking from the kitchen entrance to the full view of the room, this living room would be a great space to have a party of many people.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Design tip... side tables


Try to incorporate a side table for each and every seat in a room.

So loving the look of this wood block table placed next to this French settee.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

La-z-boy is looking so good…

Dropping into your local La-z-boy store these days can be truly interesting… Starting with a good looking chair…Meet ARIANNA…


Arianna_chair_23K_425 Lazboy Accent Chair

La-Z-Boy # 425 Arianna Accent Chair.

Add a sweet table from the Wheaton Collection…

176-916 Wheaton Collection Hammary

Wheaton Collection # 176-916 from Hammary Furniture.



Put them beside a great storage piece…

T73291-11 Accent Chest_Hidden Treasures_Hammary 

Accent Chest T73291-11 part of the Hidden Treasure Collection from Hammary Furniture.



Add a fun area rug from Surya, under it all…

Matmi_mat5400 Surya Area Rug

Matmi Collection # MAT-5400 from Surya Rug Company.


And this is the look of the New La-z-boy Furniture Store’s…


Lazboy Chair Picture

No one will ever guess you purchased it all at your local La-z-boy… ;)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy 175 Anniversary… Tiffany and Company… xxx

Founded in 1837, Tiffany & Co. is the world's premier jeweller and America's house of design.


To celebrate earlier this year I purchased a 175 rose gold celebration necklace like this one below… I must wear it today…28686757_l_over_1 


This is my bracelet below… a 35th wedding anniversary present from this past May… I have the best hubby…


thinking of adding a new one but can’t decide which one to get…

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which one would you pick?


I think I will just have to go into my local Tiffany’s for a visit this weekend and decide…

I love coming home with one of these… xxx


Happy Anniversary Tiffany’s,   xxx

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Client before and after… July 2010

Floor Plan

These are the pieces we used…

Delray Sofa

delray chair

Kincaid Furniture Delray Collection

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Blackberry%20Finish3 Kincaid American Journal Collection, clients ordered in Blackberry finish.

photo_T73427-00Hammary, Accent Table


before of livingroom 2

After, sun shining in made it hard to get a good picture from this angle…

Livingroom sun shining in

The difference that did not cost a thing was to take down the over drapery and just leave the sheers… made all the difference.



from entrance

The look from the entrance door.

close up of art

look at loveseat


before dining area 2

 before of dining area


dining room diningroom 

added to the design was the powder room

before of powder room artwork added in powder room off entrance

adding two pieces of art can make a big difference.

Then I worked on their office…

after of the office

This is a great place to work.

Hope you enjoyed this before and after…