Archive for the ‘HOW-TO’ Category

How to Change A Look

February 19th, 2018

Everyone has a space that they might wish was a little different but don’t feel like re-doing the ENTIRE room.  Listen, you don’t have to! Today I’m sharing five tips on how to change your look (without changing everything).


Accessories are the easiest (and most cost effective) things to change.  Pillows are a great way to change a room by adding a punch of color or pattern.  When you’re sick of the pillow, switch it out! Easy and simple.


You can dramatically change the look and feel of a room with a can of paint.  Save even more money by throwing in some elbow grease and doing it yourself. I’m currently loving Sherwin Williams Naval and Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.


I love adding fresh flowers and before you bring up cost, think of Trader Joe’s.  You can pick up a pretty bouquet on the cheap, or snag a bunch of hydrangeas from the grocery.  You can usually get 3 for $7 and they easily fill a vase.


I love over-scaled artwork, and you can always make an impact with a thought provoking piece.  For me, the bigger the better and Minted now has some amazing pieces at a great price.

Don’t be intimidated.  A little effort can go a long way!

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How to Style a Console

February 13th, 2018

Today I’m sharing a step-by-step guide on how to style a console. Start with a large scale mirror or art piece that is around 8″ smaller than the width on your console. From there, add a pretty lamp for light (and here a punch of color). Then feel free to layer artwork.  This piece shown is leaning. From there add books, a pretty candle holder and orchid for that ever so “effortless” styling look. If your console is open below, add further dimension by placing two ottomans or pretty storage baskets beneath. Voila!If you’re trying to style pieces in your home, learn the value of editing.  Always take a step back and look at the whole picture.

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Prepping for Holiday Guests

December 4th, 2017

This post is an oldie but a goody! With the holidays approaching, I’m trying to get our house ready.  Here’s a few tips on how to have your home ready for holiday guests:

One thing I like to focus on is giving our guests (whether close friends or mere acquaintances) a hotel like experience.  This cuts down on awkward moments of your husband’s college friend asking you for shampoo in the hallway at 6am. I always start with a hospitality basket in the room with a few Colorado items as well as bottled water and chapstick.  My Texas friends are never prepared for the altitude and lack of humidity, so it’s always nice to have this ready to go.  Voss is my favorite bottled water to get.  You can pick it up at Whole Foods for the same price as most bottled water, but people are always very impressed by it.

I also have a nicely framed printable with our WIFI password on the nightstand (you can find the one I have shown here), as well as a small ironing board and high quality steam iron ready to go in the closet.  To top it all off, I stock our medicine cabinet in the guest bath with travel size toiletry items. If you want to be a real all star, add robes and slippers to your closet, but don’t take it too far or they may never leave.

I hope you’re more inspired to pull out all the stops for future company!

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Making The Most Of Small Spaces

October 29th, 2017

One question that has been coming up quite a bit lately, is how do I make the most of a small space? I’m actually installing a small model this week to tackle that exact problem.  Make sure you’re following me on Instagram (here) to see photos. For now, here’s some tips:


This may be a given, but light paint will (almost) always make a space look larger.  Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (OC-117) is a great choice. If you don’t want to go white, consider a pretty light blue or even blush.


If you’re currently apartment (or even house) hunting, always consider your ceiling height.  My lovely friend in New York has a 275 square foot studio with 12′ ceilings.  I kid you not, it seems like a very large space (especially in NYC) thanks to her light walls and tall ceilings.  If they were 8′ tall, I guarantee you it would feel dramatically different.


This is key in any interior, but especially important in small spaces.  Make sure your furnishings are to proper scale in relation to your space. This is where consulting an interior designer quickly becomes worth your time.  If you don’t know how (and most people don’t), have a designer take a look.  They will measure it out, place the space in drafting software and make recommendations based not only on size but also how the furniture will flow.  You will not regret it.


The living space I’m furnishing this week is TINY.  One of the things I’m doing to capitalize on the room is adding three large floor mirrors to the dining wall. Mirrors are a little trick I always keep in my arsenal.  Placed correctly, the reflection helps distract from smaller spaces. I would also be careful with overdoing pattern.  Keeping things simple and clean helps from making small spaces feel tight or cluttered.


As you can see in the header image, the drapes are hung nearly to the ceiling.  Even though your window may not go that high, hanging your drapery up to the ceiling will give the illusion that the window is much taller than it actually is.  Anytime you can play up height (whether it’s there or not) is smart in a small space


This repeats the sentiment of using light paint.  Utilizing as much light as possible will also help a space look larger.  I count five light sources in the tiny living room above (Don’t believe me? Take a look: ceiling pendant, three wall sconces and one floor lamp). When it comes to lighting, the more the merrier!

Now you’re ready to make the most of that tiny space! Happy Monday to you.

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Josh Young Design House

October 17th, 2017

Today, I’m coming at you with fabulous avant-garde portraits from John Young Design House. I’ve mentioned before how much I love thought provoking art, and these fun prints more than hit the mark. I found him on Instagram and am a fast fan.  Josh is a talented Chicago-based designer with experience in textiles and design.

Do yourself a favor and check him out! I’m placing these fun prints in a project ASAP.

*product images via Josh Young

Wayfair Post

February 10th, 2017

Hello and happy Friday! Guess who’s bathroom was on the Wayfair blog this week? You can check out the entire post here.  I talked about how we make the bathtub the star of our master en-suite.  Besides the layout, I like to throw in some candles, pretty flowers and a good book! Take a peek:

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A Quick How-To Style

January 17th, 2017

It’s no secret that I love how to style tips, especially when it comes to consoles.  Most of the items shown are on discount (like that Target mirror currently on sale!). The key to great style is layering.  This mash up has a fun mix of color and texture.  Shop the look here!

Shop: console, mirror, lamp, flowers, candle, ottoman, book

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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So it’s the new year, and you want a new look (but maybe you don’t have the budget!).  Here are a few cost effective ways to change up your interior for 2017:


Paint is the easiest way to make a big impact. If you’re willing to put in some sweat equity, you can completely change a room for $50 or less. If you’re not sure which direction to go, head straight to the back of the paint deck.  Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection are all beautiful, safe choices.  If you want to go gray and aren’t sure, HC-172 Revere Pewter is stunning.  In general, light colors make a room look larger, and darker will give a more cozy feel.

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I’ve done this several times with our formal living room.  If you’re tired of the look, completely change your pillows.  There is quite a bit on sale right now thanks to after holiday deals. These are currently an extra 40% off the sale price. I recommend these to clients ALL THE TIME.

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I’m a big fan of strategic styling and I tend to freshen up our coffee tables quite a bit.  Add a new tray and some fresh flowers from Trader Joe’s.  Move some candles around or add a fresh stack of books.  Even the smallest changes can help keep it fresh.


If you have the time and motivation, throw up some paint and do a Target run.  Little changes can go a long way!

Happy 2017 to you!

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I cannot believe Christmas is nearly here. With family coming, I’m already plotting our table setting for Christmas dinner. The key to any great table is lots of lighting.  What better way to grab a glow with plenty of candles. The metallic pearl from Creative Candles was the perfect addition to my unique centerpiece. Top it off with a punch of color and layered dishes and you are ready for dinner.




What’s your favorite way to prep a holiday table? Make sure to check out Creative Candles.

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With a new home on the horizon, we are prepping our current one to go on the market.  What all does that entail? After quite a bit of research (and my knowledge of designing model apartments for the last twelve years), here are the main things you need to focus on to put your home on the market:


This one is obvious, but you need to clean up and de-clutter.  This one is a slower process, but I’m working on editing things down and removing the clutter.  This means nothing on counters (kitchen and bath) and well thought out styling.


This one is tough but true: You need to remove all personal items from the home.  That means pictures and obvious personal items.  In this way, you are allowing the potential buyer to more easily envision themselves living in your home (and not feel like they’re snooping into your world).  I worked on this quite a bit this weekend and it made me a little sad.  I preach non-stop on how you should make your home personal, so you could say there’s quite a bit to remove.


Though you may love your neon orange play room, it could be a potential buyer’s worst nightmare.  If you have some wild paint, consider taking it down to a neutral palate.  Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter or Edgecomb Gray are great neutral colors. Keeping your space down to only one or two colors will also make the space feel much bigger.



This will be tough for us but it’s certainly true.  You need to remove all traces of pets. Not everyone likes animals and for some people it is a complete turn off.  Make sure your carpets are cleaned, toys and paraphernalia are removed and you have great candles or air fresheners flowing. Right now I am loving this scent from Bath & Body Works.  Plug them in a discreet location and voila.


First impressions are important, especially when it comes to your curb appeal.  Make sure you take the time to clean up your front and back yard.  If you don’t know how (like us), hire someone.  This could make or break a sale, and landscape help can be pretty cost effective in any city.


If you have a day full of showings, leave some water or fresh baked cookies.  If it’s a hot day, this could really be appreciated (and a way to make your home more memorable).

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