Before & After: Surprise Bedroom Makeover

This Before & After was unique in that it was a complete birthday surprise from the Mrs. to the Mr. (and the design was almost all done while I was “on vacation”). My client and I had only a few weeks to get all our ducks in a row to install the day of her husband’s birthday. As you can see, the room had “good bones”, but it needed to be pulled together and a little wow factor never hurt anybody.

When it comes to wallpaper, the options can be endless. There’s a definite contrast of modern and traditional in this home (with a side of eclectic), so I wanted to carry that thread throughout the bedroom as well. I wanted a paper that was impactful, fun, a bit masculine, but not too wild. We started here (below) and I was really feeling the infamous palms paper, but in the end, my client and I both fell in love with the classic David Hicks geometric hexagon pattern.

The wallpaper makes an impression upon entry, but isn’t overwhelming, and that’s what I love about this space.

The jewel tones are gorgeous in this bedroom and who wouldn’t want to curl up in this corner with a good book?!?

The headboard and nightstands are in the same color family as the wallpaper, which helps make the room feel serene.

The gold and orange tones provide some cheer in this masculine and feminine bedroom, the perfect place to relax, rest and rejuvenate.

7 Tricks to Maximize Your Kitchen Counter Space

Miles and miles of kitchen counter space (don’t even get me started on an island) are where dreams are made, well, my dreams anyways, but we don’t all have the luxury of a large kitchen, now do we? Counter space in the kitchen is some of the most precious real estate in your entire house. Not only do you need room to cook, but you need room to store everyday ingredients and tools. Whether you own or rent your home, there are definitely solutions that will help get the most out of your kitchen. Here are a few tips to make every inch of your kitchen work for you, while creating a space that look stylish, too.

Install floating shelves. Make use of the empty space above your cabinets, fridge, or kitchen opening to give yourself more storage.

Make that backsplash work a little harder. Along with blocking spills, your backsplash is a great place to store everyday use items like knives, cooking utensils along with pots and pans.

Put a cutting board or butcher block over your stove. If you don’t need to use all your burners, this is a great solution to give yourself a bit more space to work and your chopped veggies are that much closer to the pan.

Corral oils, spices and utensils. There will probably be a few things that just need to have a permanent home on the counter, so keep them organized by placing them in a tray or basket. You’ll instantly have a neatly decorated space.

Hang a basket or two. Store your goods from the farmer’s market off the counter with a few hanging baskets.

Group like items in pretty canisters. Sure, you can store your non-perishables in their original packaging, but it will end up looking cluttered. Store your sugars, flours and grains in glass jars and you’ll have cohesive and tidy pantry.

Leave no surface unturned. The side of your cabinets can easily house some extra kitchen essentials, think towel bar or picture ledge.

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First Look at Marimekko for Target

It’s been a while since I’ve been super excited about a Target collaboration, but the superstore revealed it will partner with the Finnish clothing line Marimekko for its latest limited-edition collection. In addition to the usual apparel and home good items, the collection from the celebrated design house will also include some items like paddleboards, hammocks and parachutes. The inspiration for the collection include both the Finnish summer – when the sun stays out until close to midnight – and Finnish culture, which weighs heavily on gatherings among family and friends. Look for the full line to go on sale at Target stores and online April 17. Summer here we come!

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Powder Room Roundup

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Powder rooms are the perfect opportunity to wow your guests. As a huge fan of wallpaper, I love taking the opportunity to paper a powder room. They are usually small, so you don’t need that much wallpaper and it’s a space where you can go wild with paper and not get sick of it. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I love clean and minimal powder as well. What can I say, I’m a total Gemini.

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Coffee Shop Inspiration

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There’s a fun consulting project I’ve been working on located in Sintra, Portugal. My clients are a couple who are opening up a small coffee shop that will be connected to a new museum that is opening up in the Spring. Being one that loves coffee and design, this project has kinda been ideal. Will keep you posted on the progress. But first, coffee…and some inspo.

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