Spring Fever

Today is the official start of spring, and I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be happier about it.  It’s not that I don’t like winter, in fact I celebrate the beginning of every season.  I think it’s just the feeling of something new and different, oh and a chance to freshen up around the house (a.k.a. REDECORATE)!

If you too are feeling the need to get yourself ready for spring, checkout my list of easy updates for the season:

1.  The best place to start is at your entry.  A new welcome mat and some potted flowers are a quick, inexpensive way to say “Hello Spring”!


2.  Roll up those heavy area rugs and replace them with light weight sisal or jute rugs.


3.  Pillows, pillows and more pillows!  I have a stash of throw pillows for every season.


4.  How about using temporary wallpaper to brighten up an accent wall???  Major impact without the commitment!


5.  Fresh flowers definitely say springtime!  Pick up a couple of bouquets at the grocery store and separate into smaller vases and jars and you can have fresh flowers in every room.


6.  Throw off that heavy duvet and replace it with a lighter weight coverlet; add in some pillows and a throw blanket for color and texture.


7.  Find the sunniest window in your house and plant something.  It is so satisfying to see those little seedlings sprout up and take form!



8.  Don’t leave your desk out!  You would be amazed at how much more productive you will be by sprucing up your workspace.


9.  If you haven’t been to Target lately you should really go check out their Threshold line of home accessories.  They have a whole crop of items to get your bathroom springtime fresh.


10.  Last, but not least, as long as you are getting your home ready for spring, you might as well do the same for makeup bag.  These are a few of the items I will be picking up!



1. Essie nail polish in Resort Fling  2.  Loreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Coral Encore  3.  Tarte Cheek Stain in Pink Coral

So go out today and celebrate the beginning of spring and as always, do it with style!!!

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  While you are getting ready for your corned beef and cabbage and green beer, enjoy my roundup of top picks in the green category:






























Enjoy your day and don’t forget to wear green!

Start With a Plan

I will be hosting another decorating workshop this Sunday, March 16, at Blue Line Arts in Roseville, CA.  Among the topics we will cover are defining your personal style, creating a floor plan, color scheme and vision board.

One of the most important steps in the design process of any room is the floor plan.  It defines how the room will be used, gives you a detailed list of what you will be shopping for and keeps you on track throughout the process.  Designing a room without a floor plan is like getting dressed in the dark.  Have you ever got dressed in the dark and left the house with two different colored socks and your shirt inside out?  I rest my case!

The following is a sample floor plan and vision board for a family room/office.  This floor plan shows how one room can have many uses, from home office to family room to entertaining. The console behind the loveseat can be used as a desk during the day, or a makeshift bar in the evening.  The x-stool and leather poufs can easily be moved around for additional seating and the storage under the window seat can be used for office supplies and files, as well as entertaining supplies.



1. Ghost side table  2. Slipcovered sofa  3. Area rug  4. Seagrass coffee table 4. Brass Indian stool  5. Media cabinet


1. Custom desk armoire and window seat  2. Bookshelf  3. Leather pouf  4. Area rug  5. Mirrored console  6. X-Bench

Originally, the homeowner wanted a sectional in the family room, but after seeing it on paper we realized a sofa, loveseat and chairs provided more seating and made more sense with how the room would be used.  Bottom line, a well thought out floor plan will save you time, money and lots of frustration!


Keep Calm & Drink Wine

For those of you that have been following me for a while, you know that I have an obsession with chalkboard paint.  I have painted everything from serving trays to my daughter’s closet doors.  My favorite chalkboard creation is my wine wall, which I designed and my husband built for me a couple of years ago.  I usually write the names of the wine on the chalkboard, but today I felt inspired to do something a little different.


IMG_0799Words to live by, don’t you think?

Valentine’s Day at The Flower Market

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I am at the flower market this morning picking up some lovely flowers for a wedding I am working on this weekend.  Talk about a busy place to be on Valentine’s Day! My trusty photographer, Lauren Pearce, snapped a few photos to share with you.  I hope you have a beautiful day today!  (I’ll share the wedding photos with you next week.)



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A Color Story

One of the biggest decisions in the decorating process is selecting a color scheme.  There are many reasons why you are drawn to one color or another, but are you choosing the right colors for your room, taking everything into consideration?

There are certain questions I ask when deciding on colors for my clients’ homes:

1.  How will the room be used?  Is it meant to be calm and restful; fun and adventurous; thought-provoking or inspiring?

2.  Do you have an inspiration piece (i.e. artwork, fabric, area rug) that you want to use to pull colors from?  What are your favorite places to shop for home furnishings?

3.  What kind of natural light does the space get?

4.  Are there any colors you definitely do not want to see in the space?

The answers to these four questions will determine the direction we go in choosing the perfect color scheme.  I will give you a real-world example with a client I am working with right now.  These are the answers they gave me to my color quiz:

1.  The room we are working on is a living room/dining room combination.  Both rooms were being under utilized because they weren’t set up for the way the family lives.  In the 3 years they have lived in the house, they have never used the dining room and barely set foot in the living room.  I asked them how they would use the space that made more sense to them. They said they really needed a place to entertain friends; their teenage son would like somewhere to play video games and watch movies; they also really love playing cards with friends.  Ok, so the answer to my first color question is fun and adventurous.  This space needs to come to life with color.

2.  The clients didn’t have much they wanted to keep, but they did have a couple of pieces of art that they would like to incorporate into the room.  The colors in the artwork were primarily reds, oranges and yellow.  They like to shop at Pier One and World Market, so that gives me a good idea of their style.  We will use colors from the artwork as a starting point for our color scheme.

3.  The living room has a very large window that faces west and the dining room has an eastern facing window.  They do not want widow coverings because there is not a privacy concern and they like the view to the outdoors.  With this much natural light. I suggested adding a cool color to tone down their warm color scheme.  We decided on a deep ocean blue that will hold up to the reds and oranges, but add some coolness to the room.

4.  I then asked them if there were any colors they definitely did not want in the room.  They said their preference would be brighter colors as opposed to softer colors, but nothing that they really didn’t want.  The contrast of the warm reds and oranges with the deep blue will give them that fun vibe they are looking for.  We decided to stay neutral on the paint and major pieces of furniture, and add in the pops of color with smaller pieces of furniture, pillows and accessories.

Having the answers to these four basic questions, we are well on our way to a beautifully colored room.  Here are some inspiration photos for our color palette:

Now that we have the color scheme worked out, our next step will be creating a functional floor plan that will make the most use out of the space and give this family a home that works for them.  I will keep you updated on the progress as we move forward.
Until next time, live your life in color and always with style!

And the Winner is . . .

finishedfreeartworkI would like to say thank you to everyone who entered the contest for the decoupage art.  I had several likes on Facebook, some lovely comments and some new subscribers, and I appreciate all of them.  All of the entries were put in a hat and the name that was selected was (insert drum roll here):

Felix from Kaydin’s Corner.

Congratulations and thanks again to everyone that participated.