Q. I’m in desperate need of more space for my winter clothes, mainly coats and I have only a teeny weeny closet. I have no hanging room, so I wanted to find a great standing coat-rack to hang all my coats on and free up closet space. Do you have any DIY ideas? I’m very crafty and enjoy building things, so I wanted to see what your thoughts were on it. Do you think I should make one or do you think I should keep my eyes peeled and just buy one? From: Grayson
In my house we are crazy for Halloween! Decorations, parties, designing costumes and enjoying the candy. We began the ritual of unloading the decorations from the eight boxes labeled Halloween (thats nothin, at Christmas we have 28 boxes) and I realized, after years of use I needed to freshen up the collection a bit. All of our ghosts and ghouls were looking dapper but the more decorative things that I enjoy were feeling dated. I began my search for decorations to adore and found these fabulous DIY pillows at Chapman Place. If you are not a DIY fan, don’t fear, this story has a surprise ending you won’t want to miss! Now on to making the pillows.
One of the best things about being a professional designer is that you have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. This cottage makeover was no exception because my client has impeccable taste and style which made the process a pleasure. In addition she was the General Contractor coordinating and managing all sub-contractors, budgets, time lines, vendors, architects and her designer (that would be me). This project consisted of a complete renovation of a 1950′s ranch, right down to the studs, so as you can imagine this was no small task. It was the first time in twenty years a client of mine was the acting GC and I have to say, she ran the project like a pro! Come take a look, the results speak for themselves.
Q. I have wanted to re-do my master bedroom for the past five years and I am finally getting the chance! I want a peaceful and soft color scheme but my husband doesn’t want the room to look dull. How can I create a calm & soft look that is not dull and boring so my husband is happy to. Elaine D.
A. I am so excited that you have the opportunity to create the master bedroom of your dreams! A peaceful color scheme in pastel hues when combined with dramatic choices of furniture and beautiful lighting/accessories will make you both happy. Start by selecting your Wow Factor, the element that you can build the design around. Read more
Now that the kids are back to school, I don’t know about you but we could use a little organization around here. They are looking for colored pencils (even in middle school LOL), scissors, glue sticks and the list goes on. This simple DIY is a chic way to keep these supplies at their finger tips for homework time or everyday use. You can also use soup cans or coffee tins, I love having various sizes for variety when organizing. How To: Use hook-and-loop tape to wrap ordinary paint or soup cans in leftover wallpaper scraps. Create simple labels on your computer, print labels and adhere to cans.
For about a year now several of my clients have been asking me the same question, “do you know anyone who would want my old TV armoire?” In the beginning I found homes for a few, donated others and most recently I began to up-cycle them (a fun term for re-purposing). Let’s take a look at some options. This fabulous potting center began as a kitchen armoire. With some shelf re-configuration, door removal, peg board installation and paint the entire piece has been transformed.
I live in a 50’s ranch that has one full bath and a powder room. Thankfully I have boys otherwise I’d imagine epic battles over that full bathroom. When my wife and I bought the house many things were original including a retro pink and black tile bathroom. I actually liked it but due to its age we were in eminent danger of falling into the basement each time we stepped into the shower. A complete renovation was in order, we’ll talk about that project in another post but for now it’s on to the vanity project. I have always been a bit of a picker so searching for a unique piece for the base of the vanity was not a chore. Quickly after the search began I found a piece at a local antique store that I was immediately drawn to. The details of this Spanish mission style sideboard would provide the character and proper scale I was after. Re-purposing an antique dining room sideboard was right up my alley and I knew my wife would love the idea.
One of our favorite family gathering spots is our sweet little beach bungalow at the Jersey Shore. As charming as it is now, it didn’t start out that way. Take a peek, it was a hot mess.
At our beach bungalow my bedroom contains the super ugly electrical box and I was tired of looking at it. I began the hunt for the perfect “cover-up”. My idea was to find a piece of art that I could attach hinges to so we could easily access the electrical box. Because we are not there year round we need access to the electrical box fairly often so just hanging something in front of it would be annoying.
Recently a client of mine framed the most beautiful vintage Hermès scarves that were handed down to her by her mother- in- law and hung them in her hall, she had no idea how everyone would enjoy them. I really liked the idea of preserving and enjoying these pieces of history but the only collection I had, where I could mirror the idea, were handkerchiefs, not quite the same as Hermès silk. Nevertheless, it could be fun at the bungalow in nautical patterns. I found this idea in House and Home and was so excited to see a use for these sweet little pieces of art that were in a drawer for years. Flea market, thirft and garage sales are good places to find handkerchiefs or silk scarves if you don’t have any collecting dust.