One Room Challenge: Week 2

The blog is back for the ORC and I’ve forgotten how to write a complete sentence.

I missed last week due to technical difficulties.  Apparently, it’s true after all – if you don’t use it, you lose it.  But in case you missed my Instagram post, I’m working with my good friend and creative accomplice Jennifer Glover of Carolina Girl Cooks . We’ve been curating her darling downtown bungalow for about a year now.  This particular space, clad with windows on two sides, oozed with potential from the beginning.  Behold… the real estate before pictures…


This space sits on the far end of her home and when you walk in the front door and look left, the space is framed out as a backdrop of sorts to the formal living room.  See below more real estate before photos…


We discussed at length how best to use these two spaces.  What we eventually decided is that the formal living room would be transformed into a music slash sitting room and the former piano room would be transformed into a den.

When we began scheming for this space and discussing how it would work, I had just recently seen Nina Campbell speak at the Greenville Arts & Antiques Show.  A space Campbell had done in Gstaad immediately made me think of Jennifer’s den.  Dark, enveloping, cozy – a small space filled with large furniture.. it was a perfect concept for the soon-to-be den…


However, Jennifer had just come from a red and wood toned home so we had to find a way to take this concept and make it mod.  Naturally, we took to the internets to begin collecting inspiration.

Here are a few of my favorites…


via Erin Williamson


via Lonny


via Lonny

  Stay tuned next week to see the planning begin!  Also, check out the other #oneroomchallenge participants by clicking the link below.






Stopping in just to say hey!  It’s been a busy and exciting year for me and my business and this month I was featured in my favorite local publication.  I wanted to share and also resolve to pop in more and let you know what I’m up to.

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Read the whole marvelous publication here.

Client DIY: How to Gold Leaf a Fireplace

So I have this friend slash client (not the other way around) and sometimes I dream up little fantasies about what the world should look like.  And then I tell them to her.  And then she buys the materials off the intranets and makes them happen… Take it away, Moe!

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I got you on camera!  You on candid camera now!  You ain’t know ‘dat.  Bet you didn’t think you’d see me around here today.  Well here I am!  I saw a little Instagram home tour of Eddie Ross’s place and I just HAD to share.  Feast…









Ees good, no?

Up for Air

Not really.  A moment to reflect may have been a better post title, but it’s cheesy.  I am booked for weeks and feeling blessed.  But while enjoying all of the new clients I am meeting, I have forgotten to blog about all the fun.  I’m sorry.  I’ll try to be better?

Yesterday, I trekked down to Columbia to meet Meagan Warren at her new family home.  It was so lovely and we had a fabulous time sharing ideas and making a plan for how to move forward.  We covered a lot of ground.  Here’s a recap:

We considered a round entry table in her foyer…

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Pondered a pink dining room…


Drew up a library-esque breakfast nook…


Decided on BM Dragon’s Breath for [half of] the kitchen cabinets…


Contemplated a hunter green bedroom…


And decided on a green velvet sofa for the living room…


All in all, it was a pretty productive day.  I can’t wait for this project to unfold and come together.

Craving Conservatory

I don’t know if it’s the weather or a recent consultation, but I just can’t seem to stop thinking about romantic English style conservatories…







Mother’s Day Makeover

It’s nothin’ big but I’ve been dying to paint the steps and front door for weeks and we just haven’t had a day to carve out and do it.  So this past weekend I got a little instant gratification with a front stoop face lift.  Here’s the before…

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I found some tope-a-rees (topiaries) at Lowe’s for $39 and I snatched ‘em up.  I then bought your standard terra cotta pots (I prefer them above all else because of their clean lines and classic shape).  I also bought some Valspar outdoor spray paint.  A can of black and a can of white with which I sprayed stripes (duh) on the pots.  Here’s the after…

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Our mailbox was formerly gold and at the last minute, I pulled it off the wall and sprayed it with some Liquitex coral whiz and then a coat of clear oil based to protect it from running.  It was kind of an after thought, but now I think I’m going to do coral on the front door.  I’m painting the landing and steps BM Hunter Green…


And then I am thinking perhaps BM Coral Gables on the front door…


And new sconces of course.  This is proving a bit more difficult of a task.  I know very few sources for outdoor lighting.  Right now, anything verdigris would be perfection as far as I’m concerned.  Like two of these beauties from Urban Electric

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They’re not in my price range right now, but I think the shape and style is perfection.  I’ll keep looking.  In the meantime, I always welcome your thoughts and opinions.  And as always, thanks for stopping by.

My Town: Harrison Blackford

I spotted these paintings the other day and was immediately struck by the colors.  I then thought to myself “Harrison Blackford is the most badass name I have eva heard.”  And then I asked for a business card and once again was overwhelmed with amazing…


This upstate has the decorative art scene here on lockdown and I certainly have my sights set on a Blackford original of my own…