One Room Challenge: Week 6


Dun dun DUN DUN!  It’s here and I’ve been sitting on my hands since I got the photos back from the beautiful and talented Allie Monday.  It all came together beautifully and the One Room Challenge was such a fun way to push towards the finish.  Even as someone who does this for a living, it’s easy to get the big things in a room and then walk away.  But it’s always such a gratifying feeling to complete something – even though I believe a space is never really finished and always evolving.

Before I get to the pictures, I have to get real for a minute.  Maybe it’s the cold medicine or just a lot going on this week, but y’all, can I just say collaboration is such a beautiful thing?!  I get a little emotional about it.  As you know, I worked on this space with Jennifer Glover of Carolina Girl Cooks in her Greenville home and the way we worked together and fed off of each other’s creativity was nothing short of magical.  I always find it amazing what I learn from every client and for me it’s total kismet. What we created here could only have been done by the two of us. I view a finished space like a finished work of art, except instead of just me and the canvas, I made it with someone else and that – for me – is so special.  Okay!  Enough!  Here’s the space..

















Find Jennifer’s DELECTABLE tea cookies here – perfect for holiday season entertaining and gift giving!

Sectional // Lights // Rug (Anthropologie – sold out) // Side Table // Credenza // Paint // Window Shade Fabric // Coffee Table // Black and White Pillow Fabric // Pillow Fabricator // Indigo and White Pillow Fabric // Weiner Print // Abstract Original // Pink and White Planter // Basket // Chunky Woven Blanket

Check out the other ORC spaces here!!

One Room Challenge: Week 5

One week remaining and I’m ever grateful that I’ve been working on this space for a year because I don’t know that I could complete a room in six weeks!  Kudos to all the ORC participants that are doing just that.  Amazing!!

Now we’re down to the details and, for me, this is the hardest part.  I’m a big picture person to the core.  And I also believe in curating a room so I like to take my time and collect pieces that I feel are just right.  Ask any of my clients, they will tell you I move at glacial pace on the finishing touches.  So, my plan is just to grab a bunch of things that may (or may not work) and then play.  The best way to figure things out when you’re not sure is to try ALL of them!

But before that, the hiccups… There weren’t a ton.  Mostly just me and my indecision.  I obsess over finding a piece that’s just right.  I think this is the same reason why I SCAN the radio and I flip channels for hours.  I live in constant FOMO.  There could be a better show on, a better song, a better coffee table option.  Oy vay.  I’m a quirky little bird.  At first, I thought a round table was just right.  Jennifer found a Jonathan Adler one that we both loved… eclectic-coffee-tablesBut once we taped the circle out on the rug, it was a no go.  Too wide for a compact space.  Back to the drawing board.  I wanted to incorporate as much natural finish as possible with all the paint and velvet.  And since we weren’t going to do the rattan chair, I was craving that beautiful color and texture.  So I flipped through my cranial rolodex of coffee table options and the clear weiner was the Blake Raffia Coffee Table from Serena  & Lily

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Next order of business: lighting.  The room has recessed lighting which is a great start.  However, it’s a theater room of sorts, so we wanted options for degrees of lighting.    We don’t have a ton of spare floor space and I didn’t want to add the bulk of table lamps, so we opted for wall lights that would be equal parts reading light for curling up with a good book and low romantic lighting for entertaining.  We also needed plug in but with a cord cover, so that helped to narrow the options.  For us, the Boston Library Light from Visual Comfort was a no brainer..

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-12-11-37-pm  Okay, so the details.  I would love to know how other people do it.  Do you build in the details from the very beginning?  I guess the artist in me likes to see how things evolve and what things reveal themselves to me.  It’s like some form of materialistic mysticism. Quirky bird I tell ya.  So my plan is to color block the pillows pulling inspiration from the rug.  We’re definitely using this Quadrille beauty, which Jennifer affectionately refers to as “Hot Cross Buns” and it makes me giggle every time…


This one is also going to be in the mix because I love it and love Andrea and all that she does and has done.

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I’d love to share more, but if I’m being perfectly honest, we’re wingin’ the rest and crossing our fingers.  We shoot on Monday and I am a nervous wreck.  Send me some good juju if you have a minute.  And after you do that, go see what everyone else is doing!  1477525181978

One Room Challenge: Week 4

Week 4!  Eeeek!!  We started this room about a year ago and it’s been 85% finished for at least 6 months, yet I’ve still found a way to scurry to the finish line.  What is wrong with me!!!  Okay, enough of that – we have a lot to catch up on.  I was away last week so I need to get everything up to speed.

After we gathered inspiration and made a plan, read more here, we started looking at specific pieces and narrowing down our vision.  Jennifer had a very clear idea of the wall color she wanted and also had a piece from Organic Modernism that she loved…  1A starting point!  In this world of so many choices, I love when clients have very specific items and color ideas.  It helps to focus the vision.  With these items in mind and our size requirements, I began searching for a sofa.  The one I landed on that met all the requirements was the Lounge II 3-Piece Sectional from Crate & Barrel.  screen-shot-2015-06-04-at-9-22-18-pmBecause it was highly customizable we were able to make it fit like a glove in the space and they had a beautiful dark blue velvet that is just *MWAH* Once I could see these three large elements I was able to populate an idea board with other color, pattern and texture possibilities…jglovermorningroom

It was a good starting point to build on.  Some things changed- they always do!  That’s the fun part- the evolution of a design as it goes through the client’s filter.  For instance, Jennifer didn’t end up loving the coffee table situation.  I felt it was a must so we compromised with a side table.  The rattan chair got the axe for potential comfort reasons, but we incorporated that texture in another way.  The Anthropologie rug was a surprise for both of us!  I had the sofa and the wall color and the potential for black and white stripes (a staple in my book) and then came across the rug while doing some sourcing one night and it was like someone turned on the lights!  Don’t you love when that happens??  So we moved forward with the positives and waffled on the rest.  Here’s a progress shot from August of last year…


Because the space was compact and there were a ton of windows, we decided we would do all trim work and window casing in the selected paint color (Benjamin Moore Manor Green) The end result really helped the more traditional finishes of the space feel relevant to the more modern/eclectic decor.  And because the windows were such a feature, see before shots here, the fabric we chose to dress them would become part of the room’s top 4 (walls, floor, sofa, window treatments)  Basically Jennifer needed to LOVE the window fabric because there would be A LOT of it.  Enter Lake August.  I remember receiving the sample packet in the mail and both Jennifer and I went nuts over each and every delicious piece.  After much thought, we decided on Tula in Almascreen-shot-2016-10-27-at-3-41-13-pm


The result is perfectly understated.  There are a lot of 10s in this room and, in this space, Tula is like that quiet girl at the party who’s really freakin awesome once you take a closer look, ehem, get to know her.  So with all the big pieces in place, I took to obsessing over the details as I always do!  More on that and other adventures in OCD next week!  In the meantime, check out what everyone else is doing this week!


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


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  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.