Entries in Interior Design (91)


Cityscape Wall Murals

This image posted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (the ones who do the best architectural boat tour!) popped up on my Facebook wall today. 

I love it.  They linked to the original article which had other cityscapes and trompe l'oeil murals.  Ahh Paris, je t'adore!

Before doing any research, I thought they were hand painted murals.  More clicking around led me to the company's website (Pixers) & I was surprised to learn that they are stickers...and how easy and affordable they are!

They are custom sized, even better! All you have to do is enter the height and width you want, then position the window over the part of the mural you'd like to have printed.  Easy!

An 8' x 9' mural costs under $300, which really surprised me.  I expected it to be far more expensive!

They have a lot of other designs and images - I highly recommend checking them out :)


10 Decorating Trends You Wish Would Go Away

I came across this list from, randomly, my daily BabyCenter digest.  It led to a House Beautiful slideshow that shows 10 trends that people think will fade away in 2013.  There are some I agree with & some I don't, but overall I found it to be an interesting list.

1) Taxidermy - YES

I have never understood or liked the taxidermy and faux animal head trend that went wild last year. It is now so overdone that I think this is one trend that will fade away.

Ceramic Animals

I do think these Jonathan Adler ceramics are adorable, though.  So cute!

Doxie Bookends

2) Open Layouts - NO

I think I'll always love open layouts.  Especially kitchens that open up into dining areas &/or family rooms.  At every party, it seems we all end up congregating in the kitchen.  The kitchen gets it then spills over into the adjacent dining area, then living room.  I like that everyone feels like they're all together, even if technically in different rooms.

3) Cliched Design - ??

I guess so?  This vague title goes on further to explain that an Eiffel Tower statue and french style rug does not a french interior make.  As a francophile, I have a few Eiffel Tower figurines sprinkled around the house, but I by no means think that defines our decor!

4)  Cookie Cutter Kitchens - YES & NO

I love alternatives to granite, but am a stainless steel appliance fan through & through.  I love modern white kitchens with stainless appliances and can't picture this trend fading away any time soon.

5)  Obvious Signage - NO

I love typography & am a fan of this trend, when done well.


6)  Chalkboard Overload - YES

Overload is the key word here.  Am I the only one who finds chalkboards - chalk specifically - to be a dusty mess?  I sometimes really like the way they work, mainly in the kitchen or a playroom, but people are chalkboard painting everything these days and I am over it.


7)  Food as Decor - NO

I love a bowl of green apples as decoration in the kitchen.  Sometimes I eat them, sometimes I don't :)

8) Neon - YES

Let's leave neon in the 80's where it belongs, mmkay?

9) Intentionally Distressed Furniture - YES

With a caveat - I think this is a personal choice, not necessarily a trend!  If I had a farmhouse in the south, then I'd probably have a piece of distressed furniture or two.  It's just not my favorite look overall.

10) TVs on the Mantle - YES & NO

One of the first things that I put on this blog was that "TVs don't have to hang above the mantle".  Sometimes it's the best option though, so I'll hold off on judgement for this one :)

Are there any trends that you wish would just go away?

p.s. It's nice to talk to you all again!  I owe an update post, I know.  Just know that I am back to work, accepting new clients & that life is good.  So, so good.


Decor from an Unexpected Source, Part 2

Awhile ago I posted about great decor finds from an unlikely store - Pottery Barn Kids.  I thought I'd revisit this post idea after coming across a fun lamp at Land of Nod.  I checked out other items & found a lot of things that would work for spaces beyond kids rooms.  

Here are my favorites:


This lamp also comes in blue & pink!

All items found at 

Have you come across any unexpected sources for home decor?


Penny for your Floor?

If you're like me, I get annoyed when I find random pennies stuffed in the bottom of my purse, the couch cushions, sprinkled throughout my desk, etc.  It's time to save your pennies because this design has me floored (sorry, had to do it).

Zinc Door linked to it on their Facebook page & immediately shared it. I couldn't find the original source, but a quick google search brought up images of a lot of other projects.  They are all so fun & cheaper than other traditional materials (this site mentioned a total of just over $38 for appx. 24 square feet).

& Nickels!  Obviously going to cost you quite a bit more in materials ;) but it looks  I really can't come up with another word!

Searching around also led to penny kitchen islands, accent walls, etc.  I love them all.  You could even tackle this DIY style if you have a lot of time & patience!


Updated Portfolio Page!

I have been seriously lacking when it comes to updating my Portfolio page.  I remedied that over the weekend, so check out all of the new updates here!

Some new projects include a dated to modern Master Bath (one of my absolute favorite transformations!) and a bright, bold open concept Living/Dining Room.  I'll share more about these projects in upcoming posts!