Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dressing Your Desk

It's likely the majority of us spend a great deal of time at our desks. It's inevitable that we are often plugging away at our computers. But the great thing is we can personalize and design creative workspaces whether they live in a corner of our living room, a nook in a bedroom...or even a converted closet. Here are some inspirational desk set ups!


Pretty wallpaper panels and freestanding artwork make this a glam little writing desk.


Hanging a fabric covered bulletin board above your desk to collect inspirational photos and cards adds a personal touch to any desk.


Keeping it clean, simple, and monochromatic might be the best for a less distracting workspace. Narrow shelving ledges are also a great solution for display above a desk.


Deeper floating shelves above a desk might be useful for storing nick knacks and books.


For heavier objects, would suggest shelving with some sort of supports, like the above. Colorful accessories add a bold touch to an otherwise all white work space!


Take shelving to the ceiling if you are looking for optimal storage. A built-in desk with coordinating shelves above can maximize a space. This desk set up even has a little mini tv.


Bold artwork adds just the right touch to a clean crisp white work environment.


An inspirational collage above your desk just might be the ticket to keep at it every day!


Looking for organization and structure? Keeping sets of matching binders and boxes may be the best solution to making your desk space appear neat and tidy.


If putting a small desk in the middle of a room, such as a bedroom or living room, having it decorated to not look so utilitarian is the key.

Images via Pinterest.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Colorful Malibu Ranch House


A 1970's ranch house gets a colorful makeover for a young, extroverted family. The result is a fun, high-energy makeover. If the Pacific Ocean from Malibu doesn't brighten your day, this colorful house certainly will!


To keep the living room, fresh and simple, the designers chose a "happy white" with added colorful accents (ceiling fixture, throw pillows).


A bright colored island was painted green, among a sea of white cabinets.


A brightly hued blue dining room, offset by neutrals in the area rug and furnishings, but comes together with the patterned drapery fabric.


And it gets brighter! A sunny yellow for the media room (complete with two tone corduroy drapery panels).


A romantic bedroom. (When the owners couldn't find artwork they liked, they had the word "love" spelled out over their was a temporary fix that became a permanent one.)


A Missoni rug makes a colorful statement in the master bathroom.


A cozy and colorful outdoor sitting area.

All images via House Beautiful.

Shopping Overstock

Have to admit, in recent months has become an increasing "go to" source for me when sourcing for clients. Initially it began with clients emailing me their finds, often with a cringe (in comparison to some of the other great things I was finding elsewhere) but with budgets (& yes, those knock-offs!) - it's often hard to pass up! Especially with my online design clients, it has become a great resource for those looking to furnish first homes and such, on a tight budget!

{Several items seen in the above concept board were sourced from for a living room online design project I designed for a client, young first time homeowners that were looking to furnish their new home on a budget.}
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This ottoman is available on for just $185, and comes in a range of colors including purple and taupe (I included the grey one on the concept board above).
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Also featured on the concept board, this lounge chair available on Overstock currently for $206.

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For accessories, these throw pillows at just $22 (& included in the above design scheme) make a great find!

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And while I only showed one of these table lamps on the console table on the board, they come as a pair for only $184.

Some other great finds:

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There is so much more...happy shopping!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

DuVerre Hardware

I was recently specifying hardware for a kitchen remodel project and I took to DuVerre Hardware in search of some unique and interesting finds. DuVerre Hardware was also a sponsor of Blog Tour London, which I took part in this past Fall. When they first sent me their catalog, I was captivated by some of the pieces from their Designer collections (Clodagh, Heinz Pfleger, Goodman & name a few).
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This is a very sculptural pull by William Harvey, it comes in three widths and three finishes.
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A large square knob by Heinz Pfleger in antique brass.
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Another from Austrian designer Heinz Pfleger, a square pull in satin nickel.
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Lotus knob in oil rubbed bronze by William Harvey.
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A large pull from the Marcel collection in matte black.
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A square knob called Offset by Erin Adams in oil rubbed bronze.
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Inspired by nature, the Pomegrante series from Heinz Pfleger.
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The unique Primitive pull by Clodagh.
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Another by Clodagh, this pull is called Stacked and comes in two finishes.
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Yet another artistic piece by Clodagh, this is called Tribal and is shown in antique brass.
(*Please note all of the above pieces are available in a variety of finishes, sizes, and all are available in both knobs and pulls.)
For more info, visit DuVerre

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Graphic Stripes

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 7.03.34 PM [Image via] Graphic stripes seem to be all the rage lately, from interiors to fashion (as seen above on the collection from Jill Stuart during New York Fashion Week taking place this week). nyfw-jill-stuart33-435x580 Stripes in fashion, from Jill Stuart. 59d32ef69e2c823c6039dd70a7900c3c A Kelly Wearstler designed home in Bel Air. c23ba2ec5e054c1afc79f1b2daabcf89 Dotted and zig zag stripes in a bathroom. 3562fd956a8de7d51f285440170e3d7b Diagonal stripes in a tiled floor. ebf0409c8e1edfe2c15bf5360ff95525 More from Kelly Wearstler: stripes on the floor, stripes on the ceiling. 3eb831865cf75adee656e37a379b47cc Wallpapered stripes...going in both directions! a9009ac038759df5e3b03c845e6d59b3 Stripes everywhere!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Woodson & Rummerfield's House of Design Debuts New Stanley Furniture Showroom!


So happy to share that my wonderful friends, Jaime Rummerfield & Ron Woodson (pictured above) of Woodson & Rummerfield's House of Design, have debuted their design of the new Stanley Furniture showroom in Las Vegas. Official opening was held during Market last week at the Las Vegas Design Center. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend the opening party but Jaime was nice enough to share these images of the new showroom space (which I was dying to see!). photo_4

A formal living room vignette at the Stanley Furniture showroom reminiscent of Woodson & Rummerfield's design essence.


A formal dining room vignette arrangement in a lacquered wall corner of the showroom.


A cozy living room set up outfitted with wall decor accessories that tie in well with the leather high back chair and nail-head trim sofa.


Another formal dining room, this one filled with a fabulous bookcase along with a graphic area rug and artwork that tie in the look of the dining room furnishings.

Looking forward to seeing their next redesign - a new 60,000 square foot showroom space at High Point Market which will open in April for Spring Market!