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April 19, 2018

It's no secret I have a real passion for sourcing vintage rugs -  one can be found in every room of my house and they are my first choice for clients.  Not only do they add the perfect pop of pattern, color, and warmth to a space but they’re also incredibly durable and easy to clean- making them ideal for pets, kids, and high traffic areas in your home.  And did I mention they are ONE of a kind! 

While I find vintage rugs all over- in person and online. There’s not a secret formula or one single go-to resource that proves to be lucky every single time. I check a variety of places prio...

April 11, 2018

In reality my Sunday morning is not easy - its a dash to eat breakfast, get the baby a nap, walk the dog, workout, shower, and get out the door for church with two kids.  But let's imagine your Sunday morning is a perfect cup of coffee snuggled in a comfy chair reading the paper while overlooking your favorite beach.  That is easy but the install of these custom roman shades from SewDecor is EASIER!  Truly, I have never sourced a more well made, beautiful, cost effective, and easy to install product.  The mother son team of Barb and Marcin are lovely to work with and can create these stun...

April 9, 2018

I LOVE wallpaper and am so happy it has made a come back but there is a little part of me that second guesses the spend, mess, and permanent nature of it.   Especially in a child's room that will likely change in less than five years.  When designing Hans' space room, I was delighted to find removable SELF STICK wallpaper from Coloray decor!!  It hit all the notes - its affordable, easy/mess free to install, and can easily be removed or even moved!  What more could you ask for.....custom designs/colors - Coloray offers this too!  I worked with owner and designer, Natalia, to cre...

April 5, 2018

Welcome back for part 2 of our Chevy Chase house reveal, the main floor!  There was no denying the original charm of this house and my goal was to maintain as much as possible while still creating a modern functional home for our family.  The living floor is everything we wanted it to be - its cozy and warm with a flow that is extremely functional but also maintains soulful nooks and crannies from its 1930's bones.  We like to think the original owner is happy with our choices and is smiling down at our crazy family living our dream in one amazing house!  Here is a recap of what renovations to...

March 19, 2018

It's here!  After 20 weeks of construction and 9 weeks with a newborn, the house is finally ready for a reveal.  We continue to be absolutely in love with the space and while we plan to expand the house in a few years and have plenty of outside work to keep us busy this spring, we couldn't be in a happier place with it for our current needs.  My intention was to reveal the entire house to you but it was the longest post ever so I decided to start with the bedrooms this week!  You'll see a theme (or an obsession) of oversized light fixtures, vintage rugs, and plants just to name...

November 2, 2017

Well friends….I’m partly embarrassed we couldn’t power through and partly embarrassed that I thought we could.  In week six the dust, fumes, lead paint spraying from every old surface, and lack of AC in the hottest September/October in DC history was too much.  We bailed out to an Airbnb in the neighborhood for at least 6 weeks (update since I started this post…we have already extended to 7 weeks and I would be shocked if that did not extend again).  Here is an update on lessons learned, photos of the last few weeks, and sneak peak at what’s next.   

  1. Dust - Is HORRIBLE....

October 25, 2017

If you’ve ever thought about adding wallpaper to your space, you’ve probably come to realize—there are lots options out there to choose from! Whether you gravitate toward the subtle end of the spectrum and prefer delicate patterns and textures, or lean toward bolder, more colorful patterns, there's sure to be wallpaper out there to go with your space and aesthetic. 

So, where to start? If you're new to wallpaper and want to start small, powder rooms or laundry rooms are perfect spaces to try out that new wallpaper pattern you've been coveting. Or, if you're working with a larger space, you...

September 28, 2017

We’ve been in the house a few weeks now and I just had to give a quick update because it seems like so much has changed (and also so much has not…).  Our lessons learned as we expect the unexpected are mounding, so here we go:

  1. Custom Cabinets -  take FOREVER! Okay, so not forever but they do certainly take longer than I anticipated.  Once design plans were complete, I started this process, and while my cabinet guy did tell me from day one there was a eight week timeline from shop drawings, I wrongly assumed shop drawings could be completed with the architectural drawings.  But when you are...

September 14, 2017

Everything about this project brought me back to my southern Pensacola, FL roots and I just loved it!  Not only was the client an old friend from my time on the hill but she is also a Pensacola native and our paths have crossed for decades.  

While I adore midcentury design and gravitate towards it often, stepping into this clients charming Capitol Hill condo was a breath of fresh air.  Her traditional Georgian style and impeccable taste were warm, inviting, and the exciting change I didn't even know I was looking for!  Donned with original intricate crown molding, parquet floors, and wain...

September 5, 2017

When you purchase a house that's 80 years old and hasn't been occupied for 10 years, you expect to expect the unexpected. But even with this mindset, our home renovation has taught me a lot!  Before even moving in, the opinions started...

"That furnace will last 10 more years - it's a monster for this house!" versus "The furnace is unsafe and needs to be replaced"

"Don't let someone tell you you need a chimney liner because you do not" versus "You absolutely need a chimney liner"

"In my 27 years of work I have never seen an exhaust like that" versus "I see this every day in these old houses"

"Thes...

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