Family Room Shelf Update

Hi there!  Happy November!

Today I’m sharing some pictures from a recent project that I worked on.  I have a client that recently bought a house and did a bunch of updates to the home.  They moved a wall and created this beautiful set of built ins for them family room.  They hired me to help accessorize the room… of my favorite things to do!  So I brought in some lighter colored pillows and decor, giving the room an entirely new, fresh feel.

Let’s first look at a few before pictures….


shelves before


couches and rug before

And now for the fun part! Let’s see the room now.


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Isn’t it pretty?  I moved a chair to the right of the tv to give the room a conversational feel.  And of course, the updated shelf decor.

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Here are some close-ups….

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blue glass and orchid

And here is a quick look at the leather furniture.  I added some patterned pillows that coordinated with the room and new, brighter rug.

leather couch with pillows

leather couch with lighter pillows and rug

It’s such a bright, fresh look!  Here’s one last look at the after…

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Thanks for reading!  I hope you are inspired by this updated room!


Client Project: Office Expansion

A local business, Kiley Juergens Wealth Management, is doing some expanding.  They needed a little help decorating an empty space in their office and they invited me to help!

It was a fairly quick turnaround time, so I looked for retail merchandise that was in stock.

Let’s look at a before picture….

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 Old office furniture was cleared out, which left me with a blank slate.

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And some after pictures….

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(Sorry about the bad angle in the picture above.  There was an office wall in the way, which forced me to stand a bit to the side, creating a funny angle.)

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office update 2


It’s amazing what you can pull together from retail establishments that carry inventory! No special orders needed on this project. Because of this, I was able to gather items in one day and transform the space within the needed time frame.

I love how it turned out, and thankfully, my clients do too!


Client Project : Living Room Before and After

Yesterday I shared about a client project that I just completed.  Today I’m going to show you some before and after pictures! Let’s look at the inspiration for the room.

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Here are a few before pictures of the living room…..

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I recruited the help of my handy helper.  {Thankfully he doesn’t charge much!} I was happy that Dan had the day off because I put him to work unloading the car….and more importantly, ironing!

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Now the room has a fresh, now look. Let’s take a look at some after images of the room…

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We ended up keeping the leather chair, piano and little black bookshelf that were already in the room.

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It’s a smaller living room so baskets below the coffee table provide extra storage for the family.

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And the tray on top of the coffee table help corral the decorative objects and coasters, yet leave plenty of room for reading material as well.

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The pillows are made from Schumacher Hothouse Flowers.

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I love this fabric for so many reasons.  The soft blue color, the touch of black and the variety of the pattern. I had two pillows made but we were able to get a unique look by centering a different part of fabric on each pillow.

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This gallery wall will soon have family pictures in them that were taken on the beach vacation.

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I lightened up the look of the dark leather chair with a gray throw and cream pillow.

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Because I’m so in love with this room makeover, let’s take one last look at the before and after!

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What do you think!? Turned out great, don’t you think!?


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Client Project: Living Room Design Board

A few months ago, I started a new project with a client.  Their living room had been several things from a playroom to a catch-all for leftover furniture.  Now that their kids are getting older, my clients wanted a room that was for them…the grownups!

They wanted something light and fresh with a few reading chairs.  After our initial meeting, I put together a design board for them.

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The upholstered chairs were special order.  They were delivered a few weeks ago, so today I was able to put the room together this week!

I’m still sorting through my pictures.  But hope to share a few snapshots from the room in the next few days.

Come back to check out some great before and after pictures!


Family Room Before and After

Do you remember the hutch transformation that I shared with you back in May?  Today I’m going to show you the rest of the room!

My client moved into the house last fall and she needed help pulling the room together.

This is what it looked like when the house was purchased…

brick fireplace before

Before moving in, the room was painted a light gray color and the brick around the fireplace was painted white.


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The furniture was already a good neutral color, so after they got settled in the house, I got to work!

The red hutch above was painted white and moved across the room.  And a few accessories were purchased to help style the shelves.


Curtains were hung and an end table, lamp and vase with flowers were added to the room…




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Doesn’t it look great!?

Summer has gotten the best of me and my blogging has suffered!  Thanks for being patient as I am slow to produce new blog posts. I have lots of post ideas in my head….it’s just finding the time to get them written!!


Hutch Before and After

Last week, I shared images from a fireplace facelift from a friend/client.  And today I have another fun before and after from that same room….a painted hutch!

The hutch was in good condition.  But the red no longer matched the decor in their family room.

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Several cans of spray paint later, the hutch went from red to white.

A fun evening of shopping brought home several new accessories for the shelves.

And here it is now, after it was painted and re-styled.

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Here are a few close ups of the vignettes.

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And once again, the final after…

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What a transformation!!


Painted Fireplace Before and After

Several months ago, a friend and client of mine moved into a new house.  The fireplace needed a little facelift.

brick fireplace before

Before moving in, the walls were painted a light gray and the brick around the fireplace was painted white.

Here is the fireplace today!


Quite a jaw dropping difference!

Once again, the magic of paint amazes me!

Over the next week, I’ll be revealing a few other projects from this room as well.  So make sure you come back to check it out!


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Piper’s Playground: Frame Wall

Earlier this week, I blogged about one of my clients,  Piper’s Plaground.  And today, I get to give you a quick glimpse at their progress.

In the toddler area of this indoor playground, the owners wanted to create a frame wall with empty, brightly painted frames in different sizes and shapes.

Here are a few inspiration photo’s…





Let’s look at a before picture of Piper’s Playground very early on in the process…..


Kim and Katie, the owners, purchased some great play equipment and couches for this particular area.  After some furniture placement and painting, the room looked like this….


And here is the frame wall after….


Do you want to create a similar look in your home?

1. start collecting frames of different shapes and sizes

2. remove glass and backs of frames

2. gather spray paint in a variety of colors that coordinate with your room {I selected 5 colors for this room}.

3. start spray painting

{Spray painting can be very tedious and time consuming.  Make sure you spray thin layers so the paint doesn’t run or drip.  Therefore several coats of paint may be necessary.}

Once you’re spray painting is complete, d-rings or other hardware may need to be attached to the backs of the frames. {Remember you just removed the backs of the frames, and that’s often where the hanging hardware is attached.}

When the frames were ready, I laid them on the floor to create a look that worked best with the wall.  Once I was satisfied with the layout, I started hanging them on the wall!

I created a much smaller version of the open frames in another room at Piper’s Playground as well.  The owners had a bird painting, but the wall needed a bit more.  So I bought eight frames and painted them colors that coordinated with the painting.


It’s a more simple look but equally as fun!

Do you think this is a look that would work in your space?!

* * * For those that live in the greater Olympia area, Piper’s Playground opens up this Friday, January 18th, 2013!!! * * *


Client Project: Pipers Playground

A few months ago, I was asked to help do a bit of decorating at an indoor playground that is opening up later this month called Piper’s Playground.

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The owners wanted to create an inviting area, complete with a coffee bar and couches for the adults, as well as a safe play area for toddlers.  A place where parents can comfortably sit and chat while keeping an eye on their kiddos.

At the beginning of the process, I put together these design boards as a jumping off point…

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The couch, table and chairs above are for the adults…..

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And of course, the play kitchen and construction zone are for the little ones…

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This last design board is for a classroom… One wall will have 18 inch wooden letters and numbers painted in bright colors.  And the opposite wall will have this simple canvas map.

Things have really come along at Piper’s Playground.  And before we know it, they’ll be open for business!

Stay tuned for more Piper’s Playground posts soon!


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