October 2, 2015

Dining Room Makeover Finally Finished - Before & After

Hey guys, notice anything different around here?  We've got a brand new blog and business name!  We are now The Collected Interior.  If you're new here Welcome!  And if you check in every now and then I hope you like all the changes.  Also feel free to check out the new business website here.

 today I'm sharing our light & bright dining room makeover!  This room used to be warm and dramatic with deep sienna walls that at the time were intended to be a modern version of the red dining room trend that was so popular a decade ago.

Now keep in mind this makeover didn't happen overnight.  It actually happened one project at a time over the course of like 2 years.  What can I say with two expensive teenagers my decorating budget is tight.  But I always find a way to get things done.  Eventually :)


And here's the After...

Ahhh, this room is now light and bright as well as comfortable and casual.  You guys I LOVE THIS SPACE!  Before it was the formal dining room that we rarely used.  But now we really use this space.  My husband even sets up his office here when working from home!

So check out this beautiful rug above!  Medallion rugs sent me this beauty a few years ago and I still love it.  It's an authentic persian rug and the craftsmanship and detail are Amazing!   And this pretty gold mirror below was a great find at a local home decor / antique store for just $75.  Total score.  And I think it really works with our antique sideboard.

And the last main purchase that completely transformed this space, besides the new paint color, are the chairs!  They're from World Market and updated my almost 16 year old dining table like a BOSS!  The head chairs have a subtle wing back vibe and the other four are just basic upholstered chairs.  But I was sold on the fact that they are slipcovered... so versatile!

Okay guys that's the scoop on our dining room makeover!  On Monday I'm linking this redo to these fabulous parties.

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September 22, 2015

Table Lamps - 4 less!


Hey, notice anything different around here?  Yup, we've got a brand new blog and business name!  Welcome to the Collected Interior.  Some of you might have us in your sidebar or blogroll under the old name.  If you could take just a minute to add the new name that would be AWESOME! Now back to our regularly schedule blog post ;)

Hola!  Today I thought I'd pop in to share a few budget friendly table lamps.  There are a few home accessories that I literally can't get enough of and according to my hubby - that I MAY have a problem with, ha!  One is throw pillows and a close second is table lamps.  The reason I love lamps, in addition to being functional, is they offer big design impact without spending a lot of money.  And they're easy to switch out or relocate as my decorating style changes and evolves.  

So check out my picks for table lamps that are functional, stylish and the best part - easy on the pocketbook...

Lenore Glass Table Lamp - Overstock   $137.61

Ceramic Faceted Table Lamp - Kirkland's   $79.99

Milk Glass Table Lamp - JC Penney   $110

Bamboo Basket Table Lamp - Hayneedle  $169.91

Teardrop Luxe Lamp - Pier One   $79

Wade Logan 24" Table Lamp - Wayfair.com   $148.99 (set of 2)

Ahhh, so many great choices here, I love these!  My favorite is the faceted ceramic lamp from Kirkland's - what a great find!  And the mercury glass lamp from Overstock is beautiful as well.  Finally, the Wade Logan lamp from Wayfair is not only stylish with it's modern gourd design, but affordable too at around $75 each.

Okay take a second look at your lamps.  If they've seen better days it may be time to add a few new ones to the mix.  And light up your space in style!

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September 8, 2015

Inspiration... nearly white walls!


Hey guys, it's great to be back!  Wow with the start of the new school year for my kids and my hubby's new job (woot woot!) life has simply gotten in the way of the blog.  And that happens from time to time.  But I can't stay away too long.  It feeds my creative soul to pop in here and share what I love.  Like these photos below...do you notice one thing they all have in common?

These spaces all have nearly white walls!  And I can't get enough of this classic look.  So much so that the hubby and I are in the process of painting our home office white.  Well not a bright white.  But a creamy light white called SW - Natural Choice.  So whether it's a white with cool gray undertones or a white with warm creamy undertones, there is no doubt if you want your home to feel more spacious with tons of natural light - then paint your walls a shade of white!

Okay check out the lightness!  All images sourced from Houzz!

Wow I don't think there is anything more welcoming in a home than a light and bright entryway.  Love this traditional space above!

I love these cool white walls above in contrast to the warm wood tones in the office furniture.

These walls read white above.  However if you look closely, they are not the same color as the bright white trim paint.  The wall color appears to be a white with gray undertones.  Very light and fresh!

Ahhh, isn't this laundry room just a breath of fresh air?  I would not mind doing laundry here :)

This room above has some great contrast with it's white walls and black lighting and accents.

And one last look at another space with nearly white walls, white trim moulding and what looks like a light gray painted shiplap ceiling, LOVE!  Okay if your home's paint colors are looking dark and dated.  It may be time for a paint color refresh with a simple shade of white.

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August 25, 2015

Deck & Grill Prep Area Makeover - and a deck stain dilemma...


Hey guys, today I thought I'd pop in to share our big ole' backyard deck and grill prep area makeover! 

 This project went well, but not perfect.  Now don't get me wrong, overall I love this new space because it feels like an outdoor room.  But staining the new deck boards threw me a curve ball ;)

Here's the Before below.  This old deck is original to the house built in 88'.  This Spring we looked at the deck boards and knew they had to go.  They were old, weather beaten and splintered.  So we ripped up the old boards, then we hired a friend and neighbor to lay the new boards.  After that the hubby and I set out to stain this baby.


For this outdoor space I wanted the deck to have a sophisticated and modern look to go with our brick home.  And to flow nicely with our screened porch and dark hardwoods inside the house, so we chose a dark brown stain.

 The problem so far with this project is the deck stain.  At first I loved the new dark stain.  Here it is below after just one coat.  Doesn't it look pretty all dark and shiny? 

 Well it eventually dried and the shine was pouff - gone! 

 Here's the After below all prettied up with pillows and poufs.  The umbrella is from Crate & Barrel and the pouffs are older from Target.  I don't have a close up of the sectional yet because I'm still searching for the perfect pillows.

So as you can see in this pic above, the deck finish is dry and chalky looking and I am not a fan.  I love the dark color.  But I hate that the wood has no depth or shine.  So I'm on a mission to find a way to make this deck stain work.  Be it another brand of solid stain or maybe an outdoor poly - do they even make an outdoor polyeurethane that stands up to the  outdoor elements?  

Aside from all that, I LOVE our new affordable outdoor Target sectional with it's clean and modern lines!  And seeing all this color when I walk outside makes me smile. I don't use a lot of color inside our home as I'm more of a neutral gal.  But I think it's important to have color somewhere in a home.  And for us, outside is the perfect place!

So the hubby and i have been talking for years about making an area just below our deck into an outdoor grill and prep area.  And a few weeks ago we finally made that happen with simple gravel and metal edging!  We ripped out and relocated a few of the plants, leveled the area, and then laid the edging and gravel.

My son helped too. Although below he seems to be busy texting.  Ahhh the joys of growing up with parents who Diy right?

And here it is mostly finished below.  I still need to put plants in those pots.  But wow, we love this area!  And my hubs found that handmade table just below the deck on craigslist for only $100.  It's the perfect place to set a platter full of burgers or a drink.  LOVE, LOVE!  My hubby rocked this project below.

Okay guys so that's whats going on around here.  Never a dull moment.  I'll keep you posted with the deck stain because I am on a mission to love this entire space, especially those deck boards.

***Update***   With one more coat of stain, we added shine to our deck!  The method we used isn't the conventional way to stain a deck, but it worked for us and I am one happy Mama!  

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August 20, 2015

Mix it up! An Eclectic Design Board, Chairish & More...


Hey guys, today I thought I'd share an Eclectic Design Board that I created several months ago.  What I love about this board is that the look is both eclectic and timeless.  Yes this design would look great today and will still look great in 5,10 or more years!  And that my friends is what I love about timeless design.  It's not trendy.  It's not about what's "hot" or "in style" today.  It just works on so many levels.

I decided to create a Chinoiserie inspired design board after I first visited the site Chairish several months ago.  At Chairish you can buy and sell vintage furniture, decor, jewelry and accessories on-line.  And surfing through their huge inventory of antique & vintage furniture is so much fun!  

Now if you look at the board above, there are only three pieces that I sourced from Chairish - the two chinoiserie vases and the Chippendale bamboo chair.  The other furnishings and home accessories are very simple and traditional.  So my point is don't let your home's decor fall flat!  Add a few vintage pieces to the mix for added style and personality! 

Here's what caught my eye on Chairish's site today...

Ahhh, I LOVE these one of a kind pieces!  Especially that vintage bar cabinet.  Yes I could see myself whipping up a dirty martini there on the week-ends ;)

Okay guys look around your home.  Do you own a few one of a kind vintage or antique pieces?  If not check out Chairish.  Or if their price points are too high, check out your local flea markets or consignment shops.  For me, it's all about the mix, eclectic design and surrounding yourself with home furnishings that you LOVE.

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August 12, 2015

Local Marriott Campaign...hashtag your Instagram photos #DesignCharlotte and win!


Hey guys, I'm so excited to be participating in a fun new campaign sponsored by the Marriott Charlotte City Hotel which is currently undergoing a huge renovation.  The idea is simple and fun... share your favorite pictures of our beautiful city including uptown areas & cityscapes, restaurants, parks, businesses etc... on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hash tag #DesignCharlotte

 Your photos could be a street performer, a ballpark, a local craft beer, a museum, or anything else that inspires you!  And for me as a Decorator, I plan to post a few photos showcasing the Charlotte area Interior Design & Decorating scene!  Ahhh yes this is right up my alley.

 Oh and did I mention a Winner will be chosen for a grand prize getaway?  Yes sir.  And if that doesn't inspire you to get your Instagram ON I don't know what will!  Okay today I thought it would be fun to feature several photos that have already been submitted. 

Let's swoon over our fabulous Queen City shall we?

Wow, I LOVE this town!

Okay so if you live in Charlotte, or are visiting... go snap some photos, and share them with the hashtag #DesignCharlotte.  And if you search the hashtag on Instagram, you'll find tons of great restaurants and attractions that are totally worth visiting too from the hippest restaurants in NoDa to the coolest spots Uptown.

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August 4, 2015

Client Project...Family Room - maximizing space in a long, narrow room.


Hey guys, today I'm sharing my latest  client project and Design Board.

I have a client right now who is in the process of giving her Charlotte area home a fresh new look.  She started with a kitchen remodel that looks great complete with new cherry cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.  She then plans to add stacked stone to her brick fireplace for a clean and modern look.  And her existing built in bookcases that flank the fireplace will get a fresh coat of white paint to keep this space looking light and bright.
Next on the list is to give her family room a whole new look focusing on comfort and style.  And to maximize the space of this long and narrow room that is 14 ft. long x 10 ft. wide.

We plan to make the most of this space by placing a large sectional sofa against the long wall to maximize seating.  Because with a 10 ft. wide space their isn't room for both a sofa and love seat or even club chair.  Yes, a great sectional is the way to go!  This one above is from Bassett.  it's the Beckham sectional and it is Awesome!  Look how comfortable this sectional looks below with it's deep seating, yet it has clean and modern lines, I love that!

 I also love that 6 custom throw pillows come with this sofa in any of Bassett's huge fabric selection.  The client and I chose a fun gray Ikat, a brown greek key and a solid neutral with loads of texture.  I love the mix of patterns here next to the subtle pattern on the West Elm window panels.  And a textured shag rug will be soft under foot.

I appreciate it when a client likes to take their time during an Interior Room Design.  After all choosing the right sectional sofa, especially for a smaller space, is an important decision.  We want it to fit the scale of the room and maximize seating, but also offer style and comfort as well.

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