May 10, 2017

Client Project - paint & upholstery updates!

Hey guys, I'm sharing a fun client project today!  

My client wasn't happy with look of her main living area...the great room!  So we made a few simple updates to make her existing furnishings work.  We changed paint colors & finishes, lightened upholstery and added new lamps.  Ahhh, projects like these are so much fun!

This mirror before was a dark pewter color.  So I hired a local paint refinisher from We Chic'd It.  She worked her magic using a creamy farmhouse white, and then lightly distressed to perfection.  Then we relocated the mirror to my clients front entryway and this space has loads of charm now!  



Check out the before & after pictures of these dining chairs!  We lightened them up with a greige Sunbrella fabric.  Before with the brown leather chairs, the dining space was dark and dreary.  Now everything is so much lighter and brighter.  And the beautiful detail in this hutch below pops, I love that!

Talk about a transformation...buh bye dated old world paint finish!  Now this dining buffet is clean & updated, painted in a cool gray green - Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay to be exact.  

Okay guys, my passion is mixing traditional style with modern updates, and breathing new life into tired spaces!

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March 9, 2017

Friday x-bench, nature inspired abstract art, and a mirror transformation!

TGIF and welcome to my Friday Five!  

Well another week has flown by here at The Collected Interior and I simply cannot believe how busy we've been.  In fact, was saying the other day to my hubby - this is our busiest time of year between Jan.1st and May.  And I am so thankful for my wonderful clients!  Okay so let's get to it, here are five fun things happening around here...


Just ordered this pretty ottoman for a client's Room Refresh and cannot wait to deliver.  We're using it as an end table.  I love that it can serve double duty as extra seating when needed.  And with a tray on top, can function as an end table.  So versatile!


Sharing one of my favorite types of art today...simple abstract art rooted in nature gets me every single time.  And I love that it easily coordinates with so many different design styles.  Modern, traditional, farmhouse, and eclectic styles all look great with simple and serene art like this.

This mirror has undergone a major transformation thanks to We Chic'd It, a painting and refinishing service in the Lake Norman area.  

 When I meet with clients, instead of purchasing all new items to design a room or space.  I will identify furnishings in your home that you can use or even refinish.  And then move on to sourcing the new home furnishings and accessories needed to give your space a whole new look.  For me, it's all about mixing the old & new.

This mirror after painted and lightly distressed was relocated to the clients entry.  And this entry has loads of character now!  So the money my clients save in one area, can be used to pretty up another area.  It just makes $ense.


Do you know what I love?  Finding design inspiration in nature.  And I find it even when I'm not looking for it.  Just the other day I saw a big patch of moss at a baseball field and my heart skipped a beat.  Moss is so natural and organic, and you don't even need a green thumb to keep it alive.  Ahhh and that texture!

Sutton Mini Pendant

Finally, the hubby and I just installed two of these industrial pendant lights and they are so fun!  And at nearly 14" wide each, they are big.  But because our ceilings are tall they work, and update our traditional black kitchen beautifully with a cool industrial vibe.  Will share photos later, but these pendant lights are such a fun update.  And a single pendant can be used in a foyer or even mudroom.

Okay guys that's my Friday Five!  Love sharing what I do here in my little corner of the Internet.  Thanks for stopping by :)


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February 3, 2017

Friday Five...client projects, our new sofa & a fiddle fig!

Hey guys TGIF!  Today I'm sharing five favorites from my recent decorating adventures so let's get to it!  

Between client projects and my own personal decorating adventures, there are always fun  things happening around here.  And it usually involves saving money too because as you know, my passion is Affordable Interior Design!

I've mentioned before that I source many of my client's home furnishings and accessories from Wayfair!  In fact these two lamps and dough bowl above are from the W.  I also source from Birch Lane, Joss & Main,, Ballard, Pottery Barn and Houzz to name a few, as well as a few local favorites.

Did you know that this years HGTV Dream Home 2017, designed by Brian Patrick Flynn was furnished top to bottom by Wayfair?  Yes!  And I run my business with this same designer trade program and absolutely love it! 

I finally have a picture of our Pottery Barn sofa we purchased a few months ago!  Ahhh, I can't get over PB's line of performance fabrics and how durable and stain resistant they are.  They even have a Sunbrella line.  This is the Comfort Square Arm Sofa - it's slipcovered and the fabric we chose is Performance Tweed in Ecru.

A fun services I offer here at The Collected Interior is our Affordable - Room Refresh.  And if you're on a budget or need the most decorating bang for your buck, then this is a great option! 

With a Room Refresh I'll source a handful of home furnishings & accessories to coordinate with your existing furniture pieces.  Here's a Design Board I made for a client above.  We're incorporating a new blue - green color scheme, stylish throw pillows & accessories and even a new club chair for extra seating in a family room that needs some love.

My simple New Year's Resolution this year was to add more plants to our home.  So I did my research and chose low maintenance plants including snake plant, ponytail palm and a few others.  And WOW, this simple change has made a huge difference in how our home both looks and feels! 

And after the success of our smaller plants above, I finally found the infamous Fiddle Fig Tree here in Charlotte.  And purchasing this guy was a huge leap of faith for me because Fiddle Figs are not low maintenance, and can be very temperamental.  But again I studied up and this guy is thriving!  

Just look at how pretty he is in our home office, drinking in the morning sunshine.  Yes I seriously think I'm becoming a crazy plant lady ;)

Okay that's my Friday Five, thanks for stopping by! 

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January 25, 2017

Design Inspiration...Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees!

Hey guys, so do you own a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree?  I've been seeing this potted plant everywhere in the home decor world on blogs, Instagram feeds & Pinterest for years now.  And finally just the other day I found several at a local greenhouse here in Charlotte and picked one up.  

Wow, I have to say this plant is beautiful!  No wonder so many plant & home decor enthusiasts love them.  If you have a large, well lit empty corner...then this plant will bring that space to life!  Here's some Fiddle Fig inspiration.   All images sourced from my favorite place for home decor ideas, Houzz...

Well I hope our new Fiddle Leaf Fig thrives in our home!  I've read they can be very temperamental.   They need a well lit area, but no direct sunlight.  And they don't like to sit in water, so let the water drain out after watering.  But I am up for the challenge because these beauties are worth the extra effort!

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November 22, 2016

Updating Holiday Home Decor!

Hey guys, I'm so excited...Christmas & the Holidays around the corner!

Every year in late November after bringing out all of my Christmas decor from the attic, I like to purchase a few new fun finds to update the look of my existing Holiday home decor.  And my favorite place for one of a kind, handmade finds is Etsy!  Here's what caught my eye this year...

Ahhh I am swooning!  And these are my favorite Christmas colors right, white and black!  

In fact my favorite trick for updating existing Holiday home decor is by simply adding black to the mix.  Here we have black chalk board, black stripes or even buffalo check.  It just works by adding contrast and a subtle modern twist to your favorite traditional Christmas decor.

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October 10, 2016

Design Inspiration... Black & White Stripes!


Hey guys, today I'm featuring one of my favorite design elements...simple black & white stripes!

 I'm always on the lookout for easy and affordable ways to add style and interest to my home's decor.  And this graphic pattern is all about classic style and bold contrast, and it won't break the bank either, I love that!   So get ready to be bold, because this tried and true favorite is anything but understated. 

Shelter Island fisherman


Malvern East

Mountain View Townhouse

Pottery Barn

Melbourne photo shoot #1

Ahhh, such great design inspirations here all sourced from my favorite site - Houzz.   I love how these bold stripes coordinate so well with different design styles including mid century modern, eclectic, and even traditional. 

So if your home's decor is falling flat, think about adding stripes.  With pattern and contrast even a simple pillow can up the style factor in any room - giving you more decorating bang for your buck!

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September 16, 2016

Friday Five! new sofa, client project, easy decorating tip & more!


Hey guys, TGIF! 

 Thought I would pop in today to share what's been going on here at The Collected Interior.  I've got a fun client project, a new white sofa - wahoo, finally!  And some other fun stuff to share, so let's get to it...

PB Comfort Square

Our new sofa finally arrived and I am in LOVE!   I chose the Performance Tweed fabric in Ecru, and am absolutely loving the lighter look in our home.  And the fact that I can pull those slipcovers off to wash them is simply genius.  From a functional standpoint, I am obsessed with slipcovers.  In fact, I have exactly 11 slip covered chairs in our home, 10 dining chairs and now one sofa!

I was shopping the other day at World Market and spotted this awesome industrial bookshelf!  It's the Emerson Shelf and it has so much style, and it only cost $399.  This perfectly balanced home office is from @blessedmammatobabygirls on Instagram, LOVE!

I shared our home's entryway table on Instagram the other day.  You guys this table is literally about 14 years old.  But with some fun accessories I was able to bring it back to life with pattern, texture and contrast.  I like how the traditional lines of the table mix with the clean lines of the more modern accessories.

If your on Instagram let's follow one another!  I'm at @the_collected_interior  :)

On the work front, my latest Client Project is coming together nicely.  We're doing a family room - Interior Room Design and the look is overall traditional with an industrial - farmhouse vibe that is so fun.  Here's the Design Board above.  So far I am loving these industrial coffee and console tables sourced from Birch Lane!  BL is one of my top sources for fabulous home accessories and furnishings.  And guess what, those savings get passed onto my clients!

You can check out these tables here & here :)

And finally I have a decorating tip to offer today, and this picture above illustrates it well.  When decorating any space indoor or outdoor, and after deciding on the main furniture pieces, attempt to incorporate color, pattern and texture.  Here I've used navy blue as my color, the blue bamboo pillows offer my pattern, and texture is found in the coral pillow, the candle lantern, and even the wicker itself. 

So that's my tip...use color, pattern & texture - it's so easy!  Doing this will add interest to your space, and keep your home's decor from falling flat.  Okay guys that's my Friday Five, thanks for stopping by!

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