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, AllModern.com, 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 may be turning into 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 now...red, 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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September 8, 2016

Client Project - Upstairs Family Room!


Hey guys, today I'm sharing one of my current Design Projects, and this one is so much fun!  

I am working with a client in the Lake Norman area and we are designing a traditional family room in a beautiful waterfront home.  Here's the house...

Ahhh, isn't it beautiful?  This house is so charming, and the detail and craftsmanship are Amazing.

And here's the Design Board I put together.  A family friendly upstairs den that just fits this house and it's surroundings!  The bird prints lend a coastal vibe, and the white slip covered swivel chairs are casual and relaxed.  The distressed rug has a vintage feel, and soft blues and greens add subtle color to this traditional space. 

Now for this project my client has some great ideas, and her style is girly, shabby chic all the way!  In fact, check out the antique sideboard we plan to repurpose as a media cabinet...

Yes this gorgeous old piece will be painted, glazed and distressed in a creamy - farmhouse white.  I can't wait to see this space come together!

Okay guys, if a room or two in your home is needing a whole new look, then a Flat Rate Interior Room Design is for you!  And did I mention that custom Design Boards are included free with this service?  Yes they are!

  Okay you can check out all of our Services here at THE COLLECTED Interior :) 

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July 29, 2016

Our Antique Dining Table... updated with Ikea Henriskdal chairs!


Hey guys I hope your having a great Summer!  

Wow with a few weekend getaways and my kids Summer sports...our Summer has flown by.  So I'm popping in today to share how I updated our antique dining room table!  Yes this old table below got a fresh new configuration last Spring.  And the best part...it was crazy affordable.  Like Ikea affordable!


So If you're new here, our dining room table is an antique and was built by my hubby's Great Grandfather.  This picture above was taken a year ago.  Here the table is in it's oval shape and you can see those awesome handmade leaves.

Now I love this old table!  So much so that I refinished it several years ago using Min Wax Gel Stain.  You can read more about that project here.  But as much as I love this old table, it was starting to look too dark.  And the table was feeling too big for our small kitchen dining area.  So I started thinking of possible solutions to freshen up this space.

And then I came across this image...


Ahhh, are you kidding me!!  I was totally inspired.  

So I took an Ikea leap of faith with the addition of 4 Ikea upholstered chairs, the Henrisksdal chairs.  And this simple change has brought new life to this old table!  We removed the leaves to make the table smaller at 40" round, and then added the new chairs.  And what I really love is the contrast between the dark wood and the white chairs.  It's just brightened up our entire kitchen!  

Now a few years ago if you had asked me to add white fabric chairs to our kitchen with my baseball playing son, and my trampoline jumping daughter?  I would have said "no way"!  But guess what...the replacement covers for these chairs cost just $10.  Each.  Yes these chairs are crazy affordable!

So if they get stained or dirty it's not the end of the world!  And besides the covers are machine washable as well.

And the best part of this whole project?  Is that I didn't have to drop $1000 on a new table, or relocate this family antique to the attic.   And another added bonus is that because the table is smaller, we sit here mainly for breakfast and lunch now, and use our actual dining room more for dinner.   Imagine that!

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