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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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 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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May 27, 2016

Friday Five - new logo, client project & more!


Hey guys, TGIF!  

With all the end of the school year craziness at our house, I am ready for the weekend.  So here at my Friday Five post I like to share fabulous finds from my weekly decorating adventures, client projects, and anything else that has me inspired.  Okay so let's get to it!

The Collected Interior - New Logo

First off, and I can't believe I forgot to share this earlier.  But I'm so excited because we have a new logo here at The Collected Interior!  Isn't it pretty, I created it on Tailor Brands!  This site is so fun, you can design and create any logo with their logo maker.  And then order business cards, social media covers or anything else needed for your business.

I spotted this Chinese Chippendale chair the other day at Pier One and did a double take!  I could see a few of these chairs almost anywhere in a home... next to a sideboard in a dining room for extra seating.  Or maybe in a kitchen as a desk chair.  And it's on sale right now for $169.99 - I love stylish and affordable finds like this!

Seriously guys look what was waiting for me at Home Goods this week!   This mac daddy collection of blue and white chinoiserie vases.  It's all just soooo GOOD!  And I should have scored at least one because these won't last long.

My latest client project is finished and I am having serious home office envy!  Here's a sneak peek above.  I hope to feature the entire project next week.   This room ended up with so many great design elements, including nature inspired accessories with touches of watery blues and greens. 

And finally I freshened up my website with a few photos, and this collage made the cut!  It really showcases my design style, which isn't flashy or trendy.  My style is traditional and classic, with clean lines and nature inspired elements. 

Okay guys that's my Friday Five, have a great weekend!

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May 16, 2016

Spring Deck Makeover - Review DFOhome


Hi guys, this Spring I gave our deck a fresh makeover and the color that has me inspired lately is navy blue!  

This sectional used to have back cushions but because the size of this outdoor sofa is smaller in scale sitting here wasn't very comfortable, the seat depth was too shallow.  So I removed the back cushions and added throw pillows in various sizes to help make the seating deeper.  And my solution worked because this baby is super comfy now!

Check out our new umbrella below.  The nice people from DFOhome sent us this 9 ft. beauty to Review, and when it arrived I seriously did a happy dance!  We love it, It's made from quality sun and fade resistant fabric, which is important because our deck sits in the sun nearly all day.  
DFOhome is an online retailer that manufactures hammocks, outdoor rugs, outdoor curtains, pillows, patio furniture, and more.  So if your outdoor space needs a fresh new look, check them out!

Our dog Bear seems to approve ;) 

We painted the spindles on our deck the same color as the trim color on our house.  This is such an easy way to update a deck.  The old deck used to be one solid tan color.  You can see the Before here.  Now the trim color ties in with our house, and the brown solid stain grounds this space - making it feel more like an outdoor room.

Way in the back here you can see our Diy fire pit!  We built that pit from a kit that we purchased from Home Depot on-line a few years ago.  You can read more about our Diy fire pit here.  

Ahhh, pillow fabrics with pattern and texture...two of my favorite things!  The solid and coral pillow are outdoor pillows from Pier One.  The bamboo patterned ones are from Target.  They all got sprayed with an outdoor fabric water repellent for extra protection from the elements. 

A year ago last Spring we replaced 28 year old deck boards and went with a solid dark stain on the new boards.  If you missed this transformation go here to see how we gave our deck a modern new look that really works well with our brick colonial home.

And to give you a tour of all our outdoor spaces, our deck flows right onto our screened porch here...

Okay so that's the scoop on our deck makeover!   We love our outdoor spaces, and because we live on an acre of land it's nice to take advantage of all the nature around us.  And what I really love is that we didn't spend a lot of money.  From the Diy fire pit to the Diy solid stained deck to the screened porch...everything was designed on a budget with color and comfort in mind. 

And we didn't sacrifice style!  For me that's the best part :)

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