September 11, 2023

Client project, faux stems, a McGee dining room & more!

Hi there, I can't believe it's been over a year since I last posted!  

My two kids are finishing up college and the hubby & I are empty nesters now - how did that happen?  On a sad note, I lost my precious Mom this August due to a severe stroke, so it's been a difficult Summer.  But checking in here always lifts my spirits - and I know my Mom would want that for me.  So here's what has been happening here at The Collected Interior and our home this Summer! 

I've been loving this look below lately!  Overall a traditional dining space but with loads of texture and clean lines.  Love the traditional art but with dark, moody colors.  The dark cabinet adds contrast and interest to the room, while the overall color scheme is neutral and easy on the eyes.  Would you believe this look can be extremely affordable?  It is - many of these pieces below are from the Target Mcgee line.  Yes Target is stepping up their home decor game!  Rug below is from

Here's a Mood Board for one of my client projects!  Love this color combination of smokey light blues and greens mixed with neutrals.  This sofa fabric in the upper left - love a good textured, oatmeal colored sofa fabric!  Just enough color to hide stains, yet still light & airy.  Paint colors are SW - Ivory Lace and Oyster Bay.

This table above is my clients and used to be red.  We had it professionally refinished in the color SW - Balanced Beige by Cindy Wood Designs!  Love the pretty shape and unique hardware of this piece.  One thing I love to do when decorating for clients is to use a few pieces they already own.  This saves money and gives a collected, gathered look - as if the room came together over time.

Are you a fan of faux flowers?  I didn't used to be, until I found these beauties at Hobby Lobby!  Love the neutral white & green, and the organic shape of these make them look real!  Fall is coming and I'll be switching these out.  But I can't wait to bring these back out next Summer! 

faux stems @hobbylobby

Need an outdoor project that will bring you joy in the warmer months?  Put a potting table or two in your backyard area.  This old table below sits next to our deck and my hubby's grill area where we'll sometimes enjoy a glass of wine while grilling.  If you zoom in, this table is falling apart and I'm currently looking for a replacement.  To say it's developed a patina from the sun and elements is an understatement ;)

This shelf below sits on our screened porch.  Showcasing my favorite outdoor accessories and plants is one of my favorite things!  Also potting tables and shelves make great focal points, making any outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.

screened porch

Finally this Spring I gave our traditional brick home a refresh!  Our house is very simple with it's colonial style.  However I wanted to add some interest, and I did it with two large black planters by the front door and new carriage style lights.  Now the scale of the home looks and feels bigger.  Often times when decorating bigger is better, and this definitely is true here.

Okay that's all I have for now!  What a joy to be able to design and update our own home where we've raised our family for 18 years now.  And to help others do it as well. 

I'm currently offering Affordable Interior Decorating & Design Services in Charlotte and surrounding areas.  This includes South Charlotte, Matthews, Weddington, Waxhaw, Marvin area, Fort Mill, Huntersville, Lake Norman and more!   We offer hourly Design Consultations as well as flat rate - Interior Room Designs (design boards and space planning included).

If interested, contact me at 980-322-5920  I look forward to hearing about your Design & Decorating needs!

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