CPOTW- Mod Clock

Check out this cool clock:

It’s found at CB2, Crate and Barrel’s more modern, more affordable, sister store.

It’s got that mod/retro/pop art vibe and I’m lovin’ every bit of it. It’s hung by a rod from your ceiling, BUT is battery operated aka no electrician needed. What’s not to like?!

The frame is red and one side of the face says “GO’ and the other is “IDLE”.

You can buy this cool cat at :


Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.



Pump Up the Glam

This one is for all you girly-girls out there…

I don’t know about you, but I instantly fall in love with all things glam. There’s something so fun, sophisticated and lady-like about it. As a designer, I’m often working with clients that live with other people and styles have to compromise. Because of this, what I will deem as “Glamour Chic” is not the most requested look.

A year and a half ago I was going through the audition process of an Interior Design TV show. One of the things that the show wanted me to do was to create a video showing my home and more of my design work. I decided to challenge myself by re-designing my Dining Room in 5 days on a $1,000 budget. I thought it would be a great way to really show them that I can be thrifty, my creativity and most importantly my design style.

I immediately knew that I wanted to make it very glamorous. Some of the things that I did to achieve the style I was going for:

– Got a piece of mirror cut and beveled to place on top of my existing glass table top

– Added 2 zebra chairs that can cap the DR table for additional seating

– Bought 2 crystal lamps for the console table

– Painted the focal wall a tiffany blue

– Made a DIY chandelier

– Bought salad plates with “lace-like” edges

– Bought dark red ruffled pillows for the zebra chair

– Hung decorative mirrors on the wall for art

The finished project:

Ways to incorporate “Glam” into your house:

– Think crystal, mirrors and lace.

– Black, white and red color schemes. Metallics, too.

– Glass vases, fo sho!

– Satins and silks are always elegant

– Embellish curtains, pillows, sheets, etc. with ruffle or lace trim

– Chandeliers=instant glamour

Glam done right:

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.


Make Room for More

1) I want to thank the people who regularly read my blog and also thank those that are first-time visitors. I appreciate you more than you know

2) I’m excited to introduce to you a guest blogger. Not only do I think she’s an incredibly talented designer and writer, but I get to call her my mom. Without further ado, the following is from Karen Dunlap aka Momma Bear. – Stephanie

You  know one design element that I think is really clever?  It’s the banquette.  To me, just having a banquette ups the cool factor, raising the uniqueness level of any potential home.  I mean, how many people do you know that actually have one?  I thought so.  I don’t know many people either.

You know what a banquette is, right? It’s like a bench, usually upholstered, which is attached right to the wall and/or floor.  It is used instead of traditional, alternative seating, such as chairs.  Usually banquettes are thought of as being used in a kitchen or a breakfast area, or sometimes, if you’re lucky, in a dining room.  But there’s no need to stop there.  You could even use one in a living room or lower level family room.   You could have one in a kid’s playroom.  You can even have storage built right into your banquette, underneath the seat.  Extra points!  They can be traditional or contemporary.  They can even give off a retro vibe – think of a black and white checkered floor and a table with chrome legs.  I love them all!

Besides being just so darned cute, banquettes are actually a great way to increase your seating (there’s a reason you sometimes see banquettes in restaurants).  Because the “back” of the banquette is actually the wall itself, you gain the space you would have needed between the back of a traditional chair and the wall.  Also, individual chairs necessarily define how many bodies can fit at the table, but with a banquette, you can just slide on down and often add to the number of family or friends you can entertain.

I really was hoping when we recently moved that I could utilize a banquette in my kitchen.  For just a minute I thought I’d get my wish.  I already had fabric picked out in my head.  But, darn it, it just didn’t work out in my particular space.   (Hmm, maybe downstairs??)

One thing I would be sure of if I were building a banquette, would be that the “back” of the banquette provides a comfortable backrest.  If you could upholster the wall, all the way to the ceiling, that would be awesome.  If not, at least consider filling up the bench with a variety of comfy pillows.  Oh, I just remembered.  That’s another thing I like about banquettes.  A lot of times in kitchens you don’t have a lot of opportunity to use fabric.  And I love fabrics.  I think they add such warmth to a kitchen.  But with banquettes, you can use as many fabrics as you want in your pillows.

Anyway, here are a few examples that I particularly love.

Love the black & white – with green!

Could you even imagine having this room? The tufting is so gorgeous. It screams for a crystal chandelier over the center of the table.

Unusually shaped, curved banquette.

Cozy and by the fireplace.

Family Room/Basement banquette.

*All photos used are from Pinterest.

CPOTW- When Life Gives You Lemons

When life gives you melons, you might be dyslexic… Take you a minute? Yeah, me too.

This week’s Cool Product of the Week is from Target. Target online, specifically. They are very simple, very inexpensive and will give any room loads of pop. Here you go:

At $14.99 for, count ’em, 3 sets, what better way to up the cool factor of your home?

They give any room a crisp, playful edge. You can place them in a bowl on your coffee table, in a vase in your Bathroom or can be used as part of a centerpiece in your Dining Room. I have several in a vase in my Living Room and they are often complimented.

Here’s the link to purchase these bad boys:


Note: They are only available at Target online and not in stores.

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.


Use What You Love

Want to decorate your house, but have no idea where to start? Find one thing that you love and build around that. Look around your house. Is there anything, whether it be a pillow, artwork, chair, etc. that gets your heart pumping when you look at it? A lot of people buy things that love, bring them home and let it sit in the basement.

If you don’t have anything at your house, go to your favorite home furnishings store and buy something that you can’t live without. By using this as a starting point, it will make your room much more personal and exciting to you. If you don’t love it, there’s something better for you. Too often, people go to the store and buy things that are ok or that they kinda like. This is unacceptable behavior. :)

This is YOUR house. Not a display room. You GET to make it as awesome as you are.

So, start with that one piece, whatever it may be, and work with it. Find other pieces that go with it(not that match it). Think about mixing different colors and textures around that piece. If it’s a wooden coffee table, consider a glass end table. This keeps it interesting. If it’s a fun pillow, add a few more that contrast in color, texture and shape.

Make it uniquely you. You deserve a house that you love.

^^^ What people will say about your house. And you. :)

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.


Olioboard – Coral Dining Room

This weeks Olioboard is a fun, casual Dining Room. Check it out:

Get This Look

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Rooms by Color- Tiffany Blue

As a designer, I try to keep my eyes open for inspiration everywhere that I go. I can be inspired by an outfit, by nature or a logo. Ideas are everywhere, if you look for them. Today, I’m inspired by one of the most well-known, coveted jewelry stores. Where else, but Tiffany’s? What woman doesn’t want one of those chic, blue boxes? Of course, they love the jewelry that comes in the box, but part of the allure is the box that it comes in. You know a company is doing something right, if people get excited about the packaging, in addition to the product.

The color of the box, I deem as “Tiffany Blue”. You say it and most people know the exact color that you’re referencing. There’s something so classic, rich and soothing about the color.

It can be paired with a variety of colors to create an insta-cool room.

Some of my favorites:

Black & White- This is a no-brainer. As classic as it comes.

Silver & White- Also a classic with a little additional “wow-factor”.

Dark Red- Probably my favorite. So rich, fun and beautiful. You don’t need a lot of red, just a few subtle touches.

Coral & Hot Pink- Makes it more casual, comfortable and playful.

Navy Blue- Make sure this blue is dark enough to contrast with the Tiffany Blue.

Tiffany Blue never looked so good.

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.


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