Nov 08

Switching Spaces

Posted In Budget, Decorating, Old to New, Shopping, Styling, Uncategorized

Sometimes spaces in our homes are assigned the wrong name, and purpose. Like this TV room.  It’s a large room, with the best view in this condo… looking out onto a gorgeously landscaped courtyard.

But really, how many of us pay attention to a lovely view when watching our favorite Real Housewives episode? (New York and Beverly Hills, thank you very much!)  How important, and practical, is a large, bright TV room?  Personally….I’m all about a dark cozy room and a comfy couch! A better name for this beautiful spot would be “Dining or Entertaining Room.”

And what about this “Dining Nook?” (looking out onto a side yard, fence and trash cans)  Such an uninspired setting… not at all conducive to food, stimulating conversation and entertaining friends.

But…what a cozy spot this could be, to veg and focus on those favorite shows.  Ahhh…a “TV nook!”

These were the thoughts of clients, who called me in, along with an HGTV crew, to redo the rooms. They wanted a big gorgeous dining area for entertaining their friends.  Nice view preferred.  And, the two of them really REALLY didn’t need such a big space for watching TV.

So, the family/TV room became the dining room.  We had lots and lots of furniture to work with(downsizing empty nesters)…the only new purchase was a large black table from the local consignment shop.  Look at how great the room turned out….

Spectacular!  And the dining area became a place to sit, enjoy talking to the chef AND watch television.

Now, this home functions perfectly for it’s owners, with the newly labeled “Dining and Entertaining Room” and “TV Nook.” Perfectly named.  AND….so pretty, fresh and personal!  Have you switched any spaces in your home?

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Apr 06


Posted In Clothing, Decorating, Food, Green Design, Move-in's, Old to New, Organization, Styling, Travel

I am an interior stylist and decorator living in Coto de Caza, California.

No…I am not one of those “real” housewives…anything BUT!  You would realize this the moment you first see me.  My uniform is jeans and tee’s with minimal jewelry and I am really just a regular gal that loves anything to do with decorating, and artsy and craftsy stuff.  I do admit that I like nothing better than sitting down to a bitchy new episode of ANY of the Housewives shows, with a big bowl of popcorn, glass of wine and a couple of trash-talking friends. (My Motorcycle Man moaning and groaning from the next room as he catches bits of their “conversations!”)

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(WHO actually dresses like that, anyway….?)  Did I mention jeans and t-shirts?  I digress…

Anyway…I’ve started this blog to talk about some of my decorating projects, as well as lots of other things and people I find interesting and inspiring as I go through my day.  I love to include pictures, and always will, but warn you that photography is my weakness.  If I remember to take pictures of projects, befores and afters, and great stuff I come across throughout my day, what you end up seeing will most likely be fuzzy, dark, out of focus. Goal:  take better pictures for my website and blog.

I admit that I can be somewhat “scattered,” and get very excited about A LOT of different things, so don’t be surprised if I veer off into food, travel, books, clothing and fashion, or gardening.  Oh…or hiking, sewing, green and healthy living, or even motorcycle riding.  I will do my best to focus.  Hang on….hoping you will follow!!

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