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The beauty of many of the Ikea tables is that they can be transformed and UpStyled with paint.

The beauty of paint is that it is the cheapest design tool you can use to transform your home.

The combination of paint and Ikea furniture can yield stunning results.

The Malm Dressing Table painted grey


via Design Sponge

The Docksta Table with a painted gold base



The Vittsjo Table painted gold



The Melltorp Table painted yellow



The Docksta Table painted in black chalkboard paint



This round side table is discontinued but the Lindved Table is similar



The Liatorp Table with painted base



Now I’m in the mood to head to Ikea and then paint something.  How about you?


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When you look through your favorite design magazines have you noticed that many of the rooms featured showcase some of the same design elements?  It’s no accident because there are a select group of design details that designers continually rely on, design details that never fail.



Classic, timeless and works with just about every design style




Color over head is a great way to add visual interest, warmth and highlight a key color used within the design plan




Not only are stair runners great for comfort and security but they soften the rigid architectural lines of stairs




Color is the easiest way to add personality and energy to a room




The easiest and most stylish way to dress up a bookcase and allow the decorative accessories to stand out




A touch of black in every room helps to ground it

A touch of shine in every room makes it feel more elegant

Starburst mirrors add visual interest and a classic design detail to any space




Mirrors of any shape and size will enhance the size of a room, improve the light in a room and make beautiful details really pop




Gold frames work with any photo or art image and when hung in groups they are just darn pretty



If you’re looking at doing any updates to your décor, changing out some of the design details might give you the refresh you’re looking for!

How many of these design details have you incorporated into your décor?


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I’ve always said that paint is the cheapest and easiest way to update a room and now I can add Overlays are the easiest way to update a piece of furniture. Overlays came on the radar a couple of years ago and took the design and DIY industry by storm.  The lightweight fret work panels easy to work with, are available in lots of designs and are one of the easiest ways to transform and piece of furniture.



The Centsational Girl transformed this side table using Overlays.


Some paint and Overlays turned the simple bed design into a stunning piece of furniture.


I love the idea of Overlays on a simple closet door.



Magnificent as a color contrast.


Elegant in a single color.


And what’s not to love about overlays to dress up a basic parsons table.  Brilliant.

I’ve got a project or two my to-do list this year where I want to use Overlays.  I’m excited to give them a try…not if I could only pick from the wide range of styles.

To see the full Overlay product line head to their website. And make sure to check our their inspiration gallery…mind blowing!


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Last week I wrote a post on The Power of  Accessories and Accent Furniture.  The post highlighted how the accent furniture and accessories you select for a space can define that space and create the personality of that room.
I recently completed an e-design project for a client that revolved around a strong color palette and a favorite accent piece.  The client wanted to use navy as a foundation color and had to have this gold drum  as part of the design.  The goal was to create a space that is dynamic, has a sense of sophistication and comfort.  The accent furniture pieces, the rug and the mirror grouping will add a bold statement while the gold finishes and mix of materials add that sense of sophistication.
{the mirror grouping idea was inspired by my friend Jen over at Vreeland Road…thanks Jen!}
The power of accessories and accent furniture is evident in the final design plan.  I love creating spaces that with a fresh and modern feel and am so happy the client loves it all.
If you’d like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about my in-home or e-design service.
Have a fabulous weekend!  I’ll be back next week with a full week of design, entertaining and gifting post.

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I think everyone in the world is aware of the snow storm and the traffic nightmare that pushed Atlanta into a tailspin the last few days but most people are not aware of what being cooped for the better part of  three days does to use creative types.  The hubby and I ventured out yesterday on foot and walked about 3 miles round trip to the grocery store.  I was going stir crazy indoors and needed some visual simulation and Publix was my only option.  Today after the sun came out and the streets were looking pretty good we decided to get in the car and see what stores were open so I could get some more visual stimulation and indulge in a little retail therapy.

First stop Wal-Mart!  The parking lot was jammed packed (like no parking spots) so we decided to head to Target instead.  Bingo!  Target was practically empty and even better the shelves were loaded with lots of clearance items!  (if you live in Atlanta, I was at the Buckhead store across from Phipps Plaza)

The gorgeous glass candle holders came in two sizes. $4.98 and $6.48


If you love to entertain and create beautiful table settings now is the time to stock up on table linens.  There were lots of great patterns, available in tablecloths and napkins.  Many of the tablecloth patterns like these below could also be use for window curtains or decorative shower curtains.  The beauties were only $ 6.48!


This metal drum table was another great item I spotted.  I think the clearance price was $59.99.  It would be great painted or as one of my Instagram followers suggested, it could be used in an outdoor setting with a light place underneath it to shine through the holes.


When you’re at Target be sure to check out the new Threshold line.  It’s great!

Next we stopped at Old Navy (don’t know why)….nothing happening there and the store was looking pretty lean on inventory.

We popped into Nordstrom Rack and I did a little shoe shopping.  Check. It.Out.  There are some real bargains!


I snagged a pair of classic Converse sneakers.


Our last stop was Marshalls.  Clothing, shoes and accessories were a little lean but the home décor department had it going on.  The shelves were full and there were lots of really great pieces to check out.

I loved this wood chair.   It was marked down from $180 to $69.99.


Cute picture frame.


This green jar made it into my cart.


Fabulous lamp (would look even better with a black lampshade)!


LOVED this chair.  It was comfy, had great details and the fabric was really nice.  A pair of these would look great in an office for living room.


The hubby liked this chair better because of its high back.  I did love the fabric and nailhead trim but the high back was not comfy to me.


These reclaimed wood table with the metal trim were so beautiful.


I want this wood trunk.  It’s the perfect size for a side table or to place under a console table.


Classic woven top bench.


This grey linen sofa was really chic.  It was long (perfect for napping) and really comfortable.


And these linen bar stools were also nice.


Even though I needed should have been home cleaning and working on my super long to-do list, getting out and doing a little retail therapy was just what I needed to get the pep back into my step.

p.s.  The dollar spot at Target also has some fun Valentines and paper goods you might want to check out.

Happy Shopping!


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Styling bookcases and table surfaces are two of my favorite things to do and that often results in constant changes with my personal décor.  My coffee table décor is a great example.  I change the look on a frequent basis, switching out decorative elements, moving books around, adding flowers and re-working the arrangement.  While there are no set rules for decorating a coffee table, there are certain types of items and a few design tips I use that have proven themselves time and time again.

1)  LAYERING is one of the most important elements in achieving a great layout for  your coffee table décor.  Stacking books and using decorative elements that are different heights and widths  are ways you can create layers. In my current coffee table arrangement I’ve layered the gold spike sphere, decorative jar and small silver urn on a tray which gives the smaller items more impact.

2) TRAYS are one of my go to coffee table décor items.  I am constantly collecting them and changing them out from season to season.  The animal print tray above is one of my all-time favorites and was an awesome find at a thrift store for only $7.00!  Using a tray in a contrasting shape from your table shape is another tip I like to use.  A round tray on a square table provides visual contrast.

3)  BOOKS are always a good thing!  I always have books on my coffee table, sometime several stacks at one time.  Use books that reflect your personal interest and stack graduating sizes together to create layers and to use as risers for other objects.

4)  When it comes to the DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES you use on your coffee table the only criteria I have is to use things I love or things that I use.  Candles are a must and I often place them in decorative jars which still allows me to use the candle but adds a decorative look to the table.  I almost always have a decorative box on my coffee table too.  It’s a great place to store the remotes, matches and coasters. A few other things to keep in mind with your coffee table accessories…use a variety of items, incorporate different finishes and texture and add something unique and interesting.  Your coffee table décor should be a reflection of you.

5)  FLOWERS are one of my other go-to coffee table accents.  They add volume, color, texture and visual movement while softening the entire table arrangement.

Like I said, there is not right or wrong way to decorate your coffee table. Spend a little time pulling together the items you want to decorate with and have fun creating an arrangement that speaks to you!


BOOKS:  Soiree, Vogue Living, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Inspired You, Decorate, Vintage Remix, The Perfectly Imperfect Home
Wood Slice–HomeGoods (similar HERE// Tray–thrifted (similar HERE// Magnifying Glass–HomeGoods (similar HERE) //  Z Gallerie Gold Sphere //  Silver Urn–thrifted (similar HERE) // Ceramic Jar–HobbyLobby (similar HERE// Cloche and Base–Smiths Home // Vintage Spool–(similar HERE) , Sheet Music–my vintage collection
Favorite Candles: 
Nouvelle Crepe Myrtle
Archipelago Eucalyptus
Votivo Red Currant

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I’m working on a design project that will involve some new pieces of furniture but the real changes that will take place in the home will come from the accessories and accent furniture we’ll be adding.  These two elements alone play a big role in giving a room its personality and building a strong design theme for a space.

When I’m creating a design plan for a client, there are several key questions I ask that help me in picking the accessories and accent furniture to be used in their home.

1)  What is your favorite color?

2)  Do you have a favorite pattern…flowers, stripes, geometries etc?

3)  If you had to choose between linen and velvet which would you choose?

4)  What at the favorite things you and your family like to do in this space?

5)  What things don’t you like when it comes to décor?  This is a question  I think many designers assume their clients know the answer to.  But when forced to really think about it there the answers might even amaze the homeowner themselves.

If you’re decorating or re-decorating a space in your home, answering these questions will help you understand your likes and dislikes and how  you want to the space to feel.



Accessories and accent furniture pieces can help create a feeling of calm and relaxation if the lines of the furniture are simple and clean and if the fabrics and natural and subdued in color.



You can use accessories and accent furniture to create an eclectic and vintage feel by incorporating pieces from different eras along with aged finishes.



Furniture and accessories can communicate a whimsical feel if painted in bold colors or if they have curvy and geometric details.



Even in a fairly neutral room, accessories can communicate your love of color.  A colorful lampshade if a great way to introduce a pop of color in a small way.

gray and citron 4


The way you place your accessories and accent furniture can convey your need and comfort with order and balance.


 via Home Sense

And accessories and accent furniture are a great way of creating a fun and vibrant personality within your home.

When it comes to creating a home you love, the things you put into your home central to the way it makes you feel so choose what you love and love what you choose.

Next week I’ll share a design plan I’m working on so you can see the power of accessories and accent furniture.


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Happy Sunday!

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend.    I’ve been laid up in bed for the good part of the last 5 days with the flu and no energy for blogging or anything else for that matter.  Thank goodness I’m finally feeling better despite a lingering cough and a voice that sounds very much like Barry White.  Since my bedroom and my pillow have been my steady companions for the last few days, I felt it was only fitting to bring you my usual Saturday inspiration + design tip post (although a day late) and include this beautiful and chic bedroom setting.  Be Inspired!
Design Tip:  An easy way to add personality to your bedroom is by substituting a traditional night stand for a piece of accent furniture that will function in the same way.  This tiered table not only makes a great night stand but the shelves give you the opportunity to assemble beautiful storage options for the things you need close by.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap of my trip to LA and the Craft and Hobby Association Show!

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