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New Project {Nautical Sophistication}

A new project that I have coming down the line is going to be a fun one. A great couple out of Seattle have decided to sell there house and most of their belongings to set sail on their new yacht and on it to retirement. Thats when you know you have arrived! How amazing! They have asked me to refresh their new home while it is still docked locally. I’m going to have to brush up on my nautical language!

While the boat is new to them, it is not particularly new inside and out. It is a beautiful 60′ yacht with two staterooms 2 full bathrooms and a small bunk room on the lower level. The main deck is complete with a lovely living area, that leads out to the open deck with a dining area and kitchen area at the aft. The light pours in from both sides of the boat which I love. Take a look at the pictures below of what it currently looks like. Already beautiful right? Doesn’t need much to make this boat absolutely sing.





























I’m really excited to get this project going and freshen everything up! Stay tuned for updates on color selections and decorating a “nautical environment”. You don’t have to put lighthouses and shells on everything to style in a nautical way. I promise!

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The Perfect {Gold} Sconce

I’ve been busy updating my guest bedroom with that lovely Mint Blue + Gold color combo I’ve been so attracted to lately. See the inspiration board here. Its coming along! The paint is finished, the furniture is back in and I’m ready to add decor. The room NEVER feels finished without decor so I’m looking forward to adding the special touches to make the room really feel complete.

A big part of the “jewelry” of the room is ALWAYS the lighting. It is what adds ambience, sparkle, and texture to the space. For this room, I am in search of a small scale brassy/gold sconce to flank the upholstered bed. Its a small room, so it needs to fit! Here are some options I’ve come up with:





I’m thrilled at how many there are to choose from, AND that most are a reasonable price. I’ll post pictures with the final choice!


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Updating a {Guest Bedroom} – Paint

When it came to color selection for the new guest room my inspiration started with this photo:

Inspiration Pictuerfound here

I just loved that minty blue color on the walls with the tan couch and gold accents. So my pallet was definitely going to be something similar. I like to find objects that give me inpspiration as well, something like this:

Tan,mint,gold palletSources here, here, and here.

I think above all else, the color was going to be the most important, statement making factor. I needed to get the perfect green blue color. I found that some felt too young, when they were that really minty color and others too blue and heavy. Here are my favorites that I was able to narrow down:

Blue Paint


*All paint colors are Benjamin Moore

Ultimately I went with Benjamin Moore’s, Palladian Blue. I’ve painted the room already and it looks FANTASTIC!



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Updating a {Guest Room}

When my husband and I moved into our house we sort of mashed together old furniture with new furniture but our guest bedroom never really felt all that comfortable or complete.

I really want something comfortable, serene, and fresh. Here is my inspiration board:

Guest Bedroom copy

Lovely Right?

Now, here was the bedroom before:

Guest Bed_Before2

Wah, wah… Just sort of bland right? Obviously this is not the best picture since there is close to nothing in there, but still. That is a wicker dressing screen being used as headboard… my genius idea from college. Not so much anymore.


Guest Bed_Before


Stay tuned for the process of painting and decorating! I taught myself how to “cut-in” while painting which means no taping…. ya, NO TAPING. It was an amazing experience I tell you.


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Go-to “Greige” Paint Colors

Several weeks ago we were getting the Newcastle New-Build ready to paint. That meant finding the PERFECT paint color that the painter would mix in with the primer and spray onto the walls to achieve that even, great looking finish. The entire house will be painted the same color at first and then more specific colors will go in much later. It is much more cost effective to do it this way.

It is uncanny how many shades there are of grey, beige, white, tan…the list goes on. Then you get into the undertones of each paint color. Does it read green, blue, pink, purple? How does it vary in daylight, incandescent and energy efficient lighting? Lighting can change everything!

Myself and the homeowners were on board to go a grey/beige color, i.e. “greige”. Grey is really popular right now but beige has that warm traditional feel that will never go out of style so a mix of grey and beige is a perfect marriage.  It is neutral enough that it will go with all of their furniture as well as making all of the fantastic millwork POP and really stand out. I’ve put together the paint colors that I had the homeowners choose from that are my “go-to” colors. All of them are by Benjamin Moore, which is my favorite paint brand.

We decided to go with Elmira White for the walls and White Dove for the millwork . The home was painted a couple of weeks ago and it looks, FANTASTIC!


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{Pink + Gold} Bedroom

{Pink + Gold} Bedroom

Happy Thanksgiving!! Below are pictures from the photo shoot for the Pink + Gold bedroom that I styled a while back. The client was a 17 year old girl, on her way out of high school but definitely not on her way out of all things girly. I wanted to keep the feminine, young vibe, but add some sophistication with gold accents. This has definitely turned out to be one of my favorite combinations.

Check out the style board I started with here:

Inspriation Board FLAT

Here is a sketch of the existing room with what I was thinking for the walls. Bold pink stripes? They went for it! Yes!

Sketchup view psd

Here are some before shots of the room. It was painted a powder pink from when she was younger.

Try to look past the pile of clothes on the floor, you remember being 17 right?




And finally, the AFTER:

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Thanks for checking it out!

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Pink + Gold {Sneak Peek}


Dress Form

Photo credit K. Peterson Design

Check out this sneak peek of a bedroom I styled last week. The client, a 17 year old girl, wanted a fun, flirty, PINK, room and I delivered! More photos from the shoot to come later this week!

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Newcastle Newbuild {Update} – Industrial Pendant Lights

Newcastle New-Build {Industrial Island Lighting}

My clients and I have been talking lighting for… months. We have lights nailed down for the rest of the house however when it comes to the kitchen we are still trying to decide. The requirements are as follows:


{Must make a statement but not detract from the rest of the kitchen}

{Satin Nickel finish}

{Timeless design that won’t go out of style}


So vague…

Since we are channeling that East coast Craftsman vibe, I’m noticing a lot of industrial style pendants in the photos I’m saving as inspiration. Just look back here and you’ll see what I mean!

I’ve collected our final options below! What I love about all of these is that they are industrial without being too rugged. They will add to the glamour of the kitchen while still being functional and appropriate for the space.

Restoration Hardware: $379

Restoration Hardware

Seagull Lighting: This is a total “Look for Less” moment. $189

Seagull Lighting


E.F. Chapman: $684

E.F. Chapman

Elk Lighting: $258


Progress Lighting: $123

Progress Lighting

Hudson Valley Lighting: $500
 Hudson Valley
What do you think??
I think we are leaning towards the Restoration Hardware Clemson Prismatic Pendant, in the 14″ size. But we shall see.
Thanks for stopping by!
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Newcastle New Build: Kitchen Finishes


This week has been all about nailing down finishes. I will walk you through our White Kitchen final selections. As I mentioned last week, we are going for white kitchen cabinets with a dark espresso island. Shout out to Benchmark Custom Cabinets who have been great to work with on this project. I am super excited to see the final result of their work which I can already tell you is very high quality.

Below are the final selections of materials:


The counter material is called Super White which is a great choice for those who love (me) the look of marble but don’t want to go through the hassles and maintenance marble comes with. Super White is in the quartzite family which means that it has a lot more quartz deposits in it. Quartzite is a great choice for a kitchen as well because while it has similarities to granite, it is actually HARDER than granite. Imagine that!

Next week… we’ll be diving into the fabulous world of lighting. Still trying to decide on finish and style. Black finishes or Satin Nickel, industrial or traditional?

Stay tuned!


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Oak Floors

Classic White Kitchen

For my first blog post, I am going to jump right into a biggie… KITCHENS. My current client,  see {Newcastle New Build} is channeling what we are calling an “East Coast Craftsman” vibe. This means a lot of white millwork, dark floors, iron and satin nickel finishes etc. My clients are coming from the land of cherry cabinets in their current kitchen, which means that updating to something light, bright and classic was a must. Take a look at the floor plan for the new kitchen.


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It is a great size with a lot of attention to detail. I’ll give that credit to the homeowners. Wife is a wonderful cook and REALLY knows her way around a kitchen. Which means, she also knows where and how she likes to keep all of the necessary components. This includes  A LOT of drawer cabinets. I can agree with her that using drawers instead of cabinets is a lot easier because you can actually reach everything!

This floor plan is preliminary and doesn’t include the appliances such as the 6-burner Wolf Range, OR the beautiful window in the blank wall space. But let me tell you its amazing.



It took a leap of faith for the homeowners, but I convinced them to go with a white cabinet in the kitchen surround. They really liked the look of a two-tone kitchen so we are doing the island in a dark espresso finish.

Here are some inspiration pictures


PS. I have such a crush on that dark ceiling. So beautiful!
That is the initial inspiration! Stay tuned for final selections as we move forward with the project!!
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