Friday, May 22, 2015


As a designer when you start putting a room together it can be overwhelming.  Do you even know how many furniture lines there are?

A gazillion.  Of course you have your favorites like Lee Industries or Bernhardt Interiors but there are so many more.

When I was working on that huge project I had to wrack my brain so that everything did not look the same.....using different lines and price points available to me.

It had been a while since I flipped through the reasonably priced  Hooker Furniture catalog and.... yes there is a lot that made my eyes bleed but on the other hand I was quite surprised with some of the things I saw!

The first few images are from the Corsica Collection.  I think it has a slight Restoration Hardware feel.

Comes in this dark finish also

Love this dresser

And these beds.

Then I stumbled across these

I still love a pretty  windsor chair.

I think these red ones could work in the right setting.

What about this bed?

And this etagere 

 This leather sofa is almost an exact replica of a Lee style I have used many times.
It's nice to be able to mix in the high and low when putting a room together don't cha think?

It's all about the look!

So what did I order from Hooker?

This buffet from the Corsica collection to be used as a console under the TV.

It has that Belgium gray finish and worked perfectly.  The chaise is from Lee and the owner built that nook to house their beautiful antique bookcase.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!  Everything is still a go for driving down to get watch for pictures on Instagram!


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015


After I started reading the ORC linkups I couldn't was like I was getting paid to review....hey Linda maybe that could be my job!

I took my time and whipped through about 10 a day:).  Let me say again that I am continually  amazed at all the talent I saw.

I want to share a few more with you....some that inspired me.

Nesting With Grace did a kitchen makeover filled with vintage and of course I am a little obsessed with those floors....

Inspiration....the floors!

I love what Kate did with this guest bedroom for a client.
Inspiration....mixing high with low!

Kate from Miss Dixie gave her outdated bathroom a makeover

Inspiration....lots of white paint!

Brittany from White Dog Vintage did a great job on her kitchen makeover. floors!

Albertina from Mimosa Lane did a mudroom makeover. this is really her mudroom:)

Inspiration....start with a neutral background and then add color!

Melissa from Online Interior Design completed a kitchen makeover
Inspiration....those black and white painted floors....!

And there is more....

How about this for a boys room!  Katie Grace Designs did such a creative space.
Inspiration....mostly monochromatic colors mixed with some industrial and retro furniture.  It works.

Rita [The Crane Concept] created a colorful seating area in her kitchen!
Inspiration....she lives in a rental so she built this to take with her!

Need more kitchen encouragement?  Check out what Tera Janelle did with hers....when you see the before you will be wowed!

Inspiration....Using big box store kitchen cabinets.

This New York kitchen is the size of a postage stamp but Chloe Livingston did not let that stop her from giving it so much style! 

Inspiration....styling is everything!

Erin over at Holtwood Hipster shares her talent with us in her man's office makeover.
Inspiration.....that dark wall gives this space so much!

And last I have to pay homage to my cottage style roots....Take a look at Jessica's [ Dear Emmeline ] new dining space.
Inspiration....paint and great styling!

And so ORC spring 2015 comes to a close.  This fall it starts all over again.  Can you believe the creativity that is out there?  Shoot...if you can't put a room together with pinterest, magazines and blogs then there is a problem brainer.

You guys are awesome with your supportive comments on my dog rescue....I  am excited but still apprehensive about taking a dog away from somebody who loves her:(



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Friday, May 15, 2015


I have a junk drawer of pictures to share today.....from fabrics to dogs....

But for the sake of knowing that some people are rolling their eyes and thinking "enough already about the dog".....I am starting with design first!

I get it.

Alright....last week I showed you some new Kravet fabrics.  Today we have a few Schumacher goodies to view.

In particular Mary McDonald.  
Talk about texture!

And MM and I must be long lost sisters....remember how I thought I invented the green and gray combination?  Well it seems that she was already ahead of the curve....duh

Just so much goodness here.

I ran into Duralee and saw this little number from Bailey&Griffin

Pretty huh?

And this Harlequin wallpaper at Grizzel & Mann which is similar to the KW wallpaper but with a much better price point.

It comes in these other colors!

I'm not too proud to use a "look for less"!

I popped down to Scott's on Thursday afternoon and came across these pulls!

Hot damn....

Just in case your life will not be complete with out them....
I picked up some Peonies at TJ's for a few bucks.

Which brings me to an update.

Tuesday was a crazy day.

Got an email about a one year Sheepie listed on Craigslist in Lexington, Kentucky at 12:40.

1:00....contacted her

1:30....she emailed me back that she was a perfect dog but she [owner] was just diagnosed with a medical condition and had to give her up.

2:13...I asked where she was and how far away was that from Atlanta

2:40....she sends me pictures of her and a video.

2:41....I am in love.  Leave ADAC and run home to discuss with husband....when can we leave and details like that.

3:00.... I email her and say yes....I want her.  So excited....clicking my heels together and dancing all  cray cray around the house.

3:15....she emails me and said " I forgot to say we have someone local coming by to look at 6:00 to see her.

3:16....WTF....are you kidding me?  Don't you think you should have lead with that?

3:20....she will let me know if they take her.

5:28....I get an email from the OES rescue that Camelot's Mom has changed her mind and wants to give her up.

5:29....I am having a meltdown.

7:45....E-mail telling me the first people took Misha.

7:46....I send her back a message.  "Thanks....heartbroken".

So where does that leave things?  As of now we are picking up Camelot in Lake Worth, Florida  Memorial Weekend.

This better happen as I can not take another episode like that:(

So there you have it.....a week of highs and lows.



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