Friday, February 17, 2017


I'm probably going to be all over the place today....projects half finished.....or just starting.

Yesterday I was ADAC ordering 8 different fabrics for 3 different clients and it was crazy.  I would order one and then start ordering others....get an email saying that there was no stock for over a month on one I just back up 5 flights of stairs to ask "how much do they have?" and when she said "only 2 yards" I said "I'll take it and make it work!" Or Sudi will right:)

One backordered fabric can set the whole ball rolling to calamity.....for a designer anyway:)

Enough complaining about trivial design problems and on to updates!

This office is coming together with the arrival of this Bernhardt desk

Still working on a rug and chair.....

Found this cutie for her powder room on Charish!

And this one for her kitchen....

 The backsplash was finally installed...

The mudroom light from Currey and Co

Started a guest bedroom with these Pottery Barn sheets....

And this rug from Lowe's

Speaking of Pottery this canvas container.

Moving to the Madison project....ordered this beautiful Barbara Barry fabric from Kravet for pillows in the master bedroom.

Made a trip up there on Tuesday to finally start putting the place back together after all the painting!
All Ikea bedding on the old army cots which we painted SW Iron Ore! 

A week in my life.  Gotta stay focused people.

This post I can safely say Happy on Tuesday I somehow got confused:)

Hee Haw.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Hope y'all had a nice relaxing weekend!  I spent some time on the internet working on projects......trying to catch up!  

Before I get to the meat of this post let me share some details about a little workout Cari took me to in Boulder.....

Y'all.....this WO was a combination of Versa Climber and Pilates reformer.

Now I am no stranger to the VC.......but I have never done it more than about 5 minutes to warm up.  


I seriously thought my heart was going to explode all the while I was looking around and it appeared to me that my classmates were discussing lunch plans.  Damn youngsters.

Never have I done anything harder.  

Then....25 minutes of Pilates on this machine...

I think Cari had it in for me....and at one time the cute YOUNG male instructor came up to me and said "are you OK?"  I looked him dead in the eye and said "do you want me to punch you?"

He gazed at me kind of funny while backing away slowly in case I was serious.  Smart some small way I was.

I can't begin to tell you how sore I being trampled by a heard of wild horses.

So enough complaining....let's get to the new project!

Discussing the entrance, foyer and kitchen today.

Below is a picture of the entrance.  Can you guess what color we are painting the outside?  Ha Ha....if you say dark then you are the winner:)

Front door which I love and plan on painting maybe something like this: Benjamin Moore Galapagos Turquoise inside and out.....[looks similar to the color already there but it is actually more blue.

This swell granite floor will go away to just hardwoods.

Look right and there are 3 bedrooms down the hall.

Look left and there is stairs to huge basement, small powder room straight ahead and office. Down the hall is the laundry room, mudroom, stairs to upstairs bonus room, doors to garage.

You know we also have big plans for the stair railing:)

This is the first thing you see when you walk in! On the other side it is a bar.

Lucky for us it can be removed so it's gone!
Here is an inspiration picture of what is going in it's place....

All the way up to the ceiling....and same width only out of iron.

I think it has a mid century feel and will be a wow moment when you walk in!

The old homeowners used the space for a dining room but I'm thinking that isn't the best thing to see when you walk in.

I have other plans.

Looking in this direction is the kitchen with that awkward window.

Bye Bye.  Thankfully it was not load bearing.

Clean slate now!

Next to the fridge is a closet on the other side which goes away to give us a larger area for the kitchen.

With the wall gone it allows us to make the island a little wider for barstools.

The butlers area will look something like this...

You know I need some open shelves because they are so fun to style right:)

Two of these lights will go on the ceiling in front of the butlers pantry.

Moving the fridge here gives the space a little symmetry with the double ovens on the other side. Main cabinets will be white and the island will be black.

Similar only iron with reclaimed wood!

So there you have it......  Updates to the #midcentury/bradybunch house.

Have a fabulous weekend:)  Ha Ha.....just read this and realized it was only Tuesday! Crazy.

Sheriky Freaky

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Friday, February 10, 2017


I'm back from Boulder and very excited about this next project.  Think Mid Century style with a little Brady Bunch! betcha.

However we brainstormed like crazy to come up with ways to update it.....although not enough to take away the vibe right?

I will share before shots next week and show you some directions we are thinking.....also I might ask an opinion or two:)

Today I have some updates on the Madison Project and I think you will be amazed at the transformations!

We should start with the biggest first.....



What a difference huh?

The color looks different in this shot but it is true to the top picture.  I promise.

New light fixture....

These cuties from Bellacor

This large drum fixture from Rejuvenation.

This Currey and Co beauty went up!

Here is the before of the upstairs bedroom....whoa it's a pine explosion!


They had this blue rug in a bedroom in Atlanta but I swiped it:)

There are 2 nooks up here with twin beds...but no lights!

We had these installed so they will be right over the bed.

This was the master bedroom before....

Took down the wallpaper, added hardwood and painted the walls. This rug was previously in the DR.

Ripping up this carpet.

To put this down.  A nice neutral color with just a bit of texture.

There are about 16 stairs and Lowe's wanted 14,000.00 to install it [including the very inexpensive carpet].  WHAT!!!  Yes you read that correctly.

I about flipped out.  As did the homeowners.  No Bueno people.

Y'all I finished all 92 episodes of Mad Men and I feel lost.  I miss Peggy, Don, Roger, Pete and all of the characters so much.  I'm not sure when I am going to come out of this funk.......I might need a reunion show.

Shay Ray


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