I’ve been passionate about interior design and decor for as long as I can remember. HGTV was my show of choice as a child over cartoons. I’ve used my bedrooms, apartments, and home over the years as my creative outlet, and it’s really built up my decorating skills! Below are the renovations and updates we made to our current home, along with my client Dio’s home (which is still a project in progress). I love the tiny details, and curating special (usually vintage or second-hand) pieces that make a home unique.
My Powder Room
When we bought the house, the powder room was in pitiful shape. Everything was extremely dated and in need of an overhaul. We ripped out the entire bathroom and replaced it with light and bright details. We converted a dresser into a sink vanity, added mosaic star tiles to the floor, and I stenciled a floral pattern on the walls for extra visual depth.
After the initial makeover of painting the walls, ripping out carpet and refinishing the original wood floors, we didn’t do much to the bedroom for several years. It was a mis-mash of furniture and didn’t fit our evolving style. My inspiration was Art Deco, with an updated bohemian flair. I refinished authentic Art Deco furniture, upholstered a massive headboard, changed all the bedding/curtains, and added some vintage style accessories to complete the look.
My Master Bathroom
When we bought the house, the bathroom was completely brown…brown walls, brown/beige tile, and even a brown shower curtain. It was very dark and dated. We freshened it up with some light blue paint and new accessories, but I knew it needed an overhaul eventually. When that time came, it was a unique challenge to work with the angle of the shower/tub. To save on cost, I painted the existing angled shower rod (with a process to resist chipping. Still going strong more than a year later), and we installed new tile on the floor and shower walls. We replaced all bathroom accessories and installed more lighting, which really helped brighten the space. It’s now airy and fresh, with touches of classic style and bohemian flair.
I really liked the cabinets and layout of the kitchen when we first bought our home…but nothing else in there. I ripped out the wallpaper, gave it a fresh coat of paint, and we installed faux butcher block countertops. We also had the floor redone and replaced it with this amazing star tile. The kitchen is very retro inspired, but I tried not to make it too kitschy. We still have some fun changes in the works that will really transform the space.
My Living Room
Our living room had great Craftsman bones, but it still felt bland. I added some bold paint, vintage style furniture and some global touches, for a very bohemian living space.
My Dressing Room
Since it’s just the two of us living in a three bedroom home, we use one bedroom for Ryan’s office and the other as my dressing/craft room. It’s a glam, girly space where I get ready for the day. I used removable wallpaper for an Old Hollywood style feature wall, and lots of black and gold accents for extra glamor.
Dio’s Cigar Lounge
Dio’s house has two living rooms, so she wanted the front room to be a more upscale lounging area. She was inspired by the masculine tones of a cigar room, but wanted some feminine, jewel tone touches. She already had some great pieces to start, and most of the walls painted, I just needed to complete her vision. I found cognac leather club chairs, jewel-toned upholstery, and sleek lighting to add to the space. I stained all the wood trim and doors a darker tone to match the fireplace, and stenciled the fireplace hearth and an accent wall with a scalloped Art Deco detail. Above the sofa, I collected a series of vintage framed art and did a half“dipped” look to modernize the old-school art and bring in more color. The final additions was some vintage decor for the fireplace to dress it up and bring home the cigar lounge look.
Dio’s Dining Room
Dio’s vision for her dining room was inspired by a photo she found on Pinterest of a fabulously tropical restaurant. Palm leaf wallpaper adorned the walls, the floor was a classic black and white, and pops of pink were throughout. We kept that same feeling and style, but on a much smaller budget. The type of wallpaper we both wanted for the space was way over budget, so I decided to achieve the look with a stencil. Dio already owned the dining set and rug, so it was just adding some accessories and new lighting to complete the girly, tropical look.