time lapse bedroom

One cool thing about having a client in another state–you get to see a room progress picture-by-picture:

Before:  a great bed already and soothing gray/blue walls…


The plan…..photo-18

First installment, new woven blinds and a navy & white striped rug….


Then, the large wooden mirror over the bed…

(I would pick that gushy spot too, kitty, kitty)



Next, the capiz shell Moravian star pendant 

And finally, the lamps, nightstands, panels, pyne hollyhock floral pillows, polka-dot sheets, and a soft pom-pom throw…(and a new blanket of New Jersey snow for the view)

photo-13Have a great week,


a kitchen transformation (dark to light)

The clients:

A young family.  He loves Jeff Lewis–modern, elegant & masculine.  She loves cottage with a touch of rustic glam.


The dilemma:

This is their “now” house–maybe live there three years or so.  How do they make it their own, but still have it be not-too-personal so it will appeal to a large market when they plan to sell?


What they have to work with:

Dark-stained cabinetry, an angular island with a raised bar, not much lighting and, shall we say, not the best tile.




Our plan:

Keep it neutral, but not boring….

Biana Quartzite countertops (sleek and white like marble, yet not as porous.  We LOVE marble, but perhaps not the wisest choice for resale.)

2″ x 8″ white ice glass tile.  The glass gives a pearl-like shine and the herringbone pattern is not your everyday backsplash.  Your tile guy will hate this pattern, but it is so beautiful!

warm gray throughout the house–BM Revere Pewter

creamy white cabinets (not-too-gray)–BM White Dove

neutral & warm island–BM Northern Cliffs

dark hardware & dark linen shades for the pendants add some contrast & elegance  (Shades of Light fixtures)

Knock down the breakfast bar feature in the island and keep the surface flat.  Coincidentally, because they did not have to tile any backsplash in the island the price to cut it down was really a wash.

Where did they save money?

Keeping the cabinets & just painting them

Keeping the stain of the wood floor (not our favorite shade–nor the clients’), and working with it

Going outlet malls and doing the shopping themselves–they just bought the plan from us.





That tile is a little bit Jeff Lewis and a bit glam, don’t you think? :)


I know Anisa’s family in Canada reads the blog, so please know that we are thinking and praying for y’all.  Her grandfather passed away yesterday.  She loves him so!



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