Where Do You Shop?

"Where do you shop" is a question I get a lot from clients. Many times they think I have special stores that are just available to designers. However, for the most part I shop at stores accessible to the public. The style of the project and budget dictates where I...

Don’t Forget the Accessories!

One issue I come across frequently is forgetting to save room in the budget for accessories. It's easy at the end of a project to get tired and skip the final finishing. However, accessories truly bring a space together and without them a room can fall flat. You need...

Our House Tour

The house is done! (At least round one). When we moved back home a few years ago we always talked about living in the downtown area of our town. Old houses, walking distance to Main Street, and being around all that downtown had to offer seemed ideal to me. So even...

A High-Low Frame of Mind

I love using a high-low strategy when decorating. High-low is the idea that you invest more money in the areas that are important to you and scrimp on the areas of lesser importance. Some people like to put more money into larger items like furniture or art. On the...

Ditching the Kitchen Island

Wanting to update or upgrade your kitchen? Think about ditching the kitchen island...or at least the traditional cabinetry option. A great way to create a custom and eclectic look is to forgo a matching island and find a great vintage table or piece of furniture. It...

My Kitchen Reno

Happy New Year! The last few months have been busy for us as we moved into a new (old) house in historic Grapevine and hit the ground running putting our DIY skills to work. I'm finishing up the last details of a cosmetic renovation of our kitchen and can't wait to...

Let’s Talk Tile…

There is no doubt that subway tile is a great option for updating a kitchen backsplash or bathroom. It is also a plus that it is affordable and accessible. However, if you are ready for a twist on this popular tile choice, check out a few of my favorite white tiles...

Local Spotlight: Historic Downtown McKinney

It's been a while since I have done a local spotlight but it's time to share some of my favorite day-shopping spots again. This week it is McKinney, Texas' Historic Downtown. When we get the opportunity, my sister and I love to spend the day exploring tucked away...

Hiring A Decorator

If you are starting a project and thinking of hiring a designer, check out a few tips below to ensure you get what you need and want out of the process. 1) Do some research. A great place to research home professionals is on Houzz.com. You can browse through their...

Give Your Kitchen a Cosmetic Update

Do you have a kitchen in need of a facelift but don't want to start from scratch? Try focusing on changing the cosmetic aspects and keeping most of the structure. 1) Consider painting the cabinets…it's less expensive than new cabinets and will provide an instant...

Time to Declutter!

Spring is coming and that means its time to clean and declutter. Whether you are getting ready to move, or just ready to finally get your closet organized, take a cue from these no fail steps. 1) Choose one project at a time. If you try to tackle all the closets at...

Wallpaper!

Some people cringe at the word wallpaper because all they can imagine is the green and orange floral patterns that were pasted on their grandparents walls. However, wallpaper has done some serious evolving and is a great way to add something fun and fresh to your...

Let’s Talk Open Shelving

Let's talk about open shelving. I love it…especially in a kitchen where it serves to break up walls of cabinets and provide a space for creativity. Why hide away all of your nice glasses and dishes when they can serve as both functional and decorative. Here are a few...

Upgrade Your Bedroom Without Breaking the Bank

Looking to re-do your bedroom but don't want to break the bank? You can absolutely transform your room with a little sweat equity and a bit of cash. Check out these beautiful bedroom inspiration photos. They all start with a fresh clean wall color...opt for a shade of...

Adding Interest by Layering Rugs…

I love the idea of layering rugs. It is a great way to add more texture and interest to a room. An economical way to achieve this look is to start with a large natural fiber rug (think jute or sisal). These rugs aren't very soft but they provide a neutral background...

Updating On A Budget

Thinking about updating your bathroom but don't have a huge budget? You don't have to sacrifice style and go with the beige and boring leftovers from the hardware store. Check out these fantastic bathrooms and their fabulous floors. If you think a gorgeous tile floor...

Adding Vintage Flair Without Dating Your Room…

I'm a sucker for furniture, textiles, and accessories with a vintage flair. It gives the feel of warmth, time, and authenticity to a space. However, adding too many time-worn items can leave a space feeling dated; to combat that remember to keep other aspects of the...