colors, trends, and other items of interest…


The first part of last week found me at Pottery Barn in Green Hills where Sherwin Williams hosted their annual ColorMix event.

In the early morning.

At 8:30 a.m.

now, please realize that  I rise and shine every day at 5a, so early is my time.


nashville traffic.

for. the. love. of all the things!!!

I finally arrived at 9:15, but thankfully my biz bestie, Kristie, aka The Decorologist arrived on time and saved me a seat.  She and I do lots of these events together because it’s fun, and we get to call it work.  In fact, I believe the very first event we attended together was a Sherwin Williams ColorMix event several years ago- and it’s all been uphill from there!


(here we are sharing our color commentary on the forecast with each other via text because we weren’t sitting beside each other.  or maybe we were discussing where the coffee was located??)

Designers from all over converged on Pottery Barn for the ColorMix 2017 color forecast!




This year’s ColorMix2017 event introduced us to SW’s four new color groupings in their forecast:









The images above (from Sherwin Williams) include the colors in each category, and serve as inspiration for the collections.  I won’t list all the new hues individually, but you can find them on the Sherwin Williams site.

Will I be specifying any of these colors in the year to come?  There are one or two in here I can see myself trying out- perhaps on a ceiling.

And in case you missed it a couple of months ago, SW announced their Color of the Year 2017- Poised Taupe.

This is one color that I’m fairly certain you won’t see me specifying.  Lavendar undertone taupes aren’t my jive.

The highlight of the event though, was getting to see our Sherwin Williams designer rep, Amanda Farris.  Amanda had been our rep in this area for years, but had taken another job a year or so ago. Much to our delight, she is BACK!  We had gotten pretty spoiled by her, and it was really hard for them to find someone to fill her shoes.

Me, Amanda, and Kristie


She gave us lots of goodies, and even though we may not specify the color of the year for walls, we will definitly use it on our tootsie-toes!

Amanda gave us the color of the year in polish form after we swooned when we saw it on her toes!!

thanks Amanda!

Here are a few images I collected the rest of the day as Kristie and I made our way around Nashville on a bit of a design crawl-

Spring at Pottery Barn was in full swing!

It was still early and the morning sun was beaming throught the windows, so it made it a bit difficult to get clear shots without highlights.

We then visited a couple of vendors that had reached out so we could see what they had to offer:

Samples galore- we LOVE when our vendors offers us samples!

next we made a quick stop by Merridian to check our their current inventory- they had some new pieces that were completely stunning!

Toward the week’s end, it was time for my National Kitchen and Bath Assoication meeting, featuring kitchen and bath trends found at KBIS (the industry’s national kitchen and bath show)  2017.  Here is a snapshot of some of the things we saw and trends that were featured.

Image from The Decorologist 

Predictions to come for 2017-18 are:

Lighting– in cabinets, toekicks, and drawers.  It’s trending BIG.

Organization– organization continues to be high on the list for cabinet buyers.

Base Pullouts– the base cabinet pullout will continue to be a favorite.

Tall Organization– taller pull out cabinets will begin to emerge.

Large Format Tile– using large format tile on islands with built in induction cooktop.


On Friday of this week, I will be attending the Blogger Event and Media Day for the House of Hope Designer Showhouse by Carbine and Associates!

I can’t wait to tell you all about it and bring you pictures of the rooms created by the designers!  My sweet friend Amanda Carlson of Amanda Carlson Interiors designed the boy’s room, and Kristie specified the interior and exterior color scheme for the entire house!  I’ll share more details in the post this weekend, but all the proceeds from the sale of this home will benefit several children’s charities in the area!

Creating and design is my love and passion- and when it’s shared with friends, and benefits children too…..well, that’s just icing on the cake!

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and check out my newly updated web site….I’m sharing my personal design library with some favorites from my collection- and MY book is also available through the site as well!

Until next time-


By | February 27th, 2017|Activities, color, Design, Events, Home & Garden, Sherwin Williams|

and sometimes it takes a year…or so.

Although I can look at the date on our agreement, it really doesn’t tell me much about when it was that I first met her.


When we finally put it in writing…this project I was going to complete for her …we had already met several times.  I had long since taken pictures-  and dozens of email conversations had ensued.

I’m not really even sure how she first contacted me.

did she call?

was it email?

could’ve been a Facebook message.

Couldn’t tell ya.

What I can say is this-   sometimes when we make plans, God has way of saying, “hold on just a second  nine to twelve months or so.”

I have other plans.

Since I met her that first day….. this client of mine….. (we’ll call her Mrs. L)-  I have been with her through pregnancy, a 9 week hospitalized and very serious bed-rest, watched her first born start kindergarten, and see his ADORABLE photo of his 100th day in school.

If I could share that I SO would.

Because it is truly SO. MUCH. MORE. PRECIOUS. than the before and afters of her amazing space.

and I KNOW that she would agree with me on this wholeheartedly, even though she loves her new space.


So anyway.

It took me quite a while to locate her before pictures while drafting this post.

Since I took those photos, I’ve moved my office.  Twice.

I’ve changed computers.  Twice.

And although I always most times rename all my pics and put them in seperate files, sometimes they get doubled up in other files.

as was the case with these.

and I hadn’t looked for them in SO long, it was a fun little game of LET’S CHECK DROPBOX, LET’S CHECK DOWNLOADS, LET’S CHECK PICASA, LET’S CHECK THE CAMERA FILES………..and so on, before finally locating them in a hidden folder only I could find entitled WORK BEFORE PHOTOS.

I’m clever that way… one would ever know what that file contained.


so when I finally found them, I had really forgotten what the space looked like before.


You see…. Mrs. L had this huge basement room in her incredible home, and she wanted to turn it into a mudroom.  She wanted storage, most notably for her twelve foot Christmas tree that was currently occupying her guest bedroom closet.  The room is right off her garage, and would make the perfect place for her child (now children) to hang coats, hats, store shoes, etc.

Here it is in it’s before state- this view is looking toward the stairs that go up to the main floor- they are behind the wall with the light switches.

And here is a view looking toward the other side of the room- and my before photos are not very representative of the scale of this space- you’ll  notice in the corner there was already plumbing roughed in during the construction of the home.  Good call Mrs. L 🙂

(and again, this is why I say all many contractors should be women.  forethought.)

And one last view toward the other corner of the room…


oh, did I mention this room has a RADIUS wall in it?  why, yes….there are THREE corners and a semi-circular wall!


So we planned. And talked.  And planned.

And then she got pregnant.

a very difficult pregnancy it was.

So we stopped.

Fast forward twelve or so months (because we really didn’t pick back up until after she had been home several months) and we began again.

After working with my cabinet gal, we came up with a design that would give Mrs. L everything she requested.

So we wired for new lighting, ran some additional plumbing, drywalled the ceiling, painted the space, and ordered the cabinets.

And here, after many months, is the completed project!  I’m so excited to share it, because it is such an incredible and swoon-worthy space!!

IF. ONLY. we all had this kinda space….amiright????

One more look at before:

And now….AFTER!

I mean….can you EVEN???


And NOW:

This corner…..

(hey Mrs. L- check out the register below…..there’s that metal I was hitting!!! LOL)

now looks like this!

and a few more afters….


And let’s talk a bit about this bench, shall we??

Mrs. L, along with being a professional in her career, is also a farm-girl.  The bench is made of barn wood from one of the barns on her property that she RIPPED OFF AND HAULED UP THE HILL HERSELF so we could add this special touch to her room.  We also added shelving in a little hidden alcove made of the same barn wood:

Mrs. L added some of her grandmother’s treasures to the shelf that absolutely completed this space.

So if you made it to the end of this post, congratulations!

It’s a lengthy post that’s been a long time a’coming, but just like this room- being able to write this post after seeing the smile on Mrs. L’s face- was worth the wait🙂


Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing- my next post will be about a space that contained some fixed elements unlike any I’ve ever seen installed!




By | February 13th, 2017|Design, Home & Garden|

out of my comfort zone…

Last week I told you I was putting the finishing touches on a room for some clients the next day….and the room was a bit atypical of my usual design schemes.  I have to admit, when I met my clients last year, I was a bit unsure of just how I would please them.  Lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my!) are not usually given a second thought when I’m designing a space.  But here?  Here, they would be the center of attention.

You see, my clients are avid travelers, and before relocating to Tennessee, lived out west for many years.  They love the outdoors, and the lady of the house has a certain affection for bears.  The first thing she showed me on our intial consulatation (and the last thing I hung last week!) was one of her prize posessions- a small bearskin.  And THAT was the inspiration for the room.

Well alrighty then.

As I left the consult that day scratching my head, I thought to myself…..”well, it would probably be better if you go ahead and bow out gracefully now before you design something for them that is in NO WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM WHAT THEY WANT BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT THE OUTDOORS, WILDLIFE, BEARS AND THE LIKE!!”

However…..this couple.

They are just SO precious and make me smile literally every time I talk to them, and I so wanted to work for them.

So……on I forged.

On a wing (NO pun intended) and a prayer!

The project is now complete……and I never thought I’d say this, (because I was so unsure about creating the space they envisioned) but I’m so sad.  As is the case with most of my clients, we became friends.  When you spend so much time with people in their home, it is almost inevitable.  They have become dear to me, and have told me so many stories of their adventures through the years……I’m going to miss spending time with them.

Here is the space before:

They asked for a multi-functional space.  They wanted this room to serve four purposes:

  • extra area for eating/ game playing
  • extra sleeping space for visiting adult children and grandchildren
  • tv viewing area
  • office area with possible built-ins

And here is the completed design:

We began by removing all the old flooring.  We then scraped the textured ceilings.  I created a new lighting design plan that included removing the single ceiling fan, and adding two ceiling mount fixtures, recessed lighting, and also added some floor plugs.  In the above photo you can’t see- but there were two doors on the left side of the room to the attic.  We closed one of those in, giving additional wall space to utilize.  Specifying a calming and light color, we painted out the entire space and wrapped the color from floor to ceiling- even the millwork (save the built-in).

And then….the built-in.

I mean…does it get anymore amazing?  My super-calafragilistic-expe-alidotious trim carpenter built this AH-MAZING specticle of a bookcase/ windowseat/ storage unit that spans the entire back wall, framing out the window with an oh-so-cute window seat.  Let’s get a bit closer look, shall we?

Oh how I smile every time I look at it!

My clients are book lovers…did I mention that???  Another reason I love them so much!

Here’s the room from the opposite side:

Before (precious Mrs. L, always smiling!  and Mr. L-ducking from the camera) :

(and there’s the little bearskin…..forelorn and lonely, waiting on the the end table to take it’s rightful place in the room……)


From this angle you can see the sitting area designated for tv viewing, and to the right- a beautiful iron trundle bed that raises to make a queen size bed.  Behind the bed and in front of the staircase you can see the table area for eating/ game playing.

My client is of Amish descent (Mrs. L, that is) so they hopped in the car and took a little road trip up north.  They do that like I hop in the car and go to Mt. Juliet.  Anywho….they visited some Amish communities, and using the design we created, had an incredibly beautiful table and six chairs built.  I’ve seen nothing quite as exquisite in my time, and it is truly stunning.  They also had a rolltop desk built, but mid-project decided to move the fourth requested area (office) to another room, which worked out nicely.

And there she is….on the back wall in all her (or his?) glory!  The sweet little bearskin Mrs. L requested be the feature of her space.

By breaking out of my comfort zone and stretching out there a bit, I found that I enjoyed the challenge much more than I thought.  Fear of making a mistake causes so many good things not to ever come about.

Mr. and Mrs. L are thrilled with their new space.

I’M THRILLED with their new space!

And I’ve learned that the more unsure I am about a project and my ability to create it……the faster I had better jump on it!


By | February 6th, 2017|Design, Home & Garden, outdoors|
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