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Sally’s farmhouse living room | the before

I mentioned taking on a second makeover as I'm finishing up the one for my mom, but I haven't had the chance to sit down, give it some focused thought (and edit the pictures I took back before Thanksgiving!)  As I said, my services are free, but slow. While I haven't sat down with a blank piece of paper to draw out some sketches, I have a pretty clear vision for this room. Here's how it looks  (read more …)

kim’s coastal bedroom | the bedskirt & built-ins

I know lots of you are eagerly awaiting the reveal of my mom's room makeover.  Trust me...she is, too!  My design services are free, but they aren't fast! We have been making some progress, though.  I mentioned before that I made a bedskirt, but I didn't have a chance to get a picture of it, until this weekend.  (...when we watched the Redskins beat the Bears.  Just throwing that out  (read more …)

Sarah’s Fireside Room

Do you remember Sarah's wood stove decorating dilemma that I posted about this summer?  Well, I received an update from Sarah on her progress and her plan, so I thought I would share it with you. Here is the inspiration board Sarah sent me... Here's how the room looked when I shared it back in August... And here is how it looks now.  She decided to paint the walls in the kitchen and  (read more …)

Kim’s coastal bedroom | the walls & built-in plans

I spent a good part of my day today helping my parents paint their bedroom in the color I picked out, In Your Eyes by Benjamin Moore. My dad kept referring to it as "in your face." I'm so pleased with the color, though.  The room looks very sparse at the moment, but the color palette we're building is calming, serene and definitely sets a coastal tone. Before, the room was beige.  My mom  (read more …)

The Retreat | Dining Room, Study & Foyer

I've spent most of the last few days at home with a sick boy.  My youngest has strep throat, poor little guy.  He's on antibiotics now, though, and is finally on the upswing. Several days at home, away from the studio, squeezing work in where it fits, doesn't get me very good blog material.  Fortunately, I still have pictures of The Retreat to share. In case you missed my initial post about it,  (read more …)

kim’s coastal bedroom | selecting a wall color

You would think that selecting a wall color would be really simple.  Right?  Well, if you've ever strolled into a paint store and picked a color based on a little chip and spent a day painting, only to realize that the color was much brighter, darker, bluer, greener, pinker, whatever-er than you thought it was in the store, then you know it's not as simple as one would think. I've gone through  (read more …)

The Retreat kitchen | before & after

I shared about our photo shoot in this 1799 manor house last week, in case you missed it.  I promised I would share more about the house and I'm fulfilling that now!  There was just way too much to cover in one post without allowing for an intermission or potty/snack break. Today, I want to share more about the kitchen.  It's actually one of the most humble spaces in the 6,000 sq ft house and  (read more …)

room reset challenge | part 3 | making lists

In part two of the room reset, we were playing with our stuff.  Like our room is one in a dollhouse and we're moving around the pieces until we like it.  Adding some things, taking away others, assessing the space and trying to think outside of the box.  This is about using as much of what you have to make this room what you want it to be. Now, it's time for part three.  Making lists.  I  (read more …)