Soft Modern Family Room

Last week we completed a fun family room in downtown Alpharetta. 

The couple started with the large charcoal sectional that they had found at Havertys. The look of this piece is similar to Crate and Barrel or Room and Board, and it is ultra comfortable. The homeowners are drawn to the soft modern style of West Elm, and loved the Ikat Blur rug in chartreuse, ivory and gray. This is a color I have never worked with before, but I had a lot of fun with the combo! Thank you, sweet clients, for the inspiration!

Here is the BEFORE...a blank slate:

Because pillows always get me excited, I often start a project there.  Everyone has their own source of inspiration, and this is one of mine.

Here we have the mix of pillows: (left to right) custom linen chevron, patchwork hide from Marshall's, custom chartreuse linen, chevron hide from Marshall's, Mongolian fur from West Elm, custom Ikat. (Custom pillows can be ordered through me. Please email me at for inquiries.)

The finished room:

The draperies are custom (always a good idea). The cocktail table is from RH, and all of the other accessories are from Home Goods, Marshall's, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Ballard Designs.

 We installed a gallery wall of travel photos and special family mementos, and there is lots of room to add to the collection.

The art, below, is from Home Goods. They have the same one at Z Gallerie for three times the price!

The bone inlay mirror is from Ballard's Backroom...

Thank you to my fearless assistant, Joanne, for all of her help on this project, and every day!  I could not do it without her!
And, a special thanks to two fabulous clients and their sweetie pie, Wills, for being such a good boy that day:)

Have a great week!

Coastal Condo Makeover

Before and After's are always fun to see. I recently finished the renovation of a rental property in Miramar Beach, Florida, in the Sandestin resort. The condo was built in 1982, and still had most of the original colors and features including pickled pink stains, beveled mirror walls, and dated, mismatched furniture.


The mirrored wall, below, was replaced with whitewashed 1x6 planks for an updated coastal vibe.



I decided to keep the palate mostly neutral, to keep it clean and focus on the gorgeous view. Even on a foggy, cold day, the Gulf of Mexico is breathtaking.

 A neutral palate can get boring if it's not balanced with lots of texture:
The kitchen and dining area had a pseudo-Italian look going.
We whitewashed the stucco walls, removed the bar corbels, and painted the cabinets Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams to lighten the look. The massive orb chandelier, modern seating, driftwood table, silver finishes and new lighting keep it fun, casual and sophisticated.


Kitchen cabinets BEFORE

This job was done on a TIGHT budget. In order to fit in all of the painting, construction and new furnishings, I shopped at Target, Home Goods, Tuesday Morning, Wayfair, Ikea, World Market, Overstock, and outlet stores. The only custom items were the pillows, below. Custom pillows always take it to another level, in my opinion:)

The chandelier, below, was found many month ago at the Pottery Barn outlet. It was the piece that set the tone for the whole project. The hammered vases from Target were drilled to hang on the wall. Right now, the palmettos are fresh, but they will dry to a cool pale blue/green color.

The cocktail table from World Market holds bedding for the sleeper sofa. This condo sleeps 8.

The master bedroom and bunk room needed a lot of attention, and it was not in the homeowners plans to renovate these rooms at this time. I convinced them to let me do small updates to blend the spaces. HERE IS THE BEDROOM BEFORE:


Bunk room BEFORE:

And AFTER...sorry, no good photos of this hard-to-shoot room. It turned out pretty cute in shades of blue and white:

 Here are two more photos to give you an idea of layout:

If you would like info on renting this condo on the beach, please click HERE

Thanks for taking a look!