Posts Tagged ‘Bathrooms’


More and more lately I’m feeling the urge to live with less.  That feeling has me organizing every nook and cranny of my home.  Yesterday I spend some time organizing my bathroom drawers and boy was did it leave me with a great feeling.

Bathroom Drawers5

It feels good to get rid of stuff that is not being used and no longer has value and it’s nice to look at drawers that are pretty and organized.

Since I feel I’m pretty good at organizing, I wanted to share a few of my tried-and-true organizing tips with you.


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I know lots of you look for cost-effective ways to decorate your home, so today I wanted to share the best and most budget friendly decorating idea to make your bathroom look more expensive.



Paint is the easiest way to Up-Style and chanage the look and feel of any room in your home, including your bathroom.  Pull out that paint brush and by the end of the weekend you can have a totally new look in the lou!

Here’s a little motivation to inspire you…

before and after painted bathroom cabinets

Painted Bathroom Cabinets and Knobs

Black bathroom cabinets

Seafoam bathroom cabinets

Sage Bathroom Cabinets

Grey Bathroom Cabinets

Taupe bathroom cabinets

Tips for painting bathroom cabinets:

1)  Clean and then sand the existing finish–doing this will get any oils or residue of the cabinets and create a fresh surface for the paint

2)  Prime the cabinet and doors–this will ensure a smooth paint application

3)  Use a quality paint like Ace Hardware Cabinet, Door & Trim paint (this paint will level after applying and will not show brush strokes)

Ace Hardware Cabinet, Door & Trim Paint

4) Use a foam roller and quality brush to apply paint

5)  Paint one door to ensure you like the color before moving on to the rest

6)  Add two or three coats of paint (waiting about 24 hours between each coat)

Once your cabinets are painted, think about investing a bit more money and upgrading your hardware if needed.  New hardware will be the icing on the cake.


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Greetings and Happy Friday!  

Writing this blog is somewhat like talking a a girlfriend or guy friend on a daily basis and dishing about all the stuff that is going on in my life.  It’s my place to share the new shopping spots I’ve found, a great bargain I’ve come across or a new restaurant I want you to try.

Since we’re friends, whenever I come across fabulous design tips,  how-to tutorials or something exciting, I feel a desire to share it all with you.  So girlfriend, sit back, relax and let me share a few things…  

How to Paint a Sink

How to Paint a Sink

Painted Chair

How to Paint a Fabric Chair

I so excited that one of my favorite stores now has a paper shop.

10 Decorating Mistakes we’ve all made.

This living room transformation is simply stunning!


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Are you familiar with DemiLune tables?  The characteristic of this table style is its semi-circular shape which is designed so that the table can be pushed up against a wall.

As a member of the console table family, demilune tables feature three legs but are often overlooked as a design option in favor of their traditional four-legged console table companion.  I however love demilune tables and think they are the perfect solution for many space challenged rooms.

Demilune tables are ideal for small wall spaces where a chair or larger piece of furniture would feel over-powering.  Using a table with a shaped design detail will help to create visual interest and give that small space a focal point.

 Traditional Home

Traditional Home

When an impromptu cocktail table is needed, a demilune works great with just enough space to hold a few key party essentials.  Demilune tables are also great to position in front of floor mirrors, creating lots of visual impact.

 Cocktail Table

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One of my favorite places to use a demilune table is in a bedroom.  The shape of the table works in a narrow space next to the bed and functions as a nightstand as well as a intimate writing desk.



Amy Meier Design

Amy Meier Design

Both as a cost saving option and as a style solution in a foyer, two demilune tables facing each other is one of my favorite looks.   

 BelClaire House

BelClaire House

Demilune tables can also be retro-fit to work as a bathroom vanity.  The curves of the table add softness to what is often a space of  hard lines and square shapes.


 Architectural Digest

What to put in that space between the windows?  A small scale demilune table works great to fill that space and serve as the backdrop to a beautiful wall piece and tabletop accessories.


Cote De Texas

Wall mounted demilune tables can be used like a display shelf in a foyer or hall and again is ideal when wall space is limited.

 Mix and Chic

Designer SueEllen Gregory via Mix and Chic

When shopping for demilune tables, look for styles that feature scalloped or shaped details for added style.

 Sucasa Designs

SuCasa Designs

  In a small kitchen eating area, demilune tables provide just enough room for two people to sit and eat comfortably.  Hanging a large grouping of artwork over the table as shown in this photos is also a great way to give the table and surrounding area more visual impact.


 Ladies Home Journal

Demilune tables are most often used in a foyer, next to the front door.  The table scale keeps the foyer open while providing the perfect perch for keys and mail.

BHG foyer


Other places to use demilune tables:

In smaller rooms, demilune tables can be placed under a wall-mounted TV but close attention needs to be given to ensure the table scales balances the TV.



In bedrooms where twin beds are used, a demilune table is often a better design solution than individual night stands.  When placed between the bed, the table works as a nightstand for both and is a great use of space.


A demilune placed at the end of hallway or at the top of stair landing fills the space without it becoming over-crowded.


I also like to use demilune tables in the nooks next to a fireplace.  This is another spot where the curve of the table will add softness to the room.


And because many demilune tables are shorter and smaller in scale than a traditional console table, they work great positioned under a window.


The next time you’re on the hunt for a new table, consider a Demilune Table.  Not only are they an unexpected option but a demilune table can work just about anywhere you’d put a traditional console table.

Happy Decorating!


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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, Design is in the Details.  And that’s one of the things I love about design.  The fact that you can take a basic ordinary architectural element, accessory, furniture piece or decorative element and use it to create something unique and beautiful for your home.  I’m working on a project that is requiring me to think about details and how they can be used to transform a space and save money at the same time.  With details on my mind I thought I’d share 11 of my favorite ideas, ideas you can use in your own home.


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Happy Friday!

Besides splurging on cute paper napkins for dining and fun wood pencils for my desk, I also have a thing for beautiful bath towels.  One of my favorite sources for luxury towels in Peacock Alley.  Not only are their towels lush and soft but their textured towels are some of the prettiest you’ll ever see.


Park Avenue Towels


Astoria Towels

I recently purchased a few of these beauties below.


Uptown Towels

Investing in luxury bath towels is wise because you’ll enjoy them more, they will last longer than thinner, value priced towels and they are great way to add UpStyle to your bathroom.







And if you love luxurious bed linens, Peacock Alley has those too.  Check our their full collection of product and do some shopping here.  My shopping list includes this and this!

Here’s wishing you a luxurious weekend!


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Design Details in Unexpected Places


House Beautiful

I feel that many times homeowners don’t put that extra effort into decorating their master bathrooms, so I love it when I come across a bathroom design that is expertly detailed with the same level of design attention that goes into main living spaces.

Design Tip:  Curtains are a simple way to add an elegant design statement to a bathroom. Simple rods in a metallic finish and  soft fabrics will add that feeling of relaxation and comfort bathrooms call for.


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Whenever I’m working on a design project that involves a bathroom, one of the first questions the home owners have is always about what type of window treatment is best on the windows.  The answer to this just is not always clear-cut, but there are some looks that I prefer over others and definitely some design considerations you have to keep in mind when it come the window décor in the bathroom.

The first and foremost question is what type of privacy do you need?  Naturally if you live in the country and are surrounded by open fields you can probably get away with a little less coverage than someone living in the city.

Next, think about the style of your bathroom.  Not every bathroom will look good with fabric window treatments and others may not be suited for blinds or shutters.  The style of your space will definitely impact your window treatment choice.

Third, think about use!  Do you have to open/close them daily?  Can you access the windows easily?  In our first house in Seattle, I hung curtain panels on the window over the soaking tub.  Every day when I had to open and close the panels I had to step into the large tub to reach them.  In hindsight, blinds or shutters would have been a more functional option for me.

Keeping these three things in mind, here are some images of bathroom window treatments that work and why!


The roman shades in this bathroom are fabulous. As designers always recommend, they are hung up high, making the space feel grander and the top valance detail adds the visual weight to balance them against the large tub.  Because the windows can be easily accessed opening and closing these would not be a problem.

(image this space with wood plantation shutters–too heavy and bulky for these large windows.  They would dominate the look of this bathroom)


For this small window I love that the lower half of the window was frosted to provide privacy while the upper half was left clear to let light stream in.  The simple roman shade (hung inside the window frame) adds just the right amount of detail and design this space needs.

(curtain panels in this space would be overwhelming and blinds would be to lack-luster)


Here’s an example of curtain panels hung over a soaking tub.  What I like about this is that the panels are the same color as the tile, so they visually just float away.  They are also lightweight which would make opening and closing easy.

( patterned curtain panels and shutters would have been too much for this space and would have fought with the tile pattern)


In this space I think the floor to ceiling curtain panels work.  the pattern draws your eye to the window and serves as a nice frame to the window.  The sides of the tub can be accessed, again making opening and closing these curtain easy.

( shutters would have made the window feel even more like a big box and would not have added any softness to the space)


The top and bottom curtain treatment in this bathroom works perfectly for the style of the space.  The flooring and the window treatments both have somewhat of a causal, country vibe.  Light can easily flow in through the expose windows while the lover panels provide privacy.

(because of the corner windows, this option was really smart.  Shutters or blind would have felt to heavy and lopsided)


Shutters on the lower half of a bathroom window can be a great option in a sleek and classic bathroom.  The shutters provide privacy and provide visual balance with the wall cabinet and adjacent.

(curtain panels on this off-set window would have drawn attention to that face and would have made the window appear smaller)


Frosted bathroom windows are often the choice many builders but into a new home.  I like the simple diamond pattern on this window which helps to keep the space feel modern.  The swagged valance add softness and frames the window perfectly.

(curtain panels could have worked in this bathroom although they would have given the entire tub area a more boxed in feel)


This is probably my favorite bathroom window treatment option, Top-Down, Bottom-Up shades.  These window treatments allow you to raise and lower the panel as you wish to expose or close off as much of the window as you want. The look is clean and simple which is ideal in many of todays bathroom styles.

If you’ve looked at your bathroom windows and are wondering what the best approach is, I hope this helps point you in the right direction.

Happy Decorating!


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