Favorites Of The Week | All The Beautiful Things

Another week has flown by and it’s hard to wrap my head around that fact that we are almost half way through the year. Wow, where does the time go?  Even if time won’t slow down, I hope you’re able to enjoy a relaxing and leisurely weekend.  Here are my favorites from the week.  Enjoy!



This bathroom makeover shows you how a few cosmetic changes can change the look and feel of a space.  Wow!

One of the best things about summer are fresh berries from the farmers market, perfect for this summer recipe.


A lesson in JOY.



This week all of my favorite pins are from the Alice Lane Home Collection portfolio.  So many beautiful images.



At Home has tons of great decor right now.  This picture frame,  this mirror and this desk (I’d use it as a console table) are my favorites.

I’m loving the Stockholm Serving Bowls from Ikea. So many ideas on how to use these.

Enjoy your weekend!


Favorites Of The Week: DIY Transformations

I am sooooooo happy that it’s the weekend.  It’s been an extra busy week running from one appointment to another, working on design projects and battling a sore throat.

I am prone to coming down with a cold whenever there are fluctuations in the weather like we’ve been having.  #ugh!  I doing some shopping with a client tomorrow and then I’m spending the rest of the weekend at home gearing up for another busy week.

Here’s my roundup for favorite posts from the week, all great DIY inspiration.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!



 #1–Great DIY tutorial on adding trim to plain doors.  What a transformation!

DIY Transformation--Adding Door Trim

#2–It’s refreshing to see a bathroom design that doesn’t include black cabinets. Kate is a genius at design and DIY transformations.

DIY Bathroom Makeover Transformation

#3–Simply elegant living room makeover.

DIY Living Room Makeover

#4–A pretty dining area makeover.  The DIY window seat is the perfect touch.

DIY Kitchen Eating Area--DIY Transformations

#5–Stunning DIY transformation–garage turned office space.

 Garage to Office Makeover-- DIY Transformations


other favorites this week:

This closet makeover.  Wow!

This sneak peek of the The House of Hope.  The lighting!

Favorites Of The Week (all from the One Room Challenge)


Hi friends.  Sorry it’s been a bit quite here on the blog this week.  I made several attempts to sit down and finish this weeks blog posts but things just kept getting in the way.  I’m going to be back on schedule next week with an eclectic (don’t you just love that word) mix of posts.  I’ll be sharing some holiday gift wrap inspiration and wrapping tips, my first holiday gift guide and a DIY project that has been on my to-do list to ages!

I’m closing out the week my usual ‘favorites’ post but this time it’s all about the One Room Challenge which is now in its 10th season.  Have your had a chance to check out all the spaces that were transformed over the last 6 weeks?  I haven’t made it through all the participating bloggers posts but what I’ve seen so far is WOW!  Holy Moly, there are some truly amazing design ideas, before and after transformations and a whole lot of inspiration.  Check out a few of my favorite spaces (so far)…



First up is Burlap and Lace.  Shannon did an amazing job adding style and detail to a long narrow room with lots of bookcases.  

{all images via Burlap and Lace}


The before…


And the after…


a coat of black paint made those simple bookcase look like high-end custom-built shelves


the faux fireplace adds another focal point within the room


impeccable styling

You can see the full Burlap and Lace reveal here.


Next is Kris from Driven By Decor.  Kris was also working with a room that had lots of bookcases but instead of going dark and dramatic, she created soft and soothing space.

{all images via Driven By Decor}


The before…


And the after…


one of the prettiest gallery walls I seen in a while


pillow mixing at its best–bold pattern + texture + small print


this color palette is a breath of fresh air


You can see the full Driven By Decor reveal here.


The next space I absolutely love was designed and transformed by Kristin from The Hunted Interior.  She was also working with a long narrow space and added a wall of bookcases to create drama at the far end of the room.  

{all images via The Hunted Interior}


The before…




And the after…


i love the bohemian vibe the comes from the pattern and texture mix



Notice that mix of materials?  That’s a design detail all rooms need.

You can see the full Hunted Interior reveal here.


I love every space that Nancy of Marcus Design creates and the bathroom transformation she completed is just stunning.

{all image via Marcus Design}


The before…



And the after…


Blue + white + gold=perfection.


drawer lines are such a simple detail that adds so much style


Classic details that will stand the test of time.

You can see the full Marcus Design reveal here.


This is just the beginning of so many more beautiful spaces created by the featured designers participating in the One Room Challenge.  You can see each and every one of the featured spaces here.


And then there are over 200 additional room transformations from the Guest Participants you’ll want to check out too.  You can find all link to all those space here.


Happy weekend and I’ll see you back here Monday!

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My Favorite Spaces from The One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge

Have you heard of the One Room Challenge?  Better yet, have you been following the design series?  If not, you’ve been missing out on some incredible room transformations and amazing design inspiration.

The One Room Challenge was is a bi-annual blog series started by Linda from Calling It Home and it is now in its 10th season.  What started as a design makeover blog hop  has turned into one of the hottest design transformation series in bogland. The ORC has become so hot that the series recently attracted sponsors like House Beautiful, Decorator’s Best, Joss and Main, Lamps Plus, Farrow & Ball and Lowes.

Each round of the ORC features 20 bloggers/designers who makeover a space in a 6 week period.  The participants select their space, develop a plan and execute the dramatic transformation while sharing the entire design/decorating process weekly on their blogs.  To date there have been over 1000 room makeovers by featured and guest participants.

With each ORC I’m always excited to see that beautiful rooms created by the participants.

The latest round of the One Room Challenge just ended and I must say it includes some of my favorite spaces to date so I thought it would be fun to share a few favorites with you today.   Check it out and be inspired!

p.s.  you can see all of the room from the featured bloggers here  and the guest participants here.


One Room Challenge Featured Bloggers

My Favorites:

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Claire Brody Designs:  My favorite details are the furnishings, the fireplace and the beauty of those white walls.

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Design Manifest:  This kitchen space went from ho-hum to incredibly chic.  I love the bar stools, the lighting and the cabinet door detail.


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The Makerista:  The wood paneling and trim detail on the walls in this man cave is amazing.  And I love the subtle color palette.


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My Sweet Savannah:  Now this is the way to update a dated bathroom.  My favorite details are the glass front cabinets, the vanity mirror, the chandelier, the cabinet pulls, the roman shades….ok, I love it all. 


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Jill Sorensen:  Jill had me at the black, yellow and pop of color so used for the master bedroom.  I especially love the gorgeous headboard, the window treatments and the stools in front of the sofa.  


One Room Challenge Guest Participant

My Favorites:

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Dimples and Tangles:  Jennifer knocked it out of the park with the painted buffalo check wall in her powder room.  And you definitely want to check out the wall moulding, the pink door and the acrylic hardware.


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Always Rad:  I’m so glad I discovered this blog through the ORC.  This kitchen transformation is truly gorgeous and  I want that banquet eating area and  those lighter over the island.


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Simple Details:  If you love an eclectic mix like I do, you’re going to love this living room.  I was really excited to see the coffee table since my mom owns that same table. p.s.  take note of the amazing accessories and styling.


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Amanda Louise Interiors:  This is another new to me blog and after seeing this makeover I’m a big fan.  I love the transformation of the TV wall and the over mix of furniture and accessories.


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The Crowned Goat:  I’m a big fan of office spaces that function well and look good too.  This space is ideal of blogging, bills and creativity.  I love the styling on the bookcases and rustic chic details throughout.


If you have time, I encourage you to check out all of the One Room Challenge spaces.  There are just too many beautiful rooms to include all my favorites here.

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Spring Inspiration–Decorating Ideas and Tips

Spring Flowers
I can’t believe the weather we’ve had the last couple of days here in Atlanta.  Spring is definitely in the air and I’m super excited for its arrival.  The other day I was driving and noticed that a few cherry trees had started to bloom and that daffodils are popping up everywhere.  All these signs of spring have me thinking about decorating for the season which is not typically something I do a lot of.  This year though, I want to add a few more spring touches to my decor and rounded up a few ideas and inspiration that just might inspire you too.

When we lived in Seattle there were tulip fields about 60 miles outside the city.  Every year we’d take a drive to look at the beautiful rows of tulips and buy bundles and bundles of tulips for $5.00 ea. The tulip festival took place around my birthday in April so tulips hold a special place in my heart.


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Design Magazines–Not Just Pretty Pictures

I admit I have an addiction (a healthy one on my book) to magazines.  My addiction is not with just any magazine but with design magazines.  Despite the fact that it’s my business to look through magazines, I love holding a glossy in my hands, flipping through the pages and getting caught up in the stories the images tell.

Home Decor magazines

Design magazines are meant to educate and inspire, and for someone who’s decorating their home there are lots of lessons you can learn from the pages of your favorite magazines.


  • If you are trying to define your design style, magazine images can help you flush out what you like and don’t like.  As you go through the pages, flag rooms that appeal to you, circle design elements that you like and identify color combinations that speak to you.  Once you gathered up a handful of images, review them and look for the common threads and consistent elements within each photo.  The images will point you towards your style and create a clear picture that will help yo decorate your home.
  •  Magazine images depict the latest style, color and design trends and will keep you up-to date on what products you’ll be seeing on store shelves and give you ideas for incorporating those trends into your decor.

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  • You can learn how to style and accessorize your home from the pages of magazines.  As you look at room images, take note of how items are placed on tabletops, grouped on bookshelves or how artwork collections are hung on the wall.  Most design magazines take an artistic approach with their room layouts so you’re bound to see some really creative accessorizing ideas that just might inspire you to try something new in your own home.
  • If you’re struggling with the layout of furniture in your home, look at magazines to gather ideas on space planning and how furniture groupings are laid out.   Take note of how different furniture styles are used together and how rugs and textiles are used of the room layout.

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  • If you’re not comfortable with pattern mixing, magazine images are a great way to hone your skill.  Take not of how different pattern styles that are combined, the scale of patterns and the color combinations.  The more you study room designs that include multiple patterns, the more you’ll begin to see the art of pattern mixing come to life.
  • Look through magazine pages for lighting ideas and take note of how different styles of lighting are used to enhance the decor of a room.

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  • Home decor magazines are one of your best resources for picking paint colors.  While you might not find the perfect paint color, you’ll be able to focus in on the family of colors you like for the different room images you see.  Once you have a clear color direction, you can narrow down to more specific colors choices  to look at for your home.

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  • If you’re lucky enough to have a woodworker in the family, magazines can supply you (and them) with amazing DIY project ideas.
  • And finally, magazines can make shopping easier or at least make it easy for you to outline a shopping list when you’re ready to decorate your home.

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The next time you pick up a design magazine, enjoy the pretty pictures but also spend a little more time studying the images and see how they inspire you.

p.s.  All of the magazines shown above are my go to publications and all of these can be found at your local Barnes and Noble.


Design Chat: Foyers–Vol. 3

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I’m back with another installment of Design Chat.  This time I’m answering a question from Katie regarding her foyer.

“Shelly, I am struggling with how to decorate my foyer.  The space is rather small and once inside the door, the dining room opens up on the right and there is a wall on the left which is about 8 feet long.  I’ve tried different furniture pieces and nothing seems right or is balanced against the dining room opening and  furniture.  Can you give me some tips and ideas on how to decorate a foyer.”  –Katie

I asked Katie a couple of questions to get a better understanding of her space and the image above represents the general layout of Katie’s foyer.


The Design Tips:

Foyers come in all shapes and sizes and can be challenging find the right combination of furniture, wall decor, accessories and lighting to fit the space.  Although challenging, there are a few design guidelines I can share to help Katie and anyone else decorating their foyer:

♦  Foyers often serve as a decorative spaces while at the same time needing to have some functional aspects (drop zone for keys, mail etc.) to the design so keep that in mind when selecting furniture, accessories and lighting.

♦  Select furniture that fits the scale of the space.  Since there is a long wall that you want to place furniture on, select a piece that fills at least 50 to 75% of the wall space.  Small scale furniture on a long wall will look wimpy.

♦  Lighting is always a great addition to any foyer space even if it will be used just for ambient light.  Wall sconces are a nice alternative to tabletop lamps and don’t forget to put your lighting on a dimmer to control the light intensity within the space.

♦  Rugs will help ground your foyer and create a landing spot for guest as they enter and exit your home.

♦  Mirrors are a smart wall decor choice especially if your foyer doesn’t get a lot of natural light.  Mirrors will magnify any light coming into the foyer giving it a brighter appearance.

♦  If the foyer is a main entrance and exit point for the home and there is room for seating, a chair or two flanking a console table or cabinet is a nice addition. Chairs ccreate an additional layer of design, color and pattern.

♦  If the overall foyer space lacks architectural details (chair rail, wainscoting) consider wallpaper, a paint treatment or decorative molding to add interest to the wall and serve as a backdrop to your furniture and decor.

The Inspiration: 

Furniture with artistic details like this cabinet will add a lot of drama to a foyer.  And notice the accessories–although they are not symmetrical, the groupings on each side of the cabinet balance each other.

Foyer Table


Open console tables keep a small foyer from feeling over-crowded and the space under the table is ideal for a bench or ottomans which can also be used for additional seating in other parts of the home.  The size of the artwork is proportionate to the size of the table and the lamps are in scale with the overall arrangement.

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Baskets under a console table provide the perfect spot to drop gloves, shoes or even a handbag.  And the texture it provides is an added bonus.



Another alternative to a table or cabinet in the foyer is a bench.  A bench creates a cozy feel and can function as a spot to place bags upon entering the house.

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The Solution:  

So for Katie, here’s the recommendation for her foyer:

♦  fill the narrow wall space near the door with a grouping of three art pieces

♦  create a furniture and decor vignette on the long wall

♦  add an area rug for color, pattern and softness

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If you are challenged with decorating your foyer, I hope these tips help.

If you have a design challenge, leave a question/comment and I’ll answer your challenge in a future edition of Design Chat.


12 Ways to ReStyle Your Home

Happy Monday my friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  

I’ve been busy the last few days getting ready for a visit from my mom. Since my mom’s back surgery in 2006 she hasn’t traveled much and it’s been about 7 years since her last visit to Atlanta.  My uncle and his family are making a trip to Florida and my mom decided to tag along for the ride.  They’ll drop her off here in Atlanta on their way and she’ll be spending a  week with me and my brother.  I’m so excited to see her and now that my brother is here, it’s going to be week of family fun.


Anyway, after spending the last few days cleaning, organizing and doing some restyling around the house, I thought I’d share some ideas if you’re wanting to refresh and restyle your home.


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