Interior Design

January Market

January is one of two months that the interior design world flocks to downtown Atlanta to see the new products and displays from furniture, lighting, accessories, rugs, art, and garden vendors. It is roughly a week long event. My mom and I went a couple of weekends ago and here are some snapshots of the cool displays and beautiful pieces that we saw while we were there.

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See anything you like? Let me know and I can email you the pricing on the items!


Kitchen Backsplashes

A few weeks ago, we talked about kitchen backslashes and where to end them. Check that post out here.

When we bought our house, we only had one option for a kitchen backsplash and I did not like it, so we opted to wait and do it ourselves.


After several options were narrowed down, we decided on classic marble subway tiles. 


One problem that I see alot with builder homes is when the wall cabinets and the countertops do not line up. This happens because the cabinets are the same length, but they do not account for the overhang on the countertop.

After doing some research, I noticed that the opinions are about 50/50 on if you should line up the backsplash with the cabinet or the countertop. My advice is do which you like better and could live with longer.  Here are some examples of how it can be done.

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Because I was not sure which I liked better, I used a sheet of tracing paper and drew the tile pattern to scale. Then I was able to hang it up and see the pros and cons of each way. By using tracing paper, you can see outlets and other obstructions that you will have to deal with.

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After looking at these for a few days I have decided which looks and works best for us.

Which way would you choose?

Scott’s Antiques in November

While in my few weeks off, I squeezed in some time to introduce my sister(in-law) to Scotts Antiques Market. We had a blast and saw many MANY great things.

While I forgot to take a lot of pictures, here are a few items that I fell in love with while there!

Coral pieces are so fun and bright!


Loved this headboard- such an understated beauty. It could make a gorgeous soft, quiet bedroom!!


Bed swing made of reclaimed wood. Need I say more? ha!


Great wicker trunk. This bad boy came home with me to live in Brodie’s room as a toy chest.


Here are a few others who went to Scotts this month too:

Southern Hospitality


Audrey Pearson

Pintrest Pins

See you there in December?

Design Dilemma: Furniture Placement

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Recently, I had a friend email me about her new home. They were having trouble figuring out where to place the furniture.


I need your opinion on how and where to place some furniture for our den and formal dining….. We haven’t bought furniture yet… But should I do a round dining table to rectangle table? For the den should I do one couch and two chairs or a sectional? Not a lot of space to work with in the den that’s why I don’t want to put too much! It’s overwhelming!!!


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With a few short steps, you can figure out the best placement for your furniture.


1. Figure out traffic patterns: “Where are you going to walk”


Look at the empty room and decide the way you would normally travel from door to door, area to area, etc.. Try to keep those paths (or similar) when you layout your furniture. Otherwise, over time you will get frustrated by having to walk around furniture.

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(This is my revised traffic pattern. Once I had a general idea of where furniture would go)

3. Plan furniture placement.

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For this particular question, the tv went over the fireplace.

  • Knowing that tv was the main focal point for the seating layout, we decided to put the largest “seat” across from the fireplace.  The additional seats went around the room to create conversation areas and reading nooks.
  • By using smaller “apartment” sized furniture, they can get the most seating that will fit and look proportional to the room. Yes, apartment sized furniture is something that you can shop for- it can also be called “mid-size”.
  • By adding built-in bookcases  (on one or both sides), they can have storage, place for all the media equipment, and places to show off “pretties” and pictures.
  • While a round or rectangular table would work, we liked the round. It helps keep the walk space open and not feel as tight. Although, if the client is going to be moving a lot, a rectangular table is usually easier to incorporate in most places.
  • Having large rugs for each space will help define the spaces in the open floor plan and help with noise reduction and protection of the wooden floors.
  • By adding chests and tables around the room, it gives the client more storage, display area and chance to add sconces or lamps.

CONGRATS A.W. on your new home! Please send us updated pictures once you put your personal touches in the rooms, we would love to see how it turns out.

Which is your favorite layout?

If you still need help, please let me know and you can be on the next Design Dilemma!


“Best of the Old Blog” continues with the stripes that we painted in our old powder bathroom.

Last week, I mentioned that I had finally made a decision on what to do in my powder room…

This is my  plain-jane builder-basic powder bath. I did originally select a pedestal sink because the room was so small that I did not want a huge cabinet in there. Although I do miss the storage, I think it looks great and keeps it open in there.

I played around on sketchup to come up with the scale and pattern for the stripes.I ended up doing 10″ stripes centered on the height of the wall. This left a small stripe at the top and the bottom of the room. Otherwise- it looked either bottom- or top-heavy.

Over the weekend (between little man’s naps), I measured out the stripes. I heard of a few different ways to paint the stripes and after deliberation, I drew lines with a level across the wall and then taped them off with Blue tape–

P.S.  I would HIGHLY reccommend edge lock– I ran out almost at the end of my taping off the stripes and used the cheap brand without edge lock and had a lot of bleeding without the edge lock!

I had a hard time deciding on a color…

Greg helped me narrow them down to these “few”

and I narrowed it down to these…. eventually landing on the center one– (it worked best with the floor tile)
I decided on Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter in a Semi-Gloss (the base coat is Sherwin William’s Crisp Linen in flat enamel)
On Monday I finally painted the stripes. As soon as I could, I slowly removed the tape!
Here are the results!

I love how the light is now on a darker stripe. Somehow it looks ‘more better’- haha! When it was all cream in the room, it just looked to harsh in the room- now it makes much more sense!

The switch plate blends in with the wall pretty well. I wish I could say that I did this on purpose–but it was just luck!

This picture shows the truest color for the room.
What do you think?

Coffee Bean Bags

Happy November! In honor of all the coffee drinking that we do in the fall, here are some ways to use this coffee bean bags.

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that I had won 3 really cool coffee bean burlap bags. Problem is, I have no idea what to do with them!

My house is not shabby chic or rustic–where the burlap is a common thread in the design.

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I do however have dyed burlap curtains in my family room and bonus room. So I am not opposed to having burlap in our home.

What’s great about these bags is that there is a bright turquoise band that runs through them that is perfect for my colors in the house.

I started searching pinterest for ideas on what to do with the burlap bags and here are some great ideas of what to do.

What do you think I should use the bags for?

Bookcase Love

I’m continuing my “best of my old blog” today with the bookcase styling post that had the most hits on my blog: over 3,000 hits and still counting!

Without further ado…


Bookcases are like lizards–scary and hard to get past!  Whenever I go to decorate a bookcase, I ALWAYS start by looking at inspiration pictures for scale, clustering ideas, and how to not make it look cluttered, but full.

Here are some fool-proof tips when it comes to those pesky bookcases…

Blank Canvas

Pull everything off your bookcase and stack things into piles– books by color and size and then the accessories. This way you can see your space with fresh eyes and get a good look at the proportions of books, pictures, accessories, etc. that you had on the bookcase. What do you need more of? Less of?

What to put on your bookcase:

  • Books
  • Pictures
  • Art
  • Vases/Glass
  • Candles
  • Bookends
  • Collection Pieces

The possibilities are endless!
Use What you Love

Look to your hobbies and interests for inspiration. Take a look at things around your house and make sure to display those pieces that have meaning to you.

-If you have a collection–GREAT! But remember if you have millions of pieces, it might be best to pull just your favorites out and show a small portion of your collection. From time to time, you can then change out those pieces for a fresh look!

This bookcase is WAY to cluttered– you can’t decipher one piece from the next! It’s better to choose just a handful and display them in a unique way so that they stand out more!

Play with size and shapes!

-Pull together different sizes and shapes of frames for pictures and even include some art to add more color to the bookcase.

-Don’t use all small accessories- that tends to make your bookcase look cluttered alot faster! Make sure to have a few pieces that are larger that take up visual space without looking cluttered!

-Varying heights is important too! But remember if you have several accessories that are the same height, you can always build them up by stacking books or boxes underneath a few of them!


It’s good to keep things symmetrical- but remember, you don’t have to! I like to have most things symmetrical, but then have a few things “off” a bit to add interest.


There are a million ways to display books. Here are some current trends…

Color Blocking

Stacks and Standing

Wrapping books in matching paper.

So the process is easy once you have everything that you want at your fingertips!

-Books go first. Arrange them on the shelves as you like them. Play with numbers, heights, and widths.

-Then add your larger accessories– candles, baskets for storage, larger pictures/art, etc..

-Next comes the smaller items- pictures, figurines, etc..

Stand back and admire your new beautiful, styled but-uncluttered  bookcase!

Here are some images that I came upon that I loved!