Secreto's Organization Challenge--Studio and Home Office

Isn't is a great time of year to get organized?  

When Leslie and Jessica from Segreto Secrets asked if I would like to participate in their organization project with other bloggers, I said sure!  

My friend, Debbie said "How about organizing my work studio?"  It needed help after her busy holiday season of producing hand-made, artisan quality bags, totes, clutches and more.

But first, are you familiar with the exquisite work of Segreto Finishes?  I read about them on Cote de Texas…and you can see more on the blog Segreto Secrets and in the book, Segreto Style.

And now my...

We were a good team...I gave my ideas (like get a new ironing board cover, paint, fold, etc.) and Debbie was a dynamo
She painted the built-in dresser (and all the other furniture in the room) a soothing Annie Sloan Old White and added these pretty knobs from Anthropologie.  
Since Debbie's products tend to be fresh and colorful (influenced by her years living in Hawaii), I thought we should try to keep the new additions more neutral.
Go Debbie!!! No pressure but can you keep it like this?

Debbie found the sturdy wine barrel on Craig's List.  It's perfect for the heavy bolts of fabric.
The cutting table was moved to the window wall for a better fit.

Lots of natural light and
look at her view!

We made a trip across the Bay to IKEA as I really wanted to get these gold and white retro sconces (only $20 each).  While we were there, we had lunch (Debbie treated--I had the vegetable/hummus wrap--I wanted the frozen yogurt too but we had to rush).
Now she has an inspiration board and the thread spools hung vertically.
The wire grid is from Acme Display.  The enameled hanging cups are from IKEA...keeping the counter clear to spread fabric.
She won't be losing her scissors anytime soon.

Debbie's computer desk area was also given a makeover...
The chair below is from Overstocks and Debbie purchased a new laptop (the most expensive part of the makeover :)  Isn't the matching IKEA desk lamp pretty?
Debbie added the cloth under the glass on the newly painted desk and made a coordinating pillow (nice job!).

I brought her tulips for the new gold vase from Anthropologie. The Pottery Barn pencils go with our white, gold, black, grey color scheme.
An IKEA tray keeps her SF calendar and cell phone handy.
The organization board above her desk is from Pottery Barn.

Check out Debbie's Etsy shop HERE.
Debbie and I thank you, Segreto Secrets for motivating us to accomplish this project!  

I cannot wait to see how these very talented people make life more beautiful with organization!


Newport Beach Family Room Before and After

This is a challenging, narrow family room to furnish.  There are many door openings, pass throughs and stair way in the room.  And the television could only be placed opposite the fireplace wall.  Each of the family of four needs a place to sit with his/her feet up.

My client, Mary inherited this sectional, that the family liked but it was crammed into the room and blocked the French doors.  Additionally, you step down into the room and the walls were painted black and red which wasn't consistent with the lighter beach feel that she wanted.
Sort of a challenge right?
Do you remember me showing you Mary's kitchen valance (that Liana made) and Dash and Albert rug?
The lightened family room now blends with the updated kitchen.
In the dining room, where there was no pendant lighting, we draped a large lantern from Ballard Designs (reasonably priced) over the dining table.
Two matching Lee Industries love seats free up some space for better flow.  The quality and comfort of these sofas are great!
Notice the mantel's new Pottery Barn mirror…also reflects light.   I love the simplicity of this iron beveled mirror with all the stone. And it is easy to layer...

  We will be purchasing a small club chair to replace the parson's chair in the photo.
 I like the versatility of these Ballard Designs Leather Cubes in Almond…handsome in person, too!

Mary is happy with her new, lightened up family room.

Now, we'll be revamping her powder room with a coastal feel.

The frame below is from Restoration Hardware.  
Aren't they a beautiful family?  
Participating in February's Best Of The Nest.