2.17.2017

Blue and Gray Family Room Makeover

 Good morning!!!  Ready for President's weekend?  We are headed to Palm Desert, CA to celebrate my mom's birthday and visit family.  Supposed to rain.  Anyone have any movie recommendations?  We liked "Lion" and "LaLa Land."

Now to the makeover...
Cynthia and her husband raised three teen-agers in this family room below...
  (Don't judge.  I know first hand what kids and dogs can do to furniture)!  Now that her kids are grown, Cynthia, was ready to re-do their family room.


We used Pottery Barn's Performance fabrics on the furniture.  
And the wood floor makes a big difference.  The floors and walls are the largest spaces...really important!


Cynthia had all her accessories on the dining room table (she knew the drill).  I shopped from there for her bookcases.  
  • Use photo frames that coordinate 
  • If the book jackets are too bright or clash, remove them (unless they are "first editions" or something).
  • Group collections...see the pup shelf :)
  • I don't object to faux plants if they look as real as this ivy.


It'a a good idea to put your television on a tilt arm when it's higher up.

 Cynthia chose the wall color, Benjamin Moore Silver Gray (50% strength).  I like to hang vertical pictures on narrow walls...
A new lamp and a rug is forthcoming.
Some other examples of blue and white living rooms are here and here.

Look at my new linen, charcoal striped shade that my husband installed for me.
Thanks for visiting!

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2.10.2017

Fresh, Modern and Well Priced Home Accents

With so much rain in the SF Bay Area, there is flooding on the roads.  On Tuesday, we had to take a lot of detours to make it home from Napa valley after...
 a quick but nice get-away at the Carneros Resort.  
Dogs are welcome and Chief loved the fresh air.  
 Each cottage has its own front porch 
and a small enclosed back yard.  And look how cute the picnic sandwiches in their market are wrapped...

I am always on the look out for reasonably priced accessories to update clients' homes (after I implement using what they already own).  Here are some good things...


1.  Gold Feather Frame $15     2.  Gold Triangles Frame $17

3.  Anthro Scented Candle $34    4.  Anthro Vase $22

5.   McGee and Co. Thin Striped Linen Tray Small $18

6.  McGee and Co. Ridged Bud Vase $35





3.  Target Freemont Farmhouse Mugs $18 for four

4.  Bone carved Picture Frame $13   5.  Gray and Ivory $20

I wish this had a better insert...but it is still good looking.

All this rain is bringing some early blossoms!  
Stay warm where you are.

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