Décor Projects IN THE WORKS!

I LOVE "before and afters"…
who doesn't?

But the reality is, there is always something still to be done to
with backorders, scheduling, decision making, etc…
So, I decided to start showing things in progress...

The goal is to LIGHTEN UP
 the dining and living rooms.
 So, we added heavy Belgian Linen curtains
from Restoration Hardware…hung higher.  
Some adjustments will be made
(like the curtain wrinkles will fall out and the 
chandelier needs to be lowered to 30" to 36" above the table).
I picked up the runner last week on sale at Pottery Barn.
This pretty oil painting of my client as a child 
was taken from the attic loft.
The dining chair seats have been recovered in an Italian

Another corner of the dining room…
this is a charming 1920's bungalow 
on a prestigious college campus.

We cut some magnolia leaves from her garden and added
hydrangea and candle sticks.
I still want to play around with the china cabinet display.

To carry the "worldly"ethnic theme 
into the adjacent living room, 
we are bringing in these fabrics…
We had red chairs recovered...
before              and                after

And we ordered a chair in a 
tone on tone Greek key pattern,
lamps and a new coffee table
…so, we are just waiting for 
the coffee table and Liana's fab pillows.
(And I re-organized their book cases--you burn calories doing that).

 This is before with their old gold mirror...

See how much better after with 

 For a client in  Newport Beach...
We repainted their red kitchen 
(shades of off white with green accents) and 
  It's a beautiful French linen.  
A botanical pattern is fitting as my client 
is a landscape architect.

 Liana made this.  It's even pretty on the back.
The fabric ties in the wood stained 
cabinets and green counters.


My client sent me this after I-phone photo today...
The rug is from Dash and Albert.

Another client has had lots of fresh improvements
going on at her house…
This rug and these fabrics…
Sofas were recovered with new legs without skirts...

Just waiting for the new end table and lamp.

But eventually we will see it all finished.
Thanks for visiting!


  1. WOW! you have a lot going on and it's all beautiful as always, Mary Ann. And isn't that the reality? are we ever really done? It's hard to get everything complete... I'm still working on a project that I started last summer. yikes!!

  2. I love watching progress...it's always about the process, so this is fun and interesting. It also shows how small changes can make a big difference. How many calories can you burn? Maybe I need to attack you bookshelves?

  3. You are awesome...looking good! I love the chair fabric! Enjoy your day...

  4. I love before and afters too! Thanks for sharing these. The afters all look great.

  5. Lots of great work! I really like the difference it makes to style a fireplace mantel - those magnolia leaves are perfect.

  6. Oh yes, everything is so much brighter and more beautiful! Wonderful job again Mary Ann! In love with the mix of fabrics you chose for both spaces! I know that owner is just zoo pleased!

  7. every fabric choice is perfection. if these are the in progress pics I cant wait to see the after photos :) because these are beautiful.

  8. I know how hard it can be to share those progress shots but things are looking great! I love all of your indigo fabrics!

  9. You know I love that RL fabric...and I love that Thibaut rug!! I need to get better about taking pictures...especially progress shots!!

  10. Hi Mary Ann, I am still around (although waiting for a new blog domain to be finished). I so enjoy your work and often reference past blogs to "see what Mary Ann would do". Everything looks great, thanks for making the world more beautiful;)

  11. I just love seeing your wonderful design project...."Before and After"! You have such a talent for making an ordinary space into a beautiful, updated room by using clients pieces and adding new pieces. I definitely need you!!! Can't wait to see more of these fab room re-dos!!!
    xo Gail

  12. I love everything you do Mary Ann!! And I do love before and afters....my house next!!!

  13. Mary Ann!! I adore the changes you are making, perfection. The panels and fabrics are so light and fresh!

    The Arts by Karena

  14. Fabulous progress, love all of the fabrics you are using and that last rug is gorgeous. Fun to see your progress and to know you are nice a busy, that is always a good thing in this business,
    Happy Week,

  15. I love seeing this reality of everything in progress! that childhood painting of your client's is amazing!

    x Lily

  16. Mary Ann, you work wonders. Those drapes in the first reveal are so lush and full without overpowering the room….I love that you hung them between the windows. And that third client's color scheme…..so beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your design amazingness. I love what you do!

  17. Oh, I love before and afters! Everything looks great. I love the Pottery Barn mirror, and how a simple change like that can make a big difference. Always enjoy your posts.

  18. In the process of building a new house so I am on design blog overload at the moment but what I have decided that I want more than anything in my new house is - I want to love every single thing.

    reasonable Home design

  19. Oh wow! No comparison. Such beautiful work, and hanging the curtains near the ceiling opens up everything!
    Happy Wednesday,

  20. Great colours. I love everything especially the French line.
    Joanna Cleaners Finsbury Park

  21. I am always amazed at the difference color and fabric can make to change a room. You have truly transformed these spaces. I love the the fabric you chose to recover the sofa, the sand color is very versatile and can be combined with so many shades. I love all your work, keep up the great work!


  22. Beautiful! I had pulled that cut velvet fabric on the pillows too! you know - you can spray the curtains with a wrinkle free product that will help - also - have the cleaners iron out the pleats. I usually have my workroom not iron in the pleats. Love the rug!!! Love the window treatment! cant' wait to see it all finished. Love your befores and afters, they are my favorites!!!!


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