Project Reveal: Mr Boy Bedroom

Hey guys!  Thanks SO much for all your sweet comments on Girly Glam dressing room and bath.  Some of you are seriously going to give me a big head.  I heart you and your design preferences.

Today were talking about the Boy.  His project was much different- it sort of started as a few things and turned into a whole room.  After all with a sharp new bathroom (see below), he really needed a bedroom that was at least put-together.  I was the putter-togetherer.

We worked on a much tighter budget for this project and I enjoyed that.  There are so many great bargains out there!  I relied on a few key sources, plus etsy and thrifting to get him done.  We worked off the blue, white and red color scheme of the bath, added some camel tones in and just translated it a bit differently.  Here is Mr Boy…

The first thing we did was paint the walls Benjamin Moore “Van Deusen Blue.”  My client found this Lands End bedding for her son’s bed.  At first we considered the red and blue version, but I felt it would be too themey.  The camel plaid is much more subdued and allowed us to go for it with a leopard rug on the floor.  Real men rock leopard…RAWR.

I LURVE this driftwood mirror above his new headboard.  I found it on Etsy here.  I sorta see it as a twist on the typical starburst mirror over the bed look.  I like that this ikat brought in some more red and I think it plays nice with leopard and plaid.  The blue piping of the pillow ties it all together for me.

I’m a big believer in keeping pieces with good bones.  We gave their existing armchair new life with Greek key and red piping.  Chairloom did a great job reupholstering this chair.  

Mr Boy uses his desk more for video games than homework.  Since storage wasn’t a big priority and space was tight, we opted for this sawhorse desk to keep it feeling open.  It’s from World Market and its a steal.

We found this vintage rattan chair and had Chairloom paint it BM Ladybug Red and upholster the seat in our ikat.  It’s such a fun chair and it reminds me of his bathroom mirror.

Just a little detail of the new upholstered bed, nighstand and lamp.  I really dig the geometric shape of this West Elm lamp.

I’m really happy with how his bathroom turned out.  I think bookshelves are so great in a bathroom- you are able to stow away lots of items in the closed base storage and display towels and small things in baskets on the open shelves above.  I still love those fabric-backed shelves!

The blue penny tile with white border floor was another fave for me.  See how we carried the design into the shower?

I’m so pleased that a little red got added into the bathroom.  This same space without the red bamboo mirror just wouldn’t be as vibrant! 


And there you have it- 2 days, 2 kids tweens, 2 baths, 2 bedrooms, 2 totally different styles.  I had a fun time on this project going more masculine but maintaining a colorful and eclectic edge.  If you loved either of these projects and are considering a renovation for your kid OR adult space, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me-

Want more of this bathroom?  See the whole construction progress HERE


Project Reveal: Girly Glam Dressing Room


It is with great pride and excitement that I share this project with you today!  Several months ago my father and I were hired by this lovely young family to design and remodel their son and daughter’s respective bathrooms.  Those renovations were such delight that we decided to tackle more projects.  I was tasked with pulling together the son’s bedroom and bringing new life to the daughter’s dressing room.  

Dressing room is such a fancy word (I love it!) In actuality its a small room between the daughter’s bedroom and bathroom.  It had become a bit of a passageway and we decided to give it a new purpose.  We designated a homework / vanity / desk zone by the window.  We brought in comfy seating for friend hangouts.  And we added some old world glamour with shoes on display on a vintage gold etagere.  Every dressing room needs shoes on display, right?

I have to tell you, this job was a blast!  Both mom and daughter were so great to work with.  Girly Glam, as I’ve dubbed her, was an ideal client- opinionated, open minded and excellent taste.  She asked for her space to be elegant and glamorous, but still fun and spunky.  (I may have added that spunky part on my own.)  Tiffany blue was a fave, dogs were a love, and wallpaper was willing to be considered.  I went to town, and this is what we’ve ended up with…

We chose the most lovely wallpaper on this planet (Nina Campbell’s Swan Lake) and paired it will the prettiest pale pink diamond rug.  I love how the Tiffany blue tufted settee pops against the paper.  The sofa is Ballard Designs and we used our own fabric, as I needed to find the perfect shade of blue.

The coffee table is vintage.  I found it on Ebay and had it shipped across the country.  Totally worth it- it is AHMAZING and the marble top ties into her bathroom.  The lotus flower candle holders are vintage finds I scooped up from Minty.

The spotted fabric is from Furbish.  Jamie sells these pillows ready made, but I just needed to have pink piping, so I bought the fabric and did a custom set.  I love the unexpected colors in the middle pillow.  Oh, and the dog portrait hanging above the sofa?  We had a photo shoot with the family labridoodle, Billy, on the front yard.  I blew up the photo and stuck it in a vintage frame I found.  See, there is always room in the budget for art!

Hot Dawg, I love the desk area.  Guys, this used to be the most random space.  There was an exposed radiator with an oversized purple chair in the corner.  We built in a desk with a coordinating radiator cover that has a nice counter now.  I designed the cabinetry to be like campaign furniture.  I love those inset brass pulls so much.  The modern ghost chair is a nice contrast to the vintage mirror and lamp.

I heart the roman shade we had made with blue greek key detailing.  That simple moment is one of my favorite touches for the room.  For accessories I picked up a set of Staffordshire dogs from Furbish, an owl mug/orchid holder from West Elm and a pink tray from Design Darling.

The big score for this project was the vintage bamboo étagère.  How darling is it as a shoe shelf?  I imagine one day she will fill it with stilettos and platforms, but lets not rush things, ok?

Oh and I found this little vintage beaded gem to illuminate her ceiling.  It’s so stinking glamorous and cute at the same time.

You remember her coordinating bathroom, right?  I reviewed the whole construction progress HERE.  I’m still proud how we packed so much storage in a small space without sacrificing style. 

Here is a shot (finally!) of her gorgeous shower curtain done up in Caitlin Wilson Textiles.  I just adore the curved valance at the top.  PS- two curtains are cooler than one.

This beaded sconces were totes-magotes worth the few hours it spent to put them together!  (Just don’t ask our carpenter Angelo about it.)

Venetian mirror plus framed mirror cabinetry doors.  No such thing as too much mirror in my book.  As long as it’s done tastefully, that is.

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And that, my friends, brings us to the end of project Girly Glam.  Our goal was to design a traditional, vibrant, timeless space that could grow with our young client as she leaves childhood behind and moves into her teens and young adulthood.  At 31 years old, I’d like to move in, so I’m hoping that means I was successful and this design appeals to all ages.  I sure hope you liked it too.  My father and I are available for hire if you have a renovation you’d like to tackle!  Contact ME for more details.  


Thanks for making my projects sparkle, Courtney!

PS- Tomorrow I’m showing off Mr Boy’s new room and final bathroom pics!

Mr Boy Bedroom Scheme

Today I’m off to do a little antiquing.  I need to find lots of good accessories to fill in the blanks for our final install of Mr Boy Bedroom and Girly Glam Dressing Room.  So while I hit the road, I thought I’d share with you the mood board for Mr Boy’s bedroom.  We did a rich blue on the wall and varying shades of camels and browns for the upholstery.  We knew we wanted a little red to tie into his bathroom, so we added that in with a desk chair (I showed the makeover here,) piping on his club chair and a pillow for the bed.  Overall the space is masculine, but still full of pattern and fun.  So glad they went for the leopard rug!  (Thanks/sorry Erin that I stole that one from you.)

Vintage Acquisitions

On Friday I stopped by a few of my favorite local antique spots and ended up walking away with a few beauties for myself and for clients.  All were had at amazing steals.  I love shopping vintage!

I have this beaded crystal chandelier on loaner and may end up hanging it in my showroom.  It’s a ceiling mount which is great because we end up moving the table a lot for events and can’t have a low lying fixture.  I have to decide if it mixes well into my scheme.  It’s a really lovely piece and actually within my budget.  The big question for me is what I would use for pendants over the island.  I’m thinking something more modern to contrast and balance out this ornate lady.  Anyone have any ideas?  (See the layout here.)

I picked up this gilded mirror and it will be headed to GirlyGlam Dressing room which we are installing next week!

I nearly stole this frame, it was so cheap.  Love the detailing.  It will either go into GirlyGlam, or I will keep it for myself.

And that’s it for now.  I have a 3 hour dental procedure at noon (boo!), so I’m trying to squeeze in some work before then.  I hope you all had lovely weekends.  Mine was perfection; shopping downtown, art viewing, day drinking, paint sampling, boyfriend snuggling.  I can’t complain.  Other that the dental work…

Just a Peek at the Shower Curtain

Please forgive the corny nature of this post, but when the guys hung up Girly Glam’s shower curtain yesterday, I had a little “moment”.  Learning this design industry, running a small business, trying to do something different and special… sometimes it can all feel SO HARD.  I feel I’ve been trying to prove myself forever and get clients who want to work with us for MY designs and not just my father’s expert craftsmanship.  Will I jinx myself if I say that’s finally happening?  I just feel grateful today.

You know what else is happening today?  A new client meeting and then an install of a family room!  I love installs- seeing the design come together and room be transformed is so flippin exciting.

I am so so so proud of this home we are installing today.  We’ve done the foyer, living room, dining room, powder room and now today it’s the family room.  I’ve been totally holding out on you guys- for over a year- but I’m super excited to finally reveal it.  If you liked my loft, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

And I’m off!  Happy Hump Day…