Well.....well....well!  Somebody is actually reading my blog!  You guys were commenting like it was 2014:)

I am so proud of this project and could not be happier that it was published in Southern Homes.  It was a perfect fit for their Before and After issue.

Just to review...... my clients had lived in this house for over 20 years and raised their 3 children there.  It is in a great location and after looking for a new house [with no luck] they decided to do the renovation.

After it was all done there was not one inch that wasn't updated including the whole unbuilt space downstairs adding a bedroom, bath, office another family room, sitting area, 1/2 bath, and gym! I am showing you the living room/dining room which were 2 rooms before and now have been opened up to one large space.

Right behind the kitchen was the DR 



2 doorways were added into the kitchen/family room.  The bookcases were also taken out.

She opted for a more casual space and the Charles Stewart dining chairs are covered in performance fabric!

One of my favorite things is the makeover of the fireplace including the antique mirror over the mantel.

Circa Lighting chandelier


Before of the living room

As you can see there were doors in-between the DR/LR.  We also changed the windows and got rid of the arches for a more streamline look.

Love this Lee Jofa trim....which helped to define the white curtains from the white walls.....Benjamin Moore White Dove

After.....same direction view.  Circa Lighting fixtures

All upholstery is Charles Stewart.  Paint color Benjamin Moore White Dove.

This became a long room and I wanted to add some of the bookcases back for texture.



I decided to frame them around the sofa.

As I said in the first post we re-used most of the clients art which had been collected over the years from their travels.....

You can see here it is all one space now....

I think this was the day I found this awesome coffee table from Bungalow Classic.

It was perfect for the space.

I really tried to give her a classic look....something that would stand the test of time....using as many of her accessories and such as I could so it would feel like home.

Architect: Linda Macarthur 
Builder: Michael Ladisic

I managed to make it through the week without any incidents.....meaning no change of clothes in the middle of the day....hahaha

I did do something stupid like wear new shoes to the Mart one day and now I am sporting ugly blisters on both of my heels....which limits my shoe wearing at this time.

Crikey it's always something. are the three subscriptions!  Please email me with your address!

Regina S. said...

Oh my gosh this made my morning! I love how real you are! Love everything on this reno. I would love to read this magazine!

Scribbler said...

I love everything about this house that we see so far. Will we get to see the rest?

Angie Tyner said...
Bless your heart, haven't we all been there at one time in our lives! 😂Love your honesty and love everything you design. Keep it up!!!



It's hell getting old.  

The other day while I was out shopping for a client...... I had to pee so badly.

Since I was right near my house I decided to just go home to a clean [somewhat clean] bathroom.

As I turned down my street I took a sip of my Starbucks and it went down the wrong way....came out my nose....spilled all over my white shirt....and I started coughing so hard I peed in my pants.

Needless to say that little stop at home lasted somewhat longer than I planned since I had to change clothes.

Like I said.....

Have I mentioned how excited I am to have a project out in Southern Homes right now?

I loved working on this renovation with my favorite builder....Michael Ladisic and project manager Jennifer Tate was incredible and so helpful.

The client was a bright easy to work with....we became fast friends.

I have posted a little during this project a couple of years ago but today I can show you some images I had taken for my own portfolio [Rustic White Photography] mixed in with a few from the magazine [Marcy Simpson].

Starting today with the kitchen before and afters.....

Before of the kitchen space.....yep ready for a new look!


The architect [Linda MacArthur] was able to take out a back staircase to get more room for the butlers pantry back towards the right.  Those white chairs [Vanguard] are Sunbrella fabric and the pewter table is by Francoise and Co  The Circa Lighting Darlana pendants, cabinets painted Benjamin Moore White Dove.  Calcutta marble countertops [Construction Resources].

I know you remember those gorgeous Top Knob handles....they are my favorite!


This is my favorite shot!  We used a small herringbone marble backsplash from Renaissance Tile.  Rohl faucet. 
Notice the beautiful edging on the countertops....

Even though this is a white kitchen I feel like the wood tones, iron window and stone floors give it lots of warmth.

We picked the stone floors as the homeowner is an animal lover and has 2 dogs....and one very naughty cat:)  Much more forgiving than hardwoods!

The butlers pantry has Soapstone countertops and the black subway tile came from Renaissance Tile.


We added some shiplap to the fireplace and a stone mantel from Materials Marketing.  I really love the wood accents which look a little red here but in actuality are more of a driftwood color.

I only have one picture of the family room but we used the art that was formally over the FP mantel over the Charles Stewart sectional [Crypton fabric]

Lynn Terry, the Southern Homes editor, has offered me [ 3 ] one year subscriptions so leave a message and I will pick randomly!

So many more pictures of this project to share with you.

TGIF is my mantra today!



You know how it goes.....sometimes you awaken the inner designer in someone!

If you have been reading my blog for a while then you might remember how I helped my friend Angie makeover a rental house back in 2011.  

But first....holy hell....yes this month marks my 8th year of blogging.

Ahem......can you even believe it?  I mean we were still using flip phones back then I think.


Anyway....back to my friend Angie.

Starting here ,  here and here   she totally gutted and made over a little bungalow for rental in Atlanta.  The catch is....drumroll......she bought everything on Craigslist.  Everything.
Appliances, cabinets, lights and all the furniture.

Well after another year long trip around the world she and her husband moved to Henderson, NC and are at it again....[without me] and I would say she is a quick learner.

I saw these on FB last night so I thought I would share......and I have no doubt that she got everything second hand.....She is an amazing shopper!


High five to whoever invented paint [and mascara of course] because it changes everything.

Put a pretty blue door on a house and you're in business.

The living area before

Shocking that I recognize the same curtains [Angie am I right?]  and pillows we used back in 2011....ha ha.
She said all this furniture came from the West Elm outlet except for the coffee table which she got from a thrift store.



Kitchen before

Looks like new cabinets.....she probably found them at a Restore or something.....

She thrifted the chairs for $12 each
Bedroom before


Before guest room

Twin beds

Look we have all seen before and afters that have knocked our socks off but I guarantee what makes this one good is how she probably found everything for the cost of a pair of Louboutins :)

She is a crafty girl.

Y'all it's going to be in the 50's today.....can I get an amen

Every time I go out to walk Cami I look like a homeless person after I am done throwing on clothes to stay warm.....hee haw.

Plus it's market week so I will get show you all the new trends coming out.  Yesterday was my first full day back at work and it was brutal.....just trying to remember where I left off with everyone was a challenge.


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