Ms. Megan

North Carolina has presented me with the most incredibly sugary sweet brides. Seriously!  I haven’t painted a single face yet that hasn’t exuded grace, composure and over the top kindness – an exceptionally rare occasion these days when you consider the magnitude of pressure most brides find themselves under.

But this next Misses takes that cake!  From first meeting this sweetheart while she played the role of bridesmaid to a previous client of mine, to our laughter filled trial run, and finally to the beautiful morning of her big day- I enjoyed every minute of my time spent with her.

Megan’s wedding vibe was romantic, rustic chic with puddles of blush pink and tan.  To mimic the understated elegance of her fete, she requested a traditional, yet soft color palette; that lent perfectly to her carefree and natural beauty.


Photography by: Dana Arndt Photography


One Room Challenge 2015: Week 6: REVEAL!

EEK!  Talk about bringing up feelings of showing up to middle school without your homework!  That’s exactly how I felt come last Thursday when my ORC wasn’t quite ready for revealing.  Don’t get me wrong, I had all of the details lined out and (the main) installations were complete, but I could not get desirable photos with all of the nasty weather we’ve had lately.  Total bummer!

So, without further delay- I present you with my much brighter, and a bit glamourpuss, home office reveal!


I love the brightness that the white board+batten brings to the room, especially since the dark bookcases could have easily darken this space more than I would have like.


These Ikea Ribba frames were a no brainer for their size (appx 20×20) and fantastic price point (they started out at $19.99 each when I started buying, but dropped to $14.99 by the time I purchased the last 5- yasss!)

To keep costs down, when I ordered my prints from Shutterfly, I chose the 11×14 size, instead of the 16×20 that would have actually been the size needed to properly fit the Ribba’s matting.  The price difference was about $7 per print (times 8 photos = enough to purchase several accessories)!  To make up for the gap, I used simple gold cardstock from Michael’s, cut out the centers to give me a 1.25″ border and mounted them to the back of the included mats.  It also added a nice pop of metallic gold so it was a win/win!


I fell in love, first, with this cute acrylic trinket box with a stunning pink agate on top (Hobby Lobby) and would end up carrying the pink and agate theme throughout the room.  What are the odds that Target has a Christmas Collection that includes agate ornaments?!  I snagged two pink ones and simple ornament displays (from Hobby Lobby’s Christmas section and spray painted gold) to hang them from.  And, my office wouldn’t be complete without Paisley Girl’s stash of treats 🙂

Accessories Collage 1

This 9-drawer filing console was a part of my old furniture collection and started off black.  I did some research on ‘no sanding’ and found several tutorials that recommended priming first with Zinsser Cover Stain.  Two coats of that, followed by two coats of BM Paper White (the lighter shade), BM Harbor Gray for the stripe and gold craft paint for the dip-dyed effect.  I finished it off by applying metallic gold drafter’s tape (found in the drafting aisle of HB) to outline the color blocking- MUCH easier that trying to paint all of those straight lines!


The top pulls are also fro HB and I ordered the 6 ring pulls from Home Depot and covered them with my favorite gold foil spray paint (Krylon Foil Metallic from my Hobby Lobby).

Can we talk about these window trimmings?!  Get all of the deets on the custom made rod and info on the panels here.


Hobby Lobby seemed to be my go-to for so much of the room makeover- I swear they’re not paying me, I just found almost everything I needed in one place.  SCORE!  See the full HB shopping list, as well as the others, at the bottom of this post.


Styling the bookshelves was so much fun!  I can’t believe I found so many agate-inspired pieces, especially this framed one!

Bookcase Collage 1

The storage boxes made for an even mix of pretty and practical.  The grey and ivory fabric covered ones are all Ikea, so super budget friendly, too.


I hope you enjoyed watching this home office makeover as much as I did doing it.  I love my new space and it brings so much cheer to my workdays!


-Source List-

Hobby Lobby:

Gold hanging Sunburst Mirror | Greenery | Bookshelf Artwork (all 4 framed pieces) | Pink Agate Bookends | Gold Pineapple Bookends | Mini Gold Sunburst Mirror | Acrylic/Agate Trinket Box | ‘T ‘Drawer Pulls


Pink Tufted Stool | Gold Turtle Trinket Box | Agate Ornaments


Grey Bookcases | Grey Custom Desk Pieces | Grey and Ivory Fabric Covered Storage Boxes | Ribba Gallery Frames


Silver Leafed ‘O’ Ring Lamp | both White Orchid Arrangements | Tulips | White Quilted Leather Work Chair | Fuschia Nailhead Storage Box | Gold Tower Candleholder | Decorative Gold-lettered File Folders & Stationary


‘Paris’ Storage Books | Seafoam Lotus Tealight Holder


Gold ‘Thumb’ Bowl :: Tiffany&Co


Kitchen Table GlamOver

In my transition from Hollywood Regency to Rustic Glam, I wanted a bleached hardy wood pedestal table for our eat in kitchen. I chose the inexpensive Blanca from World Market (so when our toddler destroys it over time, my heart won’t be quite as broken!)

While I love the design + even the color, I was hesitant to let it replace my high gloss, glass top luxe one- that I still totally adore.
I decided to take what I loved about the table’s design + add the touch of glam that I felt it was missing- for my home, anyways.

In walks Martha!

A coat of her Precious Metals in Bone + this table would be worthy of even the fanciest candlelit mac’n cheese dinners!

From start to finish, the whole project took under an hour. Simply brush on with a fine bristle brush- working it into the grain, + rub over with a soft, color fast, DRY rag. Make sure to work in small areas, as once it gets tacky, the rag will leave swipe marks. Let dry for a few hours + voila!

It added a subtle, iridescent lustre to the otherwise dull wood. When the sun shines in from the patio doors, it shines!


What ‘glamovers’ have you made?!

Living Room/Great Room Tour!

I absolutely love open-concept layouts!  We were so thrilled to find our rancher with a wide open, airy floor plan.  What I didn’t factor in, however, was the design challenge that would come from having very few walls to work with.

The first thing we did after closing was rip out the carpet in the great room (along with the master bedroom) and lay down fresh new hardwoods to match the existing floors.  What a difference they made!  We also removed an oddly placed gas fireplace to the left and built a floor to ceiling stone fireplace on the large wall opposite of it (see my living room reno post for all the details).





new fireplace [with surround sound built-in speaker]

new fireplace [with built-in surround sound speaker]

I ordered a velveteen couch, matching chair & ottoman and two matching leather wingbacks from Z Gallerie (my all time fave store!)  Since the Pierre chair didn’t have an ottoman option, we had the Pauline ottoman covered in the same Gray fabric and silver nailheads- it worked out perfectly!

Pierre Sofa in Grey | $1299 | Z Gallerie

Pierre Chair in Grey | $999 | Z Gallerie

Pebble Accent Chair in Grey | $799 | Z Gallerie

I originally fell in love with the Eddie Chair in what they called ‘white’.  However, when the arrived at our house, they were definitely… ivory!   No bueno!  I had to send them back and have them replaced with the Pebble Accents instead.  I do still love the Eddie, though 😦

Eddie Accent Chair in White | $1299 | Z Gallerie

corner table 1

grey mirrored chest – homegoods | axis leaner mirror – zgallerie | white mariposa lamp – zgallerie | framed ‘New York’ art – zgallerie

white trophy vase trio - target

white trophy vase trio – target

pebble accent chair - zgallerie | framed 'chicago' art - zgallerie | metal oval side table - homegoods

pebble accent chair – zgallerie
framed ‘chicago’ art – zgallerie | metal oval side table – homegoods

behr – creek bend

Cheers to grey!

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