One current trend in decorating both inside and outside the doors of our homes is using galvanized metal, which is metal that has been treated with a zinc coating to prevent it from rusting. During my life and growing up among farmers and ranchers, galvanized metal was mainly used for buckets and large horse tanks to hold water for livestock, and chicken feeders, there were many summers we got in the horse tank to cool off in lieu of a swimming pool. Today you can find galvanized metal being used for all manner of home decor and even lighting. Over the next few weeks, we are going to take a look at galvanized metal and just how it’s being used. Today we are going to get an overview of its use and see what great craftsmen and designers are coming up with for this metal that’s usually been deemed usable for “lowly” purposes. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
October 20, 2016
For many people, flowers are a major part of their tablescape when it comes to the seasons and holidays and one way to punch up your arrangements is to paint your vases different colors to go with your decor. Yesterday we spray painted real pumpkins gold and today we are going to add golden vases and flowers to our tablescape. I bought the vases we’re going to use today at the Dollar Tree, the dollar stores are great places to pick up items such as inexpensive vases, they have different sizes and shapes that add interest to your table along with varying heights. I placed the vases upside down in a cardboard box and painted them, the paint dries very quickly. I painted the vases early one morning then showered, flipped the them over and gave them a second coat from the top down, went on a bunch of errands and a couple of appointments with clients then came home and was able to use the vases for photos. I hope this gives you some inspiration, Enjoy!!!
September 23, 2016
For my At Home post for this month, I chose their Harvest Mantel challenge. I love decorating fireplace mantels, the fireplace is usually the focus of a room and one of the first things you see when entering a room so a beautifully decorated fireplace is always fun. I called one of my longtime clients, I decorate her home every year for all the major holidays and help her with her parties as well as any interior design work she does in her home. I told her I wanted to decorate her formal living room mantel because I wanted to do something different, I wanted a mantel that was more contemporary in look as well as use fall decorations in a neutral color palette. At Home has lots of Fall merchandise in white and gold which works so well with the grays, creams, taupes, and whites that so many people are using right now. I’ll stop talking and share pictures with you and explain my thinking along the way. Enjoy!!!
May 31, 2016
I’m very excited about today’s post, it’s my first post for a collaboration I’m doing with At Home. If you’re not familiar with At Home they are a Texas based company with large stores across the country filled with merchandise focusing on what you need to live in and love your home both inside and outside. I’m one of the several bloggers chosen by At Home to work with them, every month they’ll be giving us a choice of challenges, we choose a challenge and make it happen using products from their “aisles and aisles of style”. For my first challenge, I chose outdoor entertaining. I went to my local At Home store and found tons of merchandise I can use to freshen up a friends patio and help them throw a little party. I settled on a color theme of blue and green and as you’ll see from the pictures today it turned out great, join me for a tour of the punched up patio and get a small taste of all the great things available at At Home, Enjoy!!!
December 8, 2015
Recently one of my clients asked me to do some holiday decorations at his office, the office is new this year so we are starting from scratch. He didn’t want anything over the top so I tried to keep it simple and easy, today I’m sharing a few of the things I did to bring some color and a touch of Christmas to a masculine office, Enjoy!!!
October 7, 2014
Yesterday we talked about the design trend of Industrial Design, and that got me thinking about a shop here in Oklahoma City that Michael and I recently visited called Verdigris. Verdigris is one of those shops that has some of everything, if you have a creative mind this is like being a kid in a candy store. It’s located in downtown OKC in an area called Mid-town, a very up and coming part of Downtown Oklahoma City.
Join me today as I take you on a tour of Verdigris and all they have to offer. Be inspired and Enjoy!!!
October 6, 2014
A couple of weeks ago I did a post on design books being released in the month of October, one of those books is called Vintage Industrial: Living With Machine Age Design, I was very intrigued with this book and started doing some research into the Industrial Design movement.
There are many things about this look I like, such as the use of wood and iron, oftentimes together. The rawness of some things such as using uncovered light bulbs, barn doors and the use of unfinished woods. I like the use of colors such as blacks and grays as well as metallic finishes such as bronze and copper.
October 2, 2014
Several weeks back a friend from my retail days called, wanting me to take on a project in the neighborhood she lives in. The neighborhood is gated and she wanted to hire me through their neighborhood association to decorate the gate house at the entrance of the addition. One of my clients who I decorate their front door lives there, and she had seen my work and liked it. So, I drove out got some measurements and did a little brainstorming and came up with grapevine around the top of the three sides of the gatehouse visible from the street, then I would go back and add fall garland to the grapevine. I did it and it turned out great, but we needed something on this big blank wall at the back of the gatehouse, so I made a big basket full of leaves, pumpkins and berries.
Today I’m going to show you what I did to create the basket and the finished product. Here we go………..