Thursday, October 20, 2016

ORC: Design Selections / Week 3

When you are in the laundry room as much as we are in our household of six, there needs to be something to do while folding all of that laundry! As part of my Design with Lowe’s focused laundry room makeover for the Calling it Home One Room Challenge, I discovered the inspirational quotes artwork above in their home furnishings section. My boys do a lot of their own laundry, so I love the idea of having these words of wisdom front and center for them to read each day while tending to the ritual of clothing care. 

A beautiful table upon which to fold clothes is also in order. This rustic open shelved version on casters is perfect! I found it located in the kitchen island section of the Lowes website, but I imagine it will make a great surface for laundry sorting. We will probably even store clean towels on the bottom two shelves, and items that need to hang dry could go on the towel bars located on each end. I really love this piece and know it will be gorgeous in our modern farmhouse style home.

We have three standard size windows in our laundry room. Two of them look out onto the backyard, so they may not even need to be covered. The one that requires more privacy will likely get a set of shutters. I like that I can still get plenty of sunlight and sufficient ventilation when the shutter vanes are open. This is very important in a busy laundry room!

There’s already a wool carpet in our current laundry room (somewhat similar in color to the one above), but if I decide to replace it, this one would be stunning! It’s a high quality hand-knotted Oriental made with New Zealand wool. So pretty!

Have your design questions answered via Design with Lowe’s

I am getting so excited to transform this space for the #OneRoomChallenge! I know I still have a lot to do, but I feel confident in moving forward now that I have made the majority of my design decisions. That’s half the battle, right?

Did you know that the Design with Lowe’s program offers FREE advice via their Ask a Designer feature? They also have an option to schedule a Q+A with a designer via their Video Session option where you can show a designer your space during a 30 minute online consult (for a small fee). What a great way to have access to professional design advice right in your home with a designer who could even be across the country! I’m looking forward to participating in both of these design service options along with the complete Room Design process. I am working on design plans for a Lowe’s customer now, and hopefully will have another design project reveal to show you after this personal challenge is over.

How is everyone else doing with their One Room Challenges now that we are at the half way point? Check out their progress here (sponsored designers) and here (guest participants). How fun is it to follow along and find inspiration in how others face their own design challenges at home?


Thursday, October 13, 2016

ORC: Laundry Room Inspiration

Elan Imbuia Chrome Fabric
Semi Flush Mount Light

in Harbor Mist Maple Square

Brizo RSVP Chrome Widespread Lav Faucet
with Swarovski Crystal Finial

Freestanding Folding Ironing Board

Chrome Steel Garment Rack

Currently, our family laundry room is in utter chaos. It is my job this weekend to remove all of the offending baskets of no longer worn clothes that are on the floor (and destined for Goodwill), then take a true “Before” photo of the empty space to share with you all. Once it is cleared out, I can get back in there to paint the walls (will select a Sherwin Williams color ... to be determined), trim the windows (on my husband’s to-do list), and plan on how to incorporate built-in storage to this good sized room (9'6" x 10'6") that really could function as a walk-in closet. I found the above items (with the exception of the sink faucet which I had on hand from participating in a design show house) all at Lowe’s.

I also plan to take a field trip to my local Lowe’s store in order to see what else they may have available for my laundry room makeover. I have three windows that need treatments and I am contemplating some type of shutter for the bottom half of each window if possible since this room often serves as a changing room. I also need to choose a solid counter top and hardware. I really love the lighting fixture that I found (pictured above). It is just the right combination of elegance and whimsy for this hard-working space. 

Come back next week to see how I made out with my design finds and space planning! As I mentioned last week, I am working with Lowes and Decorist as a designer on call, so my goal is to treat this project as a way to show what is possible when utilizing this online design service.

Follow along with the other Calling it Home
One Room Challenge designers here:

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

One Room Challenge Time!

For my third adventure as a Calling It Home One Room Challenge guest participant, I will be making over one of the hardest working rooms in the house ... our laundry room! We transformed a small bedroom on our 2nd floor into a full size laundry area quite a number of years ago. We put up freshly plastered walls, plumbed for a laundry sink, and pretty much stopped right there after moving in our washer and dryer. Unfortunately, the room never underwent the proper organization needed to function efficiently. And now that our boys are old enough to do their own laundry, we really need a better system in place to handle the constant use.

My goal over the next six weeks is to set up this room as it should be and add some decorative touches along the way. I am pleased to announce that I am going to take advantage of my new position as a virtual designer via the Design with Lowes + Decorist online design program to do as much as possible to finish up this space. Come back next week to check out my design plan that will incorporate items specified from the brands available via the Lowes website. I will also show exactly how this newly launched design platform can work for others hoping to receive professional advice, at a great price, for their own home makeover projects! 

Have a room in your home that you would like to transform? Book me at this link and I will be in touch! 

Check out my office makeover from the Spring ORC here.

Follow the other participating One Room Challenge guest design bloggers here. And the featured designers here.
Good luck everyone!

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

7 Beauty Must-Haves

While making our homes look their best is rewarding, treating our skin to the same pampering is a makeover that travels with us (no need to pull out our iPhone to show our latest renovation project when our healthy glowing skin can radiate the results!) And truthfully, it costs a lot less to invest in great skincare products than it does to makeover a room, plus the “after is so very worth it!

I have had a lot of happy interior design clients over the years. I now also have a large group of very happy Rodan + Fields clients who are loving their new looks! One recently was raving to our mutual friends about the difference these products have made for her complexion AND for her confidence. As someone who is face to face with her own clients every day, she was thrilled to see her skin improve so quickly. She had been feeling like there was nothing she could do to stop the signs of aging. And while getting older is truly a gift, not many of us enjoy looking tired (even when we are not) or seeing the signs of prolonged sun exposure looking back at us in the mirror each morning. My friend’s new daily routine of proper hydration and effective exfoliation has left her now well-cared-for skin with a noticeable glow ... even her co-workers have commented on the difference!

Having youthful looking skin really is just a matter of using the right ingredients in the right order to get the best results. R+F products are clinically proven to do just that. Below are 7 of my customer favorites.

REDEFINE Daily Regimen with Daily Cleansing Mask, Pore Minimizing Toner, Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 and Overnight Restorative Cream (60 day supply)

Works wonders while reducing the appearance of lines, pores, and loss of firmness. Use this twice a day for best results. Did you know that going to bed without washing your face at night can age your skin by 18 days? If this is your typical routine, do the math. Scary, right?

REDEFINE AMP MD System with Micro-exfoliating Roller and Night Renewing Serum (Roller lasts one year, Serum is a 60 day supply)

Improves product absorption, enhancing results, while creating a more luminous and refined appearance. Check out the video below to see just how easy it is to incorporate the roller into a daily routine. To have micro-needling done at a salon or spa can costs hundreds of dollars per visit. This at-home tool enables the same benefits for far less on a daily basis. And no, it does not hurt! Applying light pressure goes a long way and allows the products to get below the top layer of the skin for best results.

Acute Care “Fill a Wrinkle While You Sleep” Skincare Strips (One month regimen includes 10 pairs of strips)

Award-winning alternative to injectables. See long lasting results after just 10 sessions. I call these “special occasion” strips. Perfect to use a month before a special event like a class reunion or a wedding. Lots of my customers love to order these before the holidays when they have lots of events to go to, but little time to rest in between.

Best eye cream out there! Use morning and night to significantly reduce the appearance of puffy eyes, fine lines, and crows feet. Also keeps dark circles at bay (my personal skincare nemesis!!) One jar lasts about 5 months!

When your skin is starting to look its best after treating it to a daily skincare regimen from Rodan + Fields, you will find yourself able to ditch your heavy cover up foundation completely! A nice alternative is this light wearing powder (comes in Light, Medium and Bronze) which provides a layer of sun protection while imparting a soft matte finish to your complexion. I love how easy it is to simply dust-and-go, plus the retractable brush can be filled with powder then thrown in a purse for travel purposes. 

With summer in New England coming to an end, there is still a way to keep that golden glow. This foaming tanner goes on easy, has a pleasant scent, and creates a sun-kissed look without exposing the skin to harmful rays. Customers love this one!! Pair it with the sugar-salt scrub formula of the Micro-Dermabrasion Paste below for best results.

High glide formula for a brighter, refined complexion. Features vitamins C and E. Great as a mini-facial or to smooth rough spots on elbows, heels, and more.

Want to give any of these result producing skincare products a try? Email me for a sample ( or visit my website to place an order. Be sure to register first as a Preferred Customer so that you can enjoy 10% off retail prices PLUS free shipping on any order over $80. One time PC enrollment fee of $19.95 will also ensure that you only receive products when you need them (I will personally check in with you every couple of months to see how you are liking your results – which I know you will!)

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Working it R+F style!

Wow, I have been busy since I cleaned up my home office for the #OneRoomChallenge a couple months ago! It is so motivating to clear the clutter knowing that in the end there will be more room for opportunities to present themselves. It was definitely worth it to invest my time in designing a welcoming space in which to be creative. So what have I been up to since May?

• I have been writing design related blog posts

• I participated in a Mindset Makeover group

• I assisted interior design clients with their room makeovers

• I co-hosted a fashion-focused art gallery pop-up event

• I coordinated a VIP event for one of my favorite brands

• And I have still had time to enjoy summer fun with my family

How have I managed to do all of this? When you are in charge of your own time, and can work when you want with whom you want, it’s easy to take on projects you love, not to mention vacation time when it suits your own schedule. This is an opportunity that I would love to share with others, so I am currently hosting an informative virtual meetup event where I explain how representing the Rodan + Fields brand has afforded me the time freedom and income potential to be my own boss. I would love for you to stop by and review the info I am presenting. I would also love to help you discover how R+F can offer you the same benefits that I have been enjoying over the past year as an Independent Consultant.

“What I love about the business side of Rodan + Fields is that it connects each of us regardless of where we are in life. Some of us are moms to big families, some are just starting out, some are single and ready to travel the world. We can be marketers, nurses, hair stylists or salon owners. This business can fit into each and every one of our busy lives.
” – Yvonne Blacker, Executive Consultant Rodan + Fields

How would you like to work for yourself, but not by yourself? Join me – and our team of R+F rockstars – and I will show you what’s possible (and I promise it will be a lot of fun!)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

One Room Challenge: A Zen Home Office

The six week #OneRoomChallenge for spring 2016 is officially over! 200+ bloggers participated in this season’s design challenge to tackle one room (or more) and transform it into an intentional space that is as beautiful as it is inspiring. While I started out with high hopes to complete our new master bath this go around, I had to put that project on hold as a result of time and resource coordination issues. But I had a back-up plan ... my home office which has been neglected for years. And even though I attempted this project back in the fall, I never really finished what I started. So today I can finally say that I have made a huge improvement in my every day life just by creating a room of my own that will serve the needs of my home-based creative businesses as well as providing a designated spot to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. 

– Room to work –

– Room to work out –

And to be honest, I wasn’t even planning on adding a space to work out in my office, but once I cleared the unused, unwanted furniture and boxes of clutter, I noticed there was a perfect spot behind my desk to fit an exercise ball, yoga mat and set of weights. I figure if I see it every day, it will be easy to take a break from my computer and get up for even 10 or 20 minutes to do something good for my body. I anticipate that it will be much more enjoyable for me to work out in a room that is free of visual distractions and reminders of obligations. This makeover is a real lesson in less is more. It’s not always what you put into a room that matters, sometimes it’s what you edit out that makes the real difference.

Lighting: Schonbeck Crystal Chandelier
Ceiling: Benjamin Moore China White
Walls: Sherwin Williams Pewter Tankard
Trim: Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan

Framed signed print from designer Jason Wu

Scallop-edged black trash can from Brizo

Brass-trimmed storage chest (side of the road find)

Black, gray, white and acrylic storage boxes

Black Windsor Chair from Bassett Furniture
with animal print pillow from Home Goods

Custom vintage chair purchased at a summer design show
(perfect spot for my sons to sit when they visit my office)

Custom black vinyl covered 8 ft. long office table

Staples: animal print mouse pad
Smith + Noble: linen-style roller shades
The Container Store: storage pieces

Everything in this farmhouse-meets-modern designed room has a place now. I got rid of all the little objects and stacks of paperwork. My new storage system relies on neat and tidy letter size boxes designated for various projects. Lacquered boxes are for odds and ends that I need on hand. I don’t want to see anything until I actually need it. I believe this is going to make for a much more pleasant experience in this space, and it will force me to let go of what I don’t need in the future and be more conscious of removing what does not bring me joy (yes, all learned from the KonMari method!)

Below are some of the details of what remains in my office. There is still some room left for a vision board that I will be working on, but for now, I just have the essentials paired with a few inspiring images from special events in my design life ...

Box of samples for one of my interior design client projects

Framed signed illustrated print from designer Jason Wu

My large format print of New York as seen
from inside Hearst Tower during BlogFest

Narcissus from my backyard garden in Tiffany bud vase
(because a room is not complete without a touch of nature!) 

Thank you once again to Linda Weinstein from Calling it Home for setting forth this design challenge! It’s so motivating to have a shared creative deadline with so many other bloggers who are working towards similar design goals. Check out how they all did by following the links below. And if you have a room in your house that needs finishing, set your calendar for the fall of 2016 and join the fun! You will be glad you did : )

And be sure to look for future One Room Challenge recaps from media sponsor, House Beautiful. They have discovered that the ORC is a great way to capture current design trends, DIY tips and creative inspiration worth sharing with their devoted audience. Search #oneroomchallenge on Instagram for even more! Enjoy!