The Great Marsala Controversy – Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

You may have heard the big announcement last week.  You know the one. Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year. My first inclination was to NOT write about it because it doesn’t deserve the attention because it is a hot mess.  Yes, that’s my professional opinion.



even the graphic looks dated via

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The End of the Formal Dining Room

Holiday gatherings are approaching quickly, and it’s time to say goodbye to the traditional dining room.  It’s time to close the doors on the gloomy, twice-a-year, precious surfaces, traditional dining room of yore.

dining room design

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Make A Wish – Christmas in Greece

I’m really excited about a fun project I’ll be working on over the next month. I’m decorating a Christmas tree at a Nashville area Designer Parade of Homes.

The cool part?  I’m decorating a tree that will auctioned off to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Three other southern bloggers will participate with me and decorate Christmas trees in different homes:  Kari Ann from Thistlewood Farms, Leslie from Chaotically Creative, and Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof.



The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The specific wishes of a few local children are to be the inspirations for each of our trees. My Make-A-Wish tree is inspired by Joey, who has acute lymphocytic leukemia. His wish is to visit Athens, Greece and see the ancient ruins and churches there. I’m betting he’s a big fan of the Percy Jackson book series (at least that’s what my kids are guessing). I want it to be an elegant tree that will attract bids for Make-A-Wish, but still capture the essence of Joey’s special wish. I’ve been putting together some ideas on an inspiration board to help me make a plan for the tree:

OB-Christmas in Greece


I’ve never been to Greece, and really don’t know very much about the country!  So I’m asking for your help.  At this point, I’m leaning toward a gold, off-white, and seaglass color scheme.  I want to incorporate seashells, gold laurel crowns, and greek key symbols (maybe in a ribbon garland).  I’m having a hard time finding any ornaments that look like columns or ancient ruins!!! Do you have any suggestions to help me make this tree theme a success?  Any ideas are welcomed (I am begging you here, really).  Please share your ideas and anywhere I might find such ornaments in the comments below!

What I Learned About Design Trends at the Event

Last night I attended a event here locally.  It was sponsored by and held at PDI, a new kitchen and bathroom showroom here in Nashville. Attendees included designers, builders, architects, and other home professionals who have business profiles on

houzz event

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Should Your Art Match Your Sofa?

I’ve often heard said that art doesn’t have to match your sofa (or your room, for that matter). The thought is that the la-tee-dah art is so much more important that your furnishings and other decor that making sure it matches is an insult.  I believe it’s an insult not to consider the size, shape, and colors of the art when choosing it for a space.  Don’t you want the art (and room) to look as good as possible?

matching art to sofa

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Allison’s Home Makeover – The Entry Reveal

I’m so excited to start showing you the reveal of my assistant, Allison’s, home makeover!   After a whirlwind day arranging furniture, hanging artwork, placing accessories, and one last shopping run last week, we are ready to show you the dramatic changes.  So come on in!

black entry door

 Allison’s new entry

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A Coastal Living Room Makeover by The Decorologist

Happy Labor Day!  Sit back and enjoy a little trip to the coast today in this living room makeover.


 The Decorologist


I showed you the make-over of this Brentwood client’s entry last week, and it made it into the Style section of The Tennessean over the weekend!  This is where this living room started:  it was a large, light-filled room filled with treasures my client had collected over the years from the flea market.  The problems we identified were:  the orangey-brown fireplace from the 1980’s did not work with the beachy vibe she really wanted, the room felt unbalanced, the furnishings lacked cohesion, and it all just felt a bit cluttered.

Living Room Before


Over the next several months, we worked towards creating an oasis of calm for this busy family.  The fireplace needed an update, but I didn’t think it was necessary to rip it out or cover it over – instead, we used the power of paint to transform it.

Fireplace Before



Let’s start with another “before” of this living room:



This is the “after” of the space from the same angle:

the decorologist

Living Room Makeover by The Decorologist



Here’s a “before” from the other side of the room:

Living Room Before


And the “after: “

painted stone fireplace Living Room Design by The Decorologist, Photo by Melanie G. Photography







Isn’t the fireplace GORGEOUS now?  The new wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Iced Green, which plays into the coastal palette throughout the home.

shabby chic painted stone fireplace

 Living Room by The Decorologist, Photo by Melanie G. Photography



  painted fireplace

The Decorologist



shabby chic beachy

Design by The Decorologist, Photo by Melanie G. Photography



Vintage globe I picked up at an antique mall



Photo by Melanie G. Photography


So many little makeover projects went into making this beachy living room come together – I’ll  share the details and how-to’s of those, including the fireplace and furniture makeovers, later this week.  Stay tuned!

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