A Toast to All of You

Wow.  I can hardly believe this one, my friends.

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Exciting Updates and Progressing Projects

Another busy week when I’ve barely had time to write!  This week included a Speed Staging that was pretty dramatic.


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Design Trends from Show House Designers

Guess what?  Last weekend I was on the same page of the newspaper as Jessica Simpson and Kim Kardashian!

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The Tennessean


If you didn’t catch my article on The Traditional Home O’More Show House, let me get you up to speed on the latest designer trends I spotted there.  The O’More Designer Show House opened last Friday and features the work of 17 talented designers who are alumni of Franklin’s O’More School of Design.  This inaugural event is part of Traditional Home magazine’s 2013 National Show House Tour. There are so many beautiful and creative design ideas featured in the O’More Designer Show House, and these are a few of my favorites:

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Spring Break is Decorating Time!

Winter is NOT my friend.  I just can’t stand cold weather and the shorter days that make me feel depleted of sunshine and light.  The change to daylight savings time really kicked my butt this year, but I am already loving the added daylight in the early evening.  After spending a lot of time indoors all winter, this tends to be the time of year that many of us get tired of our homes.  We want a little pick-me-up, but who can afford to redecorate every spring?  Since I’m on SPRING BREAK this week and not really working (well, we’ll see), I thought I’d share some ideas I included in an article a couple of weeks ago in The Tennessean about redecorating on a dime.

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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.


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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:

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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.

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



  painted fireplace

The Decorologist



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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!

So Much Decorating, So Little Time!

How are you guys doing this week?  I’ve been go-go-going like crazy lately, so I thought I’d catch you up on some fun stuff in decorology land!  I sometimes forget that the tidbits I share on my Facebook page never get to my readers on the blog.  Maybe you need to be following me on Facebook here!   Over the weekend, my “Front Porch Makeover” was featured in a 1 1/2 page spread in The Tennessean.

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 The Decorologist’s Front Porch Makeover!


 Good thing my kids were in the East Tennessee mountains running from bears and bungee jumping (who has grandparents that cool???) so that I could focus on making over a front porch in record time and 105 degree weather (yes, after 2 hours of styling a porch in the boiling heat I posed for a photo that ended up in the Style section of The Tennessean).  

My firstborn and my neice about to take the plunge


In spite of my being a hot mess (literally), the fabulous Shopping Diva, Cathi Aycock, made my week by telling me she had a total girl-crush on me.  That’s a compliment I’ll take!

The Tennessean’s Shopping Diva, Cathi Aycock


Last Tuesday evening, I spent the evening with about 30 of my newest friends to share 2 hours chocked-full of color advice at my first “How to Choose Just the Right Paint Color” class at Kirkland’s Floor to Ceiling here in the Greater Nashville area.  

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The Decorologist’s Color Class - photo by Matt Barker


I had sooo much fun and am pretty sure my students did, too!  I hope to do another class like this sometime in the fall.


Benjamin Moore Color Class presented at Kirkland’s Floor to Ceiling – photo by Matt Barker


As you may know, I’ve been writing for the premier design and remodeling website, Houzz.com, for the last  couple of months.   Check out my latest article on how to create an awesome hallway with pattern here.


In addition to all these exciting things, I have continued to meet with both new and ongoing clients working up new color palettes for their homes, better furniture and art arrangements, and shopping for just the right items to finish out their design plans.  Of course, I hope to share some of those results with you here soon.  I’m totally exhausted just thinking about the last couple of weeks.  Maybe I need a vacation???

Front Porch Makeover Reveal!

When Style Diva, Cathi Aycock, challenged me to make over a front porch for a feature for The Tennessean, I kicked it into high gear to find a porch that needed a serious update for the summer.


This 1950’s home is located in a popular ranch neighborhood in Nashville.  This was the “before” of the home:


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