Tag Archives: shabby chic

The Anatomy of a Magazine Photo Shoot

A few months ago, the editor of Blah-blah-blah magazine contacted me about doing a story and photo shoot in one of my client’s homes.  Ah, the call that makes every decorator’s heart go pitter-pat!   Below is the living room of my client’s home when first purchased.  I snapped this photo when I came over […]

Why Didn’t Faith Hill Hire Me?

Nashville superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw just put their 700+ acre farm up for sale.  Of course, they own multiple properties in this town as well as Los Angeles, but this one is SPECIAL. take a gander at the original mural wallpaper and that staircase

Creating Heaven on Earth: The Right Paint Colors for Belgian Chic

To paint or not to paint?  That is the question and the debate between wives and husbands throughout the land.  Here is a stunning example of when painting the woodwork (and brick) is the RIGHT choice.  Painted Brick   This client knew what she liked – I mean she REALLY knew what she liked.  So […]

How To Make a Dated Fireplace Fabulous and Then Some

I promised you earlier this week that I would share some of the details from my recent coastal living room makeover, so let’s start with the amazing fireplace makeover!  Most of you know that you can paint brick, but have you ever thought about painting stone? The Decorologist   My client thought there was no […]

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: […]

How To Live Like You’re on Vacation All Year

When I started working with my client about a year ago, it was obvious to me that she was drawn to all things shabby, chippy, and beachy.  She called me in to help pulling those things together and making them work in her traditional suburban home.   Front Porch – Photo by Melanie G. Photography […]

Shabby Chic Lampshade Tutorial

All you need to make your own shabby chic lampshade:  a wire lampshade frame (mine is a vintage one – it’s former shade was made of paper and got torn) and strips of white fabric.  I got this idea at Halloween when my daughter dressed as a mummy – I had all these strips of […]

Limed Wood: Hot, Hot, Hot

Everything old is new again, right?  But always with a twist.  Remember the pickled wood in the late 1980’s?  Limed wood is reminiscent of that, but with a twist.  Wait for it . . . source   Pickled wood had a slight pinky undertone that screams late 80’s/early 90’s to this day.  Limed wood is also reminiscent […]

Heart and Soul

I just finished a lovely little decorating book:  House Beautiful’s The Finishing Touch – Details That Make a Room Beautiful.   The writer often stops to ask designers what they think on given design subjects.  What gives  a room Heart and Soul?  Let’s see what these designers had to say about it: “Family photographs, a dog, […]

Euro Trash Girl – Annie Brahler

OK, I admit it.  I’m kinda obsessed with Annie Brahler.  I’ve been following her for the last couple of years.  I’ve saved every picture from every magazine layout she’s ever had of her home – she’s been featured in two issues of Country Living, two issues of Home Companion (now defunct), and in Romantic Homes.  […]