Monday, December 29, 2014

Local Family Room Refresh

I've picked up more local work lately which is really exciting. A family that we are friendly with in our neighborhood asked for my assistance with their family room. This family has great style and knows what they like, but just needed an extra set of eyes to guide them in their decision-making. And they are super motivated so there has been a lot of progress in the past few weeks.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen a few of these but this post will give more detail for you and will allow me to document the process a little more for me and for them.

You will also note the difference in the lighting and quality of the next few photos. The first photo below is my iPhone photo taken at night and the two photos below were taken by the homeowner who is a really great photographer (bonus!).


The walls, wood panel ceiling, and all the trim are all getting painted (including all windows and doors). The room has a stone wall that you can see in the photo above that is a really nice feature that adds some natural texture. The floors are a pinky-beige ceramic tile that are being replaced by hardwood floors. The wood that was chosen will transition nicely with the wood that you see there that leads into the kitchen. 


The photos above and below give you a good idea of the elements that are staying and what is going to be changed out. Like I mentioned above, the walls, ceiling, windows and doors are all getting painted. The leather recliner that you see above has been given the boot already and a new sofa with chaise is going to be replacing the sofa and chair that you see above.

The doors leading to the patio have been painted and we decided that it looked great (and much more open) without the grids so they are going.


The fireplace is getting a makeover as well. It has been painted and the tile that was on the surround matched the tile on the floor - these motivated homeowners have already chiseled that off and are excited to get that changed out (decision still needs to be made on what will go in there).

Here is a progress photo of the new paint color and a preview of how GREAT the trim looks painted.


And just so you don't have to scroll up/down/up/down - here they are next to one another...AMAZING the difference already. 


Fist pumps right?! They are doing an awesome job. Look at how the trim pops now and that built-in shelf there was screaming for some attention - looks fantastic. And in case you were wondering, window treatments are going to be added as well - just still need to make some decisions.

I had stopped over the other day to see the progress and I had to snap this one before I left...this is the view from the dining room into the family room - look at THAT!!!  Looks so good and it's not even done yet. Not to mention the house has beautiful natural light throughout the day.


And how fun is their dining room chandy?

I hope you've enjoyed the progress and will post more updates soon.

I also had an EPIC thrifting/antiquing run the other day. I went to 2 new-to-me spots that did not disappoint and were filled with treasures - will post on that soon as well.

Have a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday

Hi Everyone! I'm popping in quickly today to show you a few of my latest Thrift Store Scores. Without a doubt, Impact Thrift in Montgomeryville is my go-to, need-a-fix thrift store. I almost always leave with something.

This past week I found this sweet woven basket....




Seventy-nine cents. That's right cents. Could not pass up. It would be fun in one of my girls rooms, a bathroom, a shelf - it's adorable.

And this beauty...I spent a little bit more than I had hoped but still at $8.00 I couldn't pass on this brass pitcher/vase (?) for the shape and interest. I really liked how elongated the handle is and the neck of the piece itself. It was love at first sight. I don't really know the origin of it at all, and if you look closely you can see that it is etched/engraved with a pretty pattern. I'll have to do some more research and get back to you on my findings.




And you may be wondering...ok, what does Holly do with all of this stuff? (I'm sure my husband wonders the same thing). Well, a lot of things I keep for us/me since I really do love everything that I buy (which you should always love what you buy), but recently I've been picking up more clients that are in need of accessorizing and styling assistance. These smaller projects are perfect for me and my schedule right now and I LOVE to help with finishing touches. Anything that I do not use goes into a projects bin, so if I need some items for a client project I shop my bins in addition to shopping other stores. Wayyyy down the road, my dream would be to open a small shop in town but that's really in the distant future. :)

To check out more Thrift Score Thursday items, you can search the #ThriftScoreThursday hashtag on Instagram and see what other goodies people have picked up.

What's going on in your neck of the woods?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Decorating

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. The holiday season is upon us and so it brings with it holiday decorating. I've gotten a head start on things compared to last year but then again last year I had a 4 month old :)

I've got a holiday pillow scheme under way in our living room...


I'm in a desperate search for another one of the red velvet pillows. I got one at Home Goods and they only had one, so the search is on for a mate. It's a Ralph Lauren 20" pillow. It pairs so well with my Chanee Vijay botanical pillow and my grosgrain ribbon trimmed pillow by Therese Marie Designs. I love this mix. I played around a little more and threw in the animal print pillow that Therese made for my upcycle challenge...


Love this mix even more. I'll get some better photos when it's all done.

We went to visit my brother and his family this past weekend and I had fun helping my SIL with a mantel refresh for the holidays. We used what she had including that great mirror as an anchor.


We used her red floral topiaries on either end and added in the sparkly trees for some fun shimmer. And then I grouped her nutcrackers together on the left (including a cute soccer nutcracker since they are a BIG soccer family) and a cute santa there to the right. I also suggested maybe adding a bow to the mirror for a fun touch and she's going to search for some garland or trim to add below as well. Looks great and took us just a few minutes. Simple and cost effective.

I also worked on our mantel yesterday as well. I started with a blank slate as always - removed everything I had on there and put everything that I had to work with on the table so I could see all of my objects. Here is a sneak peek of where I'm going this year...using items that I already have on hand.


Have you done any holiday decorating yet? I'm doing my best to finish up by next weekend so I can enjoy the rest of the weekends with family and friends and food of course.

I also have a few fun new projects under way that I'm excited to tell you all about.

Have a great week!