Victorian Cottage Makeover

Here is a sweet cottage, in Valley Cottage, NY!  The owner wanted a makeover and she had tons of cute things to work with, so here is what Nancy and I did in just 3 hours! Living Room before: the sofa is in front of the window, which can be fine, but this looked like [...]

Guest Bedroom Makeover.2

This week we have finished the room! Back to the Antique store to finalize our purchases. Mindy spotted this shelf last time and wanted to “sleep on it”. This time it came home.  In addition to this shelf and metal heart, we got a mirror, candle, lace hanky, bird’s nest and one more picture. And [...]

Guest Bedroom Makeover

My friend Mindy called me for some help on her guest bedroom.  She had painted it yellow with white trim and had purchased a Laura Ashley spread, blue curtains and white sheers.  And now she wanted advice on how to make it more Shabby Chic.  This room will primarily be used by her grand daughter. [...]

Window Treatments

Here is a recent project.  Beautiful windows, but it’s time they get dressed! MASTER BATHROOM: BEFORE BATHROOM: AFTER My client really wanted the shades to be special, so in addition to beautiful silk fabric, I found the most beautiful beads for embellishment.  They really add so much to the fabric and overall look…just the right [...]

New Window Treatments

This was a beautiful Family Room but looked unfinished and a little cold because the windows were void of treatments.  The family wanted it warmed up and to be cozy.  All the different size windows presented a challenge, but we found the right solution! Romans Shades were made  of a beautiful “sheer” fabric and a [...]

Mantel/My Home

BEFORE: This fireplace was in my house when we moved in in 1991.  Isn’t it lovely!  We couldn’t wait to get rid of the floor-to-ceiling marble. We put in a Traditional Mantel with brick and dental molding, influenced by my love of Williamsburg and all things Colonial.  The bookcases were a nice addition. The bookcases, [...]

Pre-Teen Bedroom Update

BEFORE:  This bedroom had nice furniture but needed to move into the next decade of this girl’s life (at minimal cost). AFTER: We removed the dated (ballerina) wallpaper boarder; painted Benjamin Moore “Snow White” throughout; re-arranged furniture; removed the canopy; removed the top shutters and added curtains; replaced bedside tables with round, metal ones; created [...]

Meals on Wheels Showhouse 2009

This Designer Showhouse took place January 2009 to sponsor Meals on Wheels of Rockland County, NY. The house is a beautiful, European-style, overlooking the Hudson River. I was chosen to decorate the kitchen; I decided on  a theme of “Winter Morning”. As you will see, it is set for a family of 4, on a [...]

Commercial Office Space

BEFORE: Female Attorney AFTER: We wanted this space to be beautiful and comfortable.  We added new, less manly furniture; painted the walls Benjamin Moore “Wythe Blue” ; put up silk shades (unexpected for an office, but a nice effect);  lastly we created a meeting area. It is now a much nicer environment for work and [...]

1980 Townhouse Re-do/Powder Room

BEFORE: This is the second bathroom that was updated in the townhouse.  This is the powder room. AFTER: Since this powder room is off the kitchen, the owners wanted it to mimic the kitchen, so we used the same tile and went with a cherry vanity to match the kitchen cabinets.  We pulled out the [...]

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