January 15, 2015

A new favorite (Jenn's mood boards)

It feels like I did these designs sooo long ago but I really love how they turned out so I wanted to share. I have loved working with Jenn on the design of her new home. It is so awesome to have the opportunity to design each space so they are cohesive. However, each one is still unique and fits the function of that room. (be sure to check out her family room and master bedroom designs)

Typically when you hire a designer, you are in one of two situations: you have no time to do it yourself and want someone to take over or you don't have the "eye" for it and can't pull it together. Jenn just simply is busy and wanted me to pick up where she left off. I have to give her quite a bit of credit for this dining room. When she sent me before pictures, I had to stop and think "what does this space even need?" She already had a gorgeous table, classic chairs and a rich rug. I wanted to add in a bit more color and texture. The colors tie in to the family room but have a little more formality in the luxurious materials.I didn't want it to be too stuffy and formal because Jenn does have a young family and I'm sure she would appreciate something low maintenance.

Now for my favorite design to date- Jenn's Living Room. She gave me some good bones to work with like the wicker wingback chair. And BM revere pewter walls! You can't go wrong with those. I wanted to use the same color palette as the rest of the 1st floor but it specifically needed to tie in to the dining room because it was adjacent.

You may recognize some of these because the rug is in my home (but in the grey color) and the coffee table is the same collection as my new console table!! But I think what gives this space the wow factor are those floral prints!!

So how do you design for someone you've never met? I want Jenn to love each space that I design but more than that, I want it to work for her and her family. I can just imagine them having game night in this room. A lot of times formal living rooms are just dust collectors but I wanted to give her an affordable, comfortable room (and home) so that they feel like they can use it and not worry about breaking something.

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January 14, 2015

This is weird

(my new haircut!)
It feels weird to be writing to y'all considering so much has happened since I was last in this space. I want to review all of the fun things that happened and share my Christmas decor but that wouldn't be very "blogger" of me to do so at this point. I want to have a year in review post to look back on for 2014. I want to tell you about our New Years Eve. Hopefully you follow me on Instagram and have been able to get a glimpse into some of that but if not I don't want it all to be overlooked and forgotten.

I miss this space....sometimes I will open up blogger and just stare at the screen thinking about what to write but then I don't. I want to connect but then I don't take the time to read other blogs. What's a girl to do?

Never have I been one to just throw out a post that has no meaning. I want it to inspire someone, touch someone or at least share something real. Blogging is a hobby for me. As much as I would like to make lots of money from it and be famous in the blog world I know I cannot invest enough time to do so. Besides, it's definitely not why I started blogging in the first place.

I wanted to jump right in and publish a design post I wrote last year but I didn't feel it would be fair to  act like I didn't neglect this blog and my loyal (and occasional) readers. I am not apologizing for not writing but I am asking for a fresh start. I want this blog to really reflect who I am. Sometimes I will read an old post and think-that doesn't sound like me. However, I don't want a total blog makeover. There are still plenty of aspects about my blog that I love and that I have worked very hard on.

Bare with me as I go off on a tangent for a moment. I met up with some old friends from high school over break and one of them asked us a very deep question during our conversation. How do we think we've changed since graduation? I went last (mostly because I didn't have an answer right away). My answer in summary was that "I don't care about what others think as much" and "that I am more appreciative and thankful for what I have". But even after our little reunion I have been thinking about this question. What would my family members and friends say? What would my husband say? After all, we have been dating for about 9 years. How do people perceive me? I am not talking about appearance...I am talking about my character.

So I hope you will stick around to find out more about the girl behind "designer in teal". I want to talk more about my faith and (attempts at) living a healthier life style. I want to share what's on my mind and my heart. I still want to share design posts about our home but I know it doesn't look like its out of a magazine and I won't pretend that it does.

So, are you still there? Leave me a comment letting me know how 2015 is treating you so far!

p.s. that design post that has been sitting in my drafts for months will be published tomorrow!!

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October 6, 2014

VA Bloggers Give Back

Grab button for Re•solve

My good blog friend Bekah over @ Re-solve came up with a FANTASTIC idea!! And its BIG!! She wants to see the blogging community in the community! This will be a nationwide "blog meet up" but its no ordinary meet up. There will be a leader for each state/metro area who will be responsible for organizing a local community service event. Its going to be a great way for us to give thanks and give back!

So guess what? I am the leader for Virginia!! The event will be held in November and all bloggers are welcome (doesn't matter if you are new or a veteran blogger, a big or small blog, a fashion blog or food blog) !! After the event, we will blog about it to share our experiences with bloggers in other states and communities!!

So do you want to make a difference? (fill out this short survey so that I can contact you when we have more details)

If you are on the fence, then keep reading.

A few Sunday's ago, the music director of my church gave a guest sermon and I think it came at a great time in my life. The very end was about Jesus washing the disciples feet and saying "I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you." John 13:15

She ended on a question: What do you do to help others? I started to really evaluate that question and how it pertains to my life. What I am doing for others? Well I do things for my husband and my family and some friends but.....otherwise I haven't done anything for my community since college.

There are so many people out there that need our help. There are the elderly who can't get around as well anymore. There are the ill, the poor, the hungry. I could go on and on.

How is it that we can go about our daily lives and not help these people? I am not trying to cast blame or guilt on anyone but I am trying to be that voice inside of your head saying DO IT! Be a part of this challenge. Don't do it for self-worth. Do it because it will touch the lives of those around you. Do it because God calls us to action. You never know what kind of turn your life will take. What if you were the one that needed help and no one around you was willing to lend a hand?

Ok, now have i convinced you? I have not officially decided on an event yet but I am thinking Habitat for Humanity? Fill out this form if you are interested!!



Message from Bekah

All throughout November, bloggers will be meeting up for good! #givethanksgiveback events will be taking place in the regions listed below - find one near you and get in touch with the blogger in that area for more information on their specific event and how you can help!

Don't see anything in your area? Contact Bekah to schedule your own #givethanksgiveback event!


Northwest Arkansas - MC Awesome


Atlanta - Be Blessed, Ya'all


Baltimore - re•solve

Western MD - Nifty Thrifty Lady


Southern - Byrd is the Word


Western - Failing Perfect


South Carolina


Dallas - Glitz n' Grits


Richmond - Designer in Teal

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October 2, 2014

Halloween Fever {Gabby Post}

Well, I can officially say it's fall! My favorite time of year. I don't know about you guys, but fall makes me feel all warm and happy. Who doesn't like falling leaves, pumpkin everything (I know, some people get tired of it quickly...) and cooler temps that mean I get to wear my favorite scarves and boots? Not to mention apple and pumpkin picking...hayrides...SIGH. <--that's my happy sigh. :)

We just happened to be coming up on my favorite month, too. OCTOBER. I started thinking about October, and my creative juices started flowing! I wanted to get some Fall/Halloween pillows, but they are all really expensive. SO, a trip to Joann fabrics solved that. I found a bunch of fabric I loved and an oh so easy envelope pillow case tutorial so I could make my own!

My pretty fabric

I decided to make some small pillows with the orange and black polka dot fabric. Here were a few of my inspirations:

I also decided to add some details to my pillow and wanted the "BOO" sewn on to the front.

So here I go...

I followed the instructions in the tutorial and cut out a front that was 12.5"x 12.5" (the pillow is a 12"x12"). Then I cut the two back pieces  at 8.25" each (added 4" to the 12.5" and divided in half).

All my pieces cut out

Then I had to cut out my "BOO". I used some stencils and a chalk marker and traced onto the fabric and cut it out. Then I pinned and hand sewed the letters to the front of the pillow top with some black thread. At first I tried this with the machine, but I really didn't like how it looked. I opted for hand sewing and I'm so glad I did!

Didn't have to be perfect. I was glad the white fabric started fraying at the ends, gave it a cool look!

 Then I sewed the backs on the the front, shoved my pillow in and I was done!

After I made the first one, I decided to make more and send them to my sisters and sisters in law! I ended up making myself a couple pillows though. Had to keep some for myself. :)

My pillows

I have grand plans for these pillows, so check back at the end of the month!

So, with my "BOO" pillows in the mail with a couple other cute little Halloween things, I'm ready to move on to the main Halloween project: the mantel. Why is this a project? I don't even have a mantel over the fireplace! But, by the end of October, my living room will be a mixture of these two designs:


Do you guys have Halloween fever yet? Or are you waiting it out? I will say mine hit early this year. At least I'm not buying Christmas decorations yet! ;)


September 30, 2014

Emerald Isle, NC

Yes I took another week off from blogging. No I am not sorry because we went on vacation Saturday-Tuesday and I was in vacation mode the rest of the week. But I still want to share a quick recap since I have so many pretty pics :)

And it will also help stall until I have my fall decor post ready!!

This was our first vacation (besides our staycation) since our honeymoon. I so wish we could have stayed another week...I feel like the beach was natural medicine. It renewed my energy and just took away all of the stress.

Tim's parents rented a townhouse in this cute place for the week!! Of course we didn't get any pics of all of us...gah!

The first day we went to Historic Swansboro for some shopping and lunch and headed back to the beach for the late afternoon. We ate at Yana's (which is always a favorite of mine) It's a 50's style diner and has the best milkshakes!!
Isn't it darling?

I have an old pic of me w/ this Elvis but I can't find it....

The weather was perfect but it did get darker earlier. And it did rain the last day but I still enjoyed every minute.

What? You thought we didn't bring Artie?? Haha he even claimed a beach chair!

It took him a while to warm up to the ocean. But he sure did have fun digging in the sand!

 Somebody didn't want to cooperate...

We went to Michaelangelo's for dinner. They have the best pizza! Unfortunately the shops were closed so we had to go back the next day.

Tim convinced me to get up early the next morning to take Artie on a beach walk. It was worth it.

We went back and changed for an earlier day on the beach/ at the pool. Later in the afternoon we did some antique shopping. I got lots of goodies (some of which you will see in the fall decor post). We went to Riverside Steak and Seafood for dinner. We remembered it from last time because of their insanely good Sweet Potato muffins. (Can you tell I love food?) Tim and I split 3 appetizers including the blackened scallop nachos!!!

 The last day it rained so we drove to Historic Beaufort (my favorite) Artie was glad to head home but we sure weren't.
Adorable Shop!!!!
Wanted to bring this home for Fall but it was $100 I am too much of a bargain shopper for that...

Do you ever take family vacations later in the season? Have you ever been to Emerald Isle, Swansboro or Beaufort??

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