August 18, 2014

Easy Outdoor Living

I've already told you how I daydream about outdoor living. Now we FINALLY have our own deck and backyard to spruce up. I will share a few before/progress pics of that but before I do I wanted to talk about a design board I recently created. This client asked to remain anonymous so let's just call them "A". A wanted me to help her set up her deck for the summer and entertaining. (And by the way, summer is NOT OVER YET) Everyone is talking about Fall but they will soon be regretting that when there is snow on the ground again...grrr.

She already had these lovely yellow Adirondack chairs so of course I used those as inspiration.

Here is some key info that I used to create this design:

-family loves to entertain
-wanted a conversation space for adults
-wanted table that could multi-function for crafts and dining
-grilling area
-transitional style
-bright colors
-low maintenance

A also sent me some measurements and asked that I help her layout the seating more efficiently. She also sent me pictures so that I could see how the railings and levels are.

I hope that she sends me "after" pictures as well!!

Now completely unrelated (although in the same color scheme) I will give you a sneak peek of our outdoor living!

(this was my first pic of the backyard-before we even bought the house)

 Only before pic I could find of the red doors


(added lattice, repainted the deck, bought furniture and umbrella, painted doors, new grill, landscaped/cleaned up yard, new string lights, power-washed siding)

It's coming along...don't ya think?? I would love to see your backyards or "outdoor living rooms" haha!

Linking up w/ Meg for Mingle Monday

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August 15, 2014

Jenn's Master Bedroom

Since I am constantly coming up with new ideas and designs for clients I often wish I could apply them in my home. So after creating Jenn's master bedroom mood board, I have been dreaming up a new design for mine. Too soon? Oh well, moving on.... (Here's my most recent reveal of our master.)

I recently shared Jenn's family room design that was inspired by Pottery Barn and now I get to present the master bedroom design to you. This room was essentially a blank slate. She had painted the walls grey and bought a grey tufted bed frame but that's about it. This is a very large master so there were a lot of selections that needed to be made. There is a decent size seating area that needed to be addressed as well.

I asked Jenn to describe how she wants this space to feel. "romantic,warm,classic,luxurious"

Before we get to the design, let's first take a look at the before pictures.

This was actually the previous homeowners' set up but it gives you an idea of the room floor plan.

Romantic: I mean that capiz shell lotus flower light fixture?? Swoon.... 

Warm: The sisal rug adds a lot of texture (and will keep their feet warm ;) The plush velvet aqua sofa will also make the room cozy. 

Classic: What's more classic than monograms? The clean-lined hotel bedding is also far from trendy. My hope is that this room will feel like a retreat for Jenn.

Luxurious: To give this space a luxurious feel, I incorporated mirrored elements like the nightstand and metallic elements like the drapes and pillow.

I cant wait to start designing Jenn's formal living room next!! She has promised me that there will be some "after" pics soon from the family room!!

Are you excited to see mood boards making an appearance again on Designer in Teal? Do you need help designing a space in your home? Check out my affordable design pricing here!

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August 14, 2014

Where to start....

Wow...I have so much to tell you. What can I say...summer is my favorite time of year and the last thing I want to do is sit in front of a computer screen. BUT I have missed you guys so much!!!

The best way for me to catch you up is to use this little template that I have borrowed from Veronica a few times.

making: a list of all the blog posts I want to write
cooking: Crepes...and Philly Cheesesteaks (not on the same night). Haha I've been trying to start cooking more often. We have been eating out way too much lately.But watching Master chef has been inspiring me ;)
reading:Sarah's Key. I just finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I am waiting to read Allegiant (the 3rd Divergent Series book) once its available at the digital library.
watching: So you think you can Dance!!! One of my all time favorites. Anyone else?? Excited for the tour!!!! They are coming to Richmond and D.C.
looking: at all of the pictures from our day trip to Philadelphia
playing: with my new iPhone. That's a whole story in itself but let's just say my Samsung Galaxy Nexus quickly declined.
sewing: haha I wish but Gabby is gonna sew me some color-block curtains :)
wishing: time would SLOW DOWN!! There just aren't enough weekends, right?
enjoying: time with friends (I've been seeing Liz a lot lately!)
celebrating Liz's birthday
waiting: for Hokie football to start
liking: my newest sponsor Ruffled Paper!! Gonna be getting some gold paper straws from her shop for my jewelry party.
wondering: what my next house project will be?! 
listening: to lots of Sinatra and Buble lately. It really helps me focus at work.
thanking: the interns for all of their help this summer. I'm gonna miss them.
going: nowhere soon. Next stop Blacksburg (we just got back from Delaware & Philly)
loving: my new-ish gym!! I LOVE IT THERE and I love my workout partner Laura!! Zumba is my favorite class but Step is a close second. We just learned a new Zumba routine to Work by Lil John.
hoping: to visit Blacksburg soon...I MISS IT more than I ever imagined. (do you see a commonality in this post?)
marveling: over our new home. So much has changed since this time last year and I just can't believe that we have this amazing place to call our own.
smelling: my new homemade candle I got at the Hanover Tomato Festival. It's a seamist scent.
wearing: lots of jewelry. I have quite the extensive collection now. And that is going to keep growing since my neighbor sells jewelry for Premier Designs and I'm hosting a jewelry party soon!
thinking: that I am a terrible friend and wish I could just take like a month off to catch up with my ladies.
pinning: lots of food. Homemade ice cream and s'mores are both on our summer bucket list! 
creating: lots of mood boards for e-design clients. Did you see the last one?
feeling: grateful for everything I have and excited for what the future holds.
missing: VERONICA!!! COME BACK!!!

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June 17, 2014

Jenn's Family Room

I was so excited when Jenn contacted me about the design for her new home AND that I get to share it with you. This space is definitely a creative outlet for me and allows me to connect with new people and even design for people that live across the country. I have not created any mood boards since my macbook died. You will notice that this one looks different from previous boards but I had to get creative since I do not have photoshop at the moment.

We are starting in the Family Room (which is very logical) because it sets the tone for the rest of the house. Jenn had already purchased this Restoration Hardware sofa which was a great starting point for my design. She was also keeping the paint color which was a golden yellow.

Jenn's wishes for the space: "Would like room to be warm, welcoming, comfortable but good for entertaining/fun, pottery barnesque" She also said she was inspired by this design that I created for Katie.

I also did some space planning for Jenn. She sent the measurements to me and I used Floorplanner to create this drawing for her.

I cant wait to start designing more rooms for Jenn!! Hopefully there will be some before and after pics to share as well!!

Are you excited to see mood boards making an appearance again on Designer in Teal? Do you need help designing a space in your home? Check out my affordable design pricing here!

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June 16, 2014

Anniversary Staycation Celebration RECAP!!


The title says it all, right?? This has been a very long awaited post. If you've read probably any other post of mine then you know that Veronica @ Passion, Pink and Pearls is my "blog bestie." I won't go into how our friendship started but I will tell you that you will be hearing a lot more about her because this is only the beginning of our friendship. Kevin (Veronica's husband) did most of the picture taking (so all of the pics in the post belong to them).

I truly believe that it was in God's plan for us to meet. I never imagined when I started blogging that I would meet someone like Veronica. I was so excited and anxious for her arrival but definitely not nervous because I felt like I've known her my whole life. I stood outside of my car trying to be patient and she was texting me from inside saying she could see me and was waving her arms. We had a nice long hug and snapped our first picture together at the airport. And then I blinked and she was gone. We had 4 days together and every minute of it was amazing. She was just as genuine and kind in person as through our previous exchanges. Her laugh is contagious and her relationship with Kevin was inspiring. I am so thankful that the boys really hit it off as well. I cannot wait until we meet again.

We are both planners and so I wanted to have an itinerary of sorts for their trip to make the best of our time. We stuck to it pretty well and the rain didn't mess up any of it. I jokingly mentioned that I wanted to show them the best of Virginia so they would move here. Who knows??


We headed straight to Williamsburg from the airport. We ate lunch at the Dog Street Pub and walked through Colonial Williamsburg. It was definitely the hottest day but I did get a little tan ;) Then we toured Jamestown. It was closing at 5 and we didn't get there until about 3:45 but despite the receptionists' doubt, we made it with time to spare (for the gift shop). We just wanted a light dinner so we stopped at Chicken Fiesta and left plenty of room for the main event, dessert at Gelati Celesti. This is pretty much my favorite ice cream ever so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take them there. We finally made it to the house and they were greeted with my chalkboard welcome sign, their anniversary gift and Artie!! We hung out on the newly finished deck and split up for some girl time.

Mandatory Williamsburg pic

Hiding in the huts.

We're on a boat!
Listening to Kevin preach it!
Resting and cooling off. Did I mention it was like 95 degrees??

Tim insisted I try the armor on. So we decided to show off our muscles.
We left our mark on the Gelati Celesti chalkboard.


As much as I loved our day trips, I wanted them to experience Richmond as well. We packed in every little thing that I could think of. We started off the day with a Canal tour in Shockoe Slip/ Design District. (and I had to show her La Diff while we were in the area) We ate at Bottoms Up Pizza for lunch. I had never been their either and was blown away by their delicious and humongous slices of pizza. We spent the rest of the afternoon on Belle Isle. It did rain for a bit but we took cover under the deteriorating hydro-plant. We hiked and jumped rocks and swam in the river. (okay well Veronica and I sunbathed while the boys swam) Then we headed back to get all dolled up for our anniversary dinner. I made reservations for us at The Boathouse and although we didn't get the scenic view from the balcony or a sunset the food was amazing and the company was even better. Being the dessert connoisseur lover that I am (haha) I really wanted to try Shyndigz and I knew that would be perfect for our anniversary celebration.

The perfect frame!
I love that Veronica captured this. There was a lot of bad graffiti on the buildings but this little heart was a hidden gem.

This about sums up our excitement about meeting each other!!
It was not an easy task crossing these in sandals.
We've been working hard to wear these bikinis (we had finished week 6 of the Bikini Series 2014 and then took a break for vacay)
River City--view from the bridge

My favorite guy :)
My delicious crab stuffed shrimp.
The cloudy, rainy view.
We so fancy!!

eating the Crack Pie (that is really what its called) 


We took Kevin and Veronica to see UVA's campus since one of Veronica's friends went there. I got a lunch recommendation from my friend Kim and then we spent the rest of the day at Monticello. This was the part I had been most looking forward to. And it did not disappoint! The beauty of the architecture, gardens and mountains were overwhelming. If you ever have the opportunity to go, do it. I even got a book about the homes of the U.S. Presidents. Now I want to go to Mount Vernon and The Hermitage. We drove way out past Charlottesville to the Wild Wolf Brewing Company for dinner. We tried a variety of desserts there including fried oreos for the first time.

We are the same person....
visiting a place that shall not be named.....only because Veronica's friend went there.

Best selfie (or groupie) ever on the largest stump I've ever seen.
In the 1000 ft vegetable garden 
Glamour shots..haha

Hanging out with Mr. Jefferson. I gave him a nickel.
This pretty much defines the weather for the week. 

Friday was not thoroughly planned out because I didn't realize we would have a full day with them. On a whim I decided we would show them Carytown and then stop by Tuckahoe Plantation. But first, I couldn't let them leave without having Dixie Donuts.

Carytown is filled with lots of unique shopping and restaurants and I even found some artwork I want to get for our living room (this Albie Designs print from Modern Arifacts). We also tried a new place for lunch called The Daily Kitchen. It was SOO good and I will be back (a lot). We wore similar outfits most of the time but Veronica gave me this monogrammed tee and we wore them on our last day...along with out mint pants and the boys laughed at us for carrying our purses around the same way.

Our matching shirts. Only one person asked about them. She thought we were bridesmaids.

The designers admiring the restaurant.
The best answers to a survey ever!!
Thomas Jefferson's boyhood home.

Amazing views everywhere.

Gotta frame this one!!

We took a few last pictures before I dropped them off. The house felt very quiet after that. Now its back to normal and eating healthy and exercising.

Until next time pretty lady!!

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