Monday, February 27, 2012

The Before and ***THE AFTER***


dum de dum dum da.......

The room is lovely and full of light, however, the original layout was dark and tradtional.  Believe me this family is not dark or traditional!  They are a fun loving bunch!


TA DA.............

New taupe linen drapery panels on iron rods, that were hung as high as possible to show off the high ceiling.  Using a graphic grey fabric with a 3.5" repeat for banding was ideal. Finding a trim banding that was wide enough to make a strong visual impact was a challenge and more expensive.

                  Found the corner shelf at the Pierce Martin warehouse sale, perfect for that spot!

The homeowner's father created all the turned wooden bowls, each one is an awesome work of art.

Scott Antiques sofa table

The bench was found at the Scott Antique Market, and it was recovered in a great geometric pattern from Fabricut, we used the reverse side of the fabric for lumbar pillows in the club chairs.  Additional finds from Scotts include the twisty vine lamp, and the great sofa table.  Ikat covered chairs were custom made locally to acheive the perfect scale. I love this Kravet fabric!  They are currently using it in the Atlanta showroom on a pair of chairs, they must have copied us! HA.

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I love the way this family room turned out!  I hope you agree.  This is an energetic, busy family with three beautiful girls and a hyperactive dog!  The husband even brought the girls out to ride motocycles in the mud dirt with us last winter, it was such fun!  Who said dirt is for the boys?!

Go out and have a wonderful day!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

HaPpY WeEkEnD!

A bit of spring fever yesterday had me out in the yard clipping forsythia! It is the first sign of spring! Have a great weekend! Off to see motocross races with the boys!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Beam me up! Ceiling Beams...

I am searching for inspiration photos of ceiling beams.  I want my girl to use wonderful rustic beams in her kitchen to add architectural interest to the room.  My search for pics includes the following:

The Enchanted Home....amazing kitchen.....I like that the room does not feel heavy...

I believe this room was decorated by Barbara Westbrook....not positive...  Love these beams, and they are tied into the perimeter of the room, which you would have with post and beam construction.

I like the 'light' feeling of this room.

clean lines, not quite as rustic as I need.....

neutrals+exposed beams

I need help with sizing photos!  Remember I'm new to this blogging thing!  If you have any pics you can shoot over, please do.  I will share the before and after shots of the room when completed.  Thanks for following along...........

Monday, February 20, 2012

Beach dreaming and shopping ETSY....check these out!

I finished reading my newest edition of Coastal Living this morning, and I'm currently working on a beach project, which may explain why I want to buy all of these little lovelies!  Kenny Chesney playing in the background helps too!

This little boat makes me want to be at the beach.... anyone feeling the same way?

Where are You Going To - Driftwood Boat
shop GiftsandStars on ETSY

 ocean photography - beach photography  - Original Signed Numbered Fine Art Photography Print 5x7 (13x18cm)
Beach....blues?  yes!  I love this photography on ETSY shop: PhotographyDream

Driftwood side-table/stand - small decorative shabby-chic driftwood wine table/stand - aqua/green and gold detailed driftwood from Maui
Driftwood from Maui....a little piece of Hawaii!  shop: shopiashines

Driftwood Mirror, Icarus
WONDERFUL Mirror!   shop:  benforgeydotcom

driftwood boat with a sail from genuine goatskin parchment... size 20 x 24 cm
Another boat! from

Laguna Beach driftwood and shelll cross

Sweet rustic cross from Laguna DonnaShuller

Vintage Glass Fishing Float - 13 Inch Netted TAIWANESE Pie Seal MARKINGS , Nautical, Antique, Home Decor, Glass Ball, Ocean, Sea, Beach
This is awesome, weighs 11 lbs!  shop: lightinawormhole (isn't that a great name?)

Gigantic Vintage 1961 Yardmouth Harbour Canada Nautical Military Navy Wall Map/Chart
The colors in this map of Nova Scotia's waterways are awesome!  shop: RougeRetro

 Vintage Sign: Nautical, Boating, Coastal
 CUTE vintage sign and cheap too!  shop kimbuilt 

OK, grab some flip flops and sunscreen! I'm ready to go! This will be the sign to meet you at the door!

Welcome and I Do Mean You
shop: rainydaydreamco  (another cute name for an etsy shop...maybe the rain yesterday triggered this spring fever!)

Cannot wait for Summer!!


Saturday, February 18, 2012

P.S. Andrea Costa Website

To see more of this lovely artist visit her website...

Red Canoe 'sold'
The Waiting......I would love to see this at Lake Burton!

Visit her website and take in the view....Happy to the ball park!


Friday, February 17, 2012

Artist Profile: Andrea Costa

I have loved Andrea Costa's work for a long time.  One of my clients has two paintings Andrea painted many years ago.  The paintings feature birds and are framed in beautiful distressed frames. (I wish I had a pic to show.) They are lovely, however, her latest work is inspired!  I love how she has grown as an artist over the past few years.  I wanted to post her work separately, because she deserves an entire post.   I wish I had taken a few more pictures.   Enjoy the following pics taken this past trip to Scott Antique Market....and check out the always entertaining blog Design Indulgence for more pics as Sherry featured Andrea's work also! Designer Sherry Hart has inspired me in writing my blog. We are both located in Atlanta, and have a lot in common! Go check out her blog, you will not be disappointed!  Very funny!

36" x 48" love how this pic "feels"

I really want my girl Christy to use this over her sofa! hint hint
also 36" x 48"

Two smaller pieces with wonderful color combinations:


Andrea Costa shows her work every month at the Scott Antique Market, 2nd full weekend of every month on Jonesboro Road. You may contact her via email at   . 

My boys are home from school today & Monday.....looking forward to a fun long weekend....(NO Homework!!)  Have a wonderful weekend! Cheers!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Thinking about Luv! Romantic Bedrooms!

I think most women love the whole idea of a romantic Valentine's Day <3 
So, I decided to indulge our fantasies a bit with some lovely bedroom photos....

Hints of pink, too!

Complete with rose petals and candles!

This may be my favorite from Elle Decor.

This must be Candice Olsen, I think someone could LIVE in this room and NEVER leave!

My idea of a romantic bedroom is obviously neutral--or light and breezy!

Love the headboard...and wall color...

Texture is sexy....right? love the brick pavers on the floor and the beams on the ceiling.

I hope you are feeling loved today!  And I hope someone tells you just how special you are!  Thanks for tagging along on the journey.....Cathy

Sunday, February 12, 2012

More Art for the Heart!

I discovered Fred Cox for the first time this month at the Scott Antique Market.  Fred began his artistic journey in decorative arts.  Thankfully, he has expanded his world (and ours) by applying his skill to art for the home.  Check out these beauties....

Love the texture and contrast.

I wish this photo did justice to the beauty of the painting!
Do you see all the SOLD tags! I was there Thursday by 11:00!
Beautiful art, reasonable prices!

I cannot wait to see these guys next month, I suggest you make a plan to look them up in the South Building, (EARLY) left side.  Please tell them you read the post here.  If you are planning to visit Scott's next month, be sure to see the next post on Andrea Costa!

Have  a WoNdErFuL Week!  burr it's chilly in hot'lanta!


Friday, February 10, 2012

ART! Scott Antique Market, an amazing source in Atlanta!

INSPIRED by Art! Scott Antique Market

David Siffert - Art of Oconee - Gouache - Fantastic Colors

I was so inspired by the artists I talked with at Scott's today.  I wanted to share a few names and photos.  I want to place a few of these gems in a home I am designing.  LOVE the gouache by David Siffert....well actually I love them all!  Enjoy...

I'm afraid my photography does not do these amazing paintings David via

David Siffert and Kendall Boggs share a great space at Scott's in the South Building, L5102...go by and say hello!  They are bringing amazing paintings each month.  Here are a few of Kendall's fresh and creative paintings....

This photo is not showing the wonderful colors...the grayish taupe background with the golden contrast....omg it is lovely....sorry Kendall...your work deserves a better photographer!  Contact Kendall and view more of her work at .
The cross is painted on burlap, the texture and contrast are amazing!

Please visit again!  I am going to post more this weekend on the wonderful art of Fred Cox and the always brilliant Andrea Costa!

Have a WoNdErFul weekend!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Slide, glide.....Love these doors

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Where can I use doors like these?  Our pantry?  We need to finish our basemess basement.  I've been trying for years to motivate the boys in this house to start the construction process, however, with motorcycles and ATVs to store, no one is as interested as I am!  More space to decorate!  A girl can here are some of my favorite pics of the sliding doors....

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Love the contrast against the white walls

barn doors to cover it

Hide the TV....Yes I want to HIDE THE every house!


Gorgeous doors! 
A bit more formal door style, used informally and I love the patina.


Love the idea of using for a screen door.

Pinterest junkies may recognize a few of these pictures, I have a board titled "Barnwood Luv" which features several of these pics.  Check out all my boards, by following me on Pinterest.

Any ideas where I can use these doors?  Love them....looking for the next client who loves them too!

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