Coffee Talk With Charlotte Designers Part II

Today we’re sitting down with, Summer Hogan, Simply Stylings, and talking about interior design from the DIY maven!


My passion for design and DIY has drawn me to people like Beth and Summer. While attending the fall High Point Furniture Market I took a seminar, led by Robert Leleux, Editor of Domino Magazine, on the evolving interior design industry. The panel was made up of traditional interior designers and ones that have entered the industry through their own self-taught methods and blogging.  Summer, falls into the later, with her non traditional path into design as a home design blogger and stylist who creates simple style for home and life.

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Like Beth, I met Summer through One Room Challenge, and instantly connected with her love for coastal design and décor! Summer will be joining Beth on Saturday for Style Session Live, a way to connect more locally in Charlotte and to provide FREE design advice. You can get all the details here and catch up with Beth, designPOST interiors.

Q: How did you get into interior design?
A: Interior design has been in my DNA since I was born. My mom is an incredible decorator and my dad is a designer and builder of beautiful homes, not necessarily by trade but by passion. We’ve lived in many homes growing up (only within about a 5 mile radius mind you) and I’ve always enjoyed watching and helping my mom bring each new place to life as well as the building process.
Q: What’s your favorite design project to date?
A: My favorite project to date is a tie between my coastal deck and my modern office space. I also love one of my clients master bedroom projects that has almost come to life!
Coffee Talk with Charlotte Designer Simple Stylings || Sarah Sofia Productions
Q: What’s your worst design project or most challenging project to date?
A:  I’m currently working on my dining room and kitchen renovation and I have to say the kitchen has been the toughest challenge yet. Kitchens can be so expensive and when you’re trying to do it on a basically non-existent budget its tough. Also, I never was a math kid so I’ve had all the square foot number crunching I can handle!
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Coffee Talk with Charlotte Designer Simply Stylings || Sarah Sofia Productions
Q: What and or who inspires you?
A: I’m inspired by so many people and it really depends on the season I’m in but right now I can’t get enough of Pencil and Paper Co.! This dynamic duo has completely blown me away with their style. Not only are their client projects amazing but their own home as well as their fashion sense is impeccable.
Q: How can the average person design a space on a budget?
A: My key advice for the average person to create a space on a budget is patience. Find a few inspirations images that you love and break it down. Hunt for similar finds at budget décor stores such as HomeGoods or thrift stores. Figure out what you can and cannot DIY.  Don’t forget to look at Lowes and Home Depot, which have so many high-end looking options at affordable prices, for lighting, hardware, and décor.

If you only have a semi-creative mind {like Summer} you can still create simple style for your home and life.

Contact Simply Stylings: Website/Blog

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One Room Challenge Week 6: Big Girl Room Reveal

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It’s week 6 in the race to the finish line in One Room Challenge (ORC) , created by Linda from Calling it Home, who is an extremely talented and creative designer.  That means today is the BIG REVEAL of Operation BIG GIRL ROOM along with my fellow 90+ participants!

Big Girl Room

What’s the big prize for participating in ORC? A finished room in 6 weeks and the opportunity to participate and share the experience of completing a room with talented designers and others that enjoy interior design! Yes, that’s right no money or honorary first place.

Sofia's Big Girl Room

If you’re just joining the ORC fun you can get caught up on Operation Big Girl Room here:

Week 1 || Week 2 || Week 3|| Week 4 || Week 5

The moment you have all been waiting for…Sofia’s big girl room!

Big Girl Room

Big Girl Room


This distressed vintage dresser in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is my favorite piece of furniture in Sofia’s room and perhaps in our home! I love the detailing and the antique mirror.

Big Girl Room

Sofia is no longer 3 months, and it was time to replace the baby photo in the “giggle” picture frame with a current one of Sofia and her sister Charlotte. The DIY jewelry box adds the big girl and princess element to the dresser.

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The silver bird bookends and wooden Sofia plaque have been great accessories that have transitioned her room from nursery to big girl room.


Big Girl Room

I made subtly changes to the reading nook such as adding some glam and pop of color with the floral arrangement.  I updated the photo to one from our apple picking adventure this fall.  Sofia loves looking at it and remembering the fun filled day! I love using unique storage baskets such as the pink and white polka dot tin pail for her music instruments.

Big Girl Room

Here’s the end result of the canopy aka “castle” that Sofia requested, her updated day bed, and the beautiful shell chandelier.

Big Girl Room


Mix and matching new and old bedding items made the transition from little girl to big girl without breaking the budget and having to make a major decision on all new bedding at this point. I hope to have a decision and more updates this spring so check back!

Big Girl Room

Big Girl Room

Sofia wanted a castle and a princess like room and this princess castle from did not disappoint! The shimmery chandelier from Hobby Lobby was a hit!

Big Girl RoomWe moved this play kitchen by Kitchen Kraft from the family room into Sofia’s room in late August but needed to update the wall. I love how the wall art from Hobby Lobby works in her room next to the DIY memory board of Sofia’s treasures and favorite things!

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Last but not least is the gallery wall with the cherry blossom and bird painting that inspired the look for Sofia’s nursery, her first birthday party, and now has transitioned the look to big girl room!

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Big Girl Room Big Girl RoomBig Girl RoomThere are so many fun personal touches on this wall like my childhood books displayed with the bird cage, Sofia’s art work displayed with new bird clip hooks and an updated photo from the first day of preschool as a three year old!

I had to display her recent master piece, Starry Night, which is one of my favorite paintings by Vincent Van Gough!

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I love how my HomeGoods pink and coral baskets look in this white bookcase, which was mine as a child and repainted by my mother. Clean up at night has been a lot easier now that we have plenty of storage.

Last but not least is the transformation of a once boring closet to a fun secret hide out fit for a princess!

Big Girl Room Closest

Big Girl Room Closet

The DIY pink and green tower shelf use to be displayed in Sofia’s room. You can find the DIY tutorial here along with DIY tutorial for the fabric letters above her bed. It works great in her closet to display all her dress up accessories.

Big Girl Room ClosetThe pink and green designer hardware I found at Hobby Lobby.  They’re the perfect feminine touch to hang her princess dresses.

Big Girl Room Closet

I upcycled this 6 drawer whicker piece that I purchased years ago from Pier 1 Imports. Nothing a little pink and antique gold spray paint can’t fix to add some GLAM for this princess retreat! It serves as additional toy storage and displays her art work.

Big Girl Room Closet

The once cramped shelf now displays some of her stuffed animals and boxes with arts and craft supplies.

Big Girl Room Closet

The blue and green trays were a Target dollar store find, which add a pop of color. I love how the quatrefoil stencil turned out in my daughter Charlotte’s bedroom but decided to use this turquoise removable contact paper for the accent wall.

Big Girl Room Closet

Every princess needs a mirror at her height and a place to hang all her purses!

Closet Before

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Most importantly, my client loved her big girl room and closet reveal SO MUCH she wanted more surprises!

Big Girl RoomThank you for all your kind words and encouragement through this process! Make sure you come back and check out my full source list and additional behind the scene footage next week!

Please make sure you check out the 20 professional designers who revealed their stunning transformations yesterday here and the 90 + participants sharing the reveals today here.

I leave you with one last image of this gorgeous shell chandelier that ignited my inspiration for Sofia’s big girl room.

Big Girl Room

Praise him, sun and moon; Praise him, all you shining stars! Psalm 148:3

Thanks for stopping by!


Credits and Sources

Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Shell Chandelier – Lowe’s Home Improvement

Canopy –

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Designer hooks in closet – Hobby Lobby

Bird clipboard wall art display – Hobby Lobby

Canvas wall art above play kitchen – Hobby Lobby

Memory box display – Hobby Lobby

Dresser and mirror – Old World New Home

Baskets in white bookshelf – HomeGoods

Pink and white polka dot pail and basket – Pottery Barn Kids

Bedding – Pottery Barn Kids, HomeGoods

Flower night stand – Pottery Barn Kids

Pink and green herringbone weave rug – Pottery Barn Kids

Decorative boxes in closet – Michael’s

Butterfly and bird wall decals – Pottery Barn Kids







One Room Challenge Week 5: Big Girl Room

ORC logoWelcome back to One Room Challenge Fall 2014!

If you’re just joining us in One Room Challenge, it’s a 6 week interior design challenge hosted by Linda from Calling it Home to design or makeover over a room.  You can find my previous ORC master bedroom here.

One Room Challenge Master

This ORC round I’m work on operation Big Girl Room! If you missed the previous weeks you can catch up by starting with Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4.

Sofia's Big Girl RoomThis week was all about the details and tying up loose ends.  I finally found the perfect hardware to display all the dress up clothes in Sofia’s closet.


I’m loving the feminine touch that also is fit for a princess, according to Sofia, who helped me pick them out! I had planned to hang them, but that didn’t happen and is on my to do list starting today.

Next up was tackling the chandelier install.  If you recall from my mood board, that I was inspired by Pottery Barn Kids paper chandelier, pictured above.  This is the actual chandelier.

White Shell Beaded Chandi

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I started installing this solo the other day.


The install was going well. I had figured out how to remove this boring light fixture.

Old Light Fixture

I only had 3 more steps to go and then I hit a wall. I needed a second pair of hands to help hold the chandelier while I finished the wiring. With the daylight hours dwindling and the days numbered, I finally recruited my husband to come home from work earlier.  Of course once we finished the last few steps the wiring isn’t right and the ceiling canopy isn’t secure. We’ll have to wait to until the weekend to complete this project…UGH!

I did hang all the wall art, including Sofia’s own master pieces this week.  I also bought a new art display board with birds for her art work.

Art display

Lastly, the decision about the bedding: To buy all new bedding or to use what we have. Since we already have a few bedding items that Sofia hasn’t grown out of yet I’ve decided to mix and match it with other bedding we already own.  This is a temporary solution until we decided to invest in a full or twin mattress and bedding for Sofia, which all depends on if our two girls end up sharing a room in the next few months.

My punch/to do list for Sofia’s Big Girl Room:

  • Update the over all look of the room to match her age
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace/install overhead lighting with chandelier – In progress
  • Purchase chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Print current photos to replace baby/1-year-old photos
  • Purchase white canopy and set up
  • Purchase wall art
  • DIY princess jewelry box
  • DIY butterfly garland for canopy
  • Update bedding
  • Make her bed into a big girl day bed
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)
  • Add finishing touches to closet like hooks and décor
  • Finish DIY memory display box for Sofia’s treasure’s
  • Hang Butterfly decals
  • Find additional wall art
  • Hang wall art

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my progress.  Make sure you check out all the other talented participants in One Room Challenge!


One Room Challenge Week 4: Big Girl Room

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Welcome back to One Room Challenge Fall 2014!

If you’re just joining us in One Room Challenge, it’s a 6 week interior design challenge hosted by Linda from Calling it Home to design or makeover over a room.  You can find my previous ORC master bedroom here.

One Room ChallengeThis ORC round I’m work on operation Big Girl Room! If you missed the previous weeks you see Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.


Here we are at week 4 and it always seems to be the in between week of busy and rushing to the finish line.  While enjoyed my adventured to High Point Market, the largest furniture market in the world, it took away from my free time to work on Sofia’s room.

Here’s a sneak peek at the closet reorganization!

Closet Before


Without revealing too much, I’ve reorganized the white shelves for Sofia’s dress up clothes and accessories and added toy storage.

Here’s my inspiration board.

Sofia's Big Girl Room

As you can see I was thinking of using the IKEA Trofast for toy storage solution.  However, I decided to repurpose this wicker 6 drawer piece that gets the job done without spending additional money.

Did you see my HomeGoods finds on Instagram? I found these beautiful rectangle storage bins in shades of pink and coral. This is an added toy storage bonus to her current bookshelf.


Next was mounting these removable butterfly decals from Pottery Barn Kids onto two separate walls. You can find the DIY tutorial for the fabric letters here.



The DIY memory box that I started working on last week is now complete and ready to be hung.


Here’s a sneak peek at the wall art I’m planning to hang, which include Sofia’s art work!

Wall Art

Obstacles this round are definitely budget and selection. I love the bedding from Pottery Barn Kids, but they have incomplete sets.  I also love the bedding from Sierra & Lilly, but haven’t decided on size of mattress, twin or full.  Decisions decisions decisions.

My punch/to do list for Sofia’s updated room:

  • Update the over all look of the room to match her age – In progress
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace/install overhead lighting with chandelier – Need to call handyman
  • Purchase chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Print current photos to replace baby/1-year-old photos
  • Purchase white canopy and set up
  • Purchase wall art
  • DIY princess jewelry box
  • DIY butterfly garland for canopy
  • Update bedding – In Progress
  • Make her bed into a big girl day bed
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)
  • Add finishing touches to closet like hooks and décor
  • Finish DIY memory display box for Sofia’s treasure’s
  • Hang Butterfly decals
  • Find additional wall art
  • Hang wall art

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my progress.  Make sure you check out all the other talented participants in ORC here.


One Room Challenge Week 1: Big Girl Room

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Yesterday was the first day of One Room Challenge Fall 2014 for 20 talented professional designers to redo a room in their home or clients home in six weeks. Today is the first day for all of us interior designers and DIYer at heart and professional bloggers like myself! 

One Room Challenge was created by Linda from Calling it Home, who is an extremely talented and creative designer.  20 professional designers will be updating you on their rooms every Wednesday for the next six weeks.  I will be joining a crew who will be updating you on our room progress on Thursdays. 

I first participated in ORC last spring and did our Master Bedroom.

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One Room Challenge Master Bedroom

To view more details of my ORC Master Bedroom from spring 2014 click here.

I had two rooms in my home that were front-runners, and it came down to updating my three year old daughter’s bedroom.


We moved into our house 20 months ago, right before she turned 18 months and I had my second daughter.  While she has grown and is becoming more of a little girl, her room hasn’t changed since the last update that I shared from our old home.  You can view that post and her nursery here and here, and her Cherry Blossom & Bird Themed Birthday Party inspired from her nursery here.


When you first walk into my daughter Sofia’s room your eye immediately is drawn to this green blue dresser.  It’s by far been my favorite piece of furniture in her room, and maybe in our entire house!


You’re eye follows the great light in the room to the window seating area and her bed.



I found this cute table and marching chair at antique shop and repainted my old rocking chair that my grandfather had made with Sofia’s name on it.


We recently moved the kitchen out of our family room into Sofia’s room and I like the placement.


Then you turn around and you have this great long wall that I use to display her art work and the cherry blossom painting that has anchored her room since she was born.


My punch/to do list for Sofia’s updated room:

  • Update the overlook of the room to match her age
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace overhead lighting with chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Update bedding
  • Make her bed into a real “big girl” bed (it’s currently in the converted crib stage that we call her big girl bed)
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)

Next week I will share more details with my floor plan and my inspiration behind updating my daughter’s room.

Thank you for stopping by and make sure you check out all the other participates in One Room Challenge!



The Thrill of the Hunt Summer Series: Sarah’s Treasures!

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Today marks the last post in a summer series on “the thrill of the hunt” AKA finding that one piece of furniture or item for your home or event your hosting.  The summer series featured guest posts from professionals in the interior design, estate sales, professional organizing and event industries.  My guests included Jennifer Burnham, Pure and Simple Organizing, and Cheryl Luckett, Dwell by Cheryl.  You can view their “treasure hunting” tips here and here. Make sure you follow both of these talented women on Instagram and Twitter!

What makes something a treasure? It’s what ever accessory, piece of furniture, décor item that you value or that you like!  Often times you may see the value in something that someone else might not.

As a wedding and event planner, I’m always using different pieces to decorate and style an event. These pieces may also be part of my home décor.  I hit up garage sales, yard sales, Charlotte Market Place’s Vintage Charlotte Pop Up Flea Market, Metrolina ReStores, HomeGoods, Southern Marketplace, Sleepy Poet Antique Mall and Catawba River Antique Mall to name a few.

Just like my two guests, Pure and Simple Organizing and Dwell by Cheryl, I enjoy a good deal and making that “treasure” fit my home or event décor.  It’s fun when I can kill two birds with one stone. Like these two bunnies I found at Catawba River Antique Mall for my Easter décor, which was featured in Easter Celebrations.

Easter Bunnies

My home décor is full of blue and white and I was thrilled to find these plates, tea pot, and containers, which have all found homes in my kitchen and living room, at a local yard sale.  I still can’t get over scoring all of the below finds for a total of $14.25!

The Thrill of the Hunt

I had been looking for an arm chair for my mater bedroom during One Room Challenge last spring and of course found this beauty a few months later for a whopping 25 cents! The chair is currently in my family room and waiting for a little TLC reupholster make over. I would love to do something like this to it in the below right photo!

Thrill of the Hunt

I hung my blue and white plates from the yard with my three other plates I purchased from Lance Jackson with Parker Kennedy Living, on the kitchen wall.  It’s add the perfect dimension and depth I was looking for to complete the kitchen updates without breaking the bank.

Thrill of The Hunt

I scored this white porcelain Royal Haeger pitcher and basin for 25 cents at the yard sale! Yes, that’s right $0.25 for both, which could run you $40-$60.  It completes the vintage look in my front entryway and looks great styled with hydrangeas as seen below from my Front Entryway post.

Front Entray Way

Another favorite from my treasure hunts is a beautiful miniature pitcher from Modern Cottage’s booth at Vintage Charlotte! It’s currently in my kitchen and is a great place to display small flower arrangements or herbs like basil.  I also found these vintage metal spike flower frogs and stand at a vintage Parisian booth! All three finds look great in my kitchen.

Thrill of the Hunt

Let’s not forget all the Lilly Pulitzer I found at the Metrolina ReStores in Charlotte!  So excited that one of my friends scored this white ottoman to store her shoe collection after one of my recent posts!

The Thrill of the Hunt

I had a hard time walking away from these Lilly Pulizer elephant garden stools, especially since I already have one elephant stool in my home.


The Thrill of the Hunt

My last major treasure from this summer was this campaign three drawer piece from Habitat Metrolina ReStores.  I’ve been slowly transforming the former dinning room into my office since we moving into our house a year and half ago.  We are in desperate need of storage, especially for our files and this piece is a perfect fit.  The cell phone photo is grainy, but you can see it has good bones.

The Thrill of the Hunt

I started spray painting this bad boy white and it just doesn’t look right.  Back to the drawing board and rethinking the color and paint.  Chalk paint might be interesting or going bold with coral to match with the color scheme of mint and coral with mainly white furniture and pops of green in my office.  Stay tuned!

I hope you have enjoyed my summer series and have learned a thing or two about a long the way.  Who knows, maybe your next big score is just around the corner!



Styling and photography – Sarah Sofia Productions


One Room Challenge Favorites

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It’s been almost a month since One Room Challenge (ORC) has ended.  While the high of the anticipated reveals has worn off, the design inspiration from all the rooms and participants has not! I can honestly say I have truly made some wonderful new friends and a network of independent business owners that have been a great sounding board.

Today, however in honor of #FollowFriday I wanted to share my three favorite rooms from local Charlotte participants in ORC.

My first Charlotte ORC favorite is Summer, Simply Stylings, deck.  Even before I met Summer and stepped into her stylish home for a blogger fesita, I loved her style!

Professional Blogger Fiesta: Summer (Simple Stylings),Cheryl Luckett (Dwell By Cheryl), Mallory Fitzsimmons (Charming in Charlotte), Jennifer Burnham (Pure and Simple Organizing) & me Sarah Sofia Knepp (Sarah Sofia Productions)

Professional Blogger Fiesta: Summer Hogan (Simple Stylings),Cheryl Luckett (Dwell By Cheryl), Mallory Fitzsimmons (Charming in Charlotte), Jennifer Burnham (Pure and Simple Organizing) & me Sarah Sofia Knepp (Sarah Sofia Productions)

Yes, she used my favorite colors of blue, white, and coral! However, it’s how Summer paired DIY projects such as rebuilding the deck and wall herb garden with accents at different price points that make this such a great space.

Simple Stylings ORC Deck

Every detail was well planned and well executed to make this a place we all didn’t want to leave! Check out the amazing details of Summer’s ORC reveal here and sources here.

Mallory with Charming in Charlotte ORC room was her living space.  She incorporated two rooms in the design, tying them together with black and white, stripes, and punches of green, yellow and gold.

Charming in Charlotte ORC Living Space

Mallory had good bones to start and the final reveal was the icing on the cake! Check out more details of this chic space here.

Lastly, I’m sharing one of the ORC rooms I started following even before I knew Beth with Design Post Interiors lived in Charlotte!  Beth’s dinning room had all the right elements and had a good styled look to start.  However, she really put the wow factor into her design on reveal day!

Design Post Interiors ORC Dinning Room

I hope you enjoyed a tour of my fellow ORC Charlottians! I’m hoping to feature more of my favorite ORC rooms and friends through out the summer.  However, if you missed my ORC master bedroom you can begin at week 1. The ORC rooms are also featured on Calling it Home here and here.


Credits and ORC Friends

Simple Stylings – Summer Hogan

Charming in Charlotte – Mallory Fitzsimmons

Design Post Interiors – Beth Barden

Sarah Sofia Productions – Sarah Sofia Knepp


One Room Challenge: Behinds the Scenes & Sources


Hard to believe One Room Challenge (ORC) Spring 2014 is over.  For me it’s similar to working on a wedding or event.  You have a vision and a plan.

One Room Challenge Master

You pour all your energy and time into your ORC. You build a network of talented individuals along the way, some of whom become friends.  The big day arrives, the reveal, and you’re finally able to showcase your talents and enjoy the fruit of your labor!

One Room Challenge Master

Speaking of labor, there is a lot of it you don’t see.  The late nights, the frustration that your plan for that perfect item just won’t arrive on time or is not feasible.  The juggling act between work, home life, and ORC. Not to mention all your unattended helpers! In my case it was my little girls and my dog Bailey.  Here are some out takes.

Rolling on the ground in laughterApparently it was so hysterical to come into our master bedroom and play that Charlotte was rolling in laughter on the floor.

Someone's gone shopping in my shotSomeone’s gone shopping right in the middle of my photo shoot for the big reveal.  Oh and do you spy the light fixture boxes behind the door.

That bed looks comfyI spy Bailey getting ready to jump on the pressed bed. Right after this shot he was comfy on the bed and the girls soon followed.

Another behind the scenes moment, which I briefly described in my reveal post, was the story behind the wall sconces install. Ken Kelly with Kelly’s Painting is my go to guy for small projects.  The earliest that he could come over and give me an estimate on switching out the old wall sconces for the new ones was Wednesday night before the big reveal deadline! YIKES! In a panic I was able to negotiate Ken to install the light fixtures that Wednesday night.  However, being prepared for anything, I had taken most of my photos for the big reveal Wednesday with good light.

053However, this photo could have been my BIG REVEAL photo.  As you can see not everything is picture perfect.

Many of you commented on my photography and I would like to thank you for your kind words.  Here are a few photography tips that I learned from the pros: To get the most accurate and pleasing photograph don’t use your flash.  Try to photograph your subject when the lighting is best during the day.

One Room Challenge MasterUse elements in the room to make the photograph interesting, such as this photo of the room viewed through the white inlay mirror.

One Room Challenge MasterLastly, take photographs from different angles for a better image rather than straight on.

I also received kind comments about my styling, which are greatly appreciated.  Here are some easy behind the scenes styling tips: Use items that you already own! For example a vase, picture frame, tray, piece of art, and/or books that will make your space personal and pleasing to the visual eye.

One Room Challenge MasterThis elephant garden stool was given to me by a friend from my DC days working on Capital Hill. I had this piece with the tall vase and flower arrangements in my living, but thought it was the perfect fit for my master.

Another visual pleasing aspect that I briefly touched on was art. Art can be any many shapes and forms. The key is to remember it’s not just for the wall! I grew up learning and loving art! If you haven’t noticed, the Impressionist Movement, includes some of my favorite artists that make this room complete.

One Room Challenge MasterMonet, the founder of the Impressionist Movement, is my favorite artist. His prints from the Mussee d’orsay next to the white inlay mirrors tie this room together.

One Room Challenge MasterThis print is one of Max Agostini’s prints which is also personalized with hand written signature.

Piscaco 1902I found this Picasso 1902 print at HomeGoods. What a find!

ChavmontI love this painting and the gold trim. I wasn’t sure if it fit well next to the white dresser, but ended up being a good contrast next to the blue and whites.

One Room Challenge Master Ballard DesignsLoved these Ballard Design Patch Work tiles for some time and they are even better in person in my master bedroom!

One Room Challenge MasterMy grandparents mirror is finally ready, but I really like the contrast of the grey against the blue with the brown and gold. This was a great find at HomeGoods!

One Room Challenge MasterLove this new mirrored antique accent table, from Target of all places!  Remember how I looked high and low for a perfect accent table?! The grey pictured frame from a furniture and accessory boutique in Sarasota, FL, fits perfectly with décor and gives the room contrast to all the blue.

Here’s a round up of my other fun finds for the master bedroom.

One Room Challenge Target Find

High & Low FindsHere’s a closer look at my high and low finds. The Greek Key toss pillows on the bed, the night stand, lamp, bench, Greek Key tray, circle picture frame, and pillow on the arm chair are all from HomeGoods. The silver lantern is my splurge from a boutique in Sarasota.

Again, many thanks to all my new and old followers, the kind comments, and encouragement! You’re the reason I was able to complete ORC! You’ll find a complete list of all my sources for the room below.  You can also find more details about my sources and my ORC process by starting at Week 1.

I’ll say it again, these interior designers are amazingly talented! If you haven’t check out the professional designers ORC rooms it’s a must see! A special thanks to Minted, Lamps Plus, and Sherwin Williams for sponsoring ORC!

Abby M. Interiors

 Because it’s Awesome

 Bijou & Boheme

Calling It Home

 Chez V

Chinoiserie Chic

 Copy Cat Chic

The Decorista

Design Crisis

 Design Indulgence

 Design Manifest

 The English Room

The Glam Pad

 Little Black Door

 My Notting Hill

 The Pink Pagoda

 Simple Details

 My Sweet Savannah

Verandah House

Don’t forget there were  77 of us Linking Participants and you can see all their ORC rooms here on Calling It Home.

If you thought this was the last ORC Spring 2014 post you are mistaken! I’m working on a fun post coming up next week, after my big event this weekend. Can’t wait to share it with you, so please stop back next week!


Design & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography and Flower Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Wall Paint Color – Sherwin Williams Tidewater

Bedding– Restoration Hardware

Blue Quilted Blanket and Bed Skirt -Martha Stewart Collection from Macy’s

Large Blue Greek Key Toss Pillows – HomeGoods

Hand Painted Patch Work Tiles – Ballard Designs

Night Stands – HomeGoods

Glass Table Lamps with Blue Shades – HomeGoods

Wall Sconces – Lowes

Blue and White Rug – Target from a few years ago

Blue Arm Chair – Lazarus, an old department store established in Columbus, OH that is no longer in business

White and Grey Toss Pillows on Arm Chair – HomeGoods

Antique Pewter Two Tired Mirrored Accent Table – Target

Blue Curtains – Target

Gold Sea Urchins – Target

Grey and White Picture Frame – Conqulique, an accessory boutique in Sarasota, FL

Silver Picture Frame – Pottery Barn

Greek Key Mirrored Tray – HomeGoods and Sarah Sofia Productions

Small Green Elephant – From my travels to Twain

Small Jewelry Bowl with Initial S – Was a gift from a friend

Candle – France, was a gift from a friend

Greek Key Picture Frame – Target

Glass Pitcher on Dark Wood Dresser – Pottery Barn

Grey Distressed Mirror – HomeGoods

Jewelry Box – Diamond Cellars.

Elephant Garden Stool – Gift

Tall Glass Vase and Flowers – Michaels

Grey and White Circle Picture Frame – Marshalls

Silver Tall Candle Holders – Michaels

Silver Monogramed Tray – Wedding Party Favor

Silver Candle Lantern – Conqulique, an accessory boutique in Sarasota, FL

White Double Dresser – Ashley’s Furniture (from 4 years ago)

Starfish – Target

Oval Glass Vase on White Dresser – Crate & Barrel

White Wired Baskets – Marshalls

White Mirrored Tray – Target

Pink Flower Arrangement on Tray – Target

Sand Dollar Escort Cards – Sarah Sofia Productions from our wedding in Sarasota

White inlay mirrors – Target

Monet Prints – Mussee d’orsay

Silver Antique Looking Frames for Monet Prints – Michaels

Small Rose Silver Vase Arrangement – Target

Picasso Framed Print – HomeGoods

Upholstered White Headboard – Pottery Barn, Riley

Grey Fabric for Trim – Modern Fabrics

Grey Fabric and Nailhead Trim – Sarah Sofia Productions

Wall Sconces Install – Kelly’s Painting

One Room Challenge Week 6 The Big Reveal: Master Bedroom


It’s finally here, Week 6 in One Room Challenge (ORC), where I’m revealing my master  bedroom.

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It truly has been a challenge and pleasure to participate in this six week interior design challenge with so many talented people!  Many thanks to the talented Linda from Calling it Home for graciously hosting the ORC.   If you’re just joining in the fun you can begin at Week 1 to see the master bedroom transformation.  If you’re a regular, thank you for coming back and keeping me going!

I set out to finish our master bedroom in this around of ORC.  I had made huge strides in the first few weeks of moving into our home before our second daughter Charlotte arrived.  However, if you’ve had a newborn you know very little gets accomplished in those first six plus months.  ORC was the jump start I needed to fully transform our bedroom into the getaway retreat I had envisioned.  Moreover,  I have been inspired by all the participates in ORC, your comments, and feedback! You’re the reason I finished my master bedroom in record time!

The title of this design challenge is fitting, because there are so many unforeseen obstacles and hoops you have to jump through to finish a room in six weeks.  Just because you’re on timeline doesn’t mean everyone else is on the same page.  For instance, I’m still waiting to hear back from Design Services of Charlotte regarding my estimate for my nailhead and fabric trim FAIL! Then there’s Karsey Glass Company that has my grandparents antique mirror and delayed several weeks, which charged me twice, and still hasn’t reconciled or refunded me the charge. FAIL!

However, those wall scones that I bought last week were a little more complicated than I anticipated to install.  I called Ken with Kelly’s Painting last week in a panic. He’s booked solid and couldn’t come until last night for an estimate. He saved the day and was able to install the wall scones just in the nick of time!

And now for the moment you’ve been waiting for… more pictures of the BIG REVEAL!

Before ORC and After ORC


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This Davidson College book was my grandfather’s with mementos of his days on yearbook.  I followed in his footsteps years later.

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I decided to keep the comfy blue arm chair and found white and grey toss pillows to even out all the blue and match the antique mirrored accent table.

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The green elephant I bought during a business trip to Taiwan when I worked for the US Senate. The shells I’ve been collecting with my daughters and remind me of our beach days in Sarasota.

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This bench is one of the best finds for this room!

One Room Challenge MasterLove how this white mirrored tray looks with the sand dollar place settings from our wedding (almost 5 years ago) in Sarasota.

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One Room Challenge MasterOne Room Challenge MasterThis silver monogramed tray was a wedding favor and has been put to great use in our master bedroom.

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 As you can see my DIY nailhead trim turned out OK GREAT! I went back and forth with the grey fabric trim, even my husband liked it one day and then thought it was too much the next. However, it is here to stay for now!

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One Room Challenge MasterLove this painting of Cannes that was passed down to me from my parents.

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There you have it, our master bedroom after 6 weeks! If you looking for details on the room check out my previous posts. I’ll have a full wrap up post soon. Don’t forget to check out all the other participants in ORC on Calling it Home! Thanks for joining me in this fun six week challenge!

Blue and White Bash: Kitchen Sneak Peak


If you haven’t noticed I love blue and white! It’s in every room of our house in some shape or form.  Thus, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to participate in The Pink Pagoda, Jennifer’s, Blue and White Bash today!

As a linking participate I join interior designers and professional bloggers sharing our fun blue and white finds or décor.

Today, I’m giving you a sneak peak before the big reveal of our kitchen, which was just completed two weeks ago.  Yes, that’s right, smack tab in the middle of One Room Challenge, and working on our yard after taking down 24 tress.

My favorite find for this kitchen is the jade stone knock off Currey & Company chandelier!

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It’s perfect with my blue and white pillows and white drapes in the kitchen nook. However, it still needs another light bulb due to it being broken in DIY installation.

Blue & white Pillows

I love this kitchen because there is so much light coming from almost every angle. Here’s a sneak peak at the drapes on the other side of the room.

Blue & White Drapes

As you can see I still need to iron out the wrinkles before the big reveal.

Blue & white serving tray

I absolutely love this blue and white serving tray my parents gave us from their trip to Positano in the Amalfi Coast, Italy.

Blue & white chevron runner

A sneak peak from my daughter Charlotte’s first birthday bash with my blue and white chevron runner that is currently displayed for spring.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my blue and white in our kitchen! The big reveal of our kitchen is coming soon, after One Room Challenge, so make sure you stop back and see all the details.  In the meantime, please check out all the other linking participates in The Pink Pagoda Blue and White Bash.

Now back to finishing my One Room Challenge. Check out last week’s post in anticipation of my big reveal this week!