Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Hats~ Turkey Heads in PA!

I didn't make this hat but it's hilarious and plays music while the turkey legs dance, sooo I had to post this pic but... 

 Johnna made the white turkey head for Doak and I about died... so cute!
I knew I had make something similar for all of my nieces and nephews before I went home for Turkey Day.

All you need... NO SEWING INVOLVED!

note: (All items were from Walmart)

Hats: $1.50 each
Multi-colored felt packet: $2.00
Feathers: $2.50
Google Eyes: $1.25


Aunt Megs and Doak are best buddies!

I love that Doak loves hats... he never tries to take them off. This hat makes number 9 in his growing collection!  

My niece Abbey looked so cute with her pink turkey head! 

It definitely took the older "kids" (my brothers) to convince the little "kids" that the hats were cool. Haha! 

Before I knew it everyone had them on... so cute!

side note: 
Being back in Pittsburgh meant stopping at my favorite thrift store, (Red, White & Blue), from when I was a kid.

 note: This is where my love of thrift stores started...
I always found great "stuff" here and even altered dresses to wear to prom. It was a great way to be creative and save money!


Always bought scarves... they have a ton!
I would wear them or even hang them up like the "Framed Fabrics" post!

Everyone always asks me, "How do you find such great clothes in all of the clutter?"

Answer: Patience. I scan every piece... I never skip. Looking at the rack is overwhelming but when you start shuffling through, you get in a zone and that is when you find the best stuff!

Another reason I love this thrift store... Color coordinated!!!

I found a bunch of awesome items including a Sidney Crosby jersey from the kids section that fit me perfectly and only cost a buc... If you're from Pittsburgh you know that's a great find!

I loved being home spending time with my huge fam and hanging out at my old spots... Good times!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
We had a blast!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Carly's House~ Before & Afters

Carly bought a house!
Carly is my best buddy from college and when she called to tell me the news my wheels immediately started turning. She sent photos right away and WOW... I had my work cut out for me. The bones of the house were beautiful but the details added from the previous owner were super traditional and heavy. I know Carly's style and everything had to be changed on a (young girl that just bought a house by herself) budget!

Car's email from the beginning of the design process started like this...

"I'm a bit overwhelmed... I must say. I think sometimes I have good taste and that I should try to design something for myself and then I realize I need to stick with Environmental Education. : )"

Haha, don't worry Car... I got this! Love you.

master bedroom
Last weekend I went to visit and saw the house for the first time. I was nervous to see the outcome because everything was done super fast over email.
I loved it... I loved that she listened to everything I said, bought everything I told her to buy and most of all, that it looked like her!

note: I wanted to show the master bedroom first because it shows her style perfectly. We blended very clean lines with multiple textures, patterns and bold colors. 
When I introduced her to the decal sites she was in love!  This is one of the many throughout the house.

note: www.dalidecals.com and www.whatisblik.com
 are two of my favs!

This patterned Target chair sits next to the door to the MBR deck... perfect for her to crochet and see the woods in her backyard. 

First things first for the entire home. ALL moulding was to be painted a crisp and clean white.

tip: I used the color from the accent wall and carried it up to the tray ceiling to bring your eye up and create height.
 The very SCARY before photo of the Master bedroom
note: The moulding, tray ceiling, paint color... well everything, was just wrong!

guest room #1
The guest rooms are small and both needed daybeds. No one does a better looking daybed than West Elm.
The best part... she found it on Craiglist!

West Elm dresser
Target comforter and accent rug... 
Love the prints and patterns from Dwell Studio
Designer look for cheap!

 Another scary before photo of guest room #1
note: I made sure the chair rail moulding was pulled from this room.

guest room #2
I wanted her guests to feel comfortable and relaxed. I thought that giving the room these white accents would create a "spa like" feel and leave one feeling very "zen."

note: West Elm Pull-out Sofa and Nightstands
Target Dwell Studio Area Rug
Target lamps

Love the cable knit throw... so cozy!

The natural avocado colored walls surround the room. One of my favorite colorways... my own Master bedroom! 

Target dresser

Since Carly ALWAYS has guests, Jake (her thoughtful boyfriend) had this guest book made for her from Etsy as a birthday gift. The November birthday flower, Chrysanthemum, is on the cover! Guests can sign it and write a message about their stay in Gettysburg. So cute! 

We love it!

Before photo guest bedroom #2... Ohhh, heavens! 
All I have to say about that!

This was a fun surprise when I walked in... Car and her new love of decals added these bare trees. 

Looks awesome!
                                                                                                                                 home office
When you first walk into the home this dining room was on the right. Carly wanted it to be her home office.
 My first thought... GALLERY WALL!

note: She has traveled to some of the most amazing places in the world... she can display her favorite shots here. 

I chose a taupe color similar to the one in my home office but a bit warmer. Love the way the photos "pop" and really make a statement.

Area Rug: Home Decorators Collection

Personal touches... beautiful!

 side note:
I loved visiting Gettysburg... the little square, driving through the battlefields and stopping at the barn.

 photo: Carly calling in her gorgeous horse, Roe, from the pasture. 

A few shakes from the food bucket and they slowly made their way in... Roe is still hanging out in the back ground. 

Loved this old barn... so beautiful out there!

If you live out-of-town and would like online design consulting email me at: mmmdesignsinteriors@gmail.com

Super easy and a lot of fun... just send pics and dimensions.

Have a good one!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Shockoe Design District~ Designer Chat

Oh, heavens... I'm on a poster!

I was asked to participate in the first Shockoe Design District festivities to speak about "Design on a Budget" in a "Designer Chat!"
It was a lot of fun and I'm excited for the next event!

Sarah Paxton (photo above) and her husband, Andy Thornton, are owners of LaDifference, an amazing contemporary furniture store in Richmond, VA. One of the largest on the east coast! Their goal of gathering creative people, to teach, play, create, sell and celebrate art in its many forms, was accomplished on Saturday, November 5th.

For details read: Create a place for Inspiration
I had a great time meeting new people and presenting my ideas and tips for the budget conscious.
After the presentation some of the guests stuck around to share tips from each other. It was awesome to hear the creative ideas from others. Everyone was so appreciative and inspired... the "chat" was really fun and a definite success. 

I started the presentation with, "Designer Home Tips" and showed them ideas that I have used in my own home.

note: Notice the neutral color palette in the center of the board. I always suggest using nuetral colors so that the pieces of upholstery, carpet and paint can live with you for a long time.

tip: The color pops in when you paint accent walls, add toss pillows, area rugs, etc. That way if you ever get bored you can simply switch out the accents. It will completely change the look of the space.
Next, I talked about Doak's Nursery.
 Total for the entire room $650.

For Details go to:
"Doak's Nursery", "Doak's Nursery, Before and Afters" and "Orange Rocker".

I also wanted to show the guests a commercial project, The Hat Factory-Club and Lounge, that I am working on now. In this case the furniture and fabrics need to be contract grade which causes the budget to fly sky high. I found a company that could provide us with all of the furniture needed, for the 2nd floor exclusive lounge area, for under 10K.

note: I will show details in a future post. The new name of the club and design will be presented for their New Years Eve party! 

side note:
After the presentation I had everyone open a card thanking them for coming to the "Design Chat!" There were three card that had numbers inside of my logo. If you received a card with a number you won a painted bangle from my fall line! 

They were a big hit! : )

The holidays are coming up...
If you are interested check out: 


Have a good one!