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Suwanee, Georgia, United States
I have a passion for creating. I love to sew, decorate, paint, read, travel. I have been sewing and decorating for years. I love teaching and sharing my inspiration. I love thinking outside the box and believe everything can be made into something new! I am sew inspired and love simplicity in my life. I have a very successful decorating business. I also love teaching my sewing classes and sharing this gift that I have been blessed with. Sewing is becoming a dying art and I want to do my part in keeping it alive.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall Decorating

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Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love the crisp coolness of the mornings.  The air feels so fresh and invigorating.  I love watching all of God's creatures preparing for the cold weather to come.  For the past few weeks, I have watched the birds totally devour a tree in my backyard.  I don't know what kind of tree it is, I really need to find out, but in the fall it gets these green berries, that eventually turn purple and fall off.  Well the birds absolutely love them.  It is not unusual for there to be a 100 birds in this tree at one time.  Then the deer in my neighborhood begin to come out and you have to be very careful driving.  They will dart right out in front of you before you know it.

Photo Credit:  Sweetsomethingdesign.blogspot.com
But my favorite part of fall, (besides SEC football beginning...GO DAWGS!) is the beautiful display of color that God has so gifted us with.  Being a person that is so into color, I think the colors of fall are the most spectacular!  Not only does God gift us with color in the fall,, but he gifts us with the most amazing decorating items from nature.  Pumpkins in their beautiful shades of orange.  Squash in a variety of greens and yellows.  Leaves in the most gorgeous shades of red, yellow and orange that can only be reproduced by the one who created them.  And who would have thought that a barren tree branch could make such a statement.

I hope that you will enjoy the bountiful gifts that God has blessed us with everyday and every season, but I hope you especially enjoy the bountiful beauty that fall has to offer.  It is a season of thanksgiving and praise.  We celebrate Thanksgiving in the fall as we begin to prepare for the birth of Christ in the winter.  I see Fall as the season to rejoice in the good harvest of the summer.  Then it starts shining its glorious beauty in color before it falls asleep for the winter to rest and replenish itself for the the beauty and birth of spring.

Enjoy these fall decorating ideas, show the splendor and beauty of nature in your home, celebrate the good harvest and await the glorious spectacular color of fall.

Photo credit:  granvillehouse.blogspot.com

Photo Credit:  anita-faraboverubies.blogspot.com
What a beautiful Thanksgiving arrangement this would make.  Make your guest feel special and welcome by creating a beautiful table.
Photo Credit:  foldedgingham.blogspot.com
Nothing says welcome to your guest than a beautiful front entry.  

Photo Credit:  Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
I love the simplicity.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Guest Room Makeover

What a way to kick off the summer, making over a guest room that will make your summer guest feel welcomed!  They may never leave!  I enjoyed making over my clients guest room!  We used rich reds and golds and added in a vintage surprises.

The pillows were fun to work on.  I used a mix of stripes, solid red silk and burlap!  Yes I said burlap.  The icing on the cake for the pillows were the details that went into them.

The burlap pillow has a great wooden button a silk ruffled circle and a burlap tassel.  The stripe fabric has a great square wooden button and a burlap tassel.

The stripe fabric is accented with a silk center band and trimmed with silk prairie points.  The red silk pillow has a center band of burlap ribbon with a gold silk ribbon down the center and fabric covered buttons. 

My client found a great burlap pouf and the pillows really accent the red sofa.

A large beautiful picture above the bed really brought the room together.  I love the field of red poppies!

Window treatments in red silk with a stripe cuff.
I placed a large distressed mirror in the corner to bring light to a dark corner.  I hung a burlap drum light fixture over the table.  This gives the guest a place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or read the paper.  The burlap table square adds a little vintage to this side of the room.

I love creating interesting table scapes.  The iron trey was filled with moss and a few interesting objects finishes off the table.

Mirrors are a great way to add light and interest to a room.  Oversized mirrors make a great statement.

I would be very happy staying in this room!
Having a nice place for guest is a great way to show your hospitality and make your guest feel welcomed while they are away from home.

Now that summer has arrived, go ahead and create a space for the guest that makes them feel at home.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Burlap - I love it!

Today in my workroom, I have been working on a burlap table square.  I have had this obsession with burlap for a long time.  It all started when I wanted to create a very natural and nature inspired guest bathroom.  I found a great distressed looking wallpaper with fern leaves on it.  Then I decided I wanted to make a burlap window treatment.  So that is what I did.  I fringed the edges and added a wood beaded trim.  That was the beginning of my obsession.  I love the way it smells, I love the way it feels and I even love the way it has a mind of it's own sometimes.

I am working with a client right now, decorating her basement guest room and I specified a burlap drum hanging light fixture to go above a small seating area we are doing.  Once I unpacked the light fixture, I new the table needed something burlap.

I pulled out some very old knot tying techniques I learned as a kid and here is the finished project.

I hope this inspires you to give burlap a chance on your next project.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Decorating with Birdcages and Lanterns

Birdcages are not for housing your feather friends anymore.  They have become an accessory in your home.  The only thing missing is the bird or at least the chirping kind.  Looking through shelter magazines, pinterest and blogs, you can not miss this new trend.  Birdcages have taken over.  They are now filled with candles, plants and just about anything that will fit inside them.

The candles inside this birdcage have a bird on them.  What a great idea.  I love the unusual shape of these birdcages.

The white birdcage staged with birdhouses and other vintage items really makes a statement in this room.

Hanging birdcages on the wall is another great idea.  Fill them with small terra cotta pots with herbs and flowers.  This would make a great statement in your kitchen or outdoor space.  I found these birdcages at Neimen Marcus.

Ahh what a statement the red birdcage makes on top of the book shelf.  Simplicity makes this work.


A collection of birdcages all similar in size and shape really makes a focal point.


Search for vintage birdcages at flea markets and antique stores or purchase them new.  They are easy to find and most home decor stores carry them.  Try it, you will love them!


Lanterns are another trend in home design.  They are not for your outdoor spaces anymore.  Bring them inside and fill them with battery powered candles and you will have great accent lighting.  Pottery Barn carries a great selection.  I love that little touch of vintage that they give to a room.  You can group them together or make a statement with just a single lantern.






glass lantern 530x477 Steel Lantern Garden, Harmony of Nature

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Designing for the Love of It!!

I love my job!!!  How many people can say that with passion.  I am so blessed to be given a talent from God that earns me a living and fills my heart and soul with so much joy!  I can honestly say it's not about the money, its about the opportunity to be creative and make homes beautiful.

As I celebrate 15 years in business, I thought I would take a walk down memory lane and enjoy and delight in the many people I have met and the homes that I have changed.

"If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life"  that is honestly how I feel.

This is one of my favorite rooms.  The sun room furniture gave the room a casual but elegant feel.

This study is very comfortable yet simply elegant.  I feel in love with the peacock fabric and new I had to upholster the chairs in this fabric.  The blue silk bishop sleeved draperies just finished it off.

Notice the shimmering faux finish in the ceiling.  A little unexpected in a kitchen, but it turned out fabulous.

Small guest bath was brought to center stage with this cornice.  Since  the shower had glass doors, it was difficult making this room have any pizzazz, but this wooden cornice did the trick. 

My clients wanted a little beach style in their basement.  So the soft blues with  hints of lime green really fit the bill.

This window treatment was made oversize to accommodate the large windows.  Then we made  jabots that were unusually shaped.

My favorite bedroom I have ever done!  I loved the detail in the draperies behind the bed.  This really made the clients feel like they were masters of their homes.  

This room was done for a little girl that was a little afraid of color.  Instead of painting the walls, I used pops of color  all over the room.  The walls have inspirational words painted all around and the pillows were finished off with some amazing detailed tassels and trims.  But the best part of the room is the lime green chaise lounge!!

To keep the arch shape of the windows, the cornice was arched and then we added unusual and unique  jabots.  The detail of the beaded fringe was the icing on the cake.

My all time favorite window treatment.  I did this room in a Tuscan style.  The room has 3 arched entryways that I had faux stoned.  The cornice was upholstered and then the wood trim was painted black.  This is by far one of my favorite rooms.  

This was an unfinished basement.  My clients wanted to feel like they were in a mountain cabin.  The concrete floors were stained and the structural columns were stack stoned.  It really felt like a mountain retreat.

My client already had a lot of great pieces.  I just needed to create a space plan for this open floor plan that would define the space.  The soft blue I painted the walls really helped pull the room together.

What a fun project.  The walls were painted in this amazing jungle mural.  This is a kids play room.  I wanted the window treatment to be a part of the mural, so the tree continued across the window and all the leaves were 3D.  Turned our fantastic.  Actually looked like it was suppose to be a part of the amazing painting.
Another view of the dining room pictured earlier.  The Tuscan furniture really made the room.  But it was the bronze ceiling that topped the room off.

Hope you enjoyed my walk down memory lane.  You can see more photos on my web-site.  Please go and take a stroll.