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What’s your cocktail and canapé of choice?  I’m an oyster and bubbly gal myself.  So why not make them a focal point in ...
09/24/2021

What’s your cocktail and canapé of choice? I’m an oyster and bubbly gal myself. So why not make them a focal point in this fresh, airy and bright living room? Beautiful photography by . Cheers to the weekend, friends! Interiors by .designs Photography by Bob Narod.

Closing out the week with the sweetest little install for the most darling little family.
09/17/2021

Closing out the week with the sweetest little install for the most darling little family.

Back to my roots.  A classic and elegant owner’s retreat is in the works.  Soft blues, neutrals and hints of blush set t...
08/20/2021

Back to my roots. A classic and elegant owner’s retreat is in the works. Soft blues, neutrals and hints of blush set the tone for what will be a lovely escape. When I saw this paper installed at The Goring in London 6 years ago, I knew I had to use it. So happy I’ve found the perfect clients for it!

I’ve been a little quite because I’ve been busy staring at this view.  My dude ranch dreams came true.  What a perfectly...
08/16/2021

I’ve been a little quite because I’ve been busy staring at this view. My dude ranch dreams came true. What a perfectly authentic, good for the soul, magical place. I have no doubt we will be back. But for now, it’s back to beautifying spaces!

Vacation mode.
08/09/2021

Vacation mode.

Behind the scenes footage of the sweetest little powder room.  There were a lot of obstacles with this space with size b...
08/03/2021

Behind the scenes footage of the sweetest little powder room. There were a lot of obstacles with this space with size being one of them, but that didn’t stop the collaboration with my creative clients to turn this under the staircase hideaway into a tiny jewel box. Too excited not to share our work in progress! The crown jewel is the fabric we are using on a darling, bespoke sink skirt thanks to . It’s all in the details, baby, so stay tuned for a final install shot!

Did a little thing and embarked on another trip around the sun!  July has been full of celebrations and adventures with ...
08/03/2021

Did a little thing and embarked on another trip around the sun! July has been full of celebrations and adventures with a lot of design work sprinkled in between all the fun. I am so thankful for my growing business, amazing clients, and I can’t wait for what the next decade holds! 40, I am ready for you!

I dreamt of draperies, vintage finds, and layered fabrics last night so it’s hard to know where to begin, but if I must,...
07/02/2021

I dreamt of draperies, vintage finds, and layered fabrics last night so it’s hard to know where to begin, but if I must, it is here in this sun drenched sitting room. Have you ever experienced a brief moment when you realize it is not coincidence, but fate? Stumbling into these chairs was just that. A sweet client and I picked up four of these for her dining room at just last week. It gives me hope that maybe we will find 4 more to create a set. There is so much to love here but for me, I love the timeless botanical fabric used to create the ceiling canopy. What’s your favorite design element?

About last night. . . A mid week escape to celebrate 14 years with my guy.  Forever thankful for him.  He has believed i...
07/01/2021

About last night. . . A mid week escape to celebrate 14 years with my guy. Forever thankful for him. He has believed in me and my design business and been my biggest supporter and encourager along the way. Bonus to our getaway was the design journey I experienced. No detail was left unturned by British interior designer Joyce Evans. Truly a masterpiece. At one moment it felt as though we were transported to a Parisian cafe and then the next a lounge in London. The beauty of this place is like no other and every corner I turned was something new to discover, study and admire. I can’t wait to share my findings with you all and my hope is you too can experience the beauty of this place through the images I captured.

My happy place if I called this home.  What’s not to love?  Scalloped edges, lucite pulls, fabulous tile, claw foot tub,...
06/23/2021

My happy place if I called this home. What’s not to love? Scalloped edges, lucite pulls, fabulous tile, claw foot tub, and the sweetest pup. Oh and did you notice this darling wallpaper? Lemon trees, greenery, ginger jars and a darling colonial house. Yes, please! Lovely design by

Tuesday inspiration.  I sat down at my desk early this morning with a cup of coffee in hand.  I had dreamt of an upcomin...
06/22/2021

Tuesday inspiration. I sat down at my desk early this morning with a cup of coffee in hand. I had dreamt of an upcoming project for a lovely family in a custom new home and was feeling creative. I wanted to pull fabrics to find my inspiration. I almost crumpled up the paper that was on my desk chair to tidy up, but felt the need to flip it over and my breath was taken away. A love note from my darling six year old girl. I’ve found my inspiration and am ready to take on the day!

His and Hers.  Leather with nailhead detail for him and fringe for her.  A room without drapery is like a party dress wi...
06/11/2021

His and Hers. Leather with nailhead detail for him and fringe for her. A room without drapery is like a party dress without a pair of earrings. Don’t forget to put them on and hang the drapes up. drapery

If you look hard enough, often there is a silver lining.  We had to reselect what I thought was an irreplaceable wallpap...
06/10/2021

If you look hard enough, often there is a silver lining. We had to reselect what I thought was an irreplaceable wallpaper due to inventory. There are so many behind the scenes issues in the design world that many people don’t realize. We see the finished product, but don’t always take into account the amount of time each little detail took to select and sometimes reselect. I am a perfectionist and would not settle so I searched all of my sources for another option. Today when I showed the new paper to my client, she said her 🤍 skipped a beat. Silver lining. Design day made. And this darling scheme is now in the works to turn what was probably once a coat closet into a jewel of a powder room tucked underneath the stairs in the most gorgeous stone historic Virginia home.

Tuesday blues? 💙 Not here!  It’s been wonderful to gather with family and friends over the past few weeks.  Garden parti...
06/08/2021

Tuesday blues? 💙 Not here! It’s been wonderful to gather with family and friends over the past few weeks. Garden parties, ladies brunch, coffee dates, candlelit dinners. Bring on the tablescapes!! Lovely design by . beautiful

It’s not raining on my parade.  Canceled weekend plans due to weather means you’ll find me in my favorite corner with ho...
05/29/2021

It’s not raining on my parade. Canceled weekend plans due to weather means you’ll find me in my favorite corner with hot coffee and a good book. What’s everyone reading these days? Design by: .designs

Rain or shine, this family room is ready for the holiday weekend.                              Design by: .designs      ...
05/28/2021

Rain or shine, this family room is ready for the holiday weekend. Design by: .designs

That moment when you walk into the room and it takes your breath away.  Today was a huge drapery install for Project Red...
05/28/2021

That moment when you walk into the room and it takes your breath away. Today was a huge drapery install for Project Red Cedar Reno. I left midway into the install for another design meeting and when I returned and the install was in full swing, It stopped me in my tracks. Seeing the joy and happiness on my client’s face made the long wait worth it and that much sweeter. I can’t WAIT to share the rest of this house with you! From a moody, masculine home office, to the glitz and glam in a formal living room, this house is a show stopper! And I could not be more proud of how it has turned out. There was definitely blood, sweat, and maybe a few tears, but right now I’m soaking up all of the goodness after a successful install!

Early morning harvest.  Soaking up the morning sun, sounds and air.  Gardening is therapy for a creative mind.  I have a...
05/27/2021

Early morning harvest. Soaking up the morning sun, sounds and air. Gardening is therapy for a creative mind. I have an exciting day ahead with a huge drapery install, design meetings, and processing orders and I’m thankful for my little haven to set the tone for the day.

We all deserve a moment to breath, to fill our cup with moments that bring us joy, a chance to recharge and reset.  I’ve...
05/13/2021

We all deserve a moment to breath, to fill our cup with moments that bring us joy, a chance to recharge and reset. I’ve been floating on air all week after a lovely Mother’s Day weekend. Real, true girlfriends are a rare gift, a beautiful treasure and I played hostess for several ladies to kick off the weekend. I served several beautiful, colorful recipes by from her cookbook Nothing Fancy and adorned the table with clippings from my yard, bamboo and shells. It was simply perfect. The weekend unfolded with ball games, family meals, breakfast in bed, a trip to the spa with dear friends, and a fancy family dinner out. Oh and a special gift from my husband that my design friends will appreciate. See all the details in my stories today. I hope you, too, had a chance to unwind, recharge and reset. My design schemes for this week have benefited ✨. .

Doing my homework over here!  Researching classic interiors for several upcoming projects and I am  loving this charming...
05/12/2021

Doing my homework over here! Researching classic interiors for several upcoming projects and I am loving this charming room by . I am currently working on an incredible historic property and my goal is to preserve the history but bring a fresh, current feel to the home. Blending old and new, classic and transitional is this design girl’s dream.


Design is in the details.  Yesterday was filled with post Mother’s Day deliveries for several special clients.  What a j...
05/11/2021

Design is in the details. Yesterday was filled with post Mother’s Day deliveries for several special clients. What a joy it is to fill others homes with beautiful pieces. Our workroom worked her magic ✨on these fabulous, custom pillows. .

Nothing dreary in this family friendly porch.  Fresh fabrics, pops of color, live plants, and functional seating creates...
05/05/2021

Nothing dreary in this family friendly porch. Fresh fabrics, pops of color, live plants, and functional seating creates the perfect oasis to escape a spring storm. I recently had a call with a potential new client who asked me about performance fabrics and how I make my selections. As a designer, not only is our job to select beautiful finishes that are aesthetically pleasing and fit a client’s design style, but we also take into consideration so many other elements. Performance fabrics, double rubs on upholstery, finishes on furniture, rug material, and the list goes on. We want pieces that are beautiful, yet also functional and practical for the family who calls the space home. Construction by: Design by: .designs

Making lemonade out of lemons.  🍋 Lost a tree in my yard, but my foyer is benefiting from its beauty.                   ...
05/04/2021

Making lemonade out of lemons. 🍋 Lost a tree in my yard, but my foyer is benefiting from its beauty.

Vacay vibes right here for one lucky homeowner in Bakers Bay.  Beautiful work by .  I love the relaxed and serene feel o...
04/29/2021

Vacay vibes right here for one lucky homeowner in Bakers Bay. Beautiful work by . I love the relaxed and serene feel of this room. Working hard over here to get all of our orders in so we will be ready to rock our Bakers Bay install in Summer 2021!

Wallpaper ✔️ Monogrammed towels ✔️ Vintage sink ✔️ High gloss color matched trim ✔️Sweetest little powder room for the s...
04/28/2021

Wallpaper ✔️ Monogrammed towels ✔️ Vintage sink ✔️ High gloss color matched trim ✔️Sweetest little powder room for the sweetest 1899 farmhouse in downtown Leesburg.

Jet setting to Jackson Hole this summer.  I suppose we’ve jumped on the bandwagon after binge watching Yellowstone or I’...
04/27/2021

Jet setting to Jackson Hole this summer. I suppose we’ve jumped on the bandwagon after binge watching Yellowstone or I’m fulfilling my childhood dreams of a summer on a dude ranch. Regardless, I’m excited for the endless adventure, rejuvenating freedom and captivating scenery. And the cherry on top is the design research I can do as I study and take in beautiful interiors of the west like this lovely space by . What are the must dos in Wyoming and Montana in the summer? .

Springing into the week. Fresh clipped flowers, rattan vases, and afternoon sunshine make for a perfect vignette.  Pulli...
04/26/2021

Springing into the week. Fresh clipped flowers, rattan vases, and afternoon sunshine make for a perfect vignette. Pulling all of the spring feels into my current design work.
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Bunny Mellons’s Virginia country estate, or should I say paradise?  Cozy, yet elegant.  Refined and sophisticated, yet n...
04/24/2021

Bunny Mellons’s Virginia country estate, or should I say paradise? Cozy, yet elegant. Refined and sophisticated, yet not stuffy. Simple elegance. Walled gardens, French murals, Medieval English herb gardens with so much love poured into each element. I took a virtual tour from photos my mother captured after a visit to the gardens yesterday. Check out my stories today so you too can take in all of the exquisite beauty and inspiration from Oak Spring.

04/23/2021

Rolling into the weekend with another design scheme in the works! Ending Friday on a high with an approved plan by a lovely client. Happy weekend, friends! 💛

I’ve had a little something up my sleeve and I can’t wait to share it with you all.  Here is a sneak peek, but be sure t...
04/23/2021

I’ve had a little something up my sleeve and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Here is a sneak peek, but be sure to check back in! You won’t want to miss this as I will share some design tips in the most intimate setting. Fear, my friends, is the enemy of great design. Find something you love and build a room around it. There will be no regrets. Happy (almost) Friday. 🤍

Feeling light and bright today just like this sunny bay window.  ✨  Dropped off my oldest at school today for the first ...
04/20/2021

Feeling light and bright today just like this sunny bay window. ✨ Dropped off my oldest at school today for the first time in 3 months, but who’s counting anyways?!! From the ginger jars, to the layered rugs, simple yet striking natural shades, the fringe on the floral table skirt, and the vibrant greens, this little nook is cheerful, fresh, and so inviting. Lovely design work and some Tuesday inspiration for you by

Nice little Sunday with my girl.  Feeling refreshed, recharged and ready to get creative after a weekend spent outdoors....
04/19/2021

Nice little Sunday with my girl. Feeling refreshed, recharged and ready to get creative after a weekend spent outdoors. Let’s do this , Monday!

Chartreuse.  I’m kind of obsessed with this color and am reminded of it every spring when the trees begin to bloom.  It’...
04/17/2021

Chartreuse. I’m kind of obsessed with this color and am reminded of it every spring when the trees begin to bloom. It’s there and then it’s gone, but for a fleeting moment, it is perfection. Anyone else?

04/16/2021

A cheerful design plan currently in the works to take you into the weekend.

A cheerful powder room to take us into the weekend.  The hues of blue and splash of green are a perfect spring palette 💙...
04/16/2021

A cheerful powder room to take us into the weekend. The hues of blue and splash of green are a perfect spring palette 💙💚. Design by

Spring feels.  Mix + match a little chinoiserie, rustic, high performance fabrics, texture, and plants, always plants 🌿,...
04/15/2021

Spring feels. Mix + match a little chinoiserie, rustic, high performance fabrics, texture, and plants, always plants 🌿, to create the perfect outdoor oasis for a busy family of 7! Did I mention they’re my favorite? Construction by: and . Design by: .designs .

A little wallpaper Wednesday throwback to the time we put the iconic Schumacher Queen of Spain on a dining room ceiling....
04/14/2021

A little wallpaper Wednesday throwback to the time we put the iconic Schumacher Queen of Spain on a dining room ceiling. I’ve always loved a papered ceiling. Sometimes it is subtle, sometimes bold. Don’t forget to look up, you never know what you’ll discover! Here’s the install in progress shot. I really do need to visit this lovely client again soon for an install shot.

Classic sophistication.  Julie Neill’s stunning plaster chandelier’s have stolen my 🤍.  Stay tuned for install shots of ...
04/12/2021

Classic sophistication. Julie Neill’s stunning plaster chandelier’s have stolen my 🤍. Stay tuned for install shots of the Silva chandelier in our Red Cedar project! 📸 by

I’m feeling hopeful these days.  Spring fills my soul with so much hope; the blooms return each year after a long winter...
04/09/2021

I’m feeling hopeful these days. Spring fills my soul with so much hope; the blooms return each year after a long winter and remind us that change is a beautiful thing. My wanderlust heart is yearning to jet set someplace inspiring. thank you for the reminder of this magical place and all it’s beauty. Happy weekend, friends! Go dig in the dirt, sprinkle love in your soil and clip the fresh flowers for your breakfast table. 💚. .

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