rug time.

i had a little "rug hunt" last fall and went through several options for our living room.
Well this is what I ended up selecting....
it's from Sphinx Rugs, here is the description:

100% wool hand-tufted rugs with a unique flat surface reminiscent of the hand embroidery used in traditional soumak rugs. The selection consists of open and large scale patterns in a mix of sophisticated modern and traditional styles. Each pattern is distinctive in color, from subtle gray and lavender to deep traditional red with accents of bright gold and aqua blue.

unfortunately this was a new design that actually hadn't even been produced yet. booo. so after ordering it on November 30th. I waited patiently until April the 5th for it to finally show up! geez louise.
The package it was delivered in said: BY BOAT FROM MUMBAI TO SAVANNAH

I'm no shipping specialist but that doesn't seem like a very efficient route does it???
ANNNY WAAY....it's here now!
here is a pic from my phone...sorry not a very good pic!
I really like how it looks with the wood flooring and it's SUPER thick and squishy!
which the hubs is a big fan of.
I'll get some better pics of it in the room later to share with y'all.

hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!


before and after fun II.

Here are some Before and After pics of a kitchen remodel that we completed last week...

First I have to start out with a

these lovely clients had a horrible plumbing leak right
before they came to us for help, so these pictures show
the kitchen at its absolute worst with everything out of
the cabinets and piled around, so just keep that in
mind when you see these crazy before pics:

The Layout of the Kitchen/Dining area was not very functional for this family.
They needed more storage and
more countertop space, but wanted to keep
as much dining seating as possible.

This is the
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There wasn't a good definition of space and the layout was akward.
There was a peninsula that juted out into the kitchen and had hardly any storage in it.


The Design Plan:
My client wanted something with fun color and
touch of contemporary personality to liven up her traditional kitchen...
  • The Peninsula was removed and in it's place a new custom pantry was built.
  • The cabinetry was extended and a large bar with oodles of extra storage and seating for four was installed.
  •  6" x 6" tile with a decorative insert replaced the laminate backsplash
  •  A "granite look" laminate with beveled edges relaced the old laminate. This is a great alternative when you are on a budget.
  •  Antique Brass Cabinetry hardware was replace with Oil Rubbed Bronze knobs.
  • The fluorescent fixture was removed to make way for recessed lighting.
  • Three Oil Rubbed Bronze Pendants with an awesome Chisled Turqoise Detail hang over the new bar.
  • The old cabinet finish was freshened up with a darker chocolate brown stain.
This is the
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and Voila! The after pics:

Love me some Before/After action. Hope you do to! :)
and I hope y'all are all having a great Thursday!



I had a client bring this lovely picture
to me that was ripped out of House Beautiful:
she was in love with the wallpaper,
and wanted to use it to update her pink plaid powder room:

 the only problem was...
the torn out magazine page is ALL we had
no name, pattern, brand, color, ANYTHING.

well after a bit weeks of research I found
that Twigs wallpaper company makes
 this pretty hand painted marbelized
paper and it is called "Pheasant."

The closest carrier of this brand was in Dallas so after
colorways they had...
 I loved seeing all the different colors...

 this paper is so cool because there are irregular
variations through is that give it a really unique quality
 this is the one that was in House Beautiful....
 And THIS is the one i selected
for my client...
It was a subtle version of the orange and it
looks GREAT in her under the stairs powder bath...
much better than pink plaid huh?
she is a painter herself so she really appreciated the hand crafted qualities
 I don't know how well you can tell in the picture,
but the ceiling is the underside of the steps and it is mirrored,
I love how the paper is reflected onto the ceiling:
It seems that more and more people are wanting wallpaper.
I love it.
What are your thoughts on papering the walls?