Oh, Homegoods, how I love Thee. Peacock Mirror

I've been tempted on several occasions to write a post like this, but I can't pass this find up without sharing. If you know me, you know I love Homegoods. I really can't tell you how excited I was to learn we were getting one here in C-ville and the employees already know me, since I'm in the store at least once a week. I am always finding items there that I've seen elsewhere for much more. Here's this week's find:

This HUGE, gorgeous mirror is $799 at Homegoods. 
That's pricey for Homegoods, but I knew I'd seen it before:
That's a pretty big savings, no?!


An Embellished Christmas

I spent this Christmas Eve playing Santa's helper for one of my clients. This re-do is a Christmas gift from husband to wife. He wanted to create a Zen-like retreat in the master bathroom for his wife and he wanted to create it while she was at work on Christmas Eve!

They had a great start -- gorgeous tub, water basins, even beautiful bone mirrors, but were stumped when it came to making the space more inviting. We started with the walls (so fortunate to have a painter willing to work at 6:30 am on Christmas eve!!). We used a deeper taupe called canoe by Sherwin Williams.

The mirrors are beautiful, but small for the space.
 We chose new light fixtures with Asian flair that had more length to fill the vertical space and I placed a wall mounted orchid to fill the width of the vanity, but still allow for storage on top. (A couple of shipping issues led to a broken shade......new one is on order!!)
We added teak accents with the mat and new towel rack.
A framed palm fond and candle sconces fill the space above.

The wall above the beautiful tub needed something larger than the shelving the homeowners had chosen (and they didn't like how little the shelves held).

I found this great piece of carved wood art at Patina Antiques, Etc.
A teak shelving unit provides storage at a convenient spot accessible while soaking.

The bamboo blinds were great for creating the Zen mood, but the bare walls were cold.
Easily remedied with some accessories!
Check out the amazing bath caddy the homeowner found -- it even has a space to hold a wine goblet!

We even spruced up the water closet with an oversized orchid decal:

Such a great idea! I was so happy to be a part of the Christmas magic!

You may recognize elements from this re-do in this master bedroom -- it's in the same home!

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Embellish the Halls!

I love the holidays.
I love decorating.
What could be better than decorating for the holidays?
Get a fresh perspective on old decorations.
Or, start anew with professional help.
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Great Room Makeover

In my first opportunity to work with this amazing client, I got to help with holiday decorations in her gorgeous home. I was so thrilled to hear from her later to get to make some permanent changes in her space. And don't worry - I've been back to change things up for the holidays, which is one of my absolute favorite things to do!

Today's post features the great room. This home is fairly new construction and while the bones were great, the feel was a little bland and contractor-like. The furniture placement also cut the room off, making it seem smaller.

My client wanted the home to have a farm-house feel and she loves neutrals. We started with the seating. The family of 5 needed to be able to sit in this room comfortably.

Two sofas replaced the sectional, allowing lots of seating, but opening the room between the eating area and seating area.  Two beautiful French antique chairs add even more places to relax and ottomans allow for even more seating with a tray for displaying items.

The fireplace underwent a major transformation:

 My client loved a salvaged mantle from a local farm estate from Patina Antiques, Etc. A new quartz surround adds texture and a new overmantle in an antiqued paint finish with a pair of sconces give the fireplace more presence. 

This view really shows how the new furniture opens up the space:

Another area that got an overhaul was an underused cabinet area. The homeowner wanted to create an office space for using the computer and paying bills. We removed all of the cabinetry, added gorgeous Anna French wallpaper, a custom desk made from local reclaimed wood and some display shelves. A new swing arm wall sconce allows for desk lighting.

The kitchen area got a transformation, too.
Stay tuned!

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Improved Entry

 This entry just needed a few finishing touches:

A round rug adds interest and new consoles fill the space. 
A beautiful bench and some vintage accessories complete the look.

It makes a great first impression!
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Dramatic Dining Room

Thanks again to Kim Veillon for the photographs featured in this post. Today's makeover features a dining room that transformed into a much more formal space.
 Wallpaper was this biggest impact for changing the feel of this room. We chose a Candice Olson green-blue metallic wallpaper with crystal details. The way the light bounces off of the metallic and crystal finishes is gorgeous by day and even more dramatic at night. We also chose an oblong chandelier with a bit more sparkle to really fill the space above the table.
The client loved her furniture as well as the beautiful silk drapes made by Sarah Woodson of Pretty Pretty Please Designs. She also wanted to incorporate a family vintage piece for displaying china. We balanced the room with a curved storage piece in the opposite corner. Using a mirrored tray to anchor the items for the centerpiece, a series of botanicals on a simple burlap runner keep with the farmhouse look of the rest of the home.
The buffet got a complete transformation too with the addition of a dramatic mirror flanked by large lamps with dripping crystals that coordinate with the chandelier. We also relocated the wine storage to a new wine chiller elsewhere in the house.

After photo courtesy of Susan Kalergis Photography 

A pretty big transformation!
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Beautiful Bedroom

The after photos I'm using for this post were taken by Kim Veillon. I am so grateful to be able to share photos that actually capture my designs and am thankful to Kim for sharing her talents with Embellish Interiors. Stay tuned more more pretty pictures from Kim - so exciting!

Despite a couple of hiccups along the way (took 3 tries to get to this duvet due to fabric flaws and discontinued prints), I love how this bedroom turned out.  The pendant lighting beside the bed has to be my favorite part.  The beautiful antiqued crystal pendants were installed with dimmers and are controlled with remotes separately of one another to allow for night time reading on one side and peaceful sleep on the other. Without placing lights on the nightstands, we were able to create a small reading nook on one side of the bed with a little table to place a book or cup of tea. The sconce lighting originally in the space was too narrow for the headboard and didn't allow much room for decor above it.

The photos above the headboard were originally in the shelving unit between the bed and sitting areas.  While I love the use of family photos, the shelves seemed a little cluttered and busy.  The ledge above the bed adds a rustic element to the space and silver frames on it add a little sparkle. I replaced the items on the shelves with an eclectic mix of white accessories and topiaries.

On the side opposite of the bed, I added large mirrors above the dresser to add drama to the simple lines of the piece of furniture.

Baskets are also incorporated throughout the space to contain clutter and add storage. 
Another relaxing retreat!

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